Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Stuff and Old Technique - WOYWW #310

Hello Friends and Desk Snoopers :)

It is Wednesday again...and it seems to be the only day I can actually get a post written (unless it is my turn for Design Team) I attribute this to the marvelous Julia Dunnit and her desk hopping link party. Click HERE to check out desks across the world! So today I am not going to show you my desk since its cleaned off and boring now. But I will show you what I was doing that made it so crazy I felt I had to clean it:)

It all started with this... a new Sakura Watercolor Field Sketchbox. (not advertising..just being helpful) I bought this from Amazon with some money I got from selling a painting. I wanted to try it out as soon as the box got here! Of course I had to be a tiny bit patient until I had time on Tuesday :)

First I made a color chart so I could see what I had for colors. Then I started making a few backgrounds on some 140 pd watercolor paper cut into 5" X 3 3/4" pieces. I made a very wet paper and used a wet brush to apply a couple colors and let them blend a bit.


Well, that was fun and I ended up making 5 of them before I stopped myself. You see I have this problem of needing to FINISH a thing...and I didn't want a bunch of random pieces laying about the studio (not saying there are not A LOT of random piece laying about!)


So, I let them dry and decided to make them into card layer using a technique I learned ages ago..but maybe you haven't seen yet. It is simple but really cool. All you need is a piece of acetate or cardstock with different sized holes punched in it...and some white ink or gesso. Oh, and a sponge to stencil with.


With the watercolored paper completely dry,... start with the biggest circle and sponge the white lightly through it. Repeat to make an odd number. Move to the next size down circle and over lap the other circles making the color slightly more concentrated. Then the next size down and so on. For my smallest ones I just used a sponge dauber and pressed down hard. You can do this technique with squares, starts, hearts, anything as long as you have graduated sizes. It is a pretty cool background!


So I went through 3 of the pieces using the white...then got bored. My next one was using blue for the 2 larger circles and then a metallic copper for the smaller ones. Then I did one with bright green for the larger and bright blue for the smaller.


Now the reason I really wanted to make cards and not something else with my pieces of watercolored and sponged backgrounds is because I got a NEW stamp set and the matching dies! Spending more of the money I earned selling my art :) The stamps and dies are from a company called W plus 9, but I bought them from my friend Heather at the Kraaft Shaak Shop. (Here is the link if you are interested)
So here are my cards all made with the same set and dies called 'Dream Weaver'.









And here are a couple others I made with the same set and dies :)


I hope you had fun perusing my post. If you did..give me a comment below :)
<3 Shel


74 comments:

  1. Great use of these great stamps and dies. Loving them all.

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    1. Thanks Peg :) Just when you are clearing out some sets...I show you fun stuff with a new one..LOL

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  2. Oh by golly I am in love!!! These turned out beautifully!!!
    Now I MUST play with that set too.
    thanks for the shout out. I appreciate you Shel.

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    1. Thanks :) And what are friends for? Have fun with the set..its a cool one!

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  3. Oh my, Shel, your kards are fantastic! ! I adore your creative use of the feathers - suns and turkeys!! Great color combos! !

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    1. Thanks Sylvia :) I have been having fun!

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  4. Great set of cards and a good use of feathers too, a brilliant idea for BG's with the circles.
    Jan S no 50

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    1. Thanks Jan :) There are only so many things you can do with feathers before you have to move on..lol.

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  5. Great WOYWW thanks for sharing xx Jan (54)

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  6. What a beautiful technique. Will have to give that one a go myself.
    Thank you for showing us ;) #31

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the technique :) Give it a try and have fun!

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  7. It's great to get new stuff. And the effects you have achieved look great. Happy WOYWW!

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    1. Thanks :) I do love to try out new stuff.

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  8. Well that looks such fun. It's hard to stop making backgrounds once you start I know! Love the finished makes. Take care Zo xx 51

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    1. Thanks for coming by Zo :) Yes, I had to force myself to quit with the watercoloring before I had 50 of them..lol

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  9. love your creativeness, now I'm excited to get mine
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    1. Yay! I am glad I made your more excited to get them :)

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  10. Thanks for your sweet visit. I've had so much fun looking at your beautiful work. Love it all! But I've never seen a dream weaver die before--that is cool. Hugs! Sandy Leigh #52

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    1. Thanks for coming by Sandy Leigh :) Yes, when I saw that set and die..just had to have it!

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  11. Love that technique, Shel, and the finished cards are wonderful. Love the bird's tail feathers :) One of the problems with having inks and paints to play with is the collection of practice pieces that you end up with. I have a box of them, one of those plastic ice cream boxes you admired :) I get it out every now and then and try to use a few pieces up but then the box finds a permanent place on my desk and just adds to the clutter I accumulate! Hence the need to clear my desk periodically or I'd be working on a space just 4" square!!! Thanks for your earlier visit. I've done with the gardening for today so I can now concentrate on desk hopping for the rest of the afternoon. Elizabeth x #49

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    1. Thanks for coming by Elizabeth. I know what you are saying exactly. You should see the floor next to my desk where the half finished 'cool' but not used papers are..lol I need ice cream boxes!

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  12. Oooo love all your paper pieces...beautiful! I'm familiar with the bokeh technique but I've never attempted myself. Your mini tute is very encouraging...I think I'll give it a try!
    Thanks for sharing! Best...glenna xo

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    1. Thanks :) Yes, try it out this way..very easy and fun. I would love to see your results!

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  13. Hi Shel, thanks for the visit. I have seen the technique before but not used it, might just have to. Have a great and crafty woyww, Angela x 34

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    1. Thanks Angela :) Give it a try..it is fun.

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  14. Thanks for popping by my blog earlier Shel ... I must pop back to yours sometime and get advice on colours! I struggle with colours and stick to my same-old, same-old much loved colours and hate anything I do in a different colourway! Your backgrounds are just amazing! Love Debbie (tatteredrocks) xXx

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    1. Thanks so much Debbie :) I love color for sure...I think if I got a cut I would bleed a rainbow LOL

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  15. Your bokeh backgrounds and cards are wonderful! I especially like the blue & copper combination.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and for the nice comments.

    Happy creating and happy woyww,

    Sandy #30

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  16. WOW!!! Stunning. What fabulous cards you made using the great backgrounds. Think I will try that. Thanks for inspiring me.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #41

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    1. Thanks Sue :) Yes, give it a try!

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  17. Shel, I am always amazed at the difference between the beginning and end of your projects! Absolutely gorgeous cards. Easy to see why your work sells well. :)
    Thanks for your visit and comment. Glad you could stop by.
    Until next Wednesday......

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  18. Wow, your cards are gorgeous - I love your backgrounds, that is a really cool technique - it looks very effective. I also love your stamp and die set - it looks like you are having loads of fun with it. Thanks so much for stopping by my desk earlier, I hope you have a great week,
    Diana #35

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    1. Thanks for the return visit Diana :) Yes, I am having a blast with my new toys!

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  19. Great cards, love the backgrounds! Have a good week. Helen 4

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  20. Wow! These are gorgeous cards. I would be pleased to receive any of them. Cough Cough!!
    Great ideas for the backgrounds.
    Hugs
    Hettie #27

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    1. lol...email me your address Hettie and I would be glad to send one to a new home! <3

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  21. Ooh wow you have made some totally cool designs there brilliant idea and i love the bird one! Lea number 38

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    1. Thanks Leah :) It was supposed to be a peacock..but I hear it looks more like a turkey LOL

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  22. I've been seeing this watercolor set on a few blogs in the past few weeks. And love the bokeh cards!! I just recently made 2, 1 with watercolor on 1 on reg. card stock! Thanks for popping by! Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #53

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    1. Ooooo..I would love to see your cards Carol!

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  23. Hi Shel and thanks for visiting my desk....you have had fun with the new stuff and wow they look amazing...I love that Bokeh effect and have used it myself...your cards look fabulous with the feather stamp and die.. have a super week RobynO#15

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    1. Thank you Robyn :) I am really into feathers right now. Maybe it represents my desire to fly somewhere..hmm.. :)

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  24. Hey Shel, thanks for the visit and the nice comment. I recently tried bokeh and I really like it, love your mix of colours, going to try that next. Yours are stunning. Cx #3

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    1. Thanks Claire :) Color is really what I love..no matter what the medium.

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  25. Gorgeous cards, Shel - you've been having a lot of fun in the studio! I like the idea of acetate for a stencil...another simple way of creating one's own!

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    1. Thanks Win :) You will also enjoy the fact that the acetate was from packaging that I hoarded instead of throwing away! LOL

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  26. It took me forever to find you, since you didn't leave a number. But I'm here now, and I like the way you made those cards, but I would not have covered that lovely first one (pink and yellow) because the colors and the original design spoke to me. Loved, loved, loved it. Of course, all your cards are quite lovely.

    Thanks for the earlier visit. Happy WOYWW from #9.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by :) Yes, I could have left it but I never know when to stop ya know..lol

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  27. Well, that was interesting watching your process of creating the backgrounds...very clever indeed. I liked all the colourways equally! And the dreamweaver cards are all lovely but I especially like the ones with the feathers on.
    Hugs, LLJ 18 xxx

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    1. Thanks Jan :) Wait..they all have feathers on :)

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  28. Thanks for calling by at mine yesyerday. I had a full busy day with the twinnie grandees so am playing catch up this morning with my bloggy friends.
    You ask if we like what you've done....well, I love the effects you've got and the gorgeous cards you've made with the backgrounds....clever you. Oh and well done with selling a picture to fund it all. :-)
    Hugs,
    Annie x # 16

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    1. Thank you Annie :) Yes, I am happy that I sold something so that I could have more 'things' to make more art :)

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  29. I love seeing a reminder, or a new twist, on an old technique. And getting a glimpse at how other work thru a process is always so interesting. Makes me want to get painty and messy - indeed, scrappy and sticky too!
    :)

    Happy pre-crop WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (1)

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    1. Go for it Mary Anne :) I don't want to be the only mess around.

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  30. Love dream catchers!!!! SO pretty Shel.

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    1. Thank you so much Kara Beth,,,I love them too!

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  31. Gorgeous cards, I especially like that feather!
    Happy woyww!
    Kristiina #6

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  32. Well, didn't they turn out well! Gorgeous backgrounds and cards, thanks for visiting me! Cindy

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    1. Thanks for visiting me back..and the nice comment :)

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  33. Great cards - what fun you had before you made them up. 'Great backgrounds make great cards' should be your motto.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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    1. Thanks Neet :) I agree with the motto!

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  34. Fabulous cards! And great technique too! I used the same technique a few weeks ago and was very pleased with the results, although, having seen yours mine could certainly do with some stamping to finish them off :)

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    1. Thanks Rosa. It is a fun technique...and I just happened to have a new stamp set..LOL

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  35. Thanks for sharing your technique I think your finished cards are fantastic and I might have to give this technique a go myself.

    Happy WOYWW belated greetings.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 67

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Eliza and the adorable kitty :) Do try it..it is fun!

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  36. Wow! This is the first time I have seen this post. Love the Dream Maker cards. Your background on every one of the cards is awesome. So special.... <3

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  37. Wow! This is the first time I have seen this post. Love the Dream Maker cards. Your background on every one of the cards is awesome. So special.... <3

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