Watercolor Sky for Card Backgrounds

Hey y'all,

It's so lovely you stopped by because I've been away for a bit.  The end of school with all the paper work, field trips, and making memories doesn't leave much time left for crafting, but it's summer now--beautiful summer with it's gift of time.

I figured out a way to make a simple watercolor sky for card backgrounds.  I'm just learning to watercolor and experts may sigh at my method, but it's easy and works for me every time.  Here's a quick video:






Taping watercolor paper to an old cutting board with plain old painter's tape is the first step.  Then grab a wide, flat watercolor brush and paint water on the front until it is completely wet. 



Load up your brush with blue watercolor.  I used Winsor and Newton Cerulean.  Go back and forth across your watercolor paper keeping your brush full of paint.  I also use gravity to help out by putting something under the top end.  

Take a Kleenax and wad it up.  Press down on the watercolor lifting up paint and move it a bit until it is cloud like.  I used Payne's Gray by Winsor and Newton to add some shadow, but I've had some luck with a darker shade of blue and purple, too.  

For more constrast I watered down some Liquidtex Gesso and dabbed that on the clouds, too.

When all was dry I stamped my Bitty Balloon Stamp on the corner using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I used Caran D'ache colored pencils to color in the balloon stamp.  (My husband bought them on our honeymoon and I've sort of confiscated them.)  I used white first to make the colors on top brighter.  I finishe the card with a sentiment from Paper Smooches called Scripty Sayings. 
This next card features an adorable paper airplane from my Love Letters Stamp Set.


Making a watercolor sky is easy peasy!  I challenge you to try it.  I'd sure love to see what you make.  You can do it!

Blessings,

Carolyn

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Pink Bunkadoo Products Used:

Kraft Paper Mother's Day Card

Hi y'all,

My mother is wonderful.  She is so accepting, wise, and surprisingly funny.  Spending time with her is sweet, and fortunately she lives near me so we see each other often.  And since Mother's Day is fast approaching I had to make her a special card.  Making a card has been on the back burner while I settled on the direction I wanted to go.  And then I saw the Paper Artsy Kraft paper challenge and found my inspiration in Wanda Hentges card.  To check that out click here.
For my mom

I created a process video for you .  Please click!




I pulled a sheet of Tim Holtz' Glassine paper from the pad and trimmed it to 4 x 5 1/4. I wadded it up creating lovely wrinkles.  (How often do you here that?  I sure don't want people telling me that!) Then I smoothed it out and put it aside.   I cut a piece of Neenah Kraft paper slightly smaller than that and tore off one edge.  Using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Tim Holtz's Curiousities stamps, I created a background.

My Doodle Blossoms stamp set was begging to come out and play so I gave them a third of the background because they deserve it! Then I colored them with a white colored pencil because dang it looks good when you use white on kraft!

kraft paper + white colored  pencils = smooch

I always have tons of mono prints because I love my gelli plate.  These prints are great to add Wow to any project. I chose apink and orange mono print  for the butterfly.  Using Stampendous' Butterfly and Die Cut set, I had a cool butterfly in a  jiffy.

 I stuck it to the background with foam tape.  I found the phrase "Learning To Fly" in Tim Holtz' clipping stickers and realized that's just what my momma did.  She taught me to fly.  After sticking it onto the card, I outlined the sticker in a fine black line.  Gel Medium paste would guarantee that everything would stick to my card so I used it for insurance.

Now I have time to think about what I want to say inside, because she'll like that best.

Remember to hug your momma when you get a chance!


Warmly,

Carolyn

P.S. To my anonymous friend(s), I've not figured out how to respond to you without an email address so here you go.  I've asked a few friends and they don't have trouble with the pictures downloading.  Blogger is easy to use and is full of widgets.  Thanks for your kind words.

Materials:  Materials either come from my small Etsy shop Pink Bunkadoo or Amazon because I live in the sticks.  Amazon uses affiliate links which are no cost for you and so far no earnings for me.

Doodle Blossoms Stamp Set
Glassine Paper - I can't find a link for it.
Neenah Kraft Paper
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Tim Holtz Curiousities Stamp Set
Clipping Stickers
foam tape
gel medium
Mod Podge brush
Stampendous Butterfly and Die set




Free Domestic Shipping This Weekend!

Hey y'all,

It felt like it was time for a sale.  I really love free shipping myself, so I'm offering free shipping on my individual stamps.  Some of my very favorite are in this collection like the Tiny Tree Ring and Flexible Arrow.  Here's a peek at a few in action.
Hello stamp

Bitty Balloon Stamp

Vintage Geranium stamp

To get a jump on the sale click here.


Happy shopping,

Carolyn

5 Fabulous Ways to Use Mono prints

Hey y'all,

Birgit Koopsen has had this amazing 31 day gel plate challenge over at Instagram.  To check out her out of the box skills on Instagram she is @birgit_koopsen and if you'd like to peek at mine search for @pinkbunkadoo.  After this challenge I have an unruly pile of monoprints on the corner of my desk that absolutely would be a waste not to use.  Thus this post was born.

Use Number 1--gift wrapping

  I have a 12 x 14 plate that is perfect for deli paper, and deli paper is perfect for gift wrap.  Deli paper is quite thin and easier to fold, but a smidge more sturdy than tissue paper.  Wow your recipient with one of a kind gift wrap.
one of a kind wrap
Use Number 2 -- display your original art

Dina Wakely recently shared a photo of some of her art hanging in the guest room of her house.  She said we should live with our art.  Look through your mono prints and choose a favorite or two to display.
My tablet wallpaper
My sweet Joe's phone wallpaper
If you're not ready to display, snap a photo.  Mono prints are striking wallpapers for phones, tablets and computers.














This print will be in my Etsy store Pink Bunkadoo soon.


Use Number 3 --make elements for future projects.

Feathers for future projects
Cut those gel prints with punches and scissors and die cuts and you have your self some wow elements for future paper crafting.  Some always useful shapes are hearts, strips, boxes, and then your favorite that calls to you.  I'm super fond of hearts and leaves.  Butterflies from mono prints would be amazing.  I'm going to try that!


Use Number 4 --Really Speeding Card Making

Find a beautiful print and cut it to the size you need.  I cut mine to 4 x 5 1/4 for the cards I made.  

Then find a detailed stamp--one that is mostly black when you stamp it.  For my cards I used my Vintage Geranium stamp.  It is perfection for a quick mono print card.  Stamp your stamp in black.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black.  Add a sentiment a voila! a really quick card.
Quick card making



just a touch of mono print
background print
Use Number 5 -- Add some mono print to your art journal or mixed media project. 

Your personally made mono print add so much more than regular patterned paper.  You don't even have to use a lot.
a touch of mono print
a lot of mono print












































































Thanks for popping in.  I hope you find new ways to use your monoprints or a renewed interest in looking at what you've made a different way.

Blessings,
Carolyn

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Pink Bunkadoo stamps and supplies:

Distress Oxide Ink Floral Background

Hi y'all,

It's crazy gorgeous here.  Everything is green and warm and alive--just in time for Easter.  I love this time of year with new life for all.  To celebrate I've got an easy floral Distress Oxide Ink background for all your Spring time cards.
Hello mini stamp
The technique is simple.  I pulled out a piece of watercolor paper and with the pad of Distress Broken China face down, I wiped ink all over the paper.  Using a baby wipe, I made sure I had full coverage of ink on the paper.  I added a few splatters and dried it for fun.

When it was all the way dry I stamped  with one of my Doodle Blossoms Stamps in Versa Mark ink and embossed it with Ranger White Embossing Powder.  For this technique you need an open stamp, because then you "paint" it with water and lift up some of the color.  I let the water dry, and then I colored the flowers with a Pitt Big Brush white marker.  

After everything was dry, I watercolored Distress Oxide Ink inside some of the flowers.  Here's a process video with all the juicy details.

All that was left to do was to turn them into cards. My Calligraphy Hello Stamp was the perfect happy finish to this card.

 Here is another card with a completely different color palette. It uses a different stamp from my Doodle Blossoms Stamp set.  Notice that it's an open flower, too.  The sentiment is from my Blessings Stamp set.  

Here are a few pieces of leftovers that I turned into cards as well.
using leftover pieces
This gives you such a wow background, I hope you try it and use those Doodles Blossom Stamp Sets.  They rock this technique.

Blessings,

Carolyn

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Materials from Pink Bunkadoo:

A Clean Spring Art Journal Page

Hi y'all,

Spring is so beautiful here in the Hill Country of Texas and so full of tree pollen--Achoo!  I decided to celebrate spring indoors with my really great air filter running.  For a special surprise I've chosen to try voice over on my process video while I have such bad allergies.  It kind of helped my not worry so much about perfection.
Clean Spring Journal
I'm a member off the amazing Facebook group Dina Wakely Mixed Media Tribe.  The members are encouraging and positive and I really enjoy them.  Every month Dina offers a prompt if you wish to play.  The prompt this month is square.  I do love a geometric page especially if I can use scraps from my scrap boxes.  Here are a few other geometric journal pages.

Here's my process video:

Some of my scraps used include mono prints from Birgit Koopsen's gel plate challenge.  Click here for more info.

Joining a mixed media group or craft group is very encouraging.  I hope you try at least one of the two I've mentioned.  If you know of a great one, please share in the comments. Thanks!

Blessings,
Carolyn

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A full list of supplies are on the video.  Pink Bunkadoo supplies used:
Mandala Stamp
Paper Faith stickers