Alex Syberia Sending Hugs

Hey! Hey! Hey! How’s it going? I’m back today with another project from Alex Syberia’s new July release. For this project, I’m featuring Tina’s Garden A2 Panel. What a great digi stamp this is! Perfect for coloring, whether you’re using markers, pencils or watercolors! So, let’s jump right into it!

I began by printing the image on Fluid Cold Press Watercolor Paper. I haven’t found a favorite watercolor paper yet, and this is just what I happen to have, so I used that. I recently attended the Concord and 9th summer camp, and we received some of their new liquid watercolors in a few shades in our kits. Since they were new, I wanted to pull them out and try them again. The colors that I used were Honeysuckle, Buttercup, Clover and Oceanside. I checked the C9 website to see if these watercolors are available for purchase, and I was unable to find them on their website. I’m not positive, but I think these will become available in the future. How awesome would it be to have liquid watercolors in all of their amazing colors?!?! With that being said, this is a beautiful digi stamp, and any watercolors that you have would be stunning on this!

Once the coloring was done, I used the PinkFresh Studio Diagonal Stitched Rectangles to trim the panel. I then used the PinkFresh Studio Perfect Sentiments Foil Plate to foil a sentiment from this set using Champagne foil on black cardstock. I used the coordinating die to cut the sentiments, and I ran it through again to cut blank sentiments so that I could stack them for dimension.

I adhered the sentiment directly to the panel using liquid glue and then adhered the watercolored panel to a panel of black cardstock, using foam tape, for contrast. This was then adhered to my card base, which is Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock.

That finishes this project! I hope you’ll head to Alex’s Etsy shop to check out the new release! There are some super fun images that you don’t want to miss! Thanks for stopping by today, and don’t forget to stay awesome, because you are awesome!

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Simon Says Stamp Miss You Fading Hearts

I’ve seriously had so much fun with the new Fading Hearts Stencil from the newest Rainbows release by Simon Says Stamp! This stencil has sparked a new love for stencils for me! The ink blending! The gels! The pastes! Oh my, so many awesome things to do with them! But .. for today’s project, I tried a little something different! Let’s take a look!

I’m loving this stencil so much, but I wanted to mix it up a bit and use it in an unexpected way! To begin my project, I pulled out a sheet of watercolor paper and taped it to my board using masking tape. My board happens to be a cheap clipboard from Target. But hey, it works like a charm! I also pulled out some rainbow colors from my set of Karin Brushmarkers. I started by saturating my watercolor panel with water and dropping in color using the markers. I moved the color around with my brush to get it just the way that I wanted it.

I set that panel aside to dry while I worked on the hearts. I began this portion of the project by adhering the stencil to a panel of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock using masking tape. I then used a palette knife to spread Picket Fence Studios Snowdrop Paper Glaze over the stencil. That also had to be set aside to dry. Don’t forget to wash your stencil and tools right away, so as not to ruin them. Once the watercolor panel was dry, I splattered it with some Royal Talens Amsterdam Titanium White Acrylic Ink. I love this ink because it’s the perfect consistency for splattering and it stays a nice bright white.

Now that the Paper Glaze panel was dry, I placed it in the Misti and proceeded to stamp the SSS Crackle Background over the glazed hearts using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. I did run my heat tool over the stamped crackle just to heat set it so that it wouldn’t smear. Then … I fussy cut all of the hearts! Well, some were too tiny to cut, but I cut all the ones that I could, and put 3M Foam Tape on the back of them.

I used the PinkFresh Studio Stitched Rectangles Die to cut a frame and adhered that to my watercolor panel using foam tape as well. I then placed all of the hearts atop the watercolor panel along with the SSS Reverse Sentiment Strip Miss You So. This was then adhered to my card base, which is Neenah 110lb.

That finishes this project, and I love how it turned out! I love the idea of using your stencils in a different way by cutting the design out. It’s so unexpected! Anyhoo, I hope you enjoyed this project, and I hope it sparks some inspiration in you to look at your stencils in a new way! Don’t forget to check out the entire new Rainbows release from Simon Says Stamp!

Stay awesome friends!

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Alex Syberia Design Hello Summer

Hello and welcome back friends! I’m super excited to be joining Alex for her May release! So many cool things in this release .. birds, underwater images, girly images and of course, Alex’s amazing floral images! You’ll definitely want to check out the Etsy shop! So let’s get into today’s project.

I’m using the Hello Summer A2 Card Panel and to begin, I printed the image out on a piece of Stonehenge Aqua Cold Press Watercolor paper. I then taped it down to my clipboard (Yes, I use a cheap clipboard from Target) using masking tape to prevent warping. My Karin Brushmarkers then got a good workout! I used those along with a waterbrush and a Princeton Heritage 3/0 Round Brush.

Once the watercoloring was done, I added some more detail and shading using PrismaColor pencils, Copic Markers E74 and E79, as well as, Copic Multiliner 0.3 and 0.5. I trimmed my watercolor panel out using PinkFresh Studio Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die, splattered it with Royal Talens Amsterdam Light Gold Acrylic Ink and mounted it on a panel of black cardstock using 3M Foam Tape, because dimension is life!

I settled on a Celebrate sentiment, which is from the PinkFresh Studio Classic Words Die set. I cut it once from gold cardstock and three times from black cardstock and adhered those together using Craft Tacky Glue. I then glued the sentiment directly to my card front and mounted everything on my card base, which is Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock.

That does it for today’s project. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope it inspires you to get crafty and creative! Don’t forget to hop over to the Alex Syberia Design Etsy Shop to check out the release and to see some creative inspirations as well. You don’t want to miss it!

As always, be well and stay awesome!

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