Hi everyone! Thanks for coming by today for the amazing Waffle Flower August Release Blog Hop! I have been so anxious to share these cool, creative and innovative products with you! I made three projects! That should tell you my excitement level! It's been hard to keep this one under wraps. Waffle Flower is one of my very favorite companies and the ideas that Nina comes up with are always awesome. I'm very honored to be part of this blog hop today introducing everything to you. Did you arrive here from the blog of my super talented friend CHANNIN?? To start at the beginning of the hop CLICK HERE to go to the Waffle Flower Blog!
The new items include cool stamps and dies to create your own color wheels, and paint/marker swatches. Like I said earlier - genius! Perfect for those of us that love to have our supplies organized! Also, a beautiful new Lacy Flower XL die and some cute stamps for coloring. The new products for August are geared towards the artistic side of all of us crafters. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, you will find Waffle Flower’s newest release a great investment for yourself. This is a back to basics release that focuses on the function of stamps and dies and our preferences on coloring mediums. The goal is to help beginners gain confidence with coloring mediums, and to help experienced colorists learn more about their different mediums. There are some cool combos and packages available (CLICK HERE to see everything). A professionally printed guide will be included in the Color Swatches Combo. All combos come in beautiful Cloud Storage Pockets. CLICK HERE to check out the Waffle Flower videos with detailed instructions and background! Nina reviews everything in her professional video.
I have some color swatches to share with you today, and two cards made with the new stamps and dies. I had a really good time creating these projects - truly an artistic endeavor. I feel like taking the time to swatch my colors really made me think about the textures of my watercolor paints, and when I made the color wheel card I learned a lot about mixing my colors together. Like a self taught art lesson! Okay....let's get started!
I used the Swatch Stamp and matching dies to create swatches of my very favorite watercolor paints! These have been my go-to watercolors ever since I got them! I have a small palette swatch of these paints but now I have them on a beautiful ring I can hang on my bulletin board. I die cut the swatch die and the circles to go at the top. I used watercolor paper and black cardstock. After they were die cut I glued the black enforcers on. Then I used Versafine Onyx Black Ink (the only ink I use for watercoloring) to stamp the swatch image. I gave them a quick shot with my heat tool to dry the ink. Then I had FUN coloring in the swatch sections!! Aren't they pretty!!!??
Here is an overview of some of the new products - in the gorgeous rainbow packaging! Swatches, color wheels and shapes OH MY!
Here are my swatches before I added the colors.... This makes my OCD happy.
Masstone is the SOLID version of any color. I used my MIjello Mission Gold watercolors.... For the masstone portion, I used the tiniest amount of water to wet the paint enough to swatch it. For the larger swatch area I wet it first and then added the color, slowly getting lighter as it moves from left to right. This is great practice for coloring!!! I learned how to be more patient and slower to get the right gradation...
I literally cannot get enough of this!!! I used these for watercolors, but you could just as easily swatch your Copics or Colored pencils!!! Use them in whatever way makes it useful for you in your studio!
Next up are the two cards I created for the blog hop and release! I used the fabulous Color Wheels Stamps to make a card perfect for one of my creative friends! I used a couple of other Waffle Flower Stamp sets for the sentiment and paint brush and it all came together in a fun way! I will use the Color Wheel Stamps and Dies later to make color wheels of my Polychromos pencils! Can't wait to do that project.
My card is an A2 card base out of paper from my stash (in my fav color). I cut out a watercolor paper layer and stamped two color wheels in the opposite corners. I made sure to put different colors for each one. Then I stamped a few of the circles around them to balance out the white space.
Here is that cute little paint brush stamp/die from the Little Painters Stamp Set! I watercolored it too. The sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder onto black cardstock.
It was really fun to mix and match the colors to get fill in the color wheels. I have never done that before! It made me pay attention to each color and how it works with other colors mixed. I put on some music in the studio and enjoyed this process.
I added some black enamel dots to the centers of the color wheels and then some Pretty Pink Posh Droplets to look like water drops... I also added paint splatters (you know I love that!)
I attached the paint brush on the card and then layered the sentiment banner over it. I like the graphic look of that black and white banner. I tried to think outside the box and come up with a cool way to incorporate the color wheel into something else! A card!
Next up is a card featuring the GORGEOUS new Lacy Flower XL die! OOH LA LA! It's so pretty, especially since I colored it in bright vivid GOLD! YUM. This card is an A2 purple card base. Again I layered with watercolor paper on top. I used lots of water and some shades of blue and violet to create a loose watercolor background. Once it was dry, I splattered gold paint and white paint over the color for more visual interest. (My paints/supplies are listed at the bottom of my post)...
I used clear glue to attach the gold die cut on top of the colored background. Then I trimmed off the edges. Next I stamped the Waffle Flower Hugs and Prayers sentiment onto vellum using Stazon ink. I layered the vellum around the bottom of the card before attaching the card front to the base with foam tape. I added a few purple gems from my stash.
This is what that beautiful die cut looks like! I used these paints for the gold!
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