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How to Create Watercolour Effects with Stamps

Today I want to show you how to create watercolour effects with rubber stamps.  Plus once again I’ve got a die-punch combo to add something special to your designs.

With a card any fisher guy – or gal – will love, you’ll want to pick up the Best Catch bundle from the Occasions catalogue while you can still get it at 10% off!

How to Create Watercolour Effects with Rubber Stamps for Masculine Birthday Cards

I love the mix of colours on the jumping fish. And YOU’RE going to be happy it’s a technique you can do RIGHT NOW!

Isn’t it time we have a great bundle mainly with guys in mind?  This one has fabulous stamps and dies with simple sentiments you will use again and again.  I think the bulrushes are my fave!

How to Create Watercolour Effects with Rubber Stamps

Do you think you just don’t have that “artiste” gene?

That there’s no way you can be a watercolour artist?

Think again. Once you see how easy this technique is, your craft area is going to be littered with little pieces of watercolour art!

This is all you need to get started…

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Let’s see how quickly you can become an “artiste”.

How to Create Watercolour Effects with Rubber Stamps

  1. Colour directly onto your stamps with the brush tip of your marker TIP: use the SIDE of the brush to avoid damaging the tip
  2. Hold stamp arm’s length away from you with the rubber/ photopolymer facing you and spritz with 3-5 sprays of good ‘ole H2O
  3. Stamp onto watercolour paper TIP: hold your stamp in place before litfing it up a little longer than you might normally do just to transfer all the ink onto the watercolour paper
  4. Let dry and crop as needed with open die (like for this fish)
  5. OPTIONAL TIP: Re-spritz lightly again and stamp for a second, lighter impression
NEW VIDEO: How to Create Watercolour Effects with Rubber Stamps

There now wasn’t that easy? Amazing what a little water can do for your rubber stamp crafting! With detail like you see on this fish, the two-tone stamping is FAB!

Another great thing? This card is made almost entirely of scrap papers you probably have lying around. Even your ribbon scraps you cut for something else that were just a wee bit short! Bonus!

Here’s a quick run down of the supplies and measurements for you.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • watercolour paper – scrap about 2 1/2″ x 3″
  • Early Espresso – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Crumb Cake – 3 3/4″ x 5″, scrap
  • Old Olive – scrap about 2 1/2″ square
  • Whisper White – scrap about 2″ x 3″
  • Old Olive sheer 1/8″ ribbon – about 3″ long
  • burlap ribbon – piece about 3″ long

In my last post, I shared why I love the Triple Banner punch. Now let me tell you why I love the Everyday Label punch too.

What’s Not to Love About the Everyday Label Punch?


See how it’s created a focal point for our greeting on our card today but still doesn’t take anything away from the overall design?

Learn How to Create Watercolour Effects with Rubber Stamps

Show Me What You Create

Now I will just bet you have a stamp or two (🤣) that would be absolutely amazing with this technique. Share your designs so we can all see! You can always post a pic over on my Facebook group Design with Jo VIPeeps! We’re a growing community of crafters and it’d be wonderful to have you join us. Just a quick click here and you’ll be all set.

And if you have someone in mind who’d be taken in hook, line and sinker with this Best Catch card, here’s my supply list to get you going.

How to Create Watercolour Effects with Rubber Stamps

Thanks a Bunch

Learn All the Steps for How to Create Watercolour Effects with Rubber Stamps and Stampin Write Markers

I hope you got a hit of crafting inspiration today and you’re going to give this technique a try. Layer up some one-two die-punch combos with your Big Shot for cards sure to excite.

Add a fun element just like my fish. Or wouldn’t a pretty rose or a funky balloon be awesome on a card for a special friend? Now you know how to create watercolour effects with rubber stamps, let your inner “artiste” shine – and then bask in their praise!

Simple DIY Gift for Coffee Lovers | Facebook Live Replay

You are going to LOVE my simple DIY gift for coffee lovers today! And even better, you can check out my Facebook Live Replay video to see all the steps to make them at home yourself.

Look how sweet these little guys are!

LOOK At These Simple DIY Gift for Coffee Lovers!

OK, I just gotta say this is one of my most favouritist projects of all time! They’re just so CUTE! The bright and bold colours, the petite size, the polka dots, the gingham ribbon, the coffee theme. What is NOT TO LOVE about ’em?

Plus they make a super quick gift you made yourself! That’s totally practical! Wanna see how easy they are?

Let’s See This Simple DIY Gift for Coffee Lovers in Action!

I tied a bit of Navy gingham ribbon to the clasp after we were all done that I forgot to do when we were live. I thought it sweetened it up even more! What do you think?

I LOVE This Simple DIY Gift for Coffee Lovers using Coffee Cup dies and Coffee Cafe stamps from Stampin Up!

Cuttin’ It Up!

Look at only the small amount of stuff you need to make this cutie (the one we made together in the video):

  • Real Red – 1 piece about 4 1/4 x 6
  • scraps of cardstock – Night of Navy, Early Espresso, Whisper White
  • small scrap of Regals 6×6 DSP in Real Red (small dots)
  • inexpensive memo pad
  • round stationery binding ring (the kind that snaps closed)

Now It’s Up To You!

I’d love for you to make some of these and share them over on my Facebook group page, Design with Jo VIPeeps! Here’s everything you need to whip some up at home (oh, and don’t forget your Cropadile😉).

Simple DIY Gift for Coffee Lovers
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I have been going a little bit crazy making these adorable pint sized memo pads. (I’ve got more done besides these! 🙃) . But look how fun they are!

I Can't Stop Making These Simple DIY Gift for Coffee Lovers!

Many Thanks

I am so grateful when you stop and take a peek at what I’m doing. I know you’ve got lots of things to do and places to be. And I hope you found a bit of inspiration to motivate you to get into your craft space. Let me know how it goes!

Before you go, here are a couple other close ups.

This was the other one we made together. A bit simpler but cool with the greeting on the textured coffee sleeve and the beans in behind.

Simple DIY Gift for Coffee Lovers They Will LOVE to Receive!

I added one of the small True Gentleman buttons with some Linen Thread knotted through it to this one. Plus I placed the shadowed tiny cup in behind the sentiment coffee sleeve. That red really makes it POP!

ADORABLE Simple DIY Gift for Coffee Lovers with Coffee Cup Dies from Stampin Up!

And this fella has the spiral from the memo pad for a top so it sits together just a little more solidly. I explained in the video how to do this so if you didn’t get a chance to watch it, now’s your chance!

Another Version of these Simple DIY Gift for Coffee Lovers

Oh, and if you want to make that Stair Stepper card I showed you in the video, simply click here for my video.

Whichever cute coffee cup design you decide to make, maybe this simple DIY gift for coffee lovers just might be your favourtist project ever too!

Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards

After a week off work recuperating from a too busy couple of months, take a look at these simple triple embossed handmade cards. Like several of my posts, today I want you to get a bit more out of your crafting supplies! This time, both your embossing folders and punches!

Plus since it’s Keep It Simple Sunday, I’ve got the full measurements and step by step instructions for you! Read on…

But first, can you pick out the three different embossed elements?

Use Vibrant Vases for Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards

With this mix of dry and heat embossing it’s the deep impressions on the vase that stand out. This one even looks like there’s a little face on the top don’t you think? (Olaf from Frozen comes to mind for me! 🤪)

On the one above, the DEBOSSED side is facing out (indented flower). This one is reversed and the EMBOSSED side is facing out.

I LOVE These Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards with Vibrant Vases

Pretty fun aren’t they?

OK, here’s all the deets to you can make one yourself.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Whisper White Thick cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Whisper White regular cardstock – 3 3/4″ x 5″, scraps
  • Brights cardstock – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Let’s Make It!

What FUN! Quick and Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards with Vibrant Vases
  1. Emboss your piece of regular Whisper White cardstock with the Layered Leaves or Country Floral dynamic embossing folder. TIP: You can get the gorgeous Country Floral folder shown above free now until March 31st with a $60 CDN order.
  2. Glue to the center front of your folded card.
  3. Run your smaller scrap of Whisper White cardstock through your Big Shot with the Lace Dynamic embossing folder. TIP: Ensure you are only using your Big Shot Platform and only ONE standard cutting pad with the dynamic embossing folders.
  4. Line your Vase Builder punch over top of an embossed area that appeals to you and punch. (Note you will have some waste so decide which vase shape appeals to you the most and center in on that one.)
  5. Stamp words on top left with Versamark ink. TIP: Rub lightly with your Embossing Buddy before starting to stamp.
  6. Place punched out vase on bottom right to eyeball placement of stems. Remove, then stamp leaves two times so they will extend above the vase with Versamark ink. TIP: Stamp two times with the pointy part of the leaf pointing up, then turn stamp upside down to stamp third one.
  7. Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat.
  8. Adhere to front of card with dimensionals. Adhere vase over top of leaves with mini dimensionals.

I enjoyed this card so much, we made some in my last Koffee and a Kard class. Here are some of the designs. See how some have a tulip or a sprig from the Sprig Punch for a bit more foliage. A few sparkly embellishments fancy them up even more.

Each of these colours comes from the Brights assortment package of cardstock. These assortment packages are a super way to get a taste of all the colours in a family. Isn’t it great that every colour looks just as wonderful as the one next to it? That white embossing really pops!

Vibrant Vases and Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards Made by Class Attendees!

Your Turn Now!

Is your mind whirling with all the possibilities? I’m curious which punch you’re going to start with?

You might already have the Vivid Vases stamp set and Vase Builder punch. And if you do, this card is definitely for you! And if not, I’d love it if you purchased your stamps and punch with me to make your own! Thank You!

Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards
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For another super simple idea with the Vase Builder punch, click here.

Here are all three of my cards, two with a Country Floral background and one with Layered Leaves. Which one appeals to you the most?

I LOVE These Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards Made with Stampin' Up!s Vibrant Vases and the Vase Builder punch

Thanks for checking in😊

I think the draw with these pretty cards is the simplicity. With some unexpected design details that makes the recipient take a little closer peek at what you created!

Give them a try! I bet you’ll love these simple triple embossed handmade cards too!

Cards with Cutouts

Come see how I’ve used cards with cutouts not once, but TWO times in my Facebook Live Replay today! And in less than 10 measly minutes!

I LOVE how EASY Cards with Cutouts are with Petal Promenade DSP and Beautiful Layers Thinlits from Stampin Up

Isn’t this pretty? Did you realize there were gorgeous wreaths like this in the Petal Promenade DSP? They are perfect against the Soft Smoky Slate textured background.

They are actual photographs turned into paper. And they look so realistic, You can almost smell the flowers!

If you like this paper, here’s another idea for a card you can make in MINUTES!

I had been planning this card for a few weeks so what a BONUS to have the Petal Promenade DSP become a FREE Sale-a-bration item last Friday! That’s right, with a $60 CDN order, you can add this beautiful paper as your gift.

Cards with Cutouts

So where are the two kinds of cutouts? Take a peek at my video to see for yourself!

Here’s the card we made together in the video. It really is a special greeting for someone who is going through a difficult time. You could make 12 out of one package of DSP and switch up the background colours for a bit of variety.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Mossy Meadow cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Petal Promenade DSP – 4″ x 5 1/4″ and cutout for wreath
  • Rose metallic thread – about 24″

How about a close up so you can see how much that Petal Pink Rhinestone sparkles?

Cards with Cutouts with Petal Promenade DSP are QUICK & EASY!

Over to You!

Get your Paper Snips and grab yourself some Petal Promenade DSP and in minutes you can have a beautiful card like this too.

You can always find my supplies listed in the description section of the YouTube video. And I put them here as well so it’s easy for you to place an order. I know your crafting dollars are limited so I thank you for choosing to spend them with me.

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Cards with Cutouts
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Pick a Favourite

So I always like to ask. Which one is your favourite? Leave me a comment below so everyone can see!

Is it the one we made together with the portrait orientation and rectangle wreath?

Cards with Cutouts are Quick and Easy with Stampin' Up'!'s  Beautiful Layers Thinlits and Petal Promenade DSP

Or the round wreath with the variegated coloured flowers I made earlier?

Handmade Cards with Cutouts for Quick Crafting and Stampin UP Beautiful Layers Thinlits

Thanks for Checking In!

I’m glad you stopped in to check out both my video and today’s blog. Set a reminder and be part of my Facebook Live design team Tuesdays at 6:30 MST.

Just think how fun it will be to order me around! 😋

Cards with Cutouts and Petal Promenade DSP

Next time you need a quick card with just a different look, remember this easy one. Add interest with your detailed thinlits to create cards with cutouts – in mere minutes!

Condolences Card Sayings

Condolences Card Sayings

Sometimes it’s a challenge to get the perfect one for our handmade sympathy cards.  If you struggle for ideal words for this type of handmade card, you’ll want to order the Kindness and Compassion set.   Here’s why.

  • Beautiful verses with mixed fonts to send your heartfelt thoughts to a friend in a troubling time 
  • Sentiments to convey your appreciation to others for their thoughtfulness extended to you during a difficult time 
  • Lovely mixed plain and brush script sentiments
Condolences Card Sayings

Sunday is the day I feature simple projects and give you the steps to make it on your own.  Not only are they simple, they’re always projects you can copy in minutes.  And classic designs you can come back to again and again when you need a handmade card quickly.

Let’s see today’s project.

Heartfelt Condolences Card Sayings

Simple.  Pretty.  Easy. And perfect to convey your thoughts to help a friend through difficult times.

Design Details

Did you miss this paper in the Annual Catalogue?  I almost did too.  It’s in the Tea Room Suite on page 15.  I love it since it’s more light weight than some of our designer paper. So you get MORE for your dollar! 

And it makes perfect envelopes and gift bags like this sweet one I paired with the Varied Vases stamp set. 

Perfect Paper for Condolences Card Sayings

When you have paper this pretty, it almost does all the work for you!  So you really only need a few more elements for a quick card. 

  • One coloured wooden accent to match
  • A simple banner greeting 
  • A perfectly sized coordinating embellishment (this one’s from the Butterfly Elements Sale-a-bration NOW SOLD OUT) and
  • Two tiny pieces of sheer ribbon

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Very Vanilla thick cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Fresh Fig cardstock – 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”
  • Patterned paper – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Very Vanilla regular cardstock – 1 1/4” x 3”
Condolences Card Sayings for Quick Sympathy Greetings

Let’s Make It

  1. Colour wood embellishment with your Fresh Fig marker and let dry.  TIP: Colour lightly with the SIDE of the brush tip.  TIP: Add more than one layer of colour to get darker intensity like mine.
  2. Glue patterned paper to front of folded card.
  3. Stamp words in Fresh Fig ink onto small strip of Very Vanilla.  TIP: Leave sufficient room to add butterfly later.  Punch one end with Triple Banner punch.
  4. Adhere to card with dimensionals.
  5. Glue butterfly with glue dot beside greeting.
Sincere Condolences Card Sayings

It’s Your Turn

Heartfelt cards with lovely condolences card sayings can be some of the most difficult to craft.  But they don’t have to be.  

Lovely paper, a beautifully scripted set of stamps and a matching embellishment are all you need.  Get yours by simply clicking on the image below.  

Condolences Card Sayings
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Thanks so Much

I love that you stopped by today and took the time to read through to the end of my post.  I hope my idea gave you a little shot of paper crafting inspiration. 

Condolences Card Sayings for Heartfelt Greetings

If it did, take a look through my other blog posts for lots more ideas to keep you crafting during these cold wintry months.

And the next time you need to send a card when a friend has lost a loved one, remember this simple card and this wonderful Kindness and Compassion stamp set.  Its lovely condolences card sayings and this beautiful card will help convey your heartfelt thoughts during a difficult time.

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