Challenge Projects

Dear Friends,

Today I have a special post. Instead of posting one of my cards, I’m posting the cards that the wonderful women in my creative challenge have made, using watercoloring.

If you haven’t yet seen it, below is the video I made for Challenge members this month:

Here are the beautiful cards that were created so far.  I know more artwork is coming and I can’t wait to see the creative takes on the challenge.

In the card below, Anne Elaine used the watercolor technique to add some interest to some beautifully stamped flowers. The background looks like water to me. The whole effect is gorgeous.


Janine’s card almost looks like a framed photo. The watercoloring adds so much to the card and makes the image look realistic. She kept the stamping in the center simple so the eye goes right to the color. The rest of the card seems almost to frame the image. Isn’t it lovely?


Deb’s card is also amazing. She added salt to the technique and it gave the watercoloring an added coolness factor. I love the colors she used and the flower image is simple and elegant, and works perfectly with the card.


Denise is new to the challenge this month and she fits into the group perfectly. Without realizing it, she combined the watercoloring challenge to one we did two months ago – Triple (or double) layer stamping. I love the colors on her card.


Malika is also new the challenge and adds much enthusiasm and smiles to our facebook site. Below is a sample of some of her work, as she plays with different effects of watercoloring. She has shown us more samples and I can’t wait to see her final card.


Lynn’s card uses a really neat take on watercoloring. I love love love seeing other people’s work since I always learn from everyone. I never would have thought to use this effect for clouds and it looks gorgeous on Lynn’s card.


DeeDee’s card is also amazing, isn’t it? It is a lovely example of the technique because the background enhances the card tremendously. The stamp she chose is ideal for this technique and I love the colors that DeeDee chose.


Margo’s card certainly does make me smile! I love the colors. If you look carefully at the watercoloring, you’ll notice she went in a circle, which goes beautifully with the stamped image. Margo’s card would brighten anyone’s day.


Isn’t Karen’s card elegant?  I love the Asian theme. The watercoloring adds interest to the card and allows the eye to to take in the scene without being distracted by too many competing colors.


I hope you enjoyed seeing everyone’s work. If you make a watercolor card, please send me a picture of it (or post it on our facebook group). We all learn from each other . . . and I’m lucky to have such beautiful inspiration every day.


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Watercolor Effects

Dear Friends,

Watercoloring is my absolute favorite technique right now. I need to resist using this technique on all of my cards (though maybe I should stop resisting …. it is so beautiful…)  One of the neat things about this technique is that you can use it in so many ways. The card I showed last week was VERY different than the card below.

I actually planned out this card before I started watercoloring (well, a rough plan, anyway). I knew only that I wanted to use the flowers from the Summer Silhouettes stamp set with watercoloring under just the flowers. To create the effect, I watercolored the rainbow approximately were I wanted to flowers to go. (The coolest thing about this technique is that “approximate” looks cool!  It looks even better that I missed some spots and that parts of the flowers don’t have ink under them.)


To make this card I first adhered Watercolor paper to a board with washi tape. I then brushed the left side of the paper with water. Using my aquapainter, I colored a bunch of colors on the left. After it dried a bit, I went over the yellow again to make it brighter. Once the paper completely dried, I stamped the images using Black ink. Note that I didn’t emboss it and it turned out nice and crisp! There are so many ways to use watercoloring, aren’t there?  There are no rules – just play!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes and Kinda Eclectic
Paper: Basic Gray and Watercolor Paper
Ink: Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Perfect Plum,  Smokey Slate, and Archival Black Ink
Accessories: Rhinestones, Metallic Sequins


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Video – Watercolor Washing

Dear Friends,

I hope my last blog post tempted you to try the Watercolor Wash technique. If not, perhaps my card today will encourage you to give it a try. The stamp set, Awesomely Artistic, is ideal for the effect. Even the little dots on the paper are made using an image from the stamp set.

The card below is actually the first card I made using the technique. I had a little mess up, but I learned from it.  The video (shown at the end of this post) shows what I did wrong and how I fixed it. You just gotta try — you don’t learn unless you do. And if we  “mess up” badly, we’ve just wasted a little paper. Isn’t paper crafting great?


I made a pdf with instructions on how to do the technique.  Click April 2016 Watercolor washing to download it.

This technique was so much fun that I decided to use it for my Monthly Creative Challenge. The members are having a BALL with this technique. I’ve gotten such positive feedback, I’ve been smiling big smiles at how excited they are to try it for themselves. Love my creative challenge members 🙂  Would love for you to join in on the fun. Click here to sign up.

Enjoy the video!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Awesomely Artistic
Paper: Lost Lagoon and Shimmer White
Ink: Versmark, Lost Lagoon, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake
Accessories: Linen Thread, Clear Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella, Rhinestones, Gold baker’s twine
Tools: Aquapainter, Heating Tool,


Watercolor Washing – Card #1

If you are into stamping, I know you’ve seen the Watercolor Washing effect. It’s HOT right now. Lots of trendy cardmakers are using this technique, and I can see why.  It is incredibly beautiful. There’s something so perfect about it’s imperfect look. It’s grungy, yet pretty.

Below is one of my first cards that I made using this technique.  On Friday I’ll be posting a video on this technique.  The video discuss all aspects of the technique and is almost like taking a class. I know you’ll love it, so be sure to check back.

I posted the video this past Sunday for my Creative Challenge (to learn more about my monthly challenge, click here) and they are so excited and thrilled to try it.  Love those women 🙂


To make the card, I first adhered Shimmer White card stock to a clip board with washi tape. Doing this prevents the paper from warping as it dries. I then brushed water all over it. Using an aqua painter with Crumb Cake and Blushing bride ink, I randomly brushed color over the cardstock. I added drops of water (you can see them under the car) for added interest. And to be honest, just to play and see how it would look 🙂


The car is embossed on Shimmer White, too. (I am loving Shimmer White for watercoloring. It takes the ink and water very nicely.) I then fussy cut it out, added some silver thread, and put the car over top of the design with dimensionals.

I’ll be showing you more examples using this technique.  It is SOOOOOO much fun.  I hope you’ll give it a try.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Beautiful Ride
Paper: Whisper White and Shimmer White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Smokey Slate
Accessories: Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Tool, Aqua Painter, Silver Thread

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