A Friendly Dose of Water Coloring

An online chat today centered around water coloring. Water color paper or Whisper White? Blender pens or Aqua Painter? Water color crayons or water color pencils? Ink pads or refills? The discussion got me itchin’ to get to my basement and create a work of water color art.

I headed straight for Morning Cup and just knew I wanted to water color with that set. Instead of the cool tea kettle or single, dainty tea mug, I reached for Take a Sip, the Stampin’ Around Wheel that coordinates with the set. I don’t really use the wheels, so I pealed the rubber off my wheel and mounted it on clear-mount cling foam. I store it in my Morning Cup case so it’s always right in reach, and it mounts perfectly on my clear mount blocks. Here’s my card:

Helpful hints and reminders:

  • Water coloring tips. Stamp on the water color paper with StazOn ink to ensure a permanent image. Tap the moistened Aqua Painter onto the flat end of the crayon to grab the color. I start on one side of each image and drag my color across the image. In this card, I dragged from left to right. This grades the color beautifully. Don’t be afraid to add more color or different colors. The water blends the color beautifully. 20120730-193817.jpg
  • Don’t forget to add texture. The water color paper has a really great texture to it. To add a little texture to the background of this card, I scored two lines on the back of the Baja Breeze card stock using my Simply Scored Scoring Tool. Adds nice dimension to the card.

Stamp sets: Take a Sip, Teeny Tiny Wishes Inks: Early Espresso, Jet Black StazOn Paper: Watercolor Paper, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla Accessories: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Simply Scored Stylus, Word Window Punch, AquaPainter, Water color crayons

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Build an Easel

With yesterday’s post, I shared a simple and elegant easel card. Easel cards have been all the rage for quite some time. They are really quite stunning when completed, and I’m not sure why every Christmas card isn’t REQUIRED to be an easel card – if I am going to put it on my mantle, then it should stand proudly on its own.

As promised yesterday, today I am sharing my step-by-step instructions. You may have seen them done a little differently, but this is how I do them:

1. Cut a piece of card stock in half lengthwise (the new piece will be 4-1/4″ x 11″). Score at 2-1/2″ and 5-1/2″.


2. With the 2-1/2″ scoreline away from you, fold the cardstock toward you at the 5-1/2″ line.


3. Fold away from you at the 2-1/2″ scoreline.
20120729-144636.jpg4. Add adhesive to the piece you just folded back. This is what will adhere to the back of the card base (a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ base) in the next step. Depending on how heavy the card base is (if it’s multi-layered or has heavy pendants), you may have to use Sticky Strip here.

5. Place the card base over the folded piece of card stock, making sure you align it properly so that you are left with a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card. When the easel is complete, there will be about 1″ of card base at the top of the back that isn’t adhered to the flap. That’s good!

As with my card yesterday, make sure to include Stampin’ Dimensionals under the greeting or image on the inside of the card so that your card base will have something to “lock into” when it’s opened for show.

Here’s what I don’t get about easel cards: they are easy to make and easy to send, but they are pretty difficult to figure out if the recipient doesn’t know how to open it. I showed an easel card to several of my non-cardmaking friends, and I watched with amusement as they tried to figure it out. Do you put instructions in the card when you mail it? How do you know when they’ve figured it out?

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