Technique Tuesday #6

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. Each Tuesday I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags.

This week is actually two techniques: WATERCOLOR BACKGROUNDS AND WATERCOLOR LIFTING.

BACKGROUNDS ~ Lately I have been experimenting with watercoloring backgrounds. It’s a quick and simple way to get a different look for paper crafting. No two backgrounds turn out the same ~ each one is unique. I used watercolor pencils and water to create a watercolor background on watercolor paper.

For the background you will need: watercolor paper, watercolor pencils or paints, masking tape, brush/water.


Tape down the watercolor paper to a firm surface ~ this will help minimize warping.


Scribble across the paper in rows of different colors ~ the possibilities are endless. Then brush water across until you are happy with the look. Let dry completely before removing the tape. Don’t worry if the paper is a bit warped. It will be fastened down onto a project anyway and will lay nice and smooth with adhesive.

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Now for the watercolor lifting! After it dried, I clear heat embossed a floral image on top. I then brushed water again over the images and “lifted” the color away with a paper towel. Anything under the embossing stayed the same and the background color around it lightened.

You will need: powder tool, stamps, Versamark ink pad, a heat tool and paper towels.


1)Rub the powder tool over the surface of the watercolored paper. This will eliminate the embossing powder from sticking to areas that you don’t want it to. 2) Ink up the stamp with Versamark ink and stamp. 3)Cover with embossing powder and tap off the excess before heating it with the heat tool. 4) Brush water over the entire surface and soak up the water with the paper towels to “lift” the color away. Anything under the embossing stayed the same color and the background around has lightened and softened.

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. See you next time!

Until next time,


The Country Touch





Stampin’ Up! Update

Hi everyone!

I’m just popping in today with a few reminders for you.

* This is the last week {ends March 31} to earn a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $60 purchase {before shipping and tax} from Stampin’ Up!. This is a great time to stock up on everything you need for paper crafting and earn free stamps and designer series paper at the same time.

* During Sale-A-Bration, you can join as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for $125.00 and choose $195.00 worth of products ~ that’s $40.00 more in products that joining at any other time of the year. And the kit ships for free!

* There is still time to order your 3-Month Prepaid Subscription to Paper Pumpkin {Item#137859) $74.85 $69.0o and qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration item {ends March 31}. Paper Pumpkin is a project kit that includes stamps, ink and paper {cut and ready to go} and is delivered right to your home each month. Projects include cards, home décor and gift packaging, just to name a few.

If you would like to check out all that Stampin’ Up! has to offer, please visit


Until next time,


The Country Touch





Paper Crafting Glossary

Hi everyone!

Are you new to paper crafting? Or maybe you have been involved in this craft for a while now? Either way, you may be surprised to discover the large array of paper crafting terms out there. I acquired this list years ago. Hopefully it may be of some help to you in understanding the basic terms, tools and products that you will use in creating your projects.


*Please feel free to copy/paste and then print it out for easy reference. My apologies, I don’t yet know how to turn a word document into a PDF.



accordion album

An album made from a strip of paper that has been folded back and forth in a series of “Z” shapes. Its name comes from its resemblance, when opened, to the pleats of an accordion.


A product that has a pH balance of 7.0 or slightly greater. This is important in paper crafting to protect photos or materials from being damaged by acid over time.

acrylic album

An album made of clear sheets of acrylic plastic.

altered art

Any existing piece that has been changed or decorated to become a piece of art.


A term referring to materials used in photos and memorabilia, implying that they are chemically stable and permanent. This is not a technical term, and it is safer to look for labels that state “acid-free,” “lignin-free,” and “buffered.”



background & texture paper

Paper that has a pattern and/or texture printed on it.

base page

The bottom piece of paper upon which the rest of the scrapbook layout is adhered.

blending pen

A pen whose ink is clear but aids in picking up and merging ink colors for a watercolor effect.

bone folder

A tool used to score or crease paper. Though traditionally made from bone, it is now typically made from plastic.


A two-pronged fastener featuring a round or decorative top.


A rubber roller with a handle used to spread ink.


Having been treated with a neutralizing agent to resist acid production and migration.




Sturdy paper, typically of a solid color. Some brands have a white core.


Thick, pressed fiber paper, which is considerably sturdier than cardstock.

 craft heater

A tool that blows very hot air. Used to dry ink, fuse embossing powder, etc. Also known as “heat tool” or  “heat gun.” *Please note: a hairdryer will not work for heat embossing – it is not hot enough.

craft knife

A sharp knife with pointed replaceable blades, used for precision cutting.

craft tray

A tray with a funnel at one end so that its contents can be poured back into a container. Often used for embossing powder or glitter.


To trim a photo or paper. It is also an event where people get together to scrapbook.



die cut

Paper or other material that has been cut into a shape using a die, or block with a metal blade formed to cut that shape.


To artificially create the appearance of aging or wear and tear.

double scrubber

A case with a scrubbing pad in the base and another in the lid. Used to clean stamps.

D-ring album

An album with spring-loaded, D-shaped clamps that are threaded through the holes in the page protectors. This kind of album snaps open to add or remove pages.

dry brushing

A painting technique in which a relatively dry brush is used to apply paint to a surface, producing a scratchy look.

dry embossing

To create a raised image by using a stylus to push the paper from behind, often using a stencil of some kind. It is sometimes also called “debossing.”




Any  accent added to a scrapbook/album page, card or tag  to decorate it.

embossing powder

The powder used in heat embossing. When heated, the powder particles fuse to create a shiny, raised image.


Written or printed matter that is not intended to be preserved. Examples include advertisements, tags, ticket stubs, napkins, and more.

extender post

A post added to the existing posts of a post-bound album to increase their length, and therefore the album’s page capacity.


A metal fastener with a hole in the center that forms a cylinder, which is inserted into a hole through a surface and then flattened on the back to secure it.

eyelet setter

A tool used to flatten an eyelet and fasten it to a surface. Commonly used is the Crop-o-dile by We R Memory Keepers.




Short, loose fibers that can be adhered to create a velvety look and feel.



Glossy Accents

A clear crystal lacquer used to create a shiny, raised surface. Can also be used as a strong adhesive.



heat embossing

Creating a raised image by heating embossing powder adhered to the image. This is usually done by stamping with Versamark ink, which is a clear sticky ink. Or with a colored pigment ink which stays wet longer than a dye ink.




Written or typed words that give details about what is featured on a scrapbook page.




A set of two side-by-side scrapbook pages.


Free from lignin, a chemical substance that breaks down over time, releasing acid and turning paper brown.




To back a photo or other page element on a slightly larger piece of paper to create a frame effect.


A finish that is not shiny or glossy.

mini album

A scrapbook smaller than the typical scrapbook sizes of 8 1/2″ x 11″ and 12″ x 12″. A mini album can be created from any number of materials and does not necessarily have the standard pages of a regular scrapbook album.

monochromatic color scheme

A project made using variations of saturation or shade of the same hue.




Clear acetate sheet placed over all or part of a page to change its appearance. Often has a pattern or words printed on it. Also known as a “transparency.”



paper piecing

Adhering various shaped pieces of paper to create an image.

paper trimmer

A tool used to make straight, uniform cuts in paper.

photo clip

Small metal clip that can be swiveled to secure or adorn a photo. Also known as “photo turn.”

photo corner

A small triangle of paper, metal, or other material into which a corner of a photo is slipped. Designed to hold a photo in place without adhering it.

photo mat

A slightly larger piece of paper or other material placed underneath a photo creating a frame effect.

photo storage page

A sheet protector with multiple pockets designed to hold photos.

post-bound album

An album whose pages are held together by metal posts.



red-eye pen

A green-tinted pen used to fix red eyes in photographs.


A bottle of ink used to refresh an ink pad. Also, may be used as paint and to dye ribbon and selected embellishments.

repositionable adhesive

Adhesive whose bond is not permanent but will continue to hold after repositioning.

ribbon slide

A buckle or other accent through which ribbon is threaded.


Also known as a “transfer”, is a decorative image that may be applied to papers using an applicator.



self-healing mat

A mat that can be repeatedly used as a cutting surface and still maintain its form.

sheet protector

A plastic pocket in which a page can be inserted. Generally has been punched with holes to be held in an album or binder. Also known as a “page protector.”

 spine expander

Inserts placed between the bound edges of page protectors to maintain proper spacing between pages.

sponge dauber

A small tool with a sponge on one end that can be slipped on the finger like a thimble to apply ink.


A technique where ink is applied using a sponge.


A tool with rounded ends typically used to score or indent paper, either for folding or dry embossing.



tape runner

A type of adhesive applicator from which double-sided tape is dispensed by rolling on a surface.

textured cardstock

Cardstock that has a raised or textured surface rather than a smooth one.




A water-filled pen with a brush tip that is used as a paintbrush.

watercolor pencils

Colored pencils whose pigment will smear when wet, creating a watercolor effect.


Until next time,


The Country Touch




Technique Tuesday #5

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. Each Tuesday I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags.

This week’s technique: DIY GLITTER PAPER.

I really love the look of glitter paper ~ even a small amount of it adds such a pretty sparkle to any project. But often I find that I have a limited color selection. So I decided to make my own and share with you how you can do the same with products that you might already have on hand. It’s very easy!

You will need: cardstock {your choice of color}, Versamark ink pad, sparkle embossing powder and a heat tool.


Completely cover the cardstock with the Versamark ink ~ this is a clear sticky ink and is what will make the embossing powder adhere to the cardstock. Just pat the ink pad on until there is a light coating.


Sprinkle the sparkle embossing powder over the inked cardstock and gently tap off the excess. I find the easiest way to apply embossing powder with any technique, is to store it in a container with a spoon. The excess powder  falls back into the container and makes clean up easy. Or, if you don’t prefer to do it this way, you can use the embossing powder over a sheet of copy paper and just funnel it back into the original jar.


Heat the embossing powder with the heat tool and there you have it! Your own custom glitter paper ready for whatever project you have on the go.



*I use the Stampin’ Up! Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder {Item# 101930} but any sparkly embossing powder will work for this technique ~ just be sure it is a fine grain not the chunky kind.

*Be sure to let the heat tool get hot before taking it to the paper ~ this can help minimize warping.

*If you have colored embossing powders, you may also use these to create glitter paper. Just follow the same steps using the colored powder on white cardstock instead of clear powder on colored cardstock.

*Small pieces of a Swiffer dusting cloth works really well for cleaning up any spilled embossing powder.


I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. See you next time!

Until next time,


The Country Touch



Technique Tuesday #4

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. Each Tuesday I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags.

This week’s technique: MASKING WITH WASHI TAPE.

Washi tape is becoming popular for card making and scrapbooking but it is also can be a useful tool for stamping. Today I am doing a masked frame with washi tape to create a stamped panel for a card front. Here are the supplies needed:


I started by putting strips of washi tape on all 4 edges of a 4″ x 5 1/4″ cardstock panel ~ this will make a nice framed area for stamping. By tearing the strips a little longer, it helps to keep your panel firmly in place for stamping.


I then did all of the stamping being sure to overlap with the edges of the washi tape ~ this gives a nice defined edge.


Once the desired stamping is finished, slowly and carefully peel away the washi tape. To finish off the stamped panel, you could use a ruler and fine tip black pen to draw a border around it but I ended up using a scoring board to make an embossed frame around it. I then layered it on a colored cardstock mat, wrapped some baker’s twine around it, added a sentiment, attached it to the card base with dimensional adhesive and added pearls to the flower centers.



Hints: *To minimize the risk of new tape tearing the paper when removing it, run your fingertips over it a few times to remove a bit of the “stick”.

              *Washi tape can be used multiple times ~ just put it on the backing from a sticker sheet or a piece of parchment paper for easy storage. You can continue to use the same pieces until they will no longer stick.

              *I stamped the 2 flowers on copy paper and cut them out to create masks for stamping the leaves. That way, they look like they are coming out from behind the flowers.


I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. See you next time!

Until next time,


The Country Touch



It’s a Birthday Parade!

Hi everyone!

Before I used this new stamp for the first time, I knew I wanted to try something different with it in regards to the coloring. So I decided on water coloring {which is something I have not done before} and ended up turning the water colored panel into a card that I thought would be cute for a little one’s birthday! I also plan on turning this stamp design into birthday party invitations which will be posted in the next little while.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Until next time,


The Country Touch



Bunny Plant Pokes

Hi everyone!

These sweet little bunnies are made using a technique called needle felting and they have been made as plant pokes to add that extra touch to your Easter bouquet or a potted houseplant. The cream ones are covered with wool roving and the white ones with polyester batting. The bunnies themselves {not including the stick} stand 4″ tall {from their base to the tips of the ears}. The whiskers are linen thread, the bow ties and buttons are an assortment of pretty springy colors. These guys are now available at Sparkling Dahlia in Carstairs.


Until next time,


The Country Touch