Watercoloring Shades of Purple

To create the background paper for this card, I used Prima's water soluble oil pastels (Colour A La Cremes) onto watercolor paper.  The top and bottom edges are torn to show some white.

The French Perfume Label is especially fun to color because of the contrast of the sunflowers. 

The flower bunch in the bottom corner is our Dogwood Flowers Stamp.  It is a vintage image that is very versatile. Pearls, jewels or any embellishment looks good in the centers.

Rubber Stamps Used in this A2 card:
French Parfume Label
Dogwood Flowers
French Candy Label

Rainy Day in Paris Journal Page

Some watercolor inspiration today.  Rain, umbrellas, and fashion tickets all come together on this 8.5" x 5.5" journal page that celebrates Paris.  I began by using water soluble oil pastels in 3 shades of blue.
The next step in creating our rainy, Paris day, I stamped our Raindrops Background Rubber Stamp nine times on the page in blue ink.

Top left corner of the page features our Retro Umbrella Girl Rubber Stamp.  She is stamped on white cardstock, cut out in the top portion and placed in the negative of a die cut oval, blue cardstock.  Her blue dress and reversed umbrella are cut to come out of the oval opening.  After stamping her in black ink, I colored her in with a navy blue marker.


Underneath the umbrella girl is a cameo and its frame from our Create A Cameo Rubber Stamp Set.  The oval frame and cameo are stamped separately, both were then die cut using Spellbinders, Classic Oval Large Nestabilities dies.

I'm not sure how often it rains in Paris, but I can imagine that the city is just as beautiful as on a sunny day.  Our Vintage Paris Eiffel Tower Rubber Stamp is stamped in black StazOn ink onto a clear acrylic sheet that was painted with thin layers of turquoise and glitter gold acrylic paints.

The four ticket stamps are from the Fashion Tickets Stamp Set.  I decided to leave them black and white along with the strolling girls with umbrellas (Parasol Stroll Rubber Stamp). 

And the bottom right corner features our Parasol Stroll Rubber Stamp.  It is cutout and then the background is colored in with light blue markers, leaving the black and white design as is. 

Strathmore's Mixed Media book measures 8.5" x 5.5".  The pages are a smooth vellum, perfect for stamping.  I often take my excess stamped designs, various paper scraps and make a journal page.  Having a theme such as Paris on a rainy day couldn't be more fun to put together.  Be sure to enter our watercolor (and/or Spring challenge) with your journal page, or whatever other project you create :-)  I look forward to seeing your projects!

Rubber Stamps Used in this project:


Challenge March 2016

We're is hosting a challenge during the month of March.  The inspiration for the challenge is SPRING and/or WATERCOLORS (pencils, paints or pastels count!) 

  • Your project must contain at least one of our Deep Red Stamps.
  • Your blog post must feature the SPRING CHALLENGE graphic (above).
  • Link your blog POST for THIS challenge (no links that go to youtube, pinterest, general blog)
  • You can use your project in other challenges.
  • Enter as often as you like, one blog post per entry.
  • Challenge entries close March 31st, 11:55 EST.
Winners receive $35 in Rewards Points to use at DeepRedStamps.com.   At least 1 winner for every 20 entries will be chosen. Share this with your friends!

Spring Birdhouse

After coloring in our Rustic Birdhouse Rubber Stamp with several different markers and pencils, I decided on the Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils as the best for this stamp.  They allow the stamped image to show through. 

Normally, Distress Ink is used for accent areas or blending on paper, but I used it here for stamping the main image.  Our rubber stamps have natural gum in them which means you can use them with any crafting ink.  Also, the deep etch of our stamps truly allows a crafter to get a fantastic impression every time. Hint: I always place a paper towel underneath whatever paper I'm stamping on.  With this method, the stamp image always, always comes out perfect.

In the photo above, you see the inks I used, and the 4 watercolor pencils used to color in the birdhouse.   And the 2 stamp inks used to accent the edges of the card front.

I will often stamp a soft impression (Versa Magic's Oasis Green) on the inside of the card on light cardstock and write my sentiments.  For this card, I decided on our Springtime Sparrow Rubber Stamp.  He is eagerly awaiting to move into his new home!

Using 2 of Spellbinders Nestabilities dies from the Classic Oval Large set, the birdhouse design fits perfectly inside the oval shape.  The center strip down the middle is just a 1/2" cut piece of matching aqua blue cardstock.

The white cardstock behind the oval center is embossed with a Japanese waves type pattern through an embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts from Michaels).  And on top of the embossed paper, I stamped our Damask Rubber Stamp in black ink.  This large stamp covers an A2 card front completely, so it was easy to stamp.  I used the reverse method of leaving the stamp on the table face up, inking it, then placing my paper over it - and it only took one try.  The process was easier than expected and the result was beautiful!

That Star Spangled Banner Yet Wave

This 5 inch x 7 inch card features our Old Glory and Combat Boots Rubber Stamps.  The wave of the flag overlaps the combat boots section a...