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How to Make Gift Tags at Home

Want to know how to make gift tags at home with the Buffalo Check background stamp and your Stamparatus?  I’m aiming for masculine today.  What do you think about these ones?

Do You Know How to Make Gifts Tags at Home?

Wanna know how to make them?  Scroll on…

Plaid is big.  Well, actually plaid isn’t just big, it’s BIG!  Have you noticed it’s THE design element of the season? 

Black and white, green and red, blue and silver.  There’s a different colour combination to suit just about everyone out there.  And you can create it easily with your Buffalo Check background stamp and Stamparatus.

One inking and impression will get you a background like this.

How to Make Gifts Tags at Home

Two inkings with your Stamparatus will get you a background like this.

How to Make Gifts Tags at Home to SAVE Moola for Stamping Supplies!

Which one is YOUR favourite?

I promise you’re going to love how easy peasy these are.  First let’s take a quick look at the short supply list.

So let’s learn how to make our own plaid to dress up quick 3x3 gift tags super quickly.

 

How to Make Gift Tags at Home

 

To get two-toned plaid like this here are the steps.

Step 1: Place your Plaid clear stamp on your Stamparatus.  Leave a little bit of clearance around the stamp (I left about an inch)  Place your cardstock also about 1” below the top of the Stamparatus.  Hold in place with a magnet.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home

 

Step 2: Ink up your stamp with a Night of Navy pad.  TIP: Hold your ink pad as flat as possible and pat several times over the rubber.  Make sure to repeat over some areas so the edges of the ink pad colour are softened.  TIP:  A well inked ink pad is essential to good coverage.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home

 

Step 3: Lower the acrylic plate onto your cardstock and stamp image  TIP: Don’t be afraid to apply pressure on the stamp especially around the top and edges.  TIP:  Check your impression to make sure it is fully inked.  If not, re-ink the stamp and stamp again until you are happy with the coverage.  CLEAN stamp well.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home

 

Step 4: Lift plate out of the Stamparatus and move to the left ONE hinge.  Ink stamp with the SECOND colour and stamp. 

How to Make Gift Tags at Home

 

Step 5: Clean stamp, remove cardstock, cut to size and use on your gift tags.  

How to Make Gift Tags at Home

 

I really like the little space left where the Vanilla shows through and the overlap of the green and navy.  To show up the vanilla even more, I added the tag to a plain Very Vanilla box I created with my Gift Bag punch board.  A simple strip of the left over plaid decorates the side and the Braided Linen trim adds a happy bow. 

Don't you Just LOVE How to Make Gifts Tags at Home?

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Very Vanilla cardstock to stamp on – 1 piece 4 1/2” x 5 1/2” TIP: I cut my paper to be about the same size as my background so I don’t waste., 1 scrap piece
  • Plaid stamped cardstock – 2 3/4” x 2 3/“, cut AFTER stamping
  • Shaded Spruce cardstock – 3” x 6”, scored at 3”
  • Night of Navy cardstock – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
  • Tranquil Tide glimmer paper – piece at least 2 1/2” square

 

How to Make Gifts Tags at Home the EASY Way!

Isn’t it fun to create gift tags perfectly coordinated for your boxes and presents? What fella wouldn’t love to see this gift with HIS name on it (bow included!)?

And now you know how to make gift tags at home, you can make every colour under the rainbow for all the occasions you celebrate! 

Using Ink Pads for Different Stamping Techniques

Today we’re playing with using ink pads for different stamping techniques.  And let me tell you.  You are going to love love love it!   

My Product of the Week is, you guessed it, ink pads!  

using ink pads for different stamping techniques

While I used Classic pads on this card, the star of the show is the Whisper White craft pad.  I want to show you how you can instantly get more life from one of your craft tools (your embossing folder). Plus there’s not, one but TWO ways to do this quick technique.

You’ll want to snap up the Craft Stampin’ Pad & Refill today when you see how easy it is to create this neat whitewashed wood background.

Have you tried using ink pads for different stamping techniques?

Cool right?  (no pun intended😀!)  Here, I used it on some bright Granny Apple Green to add a rustic and wintry touch ideal for your holiday cards.

Isn’t bleached wood just about EVERYwhere you look these days?  Why not add it to your paper crafting too? 

It’s easy to do too.   All you need is the Craft Stampin’ Pad & Refill, an embossing folder (the Pinewood Planks Dynamic embossing folder takes my vote), some cardstock, a sponge and your Big Shot.

Technique 1 for using ink pads for different stamping techniques:

  1. Open up your embossing folder and lay it as flat as possible.
  2. Tap your sponge into your Whisper White craft pad and tap ink all over the side that has the ridges in it.
  3. Lay your cardstock carefully on top of the ink and close together.
  4. Run through your Big Shot…

and BAM!  Instant weathered weathered wood!

It's FUN using ink pads for different stamping techniques

Here’s the second way you can get much the same look.

Technique 2 for using ink pads for different stamping techniques

  1. Insert your cardstock into your embossing folder and run through the Big Shot.
  2. Remove paper.
  3. Open your Whisper White craft pad and LIGHTLY rub the ink over the EMbossed lines of the paper, and along the outside edges.

Try using ink pads for different stamping techniques for FAB cards

Jo-TIPS  (sorta like Q-Tips without the fuzz 😂)

  • Let the weather card panel dry completely or give it a shot with your Heat Tool before using it on your card.
  • Fully clean your embossing folder with a wet wipe or water before you go to make another non-weathered pinewood embossing!

I LOVE using ink pads for different stamping techniques

Here’s a few other details about this card.

  • the bough and berries come form the Pretty Pines thinlits
  • I gave the boughs a shot with my Wink of Stella refilled with Lemon-Lime Twist before I cut them.  See how easy THIS is with my short video.
  • the sweet little topper on my oval greeting is a stamp I’ve never used from the Christmas Pines set before (😮) but it’s perfect to finish off the sentiment
  • the clear faceted gem both finishes off the bough embellishment like a berry AND his the glue dots holding the boughs together

Simply click on any picture to take you to my 24-7 online store where you can get all these items to make your own card.

I LOVE using ink pads for different stamping techniques

You know how I love to show you ways to get more from your craft supplies?  These techniques are an awesome way to do that. 

Whether you use the Pinewood Planks all on its own like I did with this all occasion card,  or create the trendy weathered look on any colour of paper you own, it’s superb. 

Plus the same technique works for ALL your embossing folders.  Give them a test drive too.  Now, what’s not to love about using ink pads for different stamping techniques?

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

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

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!

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