Humming Along With Watercolour and Blends

Hello stampers. Am I the only one who thinks of their mother when they see hummingbirds? My 87 year old mom loves hummingbirds and she always keeps a nectar feeder stocked for them. A customer tonight who is coming to this class said that my cards reminded her of her mom who died a few years ago. I love Humming Along not only because of the hummingbird but also because it is absolutely fantastic for colouring with Blends or watercolouring. It also comes with some pretty amazing framelits and dies. For my first two cards I was inspired by the catalog and by Artisan Award winner Stesha Bloodhart.

 

Humming Along with Watercolour paper

 

This card was inspired by a card in the Occasions catalog. I changed up the way the sentiment was done. The background is watercolour paper and that interesting design is made using one of the framelits in the bundle. I used an aqua painter to spread some water on the watercolour paper and then I loaded it with balmy blue ink and add colour to the wet area. This helps it spread more naturally to give that amazing artistic watercolour look. I cleaned my aqua painter and then picked up a few drops of smoky slate ink and spattered it on the background by tapping it firmly above the paper. The hummingbird was cut out with a framelit and the Big Shot and was coloured with Blends: balmy blue, mossy meadow and smoky slate. The sentiment was stamped in balmy blue and cut with a framelit from the bundle.

 

Humming Along coloured with Blends, cased from Stesha Bloodhart

 

This great card was cased from Stesha Bloodhart. The only thing I did differently was colour with Blends. Stesha watercoloured hers which is also very beautiful. The flower was stamped on shimmer white cardstock and  coloured with granny apple green and lovely lipstick blends. The sentiment was embossed in white on black cardstock. For the background I  stampedthe sentiment repeatedly in smoky slate. I stamped off for the hummingbird so that it would nice and light.

 

I still have to make two more cards for this Sweet Suite Saturday class, but I have run out of time so they will be featured in another post. This class will be next week Saturday April 27 at 1pm. You can buy the bundle and make the four cards for FREE or you can pay $25 for the class.  Sadly this bundle is retiring, so be sure to get it before the end of May. I wouldn’t wait that long because the possibility of it selling out is high. If you live in Canada, just click on the images below and you will go straight to my online store. If you use the host code in the sidebar I will be most appreciative!! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a super day.

 


 

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Watercolouring with Waterfront

Hello stampers. Not all stamps are created equally. Some stamp sets are just super versatile and can be used in many more unexpected ways than they were originally intended for. Thankfully there is the internet that harnesses the creativity of so many people and makes it easy to get your own creative juices flowing. Waterfront is one such stamp set. I fell in love with it because it works so well with watercolouring and with creating a scene. It is amazing how easily you can change the mood of your scene by switching up your colour palette. I had a lot of fun playing around with it this afternoon. It’s too bad that I had so many other things that I needed to do as well or I could have spent a lot more time with it. Let’s take a look at what I did.

 

A tropical scene watercoloured with Waterfront on watercolour paper.

 

This was my first attempt at watercolouring with Waterfront on watercolour paper. Mistake number one:  stamping the sentiment with Memento black. It isn’t waterproof. I should have used Stayzon. Mistake number two: I should have lightly spritzed the watercolour paper before stamping. After stamping you can spread the colour around with an aqua painter to soften the look. I do really like the colours I chose though: bermuda bay, pool party, pear pizzazz, lucky limeade, soft suede and flirty flamingo. The saying I used on this is from the February Paper Pumpkin. I think it deserves to be framed. If you want to get more of these exclusive stamps, you might want to consider treating yourself to a Paper Pumpkin subscription. Just click on the red box at the bottom of this post!

 

Framed art using watercolouring with Waterfront.

 

This art piece also has a story to tell. I didn’t mess up on the words this time. I chose to stamp in versamark and emboss with black emboss powder. Then you can colour wash right over top and it looks great. But I accidentally stamped my shore line in soft suede instead of pear pizzazz. I didn’t want to waste my watercolour paper so I stamped over top of it with pear pizzazz. It  doesn’t look too bad. My mountains are a little darker than they should be. When I was trying to create a shadow by stamping with gray granite off set over the soft suede, I accidentally inked up in early espresso. Do you think maybe I was rushing a little? No worries, it is interesting to see how the different colours look together.

 

Watercolouring with Waterfront on this narrow note card. Inspired by the artisan blog hop.

 

This card and the following two were all inspired by an Artisan Blog Hop from a little while ago. I love this saying and it is so very true.

 

Artisan inspired card using Waterfront.

 

This card shows how you can use Waterfront in a totally different way. The polka dots were made using the “sun” image. I love this playful card.

 

Watercolouring with Waterfront

 

Isn’t amazing what you can do with ink and a sponge? Love the tropical colours of this card. The front of the card is only 2 1/2″ high, I cut the rest off so that the scene will “pop” when you open the card. I love the inspiration that we get from our Artisan Team.

 

We will be making these projects at a class next Wednesday April 17 at 1pm and 7pm. Class is $30 including the stamp set for three cards and a frameable art piece, or $20 if you already have the set. Be sure to check out my Facebook live video as I talk about these cards.

 


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Artfully Aware Meets Brusho Paint Crystals

Happy Friday stampers. I just want to create a relatively short post today featuring Artfully Aware. After my Brusho class the other day I wanted to play a little more before I cleaned up. I wanted to use Artfully Aware because I love the artwork but I also love the artist behind it (Janet Wakeland) and her story for creating this set. This stamp set is in honour of her mom who is struggling with Alzheimer’s and the other images are her children and her husband. The message is that we need each other throughout the struggles of life and we can use our art to help ease the hurt and to celebrate the good.

 

Brusho blue sky on watercolour paper

 

The people look like they are sitting on a grassy knoll with a stormy sky overhead. The bright green grass gives a hopeful feel to this scene. The card front is watercolour paper. The images were stamped in versamark first using the Stamparatus and then heat embossed in white and black. This gives a nice raised image that helps keep the colour where it needs to be. It is important to use the Stamparatus when stamping on watercolour paper because you usually need to stamp more than once to get sufficient coverage as watercolour paper is a bit rough. I coloured the grass and the people with an aqua painter and ink. Then I spritzed the sky area with water and sprinkled on Prussian Blue Brusho holding the card at an angle to keep the water away from the people. I used an aqua painter to spread the blue close to the stamped image. I really love the effect.

 

The next cards have nothing to do with Artfully Aware. I just had leftover pieces from my class and wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to do more blue backgrounds and I also incorporated the butterfly from Springtime Expressions thinlets. I used the floral image to emboss the background for a subtle effect.

 

Prussian Blue and Yellow Brusho for the background

 

It isn’t the crispest picture, but I am in a time crunch and it will have to do. You can see the Springtime Expressions floral framelit embossed in the background. This one is done on shimmery white cardstock and the words and thinlet come from the Well Said bundle. The big butterfly is also from Springtime Expressions. The other two are from the Beauty Abounds bundle. I love Brusho for backgrounds don’t you?

 

Beauty Abounds and Brusho

 

For this card I did another Prussian Blue Brusho background. I had used the thinner embossing mat to emboss the background in this one and it is quite subtle. The previous card used the thicker mat and I do like it better. The butterflies were cut from a piece of shimmer white cardstock which was first spritzed with water and then sprinkled with ALL the Brusho colours that Stampin’Up! carries. You then spritz with water again and the colours flood together a bit. You can control the mix of colour by dabbing with a paper towel to absorb the extra water.

 

I hope you enjoyed this little bit of Brusho inspiration. If you want to get messy and feel like a kid again, buy some Brusho, some watercolour paper and some shimmer white and have fun. You will love it!! I will happily have you and your friends over for a private session as well. Have a super day and thanks for stopping by,

 


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Flowing Fountain

Hello stampers. I love fountains and birds. The two often go hand in hand because birds are attracted to fountains both for drinking and bathing. I love fountains because of the relaxing sound of the splashing water and the artistry of their designs. In public spaces huge fountains are iconic gathering places. This Flowing Fountain stamp set drew me not only because of the lovely artwork but also  because of the beautiful words. It is perfect for sympathy cards and thinking of you cards. You can hone your colouring skills with this set using Blends, watercolour pencils or an aqua painter and ink. These cards are only a beginning of what you can do with this Flowing Fountain stamp set. Let’s take a look:

 

Flowing Fountain coloured with aqua painter and ink.

 

I stamped the image in Stayzon ink on shimmery white cardstock knowing that I would be colouring with an aqua painter. If you use Memento with water it will run or bleed. When you colour with Blends, then you need to use Memento ink. The shimmery white piece measures 3 5/8″ by 4 7/8″. With these measurements you can get five pieces out of a regular sheet. That is important because this paper is relatively expensive compared to whisper white cardstock but it is very well suited to watercolouring. The mat is pool party. I coloured with gray granite, pool party and granny apple green. Blueberry bushel, so saffron and calypso coral were used on the birds.

 

Just the sentiment on this card comes from Flowing Fountain.

 

I couldn’t resist making another card with Painted Seasons. It is only available until March 31 or while supplies last. The sentiment is from Flowing Fountain however. Don’t you just love the font? I used early espresso and cherry cobbler on very vanilla cardstock. The images were stamped on very vanilla and then run through the Big Shot with the Subtles embossing folder. It is important that you first stamp your images on the smooth very vanilla cardstock and then run it through the embossing folder to get that beautiful texture. Texture is particularly dramatic and important when making a tone on tone card.

 

Country Floral embossing folder inked up in crumb cake combines with Flowing Fountain sentiment

 

This card has the sentiment that I really, really loved in Flowing Fountain. I knew right away that I would use it over and over for making Hospice cards. I did a Facebook live video showing how to make this card this afternoon. Here is the link. Please do let me know if these links don’t work! I inked up the Country Floral embossing folder (on the logo side) with crumb cake ink. You just dab the ink pad directly on the folder. Then lay on your 4″ by 5 1/4″ piece of very vanilla cardstock and run it through the BIg Shot. Afterwards the folder rinses off beautifully just with water in the kitchen sink. I coloured the raised flowers with an aqua painter and ink squeezed into the lid of the ink pad or from an acrylic block dabbed directly into the ink pad. I used Petal Pink, So Saffron, Granny Apple Green and Blushing Bride.

 

Flowing Fountain has beautiful images and equally lovely sentiments in a beautiful font

 

I hope you were inspired by these cards today.  Remember, the country floral embossing folder and the Painted Seasons stamp set are only available until March 31 or while supplies last as a free item during saleabration. The folder is available free with a $60 purchase and the Painted Seasons bundle (it also comes with adorable paper) is free with a $120 purchase. If you live in Canada, just click on any of the items at the end of my post and you will be taken directly to my online store. If you do not already have a demonstrator, I truly would appreciate your business. Of course, there is always a spot waiting for you on my team as well. The very best deal ever is the starter kit! If you have a wish list that is around $95, then your best bet is to spend $135 on the starter kit. You pay no tax and no shipping AND you get to choose $225 of any products you like. This is only valid until March 31. After that you can only choose $165 in product. This is still a good deal but not as amazing as the one you can get right now! Want to treat yourself? Click here and let the fun begin.

 


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Watercolouring on Shimmery White Cardstock

Hello stampers. Shimmer white paper is simply lovely and perfect for watercolouring. The shimmer will show through your stamped and watercoloured images for a magical effect. At class yesterday I had someone ask if I had added shimmer on top! I got the idea for doing this with Painted Seasons from Linda Dalke. The distINKtive images in that set are already so pretty that you might hesitate to alter them by watercolouring, but it is so nice to get a totally different look with Painted Seasons. If you already have this bundle be sure to get the coordinating framelits before they sell out. We have been having a good problem. Our products are so popular and demand is exceeding production so some of our beauties are selling out very quickly. The frog framelits and the cupcake framelits are no longer available and the lasting lily framelits are on low inventory.

 

Let’s take a look at the cards I have made. This first one is cased from Linda Dalke. I changed it up a bit. She did a one layer card all in shimmer white which was stunning. I wanted to “stretch out my investment” and get four cards out of a sheet of shimmer white instead of only two, so I cut it into 5 1/4″ by 4″ and layered on to a berry burst card. This great colour will be retiring in June along with lemon lime twist, fresh fig, tranquil tide and powder pink. I stamped my flowers and leaves and then brushed over them with an aqua painter making sure to leave the edges untouched so they would remain distinct. All inks are not created equally and you will find that some of them “wash” more than others. Highland heather did not wash nearly as well as berry burst.

 

Watercoloured Painted Seasons on shimmer white

 

The thinking of you sentiment comes from Rooted in Nature and it was stamped in night of navy. With the bold flower images I wanted the sentiment in the middle to also pop. I added some share what you love artisan pearls as an accent. Colours used are berry burst, highland heather, mint macaron, balmy blue and night of navy.

 

You can see how the colours are just so rich and beautiful and that even watercoloured you can still see the distINKtive style of the stamps

 

Here in this closeup you can see how the colours are gorgeous when watercoloured but that you can still see the distINKive details of the stamps. Night of navy was added to the centres of the flowers to give a totally different look. Thanks again Linda Dalke for the inspiration!! For the next card I wanted to use the textured embossing paste because it had been collecting dust on my shelf for a while. I thought it would pair well with some of the Painted Seasons flowers and leaves cut out with the coordinating framelits. I really love how Stampin’Up! made coordinating products to go with our saleabration offerings this year. Now that we realize how popular they are we will simply have to make more of them next year!!

 

Great sympathy card with Painted Seasons and Kindness & Compassion

 

The flowers for this card were also stamped on shimmer white cardstock and then “gone over” with an aqua painter. You don’t have to be too precise with this, you can just wash over the entire image, just be careful not to go over the beautiful edges so that they remain crisp. A light wash of night of navy was added to the centres of the flowers. The embossing paste dries quite quickly. I first stamped the sentiment and the mint macaron leaves and then I used a decorative mask (stencil) and the embossing paste. Apply it thinly like you are buttering toast but try to leave it a little uneven for a more artisanal look. After that step I put is aside and made the first card in this post. When that card was finished the paste was dry and I could finish this one. I used mini dimensionals under the flowers and placed them strategically between the embossing paste “diamonds”. The leaves were attached using a glue dot on the stem.

 

Shimmer white cardstock is beautiful for colouring with an aquapainter and Painted Seasons

 

I think that this closeup almost captures the beauty of the shimmer. For this card I added a flower stamped in Powder Pink to soften it up even more. Be sure to keep the liner of the lid of your embossing paste and put it back on before screwing the lid on tightly. It dries out very easily! Also wash your decorative masks (I like to call them stencils) and your “spreader” (real term is palette knives) right after use with hot water and a dish brush. If you let it dry it will be quite a difficult task.

 

Have fun with this great stamp set, the framelits and an aqua painter. If you have never used shimmer white cardstock before I highly encourage you to try it out. It is also great with Brusho. I did a Facebook Live video on it yesterday, I will try and link it here. I have just figured out how to save those videos to my phone so that I can post them on Youtube. That will make life a bit easier I hope.

It’s March 15 today so that means we are at the halfway point of the month and just over two weeks left to take advantage of saleabration!! If you are new to Stampin’Up! that means that you can choose a free item with every $60 purchase or something really special with a $120 purchase. It also means a fabulous deal on the starter kit. You pay only $135 but you get to choose any products you want for a total of $225. No shipping, no tax and your own 20% discount after that. If you choose to do this as a business then you will need to buy or sell a minimum of $400 a quarter (every three months). If you have any questions I would be most happy to answer them. If you live in Canada, I would love to have you join my team, whether it is for your own discount or if you want to build a business, small or large. Starting your dream has never been easier.

 

Have a super day!!

 


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Effective Tips and Tricks with Brusho Techniques

Hello stampers. You already know that I love this amazing new product in our Occasions catalog called Brusho. Well, it gets better. I have a very talented team member who just happens to be a watercolour artist as well, and she came and taught our team a few tricks with Brusho. I decided to focus on just a few of them that would translate very well into card making. One of my biggest aha moments was in realizing that you could get dramatically different results by changing the direction of the water spray. I was just spraying from the top down onto my paper. It also makes a difference as to which water spritzer you use. Fine mist will give a different end result than larger droplets of water from a bigger spritzer. Little details that had not even crossed my mind. I had also not thought of running watercolour paper through an embossing folder. Take a look at some of the cards that I came up with and then  I will show you how I did this in a video.

 

This card really shows what happens when you control the direction of the spray.

 

With this celebrate card you can really see what happens when you control the direction of the spray. I first put a piece of painters tape across the card about two thirds of the way up. Then I sprinkled a little brilliant red Brusho on an acrylic block and a little Prussian Blue Brusho on another block. I picked up the dry brusho with a dry brush and dabbed it in dots across the watercolour paper along the edge of the tape in alternating colours. Then I misted water on it using an old Stampin’ Mist bottle. I didn’t spray from above, but rather sprayed in an angle away from me. I will show you in the video. Here is a close-up.

 

Brilliant Red and Prussian Blue Brusho background

 

I really, really love the look of this. I chose elegant eggplant cardstock to cut out the word “celebrate” which is one of the framelits that you can get for  free with a $120 purchase during sale-a-bration. I decided to use this same technique with different colours and then I made an extra piece with the same colours as the background that I could use for my focal point. I was pretty pleased with myself for thinking of that! In the meantime, my to-do list for getting ready for my ski trip was being ignored!!

 

Here are all the elements I used to create this fun Brusho technique card

 

For this card I used Prussian Blue and Yellow Brusho and I dusted off Dragonfly Dreams with a bit of guilt in my heart for having neglected this beautiful stamp set. I used the watercolour paper on the left to cut out my dragonfly thinlet.

 

 

Our mini dimensionals are perfect for popping up these dragonflies and the Stamparatus was great for stamping the sentiment with archival black. I don’t know if you have noticed but it is hard to stamp on watercolour paper. It is a bit rough and very textured and thick, so the stamparatus let me stamp this three times in a row to get a nice dark colour. The sentiment is from So Many Shells which is another great set to have in your stash. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think you could put Wink of Stella on the dragonflies to take it up another notch.

 

 

Here you can see the beautiful detail in this technique and you can see the direction the water went. I haven’t felt this artistic in a long time and oh my, it is addictive! Be still my heart. This next card uses a different technique all together.

 

Lovely as a Tree is embossed in black on this Brusho background

 

For this card I used a 1″ wide flat brush to wet the watercolour paper generously. Then I sprinkled on Brusho in “stripes” and then simply went over the powder with my wide brush in long, even strokes. After it was dry I stamped the large tree in archival black and then I embossed the smaller trees in black. This left the large tree looking rather muted, so I stamped over it in versamark and then embossed it too. The sentiment is from Butterfly Basics and I embossed it in silver. Here is a close-up:

 

Lovely as a tree embossed in black on Brusho watercolour background

 

The last card that I made was a first for me. I ran the watercolour paper through the Big Shot with the Woodland embossing folder. Then I spritzed it with water finely from a distance so that there would be a fine mist on my paper. Then I sprinkled on yellow and brilliant red Brusho. I made up brown by first making some green Brusho. You do this by combining yellow and blue. When doing this always add a little of the darker colour to the lighter colour, this is much more efficient. After you have green you will combine it with red to make brown.

 

Make brown brusho by combining yellow and blue to make green and then adding red.

 

You need to let your background dry, or speed it along by using the heat gun. Then you can take a small brush and paint the trees brown. This is not very difficult since the trees are raised. The sentiment is from Heartfelt Blooms, one of our fabulous saleabration sets that you can get for free with a $60 purchase.

 

I hope you have enjoyed learning a little more about Brusho. Once again, I want to sincerely thank Char McGill who taught me these tips. If you want to see her work, please check out her blog. I am in awe of her talent, but it is her personality and sweet nature and sense of humour that have captured my heart.

 

I will finish this blog post by sharing a video that will show you some of these techniques. Seeing is believing!!

 

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