Happy Everything – Watercolor Note Card Set

I love making handmade cards. I always love stamping technique. Also, I like watercoloring the images using watercolor pencils because I can just color them like regular pencil colors, wet it with some water, and done. But I still do not have enough confidence to do more with watercolor paints.

My daughters are my inspirations to step out of my comfort zone about painting. I love seeing them just paint whatever on their papers and pouring out their imaginations on the paper. They just do it. And as always I LOVE their arts!

Watercolor Note Card Set by Helen Gullett | www.helengullett.com

Today I found out that makingn cards with watercoloring with watercolor paint directly on watercolor paper is fun. This is because I am taking classes at Big Picture Classes, one of them is where I learned to make these cards. The class is actually about making gifts for Mother’s Day but I think it is more than just a gift for Moms. They are great gifts for anyone 🙂 What I like with all the classes at BPC is that the teachers will walk you step by step with video and also they are very helpful.

At this class, the teacher showed how to paint the cards and adding some extra on them with stamping and letterpressing technique.

Supplies I used to make these cards are:

  • Happy Everything stamp set (CTMH)
  • Feathers stamp set (CTMH)
  • Finding the Words (CTMH)
  • Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (CTMH)
  • My Acrylix Stamping blocks (CTMH)
  • Heavy weight Watercolor paper (Handmade Modern, Target) or you also can use watercolor cards
  • Pearlescent Watercolor
  • Big and Wide Flat brushes
  • Water.

What I learn this week is that fear won’t get you and me anywhere, but willing to try and taking the first step forward will get us somewhere.

Did you try something new today? Share with me in the comment box, I’d love to know!

Have an amazing weekend!

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This post I link up at Friendship Friday Blog Party  & Social Media Boost Week 186.

Exotic Flower Mini Wall Decor

We are packing now for our 2 months mission trip to Southeast Asia, to a tropical country where we will meet lots of people, working on some projects with the local missionaris and hoping to enjoy the special creations of God. In one of the small towns we will be visiting, they have lots of exotic flowers!

Today, I would love to share with you a project I made on request of my sweet friend 🙂 She asked me to make her a mini wall decor for her home.

First, prepare a piece of watercolor paper. Cut in square 4 x 4 inch. Use a sturdy flat base to keep the paper flat. Use Blue Painter Tape to keep the paper in place when you work.

Then stamp the Exotic Flower Hostess Reward Stamp using VersaMark ink pad, add Ranger White Fine embossing powder, heat set using Craft Heater.

Using Aqua brush, watercolor using Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads: Lagoon, Juniper and Pear.

Fussy cut and use 3D foam tape for each layer.

For the base I cut 1 piece of Black cardstock and 2 pieces of White cardstock for sturdiness. Finish it with a Silver Glitter Gem.

All done 🙂 I would suggest to use the Scotch wall picture that has double sided adhesive to put it on the wall.

I am thinking to make one for me when we come back from the trip 🙂

Thanks for visiting today!

Watercolored Exotic Flower

I have been having fun making with with embossing and watercoloring lately 🙂 They give something more to your handmade card.

This card, I add the watercolor directly to the embossed watercolor paper instead of adding the ink on the craft paper first, then card like I did with this “Batik” background card.

First I add the lightest color starting the outer card, then second color, then third color. My plan was rainbow color, but my card was too small for it 🙂 The size of my card is 3.5″ x 3.5″

Adding the color directly to the card give me more control of how I want to gradient of the color to go, like here I kindda make like circles inward. Hopefully that makes sense. Or if you like you can make look like diagonal, or horizontal, or vertical. Up to you 🙂

Once it dries completely, add the watercolor background paper on a piece of darker cardstock mat. I used a lot of adhesive at the back to make sure it stick good and also help to straighten the watercolor on the card.

On a piece of velum I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment, and then added to the watercolor background. Final step is to add all of them on the card. Again, I covered the whole background of the front panel, just to make sure it stick good 🙂

I love this stamp background! It is very pretty for background stamping from one of the Hostess Reward Stamp sets from Seasonal Expressions Book 2 (April – August 2015). And the sentiment is one of the Thank You set from Seasonal Expressions Book 1 (Dec 2014 – March 2015). Hostess Reward stamp sets are  only can be bought using your Hostess Rewards. How to earn Hostess Reward? Simply host a home gathering party or an online gathering party with me.

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If you are interested in knowing more or want to host a party, please feel free to contact me at any time 🙂

THANKS for visiting today!

Happy Mother’s Day & A Challenge

This week we are celebrating Moms over Stuck On U Sketches challenge blog! Today, I’d love to share with you a project I created for their new Die Cut Challenge this week. The theme is “Mom”, create any projects using diecuts and with the theme.

This time I made a watercolored card with Rose die cuts on it. I cut the Rose Lace Flourish out of White Daisy Cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo. First, I rezied them in 3 sizes and the cut them. After I cut the flowers, I trimmed the leaves off. Then I trace the flowers on a piece of watercolor paper. I started coloring inside the rose circles using Watercolor pencils and blended the colors using aqua brush, then I decided to add some light blue.

I am not patient enough to let the paper dries so I used my Craft Heater to speed it up. Once the paper was dry completely, I added the die cut roses using Tombow mono liquid glue using the fine tip.

The flowers needs something, so I took my Wink of Stella Glitter brush and added some glitter on them. And woalah! Love them! Soft and glittery now 🙂

While waiting for the glitter to completely dry, on a strip of vellum, I stamped the sentiment from Happy To Be Friends stamp set with VersaMark Ink Pad, added some Ranger Princess Gold Embossing powder and heat set it using Craft Heater. Using a adhesive runner I added the vellum paper on the watercolor paper, and then added them on the card base.

My card is pretty simple and I keep it less bulky. I hope you to see you playing with us this week! Link up your project here 🙂

 

Creating Watercolored Background With Dye Ink Pads

Lately I have been having so much fun with watercolor either use watercolor cakes, watercolor pencils, or using dye ink pads.

Today, I would love to share with you a simple steps how to create this watercolor look background using CTMH Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads (dye inks).

It is quite easy to create your own watercolor look background.

  1. Add dye inks on your stamps.
  2. Spray with some water using spray pen from 5-6 inches away from your stamp.
  3. Multiple randomly stamping the flowers and leaves all over your background.
  4. Repeat the first step with different color and shape.

For this flower background, I started with the biggest shape, then fill in the space with smaller ones.

I would recomend you to use watercolor paper, but good thicker cardstocks will work well too. I love CTMH Exclusive cardstocks. They thick and can handle water quite well, also they have so many pretty colors 🙂

I cut a piece banner out of Black cardstock, I stamped and heat embossed the word Thanks from Finding the Words stamp set using VersaMark Stamp PadRanger Super Fine White Embossing powder and Craft Heater.

But before I added the banner on the card, I stamped the second sentiment from the same stamp set with Black Exclusing Inks Stamp Pad.

I finished the first card with some Sequins Gold Assortment.

And this card I link up at:

Do you like watercoloring? If you have tried any watercoloring technique, feel free to share with us in the comment box 🙂

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

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March Card Chain Challenge Reveal

Today I would love to share with you a card I for a card chain challenge where I participate every month. This Card Chain Challenge hosted by Deborah on her blog where you can find all the detail how to participate and enter to win her blog candy. Participants are challenged to create a card using one of two of the 4 options (sketch, color combo, theme and product used) she provided every month. This one fun way to make new friend. I met lots of new crafty friends from all over some countries.

This is the card I made for March CCC. I sent this card to my new friend Lynne in Canada.

For this card I picked the theme, Easter and product, watercolor paper.  That background I created watercolor blue gradient and dried it using the Craft Heater for speedy drying and to make sure it is really dry before I stamp the sentiment. And then stamped the sentiment from His Love stamp set (B1469) using Thistle Exclusive Ink Pad.

The lily flower is from the same stamp set. I stamped it on a separate White Daisy cardstock with Black Exclusive Ink Pad, color it using Watercolor Pencils and fussy cut it using Micro-tip Scissors. I added the flower using 3D foam tape.

For the inside of the card, I stamped the sentiment from His Love stamp set also set using Black Exclusive Ink Pad.  Finally, I finished the card with twine and some Sparkle Clear assortment.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and I hope you like the card 🙂 And hope you wanna join us for April Card Chain Challenge. You still have time to sign up here.

Hello There, You’re Awesome

Handwriting or handlettering is becoming a trend right now. Couple of days ago, I tried out some writing using VersaMarker and heat-embossed it. I love the result and keep making more cards.

Today, I would like to share with one more card I made using that technique. First I created the background using some watercolor paint and them dried it really well using Craft Heater. Then I wrote the sentiment using VersaMarker, added some Silver Embossing Powder and heat set it using Craft Heater.

The additions sentiments are from Operation Smile Stamp – You’re The Bomb. This is available at CTMH Store only until 3/31/2014. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to purchase this set. From every purchase of this stamp set, Close To My Heart will donate $3 to Operation Smile to help this non-profit organization to help millions of children to have smile on their faces and better future.

This stamp set is packed with 18 sweet sentiments and images you can use to make any kind of cards or projects.ctmh-operationsmile-urthebomb

 

I finish the card wish some Washi Tapes, Mini Staplers and Sparkles Clear Assortment. Here are some close detail on the card:

Supplies you can get at CTMH store to this note card:

  • You’re The Bomb Stamp Set (CTMH)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (CTMH)
  • Ink Pads: Flaxen, Slate, Sunset (CTMH)
  • Silver Embossing Powder (CTMH)
  • My Acrylix Blocks: 1×1, 1×3 1/2 (CTMH)
  • Lagoon Heart Washi Tape (CTMH)
  • Mini Stapler (CTMH)
  • Watercolor Paper (Other)
  • Watercolor Paint (Other(
  • Black Cardstock (Other)
  • Sparkler Clear Assortment (Studio G)
  • Adhesive Runner (Tombow)
  • Gelly Roll Black Pen (Sakura)

And every $50 order you put at my CTMH Store you are eligible to get the March SOTM, Choose Happy for only $5 (retail value $17.95 USD). This stamp of the month is only available until 3/31/2014!

Thank You so much for visiting today!