Mediterranean Moments

Woohoo!! I’ve made my first card using the new Stampin’ Up! Watercolor pencils. Have you tried them yet? If not, they are a must have!! They are so much fun to use. I find using them is must faster than using traditional watercoloring methods. They also provide more consistent results. I was able to control the color better with them.

If you’ve used them, please leave a comment below, letting me know how you use them!!

Using Watercolor Pencils to Color

Since it was my first time using watercolor pencils, I decided to use them the traditional way. I know this won’t last long, but since it was my first time I didn’t want to do anything too crazy.

Watercolored card using Mediterranean Moments by Stampin' Up!

To begin the project, I pulled out my brand new rubba, “Mediterranean Moments.” I selected a smaller image since I had no idea how it would go. I stamped my image using Archival Gray onto Shimmery White card stock. Shimmery White is my favorite and go-to for all watercoloring. And it shimmers!!!! LOL. It’s so beautiful.

I then lightly colored in the images using the watercolor pencils. I didn’t color in anything exactly. Just some quick scribbles in the center of each image. Once this was done, I grabbed my Aqua Painter and got busy! Here’s where the magic happens. The Aqua Painter worked magic on my coloring. The watery paintbrush turned the messy scribbles into watercolor paint. It looked like magic happening before my eyes!

Watercolored card using Mediterranean Moments by Stampin' Up!

Some of the images, however, were too light. I wanted deeper color. For those images, all I did was color them (very messy…) over top with another layer of watercolor pencils. I then repeated the process with the Aqua Painter. It made the shade darker and more vivid.

Finishing Off the Card

After painting the scene, I knew I wanted the image to be the focal of the card. Oh is it a sweet image. I cut out all kinds of sentiments, etc. but I found they detracted from the focal image, so I didn’t use them.

Instead, I put some subtle Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate behind the image and used some beautiful Bermuda Bay ribbon to give some texture to the card. A peek of some matching sequins in the ribbon is always fun (and I love it when I have matching embellishments in my arsenal).

I hope you enjoy using the watercolor pencils! Let me know what you think.


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Mediterranean Moments
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Shimmery White, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate
Other: Watercolor Pencils, Bermuda Bay 1/8” stitched ribbon, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim


A New Technique

Happy Friday! It’s been an especially fun week for me since I’ve been in a class and it’s nice to change up my schedule a bit. I love to learn. Whether I’m in a classroom or just reading a book, if I’m not learning, I feel more tired and less energized.

My latest thing is podcasts. I can learn every day via audio podcasts and I don’t even have to read a book. I am totally obsessed with them. If you have a favorite podcast, would you please let me know in the comments? I’m always looking for some great ones.

Scalloped Frames

Since I’m always learning, one thing I like to do is learn new ways to make cards. A friend of mine had been using the technique on this card and I adored it. Isn’t it fun to try new techniques? Do you spot the technique used in this card?

Mother's Day Card using the "Oh So Succulent" stamp set by Stampin' Up!
The new-for-me technique is the light blue (Pool Party) scalloped frame.

If you read my last blog post, you know I also love tilting paper and making them topsy turvy. This technique combines both these techniques since the frames usually work best when turned a bit. It’s a perfect marriage, no?

Tips and Tricks

When designing the card, I first started out with my fav “Oh So Succulent” stamp set. I cut out a few images for the card, using Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, and Rose Red ink. This helped me figure out the color scheme for the rest of the card.
To make the Scalloped square:

  • Choose the size of the scallop you want from the Layering Squares Framelits. Cut out your cardstock.
  • Next, choose a square that’s smaller than the scallop. You don’t want the square to be too close in size to the scallop because otherwise your frame will be too thin.
  • Once you’ve chosen a good size, cut out the center square using the magnetic platform on your Big Shot so nothing shifts.
  • I like to glue my Square onto the card with a thin layer of Tombow.
  • This effect can also be done with two squares or two scallops. Change it up and have some fun!

Mother's Day Card using the "Oh So Succulent" stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Hope you also decide to make these frames. They are so cool, aren’t they?

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Swirly Watercoloring

Wow is life exciting for me today! My sister, who lives in another country, has come to visit for just a few short days. We never know when we’ll have the opportunity to see her again, so these days are so precious.

Whenever she visits, we usually plan to chill. I don’t like doing a whole lot since she’s usually tired from her flight, anyway. Hanging out and chatting over tea is always fun. Such a treat to have her visiting! I have big smiles on my face as I’m writing this post.

Getting’ Wild with Watercoloring

For my card today, I was feeling a bit over-the-top. Must have been my excitement over my sister’s visit. I haven’t done Watercolor Washing lately, and I was ready to have a go at it!

Handmade Card using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Whenever you do this technique, you never know how it’ll look in the end, especially when trying new color combos. I always start with a hope and a prayer. LOL. But, the truth is that it’s just paper, so if the color combo doesn’t work, it’s really all good, right?

Color Combo

My color combination for this card is Emerald Envy…which you probably already guessed. But can you guess the second color? I did the other color first and then added the green Emerald Envy to it. (I told you this was scary! Who knows how it would work?!) But joy of joys, it worked great! The other color was Bermuda Bay.

And my secret was that when I had the idea to blend colors, I actually used scrap paper first. LOL. I tried some color combos that REALLY didn’t work. But the Bermuda Bay married nicely with the Emerald Envy.

Handmade Card using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

How to Make this Card

To make this card, I started out with Watercolor Paper. I cut the paper a little larger than what I wanted for the finished card so I could trim any stray edges.

  1. This step is optional – adhere Watercolor paper to a scrap paper with washi tape so that the paper doesn’t curl when it gets wet.
  2. Stamp the images from the Swirly Bird stamp set onto Watercolor paper with versamark. My card has swirls and also the random dot image placed throughout. Start with the biggest image first, then fill in with smaller swirls and random dots.
  3. Using clear embossing powder, heat set images.
  4. With your AquaPainter, paint the entire card stock with water. Next add Bermuda Bay Ink. When the Bermuda Bay dries (you can use your heat tool to speed this this up) add Emerald Envy over top of it. Let dry.
  5. If you adhered the watercolor paper to scrap paper, remove and trim edges of watercolor paper.
  6. Embellish as desired!

Have fun with stamping

To me, this type of stamping is so much fun. I had a ball making the card and putting together different colors. It does take a little longer to make than other cards, but it’s also more fun, isn’t it?

I’m off to enjoy more time with my sister! Thanks for stopping by.

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Swirly Bird Suite
Paper: Watercolor, Emerald Envy, Bermuda, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, AquaPainter, Hello You Thinlits, Metallic Sequins

How to do Shadow Stamping

It’s time for a new technique! It’s always fun researching a new technique and presenting it to you. Sometimes, like today, my research takes me to a technique I’ve never seen before. Seeing a new way of stamping, especially for those of us who’ve been stamping for a long time, is very exciting! Shadow stamping isn’t hard and I hope you’ll give it a try.

Example of Shadow Stamping

Shadow stamping is when you use white ink to give the appearance of a shadow. Although it’s traditionally used with white ink, it can of course be done with any color, too.

Video showing how to do Shadow Stamping using the Flower Patch stamp set by Stampin' Up!

In the card above, you can see the flowers stamped in Peekaboo Peach and then a white image over it. Because a card can never have too many layers, I’ve also cut out flowers for the center and adhered them right above the shadowing technique. Why not, right?

Here is a video showing how to do the technique:


Tips for Shadow Stamping

  • You will need at least two colors of ink. In my samples, I’ve used a tone-on-tone colors along with white pigment ink.

Video showing how to do Shadow Stamping using the Flower Patch stamp set by Stampin' Up!

  • It doesn’t matter which color you stamp first. The white pigment ink may need a little time to dry so I personally prefer to stamp with the regular ink first.
  • It’s easiest to use photopolymer stamps, but if you have a stampin’ a mig, you can use rubber stamps, as well.
  • If using photopolymer stamps, pay attention to how you put it on the block so that after you clean it, you’ll know which direction your image goes. This can be an issue with flower stamps that look similar on all sides.
  • I like to keep the shadow in the same direction.
  • You card can combine shadow stamping and regular stamping. I think variation is nice.

Video showing how to do Shadow Stamping using the Flower Patch stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I hope you give Shadow Stamping a try. I have an online facebook group where we post pictures of our stamping techniques and one person is randomly picked every month to win a prize. Join us here! We’re a caring group and you will love it.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Flower Patch, One Big Meaning

Paper: Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Gold Glimmer
Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Emerald Envy, Wild Wasabi
Other: Flower Fair Framelits Dies

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Ombre Vintage Leaves

Do you love the Vintage Leaves stamp set as much as I do? I think I love it so much because the leaves are incredibly realistic and remind me of the maple leaves I see in my neighborhood. I love to go on walks at any time of the year, but I especially love walking in the fall and hearing the crunch crunch of leaves underfoot.

Ombre and Vintage Leaves

For my card today, I decided to do the leaves in ombre. I’ve been featuring a lot of ombre on my blog this month since it’s the technique of the month. There are so many ways it can look wonderful. For my card today, the effect is subtle in the leaves. The card certainly doesn’t scream ombre, yet the subtle effect is definitely there.

Cool ombre effect on each leaf. Stamp set is Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up!

Multi-tasking – Friends and Cards

I actually made this card when I was chatting on the phone with a good friend who lives far away. This was the perfect project for it! I was able to take my time coloring while laughing and having a good time on the phone.

Do you ever stamp while you chat? If not, I recommend it! It’s a great way to get closer to someone while also making a project. Every time you see the project you’re full of warm fuzzies because you think of your sweet friend.

Tips on using Blender Pens

To make the leaves, I used blender pens. I first stamped the image in leaves with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, since I find that works best with the blender pens. The Momento ink runs much less than other inks and as you go over and over the image with the blender pen, it holds up better and doesn’t bleed as much. We don’t want any bleeding on our projects!

Cool ombre effect on each leaf. Stamp set is Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up!

To make the variation in color, I choose a variety of different color inks. For some of the leaves I went from light to dark, but for others I reversed it. We don’t want to be predictable! Each leaf has three different colors in it.

I like to use blender pens with scrap paper. After coloring on the stamped image for a few seconds, before picking up more ink, I color onto the scrap paper to release any black residue that comes onto the blender pen. This helps keep my coloring crisp (and reduces that bleeding effect!)

Below is a video on ombre showing different techniques than ones that were used today. There are a gillion ways to ombre. But no matter how you do it, it is a lovely effect. I hope you give it a try!


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Vintage Leaves
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Vellum
Ink: Momento Black, various shades of green, orange, and yellow, Versmark
Other: Linen Thread, Gold Embossing Powder, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon

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Fun Ombre Swirly Card

Anytime I use the swirls from the Swirly Bird stamp set, my card comes out looking so FUN!! I used this stamp set today since I wanted to give my card an ombre effect.

Fun Ombre card with Video using the Swirly Bird stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Purple Ombre

For my ombre effect, I used three shades of purple:

  • Wisteria Wonder
  • Perfect Plum
  • Elegant Eggplant

These purple shades went from light to dark, but I felt that the lightest, Wisteria Wonder, was perhaps a little too light. That’s when I got the idea to do ombre within ombre! LOL. I made a video of this card because the effect is subtle and you may not notice it right away when seeing the card.

To make the ombre on ombre effect, after cutting out the swirls, I sponged Wisteria Wonder on each of them. It created a subtle effect, moving the shade of each swirl from dark to light.

Gotta Have Sparkle

My favorite part of this card does not come through so well in the photo. Can you see the silver sparkle??? The sparkle adds a lot because the card is a bit dark and the subtle glimmer adds just enough to make the card have an more playful look to it.

Fun Ombre card with Video using the Swirly Bird stamp set from Stampin' Up!

In the video, I’ll show you all the details on how I made the sparkle!! I also have some tips below.

How to Create Tiny Splatters of Glitter

  1. First, protect your surface! I keep a plastic placemat in my stamping area that I use for these occasions.
  2. Next, mix liquid tombow glue with some water. I like to put this mixture in a small, round plastic lid leftover from a stamping accessory I’ve used up. When you’re done doing this technique, you can rinse out the lid and reuse it again.
  3. Using an inexpensive paintbrush (I always grab one from the kids), dip the brush into the watery glue. Hit the brush with your hand or bone folder to get it to splatter everywhere! (that’s the fun part!)
  4. If there are specific areas of the card that you want sparkle, we can do that, too. Turn the paint brush over to the hard tip (opposite side of the brush). Dip the tip into the watery glue and put a dab of the glue onto your project. Repeat as necessary.
  5. Add glitter to the card and shake off.
  6. Enjoy how beautiful it looks!

It’s a great technique and every time I’ve used it, I’ve LOVED the result. It adds so much beauty to our cards. I know once you do this once, you’ll be hooked.

Fun Ombre card with Video using the Swirly Bird stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Enjoy the video and the technique.


Supplies Used:

Stamp: Swirly Bird
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant
Other: Tombow Liquid Glue, Silver Glitter

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Easiest Way to do Ombre

If you’ve wanted to try Ombre, I have the EASIEST way to do it! The card below was easy-peasy to create, and you can do it, too!

Ombre is Color Gradation

If you’re new to ombré, ombré is a color gradation effect where a shade (usually of one color, but it can also be multiple colors) goes from light to dark.

Ombre card using the Work of Art stamp set by Stampin' Up!

In the card above, I used stamp set, Work of Art. This stamp set is ideal for ombré!! When browsing pinterest with this stamp set in the search field, you will see lots of ideas for ombre using this set.

Also, follow me on pinterst (click here). I have an ombré board set up to inspire you, with all kinds of ombré item such as cards (of course!), home décor, clothing, etc. Ombré is a HOT trend right now, and it’s everywhere.

Just to share a funny story. Last night I was reading a book and the book cover was — ombré! It was a beautiful blue, light at the top and moving darker towards the bottom. I had to laugh. It’s everywhere!

Tips for Stamping Ombré

To create the ombré effect in the card, I first started with a dark color. Starting with a saturated, deep color is key for this technique!

Once you have the color, the rest is easy. I stamped first at the bottom, where I wanted the color to be the darkest. Without reinking I then stamped again above it. Without reinking again, I stamped the lightest color above. Ta da! An easy ombré effect!

Ombre card using the Work of Art stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I do want to caution you that this triple stamping technique works well with rubber stamps. I have not had success with it using photopolymer stamps. With photopolymer, when I stamp off the second time, most of the ink is already off the stamp and it doesn’t look right.

Below is my video different ways to achieve an ombré effect.

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Work of Art
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black
Other: Bold Butterfly Framelits, Wink of Stella, Silver Metallic Thread, Pearls

Ombre Butterfly Card

Today I have a fun card for you that’s simple and sweet. The card uses Ombre to make a statement. The card is simple, but the ombre effect makes it special. The cool thing about using ombre is that the effect is so striking, that the stamping does not need to be complicated.

Ombre card using Bold Butterfly framelits by Stampin' Up!

Creating Ombre with Card Stock

In my post this past Friday (click here to see it), I explained that ombre is when a colors fade from dark to light. There are so many ways of doing this! I wanted to show several samples. On Friday, I showed sponging. My card today shows that you can use card stock to create the effect.

There are many punches and framelits available in the crafting industry today. Even a simple punch (such as a circle or heart) would look absolutely stunning when putting different shades of the same color together and cascading them down the card.

My card shows butterflies down the left. You could fill the whole card in punched images, or put several rows down the center. The possibilities are endless and whatever you choose to do, it will look stunning.

Ombre card using Bold Butterfly framelits by Stampin' Up!

I’ve found that for me, the hardest part of ombre is figuring out which colors to use. Definitely play with your colors before gluing down anything. For this card, I used Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, and Watermelon Wonder.

Ombre for Handmade Cards and Papercrafting

Feel free to PIN the graphic above to Pinterest so you have it for later!

Tip for Creating Ombre Cards using Cardstock

You’ll notice that even though I’ve only listed three colors above, the card actually has four colors. I have a trick to let you create a shade of ombre with ANY card stock you own. The trick is to use versmark.

In my video below, I share that if you first cover your card stock with versamark, and then cut it out, the card stock will be just a shade darker. This is a HUGE help if you don’t own a darker card stock in the exact shade that you need.

When making my card, I secured the sequins using liquid tombow ink. The butterflies are also glued to the sequins using tombow.

The sentiment is from the stamp set One Big Meaning.

Here are some more ombre pictures to help inspire you to create your own ombre cards.ombreblackdress

Ombre Pillow

Ombree Dresser








I created Pinterest board on lots of ombre cards, clothes, home decor, to inspire you!! To follow the board, click here.

Hope you stamp some ombre!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set:One Big Meaning
Paper: Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder
Ink: Versamark
Other: Silver Sequins, Bold Butterfly Framelits

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Three ways to do Ombre

You know that fashions change throughout the years, but did you know that stamping does, too? It’s so true! Look at the colors sold by the major stamp companies. You’ll see these same ink colors reflected in clothing, and home accents. The ombre effect is very trendy right now in the retail world, so of course, it’s also trendy in the stamping world

What is Ombre?

The Urban Dictionary defines ombre as:

A French term meaning “shaded.” Usually a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark. The color effect, generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp. This is often seen in hair, clothes, or even art.

In the stamping world, Ombre is when a color fades from dark to light (or vice versa).

There are so many ways to create an ombre effect. You can do it with a specialty stamp pad, paper, ink, and numerous other ways.

In the card below, I use sponging to create the effect.

Fun ombre card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Tips for Creating this card:

  • To create the ombre effect, I sponged three colors on the cardstock. I started with Pool Party ink, then switched to Bermuda Bay. For my darkest color, I used Island Indigo. The tones worked well together.
  • When using ink to create an ombre effect, you will first want to experiment on scrap paper to make sure the colors work together. Sometimes ink that you think will flow nicely from lighter to darker shades REALLY doesn’t work. Trust me on that one!! In the video, I show an example of a shade I thought for sure would work, and it looked horrible (in my opinion). I went through many more experiments but didn’t show you all the failed samples or the video would have gone a looooong time.
  • When sponging darker colors, after dipping the sponge into the ink, I like to ink it off  onto scrap paper before putting it on my card. Inking it off removes the “blob” you can sometimes get. This will make the effect flow nicely.
  • You may be wondering how I got the white circles on the paper. I did this by using special white paper that has the circles already on it. It’s such a fun paper to use for this effect! It’s called Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Specialty Paper.

Fun ombre card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Sponging is just one way to do Ombre. There are so many different ways to do it. In my video below I show three ways. I could have kept going, but the video would have been too long 🙂

Below is some inspiration of beautiful gowns that are done in ombre. It’s no wonder it’s so trendy — it’s a beautiful effect.

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I hope you give the ombre technique a try.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Seaside Shore
Paper: Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Specialty Paper
Ink: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum, Rose Red

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Fun ombre card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!


Lots of Shakes for this Seaside Shore Card

As I was making this shaker card, I had a wild and crazy idea. I thought — why limit a shaker card to just ONE area to shake? Why not keep going? So I did!! I am so excited about this card. Although I used the Seaside Shore stamp set in my last card, too, I wanted to use it again to show an underwater scene. Isn’t this fun?

Shaker Card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Tips for making a Shaker Card

  1. When making a shaker card with multiple windows, be sure to leave room between the windows. You’ll notice that in between my circles there’s space. This space is important since that’s where the Foam Adhesive Strips are located (on the underside, of course).
  2. After cutting out circles in the top blue layer, I laid this layer over the white card base. With pencil, I lightly traced the circles onto the white paper. This showed me where to stamp my images. After I stamped all the images, I erased the circles with a good quality eraser.
  3. I think it’s more fun to have different items in each window. On my window in the top left, I have sequins in Bermuda Bay blue. The other windows each have different color or shapes in them, as well.
  4. To tie the card together, I stamped the water dots image in each of the windows, in the same Soft Sky blue. This gives the card a consistent feel.

Shaker Card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Keep at It

When we do a technique more than once, it can help us to grow our creativity even more. Maya Angelou says,

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

– Maya Angelou

This is so true. The more creativity you use, the more inspiration and new ideas you get. You come up with new and different ways of doing things. If there’s a technique you love, I encourage you to keep using it. Then show me the results and send me a picture 🙂 Watch your creativity grow to new levels.

Shaker Card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Here’s my video on how to make shaker card:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today 🙂

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Seaside Shore
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake
Ink: Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie
Other: Metallics Sequins, Gold Sequins, Bermuda Bay Sequins, Seaside Embossing Folder, Foam Adhesive Strips