Let's Make an Easter Card

I have been waiting since last year to use the “Easter Scene” stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. I spotted it in the shop and couldn’t wait to use it, but time got away from me. And I can only make so many Easter cards in one year! But I really wanted to get this card made while the stamp is still on sale in the shop. Keep reading below for all the details on the sale happening in the Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps shop this month and how I created this handmade Easter Card!

A handmade Easter Card! Made with rubber stamps from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps.

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. This post also contains affiliate links.


Making the Handmade Easter Card

This handmade Easter card was pretty simple to put together! I have been waiting to use the Easter Scene stamp for a year now and I am so happy with this handmade card!

Like I said above, I knew I wanted to use the Easter Scene stamp. And this little scene really reminded me of something you would see in an older story book. I could see it colored in with a very light wash of color, and I was thinking watercolor. So I stamped the image with Versafine Clair in Nocturne onto watercolor paper.

The easiest way for me to watercolor is with my Arteza Brush markers, but the only probelem was they are SO PIGMENTED! It can be difficult to get soft colors with them. In order to get that washed out look I scribbled the color onto a palette and picked up the color with my water brush. Be sure to watch the video above for some tips and tricks!

For the full review on these markers head HERE!

Watercoloring this easter scene was so much fun! I wanted it to have an old time storybook feel with light washed out colors. I used my Arteza Brush Markers and really diluted them!

To finish this scene I die cut it with an oval die. I also added a kraft frame to help set it aside from the background. This is such an easy technique and I use it often! All you need is a nesting die set and layer two dies together.

Then, I taped the stamped panel and frame together on the back with Scotch tape. Doing this keeps the two together easily, so I can pop them up onto the card base with dimensional adhesive!

Adding the frame to the watercolor scene helps give it that final storybook feel! It also helps highlight the scene on this handmade card.

I’m not going to spend too much time on the background of this card. I shared this fun technique in a blog post and video tutorial which you can find HERE!

To put it simply, it’s a watercolor gingham background. I used It’s a Girl ink from Catherine Pooler for that soft pink color!

A simple sentiment is perfect for the finishing touch on this handmade Easter card.

The final addition was of course the sentiment. The majority of the time I forget the sentiment until the card is done. This was one of those time! My go to fix when I do that is stamping a sentiment onto a flag banner and the Tiny Words sentiments are such a lifesaver! I use the Blessing sentiment to finish this card.


There’s a Sale Happening!!

For the next 3 days you can buy stamps from the Easter, Spiritual, Friendship, and St. Patrick’s Day categories on the Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps shop at 20% off! The stamp I used today is one of those stamps!! Just click the photo to shop the site!

Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps February Sale

And if you need more inspiration from here are a few more cards made with stamps from the sale categories! Just click the photos and you can head to the video tutorials!


I hope you all enjoyed the video tutorial and card today! 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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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.
This post also contains affiliate links!


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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Let's Make a Easy Handmade Birthday Card

I love making birthday cards! They’re so much fun to make and birthdays are just a fun occassion! And sometimes I just want to make a card – no technique focus, or experimenting – just make a easy handmade birthday card! So that’s what today’s tutorial is. Watch below and learn how to make this easy handmade birthday card!


The Video Tutorial

In the video tutorial above I use some products that were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%! For more information on who I currently or have previously designed for head HERE.


Making the Handmade Birthday Card

Easy Handmade Birthday Card with rubber stamps from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps

To start this card I prepped a piece of watercolor paper with an anti static pouch. Then, onto that watercolor paper, I stamped the Cupcake with Strawberry stamp with Versafine Clair ink in Nocturne. I used my mini MISTI so I could double stamp the image, since I was stamping onto water color paper.

I used Versafine Clair ink in Nocturne, specifically, so I coud heat emboss the stamped image. And that was the next step, heat embossing the stampd image with clear embossing powder. Anytime I’m watercoloring an image, I really like to heat emboss the image. This give the watercolor a bit of a “well” or border to stay within. It won’t bleed as easily into the colors next to it, and I don’t have to wait for the colors to completely dry.

If you want to know more about heat embossing head HERE!!!

Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps "Cupcake with Strawberry" rubber stamp colored with Arteza Real Brush Markers.

Once my image was fully heat embossed, it was time to start coloring! It’s been awhile since I have used my Arteza Real Brush Markers, so I pulled those out and got to work! I will list the colors I used down below, but really there isn’t a lot to coloring with these markers. I put the color down where I want it the darkest. Then, with a waterbrush, I blend the color out. Super easy!!

The colors of markers I used are: 102 Chocolate, 101 Red, 112 Orange, 105 Lemon Yellow, 120 Seaweed Green, 149 Bubblegum Pink, 188 Wisteria Purple, 115 Smoke Gray, 116 Fair Skin

To learn more about Arteza Real Brush Markers, watch my full review of them HERE.

The cupcake stamped image is highlighted by light ink blending on the background panel. I used Catherine Pooler Royal Treatment ink and Amazon blending brushes to create a light haze.

After the color was complete, I sat the image aside to dry. I love the look of the watercolor best when I let it air dry. Sometimes I’m too impatient, and I hit it with the heat tool. But if at all possible I like to sit aside and work on another part of the card while it dries.

That’s what I did here. While the stamped cupcake was drying I ink blended a quick background panel for the cupcake to sit on. The panel is white cardstock and measures 3.75″ x 5″. To ink blend I used my Amazon make up blending brushes and Catherine Pooler ink in Royal Treatment. I started in the center of the panel and added just a light layer of ink in an oval making sure to keep the edges nice and soft. The Amazon make up blending brushes make blending like this a breeze!

To learn more about the make up blending brushes from Amazon and my full review on them, head HERE.

Using the simple masking technique I stamped my two line sentiment stamp on one line. This helps this handmade birthday card stay cohesive and simple.

After ink blending the panel, I quickly fussy cut the stamped image making sure it was completely dry before I started. Then, it was onto the sentiment. For the sentiment I wanted to use the “Happy Birthday Wishing” stamp, but I wanted it to be a one line sentiment instead of two.

In order to do that, I first lined up the “happy” part of the sentiment on the left hand side of the panel and masked off the birthday with tape. After inking up the stamp, I removed the tape and stamped down the sentiment. Then, I cleaned the stamp REALLY well. I didn’t want any ink leftover to transfer when I stamped the birthday. After lining up the “birthday”, I masked off the happy with tape and inked up the stamp. Then, just like before, I removed the tape and stamped the image to complete the sentiment.

A simple and easy handmade birthday greeting card with hand stamped images from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps.

With all the components of the handmade card ready to go, I started assembling the birthday card. I adhered the cupcake with foam adhesive to the center of the ink blending. Then, I matted the panel with kraft cardstock. Finally, I adhered both panel onto an A2 top folding card base with foam adhesive.

Adding Diamond Glaze to the flame of the candle adds a little shine and create a bit more interest on this clean and simple handmade birthday card.

I could’ve left the card as is, but I wanted to add just a little something more. Using Diamond Glaze, I added a layer to the flame for a little extra shine.


I hope you all enjoyed a look at this easy handmade birthday card. It’s fun to just make a card for no other reason than I want to, sometimes! And I always love making birthday cards, they’re just so cheerful.

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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Using Joy Clair Background Stamps + 3 Card Ideas

Background stamps are a great way to make some very simple and quick cards, without sacrificing any of the interest. Joy Clair has some amazing high quality background stamps, but because they are a bit thinner then the regular A2 size, I feel like they don’t get the attention they deserve. Like I said these are super high quality, made in America, photopolymer stamps. They stamp just as well as any other Joy Clair stamps and they are simple to use! Be sure to watch the video tutorial below for all the details!!

Some supplies used on 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.


On my first project I used the Falling Leaves stamp. This is a fun one and can be used in so many ways! Today, I stamped the image onto regular cardstock and colored with my alcohol markers to create a very quick card. I used the Hello Sentiments stamp set (one of my faves) to finish this card!

For my second project I knew I wanted to watercolor the Tool Background, which meant I needed to stamp on watercolor paper. Watercolor paper can be a bit tricky because it has some texture, so I like to use my MISTI to do the stamping. Be sure to watch the video above for tips and tricks on using these background stamps in your stamp positioner! I used my Memento markers to quickly watercolor the background.

My third and final project is probably my favorite! I used the Christmas Lights background and I did a bit of multi color stamping!! It’s so easy to use this technique with these stamps, especially in your stamp positioner. I also used the 3D Poinsettia stamp set to add a few embellishments to this very simple card!


I hope you all enjoyed a look at how easy the backgrounds from Joy Clair Stamps are to use! And the amount of techniques you can use them for is endless!

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


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Ombre Backgrounds with Markers

I struggle with watercolor backgrounds. For some reason, mine never turn out. And I admire them so much, I really wanted to find a way to get the watercolor look that works for me. Today I’m sharing some simple ombre “watercolor” backgrounds over on the Imagine channel! Be sure to watch the video tutorial below!

Some supplies 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.


To create these backgrounds I reached for my Memento Markers. These are such a great way to get the watercolor look with more control and less mess! To create each background I used four markers all in one color family, but different shades. I scribbled the colors next to each other on watercolor paper and used a water brush to blend them together. Super easy!!

These backgrounds are great for layering! On my first card I layered the background with a stencil and Gold Paste from Imagine. After adding a die cut sentiment and a few jewels this card was finished!

I layered on my second background, too, but this time with ink. Again, I used a stencil but sponged through Versafine Clair Nocturne ink for a nice black bold stenciled look! I added the same die cut sentiment to this card for the finishing touch!

I also want to mention that on both of these cards I added glitter to the backgrounds after I blended the markers but before they were dry. I used the Shimmer Spritz’s to do this! They add SO MUCH SPARKLE!!!!


These backgrounds were so quick and easy to make. I hope you all enjoyed the tutorial and will give these a try yourself!

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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