Sunflower – Sending Smiles

Hi crafty friends! I hope you had a nice weekend! It felt so good to have a weekend – I spent a lot of it in my craft room! I spent time organizing and creating! It felt so good! I was so excited to use the beautiful Simon Says stamp – Sunflower Background! I love this stamp and knew when I saw it released I had to add this to my stash! It is currently sold out, but you can check the store and have them notify you when it is back in stock!

I started by stamping this gorgeous background on Canson water color card stock. I used WOW embossing ink and Brutus Monroe Gilded Gold embossing powder! I love the added touches of gold for a fall card! I spent a couple of evenings working on watercoloring this beautiful stamp and working in layers! I used my Mijello Mission Gold watercolors on this card! I love these colors and they truly blend beautifully, but are also very vibrant! Which I love! In my leaves I did add some gold water color from my Gansai Tambi colors. I love adding touches of gold to my leaves!

I then chose to use the sentiment Sending Smiles from the Simon Says Stamp September card kit! I love this die! This die is sold separately as well – you can see it here. I die cut the background layer using vellum and then die cut the words using cardstock from my stash. I die cut the sentiment 2x and layered these together! I love how the die cuts out the heart shape as well! I thought they were so cute I added them to the (d & g) within the sentiment! I completed the card by die cutting the panel using a Hero Arts rectangle die. I had a small panel left over and I did adhere this inside the card as well!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a great week!

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Give Thanks – August KOM

Hi everyone I hope your week is off to a great start. Today I wanted to stop in and share a fall card using the August 2020 kit of the month from Unity Stamp Company. The kit is full of so many beautiful red rubber stamps as well as beautiful sentiments. Today I chose to work with a fall wreath from the kit as well as a sentiment.

To begin I started with a piece of Canson water color card stock. I first started by creating a watercolor background using Gansai Tambi Watercolors. I used the following colors to create the background: 42 Aureolin, 46 Burnt Sienna, 32 Red, and 33 Cadium orange. For this background I used a wet on wet technique. I placed water on the background, then brought in each color to the paper. I have found when creating a background the wet on wet technique works very well for allowing the watercolors to move and blend together. It is important to let each layer dry before adding more color. I have found best results when they dry on their own. I did two layers of color and on the second layer I did add some blush gold 91.

Once my background panel was dry, I embossed the wreath using Brutus Monroe embossing ink and then used Brutus Monroe Gilded Gold embossing powder. I then used Karin brush markers to color the fall leaves and acorns in. I used the following colors: Red 209, Amber 195, Gold 283, Sepia 074, and Henna 105. Since I did a watercolor background I did very simple coloring. I did one layer of color and then added a second layer in different parts of the leaves and acorns for added interest. I then used a Hero Arts nested rectangle die to die cut my panel. I added some metallic splatter to the watercolor background in a red metallic and orange metallic. I used a piece of dark orange card stock from my stash and glued that to my card panel. I then placed the wreath panel on top. I chose a sentiment from the set called Give Thanks. I stamped this in black and then die cut it using a Gina Marie designs stitched Circle die. I adhered this with foam tape. I added a few sequins for added sparkle.

Today is the last day of the sale at Unity stamp company. Many sets are on sale for 55% off, over 600 stamps in the sale category (Fall, Halloween, Love & Friendship, Kids, Pets, School). Add the items to your cart and at checkout you will use the code FALL 55 to see an amazing discount. I encourage you to check out the sale and the different categories. I have them linked here for you as well. Thank you for stopping by today and be sure to check back in the next week as the new kit of the month, as well as all the new memberships will be revealed!

I have shared several cards on Instagram over the last few days using the AMAZING new releases at Unity Stamp Company! I have had so much fun working with these new sets! Check them out too – they are all on SALE!!!!!

Teach Love Inspire
Letting Go
Monster Hugs
Hey There Pumpkin

Thank you for stopping by! I have listed all the products I used within my post. You can click on any of the links I have shared if you are interested in purchasing the products. The products listed are a compensated affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support.

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Watercoloring and Ink Smooshing

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a great week! Today I am Guest Designing over at the Crafty Meraki blog! Today I am using the beautiful Sweet Nothings set from Altenew. It is a beautiful stamp set! Let’s get started!

For today’s card I chose to work with my Gansai Tambi watercolors. Any water coloring medium you own will be great to use! I started by stamping the 2 large floral images and several of each leaf on Canson Watercolor paper. I stamped the images in Versamark ink and then heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder. Today I am using the wet on wet technique for my watercoloring. I made sure to tape down my paper to a board to help prevent warping. When watercoloring I work in layers and let each layer dry. I find with watercoloring, letting it dry on it’s own gives me the best results. The colors I used are:

  • Leaves: Turquoise Blue 62, Viridian 55, Forest Green 56, Yellow Ochre 44, Blush Gold 91
  • Flower: Cadium Orange 33, Carmine 35

Once my watercoloring was complete I set these aside to dry. I then wanted to create a watercolor background. Which is truly one of my favorite ways to make a background! I placed several colors on my glass mat and sprayed with water and then “smooshed” my paper onto the glass mat. I completed these several times and then set it aside to dry. The colors I used are:

  • Lemon Yellow 40, Imperial Violet 38, Indigo 67, Gold 90

I then fussy cut my images using my Scan and Cut. I trimmed down my watercolor panel using a slimline die. I love the sentiments in this set. I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Ink directly on my card panel. I adhered my card together. To complete my card I added some gold perfect pearls splatters and Nuvo drops.

Supplies Used:

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Thank you for being you – MFT Peony Perfection

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great day! Today I am guest designing on the Crafty Meraki blog. I am sharing a CAS design card using the MFT – Peony Perfection stamp set. I love this beautiful set and felt it was a beautiful set to create a CAS design. I hope you will stop by the blog to see how I created this card! I had a lot of fun with this set! Below I will share a list of crafty supplies used.

Supplies Used:

  • Stamps: MFT Peony Perfection, Altenew Sweet Nothings
  • Paper: Bristol Smooth Card stock
  • Coloring Medium: Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, Gansai Tambi water color (Gold)

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you will visit me on the Crafty Meraki blog!

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Let You Dreams Bloom

Happy Sunday Crafty Friends! I hope you are doing well! I hope those of you who celebrate the 4th of July had a wonderful day with family and friends! We had a small family BBQ – it was nice and relaxing! For today’s card I am using the Paint a Flower – Hydrangea by Altenew.

I started by stamping the Hydrangea bloom using WOW embossing ink on Canson Watercolor card stock. I stamped the hydrangea 3 times and heat embossed the image using gold embossing powder. I watercolored the blooms using my Karin markers. I have listed the colors I used:

  • Pink Bloom: Pale Pink, Magenta, Pale Violet, Indigo Blue
  • Blue Bloom: Sky Blue, Royal Blue, Lilac
  • Leaves: Apple Green, Ochre, Olive Green

I enjoyed the watercoloring process using the markers. I am enjoying participating in the 30 day color challenge with Kathy Racoosin. Are you joining in? You can see all of Kathy’s posts here! I colored this over days 2-4. I just enjoyed the process and really took my time. I started with a light layer and then as the layers dried, I continued to add more colors.

When my coloring was complete I decided I needed a background. I was speaking to my friend Enna and she suggested a pale purple, what a great idea! I encourage you to check out her cards – Enna-Cardmaker (@ritzyhag) I love her work. I feel it just pulled the card together! To create the purple background I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors – Imperial Violet and White, mixed them together to create a pale purple. I completed the background 2 times. I added a piece of purple card stock to my white card base and adhered the 2 panels onto the card. Then stamped 2 sentiments from the set on black card stock and heat embossed the image using white embossing powder. I foam mounted these and added a few sequins.

I had a lot of fun watercoloring this stamp set! Have a good afternoon!

Supplies Used:

  • Stamps: Paint a Flower – Hydrangea by Altenew
  • Paper: Canson Watercolor Card Stock
  • Coloring Medium: Karin Brush Markers, Gansai Tambi 36 watercolor set

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Just for You – New day Butterflies

Happy weekend crafty friends! How was your week? I hope you had a great week! Today I am sharing my take on a “mixed media” style card! I love the style and I am always drawn to those cards with a mixed media style! So I decided to give it a try! Let me know what you think!

I started by stamping 3 butterfly images from the Hero Arts – New Butterfly stamp set. You can’t see the third one, but it is glued inside the card! I stamped 3 butterfly images onto Canson XL watercolor card stock. I used clear embossing ink by WOW and gold embossing powder by Ranger. I used my Gansai Tambi water colors to color each butterfly image. I used the wet on wet technique for my watercoloring today. Once my water coloring was complete I used Brea Reese glitter ink to add some extra shine. I wish my photos would capture all the sparkle! I then set these aside and worked to create my background!

I took out an A2 sized panel of watercolor card stock. I used 2 colors of Gansai tambi (Blush Gold and Gold) to create the background. I placed both of these colors on an acrylic block and added a spritz of water. I then “smooshed” the acrylic block onto the card stock, I completed this several times to achieve the look I was going for. I chose to use the block to allow me more control of where I was placing the ink. Once the panel was completely dry I used a stamp from the Vibes stamp set – Unity Stamp Company to add some texture using Distress Oxide Ink – Walnut Stain. I added a few black splatters, as well as Perfect Pearls in Gold and Bronze for added texture and shine. To complete my card I added a few gold glitter sequins.

I had fun creating my take on a mixed media card! I can’t wait to try this again! I am entering this card into the challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes (Hero Arts)

Thank you for stopping by! I am listing all the products I have used below. You can click on any of the links I have shared if you are interested in purchasing the products. The products listed are a compensated affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support.

Supplies Used:

  • Stamps: Hero Arts – New Day Butterflies, Vibes stamp set – Unity Stamp Company
  • Coloring Medium/Ink: Gansai Tambi Water colors, Brea Reese Glitter Ink
  • Paper: Canson Water Color Paper XL
  • Other: Distress Oxide Ink – Walnut Stain, Perfect Pearls Gold and Bronze

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha