Monday, August 29, 2022

CAS leafy cards

 Hi, friends!

Today, I've got two clean and simple cards to share with you. 
The stamp & coordinating dies set I used was part of STAMPtember 2019 by Simon Says Stamp and The Stamp Market exclusive collaboration

I stamped the leafy images on white cardstock using several dye inks, then I die cut them with coordinating dies. 

For background, I trimmed watercolor paper into 4x5.25 inch size panel, then I watercolored the center lightly. I distressed all the borders using a distressing tool. 

After adding lots of splatters I let them dry. Next, I adhered leaves & florals using glue & foam adhesives.

I used soft color palette for my second card. Otherwise, a similar process was done.

 Thank you so much for stopping by. 
Have a great day !


Sunday, August 28, 2022

SSS Cosmos Bloom Cards

 Hi, friends!

Today, I'm going to share two simply designed cards featuring Cosmos Bloom Die from Simon Says Stamp.

I started with die-cutting several Cosmos Blooms out of watercolor paper, then I lightly watercolored the diecuts using my Daniel Smith Watercolor paints : Moonglow, Phthalo Turquoise, and Phthalo Blue. For backgrounds, I colored lower half of watercolor paper using a wet-in-wet technique. For some streaky look, I held the panel stand obliquely and let the watered-down ink run down and let them dry. I added some splatters of darker ink. 

Next, I adhered colored cosmos blooms along the diagonal border of my panel. For a dimentional look, the bloom in the center was adhered with foam adhesives. 

 A sentiment from Sketched Flowers set was stamped and then I added a lot of white & metallic gold ink splatters all over the panel. As a finigh touch, light purple colored jewels were added. 

The second card was also finished in a similar way. It's a gratitude card this time. 

I chose sentiment from CZ 30 Days of Thankful and the blush jewels were used. I think the font of the sentiment goes very well with the simple design of this card. 

Watercoloring die-cuts is a very easy and fun technique and it extends your card designs as well. I hope you enjoyed my cards for today. 

 Thank you so much for stopping by.
Have a great day!


Saturday, August 27, 2022

Watercolor Tulips Card


Hi, friends!

Today, I'm sharing another watercolor card painted with Karin Brushmarkers Pro

My card also features gorgeous Tulips Stamp and coordinating dies from Pretty Pink Posh.


This time, instead of using watercolor paper, I used Bristol paper for coloring with Karin markers because one of my IG friends recommend me to use Bristol for Karin markers. And the result was amazing as you can seen in the pictures. They really mixed well on the smooth surface of Bristol paper and the final look was like that of alcohol-makers. I used various orange, red, green, and olive green colors from Karin brushmarkers set. 

For the background panel, I colored the center lightly with Damiel Smith paints: burnt sienna, quinacridone burnt orange, Rich green gold and Phthalo turquoise using a wet in wet technique, then I splattered with some inks. To give an interesting look, I added stitched patterns by die-cutting the panel with Hand Stitching Cover Plate Die from Paper Rose Studio. I also added Scallop Ovals frames to be a layering platform for tulips. 

After composing panels, frames and tulips, I wound Ivory and Natural twine strings  around the lower part of the panel 3-4 times and tied them for a nautral look. As a finishing touch, I adhered some clear drops using a glue. 

That's it for today. Although it's autumn/winter season now, the spring-like saturated colors really made me happy while I was working on this. I hope this bright floral card has made you smile too. 

Thank you and have a great day!


Friday, August 26, 2022

Shabby style Large Tag Card

 Hi, friends! 

Today, I'm sharing a shabby style tag shape card featuring SSS Etched Laurel leaves die and Gina K Summer Silhouettes stamp.  

These days, I've been self teaching on various mediums and new ink colors to get used to them after a long break from crafting, so all th elements on today's card are kind of my practice outcomes so far. To follow the challenges themes (described at the end of this post), I decided to use all of them. 

Top panel : I die cut a piece of bristol paper using a small Postage Stamp Edge Die, masked off all four borders, ink blended the inner space using distress inks : evergreen bough, salvaged patina, tattered rose, saltwater taffy, crackling campire. You don't have to use such many colors to inke blend this small piece at all! I think just blue & coral inks would be enough. However, as I wrote above, this was a testing of a new-to-me colors, so I used all of them. After inking and water splatter was done, I stamped silhouette images from Gina K Summer Silhouettes using Versafine Onyx Black ink & MISTI. 

Bottom large tag panel : I colored a piece of watercolor paper with distress oxide inks uncharted mariner, weathered wood, and tea dye. Then I added watered-down white gouache with a flat brush. After it dried I cut the panel into A2 sized stitched large tag using a large tag die from Avery Elle (2015). To add more texture mimicking a shabby fence look, I scratched down several lines vertically using a craft knife. 

Laurel Leaves  : I used four different ways. 

(1) Gray blue & coral leaves on the Rt upper corner : Ink blend a piece of watercolor paper with distress ink speckled egg, weathered wood, and a pink dye ink.  Dry embossed using any embossing folder.  Add shinning textures with two Mica Sprays : Wendy Vecchi Cornflower Blue & Tim Holtz Antiqued Bronze. Cut the panel with SSS Etched Laurel leaves die. 

(2) Brown leaves on the Lt lower corner : ink blend a piece of dry embossed (Acorns 3D Texture) Woodgrain Kraft cardstock with orange & olive green inks, add shines with Mica sprays. After drying, cut with SSS Etched Laurel leaves die.

(3) blue & pink leaves on the Lt upper corner : inkblend watercolor paper with pink/blue/green distress inks, add watered-down gouache brushing, add Mica sprays, then die cut. 

(4) Gold leaves on the Rt lower corner : die cut clean watercolor paper and directly add sprays onto the cuts. 

I also made transparent leaves by die-cutting a piece of thick vellum paper. 

[ To compose a card ]

I layered the panels leaves using glue and thin foam tapes. I then splattered with white gouache a lot to give a wintery mood. For an embelishment, I added a small double ribbon bow, a gemstone and several jewels. 

For a cardbase, I made A2 rectangle card base first, then die cut it with the same large tag die using a partial diecutting technique so that the left border of the card base was spared. 

For the sentiment, I went simple with a premade sentiment block from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sentiments Label Sticker

That's it for today. Hope you enjoyed my card. 

I'm entering this card to the current challenges listed below:
Simon Says Stamp IG Challenge : Layer It

Thank you for reading today's post.
Have a great day!


Tuesday, August 23, 2022

SSS Take Note Watercolor card


Hi, friends!

Hoping that Back To School theme card is not so late, I made this card featuring SSS Take Note Stamp set. I wanted to test my Karin Brushmarker Pro set which is composed of 60 colors and rainbow-coloring was a perfect way to try variety of colors of a set.

I trimmed a heavy-weight watercolor paper into A2 size panel, stamped images from SSS Take Note using Versafine Onyx Black ink, then I colored in the images with Karin Brushmarker.

After coloring was done, I added white gel pen details, stamped sentiment on the top of the panel, then die cut it with Postage Stamp Edge Frame Die. I foam mounted my panel onto a piece of pink colored pattern paper, and adhered them onto a card base. As finishing touch, I added rainbow colored sequins around the images. 

 Karin Brushmarker Pro has such pretty colors in it and most colors are very bright and highly saturated as you can see in my card. I think it's very unique and fun watercoloring medium as well. If you're interested more in it, I had shared another card using the set years ago, so check it out here
However, they were very prone to bleed, so you need to be careful to use small amount of ink for each coloring. Here's a closer look at it.  

Besides, some colors were not matching the index colors of each cap, which made me confused. Preparing a color chart seemed necessary. I also had to move quickly to blend and mix different colors because they dried soon once painted. I think I'll get better results if I'm experienced to this medium, use blenders in the set other than usual water-brush, paint less amount of ink, and practice more. 

That's it for today. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have a great day.


Monday, August 22, 2022

One layer watercolor floral card


Hi, friends!

Today, I'm sharing a watercolor floral card made with one-layer design. I had bought this Sketched Roses Stamp set a couple years ago, but , somehow I had missed purchasing coordinating die set . Without a coordinating die, I decided to go with one-layer design this time. 

I started with trimming water color paper into A2 size and then I stamped the rose bouquet on the two corners in diagonal direction using Distress ink Tea Dye.  I love Tea Dye ink for stamping when I watercolor flowers. There's something soft and elegant in the color of Tea Dye so you can get some tender mood in your paintings and you can also get the clear outlines compared to no-line water-coloring, which makes your coloring a lot easier. 

After stamping, I colored in the images using Altnew's watercolor 36 pan. I love Altenew's inks so much because they have really pretty colors in them. Although the 36 pan set is not an artist level quality, it surely has beautiful colors and watercoloring using it is not that difficult, so I chose it for today's medium. I also bought 24 pan Artist level paints recently, which I'm planning to use for my future project. 

I used 6 colors from the 36 pan set to color the images and I didn't give much attention when coloring. It was just easy going and relaxing water color process. After I finished coloring, I stamped sentiment from the same set on the center of the panel, using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. 

I really loved how this one layer look like something transparent!
I foam mounted the panel onto a card base, and embellished it with some sparkling sequins. 

I also made a REEL of making this card, so if you're interested in it, please check my IG account at @marge.crafts on you IG app. Or, you can watch it on the widget on the left column of this blog if you're reading this post on your PC or a desktop mode. 

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a great day!


Saturday, August 20, 2022

Autumn Wreath Cards with Watercolor Backgrounds

Hi, friends!
Today, I've got two cards using the same wreath stamps set but with different color palettes to share with you.

For today's cards I used products from The Greetery, which had been sleepling in my stash for years. I was happy to finally play with my unused supplies! 

I started with stamping the Bountiful Wreath on the Bountiful Wreath die-cuts using Altenew's dye inks. 

For the background, I trimmed Cold press watercolor paper into A2 size and then watercolored the center lightly using a wet in wet technique. 

After the panels were dried up, I cut them with Crimped Frame Die. I then positioned wreath cuts on the panels to guide stamping sentiments through the wreath holes. After sentiments were stamped, I put the wreath cuts aside, splattered with black and gold inks over the panels and let them dry. 

For the first card, I chose pink & yellow background for the mint-leafy wreath. I adhered the wreath using foam adhesives and added ivory twine ribon on the left upper part of the wreath. 

Once the wreath was adhered, I added white gel pen details onto the images.

For a soft look, I chose Cream colored cardbase. By adding 3mm sparkling sequins around the wreath, I finished it. 

Now, the remained green panel and red leafy wreath were combined for the second card. 

The steps were almost the same with the first card except that I used clear drops instead of sequins as I just wanted to give a little changes. 

The soft colored watercolor background and bright colored stamped images seem to go well together, right ? I could feel very relaxed while doing this simple watercoloring, and I love the final outcomes. Hope you'll like them, too.

That's it for today! 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a great weekend!