Thursday, June 13, 2019

Mixing Stamp Sets to Get More Out of Them



Hi everybody! I'm here today with a post on mixing and matching stamps from different sets so you can get more out of them. For today's card I mixed two unlikely stamp sets to make a sweet card with a message of support. I used a floral spray stamp from the Magnificent Magnolia set. Then, I found a flower and a sentiment from the Sammy Takes It Easy set.


I used my stamping platform to stamp the floral spray repeatedly onto my card front. Powdered Peach  and Lotus Flower inks blended together beautifully to give this stamp a soft look. Next, I blended the background with Mint Macaroon to make it look like a sky. After that I stamped the flower multiple times in Black Shadow ink and watercolored them with Nuvo Shimmer Powders. I cut them out and popped them up on the card with foam adhesive.


After stamping the sentiment in Black Shadow ink I adhered the card face to some gray cardstock foam adhesive because I wanted to add extra dimension to my card. Then, I added Silver Rain sequins and Nuvo Dream Drops in Fairy Wings to finish the card off. Now I'm curious to know how often you find yourself looking for different ways to use or combine your stamp sets? Do you tend to use them as intended? Or, are you a rebel who likes to mix and match? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

Have an amazing day you all! See you back here soon!
Maria

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Watercoloring with Nuvo Shimmer Powders on Black Cardstock


Hey Everybody! It's Maria (Cardbomb) here today with a fun way to use your Nuvo Shimmer Powders. I love using my Shimmer Powders to watercolor and wanted to share how I used them to watercolor on black cardstock. They look so metallic and vibrant against the black that you can achieve quite a different look than you do on white cardstock. I've made a video tutorial sharing how to do this so be sure to check that out if you are interested (the video is at the bottom of the post).
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I started out by heat embossing the sentiment from Little Something for Harry in white, then masking the sentiment off using a post it note that I cut out with my rectangle dies. Then, using my stamping platform and this gorgeous floral stamp from the Dainty Daisies set I repeatedly stamped the flower in Clear Mark ink and heat embossed the images in Clear Embossing Powder. After that I put little puffs of Shimmer Powder onto the surface of my work space. I added drops of rubbing alcohol/surgical spirits to the powder and mixed until it was a consistency that I could paint with. I started out using a brush with a thicker tip and quickly decided to switch to a number 2 round brush so that I could easily stay within the lines.
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After I finished watercoloring the floral images I used a white gel pen to outline the rectangle defining the sentiment. In hindsight I realize that it would've been much easier to stamp the sentiment onto a rectangle die cut and pop it up as it would've allowed me to be a bit less careful when I embossed the images. Anyhow, that's something for me to try next time. Then I used some white acrylic paint, and the leftover shimmer powders to splatter the background. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Neptune Turquoise to finish it off and mounted the card front onto some gorgeous Pearlescent Card from the Craft Perfect line (Fresh Mint). This cardstock is textured and shimmery and was the perfect compliment to the card front. After that I mounted the whole thing onto a black card base using foam adhesive to give the card a bit of dimension.
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #nuvo, #nuvoshimmerpowder, watercolor, #card, #cards, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft, #handmadecards, #diy, #greetingcards, #color, #technique, #video, #videotutorial,

Here's that video I promised you...






Well, that's it for today you guys! It's late and I am wicked tired so I'm heading off to bed. I'm adding product links below in case you are interested in checking out anything that I've used for today's project. There are links to both the UK and USA Tonic stores (just scroll until you find your preferred shop). Thank you!

Have an amazing day!
Maria




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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Copic Coloring with Waffle Flowers Gorgeous Magnolia

Hi everybody! I hope you had a great weekend filled with relaxation and crafty time. I spent most of my weekend sifting through our house and packing boxes as we are getting ready to move. Moving is a lot of work but it feels so good to purge and get rid of things that we don't need. That being said, I am looking forward to when I can spend my free time getting crafty again! 

I bought this Magnolia stamp from Waffle Flower quite some time ago and hadn't had time to have fun with it. I finally busted it out along with my copics for some coloring.
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First, I'm going to have to apologize because I can't tell you exactly which color markers I used for this. Since we are moving I am making a huge effort to keep organized and put things away. Unfortunately, I put the markers that I used away before I could make note of which ones they were. I can tell you that I used a mix of V's, B's, BG's, and R's for the flowers... I love mixing unexpected color combos to see if I can get them to blend well.
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After coloring the flowers and leaves I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and adhere them to my card base which was blended with Distress Oxides. I popped some of them up on foam adhesive to give the card more dimension. I also popped the sentiment up on foam tape.
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To finish my card off and give it some sparkle I used my Glitter Gloss pen from Tonic Studios to color in the flower petals. You can just barely see the sparkle in the picture below but in real life the shimmer is fantastic. I also added some sequins from Simon Says Stamp (Moonshine) to give it a little bit more magic.
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #waffleflowercrafts, #magnolia, #flowers, #card, #handmade, #handmadecards, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft, #color, #copics, #copicmarkers, #distressoxides, #timholtz, #tonicstudios, #simonsaysstamp,

That's it for today you guys! It's late here in California and I've got to get to work in the morning so I'm off to bed now. I hope you all have a fantastic day and I'll be back here soon with another card. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Maria


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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Sammy the Sloth Takes a Nap

Hello Everybody! It's Maria here today and I am so excited to be sharing this card today because the Adorable collection was released yesterday in the UK! This collection of stamps is full of "adorable" critters and for today's card I've used Sammy Takes It Easy. This set has three different sloth images, leaves, vines and flowers and quite a few great sentiments. I love this sleepy sloth and decided to use him for my card. I started out by stamping him onto watercolor paper. Then I used a Sharpie marker to extend the tree branch so that it reached across the whole card. Then, I cut along the top of the sloth and along the branch so that I could pop the sloth up on my card. Next I stamped the hanging vines onto the tree branch. I also stamped some extra leaves and flowers so that I could color those in as well.
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, Sammy Takes It Easy, #nuvo, aqua flow pens, #watercolor, sloth, art, #handmadecards, #handmade, #color, diy, #card, #stamp, #ink, #paper,

I used my Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens and a paint brush to watercolor all of my images. I'll list the colors at the bottom of the post for you. I cut out all of my images by hand but if you are in the UK you can purchase the coordinating dies for this set. After cutting out my leaves and flowers I decided how I wanted them to fit behind the sloth and then adhered them in the right place. I adhered the card front by popping it up on foam adhesive to give it a bit of dimension.


#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, Sammy Takes It Easy, #nuvo, aqua flow pens, #watercolor, sloth, art, #handmadecards, #handmade, #color, diy, #card, #stamp, #ink, #paper,

My background is watercolored using Nuvo Aqua Flow markers and you can't tell from the picture but it's actually very sparkly. I splattered the background with my Glitter Gloss pen and it's really shimmery in real life. The sentiment is stamped in Nuvo Hybrid Black Shadow Ink. I did have to stamp it multiple times to get a crisp sentiment because I was stamping on watercolor paper. Luckily, this was easy because I used my Tonic Stamp Positioner to do this. The final touch on my card was to add some highlights with a white gel pen.

#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, Sammy Takes It Easy, #nuvo, aqua flow pens, #watercolor, sloth, art, #handmadecards, #handmade, #color, diy, #card, #stamp, #ink, #paper,

That is it for today you guys. It is nearly 3am here in California and I've got to get up soon to head off to work. I hope you all have an amazing day!

Maria


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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Watercoloring with Nuvo Shimmer Powder

Hello Everyone! It's Maria (Cardbomb) here today and I am so happy to be joining you for a little watercolor fun. For today's card I decided to use the Ellie Goes Nuts stamp set and some of my Nuvo Shimmer Powders. 

#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #cards, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #nuvoshimmerpowder, #elephants, #watercolor, #nuvodreamdrops, #elliegoesnuts, #art, #create, #craft, #diy, #handmade, #handmadecards


I used every elephant in the set and used my Stamp Platform and some basic masking to stack the elephants on top of each other. Then I used Nuvo Shimmer Powders (Cherry Bomb, Solar Flare, Falling Leaves and Blue Blitz) and a paint brush to watercolor them. To do this I puffed a little shimmer powder out onto my media mat and added a little bit of water to each color. Adding water to the shimmer powder turns it into a watercolor medium that is vibrant and full of shimmer.
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After watercoloring the elephants I cut them out and watercolored my background. I wanted the elephants to be the star of the show so on the background I used my Nuvo Aquaflow pens in Clear Water and Indigo Dawn so that the background wouldn't shimmer like the elephants do. I adhered my background onto black cardstock, then, I used foam adhesive to adhere the elephants onto the card base.
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After adding the elephants I heat embossed the sentiment and popped that up on foam adhesive as well. As an after thought, I decided that I wanted the background to have a little shimmer too. So, I covered the elephants with masks, and splattered some Solar Flare and Blue Blitz onto the background. You can see how magical it looks where it landed on the black cardstock. To finish my card off I added some Dream Drops in Indigo Eclipse.
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #cards, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #nuvoshimmerpowder, #elephants, #watercolor, #nuvodreamdrops, #elliegoesnuts, #art, #create, #craft, #diy, #handmade, #handmadecards


I hope today's card will inspire you to watercolor with Shimmer Powders. It's such an easy and fun way to use the powders to get a magical effect. That's it for today you all. Thanks so much for joining me and we will see you back here tomorrow with another fantastic project from Design Team member Zinia.

Have a wonderful day!
Maria



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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Raised Rectangle Cards for Tonic Studios

Hi everybody! I hope you're having a great day today. Today I'm up on the Tonic Studios Blog sharing a post and a video tutorial and I wanted to make sure that I shared it here with all of you as well...

Have you ever started a project and been really happy with how it's going and then you do something to it that ruins it? Well, that's how today's projects came about. I had just gotten the Nuvo alcohol markers and wanted to try them out. So I stamped a card front full of floral images (left card in image below) from the Dainty Daisies set and went to town coloring. These alcohol markers are awesome!

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After coloring with the markers I got out some colored pencils to add drop shadows. Then I used a Sharpie and a white gel pen to add shadows and highlights. Black Nuvo drops on the stamens and Dream Drops on the background finished the card off along with a "Thank You" sentiment from the Little Something For Harry set. Dun, dun, dun (total drama) and then I cut my card so that I could frame part of it in black and it looked terrible! I was so bummed that I had cut it, but, once you cut a background there is no going back so I had to figure out a solution.

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I tried putting the rectangular piece back inside the frame but it looked like a tragic accident. I decided to pop it up on four pieces of black cardstock... and, voila! Today's technique was born.  

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You can just see a thin layer of black that frames out the raised piece but it's subtle enough that it still allows the background to be the star of the show.

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I decided to make a video to share how easy this technique is. You can do it with a fully colored background like I did in my first card. You can also use your images to frame the raised portion of the card as I did in the video. Of course, you are not limited to using rectangles. This technique would be amazing with any other shape as well. Here's the video...



For the second card I used watercolor paper, the emboss resist technique and four of my Nuvo shimmer powders including the new Falling Leaf which is my new favorite green.

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I used my stamp positioner and a post-it mask to stamp the flowers and leaves multiple times in versamark ink. Then I used the Nuvo Fine Detail Crystal Clear Embossing Powder and heat embossed my images. I added a little water to my shimmer powder turning them into a paintable medium and I painted the whole card.

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Next, I used my rectangle die to cut my card face. I also cut four rectangles out of white cardstock. I glued the white rectangles together and then adhered the image piece on top. After adhering the frame to the card base I glued the thick rectangle piece into the center of the frame.

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Some paint (shimmer powder) splatters, Dream Drops and Silver Rain sequins finished the card off nicely. If you'd like to see this technique in action I hope you'll enjoy the video I shared. That's all for today folks. Thank you so much for joining me and I look forward to being back here next week.
Have an amazing day!
Maria







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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Hero Arts Color Layering Iris Thank You

Hey everybody! I hope you're having an amazing day. I'm so glad to be back here after what feels like forever. For the last little while I've been stuck in a tax/paperwork  black hole and have had so little time to get crafty. I colored this iris (Color Layering Iris from Hero Arts) way back in February and never had time to make a card with it. Over the next few weeks you'll probably see a lot of cards made from bits and pieces of cards that I started working on months ago. 
#mariawillis, #cardbomb, #heroarts, #newrelease, #newcatalog, #2019heroartscatalog, #colorlayeringiris, #thankyou, #cards, #cardmaking, #handmadecards, #craft, #papercraft, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #handmade, #diy, #create, #color, #copics, #copicmarkers,, #distressoxides, #flowers, #mixedmedia,

I love this iris stamp set. It is a color layering set but I decided to use just the outline stamp and color it in with my copic markers. I have to apologize because since I colored this image in so long ago I cannot remember what colors I used. I can tell you that I used Cool Grays and a light violet for the petals of the flower. I had originally planned to color it in gray scale then decided to add just a hint of color. 
#mariawillis, #cardbomb, #heroarts, #newrelease, #newcatalog, #2019heroartscatalog, #colorlayeringiris, #thankyou, #cards, #cardmaking, #handmadecards, #craft, #papercraft, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #handmade, #diy, #create, #color, #copics, #copicmarkers,, #distressoxides, #flowers, #mixedmedia,

I heat embossed my sentiment in white embossing powder onto black cardstock and cut it out. I had to cut the left side at an angle to tuck it neatly behind the leaf. 
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My background is sponged with Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose. Then I splattered it with water to add a little texture... then I splattered it again with shimmer spray. Then I cut the background using the Hero Arts Infinity Rectangle Dies and layered the front piece over black cardstock (also cut with the layering dies). I popped up the background and flower on foam adhesive to give the card dimension and to make the flower pop even more.
#mariawillis, #cardbomb, #heroarts, #newrelease, #newcatalog, #2019heroartscatalog, #colorlayeringiris, #thankyou, #cards, #cardmaking, #handmadecards, #craft, #papercraft, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #handmade, #diy, #create, #color, #copics, #copicmarkers,, #distressoxides, #flowers, #mixedmedia,

The final touch was to add clear sequins. You can't see it in the photos but the whole background of the card sparkles due to the shimmer spray I splattered onto it.

It's been a while since I've entered a challenge so I'm going to enter this card in the A Blog Named Hero: Clean & Simple Challenge.

much for stopping by and I'll see you back here soon. As usual, if you are interested in checking out any of the products that I've used today you can find links at the bottom of my post.

Have an amazing day!
Maria






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Monday, April 15, 2019

Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes

Hey everybody! I am so excited to have you here today because today is my first post for Tonic Studios as a member of their Social Media Design Team. Tonic Studios has a new blog, and with it, a new design team. Every week day the Tonic DT will be sharing fun projects and lots of inspiration on the blog. The team is made up of some very talented artists and I am absolutely thrilled that Tonic has chosen me to help represent them. When you have a few minutes please go check out Tonic's new blog. It's a fun place to go for inspiration and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do. Here's a link to go check them out: CLICK HERE.

Now, on to today's project...
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Today I am sharing a project using the Mermaid With Love range of dies. When I saw these dies I knew I had to have them because I love shells, sea stars, mermaids and well designed layering dies. I had so much fun playing around with them and coming up with fun ideas for them that it was hard to decide what kind of project I wanted to share with you. I decided on a shimmery, watercolor project that I hope you will enjoy but mixed media was a close second. There is a video tutorial for this project towards the bottom of this post. I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch it as I share how versatile this die range is. Until I opened these dies and started playing with them I really had no idea how many things you could do with them. In the video I also share some tips for using the dies as well as some tips for assembling this card.

#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #mermaid, diecutting, #ocean, #watercolor, #color, #art, #diy, shells, #cards, #handmade, #paper, #papercraft, #ink, #stamp, #craft,


SUPPLIES:
I started with a white card base cut to 5" x 10" and scored at 5" and a piece of watercolor paper cut to 4 & 7/8"squared. I also had a piece of white cardstock for cutting my large die piece, a small piece of watercolor paper for cutting my layering circle (behind sentiment) and a piece of black glossy cardstock backed with double sided adhesive for cutting out the sentiment die. Aside from cardstock you will need Nuvo Markers (Aqua Splash, True Turquoise, Azure Blue, Indigo Dawn), Dream Drops (Indigo Eclipse and Fairy Wings), dimensional foam adhesive, tape runner adhesive, a smooth precision glue pen, and Silver Rain sequins. You will also need my favorite die set from this collection, the Marina Layering Dies and the Mermaid Kisses & Starfish Wishes sentiment die.

HOW TO:
I started by watercoloring my two watercolor pieces using a paint brush and ink from Nuvo Markers. I saturated my watercolor cardstock with water and painted both pieces at the same time making sure that my background piece was much more saturated with color than the smaller piece. I set these aside to dry and did my die cutting next. I used the round seashell and starfish die with a larger cutting ring to cut the detailed die cut from white cardstock. Then I used the smaller cutting ring to die cut a layering circle from the smaller piece of watercolor paper. Last, I cut the sentiment die from the piece of black glossy cardstock and removed the negative pieces from the die being careful to leave the die cut inside of the die. After splattering my watercolor pieces generously with Glitter Gloss I put my card layers together. Both of the larger die cut pieces are popped up on foam adhesive. The sentiment is adhered after removing the backing from the double sided adhesive. Then, I embellished the card with sequins and Dream Drops. Side note: Dream Drops are epic!! Not only are they absolutely gorgeous but they must also be magic because I'm able to get perfect drops with them every. single. time. They are amazing and added just the right touch to this card as they look like pearls.
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #mermaid, diecutting, #ocean, #watercolor, #color, #art, #diy, shells, #cards, #handmade, #paper, #papercraft, #ink, #stamp, #craft,

Here's that video I keep talking about. I hope you'll find it has some helpful information, both about this entire die collection, as well as for putting this card together.




Here's one more look at the cards I'm sharing today...

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That's all for today folks! If you're interested in checking out any of the products I've shared today I've added links to all of them below. These are affiliate links and if you make a purchase through them I will make a small commission (thank you!). Thanks so much for stopping today. I hope you all have an amazing day and I will see you back here soon.

Maria





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Monday, April 1, 2019

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Sweet Violet Release Blog Hop + Giveaway




Hello, and welcome to Altenew's April 2019 Build-A-Flower: Sweet Violet Release Blog Hop! You may be starting the hop here with me or you may have come from the super talented TaeEun Yoo.  Either way, I'm so glad you're joining us!  Today Altenew is launching a new Build-A-Flower set called Sweet Violet and it is amazing! The new release is sold as either the Sweet Violet stamp set alone, or, the Sweet Violet & Ink Bundle (5% discount-woot!). Just in case you didn't know, Altenew offers a subscription plan for the Monthly Build-A-Flower Release! Subscribers receive a discount and will never miss out on the fun. If you'd like more info on the Build-A-Flower Monthly Subscription please click HERE. Here's a look at this month's bundle...The stamp set is beautiful and I love the ink colors! 



For today's card I decided to use the outline image of the larger flower to stamp multiple times on Arches cold press water color paper. I stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed the image in white. 
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Next I used my Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Markers to color in the flowers. Believe it or not I only used two colors on this card: Purple Wine and Turquoise. After coloring the flowers, I used the same two colors to watercolor a more subtle looking background. To do this I coated the background in water and added color to the water letting it disperse into soft, beautiful shades. 
#mariawillis, #cardbomb, #altenew, #watercolorbrushmarkers, #watercolor, #flowers, #cards, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #art, #papercraft, #cardmaker, #color,  #sweetviolet, #buildaflower
After watercoloring the background I used Altenew's Mega Friend Die and the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Mega Greetings 3 Stamp Set to finish off my card front. After adhering the large "friend" die I popped the "happy birthday" up on foam strips to finish off the sentiment. The last thing I did was to add some texture on the background with some Tonic Nuvo Dream Drops.
#mariawillis, #cardbomb, #altenew, #watercolorbrushmarkers, #watercolor, #flowers, #cards, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #art, #papercraft, #cardmaker, #color,  #sweetviolet, #buildaflower

Alright, that is all for today folks! Well, aside from the prizes that is... See below for the details of Altenew's ridiculously generous giveaways! If you'd like to be included in a chance for a $15 give-a-way right here on my blog all you need to do is leave me a comment below. Thanks for taking the time to hop along with us today! You can continue the hop by heading over to 


If you're interested in adding any of the products I've used today to your own crafty stash I am 
adding links products below.

Have an amazing day!
Maria



Prizes:
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Card Blog, and the other three winners will be announced on the Scrapbook Blog on 4/9/2019.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 4/9/2019.




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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, and welcome to Altenew's March 2019 Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Markers Release Blog Hop! You may be starting the hop here with me or you may have come from the super talented Nicole Picadura. Either way, I'm so glad you're joining us!  Today Altenew is launching a new set of Watercolor Brush Markers called Tropical Fiesta and they are amazing (check them out HERE)! The colors in this set are so vibrant and alive that once I picked them up and started playing I just could not put them down. That means that today I've got three cards and video tutorial for you.

For my first card I used the watercolor markers and a sheet of acetate to lay down color in a stamped image. I figured out a way to do this that enabled me to apply the color to the image exactly where I wanted it and still get a loose water color look (video tutorial below). The gorgeous floral image is from a set called Forever and Always. 
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After putting down my first layer of color with acetate I added more layers of color using the Altenew brush pens and a paint brush. 
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After I was done painting I used a fine tipped sharpie and a white gel pen to add in some extra details. I love doing this to add some extra depth and highlights to my work. 
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I cut the watercolored image out with a deckled edge die and popped it up on my card base with foam tape. Then I added sequins and a heat embossed sentiment from the Wonderland stamp set.
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These new Altenew watercolor brush pens are so much fun to work with. Not only are the colors striking and gorgeous but they blend together like a dream. 
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Heres that video video tutorial I promised you. Enjoy!





For my second card I used the same acetate technique as I did on the first card. I wanted you to see that the acetate technique can stand alone and make a very striking card. Again, I used acetate to apply the watercolor to the stamped image for a loose watercolor affect. On the first card I made I went back in and added a ton of extra detail and painting. On this card I added a just a little bit of extra color and then left it alone.

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After the watercolor was dry I added a sentiment, black splatters and some black rhinestones. This card came together quickly and easily and I will definitely be using this technique again. 
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My third card is very different from my first two. Both the floral image and sentiment are from the Beautiful Blossoms stamp set and are heat embossed in silver.  On this card I watercolored straight onto the card using both a wet paintbrush and the watercolor markers.
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This paper is different from the watercolor paper I used on my first two cards. I used Arches cold pressed on the previous cards and as this image was given to me at Creativation I'm not certain what brand the paper is. I did notice that the ink handled differently on this paper. Whatever paper you are using in your craft room it's a good idea to take your new watercolor brush pens for a test drive on a scrap of paper so that you know how they will perform on that paper. The markers worked really well on this paper too. I did notice that I had to work a little more quickly to get a smooth blend with this paper (this is not a problem you just have to know your paper).
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On this card the embossing helped to keep my colors in place because the image was slightly raised. This can be helpful when you are adding shading to each petal and you are too impatient to wait for each petal to dry before moving onto the next one. Once again I have to say how well these colors work together and blend to make new, gorgeous colors. 
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Alright folks, that's all I've got for today but before you head over to Kymona Tracey's blog be sure to enter the Giveaway below! All you have to do is comment and you could win a $40 gift certificate. All details are below as are links to the products I've used today and links to all of the incredibly talented artists who are participating in this hop today.

Have an amazing day!
Maria



Prizes


-Altenew is giving away a $40 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, March 28th for a chance to win.
-We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/31/2019. So leave me a comment for your chance to win!

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