Today is the first day of Spring, and we’re kicking off the day with some Spring-themed projects! Even if the flowers aren’t blooming just yet, you can still enjoy these beautiful projects and maybe even get some inspiration for your next project. Below, our Design Team has put together a list of 11 projects to kick off Spring –– click on the pictures to see their tutorials. Enjoy!
The new Watercolor Palette from Elizabeth Craft Designs gives crafters the ability to explore their creativity through paint! Use them to create backgrounds for your cards, to bring your stamps to life, or for other crafty endeavors!
This set includes 24 vibrant pigments –– each in a removable well –– finely ground for a quality finish. This palette includes two sponges and 5 large mixing areas. Also included is a water brush pen, which gives you more control over the flow of paint and water.
What’s your favorite part of the day? Mine is probably the morning –– peaceful or productive, the day hold more possibility in the morning!
I knew I wanted to make a peaceful scene from the Asian-themed dies and decided I needed some sort of background to tie it all in together. I played with my watercolors a bit and came up with a very soft background. I knew I would end up covering much of my background with dies so I didn’t let the lack of watercolor skills bother me (too much.) Lol!
Step one: Paint a background with some water, sky, and a tree on a watercolor sheet. Add some land and grass to the forefront of the cardbase.
Step 2: Die cut the bridge out of light blue cardstock and all others out of white cardstock. Use Distress Inks to color the cattails, stone pagoda and rocks. Use Copic markers to add some shade and dimension to the bridge.
Step 3: Adhere all dies as seen in completed picture above.
Step 4: Stamp and die cut with a circle the quote from A bit of Fragrance clear stamp set. I also matted the circle out of dark blue cardstock – the same one I use for the card base.
Thanks for looking and hope you have a wonderful day.
Other products used: Copic markers, Distress Inks, Light blue and dark blue cardstock
We have a lot of grey skies around here as of late, so I wanted to create something that could cheer up someone’s day. I figured the simplest way to brighten anyone’s day was simply with a rainbow and it seemed sort of amusing to turn a group of mushrooms from the Autumn Surprise stamp into into that very rainbow.
Step One: Stamp the mushrooms from the Autumn Surprise stamp set onto some Watercolor Paper using water resistant ink. I stamped in a dark grey ink to have softer edge.
Step Two: Using watercolor pencils, color in the rainbow across the different mushrooms.
Step Three: Using a water brush or damp paintbrush moved the watercolor pencils into each other, blending the color. Let dry.
Step Four: Fussy cut out the images.
Step Five: Trim a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock in white to 12×6 inches, score and fold to create a 6×6 card frame. Stamp the brush mark stamp from the Journaling Elements stamp set into a repetitive pattern across the front of the paper using fading ink.
Step Six: Color the stamped lines in rainbow order with the same watercolor pencils used to color the mushrooms.
Step Seven: Using a water brush or wet paint brush and move the color around, letting it be faded in some places and stronger in other.
Step Eight: Using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, add the mushrooms in rainbow order, letting them overlap.
Step Nine: Stamp the sentiment from the Journaling Elements stamp set onto the card frame using black ink.
Step Ten: Add black ink around the edges of the card frame, distressing it.
I hope my odd little rainbow brightens your day and gives you a little cheer. Let us know in the comments below what your favorite way to color rainbows are. Until then, happy crafting.
Angela here with today’s post. A good friend of mine is having hip replacement surgery next week so of course I need a card. I thought this would be a great time to try something I’ve not done before. I’ve used one of the Planner Patterns dies to emboss watercolor paper and then used watercolor paint to create an ombre effect to fill in the pattern. Stamps and dies from the Sentiments 2 sets complete my card front. Here’s how it all came together.
Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 3.75 X 5 inches.
Cut a piece of black cardstock to 4 X 5.25 inches.
Cut Soft Finish cardstock to 5.5 X 8.5 and fold in half to create the card.
Using a piece of low tack tape or a sticky note, center the die onto the watercolour paper and fasten.
Follow the appropriate sandwich on your particular cutting machine. Remember to place your die cutting side to the paper, and then onto the silicone mat. This way the blade will emboss and not cut the paper.
Run the sandwich though the machine.
Once the embossing is done, use your favourite watercolours to paint each shape, starting with the lightest colour.
As you move from one corner to the other, mix colors to create the ombre pattern. Let it dry.
Attach the layers and center onto the card base.
Stamp and cut the sentiment and attach using foam tape.
And you’re done! I hope this gave you some inspiration to create your own embossed cards!
Hi there! It’s Sara here today, and I have a new project for you featuring ModaScrap products.
I love watercolors and it’s always a good occasion to try something new: today I die cut all the pieces from a piece of watercolor paper and then coloured everything with watercolors.
Here are the steps:
Prepare a base for your card and add some splatters with a black ink.
For the belt you need to partial die cut a piece of kraft cardstock, put your cardstock in the big shot leaving outside the finish part of the die and the rest of the cardstock, repeat the same process on the other side.
Die cut all the leaves and the poppies, colour them.
Glue all the pieces down to the belt and add a bow made with rope.