Big Sky Stampin' Papercrafting

I have been a crafter most of my life, starting in about 8th grade when I tried to embroider some frogs on a quilt, that I never finished! Although the list of what "I never finished" is long, and includes cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, quilting and more, my latest obsession is paper! I joined Stampin'Up! as an independent demonstrator in October 2011 and have been going like crazy ever since! I offer classes in my home, do catered card parties at your home and sell my cards locally in Bozeman, Montana and around the lovely Gallatin Valley. I would love to meet and talk to you if you are interested in the papercrafting hobby or just need some unique handmade cards for a special occasion!

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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