Heather’s Technique of the Week: Reverse Watercoloring

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Good morning! Heather here today to share one of my favorite go-to techniques that I call Reverse Watercoloring! I have these cards that I put together using a couple lovely Altenew stamp sets.

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I started off by using my handy Mini MISTI stamp positioning tool to stamp a few lovely floral images using pigment ink. I used the MISTI so I could stamp multiple times to get a nice dark and crisp impression on the watercolor paper.

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Next, I did a simple watercolor wash around the outside of the image, leaving the image white. You can use one color, or multiple colors. The lovely part about this technique is that it can be as messy or as neat as you wish—and no incredible coloring skills are required!

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I finished off by heat-embossing my sentiments in white on black cardstock, trimming to size, and adhering over my images. I really like to use Scor-Tape with watercolor paper. It is nice and sturdy and seems to hold things super well despite the tricky texture of watercolor paper.

I love that this technique gives the look of lots of interest and dimension, but is flat and very easy to mail as well. It’s also super simple for putting card sets together, or multiples of a card if needed. It works with both simple and complex images—although I quite often gravitate to florals for this technique! Here is a closer look at each of them:

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Thanks so much for dropping by today! Have a wonderful day!

Heather

Supplies used: Black cardstock, embossing ink pad and white embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp!; watercolor paper from Ranger Industries Inc.; Wild Hibiscus and Sentiments & Quotes stamp sets from Altenew; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; Gansai Tambi Watercolors from Kuretake ZIG; Koi Medium Waterbrush from Sakura of America; Mini Misti Stamping Tool from My Sweet Petunia; Scor-Tape from Scor-Pal Products.

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Card Challenge Corner: The Bokeh Effect

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Bokeh Dragonfly Set
Bokeh is a photography effect that refers to an out-of-focus blur in a photograph. In our spring issue, which is officially on sale today, designer Lois Bak shows us how to create a similar effect on our cards! This week, try creating the bokeh effect on a card and then share a photo with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!

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Riley & Co./CardMaker Blog Hop!

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It’s a brand-new week and we’re celebrating by having a blog hop with the talented team at Riley & Company! This company is the home of the adorable Riley Moose images plus lots of other fun designs like Mushroom Lane, Burt the Cat, Funny Bones and more.

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Each designer on the hop was sent an assortment of stamps and dies so they could create some inspiring projects for you! A huge thank you to Tanya at Riley & Company for supplying product. Are you all ready to get started? We can’t wait to see what everyone has created—let’s get hopping!

First up is the lovely Angii Pruente!

The entire hop list is below. Come back here if you get lost along the way.

Blog Hop List

CardMaker (You are here.)

Angii Pruente

Heather Bolli

Stephanie Gold

Heidi Erickson

Joy Stagg

Rebecca Keppel

Katie Skiff

Heather Hoffman

Kelly Santi

Melissa Bickford

Lisa McGushion

Heather Pulvirenti

Michelle Pearson

Katie Gehring

Sandye Curry

Sharon Smith

Kat Benjamin

Terri Peaslee

Riley & Co.

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Blog Team Member Spotlight: Melissa Bickford

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Melissa Bickford
Name: Melissa Bickford

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards:

Hi, I’m Melissa! I live in the beautiful state of Maine with my husband of 23 years, our two teens (18 and 14) and our lovable lab, Murphy. I have been paper-crafting for many years and am thankful to have found something that brings me so much joy. I started with scrapbooking photos of my daughter after she was born and that led to stamp designing and card-making. I am a huge fan of clean and simple designs, uplifting and positive messages and lots of happy colors! Besides my love for card-making, I also enjoy spending time in the kitchen cooking and  baking, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Here are a couple of Melissa’s favorite cards she’s created:

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You Are Loved

My favorite cards to create usually consist of a white card base with colorful images that POP off the front! I always hope that those bright, happy colors will help brighten the day of those who receive them!

Fun Facts:

My favorite junk food is peanut butter.

If I could take a vacation anywhere, I would go to Italy.

The one word that best describes me is caring.

If I could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), it would be my grandparents. They both passed when I was very young.

My favorite movie/television show is Army Wives.

I’d love to learn how to knit.

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Blog Team Member Spotlight: Katie Gehring

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Katie Gehring
Name: Katie Gehring

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards: 

I live in Bath, Ohio with my husband, our two daughters, four cats, a 6-month-old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel puppy, lots of crafty supplies and countless antique automobiles.

I started scrapbooking in 2001 and began making cards around the time my oldest daughter turned one. I wanted to add a personal touch to birthday and holiday celebrations by making our invitations, thank you notes and holiday cards. I began making cards for other occasions and started sharing my cards on my blog, Stamping Lightly, in 2011. I am grateful to have found this wonderful hobby and caring community. Seriously, card makers and crafty people are the BEST!

I have a fairly clean and simple card-making style. To keep it interesting and to help me grow my skills, I also love to try new ideas and techniques. I love clever designs and if a paper crafted project includes a pop culture reference—all the better!

In addition to  contributing to the CardMaker blog team, I am on the design teams for Avery Elle and Waffle Flower Crafts. You can follow me on my blog, Instagram, and I am also working to load content I’ve created onto my YouTube channel. This is the spot where I will be sharing process videos and technique tutorials. I am just getting started making videos, but if you enjoy videos where the voiceover includes lots of “um’s” and you can occasionally hear a whining puppy in the background, you’ll definitely want to check it out! 🙂

Here are a few of Katie’s favorite cards she’s created:

I’ve selected a few cards I have made in the past year that are among my favorites because they represent something new I have tried in my crafting.

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This Happy Birthday Card for Avery Elle uses an ink blending baby wipe technique.

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This Birthday Fishes card for Waffle Flower Crafts using more ink blending and coloring with Copic markers.

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This card for Waffle Flower Crafts was an opportunity to play around with Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year—greenery. It also incorporated some hand-stitching and ink spatters into the card design.

Fun Facts:

If I could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), it would be my grandparents. They are all deceased, but what I wouldn’t give to be able to talk and visit with them again. I miss their wisdom.

My favorite movie/television show is the Harry Potter movie series. I can’t choose a favorite among them. I love to watch these films over and over again while I craft. I even have a couple shelves dedicated to Harry Potter books and memorabilia in my crafty space.

I’d love to learn how to use a sewing machine. Once upon a time in 7th grade, I knew how to use a sewing machine. Our Home Economics teacher made sure that we could thread the top part of the sewing machine in 15 seconds and the bobbin in 3, but it’s been so long, that I don’t remember how.

I’m never without my phone.

The best super power to have would be teleportation. I’d love to travel and being able to get to a destination instantly would be amazing.

Supplies used: 

Happy Birthday Card: Distress Specialty Stamping Paper, Distress ink pads (scattered straw, wild honey, abandoned coral, worn lipstick, wilted violet, peacock feathers) and embossing powder from Ranger Industries Inc.; note card and Big Greetings stamp set from Avery Elle; VersaMark watermark ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Birthday Fishes Card: Distress Watercolor Cardstock, Distress salty ocean ink pad, embossing powder and white Dylusions spray ink from Ranger Industries Inc.; note card from Avery Elle; Birthday Fishes stamp and die sets from Waffle Flower Crafts; black Hybrid ink pad from My Favorite Things; VersaMark watermark ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; clear drops from Pretty Pink Posh.

Wild and Free Card: Cardstock from Papertrey Ink; Wild and Free and Leafy stamp sets, ink pads (chirp chirp, you said what, daydreaming) and Pinking Layers die set from Waffle Flower Crafts; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; black Dylusions spray ink from Ranger Industries Inc.; black embroidery floss from DMC.

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Blog Team Member Spotlight: Stephanie Gold

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Stephanie Gold
Name: Stephanie Gold

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating: 

Hey everyone!! I’m Stephanie, wife to Bryan, mama to little ones Abbey and Jack, and furry mama to pup Hurley and kitten Gypsy. I am a lover of casual boho styles, collector of vintage cameras, and my favorite thing to do is snuggle with my family while we make each other laugh. 🙂 I got my start in crafting in 2013 when my husband gave me a card making kit for my birthday and I fell quickly and deeply in love. My passion spiraled since then and now it’s more of a way of life for me. I’m convinced that creating is great for my mind and soul and that I am happier each day because of it. 🙂

Here are a few of Stephanie’s favorite cards she’s created:

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I love clean lines in card making so even though my style tends to range from very clean and simple all the way to very textured, you can typically always find clean lines in my designs. I also really love florals and nature.

Fun Facts:

My favorite television show is Grey’s Anatomy.

The best concert I’ve ever attended was Miranda Lambert (she’s my fave!).

I’m never without chapstick!

The best super power to have would be super speed so I could do all of my house chores and then have extra time to craft and spend with my family.

The one word that best describes me is I decided to ask my hubby and he said either “passionate” or “caring.” He’s basically the sweetest.

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Blog Team Member Spotlight: Rebecca Keppel

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Rebecca Keppel
Name: Rebecca Keppel

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards: 

I started paper crafting (specifically scrapbooking) in 2005 after my daughter was born. Within a pretty short time span, I had amassed quite a collection of papers and embellishments and realized I should probably use everything I had purchased for other things besides scrapbook layouts. I started making cards and found several challenge blogs that helped me stretch my creativity and abilities. Soon I was able to design for manufacturers and kits clubs and enjoyed the versatility of being able to create several different types of projects for them. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with stamping and die-cutting and so I seem to be creating cards even more than layouts.

Here are a few of Rebecca’s favorite cards she’s created:

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I loved creating the blended background with Tim Holtz Distress Inks on the card shown above.

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I love die-cutting small shaped cards. Stamping, basic coloring and die-cutting is so fun!

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This is a project I created for Therm O Web who I design for. I created a resist for watercolor with the stamped, heat-embossed image and foiled sentiment.

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I wholeheartedly jumped on the shaker bandwagon this year!

Fun Facts:

My favorite junk food is sugar cookies.

If I could take a vacation anywhere, I would go to Fiji.

The one word that best describes me is analytical.

If I could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), it would be my grandma who never got to meet my husband or kids.

My favorite movie/television show is any Netflix original series. I just finished watching The OA and it was so good!

I’d love to learn how to sew other than on paper … lol!

The best concert I’ve ever attended was the Beastie Boys at a small venue in San Francisco.

I’m never without my phone.

The best super power to have would be to be as fast as Quicksilver from the X-Men. Imagine how much I could get done!

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Card Challenge Corner: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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Brr, it’s freezing outside the CardMaker office! Let’s keep with that theme for this week’s Card Challenge Corner and use it to create all-occasion cards that incorporate snowflakes and a color palette of blue, silver and white. We love seeing what you create so remember to share a photo with us of your design on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!

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Blog Team Member Spotlight: Kat Benjamin

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Kat Benjamin
Name:  Kat Benjamin

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards:

I have been a scrapbooker since 2008 but didn’t start diving into cards until I was asked to make a few for one of my design teams. Now they are one of my favorite things to create. My cardmaking process is fairly simple, but I still get to play with pretty paper products when I’m tight on time.

Here are a few of Kat’s favorite cards she’s created:

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These are some of my favorite cards because they are colorful, yet simple. I love simple, impactful designs and tons of color. Colorful cards make people happy!

Fun Facts:

My favorite junk food is gumballs. I go through a million of them during my crafty sessions.

If I could take a vacation anywhere, I would go to Paris. My husband and I have been there once and we got engaged there, so I’d love to explore it again!

My favorite movie/television show is Miracle which is a movie about the 1980 US Olympic hockey team.

I’d love to learn how to sew. I think it’s such a neat skill to have, but I’m a lost cause.

The best concert I’ve ever attended was *NSYNC—no explanation needed, am I right?!?!

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Blog Team Member Spotlight: Heather Pulvirenti

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Heather Pulvirenti
Name: Heather Pulvirenti

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards:

Hi! My name is Heather Pulvirenti, and I live in Columbia, MD with my husband Jason, and our 11-year-old daughter Lindsay. I was born in England, and have spent most of my life in the US (in Maryland and Virginia), except for the four years we lived in Canberra, Australia (my mom was career Air Force). I am currently self-employed as a freelance Graphic Designer, and spend most of my free time working on remodeling projects around the house and building my business. I’ve recently decided to go back to school to work toward fulfilling a lifelong dream of getting into medical school. Wish me luck! 🙂

I’ve always loved doing crafty things, but my first exposure to cardmaking was in 2004 when I attended a Stampin’ Up! workshop with my husband’s aunt. I was hooked immediately and haven’t looked back since! I’m so happy to be a part of the CardMaker blog team, and am looking forward to sharing with you during this term!

Here are a couple of Heather’s favorite cards she’s created:

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It was hard to narrow down my favorites, but I felt these two creations represent my overall style pretty well: I’m a simple girl who LOVES bright, cheery colors! 🙂

Fun Facts:

My favorite junk food is Lay’s Dill Pickle Chips.

If I could take a vacation anywhere, I would go to the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia.

The one word that best describes me is observant.

My favorite movie is a tie between Can’t Buy Me Love and Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

I’d love to learn how to whistle using my fingers, knit and drawing something other than stick figures.

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