Just Cut Tulips

I’ve been watercoloring with Distress Inks a lot lately – stamped images, die cuts, whatever I can find that will take the ink.


You have to give a little visual leeway with this card in terms of whether the tulips are really in the watering can (that right-hand tulip leaf is sticking out!). I got to this design the long way round. At first, I planned to put the watering can, which is cut from Strathmore 140 lb cold-press watercolor paper and colored with Broken China and Vintage Photo, directly on top of the stamped and colored tulips. But when I watercolored the cast shadow, it was a mess. (I’ve subsequently practiced painting cast shadow bases!)

The dry-embossed card base, with the circle cutout, is my design fix for the poorly painted cast shadow. By the way, the Bazzill 100 lb. cardstock is becoming my go-to supply – even dry-embossed and holding the watercolor panels, it’s standing strong.


Paper Smooches: Welcome Spring

Today, I’m sharing a card based on a photo I recently took of the view outside. It was a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest – the birds were chirping, the sun was out, and the trees were  in bloom (they still are although this tree’s blooms were battered down by some recent rain).


Although I’ve recently been doing a lot of watercoloring, for this card, I stamped and heat embossed patterned paper to capture the spring colors. I stamped the tree pieces and butterflies on a variety of papers until deciding on these colors and patterns.

I dry-embossed the hill, which was cut with the Border die out of Easter Grass cardstock, using the Sizzix Plaid embossing folder to introduce some texture. The Blueprints set has a stitched die with which I cut the blue paper and the green hill at the same time to give a clean finish to the edge.

I’m linking this card up to the current Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge – “Anything Goes.”

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.

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

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.


Poppystamps Blog Blitz: Spring Delight

Welcome back to the Poppystamps Blog Blitz celebrating the new Spring Release. I’m sharing a card featuring several of the new Poppystamps dies.


We’re previewing all the new Poppystamps dies on the blog from March 14 to March 28. With each post, there will be a prize offered. Head on over to the blog for details on this card and to be entered to win the Samirah Butterfly die.


Penny Black Poppies

Today, I’m sharing a CASE of a card made by Jill Foster using Penny Black dies and stamps. I’ve been working my way through many of Jill’s tutorials in the past several weeks.


Mine is a little simpler than the card Jill made. I used the Field of Dreams die [ #51-030] to cut the poppies and painted them with Distress Paints. (As an FYI, the die works with the Poppies stamp in the Blooming Garden stamp set [#30-155].) I created the yellow background by making a single-use stencil out of cardstock with the Interlocking die [#51-029], through which I applied a combination of Distress Inks. I finished the card with a sentiment stamped with Versafine ink from the Blooming Tags [#30-228] stamp set.

Penny Black Spring Celebration!

Happy Spring for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere! Today, I’m sharing a spring-themed card inspired by a card design of Heather Telford’s.


To begin, I stamped the Penny Black Sweetness [#40-208] background stamp on watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I applied several Distress Ink colors to the floral area. Any ink that went on to the embossed area was easily wiped away. After the panel dried, I ironed off the embossing. I cut the panel into squares, arranging them on a card base. I applied white embossing paste through a one-time stencil I created with one of the dragonflies in the Flutters [#51-006] die cut set. I finished the card with a sentiment stamped in gold ink from the Special Wishes [#30-229] set. I tried a couple of other color inks, including green and cocoa brown, before choosing the gold ink for the sentiment. I wanted something soft and elegant.

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I’m delighted to be sharing cards in an upcoming “Three Steps” feature to club members.

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Penny Black Cityscape Scene

Ever since seeing Julie Ebersole’s fabulous card, using the Penny Black “A Day in Paris” stamp set, in the Online Card Classes CAS 3 course, I’ve been wanting to made a card with a scene.

Using stamps from the Penny Black Fashion Tweet [#30-233] set and a stencil made with the Penny Black Silver Linings [#51-033] die cut, I created a birthday card.


The car, the cake, a few of the windows, and the horizon line were painted with various stamp inks and a brush. I used as little water as possible since the card base is cardstock, rather than watercolor paper. For the clouds, I used a sponge dauber to apply ink through the stencil I made with the die cut. (It’s the smaller of the two clouds in the set.)

To finish the card, I stamped the “#celebrate” sentiment, included with the stamp set, on a red cardstock rectangle, which I adhered inside the card. This card makes me want to say “beep, beep”!