Tuesday with Tara {take 218} Repeat Wishes

by Tara

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Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing two cards that came from some experimentation with the Retro Repeat die set by Tim Holtz. Since I’m still totally overflowing with inspiration from the girls in our Watercolour Wishes Blog Hop, I’ve also got some watercolor vibes happening in my first card.

Retro Repeat Dies

I started out just experimenting with the repeat dies to see how they worked. They cut out two rows of design, but the die includes a third which lightly embosses the next row so you can easily align the die to cut as many as you wish. It was pretty simple to work with, I just had to do a bit of trimming to my panel when I was done. (Let’s just pretend it was intentional for me to photograph the wrong die alongside my card. LOL. I’m experiencing some significant brain fog these days!)


I decided to layer a colorful watercolor background behind my panel, so cut a piece of watercolor paper to the size I wanted and used a smooshing technique with Distress Ink on my craft sheet. I just kinda used the colors I had sitting there and it ended up being something I wasn’t crazy about. Ooops. You can always fix a background though- so I added some shades of yellow Distress Oxide (Squeezed Lemonade & Fossilized Amber) over the background with a blending tool, then used the same colors to smoosh more color onto it. The layer of yellow softened some of the muddy bits and brightened the yellows I already had, as well as increasing the textural look with some oxidization.

I chose some fun sketchy flowers (which have a two-step design like the stamps I used for the blog hop) by MFT to provide a focal point for this card. Using the same shades of yellow & green which were in my background helps tie it all together. I paired the ‘wish’ die cut from Tim’s Shadow Script #2 set with a sentiment sticker from one of the Small Talk sticker pads. (I have a stash of these, I’ve been collecting for years. They come in handy so often!)

A little tip

As you can see, the die cut opening only reveals part of my background, so I cut the bottom layer of the ‘wish’ die from the portion that would be hidden! I use this technique a lot when I’m working with layers on a card. If you’ve got a layer that won’t be seen, die cut something out of it! In a case like this, it’s a perfect coordinating element. Otherwise, you’ve got a start for your next project…

My final detail to tie everything together was to ink the Small Talk Sticker with the same yellows I stamped with. A few little Nuvo Jewel Drops finished this card off!

More Retro Repeat

I created a larger die cut with another of the Retro Repeat dies and turned it into another simple card. I came across this snarky sentiment as I was looking for something to go with ‘wish’ Since it was a larger sticker, I decided I’d keep this one simple.

Since my card base & ‘wish’ layer were cream, I chose to ink my white sticker with yellow again. A few enamel dots and some Stickles glitter glue add a bit more yellow to balance everything out.

There’s not much fancy about this card… but I think we can all relate to the sentiment!

I hope your week is off to a great start, and I hope you get some time to get inky & play along with our Watercolour Wishes Challenge on facebook!

Inky hugs,


Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Pens Review and Card

by Chala Frank

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Hello! Chala here for today’s blog and I am excited to share a “new to me” product the Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Pens.

Scrap’N Stamp sent me two packages of the Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens to try and I thought I would share my thoughts and the card I created.

Having used pens similar to this in the past like the Wink of Stella and the Aqua Flow Waterbrushes I thought I had a good idea of how they worked…but, I quickly learned that there were some differences as well!

Let’s start by talking about the sets I received and the colours that are included in each.

The Festive Season set which included Matador Red, Pressed Olive and Baked Cherry.  The Autumn Woodland set and it comes with Spiced Ginger, Rustic Oak and Evergreen Fern.  These sets really compliment each other well and were perfect for the fall themed card I had in mind.  I did some simple stamping, masking and heat embossing to create a scene and then wanted to watercolour the images in. (Check out the YouTube video to see the card being made)  Before I got started though…there was a bit of set up with the pens.

The first thing you need to do is to remove the little yellow washer.  To do this you unscrew the pen top from the base.  Remove the yellow washer.  You can throw this away as you won’t need it anymore.  Carefully rethread the top and bottom piece together, being careful not to cross-thready.  There should be a “click” once it is together.  I recommend taking the lid off the top to do this as it took me a while to figure out I was just turning the lid and not the whole pen top.

With the two pieces are back together, locate the raised word “press”  it should be located next to the colour indicator swatch on the base of the pen.  gently squeeze to push the watercolour into the clear reservoir of the pen.  Don’t squeeze too hard as you can actually project some of the pigment out.  You will want to have a scrap piece of paper handy so that when the colour drips out you can work it into the bristles of the brush.  This process can be seen in my YouTube video which is linked below.

Continue this process with all of your pens.  Once they are primed and ready to go….it’s time to play!

The one thing I noticed was how “juicy” these were and how rich the pigment is!  A little goes a long with with these babies!    You can use them direct to paper, wet on dry, wet on wet or scribble some onto a smooth media surface like the Tim Holtz Glass mat and then use a brush to pick up the colour.  Again, I show all of this in my YouTube video linked below.

These pens would be great if you like to travel with your supplies.  It is best to seal them in a bag or container to ensure they do not leak or become crushed.  I think the best way to store these would be laying flat on their side or with the brush tip pointing up in a container to avoid leaking.

Please note that on the back of the packaging there is a bright yellow sticker that says “Adult use only.  Not suitable for under 14’s”.  I am not exactly sure why this would be…but, it must be there for a reason.  The only thing I can think of is because the pigments are so rich they might stain!  So, if you are using with small children…use at your own risk!

My honest opinion is that I really enjoyed using these and I think if you are looking for alternative to tradition cake/pans of watercolour these might be fun for you to try.  Below is the finished card that I created.

I love how rich the colours are, not like your traditional watercolours which can be quite translucent.  That’s not to say that you can’t achieve that translucent look by adding more water.  Again, I encourage you to check out the YouTube video where I show how I used them.  I also will link all the materials I use below and in the YouTube video description.

Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Brush

I hope that you found this blog and video helpful and it inspires you to try them out!  I would love  if you share your creations over at the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

Have a creative week!!


Materials List:

Nuvo Products:Nuvo Aqua Flow – Autumn Woodland, Nuvo Aqua Flow Festive Season, Nuvo Aqua Flow Water Brushes ,Nuvo Gold Embossing Powder,Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder

Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink

Versamark Ink

Thermo Web Purple Tape

Heat Tool

Gemini Junior Die Cutting Machine

Tombow Mono Sand Eraser

Used Ranger Embossing Pen /Simillar pen: Lawn Fawn Embossing Pen

MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies

Foam Squares

Cutter Bee Scissors

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Cardstock & Lawn Fawn Sunflower Cardstock

Distress Ink:  Chipped Sapphire

Colour Burst -Fabulous Feather

by Nancy Frustaci

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Hello Crafty Friends. Happy Sunday. Nancy F here, and man it seems like it has been forever since I have been on the blog. Lots of craziness, which has left little crafty mojo. But I am back and I am continuing with the monthly theme of all things watercolour.

I have two new cards featuring alot of the same products I used for the blog hop, but twisting it up in a fun way to use your stencils and die cut machine. Then adding a new die or two and some opal polish from my stash to snazzy it all up. I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration.

As I mentioned in my blog post for the hop, I created so many backgrounds, using the beautiful colour bursts that I really wanted to find a way to use them up. In the above picture, you can see part of the process.
I started off with watercolour paper, placed the stencil down and added the colour burst powders right on top and sprayed with water using my distress mister. I decided to add another card on top as to not waste any of the ink and see what kind of image I would get.  I loved how it turned out so much I made a few more versions of it. 

Since I had so many backgrounds I decided to play around with a technique I had never tried before, using your stencils to emboss. Yup you heard me right. Many probably knew this and have tried it but I have not, and wasn’t really sure how it would work out. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked. To get started I pulled out my long platform (this is what came with my big shot) the tan embossing mats, my metal shim, the plastic plates and of course a good old stencil. For this I used the peacock feather from Hero Arts.

I set up my platform on tab two then added the plastic plate, the tan embossing matt, the inked background, then the stencil and metal shim along with the second plastic plate, (I did another version of this technique using a die-cut and I can not remember which I had to use a paper shim with. If you try this you may need to do that) and ran it through. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this turned out.

Along with numerous backgrounds from my previous play session, I also had numerous sentiments that I had gone and stamped out from the Picket fence studio “Shake our Tailfeather” set. I heat embossed these with gold and white embossing powder. I guess I’ve gotten in the habit of making bulk cards and always needing to make sure I have extra of things, just in case it goes sideways. I die cut the gold using the wonky stitched dies from My Favorite Things. while I was at my machine I die cut several feathers from black and white heavy cardstock, and some fancy foil friendly paper I had in my stash.

Once I was finished all the die cutting and embossing it was time to add some shine and interest to the cards. I used some shimmer opals from my stash to lightly brush up on the embossing. I loved how this turned out, it really made the colours and the feather details stand out more. Once the opals were dry I went over it with some black soot. Thanks to a dear friend of mine I am completely stuck on the black soot. It’s like Franks Red Hot sauces, “I put that shh” on everything, lol

As for those beautiful feathers, I didn’t do too much. One of them was special foil friendly paper, so I decided to give it a try and ran it through my laminator with purple foil. I can’t say I am all that impressed with this but it does add a little flare. I decided the feathers needed an extra little something so I took the opals and went around them slightly just to bring out some of the detail.

It was time to finally assemble the cards. Both were varying sizes because 1, I started with different size panels when I did the inking and 2, I couldn’t bear to cut any of the panels down and waste any of these beauties. So the largest is this feather card measuring at 6 1/2 x 4 3/4 and the smaller is a standard A2 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. I kept it simple just layering the two onto black panels and white bases. I was very happy with how they turned out.

Lastly, I decided to pop the inked panels up on to the black card stock for some dimension, I also popped up some of the feathers and sentiment just for a little something extra.

I hope you found some inspiration and try using your stencils for embossing. It was a lot of fun and something I will deffenitly do once more.

Have a lovely week ahead and I hope you have time to get your craft on.