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Today's major activity was taking a wonderful book class at The Urban Scrapbooker in Edmonds, WA. It's on Edmonds Way as you make your way to the Anacortes Ferry. Donna was the instructor, and she teaches several classes at The Urban Scrapbooker, especially Graphic 45 book classes. Today's book featured their new papers from the Voyage Under the Sea collection. When I have more of my book together, I'll post pics.

I've been wanting to send a condolence card to a friend who is as heartbroken as I and many other people are over the recent and unexpected loss of a dear friend. A "sympathy" card wouldn't be the most appropriate; I decided to offer a card that was low-key in its appearance.

Magenta Style, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Watercolor Technique, MISTI Stamp Positioner, IMAGINE Crafts' VersaMark by Tsukineko, IMAGINE Crafts' VersaFine Ink by Tsukineko, Midori Ribbon, Ranger Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock, Conqueror Cover Card Stock

I stamped the image on watercolor card stock w/VersaMark and embossed w/silver embossing powder. I used only 2 colors of Distress Ink to mix with water and color in the petals and leaves. The sentiment was stamped using my MISTI stamp positioner.

The stamped panel was cut down and adhered, off-center, to a panel of textured paper. The panel was adhered to the base A2 card. Two small ribbon pieces were tied together and adhered with glue dots.

Magenta Stamps:

  • Flower Bough 14.646.M

  • What a Wonderful World 07.955.G

Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Hickory Smoke & Shabby Shutters

IMAGINE Crafts' VersaMark ink and VersaFine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko

Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock 118# in white (stamped panel)

Textured scrapbook paper (source unknown) - base panel

Conqueror 118# Cover Card Stock in Diamond White (A2 base card)

Midori Satin Ribbon "Butterflies" IS01041

Glue dots (to adhere ribbon)

MISTI stamp positioner

Silver Black Velvet watercolor brush

On Magenta's blog today, Marietta van Leeuwen has posted a beautiful and colorful card using Magenta's Nuance watercolors. She has used one of my all-time favorite stamps from Magenta.

Magenta Style, Nuance Watercolor Powder, Mariette van Leeuwen

Click on this link to Marietta's post on the Magenta blog:

Penny Ward answered two design challenges with one card . . . a color combination and a layout. As she commented, these are not colors that would ordinarily pop into her mind to use together, but the end result was something she liked.

Penny Ward

Click on this link to Penny's blog:

Did you know that with all of the Distress Inks we're using for watercoloring techniques, Els with Elizabeth Craft Designs has recommended that you do your own watercolor chart that can be downloaded from the Ranger website at this link:

After printing it off, color in the appropriate boxes with a wet watercolor brush with the colors that are in your personal stash. After, laminate the sheet; or, place a double-sided adhesive sheet over the chart and affix a sheet of clear acetate on top. When next using your Distress Inks for watercoloring, use this sheet as your palette in the appropriate color spot. Clever, eh? Here's the link to El's project sheet where she gives directions for the Distress Ink Chart:

I love this "string" background stamp from Hero Arts. Check out this posting on the Hero Arts' blog to see a couple of the possibilities.

Hero Arts, Sally Traidman

Click on this link for the posting:

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