Stencil Over Distress Ink


This is another card playing around with Distress Ink, stencils and spraying over the stencil with water or Perfect Pearls. On the background I saturated the paper with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. The stencil that I laid over the background was Clear Scraps Damask which it is kind of hard to see that pattern. I either sprayed it with water or Perfect Pearls. The greeting is a stamp from the Hero Arts set It’s Your Day (CL661) and embossed with Judikins Egyption Gold powder. The butterfly is die cut from silver glitter paper that I colored purple with a Copic marker. The die is from Memory Box and called Rhone Butterfly Wings.



OCC Watercolor For Cardmakers Day 2

Another fun day in class. We learned about making flowers with a brush stroke and color washing. There were a few more things but I have not done those yet.


This is my attempt at the flowers using a round brush stroke to make them. They came out ok but I think I need more practice. I really like the look. I am using Arches cold press paper and Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paint. I just got the paints recently and I really like them.


The panel was created doing the color wash technique shown by Kristina Werner. I like the way that my color blended on this one. I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paints on this. The first attempt we’ll just call practice. The stamped images are from the Altenew set Persian Motifs and embossed with silver embossing powder. The greeting is also part of that set. I backed the panel with cardstock and behind that silver glitter paper.

One Layer Card Stencil Over Distress Ink


I really like the technique of heavily inking paper with Distress Ink and then laying a stencil over it and spraying with plain water or Perfect Pearls. This is one where I really like the result. Sometimes the stencil pattern is too subtle. The ink is color is wilted violet. I used the Hero Arts stencil swirl over the ink and then sprayed with plain water. The sentiment is embossed with Judikins Egyptian Gold powder and the stamp is by Hot Potatoes. Taking a photo at night was a challenge so the photo is not the best.

I am entering this in the A Blog Named Hero January Challenge which is one layer card.

OCC Class Watercolor for Cardmakers Day 1

Online Card Classes currently has a watercolor class going on. It is Watercolor for Cardmakers: Intermediate Techniques. This class has been a lot of fun so far. I was kind of wondering if it might be a bit to much for me when I first signed up and looked around. Absolutely not. I am thoroughly enjoying it and I was really bummed the 3rd day when I didn’t have time to “go to class”.  Below are some things I worked on for day 1. In summary the first day was about how water and pigment work together, using your brushes and washes. Super cool day!

This was tracing inside dies that were flowers. Then you practice working with the paints and keeping the shape of your image. Interesting to see how the paints work. I am using Kuretake Gansai Tambi pan watercolors.
This was practice using the brush to make a geometric pattern and mixing some colors. There were guidelines drawn and then erased after the paint dried.
This was really a practice sheet. What I thought was pretty cool was the paint blending of two colors and how to draw the pigment out. The super cool and super simple thing was using the side of a wide brush to make a water pattern or maybe a sunset with some clouds.

Christmas Thank You Cards


For this card I stamped the background with mini snowflakes and Versamark ink. The snowflakes were part of my Hero Arts Secret Santa Gift. The sentiment was stamped with Hero Arts stamp set Good Luck (AC034) and red embossing powder.


The background is inked and then stamped with small snowflakes with Versamark Frost. The bird is a die from Simon Says Stamp called Bird of Roses. The sentiment was stamped with Hero Arts stamp set Good Luck (AC034) and silver embossing powder. Then finished with the silver ribbon.


This was fun to make and I made it for my hubby. I stamped the snowman with a stamp from Hero Arts Let It Snow (CG233) on balsa wood. I colored it with Copics. The red frame behind the snowman is a Spellbinders die Marvelous Squares (S4-383). The background is watercolor paper colored with watercolor paints. The die used for the sentiment is by Paper Smooches. I used Stick It paper to attach a couple layers together for the sentiment which makes it so much easier than gluing together. I am so glad I got that stuff.


The background is small snowflakes stamped with Versamark ink. The cute snowman is from Simon Says Stamp set Retro Christmas (SSS101591) and stamped on a piece of wood. I had my eye on this set and my sister gave me a gift certificate for Christmas so this is one of the first things that went in the cart. I colored the snowman with Copics and other pens. It bleeds some but I am ok with that. The Thank You is from Hero Arts set Thanks a Bunch (CL663). Then I added a few snowflake sequins. I gave this to my son and he hasn’t opened it yet and he has had it a few weeks.

Do you see a theme on most of the cards?

Pretty Creek Walk

Alamo Creek in Dublin is such a pretty place to take a walk. I have seen a lot of different birds there lately! The water is really rushing this year. There is lot’s of squirrels and mushrooms too. I am lucky that it is only about 10 minutes drive from home.


Red Tail Hawk

Common Merganser Ducks – I don’t see them often.
Great Egret
Bling Tree – I just thought it looked cool.
Mushroom Bird Bath
Mallard Duck Party
Pretty Day

Distress Stencil Background

I wanted to try the Distress Ink background I saw recently on Jennifer McGuire’s website and I read about the technique somewhere else.

So… you ink up the paper by putting the ink pad directly to the paper. I used two of the Distress Ink mini pads (Abandoned Coral & Candied Apples) and it blended together fairly nice.

What is hard to see is that I put the Hero Arts stencil Swirl over the ink and sprayed over it with gold Perfect Pearls. Then you blot the water off a little with paper towels. It should lighten up and show the stencil pattern. It didn’t show up as much as I would have liked nor did it photograph very well but it is there.

The greeting is cut out of the fantastic American Crafts glitter paper with a Simon Says Stamp die (SSSD111559) called Painted Happy Birthday. I like that the sentiment is a little bigger which is great when the background is your focus.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #37 Anything Goes that you can find here.


Hero Arts Scramble 124

Today’s Scramble was hosted by Janet and she came up with a fun, unique and challenging Scramble. Here are the two options. I did one of each. I am not sure how I pulled off two cards in the 90 minutes but once in a great while it happens. These are the type that you have to do more thinking for and I like that!

I used Option A for this card.

Option A:

2 – Use TWO colours – red and blue Prismacolor pencils. I just colored lighter and darker to “change” the color. The silver is a neutral Wink of Stella pen.
0 – NO die cutting
1 – Use ONE image – The snow people is a Hero Arts stamp called Snowpeople Border (H099).
6 – Use SIX embellishments – snowflake sequins and white iridescent sequins.
The sentiment was from Hero Arts set Thanks a Bunch (CL663) stamped with a pigment ink which I don’t do very often.

I used Option B this time.

Option B:
2 – Use TWO images – The snowman with the snowflakes (Hero Arts stamp Let It Snow CG233) is one stamped image and the snowflakes in the background one snowflake (Hero Arts set Designer snowflakes CL622) stamped multiple times.
0 – NO embellishments
1 – ONE diecut – The diecut is the square Spellbinders die Marvelous Squares (S4-383).
6 – SIX colours – red, green, blue, yellow, purple, green
Colored with my new Prismacolor colored pencils.
Snowflakes in the background stamped with Versamark frost which I used more this season than ever before.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Thanks a Bunch (CL663).




The Rest of the Christmas Cards..

Here is the rest of the cards I made this year. Many of the stamps I used are Hero Arts stamps which are my favorites. The ideas were really flowing this year and I saw that if you dive in deep it helps with the thoughts flowing. I could hardly finish one card before another idea started. I thought wow maybe I am really a card maker now. Ha. It was fun but a bit hectic. This year I am going to try to make them all year long. We’ll see how that works out. If you have any questions about any card do not hesitate to ask.




This was made from a Peet’s coffee cup and colored with Copics. I sent to a family member who also loves Peet’s. The idea was from Kathy at The Daily Marker blog.