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.


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.




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.


  • 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





  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




  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.


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.


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!


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.


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!




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.


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.



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.





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!

Stamp Ink Paper Challenge 204






Stamp Ink Paper Challenge 203


This weeks challenge was a hard one for me! I’ve never made a halloween card before, this is my first. I had so much fun designing and making this card and really appreciate how challenges really get us out of our box.



I went to a craft camp with a dear friend recently and the make and takes were halloween themed. I wanted to take one of the make and takes and switch it up to make it my own. the first thought to pop into my head was black cat on a fence. I used 3 Stampin Up punches: 1 1/2″ circle, cat and bats. I used the circle punch as a mask for the moon and blended faded jeans distress ink from the outside edges in. I went around the edges with some black and called it good. for the moon I wet the circle and added some dabs of weathered wood distress ink here and there.  I stamped out a woodgrain stamp on some kraft paper and cut out a fence from Elizabeth Crafts.

I really enjoyed this challenge and was super happy with the end result. I’m also really happy to be able to send this to my niece who is the perfect age to get a halloween card in the mail, who doesn’t love getting mail!

I can’t wait to see what y’all make!

Stamp Ink Paper Challenge 203

No-line Watercolor


I want to start this post by saying how delighted I am to get to be on this team of incredible and inspiring designers! I truly hope to be able to inspire others as they have me.
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I wanted to use a stamp I haven’t used for a while so I grabbed this lil cutie from Unity Stamp Co. called, Hello Little Birdie.

I started by stamping my image with Inkon3 Fadeout ink, but you could also use linen distress ink. I watercolored the background first and kept it subtle. Then I started on the bird using paint with lots of water and slowly built up the color in layers by adding more and more paint for each layer.  I added some feather details to give some dimension.

I often struggle with adding a sentiment, should I or shouldn’t I. I decided not to on this card, that way it can be whatever I need it to be.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look. I can’t wait to see what you all make, I just know its going to be amazing! Link to the challenge blog below.

SIP Challenge 202


Pen and Ink detailing

  I’ve been wanting to share this super fun easy idea I had recently. I was inspired by some tattoo art on Pinterest and wanted to try it with stamping. I start by trying different layouts until I find one I like, or use an outline stamp that I feel that works. This Altenew stamp felt perfect for this design!0386AB5E-9319-4BA2-A3EF-4D1D8966CF1592B53379-F06A-4244-B2B4-89BBEEA2E667

Then I tape down whatever shape I’ve decided to use. I use washi I tape and tape just the outside edge so it doesn’t get in the way of my pen work. On this design I used the same die I made a solid line on the inside and made a series of dots for the out side. I move the tape to the inside so I can make the dots for the outer line.

I use a Tee Ruler for the straight lines. This stamp was a layering stamp so I used the outline and the smallest detail stamp for a little added texture. I also added a few small dots on the outside edges of the diamond for a bit more detail and texture.

85536010-379A-4EE5-A4C9-8ECF6F0191ECI  use black card stock as I feel it goes best with this black on white graphic design.

4F104699-7680-4BC5-8B44-B60C04A16568If you would like more inspiration on this style got to my Instagram page also called, It’s a Card Knock Life, where I have a few more examples. There are many beautiful stamps that can be used for this style, go through your stash and try a few. This is super simple and you can easily make a bunch of cards in no time. Thank you so much for having a look and I hope I’ve provided some inspiration. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. F4B23BC4-834E-434C-BFEB-EE951A3AE5A3


Put a bird on it!

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those who know me know I love birds and bird stamps are no exception. When I saw this weeks challenge was tic tac toe I had to have a go. No line watercoloring was one of my choices so I was in! Perfect time to use this new stamp from Stampin Up called, Better With You. Not bad for a first try but I did learn a few things to improve it next go around.

 I picked ribbon, no-line watercolor and wood on the tic tac toe board and this is what I came up with. I really hope you like it, I had so much fun making it.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!