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.






Hero Arts Secret Santa


This is the card and ATC card I made for the Hero Arts Secret Santa exchange along with the goodies I sent. I was Secret Santa to Linda. This is the first time I have participated in this and it was a lot of fun.


I received a nice card and fun snowman ATC from Laura. I also received some fun crafty goodies wrapped in fun green paper and red washi tape (clever).


For the ATC – I created a hill and used Distress Glitter on it. The background is water colored. I embossed some snowflakes on the background using Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing powder. I maybe have done something else to the background but I can’t remember what. The greeting is from Joyful Tidings Tag Set by Lia (DC167). The tree is from Hero Arts set Family and Friends (CL803). All the ornaments are embossed along with the star.

For the card – It is kind of hard to see because of the metallic background but there is sheet music stamped in blue on the silver. The background behind the deer is watercolored. The deer is from the Hero Arts set Swirl Christmas (CL469) embossed with silver powder from PSX. It is a good thing these powders last forever because I have had this one a long time. The greeting is from Hero Arts set Family and Friends (CL803) and embossed in white. I stamped snowflakes on the background with Versamark Frost I think it was.

Masculine Owl Birthday


Here’s a card I made for my male cousin. The background paper is from a Bo Bunny 6X6 pad called Camp-a-lot. It obviously by the name is outdoor type theme. It is a good one for male cards. The next layer is embossed with a Tim Holtz folder called woodgrain. The tree is a die cut by Memory Box – Small Alder Tree. The owl is a stamp from Hobby Lobby. I heat embossed the owl with brown powder on a piece of balsa wood. The balsa wood was cut out with a Spellbinders die Curved Rectangles (S5-006). I then colored in the owl with Copics. The sentiment banner is Spellbinders die Ribbon Banners (S4-324). The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp More Sketchy Banner Greetings set. The embossing powder by Sparkle N Sprinkle is called white but is really more of a winter white which is what I was going for. The photo is a bit washed out but the card has been mailed so here it is.

Christmas Circles


For the background on this card I used Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880). It has several circles/ornaments with patterns, a solid and an outline. I used the red and green inks that came with the My Monthly Hero October card kit. The gold ink Delicata Golden Glitz. The label with the sentiment is cut with a Spellbinders die called Ribbon Tag Trio Two (S4-234). The sentiment is from Hero Arts stamp Merry Christmas Script (D5615) and embossed with JudiKins Egyptian Gold powder.

Hanging Ornaments Gold & Silver


This card may look fairly simple but.. I made several before I got the almost perfect one that made me happy. The ornaments are done in steps with the background part stamped, then the pattern on the ornament, then the top part and finally the hanger. At first I made one with no spatters so I had to make another one so I could see how the spatters looked. I also wanted to do both gold and silver to be a little different. Then there is the sentiment which didn’t go quite right on one version. One ended up in the trash. Anyway this is the one I like the best.

Stamps – Hero Arts sets Peace & Joy (CL880) for all the ornament parts and the sentiment is from Holiday Petals and Leaves (CL787).

Inks – Reds and Greens from My Monthly Hero October Card Kit. Delicata Golden Glitz, Encore Silver

Splatter Sprays – Glimmer Mist Silver Bells and Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold

This was hard to photograph so the darker one is at night in my craft room. The lighter photo is natural light outside in the shade during the day.

Entering in the a2z Scrapbooking November Challenge.

a2z Scrapbooking November 2015 Challenge