Day 5 AnniVERVEsary Spotlight Hops

Hi friends! Welcome back to another day of hopping! It's Day 5 of our New Release Blog Hops and it's an exciting day as there's new Verve in the store this morning! Four beautiful new sets and two coordinating die sets just released and they're all available in the shop right now. To celebrate our new release, we're putting on another blog hop with a fabulous giveaway... the entire August Buy it All Bundle!


I'm the first stop on today's hop, so you're right at the beginning and I'm so glad you're here! Today's featured focus is designer's choice, so you're sure to see some must haves as you hop along! And we've got a full hop list with all of our Diva Alumni guests joining in for release day!  Hooray! For all the prize details and a little run-down on what's in store, head on over to the Verve Blog. And don't forget to leave a little comment love as you hop about for a chance to win some shiny NEW Verve!

Okay, so I warned you the other day that my new #12 round paintbrush has me wanting to watercolor ALL. THE. THINGS. I had so much fun making this set of watercolor cards. Although the concept of the card is very simple, the watercoloring packs such a big punch. Super easy and satisfying to make... and they're embellishment free so will be easy to mail! Bonus. I wanted to make a card with all the scripture verses in Scripture Medley 5, but had to pause so I could finish working on the website!


I started with the aqua card, using some of my Daniel Smith half pans I got from Lydia.  Here I used a couple of aquas and a green.  I first taped off an area to do my watercolor wash, then plopped on the watercolor.  I splattered a bit of white India Ink over the dried project, then embossed the 1 John 3:18 in white and layered onto a watercolor card base.


I liked it so much, I decided I needed to try other colors. So next up was the purple card. This time I had the idea to use a stitched rectangle die set, so I could easily make a chipboard stencil to mask things off and re-use the stencil. Now, some people use really high quality watercolor paper. I'm sure it gives amazing results and has a bit less warping. But my go-to watercolor paper is actually from the kid's section at Michael's.  It's WAY cheaper than any of their artist grade watercolor papers, so I don't feel guilty about making mistakes or using a bunch to create coordinating card bases. I get a little scratchy if my whites or creams don't match exactly. {grin} To smooth out any warping, I just run it through my die cutting machine in between two thin chipboard shims. I usually run it through to smooth it before I put any adhesive on, then run it through again to securely bond the adhesive to the bottom layer.


For the final card in this grouping, I went with a red and pink watercolor. There was a bit of seepage as I was trying out using magnets to hold my stencil down instead of tape and it didn't have as great of a result.  Still a super fun card and I just love how crisp the white embossing looks on the watercolor.  Each of these finished cards is a different size, as I was trying to match them to the size of the sentiment.  Here are the dimensions if you're interested.

Aqua card: 3.75" x 5" card base, 3.25" x 4.5" sentiment panel
Purple card: 3.75" x 4.75" card base, 3.25" x 4.25" sentiment panel
Red card: 3" x 4" card base, 2.5" x 3.5" sentiment panel

I'm sure you'll see more of these from me. I plan to make a bunch with the Scripture Medley series to give as a Christmas gift to my Mom. I know she'll love them.


Since our release ending up being later in the month than I originally had intended, I've extended our Anni-VERVE-sary sale through September 10. All previously released stamps, dies and sequins are 30% off and our new release is 20% off!

And if you decide you want the entire release, you can buy it all at a little additional savings!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! As always, it's been such a privilege sharing our newest release with you!

 Next up on the hop is the fabulous Maureen


Want to win some shiny new Verve? Today's prize is a BIG one. We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE new release! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list and all the prize info and deadlines!
Little OnesLittle Ones Die Set
Bloom BrighterBlooming Die Set
Cake and CandlesScripture Medley 5

Day 5 Hop List
1. Julee9. Lesley
2. Maureen10. Christyne
3. Betty11. Laurie
4. Charmaine12. Kelly (Guest)
5. Marisa13. Laurie W. (Alumni)
6. Amy S.(Alumni)14. Tosha L. (Alumni)
7. Amy K.(Alumni)15. Tiffany S.(Alumni)
8. Michelle W. (Alumni)



Enabler's List
Stamps: Scripture Medley 5 (Verve Stamps)
Paper: watercolor paper (Creatology)
Ink: Versamark, watercolor paints (Daniel Smith), Bombay India Inks (Dr. Ph. Martin's)
Accessories: stitched rectangles dies (Cottage Cuts), white embossing powder (JudiKins)

58 comments

  1. Love how you used the watercolors....makes the sentiments embossed in white really show up nicely!

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  2. Your great sentiments pop in white on the creative watercolored backgrounds! Thanks for sharing your creative talents with us!

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  3. So pretty, Julee. The simple watercolouring really make the white heat embossed verses stand out.

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  4. Very nice simple yet beautiful cards!!

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  5. Such beautiful cards. Love them all!! The scriptures are wonderful.Love that!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting with Creative M

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  6. I really love the watercolor look. Makes the sentiments pop!

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  7. Love the verses embossed in white on the pretty watercolor backgrounds. Wow, would love to win this release. Some great stamp sets.

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  8. Wonderful set of striking cards today. Loved how bold the sentiments looked on each of their backgrounds. X

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    1. Btw couldn't get on Tiffany's site the other day or today 🙁. X

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  9. love the quick designs for making great cards. The sentiments are perfect for this technique:)

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  10. What wonderful and meaningful sentiments. A gorgeous collection of cards.

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  11. I just love these large sentiments and the watercolor background is perfect for them.

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  12. They are so pretty, in every color! What a great release!

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  13. Love this watercoloring.
    Beautiful backgrounds result
    without a lot of painstaking
    work. All are beautiful.
    thanks for sharing.

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  14. Beautiful array of samples with lovely watercolored BG!

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  15. I like your colorful set of cards with these Bible verses.

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  16. Love the big sentiment with the water colouring,

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  17. Beautiful card and colors. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  18. Beautiful set of cards featuring your scripture stamps. They look fabulous embossed in white against your gorgeous backgrounds. I think I would have the same inclination to paint ALL the paper if I got started on that awesome watercoloring technique! I better stick to trying to pare down my tons of patterned paper!! :)
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  19. Beautiful cards and sentiments!

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  20. Beautiful cards! I love your watercolored backgrounds - they really set off those beautiful verses!

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  21. I'm am in love with watercolors too! Your cards are just beautiful. Gives me a lot of inspiration.

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  22. Julee, these are all so beautiful, what a great set! I love CAS cards, so these are fabulous in my book. The watercolors are so vibrant, they really make the sentiments pop but are perfectly clean and easy to mail...ideal in my book! Congrats on a great release!

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  23. The beautiful watercolors really make the verses pop. I love it all.

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  24. The scripture set really is full of beautiful verses.
    Lovely cards.

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  25. Lovely background in such bright colors. I great anniversary release!

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  26. I had to find out how you "got" the white lettering. I love the way it pops on your colors. Will definitely be trying.

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  27. beautiful set of cards... this new release is fabulous!!

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  28. Gorgeous watercoloured backgrounds for the fabulous sentiments

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  29. I'm in love with your 'plopped' watercolors and the scripture sentiments.

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  30. I love, love, love this card set. That watercolouring is absoutely breathtaking and beautifully showcases those verses.

    Did I mention I love these cards? :)

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  31. Lovely vibrant cards! Beautiful watercolors to highlight the verses :)

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  32. Julee, your designs are fabulous and this new release is AMAZING!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  33. Fabulous release Julee! I love the fonts on the sentiments and your backgrounds are fabulous! TFS

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  34. Wow, water colors aren't usually that bold. Beautiful!

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  35. I fell in love with your stamps years ago. Some of my hardest used stamps came as plain janes. I always look forward to a new release. I love your stamps because I can depend upon them to make beautiful cards that bless and encourage. This newest release is no exception.my dollars to further; the product is enduring, the stamps not a flashy trend that burns out in a season. Thank you for quality stamps with wonderful thoughts, beautifully presented. They always make a card maker look like a gifted artist.

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  36. I so love your watercolor backgrounds!

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  37. Beautiful watercolors highlighting those beautiful sentiments.

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  38. So pretty! I love the new scriptures!

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  39. Julee, you really worked overtime on the fonts in this release. That's my favorite thing about Verve stamps. I love the look of more than one font on a stamp. Your cards are fabulous too!

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  40. Beautiful set of cards! Lovely scriptures with such pretty fonts! Love the background colors you used!

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  41. Lovely, Julee! I love that there's just a hint of the second colour in there!

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  42. Really like these cards, Julee. Thanks.

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  43. Wow, your watercolour backgrounds are so beautiful. These verses are wonderful.

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  44. I love how the water colored backgrounds make those beautiful verses pop.

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  45. Love watercolored anything and the splashes of white dots!

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  46. Wow!! A great sentiment doesn't need much more than some gorgeous color!

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  47. Absolutely beautiful cards !! The watercolor background is always great.

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  48. Wow! Beautiful watercolored cards!!!

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  49. Your cards look like a piece of art!

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  50. Simple and full of color-super cards!

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  51. Such fun watercolors and I love the mix of colors for your backgrounds!

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  52. Love the watercolors! I'll be trying this soon. Thanks.

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