Are you new to watercoloring for card makers? Watercoloring with Stampin Up inks & a waterbrush is much easier than it seems! I love the illustrative style of the balloons on this Honeycomb Happiness stamp set that is one of the FREE stamp sets for Sale A Bration 2016.
Stamping the balloon images in Stayzon black ink, I added Soft Sky ink to the sky for a background, then colored the balloons with Blushing Bride and adding a touch of Smoky Slate to the bows.
The absolutely-to-die-for new Blushing Bride glimmer paper tiny dot accents and heart I punched out with the owl punch – I love how versatile the Owl Builder punch is! The super nifty little honeycomb embellishment is new to the Stampin Up in the Occasions 2016 catalog. They come in 3 different colors: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and the white as pictured below.
Stampin Up always comes out with such great releases and I can’t wait for you all to see the new Sale-A-Bration mini catalog, and of course, the Occasions Spring Mini catalog.
When I first saw Tim Holtz Crazy Birds, I knew they would be pretty much perfect for anything watercolor. So, when I first got my Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush pens I thought I would have a go at coloring those awesome crazy birds.
My first attempt stunk. Like really not good. So I put them aside a little frustrated at having investing in them and stinking at it, until recently when I visited my local craft store I was shown how much of a difference it makes to use proper watercolor paper (Thanks Natalie)! This is the Strathmore cold press watercolor paper and it really makes a huge difference in the performance of the pens when watercoloring! If you ever find that you are not getting great results from your pens, try investing in some good quality watercolor paper, Strathmore cold press can be inexpensive with a coupon from Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Joann’s, but the Tim Holtz watercolor paper is by far the best choice for card makers: it has the best smooth finish and is the lightest weight (thin) but still gives great watercolor performance.
Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Talk Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Pen Watercolor Easy Card Stamp Right Up
Want to make this card at home too? Here are the supplies I used to make this project:
I have made these little chap stick / lip balm holders before, for parties and craft workshops, and I knew they would be great for stocking stuffers and neighbor gifts!
Lawn Fawn critters really shine for these projects and there were MANY different stamp sets that I could use to create a little mini scene on the fronts of the lip balm card pocket. One of the neatest things about this project is the fact that you have space to write a personalized note on the inside, so it doubles as a card & a gift in one. AND they are very inexpensive to make, so even better!
Here are some pictures of the variations I made – some for co-workers, some for neighbors, even the post lady!
Want to make these at home? They are SUPER easy! Here is a quick step by step tutorial:
Cut your card stock:
Base: 3.5″ x 5.5″
Strip for lip balm holder: 3″ x 1″
Panel (white or patterned paper): 2 3/8 x 3 1/4
Score your base card stock piece at 2 3/8 and 31/8
Score your strip at 3/4″ & 2 1/4″
Decorate your lip balm holder as you like ❤
Adhere the small strip to the inside of the holder, matching the score lines on the strip with the score lines of the base.
Adhere all of your pieces down on the top
Punch hole for twine by holding the project closed and punching through both top & bottom at same time
If you are using a dark colored base card stock color, then you might want to put in a piece of white card stock on the inside to write on. You will want to glue that down before punching the hole for the twine to tie the holder closed
Curl the inner strip before adhering it down to prevent unwanted creasing
I hope you like this project & have fun making them as much as I did!
Thanks for stopping by & don’t forget, your comments are welcome and appreciated!