Learn How To Create A Color Wash Effect On A Card

Following in the footsteps of fashions trends we explore the warm yellow that has the world looking all happy and sunshiny. I too have fallen in love with this Tuscan Sun color and who wouldn’t? I show you how easy it is to achieve this warm dark yellow effect by mixing colors, pastes, and watercolor techniques. Take a look at how I created this watercolor wash effect.

I used Creative Medium, Memento Luxe inkers, and clear texture pastes to create my colored base.
Mix Creative Medium, 2 drops of Dandelion inker, 2 drops of Peanut Brittle inker and a small drop of the clear glossy texture paste. Smooth the mixture out onto a piece of cardstock and leave to dry.
Once dry the surface creates a plastic looking smooth effect. Use a Loopy Rings die-cut and cut out the basic shape to use on your card. The die-cut elements have this amazing plastic looking effect that is super strong because of all the product mixed together on its surface.
Use On Point Glue to adhere the Loopy Rings die-cut to the front of your card base. Add drops from your inkers into an inkwell and add water. Using a large soft watercolor paintbrush, paint inside the circles to give a watercolor wash effect. By mixing the two colors of inker you can achieve the perfect warm mustard yellow.
Finish off your card by using the left-over watercolor ink to splat drops of color onto your card. Add a stamped sentiment using VersaFine Clair Nocturne and a stamped shark image. Add pearls and diamanté.

Supplies

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  • Cardstock – White
  • Joy Clair Stamps
  • Memory Box – Loopy Rings metal die
  • Die-cut machine
  • Anna Griffin – Texture Paste
  • Pearls
  • Diamanté

Fintastic Birthday Cards with Joy Clair

I am still loving the NEW Joya Clair stamp releases and this one is becoming a sure favourite. Does it feel like that with every stamp set? Yip pretty much. I often think what on earth will I use that set for – and then once I actually do, start colouring and stamping and creating it turns out that I am really loving it. This little shark right here is one of those…

The backgrounds used for these cards were created as samples in a Gelli Printing class. How amazing are they? What did I used you ask, well I used my pigment powders to create these magical effects in my Gelli Plate.
The stamped images were stamped onto my white technique cardstock in VersaFine Clair Nocturne and coloured using alcohol based markers.
The sentiment was stamped onto scrap white off-cuts and raised using foam tape for dimension.
And those magical white spots, well those are stamped bubbles, then coloured in with bleach/jik. The bleach reacts with the colour underneath and whitens out the ink colours to reveal perfect white spots. And then I also splatted onto the background with the bleach for a gorgeous effect. The happiest little sharks wishing someone a fantastic day!
For my second card I used the same coloured backgrounds with my Gelli plate but this background has more white space visible.
If you look carefully you can actually see some yellow sun rays peeking through. This was done on scrap papers where I misted yellow Mr Huey ink through a stencil for a background. And now this background to found a new lease on life with this stunning background.
My stamped sentiment was done directly onto my coloured background also using VersaFine Clair.
The apple was glazed using dimensional glaze for a bit of shine.
And here are my two stamp sets used for creating these stunning quick and easy cards.

Products used:
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
3D Gloss Dimensional Glaze
Baby Shark Clear Stamps
Teacher Clear Stamps
White cardstock, Infusions Pigments, Gelli Plate, Markers

Memento Dew Drop Backgrounds for cards

One of my favourite techniques is simply plain inking a background, and admittedly with all the amazing products and must-haves on the market it is one of the things we do less and less. It was time to dust off the amazing little inks and make some magic with blending backgrounds.

I used my Memento Dew Drop ink pads and blended through some Celebr8 Stencils to create 3 magical cards. It is that simple. I combined the 2 colours by first blending the one colour and then the second colour for a stunning effect. Remember to overlap your ink colours when blending for a seamless effect running into each other.

I use small circular movements to pick up my ink and to blend, to get a streak-free perfect effect.
To complete my cards, I added some simple stamped sentiments in black, a few pearls and diamante as decorations and paint splats for that fun messy effect.
These quick cards are gorgeous and as a bonus I used everything I had on hand, using ink colours that I don’t always use, and stencils that haven’t been used in a while. And a stamp set that I love but haven’t used nearly enough.

Art by Marlene Art Journaling Page

I had a play date on Sunday in my Art By Marlene art journal – just me and some time doing what I love. And this was the end result. I love the freedom, colour and design of her products – the magic that anything is possible and I can create just because.
Position a sunray stencil [Stencilled by Jow] on your journal page towards the top edge. Use a sponge to sponge yellow acrylic paint through the stencil and keep it in place. Then use orange acrylic paint to stencil partially over the yellow to create interest.
Select images from your Die-cut book to use on your page and carefully remove them. I used a girl, leaves as wings, some circles cut in half and a Protea flower.
Stamp the image BM05 twice onto smooth white cardstock using VersaFine Clair ink. Fussy cut around the images.
Stamp the image BM05 twice onto smooth white cardstock using VersaFine Clair ink. Fussy cut around the images.
Add a single drop of liquid acrylic paint onto a plastic packet and mist with water. Carefully lift the packet, flip it over and stamp the acrylic onto your page. Leave to dry naturally or use a heat gun to dry and speed up the process.
Use Tombow adhesive to adhere the die-cut and stamped elements to your page as per the sample. Cut one of the stamped images in half and use at the top and bottom of your page.
Add finishing touches and details to your page. Add shadows using a graphite pencil and distress crayon around the girl image. Use a white marker to add white dots randomly across your page. Draw small white circles on the stamped images.
Use black VersaFine Clair ink pad and stamp a title onto your page.

Until next time I hope you are inspired by this page and by the amazing products available from this talented and amazing designer. Art by Marlene – designing real images for real life making creativity fun and easy!

Seize the Day Art Journaling Page

We have finally gotten some of the amazing AALL& Create stamps and products in South Africa and I am loving them. For art journaling last month we used this amazing stamp set along with some Liquid Acrylics from Prima and Concentrated Watercolours. Together these products make for an amazing end result.

I grew up with art around me, and more specifically watercolour paint. And that is where my love for the imperfect comes from – the possibilities and the opportunities that if offers are endless. And best of all it can be perfect if you want it to be.
For the tag we used good old black spray paint and sprayed over a stencil. Once the spray paint was dry, we used the Liquid Acrylics mixed with water to add colour to the open white spaces. A cool effect. The tag was trimmed shorter and adhere to the bottom of our pages for a fun effect.
Look how amazing all these inks work together. And as always my go-to stamping ink used is VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Perfect for adding inks and paints over it without smudging.
Some text stamping in the background using VersaFine.
And finishing it off with some black dot stenciling and white gel pen details.
Such a simple but effective page with beautiful end results.
Until next time happy painting!