All You Need is Love!

Hi Dare 2B Artzy fans! Hope everyone is having a fantastic week and that you’ve taken time to check out the Dare 2B Artzy & Canvas Corp Brands Matchup Blog Hop! There are some amazing projects that combine both Dare 2B Artzy stamps & inks and Canvas Corp Brands – you have to see them for yourself.  There’s a great prize pack up for grabs for some lucky winner of this Hop so check it out!

I’m back today with a quick card to share with you featuring an older Dare 2B Artzy stamp set called Love Stackable.


I knew when I saw this stamp set that I really wanted to create a two toned card with it because it has these perfect elements that you can make the focal point as you’ll see today.

I started out by separating all my stamps and then laying them out on a piece of paper to figure out what layout was going to work best. Obviously these stamps could be used to create a fun Valentine’s card, anniversary card or even a wedding card for someone. They would be great sentiments alone or together to make a special card. I decided to let the sentiment lines of this set tell a story of how love progresses from needing love, finding love (two hearts one love), getting married (to have & to hold), having a lifetime of happiness and finally living happily ever after forever.

As soon as I had my sentiments laid out in the order I would stamp them on the card. I grabbed my mini MISTI and used it to position and line up all of my sentiments. I really don’t know what I did without my MISTI and to think that I didn’t use it for almost a year, LOL!  The grid makes is super easy to line up sentiments and stamps so you don’t get any wonky, crazy crooked lines when you’re stamping your final images.

With my sentiments all lined up, I stamped them using a thick white Pigment Ink. I actually stamped it twice to get a clean impression.

After cleaning all the white pigment ink off my sentiment stamps, I removed them from my MISTI; leaving my stamped image in place. I used my anti-static powder tool to brush across the areas that I would be embossing.

Next, I positioned the elements that would be in a bold Red color on my card. I used the cute lips and heart stamps to fill in the large “O” letters on Love and Forever.  I love that those two cute stamps are designed for exactly that purpose. It’s such a nice touch.

I positioned the strip of hearts and the sentiment “they lived happily ever after” in the gaps I’d left when I had stamped the sentiments in white.  Once I had them straight I used my Versamark ink pad to ink the stamps and I stamped and inked them onto my cardstock twice to once again get a clean image.

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When I’d finished stamping with the Versamark, I removed my stamped image and sprinkled some bright red embossing powder on those areas. Of course, I should have thought to let my white pigment ink dry a bit longer (or heat set it) as the embossing powder stuck to a lot of the other sentiments when I put it on my card.  Luckily, it’s an easy fix. Whenever you have embossing powder stuck to areas you don’t want to be embossed, just grab a small tipped paint brush and gently brush off the embossing powder from all the areas you don’t want embossed. I keep a set of brushes in my tool caddy on my desk for just this purpose.

After brushing off all the excess powder, I was finally ready to heat emboss those areas of the card in red. The result of the red against the black cardstock and white stamped lettering is pretty cool. It almost gives it a 3 dimensional look to the card.


Finally, I added 6 little red gems to the front of the card for some dimensional interest. I popped it onto some silver & black glittered cardstock and then onto a red piece of cardstock and the entire thing was mounted with adhesive to a white card base.

For those of you wondering, the love story is my own.  After searching for the perfect love for 39 years, I found him. As we discovered after we started dating, we had been so close (in proximity) to each other on so many occasions between his school location and my work location, his volunteer work and my home, he had ice cream with friends a half block from my office downtown.  He even had a friend that he’d worked for and that friend was the one that ran the cabling in my condo. On some level we were destined to meet – our paths had been circling each other, but it had to be at the right point in our lives (I wish it would have been sooner).  We met in 2009 through an online dating site and got married in 2010 and now we’re working on sharing a lifetime of happiness. This is my happily ever after, FOREVER. I’m so blessed to have met such a wonderful, kind, caring, man. He’s the best and I’m lucky to have him in my life.

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Thanks for stopping by today! Again, don’t forget the Dare 2B Artzy & Canvas Corp Brands Matchup HOP. You have the rest of this week to leave some love for all the designers and then be sure to pop back in on Friday, 8/19 to the Dare 2B Artzy blog and the Canvas Corp Brands blog to see the rest of the designers showcase their matchup projects. I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created! I’m sure it will be amazing! Share the hashtag: #d2baccbmatchup whenever you visit Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.




D2BA & CCB Product Match-up HOP

Hi All! Dare 2B Artsy is having a very special Blog Hop this week. We’ve teamed up with Canvas Corp Brands to bring you the best of two worlds. We’ve combined the awesome Dare 2B Artzy stamps and inks with Canvas Corp Brands which includes some amazing scrapbook papers,  Tattered Angels sheer color sprays and glimmer mists, 7 Gypsies vintage and retro findings and of course a multitude of various canvas items and bling to create some amazing projects.

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Today, my project features the new Dare 2B Artzy stamp set Flip Flops. I received several Canvas Corp papers from the Mixology set which features pictures of mixed drinks and some crazy fun sentiments. I’ve combined that with the cute little canvas ticking bag in black, a hot pink burlap flower and some burlap fabric.

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I was really excited to play with the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. The sprays I received were Sun Sisters which is a lighter yellow color and Vintage Pink which is a nice light pink. I’d had a bottle of Glimmer Mist that I’d purchased about 5 years ago and it’s a clear Dazzling Diamond with a sort of iridescent glimmer which is pretty, but wowza these new colors of Glimmer Mists are awesome! I’m surprised, I didn’t try it on my walls in my craft room – I really fell in love with the colors. I MUST have more!!

To start off my project, I used Dare 2B Artzy ink in Paradise and lightly dragged the ink along the front of the canvas bag to provide a distressed colored look. I added a bit of Sunset Yellow in a couple of places, but I kept it to a minimum as I didn’t want them to blend into a green.

I created two tags from the Mixology Paper which comes in a black and white so you can color with markers or sponge on ink. I lightly sponged on some Dare 2B Artzy inks in Paradise, Sunset Yellow and Bright Pumpkin.

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Next, I used my yellow Tattered Angels and uncapped it and tapped it against my finger to splatter it across my tag to give it some shimmery spots which are so pretty. I also added some to the front of my canvas bag and set it aside to dry.

I clipped the tags together with one of the red clothespins and added some gems to it in blue. I glued the clothespin to the front of the bag.

To add a focal point to the front of the bag, I used the yellow strip of burlap fabric and folded it onto itself in a figure 8 and glued the layers together with my hot glue gun. I then took the bright pink burlap flower and added a metal brad with flowers on to give the flower a center with some texture.  Then I glued it in place on top of my yellow burlap and glued the whole thing down to the front of my cavass bag.  I love the bright pink flower as it really adds a lot of texture and interest to the front of the bag.

With the Mixology papers that I received, I also received some of the blank black & ivory recipe card 12 x 12 paper. You could totally use a whole sheet to make a cool scrapbook page, but I chose to cut down the cards to make 6 cards from each piece of 12 x 12 paper. All of the Canvas Corp papers are nice and really thick, they’re perfect for any kind of mixed media project and they hold up well.

Once my recipe cards were cut apart, I began stamping, stenciling, splattering, coloring. I tried to do something different for each card. I stamped some with the Dare 2B Artzy Flip Flops fruit and glass and colored with my Copics.  On a few others I used some stencils and sprayed the Tattered Angels. I really loved the color I got when the yellow mixed with the pink and I got a subtle coral-orange color. The Tattered Angels sprays work amazingly well with stencils. It’s very pretty in person and it’s pretty cool to spray it on or sprinkle it and watch as it seeps into the paper and leaves a beautiful shimmer. On a few of the cards, I cut out a few of the fun sentiments from the Mixology papers and added them to my recipe cards. On one of the cards I used some Kuretaki Zig Clean color brushes and mixed together some browns on my craft mat and added some water and took a Solo cup and put the bottom of the cup into the colored water and stamped it onto my card to make cup rings.  I did create two cards which I left blank, as I figured if it were a gift the recipient might want to add their own recipe to the cards. Once I was finished decorating each recipe card, I added fun tropical adult drink recipes to each one. I bound them together with a binder ring by punching a small hole in each corner of the recipe cards and tied a piece of twine to it.

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When I was finished with my cards, I went back to my canvas bag. The back of the bag didn’t have the ticking stripes on it so I knew I wanted to decorate it. I started out by stamping the drink and fruit from the Flip Flops stamp set with my various Dare 2B Artsy inks.  Once I had everything stamped I decided to color in the stamped images with my Spectrum Noir markers. I pulled from the color scheme of the front of the bag with the pink and yellow and added in some green and orange.  Since I’d never tried coloring with alcohol markers on canvas, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It did bleed a bit, but once I realized that I colored leaving small gaps between the lines of the stamped images and that helped account for the bleed. Once all of the images were colored, I added the cute little “hello” sentiment stamp from the Dare 2B Artzy Perk Up stamp set in areas that were blank.

After everything dried, I sprayed some of the Tattered Angles Sun Sisters across the entire back of the bag to add a bit of shimmer. Then I used the Vintage Pink and splattered specks of pink on the back as well.

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The cards fit perfectly inside my canvas bag and the set would make an awesome gift for a girlfriend on girls’ night out or for a bachelorette party gift.

There are a lot of spectacular projects to share with you this week. Here is how this match-up works: today we are sharing 3 projects from the Dare 2B Artzy Crew including myself, Chris and Karen. Links to their blogs are posted below. We are also featured on the Dare 2B Artzy blog with Cindy where you will find all the details to win a great prize of stamps and inks from Dare 2B Artzy and a $25 gift card to the Canvas Corp Brands Shop (Dare 2B Artzy prizes pictured below).

Chris’s Blog:

Karen’s Blog:

Dare 2B Artzy Blog:

Canvas Corp Brands Blog:

Be sure to use the hashtag #d2baccbmatchup when sharing this hop on your favorite social media sites.

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Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to visit all of the Design Team members that are sharing their matchup projects today and leave them some love along the way.

Have a wonderful day!


Flamingo in the Tropics

Hi All,

Happy Saturday! Hope everyone’s having a great weekend. It’s crazy hot here today in Colorado. I’d thought that the forecast had called for some cooler weather, but it was in the 90’s again today. I’m so ready for fall!

I’m here to share a very special card today that I made for my husband’s Aunt Jo. We found out a few weeks ago that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she underwent surgery earlier this month. We were told that she loves pink flamingos and so I knew I had the perfect stamp set to create a card to help cheer her on her road to recovery.

Hero Arts makes some amazing stamps, but I’m in love, love, love with their layering stamp sets. They really make it easy to create some amazing cards with these stamps – even if you think you have zero talent.

My card today features the Layering Flamingo.

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To create this card, I think I must have pulled out all of the bright pink and orange, yellow and magenta colored inks I had in my collection, but I really think it turned out beautifully.

First off I started by cutting down a peice of Nenah Solar White cardstock so that it would fit in my Misti tool. Since I’ve discovered the layering stamps, I’ve been using my Misti more and more and I love it.

Once I had my cardstock positioned, I used my lightest color of pink ink and positioned and stamped the first layer. I reinked and stamped again. The ink does saturate the paper but it takes a couple of rounds to get a clean impression.

Then I positioned my second layer of the stamp and inked and stamped it over the first layer using a mid-tone pink color, again stamping twice to get a clean impression.

For the third and final layer I used the darkest pink color which provided the contrast in the image. I inked and stamped that layer twice and then I went over it again with a white ink which is a bit thicker and gave it a cool sort of texture, kind of like feathers and toned down my darkest pink.

Once I was happy with the body of the flamingo, I used the matching Hero Arts die and die cut it out. I learned from some other crafters that it’s best to cut out the body first before stamping the legs on. This makes sure that you’re die cut alignment is correct, otherwise stamping the legs first you might cut off part of the foot.

The legs were really easy to stamp in once I’d finished die cutting. I did use my Misti once again just so that I’d be able to use the super strong magnets that come with it to hold the little flamingo in place while I stamped his legs. It turned out great.

Next, I swatched some colors from magenta to orange to figure out what blended well together. When I’d figured out my color combination, I was able to die cut another peice of Neenah Solar White cardstock with a stitched rectangle die and I used a sponge in circular motion with my various ink colors to build a sunset starting with my darkest magenta ink at the bottom and working through my mid tone and lighter color pinks and into my cantelope and orange colors and finally into a nice bright yellow. The effect is so cool and so bright and pretty.

Since I was creating a beach scene with my card, I used my Lawn Fawn, Stitched Hillside borders die to and cut a piece of sand colored cardstock.

I knew I’d be stamping the tall grasses from the Hero Arts Layered Flamingo stamp set in black to create some shadows, so I positioned my sandy hillside on the front of my sponged background and lightly drew a pencil line so that I’d know where to position my grasses.

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Once I had a pencil line as a guide I was able to stamp the grass in black so that it would appear to be in the background. I used an eraser to remove any remaining visible pencil lines.

To assemble my card, I used some dimensional foam to adhere the sandy hillside to my background.

Next, I glued on some brightly colored pearl centered flowers and carefully positioned my flamingo to the right a bit. I added some dimensional foam to the back of the flamingo as well and adhered it in place.

I stamped my sentiment “Hello Gorgeous” onto my sunset background and heat embossed it with some black embossing powder.

Finally, I added a layer of black cardstock with a small scallped edge that I’d die cut and glued the entire peice down to some Sand Colored cardstock.

I added a couple of yellow droplets for some bling to the front of the card.

Inside the sentiment reads, “Stand Tall Darling”.

I hope my card brings a smile to her face and gives her something beautiful to focus on for her journey to recovery.

We love Aunt Jo and we’re sending her lots of hugs, prayers and good vibes!!

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!



Exciting Hop Coming Soon!!

Hi everyone! I’m popping in really quick today to share with you the news about an awesome hop coming soon.

The Dare 2B Artzy design team has joined up with the Canvas Corp Brands design team to create some collaborative projects using not only Dare 2B Artzy’s awesome stamps, but fun things like papers, sprays, canvas and more from the Canvas Corp Brands product line.

We’ll have a lot of amazing projects to share for the hop so stay tuned next week beginning on Monday 8/15 to see all the goodies.

There’s an awesome prize pack up for grabs, so you won’t want to miss it!

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Clear Card featuring Dare 2B Artzy Doodle Flowers

Happy Wednesday Dare 2B Artzy fans! Hope your week has been spectacular so far. I can’t believe it’s already the first week of August. WOWZA! Where does the time go? It was 7 years ago this week that my hubby and I met for our very first date. It really doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. I guess the old saying time flies when you’re having fun is true.

Speaking of fun, I’m back today to share a fun card today. It’s an Acetate Card featuring the Dare 2B Artzy Stamp set Doodle Flowers. This stamp set features 11 beautiful stamps.


I confess, I’ve had two packages of acetate for about 6 months and they’ve been untouched until now. I’ve wanted to make a clear card for some time. I’m so glad to be here today to share this unique card making option with you.

This card was a lot of trial and error for me. I probably could have save some time if I’d done some research beforehand. I used up 2 pieces of acetate in my experimentation process. Initially I’d planned on heat embossing my images, but that didn’t work due to the static factor with the acetate – the embossing powder stuck to everything. I’d even tried the EK Success powder tool before and also a dryer sheet and I just couldn’t get it to work. More experimentation is needed on that front because I’ve seen people use heat embossing with acetate and it looks beautiful. Next, it was on to inking. I ended up trying 3 different inks that never dried on the acetate before I realized that the only ink that will work on a non-porous surface like acetate is StazOn. I’d only had black StazOn in my stash and I didn’t like the way it went on so I ended up purchasing Cotton White, Teal Blue and Fuchsia Pink to make this card.

After two days of my experimentation with embossing powders and inks, I was finally ready to create my card.  I started by cutting a piece of acetate to 4 ¼ x 5 1/5 (A2 size).

I started off by inking up my StazOn Cotton White ink pad with the ink that came with it. I used my largest Doodle Flower from the set and generously inked the stamp. I placed some white scrap paper underneath my acetate because I found that my craft matt was just too slippery for the acetate.

To stamp, I held my acetate pretty firmly with one hand so it didn’t slide around and carefully laid the inked stamp to the acetate being careful not to push it or press the stamp too hard initially because it can slide around on the acetate very, very easily. I found that laying the stamp onto the acetate, then lifting your fingers up and then lightly pressing straight down with one or two fingers on my stamp block worked best.

Once I thought the image was inked pretty well, I held the acetate in place and lifted the stamp straight up. Because the ink is sticky you might also have to peel the acetate away from the stamp.

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I stamped the large Doodle Flower 3 times, stamping off the page to leave the center open and space for other flowers that I’d be stamping.

When I went to stamp the smaller flowers from this set, I stumbled upon a happy accident. In my experimentation, I’d tried stamping with the Teal Blue and Fuchsia Pink to see how it looked. Much like the black it smudged a bit and didn’t give a clear impression so I decided that I didn’t like it so much for this project. However, if you’ve ever used StazOn, you know what it’s impossible to clean off your stamps without the actual StazOn Cleaner which I didn’t have any of at the time. I tried cleaning with a non-alcohol brand baby wipe which is my normal go-to cleaner. Although it took some ink off the smaller flowers, it did stain my stamps. Not a big deal though. I’d thought that I’d gotten them clean enough that when I used the white ink it wouldn’t matter.

My happy accident turned out that adding the white StazOn ink to the flowers that had previously been stamped with the teal and fuchsia reactivated the ink that was on the stamp and now produced a muted version of those colors. I actually liked the subtle variation so I went with it. I stamped two each of the smaller flowers around the edges.

Next I added the small circle stamp and a ladybug to the card front.

Once the clear panel was done, I set it aside for a little bit to finish drying in a few places. It dries pretty quickly and you can speed that up by using a heat tool as well.

For the back of my card, I cut a panel of black cardstock that was 4 ½ x 5 ½ and scored it at ¼ on the long edge. This would give me a small border to fold over and glue my clear panel to it.

Next, I cut a piece of the Dare 2B Artzy Doodle Paper in Wild Orchid down to 4 1/8 x 5 1/8 and glued it down to the inside back of my card to create my pretty purple background which would be seen through the card.

Finally, I cut two scalloped ovals in two sizes. The larger one in black and the smaller in white. I stamped the hello sentiment from the Doodle Flower stamp set with some Versamark and heat embossed it with some metallic purple embossing powder. I adhered the two ovals together with some dimensional foam. Using the blank space of my card front to center the ovals, I glued them in place to my background.

To add a bit of dimension, I added 3 white enamel dots to my card front.

After a bit of trial and error, I ended up with a lovely card. I just love the look of the clear front. Although I didn’t leave much room for a message inside my card, I could add a panel of white to the back for a longer message or I could have used a different layout on the inside that might have given me more room for a message.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card. I really enjoyed trying something new and experimenting along the way. This simple but beautiful card will make someone’s day.

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Thanks for stopping by. Make sure you check out all of the awesome new stamps and dies in the What’s New Section of the Dare 2B Artzy store. It’s a great time to start planning those holiday cards!

Hope you have a crafty day!



Playing with Aliens

Hi All,

I’m just popping in to share a quick card that I made for my hubby a couple of weeks ago.

I stumbled upon Gerda Steiner Designs by accident as I was browsing through Instagram one day. I’d seen a card that someone had made using one of her adorable stamp sets. I immediately went to the link to her blog & store in her profile. I fell in love with all of the adorable, quirky stamp sets. I’d ordered one set and then decided on a couple more sets at a later date. They’re so much fun.

The card I’m sharing today uses the Alien Invasion set which features 3 cute little aliens, an earth, a moon, a spaceship, some stars, two different smiles to put on the aliens faces and a banner and several sentiments. There’s 14 total stamps in the set. They’re too stinkin’ cute! (EEEKKK -Unfortunately it’s currently sold out – but if you’re in love with it – keep checking back as I’m sure it will be in stock again soon).


I’d set out to make a card to cheer up my husband who’s been a bit down after a rough couple of weeks. He lost his job a week ago Thursday. Of course losing a job is always difficult, but it’s not the end of the world and I know he’ll find something again soon. Bigger and better as I always say. When one door closes, another one opens and it usually brings about better opportunities – at least that’s what we’re hoping for!

To create my card, first I stamped the waving alien and then I stamped a big cheezy grin on his face (BTW – love that ou can stamp different smiles with this set) and colored him in shades of purple with my Copic markers. I also gave him an orange nose. Once finished I fussy cut him and set him aside.

Next I stamped little alien with the goofy ears. I new he was going to be flying the spaceship so I stamped him first and then stamped him again onto a peice of Post-it note to create a mask. I fussy cut him out of the Post-it note and carefully placed it over my original stamped image to mask it in order for me to stamp the spaceship around him to give the appearance that he’s piloting it. I did have one minor mistake in doing this, as my mask didn’t cover everything since I missed covering one of his arms, but I was able to fix it and it’s not horribly noticible.

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I colored the spaceship and the alien with my Copics and fussy cut them out.I added a little bit of Spectrum Noir black sparkle pens to my spaceship also.

Finally I stamped the earth and colored and cut it out as well.

I’d wanted to create a starry background, but I was pressed for time and didn’t have a die that would work well enough to make it appear like it was in space. I ended up digging through some really, really old paper I’d stashed away. I’ve had this paper forever (I don’t even remember where I bought it) and there are several different designs that came in the package. All of it is made of linen fibers and has been foiled and in some cases stitched throughout. For this card, I selected a peice that had silver and gold tinsel flakes in it. It really gives off a lot of sparkle and worked perfectly for my card to give the appears of stars twinkling in the backdrop. I guess this is why I’m a paper hoarder – you never know when you’re going to need something for a project.

I die cut my background with a stitched rectangle. Next I used a stitched circle die and cut a peice of grey cardstock. Once cut, I used my paper trimmer to cut the circle into a quarter.I stamped the sentiment “you’re one of my favorite Earthlings” with some versamark and used some black embossing powder to heat embossi it.  I adhered it to the lower corner of my background and then trimmed off the excess with my scissors.

Finally I was able to  add my aliens and earth to the background using some dimensional foam tape.

The background was added to a peice of purple cardstock that I die cut with my Die-Namics Blueprints #24.

I added 3 little glittery gold stars to give it some more dimension and some more Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens in various places to add more sparkle.

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This cut stamp set turned into a cute card in just a short amount of time. I love it and I was able to cheer my hubby up a bit. I know everything’s going to be OK and we’ll be that much better for this experience.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a crafty day!


Dare 2B Artzy Relaxation Blog Hop

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

Yup, you read that right!

D2BA recently released 17 new stamp sets and 6 Dies!

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We are so excited to share some fun projects with you, using some of the new stamps!!

Which is why we decided to have a blog hop!

Our theme:


You should have arrived here from Kendra‘s blog!  If you haven’t and would like to hop along with us, please go back to the Dare 2B Arty 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!!

Blog Hop will end Sunday evening at 7:00pm Central.  We will then post a winner!!


This is such a fun HOP we’re having with the Relaxation theme.  So sit back, RELAX and have a nice tall glass of iced tea! Hope you enjoy what I have to share today.

I decided to do something a bit different for the hop. I pulled out my Kuretake Zig Clean Color brush pens and did some watercoloring with the fun Flip Flops stamp set. I’m really loving all the cute images with this set and the sentiments are awesome and can really be used in a multitude of ways.

To start this card, I used a peice of watercolor paper that was approximately 4 1/2 by 6 inches. I pulled out 3 small acrylic stamp blocks so I’d have one for each of the flip flops, lemon round and glass with the straw. I started off by stamping the flip flops with some Versamark and sprinkled them with some white embossing powder and heat set them. I ended up with about 3 of the flip flops on my cardstock. Next, I did the same with the glass and the little lemon round making sure to get a pretty even spacing and distribution of images on my watercolor paper.

 I used some blue painters tape and masked around all four edges of my cardstock. I intentionally masked off about 1/4 inch of the stamped/embossed images on my paper which would create a border. Note, I did put the painters tape against my shirt to sort of reduce the amount of stickyness prior to applying it to my watercolor paper to avoid possible paper tears when removing it.

Finally, it was time to watercolor. For this, I used the Zig brush tip and carefully brushed around the inner edges of each image. Since these are watercolor brush markers,  you don’t color the whole image in as you would with an alcohol marker or pencil, you just need color along the edge an then you add water. Rather than using a regular water color brush to add water, I did just use an aqua brush to move my color around. The heat embossing helps to keep the watercolor inside the images so you don’t get much bleeding. On some images I went over them a couple of times, allowing the paper to dry in between. This allowed me to build a more vibrant color, although most of the Zig colors are pretty vibrant to begin with. For any areas that I had too much water or color, I simply blotted it carefully with a paper towel. Once my images were colored, I added a bit of a neutral brown color with another Zig brush to give it a bit more depth and also mimic some shadows. I added a touch of water to that as well to move the color some across the background.

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Once everything was dry I was able to remove the painters tape carefully to reveal the white embossed border. My original plan was to actually paint the border as well, but I decided I like the white contrast against the soft watercolored stamped images. I cut my finished panel down to 5 inches x 3 3/4 inches and then added to some complimentary colored cardstock.

For the sentiment, I stamped it with some Versamark and heat embossed with some orange embossing powder. Next, I die cut it with a small flag die and added a little brass starfish to it.

I don’t consider myself a watercolorist (yet) because it’s a new medium for me, but I love to play and try new things (much of which never get’s shared). However, I have to say that making this card was so relaxing due to the watercoloring. It’s so much more carefree than the precision required with other mediums and it creates this softness with the images that I just love.

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Good luck to everyone on the hop! It would be fabulous to win one of the awesome new release stamp sets from Dare 2B Artzy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Your next stop in the hop is Chris blog!

We hope you are inspired all along the way!

Check out all D2BA’s products here!

Happy Hopping!



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Cindy – Dare 2B Artzy