Altenew · Water Colouring

Altenew Peony Bouquet Stampset


Hi paper crafting peeps, I took some time out to myself this week and just sat and watercoloured in this beautiful stampset from Altenew.  It took my a couple of hours of just watercolouring while watching some netflix lol. I didn’t rush at all and just enjoyed the process. As a busy mum some of you may relate and doing this just filled  my crafty soul bucket 🙂

To create this card I stamped in gold ink, I masked the peony with post it notes then stamped the leaves around the peony to make the leaves look like they appear behind it.   My inspiration behind my watercolouring colour selection is from one of tea saucer set.  I love finding inspiration from everyday encounters and when I remember I try and get a photo of it so I can use if for my cards.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post.

Happy Paper crafting. Hugs Jo


Supplies & Tools

Design Team · Inspired By Stamping · Water Colouring

Inspired By Stamping : Panel Cards

Hi paper crafting peeps, welcome to today’s blog post. 
Today I am show casing how to make panels work for your cards.  Panels are a great feature to add to all types of card. I have made 3 types of cards  all have different widths and features to feature each panels. Each card panel has been watercoloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush marks and stamped with the Inspired By Stamping Magnolias stamp set.  Each card has also been embellished with clear droplets scattered throughout each card. I have kept the bold sentiments the same on each card. I have used one of my favourite sentiment stamp sets “Just Because”, the script is just so elegant and has a huge array accompanying sentiments.

Card 1 – Acetate card with yellow water coloured panel.
Now playing with acetate can always be tricky and does require some extra thinking to execute a clean and finished card. My biggest tip is to make sure you cover all four sides, front & back of both the top and bottom panels. Make sure all panels are the exact same size and I also found it best to use double sided tape not liquid adhesives to place each panel.  The acetate adds a very elegant feel and wow factor to a card that is clean and simple.
Card 2 – Inserted panel with orange coloured panel.
This card I have cut out the panel and have placed liquid glue on the top side of the panel and have come through the back of the card front so the white panels are either side. To accentuate the panel I have added thin black strips of cardstock either side of the panel as I feel this also co-ordinates with the stamped sentiment.

Card 3 – Top panel – Pink
The watercolour panel has been foam mounted on top of the black card base with an extra piece of pink cardstock peaking through the right had side of the panel only just to added the extra pop of colour to the whole card.

I hope this set inspires you to create panels for your cards.  
Thanks for stopping by. 
Hugs Jo
Supplies used for the card – 
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
White Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Pretty Pink Post Clear droplets
Pink Cardstock
Aqua Pentel Brush
Watercolor Cardstock
Design Team · Heat Embossing · Inspired By Stamping · Just for You · Water Colouring

Emboss Resist Shadow Sentiment

Hi All, Welcome to today’s blog post. Today I am showing you how to emboss resist a sentiment in a way so you can see the shadow which is also resisted from any inking blending.
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Using my misti tool I have mounted the “for & you” stamps from the “Just For You stampset and stamped with a black ink a couple of times on the Neenah white cardstock as I wanted the bold sentiment to be solid black.
I then prepped the stamped image for embossing with my embossing buddy as I wanted to make sure when I stamp next with the versamark ink that the embossed image comes out clear. 
I stamped with Versamark ink directly over the sentiment and also stamped it very slightly offset. By stamping it twice in the versamark ink and heat embossing clear ink over the top it will create a shadow. 
This will be revealed once you blend ink over the top of the stamped sentiment image.  As you can see from the above two cards you can with go as heavy or light touch with the ink blending.
Before I blended the blue ink I stamped the Magnolia’s flowers stampset which I have coloured in with watercolour pencils then placed a mask over the top to ink blend around it. 
The Just for You stampset has add on sentiments to build on the main sentiments. I stamped the add on sentiments on a strip of white cardstock which I mounted on the card with foam squares. To finish off the card I added some clear sequins throughout the card.
The finished piece was mounted on black and white matting.
Supply List – 
Blending Tool
Hero Arts Clear Embossing powder
Clear Sequins in 3mm, 6mm & 8mm
Foam Mount Tape
Verafine Onyx Black Ink
Martha Stweart Score Board
Craft Mat
Fabre – Castell Watercolour pencils
Neenah White Cardstock
Fiskars Trimmer
Masking paper
Misty Tool
Embossing Buddy
Foam Squares
Heat Embossing · Inspired By Stamping · Plumerias · Water Colouring

Inspired By Stamping Release Week : Plumerias

Good Day everyone and welcome to the final New Release stampset from Inspired By Stamping!
Today’s card I have featured the new and fabulous set Plumerias which I have heat embossed with super fine gold embossing powder.
I absolutely adore this set and enjoyed experimenting with blending coloured pencils directly onto cardstock. 
I just used water colour pencils but my usual method is to pick up colour with my aqua brush then paint onto the cardstock directly however I have coloured the image with very light touch with the pencils then blended it with my aqua brush. 
This is the second time this week that I have used this method and I really like the feel and control I have over my colouring in doing this method.
The sentiment has also been heat embossed but on vellum cardstock as I didn’t want to totally cover my floral image. To tie in the gold theme I have placed a strip of gold cardstock on the right side of the card followed by a black and white striped designer paper. I have placed 3 different coloured sequins on the card as an added element. 
Hope you enjoyed today’s card and I look forward to your comments.
Happy paper crafting peeps.
Hugs Jo
$15 USD

Design Team · Inspired By Stamping · Water Colouring

Inspired By Stamping New Release : Magnolias

Hi All, first let me say how much I LOVE this stampset. 
To be honest when I first saw this stampset I couldn’t have been more excited. The first thought in my head was water colouring. 
The technique I used today was direct water colouring pencil blending on cardstock. I worked the pencil colouring softly blending choosing my colours wisely so I didn’t have to over work my aqua brush to prevent pilling as I stamped the image on non water coloured card stock. 
This one layered card is rather simple and I let the stamp and colouring show case how to make this a “wow” card. 
I have added some clear sequins to finish of the card.
Hope you enjoyed today’s creation.
Happy paper crafting.
Hugs Jo
$15 USD
$15 USD

background · Big and Wonderful · Cherry Blossom · Inspired By Stamping · Lines · Water Colouring

Background Lines Cards

Hi All, Welcome to today’s blog post. Today, I will show you how The Background Lines stampset can help you accentuate bold or subtle results for your cards. All 3 cards below I have used the same bold stripe by repeat stamping however with different colours they can be as bold as you like or as subtle as you like.
I prefer to use all pigment inks for the bold stripes as not only is this is a solid stampset which will provide really good coverage when used with pigment ink but I have also added a clear embossing powder which I heat embossed to add a sheen to the stripes. Unfortunately the photo’s doesn’t pick up on this detail.
This 1st card above I have used a bright red pigment ink to create a contrasting background to the pretty water coloured cherry blossoms . I have used my Zig Clean and Clear markers to colour the Cherry Blossoms stampset on all 3 cards.  I have added some burlap & chevron ribbon along with some clear droplets to embellish the cards.
The 2nd card I have used a subtle pink ink as I felt that I didn’t want to take any focus of the bright beautiful pink cherry blossoms.
Because I didn’t add too much colour to the yellow cherry blossoms the ink I used for this card for the stripes was a muted gold metallic pigment ink. The gold ink chosen added a lovely shimmer and shine to the card.
I hope you liked today’s creations and bring out a well loved staple stampset such as the stripes.
Inspired by Stamping Big Wonderful Stamp Set