National CRAFT MONTH CELEBRATION Blog Hop

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

55 Responses

Helen Gullett
Helen Gullett

March 25, 2016

WOW… those cards and tags are amazing! Thanks for the tips :)

Dasha
Dasha

March 23, 2016

Amazing CAS cards and tags. Beauitufl

Marianne
Marianne

March 22, 2016

So pretty. Also love how you used the die cut words on the tags.

Lisascreativeniche
Lisascreativeniche

March 21, 2016

These are stunning! What a beautiful technique!

Lisa Petrella
Lisa Petrella

March 21, 2016

What a fantastic technique!!! Beautiful cards and tags!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Dawn~DesignsByDragonfly
Dawn~DesignsByDragonfly

March 21, 2016

Wow what a wonderful technique. Thanks for sharing your fantastic card and tags. LoVe them.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
DesignsbyDragonfly.blogspot

helen m
helen m

March 21, 2016

very cool. thanks for the inspiration

MaggieB
MaggieB

March 21, 2016

Hi ~ Love the way you used the watercoloring. Thanks for sharing.

Farhana Sarker
Farhana Sarker

March 21, 2016

Amazing use of water colors!!

Kathy Mc
Kathy Mc

March 20, 2016

Love the results here of the ink swash and word due cut. Going to Pin this technique!

Mirella
Mirella

March 20, 2016

Lovely projects, all of them! I really enjoy cards and projects with unusual ways of displaying the sentiments, and this looks really fun! Thanks for sharing. P.S. adding the dies to my wishlist! ;-)

Jen shears
Jen shears

March 19, 2016

MUST try this!! Love the look!

Mom and wife (Mona spark)
Mom and wife (Mona spark)

March 19, 2016

I love your cards and tag. I would like to try this technique .

Carrie Sheridan
Carrie Sheridan

March 18, 2016

thanks for the tip on the watercolor words! I also love the look of watercolors and have been looking for some new ideas! Thanks!

Liz Sarkisyan
Liz Sarkisyan

March 18, 2016

Beautiful card and love those set of tags!

Mary-Anne V.
Mary-Anne V.

March 17, 2016

Such a pretty look created by the watercolours. I love your products!

Arianna Barbara
Arianna Barbara

March 17, 2016

Absolutely gorgeus projects!!!!

Andrea Shell
Andrea Shell

March 17, 2016

Thank you for the awesome tips! I love that first card.

carol
carol

March 17, 2016

The sentiment says it all: beautiful cards and tags with the ‘split’ colouring! And I agree: a set of notecards/tags would make for an amazing gift…thoughtful, pretty and practical! Inspired and inspiring! Thank you!
~carol

Karen B.
Karen B.

March 17, 2016

Wow, these are just amazing!

Justin
Justin

March 16, 2016

What a great technique! I love the ‘dipped’ effect with these words – SO FUN! :) Thanks for sharing!

Tara Powell
Tara Powell

March 16, 2016

Great card and tags! So fun.

Debbie
Debbie

March 16, 2016

Oh my goodness. I love the color dipped effect… so so pretty. I will be trying this in the future. Thanks for the inspiration!

TracyM #6773
TracyM #6773

March 16, 2016

WOW – FABULOUS set of cards and tags!!!
LOVE the design and LOVE how the colour dipped sentiments add a touch of awesome to the tags!!!
It’s great to get a CLEVER way to create two projects from the one die-cut too => THANK YOU for the INSPIRATION :)

DAWN T
DAWN T

March 16, 2016

WOW…. great technique. Love the way it looks especially on the tags

Renee
Renee

March 16, 2016

This is such a beautiful technique!! I wish there were Pinterest buttons on the pictures :( Thank you for sharing though!!!! I am new to the blog and your products so I can not wait to see what other beautiful stamps and dies you make!

Lisa bzibziak
Lisa bzibziak

March 15, 2016

Yes! Love the double use! I do this all the time! Very cool and beautiful!

Cynthia Johnson
Cynthia Johnson

March 15, 2016

I love this technique. You can use it on everything!

Joyce
Joyce

March 15, 2016

Love this technique, so fun!

Aileen
Aileen

March 15, 2016

great collection of cards and tags. love your dies and the colours used and just everything.

Teresa Godines #6857
Teresa Godines #6857

March 15, 2016

very cleaver way to color the words. Thank for the inspiration

Jeanne
Jeanne

March 15, 2016

What a great idea! Never think to in lay stuff!

Maureen Hayes
Maureen Hayes

March 15, 2016

Wha a fantastic idea to create some gift cards and use those gorgeous die cuts in tags! I LOVE this die and can see how versatile it would be! Thank you for the idea and expect to see an order from me in the future?

Ericka Strange
Ericka Strange

March 15, 2016

Love these cards and then how you used the leftover dies to make the tags. Great idea!

Karen B.
Karen B.

March 15, 2016

I MUST try this fab technique! Amazing cards.

Leonor Carrilho
Leonor Carrilho

March 15, 2016

Love the art coloring

shelly
shelly

March 15, 2016

Super fun and awesome!

Kelly
Kelly

March 15, 2016

Cute color-dipped words

susie s
susie s

March 15, 2016

This card makes me smile!

D.Ann C
D.Ann C

March 15, 2016

Thanks for the great tips on these fun cards and tags and for sponsoring the hop!

Kimberly J.
Kimberly J.

March 15, 2016

Love this idea!! What a great way to get several beautiful projects!!

Richard
Richard

March 15, 2016

What a great idea to get huge impact in a big hurry! I never say no to a great tag!

Rachel V
Rachel V

March 15, 2016

So pretty! I can’t decide which I like better – the cards or the tags!

susan a Lorio
susan a Lorio

March 15, 2016

beautiful!

Lynnea Hollendonner
Lynnea Hollendonner

March 15, 2016

Never throw away the color dipped pieces!! Hahaha! Wonderful projects!

Julie Curtis
Julie Curtis

March 15, 2016

Very pretty projects!!

Sue VanDeVusse
Sue VanDeVusse

March 15, 2016

Very cool with the split die cut sentiment! Love the swash with the splatters and awesome tags, too.

Sue VanDeVusse
Sue VanDeVusse

March 15, 2016

Very cool with the split die cut sentiment! Love the swash with the splatters and awesome tags, too.

Victoria H
Victoria H

March 15, 2016

love your projects and products. Will enter the challenge. Thanks for the inspiration

Sabrina Radican
Sabrina Radican

March 15, 2016

I absolutely love Dollar Store finds for my crafting and your cards and tags are so pretty!!!!

BreAnn
BreAnn

March 15, 2016

I love the look of the color dipped words. I can’t wait to get myself some of these word dies!

Amy Kolling
Amy Kolling

March 15, 2016

Love the split diecut sentiments!!!! Thanks for the how-to!

Vinita Jain
Vinita Jain

March 15, 2016

Gorgeous creations with tips and techniques, can create some quick cards easily to gift someone! Thanks for sharing!

~amy~
~amy~

March 15, 2016

gorgeous! Love the tags!

Kim Faucher
Kim Faucher

March 15, 2016

Love the tips and step by step directions… So many great ideas !!

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