Posted in Cards, Inspiration, Product Love

Show Product Love March 2017- Distress

Long time no see! I took December off and worked early this year on revitalizing my Etsy shop! It’s now up and running and I’m back to blogging. This weeks product love is being shown to my very neglected Distress Markers! Here are all of the markers I have sorted into color families I’ll be using today! At the end of the post will be a photo of all of the finished backgrounds! Now let’s get to it.

I decided to use these markers and make some backgrounds for future cards. I did all of this on my handmade watercolor pad with the pages at 7.5 X 5.5 inches and a 12 round brush, along with water in a cup and spray bottle. I started the first background by layering walnut stain, ripe persimmon, dried marigold and squeezed lemonade  in harsh stripes from darkest to lightest. To blend I sprayed the paper with a TON of water and just let it blend itself. I really wanted the lines of the markers to still show and look very painted and striped. After letting it blend I blasted it with my heat tool to fully dry it!

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The piece before it was sprayed with water. Finished photo will be at the bottom!

For the second background I did much the same as the first, just put the color at more of an angle. This time I used my round brush and water to control the water and blend, which is hard to do with the spray bottle

The piece half-finished, with blending just on the bottom right

For the third background I decided to play around with a dot background. Starting from darkest to lightest I made varying sizes of circles all around for a pattern and colored in some circles wherever i felt needed a bit more color. Finally I just sprayed it with a medium amount of water to get the circles and dots to splatter and bleed out.

Dot background with the right side sprayed with water

The final background is probably my favorite one I created! I made stripes of the three remaining colors all over the paper and sprayed it with water. I moved my brush back and forth to blend but I wasn’t really liking it. I decided to dry it and add flicks of water from my brush, let it sit for a minute or so and blot it up with some paper towels. I did this a couple more times to build up the droplets all over the background and make it as even as I could.

 

That is all for this post! If you liked it or want to see more just let me know in the comments below! Happy Friday eve and have a wonderful weekend!

<3, Em

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Finished Backgrounds
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Posted in Cards, Watercoloring

Watercolor Pumpkin Pile

Long time no see everyone! Apologies for not writing a post last week. My mother had to have some emergency surgery at the SAME time I got my baby niece’s cold! Needless to say, it was crazy here for awhile but I’m back today with a brand new card featuring some watercoloring! I hope you all enjoy this post, as always my supplies will be listed at the bottom along with a link to my etsy shop where this card is on sale NOW! Now, let’s get into this card making process.

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Posted in Cards, Watercoloring

Colorful Striped Hi Greeting Card

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful beginning of the week! For this weeks post I struggled a bit to figure out what I wanted to write about. I had no challenges or nothing planned so I simply sat down and created a card! It turned out really cute and I wanted to tell you all how I made it! All supplies will be listed down below and I hope you enjoy!

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Posted in Cards, Share Joy Challenges, Watercoloring

SJC #47 Sketch and Tic-Tac-Toe

Hello everyone! This week I just HAD to do the new Share Joy challenge since I instantly had an idea and vision for it. It all started last week while I was out of town in Tennessee on a short vacation with my family. I packed some pre stamped images to color, including a beautiful flower stamp from a Downton Abbey stamp collection I found on clearance at Joann! I stamped it on watercolor paper and painted it one day with reds and pinks. When I checked the blog later that day, I knew I had to recreate what I just did. I hope you enjoy and links to the challenge and specific list of products used will be listed at the end!

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Distressed vintage father’s day card

Hello everyone! This week’s post is all about good ole dad! I recently made my dad a father’s day card. I saw a video recently by Lindsay Weirich aka thefrugalcrafter where she made a steampunk father’s day card. I was instantly inspired to make a card with some of the tips she shared! Now, I didn’t want to copy the design I made for my dad, so I did a different design on two cards. I knew I needed to

A. Write a blog post for the week and

B. Put a dad/father’s day card up in my shop

This was my solution, the good old-fashioned “Kill two birds with one stone” Keep reading to see my thought and creative process for the cards, along with a list of supplies!

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Funky Pattern Card

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I’ve been out of commission since Tuesday morning when I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed. There’s been no complications but healing is a slow process. Today when im starting to write this (Sunday, June 5th) and Today when im posting this (Monday the 6th) is the first days where the pain is bearable to work. I’m telling you, this has been rough and really hard when it comes to my creating process. No desire to work or do anything that I love doing. Luckily, inspiration struck late Saturday night and it was enough to pull me out of the pain and medication fog ive been in!

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Posted in Cards, Graduation

Graduation cards: 3 ways

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I was recently (as in 2 days ago) hit with the task of making three graduation cards for some family members! I didn’t have much time to think of designs, so I figured I would sit at my desk and just create 3 different cards! I’m very happy with how they turned out and im excited to share my thought process while making them! All materials from each card will be listed at the end of the post!


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