Dare 2B Artzy New Release Hop

Welcome to Dare 2B Artzy‘s Blog Hop!! 

We are excited to be celebrating TWO things: 

1: NEW STAMPS and Dies!!!! and NEW Totally Tracy Chipboard! 

2: A New Design Team Term!  We have some previous amazing designers continuing with us, but also have some fabulous new faces!  We are super excited about this term!!

We decided to combine the two and have a blog hop!!! 


You should have arrived here from Cindy & the Dare 2B Artzy blog!  If you haven’t and would like to hop along with us, please go back to the Dare 2B Artzy Blog to start at the beginning! 

Be sure to follow each blog and leave comments along the way for your chance at winning!  We will randomly choose a winner from one of the blogs, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!! 

Winner will receive a stamp set and ink pad of their choice!! 

Blog Hop will end Sunday, February 19th at 7:00pm Central.   

We will then post a winner!! 


Hi All – Welcome to Dare 2B Artzy’s first blog hop of 2017! There is so much to talk about with all the new goodies from Dare 2B Artzy and Totally Tracy as well as the introduction of our phenomenal new design team.

Let’s get this hop rollin’!! 

Today I’m sharing a card with a water color background from the new My Path Lighthouse stamp set. I realized when I was creating this card that for me, coloring lighthouses is very calming. Not sure what it is about them, other than I’ve always loved lighthouses and the stories behind them and the purpose they serve.

With most cards, I start by coloring my focal image. However, since I was going to do an ocean background with watercolors I decided that I needed to get my background done first. I’m such a novice at any kind of watercolor medium, I always feel like a kid discovering that they can do something for the first time – it’s that “hey, look what I did” moment. That’s exactly how I felt with this card.

I cut a piece of Canson 130 lb Watercolor paper that I’d cut down and scored in half. I placed the partially rounded rectangle die so that the top edge was actually off my paper and taped it into place to hold it while I ran it through my die cut machine. The finished piece was a top folding card that measures 3 ¾ inches wide x 4 inches tall.

Next, I picked out several shades of blue and a grey with my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush pens. The colors I used were Blue #30, Cornflower Blue #37, Persian Blue #32, Persian Green #33 and Blue Grey #92. I wish I could say I had a process for watercolor, but for me it’s a chance to play. I started by using one of my colors to draw a faint line which would be my horizon line (which really isn’t straight – but we’re imaging waves, right?!). With the horizon line drawn, I used a water brush and gently pulled the color from my horizon line down into the lower half of my card. I did a little coloring and when I was happy with how the color looked, I heat set it and add a different color or add water to lighten it a bit.


It is hard to know when to stop “tweaking” what you’ve done. I just had to force myself to stop by putting away my shades of blue Zig brush pens and then heat set the final color before moving on to my sunset.

For the sunset, the colors I used were Yellow #50, Orange #70, Pink #25, Peach Pink #202, Light Carmine #21 and Pink Flamingo #222.  I created the sunset, by working up from the horizon line first adding yellow and blending that into the orange and eventually into the different shades of pink. In some ways the ocean was easier because the colors were all pretty similar. I was so pleased at how the sunset turned out. It was that, “Hey, look what I did” moment and it felt good.

With my background done, I set it aside and began working on my lighthouse. Originally, I’d stamped and colored the lighthouse in red and grey, but decided that the colors were too dark and bold for the background so I had to recolor another lighthouse. In the end I chose a blue grey combination. I stamped the lighthouse with black ink and then while the ink was wet I sprinkled on some clear embossing powder and heat set it.

I used my Copic markers and colored the lighthouse. For the blue I used B91, B93, B95 and B99 and grey was C1, C3, C5. I added some yellows and orange the light on the lighthouse and used browns and grey to add depth and dimension to the rocks at the base of the lighthouse.

Once I’d finished coloring I was ready to cut out the lighthouse using the matching lighthouse die from Dare 2B Artzy. After I cut it out I did use a black Copic marker and go around the edges of the final die cut peice and colored them all black to make the cut edge less visible against the background.


To finish my card front, I stamped the word Light and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I added some orange and yellow ink with my brush markers and then blended with a bit of water. I also added the stamped birds flying into the sunset. 

For my sentiment inside, I die cut another rounded rectangle that measured 2 3/8 x 2 ¼. I stamped the sentiment, Mightier than the Waves of the Sea with black ink and once again heat embossed with some clear embossing powder. 

Once it was done, I used my brush markers to color in the word Waves in blue and Mightier in yellow to make it pop a little. I added a bit of dimensional foam before centering it inside the card.


For another relaxing, meditative option I also stamped the lighthouse and the sentiment Let Hope be your Lighthouse in Stormy Seas into my Inspire Journaling Bible. I just love that sentiment. I’m new to Bible journaling so I’m still learning a lot about what mediums work best, etc. Since the Journaling Bible is made specifically for this purpose, I wanted to try stamping and coloring as I’d not really tried that before. I stamped with some black ink and colored my images with my Prismacolor Pencils. However, I realized quickly that the stamp ink was very visible on the back side of the page. I received a quick tip from Dare 2B Artzy owner, Cindy Sartain which was to try using gesso the next time to prevent the bleed through of the stamp ink on the Bible paper. I hadn’t even considered that so thank you to Cindy! I will be trying that next time as well as some other tips that I’ve received regarding Bible Journaling.


I’m so thrilled to be asked to come back for another term on the Dare 2B Artzy Design Team! Being on this team has really helped me to expand my level of creativity and try new things – I’m even getting my toes wet with videos – eek!! I love the amount of talent that each member of this team brings. Each of these lovely ladies are so encouraging and inspiring to each other and hopefully you will enjoy the projects that we’ll be sharing with you over the coming months & inspiring you to Dare 2B Artzy as well!

Hope you enjoy the hop and all of the fabulous inspiration you’re going to see along the way today! Remember to follow everyone’s blogs and be sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop for your chance to win that awesome Dare 2B Artzy prize. I mean, who wouldn’t want to win some of these fabulous new stamps?!

Also, don’t forget if you’re shopping this weekend on Dare 2B, there’s a special offer code that is only good during the HOP. Enter the code “HEART” and get 10% off your order. Ooohhh – who can’t resist a crafty sale??!! ME, ME, ME!!! 

Thanks for stopping by!   

Your next stop in the hop is Janette’s blog!   

We hope you are inspired all along the way!   

Check out all D2BA’s products here! 

Happy Hopping! 




Gifting Crafts

Hi there crafty friends! I’m back on the Dare 2B Artzy blog today with a fun project that would make a great gift to give someone and you can customize it numerous ways to suit the recipient.

I started by creating a thin box using some of the gorgeous new Dare 2B Artzy paper from the Fields of Joy collection. This one is the Butterflies paper.  You can get the entire Fields of Joy paper pack which is 16 pieces or if you just like a particular paper, like the Butterflies you can simply order the ones you like.

A quick search of the internet will result in a plethora of different shapes and sizes of paper box templates. The template for my box came from Gina K Designs and uses a piece of paper that is 8 ½ x 11. Scoring the paper as follows:

LONG SIDE (11 inches): Scored at 3 inches, 3 ½ inches and 8 inches and 8 ½ inches.

SHORT SIDE (8 1/2 inches): Scored  at ½ inch, 1 inch, 7 ½ inches and 8 inches.

Once you have all of your score lines done, you’ll want to turn the paper so that it’s facing portrait with the short side along the top. At the 3 ½ inch horizontal score line from the top you’ll want to make a 1 inch cut into the second vertical score line from either side. Turning your paper, you’ll cut down from the top at the 1 inch and 7 ½ inch score lines. I’ve taken a picture of a piece of kraft cardstock with the score lines on it so you can see for reference. Then on the left side I’ve made the cuts at the appropriate score lines for reference as well.  You’d make the same cuts at the 7 ½ inch score line at the top and bottom as well.


With all my scoring and cutting done, I was ready to assemble my little box with a sturdy permanent adhesive and set it aside. The finished size of the box is 6 ½ x 4 ½. I really loved that the finished box has patterned paper on the inside as well. It’s kind of a nice touch to open the box and see the beautiful butterflies.

For the inserts that would go into my box, there were lots of options. You could create many different types of templates or even just a nice set of cards to go into the box. I decided on recipe cards.

 For my cards, I wanted to save a bit of time by using a pre-made recipe card template. There were so many styles to choose from but I finally settled on one that I found from I liked this style because they allowed a lot of space to write the ingredients and the recipe instructions. The cards measure 6 inch x 4 inches.


I added some little strips of patterned paper from the Dare 2B Artzy fields of Joy collection again. You could easily add some stamped images and color them or add some die cut images to dress up the recipe cards as much or as little as you like.

I wanted to add a fun element to my little recipe card pack so I created some page markers. I figured these clever little page markers would be a nice add on for the recipient to mark the pages in a cookbook or even when browsing a magazine that had an interesting recipe. They could also be used as planner bookmarks.  


To create my bookmarks, I stamped and colored 3 of the new owls from the Dare 2B Artzy Hoot Hoot stamp set. Once they were colored, I cut them out using my Brother Scan-n-cut machine. I created a second outline of each owl by tracing them onto some scrap white cardstock and cutting out the traced image as well. Once they were cut I was able to glue into place a paperclip between the front image and the back, making sure to use a good liquid adhesive to hold them together. I used the rubber coated paperclips as I figured it would hold better than the metal ones – plus they come in fun colors.

I needed to add a closure to my card box. I went back and added some grommets to the back flap and bottom using a Crop-A-Dile. With the grommets in place I was able to thread my orange ribbon through the holes to form a tie closure.



On the front side of the box, I added another colorful Dare 2B Artzy paper from the Fields of Joy set. This one is called Owls & Flowers. I just love these colors together as they’re so eye catching.

For the front label I printed the word Recipes onto some white cardstock using a laser printer. I cut the piece down using a fancy cut die and ran it through my MINC foiling machine with some pink foil so that the word Recipe would have a nice pink shimmer to it. I die cut a second piece of blue cardstock with a larger fancy cut die and layered both onto the front of the box. I added some dimensional dots in white as an accent.


As I mentioned, you could customize this gift to suit most anyone. You could create a box of cards to be used for journaling and decorate them with stamps or even cut out the gorgeous flowers from some of the Dare 2B Artzy papers and use them to embellish the contents. Have a friend that likes to color? You could stamp some fun Dare 2B Artzy images onto cardstock and add in a small box of colored pencils for a coloring project on the go. Lots of possibilities for creating unique gift ideas for almost anyone.


Hope this has inspired you to make some crafty gifts to share.

Please stay tuned to the blog as we’re having a fun HOP this weekend to introduce the new Dare 2B Artzy DT. In addition to a prize, there’s going to be a special discount available just for the HOP. However, you’re going to have to hop along to find out the discount code. You’re going to love what we have in store for you!! Lots of inspiration from some amazingly talented ladies!

Have a wonderful day!




Dare 2B Artzy February Challenge


Whoo-hoo! It’s February and that can only mean that we’re kicking off a new challenge theme for Dare 2B Artzy. To celebrate the month of LOVE, this month’s challenge theme is


Here’s my inspiration for the challenge:

My card features the adorable puppy dog from the Dare 2B Artzy Ruff Day stamp set. Anyone that knows me, knows I’m a huge animal lover! My husband always says that if it weren’t for him telling me “NO” to every animal I see and want to bring home, I’d have a house full of animals. That’s probably true? When I think of our pets (3 rescues from Animal Shelters), I think about how much I love them and how happy-go-lucky they are. That’s all any animal wants is to be loved and to be part of the family. All you need is love (and a dog or cat who will love you in return unconditionally)!

To start this card, I stamped the cute dog with the little patches on him with some black ink and heat embossed with some clear embossing powder. I colored him with my Copic markers. I kept his colors very neutral using brown and tan (modeled after my first Doxie, Charlie). I colored the pup and used the matching Dog Die to cut him out. I love that there’s a matching die for this set.


Next, I started on my background. I used some brown and lipstick pink colored ink and sponged it onto a piece of white cardstock that measured 3 ¾ x 4 ¾. I sponged each color to about the half way mark and stopped with just a slight bit of overlapping blending.

Because the ink I used stays damp for a while, I was able to lightly dust on some Perfect Pearls over the area that was inked. I used Interference Violet on the pink side and Cappuccino for the brown side. Once the entire panel had a nice layer of shimmer on it, I pulled out one of my deep embossing folders and embossed the background. Since the ink is damp, it doesn’t completely remove the Perfect Pearls so you still have a nice shimmer to the background.


From the Ruff Day matching die set, I used the LOVE die with the little paw print and cut it from some Kraft cardstock. I used the same die and cut it out of one of the two stitched circle die cuts from my craft stash that I’d made with some salmon pink paper. I glued the two stitched circles together, using the one with the die cut Love on top. I then glued in place the Love that I’d cut from the Kraft cardstock. Once the glue was dry I punched two small holes into the top of the circle and added a bit of bakers twine to it and set it aside.

Next, I used the super cute tiny envelope die from the Mailbox Gift Card Holder Die Set and the You’ve Got Mail matching stamp set, to create the little envelope that the dog has in his mouth. This stamp & die set is a new 2017 release and every one of the DT ladies  including myself absolutely loves this set. I cut the envelope from some cream colored cardstock and stamped the front of the envelope with the little postmark stamp in blue with the Dare 2B Artzy premium ink in Midnight Blue and then stamped the Special Delivery in Pomegranate ink also from Dare 2B Artzy. I glued the back flaps of the envelope together to keep them closed so that they’d lay flat on my card front.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment, I Wuff You from the Ruff Day stamp set using some Midnight Copper embossing powder from Lindy’s Stamp Gang. I really like the way the dark brown pops against the off white cardstock.

Once the sentiment was heat set, I die cut it out using a smaller stitched circle. I added the little heart die which is also from the Mailbox Gift Card Holder Die Set. I glued the heart in place just above the sentiment.

To assemble my card, I cut a piece of 110lb white cardstock to a finished card size of 4 ½ by 5 7/8. Since my cardstock was such a bright white, I actually sponged on a light amount of brown ink around the outer edges so that it would match the rest of my card better.

I layered on top of my card base two pieces of cardstock; one in salmon pink that measured 4 ¼ x 2 inches and a brown piece that measured 4 ¼ by 3 1/6. I used a piece of cream colored cardstock to cover the seam where the two pieces are joined.

On top was my embossed panel which I added using some dimensional foam. The dog, envelope and two sentiment circles were all added to the top layer using some dimensional foam as well.


Now it’s your turn. We want you to join this challenge and share your amazing Dare 2B Artzy creations that feature the All You Need is Love theme. There’s an amazing Dare 2B Artzy prize up for grabs so you want to be sure to get your submissions in before the end of February! We can’t wait to see what you create!!

Be sure to check out all D2BA’s products here!

Hope everyone will join the All You Need is Love challenge this month. The team is looking forward to seeing your Love inspired projects featuring Dare 2B Artzy stamps & dies! Happy Stamping!

Thanks for stopping by!




Blissfully Different 

Hello Artzy friends!! Hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  We’re having some very nice spring-like  weather here in Colorado which is giving people a bit of the spring fever. I doubt old man winter is done with us just yet as February & March are typically our snowiest months.

Today, I decided to share a different type of card and by different I’m referring to shape.  Like many card makers,  my normal go-to is an A2 size card. It’s comfortable to work with a familiar shape and size when making cards and it makes layouts a breeze.

However, today I’m here to tell you that circular card styles need love too. I’d poked around on Instagram and other blogs and noticed that in the crafting world you don’t see many circular style cards. I wonder why?  I decided to make a circular card with the Dare 2B Artzy stamp set called Paisley Bliss.

To create a card  base that is circular you have to use a circle die and position the die so that the folded edge of the  cardstock paper is below the cut line of the die. This will create the folded edge of the card – essentially you’ll have 7/8 of a circle, but one edge will be flat for the fold. I’ve included a picture for reference, but I placed my die face up with the paper underneath it so you could see the cut line of the circle die in relation to where I’ve placed my paper. That is how you’d run it through your die cut machine – with the die facing your paper obviously depending on the type of die cut machine you use. The size of the circle die I used to create my card base was 3 3/4″.


While I could have utilized my card base and stamped my image & sentiment directly onto the base,  I wanted to jazz up my card by cutting a scalloped circle from some lighter teal cardstock that was just a bit larger than my card base. The scalloped die measured 4 1/4″ from edge to edge. This would form the main layer for the card front. The scalloped layer kind of creates the look of a flower which I really like.


I die cut another circle that measured 3 3/4″ (the same size as my card base) from some red cardstock and layered it on top of the scalloped layer.

For the final layer that would be on the top,  I grabbed a circle die that measured 3 1/4″ and I laid out the different stamps from the Paisley Bliss stamp set and placed them  inside the circle die to see which stamps would be the best fit for the space. This allowed me to visualize the placement of the sentiment as well.  I chose the “Creativity Takes Courage” quote from Matisse which is a quote that I love. Once I’d figured out the placement of the sentiment and stamp I would color, I went ahead and die cut the circle using some white cardstock.

Once my circle was cut out, I placed it into my MISTI and stamped the gorgeous leaf and sentiment with some black ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder to give it some dimension. For clear embossing with black ink, just be sure to use an ink that stays wet a bit longer so you’ll have time to get the clear embossing powder to stick to the ink. Most pigment or even hybrid ink will stay wet long enough to do this.

I colored the leaf with my Copics using BG11, BG34, BG23 and BG49 for the blue-green colors and R43, R35, R37 and R39 for my red tones. I added a bit of clear Wink of Stella, but I couldn’t seem to capture the sparkle in my photos.


I assembled the card so that the sentiment would flow from top to bottom along side and curving around the leaf. I added a few pearls to the card for some dimension.

Now that I’ve created my first ever circle card I’m wondering  why I haven’t done circular cards before. I think it turned out so cute. I think this would be the perfect card to give to an Artzy friend.

Hope you enjoyed seeing something with a bit of a different shape from the norm today!


Remember, its February so we’ll have a new challenge theme up for everyone to participate in starting on Sunday, February 5th. Be sure to check out the Dare 2B Artzy blog for the details on this month’s challenge. Hope you can join in on the fun!

Also, don’t forget that all of the FABULOUS new stamps and dies for 2017 are up in the Dare 2B Artzy store. You can find them all in the What’s New section of the store.

Thanks for stopping by!




Artzy Weekend Sneak Peek!

Hi All! Happy CHA “Creativation” weekend! Hopefully some of you are lucky enough to be attending CHA in Phoenix this weekend. If so, make sure you stop by the Dare 2B Artzy booth #1360. There are some show specials and some make & take demos for you to check out.

If you aren’t able to attend CHA and you’re like me you’re checking Facebook and Instagram regularly for pics and video of all the new “must haves” of the crafting world. I’ve already made a wish list of several items that I want, LOL!

Today I’m thrilled to get to give you a sneak peek of the the latest & greatest, Dare 2B Artzy stamps. This card features a butterfly and a small flower from the upcoming release Butterfly Inspiration. In this CAS card design, I paired one of the new butterflies and a flower from the set with the awesome Blooms Paper. They coordinate beautifully. I pulled a few colors from the paper and used them to color the butterfly and small flower with my Copics.


With the images colored, I fussy cut them out and set aside. I die cut a piece of white cardstock with a scalloped edge die. Once cut, I masked the edges of the cardstock along the scallop border; I was then able to sponge on a soft blue for the background. I added some subtle water droplets to my background as well.

Next, I placed my colored images that I’d fussy cut and popped them up on the white cardstock with some dimensional adhesive.  I kept my sentiment simple by die cutting the Be Transformed sentiment with a small banner die and adding some dimensional adhesive to the back. To finish, I added some green sequins that matched the green in the flowers from the Blooms Paper


I love these stamps, not just for the ways that you can be creative with the butterflies in the set, but also for the uplifting sentiments. You can’t help but create something inspired when playing with these (and all) Dare 2B Artzy stamps.

Dare 2B Artzy has some amazing new releases coming out! I think everyone’s going to love them. Keep an eye out on the Dare 2B Artzy blog all weekend for more sneak peeks from our other lovely DT ladies as there’s lots more inspiration to come.



Retro is a Hoot

Hello and happy Wednesday to everyone! Hope you’re all having a great week. It’s Tonya popping in today to share another fun card with Dare 2B Artzy using the ever-adorable Retro Owl stamp.  Have I mentioned how much I adore the owl line of stamps from D2BA? They are all so cute and fun to play and get creative with especially when you can get a bit retro with them too.

For today’s project I used the leaf boarder that comes with the Retro Owl stamp and created my own background. To do this I used two different kinds of embossing powder. I stamped the first two leaf borders onto some Canson watercolor paper, using my MISTI and some Versamark ink for embossing. Then I sprinkled with some Ranger Verdigris colored embossing powder. This embossing powder has a unique blend of greenish-teal, black and gold in it so it sort of gets a turquoise finish. Next I stamped the leaves in the opposite direction with Versamark ink and sprinkled on some Charcoal embossing powder that has holographic elements in it. I really like the look of the contrasting colors. To add a bit of pizazz to it, I used my Gansi Tambi Starry Colors blue gold #901 watercolor and added some gold to the center of the open leaves. Once the background was finished and the watercolor was dried, I die cut the panel down using a cute scalloped frame die.


For my sentiment, I used the Hello from the Retro Pattern stamp set and stamped it at a bit of an angle with some Versamark ink and then heat embossed with some black embossing powder. Next I added the Friend sentiment from the Retro Owl stamp set and embossed with some black embossing powder as well.

Next, it was on to color up that super cute owl. I wanted to match the turquoise color on the owl so I used my Copics in G000, G00 and BG32 and BG13 for the front and wing and Black 100 and Y28 for the squares on the chest. Then I used my E41, E42, E43, E44 and E47colors for the body of the owl. I had one little area where my Copic marker blurbed (as I like to call it) – I nice blob of ink onto my owl because it was super juicy. EEK!! I was able to blend it out pretty well so it’s not too noticeable. I also added some softer peach-pink touches to the ears using YR01. I added some Spectrum noir sparkle in clear and black onyx to the front of the owl to carry over the sparkly themed background into my owl.


With my owl completely colored, I was able to die cut it out using the matching die, D2 Owl Star Die that coordinates with my image. I was then able to add the cute little googly eyes to my owl and glued them in place.

I created my card base from some 110lb cardstock and added a piece of teal-green cardstock horizontally across the card base for a pop of color that coordinates with my background.

My background was layered on top of the card base using some dimensional foam to raise it up a bit from the card base. I added some dimensional foam to the back of my owl and added her to the center of the card.


To finish the card, I added a few, matte dots to the upper left side of the card to add a bit more dimension and to balance the card out.

Hope you enjoyed this cute retro owl card today! If you like owls, please check out the Dare 2B Artzy store online and see variety that’s available (plus the matching dies). They’re all super cute, it’s hard to decide sometimes.

Make sure you’re checking the Dare 2B Artzy blog regularly as the DT will be sharing some fun new stuff in the next few weeks. You don’t want to miss all the great new stamps that are being released very soon…TRUST ME! You’re going to love it!!

 Also, for those of you that love the chance to win free stamps, check out the lovely Kendra’s Instagram page. In honor of her Birthday this week, she’s giving away a set of the Dare 2B Artzy Snowflake Wishes stamps on Friday.

Here’s how to enter:

Follow Kendra On Instagram – HERE

Follow D2BA’s Instagram Page – HERE

For extra entries Tag your Friends on Instagram in the Comments on my Giveaway Post

Follow Kendra’s Blog – Luv 2 Scrap N Make Cards

It’s that easy & the beautiful Snowflake Wishes stamp set could be yours!!




New Year & Something New Challenge

Hello and Happy, Happy New Year my Dare 2B Artzy friends! I can’t believe that 2017 is here!! The last 12 months were a blur and if you’re like me you were all too happy to bid farewell to 2016. I know I’m thrilled it’s 2017.

However despite all the chaos of 2016, I still found joy in being able to lose myself in my Dare 2B Artzy projects – even for just a few hours. Getting to play with all of the fun Dare 2B Artzy stamps, dies, paper and inks is a great way to escape.

So today’s project is a celebration of the New Year and turning over a new leaf in 2017 and it just so happens that it fits into this month’s challenge theme of SOMETHING NEW as I used my new watercolor paint sets that I received for Christmas and I tried out my glitter foiling for the first time.

When I was playing around with my stamps trying to come up with an idea for today’s project, I was looking at the Blissful Blooms stamp set and started looking at the fun squiggly lines. I thought that they kind of resembled streamers and confetti, so I decided to make a background from them.

To do this, I cut a piece of Strathmore Coldpress Watercolor Paper in 140lb weight to a 6 x 8 inch panel.

I placed the panel into my MISTI and stamped the squiggly lines with some Versamark ink. I find that with watercolor paper I usually have to stamp the image 2-4 times to get a good imprint because the paper has so much texture. Once it looked like my image was completely stamped, I sprinkled on some Ranger Embossing Powder in white and heat set it. I repeated these steps several times equally spacing my squiggly lines until the entire panel was almost completely filled up with my white, embossed lines.



Using the MISTI to stamp the Versamark Ink to get a clean image each time.


With a fully embossed background, I taped all the edges of my paper to a 12 x 12 metal sheet I have using some duck brand painters tape.  Taping the edges to the sheet holds everything in place while I’m working and it seals the edges in case the water happens to run, it won’t bleed under the taped areas. You could use any large, flat surface – even a cutting board. Once the image was taped down, I was now ready to break out my new water color set.

In the past, I have used the Kuratake Zig Clean Color brush pens to water color. They work great, however I’d been wanting to try real water colors and paint brushes so I ordered myself a Christmas present (because I’ve been good all year & I knew Santa would agree) and picked up the Kuretake Gansai Tambi 24 colors set for a really great price (which makes it even more deserved, LOL!). My mom gave me the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors metallic water color set for Christmas so I was dying to play with them.

I will preface this by saying I’m such a novice with anything concerning water color, but I am absolutely in love with these. Once you add water to the pallets, they are like butter and they really work best if you let the water do the work for you. The best part is how vibrant the colors are.  I think water color never appealed to me because I love bright bold colors and I didn’t think it was possible to achieve that with water color – turns out I was wrong.

I picked out 5 bright colors (Purple #139, Pink #32, Teal #57, Sea Foam Green #50 and a Light Blue #62) and began by adding some water with a fine tipped brush to my paper and then picked up my colors randomly and painted the streamers in alternating colors. I left the wider spaces uncolored because I wanted to use the metallic water colors on those. For the metallic I chose Red Gold #902 and Yellow Gold #903. Again, I applied water to my paper first and then picked up the metallic paint and dabbed the pigment on and let the water pull the color down. When it was dry I was able to go back in and add more color to areas to brighten them or more water to tone them down & smooth out the color. The cool part was watching the metallic pigment react with the water and you can watch the sparkles as they rolled downward on the paper – it was like watching a sparkly lava lamp.



Embossed image taped down to be water colored.


Once the background was completed, I set it aside to dry. I used the same process to create the leaf, using the Blissful Blooms set and stamping it to some water color paper and then heat embossing with some champagne embossing powder.

Next I water colored the leaf using blues and greens (Teal #57, Blue #64, Light Blue #62 and Light Green #51). Once it was dry, I fussy cut the leaf out and set it aside.

For my sentiment, I found a fun font online and typed out the Happy New Year and printed to my laser jet printer.

Next, I die cut it with the stitched rectangle. I found that with the glitter foiling it was easier to die cut the image before running it through my MINC because the glitter tends to come off in the die cutting process which I learned through trial and error.



Close up you can see how the glitter rubs off so easily.


To run the image through the MINC machine, I folded a piece of white cardstock in half and placed my die cut sentiment in the center of the folded cardstock and then placed the pink glitter transfer sheet on top of the image glitter side down. I ran the piece through my MINC on a setting of 5 (highest setting) three times.  The result was a nice glittered sentiment. Although I really like it, a lot of the glitter still manages to rub off so you do have to be careful about that. There may be some brands that work better than others. Foiling is still the best technique in my book.

With everything done, I was ready to assemble my card to a black cardstock base that was 5 ½ x 4 ½. I cut my water colored panel down to approx. 5 ¼ by 4 3/8 and adhered it to my base with some heavy duty adhesive tape.



Not great lighting, but you can really see the metallic paints best in this light.


The sentiment was popped up with some dimensional foam as was the leaf.

I’m so pleased with the way this card turned out. I really think it ended up looking like streamers and confetti in the background. It is so fun to look at your stamps in a new way and create something different and unexpected – especially when you’re trying something new and using a new product or technique.



Finished New Years card


I know I’m not alone in that 2016 was filled with lots of personal challenges for myself in taking on a new management job with the company I work for resulting in lots of long hours, stress and even a few tears, my husband losing his job and being off work for almost 4 months and both of our fathers had difficult health issues that resulted in a move to nursing home care for my step-father in early 2016 and my father-in-law in Dec 2016.  

My hope for everyone is that 2017 represents a year filled with love, laughter, kindness and turning over a new leaf – whatever that may mean for you. Out with 2016 and all the chaos it created in the world and in with what I hope will be a better, brighter, healthier New Year for everyone!


Please join in on the Dare 2B Artzy Something New challenge this month. If you got some awesome new crafty supplies or Dare 2B Artzy stamps for Christmas, we’d love to see what you create with them. You can enter up to 3 times – if you use a Dare 2B Artzy stamp set you get an extra chance at winning.

Stay tuned for some fun new stamps that will be coming out within the next month. I know you’ll love the new releases!