Saturday, September 25, 2010

September Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

The challenge for Papertrey Ink's September Blog Hop was to create a project with a learned stamping skill.
One of my favorite skills (I really can't pick just one!) is using watercolor crayons instead of an inkpad. I learned this as part of the February 2010 Castaway Club Scrap kit. I used  a little spray bottle to spritz the stamp with water, then colored with the watercolor crayons, then stamp. Easy Peasy. I like to use different colors, in this case two greens on the leaves. The flowers didn't pop enough, so I went back and colored directly on the card and then used an aqua brush.  If it's really wet you can use a heat gun to speed up the drying.
When it had dried I drew a thin frame around it free-hand. I discovered that if I do this on a non-stick mat, I can hold the pen in one place and just slide the card. This eliminates the need to pick the pen up in the middle of a line.

Ingredients:
Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream cardstock
Papertrey Ink Four of a Kind stamp set
01 micron pigment black ink pen
small spray bottle with water
watercolor crayons, I used Faber-Castell

I have to say my favorite stamping tip came from my oldest younger sister who convinced me to go to CHA. When we were in the Papertrey Ink booth she said, "Buy Papertrey Ink stamps" lol. OK, she didn't have to twist my rubber arm much :D.

34 comments:

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

Very pretty, lovely subtle effect!

Leah said...

its a very gentle effect and I do just love the look of watercolor! I really do! love the free hand outter lines too!

Aimes said...

So simple, subtle and beautiful! Love it!
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Paul said...

Great technique. This is the first time I've been able to participate with the PTI fun being from Wales so the time difference never allowed. I'm also new to PTI products and have only just had my first order so am having loads of fun seeing what others create with the items.
TFS
Paul
http://craftyblogocks.blogspot.com/

Leora said...

Nice!

Barb said...

This is beautiful! So soft and subtle.

Sue Ann said...

Simple and BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Kristin said...

clean and simple, my kind of card!

Audrey Frelx said...

It's very pretty! I like the sublety!

Pearl Maple said...

delightful card with sweet design

klarcher said...

I love the soft colors and thanks for the tip of using a non-stick mat I'll have to try that one

Kelly S. said...

Such a sweet happy card, your flowers look so great with that technique!

Ravengirl said...

This is lovely! I like hand drawn lines and will have to try your trick!

sarahw said...

So pretty, I really like the frame it looks perfect with that image. :)

Marge said...

Great idea; gorgeous card!!!

Melissa said...

Very pretty!

peggysue said...

What a brave soul drawing your frame freehand! I was trembling even with a ruler! But it looks great and complements the image so nicely! Great card, lovely colors!

Kristii said...

So pretty!!! I love the flowers and the bold sentiment!!!

sillyleann said...

Very interesting look. I don't have those crayons. I will have to look into that. TFS!

Jen Carter said...

It's been a while since I've tried this technique, may have to do it again soon! Pretty card!

Ginny said...

Love the watercolors, just a beautiful card!!

Janelle said...

Very pretty. And your freehanded frame looks fabulous! (Buy PTI is a fabulous tip, too... :) )

Cassie_lu said...

stunning one layter card. like how the flowers take up a corner of the drawn frame.

Kara said...

very cool effect! so pretty:)

Leah said...

I just came back to answer a question you had asked..I did the little LO of my baby boy from the blog hop today.
Yep, all the cuts (except for the font from Mickey Font) were from Create a Critter. A fav new cart for me!
Of course, I have no idea but I read your profile. I could NEVER use my Cricut w/o having the Design Studio! Its awesome!
Had fun hopping and thanks for the kind words!

Leah

Nerina said...

Such a soft and pretty card - love the use of this stamp set for it too!

Laura Isham said...

this is simple and beautiful. it is pretty and soft and almost child like in its beauty. you have done an amazing job.

Amy said...

Ohhhh.....I LOVE watercolor crayons and this technique! I haven't done it in ages! Your card is beautiful!!

Pam W. said...

This is so soft and pretty. Thanks for reminding me that I have watercolor crayons that haven't been used in quite awhile.

Cammie said...

You had me at watercolor! Love the simple beauty of this! I am goin to have to do more research on this. Uh oh, another investment--watercolor crayons!

Anna (doctorfoodie) said...

Great card! Very clean and bright! It turned out great!

Victoria said...

Great card! Thanks for the tip about the pen, and even better, glad you took your sister's advice about PTI stamps!

Babies- Beth said...

Being in the PTI booth with someone as loving as a sister is a great visualization! Thanks for that! I, too, love spritzing stamps, but I have never crayoned on a clear stamp- I will try that!

flowerdisco said...

great techniques. I am going to try them. I believe I read the one with the watercolors before right here on your blog but how clever is the one for doodling a frame. TFS!

the card is absolutely gorgeous.