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Vibrant Watercolor Card

Hello there, friends! Welcome to my blog.

I have a fun vibrant watercolor card to share with you today. This card features the latest release by Rachel Vass.

Watercolors are supposed to be soft and delicate, but I like to exaggerate them to make the colors more vibrant. That really satisfies my taste.

The Card

Vibrant Watercolor card using summer blood stamp by Rachel Vass Designs

This is what I’m talking about. This card features the latest release by Rachel Vass Designs called Summer Bloom. I printed this beautiful flower image on a Mixed Media Paper in light cream ink because I was going for a no-line watercoloring.

No line vibrant watercolor card featuring summer bloom by rachel vass designs

Watercoloring Process

I picked up my beloved Peerless Watercolor Sheets for this project. I’ve painted watercolored flowers with just one color, darker tone for the shadows and pale tone for the highlighted areas in the past. For this particular project, I wanted the red to fade into yellow.

vibrant summer blood watercolor card

I used Royal Crimson and Deep Yellow for the petals. I started with one petal at a time using these two colors trying to blend the colors in the middle of the petals. Then, I added a little bit of Sepia Brown to my Royal Crimson for the darkest corners of the petals. After the first layer was dry, I went with the second more intense coloring. There I achieved my vibrant watercolor card look i was going for.

watercolor card featuring rachel vass release

Background

Finally, for the background I used a light wash of clean water first and then picked up Pearl Gray and painted the area concentrating more towards the flowers and fading away from the flowers.

Once the painting was dry, I used white and black gouache and spattered it all over the painting. How fun!

celebrating you today watercolor card

Sentiment

The sentiment “Celebrating You Today” felt like a perfect match for this card. I stamped this Versamark Watermark Ink and embossed using white embossing powder.

handmade card using no-line watercolor technique.

Diecutting the watercolor piece using the stitched rectangle from Mama Elephant was the next step which then was adhered on to a top folding landscape card made out of Recollections Heavy Wight Cardstock in white.

Final Touch

For embellishment I used some sequins from my stash in silver and clear.

I hope this inspires you to go bold with watercolors and play around to get a vibrant look like this one.

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Handmade Cards Using Fun Watercolor Backgrounds and Perfectly Perfect Stamp Set

Hello My Lovely Friends!

Today I have a few cards using Perfectly Perfect stamp set that released a while ago. I am using the fun background technique using watercolors and stencils on watercolor paper. And the star of the show is Finetec pearlescent watercolors.

altenew perfectly perfect stamp
Altenew perfectly perfect stamp

The Focal image:

I used one of my favorite stamp set from Altenew called Perfectly Perfect and the coordinating dies for this card. The images from this stamp-set are outline images which you can color as you prefer. I picked watercolor on gold embossed images. I used Prima Watercolors to color the flowers in pinks and oranges and the leaves in different shades of greens.

to color the flowers in pinks and oranges and the leaves in different shades of greens.

Then it was layered with one thin quote of Finetec Pearlescent watercolors in matching shades. I love how these flowers shine in the light. It’s had to capture that in camera but I tried my best.

Altenew Perfectly Perfect Stamp
altenew Perfectly Perfect stamp

These look amazing in real life. The gold embossing and the shiny watercolor add the beauty to this card.

The background:

Not just the focal images but the background also is one of a kind in these cards. I used watercolor paper which was die cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die ( which I use in almost every project). Brushed it with clean water and then dropped some reds browns and green watercolors that match the look of brick on the water. Before it dried I sat Tim Holtz stencils one was wood texture and the other was brick texture of top of it. And let the watercolor do it’s magic. I left it overnight.

The other one is the same technique using the wood texture stencil.

Altenew Perfectly Perfect Stamp
altenew perfectly perfect stamp

The Sentiment:

There are no sentiments on these cards as so far. But this is better because I can just stamp and cut a strip of any type of sentiment and pop it on the card whenever I need to give it to anyone.

The card base:

The card bases are 4 and a quarter inches wide by 5 and a half inches tall standard A2 size card. I tried to match the colors of the card base to complement the color of the flowers.

I am participating in the Altenew Inspiration Challenge January 2019.

Here is the Inspiration Picture:

I also have one more card that I created a while back to participate in the Altenew Inspiration Challenge using this same stamp and die set. Please check out my post if you are interested.

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Alex Syberia Release June 20

Hello everyone!

Today I have sharing some cards I created using the Alex Syberia Release for June 20. This release so fun with all beautiful images.

First Card

This card is created using the Alex Syberia Sunflower digital stamp. I colored this image using copic markers in the shades:

YR04, Y17, Y15, and Y08

And the stem and the leaves in

YG67, YG63 YG17 and YG13

This image of sunflower was just so pretty I didn’t want any distractions on the background. The cover cutting file from Silhoutte Design Store. It is called Pebbles Overlay by Lizzie Mayne. was a perfect backdrop for this beautiful image.

I glued the die cut on a white panel using liquid glue.

There are options to cut the digital images using a few softwares like Silhouette Machine, Cricut Machine or Brother scan and cut. For this particular project I decided to fussy cut it using scissors. Sometimes I find it hard to cut using scissors but most of the time when the image is large enough to cut around it I find it therapeutic.

The sentiment was from the Taylored Expressions stamp and die set. With which you can stamp and cut a bunch of different sentiments at once so it is always ready when you want to create a card.

Finally Embellished with some Nuvo Jewel Drops in clear color as I wanted the focus on the sunflower image.

Second Card

I used the Dogrose flower from this latest release by Alex Syberia. For my second card I wanted some ombre sky background. When I was getting the image ready for printing I added the ombre background and then printed it.

Now the background was already done, all I had to do was color the image.

I again picked Copic Markers for the coloring. For the flower I used:

RV55, RV42 and R00

For the berries:

R29,R27,R24

And for the leaves and stem believe it or not I only used one color

YG67

I colored all the leaves and after the marker was dry I went back and darkened the shadow area with the same color.

About the word Happy, I had downloaded this font from Silhouette Design store and simply typed the word and cut it with gold foil paper. The black offset layer is also cut with the silhouette machine. It is just an offset image of the word happy which I cut out of the black card-stock. I added the Birthday to you underneath to complete the sentiment which was already stamped, embossed and cut in a strip.

I also cut the thin frame border around the image out of the same gold foil card-stock with the help of the silhouette machine. I think that tied in all my elements together.

For the final finishing touch, I added some white gel pen on the highlighted areas on the berries. I added some gel pen on the stamen of the flowers and before the gel pen dried added some gold sparkle embossing powder and heat set it. This way I was able to achieve the metallic look on the center of the flowers.

This completed my second card.

Third Card

This sea shell border on the slimline format was my favorite in this release. This image was the first one I printed in light ink and started coloring. I was actually going for a almost realistic look while coloring I used watercolor for this one.

I am just a beginner in watercoloring and I am still learning a lot. My weakness is impatience with watercoloring. I cannot wait between layers. I tried my best to achieve the “realistic” look. At one point I was already getting frustrated with the painting which is so not like me. But I kept going and finished it.

The final result was worth the hours I spent on water-coloring this image.

I printed the sentiment in another piece and layered both the sentiment and the watercolored panel onto a teal green card-stock and then mounted it on a slimline base made out of a heavyweight card-stock.

Finally added some flat back green jewels to embellish this card and call it done.

This completed my third and last card for this release. In near future I may want to make a few more cards with this release.

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You Are In My Prayers Card and Rachel Vass Release

Hello Everyone !

Weclcome to my blog. Today I am sharing this card I made featuring Rachel Vass latest release digital stamp called Mock Orange Blossom. This is a beautiful flower cluster with some wonderful Sentiments.

Here’s My card

I printed this stamp with one of the sentiment on Mixed media paper in light beige ink thinking about watercoloring them. But I don’t know why I wanted to color these with Copic color instead.

I started coloring the flowers with Copics in light red shades. It looks orange in the photos but its pale reds. The colors I used for the flowers are:

R00 RV42 R32 and R24

I then colored the leaves and the stem in shades of green:

G99 G69 G17 and YG17

Then for the stamens of the flower I used Yellow Gelly Roll pen.

The sentiment for this specific card I picked “You are in my prayers” which is included in this digital stamp set. I thought this sentiment goes perfectly well with the soft florals.

Hope you get inspired by this card.

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Romantic Ruffle Card and Rachel Vass Release

Card made using Rachel Vass release called Romantic Ruffle

Hello Everyone!

Today I have a beautiful floral card to share with you. I created this card featuring Rachel Vass latest release called Romantic Ruffle. This digital stamp consists of a beautiful loose peony flower and a few sentiments.

Here’s my card for today:

Card made using Rachel Vass release called Romantic Ruffle

For the main focus of this card I layered the flower one on top of another slightly in an angle so it looks like two flowers facing away from each other.

I printed it on a mixed media paper. Because I wanted to watercolor these flowers using distressed inks. Unfortunately my printer doesn’t feed heavyweight watercolor card-stock so I have to compromise and use mixed media paper which is a 95lb weight.

I taped the panel on a hard board using some washi tapes on all sides and started coloring it using Tim Holtz’s Distressed Inks in color Worn Lipstick and Peacock Feathers.

For the center of the flower I used some gold metallic watercolor for extra interest.

Once my watercolor painting was dry, I cut the panel using a stitched rectangle die from Mama Elephant. This die is exactly the size of an A2 card front. I use this die a lot.

Then I adhered this panel on a top folding landscape A2 card base made of Recollection Heavy weight card base in white.

I hope you get inspired by this and will create something similar.

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Sending Sunshine and Warm Hugs Card and Altenew Statement Flowers

Watercolor card using statement flowers stamp

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my blog. Today I am sharing this beautiful card I created featuring the latest April release stamp called Statement Flowers. This stamp set is from Altenew. Altenew has always been one of my favorite stamp companies.

Here’s my card for today.

Handmade card feturing Altenew stamp called Statement Flowers

This stamp is a big floral stamp that covers a full A2 standard size card front.

I decided to stamp this image on a watercolor card-stock panel. Stamped with Versamark Watermark Ink and sprinkled Ranger Embossing Powder in Platinum color. After heat setting the embossing, I started to watercolor the image.

Here was my inspiration picture i found on Pinterest and I really fell in love with the combination.

I pulled out my Peerless Watercolors in Sky Blue and Sepia Brown. I really love how vibrant Peerless Watercolors are . I own this basic pad of 15 colors. Seems like it lasts forever.

Surprisingly, only two layers of simple water coloring on these flowers and wow I am stunned.

I stamped one of the sentiment from this stamp set on a sky blue strip of card-stock. Embossed that again, this time using detail white embossing powder. Adhered that on some foam tape.

Finally, I embellished the panel with some matching blue Sequins from my stash.

I loved how my card turned out. Hope you guys liked it too.

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Partial Die Cut cards and Rachel Vass Release

Welcome!

I hope you’re doing great. Today I have a fun technique to share with you and two cards showcasing latest release by Rachel Vass Designs.

The Technique

As most of the cardmakers are familiar with partial die cutting technique with physical stamps and dies. I am talking about digital stamps here. This is nothing new for someone who is a pro with Silhouette Cameo software. If you are not an expert on this technique using the Modify Feature of the software this tutorial is for you.

Now let’s get on with the tutorial.

Start by opening a new project and make sure your registration mark is on as we are going to be using the print and cut properties of this software.

Open the digital image you have saved on your computer and resize it according to your preference. For my project, I reduced the size to fit on an A2 size panel front with a rectangle window in the middle. I also stretched the image a little bit.

Then draw a shape you want the window to be cut along with the image. For my project, I drew a rectangle.

Now move the rectangle shape aside for a while and trace the digital image. I like to offset the image by .05 to create a cut line. Just keep the offset line and delete the actual trace lines.

After that move aside the digital image and bring back the rectangle image and the offset image of the stamp in the position how you want on your project. Place the offset image on the front and the rectangle at the back. For the demonstration purpose, I have colored the image so that you can see the position better.

Then hit Subtract feature on the Modify panel. The above picture shows what you should end with. Now bring back the digital image to its original position.

Remove the color of the rectangle before printing it. Then your printout is ready to send it through your silhouette machine to cut.

I hope I was able to explain the technique easily.

Now let’s get to the making of the cards…

First Card

I colored the digital image using Copic markers. The vase in shades of red. And the leaves in the shades of Green.

Copic Colors I used:

R24 R35 R39 G17 G69 and G99

For the inside of this card I cut a green cardstock printed the sentiment that came with the digital stamp. And then I splattered some metallic watercolor in the color gold. Tied a twine I had in my stash into a bow and adhered that panel on the inside on the window.

This one is a tri-fold card. This picture shows how it opens in the inside where you can write your personal message.

The Second Card

For this one, I used another image from the same stamp set which is a new release called Jars by Rachel Vass Designs.

I colored the image in comics. G99 G17 for leaves and C9 C5 C3 for the flower pot. The highlight of the flower pot is blended with C0 which is a colorless blender.

For the inside of the window opening, I wanted a watercolor background. This background is created using Distressed Inks in colors Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, and Worn Lipstick. I used some sparkling spray on it. I wish I could capture the beautiful shimmer in the photo.

The sentiment came from the same release. I printed it as I was printing the digital image.

I hope I was able to explain the technique easily and this will inspire you. If you create any project like this don’t forget to tag me on social media.

Please let me know in the comments below how you liked this cards.

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Thinking of You Card And Rachel Vass Release

Hello Everyone.

Today I have two cards to share with you. I created these cards using the latest release by Rachel Vass Designs called Doodle Flowers. It’s a beautiful stamp for someone who likes to color.

First Card

The Focus

For my first card, I colored these flowers in Copics. I decided on the purple and green combination for the flowers I started coloring the center with dark purple and shaded with a lighter shade on the outside. Blending the purple with the green was a little tough but I managed to create a smooth blend. The outside of the petals I wanted it darker green shade.

This is almost a one layer card. But I wanted something fun and not so simple. So I traced the center of the flower with my sparkly silver gel pen. Added some gold pearls to finish off this card.

The Second Card

The Focus

For the focal image of this card I just wanted a simple ink blended look. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time coloring these images. Not because it isn’t fun to color these beautiful images, but because I wanted this one to be a quick card.

I started ink blending the image with distressed oxide inks in colors Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Broken China in almost rainbow colors. Then I used a metallic watercolor in color gold carefully painted the stamens with it to give it a sparkly look.

I actually intended to make a fun fold card with these images were a little too big for that design I adhered with some foam tape one nest to another on a slimline card base again blended with distressed oxide ink in color Wild Honey.

Finally, I finished off the card with some gold sequins adhered with the help of art glitter glue.

I hope you liked these cards and get inspired to create something like this. Tag me on social media if you create something similar. I would like to see what you come up with.

Let me know in the comment how you like it.

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Encouragement Cards and Rachel Vass Designs Release

Welcome to my blog!

I am honored to be a guest designer for Rachel Vass Designs for the month of April. So I will be sharing more cards in the near future using her digital stamps.

Most of you know Rachel releases a new digital stamp every week. What I love about digital stamp is these are instant download and you don’t have to wait in the mail for it to arrive. You can resize the images to your desired size and there are endless creativity options.

Well, let’s get on to the actual card I am sharing today. I have two cards to share with you today.

The First Card

Focal Image

The main focus of this card is the wonderful digital stamp by Rachel Vass which is a new release that came out on April 4, 2020.

I printed this image on white cardstock and started coloring. Keeping one of the hydrangea photo references on the side I picked some Prismacolor pencils in shades blue-green and purples for the flowers and some greens for the leaf.

The Background

The background for this card I wanted to keep simple but still some textures. I used a panel of gray cardstock cut to A2 size and embossed using the embossing folder by Spellbinders. Then splattered some metallic watercolor splatters in gold.

The sentiment

There were some sentiments in beautiful fonts included in the stamp with the flower design. I printed those as well and cut it out using my silhouette cameo machine.

The Second Card

The Focal Image

For this card, I colored the hydrangea flower in copic colors. I picked some contrasting colors like yellow for the highlights and red violets for the shadow part of the flowers and greens for the leaf.

The Background

For the background as this is almost a one layer card I just ink blended a distressed oxide ink in color from the sides of the panel and kept it simple.

The Sentiment

Again the sentiment for this card came from the stamp set. I love the encouraging sentiments in this stamp set. “You are stronger than you think”

I really loved how these cards turned out.

I hope I was able to inspire you. I hope you will give these ideas a try. Please let me know in the comments what do you think about this card .

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#JYOTIISINSPIREDBYPINTEREST Inspiration 2

card made using spellbinders dies

Hello and welcome.

I have recently started this series of card-making challenge I call Jyoti is inspired by Pinterest on Instagram. Where I pick a picture I like from Pinterest and try to recreate that in the form of a handmade greeting card using the supplies I already own.

I loved the response I received from the 1st challenge. Only a few of my crafty friends on Instagram participated in my fun journey of inspiration and crated their version of cards from my Inspiration. But I thank each of you who even thought that was a fun idea.

I am presenting my second challenge in this series.

Here’s my Card for today

Actually I have two cards I created with one watercolor background.

Inspiration:

The inspiration picture I picked for this challegne that I posted on my Instagram story is:

For this card I used Prima watercolors on a Strathmore watercolor paper panel using blues and greens. Layered the watercolors with splatters and random dots. Dried each layer completely before I proceeded with another layer on top. Finally I was happy with the result. Then I picked my leaf dies from Spellbinders Small and Large Dies of the Month. Arranged them on the watercolorded panel and cut it out using the Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine.

This first card is the negative piece after die cutting the leaves out of it. I didn’t want it to go to waste. So I cut it with a stitched rectange die and turned it into a card. It turned out beautiful.

For the second card I arranged the die cut leaves on a 4 and a quarter by 5 and a half inches panel of navy card-stock from recollection.

I loved how this turned out. As each leaf is different in color from each other it looks more organic. I loved how the die cuts just pop on the navy card-stock.

I did not put any sentiments or any embellishments on these cards. Because I like when you can add sentiments on cards as you need them.

Finally these panels are attached to an A2 size top folding card bases make with Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock.

If you guys want to participate in my challenge please tag me in the social media. I would highly appreciate it.

If you are interested in the first inspiration I posted a few days ago here is a link to the post.

#JYOTIISINSPIREDBYPINTEREST Inspiration 1

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