We are excited to be participating in this National Craft Month blog hop celebration
! Nicole of Right at Home
invited us to participate and we couldn't be more excited! This is a really fun way to play along with others - and for US to see what YOU create! All you have to do is create a card with your favorite crafting products, and post it to the Right at Home blog hop page
. Doing so will get you entered to win different prizes from different crafting companies! Concord & 9th is giving away a $25 gift card to a lucky winner
so be sure to celebrate with us by crafting and uploading your artwork!
Here is what we created with our favorite products/techniques...
Let's talk technique first - we love to watercolor! It can be quick & easy with a swash of color on the front of a note card, or you can spend some quality, therapeutic time with a brush and detailed images. For these note cards we chose the quick swash. We trimmed a few pieces of Canson cold press watercolor paper to 3 1/4" x 4 3/4" (just shy of note card size). Then choose your favorite ink colors to 'swash' across the front. The beauty of this is it doesn't have to be perfect. Once dry, ink up your watercolor brush and lightly tap the end to create the darker splatter marks on the card front. You could get a set of 8-10 cards done pretty quickly this way (these would make for a great gift to someone!).
Next, using our new Wonderful Words dies
, die cut a scripted sentiment from the card front leaving some of the word uncolored. The Wonderful Words dies are sold in a bundle
with Wonderful Women stamp set, but they also pair very well with our Beautiful Words stamp set
which is what we chose to use here. There are so many different sentiments you can build to meet your card-giving needs from this stamp set.
After you die cut the words - do not throw away the color-dipped piece. Isn't it some sort of crafting rule that you should hang on to all extra pieces for use at a later time?
As you can see in these three cards, we didn't use the color-dipped words. We die cut the words again from Canson watercolor paper and puzzled them back on to the card front. This creates a cool reverse affect in the watercolor swash.
So, what to do with those color-dipped words? Use them on tags! We love kraft card stock, especially with pops of white, so adding these scripted words to kraft tags was fun to do! First, die cut tag shapes using our Bags & Tags dies
. If you have not seen the versatility of these dies, you need to check them out. The die set allows you to create many different tops of tags (and bags), and different lengths too. The stamping is done with Simon Says Stamp white pigment ink, and then embossed with white powder.
Have you ever found hidden treasures at the dollar store? The cream colored twine on these tags is from a bolt of dollar store twine. LOVE! Be sure to add the little die cut reinforcers to the tags too. Reminds us of shipping labels/tags.
So, for these projects, our favorite crafting supplies used were:
Concord & 9th: Beautiful Words stamp set, Wonderful Words dies, Bags & Tags dies
Canson cold press 140lb watercolor paper
Tim Holtz distress inks & Ranger embossing powder
Simon Says Stamp white pigment inks
kraft card stock and dollar store twine!
Next in line for the blog hop is Katie with Avery Elle
. Click HERE
to hop over to her blog to see what wonderful creation she came up with! And, don't forget to post your amazing creations over on the Right At Home page
There you will find detailed instructions on how to do so!HAPPY NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH!!! Love, Angie B and Greg C
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