Creating a Watercolor Background by Jessica Joana Winter

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This post has been written by the extraordinarily talented Jessica Joana Winter
a member of the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Artisan Design Team.
Hello friends! Today I made a card for you with a watercolor background.
I created my card using the Petal Palette Stamp Set (item 145788) and I’m going to show you how easily you can turn a simple stamped image into a watercolor image.
1. Stamp the image as usual on a sheet of Watercolor Paper (item 122959).
2. Trace the stamped impression using an Aqua Painter (item 103954) filled with water. (It’s okay if the water is clearly visible.)
3. Pick up some ink from a Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 147101) and lightly dab on the water.
4. Let it dry thoroughly and then you have your stamped image with a watercolor look.
I used this background to make a romantic card, for example for a wedding. I stamped the bird in Tuxedo Black Memento ink (item 132708) on Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730) and then cut it out using the Big Shot (item 143263) and the Petals & More Thinlits Dies (item 145655).
I stamped the greeting “Glückwunsch” (“Congratulations”) in Old Olive ink (item 147090) and cut it out using a coordinating Framelit. These amazing Thinlits also include some beautiful detailed images that I cut from Calypso Coral (item 122925) and Pear Pizzazz Cardstock (item 131201).
Finally, I decorated my card with Linen Thread (item 104199), True Gentleman Buttons (item 145596), Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim (item 141672), and Share What You Love Artisan Pearls (item 146927).
Jessica Joana Winter 2018 Artisan Design Team

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Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x


Moonlight Mojo!

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MOJO MONDAY time and here is my interpretation of this week’s sketch!

Moonlight Mojo349

And this is the sketch from Mojo Monday

Mojo349SketchFor today sketch the Moonlight DSP Stack was my inspiration as my background, bottom strip and even that side of arrows on the left! The Everything Eleanor Stamp Set was perfect for filling in the rest. The flowers I particularly like, especially when highlighted with a little color using an Aqua Painter and some Basic Pearl Jewels!

Everything Elenor - Pearl Flowers - Mojo349 - JIF

The cardstock used, Blueberry Bliss and Hello Honey, are both from the new 2014-2016 In-Color collection. For the ribbon, although knowing what it was I was hoping to achieve, I’d have to admit it wasn’t my finest work (nor is the photography for that matter, lol!) yet is still effective on this card. By the way, this is the new Hello Honey 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon. Nice huh?

Moonlight Mojo - Ruffled Ribbons - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Blueberry Bliss, Hello Honey
Stamp Sets: Everything Eleanor, Sassy Salutations
DSP: Moonlight Stack
Punch: 2-1/2″ Circle
Framelits: Circles Collection
Embellishments: Basic Pearl Jewels
Essentials: Paper Snips, Paper Trimmer, Sponges,
Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Big Shot, Magnetic Board

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x


My new colour kit has arrived…

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and I have to say, I’m not disappointed as they are beautiful. Although I do tend to think something was lost in translation when it came to naming the colours as on the ink pad for Cherry Cobbler, in German I think it is,  it’s Chili. As for the Cajun Craze, once again it’s German I think, it’s called Terracotta, which describes them both perfectly. My apologies now should I use the international names mistakenly.

Anyways, I couldn’t wait to use the Crumb Cake (formally known as Kraft) ink pad as I so wanted to see what it looked like. To me it’s gorgeous, almost like a faded gold. I chose the largest stamp from the Elements of Style set to highlight the Crumb Cake. It did so beautifully… until I started water-colouring it. Sorry, I’ll endeavour to do a plain Crumb Cake tomorrow!

I’ve used the Cherry Cobbler card-stock and the Cherry Cobbler ink pad… love them!

Joke of the Day:

She’s a nature lover.
That’s surprising considering what it did to her!

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x


Monday-itis is alive and well…

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Just what is it that allows you to sleep-in on a week day but not always on a week-end?! People joke it’s a student affliction but I can assure you it’s alive and well in the “very mature”. Just like last Monday I could have quite easily turned over and stayed in bed without any drama whatsoever but alas, there were things to be done that could only be done today… dang it!

Looking at the clock now I can’t believe where the day has disappeared to yet the really sad thing is all the cleaning I had planned to do this afternoon after collecting the children has yet to be ticked off my list. Now that really is a  BIG dang it. No prizes as to guessing what I’m doing first thing tomorrow morning… ugh!

So it’s kinda apt what I’m about to show you. It’s one of my little demonstration items for workshops… a Tea-Bag Holder.You could really use it for anything but I had tea-bags sitting on my desk so I used them.

This one all came about through that small piece of  Greenhouse Gala DSP on the front. It was on my desk one morning, along with scraps of the Tangerine card-stock, and after a little playing this was the end result. The arrival of the new stamp set “Morning Cup” from the new catty was perfect timing. I had the most wonderful idea of how to use the coffee pot today so I’d best go sketch it before I fall asleep so I can do it tomorrow.

Only four more sleeps to the school holidays… BRINGTHEMON!!!

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x


Last week…

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my neighbour knocked on my door requesting some Sympathy Cards and although I have quite a few cards on hand, a Sympathy Card was not something I had in my stockpile so to work I went. I came up with four cards which I was pleased with . I did take photos of all four but this camera my husband so kindly “dedicated to the cause” when my other was broken, isn’t playing nice! Consequently the two he chose are just a beautiful memory now but I have been able to take photos of the two remaining ones. What do you think?


I really like this one. I’ve used the Urban Garden DSP and the Manhattan Embossing Folder. I’d only just received the Manhattan Embossing Folder and was having a complete mind blank until I remembered it. I’m completely obsessed with it now – I want to use it on EVERYTHING! Plus I haven’t made a 6×6 card for ages but this is another thing I’ve become obsessed with of late.

Now the other card I used, I also used another embossing folder from elsewhere and the Echoes of Kindness Hostess Gift stamp set from Stampin’ Up!. I also pushed through my pain barrier and used my Stampin’ Up! Water Colour Pencils and Aqua Painter on the flowers. I have this love/hate relationship with the water colour pencils as I’m always scared to use them but once I do I always love the washed effect it creates and wished I used them more! For this one I also went back to my old favourite size for the finished card of A5.

Once upon a time ago I never made anything but the A5 cards and found it so difficult moving down to the A6 cards but now it’s the reverse. Very peculiar so I’d better chance that over the coming weeks hey?!

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

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