Monday, September 29, 2014

Quick Watercolor Cards


Today I have a quick tutorial showing how to make some simple watercolor cards.  These are very easy and do not take a lot of supplies.  It would be easy to make a big batch of them to keep on hand.

First cut down a 8.5"x11" piece of card stock in the color of your choice into 3 inch widths and scored them down the middle creating three 3"x4.25" top folding cards.

Next cut pieces of watercolor paper into 2"x3.25" panels.  I used a rectangular craft die to do this but you can use a paper trimmer to create these as well.

Cover each watercolor paper panel in a layer of water then apply watercolors to get the look you desire.    I used blues and purples for my background.

You can set them aside to dry on their own or you can use a heat tool to speed the process along, I used a heat tool on my panels.  Once the watercolor is dry stamp the sentiment.  I used a sentiment from the October Studio Calico card kit The Underground. I stamped my sentiment using Versafine ink which is an oil based ink so there is no chance of it reacting to any moister that might remain on the paper.

Next take another piece of watercolor paper and repeat the same process using the colors you want for the die cut pieces.  I went with warm tones to contrast the cooler colors of the background panels.

Once this watercolored piece is dry die cut your embellishments.  I used the feather craft die from The Underground card kit for my cards.

Finally assemble the cards.  I used a glue pen to adhere the delicate feather shapes to the panel and a dry adhesive to adhere the panels to the card bases.

And now you have a set of thank you cards.  It would be easy to mass produce a bunch of these to keep on hand or to bundle up and give as a gift.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Studio Calico: The Underground + October Stamp Add-ons

I'm back with a few more projects using the October Studio Calico kits available today (to subscribers at noon and to everyone else at midnight)! These projects were made with the main card kit as well as the Snowman and Halloween stamp sets.


This card would make a fun invitation to a Halloween party.  I like the fun skull and cross bones image.


I used some stitched rectangle dies from Lawn Fawn to cut my mats and used purple pigment ink to stamp my stars.


I used the fun Evidence stamp for this one, thought it would be perfect with the little pockets included in the main card kit.


This evidence file is full of spooky ghosts! How cute!


On this card I used the Snowman stamp set to create ornaments rather than a snowman.


I used silver glitter embossing and white embossing for my red ornaments on pattern paper and the green ornaments at the bottom are stamped with green ink and covered in stickles glitter.


And finally another card with those beautiful feathers! I cut each one from white card stock then colored them with a copic marker.  This is an easy way to basically create your own colored card stock.


Then I gave each feather a coat of wink of stella clear glitter.  I thought the sentiment stamp from the Halloween stamp set was perfect to go with this magical feathers.

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy kit shopping!

Studio Calico: The Underground Card Kit

Hello and happy Reveal day at Studio Calico!
Today the October kits are revealed and available for purchase (to subscribers at noon and to everyone else at midnight).  Here are my projects using The Underground Card kit…by the way I am in love with the little feather die included in the kit so I used it a lot! :)


The made a halloween card first because well I was in the fall spirit.  The stamp set in the main kit made some very cute little pumpkins don't you think?


I like that the 'happy' and the 'Halloween' are separate stamps so you can use them together or not.


I really do love the feather die in the kit and knew I had to die cut it from the copper metallic card stock.  I wanted to keep this one simple so I picked out this paper from the pad included because it had a nice delicate copper colored pattern on it.


Those frosty embellishments are perfect to accent but not distract from the shiny feathers.  I also embossed the sentiment with copper embossing powder to match.


The compass wood piece and the map paper were just asking to be used together and they go perfectly with this sentiment.


I added a piece of vellum and cut a frame from the copper card stock.  I embellished the compass design with stickles glitter.


More feathers! I told you I loved that die.  These I cut from white card stock then colored by blending on distress ink in peacock feathers and seedless preserves.


All these cards are made with The Underground main card kit only.  I will be back later today with more cards using this kit along with the add-on stamp sets!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Studio Calico October Card Kit Sneak Peeks

Today I have a few sneak peeks of the upcoming October Card kit from Studio Calico, The Underground.

Reveal night is just around the corner! See you then!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lawn Fawn September Inspiration Week: Milk & Cookies

Today is my final post for Lawn Fawn September Inspiration Week.  Today we are featuring the set Milk & Cookies.  I just love this set so much…it makes me happy.  Milk & Cookies were the theme if you would call it that, for my wedding.  We had milk and cookies on our invitations.  Matt + Chari = Milk + Cookie :)  I shared these cards a couple months ago during sneak peek week.

For this card I used one of my favorite color schemes, chocolate browns and light blue.  I used the circles and scalloped circle stackables to make my frame and used the banner from the 3x4 stitched journaling card to tuck behind it.


I love that you can add the little smiles to the images of this set, or leave them just as they are.


For my second card I used the hippo polka dot notecard as my base and cut a vellum panel to go on top. I used the frame from the Sweater Weather set and copic colored the little milk and cookie.


I used the vellum because I thought it would help the sentiment stand out against the darker background of the card base.


Be sure to stop by the Lawn Fawn blog for more projects with this "sweet" set! Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lawn Fawn September Inspiration Week: Snow Day Stamps

Yesterday the Lawn Fawn team featured the Snow Day collection, today we are showing you the Snow Day stamps!  I have shared this card before during sneak peek week.  I used the Snow Day set to create a card that is not for the holidays.


I used the Argyle Backdrops to make my background with the little tiny heart form the Snow Day set, and I just love those little bunnies. They are good all year round if you ask me. :)


Check out the Lawn Fawn Blog for more projects with the Snow Day stamp set.  Thanks for stopping by today!


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