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Igloo Mailbox with Pine Silhouettes in Background

Stamps used are “Igloo Mail Box, Sm.”, “Pine Silhouette” and “Uneven Ground/Snowdrifts.” All were stamped on 140 lb. weight watercolor paper and were inked by coloring directly on the stamp with Marvy Markers. Color was drawn out with a fine-pointed soft bristle paint brush dipped in water. Color from Marvy Markers were rubbed on a plastic coated paper plate and used as a palette to color the flag on the “Igloo Mail Box.” The “Igloo Mail Box” was stamped first and masked while the trees and the “Snowdrifts” were stamped. Diamond Glaze and glitter were applied to the mail box and the snowdrifts. Diamond Glaze goes on fairly thick so one doesn’t have to worry about it running outside of the desired area. It hardens to give a raised, wet or glass-like look. The finished watercolor paper was layered over green card stock to frame the card. An absolute “MUST” for this watercolor technique is to use 140 pound watercolor paper and Marvy Markers. Card by Lisa Haan.

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Fireworks Background with USA Flag Furling

“USA Flag Furling, Sm.” is stamped with Rocket Red Brillance on one piece of glossy white card stock, then another piece of glossy white card stock is stamped with Mediterranean Blue Brillance. the “stars” part of the flag is cut out and layered on the red flag. The red piece is trimmed closely and layered on glossy white and glossy red card stock. “Reach for the stars” is stamped using a Rocket Red Brilliance pad and is masked while “Fireworks” is stamped with a Pearl Ex Metallic Gold stamp pad and embossed in gold on a deckle edged white card stock. This piece is layered on a red glossy card. The flag piece is mounted on the card as shown. Card by Margaret Wiggin.

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Variety of Stamps in Frame #1

“Southwest Frame, Lg.” was stamped onto confetti tan card stock. The same image was stamped with Staz-on ink on a transparency and the insides of each square were cut to create a mask. This was used to stamp “Kokopelli #8, Med.” in Old Olive, “Navajo Design” in Rust, “Sunburst, Sm.” in Mustard, “Beaded Feather, Sm.” in Ruby Red, “Dream catcher, Sm.” in Navy and, “Wild Arabian Horse”, in Chocolate Brown. A Pearl Ex pallette was used to highlight Kokopelli with green, Navajo design with copper and the Sunburst with gold. The horse was water colored with Cocoa. Mustard highlights were added to the mane. The entire card was then sponged with Chocolate Brown, Rust and Caramel inks. The mask was used again, and each square was sponged with more Chocolate Brown to highlight them and sponged more heavily around the edges. Card by Chris Coslet.

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Happy Birthday Card with Teepee & Buffalo

On white card stock, “Navajo Blanket #4” and “Navajo Blanket #5” were stamped in earth tones rainbow pad so that when the vellum is placed over it, the blankets will mutely show. They were masked to show one blanket in front of the other. On vellum, “Teepee, Lg.”, “Buffalo, Lg.”, “Ceremonial Pipe, Sm.” and “Happy Birthday” were stamped in black Memories and colored with pencils on the opposite side. The two layers are tied together with raffia and finished with a bow. Card by Margaret Wiggin.

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Brownies Dancing by Mushrooms

“Vine/Wood Frame” is embossed in green on white card stock. Inside the frame the following stamps are stamped with black memories: “Dancing with the Peace Maker”“Dancing Round & Round!”, and “Mushroom, Sm.” The mushroom is stamped twice and masked to stamp the second mushroom as well as “Dancing Round & Round!”  The images grass and sky are colored with pencils. Card by Pam Hewitt.

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Rescuing a Brownie in Distress

“Treed – I See…”, “Treed – Hold On!” and “Catch It” are stamped in black ink and colored with pencils. “Rocks and Ground”, “Weed Patch” and “Medium Tree” are stamped in shades of green to establish the horizon. A mask of “Treed – I See” is used while  “Long Branch” is stamped in dark green to create the leaves on the tree. The sky is colored blue with chalk and the ground is colored yellow and green with chalk. Shadows are colored with brown pencil at the feet of the three brownies on the ground. The card is layered on red confetti, medium brown, and white card stock. Card by Lisa Logsdon.

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Flower Basket in Oval Cut-Out

Happy Birthday card with Flower Basket in oval cut-out.

“Flower Basket” was stamped on ecru card stock with a black Memories ink pad and colored with Glaze pens. Prior to coloring, a mask was cut and the background was sponged with a sea sponge using a Champagne Encore pad. The edge of the oval cut out was edged with a moss green Color Box Cat’s Eye pad and this piece was layered under the cut out. Background paper was glued to the back of the front of the card and an eyelet was set in the lower right corner which was edged with the moss green pad. The corner was then folded up and attached with double sided tape. “Happy Birthday” was stamped with a dusty rose PSX stamp pad on ivory card stock, trimmed with deckle scissors, edged with the moss green pad and placed at the top right corner of the card. Card by Margaret Wiggin.

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Rose with Stem Bookmark

“Rose with Stem” is stamped with black ink on white card stock, masked and “Leafy Branch, Sm.” is stamped in green ink so that the leaves appear to be behind the rose. The rose is colored with markers. The stamp, “Carved Rose” is colored with two different colored markers and stamped. Green is stippled at the base of the rose stem. Glitter is applied to the rose and a tassel is added. Card by Merci Crosskill.

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Rose with Stem in Zuni Pot

“Rose with Stem” is stamped with black ink on white card stock, masked and “Leafy Branch, Sm.” is stamped in green ink so that the leaves appear to be behind the rose. The rose is colored with markers. “Zuni Pot, Lg.” is gold embossed on white card stock, colored, cut out and foam mounted below the rose. The white card stock is layered on pink card stock. Glitter is added to the rose and portions of the pot. Card by Merci Crosskill.

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Moose & Doe in Birch Trees

“Birch Grove”, “Birch -Two Crossed, Sm.”, “Birch – Two Crossed, Lg.”, “Birch – Two Straight, Sm.”, “Doe by Branches”, and “Moose in Grass” were embossed in black on white matte card stock. Images were colored with pencils, and card was layered on black and tan card stock. Card by Pamela Hewitt.