Pretty Varied Vases

You can create lovely cards with Pretty Varied Vases.  So, today I would like to share some samples of the Varied Vases stamp set.  I enjoy using this stamp set.  The vases are so delicate looking and while they are not all solid colored, you can color them or since this is a two-step stamp set, use an ink pad to fill your flower and vase shapes with color.  To achieve a lighter color, stamp off onto a scrap of paper.  With all the options we have for coloring, it may even be a difficult choice.  Each of the blending options can have a different outcome. Another quick trick, is to select your favorite DSP and stamp the outline of a vase.  Use the Vases Builder Punch to cut the vase and voila, you have a designer vase!

Pretty Varied Vases
Varied Vases

Just look at the size variations and also, how many flower options you have.  You can add other sentiments if you would like to expand the possibilities for using the images as was done above.  Varied Vases stamp set

Because I have a soft spot for flowers, I’m drawn to this set and it’s amazing possibilities.  Once I added the little flowers and soft colors, the project came together.  Another useful product is the Vases Builder Punch which coordinates with the Varied Vases stamp set.  It eliminates the need to fussy cut the vases and small flowers. 

Varied Vases Bundle

You can get both the Varied Vases stamp set and Vases Builder Punch through my online store.  Pick up both products for 10% off because they are part of the Varied Vases Bundle.  I love the bundles and how you can save money when you purchase them together.  No matter if you pick up the bundle or the individual items, you won’t be disappointed.  

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No Line Watercoloring

I love sharing all kinds of stamping and coloring techniques.  Watercoloring is so much more than just water and ink.  Stampin’ Up! has a few different options for watercoloring, so whichever one you use, you can’t go wrong.  Today I want to share the No Line Watercoloring technique with you.  It really gives watercolor a whole new look due to the “lack” of lines.  Natalie does a great job of taking you through the process of this technique. 

No Line Watercoloring Technique Video

The technique is a lot of fun and with a variety of stamps, you can experiment.  See what works for you and how comfortable you are with the technique it self because it can make all the difference in the world to a crafter.  Some people may prefer to work the darker lines because they appreciate the direction and vibrance of an image.  Therefore, Stampin’ Blends or pencils can be used which are also more vibrant.  It’s really a personal preference.  I’m happy to answer any questions on the technique.    

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Let’s Feature Coloring Tools

A Variety of Coloring Tools

Stampin’ Up! offers an array of coloring tools designed to help color all your paper crafting projects.  I thought I would take a minute and outline some of the different options and how they work.  I know you may think coloring is coloring, but that’s simply not the case.  It really does make a difference because color technique can change the look of a project. Take a look below at some of Stampin’ Up!’s coloring options and the specific purposes they have.  

Coloring Tools Make a Difference

First up are the Aqua Painters.  They are a watercoloring tool that allows you to use water without dipping.  The Aqua Painter is designed to hold liquid in the tube base to make watercoloring easy.  Give it a squeeze and the water is released.  Add color with our Watercolor Pencils or any Stampin’ Up! Classic pads.  Touch the brush to the ink and then transfer the ink to your image on the paper. It’s advised to use watercolor paper for your project. 

 


Watercolor Pencils are high-quality, smooth color pencils. Perfect for watercoloring. You can use these alone, with our Blender Pens or the Aqua Painter.  All you have to do is color your image and then bring in the Aqua Painter or Blender Pen if you are going for a watercolor look.  There are 13 pencils in various Stampin’ Up! colors

 

Blender Pens combine the flexibility of watercolors with the convenience of markers. Also, they are dual-tipped pens filled with specialized solution to blend ink easily. It is recommended to use Watercolor Paper.  Remember to clean off the tip after each use.  Finish using the color and simply stroke the tip on scrap paper to remove color and move on to the next color without worry.  They give a different look to the finished product than Aqua Painters.

 


Our Stampin’ Write Markers allow you to expand your ink selection.  These artist-quality markers come in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors to take the guesswork out of product coordination. Flexible brush tip and fine tip in one marker. Color on paper, or color directly on a stamp for a multicolor effect.   They are fast drying, dye-based ink and coordinate with Stampin’ Up! cardstock, ink and embellishments. Coloring is smooth and bold with these markers. 

 


Lastly, we have our Stampin’ Blends.  Our newest to the coloring tools, the Stampin’ Blends are high-quality, alcohol-based, dual-tip markers.  Each color comes in one dark and one light sets to give you the best blending experience.  Controlling the color is easy when using either the brush tip or the fine-point.   Purchase by individual colors or combo packs.  The Blends are not refillable, however, you can purchase the individual color when you need to replace them in your collection.

 

Variety of Embellishments

In addition, you can combine any of the above tools with a number of our embellishments.  As a result, you can have Glitter, Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella, Embossing Paste, Sponge Daubers and even Brayer to help you further enhance your projects.  Furthermore, once you add color to any of those options, the possibilities are endless.  Hence, I encourage you to give some of them a try and see what you can create.   While I know it’s a lot to absorb, I hope you have learned a little more about some of our coloring options.  Most of all, you get to see what benefits each tool has.  Please contact me with any questions on these or any of our Stampin’ Up! products.  

 

Aqua Painting: Comparing Brusho, Classic Stampin’ Ink & Watercolor Pencil

When preparing for this month’s card class, I knew that at least one of the cards would involve using the Brusho Crystal Colors available in the recently released Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.  It was while using the aqua painter and playing with the Brusho that I decided to compare the results when coloring with Brusho vs Stampin’ Ink vs a watercolor pencil. For the comparison, the flower bouquet from the Petal Palette Stamp Set was stamped onto watercolor paper using Archival Black Ink.  The Brusho and Classic Stampin’ ink were applied using an aqua painter and for the watercolor pencil, the image was colored  then blended with the aqua painter.  Below are the results:
 
 
Two layers of Color Medium Added
 
Third Layer of Color Medium Added
 
As you can tell in the photos, the Brusho Color Crystals provide the most color depth and intensity.  The third layer of color improved the color intensity on all samples.  Regardless of which coloring medium you select, all provide beautiful results.  
 
Thanks for stopping by and check back to see the card created for the class sample!
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