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!



Rainbow Birthday

Happy Friday! We are celebrating today for our twins’ 7th birthday, the 2nd day of spring and the last few days of spring break from school. I also have a spring card up on the CardMaker blog today that was inspired by a pretty pom pom pillow. Stop by if you get a chance!

The 12 Cards of Christmas: Day 6 & 7

Hello and welcome to days 6 and 7 of the holiday card series! I am posting a couple days late and will have day 8 up later today also – the autofocus mechanism on my camera stopped working on Friday and I wasn’t able to take any photos until today! Apparently you need to clean the lens connections and blow out the inside of the camera to remove dust every once in a while. Lesson learned!

Day 6’s card is a simple but feminine version. The panel was first die cut, stamped, and then embossed with the woodgrain plate.

I cut a small panel of pink glitter paper to tuck behind, and then stamped a bow onto gray cardstock. This is another version that would be super simple to create in multiples and is so pretty! You could even send them as thank you’s after Christmas.

With the leftover die cut word, I was able to create another card for day 7. Rainbow colors are forever a favorite so why not use them at Christmas time too?! These colors are from the Colorbox Archival Dye line. Love these inks for the instant dry time and that they don’t react to moisture – perfect for preserving memories for years to come.

A trick for stamping solid images like these stamps from PTI’s Watercolor Wonder is to put a foam mat underneath while stamping. Since figuring this out, I am 1000% more happy with the results of every stamped image. Such a simple thing but wow! – no more stamping frustration!

And just to note, all of the stamp sets and dies/embossing folders on both these cards are older releases from Papertrey Ink.

See the rest of the posts in this series below to find out more and how to enter the giveaway:

Day 1: Vintage Christmas
Day 2: Non-traditional Christmas
Day 3: Masculine
Day 4: Spring Colors
Day 5: Plaid

Be back later today with day 8 😉