Card making, rubber stamping techniques and project videos for papercrafters

Hey Y'all!!  Cat here giving Karen a little break while she plays with the grandkiddos!  I know how special those times can be!  :D  

Ok, so, as you might can tell....I LOVE water coloring things...images and making backgrounds.  Today, we are going to use water color pencils SHAVINGS!  Waste nothing except the wood of the pencil!  I KNOW someone out there probably came up with this 'technique' long before me, but I discovered this by accident as I was sharpening my pencil over some cardstock and some of the shavings fell out onto slightly wet cardstock, lol!  Ok, here we go!

First, get all of your supplies together:

I have here

-Prima water color pencils

-water color paper cut to 5.5 x 4.25

-hand held pencil sharpener

-bottle of water to spray onto cardstock (I  used an old spray bottle that some hair doody stuff was in for my water spray bottle)

Spritz the paper with water.  Im very generous with my water, as you will see, but you dont  have to be.

Now start get your choice of pencil and sharpen away!

My sharpener opens from the side and I open that and sprinkle the shaving onto my cardstock:

And then I spritz with more water, not necessary, you decide how much you want it to spread:

Pick another pencil and sharpen it and dump the shavings onto spots here and there on card stock piece:

Since this blue plopped out in a pile I used the pencil (just whatever you have handy) to spread it around and then added even more water.  Told ya I was generous with the water!  :D

If you happen to get some of the wood shaving on it, which you probably will, just pick up with some  tweezers or fingers will not hurt anything for them to fall onto your project...I just get them out of the way before adding water and heat drying.

Now, I added some more colors to mine.  You dont have to however little or much as you want!  I think it would look awesome even with just one color! 

Every time I added some shavings I gave that area where added a spritz of the water.  The only draw takes you longer to dry as wet as I get  it! 

...patience grasshopper...more drying! 

After its dry, I take and brush off some of the shavings .  some are loose and will fall off anyways, but i like removing some of the stuck ones to give it even more character!  Once that is how you like it...put your card together however you like!  I used the awesome Boho Flowers mini Kit  and made this:

I colored the images with the same pencils, so they would match the background I created.  I used some seam binding wrinkled ribbon and the Be Beautiful is a Tim Holtz die(s).  I distressed the edges a bit too.  I also decorated a matching envelope too with the images I used on the card. 

I hope you have enjoyed this little pictorial I did to share with y'all!  Would love to see what you do with it!  But mainly, just have fun!! 


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Can't wait to try this myself 

out of my grandson's backpack!  LOL!  BUT, any hand held sharpner will work.  I like the ones that hold it and I can dump out when i want, and kinda where I want it too.

Susan Guzy said:

this is amazing!  where did you get the pencil sharpener?

Waste not want not , even the shavings can be used to make something beautiful.TFS.

Cat, this is pretty darn genius.  Wow an awesome result you got from your accident lol.  Love your cards!

Here's mine.  A really fun technique to play around with.

  Water Color Shavings

Great idea.  Thanks for sharing.  The card is gorgeous.

I have heard of this technique, but have never tried it. After seeing your card I think I will. This is really pretty.

You just gotta love any technique that takes leftovers and makes something beautiful!  Thanks so much for sharing!

This is amazing!! Thanks for sharing with us...can't wait to try it!

Love the card - don't have any watercolor pencils but will pick up some cheap ones just to try this! Love your card! Thanks for sharing!

Interesting technique with amazing results, Cat! Love your card!!

Beautiful, don't you love happy accidents, I've never heard or seen this technique, so congratulations!!! Another winner!!!!


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