I don’t usually take online card classes, but I’ve always been impressed with the classes that Online Card Classes has offered. Kristina Werner is teaching their latest class called Simply Watercolor. I decided to take this class because watercolor has never been simple to me, and I knew that Kristina was a wonderful teacher (she’s incredibly talented, too!) I have to admit that I’m pretty behind on the homework, but I’m truly enjoying just watching the videos and seeing Kristina at work using watercolors. Just to show you are awesome she is, she is using all different price point watercolors. It is just amazing to see what she creates with an 8 dollar set of Crayola paints.
Day 4’s lesson was about Landscapes & Nature. Here’s the card I created after viewing this lesson…
I forgot to mention that no stamps or dies are used on any of the cards in this class. Everything is hand painted, hand drawn and hand lettered. Sometimes I get stuck making a card because I don’t have just the right stamps. I never even think about hand lettering a greeting or hand painting a scene. This class has definitely made me think outside my box, and I’m truly loving it!
You should definitely check it out 🙂
I needed a card for a friend, and I needed it pretty quickly. I hadn’t made a card in quite a while (home improvements are top of my list lately). I decided to use one of my “go-to” card designs.
I started by masking off a rectangle on the right side of a 4 x 5 1/4″ piece of Bristol paper. Ink blending was definitely in order, so I pulled out some of my favorite Distress Oxide inks. They just blend so beautifully. I used Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron and Broken China. I let that dry for a few minutes before I stamped Technique Tuesday’s Wild Clover on top in Versafine Onyx Black ink. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.
Because of the right-sidedness (is that even a word) of this piece, I knew that I also wanted to adhere it to the right side of a vertical, top folding A2 card base. To balance the black stamped images, I matted the stamped piece with black card stock and then attached it to the right side of my card base.
That’s all there is. I told you it was a quick and easy card.
I see poppies in Altenew’s Build a Flower Anemone stamp set. I guess you can make them any flower that you want, right?
After masking the large flower outline and leaves stamps multiple times (stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black), I colored them with Copic markers. After the Copic coloring was complete, I added just a bit of colored pencils to the flowers for some subtle detail. To give the flowers a bit of dimension, I simply outlined them with some cool gray Copic colors.
For the sentiment, I chose one from Technique Tuesday’s So Blessed stamp set and white heat embossed it onto a scrap of black card stock. For some added interest, I matted that piece onto a strip of paper from My Favorite Thing’s Black & White Stripe 6×6 paper pad and attached it to the floral piece.
To finish it off, I attached the floral piece onto a top folding A2 card base made from 110# Neenah Solar White card stock.
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Ever since Ellen Hutson came out with their S’Whale stamp set, I knew it was eventually going to be part of my stash. I just love the sentiments in it, but it was the whales that immediately caught my attention. Who doesn’t love some adorable whales, right?
For this card, I paired it with the Hero Arts Wave Background stamp. First, I cut my piece of Bristol paper using the Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Layers die. I’ve had the My Favorite Things Rectangle Peek a Boo Window die for forever, but I’ve never used it; so I thought I’d give it a try here. Once that was done, I placed it on my vertical, top folding A2 card base and lightly traced the window. After taping off the area around the penciled window, I white heat embossed that open space using my Hero Arts Waves Background stamp. The coloring was very simple. I used some Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in various blue shades to create my ocean.
For the whale, I stamped it onto a scrap of Bristol paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored with a few gray and blue Zig marker shades and my waterbrush. After fussy cutting it out, I started to put my card together.
I adhered the window piece onto my card base with foam tape, and then placed my whale in the window, again using foam tape. There are so many great sentiments in this stamp set, so I had trouble deciding which one to use. I never have enough thank you cards, so I settled on “Thanks a ton”. I white heat embossed it onto a piece of black card stock and placed it just below the window.
Once I had the card put together, I thought that it needed just a little more blue to balance it out a bit. I simply glued a strip of blue card stock to the bottom. I love it when I can use my paper scraps to finish a card.
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Ever since I saw Jennifer McGuire video on this technique, I’ve wanted to give it a try. Pretty Pink Posh’s Cherry Blossoms stamp set was the perfect set to use.
Abandoned Coral is one of my favorite Distress Oxide colors. Using my ink blending tool and a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Bristol paper, I blended the ink darker on top fading to a lighter layer (kind of ombre-looking) at the bottom edge. Once that piece was dry (remember, Distress Oxide ink stays wet a bit longer than traditional inks), I white heat embossed the cherry blossoms. I used my waterbrush to paint the petals with water which removed a bit of the ink from those areas. I repeated this two or three more times just to get enough of a contrast to make it more noticeable.
Once that was dry, I trimmed the bottom edge with My Favorite Things Pinking Edge die. For the sentiment, I white heat embossed a greeting from Pretty Pink Posh’s Thoughtful Greetings stamp set onto a strip of velum. Attaching velum is always tricky. I’ve been using spray adhesive and really like how it’s been working.
All that was left was to attach this piece to the card base with foam tape. I placed a few pearls on the card front and called it done.
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I fell in love with Impression Obsession’s “Sprinkles Make Everything Better” stamp when I first saw it. I thought it would be really cute paired with some tiny cupcakes. I haven’t made a single layer stamped card in a quite a while, so I thought this would be the perfect design for this card.
To make it easier to stamp my cupcakes, I started by stamping the sentiment in the center with Versafine Onyx Black ink. Concord & 9th’s Sprinkles Turnabout Stamp has some darling cupcakes, muffin paper designs and sprinkles. They were perfect for my card. I stamped the cupcakes with Versafine Onyx Black ink and then stamped the colorful pieces using my favorite Distress Oxide inks–Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China and Twisted Citron.
That’s it. Definitely a very simple, but colorful card. I hope you like it!
I’ve seen so many famous card makers do this beautifully on their cards, so I thought that I’d give it a try. This card background is a piece of Bristol paper that is ink blended using Distress Oxides Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet. To get the bokeh effect, I stamped a heart stamp from Simon Says Stamp’s Tons of Hearts stamp set with Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink. Before stamping on the paper, I stamped it first on a piece of scrap paper (I believe that this is called second generation stamping.) because I wanted the bokeh hearts to be very soft. Because they were stamped with pigment ink, I set it aside to dry for a bit before putting the card together.
The butterfly was die cut using Poppy Stamps Ornamental Butterflies dies and colored with an orange Copic marker (no color blending here). The black details were added with a fine tip black Sharpie marker. The sentiment, from an older Teresa Collins Now & Then stamp set, was white heat embossed onto a strip of black card stock. To give it a bit of character, I fishtailed the ends using a small square punch.
I used foam tape to adhere the butterfly and sentiment banner to the bokeh background and then used the same foam tape to attach it to my card base.8
Happy Spring everyone!