Watercolor Butterflies

How beautiful are butterflies??  Have you ever seen one up close and personal? Did you know no two butterflies are alike.  How amazing is that!!

Today’s card is of beautiful butterflies that were created with water-coloring!!  Amazing, simply amazing I must say.  If you’ve been following me for the past 4 weeks, you know that water-coloring is my favorite and I vowed to create a card once a week.

Well here it is.  My watercolor butterflies!! I made this card to play along with Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #166:Debossing Stamped Images.

Before I show you the card, I have to say this was the hardest card I’ve ever made.  The stamping was easy, it was the debossing that had me stuck for a while.  I just couldn’t do it like Dawn Movey showed us in her video.

She used her die to deboss instead of cutting the paper.  I kept cutting the paper instead of debossing.  So to fix my problem I turned the die upside down and debossed my butterflies like that.  I was able to create detail but not as much as Dawn did.  The inside of the wings didn’t deboss.  When I finally finish the card, I didn’t mind the look.  The watercolor really made the card for me.

What do you think?

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

I used my Koi Watercolors #2,12, and 20 for the beautiful colors on my card. I created a swatch that you can view here.

To accomplish that look I:

1. Added the three different colors to my clear block one color at a time, mixing the colors where they meet.

2. I misted the colors with water then pressed my stamp onto the block.

3. I stamped my cardstock 3 different times, picking up more ink after every stamp.

4.  After the watercolor dried, I stamped my sentiment in Versafine ink.

5.  I turned my butterfly die upside down and debossed 3 different times.

6. I added iridescent rhinestones.

The instructions are simple but I had the hardest time doing the debossing.  I tried to make this card 5 times before I came up with the card above.  The water-coloring was fun!

Supplies used:

Canson Watercolor PaperKio WaterColorsLife is Beautiful DieLife is Beautiful Stamp SetStampin' TrimmerSnail AdhesiveBig Shot Die-Cut MachineMagnetic PlatformDiamond GemsOnyx Versafine

Please let me know what you think.

~Kymona

 

Who Doesn’t Want A Hug?

I’m back again today with another card for Less is More Week 173.  Today’s card is very simple and clean!  I’ve combined my love of water-coloring and die-cutting to create my card.

For those of you who don’t know a couple of weeks ago I start a watercolor class and absolutely loved it.  Before, the class started we were instructed to practice using our “stuff” and I created a couple of single pieces.  I had hoped to use my pieces during the class but never did because I create other cards.  So, when Less is More decided that their recipe this week would be Die Cut, I knew I had to use this piece on my card. No need to throw anything away, especially a big Hug as pretty as this.

Hugs

I know I wanted to keep my card very simple because the watercolor image is so powerful by itself.

Hugs top view

I die cut out 4 hugs and attached them to my watercolor piece to create some dimension on the front of my card.

Side note: I’ve been working on improving my photograph.  The background of these pictures are a little dark but I like the effect.  It gives the card a warm feeling which is what I love in the words of Olaf, “I Love Warm Hugs“!!

So, what do you think? Do you like “Warm Hugs” too?

Let me know.

Supplies used:

classiccrestsolarwhtiePelikan WatercolorbighugsOnyx Versafine Ink

I also used Stampin’ Up! Bring on the Cake stamp set that retired.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

Watercolor Background: How Playful!!

I can’t believe my Watercolor for Card Makers class is coming to an end.  This Friday is the last day to submit all of our homework.  I have so much left to do.

It was truly an amazing class!  I learned a lot about water-coloring.  I was granted the opportunity to try different types of watercolors mediums (watercolor pencils and crayons, transparent water colors, opaque watercolors, kids watercolor, shimmer watercolors).

I’m hoping to make at least one water-coloring card a week.  This will allow me to spend more time with my daughter who also loves water-coloring.

Today’s watercolor technique was taught by Tim Holtz himself.  Truly fun and amazing.  He taught us how to make amazing backgrounds using “watercolor stamping or monoprint” using a stencil.

I had so much fun creating my card, that I made two cards..  I’m also submitting this card into the Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday #165: Artsy Watercolor Backgrounds Challenge.  Betsy showed us how to create watercolor backgrounds using our current stamps.  I’m excited!!

Happy Watercolor

So, what do you think of this card?  It looks so delicious to me.  The colors are so vibrant.  My flower was punched from a watercolor background that I created.  I thought that bought more balance to the card.

Hello Friend

For my second card, I wet the outer edge of the flower to create the watercolor effect surrendering each individual flower.  That gives each flower a beautiful soft and subtle effect.

I love how both of my cards turned out.  I am going to try to create a couple more cards with this fun effect!!

Please let me know what you think.

Supplies used:

Canson Watercolor PaperWet PaintOopsie Daisy DieOopsie Daisy Stamp SetHarlequin StencilDistress Inks Kit 1Hawaiian ShoresPTI Summer Sunrise InkTim Holtz Watercolor CardstockStampin' TrimmerSnail AdhesiveOnyx VersafineBig Shot Die-Cut MachineStampin' DimensionalsBasic Rhinestones Jewel AccentsLarge Rhinestone Basic JewelsDaffodil Delight CSBasic Black CSWe R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

 

~Kymona

Are You A Watercolorists?

Watercolor painting is an art form that creates artistic representations, usually on watercolor paper, using pigments that are water-soluble.

OK, I love the wording “artistic representation” because I can’t draw for the life of me and I also have trouble actually painting objects much less making my sentiment look like I painted it.  I’m so glad that my cards are beautiful regardless if I can’t draw or paint.  Thank you “artistic representation”!!

With that said, I created two cards today for my online Watercolor for Card Makers Class Homework.  The assignment was to watercolor paint over a stamped image.  This was fun!  My daughter, niece and I sat down to create our cards.  It’s amazing how all of us came up with different versions of the same image.

I made two cards because I felt like my first flower was dulled out and wanted to see if I could use a different flower.  Also, my sentiment was giving me so trouble.  Here are my “artistic representation” of flowers in a vase!

Made with Love

On my first card, the blue water started to seep out of my jar on the side.  I went to close to the black line with my wet paint brush.  I over did it a little with the shadow at the bottom of the jar.  You have to learn from your mistakes.

Made with Love2

This second card, the water stayed in the jar and my shadow looks so much better.  The sentiment is where I think I over did it.  That’s the beauty of water-coloring.

So what do you think?  Did I do a good job at depicting a watercolor painting?  Would you call me a Watercolorists?

Well in my book, I’m the best Watercolorists on this side of the computer screen, lol!!!!

The real test is how do I compare to my daughter and niece!!  Below you will find the cards they painted.

Little Lady Sanaa Flower Little Lady Zoe Flower

My Daughter                                                       My Niece

What fun!!!

Well that’s it for today.  I hope you enjoyed our cards today and will not hesitate to try water-coloring and become a Watercolorists!!

 

Supplies used:

Canson Watercolor PaperKio WaterColorsLove JarMemento Tuxedo BlackStampin' TrimmerSnail Adhesive

~Kymona

The Art of Window Dressing

When was the last time you window shopped?  Isn’t it amazing how the items in the window really stand out!  You can’t help but to steer that much longer.  The outfit or the furniture that you see, draws you in for the buy!

 

Macy's Windowphoto credit

This display at Macy’s Broadway Store in NYC gives the feeling of power.  The women stand out from their background which screams, “You will see me amongst the cluster background.

Well today’s card should give you the same feeling!!  I’m participating in Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday#164: Cluster Stamped Sentiment challenge.

Watercolor thanks

I used the “thanks” from Papertrey Ink’s Wet Paint stamp set.  I stamped it with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

Watercolor is my new favorite medium so I created my clusters using distress inks, water and a sponge dauber.  It was cool.  This technique is called stamp emboss resist.  The ink will not attach itself to the embossed area.  I learned that in my Watercolor Card Makers online class that’s still going strong.

The more ink spots I added to the thank you area, the easier it was for the thank you to stand out from its background.  It reminds me of window dressing!  You will see me amongst the clustered background!!!

I am pleased with how my card came out.  I hope you like it too.

Supplies used:

Wet PaintDistress Ink Mustard SeedDistress Inks Picked RaspberryDistress Ink Peacock FeathersTim Holtz Ink PaletteTim Holtz Watercolor CardstockSponage DaubersclassiccrestsolarwhtieWe R Memory Keepers Corner ChomperMy Mind's Eye Enamel Dots

~Kymona

Calling All Watercolor Pros……

I’m looking for everyone who loves WATERCOLORS!!!  This medium is awesome.  My Watercolor for card makers class has really stretched our stamps, dies and our imagination.

I’m having so much fun in this class.  I have so many cards to post.  I’m working late night on all of the techniques that are taught in the class.

Today’s card technique basic stamping for watercolor.  Yana Smakula taught the class that some of our stamps in our stash can be used to create a watercolor look.

Watercolor Smile

I used a big flower stamp for the Betsy’s Blossoms Stamp Set from Stampin’ UP!  By the way, this stamp set is retiring.

I added my Crayola watercolors to my acrylic block and stamped my flower stamp onto that block.  I then stamped the flower onto my watercolor paper 6 times.  Each flower looks different.  I love how it turned out.

I wanted the sentiment to standout so I stamped it in black and added my thick bakers twine for an added dimension.

What do you think?

Supplies used:

Betsy's BlossomsclassiccrestsolarwhtiePool PartyThick Bakers TwineStampin' TrimmerSnail AdhesiveCrayola WatercolorsSmileOnyx Versafine Ink

Creative Way To Have Fun With Watercolors

 

watercolor for card makers

OMG!!!  In my Watercolor for Card Makers class, Julie Ebersole, showed us how to do some creative watercolor stamping!!  I was blown away.  The card she made was so playful and nice.  I had to make my own version of the card.  She used some inks, watercolor paper, a beautiful butterfly wings die by Memory Box and a pencil eraser.  Yes, a pencil eraser, talk about non-tools in my tool box.

The only thing I didn’t have, was the butterfly wings die, so I ordered it and it arrive today.  I’m so lucky because that die is out of stock now.

When I saw the die on my desk, I knew I had to create this card today!

Fly away with me

Butterfly side

Aren’t you amazed!!! The butterfly wings just pop right off the paper.  It gives the card a 3 dimensional look.  It looks amazing.

Instead of using inks, I used my Koi watercolors to create my dots.  The dots were made with the pencil eraser.  I added the three colors to my color palette and then I dipped my pencil eraser into each of the three colors and applied it to my paper.  I made sure to place the dots in one area so that I can cut my butterfly wings for dimension.

Let me know what you think.

 

Congrats to Lizzie T she won the SSS Wrapped Mailing Label Die.  Lizzie T I will contact you so that I can send you the die.  Thanks for visiting my blog.

 

Supplies used:

Canson Watercolor PaperKio WaterColorsStampin' TrimmerSnail AdhesiveMemory Box Asti Butterfly WingsHelloSunshineTiconderoga pencilBig Shot Die-Cut MachineMagnectic PlatformOnyx Versafine Ink

You Can Never Have To Much Watercolor on Mother’s Day

photo credit

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Happy Mother’s Day to All of YOU Mothers!!!

I hope all of you are relaxing like myself.  Wait, I’m not relaxing.  I’m making breakfast and doing laundry! A Mother’s job is never done.

watercolor for card makers

What I want to do is play with my watercolors some more.  I have some time right now between the spin cycle to create a card for the Less is More: One Layer theme challenge this week.  Day 2 of my Watercolor for Card Markers Class, Jennifer McGuire, taught us how to use Liquid Frisket to mask of an area of the card so that the watercolor will not penetrate the image.

This technique is soooo cool!!!  I will create a PDF for this technique later and share it with all of you.

You use this cream color liquid and paint over the image you want to stay color-free.  Once it dries, you do your water-coloring without worrying about messing up the image.  You MUST let the watercolor dry before you can lift the liquid mask off of the paper.  I simple used my finger and rubbed the mask and WALA! Your image is embedded in your watercolor!

Here is my card!!  The colors are beautiful, perfect for a flower.

Thank you for caring

So you see on the bottom right side of the flower some of the color seeped onto my flower.  That is because I didn’t put any of the mask on that area.  I missed it, I guess.  I actually like it like that because water-coloring isn’t suppose to be perfect and this flower definitely isn’t perfect so it’s a perfect match!

This card can be given to any women in your life that isn’t your mother who really cared about you in one way or another!!  I have a couple of mothers in my life that I want to thank for steering me in the right direction.

I hope you like my new creation.  My younger brother told me today that my “cards are getting better and better”, thanks Garrett!

Let me know what you think.

Supplies used:

Liquid FrisketCanson Watercolor PaperPelikan WatercolorHappy Watercolorlots ThanksOnyx VersafineStamp-a-ma-jigStampin' TrimmerSnail Adhesive

What’s Your Favorite Watercolor Color?

watercolor for card makers

I must say this Watercolor for Card Makers is an awesome class.  I’m learning so much and sharing it with my daughter has been even better.  Both of us are having a lot of fun learning about colors and how the work with one another.  Once her cards are posted I will link them here in my blog so you can see what her take on the lessons were.

Today’s card is a Stamped Emboss Resist and Watercolor Wash Card.  Kristina Werner taught us how to add ink on top of an embossed image, the ink just happens to be watercolor.  I’ve practice this technique a couple of weeks ago and it took me a while but I got it down pack and my card came out really nice. You can check out my post on April 30.

For my new card, I wanted to create a male card.  I don’t have many of those, I wanted to make sure I tried colors that were suited for men.  I love blues, yellow, and coral.  I also tried something new.  ADDING STITCHING TO MY CARD!!!  I’ve never done that before but I wanted to finally try it.  It was exciting!

Love to call you my friend

I love how the colors blended to make colors that weren’t in my original palette.  When I added the yellow to the tip of the blue it create that pretty green.  The same when I added the coral to the yellow, it created the orange.  It was amazing.

Creating the background was pretty easy.

I used Impression Obsessions Honeycomb Stamp to create my background.  I stamped it with VersaMark and embossed it with Stampin’ Up! clear embossing powder.

I used my Koi Watercolors,  I used number 23, 24 and 8.

My vellum and card stock was attached with my small sewing machine.  I had that sewing machine for two years and never used.  I pulling it out to create this card and I’m so glad I did.

Guess what, I didn’t know how to use the sewing.  I had to ask my daughter to help set up the machine.  I thought that was funny and she loved teaching me.

All and all, my card came out the way I had hoped it would.  I’m very pleased with the look.  I hope you are too!

 

Supplies used:

Canson Watercolor PaperKio WaterColorsCover-a-Card HoneycombExpressions Thinlits Diesgumball-green-stampin-emboss-powderSnail AdhesiveStampin' TrimmerStampin' DimensionalsPacific PointSewing MachineLawn Fawn SequinExchanging FriendsTombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive

How Much Do You Love Amazing Colors?

 

watercolor for card makers

Day 2 of my Watercolor for Card Makers was just as much fun as the first.  The teachers are amazing and they have so much information to share with us.

Today I choose to focus on the Soft Watercolor Wash Background technique.  The beauty of this technique is to not have any pencil lines showing in the color wash.  I used my Stampin’ Up! watercolor pencils (Retired), watercolor paper and a brush. 

I love how my card turned out.  I choose to use colors that I hardly use which were orange, light green and yellow.  The combination turned out beautiful.

Love this

Sooooo, what do you think?  I can’t believe I created that all by myself.  I amaze myself sometimes!!

 

This is how I created this card:

1. I used the watercolor pencils to simple color on the watercolor paper in the different colors.  I didn’t mix the colors while coloring them.

2. I used my brush and applied water to my card to soften the watercolor lines. I allowed the colors to mix a little to have some blending where the colors met.

3. I used my heat gun to dry the paper.  Once the paper was COMPLETELY dried I added orange waters splats to the card.

4. To add the water splats, I touched my water brush to the tip of my orange watercolor pencil for color.  Then I lightly flashed the brush above the paper.

5. I used the heat gun again to dry all of the water splats.

6. I placed gold bakers twine down where I wanted it to be.  I added a little bit of adhesive as to hold it in place.

7. I stamped my sentiment, punched it out and adhered it to the bakers twine.

8. I adhered the mask to the card base for a complete Soft Watercolor Wash Background Card!

Truly Amazing!!!

Supplies used:

Canson Watercolor PaperStampin Up Watercolor PencilsGold Bakers TwineCircle FramelitsSnail AdhesiveStampin' TrimmerBig Shot Die-Cut MachineLoveThis

~Kymona