Focus on you New Year Card

Hello. Today I am sharing a card that sends a positive message to start the year. I made this card as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Programme.

The class this time was ‘Polychromatic.’ I chose to base my card on a lesson focusing on using similar colours to make a card

To start the card I took the Altenew stamp set ‘Get Well Soon’ using sunflower images. I stamped the large flower once and the smaller flower twice using Memento Tuxedo black ink on to Xpress it white cardstock. Once the ink was dry I coloured the images with my Copic markers. I chose yellow for my card as this was a colour from the ‘In The Mood For Color’ class which represents energy, optimism and cheer.

I cut out the images and set them to one side to work on the background. I wanted to do some ink smooshing, so I selected Distress Oxide inks in Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade and put a bit of each colour on to my glass mat then sprayed with some water. I then took a piece of cellophane wrapper from a piece of packaging and placed it into the watered down ink and transfersed it on to my card panel. I did this for all three colours moving the ink in various directions to make the effect.

Once the background was dry, I die cut a rectangle stitched border from the background panel and stamped the sentiment from the ‘Focus On You’ stamp set using. Next I adhered the flowers using foam tape to add some dimension to the larger image. I added some white orchid sequins from Lucys Cards to add some shine.

To complete the card I attached the panel to a card base using foam tape.

I hope you like the card. Take care for now.


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Floral watercolour card

Hello. Today I am sharing a card I made as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Programme.

The class for this was called ‘Creative Watercolor Media’ and was all about using various supplies to watercolour such as reinkers and sprays. I chose to use my ink pads to watercolour the images to make my card.

To start I stamped some flowers and leaves from the Altenew stamp set ‘Flower Garden’ on to some watercolour card using Versafine Onyx black ink.

I chose Altenew inks Midnight Violet and Turquoise for the flowers and Forest Glade and Evergreen for the leaves. I pressed each of the ink pads on to my glass mat then using a small paintbrush and water to watercoloured all the images. Once they were all dry I fussy cut the images with scissors.

Next I worked on the background. I took the Altenew leafburst stencil and blended some of the green ink lightly over the stencil using a blending brush. I added some splatters of my new Altenew metalic watercolours. I chose a copper colour. I then selected a piece of copper coloured cardstock and cut a strip of this to go along the edge of the card. I adhered the strip with liquid glue.

Now it was time to place the flowers and leaves. I arranged them around the largest flower adhering them in place with a liquid glue. I then popped the large floral up on some foam tape to give the card some dimension.

Next I used Altenew Enchanted gold pigment ink to stamp the sentiment which I took from the ‘Heartfelt Sentiments’ stamp set by Altenew.

To complete the card I added a few sequins for some sparkle and shine.

Using ink pads as a watercolour medium is a great way of getting more out of them and great for colour matching. I hope you will give it a try. Thanks for dropping by. Take care for now.


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Watercolour floral card


I hope you are well. Today I am sharing a watercolour floral card as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Programme.

The class I made this card for was called ‘Easy die cutting Techniques’ There are some great techniques in the class and it really stretched me to think outside of my usual one layer cards and create something a bit different.

To start the card I stamped and masked images from the ‘Wallpaper Art’ clear stamp set. I used Versafine black ink and Arches cold pressed watercolour paper as I wanted to use my Gansai Tambi watercolours to colour the flower and leaves.

Once the image was painted and dry, I masked the whole image using masking paper.

I then placed the Altenew ‘watercolor stripes’ stencil over the top. I blended some Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink over the top.

I removed the stencil and used some gold watercolour to add splatters over the card then removed the mask.

Next for the die cutting. I first die cut the whole panel with a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die. I then took a smaller die from the same set and die cut a panel from the centre of the card. I took the central panel and adhered it to a piece of fun foam. I then adhered the rest of the panel on to a card base and adhered the central panel back in place.

To complete the card I added a thank you sentiment from the stamp set using Altenew obsidian black ink.

I hope the card will inspire you to step outside of your usual techniques and try something new like I did.

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Mermazing Birthday Card.


Today I am sharing a card for Time For Tea Designs. I used some of the clear stamps from the Mermazing release. Available exclusively from Create and Craft

I decided to use watercolours for this card. I started by taking a piece of watercolour card. This is Arches cold press. I took my largest Lawn Fawn stitched circle die and drew with pencil around the outside to give me the shape and area of the panel to watercolour. Next I stanped the images using Versafine black ink.

Once the ink was completely dry I used my Gansai Tambi watercolours to colour the images and the background.

Once the panel was dry I placed the circle die over the top and run it through my Big Shot die cutting machine.

Next I took a 6″x 6″ card base and stamped the sentiment at the bottom. To complete the card I adhered the watercolour panel using double sided tape and added a few sequins for some sparkle.

Take care for now.


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Autumnal card

Hello everyone from chilly England. I hope you are well. Today I am my latest Design Team make for The Little Paper Tree.

I started by stamping images from the Seasonal Sweeties stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps. I Stamped the girl, cat and a handful of leaves on to copic friendly cardstock. I then used my Copic markers to colour the images in.
Next I worked on the background.I had originally planned a galaxy but I was inspired by a YouTube video by Shari Carroll where she made a page for her art journal using Distress Oxides, showing how to make this type of background and I knew it would fit perfectly.

I took a piece of cold pressed watercolour card and attached it to my craft mat using purple tape. I selected Distress inks in autumn colours to use. I tapped the first colour of ink on to an acrylic block then sprayed with water. I then placed the block onto the paper in random areas, twisting the block to move the ink around. I then dried with a heat tool before moving on to the next colour and repeated for each colour, drying between each colour. Once I was happy with how it looked I used a gold watercolour paint and flicked it over the background. I love the effect and was really pleased with how it turned out.

Next I heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set on to vellum with gold embossing powder. I then trimmed down the background to be slightly smaller than my card base so it left a small white border. I then attached the strip of vellum to the background byfolding it around the back and attaching with a tape runner. I then used double sided tape to adhere the background to the base as the watercolour card is quite thick.
I attached the images using a tape runner to complete the card.

I am really pleased with how it turned out. I hope you like it too.

Take care for now.


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Design Team for The Little Paper Tree. You can find my card on The Little Paper Tree blog

Watercolour Birthday card scene

Hello friends.

I hope you are well. Today I wanted to share this watercoloured scene I created for a card.

I used a stamp set from Hero Arts my monthly hero kit April 2018.

I used Ranger Archival black ink. I find this works well with watercolour, you just need to make sure it is dry before starting to watercolour. I went to school for a parents information evening between stamping and starting to paint! I first stamped the snake, cake and bird. I created masks for the bird and snake by stamping the images on to post in notes and cutting around the edge.

I placed the masks over the images then stamped the cactus so that it overlapped and when the mask is removed it looks like the cactus is behind the animals. I then stamped the sentiments at the top.

Next I started the watercolouring. I used my new Altenew watercolours with a small brush to add colour to the images. I used a larger brush to add the background colour, keeping to the desert colours I thought were perfect for this scene. I added some shadows along the ground to add some texture and dimension.

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Take care for now.


Monochrome Card

Hello. I hope you are well. It is still very hot here. The past couple of days have been exceptionally hot.

Today I am sharing the monochrome card I made.

This morning I watched a YouTube video by one of my biggest inspirations Kristina Werner. This week is watercolour week over on her channel. Take a look at her videos.

Todays video was a one colour challenge. Kristina used one watercolour colour to make a card. She suggested during her video it would be fun to use a dark colour to do a card and I fell in love with the idea and had to give it a try.

To start I selected a dark but not quite black colour from my Gansai Tambi watercolour set. I used watercolour paper to do a wash background and added a darker section at the bottom for the ground. It took a few layers for me to be happy and it looks quite messy at this point but I was happy with the final result.

I am really keen to practice watercolour techniques more.

Next I selected the ‘upon a star’ stamp set by Lawn Fawn. I stamped the animals on to watercolour paper and painted them with the same watercolour paint as the background.

Once complete I cut them out with my scan n cut machine and put them to one side.

Once my background was dry I used a powder tool over the sky area and stamped the sentiment with a clear embossing pad then sprinkled with Ranger liquid platinum embossing powder and heated it with my heat tool. I then repeated this with the stars and used Ranger white embossing powder.

I then attached the animals and stars using small foam squares to add some dimension and complete the card.

I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by today.


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