Hi, Joyce Schmidt here! I am so happy to spend this year designing with Elizabeth Craft Designs!
When I think of photography the first technique that come to my mind is the “bokeh” technique. This phenomenon occurs when too much light enters the lens and the picture is blurry, but the beautiful circles of light that are left are beautiful! I wanted to replicate that using watercolor.
Here’s how I created the Bokeh backgrounds:
1. Cut six pieces of Elizabeth Craft Designs watercolor paper into two 4×5″ pieces.
2. I used a washi tape (or painter’s tape) to tape a border around my yardstick and to hold it down as a frame for the background. (tip: this makes your piece look cleaner but it is not essential.)
This is how I prep my card stock to paint this technique
3. Saturate the paper with clean water and a soft brush. You want the paper to be really wet layer color on a little at a time so that the colors and blend with the water.
Layer color on a little at a time so that the colors and blend with water.
4. I used my Elizabeth Craft Designs watercolor set to drop on color allowing it to spread onto the paper naturally. All you do at this point is watch is spread and add color or water as you want.
5. After it is completely dry, then use stencil to create dots. I created a stencil with different sizes of circles so that I could replicate the bokeh look. It needs to have many different sizes no bigger that 1.5″ in diameter.
6. Use a good quality white pigment ink and sponge dauber the ink into the circles, overlapping them and variegating the intensity of the ink you add to each circle.
7. After completing your bokeh dots, dry completely with heat tool. this will allow you to not smear your dots!
8. To complete the card I stamped it with the “You got this” stamp from Sue Smith’s collection of Stamp from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
Image with stamped image on it.
For more information on how to do this technique, make sure to watch my video tutorial HERE.
I hope you feel inspired to try this fun technique yourself. Choose some pretty colors and create your own Bokeh background – The possibilities are endless!
Good morning! Laura here today to share a beach layout I created using the new stencils and watercolor paints!
To Create this layout;
Step 1: Cover your white soft finish cardstock with clear gesso on both front and back to help stop warping allow to dry or heat set with your heat gun.
Step 2: Use your Spring Flower Mandala stencil on the left side of your paper and a few of the leaves in the upper right corner of your sheet and your Dot Dot Dot stencil with texture paste along the middle. Heat set or allow to dry.
Step 3: Using the Prussian Blue from the watercolor palette cover the stencil areas and around the stenciled areas. Apply as many layers as you want to achieve your desired look. I went over it three times heat setting in between layers.
Step 4: Using the turquoise blue from the same palette apply to the outside of the darker blue area and along the left hand side of the page.
Step 5: Die cut many flowers using your favorite ECD flowers dies using coffee filters. I used the small flower set, large flower set, and bunch of flowers. Color them using the same blues from the palette.
Step 7: Using foam dots or cardboard to add dimension add your matted photo.
Step 7: Add your flowers, shells, sequins beads and art stones.
Step 7: Add your title piece.
Step 8: Cover only your photo with a piece of paper. Using watered down white gesso, paint or white mist create splatters.
I hope you have enjoyed my mixed media layout and thank you for stopping by
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Karen here today from Craftily Yours! I hope everyone is finding reasons to stay positive during this difficult time. Scrapbooking good memories is a great way to do just that. Today’s Planner Essentials page is about a great time I had meeting an online crafty friend during my trip to DC last Winter. She and I had known each other for many years but had never met! On top of thinking about that fun memory, I used the new Art Journal line by Ilse and Charlene to make the page extra pretty!
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!
Marjolijn van Elsberg
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Happy Technique Friday! 🎨
This week, Els shares our NEWEST product –– the new Watercolor Palette by Elizabeth Craft Designs! This new set is perfect for creating backgrounds, adding some color to your stamps and MUCH more ❤️
We are so excited for the new Watercolors, and we know you are too! They are available online NOW –- click the button below to grab yours today!
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.
We can’t wait to see all of the project using the new Watercolor Palette! Happy Watercoloring!
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.
It’s Tanja here again and I would like to show you how to create this Christmas tag step by step.
Step 1: Die Cutting and Stamping
- die cut the larger tag from the Planner Essentials 2 die set from watercolor cardstock
- stamp the branches from the Christmas Garden set with Distress Inks (Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage)
Step 2: Faux Watercolor
- mist the whole panel with water –– don’t worry even though this looks a bit messy right now it will all turn out to be a beautiful background
Step 3: Embossing
- stamp some more branches with Versamark and heat-emboss them with WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Super Fine embossing powder
- add some embossing to the edges as well
Step 4: Sentiment and Finishing Touches
- add some splatters with watered-down Distress Ink Pine Needles
- stamp the sentiment from the Classic Christmas Sentiments set with Versamark onto a piece of torn vellum and heat-emboss it with that same gold embossing powder
- dye a piece of torn seam binding with all those green Distress Inks and thread it through the hole of the tag
- add some tiny gold stars around the sentiment
I hope you got inspired to start creating your own Christmas Tags.
Have a Christmasy day.
Distress Ink (Pine Needles, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint)
Metallic Gold Rich Super Fine Embossing Powder