Watercolor Wash

IMG_8199Nothing dresses up a simple greeting or image like a beautiful watercolor wash. With Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads and Aqua Painters, it’s a breeze!

IMG_8203aAqua Painters
# 103954 $17.00

These refillable, water-filled “brushes” are great for watercoloring images and for creating beautiful background color washes. They come two to a pack and are a great bargain!

Simply press the closed lid of your Stampin’ Up!Classic Ink Pads to create a pool of ink on the inside of the lid. Use the Aqua Painters to pick up ink and “paint.” Simply wipe the brush clean with a rag or paper towel before proceeding to the next color.

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Hello CYCI#95 Color Challenge

IMG_6993 with mark10404211_10206967030869657_8794179892060936124_nThis week for Can You Case It we are challenging you to use the color palette of yellows, browns and neutrals. I have always loved the earthy color combination of yellow and brown so I was pretty excited to get started with my card.

SU! card with mark
The overall design was inspired by cards featured in our July/August Stampin’ Success magazine.

What drew me to this card design was the simple use of DSP and the whisper-thin, squiggly line stamped just above the greeting. That squiggly line alone is a great reason to invest in the Tin of Cards Stamp Set. Of course it has excellent greetings too!

The following tutorial will walk you through the steps to make this card.

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For You CYCI #88

IMG_6209 with mark11825235_10206769486731177_6588342167293212771_nThis week’s Can You Case It (CYCI) Challenge is “Designers Choice.” I chose to feature a tiled card that has been watercolored with Stampin’ Up! Classic ink pads and Aqua Painters. I also wanted to use our new Fine-Tip Glue Pen which I am PSYCHED about! So before going into the details of the card, I want to share this video that Stampin’ Up! produced on how to use this incredible new adhesive.

Creating Tiled Panels:
On my card, the main image has been cut into tiled panels. Creating tiles out of one image simply adds more allure to your focal point. These tiles work aesthetically when the “grout” (for lack of a better description)  eliminates part of the image.

After stamping and painting the flower, I determined where I wanted to make my cuts. After marking the cut lines on the artwork, I cut on both sides of my pencil marks eliminating roughly 3/16″ of the image creating a “grout” area. I then adhered them to the card base leaving the 3/16″ space between each piece.

Watercoloring with Aqua Painters:
There are few things more fun in the stamping world than painting with our Aqua Painters. It’s like magic the way our ink pads convert immediately into paint palettes. Stampin’ Up!’s Aqua Painters make the BEST paint brushes, too, because they contain their own water and will never dry out because you simply refill them with water. For a video on how to watercolor, go here.

Adhering Sequins:
A new glue is in town … it’s Stampin’ Up!’s Fine Tip Glue Pen. This is the PERFECT adhesive when you’re working with small objects like sequins. It’s also GREAT when you need to adhere whisper thin pieces of cardstock such as those that some of our thinlits create.

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