Friday, November 17, 2017

Handmade Christmas 2017: Easy Watercolor cards with Koi and Fine-Tec Metallics

 It's the fourth post in my Handmade Christmas 2017 series and I have 4 easy watercolor cards that are perfect for mass production.  I used 1 stamp set, 3 watercolor palettes and 1 sheet of 9x12 watercolor paper.  You don't have to be a master watercolor artist to make these cards.  If you can move a brush from side to side, you can make these.  Easy peasy. I wanted to keep products to a minimum by using them in different combinations on each card so that you get variety without needing/using tons of different things.

Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supplies are listed below.

Supplies (used in each card):
Canson XL 140 lb Coldpress watercolor paper
Hero Arts SD412 stamp set
Archival Jet Black ink
Koi Pocket Feild Sketch watercolor palette
Silver Black Velvet brushes
MISTI
Versamark
Green tree on red mat:
Green tree on Gold mat:
Blue wash on Gold mat
Blue/Bronze on Red mat


 I hope you enjoyed todays post and video.  Watercolors are really quite forgiving and these are a really easy way to get your feet wet ;)  Merry Christmas!

For His glory and much love,
Jasmine

Monday, November 13, 2017

Handmade Christmas 2017: Art Impressions Bells Ring with Copics

 Today we have the third card in my Handmade Christmas 2017 card series.  Every time I look at this set and this card, "Shake Your Booty" by KC and the Sunshine band gets in my head.  And how can you not smile and laugh when you see a booty-shaking snowman getting his groove on?  I think we need more of that; more laughter, more silliness and more mirth all around.  Christmas celebrates where we can find ultimate joy- Jesus.  Joy that doesn't fade or end, but lasts forever.
The stamp set used is Bells Ring by Art Impressions.  The set comes with the stamps, die and 1 action wobble.  You can buy more action wobbles at their website and many retailers carry them as well.  If you enjoy coloring, this card is easily mass-produced as well.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and the supplies are listed below.

Supplies:
Art Impressions Bells Ring set
AI Action Wobbles
Bristol Smooth cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die
Copics:
  • Jacket/Berries: R37, 39, 59
  • Hat/Gloves: E17, 18, 19
  • Scarf/Leaves: G17, 19, 29
  • Carrot nose: YR15, 04
  • Bells: Y17, 35; YR20
  • Shadows: C00, 2
  • Blush: R20
Doodlebug Ladybug (Red) Velvet cardstock
Neat & Tangled banner die
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
Neenah Classic Cream cardbase
Scor-tape
Power-tabs (adhesive foam squares)

I hope you are enjoying this years card series so far.  I also hope and pray that you know Jesus.  If you don't, I encourage you to check him out and give him a chance.

For His glory and much love,
Jasmine


Friday, November 10, 2017

Handmade Christmas 2017: Neat & Tangled Lumberjack Love with Copics

 Hello and welcome to the second card in my Handmade Christmas 2017 card series.  The Neat & Tangled Lumberjack Love set is geared more towards Valentines day than Christmas, but I thought why couldn't it be a Christmas card.  Romance abounds around the holidays, possibly even more so that the rest of the year.  So this card is for lovers and I colored the girl like me and the boy like my husband.  He proposed to me in January and we're coming up on our 10 year wedding anniversary, so he was on my mind while making this card.
I stamped the images first, using the MISTI and Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  When deciding which ink to use, keep this rule in mind: opposites attract.  Copics are alcohol ink markers and need dye ink images because the dye ink doesn't react with alcohol and it wont smudge or bleed.  The industry has made advancements in technology and produced inks that are any medium safe, but I don't have them, so I'll continue to use what I know ;).  The background is alcohol inks and Yupo.  Yupo is actually plastic and will warp easily with heat.  The piece I used did begin to warp as I finished up the embossing.  So be careful with it.  Let your gun run for 30-60 seconds to get hot before applying to your paper so that you're heating for a shorter time span.  Or just use glossy cardstock with your alcohol inks and avoid the issue altogether.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and the supplies are listed below.

Supplies:
Neat & Tangled Lumberjack Love S&D
Bristol Smooth cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
MISTI original
Wow Snow Sparkle embossing powder
Versamark
Ranger Silver Pearl embossing powder
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die
White Yupo paper
Ranger Alcohol inks
  • Denim/ Sky/ Indigo/ Amethyst/ Snow Cap/ Pearl
Alcohol Blending Solution
Mini Mister
Woodgrain patterned paper
Scor-tape
Foam Squares
Copic Markers
Brown Hair: E25, 27, 29, 71, 74
Blonde Hair: E51, 33; YR20
Girl Outfit: E13, 15, 17, 19, 50, 51 Headband and Bird: B12, 14, 16
Boy Outfit: Hat and Shirt: B12, 14, 16 Jeans: B32, 34 Shoes: E13, 15, 23, 25
Skin: E51, 33, 31 Ax: C2, 4
Stump: E31, 27, 47, 49

Thanks for stopping by.  Always happy to answer any questions.  Merry Christmas!

For His glory and much love,
Jasmine

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Handmade Christmas 2017: Penny Black Winter Fairy with Copics

Hello and welcome to the kick off of my Handmade Christmas 2017 series.  Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I'm always looking forward to the creativity that comes with cardmaking.  The only rules are the ones we give ourselves.
I fell in love with the Penny Black Winter Fairy image because she looks so sweet, innocent and darling; it reminded me of childhood Christmases that were magical and lovely.  I imagine that snowball as her gift to baby Jesus; heartfelt and genuine.
The blue and purple version was a practice card, but I absolutely loved how it turned out and decided to include it in the post.  Copic markers are amazing in the right hands and they're a labor of love, but I'm determined to get better with them.  The blue and purple is in the non-traditional color family while the red and gold is certainly in the traditional realm and both are beautiful.
Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.

Supplies: Red/Gold
Penny Black Winter Fairy stamp
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock
MISTI
Copics:Red/Gold
Hair: E31, 33, 37; YR20
Skin: E50, 51, 21; R11, 20
Skirt: R27, 29, 37, 39, 59
Wings and Snowball: RV0000
Earmuffs and legwarmers: C00, 0, 1; R27, 37, 59

DCWV Foiled Cardstock Stack- Red/Gold
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies
Viva Decor Hologram Glitter Pen
Neenah Classic Cream cardbase
SSS Merry Christmas die
Stick-It sheet adhesive
Scor-tape




Blue/Purple:
DCWV Shimmer Cardstock: Pale Blue
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies
Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
Neenah Classic Cream cardbase
Doodlebug White Glitter cardstock
Stick-It sheet adhesive
Neat & Tangled Happy Holidays die
Scor-tape


Thanks for stopping by to hang out with me.  Let me know if you have any questions; always happy to help.  If you're interested in Copic marker classes, go see Sandy at art-classes.com.  She's got mad skills and so easy to learn from.  Merry Christmas!!

For His glory and much love,
Jasmine

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fantastic Halloween with Copics, Glitter Paste and Alcohol Ink Background

Last, but certainly not least, is my final card in what has turned out to be my Halloween series for 2017.  As much as I loved my Unicorns and pumpkins, this card is my favorite.  It's also the design that required the least thought; it just came together on it's own.  I had the background hanging out in my studio for a while, added glitter paste through a stencil and it fit "purrfectly" with the vampire kitty.  I love it when that happens.  I die cut the background before I added the glitter paste.  You can add it and then die cut (after it's completely dry), but the pressure from the die cutting can distort the shape of the dried paste as well as ruin the dimension. 

Here's the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.  Here is the link for the alcohol ink background.  Have fun!

Supplies:
Ranger Alcohol Inks:
Raspberry/ Flamingo/ Valencia
Yupo or Gloss cardstock
Bazzil Black Licorice cardstock
Neat & Tangled Scalloped die set (label die is in this set as well)
Nuvo Black Diamond Glitter paste
Star Stencil
Mama Elephant Plushoween stamp and die sets
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Bristol Smooth cardstock
MISTI
Ranger Sparkle Black embossing powder
Versamark ink
Copics: BV13, V17, RV10, C00, C8, C9
Distress Inks
  • Carved Pumpkin
  • Picked Raspberry
Scor-tape
Foam Squares

Thanks for joining me today!  I hope your Halloween is exciting and sweet!  Happy Halloween!

For His glory and much love,
Jasmine

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Boo Crew Halloween with Ink Blended Background and Copics

 Here is the fifth card in what has become a Halloween series this year.  These guys are from the Plushoween set by Mama Elephant and they aren't just for Halloween.  These guys would make adorable birthday cards too.  You could mask out the face on the pumpkin and turn it into an ornament for Christmas as well.  I colored the guy in the middle as a cat in a bunny costume, but I realized after coloring him that he is supposed to be a fox.  Don't care; still cute! LOL!  At any rate, this was a lot of fun to play with.  I used my cat Pixie as inspiration for the vampire cat and my childhood cat Spunky for the coloring on the would be fox.  The bear I kept simple.  I had a sunset in mind for the background, so I used 3 colors of Distress inks with the ink blending technique; Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Rasperry, and Carved Pumpkin.  When it was dry, I added some Shimmer Spritz.
Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supplies are listed below.

Supplies:
Mama Elephant Plushoween S&D
Bristol Smooth cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Copics:
Vampire Cat: BV13, V17, R20/ C00, 0, 6, 8, 9
Pumpkin Bear: E23, 25, 27; C9
G19; YR07, 04, 15; Y13, 35
Bunny Fox: E000, YR20, Y17, R20, RV10, 20
Spider: C8, B29
Versamark
Ranger Holographic embossing powder
Distress Inks
  • Mermaid Lagoon
  • Picked Raspberry
  • Carved Pumpkin
Sparkle Shimmer Spritz
Gelly Roll Sparkle Pen
Foam Squares
Neenah Classic Cream cardbase
Scor-tape
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die

I had a lot of fun with this project and I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Always happy to answer questions too.  See you next time!

For His glory and much love,
Jasmine

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Sweet Halloween with Darcies and Copic

Here is Halloween card #4.  I'll be honest; I struggled with a background for this one and turned to Pinterest and YouTube to see if I could find any inspiration.  I came across a video Sandy Allnock made last year using the same stamp set and totally copied her idea.  (They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?)  The potion forming a spooky little cloud above the little guys was perfect and simple, allowing the focus to remain on the main images and all the coloring we put into them.  Simple and sweet with just a tiny hint of mystery while being completely adorable.  This stamp set is fairly versatile as well.  You could also use it for Valentines by masking off the bat from the cupcake and hat from the apple.

Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel.  Here is the link to Sandy's video too.

Supplies:
Darcies Heart and Home Sweet Halloween stamp set
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
MISTI
Bristol Smooth cardstock
Post-It Removable Tape
Copics:
Apple: YG03, 06/ R24, 27, 29/ E13, 15/ C6, 8
Potion: V12, 04, 05, 17
Cupcake: G14, YG17/ YR15, 04, 07  Bat: C9
Background: V12, 000, C2/ Colorless Blender
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies
DCWV Glitter paper
Scor-tape
Neenah Classic Cream cardbase

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderfully sweet Halloween.

For His glory and much love,
Jasmine

Handmade Christmas 2017: Easy Watercolor cards with Koi and Fine-Tec Metallics

 It's the fourth post in my Handmade Christmas 2017 series and I have 4 easy watercolor cards that are perfect for mass production.  I...