Sunday, October 15, 2017

Watercolor on Dark Card Stock | Gansai Tambi Watercolors

Hi friends!  Today I am sharing this card with you that was a complete experiment on my part!  I wanted to create a floral card, but I wanted to do it on dark card stock, and I wanted to the flowers to really pop.  So, I knew I had my Gansai Tambi watercolors and also knowing that these are the more pigmented watercolor I own.
I started out by die cutting a piece black card stock from SSS and the Right at Home stitched rectangle die.  I put my black piece into my MISTI and  prepped my black card stock piece with my anti static powder tool, and then inked up my stamp with VersaMark ink.  I then coated the image with Hero Arts Brass Embossing Powder.  This is one of my favorite metallic powders I own.  I heat set the powder with my heat tool, and then just rubbed my hands to get rid of any residual powder left behind.   I also heat embossed my sentiment at the same time.

I chose two colors from my Gansai Tambi water color palette, and got to work on my Rose Gold inspired flowers.  I knew that the overall look was going to be metallic, but I wanted to have the look of the red/pink in it too to create the look of a rosy gold.  It took a few layers to achieve the look I wanted, but in the end, it turned out the way I hoped.  I also added some green to the leaves as well.

Once the piece was completely dry, I added back in some final accents to the flowers with my black enamel accents from Ranger, and also the white to the buds around the flowers.  I really think this helped the overall look of the flowers.
All there was left to do was add this to a black card base, and the card is complete.  I also have a video tutorial if you'd like to check it out!!  All the supplies used are listed/linked below :)  Have a great rest of your weekend!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bitty Bears Birthday Shaker | MFT | Copic Coloring

Has it really been since July since I have blogged??!!  Gosh!!  Well, for those that read my blog - my apologies!

To make up for it, today I am sharing a birthday shaker card featuring the Bitty Bears set from My Favorite Things.  This set is way too cute, and so happy I have it in my collection.  And, the best part is you can create multiple cards with it for different occasions!!

To start, I stamped out the images I wanted to use with my card onto a piece of smooth white card stock ( my favorite is the PTI Stampers Select White) and I used Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink.  Then, I colored in my bears with Copic Markers using E43, E44 and E13 for the body. For the present, balloon and cupcake, I used R39, RV25, RV29, V05, V06 and V09.  Once colored, I used the coordinating dies to die cut them out.  I set them aside, and worked on the background of my card.

I inked up a piece of white card stock using Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks.  I love doing ink blending with these inks!  So much easier than traditional distress inks.  Once I was happy with my result, I used my Distress Sprayer to get some water droplets and the distressed look.

Then, I worked on the shaker portion of my card by die cutting a piece of white card stock with the Grid Background die from Mama Elephant.  I went ahead and stamped out my sentiments from the same Bitty Bears set directly onto my Grid die cut panel.  These sentiments fit perfectly!!  Then, I cut down two strips of acetate and adhered the strips on the back of the panel on the ends, and left the middle without acetate.  I added a bunch of foam adhesive, and then added some seed beads in each of the squares on the ends.  I carefully removed the paper backs of the foam adhesive, and added my ink blended panel, and viola!  I have my shaker!

All there was left to do was to add my bears in the middle and I also used foam tape to do this.  To complete the card, I added this whole shaker panel to an A2 Pure Poppy card base..and shake...shake...shake!
So fun!!  I also have a video tutorial if you wanted to see how this one came together!!

I hope not to be absent from my blog this long again!  Thank you all for taking time out of your day to visit me!

Monday, July 10, 2017

You Are JAWsome! ( Duh-nuh)

Hi my friends!!  Today, I am excited to share my design team project for the Butterfly Reflections, Ink  blog as this card was headed in a totally different direction than how it first started!!

I'd love for you to check out the card and all of its creative stages, and read how I ended up creating this JAWsome scene

Here's a sneaky peek!!

Catch you on the flip side :)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Combining Distress Inks with Distress Oxide

Hi friends!
Today I wanted share how I used both Distress Inks and Distress Oxide inks together!  It was a layering day as my inks were layered, my stencils, and my die cuts - HAHA!
I started out by using a piece of Ready Cut Strathmore watercolor paper, and used the direct to paper technique with my Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink cube, and covered the entire piece of watercolor paper.  Then, I took out my Fill In Floral Stencils from Concord and 9th, and used the Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink and applied the first layer of flowers.  Then, to add detail to the flowers, I used the second stencil with Twisted Citron Distress Ink.  Very bright, very summer appropriate!
I did the same thing with the blue card which was Salty Ocean Distress Ink, and Oxide ink with the Twisted Citron Distress Ink.  The only stamping I did was the stamping of my sub sentiment from the Crafty Friends stamp set from Altenew.  I also wanted to add a little sparkle and shine, so I die cut both the Scripty Hugs and Scripty Thanks dies from Lawn Fawn from Silver Sparkle card stock from MFT and layered it onto of a white die cut.
Love how they both turned out!  I never get tired of playing with these inks, and you will see more from me in the next coming weeks for sure!!  Have a great rest of the weekend!!


Monday, June 26, 2017

Flamingo Floatie

Happy Monday friends!!  I know its been a pattern  - but I wanted to share with you that I am over at the Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog featuring the adorable stamp set from Neat and Tangled called Flamingo Floatie!!

Here's a sneak of what you can see over at BRI!

Hope you will join me over there and get additional details on how I put this one together!!


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Faux No Line Coloring

Hi friends!  Today I am sharing a card showing how to achieve the look of the No Line Coloring technique.  I recently got inspired by Amy R ( Prairie Paper and Ink) when she showed in one of her recent videos the Barely Beige Ink from Simon Says Stamp, and how when you stamp down an image, what ever color you use with your coloring medium, the lines of the stamped image will take on that color!  It is a very cool effect!!

I used a Clearly Besotted set that sadly I can not find online to link, it may be retired, but I love these rose images, and thought this would be a great set to try this look with.

I stamped my image down onto a piece of Canson XL Watercolor paper, and then die cut it with one of the Mini Scalloped Rectangle frames.  I stamped this main image using the Barely Beige Ink from SSS, and used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to do my coloring.  This is a unique look and different from any thing I've done before, but I think I like it!
Once I was completely done with my coloring, I set the panel aside to dry.  I did the rest of my die cutting, and die cut a piece of the Watercolor wash 6x6 papers from MFT, as well as a piece of Fog Card stock from SSS.  My card base is also Fog card stock.  This is a great neutral, and a great alternative to white.  
I went on and stamped out my sentiment from the Craft Friends stamp set from Altenew using the Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink.  I adhered everything onto my card base using either foam tape, or the Tonic Nuvo Glue (which I am testing out).  For final touches, I added some shimmer with the Clear Wink of Stella pen, and finished the inside by stamping the stamp rose image with Fog ink, and stamping another sentiment from the Altenew set.  
Overall, I think it turned out good, but I will continue to practice and see where my journey takes me with the No Line coloring technique.

Thanks for stopping by today!  All the supplies used are listed/linked below and the video is above if interested! Take care!


Monday, June 12, 2017

Stretching Your Stamps!

Friends! Hi and welcome!  I am here to share a sneak peek into a card I created for the BRI Blog today, and I share how I stretched my stamps just a little bit further to create a fun extra element!!  Can you guess what it is??

To find out, head on over!!  See you there!