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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Thank You Embossed Resist Watercolor Card // National Craft Month with Right at Home + Friends

Happy Monday, crafty friend!

Today I am beaming with excitement because today marks day #1 of the National Craft Month Celebration with Right at Home + Friends! Every year I try to do something fun to celebrate our favorite hobby and this year is no different. Each day this week you can come back here for a new post (& video!) featuring a fun challenge, special guests, prizes and even an exclusive coupon code or two. Stay tuned to the end of this post for info on how to participate.

I'm kicking off the week solo because my special guest, Ruby, had her new bundle of cuteness and wasn't able to join me. No fear, she will be with us later this week! Congrats Ruby! 

Let's get started...

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The first challenge for the week is to be inspired by the word "layers", which can be interpreted in so many ways. I decided to take a watercolor-y, texture-y angle for my card project. 

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I started with some watercolor paper cut to an A2 size and added layers of different colors. I used Ranger Distress Oxide Inks as my medium which creates a beautiful, creamy watercolor look. I used Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey as my color palette. After I colored on my first layer of color I dried the paper with a heat tool and added another layer for even more vibrancy. 

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My next layer was achieved using some of the floral stamps from my Bunny Hugs set and white embossing powder. I heat-embossed several of the images towards the center to act as a backdrop for some die-cutting later on. I used the "thank you" die from my Script Greetings Die Set to cut into the center of the piece, making sure to keep all the little cut-out bits to use for my inlay. 

Thank You Embossed Resist Watercolor Card // National Craft Month with Right at Home + Friends - rightathomeshop.com/blog

In the negative space of the die-cut "thank you" I added a few layers of white cardstock also cut with the die upon which I adhered the "thank you" die-cut with the watercoloring and embossing on it. That sounds really confusing, but don't worry, there's a video. At this point I decided to trim down the watercolor piece around the "thank you" to add some texture. I adhered the piece onto another A2 panel and added some additional watercolored strips underneath to add even more color. I used Cracked Pistachio for these. 

Thank You Embossed Resist Watercolor Card // National Craft Month with Right at Home + Friends - rightathomeshop.com/blog

As a finishing touch I ran the panel through my sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch as a final layer. I love keeping the little strands hanging from the side of the card but you can trim those if you'd like to. 

If you're more of a visual learner, you can watch my process video below...

Now, for 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 $20 gift certificate to the Right at Home shop! 

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 #1 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!)
  • Winners 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!

Oh! I almost forgot. 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 think that's everything! I'm excited to get this week rolling and see what everyone creates. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly and we have one big crafty party!

Here's to National Craft Month, friend!

Nicole

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Stretch Those Stamps: Two Projects Using Fall Leaves + Script Greetings by Michelle M.

Hello crafty friends, I am back to share some more fall inspiration! I have two projects to share with you today using the Fall Leaves and Script Greetings stamp sets and the Grid Background Stamp.

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Stretch Those Stamps: Two Projects Using Fall Leaves + Script Greetings by Michelle M. // rightathomeshop.com/blog

I decided to break out my alcohol markers for this one. I heat embossed the leaves with copper powder onto vellum and cut. I then colored the backside of the leaves using a circular motion for a smooth finish.

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For the base, using my MISTI with the Grid Background Stamp, I again embossed with copper powder the bottom portion of the cream-colored card panel.  I love the wonky lines in this stamp, I think it gives the card added character. For the sentiment I used the Script Greetings set and embossed to coordinate with the rest of the card. After I figured out my arrangement I adhered everything down with a combination of double sided tape and foam tying the end of the leaf stems with gold thread.

My final touch was a few yellow Nuvo drops.  I wanted some contrast to this otherwise light-colored card so I used a smokey shadow card base.

Stretch Those Stamps: Fall Event Table Number Frame

For my second design I wanted to do something other than a card. I am always looking for ways to stretch my stamps and dies as I’m sure you are, and this project fits the bill.

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Fall events and even holiday prep work is starting now; fall weddings, dinners, parties and the like. So I decided to create a table number frame embellishment as part of a centerpiece and thought to use leaves to dress this up. Enter the Fall Leaves stamp set. Besides collecting stamps, I have a ‘thing’ for ribbon (think Christmas tree décor) so I pulled out a few rolls of various colors and textures.

I stamped the leaves directly onto the ribbon and cut them out (if the ribbon isn’t too flimsy you can use the coordinating die set). No coloring necessary on these leaves as the fabric did all the work!

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I adhered everything together with hot glue and then attached the small cluster of leaves to the frame with another drop of glue. Note: if you use a metal or glass frame or base, the hot glue can be easily removed after your event or holiday.

I then die cut from gold card the word “celebrate” using the Script Greetings Die Set and attached it to the center. Isn’t it precious? I could see using this technique to decorate a small wreath, napkin holders, place cards, etc.

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Well that’s all for me, thank you for taking a moment to stop by. I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to pretty all the things! And thanks to Nicole for this awesome opportunity to play cards with Right at Home stamps!

If you haven’t checked out the Right at Home shop for supplies and additional pages of inspiration you can do so HERE.

xoxo,

Michelle M. 

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