Techniques

Watercolor Background Technique with the Pattern Party Masks

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Today’s share is a background technique using both watercolour paper and a mask.  It takes a little drying time, but is simple to do:

 

  1. Brush the colors onto Watercolor Paper until you get a look you like.
  2. While still wet, place the mask of your choice over the paper and secure it down really flat, like with weights or tape.  Spritz with water again.
  3. Let dry.  Do not use a heat tool if you mask is plastic!!  (I know this!)

 

It may take a few tries to get it to look just as you wanted. Experiment with different colors and with different intensities of color.

 


 

I wanted to keep the rest of it simple in order to highlight the background.  Just some black words and a contrasting, but complimentary, ribbon highlights this nicely.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a good Auckland Anniversary Weekend!

 

 

 

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All Stars December Blog Hop – Beautiful Bouquet!

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Welcome to another Blog Hop around the All Stars Design Team!  You have landed in New Zealand at Jacque Williams’ blog!  This month we are featuring bundles from both the Holiday and the Annual Catalogue, and I’m choosing to feature the Beautiful Bouquet bundle:

 

The card design itself is simple, but I had a lot of fun creating those flowers!

 

Isn’t this just a fun look?  Each and every flower is different thanks to a little magic using the Subtles Ink Refills, Watercolor Paper, and the Aqua Painter brush.   Basically I just created my own washed paper, let dry, and die cut from there.

 

Assemble your beautiful bouquet and adhere to a Stitched Shape Oval. Now if you don’t have the Stitched Shape Framelits yet, I strongly encourage you to make that investment. They are just SO useful!

All these pretty elements are paired with the darkest wood print in the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack for a striking contrast.

 

I have made another project with this gorgeous bundle, which you can find in our December All Stars Tutorial – FREE with any $50 order through me during December or you can order below:

 




Shopping list below.And enjoy the rest of the hop!  Next stop: Jenneke De Jong! 

 

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Stampin’ Blends are Here! Birthday Blooms Video Tutorial!

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We’ve been ready and waiting for Stampin’ Up! to release their new and improved alcohol-based markers, and they are finally here!  Stampin’ Blends are available in light and dark pairs, single markers, or as a whole set!

I’ve been playing around with these for a little while, and today I want to share with you a video tutorial for a quick birthday card using these new, fabulous coloring tool:

 

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Night of Navy Cat – Eclipse Technique

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The Eclipse Technique is all over Pinterest at the moment, and using the new Cat Punch is a quick and easy way to make a card with this fun technique. Here is my version, inspired by the talented Susan Campfield:

 

The colours are simple Night of Navy and Whisper White, a truly classic combination.

The embossing folder is the new Quilt Top from the Holiday Catalogue.  I don’t know if this one will stay around – please order it before end of December!

 


There are a few different way to achieve this look, but I have done it this way:

  1. Stamp the flowers on the Whisper White panel
  2. Punch out the cat from the same panel
  3. Punch out three cats from Night of Navy scraps
  4. Adhere the white “outline” piece from the punch onto the Night of Navy mat
  5. Layer the three Night of Navy cats into the “hole”.
  6. Finish with the Whisper White cat on top.

 


 

The new Crinkle Seam binding is just so nice to tie; it’s soft and drapes nicely. It comes in four colours, too!

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You’ve Got Style Birthday Card – Video Tutorial!

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You’ve Got Style has been a very popular set in the recent Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue and today’s project features these funny old ladies!   Watch the video below to learn how to put together this quick and fun birthday card for someone who’d appreciate a laugh:

I chose Melon Mambo as my accent colour for the black and white base, but of course, you can choose any colour you think your friend would love.

 

Take a few minutes to see how quick this one is to finish and how to colour her up in no time:

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All-Stars Tutorial Bundle Now Available!

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Are you looking for fresh inspiration?   All new tutorials from 12 talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators on the All Stars Design Team:

 

Each month we will be collaborating to bring to you twelve exclusive tutorials, complete with photos, supply lists, and step by step instructions so you can easily recreate the projects.

Check out the sneak peek for August:

 

Tomorrow we will also have a Blog Hop (different projects!) using the same tools for more inspiration to compliment the tutorial bundle!

This awesome tutorial bundle is FREE with any $50 order through me (online, email, or in person) during August or you can purchase on its own.

You can buy one month at a time, or buy a six month subscription:

 


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A Series of Vintage Cards using the New Embossing Paste!

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Happy Monday!  Today’s share is my project taught at the recent run of Winter Extravaganzas (Tauranga, Auckland, Nelson and Hamilton).  I must admit teaching this one because it was SO much FUN!  It was amazing to see what people created.

By the way, this card was also my Swap for Thailand.

The “background” paper is the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, so each project had a different wood grain as a foundation. But as you can see, they all look great!  I love these papers!

We started by stamping the Sheet Music background stamp onto the Wood Texture paper and had a little lesson is how to make sure the music is right side up.

 

 


Next everyone coloured and used the Embossing Paste in a variety of masks. Between the different printed papers, different colours, and different embossing masks – each card was truly unique.

Here I have mixed Night of Navy and Fresh Fig to come up with this RICH purple colour. I love the contrast with the Night of Navy Ribbon.

On this card, I used a very dark wood pattern, skipped the Sheet Music step, and used the Brick Mask.  I think in this case I just used some leftover bits and pieces after a group had done their Embossing Paste, so I have a mixture of blue paste with some Berry Burst highlights around the edges.

 


This version also features more of a two-toned look using the Medallion Mask.  I like the texture left in the paste, too.

And the Diamond Mask is also quite beautiful.  I’ve covered the entire card front here, using more of an ombre technique, adding more and more ink to the paste as I went.   But you can also “fade off” the diamonds like in the brick sample above.


It’s hard to pick a favorite!  I think they are all gorgeous and I look so forward to playing with the Embossing Paste even more in my August classes!

Thank you to all who were able to attend our team Extravaganzas – we appreciate your support and love to bring you joy!

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