watercolor for cardmakers

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Going a New Direction or not...

I have been struggling with what I want to do with my creativity and have had a desire to rekindle my love of painting lately.  I spend a lot of time watching talented people on You Tube and can spend literally hours watching how people create.  In my younger years I always thought I wanted to become a painter.  Now I know that  everyone with a paint brush and paint can paint but to me a true artist is someone who steps back and feels some satisfaction from what is on their canvas is the true artist.  Each painting I do I hope that I get just a little sense of that from what I apply to what I am working on.  I think for the individual it is a life long quest.....

I want to mention that I have found a wonderful artist that shares what she does with others to try and bring that out in everyone.  I know that she has helped me rekindle that spark from years ago.
How to paint acrylic on Burlap Canvas from Hobby lobby The Night Garden art diy tutorial
Go and watch her video and hopefully you will take a little self confidence and satisfaction with you if you take the plunge into painting!!!

Here is my attempt with The Night Garden


I did this on a sheet of Canson's Canvas Paper


Parts I am pleased with and others I need to work on.... I am ok with that because it is part of my journal with creativity!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Repeat Stamping Clean and Simple

I don't know what takes me longer picking out the right inks or putting it on the paper.  Not a whole lot to this card but keeping everything lined up and layering the right colors took me forever!!! 
Must of took me three or four trys till I got it to what I thought was ok.  I think this is something that will take practice.  I did had a button and wink of stella to the waves though(doesn't show up on picture).







repeat stamping and Making a stencil



This card was made using a Heidi Swapp Stamp and die.

I repeat stamped the matt page with one of the stamps to get a pattern with two of the stamps that came with the die.

I then made a stencil with the die and stenciled it on to the next layer and used one of the stamps from the matt on what Ihad stenciled.

die cut one shape and stamped with another of the two stamps and popped that up with foam tape for dimension as well as the stenciled layer and added some enamel dots cause it just needed something else!!!

I am loving this clean and simple class!  It is inspiring to try new things and use what I have to design  a clean and simple card.

Water Color Look with stamp and inks (Copic Markers)


What can I say about my card.... other than I had a wonderful time trying different techniques to get this look.  I don't know about anyone else but i am a huge fan of You Tube videos and spend hours watching all the wonderful artist post that are out there in the art media.  

I was watching different artists make there own stamps out of various supplies and decided to give one a shot using fun foam.


I am going to love making these to use in art journaling!!!!

I stamped these with Simon Says die inks first and used my copic markers and blending pens to give the stamped image some shading for depth.  Using the blender pen with the markers gave the butterflies and background a water color look.  ( Jennifer McGuire you tube channel had a guest artist Dawn Woleslagle who showed all to do this)  

I used some Tim Holtz distress stickles for texture and punched out some little butterflies with liquid pearls on the body and a few spots scattered on card to pull it all together

I know I will be making this card more because it was very relaxing and I was able to make this look like a painting which I find very relaxing and  stress releasing!!!


Friday, January 30, 2015

Sending Love

Sending Love

Taking online clean and simple card class'
and this is the card I made using a water colored background with simple embossing.  I forgot I had this little envelope die and decided to pop up a few on the card to give it some dimension.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Day 4 of Watercolor for Cardmaker

I haven't watched all the video's for today but decided to try Julie Ebersole's technique she did with a pencil and distress inks.  I thought it was lovely...  I also found a butterfly die not just like hers so I had to put a piece of cardstock under my watercolor layer to give me a place to attach the butterfly.  I also took a lightly watered brush over the paper after I put all those dots on it.  Made for a lovely background I think!!  I never make get well cards and it seems lately I have needed a few so I chose a stamp sentiment I got from the dollar bin (studio g).


I am so enjoying taking this class and have learned so many different techniques to get a new look to my cards with the things I already have in my room!!!  So glad that watercolor is all the rave these days!!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Playing with Watercolors and embossing folders....

 I would never thought of using my embossing folders for a background if I hadn't been waiting You Tube one of my favorite things to do for inspiration and ideas!!!  I have so many embossing folders and am very excited to find another use for them other than dry embossing.  Check out this video and see how I did this.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfr5FlCO8iI

I did use Tim Holtz Distress paints deluded down and then sprayed lots of water.  Water color paper worked very well with this!!!  I thought the thanks die from Simon Says Stamp kept this simple and went well with the Thanks embossing folder from cuddle bug.  Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think.  I know I have been away for quite some time but haven't been blogging to much. But excited to be back!!!