Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Emboss Resist with a Watercolor Wash

Here's a project that combines 2 techniques:we create a colorful background with a watercolor wash and our focal point "pops" with an emboss resist.

Each of these projects was made with watercolor paper. For easy movement of the ink you'll want to start with damp paper.  Stampin'Up! does sell a Spritzer that creates a fine mist for good coverage.  

Stampin'Up! also sells a set of water painters. These are paint brushes with the water in the barrel of the brush, for easy no-mess painting. And the set has a wide bristle brush perfect for the watercolor wash technique.

The first sample was heat embossed in gold
. . . so the sentiment is highlighted with a small strip of gold foil

The resist technique looks great with white embossing too.

The watercolor wash technique works well with a black image too
just be sure to use StazOn, or another non-water soluble ink.

 Its easy to create a watercolor wash background, it looks good over plain black stamping and really "pops" with an emboss resist. Check out the supply list below. You'll probably find you already own much of what you need.  And I have easy buying links for you if you need any of these supplies or any other Stampin'Up! product.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I've inspired you to go play and make something INKcredible.



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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Fall Step Card

Today' project is an awesome fall Step Card. Elements of a fall card include the color scheme, leaf imagery and lots of layers and depth.  In addition to all the layers with the die cuts, a step card certainly offers depth.

Fall Step Card made with Stampin'Up! Beautiful Trees dies, Basic Border Dies and Stitched Greenery Die.

Where do you draw your inspiration for a project. Nature certainly offers choices. Sometimes we're inspired by product, for example I have these awesome new Basic Border Dies that I wanted to play with.I've also been enjoying the Beautiful Trees Dies. Then when I came across Joy Nelson's beautiful tree card made with scraps I knew exactly how I wanted to combine the two dies.

Stampin'Up! Beautiful Trees dies and Basic Border Dies

I could have just cut curves for the hills, but I like the look of the edge from the Basic Border Dies.

Fall Step Card made with Stampin'Up! Beautiful Trees dies, Basic Border Dies and Stitched Greenery Die.

The tree has lots of layers too. The branch die cut is sandwiched between the sparkly foliage layer  and a back piece die cut from vellum. Can you see the color variation in the foliage? I used some Ombre Specialty Paper - perfect for fall, right? 

Fall Step Card made with Stampin'Up! Beautiful Trees dies, Basic Border Dies and Stitched Greenery Die.


You can never have too many layers on a fall card, right? lots of depth and texture.  So speaking of inspiration, I decided to turn this into a Step Card when I saw Laurie LaRose's beautiful floral Step Card

 

Laurie's project is horizontal, mine is vertical. Hers is a center Step with 3-panels. Mine is a side Step card with 2 panels. If you like step cards check this horizontal Halloween Step Card. Bottom line is I liked it so much I made 2!

Fall Step Card made with Stampin'Up! Beautiful Trees dies, Basic Border Dies and Stitched Greenery Die.
 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you've been inspired to go play. Between my card and Joy's and Laurie's cards you've got lots of ideas to work from. Leave a comment, we'd love to know what you think of our cards.

Time to get out your craft supplies and go make something INKcredible!

. . . have an INKcredible day


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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Fall Cards Need Layers

Today we are talking about fall cards. I have my own to share and I'm also participating in a blog hop - so when you click through the list you'll get to see lots of other great fall cards too!  

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. I love all the colors and texture that happens as leaves change in the fall and return to earth.  

Today I have 2 fall cards for you to compare as we talk about the texture and color of fall. Both cards feature some die cut leaves as a base layer for the punched Daisies. It is so useful having coordinated product like the Daisy Lane stamp set for the detail on the flower petals and then a Daisy Punch to create the pieces for layering.  The leaves are also part of a bundle: the Gorgeous Leaves Bundle

Fall card made with Stampin'UP! Gorgeous Leaves dies, Daisy Lane stamp set and Daisy Punch

Do you like the shine on the detail maple leaf? 
It was cut from copper foil
full product list at the end of the post

 Here's the color combo for this card - all set on an Early Espresso base



 Color is only 1 aspect of a fall card There's lots of depth and texture too. This card has the shine from the copper foil and from the Shimmery ribbon
 
It also has both physical depth with all the layers and also visual depth with the pattern on the print paper. 
 
BTW: if you're looking for a good versatile paper pack with lots of neutrals and natural imagery - great for a variety of occasions including masculine cards, then check out the patterns in the In Good Taste paper pack.  I use this on a lot of different cards and I'm already on my 2nd pack.

Look closely at the brown leaves in these two pictures. Here's a trick for adding more texture . . . wrinkle and crumple the paper and sponge over it with ink or Versamark.
 
Fall card made with Stampin'UP! Gorgeous Leaves dies, Daisy Lane stamp set and Daisy Punch

Another technique often found on fall cards is "stamping off". Check out the inside of the card . . . by stamping full strength on the bottom leaf and then stamping twice more going up and rotating the stamp you can create the look of a falling leaf.

Fall card made with Stampin'UP! Gorgeous Leaves stamps

 
The first card above had the shimmery ribbon and flat leaves. This second image shows the card without the ribbon but it has the crumpled leaves. . . . Let me know in the comments if you like it better with or without the ribbon and what you think of crinkling the leaves.
 
Fall card made with Stampin'UP! Gorgeous Leaves dies, Daisy Lane stamp set and Daisy Punch

 

Is your brain full of ideas for colors and textures? Would you like to see some other great fall projects?  Check out the next stop on today's Autumn Themed Blog Hop


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Thanks for stopping by today, I do hope I've inspired you to get out your craft supplies and go make something INKcredible!

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