SCS DAPPLED WATERCOLOR

GREETINGS SWEET SPRINGTIME… it gets closer to Easter everyday and I had hoped to get a few more pieces set to post but alas for me anyway if it wasn’t for last minute nothing would get done…lol… I continue to be playing with watercolor… and this was another technique that really appealed to me… that said I will say I am not a huge fan of rainbows…. but I could really see this background as STARRY STARRY NIGHT…and currently being in Fl … I went wow… just imagine some palmtrees stamped in black against this blue background…. and leaving a bit of open space in the area and then putying some yellow in there as moon… PRICELESS…then basically just using wet on wet and flicking other inks onto the background …. as I said priceless…

DAPPLED WATERCOLOR.  

HOk so you can see here how she is using the cap of the water pen to flip/ or flick other colors onto the wet background… but HINTS… there are other tools that will do this as well… back in grade school we used a toothbrush and splattered ourselves as well as the paper…lol so with any of these methods…you  may want to a) go to the kitchen sink or someplace you can clean up easily…b) wear and apron or old shirt or if you have on ( you may want to designate one) a painting shirt..lol… again… AND then don’t forget to remove it when your hubby comes home or he will wonder what you have been doing all day… lol

so in addition to the toothbrush ( make sure you are not going to use it to brush your teeth any longer… )this little tool and I have no name for it but SPATTER BRUSH works just like to your tooth brush and your children will not refuse to brush there teeth any longer once they see you using it… of course as always it available at craft stores but on AMAZON also..

amazon spatter brush ACTUALLY it says its a kemper tool… lol… what you can’t see in this picture is that there is metal bar on the back side of the wooden dowel that says kemper tools nd if you dip the bristles into the paint then you push the bar up against bristle and twist the handle and bingo it spatters…. test it on scrap paper first to see how much paint you want on it…

 

another spatter.. THIS ONE as you can see is a TIM HOLTZ product is there anything he doesn’t make… still it looks interesting… I am assuming that with this one you dip the long bristles into paint and then maybe using a pencil tap the brush on the pencil to drop ink onto you wet background or you may want to use it on a dry just to make spatter ….. again I found this image on AMAZON… but I assume that it would also be at Michaels or jo ann’s or HOBBY LOBBY…

SPEAKING OF HOBBY LOBBY...it appears that they are either trying to clear out all their stamps Ie discontinue selling them or they just want to get rid of old stock.. in any case I have come to the party late and only found one or two that I just had to have… but almost all of the ones they have for sale are down to less than two or 3 dollars… I was amazed even big ones… so you may want to check it out if you have one near you… I asked several of the checkers and no one seems to know if they just starting over or if they are no long going to sell stamps…..:(…. and if the stamps go does that mean the paper will also… not sure and they are not telling… so this is just an FYI if you have a HOBBY LOBBY  near by..

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY….wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

CONTACT PAPER MASKING…SCS

I love finding alternative uses for things…. and this certainly qualifies… I think when I was first married I may have NOTE MAY HAVE.. used contact paper to line my shelves in my cupboards…so I got excited when I saw I could buy some respositional contact paper and use it to make art…so you must at least look at the video and then directions and then decide if like me you want to go to amazon (because I am too lazy to run all over town trying to find it) and it turns out its almost that hard to find on Amazon… lol…You might want to wait and check back with me to make sure that what I ordered is in fact removable..they say it is…but they don’t have the word removable on the label…

But the idea really appeals to me… I like using the cut out to add a variety of color and then to stamp again with a design stamp on in this case the balloon… in any case it will take a few days before I can actually try this out and if you buy the large post it notes you can probably do similar idea Ist bit harder to keep the mask in place to add the color.

CONTACT PAPER MASK  

 

PANDA WATERFALL CARD

HOPPY EASTER….I AM JUST GONNA JUMP IN  ON THIS ONE…LOL…also I am celebrating a major BIRTHDAY…that’s right I am 16 today…no you don’t believe me well how about 30…ok that’s not working either right..so now you have to just guess but I can say that I am alive and well and thankful for every day…

I love this waterfall card and while I was taught it slightly different this is just so easy…I had to share it again…. and these little panda’s from STAMPING UP … they are a freebee if you spend $ 50 so yeah I had some birthday stuff and I had to have them… I think they are just too cute…here is the link to her video..PANDA WATERFALL VIDEO and below is are the measurements needed for each of the pieces that create the waterfall..

I don’t have all the other set she uses but I had some other narrow stamps that work for that last space…AND I did have several designs of cards that I bought by the box at Michael’s cause they were on sale for like 5 bucks… It was just such a deal and so I am using them for the background layer just like see did and even thought the front and back are not the same it works just fine I think… see below

ok there are my two using a box of black and white cards… but I am also going to make one with my favorite frog stamps and I can’t remember where I got him but he was on an image on PINTREST AND and I found her blog and ordered the stamp… sorry guys I just didn’t keep the info but you should also know that he is unmounted totally no cushion either … anyway I like him but there are tons of frogs out there…

I will still use the black squares and the black card basic..just because I like black and because I think it sets all the colors off better… I am not a fan of ink and paper being the same color… EXCEPT BLACK…lol…

I am also pretty sure that you can stamp the panda with the balloon on the last piece of white if you just mask off the bottom a little it might cut off the feet but the rest of panda and balloon will be just fine…

Here are some other designs you can use on the waterfall card…

I used my favorite frog  and then in the second one I used a large balloon stamp that I have.,..my background on each black base are the fronts on some cards I got at Joann’s that were on sale with like 20 cards in one box and envelopes… only the fronts of the cards are decorative the back are plain white but can be use to create the small squares… just saying..

So give this a card a go and my suggestion /hint is to pre cut some of the pieces of black and white as well as using the measurements to score the long strip of white so that all is ready to create your waterfall at the spur of the moment…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad….aka kath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINI DIAPER FOLD TREAT CARD

GREETINGS …from the Easter Bunnyok I am not really the Easter bunny but after making these wonderful little diaper/pocket fold cards…I feel like the EASTER BUNNY…of course I should also share that I know have the crinkly cut paper that one uses for Easter grass all over the house… I do like it but its a pain to get out of the bag and also to keep into the pocket…lol… maybe that’s why the bunny usually uses just a basket and HIDES his eggs…no grass in the basket… all that said I am also looking for jelly belly jelly beans if you eaten any of them you know that every one loves Jelly Belliys…..lol… I am pretty sure you can find assorted ones at AMAZON and you may find them at Walmarts also…

I will confess that after making the diapers/pockets I used some lovely little rabbits and chicks that I found at Jo Ann’s they are felt and just too cute and I liked the idea that they were dimensional as well.  I found these early near the end of February then recently I found the little wooden painted ones so you have to go back often… which is just what they want….

Dawn’s larger pocket/diaper…this is one she made using an 8×8 square… mine were all made using 6×6 squares…

This is one I did a few years ago with an origami chick if you check my blog and search for origami chicken you will find the pattern for making it..

MINI DIAPER FOLD TREAT

kh mini diaper fold 6×6  2018 easter card

kh mini diaper fold  the little eggs and the tiny chick in the other card are both little painted wooden embellishments I found at Jo Ann’s

back of my mini

Now the problem with this card is that it makes a huge bump in the envelope so then you do have to add an extra stamp to mail it and also I would suggest that you tape it shut just to make sure …. as long as they hand cancel it it will be fine but if they run it thru that machine…well all bets are off.. fingers crossed…

Couple of HINTS on this one… you don’t ‘have to make it an easter card..it could just be a pocket that holds a gift card for birthday or just a mini message inside and it wouldn’t need the easter grass at that point…so up to you… If you decide to use it that way I suggest that you put the pocket inside a folded base rather than just using a single piece of card stock…it will be more secure and what ever you stick in the pocket has a better chance of staying there… lol..

EYE CANDY..SPDRS AD

In case you don’t know the above is an ad for SPIDERS financial something or other..lol  I have watched their ads for years when it always a spider creating a web somewhere but this one is all about PAPER folding and cutting and books … hence the new chapter reference…anyway I just love it.. and had to share it because like the SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT ADS its so intricate and so amazing … they hours they must have spent just filming it… so enjoy… and HAPPY EASTER…

I am going to an ADULT EASTER EGG DECORATING PARTY ON SAT..SO watch for pictures next week…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad aka kath

MIRROR STAMPING USING SILICONE PAD

QUICK TIP …I do like this and since it is just a quick tip I am just giving you the link to DAWN and a few of her samples…there is really not much for me to say about this except for you to look at your stamps and see what you have that would make a good mirror image…

MIRROR IMAGE STAMPING ..

All of the above images are DAWN’s efforts at mirror or reverse images… and I apologize for them being blurry but I had to try to grab them off her video and sometimes getting it stopped is not so easy…lol.. anyway you can see them again on her web site…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad….aka kath

SCS WATERCOLOR TISSUE…

WAIT… this is not the same as the one I had already posted about painting WITH tissue paper… in fact this is just the reverse… with this one using your waterbed stamp pads on a piece of acrylic or the teflon sheets ( amazon) then smear your watercolors together  or not leaving white space will work too… then press your piece of tissue paper or even Kleenex over ink and let it soak thru. Then you will need to lay it aside to dry…

SCS WATERCOLOR TISSUE

SCS WATERCOLOR TISSUE this is great for creating background in which case you can glue it ( tape will not work well) to a piece of watercolor paper or just card stock…white is probably best if you want it to show up well…because tissue is so fragile it needs some kind of backing … if you wanted to use it to die cut or punch something out glueing it to card stock or w/color paper works well… BUT …you can also let it dry then you can use your IRON and butcher paper and you can iron the tissue the butcher paper… now if you also iron clothes with this iron then you want to protect your iron by using another piece of paper over it so that the waxiness of the butcher paper doesn’t get on your iron…if you have those teflon sheets you can use that also….

HINT: IF you use the butcher paper then it will be ok to cut it with the dies..however it gets harder to use the punch so the best way to do it into flip it over and punch with the white side of the butcher paper showing rather than the tissue… if you punch is old and not cutting well try punch it thru tinfoil. few times to try to sharpen the edges… but it still may not work well with a very detailed punch a solid image like balloon, heart , square etc. or any mostly solid image… should work just fine…I also do not think that you will be able to adhere it to the acetate…but you can try by just cutting a small piece and trying it…

NOW they also suggested that if you glue the tissue onto the card stock or watercolor paper ( I suggested glue on the card not on the tissue)then scrunch up the tissue as you press it down you will get more texture and then she suggests that you VERY LIGHTLY ie don’t press down too hard …rub the watermark or embossing pad over the raised parts of the tissue and sprinkle with either (my suggestion ) gold or bronze  or black embossing powder you get this wonderful CRACKLE EFFECT…. now that really excited me…. and you can do it also using the BUTCHER PAPER..

W/C crackle effect..with embossing powder

HINT: once the tissue is colored and dry …wad it up like you were going to throw it away…then iron it onto the butcher paper and again willl achieve texture that you can apply embossing pad/powder to and get those CRACKLE LINES to really show up…. OK so why are ya sittin here reading this …GO PLAY…

HINT: You can also do larger sheets of tissue and then cut it up smaller…especially if you are doing the wadding and iron on butcher paper effect….

EYE CANDY..again this is a kwerner…video and its delightful.. and so much fun…so give it a look and then a HINT…you can get the masking fluid she shows from AMAZON…where else… lo…. WATERCOLOR ENVELOPES

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY… wire headed cyber toad aka kath

EYE CANDY PAPER MARBLEING IN FLORENCE ITALY..I just had to share this one because I am pretty sure that I have been in the store in FLORENCE and helped boost their economy ….a lot…. so just enjoy seeing all the lovely stuff…

 

 

CENTER EXPLOSION card…

Hi there… here I am …. I am going to link you to DAWN’s video for this card but I am the one who put the measurements down in writing… not sure why she doesn’t seem to do that all the time… I find it very annoying to have to keep stopping and staring the video to get it all written down so I am putting it in writing for you here…first here is what Dawn’s card looks like

front of CENTER EXPLOSION CARDS..

Dawn’s center explosioN

Measurements and scoring…

BASE (white) 5 ½ x 12… scored at  3 ½ , 6 and  8 ½ then to get the center x you need to use a pencil and put as she calls them just tick marks at 4 ½ top and bottom and again at 7 ½ top and bottom then use ruler or score pal or your paper trimer to score the X in the center of the card.. she does tell you that the two OUTSIDE FOLDS  are VALLEY  and that the X FOLDS are MOUNTAIN.. so that is helpful to know..

FRONT PANEL OUTSIDE AND TWO INSIDE PANELS ..cut 3 at 3 3/8 x 5 3/8.. this is the bottom layer and hers are the black pieces then the white pieces over the top you only need two for the inside panels so they are cut 2 at 3 x 5.. HINT: if your using colored cardstock for the BASE..then you would only need the white panel inside for stamping on.

SQUARE FOR THE FRONT cut at 3 1/8 by 2 ¾ layer your designer paper over that and DESIGNER SQUARE is cut at 3 x 2 ½ . I didn’t do the circles because I thought you could figure those out for yourself depending on what you want to stamp on them...HINT: remember that its always better to stamp and then punch out …to make sure your stamp not only fits but is centered…

Dawn does give you are really good HINT: use a piece of old file folder and cut the template for the two pieces of explosion and WRITE on it that it is your template …then I put it along with my directions and the image of the card into a sheet protector so that all the pieces are then when I am ready again to make the card… and because I am me… I will probably cut and score a few bases to and put them in sheet protector with the template and info so I am slightly ahead with my design…

You will see that she has two designs for the front and one them she has a tie to hold it closed..I am not fond of the tie but I do like the idea of just a strip of the design paper on the front and again if its on a white or light colored card stock you won’t necessarily need the panels inside to stamp on… up to you… she is just being good with sharing a different design for the card…If you want/need to hold the card closed you can also use a BELLY BAND….to slide around the card holding it closed and you could put your embellishment on the belly band rather than on the card front…or do both… there are no EXPLOSION center card police…lol.

Lastly I made my first one to make sure I had the papers correct and found that even though it was a perfectly good card I decided to save it as a sample in that … you got it… sheet protector… I am a hands on person and sometimes a picture just isn’t enough so a sample works great for me…

my inside of card

 

my front of center explosion

opens vertically rather than horizontally

love this bear stamp from house mouse…

 

Ok thanks AS ALWAYS FOR STOPPIN BY...wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

EYE CANDY…PAPER MARBLEING ON YOU TUBE…if you have never seen how they make marbled paper…this brief video will give you a great start to seeing how its done… enjoy

 

 

 

 

 

CARD SKETCHES and VALENTINES

GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS..AND HAPPY VALENTINES…

I hope you are not suffering from a chocolate hangover…lol…

I am posting this link because it will link you to all of the CARD SKETCHES or basics that Dawn has posted so far… this is new this year the sketches, and I think its a great idea since it basically just gives you a layout or format to work with you and you pick and choose your own stamps for use with that format.  She usually gives you an actually card that she made in that format as well… DAWN’S SKETCHES..

Then I also wanted to share some of the Pinterest VALENTINES …these are also kinda like sketches at they are just there to give you ideas  and layouts that may work for some of the stamps you may have… so enjoy

the above card is using stamping up dies the swirly circles , the love is a die also from them but there is a similar one that is a fishers punch.. and the heart is probably a punch but could be die also from stamping up..I like it except for cutting the love out of teal or blue paper… it would have been better if they used black…to go with the cord  and the black heart

 

stamping up owls punch

this is also stamping up ..owls punch a die cut circle and the leaves on a branch is also a stamping up die ..I think

 

This one is I think out of lavender paper but it photographs as if it was grey…I probably would have used red and white cord and maybe a red and white polkadot heart…

I love kraft card stock and the embossing template of small heart on only one side of the paper is very cute as is the small embossed kraft heart… making a heart out of the checkerboard and using a strip of the paper to make like a ribbon also very nice… I am not however fond of pink… but on the whole the card works…

I have done these before and I do like doing them but you do need to start way ahead like in the middle of january for me…lol… basically you just trace a heart and then using an awl of some sort but not too big a whole ..you punch all around the heart shape .erase your pencil lines and the just stick randomly back and forth across the heart or you can make it more uniform and go from left to right …this is most impressive I think… start by taping the one of the cord to the back of the card panel… when finished you would layer this on the front or the inside of your card…

this is that same embossing template..with tiny hearts then layered with red behind each one… very stunning and while simple it looks fantastic and the two tiny cut out hearts at the bottom ….perfect…

so save this post so that you have it to look at for next year…BUT… hearts are not just for VALENTINES… you could use any one of these to say HEARTFELT wishes for HAPPY BIRTHDAY ETC… just remember it doesn’t have to be exactly like the picture…make it your own …use what you have and most of all have fun…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY …wire headed cyber toad..aka kath

EYE CANDY….ICE SCULPTURES a friend of mine in WA CAROLE CROSE…sent me these images …probably because she knows that I don’t like the heat in FL and it has been warming up way too much lately so looking at these besides being eye candy they do help to make me feel cooler…enjoy

 

Valentine candy holder by DAWN

 DAWN’S VALENTINE CANDY HOLDER ..This is so cute that I had to just share it right away… I am taking friends out for dinner on Valentines and I made each of them one of these as well an extra one for our waiter….imagine having to work on Valentines..any way its quick and easy and I love HERSEY NUGGETS…so this was a no brainer…now I just have to find someone else to share the extra’s with cause if they stay in my house I will eat them… lol… You may remember that I made those cute little snowmen to give to these same friends on our NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER…but you may also remember that we got sick and so it didn’t happen so I have them tucked away for next year’s party…oooohhh I may be ahead…no its not possible… well maybe…

Dawn’s candy holder

IT’S basically just a strip of 3X7 CARD STOCK ….scored at 1 3/8 , 1 7/8 , 3 ¼ , 3  3/4

I KNOW REALLY ITS THAT SIMPLE..then just roll it up and glue together and EMBELLISH..

NOW DAWN STAMPED on the paper to give it more decoration and them because she was using the ink color that matches the paper it didn’t show up much and so I think that’s why she goes back and adds the wink of stella… HINT: I would not use the same color ink ( wouldn’t use green either lol) I would stamp the images in WATERMARK ink pad as that would make them darker but they still won’t show up really well… I would have used pink paper and stamped in red etc or lavender and stamped in red… but choose whatever color you want….

HINT: If you use patterned paper or designer card stock make sure its doesn’t have an up and down or if it does be sure you cut it so that the pattern is not running upside down… yeah I did it not very smart huh… well at leas I only did one… sometimes I am on a roll could have done multiples…so it wasn’t all bad…so a word to the wise…

In addition, I used lots of stickers and commercial embellishments rather than die cuts or punches… but I did use some… so you can make this as hard or as easy as you want…. and you will still have time to get it down by WEDNESDAY..yes that’s Valentines…

my carndy holders.

I did use commercial embellishments in the foam hearts and also the snoopy stickers and even the puffy hearts were commercial embellishments…but the love is die and I did punch it out and then run it thru the tyron sticker maker and viola…the big heart in the background is also a very old fixers punch one of those ones with the handles..I don’t actually like them as they don’t last well but I have had these for a while mostly cause they usually only get used once a year.  I really liked them because they are funky…they are not perfectly shaped hearts

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad..aka kath

 

kwdesign  EASY WATERCOLOR

HELLO ALL YOU FAITHFUL…..playing catch up sucks… and lately I have been in way over my head… as we age so do those who we love around us age… I have had relatives with aging problems, and my mom’s extra care giver left town for very valid reasons so i had to go thru trying to get another and I did it but all of that is just excuses for not posting the last couple of weeks… actually without going to look I have no idea when the last blog posted … I had been staying ahead but then ……

Anyway back to blog… I have been playing with watercolor as as well as playing with lettering more than card making…I can’t promise that I am going to be able to stay caught up but I am going to give it a try… I did pay with this idea and below are some of my play.

my masked watercolor backgroun

My scribbled lives piece using the watercolor background

kwdesign..EASY TAPED WATERCOLOR this is another one of her designs and I’ve it too..I told ya’ll I was really in to watercolor backgrounds…so you can skip the ad after a few seconds… all YouTube videos have ads…

A couple of things I would mention after you have seen the video …its possible to buy masking tape which won’t tear up your paper when you remove it… that is already in the the thin strips….so being the LAZY STAMPER that I am …look for it in art stores or on Amazon..¼ inch masking tape . This link is just one that I found but there are others… depending on the size of your card… you might want the ½ in one or there is an 1/8 in one also… she is just very frugal using what she has….

Another HINT…is that I prefer FROG TAPE also on Amazon and in Lowes and Home Depot and Probably any hardware store I prefer it because I think it sticks better and is more removable… but thats just my choice… if you have low tack blue use it… but if you look closely down at the bottom she didn’t press the tape down well to the card and she had some bleeding down there as well… mostly its all about pressing the tape down well  BUT NOT TOO HARD or is might damage your paper when you try to remove…also you need to leave it till your watercolor is dry not too long as it also gets harder to remove…so like don’t wait 3 days to go back and remove it … it might remove easily but it might not…

VIDEO HINT: they tend to speed up the videos when they are do repetitive stuff and this is good and bad… you might not have noticed that while she puts down dark color at the beginning of each segment she goes back and ads more water so that she gets an ombre effect to the color… all solid dark red is not as appealing as variated shadings of red…

 

HINT: Now all of that said.. .I remembered after this piece dried…. that WATERCOLOR ALWAYS dries significantly lighter than it looks when its wet..so keep the in mind when you are working yours …..I had togo ahead and use it for my SCRIBBLED LIVES PIECE because I was on a deadline and no time to paint and then let dry another piece… but I hope to do that soon. STILL I’d try for the ombre effect.

I hope you faithful followers will hang in there I do have some ideas in my head just no time to put them on paper… so don’ t too disappointed if you don’t see a post every week…

I ALSO WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT GRACEFUL ENVELOPE submissions are due the end of March and the theme this year WEATHER… check the link for deails.

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad….aka kath