Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Color Challenge 1-22-18 Water Color

Hey Crafters!! Today Kathy Altering a Holiday Stamped image , but I had this Red Rubber elephant and Stampin’UP! Zebra already stamped in my Canson 5.5 x 8 inch sketch book from Wal-Mart and I wanted to see if I could water color them.

I really wanted to go outside of my “Traditional Zone” and use some funky colors, like purple on the elephant and blue on the zebra, BUT in the end, I had to go back and dull everything down with some gray! It’s very hard for me to do non traditional, but I enjoy it so much when visiting other blogs.

They were a hot mess until I came back in with a Precision V5 fine point black pen (from Wal-mart) and drew on them. LOL. I love doing that! The results are so cool. And it just makes the image pop. You can do a similar thing if you leave your stamps in a stamping tool and just stamp over the images again. I faked this tree which is a bit sad, it was sketched in with a #2 pencil first, then added some water colors and let that dry, then doodled with Precision V5 pen.

These images were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink mid September, so they have had time to cure well and the water didn’t seem to affect them very much. Normally I would stamp these in a permanent ink like Ranger Archival Jet Black or StazOn. I had not planned the tree, but after the animals were colored they looked odd and I said to myself, an elephant and a zebra would Pro a ally not be this close to each other. I used the aqua painter to dab light green leaves and let them dry. Then dabbed dark green leaves and let them dry. Then used a fan brush to tap, tap, tap those wispy looking bits all over the dried leaves and extending away from the edges of the branches and leaves. I used a big scrub brush to blob in the bushes around the animals and the fan brush over the top of that. The bushes never quite got where I was trying to go with them! LOL. So, I called it good and doodled on the animals, the tree and added extra grasses.

My “water colors” are from Crayola Washable Kid’s markers and Marvy Markers scribbled onto a paint pallet and picked up there with a wet aqua painter. I use Pentel Aquash in large and small. I love these water brushes, they don’t leak and they supply water to the brush tip without dripping. They travel well too!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a Great Week!

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Color Challenge 1-15-2017

Hey Crafters!! It’s time for some fun coloring over at Kathy Racooson’s 30 Day Color Challenge Day 1 Whoop Whoop!!

Today she is using Bic Mark It alcohol markers. You know, I colored with them for years before getting into Copics. The cool thing about alcohol markers is that they will all work with each other and a blender solution.

I am playing with my new Jane Davenport aqua pastels for these well images from Stampendous called, P195 Wishing Well.

Are you playing in Kathy’s Challenge?


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Dec 2015 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!!  December’s name tag is finally here.  LOL. It really snuck up on me.  If you’re reading this post in an email, pop over to my blog for a 10 minute video at the bottom of this post.

I’ve used Papertrey Ink’s Poinsettia stamp set with Stampin’UP! Pacific Point dye ink and a couple of Crayola washable markers in blue to create this month’s tag. If you subscribe to my blog, you know this is one of my favorite techniques to do and I call it Faux Water Color. 😉


It’s Fun!  It’s Artistic!  And…It’s Easy!  Enjoy!



PapertreyInk, Poinsettia Stamp set (small poinsettia).

The Paper Studio, Months of the Year (December, masked off for Dec).


Ranger Archival Jet Black (Dec).

Stampin’UP! Pacific Point, dye.


Crayola washable markers in Dark blue and Light blue.  Fine point Sharpie in black for writing my name on the tag.

Pen & Water Color~Kathy Rac 30 Day Oct 13 2015

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 13 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge, and today she added a little sparkle.  Click on her name to go straight to her post.  *There’s also a giveaway and winners will be chosen on Oct. 20, 2015!! (Edited to correct the date, sorry)

I’m doing a pen and water color painting based on what I learned lat Fall.  And I really wanted to do the Indian Corn, but I douldn’t find my paintings and I have to have a photo to go by, so ended up using a stamped and water colored image of a watering can for inspiration.

  And I hope you don’t mind, the edited video is more about artistic expression and permission to work freely more than being a tutorial. It’s important to encourage each other and talk about artistic road blocks because anyone can have an off day and experience them from time to time. Apple recent mobile ios 9.0.2 isn’t that great on ipad 2, an older product. And watching me draw, retrace, then water color was like watching paint dry. LOL 

 And I added the bugs and icky smiley faces after the video was over!   (Yes, they were not a good choice, I should have left it alone, but I will save it and give it to my 3 year old grand baby and she will love it! 😉

*Don’t forget to visit Lindsay Weirich, The Frugal Crafter’s Blog to see her Indian Corn tutorial in action.  

Water Color Paper (I use Canson 9×12 inch pad from Wal-mart)

Tim Holtz fine tip Aqua Painter

Crayola & Cra-Z-Art Washable kid’s markers

Stampabilities Wood Mount Stamp (stamped image) Water Can

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day #6, Homemade Pumpkin Stamp 

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 6 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge, today she did some beautiful Copic coloring of an Indian Chief stamp from Paper Smooches.  Click on her name to go to her post.

I chose to make my own Pumpkin stamps and use them with Crayola washable markers in a water color technique.  If you follow my blog, you know I LOVE to use these markers for water color.  

The 1st Panel:

2nd Panel:
This is a recycle project using the left  over red rubber rom wood mount Stampin’Up!  wood mount stamps and scraps of wood cut to size for the hand cut stamps created in pumpkin shapes.
1)  Draw on red rubber with a fine point sharpie marker.             

2)  Cut out hand drawn shapes with sharp scissors.  I used little teflon coated scissors by The Paper Studio.   This step seems to work best with small sharp scissors.  Cut detailed areas first while you have the bulk of the rubber to hold onto and keep the stamp deep in the back of scissors for the cleanest cut around the whole image.  Clean up any jagged edges  by cutting just the red rubber.
3)  Lay the shapes on scrap wood to gauge what size of a strip to cut.  Be Careful, used my right hand to hold this board and guided the miter saw with my left hand, even though I’m right handed.


4)  Draw a cut mark between images as a guide of where to cut.  I like a bit of margin around shapes.

5)  Use another scrap board to hold smaller pieces as you cut, so you don’t injure your fingers or hands.  And wear safety glasses,, because small pieces may fly away from the saw blade! I lost a couple

Or get a skilled guy to do it for you.  ; )

6)  Lay each stamp on it’s respective block, so there’s no guess work when you get back to the craft room. 

My crafty husband assured me the blade was at the right depth, even though I had to continually break off little odd pieces not touched by the blade seen here on the middle block.  What Ever…it was easily broke off by pressing the block to the board I was cutting it from.  And I did it after every cut. ;0  Yepper!!
7)  Apply a blob of Glossy Accents to the ugly side of the block you want to mount your stamp on, smooth out with your finger to a thin layer, applying any excess glue to the sides of the block.  Set aside and let dry.  You can apply it over the whole blog if you wish, but my main purpose is to have a surface the stamp will stick to very well since it’s already adhesive backed. 😉

8)  Ink up your (unmounted) stamp with StazOn and stamp the image onto the nicer looking or smoother side of your bare wood block, using your fingers to get a good impression.   Or freehand draw the image  on the block.

9)  Remove the release paper from the stamp and adhere it to your block.  Or add some E6000 to the sticky part of the stamp if the release paper takes the adhesive with it.  I had to do this for the big Pumpkin and weight it down fo r several minutes while assembling the others.
10)  Use your brand new one of a kind homemade stamps!!!  Yay!!  Creativity…Here I come.  Tomorrow’s share will be a more indepth vide on how to make and use these type of stamps.

Technically, draw on a solid image stamp with water friendly markers, spritz with water and stamp.   Use markers to add more character to your stamped images by drawing directly on them or scribbling the color onto a slick surface to pick up there with your paint brush, add shading, draw leaves, the ground, sun, corn stalks, etc.   Add as much or as little water as you like.  Let Dry.  Use a fine point sharpie marker to outline  and doodle on everything!  Enjoy or share your art work with someone you love or who just needs a card hug.

SU spare red rubber from wood mount stamp sets.

Scraps of plywood or trim cut down wiht a miter saw.

Sharpie fine point marker.

Crayola Washable marker, an aqua painter or a paint brush and water, a spray bottle with water.

Canson Water Color paper (I love the 9 x 12 inch pad from Wal-mart).

July 2015 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!!  Stamps used in this month’s tag are:  Tim Holtz’s City Central (city scape And heart burst), Papertrey Ink’s Vintage Picnic (happy 4th of july) and Printworks Elegant Patterns (small star burst).

Pop over to my blog to see the video.  Posted at the bottom of this post. 

My name tag cards are cut to 2 1/2″ by 3 1/4″, in heavy weight white card stock from The Paper Studio, which fit the vertical name badges from Wal-mart Super Center office supply department.
I’m so sorry this tutorial is late.  My honey bugs have kept me extra busy during July and August.  Plus, there is a glitch  between ios 8.4.1 and Word Pad’s 5.4.  I recieved one more WP update 5.4.1 , but it didn’t fix it for ipad2.  It shuts down both the photo app and Word Press app simultaniously.  

Here are also the goodies I gave the girls for 4th of July. A little Red, White and Blue.  A mini collander, blue bandana from Wal-Mart and a star cookie cutter from JoAnn’s. 


And I finally caved and got iMovie for ipad and boy, oh boy, is it cool!  I edited out all of the things I didn’t like in my video.  Awesome!  

You can check it out here:

PPP Water Color Entry, June 5 2015

Hey Crafters!!  Today is Pretty Pink Posh’s Water Color Hop.  I’ve used the PPP Stitched Duo 3 (tag) die to qualify in the contest, to do a form of water color.  I chose Faux Water Color with washable kid’s markers and an Aqua Painter.

Click on this link to see Paulina’s post about the hop.  Thank you to Paulina for her kindness, fun products and inspiration to craft!  Love this girl’s sweet soul and that she keeps it real on her blog.  My original card video was too long, so I’ve prepared a video demonstrating the water color panel.  Enjoy!


Click over to my blog to see the video at the bottom of the post.  Happy Water Coloring!


Pretty Pink Posh (Stitched Duos 3) die, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Bundle of Shapes (tag die).

Crayola & Cra-Z-art Washable kids’ Markers w/Aqua Painter

Papers:  Canson Water Color Paper cold pressed (9″x12″) pad from Wal-mart, Recollections green and purple 65 lb. card stock, The Paper Studio Heavy weight white card stock for the very back (scored @ 1/2″ to create the fold fo the card).

Stampendous Clear Embossing ink & Ranger Archival Jet Black (sentiment).

Stamps:  Stampendous Jumbo Dahlia, Birthday sentiment from Close to my Heart.

Faux Water Color Butterfly w/Heat Embossing

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 4 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge, today she is water coloring an embossed image.  I sort of combined Day 1 and Day 4.  There is a video at the end of this post and I cut quite a bit of yee yaw out to shorten it.  I used Crayola Washable kid’s markers to do this faux water color.  It’s one of my FAVORITE ways to water color, so inexpensive, and just LOOK at those bright colors!!  Eeeeeee!  It makes me happy.  LOL

Even tho it looks a bit oval in this first picture, I used a Grand Circle die from Spellbinders to cut 1 piece of water color paper and 2 pieces of heavy weight white card stock.  This is actually my second attempt, but I will share the first card in the video.  There were just too many interruptions and part was filmed on my iphone, which is FULL and I had to go back to ipad and couldn’t paste them all together in the Capture App.  So, I just started from scratch and made a bit smaller card to utilize what was left of the large pc. of water color paper I’d already cut into.  I actually like how this one turned out.  I will darken the background of the original so it works too!  

Pop over to my blog for the video here:


Paper:  Canson Cold Press Water Color Paper 30 pc. 9″x12″ pad (from Wal-mart), 

The Paper Studio Heavy weight white card stock .

Stamps: Stampin’UP!  Fifth Ave. Floral (Rose) & Swallowtail Background stamp 129216.

Inks:  Stampendous Embossing Ink

White Embossing Powder

Crayola Washable kid’s Markers & or Cra-Z-art Washable kid’s Markers in (Deep Yellow, Light Green, Dark Blue, Deep Orange, Purple, Medium Aqua).  The colors are not marked on the markers.  These come in large sets.

January 2014 Name Tags

Hi Crafters!! Boy is it COLD in Missouri!! The temp is 16 degrees today, but with the wind chill factor, they said it feels like -0, thats a negative zero. Oh My! That cold wind chilled me to the bone, while I was getting gas at 6:30am this morning. That movie, The Day After Tomorrow, was on this weekend, where it was so cold things were freezing on contact. And I wondered, what degrees does fuel really freeze at? I was a bit low and decided not to chance it and go ahead and fill the tank up! There were even some tiny little snow flurries that didn’t amount to anything. I was so thankful, as my beetle does not do well on snow or ice. I can drive on it, yeah, but stopping on it, is a whole other story!! Let’s get to today’s Name Tag, shall we….


My base tags are cut at 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink, with Stampin”UP! Bringing Baby stamp and a Hampton Art New Year stamp (sentiment only) by Katie & Co for studio g (from $1.00 bin @ Michael’s) and Jan from The Months of the Year by The Paper Studio. Some of the stork image was colored with Crayola and Cra-Z-art washable kid’s markers. The stork was colored with SU’s Tempting Turquoise Classic water based dye re-inker, diluted with water and applied with an aqua painter. Enjoy!January Name Tags Video Here

Faux Water Color Technique with Washable Markers

Hi Crafters!! Here is a faux water color technique that I love to do using the washable markers from Crayola and Cra-z-art (kids markers). These markers come in large sets of many colors and they are inexpensive. You may even have some of these hanging around the house if you have kids or grandkids.

The House Mouse image called, Candy Gram, by Stampendous was stamped with Ranger’s Archival Jet Black ink and colored in with the washable markers. Some areas that needed to be lighter, like the faces, the marker was scribbled onto a slick surface and picked up there with a wet aqua painter and applied to the stamped image for a softer variation of the marker color.

Video Here

Georgia Pacific White card stock.
Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink.
Crayola and Cra-z-art washable markers.
Water and paint brush.