Organic Embossing & Vellum Stamped Watercolor

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BLUF: Necessity is the mother of ingenuity

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front. (It’s one of my favorite military acronyms and completely unrelated to today’s post – kinda like TL;DR…) But, I digress! Today’s project was born from one of those “I wonder if”… scenarios.  I really, really, really wanted to have some bold, vibrant florals on vellum, but after stamping, I was not happy with the result.

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Class #8: Irresistible Inking Techniques

Altenew’s Irresistible Inking Techniques class has four lessons that can help you approach ink in new ways that you might not have considered before. It was a great reminder of techniques I’ve used in the past, and of course, one of my favorite techniques – watercoloring (using the ink from an ink pad).

My Project

Inspired by the class, I new I wanted to share a technique that achieves a watercolor look on vellum. But that “what if” moment came when I wanted to add in embossing.

The Technique & Design

The watercolor technique is simple. Stamp the images on vellum, then use a watercolor brush to move the ink around. When dry, it achieves a watercolor look! BUT, I wanted to keep the bright, vibrant color, so, I thought I would add some embossing. The problem was trying to use an anti-static bag without drying the ink. Once the ink was dry, it took on a dull look, which I didn’t want to lose. So, I skipped the anti-static bag all together! Normally, I wouldn’t advise this as the powder will stick everywhere – especially on vellum. But, since it was clear, any stray would only add to the texture. So, I took a chance!

The embossing powder stuck beautifully! It stuck more thickly on the wetter parts of the watercoloring, and less where it was more dry. Once heat set, I ended up with an amazing, organic kind of embossing that really accentuated the lines of the watercolor underneath. Perfection!

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Crafter’s Toolbox Video

A picture can show a lot, but video is even better in this case! I think you’ll really enjoy learning more about the two techniques I used!

8 down, 2 to go!

Level 1 is almost within my reach! Do you have a favorite project yet? I’d love to hear if this one is your #1!

Don’t Forget about the GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

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Get everything you need to make this project!

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Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

Don’t you just love the eclipse technique? How about the faux-clipse?
The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.

On the CASE: Faceted Flower

It’s coming!
Spring is trying so hard to melt all the snow here in East Nebraska – but, it’s coming! Soon, the grass will be growing and little plants will be pushing up from the ground. Why not add to the anticipation with a lovely, but simple, faceted floral design, courtesy of Concord & 9th!

AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

It’s time to chillax with some coloring!
I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color.

AECP: Stencil Background Technique

Altenew Educator Certification Program Participant Badge

Are you ready to add to your Crafter’s Toolbox?

It’s been a while since I published a new video… life happens, right? Since I changed my business direction in December, I’ve been working up a plan for some great video series – this is the first one. The Crafter’s Toolbox! Each video will give you a technique, tool tip or organization tip that you can add to your own Crafter’s Toolbox!

For the next few months, these videos will work in conjunction with another endeavor – my Altenew Educator Certification. I was accepted into the program last week and can’t wait to learn, share, and get through the levels to become an official “Educator”.

Class #1: Celebration – Stencil Techniques

The main focus of the AECP program is to work through a number of Altenew classes and then apply the principles to one’s own, unique design. I decided to do the Stencil Techniques class first as I was looking for some ideas for a new stencil that I just added to my collection. After watching the lessons in the class, I had a great idea for a design.

My Project

The Floral Drape stencil coordinates with the Sketchy Floral stamp set, both of which I used for my project. I wanted to use the stencil, in coordination with inks (Distress Oxides) to create a really cool background. The effect was just amazing and beyond what I thought I would achieve! In the end, I was able to make two cards from the panel I created. This was my favorite for sure.

The Technique & Design

In the end, the technique was quite simple, and tons of fun! After stamping the image on watercolor paper, I used Distress Oxides on a teflon sheet, along with the stencil to add layers of Oxides. I added in some Tsukineko All Purpose Ink (Vegas Gold) as the final layer to really make the design shine. Once the background technique was complete, I added depth to the flowers by watercoloring in black. I chose black so it wouldn’t compete with all of the color in the background.

Initially, the panel was larger, but I cut it down for this finished card. To pull the black base layer and the floral layer together, I spattered some more Vegas Gold on the black, then adhered the floral layer. The sentiment (from Altenew’s Wispy Begonia) was stamped on Lagoon cardstock and diecut with a circle die.

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Crafter’s Toolbox Video

Of course, a video is way better than reading through instructions, so here’s the official Crafter’s Toolbox video showing this fantastic tecnique!

1 down, 9 to go!

I’m on my way to reaching AECP Level 1 status. If today’s design is any indication, I know this is the perfect fit for me! I’m so excited to see what I’m inspired to create next! 

Don’t Forget about the GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Get everything you need to make this project!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you. This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

Don’t you just love the eclipse technique? How about the faux-clipse?
The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.

On the CASE: Faceted Flower

It’s coming!
Spring is trying so hard to melt all the snow here in East Nebraska – but, it’s coming! Soon, the grass will be growing and little plants will be pushing up from the ground. Why not add to the anticipation with a lovely, but simple, faceted floral design, courtesy of Concord & 9th!

AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

It’s time to chillax with some coloring!
I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color.

Festive Friday: Every Day Birthday

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Birthdays – ready or not, here they come!

I don’t know about you, but birthdays seem to always sneak up on me! I’ll see one on my calendar a few weeks out, and then, poof, it’s the day before and I don’t even have the card in the mail, yet alone made! Well, not this year! I’m determined to get cards out in the mail 2 weeks before.

Reality – yah, I’m not meeting that goal yet. Maybe February. I gotta get organized on that!

Anyway, this all ties into Festive Friday’s latest challenge. Since Valentine’s day is just a few weeks away, we went kind of obvi on this one…

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Go for a combo of traditional red hues for your Valentine’s creation this year and link it up. We’d love to see what you’re giving to your SO
  • Have an out-of-the-box Heart-day idea in mind? That qualifies too!
  • Boycotting the day or just have other projects in mind? Throw in a splash of RED and you’re in!

Here’s My Take:

This design is GORGEOUS, and SIMPLE. Can it get any better?! Vellum, embossing, gilding, and a sophisticated shade of RED-orange! This one is going to my SIL who’s birthday is this month! Ready to try your hand at this design? Let’s check out the Party Plan!

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Sentiments for Every Day (Scrapbook.com)
Paper: 11″ x 4 1/4″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Hibiscus  CS (Bazzill), 1″ x 6″ – Vellum (Lawn Fawn)
Inks: Versafine Clair Nocturne (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Black Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
Other: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Stamp Positioner and/or acrylic blocks, Anti-static powder, Black Embossing Powder (Ranger), Botanical 3D Embossing Folder (Sizzix/Tim Holtz), Silver Bullion Gilding Flakes (Nuvo), 2-Way Glue Pen (Zig)

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design)

  1. Score the card base at 5 1/2″ and set aside
  2. Emboss the Hibiscus CS with the Botanical 3D embossing folder. You will LOVE the deep impressions from this one 😀
  3. Add some Zig 2-way glue to the raised parts of the embossed piece – anywhere you want the gilding flakes to stick. Wait for the glue to dry to it’s tacky state.
  4. Get ready for a bit of a mess (so worth it) and add the Nuvo Radiant Gold gilding flakes to the cardstock. For best results, rub a pile of it across the cardstock until all the glue is covered.
  5. Use a brush to wipe away all of the excess flakes. You can save the flakes for another project, or just toss.
  1. Prep the strip of Lawn Fawn Vellum with an anti-static bag, and stamp the sentiment in Versafine Clair Nocturne. Because this is a pigment ink, it will remain wet enough to pick up the embossing powder.
  2. Add the black embossing powder and heat set.
  3. Adhere the vellum strip to the Hibiscus CS by folding over the excess length on either side and adhering to the back of the CS. That way, you won’t see any adhesive!
  4. Adhere the finished panel to the card base and add black rhinestones for an extra elegant touch!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0026 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

Don’t Forget about the GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Get everything you need to make this project!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you. This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

Don’t you just love the eclipse technique? How about the faux-clipse?
The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.

On the CASE: Faceted Flower

It’s coming!
Spring is trying so hard to melt all the snow here in East Nebraska – but, it’s coming! Soon, the grass will be growing and little plants will be pushing up from the ground. Why not add to the anticipation with a lovely, but simple, faceted floral design, courtesy of Concord & 9th!

AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

It’s time to chillax with some coloring!
I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color.

On the CASE: Detailed With Love

It’s time to celebrate!

This is the last CASE file for Ann and I this year! Wow! How time flies 😀 I thought I’d revisit a past suite and share another quick and simple design. With the holiday hustle and bustle, it can be good to have a few quick cards ready to go. 

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (December 2018 - Detailed With Love - 2018-19 Annual Catalog). Featuring,Delightfully Detailed product suite. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #celebrate  #handstamped

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Detailed with Love
Paper: Delightfully Detailed Notecards & Envelopes, Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper, Vellum (3″ x 3″), Mint Macaron CS (1″ x 5″)
Inks: Grapefruit Grove, Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Faceted Dots
Other: 2 1/4″ Circle Punch, Sponge Daubers, Stamparatus

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Grab one of the Blackberry Bliss watercolor wash notecards from the Delightfully Detailed Notecards & Envelopes pack.
  2. Trim out the spiral floral pattern and a bit of the dotted scallop trim from the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper.
  3. Sponge some Grapefruit Grove ink on the white side of the scallop trim using a sponge dauber.
  4. Stamp the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss. Trim the dots off the bottom of the sentiment.
  1. Adhere the scallop element to the bottom of the sentiment.
  2. Thread the sentiment through the laser cut piece.
  3. Add a 2 1/4″ vellum circle behind the sentiment.
  1. Adhere the finished sentiment panel to the card base. The laser cut piece should fit exactly. If not, trim the card base or the laser cut to fit.
  2. Add some Faceted Dots for some extra bling!

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – Once I realized that there was no way this card was actually white, but vanilla, the project came together quickly. Sometimes SU has their product samples put together and photographed before they finalize designs and colors. Seems like they originally thought to use Whisper White as the primary neutral for the Delightfully Detailed suite, not Very Vanilla – hence the white looking sample images in the catalog! I really love the detail of weaving the sentiment through the laser cut image. It really makes the whole thing look pretty complex, but really, it’s just about having the patience to weave through and adhere. Give this project a try this weekend and you’ll have lots of nice notecards to use in the coming weeks!

We’ll be back!

We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks – in 2019!! Be on the lookout for fresh, new projects, and a NEW assignment for ME! But, until then…

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  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

Don’t you just love the eclipse technique? How about the faux-clipse?
The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.

On the CASE: Faceted Flower

It’s coming!
Spring is trying so hard to melt all the snow here in East Nebraska – but, it’s coming! Soon, the grass will be growing and little plants will be pushing up from the ground. Why not add to the anticipation with a lovely, but simple, faceted floral design, courtesy of Concord & 9th!

AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

It’s time to chillax with some coloring!
I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color.

Product Spotlight: Brusho Crystal Colour

Is Brusho Crystal Colour a mystery to you?

I have had my little pots of Brusho for almost a year now and I really have been tentative in using them. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s because it could get everywhere and make a massive mess. Yah – that’s probably it. I have visions of little crystals all over a workspace and my hands covered in blue or red or gamboge. But, if you’re careful with it, there’s no reason to be scared. It’s tons of fun to use!

For the next few days I’ll be exploring Brusho, and I’m bringing you along! Today’s project was inspired by two things – a crafty friend’s birthday, and The Paper Players’ current color challenge.

I had a very specific idea in mind when creating this project. I wanted to explore using a new tool – Masking Fluid in combination with Brusho. Masking Fluid (Amazon Affiliate Link) is a liquid rubber/latex that can be painted over an area to mask it off from stamping or coloring – including watercoloring, even with Brusho. Here’s a quick step-by-step:

  1. I stamped the images to the left in Staz-on, made sure the ink was dry. (Note that in this instance, some images were masked so they would overlap)
  2. Then I applied the Masking Fluid over the imagery with a small paintbrush.
  3. After the fluid was dry, I applied the YELLOW Brusho crystals and spritzed with water.
  4. After drying the panel with the Heat Tool, I was able to rub off the dried Masking Fluid and the images were perfectly white.
  5. Then I watercolored the images as usual and added my sentiment.

The whole watercolored panel (which is Shimmery White Cardstock) was adhered to a Thick Whisper White card base.

For The Paper Players (PP418) color challenge - Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Smoky Slate. Featuring, Crafting Forever and Brusho Crystal Colours. For more details including additional samples and videos click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #celebrate #brusho #craft #handstamped #birthdaycard #watercolor

Super-WOW, right?! It was not difficult! I think the Masking Fluid really levels the playing field for those who are tentative in applying watercolors to a background – especially when using Brusho. This is literally a one-layer card! No fussy cutting pieces, etc.

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

For today’s Product Spotlight, I thought I’d share a video from Colourcraft and Kate Dachovska about other ways to use Brusho!

Here’s a few more projects where I used Brusho. I hope you’re inspired and give it a try 😀

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Don't Forget about the GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don't forget to leave a COMMENT on today's post to enter!

If you loved today's project, I'd love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don't lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

Share and Inspire Someone Today!

The Latest...

  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

Don’t you just love the eclipse technique? How about the faux-clipse?
The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.

On the CASE: Faceted Flower

It’s coming!
Spring is trying so hard to melt all the snow here in East Nebraska – but, it’s coming! Soon, the grass will be growing and little plants will be pushing up from the ground. Why not add to the anticipation with a lovely, but simple, faceted floral design, courtesy of Concord & 9th!

AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

It’s time to chillax with some coloring!
I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color.