Posts Tagged ‘watercolour’

Picket Fence Peony Bouquet Gatefold Watercolour Card

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Happy Hump Day! It’s Chala here and today was such a fun day! I got to spend it on a field trip with my daughter at Bar-U Ranch. This ranch has been around since the 1800s and is one of Alberta’s National Historic Sites. I felt right at home and it made me want to get out in my yard to work, especially since we are finally seeing some of our perennials pop up!

My favourite perennials in my garden are by far my peonies! I love watching the buds come up and all the ants work away to help them open up. Since mine aren’t that far along yet I thought I would pull out this gorgeous stamp set from Picket Fence call Peony Bouquet. Immediately I knew I wanted to layer these flowers and create a gatefold card.

To create this card I will also be using masks and for this I use the Avery full sheet labels, stamp the images I am going to be using and then fussy cut them out. This takes a bit of time but is SO worth it and you can save the masks to use again!

My card bases (there will be two) will be Canson XL cold pressed watercolour paper 140lb. They are standard A2 size. I use my masks to lay out where I want to stamp on each card. The first one I will stamp normally. I am using my Tim Holtz travel stamp platform so that I can multi stamp for a better impression if I need to. I stamp my images with the AMAZING Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink. I say this ink is amazing because it really is. It is my first time using it and the results are spectacular! Great impression with detailed stamps and it is perfect for this project as it is watercolour and water based marker safe. It is my new favourite ink!

The second card I am going to turn it backwards so that it opens from left to right and stamp. I line up the cards so that I can get an idea where to place the flower so that when I cut out the images they will nestle together nicely. This is really hard to explain and I encourage to head over and watch the video for clarification.

I will be doing some watercoloring with my Distress Inks in the following colours: Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss and Broken China to give a light blue wash to the background and the inside of the card.

I like to tape my card base down with some Therm-o Web removable purple tape to minimize warping from the watercolouring. My watercolour process is to begin with the lightest colour to give me an idea of where I want the darker shading. I start with wet on dry and layer the colours as I go along. I also like to dry my project in between. Again, you can watch all of this go down by clicking the video linked at the end of this blog.

Once I have everything coloured and dry I give a wash of light blue to the panel. At this point I was not sure what I would be cutting out and wanted a cohesive look. Again, I dried the project completely before staring my fussy cutting.

Once I have the images trimmed out I place the two cards together to ensure everything works. I did have to trim a VERY small amount of on edge of my card in order for the cards to close and lay nice.

Now it is time to adhere the cards together. I am want to use a strong adhesive to make sure the to cards don’t come apart. My go to strong adhesive for this job is the Be creative scoring-tape. I only remove a portion of the backing so that when I am lining up the cards they don’t stick together when and where I don’t want them to. Once everything is line up nicely and I can then remove the backing completely. To see this trick in action….check out the video! 😉

My card was popping up…so, I thought I would run it through my Gemini Jr. to flatten it a bit. It worked…however, it did leave an impression of the flowers on the inside of my card….this didn’t bother me as I added a light blue piece of cardstock to the inside as a guide to where to write the sentiment and it covered most of it up.

I like to go back to my images with a black pen/marker (I am using a Copic multiliner) to darken the images and edges so that it looks neater.

I want the flowers to be the main focal of this card so my sentiment is very simple. I am stamping the Thank you sentiment from the Concord &9th Blooms Fill in set with Versamark Ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. I will then adhere it with some liquid adhesive on the right flap portion of the card. I think it works perfectly for this card and it was nice and handy from my last blog post! LOL!

The last thing I did was added some highlights with my white gel pen and some Sparkletz water droplets.

Here is a look at the finished card. I am very happy with how this turned out! I think maybe next time I might want to add some twine to wrap around it and tie a bow in front? 🤔 Or maybe not? Let me know your thoughts and what you would change or do differently.

Thank you so much for stopping by. As promised here is the video link!

Have a fantastic day!

~ Chala

Simple Lawn Fawn Card with Crayola Markers

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Dawn here from the little mennonite blog with a super easy/cheaper card for you today.  This card is made by using Crayola markers as watercolour markers!


Take a panel of watercolour paper and draw on it with Crayola markers.  Add water with a paintbrush (I used an old acrylic paint brush) to blend.  Let dry.

Stamp berries, leaves and butterflies with Lawn Fawn’s Flutter By stamp set.  Fill in set areas with black pen.

Adhere watercolour panel to card front with dry adhesive.  Add sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Flutter By stamp set to Lawn Fawn Fancy Wavy Banner by heat setting with white embossing powder.  Add Lawn Fawn Fancy Wavy Banner to card front with foam adhesive and cut off extra Lawn Fawn Fancy Wavy Banner extending over the side of the card.

You can also use Distress Markers for this technique.  Distress Markers must be stored on their sides (it doesn’t matter how you store Crayolas).  The advantage with Distress is that their colours are more sophisticated.  (Although I like the black Crayola better myself!)  You can also colour with Crayolas right onto the Ranger Craft mat or an old plate, add water, and wohoo you have watercolour!

Easter Sunday With Scrap ‘N Stamp

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Hello stamping friend, and Happy Easter! However you celebrate, or even if you don’t, I hope you’re enjoying your day. It’s Deb here today with a special Easter Sunday with Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team post. It’s my turn to share, so of course I had to include the celebration of the day. I’m using a brand new stamp set that I just ordered, called Dogwood Chapel, by Heartfelt Creations. This is also my first time using any stamps from Heartfelt Creations, and I must say, I’ve had a good first impression!


This stamp set is deeply etched red rubber, ready to use with your clear blocks and stamping platform. They give a nice, clear image, and the details are easily visible.

Easter Sunday With Scrap 'N Stamp

I used two of the 5 stamps from the Dogwood Chapel stamp set; the chapel and the dogwood branch. I wanted to create a scene as if the chapel is in the background, and you’re looking past a lovely flowering dogwood branch.


I knew I wanted to watercolour these lovely images, so I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black in onto watercolour paper. Just to be sure there would be no ink bleeding, I heat set the outline images with clear embossing powder. To get the effect of the chapel being in the background, I first stamped the dogwood branch, and then stamped it again onto a piece of masking paper. I hand cut the image from the masking paper, and placed it over the stamped image. Next, I stamped the chapel image with the mask in place, so that the chapel is placed behind the branch.

The dogwood is actually the provincial flower of British Columbia, where I live. Here, we most typically see the white flower species, but I thought that may be a bit boring, so I decided to colour the pink variety.  I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, first applying the lightest pink over each entire flower. I wanted the colour to be kept very light, so I first scribbled with the marker onto a large clear block, and then picked up the ink with my water brush. Then, I applied the colour to the image with the water brush.

Easter Sunday With Scrap 'N Stamp

I did this for each of the colours, to keep the application light. It’s always easy to go back and add more colour – but you can’t easily take it away! The photo above shows how I scribbled onto the clear block; you can also use any slick surface, like a piece of acetate, or a water mat, if you have one.


This photo is a close up, so you can see the colours and shading. For the petals/bracts, I used 2 different shades of pink, and added bright green and yellow to the middle. The leaves, as well as the bushes & trees near the chapel are in a multitude of greens – I was even mixing the greens on the block, before colouring! It’s such fun to do – creating your own blend. The chapel was shaded in a light gray, and yellow added to the windows, to give the illusion of it being lit from inside.

close up of colours

The path is coloured in a light brown, and then I added a wash of greens for the grass. To ensure a light blue sky, first wet the paper with your water brush, and then add lots of water to  your brush when picking up the ink from your block. Finally, stamp the sentiment from the Dogwood Chapel stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and again heat set it with clear embossing powder.


Once you’ve finished watercolouring your image and allowed it to dry, attach it to a panel of light pink cardstock, with foam tape.

layering panels

Next, attach those panels to a light blue card base, again with foam tape. I was tempted to add some ribbon or embellishments to the card front, but I liked the simplicity of the image, and so left it plain.


Don’t let the thought of watercolouring put you off! You do not have to be a top level artist; starting with colouring in a stamped image is a perfect way to build up your confidence. And using markers or pencils is also a great way to start, if the thought of buying actual paints puts you in a panic! You’ll find links below to the products I used to create this card – all available in a one-stop-shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp. I hope that this Easter Sunday with me of the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team has inspired you to get creative, no matter what medium you choose to use!

Easter Sunday With Scrap 'N Stamp

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