During the school holidays it can be tricky for me to find time to create. With this in mind, I aim to create an occasional ‘Mix It Up’ post. These posts might highlight a certain style or technique drawing on previous projects to illustrate, or link to a few interesting articles I’ve discovered on my blog surfing, or equally a bit of therapeutic shopping links.

My first pick is watercoloring. Watercoloring has been a massive trend and shows no signs of slowing down. We’ve all loved pulling out our old watercolour sets, discovering the rich pigmentation of Gansai Tambi paints and the ease and colour pop of the Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. Here’s a few examples I’ve created with the different types of watercolour media.

Traditional watercolour tubes

When the watercolour trend first got going I dug out my old tubes of watercolor paint and created this card.

Watercolor review of the different media I’ve explored since the watercolor trend hit. Learn more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/07/watercolor-post-review/ ~ Debby Hughes ~ Lime Doodle Design

Winsor & Newton half pans

As the tubes I was using were quite old I quickly bought a set of Winsor & Newton half pans. I love how easy it is to get softly blended colours with type of watercolour.

Watercolor review of the different media I’ve explored since the watercolor trend hit. Learn more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/07/watercolor-post-review/ ~ Debby Hughes ~ Lime Doodle Design

Clockwise from top left: here, here, here and here

Gansai Tambi

Then the Gansai Tambi watercolours hit my radar and I was in love with the rich pigmented colours! You can really pack a vibrant punch with these watercolours but looking bottom right at that elephant tag, you can still go soft and subtle too.

Watercolor review of the different media I’ve explored since the watercolor trend hit. Learn more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/07/watercolor-post-review/ ~ Debby Hughes ~ Lime Doodle Design

Clockwise from top left: here, here, here and here

Zig Clean Color Brush Markers

Finally, my most recent purchase were some of the Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. These markers make it so easy to get into the nooks of an image with the fine paint brush which comes as part of the marker and they blend beautifully too; the flowers top right – I used just four colours!

Watercolor review of the different media I’ve explored since the watercolor trend hit. Learn more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/07/watercolor-post-review/ ~ Debby Hughes ~ Lime Doodle Design

Clockwise from top left: here, here, here and here

 Well, that’s a quick look at the different watercolour media I’ve experimented with, but there are many more options available too. What’s your favourite? Whatever you have available or choose to buy I hope you get out your paints this summer and indulge in the joy of watercoloring even if it is a snatched moment in between running the kids around!

Supplies

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support.

   
  • What a brilliantly informative post!
    I have tried all that you have highlighted here. Each has it’s own charm. The ZIGgys are my go-to at the moment due to the vibrant pigments….still fiddling with the proper paper to use with them though.ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      Yes, the paper needs to be watercolor. I use Canson or Tim Holtz ReplyCancel

  • Barb Chmura

    This was a great summary with lovely examples. Great idea to reflect back on the type of watercolors you used and the results. Loved it.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for this post. My water color supplies are really basic, so seeing these products on your projects really helps as I try to purchase some better products with limited funds! Again thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • So much loveliness all in one place. I’m really enjoying my Zigs, but I probably need some Gansai Tambi also. I’ve discovered that my Zigs work surprisingly well on Canson XL Mixed Media paper, 98 lbs., especially for backgrounds.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful post! Loved all the pretty projects!ReplyCancel

  • So nice to revisit these beauties, Debby … those Zigs are calling my name, my friend! I could justify the purchase by telling myself how much I’ve saved never having purchased the Copics, right? Hope you’re enjoying the Summer!
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  • Shirley

    Love the media comparison. All cards are beautiful…can’t state one particular favorite.ReplyCancel

  • You are such a talented artist, and you do watercolor SO well! I have the Gansai Tambi, and the Zig pens, but haven’t played with them nearly enough yet. I tend to reach for my good old distress inks the most when doing watercolor, probably because I’m comfortable working with them.ReplyCancel

  • I really like the idea of being able to watercolor with markers! Watercoloring is what got me into rubber stamping all those years ago because I’m not really an artist and can’t start with a blank canvas. With a stamped image first, then watercoloring within, I’ve fallen in love with shading. Thank you so much for doing this review, Debby!ReplyCancel

  • conil

    Embarrassed to say I own all but the half-pan watercolors. And, thanks to you, am doing a little experimenting myself with the Zig Clean Colors. By no means, am I expert in any of them. But they’re so much fun, aren’t they?ReplyCancel

Embellished die cuts really add a wow factor to a card; the little details like Glossy Accents and glitter really take things up a notch. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/07/video-hop/Well today is a fun day with a video hop! I’m helping the lovely, oh so sweet and super talented Laura Sterckx celebrate 7000 subscribers to her YouTube Channel and did I mention she’s only 18! And yes, you did read that right a video from me LOL, I know they can be few and far between but I’m working on that and hoping to share more videos moving forward :D

Embellished die cuts really add a wow factor to a card; the little details like Glossy Accents and glitter really take things up a notch. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/07/video-hop/

So let’s get to the card. I stamped the leaves from One With Nature in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Solar White card and die cut with their matching Nature dies before Copic colouring. After which I added Zig Wink of Stella to the red areas, painted Ranger Multi Medium Matte on the brown areas and dunked into Distress Glitter and then added Glossy Accents to the orange areas. All the different sparkles, shine and textures adds a lovely frosty feel to these autumn leaves.

Embellished die cuts really add a wow factor to a card; the little details like Glossy Accents and glitter really take things up a notch. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/07/video-hop/

The leaves are mounted on a background of Fog card stamped in Versamark with the Tiny Alphabet Background and white heat embossed. For the sentiment I coloured some scrap white card with the orange Copics and then die cut the Painted Enjoy die from it, mounted it on the card and then coated in Glossy Accents to match the leaves.

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Finally I wrapped the card with twine and added a few enamel dots and sequins :D

Video Hop

As mentioned above this post is part of a video hop. You can find all the details on Laura’s blog, Making Cards Is Fun, and to be part of the fun you can hop along leaving comments on the YouTube videos, not here on this post, (comments must be left by August 2nd, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST) to be eligible for the sponsor giveaways. Here’s my video:

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Supplies

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support.

   
  • Tracy S.

    I love that you are thinking of Fall, it’s my favorite time of the year. Lovely card and congrats to Laura on 7000 wow! Love her channel.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Love the colours and all the shimmer glitter effects.ReplyCancel

  • diana

    Fun card and congrats to Laura! ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Jan G

    Great card! You always design the most beautiful cards.ReplyCancel

  • really lovely your card xxReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    I love fall and like that you helped me get an idea for cards. I had never thought about mixing glitter on an object AND glossy accents. Makes a more interesting piece.ReplyCancel

  • Jan G

    Debby, great card! Just love your design sense. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful video Debby! I love the colours and different textures and shimmer that you achieved on this card. I think those trees are a perfect image selection!ReplyCancel

  • Shirley

    Beautiful card…love the colors, die set and different medium you used on the leaves.ReplyCancel

  • Hello Debby! So wonderful to hear your voice again! Love, love, love what you’ve done with my favorite SSS set – you’ve totally put to shame my lowly attempt with it =] Such a lovely card – each and every bit of it is brilliant!
    =] MicheleReplyCancel

  • Kathy BM

    Beautiful card, Debby. I’m trying to resist buying that stamp set but you are wearing down my resistance with your gorgeous creations ReplyCancel

  • I love this! Super sweet card, Debby!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my my… I absolutely love your card! the colors, the glitter, the shine, and the texture!!! Just absolutely fabulous!!!!ReplyCancel

  • janet

    Bonjour Debby, thank you for a superb video and to to mention a stunning card! Beautifully colored leaves and love how you “dressed” them up!

    Congratulations to Laura – she is a wonderful and very talented young lady!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Finger

    Love the use of distress markers with the gloissy accents. Really sharp!ReplyCancel

  • Jacquie

    LOVE these stamps and your use of them is awesome! I was really impressed with that huge container of the Rock Candy glitter too … woo hoo!ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      LOL Jacquie, when I bought that glitter I hadn’t quite appreciated how big the tub was!!ReplyCancel

  • AWESOME card !ReplyCancel

  • Wow, such delicious colours and textures! Wow, again!ReplyCancel

  • TamiBabs

    Beautiful card!! Thanks for all the embellishment ideas – some were things I hadn’t considered!ReplyCancel

  • pamboe

    I too am starting to do my fall cards. I love yours and will order that stamp for sure! I enjoy your videos. That background music and your lovely voice are a real treat!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    Love the texture. Very pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Love this card! I love all the different sparkle you added to the leaves! Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    So much texture on this card! I love all the different ways you have used this stamp set, as well.ReplyCancel

  • Amber McGary

    This card is so simple yet beautiful. You did it again Debbie!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks to you I have discovered that I cannot leave comments on YouTube videos on my iPad! Isn’t that crazy! But I can comment from my iPhone and desktop!ReplyCancel

  • I only can repeat myself: Debby, you are a true paper artist. I love love love this STUNNING card.
    Thank you for the video, it was (is) a pleasure to watch.
    JudithReplyCancel

  • conil

    You added so much interest to those leaves and they’re lovely. Wonderful card.ReplyCancel

  • Karin Åkesdotter

    I really enjoyed watching your video – Thanks so much for sharing so many great tips!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn M

    Love the colors just beautifulReplyCancel

  • Lin F

    The colors you chose really make it a pretty card, thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Bev

    I LOVE your videos, Debby! When the stamps you used first came out, I did not care for them. However, after seeing what you do with them, with the coloring and embellishing, I have changed my mind. The card is lovely. Congrats to Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie

    Lovely!!…I enjoy the color combo and the little extras of shimmer and shine.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Talbot

    Yay for Laura on 7000 subscribers! Well deserved – I’m one of them! Debby, I love your card! Gorgeous design! I find the distress glitter on the leaves very appealing and I must try this myself! Thank you for the video and I hope you do more!ReplyCancel

  • Rose Mary Smalley

    Cute card….would have never seen these leaves as coming out so cute…thanks….ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Colebank

    The leaves are so beautiful. It’s such a pretty card.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Love this beautiful card, with all the added details! I’m not teady for autumn yet, though!ReplyCancel

  • Karin Carter

    Lovely card! and great to see a video from you too :) Looking forward to more of themReplyCancel

  • Kathy E

    Super, super card! Loved the texture and shine…have used these products but never all on one image…what an impact!!!
    Thank YOU!ReplyCancel

  • jan metcalf

    Fun to watch you color and add glitters and glam!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    Love the different textures, takes the die cuts to a whole new level!ReplyCancel

  • WOWOWOOOWOWOW!! I LVE this Card such AMAZING Colors!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)ReplyCancel

  • Maree Forman

    Beautiful Card and love the use of different textured finishes on the leaves.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila H

    The fall colors really pop. Thanks for the cool video.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila H

    I love the fall colors!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Lindarub

    Great fall card.ReplyCancel

The Simple Stories papers in the August Card Kit are those of the deep rich sunkist colours of a hot summer sunset, salty and sandy from a good day at the beach. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/07/summer/

Oh the colours in the Simple Stories papers from the Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit just scream summer don’t they?! We aren’t talking the sherbet ice cream colours of summer but the deep rich sunkist colours of a hot summer sunset, salty and sandy from a good day at the beach :D And the wording on that paper – perfect! I just had to tuck Abby from the Pool Play set on there.

The Simple Stories papers in the August Card Kit are those of the deep rich sunkist colours of a hot summer sunset, salty and sandy from a good day at the beach. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/07/summer/

I stamped Abby in Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Solar White, die cut with the matching Summer Fun dies and coloured with Copics, then accented her swimsuit with White Enamel Accents. She’s popped up on the Simple Stories paper and more from the kit tucked in and layered behind. Once she was securely in place I coated the snorkel mask and rubber ring in two coats of Glossy Accents for extra shine so that she floated nicely while bobbing in and out of those waves LOL.

The sentiment from the Flip Flop season is stamped in Burnt Orange, trimmed, cut into a banner shape and foam mounted. The panel is then accented with an October Afternoon puffy sticker and some of the Martha Stewart glitter shapes before mounting on a top folding White card base.

Supplies

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support.

   
  • Dori J

    Oh, what a sweet summer card! I’d be so happy if something like that turned up in my mailbox. Thanks for sharing. :DReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Such an adorable, summery card!!ReplyCancel

  • conil

    Love it when a card invokes feelings in me like this one. Can almost smell the salt air and feel the warm sun. Wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Chrsitine Kiehl

    I adore everything summer and this card is just simply adorable! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Simply gorgeous! Jo xReplyCancel

  • Carol H.

    I just love your card! The colors you used a so very pretty!ReplyCancel

  • jan metcalf

    Very cute card!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Heggins

    Sweet card!ReplyCancel

  • Debby, all your cards are so delightful, sweet, beautiful, and GORGEOUS AS ALWAYS!!! I really love your design!! So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Fun, fun, fun. Love, love, love.ReplyCancel

Simon Says Stamp Splash Of Color

The winner of the Simon Says Stamp prize pack from comments left on this stop of the Splash Of Color Blog Hop is …..

Dodie!

Congratulations Dodie, Simon will be in touch to get your prize out to you :D Thank you all for joining in such a fun hop. If you’ve not checked out the Splash Of Color release yet then check it out here.

   

I’m over on the Simon Says Stamp blog today with a tree for all seasons using the Cone Building set. Here’s a sneaky peek of the three projects I made but please pop by Simon to see them in full :D

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  • Love the cards and such a great way to extend the life of your stamps fall seasons! Thanks for sharing!!!ReplyCancel

  • jan metcalf

    I love the blue trees/holiday card! You are very clever with the ice cream cone!ReplyCancel

  • conil

    Wish I had your brain and talent for just a day. How clever you are…actually brilliant.ReplyCancel

  • Dori J

    Very creative use of stamps! And the winter one is my favorite, too. I love sparkle! :-)ReplyCancel

  • JanetB

    Brilliant, wish I could think outside the box, like you. Love your “trees” for all seasons.ReplyCancel

  • Amy A.

    Saw this over at SSS blog – love this idea. Have a set I might try this with. As usual…love everything you make!ReplyCancel