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Brilliant Wings in Watercolour

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Week 20 – Flirty Flamingo

Today I really wanted a dramatic look, so I started with a Basic Black card base. I took an acrylic block, and added some White Craft ink refill. Using the Water Painter brush I squeezed some water onto the ink and flicked it onto the card base.

I took a piece of the Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper and applied inks using Flirty Flamingo and Melon Mambo. Once I had a lovely mix of colour, I used the Water Painter again with just Melon Mambo ink and flicked it over the watercolouring. Place this aside to dry.

Butterfly Wings watercolour card for Flirty Flamingo CCBH by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2022

The Brilliant Wings dies were used to cut out the butterflies, which were adhered to the card using Multipurpose Glue just along the body so the wings could sit up.

The sentiment from the Sending Smiles stamp set is stamped in Versamark ink onto black card. I added Silver Emboss Powder and heat set it. Cut it out with the coordinating Sending dies. I tied a piece of the Silver Simply Elegant Trim in a big bow and placed it on the centre of the largest butterfly, then added the sentiment over the top on Black Mini Dimensionals.

Butterfly Wings watercolour card Flirty Flamingo CCBH by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2022

To finish off, I coloured some Rhinestone Basic Jewels with the Dark Flirty Flamingo Blends Marker. Some Black and White Pearlized Enamel Effects were also added in groups of three for extra interest.

On the inside a Flirty Flamingo layer with a Basic White layer were added with another water coloured butterfly.

Butterfly Wings watercolour card for Flirty Flamingo CCBH by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up, Australia 2022

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Pretty Birds say hello

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Week 19 – Evening Evergreen

Today I am using a bundle that is new to me, the Pretty Birds Bundle which includes the Pretty Birds Stamp Set and the Birdhouse Dies. I just love the bird cage die and I had to use it with Gold Foil Sheets.

When I was a kid, I had two budgies, Sky and Matilda. They loved it when I would take the cage outside and hang in the trees to be with nature. They would chirp away happily. So, that was the inspiration for this card, with the Happy Forest Friends Designer Series Paper in the background. I found it a little too much and the cage got lost, so I added a layer of vellum over the DSP to tone it down.

Pretty Birds for Evening Evergreen CCBH by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2022

I took a piece of the Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper and using the Water Painters, added some Evening Evergreen and Parakeet Party ink. Once it was dry, I stamped the budgie a couple of times with Memento Black ink. Because the colour wasn’t bold enough once dry, I used my Daffodil Delight, Parakeet Party and Tahitian Tide Stampin’ Blends Markers to strengthen the colour. Once I die cut the birds, I also die cut the perch in Evening Evergreen card and added them to the vellum. The cage is popped up on mini dimensionals. The sentiment was stamped and added on min dimensionals also. The leaves are die cut from the leftover water-coloured paper and Evening Evergreen card. These were added with Multipurpose glue. Once everything was adhered to the vellum, I flipped it over and added glue behind all the die cut pieces so it doesn’t show through.

Pretty Birds for Evening Evergreen CCBH by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2022 water colour

On the inside I stamped the smaller birdhouse and attached a water-coloured bow and another budgie.

Pretty Birds for Evening Evergreen CCBH by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2022 water colour.

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Oceanfront Views, yes please!

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Week 14 – Coastal Cabana

Tonight’s card was created in a hurry as I had little time this week to be too creative. Covid got me good and I spent 6 days in hospital, so I was left time poor. Anyway, I’m slowly recovering and this scene is inspired by somewhere I would like to be right now, relaxing and recovering by a lake with stunning views across the water to the mountains!

Watercolour Oceanfront Landscape by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2022

I started with a piece of Thick Whisper White card and stamped the water image multiple times using Coastal Cabana ink and the Oceanfront stamp set. The mountains are stamped with an image from the Paradise Palms stamp set in Orchid Oasis ink. Using the large Water Painter brush, I gently added the Crumb Cake section between the water and the mountains. I also used the tips of the pine trees from the Peaceful Deer stamp set along the waters edge. The birds in the soft Tahitian Tide sky were also stamped in Crumb Cake ink.

Watercolour Oceanfront Landscape by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2022

The sand and rocks at the bottom of the card are stamped in Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks and then very gently blended with the large Water painter brush. The grasses are Mossy Meadow ink and some Faux Sea Glass Shapes added. This panel was adhered to a Coastal Cabana card base.

The inside white panel has some rocks, sand and grasses added along the bottom.

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CCBH Pear Pizzazz: Hello Ladybug

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Week 34 – Pear Pizzazz

I have to say, I am in love with this bundle! The Hello Ladybug stamp set and Ladybug builder Punch are a fantastic buy and I have had so much fun creating with it (one I will definitely be keeping).

I began my card with a Pear Pizzazz Watercolour wash using the inkpad and the largest of the Water Painters. I wanted a fairly light tone, so used plenty of water. Once it was dry, I stamped the two large leaves and the sentiment.

Hello Ladybug Watercolour wash Card by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2022

The ladybug wings were stamped in Real Red and Memento Black ink and punched out. The main body was punched from a piece of the Simply Marbleous DSP (free Saleabration item with $90 product order). I added glue to the wings just in the centre, so I could lift them up so they look like they are about to fly! These were then added to the card with dimensionals.

Hello Ladybug Watercolour wash Card by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2022 close up

Finally I added the three small dots stamp for extra interest. I repeated this process on the inside too!

Hello Ladybug Watercolour wash Card by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2022 side

Then I did another one with Magenta Madness! How cute is this?!!! Instead of stamping the large leaves, I used the wings on the punch to create some Pear Pizzazz leaves. I stamped some Magenta Madness flowers and added the Iridescent Gems to the centres.

Hello Ladybug Pop Up card by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2022 side

For these ladybugs, I punched the body in Basic Black cardstock for a lovely dark look which really pops against the Pear Pizzazz.

Hello Ladybug Pop Up card by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2022 close up

Open the card and find a surprise ladybug inside!

Hello Ladybug Pop Up card by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2022

Here’s how I mounted the ladybug inside, folding up a strip of card. I just folded it equally 4 times to create a square and then glue it to the inside. Then the leaves and the ladybug were glued into place!

Hello Ladybug Pop Up card by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up, Australia 2022

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CCBH Crushed Curry – You can Count on Me

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Week 14 – Crushed Curry

Oh how I love this cute stamp set, Count on Me. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get it! My thinking was, Crushed Curry reminds me of honey and bears love honey, so lets try and make something work along these lines. I have a niece who is turning one soon, so I had her in mind with this card, as when you open it, you see the word ‘one’.

My card base is Crushed Curry card with a layer of In Good Taste DSP, 5mm smaller than the card front. Add glue just around the edges and adhere this to front of the card, so the centre circle will pop out once you die cut it with the Layering Circle Dies. This is then added to the inside panel.

Count on Me Window Card CCS Crushed Curry Stampin Up 2021 by Kate Morgan, Australia

I stamped the bear image onto Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper using the Stamparatus with Soft Suede ink, then clean the stamp with your Simply Shammy. Then I inked the stamp with the Versamark ink, sprinkled Clear Emboss Powder over it, shake off the excess and heat set it with my Heat Tool. Now it is easier to watercolour without the ink bleeding. I used the Water Painters to colour my bear with Soft Suede ink and the heart with Real Red ink. Once dry, I used Paper Snips to fussy cut it out.

Count on Me Window Card CCS Crushed Curry Stampin Up 2021 by Kate Morgan, Australia closeup

I die cut the words from the Love You More Than dies in Melon Mambo card and the Playful Alphabet dies for the individual letters ‘honey’.

Count on Me Window Card CCS Crushed Curry Stampin Up 2021 by Kate Morgan, Australia inside

The Scallop circle on the front was die cut using two of the Layering Circle dies, the scallop one being the bigger size to the circle cut previously. They actually sit perfectly inside one another to die cut the Crushed Curry scallop circle in one pass through the die cutting machine. This is added with Multipurpose Glue. Lastly, I added my bear with dimensionals.

Count on Me Window Card CCS Crushed Curry Stampin Up 2021 by Kate Morgan, Australia flat

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CCBH Blushing Bride – Panel Tower Fold Card & more!

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Week 6 – Blushing Bride

Card 1 – I finally opened my pack of Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper (on sale this month) and the Gold 6″x6″ Metallic Specialty Paper for this fancy fold card.

Panel Tower Fold Card using Hand-Penned Petals by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2021

The image I initially stamped in Memento ink in the Stamparatus. I coloured it with Blends Combo Markers (Daffodil Delight & Mint Macaron), however they don’t come in Blushing Bride, so I used the stamp and Blushing Bride Inkpad to colour the main bloom and filled in the missing area with the Wink of Stella while the ink was still damp. Then I placed it back into the Stamparatus in the same position and inked the stamp with Versamark ink and stamped over the top of the Memento outline. Then I added Heat & Stick Powder and heat set it with the Heat Tool. Next, add some Gilded Flakes and rub around with your finger to remove the excess before die cutting the image. Doesn’t it look gorgeous?!!!

Panel Tower Fold Card using Hand-Penned Petals by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2021 close up

The scallop squares are cut using the Stitched So Sweetly dies. These are rectangular, however once you cut one, I then placed the die partially over the rectangle to cut it down to a square!

Panel Tower Fold Card using Hand-Penned Petals by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2021 side

The back of the card is where you write your message to the recipient!

Panel Tower Fold Card using Hand-Penned Petals by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2021 back

Here is how it fits into the Very Vanilla C6 envelope for posting!

Panel Tower Fold Card using Hand-Penned Petals by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2021 envelope

I cased this idea from Samantha Clayton (Mixed Up Craft), but used different products and I altered my measurements so this card would fit into our Very Vanilla C6 envelope!

Basic Instructions
Misty Moonlight card base: 8¼” x 6”, score (landscape) at 1″, 2″, 3″ from each end.
Rotate 90° with edge of card at 1″ mark – cut from first scoreline to third scoreline only. Lift the blade and cut from the next scoreline down to the last scoreline only. Repeat this on the other side.
Blushing Bride cardstock: 4⅛” x ⅞” (2) and 5⅞” x ⅞” (2)
DSP layers: 4″ x ¾” (2) and 5¾” x ¾” (2)
Basic White cardstock for back: 5¾” x 2¼”
The folds can be worked out from the photo images above.

Card 2 – this card also uses similar products to the previous card, with the addition of this gorgeous Stitched Greenery Die used on the Basic Black layer. The patterned paper is cut using the Stitched So Sweetly dies giving that pretty scallop edge and stitched border. I also used the smaller rectangle die in vellum (behind the flower).

Hand-Penned Bundle for Blushing Bride CCS by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2021 side

The banner is actually made of cardstock – I cut  2cm strip and folded it in half lengthwise and glued it, so I had the same design on both sides. Then I folded it in a ‘z’ and cut the ends as banners with my paper snips. The main floral image and the sentiment are stamped with Versamark ink, Heat & Stick Powder added and gently heat set this with the Heat Tool so the powder just melts, then add Gilded Leafing. Using a sponge dauber, gently rub in small circular motions to remove the excess gilding.

Using the Penned Flower dies to cut it out, I coloured the image with Water Painters and ink directly from the Soft Succulent, Blushing Bride & Pale Papaya inkpads.

Hand-Penned Bundle with Gilded Leafing for Blushing Bride CCS by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2021

I repeated the process for the main image twice and placed the second one on the inside of the card, after I added some Soft Succulent ink with a Blending Brush.

Hand-Penned Bundle for Blushing Bride CCS by Kate Morgan, Stampin Up Australia 2021 inside

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Poppies in Watercolour

Tonight’s card is another one using the Peaceful Poppies Suite of products. It is just stunning and has so many items to create loads of different projects.

Peaceful Poppies Suite Stampin Up Mini 2020 by Kate Morgan, Australia

Die cutting this element in black card and placing it over some of the beautiful DSP creates an amazing effect. The elements water coloured and placed in the corner are so bright against the black!

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Bright Poppies for a Happy Birthday

Tonight’s card is a bright and bold card using the Painted Poppies stamp set, coordinating Elements and Designer Series Paper.

I stamped the card front with the poppy stamp in Versamark ink as I wanted that watermark look. Strips of the designer paper were added before I added the black circle element. I watercoloured the poppy and leaf from the elements pack and once dry, placed them on with dimensionals.

Peaceful Poppies Suite Stampin Up by Kate Morgan Australia 2020

The sentiment is stamped in Versamark ink on black card and Gold Emboss Powder added and heat set. I fussy cut this and added it with dimensionals. I love how bold it is and the gold adds some class and shine!

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Peaceful Poppies Suite Stampin Up by Kate Morgan Australia 2020.

On the inside I water coloured another element and added it to the corner with another strip of designer paper.

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Super Simple water-coloured Magnolias

Tonight’s card focuses on the Magnolia embossing folder and how to colour the flowers with an AquaPainter and some inkpads. By squashing the inkpad into the lid before opening it, gives you enough of a colour palette to work with. Squeezer the AquaPainter to get a drop or two of water into the ink to get the brush going, swirl it around and then gently add the colour to the flower.

Magnolia Blooms watercolour, Stampin Up by Kate Morgan, Australia 2019

The colour will lighten as it dries. Wait for it to dry completely before gluing the layer to your card. The sentiment (Very Versailles stamp set) is stamped in Soft Seam Foam ink on the same colour card and added with dimensionals.

I added some Wink of Stella to the stamen for a bit of glimmer and extra interest.

Magnolia Blooms watercolour, Stampin Up by Kate Morgan, Australia 2019.

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Slider card and Smooshing with watercolour technique with Instructions

Tonight I have a couple of techniques with some watercolour smooshing and a slider card!

I taught this to my class ladies earlier this month and they loved it. It’s always great having a masculine themed class and we focused on this bundle mainly. It reminded me that I must do more masculine themed classes in the future.

To create the watercolour background, I put a couple of drops of re-inker, reasonably close together onto a sheet of acetate, spritzed it with water and then lay the Fluid 100 watercolour paper on top and gently pressed down with the finger tips (don’t rub). You don’t want the colours to mix together, just gently blend. You may need to place the paper down again so you cover the entire piece, as the excess we cut away, will be used later. I then put this aside to dry while I stamped the images and the inside of the card.

Slider card & Smooshing Technique using Stampin Up Sailing Home Bundle by Kate Morgan, Australia, 2019.

The lighthouse is stamped in Soft Suede and coloured with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends Combo pack to get the darker and lighter shading. The boats are stamped in Night of Navy ink and coloured with Combo Blends of So Saffron and Poppy Parade. I added some Wink of Stella to the water below the boats rather than colouring it.

Slider card & Smooshing Technique using Stampin Up Sailing Home Bundle by Kate Morgan, Australia, 2019

On the inside I stamped the sentiment, add a Copper Foil anchor and the rope is part of the leftover pieces from the excess watercolour paper! The straight piece of rope is from the slider mechanism from the front!!!

Slider card & Smooshing Technique using Stampin Up Sailing Home Bundle by Kate Morgan, Australia 2019

To create the slider card mechanism:slider card mechanism.JPG

Score 2 lines on card, punch 2 circles with lines through the centre. Fold them into a taco shape. Place glue on the bottom of one and glue them together to create the H shape.

Cut the watercolour piece down to the size you require and die cut the rope die across the front where you want the sliding sailing boat to be. With the strip of left over water-coloured paper, glue this to the card base behind where the die-cut rope was so it still looks great and not having the Navy card show through. I did this by placing the paper down the watercolour paper roughly where I wanted it centred on the card and used a pencil to mark on the card base, either end of the rope, as a guide.

Add glue to the flat side and adhere to the larger sailing ship, ensuring that it is the right orientation (scorelines horizontal). Slide this into the slot so each side is facing toward the top and bottom of the card. It is easiest to do this step before you adhere the front panel to the card base. I used Adhesive Foam Strips around the edges of the watercolour layer and then two more strips either side of the mechanism, but ensure you allow enough space for the circles to slide along.

slider card mechanism.

This is not a spinner card, but a slider card, as I didn’t want the sailing boat doing circles on the ocean. If you want it to spin, you would use some washers from the hardware store joined together by a mini dimensional.

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