Watercolour Bloom and Grow

Hey Folks! I mentioned a week or so ago about how much I love the new Bloom and Grow stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I’ve had a heap of fun playing with it, and have a stack of cards already made with it that I’ll share over the coming weeks and months. Today’s card is fun mix of heat embossing and watercolour…

Watercolour wash Bloom and Grow Thank you card using Stampin' Up! products with StampinByHannah

I couldn’t wait to have a play with some watercolouring and this stamp set, and although I will be doing some more detailed watercolouring of this stamp, today’s card is more of a loose watercolour wash effect.

The stamp set has 3 pretty floral, almost boarder, stamps. All three are quite different but all would work for this card. Here I’ve heat embossed the stamp in Copper Stampin’ Emboss powder onto a piece of Watercolour Paper.

Pretty watercolour thank you card using Bloom and grow from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I pulled out 3 bold colours for this watercolour; Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce and Blueberry Bushel. This watercolour effect is really easy to create using an Aqua-painter. Just get that water-y ink onto the card stock, clean the brush and on with the next colour; leaving colours to mix together on the paper and dry with hard edges.

Watercolour card using Bloom and Grown from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The sentiment is also from Bloom and Grow and has been heat embossed in matching Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

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Watercolour fun with Butterfly Gala!

Today’s card was totally inspired by the ever talented Debbie Hughes. Debbie does wonderful things with Watercolour, and her cards are always stunning and her recent watercolour butterfly card is no exception. For all Debbie works with another companies products, I could just see Butterfly Gala in her creation, and so just HAD to give it a bash!

Shabby Chic Watercolour card using Butterfly Gala from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

Each butterfly is stamped in Staz-on ink onto a panel of Watercolour card stock. Because of the texture I use my Stamparatus for this job so that I can repeat stamp and get a clear image. I think each butterfly took 3 or 4 goes to get as bold an outline as I wanted.

Then each butterfly was loosely watercoloured. A single colour for each butterfly, Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss and Blueberry Bushel, and some coloured splatter added over the top.

Simple Shabby Chic note card using Butterfly Gala from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

Then, once the watercolour was dry, I added an ink blended boarder of Crumb Cake ink around the piece with a sponge. I LOVE the texture this creates on the watercolour paper, so pretty!

To finish the sentiment, also taken from Butterfly Gala, is stamped onto a scrap of Blackberry Bliss card stock and heat embossed in White, some loops of Silver Metallic thread and a handful of sequins scattered across too.

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #043 | Accented Blooms Colour Challenge!

Hey folks!

Well, this week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is a bright and bold colour combination that I have to admit had me a little stumped at first. However, I do love the card that resulted!

Inspire.Create.Challenge Colour Combination 043 Granny Apple Green Pumpkin Pie Poppy Parade

As always with the Inspire.Create colour combinations we are allowed to add neutral colours and so I’ve added Basic Black to really made these colours POP!

Hello card Accented Blooms Watercolour for Inspire.Create.Challenge using Stampin' Up! products with StampinByHannah

The Accented Blooms stamp set is carrying forward into the new catalogue and since I’ve cleared by Stamp Shelves of items that are leaving us in the Last Chance list its really jumped out at me at a set I haven’t used for a while. Here it’s stamped in Stazon ink onto watercolour paper and then watercoloured with the colours from the challenge.

The sentiment is also from the same stamp set and while it does coordinate with the Tailored Tag punch, I have hand cut it on this occasion.

Watercolour Hello card using Accented Blooms from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

This is where I got stuck! How to finish the card. In the end I plumped for a panel of Poppy Parade card stock embossed using the Country Floral Embossing Folder and a bow of retiring Black Shimmer Ribbon

Don’t forget to pop over to the Inspire.Create blog to check out the other bright and colour Design Team Creations as well as entering your own work into our gallery!

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Just Add Ink 444 | I Like You Oh So Eclectic!

I can’t believe I almost forgot about Just Add Ink this week! But it’s ok… because although it’s now Monday afternoon, I still wanted to join in and share this card with you.

This week’s Just Add Ink was a bit of a head scratcher… use Poppy Parade and Powder Pink plus a colour of your choice! But which colour to choose?!

After spinning my colour caddy a few times I landed on Blueberry Bushel so my colour combination looks like this;

Then came my next dilemma… which stamp set to use?! Now, I’ve used Sale-a-bration goodies a fair bit recently, and then I’ve been playing with some of the new Spring Summer stamps too. So a lot of the stamps from the Annual catalogue have been sat lonely on the shelf! This led me to pull Oh So Eclectic! This is one of my absolute favourite stamp sets, and it has a coordinating set of dies that I also adore… so decision made!

I Like you handmade card using Oh So Eclectic from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I made a card over the weekend which I will share with you later in the week, that used Shimmery White card stock and so that was still sat out on my desk, and so this was another jumping off point for this card.

First I added a Powder Pink watercolour wash to that Shimmery White card stock and set it off to dry while I used another scrap piece to stamp those leaves in Blueberry Bushel.

Both the background die and those leaves are die cut using the coordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies. This is one of those packs of dies that work well on their own as well as with the stamp set PLUS they have both cutting and embossing dies too for some fabulously dimensional projects.

Pretty watercolour wash I like you card using Oh So Eclectic from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah for Just Add Ink

The card is finished with that cute little sentiment stamped in Poppy Parade and a trio of Rhinestones.

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Watercolour Birthday Card, Just Add Ink, and an Update!

Usually I’d be going Live on my Facebook Page about now… but I’ve been struck down with a horrible cold, and this morning my voice is not at its best. So, instead I thought I would do a sort of update blog post and share a fun card for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge.

Urgent ordering news…

Stampin' Up! Punches

Stampin’ Up! announced to Demonstrators early this week that these two punches (Butterfly Duet and Cake Builder) have been SO popular that they are struggling to keep up with demand, this combined with Chinese new year which causes issues with shipping, means that they are expecting these two be SOLD OUT within the next 2 weeks! They wont be back in stock til probably the end of March… so if you want them, grab them sooner rather than later.

Also, the Fabulous Organza Ribbon that is (was) free with a £45 order during Sale-a-bration has SOLD OUT and so wont be back! There are, of course, a heap of other goodies still available to spend your Sale-a-bration credits on!

Just Add Ink…

I felt like taking part in a new challenge this week, and Just Add Ink popped up in my Facebook Feed!

Just Add Ink Stamping Challenge

This week’s challenge is to create a project inspired by this stunning photograph of cake. Once I had stopped day dreaming about cake, I took the cake image and the colour combination and created this card…

Subtle Watercolour Birthday Card using Piece of Cake from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah for Just Add Ink

The cakes are stamped in Stazon Ink onto Shimmery White card stock. The cakes are taken from the Piece of Cake stamp set, which coordinates with that Cake Builder Punch from earlier. Each cake was then loosely water-coloured using the following colours:

The centerpiece cake was stamped on a separate piece of Shimmery White card stock, water-coloured and punched out before being layered onto a Stitched Circle and scalloped circle die using Dimensionals.

Simple watercoloured birthday card using Piece of Cake from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The card is finished with a trio of Self-Adhesive Sequins from the Gingham Gala suite.

Check back tomorrow for a fun Video Tutorial for the cute Butterfly Bag I shared on Saturday

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Merry Christmas with Snow is Glistening from Stampin’ Up!

Gold and Green watercolour Merry Christmas Card using Snow is Glistening from Stampin' Up!

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Stampin' Up! Snowflake Showcase

This month Stampin’ Up! have released 2 fabulous stamp sets with a coordinating set of dies to celebrate the lead up to Christmas. The Snowflake Showcase Suite is a fabulous mix of Festive Christmas and all year round pretty images that you can use year after year.

Today’s card is a bit of a CASE (copy and selectively edit) of a card by the ever talented Kristina Werner. Her card didn’t use Stampin’ Up! products, but I immediately saw the fabulous Snow is Glistening Stamp set in her creation, and just HAD to have a go

Simple Watercolour Christmas Card using Snow is Glistening from Stampin' Up!

Usually green is not my favourite, but the simple combination of Mossy Meadow, Gold and White made my heart sing. The tree from Snow is Glistening was stamped into a piece of Watercolour Paper using Versamark. I use the Stamparatus when stamping in Watercolour Paper because the paper is textured it can sometimes take a few applications of ink to get a well defined image. The tree was then heat embossed with Gold embossing powder.

Green watercolour Christmas Tree Christmas Card handmade using Snow is Glistening from Stampin' Up!

The watercolour paper then took several layers of Mossy Meadow ink mixed with water, with more ink added at the corners to leave the centre a little lighter. Once this was dry, I inked the edges of the watercolour paper with more Versamark and added Gold embossing powder for a fun boarder.

The card is finished with a heat embossed sentiment in Vellum, and a layer of Whisper White between the Watercolour Paper and the Mossy Meadow Card Base

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Bonus Days Last Chance…

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Stampin' Up! Bonus Days

Oh my goodness…. It’s time to RUN not walk to my Online Store and get your Bonus Days Vouchers!

Bonus Days is just awesome, but it ends at 11:59PM TOMORROW!

Every time you spend £45 in my online store this month, Stampin’ Up! will email you with a voucher code worth £4.50 to spend in September. Did you see my Autumn Winter Pre-Order Facebook Live? It earned me 6 vouchers… thats £27 worth of goodies I get to choose in September! Yay!

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The Colour Your Season Special also ends tomorrow…. I have LOVED this stamp set SO much and will be so sad to see it leave. You can find loads of inspiration over on my dedicated Pinterest Board.

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Little Twinkle Watercolour Anniversary Card

Watercolour Background Anniversary Card using Little Twinkle from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah Little Twinkle Watercolour Anniversary Card

 

Last week I celebrated my 3rd Wedding Anniversary. I am a little shocked that it’s been 3 years already… but then when I think of all the things we’ve done since we got married, our wedding feels like forever ago! I will share the card I received over on my Facebook Page… James always sneaks into my crafty stash to make me a card (and this year he had fun with Embossing!)

Watercolour Valentines card using Little Twinkle from Stampin' Up!

Of course I HAD to make James a fun anniversary card! I had SO much fun making THIS card for Make It Monday last week, and so really wanted to re-create the idea for this card. The colours I’ve used are Night of Navy, Gray Granite, Coastal Cabana, and Berry Burst. I had intended to add some white ink splatter too…. not sure what happened!

I do have to admit that this card also uses a scrap! Yes!… an actual scrap. That circle of Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper is the of cut from THIS card. Nothing wasted!

The sentiment is stamped in Whisper White Craft Ink onto one of the Stitched Labels from the Blended Seasons Bundle cut from Vellum. So pretty!

Anniversary card using Little Twinkle from Stampin' Up!

If you’ve enjoyed this project, check out my August Suite Share which features the fabulous Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper!

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Make It Monday | How to create a fun watercolour background for your cards

How to create a fun watercolour background for your hand stamped cards using Little Twinkle from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah Make It Monday How to create a fun watercolour background for your cards

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A few weeks ago I was playing around with the Little Twinkle Stamp set (read: should have been making samples for my Twinkle Twinkle Suite Share!) and shared a picture of what I was working on over on Instagram. One of my lovely followers asked how I created the watercolour background… so, here is the tutorial!

Make It Monday Watercolour Background Video Tutorial Using Stampin' Up! Products

I’m a little bit in love with this colour combination; Blueberry Bushel, Coastal Cabana and Gray Granite. So pretty, and a great way to make a pretty yet masculine card…. although I think if I was to make this again I might hit it with a bit of Wink of Stella for some sparkle too!

There isn’t really any trick to creating this type of background, other than patience! There are two layers of watercolour on this card, plus some over stamping. You can see all the details in the video tutorial…

Stampin’ Up! inks are water-based, which allows you to use the same inks that you stamp with to create fun watercolour backgrounds like this one! To use your inks for watercolour, just squeeze the ink pad before you open it to put in onto the “lid”… this is a little tricky on the new style ink pads, and so you might choose to use a drop of a re-inker onto a clear block instead.

Video Tutorial…

Once the first layer of watercolour is laid down, leave it! Let it dry naturally for less warping, or hit it with your heat tool for speed. The second layer is where you create those fabulous harsh lines and blend the colours. Then, once its all dry, you can add some stamping! Here I’ve added stamping using the Stampin’ Up! Craft White Ink… this ink is a pigment rather than being water-based like the rest of the Stampin’ Up! inks. This allows you to get a really crisp white image, but it does take a little longer to dry.

Masculine Valentines Card using Little Twinkle from Stampin' Up!

The sentiment is stamped last, although the Blueberry Bushel in has been resisted by the White Pigment for a further fun watercolour effect.

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Make It Monday | Watercolour Accented Blooms

Make It Monday Video Tutorial Watercolour Accented Blooms from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah Make It Monday Watercolour Accented Blooms

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One of the major perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is the treatment you get from Stampin’ Up! They LOVE to treat their demonstrators…. whether that is through early releases and pre-orders, events, or they Demonstrator Exclusive Magazine; Stampin’ Success. The latest issue landed on my doorstep last week, and the card on the front really jumped out at me… and I just HAD to share it with you to!

How to create a fun watercoloured Thank you card using Accented blooms from Stampin' Up!

The Accented Bloom set set is so pretty… particularly when heat embossed in Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Check out the video to see how I created the watercolour effect…

Measurements:

Lovely Lipstick; 21 x 10.5 cm, scored at 10.5 cm

Shimmery White Card stock; 9.5 x 9.5 cm

I am loving this colour combination too; Lovely Lipstick and Grapefruit Grove. What’s your current favourite colour combination?

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