DeNami Design Spring Time Thank You Card!

Spring is coming! I can’t wait for the flowers to start blooming but since I have to wait I decided that I would great my own little piece of spring with a watercolor flower box window card. This was my first time working with watercolors and masking at the same time so there was a steep learning curve! If you saw my sneak peek on Instagram with a lot of fussy cut flowers, this is the card that I created with all those little flowers!

To create this card I stamped the flowers on masking paper and fussy cut them out. I placed all of the flowers on some Tim Holtz watercolor paper where I wanted them and then stamped the window with Archival Black ink. Next, I carefully removed and stamped all of the flowers in the same ink. I was careful to start with the top layer of masks and work my way down. To color the flowers I used a set of watercolors that I purchased from Michaels. After that I watercolored each of the flowers making sure to not to color flowers that were next to each other so that the colors wouldn’t bleed together. I did this with each of the images until everything was colored in. Also, I let each image dry before completely before I would color an image that was next to it. This is what took a while. I could have used a heat tool to dry everything but I chose to let everything air dry. After the coloring was complete, I used a stitched rectangle die to trim down the piece and adhered it to my card front. On the inside of the card I stamped the Thanks a Bunch sentiment in black ink. I hope that you enjoyed my project!

Below is a list of the supplies that I used along with links where you can purchase them. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Watercolor Birthday Card Featuring Newton’s Nook Designs Stamps

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Todays card is one that I have been wanting to make since I got this stamp set from Newton’s Nook Designs. I love cats, so I am always looking for cute cat stamps and Newton’s Nook is one of my favorite. They have so many cute sets featuring Newton the cat. I plan on buying many more stamp sets from them in the future. As always the list of materials is below with links. Let’s get started!

I started off by stamping the 2 images onto the smooth side of white watercolor paper. I recommend using Archival Ink from Ranger because this ink is waterproof and will not bleed while you are watercoloring your images. The watercolor paper that I used is from Michaels that came in a pad and then I cut it down. After I stamped my images, I adhered my panel to an Epicurean cutting board using low tack painters tape. The reason I do this is that it will help reduce the warping of the watercolor paper as we paint on it.

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Next I watercolored the image using Distress Ink from Tim Holtz. I chose to color my cat in orange because both of my cats are orange. I have a small collection of colors but now that they have released the mini ink pads I am working on increasing my collection. To use the Distress Ink, I smooched them onto my craft sheet. If you don’t have a craft sheet you can also use an acrylic block or a piece of acetate. Also, I used a water brush that holds water but if you don’t have one you can use a paint brush that will do detail work and a small container of water. I do recommend keeping a paper towel next to you to wipe off you brush when you switch between colors so that you won’t mix color together. You can let panel air dry in between colors or to speed up the process you can use a heat gun to dry the ink. I like to work quickly so I used my heat gun. This is also another reason to tape the watercolor paper to the cutting board. Below is a picture of everything colored in and the colors that I used.

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Next remove the panel from the cutting board carefully. If you tear off a little of that paper off the sides it will be fine because next we are going to die cut the panel to the desired size. I used a set of rectangular stitch border dies from Simon Says Stamps and my Big Shot. After I cut the panel to the size I wanted I also cut a thick white border using the same set of dies. The card stock was 110lb card stock from Michaels. I used the same die for the inside of the frame that I used to die cut the panel so that the panel will sit inside the frame. For the outside edge of the frame I used the largest die. The picture below shows the pieces cut out.

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Now to finish the card! First I stamped my sentiment on the bottom of the white frame. Then I stamped my sentiment and the feathers on the inside of the card base. I used black Memento ink for both of the sentiments and the feathers. The card base for this card is a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ yellow card stock from Michaels that I cut in half the long way and made the card a top folding card. After stamping, I adhered the white frame to the front of the card and then watercolor panel inside the white frame using my ATG gun.

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Your card is complete and ready to give a cat lover or anyone else! As always the list of supplies is listed below with links.