Okay . . . I have to admit . . . I’m hooked on Color Burst!  Ever since I opened them and started playing, I can’t stop.  I’m like a kid in the candy store . . . let’s try this and let’s try that.  It’s an addiction and one that you don’t want to quit!

When I left CHA, Ken gave me a hand full of backgrounds that he had made during this demos.  The background for my card today, is one that he made!  After I finished my watercolor of the flower, all the backgrounds I had made were just too light and this one from Ken had just the colors and boldness needed.


The image (an older Hero Arts from my stash) was water colored with Orange, Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Athalo Green.  The seam binding was dyed by using Alizarin Crimson and adding just a touch of Lemon Yellow.


The tag was made from the same background paper and Ken’s new Pegz Stamps, Uppercase Alphabet.


I used some (new to me) Tonic Studios layering dies to make the card:  Squares for the background and Circles for the image.  I settled on black for highlighting the image, but I couldn’t leave well enough alone and added some white doodles.  It’s been a very long time since I’ve done that!  Nothing like playing and getting back to one’s stamping roots.


I think that’s all I have.  Truthfully I got sidetracked while I was writing this post and now I’m back about 3 hours later with no train of thought left.

All I can say is . . . thanks for stopping by!





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Good morning y’all!  All weekend, I’ve been playing with Ken Oliver’s new product, Color Burst!  I have to admit that I messed with Color Burst a little at CHA, and watched Ken for hours making backgrounds (distress without the mess) and showing us the ins and outs of the product; but until I actually got it in hand and started playing with it myself . . . Well, Oh My BADness!

First thing that took me by surprise (and I truly can’t believe that it did), was that it’s a powder.  A very concentrated powder . . . why did I not realize this at CHA?  I have no earthly idea!!!  Maybe it was the fact that I watched Ken mist the paper and then sprinkle on the Color Burst . . . and it immediately burst into color all across the page.  Then he would mist it with water and it would spread even more . . . Yes, call me a ditz!  The first time I used it here at home, I had to ask my other teamies if mine had dried up or was it actually powder . . . okay slap my forehead!

I know I’ve mentioned this here before, but the first few things that ran through my mind when I saw Ken work with Color Burst was Faux Batik and of course, distress without the mess.  One thing I played with this weekend was using Color Burst for a “Layered Textured Wash”.  I misted my craft sheet with water, sprinkled on the Color Burst, misted with water again and watched the color “burst” on the craft sheet.  I tried watercolor paper and then white coated tags.


As I picked up color each time I was amazed that no matter how muddy my craft sheet looked (ink pooling all over the place), when dried on the paper the colors didn’t muddy!  I LOVE it!!!

One of the other things I thought of immediately was the Faux Batik Technique.  (That link is to an old tutorial I did using alcohol inks . . . I think I need an updated video!)


This card is really very simple to do.  The image was stamped with VersaMark on watercolor paper and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Using Color Burst to watercolor with, the image was watercolored and when dry, the embossing was removed with a craft iron (see tutorial or either video) creating the Faux Batik.


The seam binding was dyed with Orange Color Burst to match the color in the flowers.  I haven’t made any mists up yet, so I misted my craft sheet with water, sprinkled on the Orange Color Burst, misted with water again and dropped in my damp ribbon.  As I dried the seam binding, I continually picked up the color off the craft sheet.  Love all the shimmer and different shades achieved with the Color Burst!


A background for the image was die cut/embossed from watercolor paper with Romantic Rectangles.  The image and the card base then trimmed to fit the die cut rectangle.

By the way, the stamp used is Stampendous Garden Background.  I’ve had it for a few years and when I searched for it online, it’s not on the Stampendous website.  I did however, find it at Frantic Stamper, Amazon and 123Stitch.

That’s it y’all!  Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today!





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Good morning and happy hump day!   I don’t know what’s come over me . . . once again I had a little time when I actually felt like playing around with some ink and paper.

Before I get started with my card though . . . have you see this?  Art on the Edge hosted by Ken Oliver!  I signed up a few days ago and today I made a reservation for accommodations for myself and a couple of stamping friends, Heidi Blankenship and Debbie Seyer.  ROAD TRIP — WOO HOO!!

Okay . . . now for some stamping!  Not long ago (well, I guess it has been a few months if not longer), I picked up my first Fiskars clear stamp set, Petals from Scratch.  I was mainly taken with the flowers . . .  yes, you know I love my flowers . . . thinking that I would eventually get around to making a card with it.  Sadly, the weeks and then the months slipped away, and I never put ink on the stamps.  I figured it was time . . .


A piece of watercolor paper was die cut/embossed with the oval die template from Spellbinders S5-177 A2 Filigree Delight.  The image was then stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The background was created next using the Wrinkle-Free Distress Technique and Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage Distress Ink.


Once completely dry, the image was then watercolored with Distress Ink Refills.  Using a craft iron and a piece of thin printer paper as my pressing cloth, the clear embossing was ironed away from the image (Faux Batik).  The image was then placed back into the oval die template and Antique Linen Distress Ink was sponged around the edges.  The sentiment was stamped in Archival Hydrangea, then die cut/embossed with Spellbinders S4-367 Back to Basics Tags.

The background layer was die cut/embossed with Filigree Delight and the card base was made with Spellbinders S5-131 A2 Matting Basics.  The seam binding ribbon was dyed with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.


Well, I suppose that’s all I have for today!  Thanks for stopping by and joining me.





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Good morning!  I hope everyone is well and doing okay!  I’m getting ready to head out to StampAway in Cincy on Saturday.  It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been able to go so I’m pretty darn excited to get out among other stampers and be inspired!  If you are there, stop me and say “Hi!”

Today I have a watercolor card to share over on the eP Blog.  I hope you’ll stop in and take a look at all the other photos and the details.


It was a fun little card to put together and hopefully on Saturday I’ll be able to pick up more of these stamps from Art Gone Wild.  I’m also looking forward to visiting the Stencil Girl booth!

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