You Make Me Smile Rainbow Watercolor Card // 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Happy Monday, friend!

I hope you had a great Easter weekend. We were blessed with beautiful weather here in MA so no complaints here! I was even able to sneak in some crafty time which makes it even better. The card I created is my contribution to the 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop hosted by Veronica Zalis and Tenia Nelson! I'm so happy to have been asked to join in on such a special celebration. Make sure to read until the end to see how you too can participate, but until then...

Let's get started...

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The general theme of today's hop is "feel good" and "encouraging". This immediately sparked the idea of implementing as many rainbow elements into my card because, well, who doesn't feel good about rainbows?!

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For my background I white heat-embossed a piece of watercolor paper with my Grid Background Stamp. Once it was heat-set, I began adding color using the ink smooshing technique. Basically, you dab a bit of dye ink onto a piece of acetate, add some water to activate it and smoosh it onto your panel. It's really quite easy to do!

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To make sure that I didn't end up with a weird mix of colors, I started with the primaries: red, blue, and yellow. By doing so I was able to create areas that were opaque red, blue, etc. and areas where they overlapped to create purple, orange, etc. Where they overlapped I decided to further intensify the color by adding ink in that same shade. In essence, I used the primary colors to create a guideline for where I should place my secondary colors. Ya get what I'm trying to say? If not there's a video tutorial below!

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I set my panel aside to dry and started working on my sentiment circle that I die-cut from my Sweet Stitches Die Set. Onto the center of it I stamped a greeting from my Color in Sentiments set which coordinates perfectly with my rainbow theme. I made sure to stamp it in a waterproof ink as I knew I was going to fill in the "smile" with watered-down dye ink. I added all the colors I used onto my background (listed below), picked them up with a waterbrush and colored in my word. 

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Lastly, I flicked on some color to the center of some flower die-cuts from the same die set. I also colored the centers and leaves with the same inks from the rest of my project. #watercolorallthethings I popped up the circle, flowers, flower centers and used liquid adhesive for the leaves and my card was finished!

You can watch the entire creation of this card in my process video below...

My friend Holly of HollyBeary Creations is participating with me as part of Right at Home. You can click the button below to hop over to her post.

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If you want to participate in today's hop then make sure to head over to the main post here for more information. There are over $800 worth of prizes up for grabs including $20 to the Right at Home shop so you'll definitely want to join in!

The deadline for uploading your project to the gallery is Sunday, April 8 at 11:55 PM CT. 

Happy Autism Awareness Day!

Nicole

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Blessed Wreath Stencil Watercolor Card // National Craft Month with Right at Home + Ellen Hutson LLC

Good morning, friend!

I hope you're having a great week so far. I'm so excited to have you here for another day of the National Craft Month Celebration with Right at Home + Friends. (If you're thinking "Celebration? Huh?", then make sure to head to my post on Monday for more details! You don't want to miss out on this!) Today I'm welcoming another guest and dear crafty friend to the party. Please give a warm welcome to Carly Tee of Ellen Hutson LLC! Carly set today's challenge and it definitely pushed me outside my comfort zone. 

Let's get started...

Blessed Wreath Stencil Watercolor Card // National Craft Month with Right at Home + Ellen Hutson LLC

Carly sent me a ton of different watercolor techniques that I could chose from and we both decided that using my Seasonal Wreath Die Set to create a stencil for my watercoloring would be perfect. I die-cut the wreath from some sticker paper I got in a pack at Staples, peeled off the release paper and placed it onto the center of a piece of watercolor paper. 

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You could use a variety of different images to create your stencil whether it be a wreath like mine or a doily die-cut or a cover plate with an intricate design, etc. Just make sure that whatever paper you use to make your stencil is completely covered with adhesive on the back. Once you've adhered your die-cut to the cardstock you can start your watercoloring!

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For my card I used the new Seafoam ink from Catherine Pooler Designs. I love the blue-green hue of this ink and it works perfectly for my spring card. I also painted some scraps of watercolor cardstock with Green Tea and It's a Girl which I later die-cut some leaves and flowers out of. For my sentiment die-cut I used the Shea Butter color which is a gorgeous butter-y yellow. 

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After die-cutting all my floral pieces I started to arrange them on my wreath. Once I achieved a layout I was happy with I glued them down using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. For the sentiment die-cut I used the "blessed" from my Script Greetings Die Set and cut a few additional ones out of plain white cardstock to adhere underneath the colored one for added dimension. I stamped the coordinating sub-sentiment from Script Greetings underneath and popped the panel onto an A2 cardbase. 

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You'll also notice that I used the largest rectangle from my Find the Beauty Die Set to die-cut my watercolor panel. I did this after the watercoloring so that I was able to flatten the piece a bit by running it through my die-cutting machine. Oh! And I added Nuvo Jewel Drops in Limoncello to the center of each of the flowers. 

You can watch my step-by-step process in the video below...

Now, be sure to head over to the Ellen Hutson blog to see Carly's take on this challenge. I had a little sneak peek yesterday and her project is oh, so sweet. 

More details about this celebratory week...

My idea behind this celebration is offer you loads of inspiration from some of the most amazing crafters and companies in our industry. Each day will present a new creative challenge that you can participate in and, in turn, be entered to win the day's prizes. 

Today's prize is a $30 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson LLC! 

In order to be entered to win, make sure to follow these steps...

  • Create a new project inspired by today's challenge and post a picture of it to one of the following forums:
    • Right at Home Facebook Group (in the comments of the day #4 picture with today's challenge written on it, linked here)
    • Instagram using the hashtag #NCMwithRAH in your caption and tagging @rightathome
    • Your personal blog and add the link to your post in the comments of this blog post (click here to download the challenge banner for your personal blog post)
  • There will be one winner for today's prize, I will combine the names from every post I can find on the above mediums and randomly chose the winner (I made participating open in several different ways so as to include everyone who may not have social media, a blog, etc. I hope there is something for everyone!)
  • Winner will be announced on April 1st in a new post along with the rest of the winners from prizes given throughout this week

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!

If throughout the week you see something I used that you just have to have you can use the code NCM in my shop for 15% off your purchase! Code will last from today until next Tuesday at 11:59 pm EST.

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I hope you enjoyed today's post and are inspired to try out a new watercolor technique. This is something I never would have tried on my own so I'm so thankful to Carly for pushing me creatively. It took a little trial and lots of error to get to the final project, but when you keep pushing you're sure to get something you like, right?!

Have a great Thursday and see you tomorrow for day #5!

Nicole

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Two Happy Valentine's Day Watercolor Cards Using Ranger Distress Oxide Inks

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!!

It’s Holly here today and I’ve got TWO fun valentines that are perfect for that special someone. For the first one, I’m using the Kiss Kiss stamp set and the banner from the Folded Gift Tag Die Set.

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I started by creating a watercolor background with some Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide. I set that panel aside to dry and stamped several of the hearts from the Kiss Kiss set using some pigment inks from Mama Elephant. I heat set the inks with my heat gun on low and then I added the sentiments in the hearts with some Sweet Gelato Ink from WPlus9. You get a better result with a dye ink over a pigment ink. You can see on two of my hearts the sentiment isn’t as crisp, these are the ones I used the pigment ink to stamp with. I cut each of the hearts out and adhered them down the front of the panel using alternating with foam adhesive to give some dimension.

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I die cut the banner from some White and stamped the sentiment from the Be Mine stamp set using the same Sweet Gelato Ink. I adhered the banner with some foam tape and added a few mixed pink sequins from Neat and Tangled. So cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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I started the next one by heat-embossing the lips and heart images using some white embossing powder onto a piece of watercolor paper. Then I added some Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink and a few splatters of Black Soot Distress paint. I set that piece aside to dry naturally and then I die cut the heart from the Folded Sweetheart Die set. Then I stamped the XOXO in black ink and added some of the lips in the Candied Apple ink as well. If you haven’t tried stamping with your Distress Oxide inks give it a try, you get a great image every time. I adhered the heart to the background panel with some foam tape. 

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I die cut the banner from the Folded Tag Die set  and heat embossed the "Happy Valentine’s Day" sentiment. Then I adhered the banner over the heart with some additional foam tape. I wanted to have a little pop of sparkle so I added some Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I wasn’t sure about this card at first but I really like that pop of black! 

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Be sure to head over to the shop and see the latest release...it’s flying off the shelves!

Hope you have a great Valentine's Day!

Holly