How to make a watercolour Autumn leaves card

Hello and welcome to the latest Stamptastic Friends Blog Hop! The theme for September is Autumn so I knew straight away that I was going to use the Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set. I really wanted to capture the contrasts of Autumn with a dark background and multicolour leaves. I hope you like my watercolour Autumn leaves card. Don’t forget to hop around for lots of ideas and inspiration! You’ll find the list of blogs towards the end of the post.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Autumn card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Let’s Make It… Watercolour Autumn Leaves Card

Start with a (standard A6) card base created from Basic Black cardstock. Follow this with a layer of Basic Black cardstock measuring 10 x 14.4 cm and embossed using the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Autumn card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

To create the wreath of leaves, use the two largest circles from the Stitched Shapes Die Set to create a ‘ring’ of Basic Black cardstock. Next, watercolour onto a piece of Fluid 100 using Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Old Olive ink and Water Painters. Cut out the leaves using the Autumn Punch Pack. Adhere the leaves to the ring using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I aimed for a fairly random pattern, mixing between colours and the two different leaf shapes. Adhere the wreath to the card front.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Autumn card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Stamp the sentiment onto a scrap of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and trim to 1 x 10 cm. Use Paper Snips to trim the ends diagonally. Adhere the sentiment piece over the wreath using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. As a finishing touch, use the Take Your Pick Tool to apply a few Pearl Basic Jewels around the card.

What do you think to my watercolour Autumn leaves Card?

I hope you enjoyed finding out how to make this watercolour Autumn leaves card. I think watercolouring is a great way to get the variation in colour across the leaves and because you just need to create a basic wash, blending from one colour to the next, it is really simple to do!

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would you like to create this card? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual product links below. 

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Happy crafting, h x

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Granny Apple Green Bonus Project

Hello and welcome to the final instalment of my Granny Apple Green Colour Challenge. As there are 5 Tuesday in June, you get a bonus project this month! If you have missed the previous Granny Apple Green Colour Challenges, you can find them here… Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4. This week I have created a Meant To Be Watercolour Gift Tag to share with you.

Stampin' Up! Meant To Be Watercolour Gift Tag by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Let’s make it…

The gift tag base is created from a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolour cardstock measuring 10 x 5 cm. This is then shaped using the Scalloped Tag Topper and Detailed Trio Punches.

I applied water to the tag using a Water Painter and then applied Granny Apple Green, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight inks, allowing them to blend slightly.

The striped heart from the Meant To Be Stamp Set is stamped three times, in Granny Apple Green, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight ink onto Whisper White cardstock and cut out using the coordinating Stitched Be Mine Die.

Stampin' Up! Meant To Be Watercolour Gift Tag by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

The sentiment is heat embossed in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder onto Misty Moonlight cardstock and cut out using a die from the Stitched So Sweetly Die Set. One of the hearts is adhered to the sentiment piece using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. The whole piece os then adhered to the tag using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The remaining hearts are adhered to the tag using Multipurpose Liquid Glue and the final touch is provided by a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

What do you think to my Meant To Be Watercolour Gift Tag?

I love my Colour Challenges as it means that I use combinations that I wouldn’t generally choose. Do you like my Meant To Be Watercolour Gift Tag? Which is your favourite of my Granny Apple Green Colour Challenge projects?

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would you like to create this gift tag? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual product links below. Will you use the same colour scheme for your Pattern Play card or will you mix it up a bit?

If you don’t have a copy of the catalogue, you can request one here.

Don’t forget…

For all orders between £20 and £99, add the Host Code to receive a FREE gift from me next month. My June 2020 Host Code is: ZG9GYQAN – simply copy this code and paste when prompted in my online shop. If you would like more information about how to use the code, you can find it here.

For orders of £99/129€ or more, why not purchase the fully customisable Starter Kit and get £130/175€ worth of supplies for just £99/129€? Find out more here. During June the offer get EVEN BETTER as you can also add in a FREE BUNDLE! Click here for more details.

Happy crafting, h x

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Stamping for Beginners – Colouring

Stamping for Beginners – Colouring

Hello and welcome to Lesson 8 of the HCHC Stampin’ Basics Series. The series is the perfect introduction to stamping for beginners or a refresher for those with some experience.

In this Series you will learn how to stamp and how to get great results from your stamping – whether you are interested in making cards, scrapbooking or any other paper craft. Once we’ve covered the absolute basics we’ll step it up and discover some great techniques that will take your projects to the next level. But, don’t worry, we’ll make sure you have all the ground-work in place first!

Last week…

In lesson 7 of my ‘stamping for beginners’ course we looked at different embossing techniques – embossing with folders, heat embossing, embossing with paste etc. If you missed it, you can find the blog post here (includes a link to the videos).

This week… Stamping for Beginners – Colouring

Stamping For Beginners Colouring by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

In this week’s lesson we look at Colouring Techniques. In the video I cover:

  • Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers)
  • watercolour pencils
  • watercolouring with ink pads or ink refills
  • blender pens, water painters and Stampin’ Spritzers
  • sponge brayers and daubers
  • which inks to use
  • which cardstock to use

In summary:

Stampin’ Blends

  • stamp outline image in Memento or standard Stampin’ Up! ink
  • start with ‘dark’ pen and then move to ‘light’ pen
  • use circular motion to help blends
  • start with simple ‘open’ images and progress to more complex
  • do an internet search for photos of what you are colouring to get hints on where to add light and shade
  • PRACTISE
  • HAVE FUN
  • Shop Stampin’ Blends

Watercolour

  • stamp outline image in StazOn or heat emboss
  • lay down the colour using watercolour pencils or ink
  • blend out using water or Blender Pens
  • use Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper or Shimmery White Cardstock
  • use Stampin’ Spritzers for extra effects
  • start with simple ‘open’ images and progress to more complex
  • do an internet search for photos of what you are colouring to get hints on where to add light and shade
  • PRACTISE
  • HAVE FUN
  • Shop Watercolour Pencils

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed this course. If you have any questions or comments about the content in Lessons 1-8, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Now that we have covered the Basics and learnt some new techniques we are going to put it all into practice with the follow-up series: Step It Up! Each week I will create a very simple card and then give advice on how to step it up and look at the difference between the cards we create. I hope this will give you lots of inspiration and practical advice on applying what you have learnt so far.

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That’s all for now, see you next time! 

Happy crafting, h x

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The content of this Blog, Youtube video, website, or other internet, or written medium is the sole responsibility of Helen Chapman as an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator (UK) and the use of and content of classes, services or products offered is not endorsed by Stampin’ Up!® My original designs are displayed for your enjoyment and inspiration. Please do NOT use any of my original designs for publication, contests or anything that may be in competition with me or Stampin’ Up!®

Grapefruit Grove Colour Challenge 3

Hello and welcome to Week 3 of my Grapefruit Grove Colour Challenge! Don’t forget that as one of the 2018-2020 InColours, Grapefruit Grove will soon be gone forever! So, if you have the ink pad, make sure you have purchased the re-inker and stock up on cardstock and other items while they last.

For Week 3, the colour combination is Grapefruit Grove, Daffodil Delight and Mossy Meadow. This seemed like such a gorgeous spring time combination that I decided to use the Medium Daisy Punch with a lovely, fresh watercolour background.

If you missed Week 1 or 2 you can find them here… Week 1, Week 2

Let’s make it…

The (standard A6) card base is created from Whisper White Thick cardstock. This is followed by a 14.4 x 10 cm layer of Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper to form the main card front.

I have created a watercolour wash on the card front using Daffodil Delight and Mossy Meadow inks and my Aquapainters.

The three Daisies are created by cutting out 12 pieces of Whisper White cardstock using the Medium Daisy Punch (4 pieces per daisy). The four pieces are all offset slightly from one another and adhered together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. The flower centres are created by cutting out pieces of Grapefruit Grove cardstock using the 0.5″ Circle Punch (also retiring soon!). Two of the daisies are adhered directly to the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

A length of Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain Ribbon is attached to the card front (between the daisies) using a Mini Glue Dot.

The sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up! Forever Blossoms Stamp Set and is stamped in Mossy Meadow ink onto Whisper White cardstock. This is cut out using one of the Stitched Rectangle Dies. A smaller one of the Stitched Rectangle Dies is used to cut out a piece of Grapefruit Grove cardstock and these die cuts are layered together. The sentiment piece is adhered with both Stampin’ Dimensionals (to the card front) and Multipurpose Liquid Glue (to the daisies).

The final daisy is adhered to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals such that it slightly overlaps the sentiment piece.

What do you think?

I hope you like my interpretation of the Grapefruit Grove Colour Challenge. Which products would you have used? I think that Grapefruit Grove is a wonderful accent colour and I’m going to miss it more than I thought I would!

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would you like to create this card? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products – while stocks last) by clicking here or on the individual links below.

Don’t forget…

For all orders between £20 and £99, add the Host Code to receive a FREE gift from me next month. My May 2020 Host Code is: TQRXHH3Z – simply copy this code and paste when prompted in my online shop.

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The content of this Blog, Youtube video, website, or other internet, or written, medium is the sole responsibility of Helen Chapman as an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator (UK) and the use of and content of classes, services or products offered is not endorsed by Stampin’ Up!® My original designs are displayed for your enjoyment and inspiration. Please do NOT use any of my original designs for publication, contests or anything that may be in competition with me or Stampin’ Up!®