Friday, July 29, 2016

Stamping with watercolors by Kimber McGray

I've been watching some of our designers create some beautiful projects using watercolors or watered down Happy Hues paints and stamping.

I went about trying this technique in 2 different ways. First, I used watercolors to paint inside of heat embossed, stamped images.

Start by stamping the image with VersaMark or some other embossing ink pad. Then sprinkle with embossing powder and shake off the excess. I used a cream colored powder because I can't find my white embossing powder anywhere. Then heat it with a heat gun to melt the powder.

You can use any kind of cardstock. I just had plain old white cardstock that you can get at any craft store. If you have water color paper, the water will absorb differently.
I painted inside the embossed image, not too carefully. I like it when the color goes beyond the image just a little. The embossed image will create a resist and you can wipe off the image with a paper towel when you are finished.

I wanted to remove a little bit of the color. I used a wet baby wipe and dabbed at the image to lighten the yellow a bit.

IMG_9677Finally, just stamp the sentiment with regular ink and add a few gems.

Next, I went with painting the watercolors on the stamp directly for a muted/muddled image.


I found that the less water you added to the paint, the better. If you use too much water, it pools on the stamp and then on the cardstock. I used a dry paint brush to move some of the excess water around after it was stamped.

I stamped the sentiment with regular ink and added a few wood veneer dots to finish the card.
Give this technique a try. I just used basic water color paints that my elementary aged daughter had in her school supplies. Nothing fancy at all.

Have a creative weekend!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Good Day, Sunshine! card by designer Patty Folchert

This card is all about tags and layers. Four different brand new tags and stamps from Hampton Art and some Jillibean Soup papers added in for a simple summer feel.

Good Day, Sunshine! card by Patty Folchert

I really love this kraft mason jar tag, I thought some dragonflies would look good inside the jar, so I stamped three in brown ink. Then I added a plain cotton string around the rim to add the small tag with the sunshine stamp, also in brown ink. Next I added the navy gingham to the center of the Letterpress tag for a little more color and that tag twine I tied into a bow. The fourth tag was the other half of a deco tag that I had used on a separate card this month. I stamped the sentiment in brown ink onto it as shown.

I think the result is a country fresh card, perfect for bringing sunshine to any day.

Summer dreaming,
Patty Folchert

Materials List:
Clear Stamps:Hampton Art/Color Me by Angela Porter: SC0724
Ink: Archival/Coffee
Hampton Art Tag: Letterpress/Kraft Mason Jar: AC0605; Letterpress/White Stripe: AC0603; DecoTags/White: AC0539 and DecoTags/Small Cream: AC0569
Jillibean Soup Paper: Healthy Hello/Bite Size Bits; Mushroom Medley/Girolles & Chanterelles
Wood Sprinkles: Travel

Other Products:
American Crafts/Brown Cardstock Card; Cotton String; Scrapbook Adhesives/3D foam dots; Bazzill Basics/Tape Runner Adhesive; Sewing Machine; white thread

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wish You Were Here card by designer Beverly Sizemore

Wish You Were Here card by Beverly Sizemore 

Stamps -- Hampton Art (SC0724 Sentiment and PS1031 Color Me Image)
Ink Pad -- Clearsnap, Inc. (Wicked Black)
Markers -- Staedtler
Wood Arrow -- Jillibean Soup (jb0560)
Glaze -- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
Glitter Finish -- Mod Podge
Cardstock -- Recollections (Gray and White) and Bazzill (Green)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hello Neighbor card by designer Patty Folchert

Here is a friendly card suitable for a new neighbor. These new Hampton Art clear stamp set has really fun coloring book style images to stamp.

Hello Neighbor card by Patty Folchert

This card began with a gray woodgrain background paper and then I stamped the image directly onto watercolor paper in gray ink. Next I watercolor painted the image in a rainbow of colors and set aside to dry. Then I cut to mats in coordinating colors to layer behind the cut image piece.

I then grabbed a brand new deco tag in white and added the ‘hello” sticker from the Mushroom Medley collection sticker set. I cut the tag in half and attached as shown. Last I added the wood veneer heart onto the front door.

This card has a Dr. Seuss feel to it that I love, very playful and fun. It could be used for lots of different occasions too: housewarming, moving, adoption, encouragement, etc.

Your Neighbor,
Patty Folchert

Materials List:
Clear Stamps: Hampton Art/Color Me by Angela Porter: SC0723
Ink: Ranger/Archival- Watering Can
Hampton Art Tag: DecoTags- White: AC0539
Paper: Jillibean Soup/Summer Red Raspberry/Frozen Red Raspberries; Mushroom Medley/Morels; Happy Camper/4 Parts Outdoors
Wood Veneers: Healthy Hello
Soup Label Stickers: Mushroom Medley

Other Products:
Kraft Card base; Royal Langnickel Watercolor Paint Set; Watercolor Paper; Paintbrush; Scrapbook Adhesives/3D foam dots; Bazzill Basics/Tape Runner Adhesive

Monday, July 25, 2016

You Are My Happy card by designer Beverly Sizemore

You Are My Happy card by Beverly Sizemore

Stamps -- Hampton Art (SC0724 Image)
               -- Jillibean Soup (jb1068 Sentiment)
Ink Pad -- Clearsnap, Inc. (Wicked Black)
Markers -- Staedtler
Glitter Finish -- Mod Podge
Glaze -- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
Jewels -- KI Memories (KI10079)
Twine -- The Twinery
Cardstock -- Recollections (White and Black)
Foam Tape -- Scotch/3M
Misc. -- Red Sequins

Designer:  Beverly Sizemore

Friday, July 22, 2016

Mix the Media - Burlap Frame Project Sheet - Home

Happy Friday!
Today we have a fun project sheet for a project that our designer, Kristine Davidson created awhile ago. The more and more we play with and introduce our Mix the Media products and projects to you, we want to get you guys the 'how-to' on the projects that may not be as obvious.

This one is so simple, you may kick yourselves but at least you will know that you can do it! :)

HOME - Kristine Davidson

With a black Sharpie marker, a stencil and our cute, burlap frame, you can create this customizable project for yourself or a friend! Great gift!!!

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Here's a link to the printable PDF (it's also on the left side of the blog under project sheets).

Link to the .svg cut files.

Link to the .studio cut files.

Link to the .studio3 cut files.

and a link to just a pdf of the cut file images for you to print and cut out yourself with a craft knife if you don't own a digital cutter.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thinking of You card by designer Gail Lindner

Thinking Of You Card by Gail Lindner
Patterned Paper:  Soup Staples II/Yellow Salt
Pea Pod Parts:  Healthy Hello Soup
Wood Veneers:  Healthy Hello Soup
Clear Stamps:  Healthy Hello Soup
Stampables:  Large Wood Shape Assortment
Adhesives Sequins:  Teal Plum

Other:  white cardstock, teal foil, black ink, teal watercolor.