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Wreath and Wings

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Ho ho hello! It’s Deb here, from the Design Team. Are you ready for the holiday season, such as it is this year? If you’re needing another Christmas or winter card, you’re going to love the one I have for you today. It uses the new Penny Black Wreath & Wings stamp set done on watercolour paper.


I just had to do this with my Zig Markers for a watercolour effect. It’s such a soft image and this effect is perfect for it. Have a look.

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Those little birds are too cute, don’t you think?


To use the Zig markers for watercolour, set up the stamp and your paper in a stamp platform. Use one colour marker at a time to apply the colour directly to the stamp. Mist either the stamp or the paper, and then press firmly onto the paper. I found it was easier to mist the paper with water, so that I didn’t miss the area I was colouring! Continue on moving from colour to colour, until you’re happy with your wreath. The colours I chose are as follows: 041 Light Green; 043 Olive Green; 070 Orange; 022 Carmine Red; 092 Blue Gray.

Clean and remove the wreath stamp, and then line up the bird duo stamp at the bottom of the wreath. Stamp the birds in Nocturne ink, and ensure that it’s dry. To colour the birds, I decided to use a couple of Distress Inks. To do this, press the ink directly onto the lid of your stamp platform, and pick up the ink to paint with a water brush, or small paint brush. I used Fired Brick and Mustard Seed ink colours.

For the sentiment, I chose another Penny Black stamp set called Peaceful Season. Still using the stamp platform, stamp in Versamark ink a few times for full coverage. Next, cover the sentiment with gold embossing powder, and set with a heat tool. To add a bit more interest to the panel, use a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen in Midas Touch, and splatter the gold ink over the card front.  Round off the corners, and then layer the card together with gold and dark red cardstock.

Wreath & Wings

As I’m writing this post, we’re having our first snowfall here in Vancouver! It’s put me in a very festive mood; especially watching all the birds at the feeders on our back deck.


Of course, my card today coincides with the word for today in the Daily Challenge, which is ‘wreath’.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing my Wreath & Wings card. Another reason I like this stamp set is it’s versatility; just change up the colours you use, depending on the season! There’s also 3 different bird images to choose from.

To play along with the Daily Challenge, find the list of word prompts in the Facebook Group page HERE.  You can play along with as many or as few days as you like – yes, you can backtrack, if you’ve missed some days. Just share a photo of your project, using the hashtag #snschallenge on the FB page and your other social media platforms, when sharing. At the end of the month, one lucky person is randomly chosen, and WINS a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp!  Have fun – I’ll be looking for your project.


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Wreath and Wings

Spotlight Image Cards

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

Happy Saturday Crafters!

Chala here today and I am sharing my creations for the Random Acts of Cardness Challenge word “Spotlight”.  I absolutely love making spotlight cards as they are a simple, yet elegant way to create a lot of cards quickly.

This technique is very easy and can be interpreted in many ways.  you can layer a spotlight image or do portion cut outs of images that are coloured, today I am keeping it simple with a one layer spotlight.

For my first card I am using the adorable Scribbly Small Birdies from Dina Wakley.  When I first saw these I thought they were just begging to be watercoloured!  It has been awhile since I have pulled my watercolours out and sometimes I feel intimidated about getting started again.  So, I said to myself “Self, why don’t you use your Zig Clear Colour Clear Brush markers? ”  And then I said, “Girl!  You are SO smart! What a great idea!”  and then I was lall like “I know!  Right!?” and then I realized I was having a full blown conversation with myself and my buddy Bob (our bearded dragon) was looking at me like I had completely lost it!

If you are like me (maybe not the talking to yourself crazy part) and doubt your skills, the Zig markers make it super easy as you really just colour with the marker and then add water to help bloom the colour out into the areas that you want.

I used the Canson XL watercolour paper cut down to standard A2 size.  I stamped the sweet scribbly bird images with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  This ink is really great for watercoloring as it does not bleed due to it’s natural oil-based pigment.  I also love that it dries quickly too!  I like to use a stamp platform to do this as the texture of the watercolour paper will definitely make it so you need to stamp a couple of times to get a good image.

I have the set of 48 Zig markers, but you really don’t need that many.  The Zig 6 marker set is a great way to try them out if you are first getting started and you can always mix colours on an acrylic block or your work surface.  I use my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat.  Also, if you are a lefty….Tim Holtz even has a left handed media mat just for you!!

I decided I wanted my spotlight to be focussed on one image in particular and decided that it would be the centre one.  You don’t have to make it in the centre, in fact it is fun to choose an image that is off centred as it draws your eye to a different area of the card.

I stamped all the birds out and then began to colour the image with the markers and added the water.  I took my time to make sure I didn’t get two areas next to each other wet at the same time to avoid getting a “muddy” look.  I used my heat gun to speed up the drying process.  I also really gave myself permission to go slow and enjoy the process and built up the layers of the watercolour.  The more I walked away and came back to it, the more I like it. That is probably the best advice I can give someone is if you don’t like what you have done – walk away!  Take some time and come back as it looks so much better than you think!  I used grey colours to create shadows on the other birds and then used a “dirty wash” on the background so it wasn’t stark white.

Here is a list of the Zig markers I used: Carmine Red (22), Wine Red (24), Bright Yellow (52), Orange (70), Violet (80), Purple (82), Gray (90), Light Gray (91), Dark Gray (95), and Mid Gray (96).

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If you follow my creations you know that my absolute favourite border die is the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die so of course I have used it for both of my cards today.

Here is the finished first card! The sentiments I used for today’s cards are from the Modern Layered Floral Stamp Set from PinkFresh Studio. I stamped in VersaMark Watermark and used Wow super fine bright white embossing powder. If you are embossing onto black cardstock like I did, I highly recommend using an embossing buddy / antistatic powder bag to get better results on your embossing.

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For my second card I decided to use Copic markers and the Picket Fence Peony Bouquet with a bit of masking. I began by stamping the “non spotlight” images with Versafine Clair Morning Mist. It was a perfect tone to create a subtle image. I then coloured those images with the C9, C6, C3, C2, C0. I then moved onto the flower that I wanted to be the spotlight image. I stamped that image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Using a darker ink for your focal image really helps it to stand out. I used a TON of “RV” family markers. I honestly can’t remember all of the ones used (I think I used 8 different ones!) – but I spent a lot of time with the shading and trying to add different layers of colours to help give the feel of more dimension. I layered the panel onto Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Cardstock and I really think that also helps make the coloured image stand out.

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I hope that you enjoyed today’s cards and I look forward to seeing what you create! Remember to post your cards on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page and tag it with #SNSchallenge for your chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate!

Take care and stay healthy!

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Monday, October 12th, 2020

Hi Everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving to all that are celebrating this weekend. We did our dinner on Saturday and even with a power failure during part of the evening it was fantastic. Our daughters and their boyfriends were all here, we ate turkey, drank wine, played games and laughed a LOT.

The word prompt for today is Thanks and seeing as we’re celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada I thought it was appropriate.

My card is really easy to do. For those of you that say watercoloring is too hard you need to check out the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – they make it so easy. I started by stamping one of the flowers from MFT’s Painted Poppies stamp set with Versafine Nocturne ink twice. Next I chose two red markers and added the darker one to the base of each petal – about 1/4 of the way up. I grabbed the lighter red and overlapping where the darker color ended I added the lighter color and pulled it out further – about 1/2 of the way up the petal. I finished off the petal with a small wet paintbrush pulling the color the rest of the way leaving a little bit of white at the tips. I did this to both of the flowers. On one of them I added a yellow center.

Next I stamped out the leaves, colored them in with two shades of green marker and drew in some fine lines in the center. I fussy cut everything out. The flower with the yellow center I cut around the top two petals and layered it on top of the other flower with some craft foam. I adhered the  it all to a panel that I had die cut with MFT’s Square Peek-a-Boo Window Die. The sentiment is from Penny Blacks Sentiment Collection and is stamped with Versafine Nocturne ink – this is one of my favorite black inks. I added craft foam behind the panel and the flower and added it to a white card base.

The layers on the flower don’t show that well in the pic but it sure adds some detail in real life.

Where ever you are today and if you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or not I hope you’ll join us in today’s challenge and share it with us over on the Facebook Challenge Page.

Happy Stampin’

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