No Line Watercolor Technique

At the last quarterly Playtime with Paper meeting, team members were able to practice the no line watercolor technique.  It’s a fun technique and during the meeting, I shared helpful tips to remember when using the technique and am sharing them below. For the meeting project, the Nature’s Harvest Stamp Set was used. It has the perfect image to use with this technique.  After coloring, the coordinating Harvest Dies are used to die cut the image.  Additional die cuts provide layers to showcase the colored image.   Hope you’ll give this fun technique a try!

Nature's Harvest: No Line Watercolor Technique

Tips for the no line watercolor technique:
  • Select an image with clean, defined lines (especially when beginning to do this technique). 
  • Use a light color for stamping the image – such as Sahara Sand or Crumb Cake (for the project above, Sahara Sand was used)
  • Be sure to stamp off onto a scrap of paper before stamping onto the paper for watercoloring. 
  • Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White Cardstock should be used.
  • The Stamparatus is extremely helpful for stamping the image especially onto watercolor paper.  
  • Before adding ink color to section, first dampen the area with your watercolor brush. BE CAREFUL – do not saturate the paper, just dampen it.
  • Work small sections at a time and when moving to a new section, leave an unfinished area between the sections. EX: for this project,  2-3 side by side petals were watercolored, then the adjoining 2-3 petals were skipped. The next section was then colored.  As the areas with the watercolor added started to dry, the skip areas were then colored.  By doing this, the area doesn’t become over saturated which can cause the ink to bleed.  
  • Remember – less is more! Start with a small amount of watered down ink and as the image dries, you can add more ink.  

Most important tip:  Allow the watercolor image to dry before passing judgement on it.  As the image dries, you’ll be able to view your success!!!

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Coloring the Calming Camellia Stamp Set

Today I am using the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils for coloring the gorgeous large camellia in the Calming Camellia Stamp Set. With this exclusive stamp set, you can use just one ink color and create a simple but beautiful card. However, it’s easy to add multiple colors using the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils.  Even though I am using the watercolor pencils, no water is necessary.  Be sure to watch to the video below showing how simple and quick it is to color the stamped image. Warning though – once you start coloring, you’ll not want to stop! 

Do you have the gorgeous Calming Camellia Stamp Set? If not, hurry as it’s only available during Sale-A-Bration.  Place a personal or a party order of $300 or more and receive the exclusive Calming Camellia Stamp Set for FREE!  Check under PROJECT MATERIALS at the bottom of this post for links to materials used.

Materials & Dimensions:
  • Calming Camellia Stamp Set
  • Basic White Cardstock (5-1/2″ x 11″, score & fold at 4-1/4″) scrap of Basic White (thick or regular for sentiment tag)
  • Polished Pink Cardstock: 5″ x 3-3/4″ texture emboss using the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock: 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″
  • Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Watercolor Pencils Assortment and Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2: colors used were White, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo & Garden Green
  • Polished Pink Classic Stampin’ Pad (to stamp sentiment)
  • Best Year Stamp Set (for sentiment or select your desired sentiment stamp)
  • Ornate Frames Dies (for sentiment tag)
  • Linen Thread Stamparatus (optional but recommended)
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Adhesive
ASSEMBLY VIDEO

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!  Best wishes being sent for a wonderful holiday. Whether with family, friends or in solitude, I hope that this day is special for you. As we remember the true meaning of Christmas, may you experience peace and joy.  

I am taking time to relax and recharge.  New blog posts will resume the first week of January.  

Warm regards,

 

 

Warm Christmas Wishes Holiday Card

Looking for a quick but elegant holiday card? This warm Christmas wishes holiday card is the one to make.  Using the Encircled in Beauty die to cut a frame for the embossed sentiment turns a simple card into an elegant card.  Note the background designer series paper – it’s not from a holiday theme package but from the Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper pack. It provides the perfect background for the Cherry Cobbler die cut frame.  TIP: To ensure the sentiment stands out on the card, first stamp in desired ink color. Then, stamp over the image with Versamark and emboss with clear embossing powder. Using the Stamparatus ensures perfect stamping! 

Encircled In Warmth Stamp Set
Warm Christmas Wishes Holiday Card Materials:
  • Encircled In Warmth Stamp Set
  • Encircled In Beauty Dies
  • Basic Gray Cardstock for base (5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, scored and fold at 4-1/4”)
  • Cherry Cobbler Cardstock (4-1/4” x 4-1/4” for die cut; layering piece: 4” x 5-1/4”)
  • Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper (3-3/4” x 5” for layering)
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3” x 3” for stamping sentiment; 4” x 5-1/4” for interior
  • Layering Circles Dies
  • Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Versamark Stamp Pad
  • Clear Emboss Powder (from Basics Embossing Powder Collection)
  • Cherry Cobbler/Gold Metallic Ribbon
  • Adhesives of your choice (recommend Adhesive Sheet for detailed Encircled in Beauty Die)
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Glue Dots
  • Stamparatus
  • Heat Tool
  • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine

Doesn’t the Encircled in Beauty die cut provide a gorgeous background for the sentiment?  And be sure to look at your stash of designer series papers for different backgrounds to use on your holiday cards. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy crafting,

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Whimsy & Wonder Merry Christmas

This fun Whimsy & Wonder Merry Christmas card  features the Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Even the packages used for embellishing the front are cut from the gorgeous designer series paper.  The non-traditional colors in the paper helps to create a fun, cheerful holiday card.  Of course, ask my granddaughter and she’ll tell you that yes, pink is a Christmas color.  She actually has a pink Christmas tree for her bedroom!  So naturally, it is a must that I use the Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Below are photos of the card one with a Polished Pink border and one with a white border.  You’ll have to watch the assembly video to learn the details:)

Card Details:
  • Basic White Thick cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″, score and fold at 5-1/2″ for form card base.  Scrap piece to stamp and fussy cut the Merry Christmas sentiment.
  • Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper: Snowflake Design layer 5-1/2″ x 4″; fussy cut 4 presents from the designer paper to use on the card front.
  • 1-1/2″ x 4″ strip of Polished Pink In-Color Shimmer Vellum – Cut the strip using the long, narrow die from the Seasonal Labels Dies.  Attach to the front of the Snowflake Designer Series Paper and snip the overhanging edge before attaching to the card base (I forgot to do this in the assembly video!)
  • Add a Wonderful Snowflake Embellishment over the shimmer vellum, then layer the presents, adding the top present with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp Merry Christmas using Polished Pink Classic Stampin’ Pad and fussy cut around the greeting.  Note: select your favorite Merry Christmas font (I used the Christmas to Remember & the Holly Jolly Wishes Stamp Sets) Attach the greeting using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Don’t forget to embellish the envelope flap with the Whimsy & Wonder Designer Series Paper.  It adds the finishing touch! Be sure to register to follow my posts, I’ll be sharing a Whimsy & Wonder gift tag soon.

Assembly Video:

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Thanks for stopping by!  Happy crafting,

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Merriest Moments Holiday Card

For the next couple of weeks, I will be posting holiday card ideas.  This first card features the Merriest Moments Bundle. In addition to the the stamp set and coordinating dies, the bundle includes the Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder.  With the hybrid embossing folder, the die fits into the embossing folder.  This creates beautifully textured die-cut images.  For the feature card below, the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper is die cut and texture embossed.  Notice the texture on the Basic White cardstock? The Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder is used for it too!  For my card, I am using a sentiment from the Tidings & Trimmings Stamp Set in lieu of one from the Merriest Moments Stamp Set.  A list of materials is below along with an assembly video to assist you reproduce the card. 

Merriest Moments

Card Materials:
  • Merriest Moments Bundle
  • Card base: Evening Evergreen cardstock (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″)
  • Basic White cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 5-3/8″ (for texture embossed layer); 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ for sentiment (cut using Merriest Frames Dies)
  • Real Red cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ 
  • Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
  • Red Velvet Paper Pack: scrap pieces for cutting mini poinsettias using dies in the Merriest Frames
  • Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Tidings & Trimming Stamp Set (or use desired sentiment from the Merriest Moments Stamp Set)
  • Simply Elegant Trim 
  • Rhinestone Jewels
  • Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Mini Glue Dots
Assembly Video:

With the Merriest Moments Bundle featuring the Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder, you’ll be able to create many different card designs so be sure to add it on your “wish list.”

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to check back next week for another holiday card idea.

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Margaret’s Customer Loyalty Program Download the form (Customer Loyalty Form) for program details and start tracking your orders.  Remember for orders over $150, you’ll also receive rewards from Stampin’ Up!  You can order by clicking this link: Margaret’s Online Store. (please confirm that it says you’re shopping with Margaret Knight)  Thank you for selecting to place your order with me. I truly appreciate your business. 

Have a great week!

Project Materials:

The current host code is: ZWWEXW79 (good until December 3, 2021).  Please use this code if your order is $150 or less (before shipping & taxes). Remember, if your order is over $150, you will receive the host rewards.