Hello water colouring

Water colour style backgrounds have been splashed in various projects all over social media in recent months. I love what they look like and I like some of the effects that have been created. The thing I’ve noticed about water colouring is how, generally, you get different effects every time you create. Very rarely do you see the exact same background twice.

I wanted to try it again. It has been such a long time since I picked up my Aqua painters or blender pens for that matter, I must admit I was a little nervous. I played and practised a little to get into the swing of it and a couple of tries in I was feeling much more confident. It’s a bit like putting on your favourite slippers for the first time after the summer.

Here is my card.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Party Pop Up thinlit water colouring

I created the water colour wash background using aqua painters and some Bermuda Bay reinker. I diluted the ink until I was happy with the shade and just painted away on some Shimmery White cardstock. The thickness of the shimmery cardstock holds up under the volume of water in this technique. It also adds a lovely shimmer to your project. I added some extra splashes of Bermuda Bay in a darker shade for some depth of colour.

Off the back of my last post, I revisited my Part Pop-Up thinlit dies and featured the Happy Birthday one as a decorative element on my card front. Loving the versatility with these dies.

Finished off with some washi tape, metalic foil doilies and a touch of Gold dazzling details for the flames. I must admit, I’m a little hooked now. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more watercolouring coming up again soon.


CYCI110-232x300The colour combination used here is the current challenge over at The Colour Tree Challenges TCTC#9 and the design is my take on the current sketch challenge over at Can You Case It? CYCI#110 – two of my favourite creative challenge teams to play along with. Hope they like my entry this week!


Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Update – 15 March: So pleased my creation was chosen as a top pick over at Can You Case It? Challenge #110 this week. Here is what Rochelle had to say:  A modern take on this weeks sketch. Love the bright watercolour wash background and then the bold black ‘Happy Birthday’ in front. Really makes it stand out!
Thanks heaps team!


What I used to the make this:

Tag tied

We create such beautiful tags for our lovely gifts don’t we? Lovely coordinated products used together to create the most wonderful little items!

However I find the ribbon, which is looped and has two open-ended threads at the top of the tag, can create some confusion. I find myself quite often being asked “how do I tie or attach my tags onto my gifts”.

With the ribbon already tied at the top and having two open threads, they can simply be tied together around the ribbon that adorns the pressie or tied to the handles of the gift bag I have just decorated.

But I personally like the ribbon at the top of my tag to act more as decoration rather than be functional. So this is how I attach them….


I thread more ribbon/cording through the ribbon on the tag and then tie that onto my pressie. That way my decorative ribbon is still in place and the overall look of my design is maintained.

Here check this tag out….


Oh and … thank you Ferrero this Christmas for those Grande’s! Don’t they make excellent pressent toppers?!

Hope this helps with your tag tying this festive season!

Until next time… Stamp creatively!


Washi Tape wonder

I was so glad to see the wonderful designs and colour combinations of washi tapes in this new catalogue. This was partly because I was so attached to some of the ones in the last catalogue, I just wasn’t sure how I was going to say goodbye to those.

Lucky for me, I found some new favs pretty quickly. Here they are….


My two favs at the minute are Everyday Chic – they are the Black and white ones up the back there (138385) and in front are the 2014-16 InColour range (138382). I also have my eye on the Bohemian and Sweet Li’l Things collections… Hmmm stay tuned for those. To see all the collections – click here.

I just love how quick and simple they are to use. They add a splash of colour quickly and the designs are so adaptable. I made a bunch of Thank you cards recently so I used my new favourite washi tapes to make this a speedy process. I also used an old design to try out my new tapes.[Back track down memory lane.]


This design is just so versatile, here I used it for a couple of other occasions that followed my Thank you card fest day.


Until next time… Stamp creatively