Lawn Fawn Party Animal – Thank You Card

Cards, Thank You Cards

Welcome! I hope you’re having a great start to your weekend. Today I’m sharing a fun thank you card using stamps from Lawn Fawn, and Simon Says Stamp. You can watch the tutorial below, or on my YouTube channel.

Like I mentioned in my video, I really want to thank everyone for your support and encouragement! Last week my channel hit 500 subscribers so this is a big milestone for me. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!

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Thanks for dropping by! Until next time,

julia

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Setting the Mood with TAWS

Any occasion, Cards

Welcome! For my next trick, I’ve created a moody card with stamps from the Alley Way Stamps. You can watch the video below, or on my YouTube channel.

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Don’t forget to stamp by the TAWS blog for more inspiration.

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Thanks for dropping by! Until next time,

julia

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Watercoloring for Card Makers |Top Tips

Any occasion, Cards

Welcome! It’s time for another TAWS video. This week I’m sharing my top tips for watercolouring for card makers. You can watch the video below, or on my YouTube Chanel.

Using watercolours on cards is really on trend these days. I think it’s because you can achieve so many different looks with minimal supplies, and also because watercolouring is very forgiving. If all you do is drop on some colour onto your page, you’ll still get an interesting result. So here we go, my top tips for watercolouring for cardmakers–

Paper Matters: Try to use watercolour paper. Even an inexpensive option, is better than plain cardstock as it will hold the water better and help the colours move. While we’re talking paper, if you plan to stamp, I recommend using a smooth paper for best stamping results.

Use a Waterproof Ink: I like VersaFine Onyx Black Ink because it stamps well onto watercolour paper, and it leaves crisp bright lines. Other people prefer an archival ink, but this is entirely up to your personal preference and what you have on hand.

Use What You Have: Watercolours come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. If you don’t have a “traditional watercolour pallet”, you can always use any water-based ink (such as Distress Ink) you have by smooshing out some ink onto a non-porous surface and mixing in some water. You can even use your dye inks the same way if you just want to experiment.

Use Layers: Traditional watercolours are transparent. Add layers of colour (allowing each one to dry in between) for a real watercolour look. If you prefer a more opaque look, try finding gouache paints instead.

Let the Water do the Work: Watercolouring is easy because you can let the water do all the work. Laying down a thin layer of water onto your project before adding the colour will help the paint move and create an interesting and dimensional look, even if you do nothing else.

Get More by Mixing Colours: You can mix colours no matter what type of paint you’re using. If you aren’t sure how or what to mix, you can always Google (e.g. how to mix grey) for some help. If all else fails, just experiment and see what happens.

Emboss: Heat embossing an image before applying the colour will help keep the paint contained. This is especially helpful when you’re colouring detailed images.

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Ok, so that’s it for my tips today. I hope that you find them helpful, but most of all, I hope that you just experiment and play. There is no wrong or right way. Just do what makes your heart sing.

As always, don’t forget to visit the TAWS Blog for tons of new inspiration every day.

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Thanks for dropping by. Until next time,

julia

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Draw Your Own Accessories

Any occasion, Cards, Love note

Welcome! It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s time for another Colour Me! challenge post. The challenge this week is to create a project using grey, yellow, and fuchsia.

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I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but grey is my favourite colour so naturally I was pretty excited for this challenge. As usual, I have a video tutorial to share. You can watch it below, or on my YouTube channel.

When I started out with my card, I had a vague idea of where I wanted to go. The most solid idea was to use the Waves Background stamp and Distress Ink to create a bold background. I also knew that I wanted to use the large elephant from the Critters in the Jungle stamp set as my grey element.

Once the card was close to being assembled, I realized that it really needed something else. I decided the something else was a tiny and silly hat for my elephant. So, I did something I’ve never done before, I drew my own accessory.

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I started in pencil, and once I was happy with the shape, I used a thin marker to trace the outline and coloured it in with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I fussy cut it out, and then used a glue dot to adhere it to my elephant friend. I think this simple detail is what really brings this card to life.

Here’s the thing though, I am not very artistically inclined, so this was a BIG leap for me. I feel like my whole world has opened up now since I feel more confident to add my own simple elements to my projects. If you’re not sure about where to start, I recommend Googling some images to get you started and just experiment. I know there are accessory stamp sets available, but if you’re like me and have a limited stash, I think drawing your own really opens up options and helps you get more out of your supplies.

There is tons more inspiration over at the Colour Me! challenge. Make sure to check out the other designers–

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Thanks so much for dropping by! Until next time,

julia

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Congrats New Home | Spectrum Noir & Distress Ink

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Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a great weekend. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been struggling with my crafty mojo recently. Good news: it seems to be on it’s way back!

Last week I created a congratulations on a new home card and I just let the creative juices flow. I didn’t really have any distinct direction when I started the card, so I just let myself enjoy the process and tried not to overthink it.

I let the camera roll as I created and I’m so glad I did because it turns out that there was a lot to share. You can watch the video below, or over on my YouTube channel.

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Before I sign off, I just want to thank you all for your kind words and encouragement. It’s because of you that I’m back into the swing of things!

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I’ll be back on Wednesday with another Colour Me! card that I’m so excited to share! Until then,

julia

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