Water coloring with distress inks: You Make My Life Better Card

Good morning, crafters! I am on my blog today to share a water coloring project that I have created for #thedailymarker30 challenge that is taking place on Instagram right now.

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Card Details

I have water colored with distress inks for a while, however I felt that I did better with a distress ink blending technique. I decided to give water coloring another try since I got My Favorite Things Roses All Over background stamp for Christmas (Santa has been so good to me). So many beautiful cards have been created using this stamp: it is perfect for many techniques and occasions.

 

I stamped and heat embossed a watercolor  paper panel with Wow Metallic Copper embossing powder: this powder matches perfectly with gold and sparkling clear sequins.

I slightly wet my paper and applied distress inks with a brush in no particular order. The distress inks blend so beautifully, however watch out for color running if your paper is too wet.  Dab access water with a paper towel. I wanted my card to be colorful so I went with a selection of rainbow colors. I shaded some areas with Prisma Color pencils and added dots with a gold gel pen.

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I die cut the water colored panel with Antique Frames by Penny Black and adhered it to the card base made out of Neenah Smooth Desert Storm cardstock (my new favorite crafty item).

The technique of inlaying die cuts is popular right now, and the results are stunning. I cut YOU with one of the dies from You Trio by My Favorite Things 4 times, glued them together, and then in laid them onto the card panel. I heat embossed a sentiment from All About You stamp set by My Favorite Things on a flag die cut. Adding a few sequins made the card a little bit more festive.

 

I hope I inspired you to color with distress inks and create your own project. Coloring with this medium is a little bit unpredictable, and you will end up with a surprise result every time. Try adding details with gel pens and pencils on hand ( I learned these tips from TheDailyMarker.com). Create a card today and share it with the wonderful crafting community!

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Friendly Hello shaker card

Hello, friends! Crafting community is the best, I connected with so many amazing crafters over FB and Instagram via groups and posts. My new Instagram friend sent me a beautiful card for Christmas, and I am returning the favor. I laid out some new stamp sets that I bought last year, and picked out Enveloper Choice stamp set by Waffle Flower. The  lion and cat images really capture your eye, and are so unique!

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I wanted to get away from A2 format while making this project: a square card seemed appropriate, as it would allow centering the image. I used the largest scalloped square die out of  Stampin’ Up Squares Collection Framelits set to create a card base out of Neenah Solar White 80 LB cardstock. I die cut two scalloped squares, scored one at the top, and adhered them together to form a card base. Then I thought of the Neat and Tangled blue sequin mix that would match the Indigo ink: a shaker card it is! I double stamped the lion with Indigo Ink by Stampin’ Up. I Googled the complementary colors and found out that yellow is complementary to Indigo.  I die cut the frame with Stampin’ Up squares and stenciled it with Drawn Hearts stencil by Simon Says Stamp, using several shades of yellow distress inks.

I assembled the shaker using strips of craft foam, a piece of transparent window sheet, Starry Night Sequin mix by Neat and Tangled, and Glossy Accents as an adhesive, and glued it to the card base with a tape runner. I added a gold hello die cut by Simon Says Stamp.

I hope you have had a productive crafty weekend.  Thanks for visiting my blog: make a hello card for a friend or a family member who was kind to you lately.

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Finished Hello shaker card