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!

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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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Pootlers Team Blog Hop | Welcome to the new Annual Catalogue!

Fun Congratulations card using Hand Delivered from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah Pootlers Team Blog Hop Welcome to the new Annual Catalogue!

Pootles Stampin' Up! Team Blog Hop

Oh dear… so this morning was a bit of a disaster! My blog post didn’t go live quite when it should… and then I managed to delete everything I had written! Oh the joys of trying to sort out a blog hop on your phone! I really should know better, particularly as I set the date…. but I obviously wasn’t paying attention when I planned the team blog hop for the morning after going to see Ed Sheeran at St James’ Park in Newcastle (he was AWESOME by the way!)

So, here is the second version of this blog post…. I hope you enjoy!

Hand Delivered Watercolour card using Stampin' Up! products

When taking part in team blog hops, I like to try and make a project fit for them… and I think this card fits the bill! It uses the lovely new Hostess Exclusive Stamp Set; Hand Delivered, which although looks tricky to stamp (because the girl’s legs and body are actually two separate pieces) but it lines up really easily, even when stamped in Clear Versamark ink, and heat embossed in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder

Fun watercoloured Congratulations using Hand Delivered from Stampin' Up!

I’ve used a heap of new colours on this card… you can find the full list at the very bottom of this post… and one of my favourite techniques ever; watercolour. The card stock is Thick Whisper White, so you have to work quickly, but you can still get some lovely watercolour effects.

I would LOVE for you to check out the other ladies who have taken part in the Pootlers team blog hop today… click through them all using the list below, and I hope to see you again soon

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Welcome Little One… Baby Card using Stampin’ Up! products

Little One Welcome Baby Card Watercolour background using Stampin' Up! products

StampinByHannah Welcome Little One… Baby Card using Stampin’ Up! products

 

I have now reached that age where all my friends have got married, and have moved onto having babies! I am seeing heaps of New Baby cards in my future… now, I made this card about 6 weeks ago, before the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List was released. I was really hopeful that this set would be carried over, but alas! no! It’s leaving us on the 31st May, and actually is While Stocks Last. However, I couldn’t not share this card with you… so here we go!

Cute Teepee Baby Card using Little One from Stampin' Up!

This card uses the Little One stamp set. It’s so cute… I mean that little teddy in the TeePee… oh dear, I’m getting broody now! This whole card uses Blushing Bride… which is also retiring. The background is a watercolour wash with Blushing Bride ink, and then I used some of the small stamps from the set to stamp over the top.

The Teepee is stamped in Basic Grey, and then fussy cut…. although I think I would be tempted to stamp this first and mask it before doing the watercolour if I was going to make this card again.

cute pink baby card and gift using Stampin' Up! products

I found this adorable cardigan to match the card (yes, it really happened that way around!) and popped them both in the post for baby. I know that they have now arrived and that this post is safe to share… do grab the cute Little One stamp set before it disappears, and I’ll see you again next time!

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Make It Monday | Watercolour Stamping with the Stamparatus

How to do watercolour stamping using colouring pens with Stampin' Write Markers from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah Make It Monday Watercolour Stamping with the Stamparatus

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I have been playing with the Stamparatus for a good couple of months now….  and I used it for just about every one of my OnStage Display Board samples, and it’s a pretty constant feature on my desk. I absolutely LOVE it, and I am SO excited that the full launch happens on the 1st June with the Annual catalogue, and you guys can get your hands on one.

Pretty Watercolour Flower Birthday Card using Stampin' Up! Beautiful Day

This pretty card uses the Beautiful Day stamp set. I seriously can’t get enough of this set, it’s just makes such pretty and simple cards. I have a fun technique to share with you too… check the video to see how I stamped the flower!

The sentiment on this card is stamped in Night of Navy ink onto Vellum. Because ink can take a while to dry on Vellum I will often add a layer of Clear Stampin’ Emboss powder to seal in the colour.

How to do watercolour stamping using colouring pens with Stampin' Write Markers from Stampin' Up!

I haven’t done any watercolour techniques for ages… I forget how much I enjoy messing around with ink and water sometimes!

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Make It Monday | Share What You Love!

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This week is a special one! We are fast approaching the launch of the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Annual Catalogue, and to celebrate Stampin’ Up! are releasing 4 fabulous product bundles… more on what is in the bundles tomorrow (when they launch) but today I thought I would re-work one of the projects I made for Stampin’ Up! OnStage…. using the new Love What You Do Stamp Set and Share What You Love Designer Series Paper.

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I had loads of fun making this card… which features one of my favourite techniques; watercolour wash backgrounds!

The Love What You Do stamp set features some lovely sentiments with 2 great fonts. I am such a font girl… and this one really sings to me! I was SO lucky to get to work with this stamp set for the Display Boards at Stampin’ Up! OnStage in early April… this was my inspiration for today’s card…

Stampin' Up! Love What You Do Display Board Sample

I’m sure you can see how I’ve got from one to another…

The Love What You Do Stamp set is available from tomorrow as part of the fabulous Share What You Do Early Release Bundles… check back tomorrow for all the details!

Fabulous Friend Watercolour Card using Love What You Do from Stampin' Up!

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Global Design Project 131 | Happy Easter with Hedgehugs from Stampin’ Up!

Watercolour background Easter Card using Hedgehugs from Stampin' Up!

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Global Design Project 131 Theme Challenge Easter

Oh my! It has been a good while since I took part in a Global Design Project challenge, but I’m on holiday from my day job this week and therefore managed to craft yesterday… and so made this fun Easter Card to celebrate!

How to make a cute Easter Card using Hedgehugs from Stampin' Up!

I have been having heaps of fun with the Hedgehugs stamp set this month, and have already shared a trio of fun cards on my Monthly Facebook Live video. The Easter challenge was a little tricky, because I haven’t got a single Easter themed stamp set this year, so I turned to these cute critters and the Labeler Alphabet for this one.

Global Design Project 131 Easter Theme challenge Happy Easter Card using Hedgehugs from Stampin' Up!

The background features a fun watercolour wash of Pear Pizzazz onto a piece of Shimmery White card stock. This is such a fun way to add a little extra something to a card, I am sure that it would have looked lovely in plain white, but you guys know I can’t resist an opportunity to watercolour!

The card is finished with a stamped strip of So Saffron card stock using that Hedgehugs stamp set again, and a hint of a doily.

Do you make Easter cards? Or do you prefer to give chocolate?

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How to make a card using Faux Watercolour with Watercolour Wings from Stampin’ Up!

How to make a card using Faux Watercolour with Watercolour Wings from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah How to make a card using Faux Watercolour with Watercolour Wings from Stampin’ Up!

Stamping Techniques Series

Today’s video features one of the those techniques that I use so often that I forget to mention it! I know… I’m so bad! But, it’s super pretty and really easy. I actually used this one on my husbands Valentines card this year.

How to make a card using Faux Watercolour with Watercolour Wings from Stampin' Up!

Faux watercolour is super easy to do… all you need is a fairly solid stamp, Stampin’ Up! ink and an Aqua-Painter. It creates a really pretty, soft effect, and is a great way to add that extra something to a card. I do of course have a couple of Top Tips:

  • Use Thick Whisper White card stock, Shimmery White card stock, or Watercolour paper
  • Ensure your ink pads are well inked and nice and juice-y
  • Use an Aqua-Painter that has plenty of water in it, but don’t squeeze… the water will naturally come out of the Aqua-painter as you use it, but if you squeeze you might flood your card stock and spread the ink too far
  • Have fun!

How to make a card using Faux Watercolour with Watercolour Wings from Stampin' Up!

The sentiment on this card is taken from the Beautiful You stamp set, and is punched out with the 1-3/4″ circle punch and matted onto the Pretty Label punched from Island Indigo.

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Thoughtful Thursday | Just Because with Remarkable You from Stampin’ Up!

Watercoloured Just Because Card using Remarkable You from Stampin' Up!

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This week’s Thoughtful Thursday is one of those cards that you can batch make and save, ready for you to pull out at a moments notice. I have even left the sentiment off, so that I can add an appropriate one just before I sent it.

How to make a simple watercoloured Just Because card using Remarkable You from Stampin' Up!

This card uses the Remarkable You stamp set. I LOVE this stamp set for pretty sympathy cards, wedding cards, and Just Because type occasions. The images are pretty florals and this lovely Leaf print.  Here it is stamped in Basic Grey Archival ink onto Whisper White card stock. Then I took an dry-ish Aqua-Painter and watercoloured the leaves with Pear Pizzazz ink. You can find another fun watercolour idea with this stamp set HERE!

Fun and fresh Just because card using Remarkable You from Stampin' Up! for Thoughtful Thursday

The background is dry embossed using the Hexagons 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for some added interest. I LOVE these dynamic folders, they emboss beautifully! Here I did spritz the card stock with a good amount of water before I ran it through the Big Shot. This makes the card stock a little ply-able and gives an even deeper emboss.

So pretty

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How to make a quick card with Eclectic Expressions from Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Layering Video Tutorial with Eclectic Expressions from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah How to make a quick card with Eclectic Expressions from Stampin’ Up!

Stamping Techniques Series

I have a quick and fun video tutorial for you today featuring the GORGEOUS Eclectic Expressions stamp set. I am completely in LOVE with this set… its watercolour effect and its designed for stamp layering… what’s not to love?! But also it’s completely FREE with a £45 order during Sale-a-bration!

Stamp Layering Video Tutorial with Eclectic Expressions from Stampin' Up!

This technique is super easy to do. It just takes a little time as each stamp needs to be stamped in a different colour each time… so having your Stampin’ Scrub or a micro-fibre cloth handy is very useful! These stamps layer together to create some really pretty effects, and I know that you could make this card several times over and each time they would look different

I started out making a super bright card, but half way through the video I thought it would also look pretty in neutrals… so I tried that out too… which is your favourite? let me know in the comments below!

Stamp Layering Video Tutorial with Eclectic Expressions from Stampin' Up!

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