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Spark Your Creativity


Hi everyone! It's Lisa and it's my turn on the blog today. When I was thinking about what I'd like to bring to you today to spark your creative energy, I thought why not try to use my supplies in maybe not so ordinary ways? It's always nice to know that the items you spend money on can be used in really creative ways, right?

Let's get to how EASY this was to make!

1. Just scribble your Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils over the watercolor paper in whatever order pleases YOUR eyes. I chose a rainbow order.  (Using the watercolor pencils in this way is a fun and easy way to create a custom background for anything you create and the colors will coordinate with everything!)






2. Next, using a water brush wet the colors. Use a motion that goes in one direction from one side of the paper to the next so it doesn’t get too streaky (unless you want it that way!). Also try to keep from overlapping the colors TOO much which can get really funky (in a bad way) if you’re not using colors that play well together. ;) 






*tip* I (personally) usually use a heat tool to dry the paper a bit so it’s easier to keep working but, by all means, you can let it air dry, too. Just be sure to have a piece of absorbent paper on top and a heavy book to prevent warping.





(Just so you can see all the colors all blended together. So pretty!)










3.  Next up – Gesso time! You can see in this photo that I started applying the Gesso with the stipple brush. I really wanted a heavy layer, so I switched to a plastic palette knife I keep laying around. Gesso can be used for a lot of awesome stuff. It can used as a primer, paint, and when used thick (like I did) as an awesome effect through a stencil.  







4. While the Gesso is still wet, sprinkle some glitter on it. Being sure to tap off the excess. Since the Gesso is wet the glitter will adhere only to that when dry.






5.  Getting the most out of what you have sometimes means you also can get TWO stamps out of one. I did a little stamp surgery because I loved the font of the "are amazing" to go with the "YOU" die-cut.




6. Then just stamp up your newly surgically altered stamp in Versamark onto some vellum cardstock, toss a little White embossing powder on it, and heat set it.







7.  When I was putting the finishing touches on the card I was looking at some of the other items I had on hand. I thought that the Glaze would be a fun item to use. Using a No. 3 fine tipped water color brush, dip it in the glaze and "paint" over your die-cut. This will give it a high shine and über glossy effect!





The finishing touches are always very personal. What do YOU like? Sequins? Pearls? Ribbon? Wood veneer? Buttons? All of the above? :) FInd a way to make your projects your own and what makes you happy. I hope some of these ideas will help spark YOUR creativity!


Lisa Si

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft: Gesso, Glaze, Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils (121,111, 105, 166, 151, 156), PITT Artist Big Brush Pens (May Green 170, Deep Scarlet Red 219, Orange Glaze 113, Cobalt Turquoise 153), No. 3 Watercolor Brush, Collapsible Water Cup

Other: Stamps -Inside & Out Sayings, Flower Friend , Die - You, rhinestones - blue, Vellum (Simon Says Stamp). Rock Candy glitter (Tim Holtz), Sequins (Neat & Tangled), Pearl (Doodlebug), Enamel accent (MME), Embossing powder (Hero Arts), Watercolor paper (Strathmore), Cardstock (My Favorite Things), Stencil - 6 x 6 Hexagons (The Crafter's Workshop).


LisaAviLisa Adametz I'm a veteran of the United States Air Force and a stay-at-home "mom" to two beautiful Ragdoll kitties.Creativity is in my blood and I've always been making something. Cross-stitch, silk ribbon embroidery...I love the creative process! I first looked into making cards as a way to keep in touch with family and friends after moving to CA in 2008 and wanting more than store-bought cards could offer. In my eyes cards are personal mini-pieces of art and a part of your soul that you are sending through the mail. I love dimension and color. LOTS of color.


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Jean Marmo

Thank you for showing all the details to this pretty card. Love how you used the glitter on the gesso and the glaze on the title.

Cim Allen

Ribbon and buttons are always a go to fave :) Love the card

Linda baker

So beautiful Lisa! Great tutorial!

mel mccarthy

Lisa, YOU are amazing! Such a stunning card & I can't believe the glitter in the Gesso (Genius!) and those Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils are so rich looking. (Note to Santa) ;)

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