Stamping Tips

The best therapy ever!

Hello my friends!  It has been awhile since I have shared a 'how to video', so I thought sharing one of my favorite techniques would be the best time to do another! 

Have you ever tried water coloring?  If you are a serious artist, we know you can do water coloring painting which I can tell you, I am not.  But what I want to show you is a way to achieve that beautiful water color look, without being that seriously focused, painter.  There are two tools I used to achieve this look which are blender pens and aqua painters.  Each have a specific duty for me, so let me break that down:

Blender Pens

These pens come 3 to a pack when purchased thru me.  I love these for precise coloring, and when I don't want to go for that serious water color look.  You can use blender pens with your reinkers, ink pads, markers and pencils.  Just keep in mind, you will get precision with these, verses the Aqua Painters.  My go to paper with blender pens will be Stampin Up! Ultra Thick Whisper White cards stock or White Shimmer Paper.  I like to use these with my water color pencils. 

Aqua Painters

These painters come two to a pack when purchased thru me.  They can be filled with water straight from the tap, and last a really long time!  I only use these painters on water color paper and boy are they fun!  Here is a video that walks you thru using aqua painters:

I typically don't like to make videos that are longer than 10 - 15 minutes but I wanted to share some important features for the new At Home With You Bundle that was new to the Stampin Up! 2017-2018 catalog.  I LOVE this bundle - here are snapshots of some of the projects I have completed with it:

  At home with you


Front door

Frontdoor open

 Cute right?  This set is so versatile and a must for water coloring.  I know myself, I want to have many occasions covered when investing in a bundle set like this and I have to tell you, this one was first on my list!  If you have any questions, please let me know and be sure to check out my class in September to try your hand at water coloring, you won't regret it!

Happy Stampin!

Deseree

 


Let's get back to basics!

 Don't you just love when you get done with a card and you would not change a thing?  Yes, me too and I had some much fun creating this one:

Flowers watermarked

I just LOVE the color combo for this and so proud that it was simple!  (It is, I promise!)  Sometimes I get caught up with adding this element and that element, and forget the pure beauty of plain 'ol stamping!   What else do I love about this?  You can make this card with any flower set you may own.  I started with Blooms and Wishes because of the all the different floral elements and the greenery stamps.  I am pretty sure I am close to owning all current floral stamp sets because they are so beautiful, I can't help myself!  LOL  :)  Key points in creating this kind of scattered background:

  • Be sure to always stamp off the edge of the cardstock to get flowers to look natural, this is a must.
  • Start with lighter colors for your larger flowers.
  • Think outside the box!  I used a new pencil eraser for the middle of the small flowers.  Simply tap, tap on your ink pad, then right on to your card.  For this one, I went in a circular motion to soften the circle.
  • Always try to stamp 3 of each image.  Again, this is to add visual interest and create a balanced card.

Let me show you what some of my crafty friends came up with when creating this card:

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 Cute right?  I love the sediment that Melissa picked for hers - perfection!!!  :)  I also like how just changing the cardstock base color, makes it different too.  Check this out:

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I had a hard time picking the background paper but think Tip Top Taupe won slightly over Watermelon Wonder.  What do you think?  Are you ready to try one of your own?  Anyone one who shares their creation on my blog, email or my Facebook page will get a special gift from me!  Yes - I am talking to you!  :) 

Thanks for stopping by!

Deseree

 

 


Do you know what Oct 1st is?

Hello my stampin friends!  First and foremost I want to thank all of you who attended classes this weekend!  We have not had groups that big in awhile and appreciate everyone's patience while waiting for supplies.  We had some Halloween, Fall foliage, Christmas and even a gift idea or two!

Today I want to share one of the projects we made that you can use for October 1st.  What is October 1st?  Well it is National Cardmaking Day of course!  This is a day we can celebrate with a craft that we all love!  I encourage you to make a card or two this week and surprise a friend or family member with some of your handy work!  My favorite cards to receive are the ones that are unexpected!

Kitty background

This set has been on my shelf for awhile now, and I believe it was just waiting for me to make something special.  What do you think?  This one has texture that was applied with the Big Shot and the image was colored with our very versatile Stampin Write Markers.  My tip to you when coloring with markers or watercolor pens.  ALWAYS stamp your image with StazOn Ink.  This is permanent ink that is perfect for water coloring and stamping on nonporous surfaces such as window sheets or Shrinky Dink paper!    

Now my ask of you, take part in National Cardmaking Day and at the very least, make one card or send one of your cards buried in your stash!  The smile our works of art have so much to offer, you will be happy you did.  :)  My gift to you?  Stampin Up! will have some amazing specials just for you but only available from October 1 - 5 so be on the look out for these items!  If you send a card or two or three this weekend, please let me know and I will be giving away a special treat in a drawing for those that participate!  Maybe a stamp set?  You will have to play and find out!  Until next time, I hope your day brings you joy and contentment in all that you do!

Happy Stampin!

Deseree

 


How about a little hair gel?

Hello my stampin friends!  Last week I brought back an old technique that some of you may have heard of and some of you, well, this could get a little crazy!  LOL  Here is the card:

Fishes

It may be hard to tell from the picture but the circle is a baggie filled with hair gel!  (YES - HAIR GEL!!!)  This card is so fun to make and thought I would try my hand at a short video so you can create one too!  Here it is:

 

I hope you enjoyed the video and if you have any questions, just let me know!  Have a great rest of your day!

Deseree