Clean and Simple 4 – Day 1

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today with my first homework project from the new Online Card Class – Clean and Simple 4!!

Before I show you what I created, let me just say I LOVE these classes.  I learn so much from all of the instructors.  Its unbelievable.

Day 1 we learned about:

1. Heat Embossing and Masking

2. 3D Embossing

3. Faux Ceramic Titles

Did your jaw drop?  Yes, it should.  Amazing, Amazing stuff. I can’t wait to share all of it with you.


My card today showcases Heat Embossing and Masking!  The talented Jennifer McGuire taught us how to combine simple masking and stamping with powders to create unique backgrounds that will really add pop to a clean and simple design.

Take a look at my card:

OCC Embossed Love

Amazing right!! Just some pop of color turned this simple card to Wow!! simple card.

Here is a closer look:

OCC Embossed Love 2

Here you can see the white emboss pattern that follows evenly across the card.  Amazing what masking can really do!!

I will be back with more cards from Day 1 class!!

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Jennifer used a Hero Arts Basic Grey Bold Flower Pattern Background Cling Stamp on her card, that I love but didn’t have. So I ordered it from a2z Scrapbooking and you can too.

Hero Arts Bold Flower Pattern

Supplies used:

Hero Arts Highline Ironwork LF Scripty Love Hero Arts White Embossing PowderHero Arts Snow Layering Paper Hero Arts Black Layering Paper

Thanks for stopping by!




Water-coloring, oh how I love water-coloring.  It reminds me of when I was a kid in grade school.  It was so simple back then.  We grabbed a piece of paper, a brush and our crayola watercolors.  The teacher instructions were create a picture and do not make a mess.  How simple!!

Today as adults, water-coloring is about making a creation that looks perfect.  The colors must match and everything needs to look uniform.  Why aren’t things simple anymore?

Since we are adults now and things aren’t simple, I’m taking my next Online Card Class on Water-coloring.  I’m so excited about this class.  I will learn to play and create projects that are perfect, lol.

This class starts May 5 but to get all of the participants ready we were given an assignment to help prepare us for whats to come.  The assignment is to play with our watercolors so that we can feel comfortable with our supplies.

For my first assignment from Jennifer McGuire, I took my Pelikan Watercolor Opaque Paint Box and Big Hugs die cut and created a die cut of my mixed colors.  My watercolor set is from Germany.  They are made with highest quality pigments of the finest grain size.

This set includes hollowed paint tablets in the following colors: Black, Blue Green, Burnt Sienna, Carmine Red, Cobalt Blue, Cyan Blue, Flesh, French Green, Indian Yellow, Lemon, Magenta Red, Olive Green, Orange, Paynes Gray, Prussian Blue, Turquoise, Ultramarine, Umber Natural, Vermilion Dark, Violet, Yellow, Yellow Brown, Yellow Green, and Yellow Ochre. The color pans are interchangeable. A tube of Chinese White is also included.

Take a look:

Watercolor Hugs

I love these colors.  I used ultramarine, violet, and magenta red. They look so pretty together.  The Hugs die cut looks great.  It will look good on a card.  The negative space looks great too.  I will have to use that too.

My watercolors are opaque so it will take a lot of water to tune them down.  I run these colors over a black strip and you couldn’t see the black underneath.  I also embossed a sentiment with white embossing powder and applied these colors over it and you couldn’t see the sentiment, so be mindful of that.

My next assignment is to create a swatch for my watercolors.  I’ll post it as soon as I complete it.

I can’t wait to learn more about adult water-coloring!!!

Supplies used:

Pelikan Watercolorbighugsclassiccrestsolarwhtie

Please leave a comment, letting me know what you think.  I would love to hear from you.