Hi Everyone! This is Bev. Today we are welcoming the very creative Ana Anderson to our blog! I am so glad you are joining us. And you're going to be happy too when you see Ana's beautiful classic card and her step-by-step instructions! Take it away, Ana.
When I first saw this Fresh Peonies stamp set I couldn’t wait to color it with as many coloring mediums as I could think of. For today’s card I chose to watercolor this beautiful image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.
To start I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black ink and chose the marker colors I would be using on it – Dark Pink and Light Pink for the flowers and Mid Green, Pale Green and Deep Green for the leaves.
Hello, Julie here. Today I am sharing a video showing you how to use masking to create a watercolor background on a flower card. (I've also made a step-by-step tutorial of the same project, in case you would rather read than listen.) I used the the Kind Cosmo stamp set for my card but this technique would work well with many of the stamp sets in the Greenhouse Society Collection.
To begin I stamped my Kind Cosmo image on watercolor paper with waterproof ink.
Marking the background
First step was figuring out and marking where I wanted my background to be. I used a ruler that has a zero in the middle on one side, so I could keep things symmetrical. I decided that I wanted my masked background to be two inches wide. I centered the ruler at the top of the page, marked it at 1 inch on each side of the zero, and then I marked the same points down at the bottom. Next was the height of the masked area. I decided that the masked area should be 2.5 inches tall, and that it didn’t need to be centered top to bottom, so I centered the ruler vertically on the side, then looked at my zero and marked 1 inch below zero, and 1.5 inches above. I marked that on each side, and then used the ruler to find and mark where the lines intersected with little tiny pencil marks. I didn’t want those marks to be very big or dark, so they’d erase easily later.
Next was the masking part. I took my washi tape, and stuck it down just over those little marks, so that it barely covered them. This is so that when it came time to remove the mask and erase the lines, I wasn't erasing through paint. I put down all four sides and pressed the tape down to seal it. I sealed it well enough that paint couldn’t get under it, but not so well that when I removed it I tore the paper.
Starting the Gradation
Once the masking was done, I was ready to start my painting. I wanted my background to be sort of a gradient from green to blue. I got my watercolors set up, along with my handy dandy water pen, and a piece of paper towel. I started out with my water wash. I didn't start out all that precisely, because it’s just open background space, but I did get precise when I came to around the edges of the flowers. I wanted them to be white, which is why I decided to do a background – so they’d stand out, and not look like I just didn’t bother to color.
I took the green about half way up, and then started in with the turquoise. I started with the wash, and as I went I took the opportunity to touch up a bit of the green that didn’t go on quite as smoothly as I would have liked. I overlapped the green a bit to get a smooth gradation, adding a little green to the turquoise. Once again, I went more slowly and precisely around the edges of the flowers. I spread the turquoise to about three quarters of the way up the background. I went back in around the edges of the flowers and darkened the color up just a touch to add contrast.
I kept an eye on it as it dried, since as I go back over previous colors, sometimes I end up with uneven spots. When that happens, I just go back in with my color and touch things up.
I started in on my darker, bluer blue next, beginning with the water wash before the blue. I got tired of adding blue slowly, so I added a bit more water to my blue paint block, and picked up a lot of color on my brush. Because I got my water wash in really well, I could just touch my brush to the page, and my extra intense load of color flowed from the corner beautifully. I may have put a bit too much color in here, but I just used my brush and clean water to pick up and spread it out a bit. If I had decided that this was too much color to spread around, I could have used a dry paper towel to blot it up while it was still super wet, and then started over again.
And because I had such an intense bit of blue here, I added a bit more of the turquoise to balance the intensity.
Next were the centers. First the water wash, and then I went in to the centers of the flowers, adding a bit of yellow to each. As Bev has pointed out, cosmos come in all kinds of colors, but they all have a nice yellow center. So you can be pretty creative with the color of the petals, and as long as it has the yellow center, you’re good. I added a little bit of orange for some shading, and kept going on it. I went back into the colors, adding a bit more color, smoothing and spreading the color some more, and then darkened the color around the flowers for some extra contrast.
Next I very carefully took off my masking tape. I went very slowly so I could stop if the paper started to tear, and I pulled it off at a very sharp angle, which seems to help avoid the tearing.
After the tape was all off, I took a clean eraser (clean is important, as a dirty eraser can leave marks) and removed my little marks. The corner marks are most important, because I planned to cut the paper down to go on my card and would end up cutting off the marks on the edges anyway. I went around and erased all the marks.
As you can see, my example piece has been cut down to about 4 by 5.25 inches, and put on a 4.25 by 5.5 inch card front. My final piece is on the right. I really had fun with this project!
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about masking a background and that you can use something like this on your next project. Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Thursday Morning Everyone! This is Bev here with a quick introduction. Today I am happy to welcome Yasmin Diaz to the Technique Tuesday blog. Yasmin is an amazing card making artist. I know you will enjoy seeing her tutorial and the beautiful cards she made with the new Fresh Peonies stamps and matching dies!
Hi everyone, Yasmin here. Today I’m thrilled to be sharing these friendship cards that I created featuring the Fresh Peonies Stamp Set and Fresh Peonies Crafting Dies. They were so much fun and easy to make, so in today’s post I’ll be sharing with how I white heat embossed, and water colored them! Without further ado, let’s jump into the tutorial.
To begin with I started by scoring two A2 standard size white card bases, and I set them aside while I started working on the card panels. For the first card I white heat-embossed the peony cluster directly on the watercolor card panel, and I water colored with coral and green tones. Then, to make it stand out, I added a touch of light blue to the background. Once the water coloring was dry I gold heat-embossed one of the sentiments, and to finish it off I adhered the back of it with double sided tape to one of the white card bases.
For the second card I white heat embossed the peonies on a piece of watercolor paper, then I water colored it with orange and green tones. Once the water coloring was done, I set it aside while I ran though the die cutting machine a piece of gold mirrored card stock along with the Friend die included in the fresh peonies crafting dies, as I wanted to combine the ‘Friend’ word with one of sentiments from the stamp set. For the card layout I adhered the friend word in one of the lower sides of the card, and then I gold heat embossed one of the sentiments underneath it. Finally, I used the Fresh Peonies crafting die to die cut the peonies cluster. And to finish it off I adhered the peony cluster above the sentiment, and I adhered the card panel to the other white card base.
Here is a closer look on the die cutting and heat embossing along with the water coloring using the beautiful Fresh Peonies stamps and crafting dies.
I hope you had a great time here with me, and most of all that you get a bit of inspiration from the cards that I shared today. Thank you and happy crafting.
Written by Yasmin Diaz. All photography provided by Yasmin Diaz.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, peony flowers are outrageously beautiful and will take your breath away. Today, I am sharing some cards featuring the Fresh Peonies stamp set and dies. I hope these projects will take your breath away and inspire you to make some flower cards and tags!
The Fresh Peonies Ideas and Inspiration Video!
I know some of you like to watch videos to see the projects and hear tips. Other people would rather read about them. So you get to choose! The video includes the same projects and tips included in the rest of this post.
Keep Things Simple - Don't Add Color!
When we were designing this stamp set, I never imagined the peony flowers without any color. But check out this card by Dana Kirby. It is simple and oh so stunning! So, if you are short on time, just let the flower image and sentiment be the stars on your card!
Use Colored Pencils and the No Line Coloring Technique
Wow... I can honestly say this card took my breath away! Dana Joy used a light-colored ink to stamp the peony flower image. Then she used pencils to add color to her peonies and leaves, and created this gorgeous card!
I can't seem to find very many words to accurately describe how much I like this card by Emily Leiphart. She used Distress Ink to color two peony images, and then die cut them out. She stamped her sentiment, and used the Essential Stitched Labels dies to cut it out. But here is where Emily got super creative. Look at her card front. She used that same label die to emboss shapes and texture into the background of her card. I think that is so AWESOME!
Often peonies are white, pink, or red. But they also come in shades of coral, purple and bright yellow. One of the trendy colors this year is called living coral. So I was so glad to see this beautiful peony card by Yasmin Diaz. In addition to using copic markers to make the lovely coral peony, Yasmin die cut out the word Friend (which is included in the set of Fresh Peonies Crafting Die) to help finish her card.
Stamp a Patterned Peony Background
Last month I participated in a challenge where I colored a stamped image every day. I used several different kinds of pencils, crayons, and markers to make peonies in nearly every color in the rainbow. To make this card I stamped the peony image all over a 4 x 5.5 inch piece of cardstock. Then I used yellow, orange, and red makers to color in the flowers. (I used Zig Clean Color light pink, orange, and carmine red along with a water pen.) Although it took me awhile to color all those peonies, I really enjoyed doing it. I think that coloring stamped images is relaxing!
I hope you enjoyed seeing all the different ways you can color your stamped peonies. If you are a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, we'll be shipping the Fresh Peonies to you soon. I hope these projects inspire you to get out your new stamps and make something! If you aren't an auto-ship member, you can pre-order your peonies now.
Oh my gosh! It's nearly March. I always forget how quickly the end of February arrives! We're headed into March like a lion here in Oregon, with snow trying to cover our daffodils and crocuses. But we've got some great new flower stamps and dies to look forward to, so I'm happy. ;)
I'm super excited about the new Greenhouse Society Stamp Set and Craft Dies. You're going to love the Fresh Peony set! It's a dream to color and paint, with all its lovely details and classic lines. Between the two of us, Bev and I have colored these flowers nearly every color in the rainbow. And I've started working on my coloring tutorial. I can't wait to share it with you!
Stamp the flowers using multiple ink colors: To make a project like this one, start by stamping a sentiment on your card front. (The sentiment on this card is from the Lots of Sentiments Stamp Set.)
Then get out 2 or 3 colors of ink. Apply the lightest color, next lightest color, and then the darkest ink color to your cosmo stamp. By inking up from lightest to darkest, you can avoid getting dark-colored ink on your lighter ink pads.
Then stamp the multi-colored cosmo image off the edges of your card front. Ink up the flower stamp again using multiple ink colors to make more flowers on your project.
Add yellow and green details: Did you know the centers of a cosmo flower are always yellow? That means you can make the petals on your flower images be whatever color you want. Then add a yellow center and your gardener friends will know it is a cosmo. To add an extra pop of color, apply green along the stems of your stamped flower image.
To color the cosmo flowers on this gift tag, I used watercolors. Next I used the largest label from the set of Essential Stitched Labels Dies to cut out the tag. To finish the project, I used one of the smaller dies from that set to make the slot for the ribbon.
Color-match your sentiment: To make a project like this one, stamp, color, and then die cut out your cosmos. (I used 3 colors of distress ink on each petal.) To make a matching sentiment label, start with white paper. Use the same ink colors and blend them together. Then stamp a sentiment over the blended ink. To cut out my sentiment, I used the smallest label from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies.
Create striped flowers: Another fun thing to do is make striped cosmos. Heather used copic markers to make the bright pink areas emanating out from the centers for each flower. Then she added yellow centers and green stems before die cutting out her cosmos. Heather blended some yellow ink onto the largest die from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies and placed it behind her flowers. (You'll find more details about this card on Heather's blog!)
Make a monochromatic garden: Many of my favorite projects feature a monochromatic color scheme, like this card by Emily Leiphart. She stamped the cosmos three times, colored them using distress inks, and die cut them out. Then she blended the same distress ink colors along the bottom of her card. Emily adhered the die-cut cosmos along the bottom edge of the card front but she varied how far they went up onto the card. To finish, she cut off the parts of the flower die cuts that were off the edge of the card. (Want more info? See Emily's blog post.)
Use dark cardstock and pencils: Want to create a totally different look? Start with black or dark cardstock. Stamp several of the cosmos images and heat emboss them. (I used Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.) Then use pencils to add color to each petal plus highlights and shadows. (I used Prismacolor pencils.)
Cut apart your die-cut flowers: Since cosmos come in so many colors, why not add a whole bunch of flowers to your next project? Start by stamping, coloring, and die-cutting out a bunch of flowers. (I used watercolors for this project.) Then snip the die-cut flowers off their stems. Arrange the cosmos on your card and add a sentiment. (The sentiment on this card is from the Lots of Sentiments stamp set. I used the smallest die from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies to cut out the sentiment.)
I hope you enjoyed seeing these projects and I hope that they inspire you make some projects of your own. The Technique Tuesday Design Team members made so many projects with these stamps and dies that we couldn’t include them all here. Hop on over to our website to see more projects featuring the Kind Cosmo stamps and dies!
Wow... weren't the projects the Design Team members shared yesterday awesome? If you missed it, please just take a minute and go back. We'll wait here for you. Now guess what... today the Design Team is doing it again. They have another round of amazing projects to share with you.
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Hello, Julie here, with another coloring video! Today’s project uses the new Beautiful Narcissus stamp set and Copic markers. Copics are a fairly new medium for me, so I learned a lot as I prepared for this video. The first thing I learned was how to pronounce it – a little like cope-ic. I even went to the official website to watch a video just to hear how they pronounced it. I still think it looks like it should rhyme with topic, but oh well.
Step-By-Step Instructions For Coloring the Beautiful Narcissus image with Copic Markers
If you'd like to print out step-by-step instructions, here they are. Or bookmark this page for future reference!
I stamped my image on multimedia paper here, with a water-based ink. Because many waterproof inks are alcohol-based, they don’t work so well with the alcohol-based Copic markers. It just blends into the color you’re adding. So, water-based inks are our friends here.
I started with the greens. I found the color system easy to navigate, with the help of the Copic Marker site’s color chart and explanation. I chose three colors in the yellow green family - YG21, YG23, and YG25. I started with the lightest color, YG21, and filled in all the leaves and stems. After that, I put in shadows with the medium color, YG23. Then I used the darkest color, YG25, very sparingly in the very darkest spots. I will say that the stems here are fairly thin, so I didn’t do any detailed shading on them. Next, I went back to YG21 and used it as a blender. Now, I could have used an actual colorless blender to do this, but I didn’t really need to, as the lightest of the three colors worked well. This final layer blended the three colors a bit, and smoothed out any hard lines.
Next came the flowers. I used three markers from the yellow family – Y13, Y15, and Y19. I started with Y13, the lightest color, then the medium color, Y15, then the darkest, Y19, and finally went back in with the lightest and blended them. One of the things that have kept me from trying Copics in the past was the fact that when I started to put down color, like I did here with the light yellow, it would start out looking sort of muddy. Tam, here at the office, encouraged me to keep trying, and I came back to a trial piece that I hadn’t liked as I colored it, but which looked amazing once it was dry! So these yellows are going to dry to be nice and bright.
Next was the orange center. I used three in the yellow red family YR00, YR02, and YR04. Of course, I started with the lightest, and filled in the whole shape with it. Then the medium color went in, and because the lighter color is so light, I used a good bit of the medium. Next comes the darkest, which I used for just a couple of shadow touches. Finally, I used the lightest orange to blend them together.
Once the flowers are all done, I started on the puffballs, which Tam and I decided are thistles, so they’re blue. I started with B60, and just swirled it around on each of the bits of fluff. Next was a touch of B63 for the start of the shadows, and finally some B66 for the darkest bit. The blending here started out looking a bit muddy but dried nicely.
And lastly, I did the thistle stems in brown (I thought of them as dried thistles). Because these stems are thin, I once again only did the barest bit of color, avoiding any shading, because it got out of control when I tried too much detail with these.
Here is the final piece. I added a touch of the blue in the little tie at the bottom and now I’m ready to make a card or gift tag out of it. I’ll see about putting the finished product up on the website when I’ve finished it.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used Copic markers to color the Beautiful Narcissus image. And I hope you saw something you can use on your next project!
The Design Team is here to help celebrate the January new release! They've put together some amazing new paper crafting projects to share with you.
Please consider leaving a comment on this post, or any of our design team members’ posts, between Jan. 1st and Jan. 4th, 2019. (We really love hearing from you!) We'll select one person from all the comments to receive a $20 gift certificate for the Technique Tuesday website. The lucky winner will be announced on Jan. 5th on this blog.
You'll find all our new products right here. Whether you're a card maker, a scrapbooker or an all-around crafter, this release has something for you.
Want to see projects that will make you swoon? Bev's new video includes inspiration for Valentine's Day cards, everyday scrapbooking and memory keeping, and projects perfect for the people you love any time of the year!
Is there a product from the January New Release that inspires you? Is there something you are already thinking about using them for? We always love to hear from you! Tell us your favorites and what crafty ideas you have for all these new stamps and dies. Leave a comment, we always love hearing from you!
Watch our blog and social media channels throughout January for even more inspiration for these new products. Plus be sure to keep an eye on the video page on our website for new videos featuring these products. We've got projects waiting in the wings for the Beautiful Narcissus, the Paper Airplane on the Border, and more!