Watercoloring a Stencil

Hello everyone, I hope you all are having a good week and getting some crafty time in! I’m back for day 3 of the February release inspiration hop for The Rabbit Hole Designs. For todays release we are sharing the Corner Mandala stencil and boy is it amazing!!! Don’t forget that there is a GIVEAWAY, details at the end of this post.

I started out by cutting my slimline card panel 3 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches from some Arches watercolor paper. I placed the stencil on the top corner about 2/3 of the way down the panel. I used some no line coloring ink and a blending brush to ink this up. I added some stenciling on the lower portion of the card to balance things out. Next I watercolored the different parts of the Mandala stencil with some bright happy colors using my Karin markers. I added some Nuvo drops and white gel pen details for an extra touch of fancy. Next I cut a piece of black card stock and glued this to my card base. I glued my water color panel on top of that and added a sentiment from the Flamingo Botanicals stamp set. This is a fun and easy watercoloring technique and a great way to practice your watercolor.

Check out all the other designers on this hop for some amazing inspiration!

The Rabbit Hole Designs
Amanda
Amy Beth
Jenn
Kelly
Kim
Lauren
Melinda<—- you are here
Tangii<—– next up
Terra
Von Marie

GIVEAWAYS:

To celebrate the next three days of release, The Rabbit Hole Designs is giving away two savings vouchers; one to a lucky Instagram Follower and one to a lucky Fan Page follower. Winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on the INSTAGRAM post, and tagging friends, and also from commenting on the Fan Page post. So make sure to head on over to INSTAGRAM and look for the giveaway post @therabbitholedesignsllc and look for the post at The Rabbit Hole Designs Fan Page by 11:59 p.m. PST 01-28-2021. Winner will be announced on The Rabbit Hole Designs blog 01-29-2021.

For more inspiration check me out on Instagram Its a Card Knock Life

Coffee Loving Cool Cat

Hi everyone! Are you ready for another fun release and Inspiration hop for The Rabbit Hole Designs? I certainly am. There are some amazing GIVEAWAYS, the details are at the bottom of this post. Now onto this cool coffee loving cat.

I started off by watercoloring this cute cat from the Simple Things stamp set with my set of watercolor paints. I painted a little scene around him so he looked like he was out and about enjoying a coffee. I framed him so It looked like a photo and popped him up with foam tape. I added one of the hashtag sentiments from the kit to finish this card.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the design team inspiration!

GIVEAWAY:

To celebrate the next three days of release, The Rabbit Hole Designs is giving away two savings vouchers; one to a lucky Instagram Follower and one to a lucky Fan Page follower. Winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on the INSTAGRAM post, and tagging friends, and also from commenting on the Fan Page post. So make sure to head on over to INSTAGRAM and look for the giveaway post @therabbitholedesignsllc and look for the post at The Rabbit Hole Designs Fan Page by 11:59 p.m. PST 01-28-2021. Winner will be announced on The Rabbit Hole Designs blog 01-29-2021.

The Rabbit Hole Designs
Amanda
Jenn
Kim
Melinda <—– you are here
Von Marie<—- next up

For more inspiration check me out on Instagram Its a Card Knock Life

Day 2 Of the Birthday Release Blog Hop

Back for day 2 of this fun Birthday release for The Rabbit Hole Designs! For todays card I wanted to focus on the stencil. You’ll see why I used the word focus, like get out your 3-D glasses for this card! This is actually my first attempt at the foiling with sticky embossing paste. If you saw yesterdays post I talked a bit about it. This one didn’t work out as well, but I didn’t want to give up on it completely. I saw I had lots of uncovered areas and put the stencil back down and went over it with some pink distress ink and then off set the stencil and added a bit of blue. I finished it off with some pearls and another sentiment from the Sassy Birthday sentiment set. I wanted to add a bit of something to the sentiment strip and thought this Milar thread would be fun. I like the way it looks like a gift bow.

Party Time Stencil

Follow along for more inspiration!

The Rabbit hole designs

Jenn

Michelle

Amy Beth

Melinda <—– you are here

Tangii <—– Next up

Giveaways: To celebrate the next 3 days of release, The Rabbit Hole Designs is giving away two savings vouchers; one to a lucky Instagram follower and one to a lucky fan page follower. Winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on the Instagram post, and tagging friends, and also from commenting on the fan page post. So make sure to head over to Instagram and look for the giveaway post @therabbitholedesignsllc and look for the post at The Rabbit Hole Designs fan page by 11:59 PST 01-14-21 winner will be announced on The Rabbit Hole Designs blog on 01-15-21

2021 January Inspiration Hop Day 1

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by. Its day 1 of the Inspiration Hop! One thing that we’re doing is wishing Rabbit Hole Designs a big ol happy birthday!!! The rest of the team is participating in a collaboration with MISTI so check that out. Where would we all be without our MISTIS, am I right? Check the bottom of this post for giveaway details.

Todays card features the Just Cake stamp set and stencil. This is such a fun set and its so versatile.

I started this card by making my background. I wanted to try foiling, but didn’t have a foiler. I tried out sticky embossing powder and then laid down my foil and ran it thru my die cutting machine. I didn’t get perfect adhesion, but it still looked good. I wanted to try the strip technique and opted for printed paper as I had lots of scraps I wanted to use. I popped up the cake for a little dimension and used one of the sentiments from the Sassy Birthday sentiment set.

Giveaways: To celebrate the next 3 days of release, The Rabbit Hole Designs is giving away two savings vouchers ; one to a lucky Instagram follower and one to a lucky fan page follower. Winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on the Instagram post, tagging friends, and also from comment on the fan page post. So make sure to head over to Instagram and look for the giveaway post @therabbitholedesignsllc and look for the post at The Rabbit Hole Designs fan page by 11;59 PST 01-14-21 Winner will be announced on The Rabbit Hole Designs blog 01-15-21

Just Cake stamp set

Party Time stencil

Check out the inspiration by clicking the links below!

The Rabbit Hole Designs

Jenn

Lauren

Amy Beth

Michelle

Terra

Von Marie

Tangii

Amanda

Kelly

Melinda <—– you are here

Tanna <—– next

Watercoloring With Karin Markers

Hello dear readers! This blog post finds me amidst a craft room renovation, I cleared everything out and started filling holes in the walls and painting.  After a few problems with primer not sticking in spots, I have finally put down my second coat. I will keep you updated on my progress, but, for now on to some card making.

I was in the mood for some watercoloring with my Karin markers. First step was to cut my Arches cold press paper, I prefer the bright white for florals.  This stamp, Peony Dreams from The Ton is quite large so I cut my paper 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches, the card base will be 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches.  I stamped the image with my Inkon3 Fadeout ink for no-line coloring.  I then started coloring with a light marker, adding color to the base of the petal and then moved the color with a damp brush. On one of the flowers, I started with yellow, and when that was dry I went over it again with some pink; the second flower I kept straight pink. I try and leave some highlights to get some depth. On the leaves I painted one varity with yellow and then green on the second coat; the other leaves I painted one color of green.

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If I’m not sure what color to use of how they will blend, I stamp a few leaves and flowers on some scrap watercolor paper and test out a few combinations, so I’m sure I like my choices before painting on my panel. Watercolor lends itself to layering, so start light and build up color after each layer dries. Remember to enjoy the process, AND its okay if its not the masterpiece you had pictured in your mind. Believe me, I have lots of watercolor that doesn’t meet my standards; that is part of learning. So take some time to play with your watercolor markers and practice your technique. For example, try some layering and blending, Don’t forget to enjoy the process! have a happy healthy week.

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Texture

IMG_0630Ah texture, makes your card not just something to look at but something you also want to touch. I’m a big fan of texture so this is a really fun challenge for me. The challenge is more about all the choices and how to narrow that down. I settled on embossing powder.

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  • Cut 80# Solar White card stock 4″x 5 1/4″
  • Stamp panel with embossing ink and Shines Like A Diamond background stamp from Altenew and sprinkle with embossing powder, I used Tourmaline from Recollections.
  • Stamp Statement Flowers from Altenew with Memento ink onto 80# Solar White card stock.
  • Color with Copics BG78, BG75, BG72, BG93 for the flowers and BG93, YG63, YG67 for the leaves.
  • Glue embossed panel onto a 4 1/4″x 5 1/2″ piece of black card stock.
  • Fussy cut flower and pop it up with 3M foam tape.
  • Add sentiment. I used Easy Expressions from The Ton Stamps

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  1. Melinda Stearns – Guest Designer – USA
  2. Tanya Boser – USA
  3. Lou Kitzelman – Australia
  4. Danielle Bennenk – Netherlands
  5. Jay Soriano – UK
  6. Liz Yuille – UK
  7. Marcy Denning – Canada
  8. Jenny Hall – USA
  9. Sara Levin – USA
  10. Charlet Mallett – USA

 

 

Christmas!

  My favorite card making time of the year! I’m going to keep this post brief as I’m working with one hand to type. To keep it short I’ll just say I took a bad fall while on vacation in Mexico and dislocated my left elbow. so glad it was my left arm.

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I stamped this image from Concord & 9th (Christmas Floral Bundle) with Memento dessert sand ink and worked my Copic coloring mojo. Copics are a bit more of a challenge than watercoloring for me and I ended up being real happy with this one! I used a gold gel pen for the boarder connecting the florals and some cool paper from Tonic Studios for the letters. I used the Altenew plaid layering dies for the background and BAM we have a card.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, super excited to see what y’all create!

Stamp Ink Paper Christmas Challenge

SIP Challenge #206 Thankful

I’m so thankful for life, family and the chance to make art everyday! I had so much fun making this card to let someone know how thankful and grateful I am for them.

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I took a really old set to make this tall skinny card, these skinny cards are one of my favorites to make lately. I used Distress Oxide inks in fallish colors. I started by placing a                      3 3/4″ x 8 1/4″ piece of Canson XL watercolor paper in my Misti. I arranged my leaves on the paper and shut the Misti lid to pick them up where I placed them. I inked up my leaves with assorted fall colors being sure to use more than one color per stamp. I misted the stamps before stamping and then took my water brush and painted the leaves with water moving the pigment around. Leave the stamps in place so you can ink them up one more time and stamp again to get that detail back. This is a technique that I love doing with lots of different stamps to give them a watercolored look.

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Last step is making an envelope to fit this card. Fortunately I have a WeR Memory Keepers punch board and the envelope was a snap to make.

Thanks so much for taking a look and I can’t wait to see your inspirations!

Challenge #206 Thankful

 

SIP Color Challenge

I took a picture of this card thinking it was done. Funny thing about taking a photo of your card or any art, you start looking at it in a different way. The more I looked at this card the stronger I felt that something was missing! IMG_6519.JPG

I had a die cut maple branch from and older Hero Arts kit and it just clicked, Thats what this card needs!

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So I bet you’d like to hear a few details about the making of this card. I started with a 4″x5 1/4″ piece of Canson XL watercolor paper. I misted the paper until it was very moist but not soaking wet. I took my brush, loaded with yellow distress ink and made a circular series of dots the size of a dime for my sun. If the yellow isn’t spreading just blow gently in the center and it should start to flow. After a few minutes but while the paper is still wet add some blue to the sky area, stay away from the sun so they don’t blend and make green. Last step for the background is a bit of green so we have something to ground our image. After the background is completely dry add some bits of grass. I smooshed a dark grey ink pad on to my mat and mixed it with my texture paste. I taped down my chicken wire stencil and smoothed the paste over it. While that was drying I used my Hero Arts layering rooster  to get my red, yellow and brown colors that this challenge required.

SO MUCH FUN!

Stamp Ink Paper Challenge#205

Stamp Ink Paper Challenge 204 Stencils or Masking

I had a sudden spark of inspiration for this challenge. I was inspired by a beautiful piece of paper I found while rummaging through the paper stash at craft camp. So the decision was made for me, stencils it is!

 

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As soon as I saw this print I thought of a turnabout stencil I purchased from Concord & 9th some time ago but had  yet to use. It has the same design minus the leaves which I knew I could add using my trusty micron pen.

 I love adding pen details to my cards and this was a perfect opportunity to get my micron pens out.

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I used my blending brushes and my Concord and 9th turnabout stencil to create my background using some random blues and greens from my ink stash. I then used my 03 micron pen to draw some simple leaf shapes.

 

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I encourage you to look through your stash of stencils and see if any might work for this technique. I’m definitely looking at my stencils in a new way!

And finally the cards I created with the backgrounds I made.

 

 

 

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I truly hope I provided some inspiration to get out those stencils and look at them with new eyes.

Thanks so much for taking the time to look at my creations, it makes me so happy!

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