Monday, October 20, 2014

Watercolor Calligraphy

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Maybe you picked up a Pumpkin for your front porch, or even carved it? My weekend was filled with Halloween inspiration from both the DCWV team blog hop AND the Inspiration Crew event! With that being said, it's time for me to pick a random winner of my Halloween prize pack!

The Winner Issssssss
Congratulations Iris!!! Enjoy all those fabulous goodies! Thank you to everyone who joined me throughout the week, it was a lot of fun and I loved reading all the great comments!

Now time for my regularly scheduled post! I had some fun using Distress Markers to watercolor a sentiment from the Sweet Stamp Shop "Enjoy Calligraphy" set.


Disclaimer: what I intended to do and what you'll see in my process photos is not quite what I ended up with. Oh well :)


Step 1: Ink up your stamp by applying Distress Markers directly to the stamp. I used a variety of blue shades and let one color blend into the next. Before you stamp on the paper, give it a nice ol' HUFF of your own hot air. This will reactivate any ink that may have dried.


Step 2: (optional) Trace over the image using the same colors you did when you stamped it. I did this because I wanted to make sure there was enough ink on the page. You can skip this if you'd like.


Step 3: With a thin paintbrush and some water, trace over the sentiment. The colors from the Distress Markers will begin to bleed away from the sentiment. You will want to use watercolor paper for this project!


Step 4: Now just go over the image with your brush and water. I added a lot of water in some spots and less in others. I did this so my image would 'bleed' a lot more.


Step 5: Once the paper has dried completely, stamp on top of the original sentiment with black ink (I used Ranger Archival Black... it's water resistant).

Back to my disclaimer... I should have stopped here! I don't know why I kept adding more color, more water, more color... eventually you couldn't tell that I had done all of this coloring and tracing with the sentiment. Oh well, live and learn! I just got carried away in all the painty fun.

This is my final card...


I layered multiple pattern paper squares, roughed up the edges, and added some white twine behind the finished sentiment. I still like the card, it's just not what I planned ;)


Yup, slightly carried away :)

The sentiment is from this beautiful "Enjoy Calligraphy" set by the Sweet Stamp Shop. I plan to try this technique again with the Walt Disney quote.


You'll see me use this set (and many others!) again on Wednesday over at the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog. I hope you're following them and I'll see you there soon!

<3 Rachel
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Inspiration Event - Last Day!



Welcome to DAY 7, the FINAL DAY, of the 7 Days of Halloween Inspiration Blog Event from the Inspiration Crew! (Hint... this is my favorite one of the year!) We're just a creative group making projects we want to share and using products we like. SOME OF US ARE OFFERING PRIZES!! Check each of the blog links below for prize details, and of course for more Halloween inspiration!


For the last day of our week-long event, I thought I would return to what I love best - a card and some Unity stamps! I used this sweet itty bitty called "Halloween Greetings", colored her with Copics , and popped her up on foam dots. The purple background is a wonderful Crafter's Workshop stencil. I mixed some Gelato color Violet with Faber Castell Whipped Spackle to run over the stencil. It leaves great texture in the background to an otherwise simple card!


To finished her off, I did some light misting with the lime green Color Shine and added gold glitter enamel dots from My Mind's Eye.

Who's ready for some Blog Candy?! I'll be offering up this awesome prize package to one lucky commenter at the end of our 7 days! If you comment each day, you've given yourself 7 chances to win!


Prize includes: Two packs of DCWV brand new Premium Paper Sets, a set of DCWV Halloween tags and twine, a DCWV mirror frame, and 3 Unity Stamp of the Week itty bittys!

Now visit the rest of the talented ladies for more prizes and projects!

RACHEL KLEINMAN (that's me!)
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Inspiration Day 6 - DCWV HOP!

TODAY the current DCWV Design Team is bringing you a group of projects that were made using the newest, cutest DCWV Halloween stack, Eek-a-Boo! Halloween is quickly approaching and it's time to turn your spooky crafting up to high gear!


This is also DAY 6 of our Halloween Inspiration Event with the Inspiration Crew! We're just a crafty group of friends joining together to bring you fun Halloween project ideas! SOME OF US ARE OFFERING PRIZES! Check the blog links below for more details and fun inspiration.



I have definitely fallen head over heels with this Eek a Boo stack! You may have noticed I've already used it in multiple projects here on my blog :)  Today I'm sharing a fun pumpkin shaker card! I even did a process video showing you exactly how it was done, from very start to finish! Please watch it and ENJOY! 




If you can't see the video above, please CLICK HERE to be taken to the direct process video!



Who's ready for some Blog Candy?! I'll be offering up this awesome prize package to one lucky commenter at the end of our 7 days! If you comment each day, you've given yourself 7 chances to win!


Prize includes: Two packs of DCWV brand new Premium Paper Sets, a set of DCWV Halloween tags and twine, a DCWV mirror frame, and 3 Unity Stamp of the Week itty bittys!

Now visit the rest of the talented ladies for more prizes and projects!

RACHEL KLEINMAN (that's me!)

Now for the DCWV Halloween hop... We are giving away stacks and stacks and stacks! Leave comments on each of the designers' blogs to increase your chances to win! You have until Monday morning to leave comments, and winners will be announced on the DCWV blog Tuesday! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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