Watercolor Hello

Hello, hello! One last card to share with you before I pack up the rest of my craft room and get down to the dirty work of deep cleaning and moving heavy boxes. This one is for the current Moxie Fab World challenge: Wonderful Words Challenge using word dies. This word die from Papertrey Ink is one of the few I own and since all the others are holiday related, hello it is!

My daughter and I were checking out some watercolor technique videos on YouTube the other weekend (Art Food Kitty had some great, informative ones that get to the point without all the extra chit chat you sometimes find on YouTube channels) and we sat down to create with our new found knowledge. Can’t believe I *almost* considered getting rid of this pretty butterfly stamp from Stampendous, but honestly, I’ve never found one I like better. And this one is 10 years old.

For the word die business, I debossed “hello” into the background to create an outline to paint around. Then wet with water and painted on the color with Colorbox Spritzers spray inks used in that tray above. The top “hello” was cut from black cardstock, given a coating of glossy accents and then adhered slightly offset so it would appear to be 3-D.

Really, I love how this turned out! It just makes me so happy 🙂

See you in a couple of weeks!

 

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Washington Vacation Mini Album

We’re so excited to share our brand new SUMMER release from Clearsnap with you! Gorgeous new Art Screens, more Creative Card designs, 6 new colors of ColorBox Spritzers, and 9 new Souvenir Stamps have been added to our lineup of products for your crafting fun. Our creative team has been busy behind closed doors creating inspiring projects with these new products, from cards to summer journals and more. Hop along with us today to check out these fabulous summer projects and be inspired.

Be sure to visit and comment on each blog in the hop. Then, use the widget on the Clearsnap blog to enter to win 2 of our new Art Screens and 2 of our new ColorBox Spritzers!

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Sabrina Alery —> you are here
Steph Ackerman
Tami Sanders
Jennifer Priest 
Suzanne Austin 
Vivian Keh
Meihsia Liu

Hello! I have a mini album to share with you today using photos from a vacation our family took to northwestern Washington State in 2008. The inside is really simple and basically just uses 4″ x 6″ photos with dividers for each day we spent there. To be honest, I would most likely not go back to document a trip so old (and could likely not remember many details – thanks mom brain!) but this version made it very simple.

The cover uses an upcycled leather cover of a old datebook and was embossed with the gorgeous new Tropical stencil in gold powder. The gold against the teal leather feels so luxe!

There are 6 dividers inside and each one blocks off the photos we took on each day there. Fun fact: the week we visited, the weather was so sunny and beautiful and very unlike typical Washington climate. I am so happy luck worked out for us that way!

Each page was created by using the Colorbox® Spritzers spray ink to watercolor and leave speckles in ink for sort of an organic look. Spray inks are perfect for watercoloring because the are pretty much mixed and ready to go. And the ones I used here are archival quality so you won’t have to worry about them harming your photos.

Over the watercolored background I layered the Tropical fern stencil with white pigment ink and then created a number block with more pigment ink and the Stonework + Numeric stencils.

Each page reminds me of batik fabric and the way the first layer of color peeks through when the wax design is removed. Although I just used one color for a more monotone look.

It’s just sort of tropical and casual, sort of like the location itself. There is a technique video below if you would like to watch the process to try out for yourself.

It’s really easy enough that even the kids can help! The background of this last page was created by my six year old daughter. It may even be my favorite 🙂

Here is a video tutorial of the process so you can join in too.

Thanks for dropping in today! Hop over to Steph’s blog to see the gorgeous card she’s created.

Supplies:
Colorbox® Spritzers Dye Ink Spray – Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Drop, Frosted Plum, Mermaid, Grasshopper, Putty
Colorbox® Art Screens – Numeric, Stonework, Tropical
Colorbox® Pigment Ink – Frost White, Farmhouse 6-Color inkpad
Art Daubers
Embossing Powder – Gold

 

Mountain Welcome Baby

Here’s another quick card to share with you today – a little masked mountain scene to welcome home a sweet baby boy. I am pretty sure I have not yet used this Alpine Christmas stamp set from Waltzingmouse for any holiday related cards. Eeep! Love that pretty mountain and the trees!

Linking to the following challenge:
Waltzingmouse Fanatics – Anything Goes #21

Have a great 4th!

Bokeh Happy Birthday

Good morning! Just dropping in quickly to share another birthday card. Seems I am on a roll with those lately!

This one is for the current A Blog Named Hero challenge #46 to use a bokeh effect. It also kind of looks like confetti. Oh joy!

Have a beautiful day!

Supplies:
Stamps – Hero Arts (Tiny Heart Background, Happy Birthday Scroll, Circles)
Ink – Colorbox Premium Dye Ink (Bubblegum, Party Pink, Royal Purple, Banana)
Wood Cuts – PinkFresh Studio

 

 

To Grandma WIth Love

Hello there! Couldn’t wait to ink up this pretty new stamp set and so I have a card to share with you today. Hooray! Since it’s for my mom and her birthday is coming up in July, I went with red, white and blue but tried to make it more subtle and less ‘Merica.

I used both the sketch and technique challenge #1 at Waffle Flower Crafts. The background ended up being pretty random – I was stamping while half asleep – but when I look at it today, it sort of looks like flowers and seeds and stems floating on water. So I’ll just say that’s what was intended 🙂

Supplies:
Stamps – Waffle Flower (Loved), Avery Elle (Needle Little Love)
Ink – Colorbox Archival Dye Ink: Midnight, Mist, Geranium, Pinkolicious, Toasted Apricot

Thanks for stopping in and have a beautiful day!

Wedding Ring Box

Hello there! Just dropping by to mention I have a DIY wedding project up today on the Clearsnap blog. It uses awesome IZINK to upcraft a plain gift box into a special way for the ring bearer to present the wedding bands. Thrifty and pretty – right up my alley 🙂

Stop over and check it out if you have a few spare moments today. Thanks!