Watercolored Kind Koala Card

Try this quick and easy Watercolor Technique using Markers and your Aqua Painter to make this cute Koala Bear Card.
Watercolored Kind Koala Bear

Stamps:  Kind Koala Wood #134360
Inks:  Black StazOn
Markers:  Chocolate Chip
Baked Brown Sugar (retiring June 2, 2015) OR Soft Suede
Crumb Cake
Crisp Cantaloupe (retiring June 2, 2015)
Daffodil Delight OR Crushed Curry
Basic Gray
Card Stock:  Whisper White OR Watercolor Paper
Soft Suede
Crisp Cantaloupe
Big Shot:  Honeycomb Embossing Folder #129378
Punch:  Corner Rounder #135346
Other:  Aqua Painter #103954
Paper Towel
Tombow Glue
Stampin’ Paper Trimmer

1.  Cut your Whisper White card stock or Watercolor Paper at 2-1/8″ x 3-3/4″.  I used Whisper White card stock which warped due to the water.  You can also use Watercolor Paper to keep your paper more flat.
2.  Stamp your Koala Bear with the Black StayzOn ink.
3.  Color your Koala Bear.  I used the Chocolate Chip Marker on the left side and colored about 1/8″ along the left side lines-paws, tummy, face, and around the outside edges of his ears.  Next use your Baked Brown Sugar or Soft Suede Marker to color about 1/8″ next to the Chocolate Chip on his body and face.  Use your Crumb Cake Marker to color in the rest of his body, face, and ears.  Use your Crisp Cantaloupe Marker to color the center of his ears.  The Basic Gray Marker is for his nose.  You might as well color the flower with a yellow Marker.  I just colored the petal tips.   (I just noticed I forgot to color the center of the flower.  You might want to do that now.  I think I will just add some Dazzling Details to it.)
3.  Place your card stock or water color paper on top of several layers of paper as the water will soak through and the color will bleed through and can stain your surface.  Fill your Aqua Painter with water.  Press against the paper towel while gently squeezing to start your water flowing through the tip.  “Color” each part of the Koala and flower to get the look you want.  You can either start at the darker colors like I did, OR start with the lighter colors.  Use circular motions to blend the colors and get the gradual shading effect.  Don’t worry if you go outside the lines a little – watercoloring does that.  I did not use the Aqua Painter on the inside of his ears.  Set aside to dry.
4.  Cut your Crisp Cantaloupe card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
5.  Cut your Crisp Cantaloupe card front at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Run through your Big Shot with your embossing folder.  Glue to your card base.
6.  Cut your Soft Suede card layer at 2-1/2″ x 4-1/8″.  Use the Corner Rounder Punch to round all the corners.  Put Dimensionals on the back.
6.  When your Koala is dry, use the Corner Rounder Punch to round all the corners.  Put Dimensionals on the back edge and center.  Attach to the Soft Suede layer, then to your card base.
7.  You can also emboss the flap of your envelope using the same embossing folder you used on your card front.  Watch this video for instructions.

Happy Watercoloring!
Nendy Kerr

Love You More Valentine for a Guy

This Valentine is a no frills Valentine and is perfect for the man in your life.  The Hexagons and Rectangles add a trendy geometric look.  Enjoy making this Valentine for your Man.
Love You More Manly Valentine

Stamps:  Love You More w#131850  c#131853  (Available only until January 27, 2014 or while supplies last)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Honeycomb Embossing Folder #129378
Honeycomb Hive Thinlit Die #132965
Other:  Tombow Liquid Glue
Wax paper

1.  Cut your Whisper White card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Whisper White card front at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Run through your Big Shot with the Honeycomb embossing folder.  Adhere to card base with Tombow Glue.
3.  Cut your Cherry Cobbler card stock at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  You have a couple of options here.
Note:  Look at the cutting edge side of your Thinlit.  Notice that there are Honeycomb Hexagons that do NOT have the cutting edge around them.  I ran mine through three times trying to get those to cut out.  🙂
~Option 1:  (I used this one.)  Cut out your Honeycomb Hive Thinlit.  Sandwich:  Magnetic OR Multipurpose Platform (all tabs closed), Cutting Plate, card stock, Wax Paper, Honeycomb Hive Thinlit, Cutting Plate.
~Option 2: (Considering using this one.)  Cut out a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet.  Peel off one side and stick it to your 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Cherry Cobbler card stock.  Use the same sandwich as in Option 1 laying your card stock side up, adhesive side down.
4.  Punch out the Hexagons.  Save the rest for another project.  I will be posting a project on Valentine’s Day that will use it.
5.  Stamp “Love You More” and the arrows on a piece of 1-1/2″ x 3-1/4″  Whisper White card stock.   Cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock at 2″ x 3-3/4″.  Layer the two together with Dimensionals.  Decide where you want your label and some of the Hexagons you cut out.  Adhere your label to the card front with Dimensionals.
6.  Position your Hexagons as desired.
~Option 1:  If you used Option 1 above you will need to use Tombow Glue to stick your Hexagons to your Honeycomb embossed card front.
~Option 2:  If you used Option 2 above you will need to peel off the sticker back and adhere the Hexagons to your Honeycomb embossed card front.
7.  Write a nice note inside before you give it to your Man.

Happy Stamping!
Nendy Kerr