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Spookily Easy Watercolour Pencil Backgrounds for Halloween

Spookily Easy Watercolour Pencil Backgrounds for Halloween

Let me show how to create spookily easy watercolour pencil backgrounds for Halloween.  They’re so quick you just might want to craft up a bunch of backgrounds to celebrate Halloween and Christmas!

And seeing it’s Keep It Simple Sunday, you know I’ve got the full measurements and instructions for this fun card.  Plus a bunch of TIPS to use when you’re making it.

Once again, we’re diving into our watercolour pencils case for an ultra, ultra – I mean really ULTRA – simple wash of colour.

Here’s what we’re making today.

Scare up some easy watercolour pencil backgrounds for Halloween

OK, I guess it’s not THAT spooky with the cute glimmery stars and moon.  But bats aren’t the most cuddly creatures on my list.  Can’t you just hear the “flap-flap-flap” of their creepy little wings?  Ewwwwwwww.

Soooo, moving on…

Bat’s aren’t ALWAYS creepy.  In fact, they’re sorta cute in this mini takeout box don’tcha think?

Here’s how you can create this card for the Halloween aficionados on your list.

Ingredients

  • Basic Black cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Basic Grey cardstock – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Watercolour paper – 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”
  • Sparkle Glimmer paper – scraps
  • Black foil sheets – scraps

Recipe for Spookily Easy Watercolour Pencil Backgrounds for Halloween

 

Quick and easy watercolour pencil backgrounds

VERY lightly colour your Basic Grey watercolour pencil onto the middle portion of your watercolour paper.  TIP1: Lay the pencil on its side rather than use its point to colour.  TIP2: Leave space on all four sides of your colouring so you will have a border.  TIP3:  Try not to make an even shape.  For example, don’t try to make a circle, oval or square, just a few squiggles (Yes, I’m SURE that’s a real art term🙃!) of colour.

Use your Aqua Painter to drop in some drips of plain water onto the coloured area.  Use the tip of the Aqua Painter to move around the “paint” that develops.  TIP4: Use more water than you think to get a really translucent feel.

Let your watercolour background dry completely.  Check here for my thoughts on whether to heat set or not.  

Stamp the swirl (probably my go-to stamp for a whimsical background in a FLASH!) in Basic Grey ink onto middle of card.  Stamp greeting on bottom right.

Punch out bats from Black foil sheet.  Punch out moon and stars from Sparkle glimmer paper.

Glue Basic Grey panel to front of folded Basic Black card.  TIP5: Offset your panel for a fun look, still leaving a small black border at the bottom and top edges.  

Centre and glue watercoloured piece into middle of folded card.  TIP6: Use Tear & Tape adhesive or liquid glue for a more permanent adhesion.

Glue moon and stars with liquid adhesive.  Attach bats with mini dimensionals.

Spookily easy watercolour pencil backgrounds

Time to get into your craft room.  Remember to keep it simple today. 

And if you think these two punches would be awesome to add to your crafting supplies, just click on the image to go directly to my online store.  Then the little UPS truck will screech to a stop outside your door in about a week.

 

easy watercolour pencil backgrounds for stampers

Be sure to keep checking back to my blog here for more quick and simple card ideas this fall and holiday season!  

Between the blog and my newsletters, there are TONS of ideas headed your way!  Not on my email list?  Click here to sign up.  It’s fast, free and the BEST way to keep you in the loop!

Thank you so much for joining me today for spookily easy watercolour pencil backgrounds for Halloween project – now get busy crafting 😋!  

Create Vibrant Colour with Watercolour Pencils

Create Vibrant Colour with Watercolour Pencils

I love, love, love to create vibrant colour watercolour pencils.  And I wanna show you how to get deep saturated colour too with this super “almost UNlimited possibilities” supply item!

Sure, I love my soft subtle backgrounds like the colours here too.  But give me bold, clear colour any day of the week and I’m a happy camper!

Now a disclaimer.  While the techniques on this card ARE simple, there are a few more supplies and steps than I normally use.  

It was just that once I got started, I was having sooo much fun, I couldn’t stop!  You know, how that extra pinch of spice rams up a recipe?  Same here!

It's EAST to create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils

OK I have to ask.  What’s the first thing you notice?

  • The coordinated colours of paper and “ink”?
  • The two cute wine glasses?
  • How about the softly shadowed words?
  • Maybe it was the little touches of holly?
  • Or maybe the ribbon and bow to underscore the card?

Leave me a comment and let me know.

Whichever grabbed your attention first, here are my tips for how you can achieve the same attention-grabbing results.

Top Tips to Create Vibrant Colour with Watercolour Pencils

 

  1. Colour a large area of watercolour paper with different coloured pencils, blending them together (I used Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Real Red for my intense colour.)  See my other tips here for layering and blending your colour.

create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils

Spritz with a heavy – yeah HEAVY – coating of clear water with your Stampin’ Spritzer directly onto your paper.  WARNING: Don’t freak out when your paper curls up!  It will lay flat again as it dries.

create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils

Let your paper dry completely. 

I know!  This has got the be the absolute HARDEST thing to do, but it’s worth it to let it air dry.  Why not try it both ways?  Heat set one with your heat tool and let another one air dry.  Let me know which one YOU like the best.

Now go ahead and use your paper as you would any other paper.   I ran mine through the Big Shot with the Merry Christmas framelits to add it to my card.

I LOVE to create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils

 

Then I wanted to have coordinating “wine” so used the same combination of watercolour pencils to colour in my glasses.  After colouring, I used my Aqua Painter to blend the ink.

Other Details on my fun Christmas Cheer card?

How easy is it to create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils?

 

  • A white shadow around my “Christmas” die echoes the white embossed “Cheer”.
  • Three cute holly leaves fussy cut with my Paper Snips and adhered to the card and glasses.
  • My strand of Old Olive sheer ribbon tied in a simple bow at the base of the wine glasses.
  • A rhinestone dot for my “I”.
  • Linen textured background on my Rich Razzleberry (see how to do this here  )
  • A wash of Wink of Stella over my greeting, and my wine to catch the light.

Oh So Simple technique to create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils

While there are a few more steps to create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils for my card, your recipient will love it.  A bit of Christmas cheer to spread some holiday cheer.

So how about if you give this a try now? 

Here’s everything I used so you can recreate this for your own holiday greetings. Simply click on any image to take you to my 24-7 online store.  Thanks so much for shopping with me.  (And be sure to use my October host code VWQ3RYAN and I’ll send you the lovely Swirls & Curls embossing folder FREE in November with a $75 order).

YES, you can create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils

If you liked this card, you might also like this congrats card using much the same technique, but with a different look.

Now with the Illuminated Christmas card I shared yesterday, you’ve got a couple different techniques to try with your watercolour pencils. 

But I’m not done yet.  Be sure to check back here.  I have another one (at least) up my sleeve!  And while maybe it’s not about how to create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils, I think you’ll find it’s just as cool a look!

How to Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds | VIDEO

How to Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds | VIDEO

Today I want to show you exactly how to emboss Brusho Crystal watercolour backgrounds.  I am in love with these vibrant watercolour crystals to create spectacular one-of-a-kind backgrounds.

I just had to put together a video for you to give you some hints on working with them so you can get fabulous results like this too.

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

 

You might remember this beautiful butterfly card made by my friend Karen using this technique.  And although I know you have the steps from that blog post, sometimes it’s just a little easier to see it in action right?

But first, let’s take a quick look at this card from another angle.

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

 

Now, you may already know that I am a watercolour gal.  Give me some watercolour paper, inks and some water and I’m as happy as a puppy in a bag of unguarded dog chow.  

I absolutely love creating backgrounds and stamping, like on this masculine birthday card or having fun colouring like you see on this oh-so-cute rhino.  

So when another medium comes along to give me some of those same – yet different – results, sign me up!

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

 

Don’t you just love how intense these colours are? It’s amazing how only a teeny tiny speck of crystal creates such awesome results.  How about we take a peek at my video to see exactly how to get gorgeous backgrounds like this?

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

Did you see how easy Brusho is to use?  A couple simple taps, a spritz, time to dry (the hardest part) and what stunning results.  Your friends will think you’re a genius!

And for another quick and easy technique with Brusho, you’ve gotta check this one out.

Want a closer peek at the other colour combinations I showed you in the video?

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

 

OK, now I need to know.  Leave me a comment.  Which one is your favourite?  The red-orange or yellow-blue-green?

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

You’ll be happy to know the supply list for these cards is pretty short.  I’ll bet you probably have most items in your stash of goodies, and might only need to add the Brusho. 

Simply click on any of the images below to take you to my online store and that darling little brown UPS truck will be headed your way.

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

Pssst…know what I have coming up for you?  A fab Brusho online class you are going to love (five different techniques)!  Keep your eyes peeled!  You won’t want to miss it!

And in the meantime, now you’ve seen just how quick and easy this resist technique is, get out your watercolour paper and spritzers.  I’d love for you to share with me how to emboss Brusho Crystal watercolour backgrounds YOUR way!

Colouring Embossing Paste for Cardmaking | VIDEO

Colouring Embossing Paste for Cardmaking | VIDEO

Today I want to show you how colouring embossing paste for card making adds that little somethun’ extra to your handmade designs.  

Ya know, like how jam makes peanut butter just that teeny bit more scrumptious (well at least for me 😋!)?  Or how that extra layer of mascara makes your lashes almost 3D, but not quite Tammy Faye Bakker-ish?

And I’ve got a quick video to show you exactly how to create cool cards with backgrounds like this one.

see my video for colouring embossing paste for cardmaking

If you haven’t tried embossing paste before, you’re going to want to after you see how easy it is to work with.  Here are the top three things I love about it.

  1. A teeny bit goes a loooong way.  I’ve been using my jar for over a year now TIP1: close the jar right away after dishing it up for your project.  TIP2: Add a couple drops of distilled water if it gets a tad dry.)
  2. It dries super duper quick – almost before you get the template cleaned off!
  3. You can make it coloured or sparkly just by adding some ink refill or Dazzling DiamondsTIP3: Try barely mixing it for a marbled effect like I did with this simple medallion designTIP4: You can sprinkle it with the glitter or mix it right in.

So how about we see it in action?

 

Colouring Embossing Paste for Card Making

Were you surprised at how easy it is to use?  

I chose a quite subtle effect with my colour on this sympathy card.  But why not be bold and add colour to a plain white card for extra punch on your other projects.

I LOVE colouring embossing paste for cardmaking

A couple tips for embossing paste designs

  • A thinner layer of paste will dry quicker and be easier to layer on your cards.
  • An absolute MUST – wash your templates in a basin of warm water as soon as you are finished applying your paste to your project, even if you’re going to use that same template again right away.
  • Try leaving gaps in the template for a more “artsy” look.

colouring embossing paste for cardmaking

Now it’s your turn.  I’d love to know how you use embossing paste on your cards.  Leave me a comment.

And if you haven’t tried it before, here’s everything you need to start colouring embossing paste for card making just like you see here.

let me show you colouring embossing paste for cardmaking

You can never go wrong by adding subtle details to simple designs like this one, especially for sympathy or thinking of you cards. 

So how about pulling out your own favourite ink refills for colouring embossing paste for card making to see what fabulous projects you can design?

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Use Your Stamp Pad Ink Refills for Backgrounds

Use Your Stamp Pad Ink Refills for Backgrounds

Do you already use your stamp pad ink refills for backgrounds?  If you do, give yourself a pat on the back!  But I think you know how SUPER satisfying it feels to get a LOT more LIFE from your craft supplies right?  

And if you haven’t tried this technique yet, let’s get you started so you can have awesome results like this.

pull'em out and use your stamp pad ink refills for backgrounds like this!

Don’t you just LUV this effect of on glossy paper?  So soft, subtle and smooth.  Almost bokeh-like. Just the perfect focal piece for the Petal Passion detailed thinlits framing the thank you greeting.

Now, while this piece has a quite light feeling with So Saffron, Powder Pink and Calypso Coral inks, look at how bold you you can get with different colours.

And every single background you make looks totally original.  In fact, if you get the EXACT same results twice I think it might rank right up there with the immaculate conception😮 as a miracle.  

use your stamp pad ink refills for backgrounds

Use Your Stamp Pad Ink Refills for Backgrounds

So you might think you need lots of supplies to create these fabulous backgrounds.  Not so!

  • Stamp pad ink refills – at least two coordinating colours, but not more than 4
  • Glossy white paper which you can get here (LINK)
  • Stampin’ Spritzer with clear water
  • A plastic page protector cut along the right side and bottom

And that’s it!  Here’s my video to show you the how-to.

grab and use your stamp pad ink refills for backgrounds

Here are my best TIPS to get started:

  1. Have lots of glossy cardstock cut and on hand so you don’t need to stop mid-spritz to cut more
  2. Cut your cardstock larger than you want for your finished piece
  3. Use LESS rather than more drops of ink refill.
  4. Give yourself several good spritzes of water to blend the ink refill drops for the subtle feel you see here
  5. “Mush” (that’s the technical word) your ink BEFORE you insert your paper
  6. Place your two pieces of glossy cardstock together with the glossy sides facing OUT

So now it’s up to you!  Make up a batch of backgrounds for cardmaking in a flash.  This is my colour inkspiration for this card.

use your stamp pad ink refills for backgrounds inspiration

And don’t forget, I want to see all those gorgeous backgrounds you create with your re-inkers. Feel free to send them to me.

Here’s everything I used to make this pretty thank you card in case you’d like to add some supplies to your own stash.

who says you can't use stamp pad ink refills for backgrounds?

Why not take a different look at your stamp supplies and stretch them SO much further? 

When you use your stamp pad ink refills for backgrounds like these, not only will you get a huge sense of accomplishment, you’ll have a TON of fun too.

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