Monday, December 31, 2018

Easy Watercolor for YOU! Nuvo Watercolor Pencils

Hi! Welcome to my studio.
I have been loving these Nuvo Watercolor Pencils from Sparkle N Sprinkle
Here is my latest card with this adorable stamp set, Violets for You.
I embossed with white, then used several techniques with the pencils on this card.
Watch the Video to see how I did it.

Violets for You has some gorgeous sentiments included.

New   Violets for You Digital Paper Set [DIGI4008FS]
This is the set of  digital background papers to go with this set!

Time to get busy for next year...see you then!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Batik Technique with Sparkle N Sprinkle

Hi! Welcome to my Studio...

Today's 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card features the Batik Technique. The old classic technique was done on cloth with hot wax. For this card, done on Watercolor Paper, I used Nuvo Masking Fluid.

For the brilliant color, I used three colors of Nuvo Aqua Flow Brush Tip Watercolor Pens. 
These pens are absolutely AMAZING for this technique.

The background is done using only the butterfly from, Violet for You, one of our new releases. Using a stamp for a textured background really helps tie in a theme. 

This video shows the technique and products used, so watch how it's done, then use these stamp and color substitutions to create the background for the card above. Finally, follow the instructions below to finish this card.

Any questions, just comment below. :-)

Stamp Sets by Sparkle N Sprinkle
Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolor Pens
Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Powders and Glitter
To finish the card, you will need:
Butterscotch Microfine Glitter (for the tape and also for the Butterfly)

I cut a piece of vellum 3 inches by 5 1/2 inches. I stamped the large birthday and the smaller wishes stamps together with this amazing new ink pad called, VersaFine CLAIR. It can be heat embossed even after it has dried! I used clear embossing powder. 

These stamps are so much fun to mix and match for a variety of large sentiments...perfect for use with fun backgrounds like this.

I needed to use copper brads, but having none, I heat embossed the ones I had with Copper Peddler Embossing Powder. 

Get a grip with your tweezers and use Versamark Ink,

Dip into EP and tap off.

Heat emboss and re-dip,

Repeat for all. (Allow to cool for a half a minute before releasing to your mat)

Attach tape to A2 card (mine is yellow, but white works, too)
Dump Butterscotch glitter onto tape, burnish, brush and clean up excess.
Trim background to 3 3/4 x 5 1/2.
Attach batik background.

Tear edges of vellum as shown.
Punch holes through card base and vellum for brads and attach vellum.
using the smaller butterfly this time. Coat with Nuvo large glue pen, and coat with Butterscotch glitter Attach to card by gluing only the center of the butterfly down.

 Be sure to watch the video for all the other items I used to create the background. The technique is amazing and FUN...and isn't that what it's all about?

So have FUN!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Watercolor Pencils are not just for water anymore!

Watch the Tutorial Here

Hi! Welcome to my studio!

Today I am using a beautiful stamp set just released this month at Sparkle N Sprinkle:

I really love the vintage "feel" of this image. Violets are an old fashioned flower.

To create this card, I used two sets of Nuvo Watercolor Pencils:


Instead of water, I blended with 91% rubbing alcohol, using an aquaflow brush filled with it. I wrapped a piece of washi tape around the brush, to differentiate it from my waterfilled brushes. 

First, I heat embossed the image on kraft cardstock, using white embossing powder.
I colored the images with colors from the hair and skin tone set, as they are more muted, and give that vintage look. I used Pinot Noir, Strawberry Milkshake, and Ivory Rose for the Violets. The only color I used from the Brilliantly Vibrant set was green, in two hues: Lemon Grass and Imperial Jade. I also added some Caramel Popcorn to the leaves to tone them down, and the brilliant colors were a bit too bold.


I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Claire Ink in Pinecone. It stamps so clear and clean. I just love it!

The bottom of the "note" is torn and brushed with Nuvo Mousse in Indian Gold.
I also used it at the top.

I layered the  note on the background, and added a twine bow. The finishing touch is Nuvo Vintage Drops in Chocolate Chip and Pioneer Green.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Please check out our online store, and create your own lovely palette of colors, using Vintage Drops and Nuvo Watercolor Pencils, along with your choice of our lovely stamp line.

Happy Holidays,