Hello! Yes, I know it’s not Wednesday but since I’m headed to Create and Craft for a Kuretake show on Tuesday, I’d get a fun and easy project out to you today.

Wink of Luna is a metallic brush pen, and the nylon brush makes it really easy to add controlled amounts of metallic color, from thin lines to thick. (These are for you if you’re into decorative lettering.) It’s a water-based pigment ink of archival quality, so it’s great for scrapbooking, mixed media and other art that you want to preserve for years to come. These metallic colors look wonderful on both light and dark colored papers! Best of all? I love them for stamping!

Kuretake zig clean color Sara Naumann

Because the brush tip can cover a lot of surface, I like to use them for “inking” up a stamp before stamping. You’ll see this with the floral image. But the background? That’s brayered ink. Sooo easy to do and such fun. Okay, let’s get started.

Stamping with Wink of Luna, what you need—

  • Wink of Luna: Blue, Silver and Black
  • Stamps By Me stamp set: Perfect
  • Rare Earth brayer
  • Black stamping ink
  • White, black cardstock
  • Craft sheet
  • Water spritzer

Stamping with Wink of Luna, how to do it—

  1. Use the Blue Wink of Stella to color the large silhouette flower. Spritz lightly with water, then stamp onto white cardstock. Repeat to color and stamp the smaller flower with Silver, and the flower center with Black. Use stamping ink to stamp the sentiment.
  2. Trim the piece down and edge with black ink.
  3. Mat on white, then black.
  4. Scribble Blue Wink of Stella onto the craft sheet. Add a spritz of water, then roll the brayer through the watery medium and onto a piece of white cardstock. Let dry, then mat the top and bottom edges on black and glue to the card front.

Easy—fun, and a great technique for just about any card theme. Tip: When looking for stamps to color like this, opt for silhouette stamps rather than detail stamps—the results are more reliable.

Hope you can join us on Create and Craft for more demos and fun. The Kuretake show is on at 5:00 UK time. Look here for an easy way to figure out your time zone:

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It’s been a busy week with shows on Create and Craft, including the fabulous Brother Labeller (yes, I’m still labeling things) and the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set.

Tomorrow I’m headed to England for a show on Tuesday…all about the Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. These have been divine to work with and on Tuesday I’m going to demo them plus the Wink of Luna paint markers. Can you join us? It’s 5:00pm UK time, on Create and Craft.

Here are a few examples of what I’m hoping to squeeze in for demos. (We usually get to three demos per show, so whatever I don’t show on air will of course pop up on my blog!)

Kuretake zig clean color brush markers Sara Naumann

Stamping with markers…spritzing and stamping…I love the greens!

Stamping with the acrylic block, using Wink of Luna to color the stamped flower.Kuretake zig clean color Sara Naumann

Here’s brayering with the Wink of Luna, and stamping with it too.

Hope you can join us! Remember, it’s 5:00pm UK time on Create and Craft!

Coming to Create & Craft!

Tomorrow afternoon I’m headed to Peterborough, UK for Create & Craft shows. Hope you can join in the fun! Here’s the lineup—

(Please note, all times are UK. To check your time, keep reading for a handy converter!)

Monday, April 17
19:00/7:00: Brother Label Maker

This label maker is a snap to use and means I’ve got a fabulous way to organize my crafting stash. (Perfect for crafting on the go.)
Tuesday, April 18
8:00: Brother Label Maker

It’s also ideal for making fun personalized labels for cards and gifts.
18:00/6:00: Brother Label Maker

Plus the kids will like it! (And all Anna’s snack boxes, lunch boxes, school folders, sports kits, etc will have her name!)

Wednesday, April 19
16:00/4:00 Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor

Sara Naumann Create and Craft

What can I say??? These are beautiful, so gorgeous to use and gave my stamping a new lease. Loooooove.

Of course they go perfectly with Altenew floral stamps.

I’ve got demos galore and there’s sure to be fun along the way. If you’re not in the UK, here’s a handy chart from fellow Create and Craft demonstrator, Sarah Trebilcock.    

Happy Wednesday!

So, if you’ve visited me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that I’ve fallen pretty hard for the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set. I’m demonstrating it next Wednesday, April 19 at 4:00 UK time on Create and Craft, and I’ve had so much fun making up samples and demos! I’ve always liked watercolor, especially with stamps, but this set has really helped me step up my game.

Why? Well, I love the high quality of the paints, the range of colors (watercolors are really hard for me to mix), the effortless way they go onto the paper. It’s creative and relaxing, all at once. Using them puts me in a zen place almost immediately. And who can’t use a little zen relaxation?

sara naumann kuretake gansai tambi watercolor

In this case, I’m using the watercolors to color in a stamped, heat-embossed image. I like using an embossed image for watercolor, because the raised edges of the embossing sort of “hold” in the fluid color. In this case, it also helps create a guide for when you’re cutting out the various parts of the image. 

Okay, let’s take a look…

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Card, what you’ll need—

  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set
  • Altenew Adore You stamp set
  • Dark purple embossing powder
  • Wink of Stella Glitter Clear
  • Embossing inkpad
  • Brown inkpad
  • Smooth watercolor paper
  • Cream card blank, green cardstock
  • Purple baker’s twine
  • Water brushes or small paintbrushes
  • Water mister
  • Paper towel
  • Rhinestone embellishments
  • Foam tape

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Card, how to make it—

• Stamp and heat-emboss the flower and two leaves on smooth watercolor paper.

• Use #37 Deep Pink to paint the flower. Add #139 Purple to the edges, #38 in the center and blend with the waterbrush. Spritz lightly with water and blot with kitchen roll.

• Use #42 Bright Yellow to paint the leaves, then add #51 May Green to the sides. Add #52 Ocean Green to the centers. Spritz and blot.

• Cut out the pieces.

sara naumann kuretake watercolor create and craft

• Stamp the sentiment with brown on smooth cardstock. Load the waterbrush with watery #52 Ocean Green and spatter. Let dry, then mount on green card. 

• Wrap the left side of the card front with baker’s twine, securing the ends to the card front center. Glue the matted spattery piece toward the right side, covering the twine ends. Wrap the rest of the twine to the front of the card, securing it where the flower will cover it.

• Adhere the flower and leaves with foam tape. Add clear Wink of Stella to the edges of the petals for soft glittery shine.

• Add the rhinestone embellishments.

Even better…this card layout is so simple and effective, and can be swapped out with just about any color combination from the watercolor set. Plus, there’s really no way to get this watercoloring wrong—the colors blend and flow so beautifully.

Hope you can tune in on Wednesday, April 19 at 4:00 UK time on Create and Craft, for loads of demos and examples!

Resin jewellery resin jewellery Tuesday

Today on Resin Jewellery Tuesday: Map Ring with ICE Resin!

New to Resin Jewellery Tuesday? Each week we to explore a new project using ICE Resin® from Ranger. These projects are based on the resin techniques covered in my latest book from Search Press, How to Make Resin Jewellery.

This ring is one of those great projects that is so easy to do—and it’s a lot of fun to personalize! Here, I’ve used part of a street map of San Francisco, but you could use maps of your home town, places you’ve travelled, or places that intrigue you. And you don’t have to stop with maps…use sheet music, book paper or even patterned scrapbooking paper. (Just be sure to coat it with Mod Podge or sealer to avoid discoloration.)

Map Ring with ICE Resin, what you need—

  • ICE Resin® two-part epoxy (includes cup and stir stick)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Baby wipes
  • Mod Podge or other clear sealer
  • Map paper 
  • Silver adjustable circle ring—18x2mm (inner dimensions)
  • 3/4” circle punch   
  • Foam base: I use Styrofoam packaging—the kind you get when you buy a new coffeemaker. Just make a space in it so the ring band will be held firm with the ring bezel laid flat. If you don’t have a foam base, a kitchen sponge works.

Simple Magenta Ring with ICE Resin, how to make it—

Ti: Before you glue the paper inside the ring, slip it on your finger to make sure you position the text or pattern reading the way you want.

  1. Punch a circle of map paper. Coat with sealer and let dry. Glue inside the bezel. 
  2. Insert the ring into a foam base. Make sure the bezel is level. Mix the resin, pour into the bezel and let it cure.

Yes, that’s it! The ring base is the same size as our Magenta Ring from last week—I love how the same ring base can be used to create such different styles.

Like this project? Get all the info on creating resin jewelry with my latest book, How to Make Resin Jewellery, from the award-winning UK publisher, Search Press. You’ll find step-by-step instructions on mixing and pouring resin, plus over 50 project ideas with instructions. Check it out at Search Press!

how to make Resin Jewellery Search Press Sara Naumann