Watercolor for Cardmakers: GIVEAWAY!

I’m delighted to be a Guest Artist in the upcoming Watercolor for Cardmakers class at Online Card Classes. And I’ve got a seat to giveaway!


Here’s some info about the class:

You don’t have to be an Impressionist painter to create watercolor masterpieces! Explore the many different (and easy!) ways to create beautiful watercolor effects in Online Card Classes’ Watercolor for Cardmakers.

Join Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Jennifer Rsaza, and friends (including me!) for a fun-filled, all-video, two-week course packed with inspiring, approachable techniques. Starting with easy soft sky washes and progressing to darling hand-painted images, this class is tailor-made for the both the aspiring artist and the cardmaker who wants to add to her go-to collection of on-trend techniques. 

Class includes over 30 videos and even more card ideas from top artists with a variety of styles. Visit Online Card Classes to sign up for Watercolor for Cardmakers today, and discover for yourself the fantastic looks you can create with watercolors! (Class begins May 5 but you will have lifetime access to the content.)

I am giving away one spot in Watercolor for Cardmakers! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:50 pm EST on  4/18/14. If you win but have already purchased a spot, you’ll be refunded.

Penny Black: Live for Today

It’s a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest, and I’m sharing a spring-themed card created with Penny Black supplies.

SmileTo begin, I cut a watercolor paper panel and applied Distress Inks to it and then sprayed it with water. After drying it, I added some more ink from my craft sheet. It took several applications of ink and water, followed by drying, to get the panel to my liking. After the panel was dry, I stamped it with the Penny Black Star Ivy [#40-310] background stamp from the brand-new Bloom release and heat-embossed it with white powder.

I stamped and heat embossed one of the sentiments from Penny Black’s Life’s Messages [#40-237] set. I’m particularly fond of the messages on this image.

I cut the bird and branch out of watercolor paper with the Perched [#51-031] die cut. In the same manner as I did for the panel, I applied Distress Inks, sprayed it with water and dried it. I finished everything off with a piece of May Arts twine.

In Detail: Product Reviews & News – More Misting

I’m over in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom today with a review on make-your-own mists and the Distress Marker Spritzer. I’d love to have you visit.


Penny Black Happy Birthday

The Penny Black Birthday Party [#30-232] stamp set includes adorable images, suitable for birthday card recipients of any age! I watercolored one of the images with watercolor pencils for a special someone’s birthday card.

HappyBirthdayI adhered the watercolored panel, with I cut with a rectangle die, to a card base stamped and heat embossed with the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Sentimental [#30-176] set.

And off into the mail it goes!

Watercolored Die Cuts

I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire’ss post on watercolor die cuts and decided to give the techniques she showed a try.

For the first card, I watercolored the Marianne Design Bird on Branch, cut from watercolor paper, with traditional watercolors. I placed the bird over a background of watercolor paper colored with an application of Tumbled Glass Distress stain sprayed with a Mini Mister.


For my second card, I decided to use the same die cut in an inlaid design.


For this background, of watercolor paper, I applied Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers and sprayed with water. I dried the background with a heat gun and decided it needed more color,so I sprayed it with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain in a Mini Mister. Still wanting more color, I smooshed the Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers ink pads onto my craft sheet, spritzed the sheet with water, and put the watercolor paper into the pool. The bird and branch die cut were colored with Distress Ink markers following Jennifer’s technique and then sprayed with water. I liked how the water evened out the application of the markers. I finished the card with a heat embossed sentiment.

Supplies: sentiment for top card from Penny Black

In Bloom!

Seemingly overnight, the Pacific Northwest is in bloom! I’m celebrating with a card created with two new stamp sets from Penny Black’s Bloom Release.


I stamped the floral images and leaves from Petal Power [#30-225] in pigment inks and added a sentiment, stamped with Versafine, from the Friendship Flowers [#30-223] set. The Petal Power set includes multiple floral solid stamps with outline stamp companions – lots of possibilities with this set!

Penny Black: Poppies and Chalkboard

Today I’m sharing a CASE of Jill Foster’s lovely card featuring Penny Black Poppy Pattern [#40-290] paired with a sentiment from Truly Great [#40-309].


Jill used paint on her background whereas I used a combination of Memento inks. I applied the inks to the stamp, misted the stamp, and then pressed watercolor paper onto the stamp, using a brayer to really soak up the ink. The sentiment is heat embossed on an ATC-size Art Square. I really like the dimension that the Art Square adds.

Using the same design, I created a monochromatic background by stamping with orange ink on orange paper.


For this version, I stamped the sentiment onto black cardstock and attached it to the poppy background with dimensional adhesive. I  trimmed the background so that the card would have a white border.

Seeing Jill’s card using paints, I can’t wait to give that technique a try as well!

Poppystamps Happy Easter

Today, I’m sharing an Easter-themed project combining several Poppystamps dies.


I die cut the Fluffy Bunny from white cardstock. Using an embossing folder, I added some texture to the bunny. I die cut the Fresh Cut Grass, a die from the new release, from two shades of green cardstock. I cut the Brighton Flower Border, also from the new release, in green,as well as in several colorful hues. I adhered the flowers, which I cut off of the stems, to the green cardstock Flower Border. Next, I cut the border into several pieces, placing them within the grass borders. The sentiment, on a white cardstock frame, was created on my computer.


Penny Black First Dance

Today I’m sharing a card created with the Penny Black First Dance [#4383K] stamp from the Happy Everything release.

FirstDanceI dabbed a selection of Distress Paints directly onto the stamp and stamped onto a white cardstock panel. I tried a number of color combinations and settled on one with golds and reds. Once the paint was dry, I distressed the edges of the panel with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I then inked up the Penny Black Fleur De Lys background [#40-204] with the same ink, wiping away some of the ink before stamping. I found this technique on Jill Foster’s blog and really like how it adds a subtle pattern to the background of the panel. I adhered the panel to a cardstock base over a dry-embossed rectangle with dimensional adhesive. To finish, I added a sentiment from Fashion Tweet [#30-233].

In Detail: Product Reviews & News – Spray Mists

I’m over in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom today with a review on spray mists. I’d love to have you visit.