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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hero Arts and Quick Zig Clean Color Watercoloring + Sneak Peak

Hey folks!

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone is having a blast ringing in 2016!

I cannot BUH-leive this is my last 2015 post! Wow time has flown by so fast. Even though I have absolutely NO plans tonight, besides stuffing my face and staring at the T.V. (because we are cool like that), I'm going to keep this as short as possible.

If you're interested in any of the products I've used, I have links (some affiliate links) throughout and at the end of the post. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.



It is ridiculous how fast these were to put together. I stamped four Ranger-Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock Panels with the Hero Arts Snowflake Sampler Stamp. I heat embossed them all with Versamark Ink and Ranger White Embossing Powder.

I also stamped the some Sentiments from the Hero Arts Christmas Crystals Stamp Set with the same Ink and Powder on Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock.

I Die Cut each Panel with the Stitched Rectangle Die from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes by Simon Says Stamp. I use this A LOT! I love it. I also use it to Die Cut the Inside Panel.



I scribbled Zig Clean Color Real Brushes in Light Carmine, Carmine Red, Light Green and Green on my Ranger Craft Sheet and picked each color, for each line up with a 3/4" Flat Ranger Paint Brush. I worked in layers on each color. I made sure each layer was dry before I added another. I wanted to make sure each color popped.

I took four more Ranger-Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock Panels and using the same colors, colored around the edges of each one. I mounted everything to a Neenah White Cardstock Card Base.



To finish these guys off, I added some DMC Silver Embroidery Floss and a few Marshmallow Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh.

That's it! Easy Peasy. I would say this was probably a half hour from start to finish for all four cards. I just love quick and easy. I also love getting a set of cards done before the timer on the dryer goes off!

It's taking me a little bit to switch from Christmas/Winter to Valentine's Day, so I don't know what I'll have to share here on Monday. HOWEVER I will have a blog post for you at Butterfly Reflections, Ink on Monday! Woot! You can see a lil sneaky peaky in the picture below.



In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed my cards today! Have fun, be safe peeps!



Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Big Joy and Holiday Poinsettia - 3 Card Styles - 3 Techniques

Hey folks!

I really debated sharing these cards. I mean, Christmas is over peeps! Seriously, Christmas may be over, but I really feel these are great products and while Elvis has left the building this year they may be something for you to keep in mind for next year. Aaaand some of them are good to go ALL YEAR!

If you're interested in any of the products I've used, I have links (some affiliate links) throughout and at the end of the post. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

I made a TON of cards for Christmas. So many that there are more than a few that I won't have the chance to post. I'm sharing 4 different cards with you today.


For my first two cards, I used the Dies from the Big Joy Die Set by Simon Says Stamp. I die cut six layers out of each die, but placed one layer back into the negative space on the original Ranger-Tim Holtz Distress Cardstock Panel I had cut from.

With Ranger - Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink, I stamped the Snowflakes from the Simon Says Stamp Holiday Circle Saying Stamp Set and carefully went over the Images with a Blue Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencil. I only blended the color out enough to cover the Antique Linen Ink.


I stacked all the Die Cuts together on each card and put it back into the negative spaces on each Card.

The Sentiments are from the Big Add Ons by Simon Says Stamp and I heat embossed those with Versamark Ink and Simon Says Stamp Silver Embossing Powder on Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy Cardstock.

To finish these guys off, I added some Sparkly Gel Pen dots. I have no idea the brand, my Daughter left it on my table so it was free game.


I started this guy by stamping the Big Joy from the Big Joy Stamp Set on some Inkadinkado Stamp Masking Paper. I wanted to leave the negative space intact so I cut a slit at the bottom one the letters and carefully cut out all of the letters all in one cut.

Then I stamped the Big Joy Stamps again on Neenah White Cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Black Ink and placed my Negative Mask over the top.

I used the Simon Says Stamp Lattice Grid Background Stamp to stamp in the positive space, then colored in the shapes with Wink of Stella in Red, Dark Green, Gold and Clear.

To finish it off, I heat embossed Schoolhouse Red Cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Gold Embossing Powder and added some Little Things by Lucy's Cards from the Muted Metallic Shaker Mix.


Last, but certainly not least, I Die Cut Neenah White Cardstock with the Simon Says Stamp Holiday Poinsettia Die and colored them both in with Copic Markers. My color choice are in the Thumbnail Links below.

I added them to a Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Embossed Cardstock Panel and tucked in some Stitched Tags from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes Die Set.

The Sentiments are from the Simon Says Stamp Gifts of Love Stamp Set and embossed with Gold and Silver Embossing Powder. To finish them off I added, DMC Gold and Silver Embroidery Thread.

That's it peeps! Up next, I will most likely have one last Winter/Christmas set to share. My first Design Team post for Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog goes live Monday, January 4th! In the meantime be sure to go check out to check out all the crafty goodness going on now!

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I hope you enjoyed my cards today! Until next time!

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