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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!

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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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Make a Congrats Watercolour Pencil Art Card

Make a Congrats Watercolour Pencil Art Card

Today I want YOU to make a congrats watercolour pencil art card with my photo tutorial. Once you take a peek at how easy this is, I predict you’ll be spritzing up a storm and die cutting all kinds of words and shapes for dramatic cards like this in no time.

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WAHzing! Doesn’t it POP? The bold vibrant colours, the touchable texture and the wood star accents make this one stand out card.  Let’s dive in for a closer look.

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So did you notice? Here’s ANOTHER card without any stamping. Remember this one and this one too? I’m on a bit of a mission to see how many different looks I can get without opening a stamp pad.

I think it’s striking because there’s so much of the contrasting black card showing. But I couldn’t resist shadowing the word with Dazzling Diamonds paper for some bling! So you know there’s SOMETHING there but not exactly sure what. Lastly I added three different sizes of the Hearts & Stars Accents and a small bit of the beautiful 1/4” Whisper White organza ribbon for even more pizzazz.

How about I show – and tell – you how to make a congrats watercolour pencil art card?

Ingredients

  • Watercolour paper
  • Dazzling diamonds Glimmer paper – piece 2” x 5”
  • Basic Black cardstock – cut to 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • 1/4” Whisper White Organza ribbon cut to 6”

Recipe

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Scribble your watercolour pencils onto piece of watercolour paper, overlapping colours.

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Spritz with Stampin’ Spritzer – be generous – you want to see a sheen.

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Let dry, lay die over coloured background and cut with the Big Shot.

Now you have you word cut out, here’s the rest of the recipe:

  1. die cut congrats again in Dazzling Diamonds paper
  2. glue watercolour words to glimmer paper with only
  3. wrap ribbon around open large open star and affix with a glue dot
  4. dab liquid glue on back of stars and adhere to card as shown
  5. snip small pieces from the edge of your Mini Dimensionals and place on the back of word

So are you running into your craft room to make your OWN watercolour pencil art card? If you need some supplies, click on the image to have yours sent directly to your doorstep. I really do appreciate when you shop with me. Thank you.

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In love with word cards like me? It’s so fun when there’s not a stitch of stamping to be found, yet I find I don’t miss it at all. Why not make a congrats watercolour pencil art card for yourself and see if you miss it.

Embellished Easy Watercolour Leaf Cards

Embellished Easy Watercolour Leaf Cards

Today I am building on a blog post from last week to show you how I made embellished easy watercolour leaf cards. I’ve heard from many of you how much you loved the colour blending in this card so I thought “Why not jazz them up even a bit more?”  I changed out just one of my ink colours and here’s what I came up with.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

The detail in the shiny foil leaf really creates a spectacular embellishment. Once again, it’s my favourite Seasonal Layers Thinlits put to work! Did you recognize that colour of foil? It’s the new champagne in the Holiday Catalogue. I missed the sheets the first few times I paged through it, so if you did too, take a peek at page 37.

Falling in between silver and gold on the colour scale, it’s just a gorgeous colour and I’ve used it to offset both gold and silver in my designs. For example, in this card, I think it pairs quite well with the silver embossed sentiment. But it also stands completely on its own too. Gorgeous any which way you look at it. See how it catches the light.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

I’ve set my detailed maple leaf on top of the new Leaf Punch also punched in champagne foil. I layered them so the detailed leaf didn’t completely overlap the solid punched shape. It adds more interest that way. The final touch is the small sparkly clear faceted gem.

As I was mailing my thank you cards last week, I wanted a fairly flat card so my cards went through the post easily. So I also decided to inset my leaves. (You might have heard this also called paper piecing.) I continued to use this technique on my embellished easy watercolour leaf cards too. Here’s how you do it:

  1. stamp your image and cut out with matching frame lit
  2. place cut out leaf onto cardstock panel where you want it positioned
  3. remove your leaf and replace with leaf framelit
  4. run through Big Shot
  5. adhere panel to the front of your folded card
  6. glue stamped leaf into the leaf cutout (I use liquid glue for this)

You may have a faint outline of the frame lit on your cardstock. However, it doesn’t really detract from the beauty of your card.

I gave this card a try with different coloured cardstock, copper foil sheets, and went back to my Tangerine Tango ink for the leaf.  The size of my watercoloured leaf determined whether I added that second detailed leaf on top since I didn’t want it to overpower the original stamped image.  See what you think.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

Leave me a comment below to let me know which was your favourite combination!

I’ve listed everything to create these awesome fall greetings for yourself. If you don’t have something in your supply stash, simply click on an image to order it from my 24-7 online store to have it shipped directly to you!

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

While my original watercolored leaf card can easily stand on its own, this is a good example how you can step things up just a bit. Take a moment and think about what you have to complement and add some pizzazz to your cards. It really doesn’t take a lot of time, or money and your embellished easy watercolour leaf cards will get you WOWS – guaranteed!

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Dog Lovers Christmas Cards in a Snap

Dog Lovers Christmas Cards in a Snap

When you need to create dog lovers Christmas cards in a snap, this is the card! What’s even better? I’m featuring it on my Keep It Simple Sunday so you know it’s ULTRA FAST. Plus it’s absolutely adorable and fun to make! Take a peek!

dog lovers Christmas cards in a snap

I’ll bet you have a dog lover in your life – or you may be one yourself. But you don’t even need to LOVE our furry friends to smile at this adorable fella. And although this little guy doesn’t quite look like my canine buddy, I would sure love to get a greeting like this over the holidays.

The textured Watercolored paper pairs exceptionally well with the Basic Black and Real Red. In fact, my last Keep It Simple Sunday project featured these same bold colours. There are only a few steps to make it too. Before we get to that, take a little closer view.

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Ingredients

  • Watercolour paper 2 5/8” x 2 5/8”
  • Basic Black cardstock 2 3/4” x 2 3/4”
  • Real Red cardstock 3” x 6” scored at 3”

Recipe

  1. Stamp dog image and greeting in Basic Black Archival ink on watercolour square
  2. Colour hat with Real Red Stampin’ Write marker
  3. Optional: Scribble Basic Black marker on acrylic block and pick up with Aquapainter to shade under dog’s paws
  4. Glue watercolour square to Basic Black square then to folded Real Red card
  5. Attach Black Rhinestone to his nose

Part of this card’s charm is its size…only 3” x 3” so it will tuck in just about anywhere. It would even make a great tag on a Christmas present. Not to mention, it’s very economical. One of these is only 33 cents! Even if you add one of the new 3”x3” Whisper White envelopes, it’s under 60 cents!  You’re not going to break the bank on this holiday greeting!

If you don’t already have a Real Red Stampin’  Write marker, you’re in luck!  Normally you would need to order the full Brights set (which isn’t really an awful thing if you’re crazy for Stampin’ Up!’s fully coordinated colouring like me!).  But right now, you’ll find the Old Olve and Real Red markers are packaged together for your holiday greetings.  Bonus!!

Because it’s so simple, I want to show you one that’s just a teeny step up. Add the super glitzy Dazzling Diamonds glitter with your Fine Tip Glue Pen and frame it with a scalloped square. Even though it was cute already, now it’s beyond CUTE!

dog lovers Christmas cards in a snap

To make these little cards yourself, you only need a few items.

Your holiday greetings don’t need to be big or extravagant. Sometimes cute and simple fits the bill wonderfully. And when you craft up a bunch of these dog lovers Christmas cards in a snap, it may be just the ticket for your canine crazy friends!

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Easy Watercolour Leaf Cards

Easy Watercolour Leaf Cards

Today I want to show you how to make easy watercolour leaf cards. At this time of year, we’re starting to see the gorgeous fall reds, oranges and golds as leaves start to flutter down. To make some thank you cards, I pulled out a favoured set, Vintage Leaves. But rather than just stamp the leaves, I wanted a watercolour look, which most of you know is my FAVOURITE technique! See if you like the results.

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Well? How do you like the mix of colours? Pretty, right? What three colours do you think I used? Here, I’ll give you a close-up so you can see a little bit better.

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You might be surprised I used Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler…and Elegant Eggplant! I don’t know about you but I don’t see much purple in there. The eggplant combines to make a lovely brown colour that merged perfectly with the other two. I think it’s sort of neat that, while most of the time, we never want to create an ugly brown colour, in this case, it made a pretty fabulous result.

Here are the steps to making your own easy watercolour leaf cards:

  1. Place stamp upside down
  2. Ink the entire stamp with Crushed Curry stamp pad
  3. Randomly tap on Cherry Cobbler, then Elegant Eggplant stamp pads, making sure to leave some Crushed Curry showing
  4. Hold up stamp and lightly spritz with water (hold about 6-8 inches away and spritz 3-4 times)
  5. Stamp onto watercolour paper and hold for a few seconds
  6. Respritz image lightly without re-inking and stamp a second time for a slightly lighter impression

 

Here’s another sample where the purple did come through a little more.  It just goes to show how you get different results all the time with this quick and fun technique.

easy watercolour leaf cards

Some TIPS are you are experimenting with your own designs:

  • Always ink your lightest colour of ink first onto your stamp
  • Choose different colours to see how they blend together to find the most pleasing for you
  • Ensure the spritzer is pointed away from you (YES, that is the voice of experience taking!)
  • Make sure your Stampin’ Spritzer is not too close to the image
  • Don’t aim your spritzer straight at the stamp otherwise, you may wash away all the colour in one spot on the stamp
  • Hold the stamp down a few seconds so the ink starts to merge together
  • Let the image dry before deciding if you love it – or hate it – you might be surprised how they ALL turn out fantastic!

The rest of the card was really quick to put together too and has another surprise. The leaf is inset into the panel of cardstock! Then add a simple greeting embossed with silver or copper embossing powder. To jazz it up even more, maybe attach a couple rhinestones or some of the gorgeous new Year of Cheer washi tape along the bottom and you’re done!

As you can guess, these are really very simple cards to make, although there are a few supplies. In case you need to add some goodies, here is everything I used.

easy watercolour leaf cards

Since I loved this card so much, I featured it in my last Koffee and a Kard class. My ladies really enjoyed playing with the inks and this Vintage Leaves set, along with the matching framelits. They especially loved how easy it was to create the watercolour look! Even when they thought they’d made a boo-boo in their ink or spritzing, a little patience paid off. Once it dried and was die cut, they loved the result!

So give this technique a shot for yourself. Make up some easy watercolour leaf cards during this beautiful autumn season and share them far and wide!

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