Category Archives: Stamp Zia

embossed watercolored background

Hello crafty friends!  Here is another watercolor card – a little different technique this time.


I stamped the background with versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Once that was set I sprayed two colors of Zia Color Wash Sprays over the embossed panel and let dry.  The same technique was used for the sentiment panel a swell.  Crochet thread was wrapped around the back panel before adding the sentiment.  If you look closely, there are tiny pearls on the scalloped portion of the sentiment.  The background is from Rubbernecker and the sentiment from Papertrey.  I used Canson 140 lb watercolor paper.

Having a fun time with my watercolors!

more clean and simple

We finally have some Florida weather.  It’s been in the 70’s for the past several days – and no humidity either!   

Here is another clean and simple card for this weeks challenge at SCS – which is to make your own background.

The background could not be simpler I used Stamp Zia colorwash sprays on watercolor paper.    You just randomly spray whatever colors you want, allowing each color to dry before applying the next.  That’s it!   You can make up pages at a time and cut them later for use on cards.   For added interest you can spray over a mask – anything will do – artificial leaves, plastic shapes, etc.   Zia’s sprays are very vibrant, as you can see here, but there are other sprays out there – Adirondack and Ranger come to mind, and there are also glimmer sprays that provide a beautiful shimmer.

Once the colors were applied I stamped some random squiggle lines (also from Stamp Zia) in black  and added dots of metallic ink.   At this point I knew I would use this as an underwater scene – but in looking through my stamp collection I couldn’t find any “cute” fish to go with it.  Fortunately I had this digi fish image.  I have no idea where it came from (really need to label my digis better) so if you recognize it let me know!   

The fish were colored with several copics in the YR series, cut out and popped up, with one fish placed slightly off the page. 

The sentiment is from one of the first clear sets I purchased many, many years ago, probably at Hobby Lobby and I don’t have the original packaging and don’t know the company.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

snow day

I grew up in New England and each year we usually had one big snow storm – big enough to close the schools for the day.  My brothers and sisters and I would wake up, look out the window and then listen to the radio with Mom and Dad to see if we would have a “snow day”.    As kids we loved it…and my Dad was a school teacher and although he never said it, I’m sure he was happy to have a day off from work as well.  My Mom on the other hand probably hated snow days!

So when I saw this weeks clean and simple challenge on Splitcoast was “a day in the snow” I immediately thought of those days long past of not having to go to school and getting to play in the snow. 

In keeping with the challenge I kept the design and color scheme simple.  I’ve been doing so much coloring with copics that it was very refreshing to simply emboss – and I love the look of white embossing.  Here’s my card:

The cardstock is Kraft/Crumb Cake, with the darker brown behind the embossed image Bazzill textured.  I stamped the sentiment (from JustRite Times New Roman Font) with Palette Burnt Umber ink.  The small spray of snowflakes is one of those $1 clear stamps from Michaels.  The tree image (from Stamp Zia) was stamped in versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  The twine and brown button were added because I felt it went with the “natural” look of the card.

So, how is your new year going?  I hope well!  I taught a copic class on Saturday at my LSS and it was a wonderful success and I have another class scheduled next month.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you will join us over at SCS for the clean and simple challenge this week!

a card makeover, a letterpress mess, and finally facebook

You ever have one of THOSE days?  

While trying to get my mojo back, I made this card for this weeks clean and simple sketch challenge at SCS.  It’s apparent that my mojo has not returned (I think I threw it away by mistake while cleaning the stamp room last weekend)

So, this morning I could not stand to look at it and took it apart.  I salvaged the card base and the stamped images and created something slightly different, but a little better (imho!).  While this version does not meet the challenge criteria at least I felt better about it!!!!  The images were stamped on Fabriano Watercolor paper using Brilliant Blue and Green Galore markers.  The blue and green papers are from The Paper Company Seaside collection.  The stamps are from Stamp Zia (nautilus), Fred Mullett (starfish), and Flourishes (scallop and sentiment). 


I made a Letterpress mess this morning.  I purchased the L Letterpress kit a few days ago and tried it out this morning.   What a mess!  Ink all over the place and a letterpressed image that was far from the quality impressions you see on their site!  It is going to take alot of trial and error with this machine and I hope I can make it work.   If you are just starting to try out this machine you want to be very careful to line up the plate and your card, and inking the plate requires a very delicate touch to prevent getting ink on areas that you don’t want ink.    You know how when you ink a rubber stamp and some ink gets on the edges where you trimmed the stamp?  Then you stamp the image and you have those areas that ended up with ink on them and they end up on the paper?  The same holds true for the letterpress plates only it’s a little harder to make sure the ink is only on the raised portion of the plate.

Anyway, i’ll need to do more playing around with this machine before I can post.

Finally Facebook

I didn’t think I would find the whole Facebook thing interesting or appealing ……until I signed up!!  I already spend way too much time on the computer and this just adds to that problem.  I’m sure the newness will wear off after awhile, but until then I’m enjoying connecting with my family members from around the country and with friends I’ve lost touch with over the years.

If you’re on facebook, let me know!

thanks for stopping by!

another olympic inspiration

Here’s another card inspired by the Olympics…

I stamped the trees, from Stampscapes, in white pigment ink (CTMH) and embossed with white embossing powder and mounted the panel on white. 

The words, from Stamp Zia, were stamped in olive.  The green paper is from Papertrey, the white is Bazzil textured cardstock.

The main panel was popped up with paper piercing around the edges.  A bow made of olive silk ribbon was added on the side.

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