Jul 18, 2010

Seeds of Kindness Blog Hop!

Good evening!

Tonight several of my friends and fellow design team members are joining me in showcasing the Card Kit stamp set of this month called Seeds of Kindness.  I'm so excited to see what everyone has been working on for the hop tonight!  Lots of links are at the end of my blog post, so please be sure to click on each of them for more information about the card kit as well as more samples and ideas with this fun stamp set that comes with a free card kit if you purchase it before August 5th!

While designing my cards for this hop, I was thinking about what coloring medium I should use for the beautiful line art designs and thought I'd do some watercoloring as I haven't done that in quite some time.  So, I pulled out my distress ink pads, an aqua painter, and my craft sheet and got to work.  If you haven't tried watercoloring with distress inks - you really MUST try it. The inks blend so beautifully and the colors remain so vivid, it's really amazing. 

By the way, I stamped the images on both of these cards tonight with Versafine black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder on watercolor paper.   After I had finished watercoloring, I shaded around the focal image with more distress inks and a dauber to 'antique' the images a bit more.

Card Details
Stamps: Seeds of Kindness (GKD)
Ink: Versafine; Distress inks for watercoloring
Cardstock: Watercolor, GKD; DCWV white core
Other: Spellbinder nestability dies; ribbon; Tim Holtz embossing folder & sanding block; aqua painter; twine

My next card uses some October Afternoon patterned papers that I love.  I'm a big fan of their papers - I love how all the paper packs work together so well.  I have a basket that I keep all my scraps in so I can pull out coordinating papers when I'm designing my projects ... so, I'm not really sure what lines these papers are from - sorry!

My bow turned out a bit wonky - lol!  I forgot to straighten it out before I took this photo, so just pretend it's not upside down  *wink*

Card Details
Stamps: Seeds of Kindness (GKD)
Ink: Versafine black; Distress inks for watercoloring
Cardstock: GKD; October Afternoon dp; DCWV white core paper
Other: Spellbinder nestability dies; aqua painter; Cuttlebug embossing folder; sanding block; daubers; ribbon

For more details on the card kit that is included with the purchase of the Seeds of Kindness stamp set, please click here.  Then, to see even more samples with this versatile stamp set, visit these designer's blog links who are participating in the hop tonight:
Then, for even more inspiration be sure to check out the Idea Center for all the samples that everyone has shared in the StampTV gallery.  And, for all of your Copic lovers, check out the new Copic Coloring Crowd group Colleen Schaan started for us on StampTV!   It's a great place to chat with the 'experts' about those markers that so many of us are in love with!

Happy Hopping!


Bev Gerard said...

Whoa, Ms. Jessica!
Thank goodness we don't have to choose a favorite ... they're both cream of the crop! Love those rich colors and your inking process!


Giovana said...

Beautiful cards Jessica! Love both!

joy said...

Love the distressed embossed background and as always your pretty insides!

JaniceAileen said...

LOVE that color combo!!!! And I must get that embossing folder--so great!

Sankari W. said...

wowie wow Jess!!! GORGEOUS!!! I think you are a crafting genius to whip out so many amazing creations!!! Simply STUNNING!!!!
Sankari :))))

Becky said...

These are beautiful. love the embossing

Suzanne J Dean said...

Great cards Jess! Love the worn woodgrain on the first one & the newsprint on the 2nd--wonderful!


Cynthia said...

Love the color combo and watercoloring. Thanks for the inspiraton, Jessica!

Natalie said...

Wonderful technique!! Love the finished look, very nice! Thanks for sharing your steps in creating it.

craftieodmae said...

Your cards are beautiful, even if the bow is upside down LOL

Lee said...

An absolutely amazing set of cards that just showcase the kit fabulously!!!

Carla S. said...

Gorgeous cards, Jessica! I love how rich the colors look! Great coloring and layouts!

Sharri said...

Beautiful cards Jessica! I love the distressed backgrounds! Beautiful coloring! I need to try watercoloring with my distressed inks, if I remember how! lol!

stampqueen said...

Love the red,green and black color pattern and the embossing folders - they work great with both images.

Cheri said...

I loved your idea of the using the distressing inks as watercolor. I'm going to give that a try. Your cards are fantastic! The distressed embossed backgrounds are perfect for your watercoloring and these stamps. I love your color combo too. Both cards are great.

colleen said...

Jessica... you just blow me away every time I visit! I LOVE the way you used partial imprints of the image... what a creative idea! Love it... and beautiful coloring as always. Gorgeous!!!

Miesje said...

Incredibly beautiful! I love the colors!

Betty Neville said...

Your cards are beautiful Jess! Love your color combos and your coloring is gorgeous! Will have to try water coloring one day!

Brenda said...

Beautiful card Jessica! I love how you did the embossed distressed background. You always do such beautiful work.


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