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Make Christmas Cards with Alcohol Markers

Grab your Stampin’ Blends and let’s make Christmas cards with alcohol markers that are quick and cute! 

I LOVE the Seasonal Chums set and realized I haven’t used it much this year.  So when I decided on a “snowfall” product of the week, I knew the cutie-pie snowman was up!

Why Not Make Christmas Cards with Alcohol Markers?

How do you like the snow? 

If you have the Ruffled dynamic embossing folder, it’s a pretty cool (no pun intended 😜) way to make snowbanks.  Just run your Whisper White through your Big Shot and trim along the top ruffle and POW!  Instant snow!

I don’t think I’ve told you lately how much I adore our Stampin’ Blends marker, have I?  Here’s why they’re a super way to colour…

  • Quick colouring.
  • Easy to use (yes, even for beginners!).
  • Fantastic colour coordination.
  • Seamless colour blending.
  • So many colours to choose from.

See all my tips in this blog post if you’re a bit shy about trying them.

I want to show you a close-up shot of my colour blending on little Frosty.

Have you tried to make Christmas cards with alcohol markers yet?

I think it probably took me about 7 1/2 minutes to get him stamped and coloured.  (Yup a bit like Goldilocks here.  Not 5, not 10, but RIGHT in the middle!)

Now I have to admit, it is Keep It Simple Sunday, and this card IS simple.  Honest. 

But there are a few more steps than normal.  So the supply list is a little longer too.  😬  But don’t you love the results?

I LOVE to make Christmas cards with alcohol markers

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Shaded Spruce cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White thick cardstock – one piece 3” x 4” and two scraps at least 3” square
  • Real Red cardstock – scrap at least 2 1/2” square
  • Real Red Mixed Satin ribbon – piece about 3” long

 

Make Christmas Cards with Alcohol Markers

Let’s Make It

  1. Stamp snowman in Memento ink on scrap of Whisper White.  Colour with alcohol markers.  TIP: I used Light Smoky Slate and Light Pool Party along the left side of his body then used the Colour Lifter to blend out.  TIP: Since you are colour small areas, use the bullet tip side of the marker.
  2. Apply a wash of Wink of Stella over entire snowman body when finished colouring to add some sheen.
  3. Create snowbanks with the Ruffled Dynamic embossing folder and the 3” x 4” piece of White cardstock as outlined above. Glue to front bottom of folded card.
  4. Stick Frosty to left of “snowbanks” with dimensionals.
  5. Stamp your words in Shaded Spruce ink on the scrap of thick Whisper White cardstock.  Punch out with Starburst punch.  Punch out Real Red circle with 2 1/4” punch.  Layer together with liquid glue or SNAIL.
  6. Overlap piece of ribbon and attach to left side of circle with a glue dot.  Stick to top right of card with dimensionals.  TIP: overlap at least one dimensional on your ribbon to ensure it stays “stuck”.
  7. Add one red rhinestone to ampersand to finish off.

TADAH!  A fun card for ANYONE on your Christmas list!

Let's make Christmas cards with alcohol markers

The Seasonal Chums set is intended to be used for tags.  And they’re super that way.  But here’s another fabulous design I LOVE my friend Leslie shared showcasing the front and back nature of them.

Wanna craft up some snowman fun for yourself?  Here’s all the supplies I used so you can re-create Frosty.

 

Are you a snowman fiend?  Then this little guy might be right up your stamping alley.  There’s so many ways to colour him:  Stampin’ Write markers, watercolour pencils, your AquaPainter… 

But I predict your friends and family will LOVE HIM made with your Stampin’ Blends.   So pull ‘em out and make Christmas cards with alcohol markers and get ready for the WOW’s!

Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

Stamping & embossing Christmas cards this year?  You’re going to love this design by my friend Joanne.  And the BONUS part?  Take off some of the Christmas-y items, and the card works perfectly for pretty much any occasion.  Let’s take a peek.

Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

Gorgeous isn’t it?  Elegant black and gold highlighted with touches of crisp white. 

She brought this card to my Holiday Open House in September (I always give LOTS of door prize tickets for guests who bring me a hand stamped card.)  

She was thinking outside the box when she combined the Half Full stamp set and Broadway Bound birthday designer series paper for a festive greeting.  It works so well mixing it with the rich jewel tones of the wine and bottle.  She coloured those with her blender pen and stamp pads, something I haven’t done in a long time.

Don’t you love her little glitzy bow on the left?  She wrapped the ribbon around the designer paper and glued it to the back.  Then she made a bow and attached it with a glue dot.  Easy peasey, and so perfect.

I LOVE Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

Joanne tells us how she came up with such a great card design.

I wanted to make a card for the Open House and the criteria was to use current catalogue product. And I wanted to do Christmas as it was launching the Christmas catalogue.  But I ran into a snag as that was the only set that had any kind of Christmas theme that I own that was in the annual catalogue.  So I went in search of some paper and of course all the Christmas paper was new so I didn’t have any of that, however, I had just got the Broadway bound paper pack and had made some great birthday cards with it and thought it would be a great twist on a Christmas card.  I was very pleased with the outcome and have made a few more to give away for Christmas:).

NOT Your Average Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

Stamping & embossing Christmas cards

Joanne went to town stamping and embossing several images.  How many do you see?

  • The wine glasses
  • Wine bottle
  • Both greetings on the front
  • The inside wine glass (yup, she decorated the inside too)

 

Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

That cute little holly is a separate stamp.  But you know what?  Just take it off the wine glasses and immediately your card becomes a congrats or a bday glass of vino.  

Have some friends who might appreciate a wine “flavoured” card?  I’ve got a few up my sleeve (so to speak😅) 

How about this one using a neat technique to colour the wine?  

Or this one I featured in a Koffee and a Kard class last year?

And I used it this year too for this fun watercolored one.

Now how can you resist such a great stamp set?  One that will see you through these holidays – and well into the New Year with its versatility.  Simply click on the image below and get your own.

Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards on Designer Series Paper

I’d love to get your work featured on my Front and Centre Friday too.  And it’s easy to do.  Just send me a handmade card featuring current Stampin’ Up! product.  Tuck in a little sticky note with your inspiration and products too.  That’s it.

Here’s my address: Box 911, Blackfalds, Alberta Canada T0M0J0

Thanks so much to Joanne for sharing her talent with us all.  Keep checking back here each Friday to see many other gifted artists.  It might not be stamping & embossing Christmas cards next time, but I’m sure you’ll love it all the same.

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Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Beginners

Simple watercolour pencil techniques for beginners?  Absolutely!  With scrumptious results that don’t look beginner AT ALL with my great tips!   

Pretty cards like this are just a quick read away.

Quick & Easy watercolor pencil techniques for beginners

Easy, understated, yet bold and classy at the same time.  Not to mention, so quick to make yourself with my tips and technique below.

And this design is ideal with the beautiful mixed font in the Illuminated Christmas stamp set.  Let’s take a closer look at the card.

Oh so PRETTY watercolor pencil techniques for beginners

Isn’t that sheen gorgeous?  And how about that simple single pink diamond at the bottom?

So what’s one of the greatest things about using watercolour pencils?  You get tons of colours (and colour options) in one little package.  And be sure to check out my “You Gotta Have ‘Em” blog post for my Top Ten Reasons I LUVH water-colour pencils. 

Plus you only really need three supplies:

  1. your pencils
  2. an Aquapainter and
  3. some paper.

So what colour pencils did I use for this Illuminated Christmas card? 

From top to bottom, they are Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry and Real Red.  Set against the crisp white, they’re a unique combination for the holidays.

FABULOUS watercolor pencil techniques for beginners

I’ve put my BEST tips together whether you’re just starting out or an old pro. So let’s dive in.

 

Simple Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Beginners

 

  • Use good quality paper.  Watercolour paper is your best bet for achieving the blended and translucent, “water-y” look.
  • Stamp your message in Jet Black StazOn ink (or the old Archival Basic Black if you have photopolymer stamps) for the best permanent staying power.
  • Lightly colour pencils in graduated colours.  I like to start with my lightest and move into my darkest for the best effect.
  • Press lightly rather than heavily to avoid leaving marks in the paper.
  • Use a swirling motion to colour so you avoid strong lines of colour.
  • Gently overlap colours where one meets another.  Not only will you create a totally new colour, it will seamlessly blend into the next one.
  • Ensure your AquaPainter has a clean tip (wipe it on a piece of paper towel first) and a good amount of water. (Squeeze out more water into the reservoir to start.)
  • Lightly brush plain water over top of water-colour pencils, starting with the lightest colour and moving through to darkest.  Your colours will blend as you move from one to another which is great.
  • If you want to go back to a lighter colour and add more water, clean your brush first.  (Squeeze out more water until it runs clear. then use it)
  • Let your piece dry completely.  (Although you can use a heat tool to quicken this up, I choose to let my pieces air dry.  You won’t get harsh dry lines if you allow it to dry naturally.)

 

Oh SO SIMPLE watercolor pencil techniques for beginners

I also decided to add lots of glimmer with my Wink of Stella directly over top of my watercolour background.  Once again, I let this dry completely before adhering my Petal Pink gemstone at the bottom.

I also chose to cut my piece with very little white space on each side so the colour jumps off the page.

Other Card Details

I picked out one colour from the four watercolour pencils I used to make a thin matting for my watercoloured piece.  Rich Razzleberry was my choice.

Then I framed it with a piece of Silver Foil paper to pick up the shine of the Wink of Stella.

Next I used foam adhesive strips to mount and add some height and “solidity” (is that a word😊?) to my piece.

The pretty Tufted embossed background on a piece of regular Whisper White is the last framed panel.  This is directly adhered onto my thick Whisper White card base.

Don’t forget about your inside.  I made a second small strip with the same colours and adhered it inside to pull the card together.

quick and easy watercolor pencil techniques for beginners

So have you pulled out your set of watercolour pencils?  Better go grab them, along with your Aquapainter and water-colour paper and get started! 

Play with all the colours! See how many different backgrounds you can make with simple watercolour pencil techniques for beginners.  Need some supplies or want to pick up these awesome tools?  I’ve got all the supplies here for you. 

Psssst!  Make sure you put in my October host code VWQ3RYAN so I can send you the lovely Swirls & Curls embossing folder FREE in November.

Learn watercolor pencil techniques for beginners

Stay tuned, I have another card coming soon I also made with my watercolour pencils. 

It shows a slightly different technique with a toe-tally different look.  But still what I would consider simple watercolour pencil techniques for beginners.

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

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.

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