Using Watercolor Pencils + A Video Tutorial

Watercolor pencils have always been a tricky coloring medium for me. And to be quite honest, they’ve intimidated me for a long time. But recently, I’ve been practicing with them and I want to share some tips, tricks, and techniques that have worked for me and hopefully will work for you, too!

Keep reading below or watch the video tutorial for more information!

Using watercolor pencils can be intimidating, but I'm sharing tips and tricks to make them more user friendly!

The Video Tutorial

The video tutorial above contains products that were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%! To see who I currently or have previously designed for head HERE.
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Supplies

Before I get into the project I want to share a few things you’re going to need while you’re using watercolor pencils. Having the right tools makes all the difference! Just keep reading for all the details and suggestions.

Watercolor Paper

Using the right paper is so important! Watercolor pencils work best on watercolor paper!

Having and using the right paper is going to make all the difference. You can’t color with watercolor pencils onto plain cardstock and expect good results. You really need to use watercolor paper!!

Brushes

Finding a brush that works for you can be tricky and there isn't any way to find one other than trial and error. I like to use Arteza Water Brushes.

You are also going to need some kind of watercolor brush to blend out your colors. The brushes pictured above are what I use and love, but you might not. Brushes are one of those choices that are going to vary from person to person and you have so many options to choose from. Whether you choose water brushes like I use or choose to use more traditional brushes, play around with the choices and find what works best for you!

Pencil Sharpener

A good pencil sharpener is something you want to have! I like this one because I can plug it in and not rely on batteries. It also sharpens to a great point!

When using any kind of pencil, you need to invest in a good pencil sharpener. This is what I use. It’s electric, so I don’t need to buy batteries, and it sharpens to a fine point! I use this pencil sharpener for both my colored pencils, writing pencils, and watercolor pencils. I’ve had it for over 4 years, with my kiddos using it too, and it’s still going strong!

Waterproof Ink Pad

Be sure to use a waterproof ink! I love using Versafine Clair in Nocturne for watercolor of any kind.

Obviously, if you are using watercolor pencils on their own choosing the right ink isn’t something to worry about. However for us stampers and cardmakers it is SO IMPORTANT to get this step right! You don’t want to take the time to stamp your image, use your paper, and then have your ink run when you add water to it. Be sure your ink says it is waterproof. My favorite ink to use when watercoloring is Versafine Clair in Nocturne.

Techniques, Tips, and Tricks

I used the Martha's Flowers stamp set from Joy Clair stamps as my image to color. I love using images without large openings with a lot of white space!

There are quite a few ways to use watercolor pencils. But if I want you to take anything away from this post it is that when using your watercolor pencils, use a LIGHT TOUCH!

When I first tried watercolor pencils I wanted the color to be there in one layer. So I would press the pencil and try to get as much pigment as possible onto the paper. But what happened was I made indentations and the pigment gets stuck in those indentations and never blends out. Using a light touch and a few layers is the way to go!

I used different techniques to color in this stamped image.  The different techniques add a lot of texture and dimension to this image!

Something else that I’ve picked up while playing with my pencils is that coloring on the textured side of the paper really works best. However, that makes stamping tricky! I like to use my MISTI to do my stamping so I can double, even triple, stamp if I need to.

Coloring with watercolor pencils can be tricky, but using these techniques really helps me break it down!

The Techniques

Now onto the techniques, I use mainly four. Be sure to watch the video tutorial above to see all of these in action! First is just coloring with a light touch onto dry paper. And the second, coloring onto wet paper with a dry pencil. This creates a rich, bold color and is great for adding shading and depth where you want the color a little darker.

The third technique is a fun one, it is dipping the pencil tip into water and then coloring onto dry paper. This is the best way to get the most intense color, but in smaller areas. It is great for adding small little details.

And finally, you can take color directly from the tip of the pencil with your brush. Essentially, you’re using the pencil lead as a mini palette! This technique is the best way to create washes of color where you don’t want any stroke marks!

Finishing the Handmade Greeting Card

The finished handmade card is so simple. I let the focus be the coloring!

The main focus of this handmade card was the coloring and the finishing of this card is so simple!! I first stamped a quick hello sentiment from the “Hello Sentiments” stamp set from Joy Clair. It’s one of my all time favorite sentiment sets because you can build up so many fabulous sentiments and sayings!

Finally, I added a quick mat and attached everything to an A2 card base. It was so simple!


I hope you all enjoyed the video tutorial and the run down on how I like to use my watercolor pencils. So, if you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


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Foiling Laser Printed Images

It has been AWHILE since I have made a new free printable that is meant for foiling. But recently I have noticed an uptick in those downloads on my blog, so I thought it’s time to start creating those again! Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I thought this free foiling printable was PERFECT to start with! Download the image below!

FREE Foiling Printable for Valetine's Day or Love Card

And because I really wanted to test this little guy out before I offered it up to everyone, I did create a very quick card! You can check out the video tutorial below.


The Video Tutorial

Some of the products used in the video above were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%! To see who I currently or have previously designed for head HERE.


Foiling a Laser Printed Image

Let me break down the steps I take and what programs and tools I use when I foil my laser printed images!

What Program I Use

There are a lot of free programs to use to print off your images. HOWEVER, I don’t use them. I already use Photoshop Elements everyday to create PDFs, edit my photos, etc, so that’s what I use to size and print my digital stamps. I have a video all about how I do it! It is an old video, so I think it’s time for an updated version shortly!

My Printers

That’s right, printers as in multiple. I have two laser printers to be specific. The first, and one I use most often is my Brother HL-L2300D. Let’s break down the pros and cons of this printer.

The Brother 2300D Monochrome Laser Printer. I have had this printer for years. it works great for foiling and has a great price!

Pros:

  • It accepts heavyweight cardstock and watercolor paper. I’m talking 110 lb. paper here. Just be sure to change your settings so the toner gets set!
  • The price – At $80 it’s one of the cheaper laser printers on the market
  • It takes after market toner cartridges. This can cut down on the price of toner considerably!
  • It has both a manual and automatic feed option. I use the automatic for normal prints, but choose the manual option when printing on heavier weight paper.
  • This printer also has two places where the paper can eject from. The top and also the back, if you open the door. This can help cut down on the paper curve you can get with laser printers and heavy weight paper.

Cons:

  • This printer does not work wirelessly. You do have to physically connect it to your computer that you are printing from. Also, you do need to buy the cord, it doesn’t come with one.
  • It only prints in black and white. This was fine and worked for me for years before I bought a color laser printer, but just something to keep in mind.

My second printer is a new addition so I’m still playing around with the settings and functions of this printer, but let me tell you what I’ve learned so far about the Xerox Phaser 6022 Wireless Color Printer.

Xerox Phaser Color Laser Printer. I use this laser printer for printing color laser images or if I'm too lazy to walk upstairs for my black and white printer!

Pros:

  • It prints in both black and white and color. This is a major bonus for my family! We are always needing to print things for work, school, normal everyday documents, and just crafty things to do!
  • It’s wireless and connects to my network at home. This means I can print not only wirelessly from my computer, but also my phone and tablet. Any device that is connected to our wireless network can print!
  • It does take after market toner cartridges. Again, this cuts down on the toner cost over the long run.

Cons:

  • It doesn’t take super heavy weight paper. The thickest I can safely put through this printer is 65 lb cardstock. That’s ok for most situations, though!
  • Price. I bought this printer on MAJOR sale, but because it is a color laser printer that works wirelessly, you are paying for that. It is definitely more expensive than my first option, but it offers more.
  • As far as I can tell SO FAR, because I haven’t been able to fully investigate, this printer will only accept paper in the automatic feed tray. But, this does save the printer from jamming!

For my project today I printed on 65 lb white cardstock with my Xerox Phaser. I chose this printer simply because I didn’t need the image to be on heavy weight white cardstock (It wasn’t the base or being watercolored), and I didn’t feel like walking upstairs and plugging in my laptop LOL! See how I make my decisions?

Tips for Printing

  • I can’t stress enough how important it is to check your settings and be sure they are right for the paper you are printing on. If the toner doesn’t set it can smear, flake off, or create those dreaded black spots in your foiling.
  • If you don’t need to print on 110 lb cardstock or watercolor paper, DON’T! Choose a thinner 80 lb or 65 lb cardstock. This is going to give you a better result when you are foiling. The only time I print on heavy weight cardstock is when I am watercoloring, need the heavier weight for coloring digis, or using the print as my card base.
  • Don’t worry about the curve! Most laser printers are going to give you a bit of curve when they print. This can be taken out by putting it through your laminator, which you do anyway when foiling!

Foiling

Ok, now that I’ve went over what program I use to size my PNGs, what printers I use and a few tips for printing let’s get into the actual foiling!

Choosing the Foil

First, along with your laser printed image, you need foil. There are so many different types of foil on the market now, and they’re not all suitable for foiling laser prints. The two foils I use most often for foiling my laser printed images are Heidi Swapp’s Minc line of foil and Thermoweb’s Deco Foil.

They both work great, but I will say that Thermoweb’s foil is a heavier weight and I tend to favor it over the Minc foil. Both products come in rolls, and because the Deco foil is a bit heavier it doesn’t roll up when I try to lay it over my project. Also, Thermoweb’s Deco Foil is much easier to find in my opinion.

Choosing a Heat Element

Once you have your laser printed image and foil, the final tool you need is some sort of heating element. I use a regular laminator, specifcally the Royal Sovereign laminator.

Royal Sovereign Laminator. This is the laminator I use for thermal foiling my projects.

I love the price and it works very well! However, it doesn’t have different heat settings like the Minc Machine.

Minc Machine. This is a more high machine for foiling. It works just like a lamintor but has more heat settings.

If you want to get a little fancier, the Minc or Mini Minc machines are also an option. These machines provide more heat settings, which is nice, but they are pricier than just a normal lamintor.


To learn more about the actual act of running the laser printed image through the laminator be sure to watch the video tutorial above. It is so much easier to SEE than for me to try and explain with my words LOL!

Free foiling printable on a quick valentine's day card.

And in the video above, you’ll also learn how to turned this free printable into a complete card! This is perfect for those last minute Valentine’s Day cards!


If you are interested in more FREE PRINTABLES, be sure to head over to my FREEBIES page here on my blog! There are many more foiling printables you can find!

And if you want free digital stamps be sure to sign up for my newsletter at the Subscribe page! When you sign up you will receive a welcome email and in that email is this free digi! Head HERE to see how I used this image on one of my handmade cards!

And just a little warning – sign up before Valentine’s Day! There a new FREEBIE coming in the Valentine’s Day newsletter!!


I hope you all enjoy the free printable and found the video and all the tips and tricks in this blog post helpful! I have been seeing a lot of questions about foiling and digital images lately on social media. Hopfully this helps to answer some of those questions!

And if you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my card today, you can find them all listed down below in the supply list! Happy Crafting!!


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Creating Handmade Cards with Inset Scenes

I love making scenes on my cards and there are so many ways to create those scenes. You can mask, stamp, color, ink blend, stencil, die cut, etc. Today, I am using a mixture of all of those to create inset scenes on my handmade cards. Watch the video tutorial below for all the details!


The Video Tutorial

The video tutorial above contains products that were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%! To see who I currently or have previously designed for head HERE.


Creating the Handmade Cards with Inset Scenes

These inset scenes are so easy to create! You can mix and match so many different elements or keep simple and stick to one type of element! Keep reading below to see how I put together each of my cards.

Thinking of You Handmade Card

To create inset scenes you will need some sort of frame. I love using my dies to create frames, but you definitely don’t need them! To create the frame on this first project I used my ruler and craft knife. Be sure to watch the video to see exactly how I did it!

Before you put your scene together, you first have to gather all your pieces. In this case, after the frame was cut, I stamped and colored on the frame. I also stamped and colored the bike and banner images from the “Spring Stroll” stamp set from Joy Clair Stamps. The final pieces I needed were grass border die cuts.

Assembling the inset scenes can be tricky, but I would suggest laying out your scene to get an idea of what you want the end result to look like. From there you will get a better idea of what pieces you want glued directly to the card base and what pieces you wan to add dimension to. The assembly of this card is much easier to see, so be sure to watch the video above!

Wish Big Handmade Greeting Card

Creating this inset scene was so much fun! First and foremost, I doubled up on the frames, which adds more dimension and interest. To do this, I used a nesting oval die set. Nesting die sets are perfect for creating your frames for inset scenes!

There also a big difference between the two projects, in that the elements I used are so different. On the first project I used a mixture of ink blending, stamped images and die cuts. For this project, aside from the frames, I used all stamped images. All of the images came from the “Wish Big” stamp set and they are colored with colored pencils and OMS.

On this project, it is so easy to see the different layers of dimension. Just by adding dimension to some of the elements and gluing others directly to the card base I can add so much depth and dimension!


Tips & Tricks for Creating Inset Scenes

  • The best advice I can give for creating ANY type of scene on your handmade greeting cards is definitely to lay it out before you glue! That helps so much in just getting a better idea of what pieces you want to use, where you want to put them, and so on!
  • Don’t be scared to play around with mixing different pieces. You don’t have to use all die cuts, all stamped images, etc. You can mix and match to create some really great scenes!
  • And finally, start simple. Don’t complicate it too much or you’ll just get frustrated!

I hope you all enjoyed a look at how I created these inset scenes on my handmade greeting cards. If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my projects today, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!


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Bible Journaling — A Video Tutorial

It has been awhile since I have done any Bible Journaling, I’m ashamed to say. To be honest, I’m still not 100% comfortable with my journaling skills and it intimidates me. But I just keep telling myself it’s ok to be SIMPLE and be yourself! So that’s what I’m sharing today – A VERY simple Bible journaling page. If you want to watch the process of creating this very simple journaling page, you can watch the tutorial below!!

Bible journaling with Joy Clair color by faith series stamps. I did my very simple journaling in Romans 5:8.

The Video Tutorial

In the video above I use some products that were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only will ever design for and accept product from companies I can stand behind 100%. To see who I currently or have previously designed for head HERE.


The Process of Journaling Romans 5:8

For my journaling project I am using two different stamp sets from the Joy Clair Stamps Color by Faith Series. They are “Salt & Light” and “Scriptures of Love“. But overall this page was put together very simply. Let me break down the process for you!

I started with the Salt & Light stamp set, specifically the small light bulb included in the set. I stamped the light bulb with a light gray dye ink. And finally, I stamped the little bursts under the lightbulb.

A close up of the stamped light bulb from the Salt and Light Stamp set from Joy Clair Stamps.

With my image stamped, I moved onto ink blending. I masked off an area beneath the light bulb with a delicate surface painter’s tape. And then, with yellow dye ink and my Amazon make up blending brushes I ink blended under that masked area. This created what looks lik a burst of light from the bulb itself!

There was only one problem with my little scene. It looked as though the light bulb was just floating in mid air. WHOOPS!! To correct that problem, I used my Micron pen and a ruler to draw a line to the top of the page. Also, I used my Micron pen to add that little heart “wire” in the lightbulb. Just adding those little hand drawn portions into my journaling really give my pages more of a sense of being MINE.

Adding little hand drawn pieces to my journaling lets me make the stamped images my own. On the lightbulb I added a string for it to hand from and also a heart "wire".

Next in this process was adding my focal verse. You can write yours in, but I’m not in love with my handwriting so I turn to stamps. I used the “Scriptures of Love” stamp set from the Joy Clair Color by Faith series and Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.

The focus verse of the journaling is Romans 5:8. This saying sums it up "I love you at your darkest".

Finally, I highlighted the focal verse with my Micron pen so I could immediately be drawn to it when I open this page in the future!

highlight the focal verse allows me to find it easily and reference my journaling in the future.

A Few Tips For Journaling in Your Bible

  • Tuck a scrap piece of paper or a page protector BEHIND the Bible page you are working on. This will catch any bleed through that may occur and keep your pages behind nice and clean!
  • Test your products in the back of you Bible. There are always a few blank pages at the very back of your Bible and this is a great place to test your products out!
  • There was a time when I felt like I couldn’t keep using my verse stamps once they had been stamped in my Bible. But, I was SO wrong! A few ideas are book marks, Bible markers, handmade greeting cards, and gift tags and that’s just a few ideas!

I hope you all enjoyed a look at how I put this journaling page together and it inspired you!

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used, you can find them all listed and linked below! Until next time, happy crafting!!


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Makeup Brush Set of 10
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Brayered Background Cardmaking Technique – A Video Tutorial

Awhile ago I shared a video that was all about using your brayer to create really quick and easy backgrounds with acrylic paint for your handmade greeting cards. I love this cardmaking technique and it’s such a fast way to create backgrounsd with a lot of texture! Today, I want to share a few more brayered background with you. Be sure to watch the video tutorial below for all the details!

To check out my previous video on creating easy brayered backgrounds head HERE.


The Brayered Background Technique Video Tutorial

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The Brayered Background Technique

This technique is so simple! First of all, you will need a few supplies – a brayer, acrylic paint (I’m using heavy body acrylic paints), and watercolor or mixed media paper. I also like to use a “palette” which can be as simple as a laminated sheet of cardstock. This will serve as a place to hold and mix your paint.

After you gather your supplies, the technique is super easy to do! Start by placing the the paint onto the palette and rolling your brayer through the paint until it’s fully coated in an even layer. Then, take your brayer to the paper and start rolling the brayer over the paper in back and forth motions. Continue until you achieve the coverage you are looking for and you paint is in an even layer on the paper!

Making the Handmade Cards

Happy Birthday Handmade Card

For this background I went very simple! I used blue and white paint to create a bit of an ombre effect. Then, to finish the card I used the “I Think You’re S’Whale” stamp set from Joy Clair Stamps. I stamped and colored several of the images from the set and added then into a little underwater scene. I finished the card with a simple Happy Birthday sentiment that’s included in the stamp set!

For more handmade greeting card ideas using the “I Think You’re S’Whale” Stamp Set head HERE.

I Got Your Back Handmade Card

My second handmade greeting card is a good one for a friend who is going through a hard time. I used blue and green paint, along with the brayered background technique, to create a quick scene for the little cats I wanted to add. The cats are from the “Best Buds” stamp set, also from Joy Clair Stamps. I felt like the scene was just a little big for the cats, though. So I created a quick frame with an oval die and also used that frame to hold my sentiment! After adding a few die cut clouds this little scene, and card, was finished!

For more ideas using the Best Buds Stamp Set, head HERE.

It’s Gonna Be Ok Handmade Card

This last card of mine is very simple. But, it does have a shiny pearlescent background which adds just enough interest! I started by masking a heart on the watercolor paper. The masking paper is actually label paper, which has more stick and can hold up to the moisture of the paint.

Before brayering the background, I added Shimmery Goodness to the paint which gives the paint a pearlescent shine! I brayered this over the mask to finish this super simple background. And the sentiment is from one of my favorite stamp sets from Joy Clair Stamps called “You Got This“.

For more ideas using the “You Got This” Stamp Set head HERE.


Tips & Tricks for the Brayered Background Technique

  • For my cards I used heavy body acrylic paints. These, in my opinion, work best. They cover in one layer and are very opaque. HOWEVER, cheaper acrylic paints will work. Just know you will require more layers for fuller coverage and they will have a chalky appearance when dry. Also, they don’t provide as much texture.
  • You have to use the right paper for this technique. I used watercolor paper, but mixed media paper will also work. It needs to be able to hold up to the moisture of the paint, not pill and warp.
  • When creating backgrounds, the paint will continue to blend as long as the paint is wet. If you want to layer the paint of create more a scene, let the paint dry in between layers.

I hope you all enjoyed a look at this super easy cardmaking technique, brayered backgrounds! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting everyone!!


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