Watercolor Fun!

In this post, I am sharing the Father’s  Day card that was made for my dad.  When trying to decide which type of card to make, I decided to employ a watercolor technique using the 2014-2016 In Color inks from Stampin’ Up! along with one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! stamp sets, Lovely as a Tree.  The sentiments and tags were taken from a Paper Pumpkin kit. The watercolor technique employed using a Clear-Mount Block and “stamping” desired ink colors onto the blocks. After the ink colors are applied directly to the clear-mount block, spray lightly with water and press ink side down onto watercolor paper to transfer the inks to the paper.
Watercolor was such fun that I decided the July card class would focus on Watercolor Techniques.  The clear-mount block method described above was used, as was a second technique of applying ink to a clear-mount block.  This method employed using Stampin’ Markers to color sections of the clear-mount block, lightly spraying the ink on the block with water and pressing ink side down onto the watercolor paper.  Both of the block/ink watercolor methods create unique designs (no two are alike!) and they provide beautiful bases for stamping your desired image.

 In addition to the block stamping watercolor method, we also used aqua painters and classic stamping pads to color stamped images on watercolor paper. The last two photos shared employed this coloring technique.  

Watercolor using Clear-Mount Block and 2014-2016 In Color Collection (Stampin’ Up!)  Image is from Stampin’ Up! Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set

Watercolor using Stampin’ Up! 2014-2016 In Color Collection and images from Stampin’ Up! Bloom with Hope and Sassy Salutations

Watercolor with aqua painters: image Stampin’ Up! Vivid Vases
Watercolor with aqua painters: images Stampin’ Up! Lovely as a Tree and Four You
Be sure to give the Watercolor techniques a try…you’ll have fun creating different looks!  
I’ve been experimenting with the new Blendabilities from Stampin’ Up! and will be sharing the projects in my next post…so check back soon or better yet, sign up and receive notice of the post!

Thanks for stopping by…and remember, email me: margkni@gmail.com if you have any questions!

Card in a Box

Woohoo!  I am finally getting back on track and sharing some recent projects.  It’s hard to believe that I allowed 2 1/2 months to pass without posting anything but it’s been a very busy time.  In May, we went on a cruise to the Greek Isles and spent a few extra days visiting Venice so most of the month was busy either with preparations or with the trip itself.  (p.s. the trip was fabulous!!!)  June also has been busy with summer commitments, and yesterday, my grandson returned home after spending 10 days with us. Fortunately, I am back on track and July is slated to be at a more normal pace!  
Not all projects were put on hold though…Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and the June card class occurred so those projects are ready to share! 
Today the cards being shared used the popular “Card in a Box” method…the first is the Mother’s Day card and the remaining are samples from the June card class.

Card in a Box “Mother’s Day” using Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper, Card Stock, Stamps, Inks, Framelits & Punches

Card in a Box using Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper, Card Stock, Stamps and Punches

Card in a Box (fits 6″ x 9″ envelope) using Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper, Card Stock, Stamps, Punches & Framelits  
Some of the products used have been discontinued but Stampin’ Up! has released some beautiful Designer Series Paper and new stamps which can be substituted.  Be sure to check out the new catalog!

My next post will include the Father’s Day Card that was sent to my dad
 and samples for the July class…featuring cards using a variety of Watercolor Methods.

Thanks for stopping by…and remember, email me: margkni@gmail.com if you have any questions!

Happy Easter!

Today I am sharing the Easter card and treat holders made in this month’s class.  The card is a variation on the gate style card and was made using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch from Stampin’ Up!. Specific instructions for making this style of card are numerous on You Tube and after viewing several of the videos, I was able to develop the method that I felt would work best.

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Card
Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Card Interior
The class enjoyed making the card but the various treat holders made were the highlight.  Below are photos of the four different treat holders that were made.  The treat box instructions can be found at  www.stampingwithamore.com – Angela specializes in boxes!  
Peeps Box

Easter Egg

Treat Boxes
Scalloped Tag Punch Treat Holder
Check in next week and I’ll provide more details on the treat holders. 
Have a Happy Easter!

Masculine Birthday Card

It’s another rainy day, golf was canceled and I’m using the opportunity to update my neglected blog! The forecast is for possible freezing temperatures tonight…the dogwoods and azaleas are blooming…please can Spring temperatures return permanently!?  Looking on the positive side…perhaps the rain will put an end to the pine pollen that covers everything outdoors with a yellow hue.
Now onto the real focus of this post – a masculine birthday card.  Last month, my dad celebrated his birthday and below is the card sent to him.  I saw a similar card online and loved the simple look.  The sandpipers from Stampin’ Up! Wetlands stamp set were stamped onto watercolor paper using StazOn Jet Black Ink.  Aqua painters were used to “color” the background with the Pool Party and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Pad inks.  The Stampin’ Distress Tool was used to rough up the edges of the watercolor paper and since “bling” was not appropriate, linen thread was wrapped and tied to add another dimension to the card.  Soft Sky card stock was texture embossed with the Decorative Dots TIEF (it was free during SAB, keep fingers crossed that it will be in new catalog!).  Dimensionals were used to attach each layer to the Baked Brown Sugar card stock base.

Masculine Birthday Card using Stampin’ Up! Wetlands Stamp Set

Tomorrow I will be posting the Easter treat holders and card that were made in the monthly card class so be sure to check back for that post.
Enjoy your day!


Bags & Tags – Part 2

Hope you’re having a good week!  It seems that Spring is taking it’s time arriving. We seem to have a couple of “teaser days” followed by freezing temperatures.  Let’s hope that as March comes to an end, the weather will improve and we’ll get back to more normal temperatures!
As mentioned in last week’s post, the “Bags & Tags” class made four bags.  Today, the final two bags are being shared.
The first is an embellished white gift bag.  It’s extremely simple but is a great way to “dress up” a plain bag.  Like the previous gift bags, the Sweet Sorbet DSP from Sale-a-bration was used. I am going to miss this paper – it’s one of my favorites!  For the bag below, Crisp Cantaloupe card stock was layered with a piece of the Sweet Sorbet DSP and attached to the white gift bag.  A flower was crafted by using the 2-3/4″ scallop circle punch to cut layers of Whisper White card stock.  The edges were sponged with the Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stamping pad ink and the scallop circles scrunched and layered to form the flower.  The banners were cut using the Banner Framelits. 
Embellished Gift Bag using Stampin’ Up! Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper
The last bag was made by cutting two equal sized pieces of Sweet Sorbet DSP, scoring to form sides and using strong adhesive to join the pieces to form a rectangular gift bag.  The tag was made using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch – which is an extremely versatile tool that can be used to create more than just tags.  The Petite Petals stamp set was used to stamp on the tag with Pistachio Pudding Classic Stamping Pad and with Crisp Cantaloupe onto a scrap of Whisper White card stock.  The Petite Petals punch was used to punch the flowers stamped with the Crisp Cantaloupe for layering with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the tag.  Of course, you notice the bling in the flower centers!
Gift Bag & Tag made using Stampin’ Up! Sweet Sorbet DSP and Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

But hurry…it ends on Monday, March 31st. 
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Thanks for stopping by.

If you have any questions or wish to purchase products for your projects, 

you can contact me at margkni@gmail.com

Check back next week…I’ll be sharing a birthday card.