New Year, new products, new inspiration…

Hello friends and welcome to our first post of the New Year!  I’m a bit holiday seasoned-out so I was glad to just pull out some new supplies recently acquired from the Love is in the Details store, and mindlessly play.  These FUN little birthday designs printed on watercolor paper were the perfect little canvases to play on….

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…and these new watercolor pencils from Spectrum Noir were the medium of choice!

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In case you’re wondering, how the various brands of watercolor pencils compare…because there are a few to choose from….I did this little color comparison sample.  As you can see from the photo, the Spectrum brand provides a thick and creamy coverage that turns to a beautiful watercolor tint.  Even better, they will be releasing more color collections, and having a bad case of Collect the Whole Set-itis, I will be needing all those colors.

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Before I show you the cards that came out of this therapeutic coloring session, I wanted to show you how you can achieve a fun color blend.  I used two shades of blue pencils and a green and colored the block letters in thirds from top to bottom.  Then, using a water brush I colored the top color, then the bottom color and finally, colored the middle section, overlapping into the top and bottom so they would blend together.

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I did the same for the rainbow CELEBRATE letters and presents on the card on the top left, and an orange/yellow ombre on the Birthday card on the bottom right.

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Here are some close-ups of the individual cards.

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This last card was colored with the new Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua-Wash brushes in the store.  They come in color sets of threes and I used the spring and summer color sets to paint the balloons and alphabets below.

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Thanks for coming by today!  I’m really happy to be back with some new inspiration, not to mention, fun new products to play with and then tell you about!   Have a wonderful day!

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Day 5 of the #12daysofholidaygiftwrap….

Hello again!

I’ve got the sweetest little gift bag in this #12daysofholidaygiftwrap series to share with you today!

It’s stamped and colored!  Remember how I said on day one, that any way possible to squeeze some recreational crafting into this hectic holiday season is a good thing?  Well coloring stamped images that will actually check something off your list can only be called a Win/WIN!

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Once more, I used a smaller, A2 card-sized bag, that I cut down even further, so that with the top decoratively punched and folded over the finished size is square.  Again, perfect for gifting a dvd-sized package.  Then I just stamped one of my favorite holiday images with black ink, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, and colored the image with Copic markers.

Helpful hint:  I tucked a piece of cardstock inside the bag while coloring so that the ink wouldn’t seep through to the back of the bag, which will happen with alcohol markers.  For the white flowers I colored them in with a Signo white Uniball pen.  Gorgeous even coverage!

Finally, I tied the bag up like a parcel with black and white butcher’s twine, including a gold leaf and stamped tag, and then added some extra flair with the label sticker and houndstooth washi tape.

All supplies used are pictured below.

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Check back tomorrow for yet more gift-packaging inspiration!

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