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Simple Watercolour Pencil Art Cards

Simple Watercolour Pencil Art Cards

I’ve got simple watercolour pencil art cards to keep you out of trouble today! I do LOVE to colour, don’t you? Remember the box of 64 (what I wouldn’t have DONE for the set of 128!) Crayola crayons? Were you like me? I was in heaven! Content for HOURS colouring away in my books when I was a kid. Rain or shine, my mom always knew I wasn’t getting up to any trouble – not that I did anyway 😋 – when I had a fist full of crayons.

Now I’ve got more…Ahem grown up colouring tools, I can still zone out for hours, blending and colouring and shading – and keeping out of trouble. Now my “oh so versatile” watercolour pencils – that I love SO much – give me that exact same kind of fun. And I tell ya, they are a steal of a deal at only $21 for the entire set (a baker’s dozen of Stampin’ Up!’s colours).  If you don’t have some, you’re going to want your very own!

Even though I can colour for hours, I had a ball designing a card that takes mere MINUTES to make for Keep it Simple Sunday. And I used a surprising tool you might not think of!

watercolour pencil art cards

Remember my congrats card from a couple weeks ago? The BOLD coloured one using watercolour pencils and your Stampin’ Spritzer? Yeah, that one! You probably wouldn’t think this one and that one are even made with the same supplies! Well, almost the same supplies…

Any idea what my surprising tool is? Maybe this shot will help.

Instead of my aqua painter or my Stampin’ Spritzer or my sponge daubers, I created my soft colours and accents here TOTALLY with the Wink of Stella! It blends your coloured piece so beautifully and adds such a pretty shine.

Make your own simple watercolour pencil art cards

Ingredients

  • Whisper White cardstock 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Calypso Coral cardstock 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”
  • So Saffron cardstock 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”
  • Calypso Coral ombre ribbon – cut about 5” long

Recipe

  1. Stamp flowers and words in Basic Black Archival Ink.
  2. Colour lightly in corners, along edges and in stamens of lilies with Daffodil Delight watercolour pencil and colouring with a soft swirlig motion.
  3. Use the Pumpkin Pie watercolour pencil to lightly colour the stamens.
  4. Lightly colour stems with Old Olive, then Early Espresso watercolour pencil.
  5. Use Wink of Stella to go over all coloured areas, starting with the Lilly and ending with the stems.
  6. Colour lightly along left edges only with Basic Gray watercolour pencil.
  7. Attach ribbon to back left side with SNAIL.
  8. Adhere to piece of Calypso Coral, then to folded So Saffron card.

So now it’s up to you. Go grab your Wink of Stella and your Watercolour Pencils and get back to being a kid. Don’t have the watercolour pencils? Treat yourself to one of the gosh darn BEST deals in the catalogue for hours of fun and creativity.

Make Simple Watercolour Pencil Art Cards

Watercolor Pencils

$21.00

Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

$10.75

Remarkable You Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$59.00

Remarkable You Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$44.00

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad

$9.25

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$11.25

Calypso Coral 1/4" Ombre Ribbon

$9.25

Calypso Coral 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

So Saffron 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

$9.00

watercolour pencil art cards

I love my watercolour pencils. They’re my numero uno way to create gorgeous colour on the go. Ultra portable, fast and fun, I get hours of enjoyment from this inexpensive little supply. And now that I’ve discovered the Wink of Stella, I’ve got one more way to create simple watercolour pencil art cards to keep me out of trouble – just ask my mom!

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Heat Embossed Valentines Crate Card

Heat Embossed Valentines Crate Card

For Front and Centre Friday, I want to show you how cute Pat’s heat embossed Valentine’s crate card is. She made it for me for my Occasions Open House using the delightful Wood Words bundle (which she got at a 10% discount!).

With a mix of shiny red embossing, crisp Whisper White and rustic wood textures designer series paper her card packs a sweet punch. Plus she showed how awesome the old time crate is on the front of a card! Talk about getting more bang for your buck with this suite. Wanna see?

Heat-Embossed-Valentine's-Crate-Card

Adorable right? Did you notice the heart cut out? She wanted a heart with a bit more body so she die cut a piece of chipboard first, then the same wood grain paper to glue on top. Just cutting the heart with the wood grain running in a different direction makes the heart stand out against the background crate.

What are Pat’s steps to create those glossy red flowers?

  1. first stamp the pretty flower image in Real Red
  2. clean your stamp then use stamp positioner to stamp directly over it in Versamark ink.
  3. sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat emboss

Her pretty little leaf and berries come from the Flourish Thinlits dies. Set behind her fussy cut flowers, they’re the perfect finishing touch.

Heat-Embossed-Valentine's-Crate-Card

 

You know you might not want to even use this for Valentine’s. Call me quirky but I thought the shape of the top of the flowers looked a bit like a heart sitting in a flower box. Can you see it too?

Heat-Embossed-Valentine's-Crate-Card

Even if you don’t see it, don’t you love how this bundle takes all the work out of creating that “down home” feel? I’ll bet you’ve probably got a soft spot too for those old wood crates that are perfect for decorating, display and packing. They bring to mind nostalgic country fairs, farmer’s markets and fresh fruit stands. See how I dressed a crate up here for a masculine thank you treat holder for a little different look.

Bundles like Wood Words are a fabulous way to save money and get tons of versatility – and coordination. Remember bundles stick around for one catalogue ONLY so make sure you snap this one up and save 10%. Just click here to get your own bundle – and all the supplies to make Pat’s design.

 

Heat-Embossed-Valentine's-Crate-Card

Thanks for spending time with me today. I hope you enjoyed Pat’s lovely card showcasing the Wood Textures suite. Maybe it’s been on your wish list for awhile and now you’ve seen its versatility, you’re ready to add it to your own stamping goodies. Then you can be designing a heat embossed Valentine’s crate card for someone special too.

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Another Easy Guy Greeting Card

Another Easy Guy Greeting Card

I’m featuring another easy guy greeting card today for my Front & Centre Friday.  Marilyn, my friend and fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator shared this with me as a swap at one of our fun team stamping events.  It’s a very manly card, isn’t it?  If you have an outdoorsman in your life, he will be sure to appreciate this card.

another easy guy greeting card

What a versatile card. You could use this for a congratulations, birthday or even thinking of you sentiment. With cool tone colours like Smoky Slate, Basic Grey and Soft Sky, it’s both calming and classic.

Marilyn’s used the Woodgrain embossing folder to provide texture for the background of the card front. (This embossing folder is being retired and is now SOLD OUT.)  To add some colour behind the stag, she used the swash from the Work of Art stamp set.  It’s a super quick way to colour your image – without colouring it at all!

Did you notice the embellishment at the bottom?  It’s from the Wonderful Wreath framelits (which I’m sad is also being retired!)  I don’t think I even noticed this part of the framelit before, but it’s great – not quite a flower so it works on this masculine card!

another easy guy greeting card

This Wilderness Awaits set is one I think was a bit overlooked in the annual catalogue.  It’s got some great realistic images for anyone who likes to spend time with nature.  There’s a hunting dog, a cute curled up fox, and a duck besides this stag.  And it’s on the retiring list.   Don’t wait too long though!  The Wilderness Awaits won’t be available after May 31st.

You Can Make It Too

The Wilderness Awaits Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Work Of Art Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Basic Gray Archival Stampin’ Pad

Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad

Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Basic Gray 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Soft Sky 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Smoky Slate 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies

Basic Black Baker's Twine

Stampin' Dimensionals

Glue Dots

Big Shot

Here’s another card I featured on my Front & Centre Friday recently with a totally different feel.  It was one definitely for the gals this time!  Keep those cards coming!  I’d love to showcase YOUR work on my Front & Centre Friday too!  You can email me your photo or snail mail it (which I love even more!)

The next time you’re looking for another easy guy greeting card, think about this one!

How to Faux Brush Letter a Birthday Greeting Card

How to Faux Brush Letter a Birthday Greeting Card

Want to know how to faux brush letter a birthday greeting card? It’s easier than you think when you have super die cuts that do the work for you! There’s actually no marker or brush involved in this card at all but you’ll look like a lettering rock star!

how to faux brush letter a birthday greeting

If you haven’t taken a peek at the Sunshine Wishes thinlits they’re on page 194 of the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue. You’re going to want to get a set of these to amp up your card making! I’m glad they’re sticking around for the next catalogue! They’re available in both French and English and are extremely quick and easy to create. Run your die and cardstock or designer series paper once through the Big Shot and you are done! It’s that easy!

how to faux brush letter a birthday greeting

My card today is another of my favourite gatefolds. However it’s more unique with a landscape orientation. When you create one like this, the top flap can actually stand on your table or counter to hold up the card.

how to faux brush letter a birthday greeting

Here are some tips for how to faux brush letter a birthday greeting like this one:

  • Use cardstock that contrasts with your main card like my Cherry Cobbler against the Daffodil Delight
  • Stamp simple companion greetings so it won’t compete with the brush lettering (Happy Birthday here)
  • Add simple embellishments only (the metallic heart here is simple and clean)
  • Brush lettering is playful so don’t get too serious!

You Can Make It Too

Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies

Cherry Cobbler 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Big Shot

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad

Sunshine Sayings Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Sunshine Sayings Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Daffodil Delight 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Brights Designer Series Paper Stack

Rose Garden Thinlits Dies

Old Olive 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Pansy Punch

Petite Petals Punch

Early Espresso 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Metallic Enamel Shapes

Stampin' Dimensionals

Liquid Multipurpose Glue

If you love the look of brush lettering, you may want to consider taking a quick class with me to learn this on trend lettering style. In the meantime, you now know how to faux brush letter a birthday greeting – or really any other type of greeting – the quick and easy way!

Pretty Mother’s Day Card

Pretty Mother’s Day Card

It’s never too early to start thinking about making a pretty Mother’s Day card for the special mom’s in your life. Today’s post is all about the “pretty”.  You can see there’s  lots of delicate details for a lovely spring greeting in Whisper White and Calypso Coral.  You mom, mom-in-law, adopted mom, or any special lady will love a card just like this!

pretty Mother's Day card

Limiting your colours on this card allows you to focus on the details. Make one swipe through the Big Shot to emboss your Lovely Lace card front.  This pretty embossing folder coordinates wonderfully with the delicate white doily.  Add more visual interest by using only a two-third’s portion of the doily. (Hint: Plus then you get the other third to use on another card!)

I used the beautiful 5/8” organza Whisper White ribbon one of my all-time favourites. I’ve simply wrapped it here so there is no bulky bow to worry about sending through the post office.

pretty Mother's Day card

Although it’s difficult to see here, there is also metallic gold thread peeking behind the greeting. The sentiment is stamped then matted in matching Calypso Coral before being adhered with dimensionals. Rather than place your greeting in the exact middle of the card, immediately add pizzazz by placing it to the left or right! One final detail is one simple gold metallic dot below the sentiment.

While this may look like a complicated pretty Mother’s Day card, it is very straightforward to make.

Here are some tips:

  • Use one colour of ink only
  • Do not cut the doily before gluing to your embossed card front
  • Add glue to only 2/3’s of the back of the doily and affix with 1/3 of doily hanging over the edge
  • Turn your card front over and cut off the overhanging doily flush with the edge of the card
  • Adhere the ribbon over the doily and affix with glue dots on the back of the card front
  • Use Fast Fuse, Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape to glue down the embossed card front so it is secure

You Can Make It Too

Calypso Coral 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad

Birthday Bright Photopolymer Stamp Set

Delicate White Doilies

Whisper White 5/8" Organza Ribbon

Gold Metallic Thread

Metallic Enamel Shapes

Fast Fuse Adhesive

Glue Dots

Big Shot

Although you may shower your mom with flowers, goodies and pampering, when you create a card like this she will love it! And I bet she’ll keep her pretty Mother’s Day card to remind her you took the time to make it yourself.

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