Category Archives: watercolor

Autumn Splendor

Good morning! Today I have a sneak peek of the fun new release coming soon at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps! This month’s release will be on October 7.

This stamp set is called Autumn Splendor and is perfect for your fall cards! I stamped the leaves on this watercolor paper and then spritzed with water.

Have a great day and on Monday check out all the new stamps in this month’s release!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Autumn Splendor; paper- Northwoods watercolor paper, SU! Cajun Craze; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Watermelon Wonder, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze; accessories- MISTI, Stickles, foam dimensionals.

watercolor peonies

Hello! I recently tried the No-Line Watercoloring technique and took a few pics along the way. I used the pretty Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamp of the Month set, Peony Cluster.

Let me first say… I quickly realized that I need a LOT of practice. And patience. LOL. BUT…it was fun! I still think it turned out to be a pretty card. Thankfully I wasn’t going for realistic colors or perfection. 😉

I started with a piece of this >> watercolor paper. I have to say that I really liked the thinner watercolor paper to layer onto a card. I was going lighter with the water but I also liked that I had no issues with pilling. I definitely want to try it some more! I first used two colors of ink smooshed on an acrylic block and a waterbrush to apply a light wash of color to the background. (Tape it down first to avoid warping).

Next I stamped the image with Distress Antique Linen. It was a bit darker than I think it should have been so next time I’ll try stamping it off once first.

The piece was taped back down and I decided to start with the leaves. Oh my…I quickly lost patience and kind-of just did my own thing on them. LOL.

When I started with the flowers, I went back and forth between two so that they would have drying time. As I moved on to the other two, though, I was able to color each flower separate. Remember to work on sections that are not touching and then come back to the adjacent sections when it’s dry.

After I finished the flowers, I added some green around them and blended it to fade out. Then I used all 4 flower colors to flick some speckles with the brush.

I die cut the panel and added a sentiment.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Peony Cluster; paper- Northwoods watercolor paper, SU! Peach Parfait; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Antique Linen; accessories- Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, waterbrush, Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Rectangles, rhinestones.

watercolor birds

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a simple card using some of the Ai Watercolor Sets.  I’ve used 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4872- WC Birds Set, 4052- WC Flower Set 1, 4051- Foliage Set 1, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set.

I love the little nest in the bird set!  I’ve masked the bucket and pot to add the nest and flowers.

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I diecut an edge on my kraft layer to make a simple banner. Then the image circle was popped up with foam tape and some twine plus a few Nuvo drops finished the card.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4872- WC Birds Set, 4052- WC Flower Set 1, 4051- Foliage Set 1, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set; paper- watercolor, white, SU! Crumb Cake and Pool Party; ink- SU! markers; accessories- Ai watercolor brush, Ai Watercolor Palette, Ai 1″ clear blocks, 2 1/2″ circle punch, Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, foam tape, baker’s twine, White and Neptune Nuvo Drops.

spreads like sunshine

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Spring-y Cards” and we are featuring the fabulous new Art Impressions Watercolor Containers and Critters Sets!  I love these new additions to the WC line…take a look at this wagon and the sweet bunnies!

I used 7 sets on my card today… 4875- Garden Wagon Mini Set, 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4874- WC Bunnies Set, 4868- WC Flower Set 2, 4051- Foliage Set, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, 4903- WC Sentiments Set.

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I used the following SU! markers direct to rubber, then applied a damp brush to the stamped image…just as Bonnie shows in her videos.

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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Spring-y Cards” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4875- Garden Wagon Mini Set, 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4874- WC Bunnies Set, 4868- WC Flower Set 2, 4051- Foliage Set, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, 4903- WC Sentiments Set; paper- watercolor, vanilla, black, Making Memories- Chloe’s Closet; ink- SU! markers; accessories- watercolor brush, rhinestones.

happiness grows

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Let’s Watercolor” and we are featuring the fabulous new Art Impressions Watercolor Minis, Flowers, Foliage, and sentiments!  I’m so glad Bonnie added the sentiments to the line and the new Mini WC sets are so cute!

Today I used the Art Impressions 4875- Garden Wagon Mini Set, 4868- WC Flower Set 2, 4051- Foliage Set, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set.

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I don’t have the markers that Bonnie uses, but any water-based markers should work fine. I’ve been using my SU! markers since that is what I have in my supply. Here’s the colors that were used on my card.

happiness grows

Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite watercolor stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Let’s Watercolor” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4875- Garden Wagon Mini Set, 4868- WC Flower Set 2, 4051- Foliage Set, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set; paper- watercolor, white, black, SU! Blushing Bride, K&Co. Amy Butler- Lucky Flowers; ink- SU! markers, Versafine Black; accessories- watercolor brush, adhesive pearls.

old barn

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “Watercolor Stamping” (use all water-based inks)…and we are featuring 2 NEW Watercolor Mini sets!  Here I used the Old Barn Set (4807) plus a few images from the Flowers Set (4052) and Foliage Set (4051) .

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I am still working on my watercoloring, as you can see! lol.  But these are fun to work with and a nice change of pace from the alcohol based markers that I usually use.

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Now it’s your turn to make a card or project with water-based inks and join us in the new Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your creations!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Old Barn Set (4807), Flowers Set (4052) and Foliage Set (4051); paper- white, brown, watercolor, Mohawk Via Marigold 80# Felt Cover; ink- SU! Soft Suede, Really Rust, Midnight Muse, Rich Razzleberry, Close To Cocoa, Gumball Green, Always Artichoke; accessories- SU! Hello You Thinlits dies.

time to celebrate

Hello friends!

Art Impressions is celebrating their 29th year in business… WOW…29!!  That is a great accomplishment but not surprising, as their images are top-notch FUN!  The Ai design team is celebrating with them and you can check out our cards today on the Ai blog.  We’d love for you to join us, too…the current Ai Challenge is “Anything Goes”!  On this card, I used the Ai Cheer Set (4547) .

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a close up…

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Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the new Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your cards…remember…Anything Goes!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Ai Cheer Set (4547), paper- white, black; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark; accessories- Copics, white embossing powder, Prima Watercolor Confections- Tropicals, foam dots, pearls.

watercolor gate

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the Ai Watercolor EZ Project A (4271) and my sentiment is Thought of You (3170) .

watercolor gate diane zechman

I wanted to use the watercolor stamps in another way so I’ve heat embossed the images with white embossing powder, then colored.  I clearly need more practice! lol. But it was fun using these images a bit differently.  I love a white on white card so that’s the direction I was going.

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When you have some free time, check out the Ai watercoloring videos that are posted to the blog each Wednesday.  Bonnie is amazing teaching the Ai way to easy watercoloring! You can also view the videos HERE on the Ai YouTube Channel.  Be sure to subscribe!

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Watercolor EZ Project A (4271) and Thought of You (3170); paper- cream, watercolor; ink- Versamark, Versafine Black; accessories- MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles and Blueprints 20, white embossing powder, Prima Watercolor Confections- Classics, Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Matelassé embossing folder.

southwest window

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “Watercolor & White Pen” AND we are featuring the NEW Watercolor Mini sets plus the Window Deco Die Set! The window is perfect for your Windows To The World or Watercolor sets.

I used the Ai Southwest Set (4763) and the Window Deco Die Set (4749) for my card. Love this window!

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I used the Southwest watercolor images on the outside and again on the inside…

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Here’s some close-ups.

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My patterned paper curtains are dark but you can faintly see the stamped lines.

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Patterns were drawn on both pots and I added some tiny flowers to the cacti.

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Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the new Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your cards using Watercolor & White Pen!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Southwest Set (4763) and Window Deco Die Set (4749), paper- Ranger Watercolor, SU! Dusty Durango, MME Stella & Rose- Mabel; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! markers; accessories- Labels 12 Nestabilities, gemstones, paintbrush, Craft Smart White Paint Pen (Michael’s).

 

island window

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the Ai Island Window (3178) image.  We are having such an unusual winter here with no snow to speak of yet!  Even though it is cold, I am sort of understanding how my friends in the warmer states must feel when crafting winter scenes.  lol.  I am not using my snowy stamps as much this year.  In fact, I spied this tropical image in my stash and decided to bring a little warmth to the cold temps.

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The Windows To The World images don’t need to be used only with the Window Dies (although they are beautiful paired together!).  Here I watercolored the scene and popped it up with some dimensionals.

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Whether you are stamping winter or summer images, I hope you are inspired to create some cards.  Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Island Window (3178); paper- white, black, Ranger Watercolor paper, SU! Sycamore Street dsp; ink- Versafine Black; accessories- Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, brush, ribbon, rhinestones, foam dimensionals.