12 Jun 2013

Product Spotlight - Aqua Painter

Hi there. For this months Product Spotlight I've chosen the Aqua Painter. Such a handy little tool! You can have images watercoloured in no time at all. And if you think you're not so good with Markers, this is for you! The Aqua Painter holds water and has a brush tip end so there's no need for separate brushes and water container. It's great for travelling too due to this.
Getting Started with the Aqua Painter
1.  The blue upper part of the Aqua Painter is the water reservoir which screws off to enable it to be filled with water and screws back on water tight - so, fill your reservoir with water.
2.  As in the picture here, you can use your stamp pad lids as the palette for that colour. To do this with Stampin' Up! Ink Pads, press the lid of a closed ink pad against the bottom of it.
3.  To add water to ink, lightly squeeze the reservoir and drops of water filter down to the tip of the brush. Make a 'pool' of inky water and you're ready to paint!
4.  You can also transfer ink onto a plastic container lid by pressing the ink pad onto the lid.
This is one of the cards we made in a class I held last Saturday using Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets - Cottage Window (which is retiring, soooo sad. It even has a Christmas Holly Branch and Snowflakes that you can stamp in the window. Soooo Cute!!) Postage Due and Bitty Banners

TECHNIQUE TIPS Before You Start
1.  Use Watercolour Paper - I used Stampin' Up! 300gsm Watercolour Paper which absorbs water without buckling the paper. It also allows you to turn the paper over and start again if you need to, even if you've already watercoloured the image! Going to a lower gsm may not allow you to do this due to buckling.
2.  Use non-water based inks like Stazon to stamp the image to be coloured - I used Stazon in Black.
3.  Water-Based inks are fine for colouring the image in with the Aqua Painter - I used Stampin' Up! Ink Pads.
How To For the Card
1.  Start with Baja Breeze Card Base overlayed with Blue paper from Storytime Paper Pack.
2.  Emboss Vanilla Card with Woodgrain Embossing Folder and adhere on top of Blue Paper Piece.
3. Stamp Cottage Window onto Watercolour Paper with Black Stazon Ink.
4. Add the Branch and Pumpkins in Black Stazon - for perfect placement of these I used Stampin' Up! Stamp-a-ma-jig.
5.  Paint the cottage window image with the Aqua Painter and Stampin' Up! ink pads, cut it out and
adhere to Vanilla Woodgrain card piece.
(Colours I used to Watercolour the Cottage Window Stamped Images:
Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron).
6. Stamp the Bike image from the stamp set, Postage Due, in Early Espresso Ink onto Baja Breeze Card. Cut it out and adhere to the Woodgrain card piece.
7.  Die cut Butterfly's using Beautiful Wings Embosslits in Real Red card stock and adhere.
8.  Stamp Happy Birthday from Bitty Banners Stamp Set in Early Espresso onto Real Red card, die cut using Bitty Banners Framelits and mount with Stampin' Dimensionals.
STYLE TIPS
1.  Distress the Edges of the Blue Paper piece with Distressing Tool or fingernail!
2.  Ink the edges of the Vanilla Woodgrain card piece with a Sponge Dauber and Crumb Cake Ink.
Over this month I will post more projects using the Aqua Painter and have some photos showing how  watery and inky your 'pools' should be to achieve different shades of colour and more on techniques.
I hope this might inspire you to give the Aqua Painter a go. It really is fun and another way to use your products. Please feel free to ask questions or leave a comment and I will answer them as soon as possible.
Happy Crafting! Thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)

4 Jun 2013

Secret Garden

Hi There. A couple of months ago one of my card ladies booked me to hold a Stampin' Up! Party in her home and I chose the Secret Garden Stamp Set and Matching Dies as the main feature. Whilst I was preparing for that Party the negative of some branches that I'd cut out using the big shot and the branches die fell onto a piece of pink paper which I thought looked really good - So I made a card out of it! I guess it shows that you can get a positive out of a negative - if you'll pardon the pun!!
Here's the card:
I have been plagued with some bad health lately and my blogging has been rather slow - but tonight is the night that I finally get to answer Nola's question on the Secret Garden Three Panel Accordion Fold Card which I posted in May. If I read the question properly in the first place, which I didn't at the time, it turns out I could have answered it right there and  then as it's such a simple answer. It's the paper Nola. I used the Floral District Designer Series Paper Pack. The poppies are printed on it already. And for the other panel I just punched one poppy out with my circle punch and adhered it onto the die cut branch. Thanks Nola, I appreciate your question - please keep em' comin'. Here's the card again for others who may have missed it.

To view close-ups of each panel go to post dated 16 May.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy my posts and hope it aids in your own creative process. Angeliki :)