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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Faith in Bloom…

Hi, hello!  I have some more…..yes, CARDS! to show you today!

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I got this lovely stamp set, Faith in Bloom by Taylored Expressions, in my last pizza box and had several different ideas I wanted to try with it.  One of the things I love about these sentiments (besides their sentiments) is the variety of fonts used.  Somehow, that makes me feel I got more for my dollar….like as if I’d got two or three different stamp sets, kwim?

So I started off with just stamping  the flowers randomly all over a piece of cardstock (Do you know, after ALL these years of typing cardstock, my computer STILL corrects it to yardstick!!?  I typed yardstick in all caps at first, because it just irritates me so much, but then I went back and changed it.  It sends a message you know?  Like maybe the next thing will be a straightjacket?  Do you sometimes have days when you’re holding a stick and everybody looks like a piñata?)  So yeah, stamped on CARD STOCK and tucked my feet up under my legs, turned on some podcasts and colored my little heart out.  Using Copic markers.  And!  I also got the wafer dies for cutting these all out.

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So after all the coloring was done, I die cut them all.  Saved myself MINUTES of fussy cutting! Lol, I actually love fussy cutting but for the purpose of this technique, wafer dies are a must!

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Because, I then cut a few more from plain cardstock to stack up and glue together for extra dimension.  Sure, you could use foam tape for extra dimension most of the time, but with these skinny stems, cutting foam tape thin enough to not be seen?  Well, that’s definitely asking for a straightjacket.

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So here are the cards that got made.

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Oh!  Full disclosure?  The clay pots came from a different stamp set.  It’s the only thing this floral stamp set is missing.  But you could draw one without too much difficulty.  That’s what I was going to do until I found this one!

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All of the black dots on the cards are Nuvo Crystal drops.  If you look carefully, you can see the bloop I made trying to create the dots right onto the corrugated cardboard.  In a situation like that, best thing is to squeeze the drops onto some acetate sheets, let them dry then peel them off and glue them in place.  Lesson learned.  Besides all the brightly colored, cute little stamps, these cards were about the texture; each one incorporating a bit of dry embossing or corrugated cardboard.  The floral and chevron embossing folders are Darice and I “think” the border strip one might be too.  I could tell you if I could find it in this mess.

Every time I look at these cards they cheer me immeasurably!  I hope they do the same for you!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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This post was written by Norine on June 7, 2017

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