Here are some different techniques to try next time your paper crafting :

I've been plaything with the watercolours again. I can't help it I think it's my favourite thing to do when I'm not making cards.
I was sent a cool YouTube video by a friend of mine on this technique and thought I would try it out.
First you ink your embossing folder- I used Stampin up's ink in pool party, and embossing folder Woodlands, Then you stamp an image on the embossing folder as well. I used Stampin up's Lovely as a tree. Then put your paper inside where you want your image to show up and run it though the big shot or cuttle bug. Then sponged Sahara sands ink from CTMH on the trees. And I made this lovely Sympathy card for my Grandpa. It's not a hard technique although I found it frustrating on finding the correct stamping location for the pine trees so that they could be seen as well as not showing the trunk. I wanted to make it look like they were just in the background. I tried several times and this one turned out the best. I will eventually try this same technique with some other folders and stamps.

The next technique I tried was a new product called Ken Oliver Colour Bursts. They are a lightweight powder that pack a huge punch once you add water. So I tried these two different ways. First wet your water colour paper then squirt the powder onto your sheet watching it run into each other or squirt your powder onto a dry sheet and blend with a wet paint brush. Either way works, and even after blending you can always add more colour and more water. In this project because of the colours I added splatter marks of white paint to look like stars. Here's what I came up with:

I haven't had time to create cards with these yet but they sure are pretty. 
One thing however, this is super messy and it really stains your hands. I really should have took a picture of my hands haha plus I somehow got paint on the back of my neck and  under my chin as well. Do not scratch anywhere. I found Toothpaste takes off most of the ink and eventually with some washing it will come off. 
Check out this video to see what Colour burst are all about:

Next I played with my Twinkling H2O's
Here's a video on how to use these wonderful paints, (skip ahead to .56 seconds of the video)

First I used my embossing buddy all over my water colour paper, and then stamped my image in Versa mark all over my page.Then embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I used my Twinkling H2O's a created card backgrounds. 
I also used my Wink of Stella to add a splatter of glitter. 
Cards I created with my backgrounds:

Stamping with water-colours: There are a couple different techniques you can use to create this affect. for example if you have Tim Holtz Distress ink you can stamp in this ink, then spritz your stamp with water, stamp on watercolour paper and it creates a great watercolour image. You can also colour your image by just adding water to your paint brush and taking the colour from the stamped image and pulling it from the sides into the middle. Here's an example:

You can also paint with your Tim Holtz ink's. Dab your ink pads on your clear stamping blocks and then dip a paint brush in some water choose which colour of ink you want get your paint brush in some of the colour and then colour your stamped image. This works great if you have stamped in a staz'on ink first.

Another way to create a watercolour look is to use real watercolour paints. You can paint them directly onto your stamp, then I spritzed my stamp with water and stamped on watercolour paper, this way I was able to use a variety of different colours.

Another idea is to stamp in versa mark, emboss in clear and then paint over your stamped image. On this card my clear butterflies show through in green :
And for this one I painted the full background leaving the embossed image to show through.
Try using different inks, and watercolours in your next project. It's fun to play with the colours and see all the different things you can create. 

A Tri-fold Card Technique

Place 5 ½” x 12" piece of cardstock horizontally in your Scor-Pal.
Score at 2”, 4”, 8” and 10”.
Turn cardstock a ¼ turn. 
Along the long edge, measure in 1 ½” . 
Make a slit with a craft knife between the score marks at 2” and 10”. Repeat on the other long side.
Fold like Picture:

The hardest thing about this card I found was folding it the right way, and then trying to decided how to decorate it. It took me hours to decorate and decided on colours for my first card. But they are a quite impressive card in the end. I would recommend in trying this out at least once. 

Hair Gel Filled Card

I had first learned how to make this card on the split coast stampers web page. There is detailed instructions there, I will post the link for. I had to use a different die for the bubble and it was a trial and error in sizes to see which would fit best. Also when making this card, determine how big your fish stamps are for how big your fish bowl is. I only have a select few fish stamps but you always work with what you got. I think it turned out fairly well, and I've make over five now and they've all been a big hit. 
I got the blue hair gel at the Dollar store, it was the only place I could find coloured, and bubbly hair gel. You don't need much.
Finished Card
Here's the link for the instructions:
Try it out and let me know how it goes. It's fun and a great card for all ages. 

A product I tried a few weekends ago at a friends house was using the Dreamweaver Embossing Paste, It's a little messy but once you get the hang of it it's quite simple and creates a very cool effect. Check this out: First you will need a few things: stencils, either plastic or metal. Dreamweaver embossing paste, glitter or mica, paper a bowl big enough for your stencils to fit into with warm water, and a spatula. I found the easiest was one with a good gripping handle but not to skinny or to wide of a blade.
this is a metal stencil I ordered on-line. It's actually the one that got me interested in trying out this technique.

This plastic stencil was actually a freebie that came with a pair of jeans I bought years ago. I knew it would come in handy one day :)

Plastic stencil

Dreamweaver embossing paste. I had Pearlescent and Clear. 
Mica powders

So you start with using temporary adhesive to hold your stencil in place on your piece of paper. Then apply your chosen paste evenly all over the stencil. 
We found the easiest way to get complete coverage with the glitter or Mica powders without getting it all over the paper was to apply it directly on top of the stencil. Once that is done, carefully remove the stencil from your paper and ta-da. Now it takes about and hour or so to dry. 
Don't forget as soon as you take your stencil off to put it in the warm bowl of water. This stuff really sticks.

I used blue and purple Mica, plus green glitter combined with the Pearlescent embossing paste. 

 So for this next stencil, I decided to color the flowers with markers first. Best to use permanent markers. Then I applied the embossing paste, then applied a fine iridescent glitter.

We found you can use just about anything on top of the embossing paste. On this trial I used Apricot ground seeds. 
                                                I was so impress on how it turned out once it dried.

                                          This one I used a blue Mica, looks neat but it was extremely messy
                     This I just used the Pearlescent embossing paste, nothing else. It has a great glossy look to it.
For the fish stencil I coloured it in with markers and applied the clear embossing paste over top so the colours would shine though.
                          Some powders and colourants defiantly work better then others. But all around it was fun, and I would defiantly do it again. I think glitter works the best or colouring and using the clear embossing paste. The one thing that bugged me the most was probably waiting for the final result. The more embossing paste you use the longer it will take to dry.

Different Ideas on how to use Stampin Up's build and Owl punch :

Stampin Up's Ornament punch:

The Heated Pearls Technique For Rubber Stamping

You will need Pearl Ex (or other mica pigment powders)
White glue (such as Elmer's or Aileen Tacky Glue)
Stipple brush
Heat gun
Glossy Cardstock
Brayer and dye inks (optional)
Brayer your cardstock with DARK or RICH colors (OR use a dark colored glossy
Put a small blob of glue in the middle of your cardstock. Spread it all over the piece
with the stipple brush. Be sure to cover it completely.
Sprinkle some Pearl Ex (you can use two complimentary colors of PE, if you wish) on
top of the stippled glue, working the PE into the glue with the stipple brush.
When done, put the brush into water, so the glue won't dry up on the brush.
Next take your heat gun and start running it over the glue/PE mixture. Watch it bubble
up! Let dry.

Alcohol Inks: Puddle Background

  1. Drop several drops of each alcohol ink on to your craft mat – they should be near each other but not on top of each other.
  2. Add 2-3 drops of metallic mixative.
  3. Add 3-5 drops of Blending Solution.
  4. Lay glossy cardstock face down in the puddle and twist slightly so there is one solid puddle.
  5. Grab one corner and lift – set aside to dry.
  6. This puddle can be used for more than one piece of cardstock. Add more blending solution if inks begin to dry or to make colors lighter.

Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project
Add color to your paper and fabric using this Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project.  Mix and match colors to create your own "bleeding art".  Tissue techniques are available here for fabric and paper coloring. 
Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project
  • Bleeding tissue in various colors (regular tissue will not work)
  • Piece of fabric or white watercolor paper (Strathmore 140 pound watercolor paper)
  • Plastic pan or bin
  • Paint brush
  • Iron (if coloring fabric)

  1. Wet the piece of fabric and put it in a plastic pan to keep work area dry.

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project
  2. Place torn pieces of tissue on the fabric, continuing to spray the tissue and tapping with brush.
  3. Let the fabric dry.
  4. Once it is dry, pick the chips of tissue from the fabric.

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project
  5. Iron it and rinse it in cold water in the sink. Let it dry again and reiron.

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project
  1. Wet the watercolor paper and then add the tissue. Spray and continue to add more of the same color tissue to areas to achieve dark colors.

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project
  2. Let it dry.

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project
  3. BONUS!  You'll be left with all these beautiful pieces of tissue to add to another project!

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project

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