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Friday Craft, Watercolor Love

I am having a great time watercoloring with my Tim Holtz Distress inks. I may have participated in the recent online sale at Joann.com and purchased some additional colors and a couple of storage tins to hold all my tiny ink pads. Now I have them arranged by color family and ready to go.

Recently I also started receiving the monthly card kit from Simon Says Stamp, beginning with the February kit. It is, of course, Valentine’s Day themed, and includes a stamp set, a small paper pad, heart shaped embellishments and card stock to use for card bases.

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit February Valentines Day

Everything on these cards with the exception of the little wood frame on the left most card came from the kit.

Simon Says Stamp Card 01 February Valentines DaySimon Says Stamp Card 02 February Valentines DayAnd I have a lot leftover. So many card makers get this kit and make videos for their YouTube channels, so there’s a ton of inspiration out there. I haven’t made cards in a great long while, perhaps over a year, so this was a great way to get my feet wet. I’ve also been using my watercolor obsession for some cards.

Watercolor card set orchid pansy
I think I’ve had these floral stamps for over 10 years. I stamped them on watercolor paper with VersaMark ink and then embossed them to create a resist.

Watercolor card pansy

For the orchid, I think there’s too much detail in too little space for this technique to really work well. That said, I still think they turned out beautifully.

And finally, the simplest card of the bunch. For this card, I stamped two of the images from the set included in my February kit. I used masking fluid to fill in the little heart, then taped the panel down to a piece of chipboard.

Pink Watercolor Smoosh

 

 

 

I smooshed some ink from three ink pads onto a piece of plastic (spun sugar, picked raspberries and worn lipstick) and sprayed the ink with water. Then I smooshed the panel around in the color and allowed it to dry. When I peeled off the blue tape I got a great border around the color, and adhered it to the card base with this striped background.

Pink Watercolor Smoosh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So. Much. Fun.

I hope you have a lovely love day.

Mama Carrie Makes Logo 2016 Cards Stamp

 


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Friday Craft, Art Journal 07

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Made with mini Distress Inks, a Hero Arts stamp and some hand-me-down watercolor paper that is way too nice for me to afford. This piece measures 7.5″ x 5.25″, so a bit too big for a standard card. I’m thinking I’ll mount it onto chipboard and hang it in the craft cave.

This technique is nothing new, but I really enjoyed it. I’ve got about 20 tiny Distress Ink pads, at least 1 or 2 shades of each color. You’ll also need an acrylic block, or some kind of non-porous surface for a palette. Just tap the ink pad onto the palette to leave some ink behind, then use a wet brush to pick up the color and start painting.

I like this method of painting more than watercolor, because it’s so much easier to control the amount of color on your brush. I had tried to color this image using some Tombow dual brush markers, but the color was too concentrated and did not move on the page the way I wanted it to.

MCM


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Friday Craft, Art Journal 06

These pages are ‘done’ but I’m feeling like they need something more. A quote perhaps?

ArtJournal_Chevrons ArtJournal_PinkOrangeYellowThe first page was inspired by the prompt “White Space”. I am definitely a filler of the page, as evidenced by the second sample here. It was a good exercise for me to stop adding elements and color.

The second page was inspired by a new purchase of some gelatos, which are very similar to oil pastels. It just feels, incomplete somehow. I would even say that the first page feels more finished than the second.

What do you think?

MCM

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