Thursday, May 11, 2017

Watercolor and Heat Embossed Card

Hello!
I have been playing with watercolors lately, having fun exploring a medium that I haven't played with much before. I still have more learning to do, but I love that the more imperfect the outcome, the better! It's been a fun journey. 

This is one of the first cards I made. I used a very inexpensive watercolor paper and only partially colored the background. I used CTMH's watercolor paints with a large round brush (middle brush in the photo...I think equivalent to a #8 brush). I let it dry overnight (but you could use a heat tool to speed up the process), then stamped the (retired) sentiment stamp in Versamark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder. Make sure your background is completely dry before using embossing powder.

Here are some tips I've learned recently for watercoloring card backgrounds:

  • If you tape around the very edges of your watercolor paper to a board with painter's tape, then the paper will dry flatter instead of warping.
  • Start with a watercolor paper sized slightly larger than you need. Then trim off the edges to size after you're finished.
  • Keep practicing. There's nothing like experiencing firsthand how different paints react (each type is very different) and how much water to use, etc. My first attempts were AWFUL! But with each attempt, I learned and the next try was a little better. 
  • Try different paints. CTMH watercolor paints are pretty chalky. It makes for a more chalky background, which is an "in" look right now. They are more pigmented than other chalk watercolor paints on the market (Michaels carries some but they are much less pigmented.) 
  • Watch YouTube videos. Kristina Werner is an amazing watercolor artist and card maker. She inspired me to dive into watercoloring and I've learned a lot by watching her videos.
  • Have fun!

I hope you enjoyed my card. Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy watercoloring!



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May Special: Live Beautifully Collections

Close to my Heart has a stunning special for National Scrapbooking month: the Live Beautifully collection.


This collection includes the Live Beautifully paper packet, the Live Beautifully stamp set, and the Cut Above Live Beautifully layout kit, which includes materials for creating five 2-page scrapbooking layouts in half the time. Save 20% off the Cut Above kit when you buy it as part of an album bundle that also includes an album, adhesive, and journaling pen.

View all Live Beautifully products >


Here is a look at the paper packet and stamp set. (Click to view larger.) Aren't they beautiful? They're so versatile, too. I just love all of the black-and-white patterns.


Close-up of stamp set:



Here's all that's included in the Cut Above layout kit, which includes all of the pre-printed pages and pre-cut elements you'll need to create the pre-planned layouts. Easy peasy and so fast to put together!
Here's a look at all of the finished layouts (click for larger view).


You can also get this bundle which includes the Cut Above layout kit with adhesive, a journaling pen, and your choice of D-ring or post-bound album at 20% off.



May Stamp of the Month for $5
You can also get this adorable stamp of the month for only $5 when you place an order of $50 or more on my website! I absolutely love the May SOTM, Live, Laugh, Love. Shop now >



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

New Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog Now Available!

Hello, Friends,

I am so excited to share CTMH's brand new Seasonal Expressions 2 with you! You are now able to view it and order the beautiful new products. View it here >


Here are just a few of the awesome new stamps, die cut sets, paper and more...

Jack Scrapbooking stamp & die set


Little Dreamer Cardmaking stamp set(Also available with matching dies)

Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Stamp set

Little Dreamer Complements
Prickly Pear Workshop Your Way kit
(Items also available individually)

Beautiful Moments Stamp 
Keep Dreaming stamp set

You can view all of the new items in one handy spot RIGHT HERE >


Let me know if you have any questions, I'm here to help.

Have a great day!