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Today I have another cute Valentine created from that same stamp set – From the Heart – out of the January Collection of products offered by A Muse Studio…

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I’ve been working with my Peerless watercolors over the last two weeks and having a total blast. To create the background on this card, I used some painter’s tape to adhere the edges of a panel of watercolor paper to a clip board. I then created a couple of pools of color on my paint palette, mixing dabs of peerless watercolor and water. I used a square-edged paint brush to wash a clean wash of water over my watercolor paper and then added each of the three colors in bands across the paper to get that variation in color.

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Once the watercolored panel was dry, I stamped on the sentiment in Archival Black ink. I used foam adhesive to attach the panel to the sky card base, which I scored using my score board to create that subtle grid texture on the front of the card. I finished off the card with some turquoise and pink sequins and some clear twinkle stickers.

The Peerless watercolors are extremely rich in color. I am so happy I made the investment and purchased them because they will last me forever and they are a great addition to my collection of watercolor mediums. I tend to reach for them more than any other watercolor pencils, markers or ink pads, especially lately!

A Muse Studio offers a set of Peerless Watercolors on page 81 of the current catalog. They retail for $22.50 and as I mentioned, they are worth every penny!

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An innovative, easy to use, easy to take along way to add self blending watercolors to your projects. Each sheet is 2×2 and it comes in these 40 colors. Amber Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Chrome Orange, Chrome Yellow, Daffodil Yellow, Gamboge yellow, Golden Yellow, Marigold Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Alizarine Red, Arbutus Pink, Blood Red, Jackqueminot Red, Poinsettia Red, Rose Red, Scarlet Lake, Scarlet Vermilion, Tear Rose Pink, Alice Blue, Butterfly Wing Blue, Cobalt Blue, Forget-me-not Blue, Peacock Blue, Robin’s Egg Blue, Turquoise Blue, Amethyst, Heliotrope, Mauve, Chrome Green Deep, Grass Green, Hunters Green, Mountain Green, Myrtle Green, Olive Green, Viridian Green, Neutral Tint, Bismark Brown, Burnt Umber, Ecru, Warm Sepia

DSC_1900 copyThe photo above shows how I store my Peerless Watercolors— in a 6×8 album binder using the 3×4 (quad) pocket inserts (also offered by A Muse Studio, current catalog page 59). I put a watercolor paper card (3×4) with a swipe of the paint color at the bottom, into each pocket and then I stapled the color sheet to the outside of the pocket above the swipe. The colors on the paint sheets don’t show up on the sheet the way they will on the watercolor paper, so the swipe of color gives me a better representation of how the color will really look on my project. I also put a sticker on the card with the name of the color, just for reference.

I created a little series of watercolored Valentines that I’ll be sharing this week, so keep an eye out for that post if you’re interested. If you have any questions about Peerless Watercolors or my storage method, please let me know in the comments. Enjoy your Sunday!

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clean & simple sunday no. 133

Another cute Valentine to share using stamps from the A Muse Studio January Collection…

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For this card, I used the From the Heart stamp set out of the January Collection, both the sentiment and the arrow image. The wiener dog is from the Welcome to the Neighborhood stamp set and the balloon around his tail is from the Hooray stamp set.

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When you make a collage-style card, where you are grouping different images together, it’s fun to shop your stash and see what you have from different stamp sets that might go together. I knew I wanted to make a Valentine that incorporated this little Doxie image. We have a Doxie and I’m going to give this card to my husband, he’ll love it!

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This is our Dolly girl…Whenever Joe is sitting somewhere in the house, Dolly is on his lap. We call him the “dog magnet”. She LOVES being petted and insists on it!

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So this is the card for this week! I have more Valentines coming using this great new Collection from A Muse Studio!

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You can check out the Collection HERE in full color.

You can shop for A Muse Studio products through my secure shop HERE.

Thanks so much for taking a look today! You comments are always welcome ~ I love and so appreciate your feedback.

 

 

clean and simple sunday no. 132

So happy to be sharing my first post of the New Year! 2016 has brought a new home for A Muse Studio corporate headquarters, and a brand new January Collection!

The move of A|S headquarters over the last two weeks, from Seattle, WA to North Carolina was a complete success! Operations are up and running and ordering capability has resumed. As a special THANK YOU from A Muse Studio they’re offering customers a discount on orders placed between now and January 31st. Just use JANUARY10 as the discount code when you place you’re order!

The January Collection is full of fun! My C&SS cards this month will feature stamp sets from this cheerful, love-filled collection…

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This card features a January Collection stamp set called FROM THE HEART. I used a plain, sugar base card and stamped on some of the stitched hearts using berry ink. I stamped off on some scrap paper once, then stamped onto my card base to give the hearts a lighter application. The BE MINE was stamped in the berry ink full strength. I stamped the sentiment on some cherry petite pinstripe card stock and then added a layer of onyx card stock as a mat and an onyx twinkle sticker to emphasize the BE MINE.

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You can view or download a copy of the entire January Collection, just click HERE and save it to your computer.  You can shop anytime, 24/7 through my secure web store:  http://www.amusestudio.com/stampshop

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There will be many more cards to share this month—until next time…