OCC Simply Watercolor Day 5

As I said in my previous post, I’m absolutely loving this online class.  It has given me a lot more confidence in a medium where I had none.  I’ve always loved the watercolor look, but I was never able to get it for myself.  My attempts always looked forced and not “free flowing” enough.  Kristina Werner is such an incredible artist, and in this class, she’s able to give us all a few pointers that have made all the difference for me.

Here’s my Day 5 assignment.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  I hope you like it, too.

OCC Simply Watercolor Day 5 Floral Banner Miss You Card

This watercolor technique was so much easier than I expected.  The wonderful thing about it, too, is that those black outlines tend to hide a few of the small problem areas.  This class has given me just the push I needed to experiment more with my watercolors, and that makes me so happy 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

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Online Card Classes Simply Watercolor Day 4

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…

OCC Simply Watercolor Landscapes & Nature assignment by My Empty Nest Creations

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 🙂

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A Card for a Friend

Unity Stamp Company is one of my favorite cling stamp companies.  Their stamp images range from adorable to incredibly elegant and everything in between.  I’m convinced that anyone would find something that they liked in their stamp inventory.  Best of all, their stamp quality is hard to beat.  The images stamp beautifully and clean up is a breeze.

My Empty Nest Creations Unity Stamp Lil Bloomin Owl over Watercolor BackgroundI had a leftover piece from some watercolor playing, so I decided to use it for the base of my latest card.  I diecut it using Avery Elle’s Wonky Stitches die to give it that cute loose stitching along the edges.  Unity’s Lil’ Bloomin Owl has been sitting on my desk waiting to make an appearance, so I thought he’d be the perfect star for my card.  I stamped him with Memento ink onto Copic Blend It Paper, and colored him with Copic markers.  As you can see, I need a lot of practice using my Copics, but I think he turned out okay.  After fussy cutting him out, I used foam tape to pop him up.  My greeting is from another Unity stamp set, Lil Bunny Peeps.  I white heat embossed it onto black card stock and adhered it with my tape runner.

To mat my card front, I chose a color that I definitely don’t use very often, green, but I think it coordinated perfectly with the watercolor background.  I chose a kraft colored cardbase rather than a white one because my watercolor paper isn’t truly white.

I hope you like it!

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