Thursday, April 9, 2015

Growing in Unity
Unity Stamp Company
Day 4

Welcome Crafty friends.
I have 2 posts up today.  So if you are looking for the Sweet Stamp Grand Re-Opening post go Here

Wow.  It is Day 4 already.  This week has gone by so fast. I cant believe it is almost over.
And honestly I don't want it to be.  I love using Unity stamps and could do this all the time.  
Luckily I still have another day left after today.

This week I will be sharing my projects with you using Unity Stamps. 

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As always make sure to check out their blog and Facebook page everyday.  There is a new GIU Girl every week you can follow along with as well as plenty of fun things and inspiration happening on Unity's blog and Facebook page
Today I made an approach at doing something more clean and simple (CAS).
Which is something I don't do a lot of because I always question is it enough?  Is there enough going on with this card?
So I challenged myself to try my hand at it again.
I haven't had the chance to use this Unity Stamp yet.
So it was perfect.
Here is my card

I used water color paper for this card because I planned to use my Faber Castell water color pencils with this image.
After stamping the image I colored it with the water color pencils. I then took my Faber Castell water brush and went over it to wet it.
I took a small paint brush and went over that.
Then I let it dry for a couple minutes, I wanted it to be dryer but lightly damp because I wanted to add some shading to the image. 
I then took a dry paint brush and starting at the middle of each ice cube started rubbing it back and forth.  Tiny strokes fairly quickly.
this causes the brush to pick up extra water and color.
Each time I would pick up color I would push it to the outside, then wipe my brush of excess water and do it again until it shades like I want it. 
You have to be careful doing this and make sure you use a light hand.  If you push down too much you will start to pull the paper up.  It is all about lightly going over the color. At first you may not see any color start to move.  But don't give up, it takes it a second.  Also if you let the image dry too much.  Take a slight bit of water on the tip of your brush to re-dampen the color. I usually will put a drop of water on the back of my hand and let it roll off.  Then use what little bit is left.  That is how little of water you need to re-damped the color.
 After my image was colored and dried.  I then stamped the sentiment and added a couple sequins from Lawn Fawn.
At this point I had to set it down and walk away.  I didn't want to over do it or over think it. 
So doing this makes it easier for me to come back later and look at the finished project.
I do like how it turned out. I am glad I stopped my self and walked away from it. 
Am I the only one that has this problem with CAS cards?

I also took a photo of this card with my cute umbrella and it worked pretty well. I just thought I would share that with you as well.

With this photo, I am so ready for the beach. 
If spring time would quit playing tricks on us.
The beach is where I would love to be.

Ok.  That is it for today.  I hope I inspired you to do something different, something you struggle with and something you tend to stay away from because of overthinking. 

Supplies used: 
Unity stamp company: Wanna Chill out.
Faber Castell: Art Grip water color pencils
Lawn Fawn: Sequins.
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  1. What a darling card! I like clean & simple so this is perfect,

  2. cute card! thanks for sharing the shading tips with us!

  3. Very punny CAS card. So sweet. Hugz

  4. Nice card! The coloring on it is great! Thanks for sharing your coloring techniques.

  5. The watercolour gives it a nice wet look :)
    I love cas cards. I probably have the opposite
    Less is more, but somedays I wish I could just go to town with a card!
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Your card is great! I never do CAS cards either, but I finally posted one I just made on my blog yesterday. It looks like we were thinking on the same wavelength :) I can't wait to see what you create to morrow!

  7. Such a fun card! Love the coloring!

  8. SUPER CUTE card Amy :)
    You have done a wonderful job with your watercolouring - THANK YOU for sharing your tips & techniques, I look forward to trying it :)

    1. ... and YES, I struggle with CAS too - it seems like to me that the "LESS" of CAS means MORE time!!!

  9. I love punny cards. This is cute. I think I have only made one CAS card before I knew what a CAS card was. On the other hand, I have only made one card that had a lot of layers to it. I fall somewhere in between. I think CAS cards are rather difficult for the same reason you mentioned. To stop or not to stop - that is the question. Great job on the card.

  10. This one really caught my eye. it's adorable.

  11. Very cute card. I love this stamp.

  12. ohh how cute! Great coloring job! :)

  13. This is just so cute! Great coloring and oh so love that stamp ♥

  14. Cute CAS card! Love the pun! Great coloring and the sequins are a nice accent!

  15. So cute, always loved these ice cubes!!!

  16. What a darling card. Your coloring is super. Love the added sequins.

  17. Wow,it's really cute and love your technique.Simple and fabulous,and thanks for giving me the idea how to use the stamp since I have it and haven't used it yet.

  18. How cute! I have a bunch of colors of sequins, but don't know what to do with them. Now I know---just be creative!

  19. Oh this is so cute! I have this stamp but haven't figured out how to color it yet but now I have my very own tutorial!! The sequins are a great little touch!

  20. ugh. just lost my comment.

    very cute card. I want to try my hand at water coloring too. I just need to do it and not feel guilty about spending time on me. I need to get back into crafting more than I am.

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  21. Such a cute card and fabulous coloring and shading techniques!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  22. Hahaha - that's a funny one!! Great use of the stamp!!

  23. Nice card. Love this stamp set. The coloring job is awesome.

  24. Very cute CAS design. I like the addition of sequins.


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