Independent Stampin'Up! Demonstrator!

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I've been a demonstrator with Stampin'Up! since 2011. I'm located in Bozeman, Montana, but have customers all over the country. I have a very fun and active downline called "Big Sky Stampers" and we get together in person and online to share what we love. My blog posts feature what I'm up to recently and I try to share new product information, tips and tricks and creative inspiration. You can shop from this site or find out more information about our products and becoming a demonstrator! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thank You Card - #4 Watercolor Pencil techniques-UPDATED WITH SUPPLY LIST!

Hey stampers!
I woke up this morning from a weird dream where I met a veterinarian that had a jewelry making hobby on the side and she read my blog... oh, and I had a really tiny dog that I was taking to that vet. Ah, the things we dream... so probably none of that was based in reality other than I made a call to our vet's office yesterday for my dog Cody.

Anyway, the cobwebs of the night have cleared and I'm ready to make sense in my head and out loud. When I first decided to do a series with watercolor pencil techniques, I came up with 4 on my own and then used YouTube for some other ideas.  One idea I really liked was from Colleen Rein. I switched out the stamp that was used, but the technique is the same.  Here's my card:

There are several ideas here. One is to create an "ombre" effect by coloring part of the circles darker than the others. There is also a bold design featuring the Sale-A-Bration Thank You stamp set. By the way, other than birthday cards, I think thank you's are the second most popular!

Here are the details for the watercolor technique. I first took a scrap piece of card stock (doesn't matter what color because it isn't used for the card) and then using my Layering Circle Framelits, I ran the card stock through the Big Shot with 3 different circle sizes on it. It also doesn't matter where you put them on the card stock because you move the mask around to color. Once I had my mask, I cut a piece of Shimmer White card stock for my background piece. I placed the mask randomly in 3 different places on the Shimmer White CS and colored with 3 different colors, going darker and heavier to lighter for the ombre effect. I went back over it a couple of times to try to get the dark to light effect. I then took a Wink of Stella pen (while the mask is still in place) and blended the color from the pencil. Because the Wink of Stella pen is liquid, it blended the pencil color and had the added bonus of adding some sparkle!  I then moved the mask, chose another size circle, colored and blended with Wink of Stella, and so on. You could repeat this process as much as you wanted, use any shapes or mask ideas.   The Wink of Stella sparkle on the Shimmer White paper is really pretty and isn't easily captured in a picture.  Once I was done with the background, I stamped my sentiment with Archival Black ink, mounted it on Designer Series Paper and card stock. I loved making this! I've listed the supplies I used below so you can try it yourself!

Hope your week is going well.... Coloring is a great past time when you are looking out at a world of white winter wonderland!

Happy Stampin'!

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