Watering Can with Greenery – Water Colored Note Card

Watering Can with Greenery – Water Colored Note Card

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Still playing with the Art Impressions water color stamp sets I recently purchased…

I used Spectrum Aqua markers and water along with the following stamp sets:  Watercolor Starter Bundle (which includes the WC Decorative Jar Set – 5123, Foliage Set – 4051, and Flower Set – 4052), WC Foliage Set 4 (#5126), and Watering Can (#4761).  (While I love the little scene building stamps in these sets, any stamps and water based markers will work for this technique.)

The water colored panel was mounted on Gina K Designs Dusty Sage card stock (retired?) and a Recollections Ivory base.  The finished card is 4 1/4″ square.

Here’s one more sample using a pot from the WC Containers (#4111) set.

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Flowers in Pitcher – Water Colored Note Card

Flowers in Pitcher – Water Colored Note Card

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In a recent post, I tried out a water color technique with stamps, markers, and water that I learned to do from this video (and several others in the AI Water Color series).  I was inspired to purchase some Art Impressions stamps from their water color line and had fun creating this card.

The Art Impressions stamps used for this card came from several sets:  Watercolor Starter Bundle (which includes the WC Decorative Jar Set – 5123, Foliage Set – 4051, and Flower Set – 4052), WC Foliage Set 4 (#5126), and WC Mini FLower Set (#5009).  (Each package has a water colored sample that may have been created with stamps from other sets; look carefully to see what is actually included in each set if interested in purchasing any of their stamps.)

I used water color paper, Spectrum Aqua markers (from various sets) as my paint, a no. 4 paint brush, and water.

The water colored panels were mounted on Gina K Designs Blue Denim card stock and a Recollections Ivory base.

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Water Colored Lighthouse Scene

Water Colored Lighthouse Scene

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I recently viewed this video (and several others in the AI Water Color series) where stamps, markers, and water are used to create amazing water colored scenes and images.

I placed an order for some Art Impressions “scene building” water color stamps to try it out, but while I was waiting for those stamps to arrive, I decided to practice with a single scene stamp that I already owned just to get the feel of moving ink with water, and this is the card I created.

I used the lighthouse stamp (#97173-X) by Inkadinkado with Spectrum Aqua markers and water to create my water colored scene.  The stamp and paper were on my MISTI stamp positioner so I could work on small sections of the stamp at a time.

Here is a sample of the image just stamped in Onyx Black versafine ink.  You can see how “sketchy” the image is.  (I’m not sure if that made it easier or harder to get a good, water colored look.)

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I am anxious to try this again with the scene building stamps when they arrive!

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Graduation Bridge Card

Graduation Bridge Card

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My Nephew is graduating from high school today – Congratulations, Tim!!  This is the card I made for him.

The “Celebrate Edger” die (CEDPC1069) from Creative Expressions was used for the bridge.

I wanted to create the illusion of a group of graduates in the background, and Taylored Expression’s “Graduation Border” die is great for that.   (Unfortunately, real groups of graduates are not possible at this time; like most, Tim’s graduation ceremony is virtual.  I think his school is trying for a modified “in person” ceremony of some sort later in the summer.)

The side panels were embossed with the “Graduation Hat Background” embossing folder by Darice.

The “Class of 2020” panel was a digital file from geographics.com that I sized and printed from my Silhouette software.  It was cut with an pierced rectangle die (unbranded).

The stamp on the back is the “Culmination Graduation Greeting” stamp from DRS Designs.

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The base for this bridge card was made with a 10 1/2 x 5 inch piece of heavyweight card stock that was scored at 1 3/4, 3 1/2, 7, and 8 3/4.  When folded flat, this card measures 5 x 7 inches and fits in an A7 size envelope.

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A “Sassy Stems” Hello

A “Sassy Stems” Hello

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(inside: sending hugs)

This card features a stamp from the “Sassy Stems” set from Stampin’ Up (retired) and a greeting from the “Fleur de Lis” set from Gina K Designs.  I love the illustration style of the stamps in this set and how the font of that greeting follows the lines of this image so nicely!

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The images were stamped on white card stock with Gina K Designs Jet Black amalgam ink and “loosely” water colored with ink from peach, peacock blue, and bud green Spectrum Aqua markers (that I scribbled on a piece of acetate and then added a bit of water with a brush).

The printed card stock came from the DCWV Peri & Peach Premium Stack.  The inside sentiment is from the “Ever So Much” set from Papertrey Ink (retired?).

Recently, a fellow crafter requested “Thinking of You” or “Hello” cards for her 95 year old friend who is in a care home and is feeling lonely and blue.  This is the card I made to send to her.  If you wish to send a card, the information is at the end of her post HERE.

I also needed a birthday card so I changed up the greeting using a stamp from the “Fabulous Flowers” set from Gina K Designs.

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