Watercolored Three-Tier Gift Box

This watercolored gift box set uses just one Spectrum Aqua Marker. An easy to make project that is sure to impress!

How to watercolor the box lids

First, trim two sheets of 8 1/2” x 11” Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock as shown in picture.

Then apply anti-static powder to each panel, if desired. On the three lid panels, use VersaMark ink to stamp flowers. Heat emboss with white embossing powder. On the left-over scrap panels, stamp and heat emboss more flowers. These extra flowers will be used to embellish the boxes.

Next, to watercolor the box lids, color Kingfisher Aqua marker randomly around the flowers.

After that apply a wet watercolor brush to an uncolored area, and then work the brush into the ink color. The ink will begin to flow into the wet areas, and you can continue to brush the color around as desired. The goal is to create a watercolor background around all the flowers.

How to watercolor the flowers

First, color the flower centers, and then blend out with watercolor brush.

Next color the flower embellishments with the Kingfisher Aqua marker in the areas you want darkest.

Then apply a wet watercolor brush to uncolored area, working the brush up to the ink. The ink will flow into the wet area and create beautiful watercolor flower petals.

Finally, set aside the panels to completely dry. Once dry, trim out all the flowers from the scrap panels and add a pearl to the centers. These will be used to decorate the boxes.

How to make the lids using The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Board.

First place the lid panel onto The Boxer Board with one edge butted up against the “Box Lid” sidebar. Score at the 1″ line. Repeat this on all edges of all three panels.

Next cut a small v-shaped notch in each of the corners, where the scored lines intersect. The first cut should be along one of the scored lined, and the diagonal line should be cut from the excess corner piece. Fold and crease along each of the scored lines and adhere the corner tabs to form the lids.

How to make the box bottoms using The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Board.

Start by creating the bottoms using three panels of white cardstock (measurements below). This time butt them up against the “Box Bottom” sidebar to score the lines. Cut corner notches, crease, and adhere the same way as the box lids.

Box bottom cutting and scoring measurements:

  • Large box bottom – 11 1/2” x 11 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/2” Box Bottom score line.
  • Medium box bottom – 9 1/2” x9 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/2” Box Bottom score line.
  • Small box bottom – 7 1/2” X 7 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/4” Box Bottom score line. (Note: The side tabs may need trimmed off a bit on this box bottom before adhering.)

 

Finally, assemble the boxes by stacking on top of each other, adhering together if desired.

Tie ribbon around the stack and embellish with cut out flowers.

 

Tutorial Credit: Lori Barnett

Supplies used for this project:

  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
  • Spectrum Aqua Marker – Kingfisher
  • Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass Groovin’ 60’s Collection – Bloomin’ Sixties EZMount Rubber Stamps
  • The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Score Board
  • Watercolor Brush
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Embossing Gun
  • 12” x 12” White Cardstock
  • White Pearl Stickers
  • White Ribbon
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Adhesive

Layered Backgrounds using Spectrum Aqua Markers

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Spectrum Aqua markers are the perfect medium for creating stunning layered background papers for your papercrafting projects.

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Begin by scribbling various colors of Spectrum Aqua markers on a large acrylic block.

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Spritz water over the acrylic block. Take a piece of high gloss cardstock, lay shiny side down on top of the acrylic block, carefully lift paper, dragging slightly to pickup of some of the color across the page.

Lay paper flat, color side up, until dry.

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There will still be color left on the block, and it will yield much prettier results than it looks like it would!

Spritz the block again, repeat the process with a new piece of high gloss cardstock, this time dragging a little bit more across the block to pick up more color.

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You will probably be able to repeat the process one more time, achieving three different backgrounds ready for some stamping.

My first laydown of paper is on the left, the second one in the middle, and the last one on the right.

You will notice how they get progressively lighter, as there is less color left on the block each time.

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Begin with the first colored background. This will be the most vibrant colored background.

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Ink up a pattern stamp using Spectrum Aqua marker Crimson. Spritz water over the entire stamp, then stamp onto the background paper.

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Choose a second pattern stamp (chose a floral stamp for this one) and stamp over background using Staz-On Jet Black ink.

Trim down, and this first background is finished and ready for a project.

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Choose a background pattern stamp for the second background paper. I have chosen a script one that gives pretty full coverage across the paper. Color the stamp with Spectrum Aqua Sepia.

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Stamp the pattern (script) stamp over the second background paper. Do not clean the stamp yet.

Next, a tree background stamp was stamped on top using Staz-On Jet Black ink. This second background paper is finished and ready for a project.

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Before cleaning the pattern stamp (script) from the previous step, spritz the stamp with water and stamp over the third background paper.

Since this paper is already lighter in tone, the lighter coverage of remaining Spectrum Aqua Sepia on the pattern stamp pairs with it quite well.

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Ink up a pattern stamp to top off this third background using Staz-On Jet Black ink. Here, I have inked up some areas darker than others to give a vintage effect.

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Stamp over the third background paper, trim down, and this one is complete and ready for a project.

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It is so quick and easy to create custom backgrounds using your Spectrum Aqua markers. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and would love for you to share with us your custom backgrounds you create using it!

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Project Details:

Spectrum Aqua markers: Navy, Bud Green, Gold, Crimson, Sepia
Spectrum Noir High Gloss cardstock
Crafter’s Companion UltraClear 5″x7″ Acrylic Block
Small water spritzer bottle
Staz-On Black ink
Stamps used:
Honeycomb and Script Bkgd stamps from Justrite Papercraft
Tree Branches and Vine with Flowers Bkgd stamps from Seaside Stampin’ Ink

Tutorial Credit: Jodi Clark

Watercolor Layering Stamps

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This tutorial will show you how to use Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers with a set of layering stamps.

Layering stamp sets are super popular these days. The images are stamped progressively, creating a dimensional layered look. The results are stunning!

You will be amazed at how quick and easy it is to build color and detail. And by stamping on watercolor cardstock, the images will have added dimension from the texture of the paper.

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CLEAR STAMP TIPS:  Before using new clear stamps for the first time, ink the stamps and stamp each image a few times on a piece of scratch paper. This “primes” the stamp.

Various types of ink react differently. Sometimes ink will “bead up” on the clear stamp surface. By priming the stamp, the inks will usually grab on to the stamps surface better.

You do not need to prime the stamps before each use, just once when they are new. Staining is normal with clear stamps. Some inks/colors stain more than others.

Thoroughly clean the stamps after priming, before starting your project, and after each use.

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1. Working with the brush nib, color the first bird stamp with the Topaz Spectrum Aqua marker. Do this by holding the marker parallel to the stamp, placing the widest part of the brush nib down on the stamps surface.

Using a Mini Mister or other water mist botte, lightly spritz the stamp with water. One spritz should work.

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2. Stamp the image on a watercolor cardstock panel.

STAMPING TIPS: When stamping the images, hold and lightly press the stamp down onto the paper for several seconds. This will allow the ink plenty of time to soak into the watercolor paper.

Be sure to press around the block to get all the areas of the image stamped. The more water that is spritz on the stamp, the more chances of having ink puddles when lifting the block.

Simply dab the area with the corner of a clean paper towel to lift the excess ink off the paper. Alternatively, you can just leave the puddles to soak in. It really is personal preference.

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3. Color the second bird stamp with the Gold marker. Spritz and stamp on top of first image.

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4. Color the third bird stamp with the Marigold marker. Spritz and stamp.

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5. Color the eye and beak stamp with the Charcoal marker. Spritz and stamp.

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6. Color the feet stamp with the Boulder marker. Spritz and stamp.

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7. Color the branch stamp with the Chocolate marker. Spritz and stamp.

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8. Color the first leaf stamp with the Olive marker. Spritz and stamp.

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9. Color the second leaf stamp with the Leaf Green marker. Spritz and stamp.

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10. Repeat the process to stamp two additional leaves.

That’s all there is to it! After inks have dried completely, trim or die-cut the panel as desired.

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Experiment with different Spectrum Aqua Marker colors! You could also try double stamping portions of the image. Simply stamp the same layer again with the same color, or with another color. Just make sure to clean off  the stamps before coloring more marker ink on them.  The colors you can create with layering are endless.

Here are more color combinations to give a try. Which is your favorite?

Golden Bird (tutorial colors)

  • Bird – Topaz, Gold, Marigold
  • Eye/Beak – Charcoal
  • Feet – Boulder

Blue Bird

  • Bird – Aquamarine, Teal, Navy
  • Eye/Beak – Black
  • Feet – Charcoal

Pink Bird

  • Bird – Blossom, Rose Pink, Scarlet
  • Eye/Beak – Boulder
  • Feet – Boulder

Purple Bird

  • Bird – Purple, Wildflower, Orchid
  • Eye/Beak – Black
  • Feet – Charcoal

 

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Have fun creating your own masterpiece! Don’t forget to share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir tag) – we’d love to see your coloring projects!

Supplies used for this tutorial and card project:

  • Spectrum Aqua Markers
  • Hero Arts Bird Layering Stamp Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Watercolor Cardstock
  • Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock
  • Misc Colored Cardstocks
  • Mini Mister or spritz bottle for water
  • Linen Background Stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders Die
  • Frayed Burlap Distress Ink Pad
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • Heat Embossing Tool
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Dimensional Foam Tape
  • Adhesive

 

Tutorial Credit: Lori Barnett

Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist

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‘Emboss Resist’ is a very popular technique with card makers. There are many different ways of using this technique to get fantastic designs. This tutorial takes the basic emboss resist technique one step further.

With just two Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers, along with a few other supplies, you will be amazed at the added depth that is achieved without adding layers of bulk. Once you try this fun and easy “Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist” technique, you are sure to do it again and again.

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Trim a Piece of watercolor cardstock to 3″ x 5 1/2″ (or desired size).

Secure the panel to a hard board with low-tack tape, overlapping the tape on the edges of the cardstock about 1/8″.

This leaves a nice white border around the panel. Taping watercolor cardstock to a hard board also helps to reduce warping while the panel dries.

Use an anti-static pouch to treat the watercolor cardstock before stamping. This is an important step when doing the emboss resist technique, as it helps prevent stray embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it.

Stamp sentiment image, using VersaMark ink. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool.

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Scribble Aquamarine Aqua marker ink on an acrylic block.

Dip a wide watercolor brush into clean water and pick up some ink from the block.

Paint the ink on the watercolor panel, adding more ink and water as needed. Set aside to dry.

NOTE: It’s best not to dry the panel with a heat embossing tool. The embossed image will re-melt when heated, and any ink that might be on top will permanently set into the embossed image.

However, if you don’t want to wait for the panel to air dry, use a baby wipe or paper towel to carefully wipe off any ink on the embossed image, and then dry with with a heat embossing tool.

Be careful not to overheat the embossed image, as it may scorch or melt down into the cardstock.

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Once the panel is dry, treat it again with the anti-static pouch.

Stamp flower images, using VersaMark ink. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder.

Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool.

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Scribble Navy Aqua marker ink on an acrylic block.

Brush a wash of clean water over the panel with wide watercolor brush.

This pre-wets the cardstock so when the navy ink is painted on, it flows easily.

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Pick up some of the navy ink from the block, and then begin painting and dabbing it onto the panel, picking up more ink as needed.

If there is excess ink in an area, or it puddles next to the tape, simply dab the area with the corner of a clean paper towel to lift the excess ink off the paper.

Set aside to dry.

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After panel is completely dry, use a baby wipe (or slightly damp paper towel) to gently wipe away any ink that remains on the embossed images.

Carefully remove the tape from the from the panel.

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The flower images will have the Aquamarine color under them, and the sentiment will be white.

This beautiful “Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist” panel is now ready to be used on a greeting card.

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I hope you will give this technique a try! Share a card or other project you make using this tutorial with us on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram (#spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua) or on Twitter (@SpectrumNoir)! We’re also on Pinterest so tag us there as well for a chance to get re-pinned to our Colorist Creations board! Please feel free to leave your comments below, we very much appreciate reading them.
Supplies used to make project:

  • Spectrum Aqua Markers – Aquamarine and Navy
  • Crafter’s Companion Watercolor Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things – Chalkboard Greetings Stamp Set
  • A Muse Studio – Mini Blooms Stamp Set
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Wide Watercolor Paintbrush
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • Heat Embossing Tool
  • Hard Board
  • Low-tack tape
  • Clear Stamping Block
  • Baby Wipe or Paper Towel
  • Misc Cardstocks
  • Washi Tape
  • Blue Rhinestone Stickers
  • White button
  • Misc Ribbons & Twine
  • Dimensional Foam Tape
  • Adhesive

Tutorial credit: Lori Barnett

Video: Easy Christmas Landscapes with Spectrum Aqua

Christmas Landscapes made easy

In this tutorial the Spectrum Aqua markers are used to make light weight of those ‘must do’ Christmas makes.

The image created is the front page to a Christmas Gift Card Wallet to hold all those store gift cards for the hard to buy for members of the family. Watch the video below to see how it’s made:

There will be a follow up tutorial at a later date to show the dimensions of and how to make the Gift Card Wallet itself using your Spectrum Aqua artwork.

Materials used:
Spectrum Noir, Spectrum Aqua markers in Navy & Aquamarine (from the Primary set)
Crafter’s Companion 300gsm Watercolor card
Crafter’s Companion Stick and Spray
Crafter’s Companion Stick Away
Pebeo Drawing gum and old paintbrush or toothbrush (old, not to be used as a toothbrush again!)
Wide flat end paint brush
Hill mask made from acetate, doeflex or acetate packaging (just cut a wavy line across acetate or an alternative to give you a mask for the snowy hills)
Paper towels (so you can keep the paintbrush clean and take any excess color removed with the brush)

Share a card or other project you make using this tutorial with us on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram (#spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua) or on Twitter (@SpectrumNoir)! We’re also on Pinterest so tag us there as well for a chance to get re-pinned to our Colorist Creations board!

Sandie Gough lives in the UK with her husband and 8 children. She over 15 years craft experience, teaching, demoing, facilitating/designing art therapy sessions and you can find out more at http://fairytaledaydream.blogspot.co.uk/

Stamped Watercolor Backdrops

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Watercolor techniques are some of the hottest coloring and stamping trends with paper crafters right now. This tutorial shows how to easily create a watercolor backdrop by coloring Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers directly on a single image, then stamping it on watercolor paper.

There is no mess with paint brushes or cups of water. Each stamped watercolor backdrop will be unique, just as if it was painted with a brush.

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All the card samples in this tutorial use the same stamp.

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To help the watercolor panel stay flat while drying, tape it down with low-tack tape to a hard board.

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Using a misting bottle, generously spritz water on the entire watercolor cardstock panel.

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The Spectrum Aqua Markers used for this card are from the Primary Set. Working with the brush nibs, color the bottom portion of the stamp with Aquamarine, the middle with Teal, and the top with Navy.

Tip: If any marker color transfers to another marker nib, simple scribble it off on a piece of scratch paper.

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Press the inked up stamp down onto the wet watercolor cardstock panel. Let it sit there for a minute or two so the ink has a chance to soak in.

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Lift off the stamping block. If the ink didn’t move and blend as much as you like, mist a bit more water onto the cardstock panel. Set panel aside to dry completely or dry with heat tool.

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Once the watercolor panel is completely dry, rub with ant-static powder. This helps to prevent embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it. Stamp sentiment with Versamark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. All the sentiments used for these cards are from My Favorite Things True Friends stamp set.

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Follow the same process to make different colored watercolor backdrops. Make sure to clean any marker ink left on the stamp before using other colors.

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The markers used for this card are from the Floral Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is colored with Wildflower, the middle with Heather, and the top with Orchid.

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The markers used for this card are also from the Floral Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is colored with Blossom, the middle with Rose Pink, and the top with Begonia.

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The markers used for this card are from the Floral Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is colored with Sunflower, the middle with Meadow, and the top with Bud Green.

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For this last sample, the stamp is turned vertical to create a taller backdrop image. The markers used for this card are from the Nature Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is colored with Topaz, the middle with Amber, and the top with Sunset.

Creating the perfect watercolor background can sometimes be a challenge. Using backdrop stamps with Spectrum Aqua Markers gives fabulous results. Give these color combos a try, or create  some of your own.

Supplies used to make projects:

  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers – Nature, Floral, Primary
  • Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
  • Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock
  • Misc. Colored Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things – DC Watercolor Backdrops Set and True Friends Set
  • My Favorite Things – True Friends Stamp Set
  • My Favorite Things – Diagonal Stripes BG Stamp
  • Stitched Edge Dies
  • Sequins
  • Twine
  • Spritz bottle for water
  • Anti Static Pouch
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • Delicata Golden Glitz Ink Pad
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Embossing Tool
  • Die-cutting Machine
  • Hard board
  • Low-tack tape

Tutorial credit: Lori Barnett

Stamping with Spectrum Aqua Markers

Here is an easy way to color Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers directly on a stamp, then stamp the colored image onto paper. This technique is simple, yet stunning!

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Spectrum Aqua markers used for this project: Spice, Moss (Essentials Set)

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Working with the brush nib, color the flowers on the stamp with Spice marker. Do this by holding the marker parallel to the rubber stamp, placing the widest part of the brush nib down on the rubber.

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Color the flower stems and leaves with the Moss marker.

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Re-moisten the marker ink on the rubber stamp with a light spritz of water, using a Mini Mister or other water mist bottle.

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Stamp the image on cardstock panel. (Watercolor paper was used for this sample.)

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**Optional** If desired, make a couple more stamped panels by spritzing the rubber stamp again, and stamping on another cardstock panel. Each time this is done, the stamped image will get lighter.

As you can see, I was able to stamp two more images without coloring any additional marker ink on the stamp. All the images turned out beautifully! (Smooth white cardstock was used for the two sample above.)

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After marker ink dries, embellish as desired and finish the card.

For this project, the flowers and leaves have Frosted Lace Stickles added over them. Since Stickles is a wet glitter glue, the marker ink reacts – adding a bit of shading.

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Supplies used to make this projet:

  • Spectrum Aqua Markers – Essentials Set
  • Stampendous Ranunculus Field Stamp
  • Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Family & Friends Stamp Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Bebunni Floral Cottage Lace Die
  • Strathmore Cold Press 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
  • Kraft, White and Colored Cardstocks
  • Mini Mister
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Frosted Lace Stickles
  • Die-Cutting/Embossing Machine
  • Embossing Heat Tool
  • Twine
  • Hole Puncher
  • Clear Sequin
  • Sanding Block
  • Foam Adhesive
  • Adhesive Tape

Tutorial credit: Lori Barnett