A Watercolor Card for the Heat it Up Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Heat it Up Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of heat embossing techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 85046186_10157103154262934_7513137689042878464_o If you have come here from Michelle Johns’ Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

This week, I decided to pull out the watercolor pencils, white embossing powder, and floral stamps to create a very simple heat-embossed card.  It’s been a while since I have painted an image, and, to be honest, I forgot how much I enjoyed it.

Since this is a “Technique” blog hop”, I will be showing you a few tips to create your own Watercolor Roses card and provide you with a simple video showing you how to use embossing powders.  


I began creating my card by stamping a piece of watercolor paper with White Pigment ink using images from the Love These People stamp set.  These images were randomly stamped along the left side of the paper.  I chose White Pigment instead of VersaMark so that I could see the images after I had stamped them. 

Once the images had been stamped, I sprinkled on White Embossing Powder and used a heat tool to set the powder.  I did notice that a few of my leaf images didn’t touch the other images like I wanted them to. Instead of trying to re-stamp the leaves, I used an Embossing Ink Pen and drew an extension of the stems. 

As I shaded the images, I used the raised embossing powder as a sort of “dam” for my colors. On this card, I shaded the images with Watercolor Pencils using the “pencil palette method”, but you could use watercolor paints instead.  

After the paint was dry, I splattered the image with Gold Shimmer, added some Liquid Glass Dots, then framed it in a Kraft Stitched Rectangle.  The only embellishments are a simple burlap strand bow and some gold gems. 

If you would like to learn more Embossing Powder Techniques,  you will enjoy this Fab Friday Find tutorial I created last year for my VIP Group. 


I hope that you were inspired by today’s project and that you learn something new about Heat Embossing.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Tamara Sandwisch’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using our heat embossing products.  

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Color Your World Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Color Your World Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of ways to COLOR what you love as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 79834512_10156957929042934_4413576352637124608_oIf you have come here from Valerie Kapsha’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

I never saw myself as a person who would enjoy “coloring”, but it is something I have become fond of especially when using our TriBlend Markers and Watercolors. For this month’s Technique Blog Hop, I chose to feature these two wonderful items on my Shaded Seashell card that I created for my husband.

I knew that I wanted to keep this card simple and easy to re-create, so I began designing a blue background on a piece of watercolor paper.  I swished paint onto the paper using a Flat Waterbrush, quickly dried it with my heat tool, then stamped some random “sand” along the base with Almond Ink.  I used that same “sand” image to create white sea foam.

After stamping the sentiment with Intense Black Ink, I adhered the watercolor paper to a card base, then framed it with a Stitched Glacier Rectangle. Now the fun can begin! After stamping the seashell images with Intense Black, I pulled out a my TriBlend Markers and a few Shimmer Brushes. I was delighted by the fact that each marker had ALL THREE shades I needed to create shadows and dimension – no extra thought needed

Once the sea shell images were shaded, I used a Wisteria Shimmer Brush to add a little color, applied a touch of Gold Shimmer to the Sand Dollar, and drew a few little highlights with a White Gel Pen.  The shells were attached to the card with Foam Tape and a few Rose Gold Sequins added. How simple is that? 

Those TriBlends are some of my favorites to shade images with.  Each one comes with all three colors needed to shade and highlight your design.  Members of my VIP Group were able to watch a video showing how these NEW Markers work as they watched me use them to shade my Warm Wishes Card. To me, these are one of the better alcohol markers for crafters, like you and me, who wish create beautifully shaded images without breaking the bank.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Maz Wood’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for Coloring Your World.

Some of the links in this blog are affiliate links and help to support my small business. Simply click on the links and a small portion of the sales come back to me at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Here is a list of some of the items I used on my project

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A COLOR MY HEART COLOR DARE CHALLENGE

Gold is not a color on my wheel – I don’t even  wear gold jewelry – but today, I decided to explore the possibilities for the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.  This week, we are inviting you to join us for a Silver or Gold Challenge AND I have a free gift for those of you who join this challenge.  You are to choose Gold or Silver with two accent colors. Are you ready? (Don’t forget to read all the way through to learn about your free gift.)

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Like I said, Gold is not something I use very often. Maybe the occasional Christmas card or anniversary gift, but not on my everyday color grid. I am more of a brassy, pewter girl. Today, I decided that it was high-time I explored some of our Gold products and this is what I came up with – a Simple Sand Dollar card.

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Honestly, it turned out so much better than I had hoped. For my accent colors, I chose to use Almond and Peacock to reflect the Sea and Sand.♥  The Sand Dollar image was stamped using VersaMark™ Ink, then heat embossed with our Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. (I have become fond of the texture that the Tinsel Embossing Powder brings to a project.) 

After stamping the image, I used a Waterbrush with Almond Ink to shade the Sand Dollar. As I explored my Gold options, I realized that I could add a little Gold Shimmer to the center of the Sand Dollar.  Shimmer Brushes are one of my “must-have” tools.

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Once the stamped image was complete, I cut out a Stencil and some Seaweed-like images from our Cricut Collections using my Air 2 machine™.  I used the Stencil to add some Texture Paste to my inked background, then layered the random plants, which were cut from Vellum and Gold Foil paper, onto the card.

FREEBIE ALERT:
The Design Space File™  I created includes the stencil and leaf images. It is free to anyone who links their project to this challenge & comments below with a link to their creation. 

A few final touches of White & Gold Twine, Gold Glitter Gems, and some splashes of Gold Shimmer and it was ready to be layered onto the card base. I even took the time to finish off the inside of the card using the You Are My Sunshine stamp set. (The purchase of this stamp set helps to provide a SMILE through Operation Smile.)

I adore the textures, contrast of color, and the overall simplicity of this card.  I hope that it inspires you to join the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge this month.  All you have to do is upload your creation to our Facebook Page and we will link it to the blog. How easy is that?? AND you get a FREE Design Space™ file from me just for participating. (Don’t forget to comment below with a link to your creation.)

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Beach Treasures
Beach Treasures Stamp Set

Almond Cardstock
12 x 12 Almond Cardstock

Gold Foil Paper
12 x 12 Gold Foil Paper

Vellum Paper
12 x 12 Vellum

You Are My Sunshine
You Are My Sunshine Stamp Set

VersaMark™ Ink Pad
VersaMark Ink Pad

Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder

All-Purpose MatAll Purpose Mat

Anti-static PouchAnti-Static Pouch

Heat Tool
Heat Tool

Waterbrush—Small Round
Small Round Waterbrush

Almond Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Almond Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

White Daisy Cardstock
12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Peacock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Gold Shimmer Brush
Gold Shimmer Brush

Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection
Flower Market Collection

Palette Knives
Palette Knives

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Air Two™ Machine

Opaque Matte Texture Paste
Opaque Texture Paste

Stencil Sheets
Stencil Sheets

White & Gold Twine
White & Gold Twine

Gold Glitter Gems
Gold Glitter Gems

Mini Ink Blending Tool-1 Round (Mini Ink Blending Tool With Replacement Foams)
Mini-Ink Blending Tool

White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
White Card & Envelope Value Pack

3-D Foam Tape
3D Foam Tape

February SOTM Blog Hop – Heartfelt Sentiments

Welcome to the Heartfelt Sentiments Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the February Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set. Blog Badge.jpgIf you have come here from Lauren Moore’s blog, you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas using our beautiful Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

When I first spied this stamp set, it reminded me of an old world tattoo like the ones you often see on faded vintage posters advertising to military personnel. That vision is what inspired my card for this blog hop.

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I backed my sentiment with Gold Foil and Red Glitter paper to add to that vintage feel.  This month’s, Heartfelt Sentiments stamp of the month defiantly has an old-world feel and is full of possibilities.

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Now ‘Hop” on over to Brenda Lapp’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set is only available until February 28th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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