Miss You Girlfriends with Kelly Latevola

Hello Crafters! 

Happy Saturday! 
You made it to the weekend. 
Whoop! Whoop! 

Speaking of weekends this time last month I was hanging out with a ton of my crafty girlfriends most of whom I only get to see once or twice a year. 
Needless to say I miss them a ton and I'm frequently looking for ways to create fun cards to send them so that they know I'm thinking of them. 

I thought the Better Together set would be perfect to create a scene where two girlfriends were separated and missing each other. I used the Polygon Stencil  and Pentagon Stencil to create two backgrounds that were similar but still different. 

You can follow along from start to finish in the video below. 

I really enjoyed the process of creating their two separate rooms but still finding ways to make the card work as a whole. Plus that large script sentiment outlined in white always makes my heart go pitter patter :) 

Thank so much for visiting me! 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Flower Medallion Builder with Nina-Marie

Happy Friday!  We're welcoming our April guest Nina-Marie back to the blog today.  Today she's showing us how to watercolor with solid images.  Here's Nina-Marie

Happy Friday everyone! I am excited to be bringing you a new watercolor video for you today which features a technique I am calling no-line layered watercolor.

I wanted to use Neat & Tangled’s new Flower Medallion Builder stamp set for this card and I also wanted to do some watercoloring. But… the images in this set are solid, not outlines. Did that stop me from watercoloring? Nope; let me tell you what I did to get around that.

I love that you can build your own custom medallion designs with this set; very unique and a lot of fun! I’ve seen tons of examples from other artists that used different colors of ink to make their own designs. The result is definitely striking. However, like I said before, I wanted to watercolor. And by taking a very light ink, I was able to stamp the images into the design I wanted and then color over top of that ink to create the watercolor look. The ink I used for stamping was Simon Says Stamp’s Barely Beige ink.

This technique is very easy; especially with bold, clean lined shapes, such as these stamps in the Flower Medallion Builder set.

For watercoloring the images in, you could use any watercolor medium you prefer. In this card, I used the Gansai Tambi watercolor palette (36 colors). This was my first time using it and so far have been happy with the results it gives.

One thing to note, as with many pan watercolors, is that you need to get the colors working in the palette with quite a bit of water. Some palettes and pans need more water than others. With the Gansai Tambi set, I found by misting the entire palette with a bit of water and allowing that to seep in, that it got the colors softened a little for me while I worked on other things.

Then, when I was ready to actually color, I dropped a little puddle of water – about the size of a penny – into the pans I wanted to use. If the colors are not saturated enough with water, they have a chalkiness to them. I prefer them to be smoother and creamier, so I am generous with the amount of water I use.

To embellish my watercolored medallions, I used Nuvo Jewel Drops in all the colors except for the gray. Because I had a rainbow of colors in my medallion, I wanted to make sure that they were embellished with the same colors in the Jewel Drops.

I am a big fan of the jewel drops because they create such a gorgeous, translucent dot of color. They almost have a “magical” feel! Check out the great dimension you get once they dry…

I hope you enjoy today’s video and see how much fun it can be to create a no-line watercolor effect with solid stamped images!

Thanks for spending some time with me… I’ll be back again very soon with a new tutorial for you!

Cottontail Cuties | Nancy Damiano

Hey there, Nancy here today with another look at the Cottontail Cuties stamp set. I created bunches of Easter cards this holiday season and this one was a favorite.

I started the design by watercoloring a few circles in coral and yellow. For the largest circle, I stamped the "cottontail cuties" text repeated with very light gray ink. A few of the circles were framed using cardstock and a circle die while the coral ones were placed floating off the side of the card.

To finish off the card a sentiment I used the Celebrate die and cut it out of white cardstock several times for a textured effect. The bunny from the Cottontail Cuties was colored with Copics and popped up with foam tape. A sprinkle of tiny clear sequins finishes off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Et Cetera Papers Winner

Hey folks!  Just popping in to announce the winner of the Et Cetera Papers prize pack from last week's collaboration.

Congratulations go out to Pat Hoban!

Pat, please shoot us an email at danielle@neatandtangled.com and we'll get this right out to you.

Sending Hugs with Keeway

Hello there! Keeway here today with a sweet revisit of the Better Together stamp and Geomtric Bloom stencil. I love blending colors with stencils, and Neat & Tangled is never short of fun, unique stencil designs to add a fun and beautiful detail to your cards.
I started with blending a soft pink, purple, and blue ombre across the top and bottom of my cards, leaving the center white, and then added a touch of splatter as a finish. I then stamped my sentiment from Better Together stamp set: first hugs in blue, and then the remaining parts of the sentiment in dark brown.

Next, I stamped my images in copic friendly hybrid ink and colored them up with copic markers. I then started adding stitching patterns with my white gel pen on everything! First, the little girl's dress, then the teddy bear, and even the sentiment 'hugs'. It added such a cute touch!

Once all my pieces were complete, I then added them to my card with foam tape. Just a little stitching adds so much more to the card! Hope this inspires you to get creative with a white gel pen and add some fun details to images and sentiment.

Thanks for joining me today!

Eggstra Special With Debby Hughes

Hi Debby here today and I couldn't resist getting the cute chick from the Eggstra Special set inked up. I know we are past Easter now but I think this card could pass for all year round, don't you? He's so cute after all!

I stamped the chick on Neenah Solar White card and die cut with the matching die before colouring with Copics. 

For the sentiment, I stamped the Eggstra Special sentiment in Rose Apple ink on a panel of white card, foam mounted the chick above along with a speech bubble with the 'hey chickie' from Cottontail Cuties stamped in Versafine Onyx Black

I added the panel to patterned paper and then on to a Fog card base. Finally a little embellishment with some Nuvo Jewel Drops and this clean and simple card was done. 

Thanks for joining me today and I'll see you next time. 

Mermazing With Kay Miller

Hi there! Kay here with a fun card to share with you created with the adorable Mermazing stamp set and Mermazing Nice and Neat Dies.

 It was love at sight when I first saw this stamp set, and the sentiments are too cute!

I started by creating a watercolored background using watercolor paper and Peerless watercolors. I left some white along the bottom for the sand to make it look like a little underwater scene.

I colored all of the images with Copic markers and cut them out with the Mermazing Nice and Neat dies. I did some highlights on the mermaid's hair with white acrylic paint.

I adhered all of the colored images to my watercolored background with foam tape and added some clear accent dots to look like bubbles.

I hope you have enjoyed my card today! Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy your weekend and week ahead!

Kay :)

Stamps: Mermazing
Dies: Mermazing Nice and Neat Dies
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