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Xavier’s Thank you cards

occwb_4My 8 year old son is not a crafter – he really does not like anything to do with drawing, crafting, writing etc (give him a math problem to solve and it’s a different story), but I told him it would be nice if he made some cards for his teachers to say thank you.  I showed him the video from the online card class that Tim Hotz did and he thought the effect was “OK”…  So, I put him to work.  He got some various stamping up markers, stencils, spritzers and set to work doing a few backgrounds…. He then stamped and die cut all the banners, sentiments, pandas and lanterns and stuck them to the card.   He used orange stickles to color the lantern…  These were all the cards he made:occwb_6occwb_3occwb_5Xavier was complaining the whole time that I was “torturing him”, but I think he did a wonderful job and his teachers will really appreciate these cards because he made them!!

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Jorja’s Birthday Card

occwb_1The bonus day for the online watercolor class was just about having fun.  This is a card my 6 year old daughter made for a friends birthday.  We got the craft mat and she scribbled different colored stampin’ up markers on it, then she squirted it with water and dabbed the watercolor card into it.  She LOVED the effect!!  She’s made quite a few backgrounds, but this was the only one she has finished off yet!!  She used the Mama Elephant panda bears and star balloon stamp with the matching die cuts and a Mama elephant banner.  She drew the balloon strings…occwb_2I loved how her card turned out!!  I’ve even made her, her own little watermark…   On my next post I have some cards that my son made for his teachers using watercolors as well…

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Another watercolor

occw10_2So much inspiration with todays class.  The cards were AMAZING!!WCI searched the internet for some more inspiration and found a great you tube video which I have linked HERE.  I have tried to re-create her scene…occw10_1Thanks for checking it out ;)

Freehand watercolor

occw9_3I am really enjoying the online card class – I must go to bed though and stop painting!!WCI did a bit of a you tube search on more watercolor trees and I found this great lesson HERE, so this was my attempt.  A couple of things I noticed once it was done was that it was a little too symmetrical, I find it hard to get away from that…  Also, I need to put more blue right close to the tree, I think there was too much white space, but anyway, it’s ok for my first go of the tree.occw9_4righty-oh, I am off to bed otherwise I’ll never be up in the morning!!  I think I’ll be painting in my sleep tonight… Thanks for stopping by :)

A real watercolor masterpiece (ha,ha…)

occw9_1Day 9 of the watercolor online card class was all about trying to paint with watercolor (with no stamps – no help – freehand)… Scary stuff.    WC I just LOVED the tree Jennifer Rzasa painted, so I thought I’d try my own.  This was actually quite fun to do.  I probably didn’t splatter as much as she did, but I dabbed my brush onto the paper so it’s a bit fuller than Jennifers, but never-the-less, I think it looks ok.  Maybe not a masterpiece, but close enough for me…occw9_2Thanks for stopping by :)

Faking it…

occw8_1Days 7 and 8 of the watercolor online card class is about faux water coloring.  I have taken these stamps from one of the SSS card kits.  WCI used some masking to stamp the flowers and leaves in antique linen distress ink.  I then used my watercolors by using the “wet on wet” technique to color the petals.  It’s such a fun class. occw8_2Thanks for stopping by :)

Fusion and Watercolors

fusionmay1_1I am doing the online card class on watercolors and I have a couple of cards to show in this post. WCThe first card is my fusion card. I stamped the flowers with a Hero arts background stamp and colored them with watercolor pencils and used a blender pen rather than a water brush.  For small areas this works really well and I can use normal paper rather than watercolor paper.  Here is the challenge at fusion.may8 - CopyI had to add some wink of stella to the flowers and around the outline of my yellow papers to give it a little shimmer.fusionmay1_2For my next card I totally cased this stamp idea and layout from Darlene DeVries.  You can check out her card and the video on how she made it HERE.   I used inktense pencils for my card.occw6_1This next card, was just a bit of fun playing with my inktense and faber-castle watercolor pencils.  This cute image is from the Greeting Farm.  I added a few bubbles in with glossy accents and also put a bit of wink of stella in the water, but i couldn’t get the shimmer on camera.occw6_2Also, HAPPY MOTHER’s day to my lovely Mum.  I am looking forward to getting back to Australia to visit with her and the rest of my family this month.

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Masculine watercolor

occw5_5I LOVED the card that Sharri Carroll showed us in the watercolor online card class. WCI didn’t really have any background stamps that I could use, so I have created a pattern with two of the stamps in the Altenew set “Sohcahtoa”, for a more masculine card.  I’ve used brown, blues, green and orange inktense pencils.  I also dabbed little spots of color with my paint brush for a splatter look.  I cut out the “Big Hello” die from SSS twice - one to match the background color and one in black for the shadow.occw5_6I really like how this one turned out and it’s an idea I will have to remember for guys cards!!

EDITED: Here is some more information on the stamp set I used.  Altenew is a new company and this was from their first release.  You can find it HERE - unfortunately it is sold out, but SSS sell these as well.  Here is a picture of the set:Sohcahtoa_grande

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Painted Flower

occw5_1Days 5 and 6 of the online card class is all about painting stamped images with watercolor.  There were some really beautiful examples and such talented ladies teaching the classes.WCSo, I’ve taken this flower image from a stampin’ up set called Peaceful petals.  I played with it a couple of times.  This first example above and just below, I stamped the image with “tea dye” distress ink, but I felt it washed out too much for my taste when i added the watercolor, so I went over the outline with a brown marker. I did more of a messy background.occw5_2In this example I stamped it with “vintage photo” distress ink and I liked how I could still see the outline of the flower – it didn’t get washed away, but it did bleed a little, unlike the tie dye color, but it all adds to the hand painted effect.  I watercolored a softer background, with just a small touch of green and orange.occw5_3occw5_4I really like this look.  I’ve just used some cheap watercolors and the results are quite good.  I have ordered some better quality colors, so I will be interested to see the results I get from those!!  I hope you’re enjoying the class as much as I am!!

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Watercolor stamping again…

occw3_3This time for the online card class I have used distress inks.  I used a layering stamp from Altenew called “Painted Flowers” – very appropriate!!WCI inked up my outline in black stazon, then inked the flowers with distress ink (picked raspberry, dusty concord and evergreen bough) and spritzed them with water before stamping.  The top set, I spritzed once, the bottom, twice.  Maybe next time I’ll try a few more sprays to see what effect it gives as well – I was a little worried about washing out the distress ink.occw3_4My sentiment is from Mama Elephant and I used stampin’ up markers in melon mambo and rich razzleberry and spritzed that before I stamped it.  It too, has a bit of a washed out watercolor effect, but it’s still easy to read the sentiment…

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