June Cards & Coffee.

June Cards & Coffee.

This month’s class was designed to show off the Watercolour Pencils. They are a great product to have on hand when crafting.

Of course, the Watercolour Pencils pair perfectly with Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper and Water Painters, but by using them they way we did in this class you can get good faux watercolour effects on regular Basic White cardstock. I will say, however, that you can’t beat watercolour paper for creating watercolour looks. Basic White especially doesn’t handle a lot of water very well, which is why we used Blender Pens with the Watercolour Pencils.

We used the Old Olive Watercolour Pencil to create a faux watercolour wash as a centre piece for the Dutch door fun fold card. To get this effect we coloured randomly down the Basic White panel making some areas darker than others, and then smoothed out the pencil lines using one of the Blender Pens.

A bit of tone-on-tone stamping across the inside of the card created texture behind the watercolour wash panel. I absolutely loved the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper, and I love how this sheet of purple and blue hydrangeas lifts the watercolour wash panel. We finished the card with a simple sentiment stamped on Highland Heather cardstock in Blackberry Bliss and a few of the Pastel Pearls scattered around the front of the card.

For the second card we made, I focused on using the Watercolour Pencils to colour in a stamped image using the Blender Pens to create a faux watercolour look. Colouring this way with the Watercolour Pencils is fabulous for this type of small image where it may be tricky to stay within the lines.

We randomly stamped the hydrangea flower cluster down the left-hand side of a piece of Basic White, and then chose contrasting colours for colouring the flowers. I chose to leave the leaves white so that they wouldn’t take focus from the rest of the card. Next, we adhered a strip of the green and gold foil Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper to the left-hand side of the Basic White piece and adhered right up against the right-hand side of the card front.

To finish off the card, we stamped the sentiment – one of my faves from the Hydrangea Hill stamp set – in Evening Evergreen onto a strip of Soft Sea Foam and adhered a length of Basic Grey twine from the Bakers Twine Essentials Pack behind it. A couple Rhinestone Basic Jewels scattered around the card front and we were done.

Happy crafting x

Megan

May Cards & Coffee.

May Cards & Coffee.

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. Today I have a monochrome coordinating gift bag and card set made using the Nothings Better Than You stamp set to share with you. The class attendees were able to choose from the 2021-2023 In Colours for their class kits. They are Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, and Polished Pink. Inspiration for this card came from Wendy Fee of Wendy’s Little Inklings.

To make the gift bag we did some tone-on-tone stamping with the coffee cup stamp across the bottom of an Ombre Gift Bag. What is really cool is that there is a wee stamp for the stem coming up out of a cup.

Using a length of Basic White twine from the Bakers Twine Essentials Pack and a length of Fine Art Ribbon we made a zig zag pattern to sit behind the sentiment. I like to adhere the ribbon directly to the gift bag using Tear & Tape.

To make the sentiment we punched a piece of Basic White with the Everyday Label Punch, then stamped the coffee cup outline in Tuxedo Memento Black and filler image in the coordinating In Colour, and the steam in Soft Suede. Some of the filler images needed to be stamped off to make sure the detail could still be seen. For the sentiment we stamped the ‘Coffee’ in Early Espresso – I mean, name another colour that matches the theme of the project that well, am I right?! A few Rhinestone Basic Jewels placed around the sentiment and we were finished.

For the fun fold card, we stamped tone-on-tone again down the two side panels and then adhered them closed. We stamped the coffee cup, filler, and the ‘Coffee’ sentiment in the same manner as the gift bag, and added the sentiment ‘Today’s Plan…’ in Tuxedo Memento Black right at the top. This was then adhered to a piece of Basic Black cardstock, and adhered to the center panel. To finish it off, we added a few in the coordinating 2021-2023 In Colour Jewels to the card front.

Happy crafting x

Megan

July 8×8 Sampler Class.

July 8×8 Sampler Class.

July’s sampler page was chosen by popular demand. The lovely ladies who attend this class had seen a flower heart page I had made for a market, and loved it so much they wanted to learn how to make one of their own – and who am I to say no?

We added texture to the coloured cardstock layer with a tone on tone watercolour wash using Water Painters.

The flowers were made by die cutting tissue paper using the In The Tropics Dies. The two larger solid flower dies are perfect for making quick paper flowers, and the set of three flowers die was good for making the smallest flowers. The small flowers were fiddly to adhere together, and caused a few sighs around the table, but were well worth the effort to define the heart shape. Everyone chose either silver or gold Metallic Pearls for the centers of the small flowers.

I enjoyed watching everyone choose tissue paper colours and work out placement of the flowers to make the heart shape.

The sentiment piece was trimmed to a point using the Tailored Tag punch. Simply feed one side in at a time to make custom length sentiment pieces to suit your choice of sentiment stamp.

We tied a big bow using the Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and adhered it behind the sentiment before adhering it onto the flowers.

To add a little more interest to the background we coloured Rhinestone Basic Jewels using Stampin’ Blends, and then placed them in a triangle around the flower heart.

Happy crafting x

Megan

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