Saturday, May 1, 2021

We Create May Blog Hop Technique Toss Up

Welcome to the We Create May Blog Hop as we showcase fun techniques for you to try when creating your projects. You will be visiting with wonderful Stampin' Up! Demonstrators as the share their ideas and projects to help inspire you. 
For my technique, I chose coloring with Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen as a great way to add soft color to a design without the stress of regular water coloring. With Father's Day coming up in June, I thought it was a great opportunity to show how to create a clean and simple masculine card design. I chose to use the stamp set, A Good Man (item #149270) and I combined it with the Stitched Rectangles Dies (item #151820) to create the frame for the design. This technique is great for beginner stampers as well as more experienced crafters and is a fun and relaxing technique. 
Products Used:
A Good Man stamp set (item #149270)
Stitched Rectangles Dies (item #151820)
Watercolor Pencils (item #141709)
Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 (item #149014)
Blender Pens (item #102845)
Misty Moonlight Cardstock (item #153081)
Soft Suede Cardstock (item #115318)
Very Vanilla Cardstock (item #101650)
Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad (item #147114)
Linen Thread (item #104199)
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (item #144108)
Misty Moonlight Cardstock
Card Base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (Scored at 4 1/4")
Soft Suede Cardstock 
Stitched Rectangle die cut with Stitched Rectangles Dies to create frame (using the 2nd & 4th largest dies)
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Stitched Rectangle die cut with Stitched Rectangles Dies using the 2nd largest die
This fun watercolor technique is one that I learned when I first started stamping with Stampin' Up! over 12 years ago. I love the simplicity of this technique and how it makes watercoloring less intimidating. I used the Early Espresso Classic ink to stamp both the image and the sentiment onto the Very Vanilla cardstock rectangle, using the Soft Suede cardstock frame to help with placement. I let the ink dry for a few minutes before coloring the image with watercolor pencils. I chose to use Old Olive, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry and Basic Gray from the two sets of Watercolor Pencils that Stampin' Up! has to offer. Using one of the Blender Pens, I gently colored over the watercolor pencil areas, one color at a time, blending the color to soften and remove the pencil marks. I made sure not color too close the stamped lines to make sure that the Early Espresso Classic ink didn't bleed into the colored area. Because the Blender Pens help control the amount of moisture you add to the colored area, it helps to smooth out the color without damaging the cardstock and causing it to pill. A light touch is best and you don't want to over work it. I find that this technique works well with this sketch style of stamp set. For the frame, I attached it to the Very Vanilla cardstock rectangle using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up and I added some Linen Thread around the bottom to add some texture to the design. The combination of Misty Moonlight and Soft Suede is great for masculine cards and I love that the Very Vanilla cardstock adds warmth to the background of the design.  
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope that my card design will help inspire you to explore creating projects with fun techniques. Watercolor Pencils are a wonderful way to add color to your projects without adding stress. 
Now it's time to visit Linda's wonderful blog to see what technique she is sharing with us. Just click on the Next button below to visit her blog. We would love it if you would leave us a comment and let us know what you liked about our projects. I hope you enjoy the rest of our blog hop. 

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Until Next Time

Happy Stamping,

Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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  1. Great card! I'll have to try this one!

  2. I love using my blender pens and what ever medium I can dip them into. Love how it gives such a soft shading to the image.

  3. This looks great! Love the blender pens!

  4. I love Blender Pens, I am so excited we are getting Pastels (chalks) in our catalog again this year! I'm definitely gonna use my Blender Pens to play with those. Thanks for sharing this sweet card :-D

  5. Awesome card. Haven't used my blender pens in a long time.

  6. I LOVE using the Watercolor Pencils. I think they often get overlooked. Great card.