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Thinking of You Watercolor

Hello Crafters!

It’s Kelly here and I’m sharing a very simple watercolor card with you guys today.

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I started by adding walnut stain distress ink to only the right and bottom edge of the pot stamp. I didn’t ink the top because I knew I wanted the flowers to over hang the front of the pot. I added in my flowers only inking the areas I wanted to add. One of the many wonderful things about stamping with distress markers. For the flowers I used spun sugar because it’s dark enough to give you a guide but light enough that it won’t show after the watercoloring.

Now for the fun part!

I scribbled some distress ink onto an acrylic block to use for painting. For the flowers I used worn lipstick, seedless preserves, broken china, and chipped sapphire. I added more water to some petals or laves than others. This is what gives the beautiful variation that watercolor has. I added a bit of ground under the pot and stamped a simple sentiment to finish it off.

Here’s the same card but with a butterfly added in.

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I didn’t really “Love” the way the butterfly turned out but that’s okay. You can’t be head over heels for all of them!!

Have you played along in our current challenge yet, it’s New Beginnings. Births, birthdays, weddings, there’s all kinds of options 🙂 If you haven’t joined in don’t worry you have all month long!

Thanks for stopping by today

XoXo

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Supplies:

Hello Stamp and Cut

Stamp Your Own Cactus

Sunshine Hero Arts/Basic Gray

WPlus9 Pure Color Black Ink

Distress Ink Markers 

Canson Watercolor Paper 


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Birds on a Branch

Hi all.  Dawn here with my first post as a designer for A2Z Scrapbooking.  I am super excited to be here and hope over the course of my time here, I inspire you.  Hero Arts products were amongst the first I used when I started stamping years ago.

This month our challenge is nice and easy.. “Anything Goes”   I am still waiting for my new Hero Arts goodies to arrive so I’m inspiring you with some older Hero Arts stamps mixed with some newer items too.

Birds on a branch

I started by trying a monoprint technique with my stencil (Leaf and Flourish)  I added Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves directly to the stencil, spritz with water and then press onto the watercolour paper.  Blotted with a cloth to take off the excess watery bits.  Once it dried, I stamped it with the Post Card background and the sentiment from an older Hero Arts set.  Next was to cut a branch with Spring Branch die.  I then stamped the birds.  I coloured these with Distress Markers (Barn Door, Wild Honey and Seedless Preserves) and fussy cut them

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Added a few sequins and popped it up onto the pink card base that was embossed with Swiss Dot folder.

I encourage you to pull out your old Hero Arts stamps and give them some love, while you are waiting for your new goodies to arrive!

Supplies:
Hero Arts Leaf and Flourish stencil
Hero Arts Spring Branch Die

Hero Arts CG 152

Hero Arts Big Post Card

Hero Arts Sending Smiles Message

Distress Inks – Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry

Distress Markers  – Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey, Fired Brick

Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins

Remember if you go shopping to use code Dawn15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. And don’t forget that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

Dawn


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Pop of Color!!

Hello everyone!!  It’s Kymona from Kreative Kymona and I’m here with my last post of the year and I’m doing that with a POP of Color for you!!!

You have a couple of days to enter our Watercolor Challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store.

I love watercoloring and I recently learn how to use distress markers to create a watercolor effect.

Take a look at my card:

Your Amazing front

(You have to see this card in person. The purple is so rich but this photo doesn’t display that.)

What do you think?  I love how the one flower has color so it’s the center of attention.

Lets take a closer look at my flower:

Your Amazing side

I decided to cut two of the petals to add the sentiment behind the flower as to not cover up the flower.

Your Amazing glitter flower

I added some Wink of Stella to the flower to really make that rich purple pop. Isn’t that amazing!!!

You want to know how I created this card?  Its quite simple!

1. I cut my watercolor paper to 5 x 3.75.

2. I randomly stamped my flower image using Memento Black Ink.

3. I used two distress markers to add color to the tips of my flower and the base of the flower.

4. I used my 4″round watercolor brush and water to pull the color down the petals and up from the base.  I heat set it and repeated that two more times.

5. I stamped my sentiment using Versamark Ink and Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. I heat set that.

6. I cut two of the petals so that the sentiment panel could sit behind the flower.

7. I added one Hero Arts Gem to the center of my flower.

8. I adhered the panel to my card base.

Very easy and sophisticated to create.

Well, now its your turn!!

All of the supplies I used can be found at the a2z Scrapbooking Store. If you would like to purchase any of the supplies I used please head on over to the store and use the coupon code KYMONA15 to get 15% off your purchase.

I hope my card gives you some inspiration to participate in our Watercolor Challenge. It runs to the end of the month, you only have 4 days left to play along.

You have a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. Hope to see you there!

One more thing before I go, did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets!! You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!!

Supplies used:

Hello Flowers Diamond Gems 5mm Wink of Stella Shoot for the Moon Ranger Watercolor PaperWhite Embossing PowderDistress Marker Picked RaspberryDusty ConcordMemento Black

Kymona