Miss Ink Stamps

Bright Side card


Hello there, I have a new technique for you today, watercolor painting on black watercolor paper.  I love galaxy backgrounds and wanted to see if I could make one so that I could use the lovely sentiment in the In The Dark stamp set from Miss Ink Stamps.  I added my favorite stamp set from the collection the Alice stamp to create a comforting scene.

Recently, 100% recycled black watercolor paper came out (Hero Arts) and I tried to make a little time to try it out.  I tried distress oxide inks, gouache paint and pearl watercolors from Kuretake.  Unfortunately the distress oxide inks looked extremely faded, but the gouache paint and the pearl watercolors worked well!  Today I’m only sharing the gem watercolor panel I made.  I hope to do a video at some point for Miss Ink recreating this card.

I used the yellow, purple & blue gem colors with a lot of water onto dry watercolor paper; below is a perfect comparison of the before and after. In retrospect, I think that I should have a few more black spaces, but I know that now for next time!  I then spritzed the entire panel with more pearl powder in water (self made) and using my brush, blended all the edges of the colors together to create a seemless look.  I set the panel to the side to dry for a few hours and then splattered white acrylic paint onto it and then let it dry again before die cutting it with a rectangle stitched die (Lawn Fawn).


Next I stamped onto navy cardstock the sentiment from the In The Dark stamp set with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with Gina K white embossing powder. I die cut the sentiment with another rectangle stitched die that I had and adhered it onto the watercolor panel.  I chose to use the same color cardstock as the background panel of the card and adhered the watercolor panel onto it.

I die cut a dark green cardstock with the same stitched rectangle panel as I had used for the watercolor panel; this was then cut with a grass border that I had in my stash.  I stamped and fussy cut Alice and the cheshire cat from the Alice stamp set and then simply colored with in with copics (Y21, YR21, B63, B60 for Alice and R00 & V22 for the cat).

Thank you so much for stopping by- I wish you a crafty day!


Trinity Stamps

Flower Bookmark Coffee Mug Card


Welcome!  Today I’m showing a project that I made for Trinity Stamps new challenge- this month focuses on flowers.

To make the card:

  1. I die cut a mug card base and inner gift card panel with the Coffee Mug Card die out of Neenah 110lb solar white cardstock.  I then did a partial die cut of the front of the mug out of a piece of acetate and a piece of blue vellum.  I heat embossed the sentiment from the Folded Hug stamp set on top of the acetate- this is a special acetate from Lawn Fawn which is a heavy weight acetate that won’t warp when a heat gun is applied to it!  I adhered the sides of the inner panel only to the card base and the top 2 layers to the front with double-sided adhesive 1/8 inch tape.
  2. I used Ken Oliver watercolor paper (my new favorite) which is a heavy weight watercolor paper that can withstand quite a lot of moisture without warping (notice a trend here?).  I heat embossed the Love You Bunches stamp set image and then die cut it with the Love You Bunches die.  I also die cut a book mark from the Narrow Card and Bookmark Die with Envelope from Neenah 110lb cardstock that I will use later.
  3. I had recently gotten some new Ken Oliver dry watercolors (grape jelly, jellybean green, coral crush & razzle berry) and I was itching to use them! I love having sparkly elements on my cards, so I made first made a solution of water with Ranger Perfect Pearls (Biscotti has a faint golden sparkle) and then used this solution to reconstitute each watercolor on an acrylic block as shown below.  Using a paint brush I applied color to the embossed image.CBKmar11-3
  4. Once the image was dry, I adhered the bookmark to the back of the watercolored image as seen below.  I added some white gel pen markings to create some highlights on the flowers.CBKmar11-4
  5. The bookmark slides into the inner panel as shown below:CBKmar11-2

I hope that this project inspires you to enter into the challenge which can be found here: Trinity Stamps March Challenge.  Don’t forget to link up your project and then you can proudly show off this badge!  Thank you for stopping by!



Miss Ink Stamps

Thinking of You Galaxy Card


I wanted to make a galaxy card, paired with some Dazzle Dust, with some new watercolors that I had recently bought.  After looking at several of the Dazzle Dusts, I felt that Mermaid Lagoon Dazzle Dust paired really well.

To make the card:

I added s sheet of strong double sided adhesive to a panel of cardstock, poured Mermaid Lagoon Dazzle Dust on it and the shook the excess off.  I then burnished the glitter onto the cardstock by running it through my die cut machine- as you can see in the photo below, this worked really well!

I then created several backgrounds with Ken Oliver watercolor powder on Ken Oliver watercolor paper.  I truly love the watercolor paper because it does not warp after being wet.  I made several backgrounds in different ways- some I made by wetting the paper first and then applying watercolor powder, others I made by doing the reverse: applying watercolor powder and then spritzing with water.  Some I made by using shimmer spray instead of water, so that the background was really shimmery.


Next, I gold embossed a sentiment from the Everyday Sentiments Stamp set.  I also die cut a fox from the Bubbles stamp set, copic colored it with YR24 & YR27, and adhered it to the panel with one of the stars.  Finally I adhered the rest of the stars to the panel.


Thank you for stopping by!

Miss Ink Stamps

Woodcut Floral Wreath


Welcome!  Today I’m on the Miss Ink blog using the delightful Woodcut Floral Stamp set.  I love how Miss Ink pairs a background stamp set with several images, I decided to make the images the focal point of the card by having them make up a wreath.

To make the card:

  1. First I stamped the background image onto a A2 panel of kraft cardstock using my Misti and Brushed Corduroy Distress Oxide Ink.  You don’t have to use a Misti, but I find it so much easier to ensure an even impression.  I then die cut the 6×6 inch image with an A2 stitched panel die.  I used the same cardstock to create an A2 card base.CBK5
  2. I then stamped a whole lot of the large floral & smaller floral images using The Stamp Market new inks in cherry & bubble onto thick watercolor paper because I wanted to create a watercolored wreath. I then smushed the ink pads onto an acrylic block, added water and watercolored with the same ink I had stamped with; a final touch of shimmer was added using a shimmer brush.
  3. I spent quite some time fussy cutting the florals & the leaves, but it is fun to do when you pair it with something else, such as watching a Christmas movie!  The photo below shows that I made leaves by using a shortcut.  I stamped one of the floral images (that has veins like leaves do) in The Stamp Market’s mossy green ink and then cut it into 3 sets of leaves.  This does cut down on the amount of stamping that you have to do!CBK3
  4. After all the cutting was done, the florals were glued together with Gina K connect glue and I either added 3 dots of gold glitter cardstock to the middle of the flower or a sequin.  I then played around with placement for quite a while before adhering everything down to the card panel.  Finally I stamped a sentiment from the Oh Deer stamp set onto white card stock in black Versamark ink and placed it offset in the center of the wreath.


Thank you so much for stopping by!

Miss Ink Stamps

Watercolor coffee card


Today I watercolored the delightful Springtime Banners and Brewtiful Stamp sets.  I tend to put a lot of images in my cards and wanted to keep it more simple, with ample white space this time.

I used Distress Ink Watercolor paper for the circular panel and the rectangle panel. I experimented quite a bit before deciding to stamp the coffee mug and steam in Ink on 3- fade out no-line coloring.  I stamped and watercolored all the leaves in Distress Oxide ink in bundled sage and stamped and watercolored the flowers in Distress Oxide ink in Spun Sugar.  For the final sparkly touches, I used the Gansai Tambi gem colors in Gem Green, Gem Pink and Yellow Gold.  I used a C00 copic marker to provide some shading on the coffee cup. Easy peasy!

Thank you for stopping by!


Coffee, Embossing, Trinity Stamps

Watercolor Card with inks & markers


I was itching to do a watercolor card, I truly love to watercolor, but have mostly spending time copic coloring (which I love as well).  I wanted to show that you can use the lovely Catherine Pooler inks to create a watercolor effect on a card very easily.


I applied Catherine Pooler Seafoam Ink to a block quite heavily, spritzed the block with shimmer spray (instead of plain water) and flipped the block over and let it sit on a panel of Tim Holtz watercolor paper for a few minutes (3 or so).  The panel shown above is actually a second generation spritzing of the block after removing it from the first watercolor paper panel.  I wanted a fairly faint color block and the first panel was quite dark.  The second generation “stamping” (without the addition of additional color) was perfect for the card I wanted to make.  I then diluted some gold Peerless watercolor with water and gently tapped a brush over the panel that I had loaded with color.  It is very faint, but enough for what I wanted.


Meanwhile, while allowing the watercolor paper dry fully, I stamped some images from the Trinity Stamps Winter Botanical stamp set and heat embossed some Wow Under the Sea embossing powder.  This is my favorite color of embossing powder that I own!

To finish the card off, I stamped some images from the Trinity Stamps Coffee with Character set and watercolored them with a Zig real brush watercolor pen.  Adhering some sequins and sequin cord to the top with Gina K connect glue, and stamping a sentiment from the Trinity Stamps Let Love Grow stamp set finished up the card.


I hope that this card inspires you to pull out your watercolors and paint away!  Thank you for stopping by!

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Trinity Stamps

Watercolor panel card

Today I have a video up on the Trinity YouTube channel, as well as on my YouTube Channel. It features a watercolor card that has a lower and upper panel that can be opened to reveal the inside.  The sentiments is visible both on the front and inside of the card.


The inspiration for this card came from a video from Jennifer McGuire.  Please go see the video for the complete directions!  Supplies are listed below- all links are non-affiliated.

Stamps: Trinity Stamps “Let Love Grow” stamp set


My Favorite Things

Early Christmas Card

I wanted to enter another card into My Favorite Things Superstar card challenges.  I’ve had some My Favorite Things stamps that I have wanted to use, so this was the perfect excuse!Print

I didn’t start out making a Christmas card, I wanted to make a birthday card.  I went through several iterations of a birthday card using MFT Bitty Bears, but didn’t like any of them.  So I picked up another stamp set and started fresh.  I love the Dashing Deer stamp set and really wanted to do watercolor, so here is the end result:


I actually watercolored with Tim Holtz distress inks and a sparkle pen, rather than a waterbrush.  Finally I added some Nuvo drops & MFT gold cardstock and voila- a card!  Thank you for stopping by!


Stamp: MFT Dashing Deer stamp

Paper: MFT Brushed Gold cardstock


Trinity Stamps

Shimmer Watercolor


I played around with my shimmer watercolors and a lovely new stamp set from Trinity Stamps.  One of my favorite card makers is Kay Miller (her blog is here), her colors are so vibrant, she picks absolutely stunning color palettes and her cards are just amazing!  I have wanted to do a card like hers for a while now, so I finally plucked up the courage to do so and it was absolutely enjoyable!  I had so much fun just placing random splotches of watercolor in the background, while trying to keep it cohesive.  While this attempt is not even close to her talented cards, I enjoyed the process and will definitely try it again!

Stamps: Succulent Banner Trinity Stamps

Dies: Succulent Banner die Trinity Stamps

Watercolor: Large Kuretake Watercolor Palette , Kuretake Pearl Shimmer palette

Mama Elephant

Embossing & Watercolor

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Embossing a card with a stamped image makes watercoloring the image so much more fun, because you can focus on coloring rather than on making sure you stay in the lines!  Stamped image from Mama Elephant’s Timeless Tulips and watercolored with “Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paint Set- Pearl Colours” for extra sparkle.