Watercolor Pencils Accented Blooms

Watercolor Pencils Accented Blooms

We have so many wonderful coloring mediums, sometimes we forget about them or don’t use them enough.  But, you know what, as soon as I stamped the large image from Accented Blooms, I knew I wanted to use my watercolor pencils. I think it’s so dramatic to use a white watercolor pencil on card cardstock.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Watercolor Pencils with Accented Blooms, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up!’s watercolor pencils are high quality, highly pigmented and very creamy.  They are easy to blend with either a water brush, wink of Stella, or blender pen.  I used three colors from our original watercolor pencil release, Whisper White, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight.  In August 2018, Stampin’ Up! released Watercolor Pencil Assortment #2.  So many new fresh colors, you’ll want to add those to your next order.

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I used two colors of embossing powders as well, Silver and Black.  I have one trip about coloring with the watercolor pencils on the embossed image.  Try not to color over the embossing powder, the watercolor pencils don’t play nice.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Watercolor Pencils with Accented Blooms, Stampin' Up!

The Accented Blooms stamp set also has some sweet small images that are perfect to create your own little border.  And that’s just what I did on the inside of the card.  

I would love to share my video tutorial with you so that you can create one of these cards yourself.  You’ll fall in love with watercolor pencils all over again.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Gray Granite CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, embossed with the Tufted embossing folder.
  • Focal – Basic Black CS – 3 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ and Merry Merlot CS – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 2″
  • Accent – Silver Foil Paper – 6″ x 1″
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″

Stamping:

  • Run your embossing buddy over the Merry Merlot CS and the strip of Whisper White CS.  Stamp the sentiment in Versa Mark, sprinkle with Silver Embossing Powder and heat with the heat tool. Stamp the large floral image, in Versa Mark, on the Merry Merlot CS, sprinkle with the Black Embossing Powder and heat with the heat tool.
  • Punch the sentiment with the Tailored Tag Punch.
  • Color the Floral Image with the Watercolor Pencils.
  • On the inside mat, stamp the small vine in Old Olive and small flower in Merry Merlot.

Card Assembly:

  • Adhere the inside mat into the card with wet glue.
  • Adhere the embossed mat to the card front with wet glue.
  • Adhere the focal image to the Basic Black CS with wet glue.
  • Apply a strip of tear and tape to the bottom of the Basic Black CS.
  • Adhere the Silver Foil accent to the focal image.
  • Pop the focal image to the card front.
  • Create an 8 loop bow with the silver metallic thread.  Glue dot the bow to the focal image.
  • Pop the sentiment to the card front.
  • Apply the three silver pearls to the flowers.

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Accented Blooms Thank You

Accented Blooms Thank You

Welcome!  Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I’m very excited to share today’s project with you.  I’ll be using the beautiful Accented Blooms stamp set.  One of the best features of this set is that there is a coordinating punch.  That makes creating with Accented Blooms quick and easy.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Accented Blooms, Stampin' Up!

WOW, do you just love that background paper?  Accented Blooms is just that. A set you can use to accent all your die cuts, pretty papers and techniques with.  My Brushos were calling my name.  I hadn’t used them in a bit and knew I wanted my backdrop to be bright, vibrant and colorful.  I used both the Yellow and Gamboge to create my Accented Blooms background.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Accented Blooms, Stampin' Up!

My color combination highlights lots of our new colors, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, and Shaded Spruce. Aren’t they yummy?

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Accented Blooms, Stampin' Up!

I used one of my favorite die sets, Foliage Frames, to create all the wonderful accent pieces. Stamping the Thank You, from Accented Blooms, in Poppy Parade started things off.  I love the font. This card is really quick and easy, uses minimal supplies and still packs the WOW factor. Would you like to create along with me.  Here’s my latest FREE video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Poppy Parade CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mat – Shimmery White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″, create the background with brushos, as shown in the video
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 2″ – stamp the image in Poppy Parade and punch with the Tailored Tag punch.
  • Accent – Shaded Spruce CS – 4 1/4″ x 3″ – cut the image with the die from Foliage Frames
  • Sprigs – Mango Melody CS – 2″ x 1 3/4″ and Poppy Parade CS – 2″ x 1 3/4″, cut the 2 leaves in each color from the dies from Foliage Frames.
  • Ribbon – Whisper White classic Weave – 15″

If you need any supplies to complete the project, I would appreciate you shopping my online store

Big Shot

$110.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

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Animal Outing Stampin’ Blends Z-Fold

Animal Outing Stampin’ Blends Z-Fold

It’s a marriage made in heaven, the Animal Outing stamp set and our fabulous Stampin’ Blends.

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The Animal Expedition Suite can be found on page 26-27 of our 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. It’s super cute and the stamp set and Thinlit Dies are available in the bundle format with a 10% discount. That little Animal Outing rhino was very easy to color with our Stampin’ Blends.  And did you know that we now have even more of the Blends available?  There are eleven new combo packs ready for you to order.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Animal Outing Z-Fold, Stampin' Blends

To color this little guy I used the Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake Blends.  It’s super easy to blend our colors, they go onto the paper like butter!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Animal Outing Z-Fold, Stampin' Blends

The Animal Outing set also contains the image for that sweet little froggie on the branch.  This set isn’t just for the young, but the young at heart as well.  I know this card makes me super happy.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Animal Outing Z-Fold, Stampin' Blends

I used the Nature’s Poem DSP, which by the way is on special this month, along with the Animal Expedition DSP!  Buy three DSP packs and get one FREE!!! Here’s all the details on that DSP promotion.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, DSP Promotion

Back to our sweet little z-fold project and the Animal Outing.  Using our Layering Squares and Stitched Shapes Framelits, I created the focal image.  These are real go-to’s you should have in your stash.  Want to learn how to create the z-fold?  Here’s a FREE video-tutorial I’ve created for you.

Ready to create one for your very own?  Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base: Tranquil Tide CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Front Mats: Whisper White CS 2 1/2″ x 4″ and Nature’s Poem DSP 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″
  • Inside Mats: Whisper White CS, one @ 2 1/2″ x 4″ and one @ 4″ x 5 1/4″ and Nature’s Poem DSP 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″.
  • Focal Image: Cajun Craze CS 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, cut with the Layering Square Framelits and Whisper White CS 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the Stitched Shapes Square
  • Sentiment: Cajun Craze CS – punch one 1 3/8″ scallop circle and Whisper White CS use a scrap and then punch with the 1 1/4″ circle punch.

Card Assembly:

  • Create your Card Base Z-Fold
  • Color the images as outlined in the video above.
  • Marry the mats to each other and then to the card base.
  • Pop the Focal image to the scallop square.
  • Ink the edges of the sentiment and pop to the scallop circle.
  • Adhere the left side of the focal image to the cad front with wet glue.
  • Pop the left side of the sentiment and wet glue the right side to the card front.
  • Using glue dots adhere the metal elements to the card front.

If you need some supplies to complete the project, I would appreciate you shopping my online store.

Big Shot

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Blender Pens

$12.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

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Brusho Background Technique

Brusho Background Technique

Welcome!  Today I would love to share this Brusho background technique with you.  It’s quick and easy and the best part, you create three distinct backgrounds at once.

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These Brusho background techniques were created with our new Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut paper.  You need minimal supplies and you get to have the inner artist in you shine. I love techniques like that. So get those Brusho Crystal Colours and have some fun. First you will need a spray pan to catch some of the mist and absorb any unwanted color/crystals.  I picked up one from the Dollar Tree.  Cut a panel from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut paper and place it on top of a piece of Whisper White CS in the pan.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Brusho Background Technique

To create my Brusho backgrounds, I used the Yellow and Prussion Blue Brushos.  Sprinkle, a little of each color, onto the surface of the laser-cut paper, spritz with a Stampin’ Spritzer filled with water and watch the color bloom. Then place another piece of Whisper White CS on top, give it a good press and voila, unveil your masterpieces.  Here’s a quick and easy video tutorial to show you exactly how I accomplished these Brusho backgrounds.

I married the technique with our Detailed with Love Bundle to create my sentiments on each of the cards. The first card, “Let’s Celebrate” used the Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut panel with the Brusho background technique.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Brusho Background Technique

My color combination for this series of cards is Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch and Whisper White.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Brusho Background Technique

The next card, my Smiles card, used the Brusho background technique created with the sheet of Whisper White CS that was placed in the spray pan first.  It caught all the lovely color through the laser-cut paper.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Brusho Background Technique

I did use the Detailed Trio Punch in the upper left and lower right hand corners so that the Pineapple Punch color would peek through.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Brusho Background Technique

Last but not least, the “Life is Sweeter” card, used the piece of Whisper White CS that I placed on top of the laser-cut paper, after the brusho crystals bloomed.  I love the watercolor wash look on this one.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Brusho Background Technique

I just had to incorporate the Stitched Label Framelit Die for my focal image.  That set has become my new favorite!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Brusho Background Technique

And lucky us, those sweet little stitched hearts come from the same die set.

I’ve attached a FREE PDF with all the details.  Here’s how the magic happens. 

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Detailed With Love Clear-Mount Bundle

$36.00
Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies

$33.00
Layering Ovals Framelits Dies

$35.00
Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

$30.00
Stitched Labels Framelits Dies

$33.00
Big Shot

$110.00
Blueberry Bushel Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50
Pineapple Punch Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50
Brusho Crystal Colour

$30.00
Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper

$14.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock

$7.75
Blueberry Bushel 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.50
Pineapple Punch 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.50
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$9.75
Pineapple Punch 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Grosgrain Ribbon

$6.00
Pearl Basic Jewels

$5.00
Liquid Multipurpose Glue

$4.00
Glue Dots

$5.25
Stampin' Dimensionals

$4.00
Paper Snips Scissors

$10.00
Stampin' Trimmer

$30.00
Bone Folder

$7.00

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Abstract Impressions Thank You

Abstract Impressions Thank You

WOW, oh WOW, is all I can say about the Abstract Impressions Bundle.  This set is so easy to use, you aren’t going to believe it.  No lining up, no need for an indicator, no stress, just the freedom to create beautiful projects quick and easy.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Abstract Impressions, Thank You, Stampin' Up!

I wanted to use some new colors, and I usually don’t gravitate to purple, but, oh my, Stampin’ Up! hit it out the park with the two new shades of purple added to our color palette.  Gorgeous Grape is a deep purple, while Highland Heather is a more subtle shade.  But, you know what, I love them both.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Abstract Impressions, Thank You, Stampin' Up!

With minimal supplies and only one die set, you can create beautiful cards just like this.  You’ll feel like an artist creating great abstracts with this fantastic stamp set.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Abstract Impressions, Thank You, Stampin' Up!

I wanted to do a little something different with the bow and that luscious metallic edge ribbon.  So, I just cut the edge off both sides and used that to create this wispy bow.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Abstract Impressions, Thank You, Stampin' Up!

 I just couldn’t stop stamping those yummy flowers. I even stamped a few on the inside mat.  Don’t you just love it?

Want to see this set in action?  Here’s a video tutorial for you.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Gorgeous Grape CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Highland Heather CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Stamped Mat – Whisper White CS –  5″ x 3 3/4″, using Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape, stamp the flowers as shown in the video.  Stamp the leaves in Pear Pizzazz
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″ – Stamp the flowers as shown in the video.
  • Sentiment – Scallop Oval – Gorgeous Grape CS 3″ x 2″, cut with the Layering Oval Scallop die. Whisper White CS 0 3″ x 2″, stamp the Thank You in Gorgeous, cut with the Layering Oval Die, ink the edges in Gorgeous Grape.

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Big Shot

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Glue Dots

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Beautiful Birthday Stained Glass

Beautiful Birthday Stained Glass

Don’t you think the person that receives this card would have a beautiful birthday?  I do, because this card just makes me happy.  The gorgeous stain glass images and the elegant font are just perfect.  

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I think “have a beautiful birthday” is a great new fresh way to say Happy Birthday. Those stain glass images are just so yummy and easy to color with our Stampin’ Write Markers. 

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Beautiful Birthday, Painted Glass, Stampin' Up!

The new in-colors are so vibrant and they all go together so well.  It made creating this card quick and easy.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Beautiful Birthday, Painted Glass, Stampin' Up!

This is only one of six different stain glass dies.  One is more beautiful than the next.  There are also dies to cut the sweet little rose, a bird and a butterfly.  You can make a beautiful birthday card in all sorts of color combos using all the different elements in this set.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Beautiful Birthday, Painted Glass, Stampin' Up!

I’m so very happy that Stampin’ Up! brought back our Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  It really makes all the fonts and stain glass images pop.  And when coloring them, it even keeps you from going outside the lines.  That’s a win win!

In this how-to video, I’ll show you how to create this card.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Blueberry Bushel CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, two opposite corners punched with the Detailed Trio Punch.
  • Mat – Pineapple Punch CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Stamped Mat – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″ – stamped in versa mark, sprinkled with black embossing powder, heat set with the heat tool.
  • Focal Image – Blueberry Bushel CS – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, Grapefruit Grove CS 3″ x 3″, cut with the stain glass die.
  • Flower – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 3″, stamped in versa mark, sprinkled with black embossing powder, heat set with the heat tool. Cut with the coordinating die.

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