Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May Try It Out Tuesday

Hi Paper Issues Friends & Fans! 
Welcome to our brand new, super fun challenge: 


This challenge is all about giving something new or different, a good old fashioned go!

This month we're going to try.....

Just Add Water

Simply use water soluble or washable markers, paints, gelatos or even stamp pads & inks and apply water to them. Watch how they react!!! Tilt ur page and watch the colours run!
Super fun and a cool result too!

Here's a quick 'how to' if you're not sure what I am meaning....

Draw, scribble, make marks with your NON waterproof pens. You'll see that I used my 4 year old son's Crayola Washables for mine - they work really well for this technique!

Apply water!
I wanted to maintain my shape, so I added lots of water and used brushstrokes for mine. I didn't tilt my page, but I did use the water puddles to wet my brush and splatter with.
If you're more adventurous, try a misting spray bottle, and hold your cardstock upright and watch for the colour runs!!! Awesome!
*If paper warping bothers you, be sure to use a heavier gsm cardstock, or apply a layer of gesso first.
For the record, I used the regular American Crafts 80gsm cardstock for this layout, the warping was minimal*

I hope you'll join us this month, and try this fun technique out!

Here's my completed layout,


Isn't the result spectacular?! Who would've thought toddler markers could be so effective! 
I've teamed mine up with Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection, and a sweet Bitty Bow from Cocoa Vanilla Studio! Divine! 
Here's a closer look......

Blooms, butterflies and hearts! *sigh* All the pretty things!!!
I always intended to use this collection, so when I made my 'marks' I tried to mimic the flight path of the butterfly. Kinda adding a little whimsical feel to it all! 

So soft and pretty! 
Who needs watercolour paint when you have markers?! 

Here's some more inspiring layouts from our incredibly talented team. 

*Remember: Clicking on an artist's name will take you to their blog / instagram for more details and pics about their project*

First up is  Ann with this stunning layout!
She's used acrylic inks with water, as well as a Free Paper Issues Cut File for her creation! You'll also spy Fancy Pants Designs Happy Place collection here - love it!

Next up is Janet with this striking page! She has used Bella Blvd's Alex line & added water to inks /  mists to create her fun background. Awesome!

Anna is wowing us with this adorable layout! 
She has mixed Crate Paper's Cool Kid, Cute Girl & Dear Lizzy's Saturday collections with Distress Crayons and water. What an eye-catching result!

 Cassie played along, and painted her background with watered down mists! 
La la loooooooove when she scraps! Aaaaahmazing!

Look at this floral delight from Stacie!!! 
She has used watercolor crayons beneath her cut file flowers; soooooooo pretty!

And last, but by no means least, 
Michelle has this divine mixed media number, created with Faber-Castell Gelatos & water! 
Cool dude, indeed!


Our design team never fail to inspire! 

I can't wait to see what you'll TRY for this edition of Try It Tuesday!

Upload your creations HERE in the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook Group - May Challenge album & go in the draw to win a Paper Issues gift card!!!

Need supplies? Visit the Paper Issues store here 
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend! Yay!

Thanks so much for visiting!
til next time, 


  1. These are all amazing creations!

  2. Great challenge! Love all the layouts and how different they all are. Amanda - your layout is amazing.

  3. I looove all these layouts!! So awesome! I can't wait to play along!!


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