Cards

Watercolor with Distress Inks

So Very Grateful

As you may know, I’m a big fan of distress inks. I love using them to create backgrounds for cards because of how pigmented the colors are and because of how they react with water. Painting a wash and then sprinkling some water over the panel and using a paper towel to lift away color is one of my favorite things to do. And for this card, I did just that using Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey and Festive Berries distress inks.The card ended up looking so sherbet-y!

So Very Grateful

I started by dampening my watercolor paper with some clean water, and then added  a very light wash of my lightest color, Worn Lipstick. I let that dry, and then painted on another layer of color in Wild Honey. Lastly, I came in with a mix of Festive Berries and Abandoned Coral for the final layer. Once everything was mostly dry, I added some water droplets here and there, and some larger puddles of water in other places. In some cases, I let the water dry on its own, in other cases, I lifted the extra water away with a paper towel, taking some of the ink color with me.

Day 24. #thedailymarker30day

I stamped part of the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink from the Concord & 9th Lace Leaf set. I cut the rest of the sentiment from the grateful leaf die set. After I adhered my panel to an A2-sized card base with some double-sided tape, I added a few clear sequins to finish everything off!

Have a wonderful week!

kimberly

Cards

Another Fall Card with Concord & 9th

Concord & 9th Grateful
I’m haring another Autumn-themed card today, although I’m not sure where the season went! It was 31 degrees outside when I woke up this morning!

Concord & 9th GratefulTo start off this card, I loosely painted a watercolor panel with several colors from my gansai tambi watercolor pallet. I wasn’t sure what to do with this panel at first, because I didn’t immediately love how it turned out out, but I stuck with it. Using the leaf die from the Grateful Leaf die set, I cut the leaf shape from the panel and then stamped and heat embossed the Lace Leaf on the cut out using liquid platinum embossing powder and my heat tool. I really love how pretty and delicate the leaf image is.

Concord & 9th GratefulThe sentiment consists of the grateful word die from that same  Grateful Leaf die set and the “for you” (from part of a larger sentiment in the Cozy Christmas stamp set) is stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder on black card stock. I set the leaf cut out back into place on the panel, but made sure to pop it up on some fun foam to give it some separation and dimension. I also layered fun foam behind the grateful sentiment and added some behind the strip of black card stock, too. This card has lots of height, baby! Concord & 9th GratefulThe colors of this card remind me of all the beautiful leaves on the trees outside. I love this time of year! Minus the fact that it was 31 degrees outside this morning…And the fact that it may snow here tomorrow (!). I’m going to do my best to pretend there’s still a lot of Fall left to be had!

kimberly

Cards

Feeling Grateful

I  begrudgingly put on tights this morning.

I have to finally admit to myself that Fall is here, and the cooler temperatures are coming. But, I do love, love, love Autumn in New England. The trees are starting to turn and I’m enjoying the occasional hot chai latte in the morning (no pumpkin spice for me)! As much as I love the fall, it does make me a little sad that summer seemed so fleeting! But, now I can look forward to cooler temps, cozy fires, all my favorite fall colors, all the food I get to eat on Thanksgiving (!!), and fun stamp sets like the one I used to make this card!

Concord & 9th Grateful

The card I’m sharing today was made using the beautiful fall-themed Concord & 9th  Lace Leaf stamp set and the Grateful Leaf die. I also used a SSS grid background stamp and some white embossing powder to create an emboss-resist background on the card. I painted over the embossing with several greenish-blue shades from my Gansai tambi watercolor set.

Concord & 9th GratefulI cut the grateful sentiment from the die set out of both white cardstock and some fun foam, and layered them up to give the word some dimension. The word “feeling” I heat-embossed in white on some black cardstock, and I also stamped and die cut two small leaves in different shades of gray and attached those to the card as well. I finished everything off with some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.

Concord & 9th GratefulEven though I’m sad to be officially transitioning to tights and heavy jackets, Fall is my favorite season. What about you? Are you sad to see summer go? Or, are you looking forward to scarves and hats?

kimberly