VIDEO: How to Wow – Warp-free Watercolor (TTTC003)

So much changes in a week…. but you can count on a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge on Thursdays! If you haven’t been by, be sure to check out the Picks here. This week’s How to Wow video focuses on achieving a flawless watercolor wash without warping your paper!

This week’s Featured designer is Shannon Jaramillo (shannonkaypaperie.com) . I’ve been a long-time admirer of her work – and I know you will be too, so, I’m super excited to see what she has in store for us, along with the rest of Team X. As for me, I thought I’d go with some fun textures to make a mostly monochrome design really pop.

There’s watercoloring, embossing paste, sewing, linen thread, a “wink” of Stella…. texture is what really makes a monochromatic design stand out. Anyone that sees the card just wants to touch all the different parts to explore the texture and how it all comes together.

Today’s “wow” technique is a supporting player, but, trust me, without it, the card would look pretty blah. There are some key steps to the perfect watercolor wash background. If you’ve struggled with this technique, today’s How to Wow video will show you how to perfect it! If you’ve never tried it before, my tips should give you the confidence to be successful the first time!

One thing I forgot to note in the video is that you don’t need a hardboard or piece of MDF to do this technique. A piece of thick cardboard will work in a pinch. The glimmer paper and foil sheets both have a nice thick piece from the packaging that will work just perfect.

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If you’re in love with this project and my new How to Wow Series, please do share!

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Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing each other’s work, not only will we get better, and craft more often, but we help inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

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VIDEO: How to Wow – Ink Swiping on Foil (TTTC001)

I am so proud and humbled to be a part of the new Tic Tac Toe Challenge Design Team! Today is our first challenge (TTTC001), and I thought I’d go big and incorporate a new video series with my cards – “How to Wow”. This series will take amazing techniques and knock them down to totally do-able. (It is papercrafting, not brain surgery! Right?!)

Our first challenge board was created by Peggy Noe (prettypapercards.com), so, she’s the week’s Featured Designer. I decided to go for the far right column – Gold – Black – Baker’s Twine. And with that, the first How to Wow video was decided – how to do ink swiping on foil paper. So fun, so easy, and so impressive!

I don’t want to have you spend all your time reading so, really, let’s just get to the video! In all honesty, the technique is very simple, but having some tips before you start can make all the difference. Add this technique to your crafting toolbox and it will be a go-to for years to come!

For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, #TTTC001. Featuring Gold Foil, Basic Black Archival Ink, Thoughtful Banners stamp set. For more details and a video on Ink Swiping on foil sheets, click through to my blog. #pmretreat #stampinup #swipetechnique #wow #gold #handstamped
For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, #TTTC001. Featuring Gold Foil, Basic Black Archival Ink, Thoughtful Banners stamp set. For more details and a video on Ink Swiping on foil sheets, click through to my blog. #pmretreat #stampinup #swipetechnique #wow #gold #handstamped

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Are you inspired? There’s so many techniques out there – and, really, they’re usually not that hard – you just need to know where to start! I’m excited to continue this series for as long as I can come up with great ideas – and you can help!

How?

Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing your work, not only will you get better, and craft more often, but you’ll be helping inspire others too. When I see you sharing what you learn, that inspires me to find new things to teach you! Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

  1. Leave a COMMENT below! Want to see me breakdown a technique for you? You can share that in your comments too!
  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
  3. Post it Pinterest and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2017 OR
  4. Post it to Instagram and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2017

When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here!

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Spotlighting a Milestone (PPA306)

It’s time for another Pals Paper Arts challenge. This week, we have a great sketch from our fearless leader – Mary Fish! Those three boxes were just calling out to me to share with you a wonderful technique – Spotlighting! I’ll be using one of my favorite stamp sets – Kinda Eclectic…

As a cardmaker, I’m very picky about who gets my cards. Are you like that too? I don’t want to pour all the love and creativity I have into a design just to have it looked at and then tossed. #heartbreak #iworkedsohardonthat #nooooooo! But, for the right occasions, and the right people a handmade card is the perfect gift, or gift accompaniment. That’s what my card is today.

 

Spotlighting a Special Event

Brian needed a card for his Aunt & Uncle’s 60th wedding anniversary. Yes – SIXTY YEARS!!! Isn’t that just a wonderful milestone! I hope he and I get to celebrate that one some day. We’ve got a long way to go, but so far, so good! So, why no mention of the year or “anniversary”? Well, it’s not always necessary, is it. That makes this card so very versatile – it can be used for any celebration occasion. I love that! The spotlighting technique I used alludes to the bright moments in their life together. cool idea – huh?

So, what is spotlighting? It’s a technique where you stamp in subdued colors, then, use bright colors to highlight certain parts of the design. Sometimes it’s done freeform, but today, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig for precise placement.

Let’s Create, Simply!

If you want to create cards like the ones I share, there is a simple way to do it. All you have to remember is “Let’s Create, Simply!”. Remembering that phrase will help you recall three key points of design: Layout, Color, Style. Don’t overthink it and use these three steps to make great cards every time. Click on the tabs below for today’s tips and Pin-worthy graphics! (Hint: If you’re on a mobile device, you can save images by pressing and holding on the picture and selecting “Share Image”. You should get a whole bunch of options depending on what apps you have installed on your device.)

Layout: The Rule of 3s

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA306): Kinda Eclectic, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Wink of Stella; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #celebrate #cardThe Rule of 3s is a key principal for many art forms – that’s because three of anything is the smallest number you need to create a pattern. That’s why I used three spotlights instead of just two. If the card were larger, I would go for an odd number, like five if I wanted to add more. Threes also create triangles, which, subconciously, we find appealing. When I stamped the background images, I did it randomly, but you can see that they form triangles too – the two starbursts and the sentiment, especially. Take a look at one of your cards – do you see threes and triangles? I bet you do!

Color: Go Monochrome-ish

Go monochrome to step up the elegance - perfect for congratulations, anniversary and wedding cards; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #ColorCoordinatorThere’s a way to class up a card, every time – go monochrome! Today’s Pinnable color combo of Cucumber Crush, Emerald Envy and Bermuda Bay is a dynamic and vibrant trio. How did I decide on this combo? Using my Color Coordinator, of course!

Style: Spotlighting

There are two ways to accomplish a spotlight technique. Random, or with the Stamp-a-ma-jig (SAMJ). I started by stamping the background. I was very particular about the leaf placement, as I wanted my spotlights to match up with today’s sketch. To be precise about my placement, I put the base card under a piece of window sheet, and taped the sheet down. Then, I used my SAMJ with the leaf stamp to stamp the leaves on the circle cutouts. To ensure extra precise placement, I used some SNAIL to adhere the circles to the window sheet, exactly where I wanted them to end up, then I lined up the SAMJ to the leaf on the base card. Clear as mud? Maybe it needs a video…

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Wow! I hope you’re inspired to pull out some of your neglected, and shiny papercrafting stash. Use my ideas above to help kick-start your creativity for today – and share your results!

Why?

Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing your work, not only will you get better, and craft more often, but you’ll be helping inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

  1. Leave a COMMENT below!
  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
  3. Post it Pinterest and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2016 OR
  4. Post it to Instagram and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2016

When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here!

Here’s how you can share with others:

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    • Orders between $25-$74.99: A 6x6 Paper Sampler - Fresh Florals DSP
    • Orders over $75: The Paper Sampler AND 1/8" Fresh Fig Sheer Ribbon! AND a FREE Online Class Coupon
    • If you have an order over $150, DON'T USE THE HOST CODE, but get your Stampin' Rewards, AND the free gifts from me!
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  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today!
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Congratulating a Coworker (PPA304)

Do you invest in Stampin’ Up! reinkers, and then wonder why? It’s true, I’m not reinking my pads often – even with classes. So, what to do with that little investment taking up space in your craft area? You are going to love today’s design as it showcases one of the many ways you can use reinkers. I’m using modeling paste and our Daffodil Delight reinker, along with a “sleeper” tool – the stars (& hearts) stencil mask. It’s soo easy!

Changes are going smoothly here at Our Home in the Woods, but in the meantime I’ve got a sweet design for this sweet sketch by Lisa Ann Bernard. Oh, the possibilities are endless, but I needed a card for a coworker who is moving on to a new company and exiting opportunities. I will really miss working with him as he’s been an amazing leader. Well – our new Thoughtful Banners stamp set is the perfect way to highlight some of his best qualities, followed by a congrats sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes card kit.

Reinkers - not just for reinking! Add to modeling paste for amazing results.Click To Tweet

Instead of giving you Mastery Tips today, I thought I’d reshare a video I did a while back on how to use modeling paste. I show a few ways to create your own stencils too. Since then, we’ve added in the stencil masks to the catalog. In this instance, I also just spread some of the colored paste onto a piece of cardstock, and let it dry. Then, I was able to cut out a shape (star) with framelits and the Big Shot. You could even use a Wink of Stella pen to add some glitter to the dried elements. I think you’ll be seeing more of these great textured elements from me – they’re so easy and add total WOW to a project!

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA304): Thoughtful Banners, Watercolor Wishes, Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #congrats #card

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Success with Botanical Builder Dies for PPA300

Are you in the thick of Graduation season? Today’s card is a great sample for a lovely graduation card. It can also be used for other success-related events, like getting a job, getting a raise or a new position with a company, or perhaps a more personal goal, like losing weight, or achieving a milestone like your first 5K run! Success is all around – let’s show someone how proud we are with a handmade card from the heart!

My card today is inspired by a sketch from Sandie Conner. As you can see, I used it as inspiration, but didn’t follow the design exactly. And, that’s ok! Starting with a sketch is my preferred way to create. It helps me to focus and narrow down some decisions.

Is the Botanical Blooms Bundle in your collection yet? It should be. There’s just a few short weeks left in May, and then this bundle won’t exist any more! Yes, you’ll be able to get the stamp set, and the framelits, but the DSP will be retired, and the bundle price will be gone too. The bundle price of $51.75 means you get the DSP for free!

Today’s design is a mix of old and new. I know that I will miss Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow – they look just stunning with these new In colors – Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo… But, alas, In Colors come and go, and the rest of the color collections will bring on some amazing color combos. Who knows – maybe some of our retiring colors will come back in a future color renovation!

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA298): Number of Years, Silver Foil, Number of Years Dies, Silver Fancy Vellum; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #40thbirthday

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA300): Botanical Blooms, Botanical Builder Framelits, Botanical Gardens DSP; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #floral #success

Maven’s Mastery Tips

Die for a WOW!

I loooovvvee these Botanical Builder dies! It is so easy to get a “wow” from someone when they see a design created with them because of the double cut. People will ask how you made these amazing flowers and you’ll say “oh, it was easy!”. Of course, they won’t believe you, so have them give it a try. You might find a new papercrafting pal!

Easy Inlays...

Can you see the inlay? That 2″ piece of Blackberry Bliss is cut with the leaf border from the Botanical Builder Framelits. Then, I put it back together. Since they’re perfectly cut, getting that inlay look is easy! I could have gone a step further and cut the same border in another color to mix & match. It’s another “wow” look that’s easy to do!

What to say...

Without the sentiment, this is a very versatile card! Consider making the card without adding the sentiment, so when you need to use it, you can pick just the right words from any number of sentiment sets. Today, I used Suite Sayings, but you could easily substitute Party With Cake, Greatest Greetings or even One Big Meaning. They’re all carrying over into the new Annual Catalog, so they would be great choices!

A sweet color combo for summer 2016; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #ColorCoordinator
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