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How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

My friend Leslie’s card is a wonderful example of how to colour vellum with alcohol markers.  

And what’s the gosh-darn BEST part about her card?  There’s hardly any stamping!  The Graceful Glass designer series vellum is pre-printed with a glossy black design so it makes the perfect on-the-go crafting supply.

Throw a couple sheets in your carry-on, a few of your favourite Stampin’ Blends and you’re all set to WOW your travelling companions.  (Can you tell I’m flying as I’m writing this? 😜)  

Let’s take a peek.

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

Isn’t it pretty? The Stampin’ Blends allowed her to get vibrant blended colour for realistic flowers and a lovely butterfly.  Let’s take a closer look at what she did.

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

While there are a few ways I’ve used my Stampin’ Blends with vellum, Leslie chose to colour hers on the FRONT of the vellum for this dynamite card.  

With this technique, the key is in your blending.  The vellum’s almost “plastic-y” finish allows you a bit longer drying time which comes in handy. 

 

Here are a few hints:

  • Lay down one layer of colour (use your light or dark first whichever you prefer) in a small space.  HINT: try colouring one flower at a time.)
  • While it’s still wet, add in your complementary colours (lighter if you started with dark and vice versa).  Leslie’s colours are Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight (dark only), Old Olive and Mint Macaron for her background.
  • Layer your finished design on top of a piece of Whisper White to make your colour POP even more.

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

 

Let me tell ya, this card is even more beautiful when you see it in person. 

Can you see that sparkle?  After Leslie coloured it with her Blends, she ran over it with her Wink of Stella, also on top.  The alcohol ink stayed right where she put it even with the Wink on top.

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

Did you notice the butterfly?  It’s also in one of the designs from the designer paper.  She coloured it with blends and her Wink of Stella, cut it out and curved it with her bone folder before attaching it with some liquid glue so the wings appear to be fluttering.  

If you like this colouring technique, here’s another card also using the Graceful Glass designer paper and alcohol markers.  Since there’s quite a variety of designs to choose from you can create totally different looks.

And with 24 6”x6” sheets just think how quickly your travel time will fly by (yeah, I couldn’t resist! 😙)

how to colour vellum with alcohol markers

There are minimal supplies to recreate this card.  And to add any you don’t have, just click on the image below to have it shipped directly to your door in about a week.  

Thanks so much for shopping with me!

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

Crafting on-the-go?  Make it quick and painless with pre-printed vellum and your Stampin’ Blends. 

Add a hint of sparkle with your Wink of Stella and you’ll have cards that’ll win rave reviews.  In fact, I predict they’ll all be asking how to colour vellum with alcohol markers for themselves!

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

What the heck is a Handmade Candy Corn Countdown?  My spook-tacular series of Hallowe’en tricks and treats you won’t want to miss.  Quick and fun ideas to spark up your treat giving and your card making for this time of year.  

Are you a Trick or Treater from way back?  Do you love to get dressed up to celebrate this fun evening?  Have your kids already started thinking about what their costume is going to be this year? 

If you answered yes to even one of those questions, then you’ll want to catch my ghoulishly fun things coming your way in September.  Super simple projects like my Spooky Cat Hershey Kiss Treat Holder with my video instructions.

But let’s take a peek at my quick and easy project for little goblins headed your way this Halloween.

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

Aren’t they cute?  A bag of sweetness tied with a simple and cheerful pumpkin.  Tag making is a breeze with the Seasonal Chums stamp set with matching framelits.  Great for Halloween, winter or Christmas, these little guys are so adorable.  And they really are quick – and inexpensive –  for sweet treat giving like my candy corn treat bags for Halloween.

handmade candy corn countdown trick or treat bags for halloween

You don’t need to worry about placing the images just “so”.  It’s done for you.  The front and backs are all on one stamp and the framelit cuts it out quick and easy.  Here’s what the framelit looks like once you run it through the Big Shot.

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

I love the 3D effect with these tags!  A jack-o-lantern for the front with a pumpkin behind.  And kids love them even more.  Think how special they’ll feel with little goodies like this.

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

These open line images are great for colouring with watercolour pencils, Stampin’ Write markers and ink for super results. But I chose to pull out my Stampin’ Blends today. 

I do love me my new alcohol markers.  So much quicker than regular markers and no harsh lines to worry about. 

So how about we get down to making this little guys?

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

Ingredients

  • Cellophane bag – 2” x 8”, cut down to 6 1/2” tall
  • Thick Whisper White cardstock – piece about 2” x 3 1/2”
  • Basic Black cardstock – piece about 2” x 3 1/2”
  • Silver & Whisper White twine and Basic Black solid baker’s twine – 1 piece each about 14” long

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

Recipe

  1. Stamp star from Takeout Treats stamp set in StazOn Black on cellophane bag.  (TIP1:  The cellophane is slippery so be sure to stamp straight down, hold a few seconds, then lift directly up for best results.  TIP2:  I like the solid star image so it really shows up well against the candy inside.)  Let dry a minute or so.  
  2. Stamp pumpkin in Memento ink onto thick Whisper White cardstock.  Colour with Stampin’ Blends.  I used the Light and Dark Pumpkin Pie, Light and Dark Granny Apple Green and Dark Pineapple Punch.  (TIP3: Make sure you use Memento ink as StazOn will bleed once you start colouring with the Blends.
  3. Centre framelit over the image and run through the Big Shot.  Run through a second time with the Basic Black cardstock.
  4. Glue coloured image directly on top of Basic Black and fold in half.
  5. Fill your bag with candy corn.  Thread both pieces of baker’s twine through the hole in the tag and tie around the top of the bag.  (TIP4: Poke the twine through with your Paper Piercing Tool if needed.)

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

 

Most of the items for this little guy can be purchased right away.  (Just the star is from the new Takeout Treats available September 5th).  But there are solid stars in other stamp sets that will be ideal too if you have them.  For example, Better Together has a super one.  Little Twinkle has one too.

To order any of the supplies I used, simply click on an image to take you directly to my 24-7 online store.  Thanks for shopping with me!

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

When we get started in September, most of my designs are made with supplies in the new 2018 Holiday Catalogue!  I’m having fun creating with them all!  

(Did you see my Oops-I’m sideways-little-bit-of-a-focussing-difficulty Holiday Catalogue Preorder Unboxing Facebook Live video? There really are some fab stamps, papers and embellishments coming your way soon!  

Make sure you check back here on September 4th when the first weekly post in my month-long series begins.  In the meantime, you can get started now with my Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween.

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

Get vibrant results when you use Stampin Write markers to colour watercolour paper.  My friend Leslie did with her fun friends card featuring a fan favourite stamp set, Beautiful You. 

I knew you’d want to see it too when she’s got such a super colour combination goin’ on.

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

Such a simple card to share well wishes with a BFF.  Dapper Denim and Crushed Curry are gorgeous together don’t you think?  And look how bold her colour is on the textured watercolour paper.

When was the last time you pulled out your Stampin’ Write markers to colour?  If you’re like me, you sometimes forget they’re in your toolbox with all the other fun things to colour with.  But when you want FAST, SIMPLE and PERFECT colour coordination, they can’t be beat!

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

OK question for you…how many retiring items did Leslie use on her colourful card?  

  1. Dapper Denim cardstock is the main front panel. And yes, as a 2016-18 In Colour, we’re waving good-bye May 31st and I’m sad ☹️.  It’s one of my go-to blues. 
  2. Then she’s coloured our gal’s dancing dress with her Dapper Denim Stampin’ Write marker which comes in a set of the 5 In Colors.
  3. She stamped in Basic Black Archival ink so she wouldn’t muddy her image once she started to colour.
  4. She’s also cut out the words from one of the Lovely Words thinlits in Crushed Curry.  Just two teeny snips and you can use the words just by themselves like she’s done here.

I’ve used these words quite a lot this past year for more simple cards like this and this.  I just love the brush lettering look you can achieve.  (plus it’s fun way to “cheat” if you’ve had too much caffeine and your lettering is a bit wobbly 😉).

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

A few tips to use Stampin Write markers to colour watercolour paper?

  • Use a permanent black ink like Basic Black Archival which will stay put once you add any water-based colour, like our Stampin’ Write markers
  • Ink your stamp very well
  • Use a firm, even pressure to stamp your image onto the textured paper
  • Hold your stamp on the paper for a few seconds without rocking it so you have nice clear lines
  • Don’t be afraid to colour OUTSIDE the lines – yes, you can and it makes your image look fabulous!

OK, now it’s your turn.  Which BFF would you make this card for?  Simple, pretty and into the mail in no time, she’ll love opening it up!  Here’s everything you need to make it yourself.

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

 

Stampin’ Up! has so many colouring options, I think we sometimes forget to pull out our Stampin Write markers.  But take them out of storage and get colouring!  

And while you’re at it, give them a shot on watercolour paper – without water!  I KNOW, practically unheard of!  But give it a try today and you won’t be disappointed.  

Take a page out of Leslie’s book and see how vibrant your creations can be with you use Stampin Write markers to colour watercolour paper.

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Painting Watercolour Pencils Bird Banter Card

Painting Watercolour Pencils Bird Banter Card

Newbie or “seasoned” paper crafters unite, let’s start painting watercolour pencils Bird Banter cards!  Whether you’re just starting out in your stamping journey or you’ve been at it for years, you’ll want to make sure you have a set of Stampin’ Up! watercolour pencils in your stash for simply designed, but colourful cards like this one.

painting watercolour pencils bird banter card

Cute right?  The Bird Banter set in the Occasions catalogue is right up there for versatility.  With 12 images and 7 greetings, you’ll use it for a TON of different designs.  Birthdays, thank you, friends, thinking of you pop to mind right away!  Let’s see the whole set.

painting watercolour pencils bird banter card

Don’t you think every bird in this set has personality galore? 

I chose to keep everything in the Brights palette to make it easy for colour coordination.  (And if you don’t have all the colours of card stock, you can get a starter pack of all the Brights colours below at a great price!)

Why do I think Stampin’ Up! watercolour pencils a must-have in every paper crafter’s toolbox?  Let me count the ways…

 

 

 

See all 13 colours!

painting watercolour pencils bird banter card

  1. Ease.  I’ll bet practically everyone can colour.  So let’s do it more!
  2. Non-intimidating.  Even if we’ve moved on to markers, Stampin’ Blends and watercolours, there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned coloured pencil!
  3. Versatility.  Watercolour pencils can be left dry (coloured only).  Or add water to liven up the colours and get different looks.
  4. Cost.  With so many colouring options, watercolour pencils are one of the least expensive (just $21 a set, only $1.62 a pencil!)
  5. Variety.  You can easily achieve bold – or soft – colour to suit your card – and your mood.
  6. Coordination: Our 13 pencils match Stampin’ Up! colours so rest assured you will have coordination at your fingertips!
  7. Colour possiblities: Colour blending is a snap so your colour possibilities are almost endless.
  8. Portability.  13 little pencils in a light and easy-to-carry case will tuck in just about anywhere.
  9. Simplicity.  Your add-on supplies are practically non-existent!  Just a blender pen (like I used for today’s project) or an Aqua Painter is all you need (TIP1: pre-stamp your images first and take them with you in a clear envelope)
  10. Stress relief. (and who doesn’t need a little of that?)  Enuf said.

painting watercolour pencils bird banter card

So let’s get to the particulars so you can start this painting watercolour pencils bird banter card yourself.

Ingredients

  • Very Vanilla card stock – 3 1/2” x 4 1/2”
  • Real Red card stock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Pacific Point card stock – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Daffodil Delight card stock – 3 3/4” x 4 3/4”
  • Birthday Memories designer paper (stripes ) – 2” x 5 1/4”

Recipe

  1. Stamp branch in Early Espresso stamp pad on lower centre of Very Vanilla card stock
  2. Use Archival Basic Black to stamp parrot and cockatiel on left and right of branch
  3. Stamp words along bottom left
  4. Colour birds completely in desired colours
  5. Paint and blend colour with blender pen
  6. Add small bit of Wink of Stella to cockatiel’s breast and parrot’s wing (optional but adds just a hint of something unexpected)
  7. Layer all card pieces together with SNAIL

painting watercolour pencils bird banter card

Don’t be afraid to blend your different colours of pencils for deeper colour, different colour and subtle shading.  For instance, my parrot’s breast is Old Olive with Daffodil Delight then Pacific Point on top.  And his beak is Daffodil Delight with Pumpkin Pie then Real Red on the tip.  

OK, now it’s your turn to colour and paint this bright and fun card for a friend.  Have you got the watercolour pencils and haven’t used them for a bit?  Go get ‘em!  Or if you need to pick some up, I’ve got all the supplies listed here so you can get busy with this card yourself.  Thanks so much for shopping with me!  

For another totally different look with your Stampin’ Up! watercolour pencils, see my photo tutorial for this colourful congrats card.  

Here’s a final peek.

painting watercolour pencils bird banter card

Do you have any “colourful” friends who would love to receive this card?  I’m lucky enough to have a few friends that fit the “colourful” definition, so this card will be in the mail to them soon! 

Get out your tools and whip some up today!  This painting watercolour pencils Bird Banter card is a fun surprise they’ll LOVE to get in the mail!

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Cute Colour Cards with Stampin Write Markers

Cute Colour Cards with Stampin Write Markers

Did you know it’s Puppy Day today – so of course I need to share puppy cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers! And I have the perfect one made by my friend and fellow Stampin” Up! Demonstrator Carmen.

If you haven’t coloured in awhile, you’re going to want to pull out your Stampin’ Write markers and get busy like she did once you see her super sweet card. It’s not only cute, the colours work wonderfully well as we inch our way into more spring-like weather! I think you’ll agree with me.

cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers

Aren’t they darling together? And with such a simple colouring technique and a designer series paper background, this card is super time-friendly too.

So when would you use this card? Pretty much any time you need to send a “pick-me-up” card to a friend. I’ve pulled out this set myself for a card to share condolences with a friend who lost her dog friend as well as birthdays for young’uns and sweet thank you’s.

Simply change out the greeting from the set and it could accompany a gift, send a thank you or be a thinking of you. Take a peek at the entire set of Bella and Friends images you could create cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers with.

cute colour cards with stampin write markers

Here’s a closer look at the colouring.

cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers

Carmen was inspired by the stamp set itself, then pulled colours from there hoping to find a DSP for her background.  I say she was pretty successful don’t you?  Smoky Slate (with Basic Gray for shading), Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive then a little Tempting Turquoise and Real Red for her tag.

Do you see how Carmen offset her image so there was room for her simple knot on the left hand side? (And if you shy away from bows and knots because you think they bulk up your cards, this finely woven ribbon is super at staying flexible and flat so that’s not an issue!)

All in all a pretty sweet card with pretty polished colouring.

cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers

Do you recognize the paper that Carmen found to coordinate with her coloured image? It’s one you saw EVERYWHERE when the catalogue first came out ten months ago. (Wow, yes, it’s been that long! Which means we’re almost set for a new one!  But more on that in later posts!)

It’s the Delightful Daisy, without a daisy in sight! In fact, it’s one piece of paper cut in half and adhered to cover the front of the card so you can see both sides at once. Pretty great pattern mixing I’d say!

Colouring is probably right up there in my top three stamping techniques. Why?

  • It’s so darn easy
  • They are super quick to make
  • There are no real rules (except may to stay in the lines, but even then you’ve got room to play!)
  • You can do it almost anywhere (markers are ultra portable although I do have to say, colouring while driving doesn’t work ALL that well – yes I HAD to try!)
  • It’s pretty inexpensive (at only $3.90 a marker – for a set of 10 – it’s the cheapest way to get all the Stampin’ Up! colours!  And you can even save a few bucks when you purchase the full set of Many Marvelous Markers which comes with its own handy carrying case!)
  • there’s such a variety of Stampin’ Up! detailed images to keep you colouring for days! (Look how different this thank you card is, also coloured with the Stamp’ Writes)
  • It’s OK to multitask! (You can easily carry on a conversation or watch tv at the same time as you’re colouring!)

cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers

Now before you hit the button to pick up Bella and Friends, let me share a few quick TIPs for your stamping and colouring:

  1. Use the Basic Black Archival ink. Since these are water-based makers, you want ink that will stay put.
  2. Working with the ultra bright Whisper White gives fabulous results. It’s my favourite for clean and true colours. Regular or thick work equally well.
  3. Colour with the brush tip, in a circular motion, to avoid streaks of colour.

So how about getting back at it and colouring some cute and fun cards right now? While I suspect you may already have the supplies you need on hand, if not, simply click any of the images below to order from me.

I really appreciate seeing that little online order notification come through and when your order is over $85, you’ll get a special bonus gift from me too!

Make Cute Coloured Cards with Stampin Write Markers

Bella & Friends Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$36.00

Bella & Friends Clear-Mount Stamp Sets

$27.00

Subtles Stampin' Write Markers

$39.00

Brights Stampin' Write Markers

$39.00

Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers

$32.00

Many Marvelous Markers

$146.00

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad

$9.25

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

$11.25

Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad

$8.50

Tranquil Tide 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon

$9.25

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

$10.00

Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper

$14.50

Tranquil Tide 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$10.00

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

$9.00

cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers

 

Haven’t coloured in awhile? Then there’s no time like the present. And in honour of Puppy Day, stamp out a few sweet images like these so you can colour in front of the tv or during a coffee break at work.

Make up some birthday or thank you cards so you have them in reserve to pull out at the last moment. You’ll be sure to find out how your cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers bring a smile to any friend’s face!

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