Wall of JOY – June

170630_JOYWall_JuneThis month’s wall of JOY project was an interesting undertaking. I purchased this watercolor canvas at my local craft store on clearance. It had the flowers embossed so you should have been able to watercolor just the flowers easily. The problem was the kind of paper the canvas was made from. I know it wasn’t canvas and it sure wasn’t watercolor paper (even though the packaging said it was watercolor). I had to work really hard with my Distress Inks to get the color on it. I hand wrote the letters JOY on watercolor paper and painted them gold with my Gansi Tambi Starry Colors watercolors. I also applied a coat of Wink of Stella to help them shimmer.



Watercolored Floral Spray

170626_Zig_Card2This lovely floral spray stamp was first heat embossed with white embossing powder and then watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.


Spring Flowers Card

170624_Zig_CardTo create this card, I stamped the images with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. The stamped images were watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.




Block Stamping Technique

170612_June_Challenge_DIOver at the Distress Ink Techniques Facebook group, we offer a monthly technique challenge. A technique utilizing Distress products is described and the members have the entire month to submit their entries. This month’s challenge was the Block Stamping Technique. To accomplish this technique, you simply ink up your acrylic stamping block with distress ink or oxides, spritz lightly with water & stamp onto your card.

My submission included block stamping with Distress Ink and then applying Distress Ink through a stencil (the yellow squares on the card). I had previously watercolored some butterfly stamps and thought they would look cute on the card. I gold heat embossed the stamp (hugs) on to a scrap of black card stock and adhered it to the card.



Playing With A New Stamp Set and Watercolor Paper

Legion Stonehenge Aqua (Cold Press)

I’ve been playing!! I got a new stamp set, samples of watercolor paper, and a Daniel Smith watercolor dot sampler. I stamped the images on the watercolor paper, heat embossed them and watercolored with the Daniel Smith colors on the sampler. I had a lot of fun trying out all these new supplies!! Now I just have to fussy cut all the images out and make them into cards.

I also wanted to try out the Daniel Smith watercolors on Arches cold press watercolor paper. I’ve included a picture of that too. And then I had a piece of scrap Bristol smooth surface paper so I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color the stamp set images. I’ve identified the paper type in the caption for each picture.

Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
Bristol Smooth


Art Impressions Cabin by the Stream

170609_AII’m a huge fan of Art Impressions Watercolor stamps!! These amazing stamps make it so easy to create a beautiful watercolored scene. After watching a video by Bonnie Krebs, I used a variety of Art Impression stamps to create this card. Once the art work was complete I mounted it on Kraft card stock.


Card Inspired by an Art Piece

170607_Butterflies_EmbossingI saw an art print in a shop recently and wondered if I could make something similar in card form. I used Old Paper Distress Ink to blend the background. Then my background stamp was embossed with gold embossing powder. The butterflies were watercolored with Distress Ink. I also made a border around the card base with gold embossing powder to match the embossing on the card.


Emboss Resist Technique – Watercolor

WC_HB2Day Ten of the Emboss Resist Technique. While I had all my supplies out I decided to use Distress Inks as watercolors.