I used my Cricut Explore for the First time and I have to say that I am very impressed. I have never had much luck with cutting very small pieces, and usually end up not using them or getting frustrated. But, do you see how small those stars are on the Windshield. The Explore had no problems at all cutting them out and they even look like....well, stars.
I wasn't sure about day 2 and if I was able to make something as nice as the girls showed us today. I gave it a shot and here is my card for today. This is one of two cards I attempted, the other was not worth showing. It came out ok, I could have done a few things differently.
I inked my block and placed it on my watercolor paper. when I lifted it up it did leave a pool of color that I just cleaned up with a paper towel. I stamped the outline of the larger flower with a Salty Ocean distress ink but didn't like how that came out when I tried to watercolor it. I will be doing this card again, but without the blue outline.
I decided to take the Water Colors for Cardmakers class this time around since it seems to be the big thing right now. I do not paint or watercolor so I was a little worried that my cards would not come out so nice. I already have a few distress ink pads and markers but ended up purchasing watercolor paints and paper. So glad I decided to try it out. After the first two classes I got to work and found that this is so easy, and if you mess up in watercolors no one would ever notice.
This was the first card I made, well maybe second, I messed up the first one. But I really do like the way it turned out. I used a stamp block and placed my ink on the top portion of the block and sprayed it was a mist of water then laid it down on the watercolor paper and let the paper soak up the color. I did the same with the rest of the colors down the page turning the last one so I could get the rounded corner on both ends.
Not too sure I like the way this card came out, but it works and perfect for a Guy Card. I put down watercolor on the top portion of the card and laid a stencil over top while it was still wet. I had to tape it down to my surface to keep it down and still until my paper dried. I walked away and came back later to see the results.
Koi Water Colors
My Creative Time-Stitched Round Tab Arrow & Tag Dies
Heidi Swapp Spray Stencil
Simon Says Stamps-You stamp set
On this card I used Embossing powder to get the resist effect. My white embossing powder it a bit old and I think this card would have come out much better if my powder was newer.
Sizzix Hero Arts-Flourish Cling Rubber Stamp
White Embossing Powder
Simon Says Stamps-Happy Die and Stamp Set
These are my favorite and love the way they turned out. I will definitely be using this technique often. I used Elmer's Cement glue to mask off the stamps, then water colored over the masking. It worked perfect....
I just love the Die-Namices Floral Fusion Cover Up from My Favorite things. This Die is perfect for Spring and Mother's Day! I used Simon Say's Large Script Mom Large die and backed it by using some very old Vellum from D.O.T.S (Dozens of Terrific Stamps). Not sure if DOTS is still around but I've had this vellum for a very long time. I also inked the back of it with Simon Says Stamps Surf Blue Dye Ink.
The flower was crocheted by my Mom, my parents came down to visit in March and I asked her to show me how to crochet flowers. I haven't gotten around to doing any yet but figured I would use one of hers for her card.
PaperTrey Inc-Lemon Tart & White Cardstock
My Favorite Things-Die-Namices Floral Fusion Cover Up
Simon Says Stamps-Script Mom Large Die, Surf Blue Dye Ink