You’re Very Special


Hi bloggers! Happy Sunday to you! Today I have 2 pretty & fun cards made with Derwent pencils, some SSS exclusives, & Hero Arts stamps!  We’re so pleased to have Ashley Stephens back as a guest designer today! I will let her fabulous cards speak for themselves and also leave you with some notes about each card from the designer.



For this card, I used a watercolor technique with Derwent Inktense pencils. I wet my brush and swiped it directly onto the pencil, then let the water drip directly onto the paper. This gives a nice, rich color! I then brushed a single strip of each color to serve as the background for my stamp. I embossed the sentiment with distress ink, giving it a soft look. Then, I went over everything with glossy accents to make it appear that the paint was still wet.



I also used my Inktense pencils for this card, but instead I colored directly onto my embossed image, working in strips. I tried to layer the colors over each other so they would blend nicely. Then, I added water, painting back and forth, to create the watercolor look. Once everything was dry, I rubbed a damp cloth over the embossing to brighten it up again. With just a little twine for interest and an embossed greeting, this card was very easy to make!


Thanks for reading today and thanks again to Ashley for being a guest on our blog today!
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  1. I love those cards! Don’t have those pencils…yet! ☺ I like how the base card on the first card coordinates with the “swipe” colors!

  2. Love the soft colors on these cards. Will try to achieve similar results with my Inktense pencils. Thanks for the ideas.

  3. Great cards! I am definitely going to have to try these techniques. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

  4. I love this technique – being free with your colors. No staying within certain lines.
    Great cards.

  5. I love the idea of Glossy Accents over the drips to make them look like wet paint! You’ve inspired me to,get out my Inktense pencils again!

  6. Love the watercolor technique, especially those drips with the glossy accents. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  7. These are beautiful cards! I will be giving this technique a try. I’m a follower. I love getting the email alerts when new inspiration is posted to the blog!

  8. Wow…these techniques are so awesome. Very, very and very impressive, gorgeous and colorful. Excellent job!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!! I am in awe!

  9. What a fun and colorful card. I LOVE it. TFS.
    (email follower)

  10. I love all the ideas using inktense pencils. I just got some for my birthday and I’m looking forward to trying some of these techniques!

  11. These are lovely cards and very interesting techniques. I’m not sure I quite get how to recreate them tho. Too bad there isn’t a video. Maybe a tutorial for another day?

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