The Freshwater Studio Shop is OPEN!

I finally opened an Etsy store! It’s called Freshwater Studio Shop and it’s the place where you can find some cards from this site up for sale – as singles or in boxed sets. I’m still figuring out some things but I’m getting the store stocked up little by little. I even have some ideas about other types of things I’d like to sell in the shop (think, party supplies). Today, I added this thank you card set:

Thank you cards - merci beaucoup

You can visit Freshwater Studio Shop by heading to etsy.com/shop/freshwaterstudioshop or by visiting the Shop page from this blog’s home page. Below is a snapshot of some current listings.

storefront

I’ve also started an instagram account for the Shop. Since my personal instagram account has a lot of other stuff on it (like cats, plants and the occasional selfie), the @freshwaterstudio instagram account with feature only card projects and products available in the shop. So, I hope you’ll join me there if you’d like to see more. I’ll still post lots of cardmaking stuff on my personal account, so I’ll do my best not to cross-post, I swear! (And tell me who you are on instagram so I can follow you, too!)

Thank you cards - merci beaucoup

If you do check out the shop, let me know your thoughts. I’m just getting started, so I’d really love to hear your feedback about the shop overall.

And lastly – thank you to all of my kind readers and followers. So many of you have encouraged me to start this little shop and I’m really excited to be open for business. I have lots of ideas percolating, so here goes nothin’!

kimberly

Father’s Day Card

Father's Day card

It’s almost Father’s Day, which means the weekend is approaching! This Father’s day card includes some watercolor and my favorite Journaling Alpha dies, which are great for creating sentiments when you have zero fathers day-specific stamps or dies…

Father's Day card

I did several watercolor washes on a panel in various shades of blue and green. I also added some blue spatters with the watercolor and white spatters with some white acrylic paint. While that dried, I cut out the letters to spell father from some white cardstock and fun foam, and layered the cardstock on top of the foam with some multi matte adhesive, and set those aside. When the panel was dry, I figured out where I wanted the words happy and day to go. This part of the sentiment comes from the Bold Blooms stamp set, I just cut the stamp apart to separate the words. Yep. Cut it apart. Photo polymer stamps are easy to cut apart and they will fit back together nicely once mounted onto an acrylic block if you want to stamp the whole thing again, so it’s really no big deal if you want to do some stamp surgery!

Father's Day card

Anyway, I stamped happy and day on my panel in black ink, and then mounted my die cut letters. I felt the panel still needed something, so I distressed the edges a bit and then mounted it ontoΒ  piece of vellum that I tore the edges from to make the whole thing look even more distressed. Unfortunately, the photos don’t pick up that detail. I mounted everything onto an A2-sized card base and called it finished!

Do any of you have special plans for Father’s Day?

kimberly

Happy 21st Birthday!

I’m really excited to share this card with you today, because I’m so happy with how it turned out! First, I should give credit where credit is due, and tell you that this card is almost a carbon copy of this one, which I stumbled upon after doing some google searching for a good 21st birthday card idea.

21st birthday cardThis card uses one of my favorite techniques, die cut masking (see here, here, and here!), and was made for my cousin’s 21st birthday (for which I got to tag along for the evening’s events!).

21st birthday card

You can read the “how to” on the post for the inspiration card, but I’ll tell you what I did here, too. Firstly, I cut a bunch of numbers using the Number It die from Mama Elephant and some inkadinkadoo masking paper. I arranged them onto my card panel in a way that I liked, and stuck them down accordingly. I then used distress inks and an ink blending tool to blend ink onto the panel and around the masks. The distress ink colors I used were: Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral and Seedless Preserves. Then, I removed the masks and lightly blended some more ink over the masked areas to soften up the design. Lastly, I added a few droplets of water onto the panel to activate the distress ink and then lifted the water away with a paper towel. You can’t really tell in the photos, but it gave the panel a bit more interest and texture –Β  I didn’t want to go crazy with it, though!

21st birthday card

For the sentiment, I stamped happy birthday (with enough room to fit my numbers in between) onto the panel using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. Then, I cut more numbers using the Number It dies, stacked them on top of each other and glued them to the panel between Happy and Birthday.

21st birthday card

I added a few clear droplets as a finishing touch and she was finished!

I think I might make one of these in every color!

Kim and Kam
Happy 21st Birthday…Kam! :)

(Did I mention we could be twins?)

kimberly

*p.s. this post contains some affiliate links. I may receive a small commission if you purchase something from one of my links, but otherwise there is no additional cost to you.

Thinking of You // Blue Flowers and Black Dots

Thinking of you

Last week I took a few days off of work and stayed at my parents house to hang out with my grandmother while my parents went on a cruise to Bermuda (I’m still jealous!). During that time, I tried to do a lot of relaxing and figured I’d just take a week off from card making and blogging and I’d be right back at it the following week. The universe had other plans though, and last Friday I came down with some kind of fantastic cold that is still kicking my butt a week later! I muscled through a few days of work this week, but threw in the towel today and stayed home to drink up the last of my DayQuil and binge watch The Americans.

A sick day means I can write a short post about this card – silver linings.

This is a pretty simple one, using the Thinking of You sentiment from the SSS Sending Happy Thoughts set, stamped in VersaMark Onyx Black ink. On separate cardstock, I stamped some Painted Flowers, using Moon Rocks for the outline and Sea Glass and Ocean Waves inks for the interior layers of the flowers. I stamped an inner layer of each leave with some fog ink. I then cut the images out and arranged them on my A2-sized panel. For a finishing touch, I added a whole bunch of black dots using a black Pico Embellisher.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

kimberly

Antique Rose & Watercolor Sympathy Card

Is it Friday yet?
Watercolor sympathy card
I’m popping in today to share a sympathy card that is inspired by this one that I shared not too long ago. I simply stamped and heat-embossed an Antique Rose with white embossing powder then painted a wash all over (deepening the color in some places) on some Canson watercolor paper (affiliate link). After painting on several layers of a blue and green wash, I added some paint splatters with watered down white acrylic paint. The splatters don’t show up too well here, but it created a nice soft effect.

Watercolor sympathy card

The sentiment was created by stacking several with sympathy die cuts on top of each other. I used multi medium matte for all of this, and used the same glue to adhere the finished sentiment to the right side of the panel.

Happy almost Friday!

kimberly

Pretty Floral Patterns // Mother’s Day Card Post #3

This is the final post for my little Mother’s Day “series.”

Mother's Day card

These last few cards were made using a floral stamp from Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set. For this first card, I just stamped out a simple pattern on some watercolor paper. I then went with a pink, blue and green pastel color pallet and painted the design very loosely. I think the color scheme and the floral image gives the card a very vintage feel over all.

Mother's Day card

I then decided to keep the rest of the card very simple by just adding “Mom” to the lower right hand corner. I did this using those good old Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas and some multi medium matte glue.

Mother's Day card

I followed the same general design guidelines for the next card, except I masked off some space at the bottom, and decided to use my Copics to color this one in. I tried to stick to a similar color scheme, too. I used the Journaling Alphas again for part of the sentiment, and then stamped “you make my world brighter” from my Hello Sunshine stamp set as well.

Mother's Day card

These two card’s aren’t exactly a matched set because of the differences in coloring mediums, but I like the vintage-y feel that both of the cards have.

Two Mother's Day cards

And lastly, here’s a bonus card! Again, I used the same image from the Beautiful Day stamp set, but stamped it using Pale Blush Pink ink. I masked off the lower portion of the card so that I’d have some white space at the bottom, and also embossed that line of demarcation using some gold embossing powder.

Mother's Day card

For the sentiment, I cut a medium-sized circle (using this die) and then stamped a sentiment from Wplus9’s Strictly Sentiments 4 set. I then embossed the edges of the circle with gold embossing powder, to tie everything together. I adhered the circle to the lower right of the card using some foam tape.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend – and a great Mother’s Day!

kimberly

You Make My World Brighter // Mother’s Day Card Post #2

Here we are for the second Mother’s Day card post of the week! Today, I’m sharing a card that is basically a re-make of a thank you card I made not too long ago.
Mother's Day card

To read more about the technique for this kind of card, check out that post. Suffice it to say here, though, that I just stamped out a pattern using Intense Black Ink using several images from the Hello Sunshine stamp set. I then mixed up some red and white watercolor paints to make a pink-ish tone, that I painted all over the watercolor paper panel, in several layers. I ended up re-outlining each image with a black multiliner pen after the panel was dry.
Mother's Day card

For the sentiment, I cut some M’s and O’s using Neat & Tangled’s Journaling Alphas. I’m so in love with those! I then used a sentiment from the Hello Sunshine set again, which I just stamped in black onto a strip of white paper. First, I tucked a piece of vellum behind my white sentiment strip, and then attached that to my card with a tiny staple. I then stacked up several M’s and O’s for dimension, and adhered “MOM” with some Multi Medium Matte glue.

Mother's Day card

Some baby pink sequins as a final touch, and this card was finished! I think if I were to re-create this card, I might stamp the flowers in a lighter color – maybe a brown or a darker pink shade – to add a bit more softness to the card. What do you think?

kimberly