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Lake Scene Thank You Card

In honor of the last day of summer, let’s create a card that reminds us of warm days and refreshing lakes.

Technique Tip: Ink up your acrylic block, and stamp directly on your cardstock.

I created this card to play along with the Color Sisters Challenge (Sfida Palette #58) when I saw the pretty colors!!

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I hope you enjoyed this card! If you’re a fan of the nautical, I think you’ll like this Lighthouse Welcome Back Home Decor or this Stack of Nautical Anchor Cards from ONE kit or this Pop-up Lighthouse Card! Happy Crafting!

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Creating and Blending with Watercolor Powders: How to Use Color Bursts to Make Bright Thank You Cards

Color! All colors are fun to play with, so when I was gifted a set of watercolor powders, I was so excited! …and a little intimidated.

Let’s be honest: watercoloring is a lot of fun and creates magnificent results. Here are some of my previous watercolor cards you might like.  But using these concentrated watercolor pigments in a powder form was something new to me.

So I sat down to play. I cleared my workspace and brought out my watercolor paper. A thank you card was my hopeful end-goal. Here’s what I was able to do.

Supplies for these cards:

These Ken Oliver KN06117 Brights Color Burst Powder (6 Pack) watercolor powders really go a long way…I don’t know if I’ll ever use the entire bottle!

And these Spellbinders dies! They are from a wedding collection, but very versatile!

 

Steps for this Three-Toned Thank You Card:

thank you card made using watercolor powders

  1. Cut your watercolor paper to fit your card front.

    Tip: If you want to keep your watercolor paper from curling up when wet (and you want a fantastic white border), use washi tape to tape your paper to a flat non-porous surface.

    washi tape for outline on thank you card made using cool colors watercolor powders
    Tape down your watercolor paper to keep it from curling up (and leave a thin white border).
  2. Using washi tape (or thin painters tape), separate one half of the paper from the other.
  3. Sprinkle a SMALL amount of watercolor powder onto your paper. This stuff goes a LONG way.
  4. Spritz water on the powder to activate it and watch the colors burst. Spray more if you want the colors to blend more.
  5. Use a paintbrush or your heat tool to move the water around.
  6. When your background is dry, remove your washi tape and adhere it to your card base.
  7. Cut your vellum paper into a 3″ x 3″ square and adhere to the middle of your card using glue dots.
  8. Die cut your sentiment from Navy and use your liquid glue to adhere it to the center of your vellum.
  9. Stamp the additional sentiment in Navy and add two white brads.

 

I had a difficult time choosing, but I belive I’ll be sending this bright card to my friend to thank her for the watercolor powders! I might be biased, but rainbow always wins!

rainbow thank you card made using watercolor powders

I can’t wait to create more using my Color Burst Powders! There are many other ways to use these, and this “sprinkle and spritz” is just a single method. I love intense colors, and these definitely are intense and fun to play with!

The challenges I’m playing along with this card today are:

If you enjoyed this post and found it helpful, I’d love to hear from you below and to see you share it! I’ll be posting more powder techniques within a few weeks! Happy crafting!

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wet embossed stamped images colored with prismacolor pencils
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Less can be More when Embossing and Coloring

After my watercoloring craze, I picked out a few prismacolor pencils and started playing again. I love working with black paper (like with this fun card or this crafty sensation), but it can sometimes be hard to make the image stand out. Embossing is a good start, but I found using these pencils can bring the beautiful images to life.

Embossing lets you keep the layers to a minimum while still having a great focal point.

Supplies Used:

      • Prismacolor soft thick lead pencils (933 & 903)

    • Chrysanthemum Stamp (Spellbinders)

    How-to make these cards:

    1. Cut bright blue cardstock 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and fold in half to create your 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″card base.
    2. Using versamark, stamp your image and sentiment onto 4″ x 5 1/4″ black cardstock.
      1. Quickly sprinkle images with your embossing powder and tap off excess.
      2. Pro-Tip: If you are stamping multiple images together to be embossed, and they are layered, masking can be impossible without wiping off your embossing powder. With the chrysanthemum, I stamped the flower and sprinkled the gold embossing powder and tapped it off. I then inked just the top of the leaves, and stamped it where I wanted it and sprinkled the powder and tapped it off. Where the leaves overlapped the petals, I took a small tool (a paperclip could work too) to remove the powder from the middle of the petals.

      3. Heat your image with a heat tool.
    3. Color the “empty spaces” of your image with the prismacolor pencils. I use my darker colors first for the inside parts that are likely to have more shadows, then finish with the lighter colors.
      1. Pardon but I was in a bit of a blue period! But this did make for a semi-matching set of Clean And Simple cards!
    4. If necessary, adhere dimensionals to pop-up the focal point.
    5. Adhere your finished black cardstock to your blue card base.
    gold embossed stamped chrysanthemum thank you card colored with prismacolor pencils
    Chrysanthemum’s are my absolute favorite!!
    gold embossed stamped dahlia hello card colored with prismacolor pencils
    I recently used this dahlia stamp!

    The challenges I am playing along with:

    I hope this tutorial inspired you to create some fun projects! I’d love to see any of your cards that this tutorial may have inspired! Thanks for reading and Happy Crafting!!

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