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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Video – Toadally Awesome Curvy Keepsake Box

IMG_6858 with markYou’re Sublime is an excellent stamp set when you’re in the mood for a little whimsy. The images, especially this little toad with its big eyes and goofy grin, make me smile.  🙂

The Decorative Dots Embossing Folder adds to the whimsy of this box by creating a bumpy, toad-like surface. There is a trick, however, to making the texture work. See the video to follow:

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Good Things for CYCI# 91

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Can you Case It is challenging you this week to create a project with browns, greens and neutrals. I chose to focus on the brown palette using Stampin’ Up!’s Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso.

I wanted a clean, simple layout. That’s easily accomplished with a monochromatic card like this one. But clean, simple and monochromatic needn’t be flat and boring. There are subtle ways to add a bit of pop and panache. In this card:

  • IMG_6651 with markThe main image is offset,
  • The tree and ground are “sparkled” with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder to simulate snow and ice (as shown better in the photo on the right), and
  • Sequins were added for balance and the unexpected bling.

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings. Be sure to also stop by the Can You Case It website to see what other stampers are submitting. I encourage you to submit your project online too! And when you do, be sure to check back here and leave a message for me. I’d love to see what you create!

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Believe in the Miracle, Be Touched by Peace

IMG_6178Flurry BundleI’m in Bundle heaven! Stampin’ Up!’s new Holiday Catalog is filled to the brim with awesome bundles. The Flurry of Wishes and Snow Flurry Punch Bundle on page 26 is just one example.

IMG_6184The punch I used here, however, is the Flower Medallion Punch from the Annual Catalog. It also coordinates with this stamp set.

I punched the bottom left area of the card front with the Flower Medallion Punch to create a peek-a-boo window. I then stamped and punched the large snowflake on Whisper White and used dimensionals to pop it out of the “window.” IMG_6181Now when the card is opened, the white snowflake remains inside the card. I used our uni-ball Signo Gel Pen to write inside the card.

Creating the double banner:
The greetings on the two banners came from one stamp. I stamped the image once and then used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut thin strips to isolate two of the three sentiments on that stamp. I then used my Paper Snips to create bannered edges before adhering them to my card.

IMG_6179Emphasizing Ice Crystals:
The snowflakes on the base of the card are heat embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. It gives the snowflakes that perfect crystallized appearance. For an added chill factor, the white snowflake is adorned with one of our new Winter Wonderland Embellishments. Oo la la!!!

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings. If you see something you like, head over to my 24 hour online store by using the “Shop Now” button. Be sure to “Follow My Blog” to  receive email notifications when I post tutorials and when I announce Stampin’ Up! special promotions.  If you need help placing an order or if you would like to learn more about Stampin’ Up! please reach out to me at amysinklings@gmail.com.

Video – Watercolor Background Technique with Sheltering Tree

IMG_6155I was inspired the other night while “cruising” through Pinterest. I came across a group of cards that had a gorgeous watercolor background with a pretty silhouetted image. I gathered the 2014-2016 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers, “I” acrylic block, Stampin’ Spritzers and Sheltering Tree and got “in the zone.” The Stamping Zone.

For directions on how to recreate this watercolor effect with the items mentioned above, see my video tutorial below.

IMG_6156I wanted my tree to really “pop.” After stamping it with Early Espresso, I stamped it again with VersaMark and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. While the embossed image was still hot from the heat gun, I sprinkled another layer of embossing powder and heat set it again. I repeated this step a total of five times. The end result was a super glossy, raised image. Love it!

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings. If you see something you like, head over to my 24 hour online store by using the “Shop Now” button. Be sure to “Follow My Blog” to  receive email notifications when I post tutorials and when I announce Stampin’ Up! special promotions.  If you need help placing an order or if you would like to learn more about Stampin’ Up! please reach out to me at amysinklings@gmail.com.