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Online Watercolor Class for Card Makers – Day 3 (continued)

Gelatos and Watercolor Crayons with Shari Carroll

Although this is the last day of class, we will probably have a bonus day, so you’ll have to put up with me and my cards one more day!

I made two cards with the techniques she showed us.

I made my first ever shaker card using the watercolor paper and Gelatos that was sprayed with water and a stencil.    I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of the before that shows all the nice texture.

I used a heart die and also cut out “love you” out of gold shimmer paper.


You can see a bit of the texture on the top:


The second technique, she only made the card base, bit I made a card using Gelatos because I didn’t have watercolor crayons.

I made it into a celebratory card.  I stamped a single stamp with stars and stripes, embossed it with silver embossing powder, cut out some starts with a Martha Stewart punch, and added silver stickles to the stars on the stamp.  The sentiment is from Unity Stamps.  I used a spellbinders die.


Well, friends, that is all the samples I have for this class.  I hope we do have a bonus and I can make more watercolor cards!

Thanks for stopping by,


Online Watercolor Class for Card Makers – Day 3

Hello friends, I’m back with the last day of Watercolor Classes for Card Makers.

Day 3

Pencils and Crayons

Jennifer Rzasa gave us some great tips on using Watercolors and Inktense pencils

She reminded us that watercolor pencil marks can be erased before they are wet; that way you can erase any marks you don’t want.

Inktense pencils are permanent once dry which gives you the ability to layer.

The first piece of paper is the pencil wash after I added water.  This would be great for shading.

The fruit was sketched completely with pencils adding water in between the layers and the flower was sketched the same way, but spritzed with water to finish it off.


Here’s a better view of the flower fuzzy cut.


Jennifer sketched a flamingo, but I chose to sketch a peacock stamp I saw at Unity Stamps.  I used inktense pencils and gold shimmer spray to add the shine of the feathers.  I also took my brush with different colors and splattered it around the peacock.


Water Soluble Oil Pastels and Inktense Pencils with Kristina Werner was the next segment.

I used my Caran De’Ache water soluble pastels because that’s what I’ve been using for the Life Book 2015 class.  First, Kristina had us use the different colors of pastes on the stamp then apply water with a brush. The second trial was to use the pastels on a piece of watercolor paper and spray water on it.

I really like the vibrancy of the Caran De’Ache pastels, but no applying them on on a stamp first.  I sprayed mine with water and they ran all over.


For this next card I stamped the image with Versafine ink, dried it with my heatgun and colored it using inktense pencils.  I like that you can use the brush dipped in water then applied to the lead of the pencil.  Since I don’t have Wink of Stella shimmer, I used some perfect pearls and water applied with a brush also.

The penguin is a Unity Stamp from last year.


Every time I look at the sentiment it makes me laugh.

Tomorrow I’ll post the last part of day 3, for now, have a great Sunday!!



Online Card Watercolor Classes Day Two – Continued

Distress Inks, Tube Watercolors, & Stamping

Jenifer Rzasa made this class look so easy.

We first practiced three different techniques – Using distress inks on the stamp then stamping it on paper and then using water to spread the color – like on the cat.

The second one was using the distress inks on the stamp, applying water, drying it and adding water on top of the image to give it some texture, and then using a pen for the details.

My favorite was inking the stamp, spraying it with water, then applying it to the paper.  I used different colors of inks on this flower stamp.


 I did the sample of the two  stamps with distress inks – easy!

The first image was stamped with water proof ink, and the second one with Versamark and white embossing color.  I like both ways, but coloring on the black image was my favorite.


Then, using watercolor tubes I did these two cards.  I didn’t have any skyline stamps so I used a stencil and pencil to draw the buildings.

These two cards  made me crazy, but I grew to like this one, especially after I added the splashes on top.


The second try is another stencil of a neighborhood and a heart, so I used Thinking of you card.


Hope you like – they are very different than I usually make.

Thanks for stopping by!


Online Watercolor Class – Exploring Mediums – Day Two Continued

 One of my aunt’s friends at her Senior Residence is leaving and she asked me if I had anything in my craft room to give her.  Since I was in the process of making more cards for my class, I decided to make her a special card.

I used tube watercolors on this one and I really like the intense hue that came out.  I used a Japanese brand, not Koi, but it’s probably similar.

She’s known her ever since they moved in and has enjoyed spending time with her and being part of the council.  So it was a very special friendship.

This class was taught by Dawn Woleslagle.  She does a terrific job at coloring line stamps.  This was my rendition.


The greeting says “Thanks for your friendship”


This is a close up of the flower.


Kristina Warner used her beautiful talent for creating no line watercolor images.  I don’t have any good size line stamps, so I used one of Unity Stamps by Phyllis Harris.


Phyllis has a beautiful collection of stamps and sentiments.  This was hard to paint, but I took the challenge and came out with this creation.

More cards tomorrow and maybe a Life Book 2015 update.

Thanks for visiting,