5 months to Christmas

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Hi all! It’s already August! Where did half of this year go to already? Even though it’s scorching hot here in the little town of Ulm, Germany, it’s a good time to think of making Christmas cards so that there’s no rush during the busiest time of the year! And if you’ve made one, do show it to us at the Merry Little Christmas challenge blog as a new challenge starts today!

There was no water colouring with this card for a change for my double sided dies from Crafters Companion. What are 2 sided dies? You put your card stock on either side of the die and when you run it through your die cutter, it gives you 2 different dies! Saves a lot of time! the Merry Christmas die came from Crafters Companion too.

To make this card, I used an embossing folder from Crafters Companion, inked it and ran my card with it through my Gemini die cutting and embossing machine. It’s electric so my poor articulations don’t have to suffer anymore cranking the manual machine I had before! I then adhered my die cuts and sentiment and my card was done!

Well I hope you were inspired by my card to make one yourself and share it with us at the Merry Little Christmas challenge blog. I look forward to seeing your card there! Do pop by my fellow team mates blogs to admire the Christmas cards they made just to inspire you too!

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day doing something you love!

Hugs,

Sweet smell of roses

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Hi all! Today I have a video tutorial for you showing how I water coloured this gorgeous yellow and red rose, using only watercolour markers! I also have the drawing of this painting for you to download, if you don’t want to waste time drawing and go straight to the painting bit! There is also another gift for you at the end of this post.

I have these beautiful yellow and red roses in my garden for 2 years now and I have tried to paint them. I tried it a year ago with traditional watercolor paints, but could never control the watercolor enough for the red not to mix with the yellows and have an orange edge instead of red petal edges. I think it’s because the painting was not very big, an a5 size, so there was not alot of space on each petal to keep the yellow and red separate…and I’m not that good a painter too! But since having the Spectrum Noir Aqua markers, I have managed to paint on even smaller spaces so I thought I would try it again… and just look at the result! Even I was surprised at how good my painting came out! And so much easier than traditional watercolours too!

Now if you’re like me, and you’re not very good at sketching and prefer to spend the time watercolouring, use this “shortcut” to sketch the objects you want to paint. Take a photo of the subject you want to paint, print it on any paper, (print in colour and not grey like me as the outlines will be harder to see) and then use a pencil to cover the back of your printed image. Tape the top of this printed image, onto your watercolour paper. Now trace the image with a pencil or pen. Taping just the top of your image will enable you to lift the paper to see the progress of your tracing. The result should be an outline of your image. You can add as little or as much detail as you want, to help you with your painting. I just traced the outline. This is the result I got, a perfectly traced image of my flower!

Feel free to download my traced sketch if you want to. And now as promised, here is the video tutorial to show you how I watercoloured the rose with my Spectrum Noir Aqua markers.

Well I hope you enjoyed the video tutorial and saw how easy it is to create a beautiful painting with these watercolor markers. If you liked it, please subscribe to my Youtube channel to be informed of the next time I add another watercolour tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day doing something you love!

Hugs,

Watercolour bouquet using stamps

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Hi all! Do you love those watercolour floral bouquets and wished you could paint them, but like me, are terrible at it? I think it’s the lack of definition and looseness in the style that throws me off. Well than, today I’m really excited to show you how you can easily recreate that watercolour look without even knowing how to paint!undefined

All you need are the gorgeous “Garden of Love Floral Bouquet” stamps from Crafters Companion, water reactive inks and watercolour markers. I use Spectrum Noir for both. Then decide on the composition and colours you want. For that, you can start with just typing in your web browser, “watercolour floral bouquet composition”, or go onto my dedicated Pinterest board here. Once you have an idea of the composition of your flowers, choose the colours you want. I created a little colour combi chart, on Spectrum Noir 300g watercolour paper, so that I could easily see the results when I mixed my Spectrum Noir Aqua markers together with the Spectrum Noir water reactive inks. The first colour written is the water reactive ink pads and the following colours are the Aqua markers. In the middle is the 2nd generation stamping of the colours on the left. This is great if you just want to create a hint of a flower behind another one.

Try doing it yourself. Just stamp your floral stamp onto an inkpad, then use the Aqua markers to colour the middle of the flower. Give a light spritz of water on your stamp and stamp it onto your watercolour pad. More water will give a looser look, less water, a more defined look. This is also the method I used to create the bouquet on my card.

Above is a little process video of how I created my card. I first did a layout with my stamps and took a pic of it so I would remember where everything should be stamped. I then stamped my flowers using the method I mentioned above. Next I masked the flowers and stamped in the leaves and any other florals I wanted around. To have botanicals behind my leaves, I also masked my leaves with post-its. undefined

Once I finished all my watercolour stamping, I stamped in the sentiment from So Suzy stamps, don’t you just love the sentiment, with Spectrum Noir waterproof black ink.

Well, now you know how I easily created this beautiful watercolour floral bouquet card, I would love to see you try it too! Let me know in the comments if you do and I’ll pop over to have a look!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day doing something you love!

Hugs,

Have a Java Christmas!

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Hi all, It’s time for another Christmas card challenge over at the Merry Little Christmas challenge blog and as you know, it’s always Anything Goes as long as you make any type of Christmas craft project.

I decided to make a watercolour card centred around a coffee mug stamp from Pink and Main. I coloured the stamp with my SpectrumNoir watercolour markers and spritz it with water before stamping it onto watercolour paper. I then masked it with masking fluid and painted my background.

Once everything was dry, I flicked white acrylic paint on it to create the snow flakes. The sentiment also came from the same “Christmas Mugs” stamp set.

So, thanks for stopping by, I look forward to seeing what you create for this challenge! Don’t forget to visit my teammies blogs too, to see the amazing creations they did just to inspire you!

Hugs,

I’m also sharing this over at:

Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas challenge – Anything Goes

Simon say Stamp Monday challenge – Create your own background

Thank you Kylie!

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It’s the 1st of the month and another Watercolour card challenge starts at the Happy Little Stampers blog. This month’s “Anything Goes” challenge with the option of layers, will also be the last for awhile, as Kylie, the organiser for this challenge, and many others, is taking a much deserved break.

So I decided to make a “Thank you” card for her, to thank her for being so patient and helpful with us the DT’s, and for allowing us & thousands of crafters, to express our creativity through her challenge blogs.

I used the Crafter’s Companion double sided layered dies to create this card in no time at all, as these dies cut both sides, so to create the 4 layers of each flower, I only had to pass the dies through my Gemini electric cutting machine only once! And since I used my watercolour scraps to make this card, I didn’t even have to spend much time painting the diecuts. When I needed to darken a spot, I brought out my Spectrum Noir Aqua brushes and touched up my diecuts. I found this method not only efficient but it allows me to recycle my practise or failed painting attempts, in a beautiful way, don’t you think?

Below you can see how each die cuts. To cut the 2 sides at the same time, you just add the die in-between 2 pieces of card stock.

I’m just in love with these dies and I’ll definitely be getting more! If you have them, I look forward to seeing how you use them. In any case, I look forward to seeing your interpretation of this “layered” theme in the link up here.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to visit the blogs of the other DT’s who have created amazing watercolour cards just to inspire you! Have a great day doing something you love!

Hugs,

I’m also sharing this at:

Crafty Catz – 2 or more layers

Art Impressions – All layered up

Aud sentiments challenge blog – Flowers + sentiment