Monday, July 27, 2015

Using Watercolor Powders with Handmade Stencils

Hi everyone! Kim here today to share a fun photo tutorial with you, demonstrating Color Burst watercolor powders. I'll also show you how you can quickly and easily make your own handmade stencils using dies. Let's get started!

I'm starting with four Color Burst colors. Color Burst powders are highly pigmented, watercolor powders that react with water. Wait until you see the results!
To create my stencil I grabbed the Monarch dies set and positioned five of the dies on a manila tag. Then I ran the tag through my die cut machine. I then re-positioned a few of the butterfly dies to cut out more shapes.
Here's my finished stencil! And check out all of the pre-cut butterflies I can now add to my stash!
Next, I gently tapped out the Color Burst powders through my stencil and on to a piece of heavy watercolor paper. These powders pack a punch so you don't need much. I used a tiny bit of all four colors on my butterflies...and then I spritzed the entire stencil with water.
Wow! Check out that intense color! It's amazing! 
At this point, the paper is very wet and I don't want the color to run underneath my stencil so I blotted the excess color with a paper towel.
And the left over stencil isn't too bad looking either...think that's going to find a home in an art journal.
Here's my card after removing the stencil...isn't it so pretty! I love the look of the colors all running together in that beautiful watercolor effect. (Note - Color Burst powders will react with water, even after they're dry so be careful.)
I then decided to use the Majestic Monarch stamp set to add detail to my butterflies. I'm giddy over the look of the color running beyond the stamped cool. I also cut off the extra cardstock, where I had a little splashing from the powders, on the right hand side of the card. All that was left to do was finish my card!
Since the butterflies were so colorful, I wanted to keep the rest of the card simple so I added an embossed piece of cardstock, and used lace to hide the seam. Then I die cut a small tag, stamped a brushstroke image, from the Grunge Elements stamp set on to the tag (I stamped off first so that the brushstroke wouldn't be too dark), and added the sentiment. 

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and you'll try creating your own stencils with dies!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lovely Lotus

Hi there, Sweet 'n Sassy friends!
 It's Ceal here to share with you a card I made using the Lovely Lotus set. This set is being released in August but guess what? You can Per-order today! 

To make my card I used a watercolor wash for my background and Inktense pencils to watercolor the mage. To finish it off I spritzed it with some Heidi Swapp color shine.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pre-Order Bonanza

Hello, Sweet 'n Sassy Friends!  Did you know that many of our popular Sweet 'n Sassy stamp sets are now available as a pre-order?  These stamp sets are so difficult to keep in stock due to the fact that they sell out as quickly as we get them in.  Now is your chance to get the stamp sets you have been waiting for...beginning with our new July release, Lovely Lotus and Floral Pattern Background.

The Design Divas have been having so much fun using these two new sets this past week...Just take a look !

Some of our most popular stamp sets are the Innies.  The sentiments included in these sets are perfect for the inside of your card, but can also be used on the outside!  Many of these sets are now available as a pre-order.

Sweet 'n Sassy silhouettes stamp sets are sought after because of their versatility.  Many of these sets are also now available as pre-order items.

As you can see, there's something available for everyone!  Head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store and pick up those favorites you've been waiting for!

Don't forget to check out our Out With the Old sale.  You can pick up these fabulous stamp sets for 50% off!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lovely Lotus Friendship ~

Good morning Sweet'nSassy friends! Mary here to share with you a watercoloured card! I tell you more about it on my blog. Lovely Lotus is up for pre-order in the store. It comes with beautiful sentiments/words that you can interchange. The lotus blooms come in three different size and images. 

Be sure to check out all the other samples using this lovely set on our Facebook Page

Materials used:
Stamps: SNSS Lovely Lotus 
Paper: mixed media paper, SU cardstock
Inks: Tombow markers, Archival ink, Versafine black
Accessories: Spellbinder dies, pearls, SU oval punch, watercolour brush
Image 1

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In My Thoughts

Hello! Angie here on this hot summer day!  It's been hotter than normal here with heat indexes of 100 - 105 degrees.  Ugh!  I am staying inside and coloring as often as possible, how about you?  

I used the gorgeous lotus flower, dragonflies and sentiment from our new stamp set, Lovely Lotus.

I have two dear friends going through a very difficult time right now so I was totally drawn to this sentiment as both of them are in my thoughts throughout the day.  I just love the font on these beautiful sentiments and there are nine to choose from!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Lovely Lotus stamp set is available as a pre-order from the 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

poppy note

Good morning Sweet 'n Sassy friends!
Today I am sharing a card with 2 of my favorite SNSS stamp sets combined...the Keep In Touch stamp set and Precious Poppies.  I also used the Keep in Touch coordinating dies and the Typewriter Text Background.

I was inspired to create this card by the Vera Bradley wallpaper on my desktop monitor.  You can be inspired by many things...just look around you!
Enjoy your day!
♥ Diane

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tutorial Monday--Tag Treat Box by Jane Bosi

{jane bosi}
Happy Monday, Sweet Friends!  I have a fun tutorial today that makes an out of the box use of the Bookmarks & More Dies:
I used the bottom bookmark die for my project, but you could easily adapt the top die and use it too!

For this project, you will need, in addition to the Bookmarks & More Dies:  card stock for two dies, a complimentary card stock or designer paper that measures 1 1/2" x 7 3/4", adhesive, a hole punch, ribbon, stamps, ink and a scoring/paper cutting tool.  And, most importantly.....a treat!

Begin by cutting and scoring two bookmark dies:
Using the die cut shown, with the rounded end on the right hand side, score at 1 3/4" and 5 1/4". Do this for both bookmark die cuts. 

Next, join the two bookmarks by adhering the two bottom sections together.

 And hole punch the top of the bookmarks:
Set the bookmark piece aside and prepare the wrap.  For this, you can use either a piece of designer paper or a complimentary piece of card stock.  I've chosen to use the card stock and stylize it with the new Floral Pattern Background stamp.
As a reminder, the wrap piece measures 1 1/2" x 7 3/4".  Along the length, you will need to score at 1 3/4', 3 3/4", 5 1/2" and 7 1/2".  Place adhesive on the two 2" sections only:
After removing the adhesive backing, secure the wrap piece to the front and back panels of the tag box:
Add your treat, secure the top with ribbon and decorate!
This would make a super easy shower, party or classroom treat!  It will easily accomodate a prepackaged candy, like a fun size candy bar or bag of m&ms.  The possibilities are endless!

I couldn't resist decorating mine with an adorable image from You & Me!  I mounted the peas and carrots die cut image on a label die cut (also from Bookmarks & More) and added a few sentiments.
Thanks for stopping by!  TTFN--don't forget to be awesome!  Jane