Color Fusers Blog Hop March 2021 – Seaside View

Color Fusers March 2021 Blot Hop featuring Seaside View stamp set and watercoloring technique in Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso ink.  Project by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

Thanks for hopping along with us today. For the Color Fusers March 2021 Blog Hop, I will share a card with you using the Seaside View stamp set, and the Watercoloring Technique using Water Painters.

Color Fusers March 2021 Blot Hop Color Challenge featuring Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso as seen on project by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

This month’s color challenge seemed perfect for creating a beach scene or masculine card. I love the Seaside View stamp set, but had not used it yet, so it was time to ink it up and create a beach scene. The softness of this color combination was fun to work with, and worked perfectly for simple watercoloring on this card.

Color Fusers March 2021 Blot Hop featuring Seaside View stamp set and watercoloring technique in Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso ink.  Project by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

With summer just around the corner, a casual beach scene is a nice reminder of what’s to come! So I selected the nice relaxing chair image for my scene. And the line art made it a perfect choice to watercolor.

Supplies used for watercoloring technique for the Color Fusers March 2021 Blot Hop featuring Seaside View stamp set and watercoloring technique in Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso ink.  Project by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

Fun Coloring Tools

The Water Painters in the Annual Catalog are a must have tool. The sizes work perfectly for almost any project! For today’s project, I used the narrowest tip water brush.

Supplies used for watercoloring technique for the Color Fusers March 2021 Blot Hop featuring Seaside View stamp set and watercoloring technique in Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso ink.  Project by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

I started by adding a watercolor wash in Seaside Spray for the sky, and a very diluted wash of Early Espresso for the sand. After it dried, I added Early Espresso to the chair, and Gray Granite to the table. A little Seaside Spray was perfect for the glass.

Color Fusers March 2021 Blot Hop featuring Seaside View stamp set and watercoloring technique in Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso ink.  Project by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

To Create this project:

  • Cut a Gray Granite card base 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″
  • Cut a Gray Granite front layer 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Die cut a large circle from Gray Granite Cardstock
  • Die cut a large Stitched Circle from watercolor paper
  • Cut a 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ strip of Basic White Cardstock for sentiment

On front layer, randomly stamp palm tree image in Gray Granite ink. Emboss layer with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder. Adhere to card front. Stamp chair image in Staz On ink on the Stitched Circle. Color as desired. Wrap Gray Granite Shimmer ribbon around large circle, and tie a bow around ends with Linen Thread to hold in place. Adhere circle layers together and add to card front. Stamp sentiment in Gray Granite ink, and add for card front. Embellish with Elegant Faceted Gems as desired.

I hope you enjoyed my project for the Color Fusers Blog Hop. Next up is Melissa Kerman.

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Or you may go back to Brenda Nelson.

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Maui Achievers Blog Hop February 2021 Snail Mail

Today for the Maui Achievers Blog Hop February 2021, I am sharing an adorable card using the Snail Mail Suite Collection. The Maui Achievers are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who have had the pleasure of earning the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip to Maui. Thanks for joining us as we share some great project ideas with you this month.

Hello card featuring Snailed It Bundle from the Snail Mail Suite Collection.  Maui Achievers February 2021 Blog Hop and Simple Suite Stampers February 2021 Tutorial Bundle.  Card idea by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers, melsinkyfingers.com

The Snail Mail Suite Collection is absolutely adorable. I love everything about it–from the bright colors, to adorable stamps, fun dies, and twine. Today’s project features the sweet little envelope die from the Snail Dies as the main focus, and is accessorized with tiny letters and a variety of hearts pulled from the suite collection.

Supplies used to create a Hello card featuring Snailed It Bundle from the Snail Mail Suite Collection.  Maui Achievers February 2021 Blog Hop and Simple Suite Stampers February 2021 Tutorial Bundle.  Card idea by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers, melsinkyfingers.com

The Snail Dies in this collection are really versatile. Not only do they die cut stamped images from the Snailed It Stamp Set, but they also die cut images from the designer paper. I love when products coordinate so well. And the Resin Hearts Embellishments could not be cuter!

Supplies used to create a Hello card featuring Snailed It Bundle from the Snail Mail Suite Collection.  Maui Achievers February 2021 Blog Hop and Simple Suite Stampers February 2021 Tutorial Bundle.  Card idea by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers, melsinkyfingers.com

The Snail Mail Designer Series Paper prints are adorable. They include large scale images, as well as smaller scale prints, which I have shown on today’s project. If you have not had the chance to look at the Snail Mail Suite Collection, check it out. It really is fun to create with!

Hello card featuring Snailed It Bundle from the Snail Mail Suite Collection.  Maui Achievers February 2021 Blog Hop and Simple Suite Stampers February 2021 Tutorial Bundle.  Card idea by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers, melsinkyfingers.com

I hope you continue to hop along with us for the Maui Achievers February 2021 Blog Hop. Click on the next link below to see more great projects we have to share!

If you like this project, you will love this month’s Simple Suite Stampers Tutorial Bundle. It includes instructions to create 12 adorable projects, including today’s project, using items from this suite collection. Get the tutorial bundle free with a purchase of at least $50 in my on-line store using the current host code, in addition to your FREE exclusive Sale-A-Bration items!

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Color Fusers Blog Hop February 2021

Thanks for joining us today for the Color Fusers February 2021 Blog Hop. Along with this color challenge, I am sharing the Wink of Stella Coloring Technique with you. This is a really easy way to color, and is sure to get a WOW! from whoever recieves your card!

This month brings some of my favorite colors – Bermuda Bay, Magenta Madness, and Gorgeous Grape. All 3 are so bright and cheery!

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I decided to bring the colors together with the Wink of Stella coloring technique. It is really easy, and creates the most gorgeous, sparkly image ever! To do this, turn your ink pad upside down and squeeze, to apply ink to the lid of your ink pad case. You could also put a drop of ink from your reinker on the lid as well. Pick up a bit of ink with the Wink of Stella brush tip, and color your image as you choose. To use a different color, wipe the tip of the brush on a piece of scrap paper until clean, then move on to your next color.

It is difficult to capture the sparkle of the images in pictures, but trust me, it’s amazing!

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The images used on today’s project are from the beautiful – and FREE- stamp set, A Touch of Ink. This exclusive stamp set can be earned FREE during the Sale-A-Bration promotion, which ends on February 28th. Make a purchase of any $100 in Stampin’ Up! products, and select this Level 2 set (or 2 Level 1 products) as your FREE gift with purchase!

A Touch of Ink Stamp Set

This project layered up perfectly with the Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper, which includes beautiful patterns in four colors, including Bermuda Bay. It is another exclusive Sale-A-Bration item. It was the perfect choice to go with this month’s color challenge! I ran it through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine with the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder before adding it to my project.

Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper

Did you notice the wings on the hummingbird?

I wanted to create dimension, and bring this little guy to life. To do this, I stamped, colored, then fussy cut the hummingbird image. I then stamped a second set of wings, colored and fussy cut them, and layered the wings on top of the first image with dimensionals. I curled the fussy cut wing tips with my bone folder, then adhered the bird to the card front with dimensionals. This little hummingbird looks like he is flying right off the card!

To finish it off, I stamped this adorable sentiment, and die cut it using the Tasteful Labels Dies, then layered it with a piece of Metallic Mesh Ribbon, one of my all-time favorites!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I had to share today for the Color Fusers February 2021 Blog Hop, and will try the Wink of Stella coloring technique! Leave me a comment and tell me if you have tried it.

Next up is Bonnie O’Neill.

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Or you may go back to Nicolle Belesimo.

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To see another cute project using Wink of Stella, click here.

Shop in my on-line store and receive the February Simple Suite Stamper Tutorial with your purchase of at least $50 as my thank you, when you use the current host code. Or purchase the tutorial, which includes instructions for 12 adorable projects using the Snail Mail product suite, for $15. Contact me to purchase.

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