Another Fall Card with Concord & 9th

Concord & 9th Grateful
I’m haring another Autumn-themed card today, although I’m not sure where the season went! It was 31 degrees outside when I woke up this morning!

Concord & 9th GratefulTo start off this card, I loosely painted a watercolor panel with several colors from my gansai tambi watercolor pallet. I wasn’t sure what to do with this panel at first, because I didn’t immediately love how it turned out out, but I stuck with it. Using the leaf die from the Grateful Leaf die set, I cut the leaf shape from the panel and then stamped and heat embossed the Lace Leaf on the cut out using liquid platinum embossing powder and my heat tool. I really love how pretty and delicate the leaf image is.

Concord & 9th GratefulThe sentiment consists of the grateful word die from that same  Grateful Leaf die set and the “for you” (from part of a larger sentiment in the Cozy Christmas stamp set) is stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder on black card stock. I set the leaf cut out back into place on the panel, but made sure to pop it up on some fun foam to give it some separation and dimension. I also layered fun foam behind the grateful sentiment and added some behind the strip of black card stock, too. This card has lots of height, baby! Concord & 9th GratefulThe colors of this card remind me of all the beautiful leaves on the trees outside. I love this time of year! Minus the fact that it was 31 degrees outside this morning…And the fact that it may snow here tomorrow (!). I’m going to do my best to pretend there’s still a lot of Fall left to be had!


Multiple Images – No Masking

Wplus9 Doodle BudsWplus9’s doodle buds stamp set is one of my favorites (you may have noticed from this post or my instagram feed)! The images lend themselves so easily to cute, whimsical cards and they are perfect for creating floral scenes – without masking. If the stamped images intersect, it doesn’t really matter. In fact, the doodly (made that up) nature of the design means a little overlapping of the images is just fine.

Wplus9 Doodle BudsFor these cards, I just stamped and stamped several images in Intense Black ink onto watercolor paper until I was happy with the composition. I then used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint quick washes over each panel – one in this aqua/pool color (A2-sized) and the other in a burnt sienna or sepia tone (4-Bar sized).

Wplus9 Doodle BudsAfter the panels had a chance to dry, I added a bit more color here and there to give some more contrast. After that all dried, I then stamped a sentiment with the same black ink.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I used a stitched rectangle die to add some interest on the teal card and on the sepia card I used a paper distresser to rough up the edges a bit, then I adhered both to card bases. Super simple, but still really special!

Wplus9 Doodle BudsI hope everyone has a great weekend!


Blended Background Birthday Card

Birthday cardThis one might be a new favorite! I tried a new-to-me technique with distress ink blending for the background on this card and I love the effect. Birthday cardI started by blending a mix of Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries and Abandoned Coral distress inks onto a piece of Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper. I then created the mottled/washed-out effect (I just made that term up) onto the panel by adding puddles of water here and there and letting the water dry on its own instead of picking up the color with a paper towel right after, as I normally do. It’s not a novel concept by any means, but it was the first time I’d tried it out and I love the softer, more diffused effect it gives. I was turned onto the technique after reading a post over on the Wplus9 blog (watch the video, too!).
Birthday cardWhile the panel dried, I stamped (with Versamark ink) and heat embossed a flower and some foliage from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set onto a piece of vellum. I used the coordinating dies to cut out the images and then arranged them on the dried watercolor panel. Did I mention I used a stitched frame die to add some detail to the  panel? I did that, too, before I adhered the floral images with some strategically-placed glue dots. Birthday card

I also die cut the word Happy with the Winnie & Walter Happy die from some white cardstock and fun foam. I heat embossed the birthday part of the sentiment in white onto a piece of black cardstock. I adhered the panel to an A2-sized white card base and finished everything off with – you guessed it – some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets! Birthday cardI took quite a few photos of this card…I think because I like it so much. I hope you like it, too!


Celebrate! PTI Sentiment Splits

I’m here today to share three clean and simple cards I created using the Papertrey Ink splits: Celebrate stamps and matching die.

PTI - Celebrate

As is the case with most of my cards, I kept things pretty simple for each card. I started by stamping the design onto some watercolor paper, and then painted a multi-colored wash over each stamp. I then cut the sentiment out with the matching die.
PTI - Celebrate
Before mounting each finished sentiment split onto my A2-sized card bases I decided I should add some interest to the card base itself. For two of the cards, I just used my score board to create some score lines every half inch down the card. It’s not reading very well in the photographs but trust me, the score marks are there!This is a technique I love to do because it adds subtle interest and texture. I learned the technique from Laurie of Soapbox Creations. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you should, she’s so talented!
PTI - CelebrateThe third card I used texture paste and the Tiny Dots stencil from SSS for some added texture in the background. I mounted each sentiment strip on a piece of fun foam (I used the die again to cut the fun foam into the right shape) and attached the sentiments to the cards.
PTI - Celebrate

Lastly, I added some clear droplets to finish everything off.
PTI - Celebrate
I think these sentiment splits would be fun to color with copic markers or colored pencils. They’d even be nice to leave just black and white for a white-on-white design. Kind of love that idea.

Happy Thursday!


Feeling Grateful

I  begrudgingly put on tights this morning.

I have to finally admit to myself that Fall is here, and the cooler temperatures are coming. But, I do love, love, love Autumn in New England. The trees are starting to turn and I’m enjoying the occasional hot chai latte in the morning (no pumpkin spice for me)! As much as I love the fall, it does make me a little sad that summer seemed so fleeting! But, now I can look forward to cooler temps, cozy fires, all my favorite fall colors, all the food I get to eat on Thanksgiving (!!), and fun stamp sets like the one I used to make this card!

Concord & 9th Grateful

The card I’m sharing today was made using the beautiful fall-themed Concord & 9th  Lace Leaf stamp set and the Grateful Leaf die. I also used a SSS grid background stamp and some white embossing powder to create an emboss-resist background on the card. I painted over the embossing with several greenish-blue shades from my Gansai tambi watercolor set.

Concord & 9th GratefulI cut the grateful sentiment from the die set out of both white cardstock and some fun foam, and layered them up to give the word some dimension. The word “feeling” I heat-embossed in white on some black cardstock, and I also stamped and die cut two small leaves in different shades of gray and attached those to the card as well. I finished everything off with some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.

Concord & 9th GratefulEven though I’m sad to be officially transitioning to tights and heavy jackets, Fall is my favorite season. What about you? Are you sad to see summer go? Or, are you looking forward to scarves and hats?


Birthday Wishes & Watercolor Washes

SSS Birthday WishesComing at you today with a two quick cards. I stamped and stamped some images on some watercolor paper and then did quick washes over the top. No masking, no frills.
SSS Birthday WishesOnce I’d stamped all of my balloons (using the SSS Birthday Bits stamp set) with Intense Black ink, I painted one quick watercolor wash, let it dry, and then darkened up some areas here and there with the same color of paint. After everything dried a second time, I added a few splatters of paint on top with white paint. In the case of the blue/green colored card, I also added some very dark splatters with the same blue/green color I used for the overall wash.

SSS Birthday WishesWhen all that dried, I stamped my sentiment from the same set, using my mini misti tool to make sure it stamped evenly. I then cut the panel into a 4.25″x5.5″ size using a stitched rectangle die. I adhered the panels to card bases, and added some sequins here and there for a finishing touch.
SSS Birthday WishesHappy Monday, everyone!


Sea Jellies

Back in July, I purchased a My Monthly Hero kit. It was the first thing I ever purchased from Hero Arts, and I couldn’t resist. I was in love with several of the images in the stamp set. The jellyfish image turned out to be my favorite. There’s something about how ethereal jellyfish are. I never like to run into them in the ocean, but I can certainly appreciate them from a safe distance, especially if they’re just on paper.

Hero Arts - Jellyfish

Several years ago I took a trip to the New England Aquarium in Boston and saw their Jellyfish exhibit. Many different kinds of jellyfish (or Sea Jellies) swim around in glass tanks in a darkened room while various colors of light illuminate the tanks. I fell in love with the exhibition – it was so peaceful and so calming to watch the jellies float around in the tanks. Making these panels definitely took me back to that experience.
Hero Arts - Jellyfish
With the aquarium exhibition floating around (ha!) in mind, I found that the image would be perfect for an emboss-resist technique on some watercolor paper.  I cut up some Canson watercolor paper into 4.25″X5″ pieces and used my versamark ink pad, clear embossing powder and my heat tool to heat emboss jellyfish onto several of the watercolor panels.

Hero Arts - Jellyfish

I painted with my Gansai Tambi watercolors, using various colors in various intensities on each panel, but sticking to a monochromatic look overall. And once I started, I couldn’t stop! I ended up with sea jellies painted in just about every color. I still haven’t turned many panels into cards yet, but I did decide that I’d like to frame one of the panels. So, a few jellyfish now hang on the wall in my living room in a frame I picked up at Target.
Hero Arts - Jellyfish
I never thought I could love jellyfish so much! :)