Posts Tagged ‘cardmaking’

Concord and 9th Songbird – watercoloured

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

Hi stamping friends and welcome back. It’s Sandi MacIver here and today my share is using Concord and 9th Songbird – water coloured with the Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens.

Concord and 9th Songbird watercoloured

This lovely Songbird from Concord and 9th is perfect for so many occasions:

Concord and 9th Songbird stamp set

It has the beautiful main image, a lovely selection of sentiments and then add on pieces depending on the season you are creating. Spring flowers and leaves, berries and pine cones for winter/Christmas and the larger leaves that I used today for fall. Simply use your stamp positioning tool to add the elements you want.

Concord and 9th Songbird watercoloured

In today’s Video I walk you through the many ways I like to watercolour with the Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens: Direct to paper, blended out with a water brush, diluted on an acrylic block and blended together direct from the pen. I splatter with them too. So versatile, they should be a staple in every craft room.

Here’s today’s video, you can watch it here, or in HD over on my YOUTUBE channel.

Ok, that’s it for me today, I hope you enjoyed my share. Watercolour is our challenge for the month, so create a card and load it to the Scrap N’ Stamp Facebook Challenge Page for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate.

Listed below are the supplies I used for today’s project. Until next time, Happy Stamping and thanks so much for stopping in.

Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Pens Review and Card

Monday, September 16th, 2019

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!!

~Chala

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

Space Reserved — Penny Black

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

Happy Saturday and welcome back! Laurie here to share a love or friendship themed card using the Space Reserved Stamp Set from Penny Black.

I love this set. Even though it is intended for Valentine’s Day, it can be used for many other occasions.

I coloured up this adorable and large image using my alcohol markers. I took the time to fussy cut as I wanted to pop it up on the card front. I cut a white panel to smaller than the card base and using the Cloud Stencil from MFT and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, created a light cloudy background. I used Bundled Sage Distress Ink on the lower portion of the panel to tie in with the coloured grass.

I popped the cute image onto the ink blended panel using foam adhesive then added the panel to the card base, also using foam adhesive…I love dimension!! The sentiment comes from the From the Heart Stamp Set from MFt and was white heat embossed on a small strip of black cardstock. This was also popped up!

I decided to add the purple butterfly for an extra element as well as a few clear sequins.

I love the clean and simple look of this card and I hope you do too! The Space Reserved Stamp Set is in stock and just waiting for you to bring it home:)

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!

Laurie