Waterfront Stamp Set – Mountains at Dusk

There are so many sources for inspiration for stamping!  Recently, we received the current copy of “Our State“, a magazine that celebrates the beautiful state of North Carolina.  A specific mountain scene photograph caught my eye.  I decided to try to replicate the picture with the fabulous Waterfront stamp set.  Below is the card and the photograph from the magazine.

If you don’t have the Waterfront stamp set in your collection, you really need it!  There are infinite ways to use this set.  And, the process of creating with this stamp set is just a lot of fun.

Here are the steps that I used to create this card:

  • Use painter’s tape to adhere a piece of Watercolor Paper (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) to a piece of chip board.  Be sure to get some of the tackiness off the tape before you tack down the watercolor paper.  You don’t want to tear your work when you remove the tape.
  • Stamp the first stage of the mountains with Soft Suede and the two stamps pictured below.  The stamps are from the Waterfront stamp set.  It is the only set used to create this card.

  • With your Aqua Painter and just a little bit of water in your brush, “paint” the first layer mountain scene.  Don’t overthink the “painting”!

  • Add a few more mountains with Soft Suede, and “paint” them with your Aqua Painter.
  • As you get to the foreground of the mountains, stamp with two colors of ink.  The mountain on the left is inked in Soft Suede.  The mountain on the right is inked with Early Espresso.  The two colors will start to give more dimension and depth to your piece.

  • After you have “painted” the two mountains that you just added, put a few more mountains in the foreground with Early Espresso ink.

  • The next section to tackle is the sunset behind the mountains.  Figure out where you want your sun to be, and be sure to leave that area blank.  You only want the Watercolor Paper to show as the sun.  Pumpkin Pie ink is added as the orange color of the sunset and then “painted”.  You can see that the sun is defined more as layers of Peekaboo Peach ink are added.
  • Crushed Curry ink is added with the Aqua Painter.  A clear block is a great palette for the ink.  Just stamp directly onto your clear block.  Pickup some of the ink with your Aqua Painter and add the color directly to your work.  To add interest, vary the intensity of the Crushed Curry by brushing off some color before you go to the Watercolor Paper.

  • The sky is added from the top of the picture first.  The ink color is the beautiful Tranquil Tide.  Stamp off before you add the Tranquil Tide.  This will put less ink on the Watercolor Paper and allow you to create a cloudy feel when you “paint”.  Again, don’t overthink the sky portion.  Less “painting” will serve you well.

  • As you work down the upper part of the sky to the yellows and oranges that are just over the mountains, start to blend some of the blues with the oranges and yellows.  And, blend in some oranges and yellows with the blue.  Again, this is done by creating a palette with your clear blocks and adding colors with your Aqua Painter.  Go light with the colors.

  • You may also want to add some wispy colors over your sun.  Do this sparingly.  There is just a little yellow added over the sun on the card.
  • The last piece to work on is the area for the trees.  Ink only the upper portion of the tree stamp.  Don’t ink the trunks.  The trees are stamped with three colors – Soft Suede, Early Espresso, and Basic Black (in that order).  Some of the tree images are slightly “painted” to give a blurred effect.
  • The final card panel is cut to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″.  “Love never gives up”, from the Waterfront stamp set, is stamped in the upper right section using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • The card base is a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side to form a top-folding card.  The frame piece is Crumb Cake cardstock cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.  The frame piece is adhered directly to the card base.  The watercolor piece is adhered using dimensionals.

I encourage you to find inspiration for a scene to recreate with the Waterfront stamp set.  Just allow yourself to experiment with these stamps, inks, and your aqua painter.  You will have a great time “painting”!

Below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Happy 5th Anniversary, Paper Pumpkin!!

It is hard for me to believe that Paper Pumpkin is close to celebrating its 5th anniversary!  The March Paper Pumpkin kit will be delivered in a special, collectable 5th anniversary box to celebrate the occasion.  And, that’s not all!  The box will also include a FREE gift!!  If you subscribe by March 10, you’ll receive the 5th anniversary Paper Pumpkin kit!

For those of you who are not familiar with Paper Pumpkin – It is a fully designed project kit that is delivered to you each month.  Each month’s project is a surprise and includes a unique stamp set, at least one ink spot, and all the supplies (except scissors) that you’ll need to make the project!  The kits are delivered to you each month for  just $19.95 (shipping included) plus tax.  You can skip months, cancel, or adjust the number of kits you receive whenever you like.  Why not give Paper Pumpkin a try?  The March kit is a perfect time to “test drive” the program!!  Take a look at the video below to see a summary of the kits from 2017.

You still have some time to make sure you’re part of the celebration and that you receive your March Paper Pumpkin kit.  The last day to sign-up is March 10th.  But, why wait??  Click on the picture below to start your subscription now!

I look forward to welcoming you as a Paper Pumpkin subscriber!!

Happy stamping!


Stamp N Hop Occasions Blog Hop – Waterfront at Camp

Welcome to the first Stamp ‘N Hop blog hop!  I am honored to be part of a wonderful group of talented stampers who are sharing our favorite products from the Occasions catalog.  If you’ve just come from Mo Rootes post, I’m sure you found her project inspiring!  I really like Mo’s stamping style and will definitely be CASEing her project.  Thanks so much for continuing your blog hop by stopping by to see my post!

I have been an awe by the amazing cards that I have seen created with the Waterfront stamp set.  Honestly, watercoloring has always intimidated me a little.  But, with the Waterfront stamp set, creating a watercolored project is quite a lot of fun.

 Our family has a summer camp at a lake in Upstate New York.  It is a place to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with family and friends.  My blood pressure literally falls when we get to our camp, unpack, and then sit outside to view the lake.  The view from our beach was the inspiration for my card.  Below is a real picture of the view, and beside it is the finished card.

  • The card base is a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  It is then scored at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side to form a top-folding card.
  • The frame is a piece of Watercolor Paper cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  • The final watercolored card front is cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.
  • I started with Old Olive ink and two stamps from the set.  After stamping the images, I used my Aqua Painter (very light on the water) to spread the color.  To get another layer of a different green, I used the same stamps and Garden Green ink to add just a touch of a darker color.  When I used the Aqua Painter to blend the darker green, I used more of a pouncing motion to blend the color.  The result looks like different color trees for the background.
  • To add the water, I decided to use two shades of blue.  The first is Marina Mist.  The second is Island Indigo.  After each color, I blended with the Aqua Painter.  You’ll notice that an area was left for the rocks on the beach.
  • The rocks were added with Crumb Cake ink and blended.  To add more depth to the rocks, additional layers of Crumb Cake ink and Early Espresso ink were added to the base.
  • The trees were fun to attempt!  Since there isn’t a large tree trunk stamp in the set, I created the trunk with Early Espresso ink (you’ll see a “blob” of the ink on the bottom right corner of the watercolor paper) and the Aqua Painter.  The tree branches were stamped by only inking the top of the tree stamp.  Both Garden Green and Old Olive inks are stamped in the trees.  To create the grassy area below the trees, I used the tree stamp and only inked the very top of the stamp.  After stamping the “grass”, I used the Aqua Painter to blend the colors.
  • To give the piece a little more of a realistic touch, I went back into the beach area to add slightly defined rocks.  They were added with Early Espresso ink and the Aqua Painter.  Also more tree tops on the hills were added in both greens – Garden Green and Old Olive.

  • The most difficult part of making this card was deciding how to cut the picture down to 3 3/4″ x 5″ to fit in front of the frame piece.  As you can see from the final card, I decided to focus more on the trees and rocks in the foreground.  The sentiment is also from the Waterfront stamp set and was added with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I hope you have (or soon will have) the Waterfront stamp set in your collection!  Take some time to let the inner watercolor artist in you free!  You will be amazed at the results, and you’ll have fun while you create.

Be sure to continue the Stamp ‘N Hop blog hop by going to Georgia Gaydos post.  She has an amazing project to share with you!  A list of all participants for this month is shown below.  Also below are the main products that I used to create my watercolor card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

February Stamp ‘N Hop Artists:

Mikaela Titheridge

Kayla Adams

Laurie Mackie

Joanne Hodge

Amy Grendel

Andre Gordon

Tracie Evans Langley

Kirsten Aitchison

Linda Handford

Rachel Traudt

Eva Pottsova

Melissa Tennison

Melissa Kerman

Lisa Kmiec

Christina Walker

Karen Pearmain

Joyce Whitman

Bobbi Miller

Ilka Teschke

Danielle Kassing

Terry Montgomery

Tracey Gouraud

Kat Spencer

Mo Rootes

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Georgia Gaydos

Courtenay Heuston

Jessie Holton

Susan Simpson

Shannon Cole

Linda Richenberg


Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set – Three Designs!

My motto is – One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities.  The Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set made it easy for me to live up to those words.  Below are pictures of three different cards that I have recently posted.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to the post for the card.  There, you will find detailed instructions and main products used to make the card.

The next stamp set that I will feature in three designs is the unbelievable Waterfront stamp set from the Occasions catalog!  I am truly amazed at how versatile the set is.

Happy stamping,