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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Goodbye Sassy Cheryl’s – Snowman Wiper Card (and some other sites to find digital stamps)

Goodbye Sassy Cheryl’s – Snowman Wiper Card (and some other sites to find digital  stamps)

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Happy New Year!

Digital stamps are images you download and print from your computer to use on your cards/projects.  You can color them (just like with traditional line art image stamps), but since they are digital, you can also size them to suit your needs.

The snowman on the wiper card above is a digital image from an online shop called Sassy Cheryl’s (that, sadly, just closed down).  What I loved about the images on that site (besides that I thought they were adorable) is that most were also available as pre-colored illustrations so if you didn’t want to color the images yourself, you could just print them in color and use them as is.  The image used on the card above is the pre-colored version of “Fa-la-la-la Snowman” and was “traced and cut” with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine.  And while this site is no longer operational, there are lots of other companies/shops that offer digital stamps (some pre-colored).

Etsy is a great place to begin looking.

Here are some other sites to check out:

Whimsy Stamps (This site actually has some of Sassy Chery’s designs)

Jan’s Digi Stamps

Graciellie Design

Bugaboo Stamps

Di’s Digital Stamps

Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

Imagine That Digistamp

Power Poppy

Beccy’s Place

and

The Artsystamper Shop

… to name a few!  (Google Digital Stamps for more options.)

The digital paper I used is called “Snowflake Background – Snowy Paper” by SBdigitalDesigns from Etsy.  The “Festive Mini Expressions – Warmest Wishes” die from Creative Expressions was used for the pop-up greeting.

The following sample (previously posted here) shows how the wiper element works on my snowman card above and features another of Sassy Cheryl’s designs called Once Upon a Star Santa.

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I colored this image myself and used a reindeer image from the “Reindeer” stamp and die cut set (#657780) from Hero Arts/Sizzix (retired) in place of the star in the original design.

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*I am not affiliated with any of the above sites, was not asked to promote these sites, and will not be compensated if purchases are made from these sites.  I was just looking for digital stamp sites for myself and thought I’d share my findings.

Graduation Slider Card

Graduation Slider Card

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It’s that time of the year again…

I found this fun stamp at DRS Designs called “Culmination Graduation Greeting” (#1126K) which I thought was good for college (or grad school) graduates since they were “done” with their education.

This interactive card has a die cut graduate that “runs” across the inside of the card when it is opened.

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I needed several of these cards for both female and male graduates.  This is the inside for the guys:

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This is actually a card design I made last year but hadn’t shared.  By the time I was ready to photograph and post it, it was well past graduation season so I decided to wait until now.  In addition to the design above, I had also made some with the year.  Change the year, and it works for any graduating class!

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The “Class of  2018” was from a digital file that I purchased on Etsy.  (My saved link for that file no longer works.)  The same file for 2019 can be purchased HERE at ThankYouDadDesign.

I purchased the die cuts for the insides of the card from the Silhouette store and cut them with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine.  The female graduate is from a file called “Graduation” (design #82728) by Studio Ilustrado, and the male graduate is called “Jumping Graduate Boy” (design #197569) by Sarah Bailey.

The background paper is “Black Congrats” (0S-003-00093) from DCWV (retired?).  The sentiment on the inside is from the “Flower Builders” set from Gina K Designs.

I made two other slider cards in the past (an anniversary card, and a football themed birthday card).  If you care to see how to make a card like this with a sliding element, check out my tutorial HERE.

I had a little trouble getting the white to look white in the photos.   😦

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