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!



Technique: Faux Sun Print

Hey there! Summer is just around the corner and today I am sharing a technique on the Clearsnap blog that is inspired by the hot summer sun – faux sun prints. All you need is glossy paper, IZINK pigment paints and a hot iron to try out the iron-off embossing technique.

You’ll also want to be sure to check out the 15 newly released shades of IZINK – they are gorgeous! Not only does the dropper style glass bottle look majorly cute sitting on your shelf, but these acrylic pigments are made by French manufacturer Aladine. And you know everything French is made of the highest quality 🙂

Have a wonderful week!

Note: Embellishments on this mini album are from my February Paper Issues Swag Bag.  (Use my code over there on the right to take a discount off your entire order)

Gorgeous Fall – Mix’d Media CHOX

Good morning! Today starts the day of a 3 day hop showing off a brand new product from Clearsnap – Mix’d Media Chox inks. There are 8 colors in this product release: Driftwood, Sparrow, Butternut, Petals, Sage, Bluejay, Pomegranate, and Midnight. And just like the Mix’d Media Inx, the containers have a flexible base (for a comfy grip) and a clear lid with a lip that lets you stack the pads.

These new CHOX are fast drying, have LOADS of vibrant color, are great for stamping, edge distressing, coloring, and can be used in layers for blending colors. To give you an idea of how much pigment is in these inks, you can actually mix the re-inkers with a matte acrylic medium to use instead of or with acrylic paint!

I created a card with lots of ink layers. I love that the CHOX dry so fast you can stamp over and over again without worrying about contaminating your ink pads with another color but they are still blendable and work great with water. 

Had originally went for that grungy/mix’d media look that these inks were inspired by – but alas, it’s just not me. Does that ever happen to you? It’s definitely a style I appreciate and admire but I just can’t make it look right. 

Thank goodness for die cutting. I turned a leafy scene and my stamp-off scrap paper into something that I can work with. The grunginess is contained and I’ve still got my safe, clean design. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by – see more projects using this new product (and the chance to win it) on the Clearsnap Blog. 

Spotlight on Smooch

Wow! Can you beleive July is already here? We celebrated with some friends and fireworks last night and on Saturday I met up with a couple girls from the Pink by Design team to scrap and shop. Such a fun weekend!

Anyways – yesterday on the Clearsnap blog there was a feature for Smooch Accent Inks, which are a really fun product – basically little nail polishes for your craft needs and come in a ton of colors. Find out more about Smooch and see all the different ways the design team likes to use them on this post.

I made the card above by embossing a stamped image and coloring in with Smooch. The stamps are from Stampendous (flowers), Pink by Design (gingham) and Papertrey Ink (button bits).

Have a great week!