Friday, December 24, 2010

December Club Projects

For this month's projects we focused entirely on different techniques using the Watercolor Wonder Crayons!

First, we made an ornament/gift card holder with the Holiday Line-up stamp set.  Everyone got to choose which image they wanted to use, then we used the WWCs to color the image.  For this technique, we colored onto a hard plastic surface with the WWC and then used an Aqua painter to pick up the color and transfer it onto the image.  

This fabulous gift card holder idea was passed on to me from my upline, Alecia Connelly!

Our second project was a desktop calendar.  You can find a tutorial for this nifty idea here!  We used the Friends Never Fade stamp set and a color combination of Regal Rose, Rose Red, Always Artichoke and Early Espresso.

We used two different WWC techniques on this project.  For the background image, we used the crayons to color directly onto the stamp and then we misted the stamp with some water before stamping onto the watercolor paper.  

For the sentiment, we first stamped the image in Early Espresso craft ink and then applied embossing powder and heat set it.  Then we used the crayons to directly color onto the paper. Lastly, we blended the color using an aqua painter.

I got the calendars we used in our project here, and they can also be purchased in other sizes and varieties here.

For demonstrations of all the different watercolor techniques we used, watch this great video from Stampin' Up!

Lastly, I wish each and every one of you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

"Merry Christmas" Blocks

Here's a fun little project I put together in a snap!  I used some pre-cut wooden blocks from my local craft store and died them with a solution of classic re-inker and alcohol.  The blocks sucked the ink solution right up, held the color beautifully and dried in a snap!  I used Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Soft Suede as my color scheme.

I stamped my letters (Broadsheet Alphabet) in Versamark and embossed them in gold stampin emboss powder.  This is such a beautiful font for vintage Christmas items!

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

November Club Projects

Wow!  Sure has been a while since I've posted!  I am bit behind, and for that I'm sorry!  The holidays are just such a very busy time for me!  Needless to say, I have a whole lot to post, and then I'll probably be MIA again until after the holidays!

So here we are... club projects from last month! :o)  (Like I said... I'm Sorry!!!!) lol

First, we made this fun oragami box - perfect for holding a special gift for a special someone!  My inspiration and the full instructions can be found here!

For our version in club, we used Very Vanilla 12 x 12 card stock (textured) for the box and then covered it using the Jolly Holiday DSP.  The stamp sets used were Winter Post and Perfect Punches.

Our second project was a twirling card I designed, where the little snowman twirls around when you open it! (Stay tuned for a tutorial!) We used many great techniques to finish it off!

We embossed the front of the card with the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and then used a Versamarker to ink the top of the snowflakes and heat emboss them with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.

We used the Cute Christmas stamp set and colored our snowman image using Aqua Painters and classic ink. Our color palette was Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze and Whisper White.  After we colored our snowman, we also used the Versamarker and Iridescent Ice embossing powder to give him some sparkle!

The inside of the card was decorated with some snowflakes from the Northern Hearts Level 1 hostess set in the holiday mini (Did you know these snowflakes perfectly match the ones in the embossing folder?) ;o)  We also stamped "Have a Cute Christmas" underneath our snowman on the left side.

My favorite aspect of the card was the ribbon dying!  We died a piece of Very Vanilla Seam Binding with Blushing Bride ink!  I have a video tutorial I am putting together for this technique, so stay tuned! :o)

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