OCC Watercolor – Pattern on Pattern Emboss Resist


I just finished up this card from the Online Card Classes Intermediate Watercolor class. I had the background made but I just needed to make it into a card. I really like the way this turned out. At first I thought ok I created a background but adding the sentiment and the color behind it really set it off.

The sentiment and card stock mat look black but they are dark blue. The first step was embossing the chicken wire from Rubbernecker on the watercolor paper. Then I used a round die to paint all the circles with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. The sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp die called Painted Happy Birthday which I cut out of watercolor paper and then inked it with Hero Arts Navy ink. The background mat is dark blue paper.


Gold & Holly Christmas

I created this card for the challenge currently going at A Blog Named Hero. The challenge is adding sparkle to your card. So this is a variation of another card I made recently. A Blog Named Hero


All of the holly and the berry stamps are from Hero Arts set Holiday Petals and Leaves (CL787). I like that they have solid leaves and outline leaves in this set. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Swirl Christmas ( CL469) and embossed with gold embossing powder. The inks are from Hero Arts first card kit. I stamped the berries first and then I wanted a little more bling on this so then I added the gemstones. My sparkle comes from the gold glitter paper. The edges are inked with inks are from Hero Arts first card kit.

Merry Monday Challenge 192

This card was created for Merry Monday Challenge 192. The theme for this weeks challenge is berries. I like the idea they have for creating one card a week for Christmas and of course I like that they have themes which helps me a lot. I had in mind to create Christmas cards all year so this is a great challenge.

Merry Monday Challenge


All of the holly and the berry stamps are from Hero Arts set Holiday Petals and Leaves (CL787). I like that they have solid leaves and outline leaves in this set. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880). The two rounded corner rectangles are cut with Heartfelt Creations dies from Cut Mat Create 2A & 2B. The inks are from Hero Arts first card kit. I colored the berries in with Copics a little more after stamping to make them a little more bold. The sentiment is embossed with brown powder. The edges are inked with Quick Quotes Amaretto ink.

Valentines Cards

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The first card I made two of them. One for my son and one for my Dad. The second I made for my hub during Hero Arts Scramble 126.

Card on the left..

For the background I used an Impression Obsession stamp Wooden Plank. I put two different colors of Distress Ink on the stamp and stamped that on white paper. The heart is a prize from Heather from one of the Hero Arts Scrambles. It is an Xcut die. The greeting is stamped on kraft either embossed or in Hero Arts Royal Red ink and from Hero Arts set Celebrate Every Day (CL498).

Card on the right… 

This was for Betty’s Scramble and the theme was an inspiration photo. SCRAMBLE #126 INSPIRATION by bettijo (Betty)

I did hearts, branches and xoxo for my card.
Hero Arts stamps – Love Jar (CL673) & Everyday Sayings (CL342).
I stamped the jar with silver pigment ink and then created a mask to cover most of the lid so I could stamp the branches with Memento Rich Cocoa.
I used a Simon Says Stamp stencil called Balloon & Patterns to add the hearts. I used some white paste and added alcohol ink to color it. It was taking awhile to dry!
The sentiment is stamped with Hero Arts Royal Red ink which is probably my favorite ink color.
The background paper is from a 6X6 pad.

I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #38.


Hero Arts Scramble 127

Linda hosted the Scramble today and the theme was flowers and insects. A great theme since I love flowers.


I used Distress mini pads to add the colors to the stamp. I then sprayed it with water and stamped. The lady bug and the dragonfly are stamped in the same way. The dragon fly has some clear Wink of Stella on it and has two colors of Distress Ink some was put on with my finger. The ladybug and the dragonfly are both raised up with foam tape. The greeting is stamped with Distress Ink but not sprayed with water.
Hero Arts Stamps – Antique Engravings (CL383), It’s Your Day (CL661) and Blooming Meadow (CG171).
Distress Ink Colors – Abandoned Coral, Lucky Clover, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet.

I am entering this in the Hero Arts Challenge which is all about flowers. Hero Arts Challenge

Merry Monday Challenge 190

My plan at the end of the year was to create 4-5 Christmas cards per month so that I wasn’t scrambling around the holidays. Well nothing happened in January. But thanks to Linda over in the Hero Arts Flickr group I have made two this month. She often enters cards in the Merry Monday challenge. This particular one was about Santa and it just hit me that I needed to make a Santa card. I entered it in the Merry Monday Challenge which I never have done before. Thanks Linda you got me started.


The background is stamped with a greeting and the snowflakes from the following stamp sets:
3 Hero Arts sets – Christmas Reindeer (CL540), Swirl Christmas (CL469), Peace & Joy (CL880).The Ho Ho Ho is from a Stampin Up stamp set called Star Santa. The snowflakes and the Ho Ho Ho were stamped with Memories dye ink. The greeting is done with Color Box Frost White.

The santa is also from the Stampin Up set. He is stamped with Memories black ink and colored in with Copics. The belt buckle is colored in with gold Wink of Stella.

I created another one just like this but I added Distress Glitter (Clear Rock Candy) to the hat and cuffs. The belt buckle  in version two is silver.

Entered in the Merry Monday Challenge 190.




A Couple More Watercolor Projects

Here is a few more attempts at the techniques shown in the Online Card Classes Watercolor for Card Makers Intermediate Techniques class. The classes at OCC are really great classes and I would highly recommend them. After taking this watercolor class I understand working with watercolors much better. But.. I will say watercolor painting is not that easy and it definitely takes some practice.

This is a wet on dry technique. I am pretty happy with the way my flower turned out. The leaves well I need some practice.
This is a technique called negative painting. Mine is kind of rugged. I kind of like it but it isn’t quite what it should look like. The example by Dawn Woleslagle is so pretty!! She is a great teacher by the way.