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10 Ways to Watercolor!

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Hi everyone, it’s Shari here with 10 Ways to Watercolor! Have you been confused as to “what to try” when choosing items for watercoloring? I’m here to help you with a few tips and different types of items that are great to use to get your desired effect.

I’ll break the different types of watercolors down into groups:

  • Dry Paint Pallette
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • H20′s
  • Gelatos
  • Peerless (dry paper)
  • Sprays
  • Inks (2 ways)
  • Markers (2 ways)

Other important items are brushes and watercolor papers.  For paper, I prefer the Tim Holtz Distress watercolor sheets for making cards. It is a true white paper and is cut 4.25″ x 5.5″. For larger projects, another great choice is Strathmore Cold press Watercolor paper 8.5″ x 5.5″.

Brush types can vary not only in size but also round, flat and type of bristles. I have two favorite brushes types that I use all the time, both being from Ranger. The first is the Studio Artist brush set. There is every size I need including wide flat brush for background washes down to super small for painting fine details. My other favorite is the Tim Holtz  Detailer Water Brush with it’s amazing water reservoir! This brush can be filled with Distress Sprays, used to activate watercolor pencils and also for standard painting.

I’ve created a card using some of the sprays and inks that I show in my video where I’ve sampled different watercolor types.

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And created a quick watercolor background using inks and the Moroccan Background stamp. I love how the inks mix on the paper to form new color.

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I’ve put together a video using the types of watercolors that I have and how I use them for painting in a small flower stamped image plus a quick background for my card. . You can view the video below or on our YouTube channel.

There is another watercolor medium that I did not cover, being liquid or tube watercolor paints. Simon Says Stamp has a several sets available: the first being Sakura Koi (12 colors), the Grumbacher Acedemy (8 colors), the Windsor Newton Cotmon (6 colors), the Windsor Newton Cotmon (12 colors) and finally a nice little travel set the Royal Langnickel Keep and Carry set (6 colors). These paints are highly concentrated paste that you would squeeze out onto a pallet and use with water. They are very blendable and transparent, you can let them dry on your pallet to regenerate later with water as you would a dry pallet paint.

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I hope I have given you information on the types of watercolors available and how they are used to make your selections easier.  Have a great weekend!

Card supplies:

In my supplies below, I have listed complete sets on some items, please know you can shop for individual items to suit your needs.

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Shari Carroll
Creative Director • Designs Simon Says Stamp exclusive products • Card maker • Art Journaling • Mom to many • Gramma to Melody • Loves good friends• photography • gardening

Welcome Spring Canvas!

It’s finally here!!! SPRING has sprung and I am celebrating!!!
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I’ve had this idea dancing around in my head for awhile… a butterfly wreath… but it didn’t seem appropriate to create it mid-winter. I’ve been having a blast creating 6×6 canvas pieces, the size is perfect for all my card making dies, stencil and stickers. The wreath is formed from paper covered wire which I found at my local craft store along with Paper Twine by Maya Road.

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It’s light and airy plus has that feel of Spring to me. I used the Prima paper pad for my collaged background along with a bit of tissue paper.  I pulled out a bunch of my dies including the Tim Holtz Movers and Shakers Butterflies which I cut out from book text, and the beautiful Simon Says Stamp Devonshire Butterfly cut from Bazzill Vellum.

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The canvas came together pretty quickly and I shot a video of the process which you can see below or on our YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

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I hope you all are enjoying your first day of Spring!

 

Shari Carroll
Creative Director • Designs Simon Says Stamp exclusive products • Card maker • Art Journaling • Mom to many • Gramma to Melody • Loves good friends• photography • gardening

April Card Kit of the Month REVEAL: Celebrate!

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Color Pops!  Bursts of fun!  Our April 2015 Card kit of the month is appropriately named CELEBRATE! This kit is perfect for all your birthday celebrations.  Pair up the Big Birthday Wishes stamps with the Bazzill 6×6 Kraft Gold Foil papers for an elegant look, or mix and match with the bright card stocks in the kit for really festive cards. Top them all off with the striking gold star brads.  You can subscribe to our kit of the month program for just $24.95 plus S&H per month!

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We’ve included several rub on sets: one is a full sheet of color rub ons with a birthday and celebration theme and the other is a sheet of gold toned rub ons with great sentiments and trending images. Also, check out the super cool Pink and Mint ombre washi tape from Pink Fresh Studio!

*Due to the dock issue on the West Coast, there has been a slight delay in receipt of kit products for assembly of our April kit. Instead of shipping the kits immediately, they will begin shipping March 23rd. We apologize for any inconvenience to you.

Shari has put together a quick card using the stamp set from the kit.  She stamped several greetings using Mint and Coral Reef inks to form a panel using the Misti stamping tool. Once the stamping was done, she die cut a balloon from the panel and raised it up with foam squares.

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Shari has put together a quick kit walkthrough and shows how her card came together. You can see the video below, or watch on our YouTube Channel.

The stamp set for this kit is called Big Birthday Wishes an ideal set for creating gender neutral cards for all ages!

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Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

Founder of Simon Says Stamp. Mother of two adorable children and one dog, Simon. Lover of all things art, craft, and stamp related.

DIY Luminaries!

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Hi everyone! Happy March!! It’s Shari here back with another project for you. I’ve had this idea swimming around in my head and was thrilled to finally put them together. I wanted to make a luminary with my dies… and vellum was the answer to hold everything together.

This first one uses the Woodland Tree die with some scrap paper I’ve had laying around. I really like how intricate the die is and it’s beautiful when light shines through.

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I’ve  created another using Slate card stock with the Super Heart Border die, and in the back you can see a peek of the Surf Blue card stock and the Mod Window die luminary.

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These are really easy to make and can be used for a dinner gathering, bridal or baby shower. The sky is the limit with all the dies and papers available.

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Please Note: To keep things safe, use a battery candle rather than an actual flame. 

I’ve shot a video of the process. You can view it below or on our YouTube Channel HERE.

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I hope you find inspiration to create your own DIY Luminaries. Enjoy your day!

Shari Carroll
Creative Director • Designs Simon Says Stamp exclusive products • Card maker • Art Journaling • Mom to many • Gramma to Melody • Loves good friends• photography • gardening

Mixed Media Mini Canvas

Do you have a quote that you have used a lot over time? I have a couple of favorites…

“That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more” Popeye.  

And this one… “I love you to the moon and back again”.

My Popeye quote may end up on a canvas someday but for today as a gift to my son, I’ve created this canvas for my grandbaby Melody’s room. I really like the 6×6 size and think it would look really cute on an easel.

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I just love neutrals and this canvas came together really quickly. I find when I’m designing in my comfort zone, it is extremely easy! I’ve used the Tim Holtz Letterpress alpha’s along with some Engraver collection paper from Prima.

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I typed my quote out and printed it onto card stock. This is an easy “cheat” when you have something personal to add to your projects.

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I wanted to think outside the canvas and adding these hanging die cut stars was just what I was looking for.

I’ve shot a video of the entire process, you can view it below or on our YouTube Channel HERE.

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I hope you all have a great weekend! I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun DIY project, stay tuned!

Shari Carroll
Creative Director • Designs Simon Says Stamp exclusive products • Card maker • Art Journaling • Mom to many • Gramma to Melody • Loves good friends• photography • gardening