Thursday, April 24, 2014

unity and crayons...

Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale! *starting noon central today*)



If you are arriving here from Erin's blog you are right on track... if not, go ahead and start at the beginning by clicking HERE.. You don't want to miss any of the fabulous inspiration (or chances to win!)

So, there are SEVERAL new Angiegirls being released today... which of course means that they, along with all the old Angiegirls, are on SALE this week! YAY!

This one is Shari
LOVE. 
Isn't that puppy just adorable??? And the overalls? Yeah, I used to have a pair... kinda missing them now. =)


There is also this crazy awesome HUGE distressed heart with fabulous phrases as part of the AngMag exclusive kit... This card is a typical A2 card... that heart is BIG!  I used to think that big stamps were only for scrapbooking and mixed media.... NOPE. I'm loving these oversized stamps Unity has been releasing for cards as much as scrapbooks! 


(gotta grab one of these kits before they are gone... limited number being made!)

Do you Facebook?

all you have to do is click the little owl on the Unity FB page....and you get a coupon code to get this sweet stamp FREE with your Unity purchase this weekend! 

Adorable, right???? 

I'm not great at sticking to only one kit...what can I say? I LOVE options. 
SOOOOOO... the background is  In Circle Me, & the phrase is from Tribal Trend)

Another kit combo... (I read someone's comment of FB that they wanted to see kits used together... well, here ya go!)

This one uses... Build a Damask for the phrase, Moments in Bloom for the flowers (love that kit!), and Spring Inspired {LOL} 3/14 for the text on the butterflies. 

Now.... for those of you who have made it this far through my photo heavy post... here's a quick tutorial. {cuz you know I love tutorials!}

The background for my owl card, and the purple flowers in the card I just shared were both made using the same technique.  

With the watercolor look being a current trend, and me not being very good at it.... this is my happy medium. Watercoloring ON stamps... using crayons. (you know, the water soluble kind.)  This also works with water based markers like Distress Markers.


Step 1: Prep the stamp. Using a mister, apply a fine mist of water to your stamp. It doesn't need to be dripping, just damp. This will allow the crayon to lay down color.
 If you are using markers, skip this step!

Step 2: Scribble randomly (or meticulously depending on your desired outcome) using water soluble crayons or water based markers... I like to use several colors for awesome blends.

Step 3: Spritz with water. This time you want to put a good amount on... not drenched, or you lose all detail in the image, but to get a true watercolor look, the pigments have to be nice and wet. This may take some experimenting to get a feel for exactly how much water YOU like. 

Step 4: Stamp onto paper... you will have BEST results if you use a watercolor paper, but it isn't necessary.  At this point, it may not look all that fabulous, but let it dry. I find that images I didn't really like when wet, look a lot better after they are dry. 


*If you are interested in watercolor crayons, there are lots of different brands.... I use Neocolor, but they are kinda pricy... feel free to check out other brands.*

Don't forget---
 Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win one of the TWO prizes!  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.


Your next stop is Lisa!

Enjoy!



37 comments:

Houses Built of Cards said...

Beautiful! LOVE the background you made with watercolor crayons - might have to check those out!

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Rebecca Wong said...

OMG, your card just so beautiful. I love how you used the Ang. Mag kit...truly outstanding!

Cynthia said...

Great projects, Kassi! Thanks for the fun tutorial as well.

Ruby said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for the tutorial on your technique. TFS

Julie Odil said...

Yea! Great projects, Kassi! Love the watercolor effect. I've done it with distress markers, but have never tried crayons. Now I "need" something else, LOL

jmahugger said...

Beautiful cards!! Love the tutorial. TFS~

scrapclose2theheart said...

All of your cards are fabulous. Thanks for the tutorial. Hugs~Patti

Lisa Angela said...

Love your tips with the watercolor crayons! I just picked up some brushes and watercolors as I am going to start experimenting! I can't wait!

Gaylynn said...

Goodness... So many pretty creations today. And thanks for another great way to make the look of watercoloring. :)

kaleidoscopeimpressions said...

All are so delightful and pretty, I especially enjoy the effect of the markers on the stamp making a watercolor pattern!
hugs, JoyceAnn

Kris said...

Great cards Kassi. Always love your little tutorials - so helpful. Might have to give those watercolor crayons a go.

michelegeorgern said...

OMG, beautiful cards and great tips. Thank you for sharing.

Meredith Adolf said...

How neat is this? I've never seen watercolor crayons before...you make them look so lovely! I like your projects...and that heart is crazy cute!

Denise Bryant said...

great cards! so much fun stuff on the Unity blog today with the hop and that cute FB freebie! And I love the new ANGIEgirls!

Donna K said...

Love how you share your "secrets" Kassi! There is so much to see this week…looks like you've had a creative blast!!

Sue D said...

great cards. I like the overalls too as I used to wear them all the time.

WhoMom said...

Your lilac card is fabulous! Love the watercolor background for the owl (how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop). I think we all used to have a pair of overalls and now they are back and we don't have any. Way of the world, I guess. Thanks for sharing so many cards.

Muffins and Lace said...

All your cards are beautiful.

Berina RGA said...

beautiful background!! thanks fr sharing the tutorial!! all the cards are beautiful!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

susie morris said...

Beautiful job on all of these! and thank you for sharing your creative tips!

Lucy said...

Wow-all awesome cards! I love that floral one-beautiful!

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

wow love every single one!!!

2suns said...

Crayon technique is awesome.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Love your tips on the watercolor background. Fabulous cards. TFS

Deborah345 said...

Love the background on the owl card. Also love how you used tiny punched flowers on top of the stamped image.

Jennifer Scull said...

my goodness, you made some fabulous cards! thanks for showing how you did the bg stamp. so fun! :)

jennifer mitten said...

Love the watercolor impressionistic look of all your projects! Gorgeous...

Rachel said...

love your cards, kassi!! i love mixing up kits and sets, too... isn't that the best part of having a huge collection anyway?? :)
-Rachel
rwkrafts.com

mlady012 said...

Love the projects, I really appreciate the tutorial!!!! Great inspiration!

Kelly Massman said...

What can I say? Your work is gorgeous!!!!!!

Nikki C said...

Wow your work is fabby love how you used the crayons :)
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AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Kassi I just used my NeocolorII for my GIU week with my sunflowers. And I love them. Yes there pricey but the best. I love them okay I said that already lol All of your creations are beautiful. TFS for sharing all of them. An'Jenic

CreativSpirit said...

Thanks for the coloring tutorial. Love the gorgeous cards too.

Therese Kirkpatrick said...

Love angies girls and itty bittys

Therese Kirkpatrick said...

Love Angie's girls and itty bittys and sales

renee said...

love this technique. thanks for sharing.

Peggy Beck said...

I found the tutorial I spent a half hour looking for. Duh. Thanks for this. I love it.