Joy To You & Yours Watercolor Stamping Card Inspired by Wonder Forest

Happy almost Friday and almost Christmas!

I know you’re probably just about done with creating (& seeing) holiday projects, but I had to share this post with you today! I’ve discovered this amazing watercolor artist on YouTube named Wonder Forest and binge-watched all her recent cardmaking videos. One of them in particular caught my eye and I just knew I had to recreate it…but with stamps!

Let’s get started…

Click to view this Joy holiday card created using the Right at Home Freshly Picked and Brushstroke Alphabet stamp sets. Includes watercolor-inspired stamping using Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. Card design inspired by  Wonder Forest.  All details on www.rightathomeshop.com/blog.

To the right you can see the particular video post that inspired today’s card project. I was mesmerized by her painting and immediately felt inspired to create. Since I knew I didn’t have the supplies she used (or the talent!), I decided to grab out all my favorite stamping supplies to try my hand at her gorgeous design.

I started by cutting down a piece of watercolor paper to the size of an A2 card front. I grabbed out one of my stitched rectangles, placed it on top and lightly traced the outer edge so I know where to concentrate my stamping.

Click to view this Joy holiday card created using the Right at Home Freshly Picked and Brushstroke Alphabet stamp sets. Includes watercolor-inspired stamping using Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. Card design inspired by  Wonder Forest.  All details on www.rightathomeshop.com/blog.

For my images, I used three of the leaf stamps from my Freshly Picked stamp set as well as the cluster of three berries. To create the watercolored look, I inked up the leaves using Distress Oxide inks, lightly spritzed the block with water 2-3 times and stamped the image onto my paper. Depending on how many spritzes of water you add, the more crisp or abstract your image will look.

Click to view this Joy holiday card created using the Right at Home Freshly Picked and Brushstroke Alphabet stamp sets. Includes watercolor-inspired stamping using Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. Card design inspired by  Wonder Forest.  All details on www.rightathomeshop.com/blog.

To add some color variation to the leaves, I inked up the top-half in one color and the bottom-half in another. I used Evergreen Bough, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I stamped dozens of leaves all around the edge of my panel until I had the fullness I wanted. Next came the berries! I stamped those in Fired Brick and used the same spritzing technique. I dried the panel with a heat gun and ran it through my die-cutting machine with the stitched rectangle.

Click to view this Joy holiday card created using the Right at Home Freshly Picked and Brushstroke Alphabet stamp sets. Includes watercolor-inspired stamping using Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. Card design inspired by  Wonder Forest.  All details on www.rightathomeshop.com/blog.

For my sentiment, I spelled out “Joy” using both the uppercase and lowercase versions of Brushtroke Alphabet. I added the sub-sentiment of “to you & yours” from Fa La La below the main greeting. I adhered the panel to a kraft cardbase and my card was finished!

Watch me faux watercolor with stamping in my process video below…

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I’ll admit, it did pain me to not add any sort of embellishment to this card like sequins, Nuvo Drops, etc. I always love the simplicity of her cards so I tried to emulate that as much as possible.

If you’ve never watched her videos, make sure to head over to her channel here.

Let me know what you think of this inspired card in the comments below!

Joy to you, friend!

Nicole

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DIY Halloween Gift Card Tags by Nicole

Happy Halloween!

Today I'm sharing a post that was originally published on the eighteen25 blog as part of their Spooktacular September. For my project I created these adorable DIY Halloween Gift Card Tags. They’re perfect for wrapping around a little pack of candy and tucking a gift card inside to your trick-or-treater’s favorite store.

Now, let me show you how I made them!

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You’ll start by cutting your tag from some black cardstock. I used my Folded Gift Tag Die Set from my shop. I also cut an enforcer from white cardstock and a panel for the front from some Strathmore Smooth Bristol Cardstock. I’ll ink up the white panel with some Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink so you’ll want to make sure to use the Bristol cardstock and it is perfect for blending.

DIY Halloween Gift Card Tags by Nicole // rightathomeshop.com/blog
DIY Halloween Gift Card Tags by Nicole // rightathomeshop.com/blog

Once I inked it, I flicked on some water droplets and dabbed them away. The water reacts with the Distress Oxide ink and creates an awesome texture. Along the bottom I used my Brushstroke Alphabet Lowercase set to spell out “boo!”. I heat-embossed it onto the panel with white embossing powder. You can mix up the sayings if you’d like or even spell out the recipient’s name. Totally customizeable.

DIY Halloween Gift Card Tags by Nicole // rightathomeshop.com/blog

Next I moved on to creating my spider. I used a 1¼ inch punch to cut circles for my spider’s body. I used an even smaller punch to create a mouth out of white cardstock. I glued on a few googly eyes and cut some legs from black cardstock. I glued all the pieces together and my spooky spider was finished!

DIY Halloween Gift Card Tags by Nicole // rightathomeshop.com/blog

The last step is to glue all your finished pieces together. I used a strip of black twine to make the spider look as though he is hanging. I wrapped the tag around a package of candy and slipped a gift card inside the slot. Super cute and simple for your sweet little pumpkins!

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I love the versatility of the Folded Gift Tag Die Set. With a little creativity you can use it for every occasion. Next up? Holiday gift tags! Too soon? 

Have a fang-tastic night!

Nicole

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Rise Up and Pray Bible Journaling Entry by Lindsey

Hello everyone, it’s Lindsey and I’m so honored to be over here as a guest on the Right at Home blog! As soon as I received my stamp sets from Nicole, I knew exactly how I wanted to use them for a Bible Journaling entry. You can find my process video for this entry over on my YouTube channel.

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I wish I had beautiful hand lettering skills and even though I’m working on it, I still prefer to just stamp out the words I’m using for an entry. The Brushstroke Alphabet stamp set makes this so simple to do while giving you that awesome brushed lettering look!

3.jpgRise Up and Pray Bible Journaling Entry by Lindsey // rightathomeshop.com/blog

I’m focusing on the verse Luke 22:46 which says, “and he said to them, ‘Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into tempation.’” I chose to stamp out the phrase, “rise up and pray”, using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and writing in “and” using a Tombow Fude Calligraphy Pen.

3.jpgRise Up and Pray Bible Journaling Entry by Lindsey // rightathomeshop.com/blog

I don’t have many different colored inks to stamp with so I’m always trying to find ways to improvise when stamping in my Bible. I chose to use Inktense Pencils to stamp the florals from the Abstract Florals stamp set. I know, this sounds crazy but it was really simple to do and gave me the look of watercolor that I was going for!

I just dipped the end of the Inktense Pencil into some water until the pigment was activated and then scribbled this onto the surface of the stamp. Once I stamped down the image, I would let it sit for just a few seconds so that the water and pigment could soak into the page a bit before lifting up the stamp.

I then went back in with some of the line details in the Abstract Floral set and stamped them using Versafine Onyx Black Ink to add some ink detail to the florals.

3.jpgRise Up and Pray Bible Journaling Entry by Lindsey // rightathomeshop.com/blog

This page was super simple to create and I love that it has a hand painted feel without all of the skill!

Be sure to take a look at the process video to see how this page came together.

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You can find these stamps as well as many others over in the Right at Home shop!

Until next time!

Lindsey

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