Black and a natural white + hints of copper . . . I’ve been on a neutral kick lately, not sure why, really—just that I keep gravitating towards it.

Clear embossed the cups and coffee makers/pots from A Breve Note all over black card stock and then filled in any gaps with the coffee beans to make this background—LOVE!!! —it’s such a chic look! This black card stock is quite loverly—a nice rich black and 100# weight.

The copper embossing powder I happened to have for the sentiment and the cup looks so good with that Rose-Gold Washi Tape •heart palps•

To-Go Cup was heat embossed onto watercolor paper and watercolored with Clean Color Real Brush Markers + a Pentel Aquash. By the way, if you haven’t seen it, my favorite way to use these markers is demonstrated in the video on this blog post: Neon Watercolor

The Clean Color Markers come in sets (there’s a nice variety of different sized sets), but you can also get the colors individually from Ellen’s, which I love because then I can easily replace the colors I use the most frequently, without having to buy a whole new set.

I know, I know—another messy thread nest. What can I say? When I like something, I use it until I’m sick of it . . . Even tho it’s been a number of years, I am still not sick of messy thread nests, thank you very much. •hair flip•

Such a clean, simple and satisfying card to make . . . •happy sigh•



Sweet little latté art bear is gazing right up from my coffee cup today! Can you relate to the sentiment? I’m very much a home-body and usually avoid crowds. LOL!

Cup and sentiment were stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black because:

  1. It’s bleedproof when dry

  2. It will dry on non-porous surfaces like vellum quite nicely

The little bear was stamped with Versafine Clair in Pinecone; in hindsight, I think I did that because I wanted him to have a brown edge where the watercolored “coffee” butted up against. All the watercoloring was done using my Peerless Watercolors; like Brilliance, once it is dry, Versafine Clair ink is bleed proof when using water-based coloring mediums.

Used my mini score board to create some embossed accent lines 1/2” from the long edge and the short edge of the card front, just for some additional interest.

The speech bubble was die cut twice so I could stamp and layer them together and have the hearts showing through the vellum, onto which the sentiment was stamped, using this little trick:

  • Stamp sentiment on vellum speech bubble die cut and set aside to dry (or speed set with heat gun)

  • Stamp hearts on white speech bubble die cut; mask off the little tail with a scrap of Post It Note then send face down through Xyron machine (I have a 2.5” Xyron from years ago and use it when the little 1.5” X machine is too narrow for an item). This will apply adhesive everywhere but the tail of the die cut; discard the mask after you retrieve the bubble from the Xyron machine.

  • Layer the vellum speech bubble over the white speech bubble; it should adhere nicely across all areas, minus the tail area. See?! •grin•

  • Apply foam tape to the back of the whole thing, then lift the tail portion so you can slip the edge of the coffee cup in, sandwiching it between the white card stock and the vellum. The white card stock is hidden behind the cup and the vellum sits on top, looking like a “steamy” speech bubble and none of the adhesive shows! See?! •monkey clapping•

Little things, people. Little things like that are what really get me excited when I’m makin’ a card… •chinkle•



I've only tasted a Starbucks® Unicorn Frappé once; honestly, it was prettier to look at than it tasted (that sour bite in the middle is no joke.).    And, altho I'm not fond of purple, I had to mix a small dash of it into my watercolor work here to really get the background look I was going for.


I used Raspberry Tart Stickles to embellish (Apparently now retired. Why?  Why do you do this to me, Ranger Ink??? You did the same with Fruit Punch, which I will never forgive.  Unless you bring it back.)  I've listed a substitute down in the supplies, but since I don't own that one, I can't guarantee it will look quite as lush as Raspberry Tart does . . . I'm just sayin' . . . 

I'm loving all the watercoloring I see going on this month and totally stoked to be one of the guest artists in Kristina's Simply Watercolor class over at OCC--are you signed up?  She's got so many fun ideas, you'll wanna try them all! Seriously! 

Have a fab day!