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Enjoy Life

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This has easily become my favorite card! The swipes of colors make it look like an amazing sunset, or I suppose a sunrise. 

The Enjoy Life stamp set has some great inspirational phrases and images make a simple yet perfect card. 

Card Base:  Basic Black card stock  8-1/2 x 5-1/2

Mat:  Melon Mambo  card stock  4-1/8 x 5-3/8

Card Front:  (colorful piece) Shimmer White Card stock 5-1/4 x 4

Ink Refills:  Petal Pink, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, and Blackberry Bliss

I put a couple of drops of ink in some empty embellishment containers I had laying around, one for each color.  Then with my Aqua Painter, added a few drops of water and mixed it up.  Working from Dark to Light, I swiped color back-n-forth with my brush.  I worked from dark to light because when you mix up the color and water, or pick up more color with your Aqua Painter, your brush will have lots of color, right?  Keep a paper towel near by to wipe off your brush when changing ink colors.  You do not have to clean completely, just enough to remove majority of color. 

Use your Heat Tool to help speed the drying process.  Remember, heat both sides of the paper which will help with the curling. 

Stamped images and works are done in Black Memento ink (I used a brand new pad....wow!  That sure did stamp nice).   If you have not replaced your Memento ink pad for a while, I highly recommend replacing it.  I did not realize the quality difference between my old pad and the new one.  But mine is heavily used. 

What me to do a video for this card?  Let me know!!!

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2 Watercolor Cards on Shimmery White

We have not watercolored in class for a little while now. So why not 2 in one class!  Do you ever find yourself doing that?  Not using a particular stamp set, color, product or technique and when you rediscover it, you use it over and over... I guess that is what happened to me. 

I have a lot to say so let's get to it!   My full list of products used is at the bottom of my post. 

For both cards, I used Stampin' Up! Shimmery White cardstock for my watercoloring.  I like having a smoother stamp surface versus watercolor paper, which tends to have texture to it.  Just my preference.  You can use either one.  

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Tea Together Stamp Set (2019 Occasions catalog) and the Painted Seasons stamp set (Earn Free - Sale-a-Bration Level 2 - includes Coordination Designer Series Paper):

The background is done on Whisper White cardstock (4-1/8 x 5-3/8"). Randomly stamp several images from the Painted Seasons stamp set, in Mint Macaroon, Pear Pizzazz, and Flirty Flamingo (dots... stamped off on scrap paper to lighten it up a bit).

I stamped the tea kettle in Mint Macaroon classic ink as it did not matter, when watercoloring, if some of the ink pulled from the kettle outline.  Using our Aqua Painters (watercoloring brush), and ink from the lid of the ink pad, we washed the kettle with color.  For interest, I pulled a little more ink onto my brush for the kettle lid area and kettle base. 

The flower on the tea kettle was stamped after our tea kettle dried.  Using the Tea Time Framelit dies (Sale-a-Bration Level 2 Free Earn), die cut the kettle out and adhere with Dimensionals.   I added Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon too. 

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Let It Ride (2019 Occasions catalog) & Heartland (2018-2019 Annual catalog):

**Images stamped using STAZON Black Ink.  

For this card, I used a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Shimmer White card stock. Just as in the tea kettle card, I did a wash of color for the sky (Balmy Blue ink) and grass (Garden Green ink). 

My Real Red mat layer is 4-1/8 x 5-3/8"

WATERCOLOR WASH... the more water you squeeze out of your Aqua Painter, the lighter your color. You can always add more color!

The windmill, barn steeples, and silo are done in Gray Granite, then Real Red for the barn.  I have to be honest, I am not loving my barn. I probably should have made the roof brown to stand out a bit.  

The Trees..... TIP:  I used almost a Pointillism method. Lots of straight color, very little water coming from my brush, and did continuous taps with the brush tip to color the trees and shrubs.  Try it, it is easier than you think. Just keep reloading your Aqua Painter brush with lots of ink color. 

HORSE:   I enjoyed painting him.  Colored his entire body in Soft Suede then slowly added Early  Espresso. I was able to control the color with water. His mane and hooves are straight Early Espresso but by adding some water, I could highlight his body.

**Use the lid of your ink pads.  With the ink pad closed, give the lid a squeeze.  Open and you will see the ink on the lid. Put a couple of drops of water on it from your Aqua Painter and mix it up.  Again, the more water the lighter the color. 

 

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