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Watercolor Wizard: New Daniel Smith Grounds and Watercolors

CHA starts tomorrow….and since I’ll be at the Daniel Smith booth, I figured I’d show you some of the samples I took with me!

Watercolor Wizard: New Daniel Smith Grounds and Watercolors

Daniel Smith makes grounds – basically gessos that turn almost any surface into a watercolor surface! In the video below I show you how I added texture to mine since I like cold press and especially rough cold press papers…you can give it less texture too, customizing it any way you want. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Doesn’t it look beautiful on the gold too?

The inside of the card carries the sentiment on these cards…

I covered a chipboard box – it had a pattern on it so I covered it in inexpensive gesso first, til I had a basic white surface to add the pearlized ground to. Then painted poppies!

I wanted to see how this worked on tin – it was great!

And this candle came out beautifully. Be careful with this, because the grounds could possibly exude a smell you might not like…I’ll try burning it sometime and see what happens. Didn’t want to try that before the show ūüôāAnd I also had some of the black ground, so used that on a teensy tiny clay pot, using some of the iridescent colors.

Since these are new, they aren’t in-store yet…but they’re coming soon!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

  • Stampingbella, Wiz (appears to be no longer available)
  • Gold Ground —- (link coming as soon as it’s available)
  • Pearlescent Ground —-¬†(link coming as soon as it’s available)
  • New Daniel Smith colors — (links coming as soon as it’s available)
    • Lavender
    • Wisteria
    • Aussie Red Gold
    • Raw Sienna Light
    • Burnt Sienna Light
    • Paynes Blue Gray
    • Quinacridone Lilac
    • Rose Madder Permanent
  • Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 25 pk
  • Ranger Ink Blending Tool, 1 Inch Round¬†
  • ShurTech Yellow Frog Delicate Multisurface Masking Tape
  • ShurTech Green Frog Multisurface Masking Tape
  • Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Jet Black¬†
  • Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics, Wonky Stitched Square STAX
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Aligning Art Impressions Watercolor Stamps

 

Aligning Art Impressions Stamps

One question I hear a lot – especially heard when I taught in-person classes – was how to get straight things straight. You can adjust a slightly crooked house by using a marker…but how do we avoid that in the first place? I think I have an idea! You’ll need some blocks with grids…big enough blocks to reach at least one outside edge of the paper. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

How was that for easy? Just line things up well first, and you can stamp these like a pro! ūüôā ¬†There’s another house in the stamp set too – and I painted it with bricks. ūüôā

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Supplies

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Popup Gift Card Holders

 

Christmas will be here SOOOOOON! Ack! And as I am travelling shortly – and personally delivering gifts for my family – gift cards can be the easiest thing to get through TSA. And these sweet cards can go through the mail easily too…they make a last-minute gift look well-planned!¬†The coffee stamps here were sent to me by my friends at Sunny Studio Stamps.

Pop-up Gift Card Holder

Before I get going – I didn’t come up with this myself! Lyssa Zwolanek is an SU demo (her¬†blog post is HERE, video HERE) – and she’s one of many who shared a tutorial that is easy peasy. I made my own adaptations to it based on supplies I have, so be sure to adapt using what you’ve got too!¬†Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

While I was making one, I went ahead and made two more in other colors. Cute huh? And so easy and fast!

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While I heat embossed the snowflakes, and watercolored the panels and layered them – feel free to just use some pretty patterned paper. That’ll make them even faster!
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Supplies

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Vintage Christmas Kitsch

Vintage Christmas Kitsch

I was inspired to look at some vintage postcards to figure out a layout for this card…I stamped the deer, added the circle in pencil, then stamped the greens (masking where needed), then drawing in the banner and circle with a black sharpie (waterproof pen). I had some challenges with the purple background, but it was sure a fun experiment – and this is one of my fave cards lately! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

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Supplies

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Nativity Mini TryFold Christmas Card

 Nativity Mini TryFold Christmas Card

I’ve been making a bunch of these Mini TryFold Nativity cards for my Christmas stash…they’re beautiful and simple, very flat – and easy to color quickly! I stamped a bunch using the MISTI¬†– once I had it set up I just kept stamping!¬†Included in the video is an idea for making it easy – using just the droppers and not a palette. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I love the Hydrus watercolors for their intensity – and that they don’t “move” once you go over them with another color. But they also blend with other colors while wet, too. Best of both worlds!

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Color Chart for PhMartins Hydrus Watercolors

The three sets of 12 have different groups of colors – see which ones would work most with the kinds of images you color most.

Sandy Allnock Hydrus Chart

Supplies

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24 Tags of Christmas 2016: Watercolor Tree Farm

Quick note: I’ll be picking the 24 winners Sunday evening…so if you missed any videos this week, be sure to go leave comments to qualify to win! I’ll post winners Monday.

Oh my. It’s already the last day! Well, I’ve got a cute one to top off the week…enjoy!

Watercolor Tree Farm

Sometimes tags just need to be plain old cute. And what’s cuter than a vintage trailer with some animals we can dress up? In the video I’ll show you a little bit on masking – plus some fun watercoloring.¬†Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The other three tags came out sweet too….a whole fleet of tree sellers! ha!sandy-allnock-24tags16-6a

You can see all the tags from all years in the 24 Tags of Christmas Gallery!

Giveaway

Tradition is to give away the 24 tags…I’ll pick 24 winners from blog posts and YT comments, so leave some love and maybe you’ll win! Woohoo! I’ll pick winners and announce later next week!

Supplies

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Watercolor a leaf

Watercolor a leaf

Since it’s a Monday, and it’s a holiday with a lot of folks being busy….here’s a fast little no-fuss video. Three colors of paint – Permanent Yellow Deep, Transparent Pyrrol Orange, and a little Lunar Black. In, out, done – go get candy! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

By popular request….

I’ve updated my Society6 page with some new paintings! Many that have been seen on Instagram lately. You’re welcome :0)

Supplies

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Clean and Simple Christmas Cards – Ellen Hutson Bloghop

Welcome to my stop on the bloghop for Ellen Hutson’s new release! There are two designers represented, so be sure to give a big welcome to Brandi! ūüôā

Clean and Simple (CAS) Christmas Cards

I’m always on the hunt for ways to use up things I have sitting around…and when I saw a stack of watercolor scraps and matched it up with some beautiful and simple dies – I knew I hit on a winner. Note that these could also look lovely using white paper instead of black – with the pop of watercolor showing through, it would be lovely like that! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

My second card, also included in the video, is from one of Brandi’s sets – lots of fun houses, sentiments, and more – be sure to check out Light Parade

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And one more bonus card – also from the Light Parade stamp set….there are cute houses that I *gasp* cut apart and stamped down a hillside, then handcut the snowy hillside. Also painted with Hydrus watercolors.

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Giveaway

You know that there’s always goodies to be had on bloghops – and this one is no different!

The winner may chose ANY  Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post  by Tuesday, October 25th! There is also a crazy good Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, also by Tuesday, October 25th! ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, November 4th! Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize! 

Let me know in a comment whether you focus on CAS or more complex cards for Christmas….and enter to win!

Next Stop on the Hop

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers. The previous stop on the hop was Lisa Adametz and the next one is the amazing Joni Nina Andaya!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Painting Rich Watercolor – Caroling Critters

 

Paint rich watercolor

While watercolors can be soft and lovely, they also can have a lot of punch! Layering washes over each other to build up rich color can be well worth the patience of waiting in between. Check out how I created the fun background as well as the painted stamped images! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

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Supplies

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Autumn Stamped Watercolor – Art Impressions

I’ve had so many requests to use these stamp sets – and I finally had time to get to¬†it, yeah! Puppy naps are an awesome thing.

Autumn Stamped Watercolor Cards

The Art Impressions watercolor series of stamps are one of my favorite creations by stamp companies. While I pass on many of my other stamps as gifts during my monthly “Customer Appreciation Week” celebrations – when I send unexpected gifts to randomly selected customers in my store – I never send these on! They all work together so well and can make beautiful scenes when combined together. These two new mini sets are no exception – but the best part of them? The trees! There haven’t been amazing trees in the collection til now, but these —wowzas! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Be sure to check out the other videos linked at the end of today’s video to see some of the other watercolor stamps in action, especially the ‘basics’ video (that one specifically is HERE) to see the sets of flora¬†and grasses that really help to flesh out scenes with the other stamps.sandy-allnock-art-impressions-bridge-watercolor

While the topic today is watercolor cards – remember that you can also take a larger piece of paper to create a scene, then frame it to hang in your home! These fall scenes would also be lovely for a gift for whoever is hosting you for Thanksgiving….and they’ll be beyond impressed. ūüôā

Supplies

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