Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Versatile, Soft and Easy Watercolor Birthday

Versatile, soft and easy, this card is quick and lovely.  It really is as simple as stamp, paint, let dry, and attach to a cardbase.  Versatile because you can change the sentiment up as you need to; thinking of you, hello, congratulations or sympathy.  Sometimes I leave the front of my cards without a sentiment and write my message on the inside. 
Try not to get caught up with the thought that to create what you see in a video, you have to have what the artist is using.  You don't.  If all you have is your kids Crayola, rock it out!  The point is to create, have fun, relax and play.  If you want to get better, keep practicing.  Monet practiced too. 
Here is the link to my video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you want to see my process and my supply list is below. 

Prima Cling Stamp #580179
Fine-Tec Watercolor pallete
Archival Black ink
Distress Watercolor cardstock
Silver Brushes: 3/4" and #8
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die
Doodlebug Crushed Velvet black cardstock Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Border die
Stick It sheet adhesive
DCWV Foiled Vellum Stack
SSS Sketch Heart die
*Alternative to FineTec palette: Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors. 
I have not used the Starry Colors palette, however I do love their regular watercolor palette and do recommend it.  There are several YouTube videos comparing the two if you are interested. 
I'll be happy to answer any questions you have, just leave them in the comments here or on my YouTube video.  Thanks for stopping by and hanging out today!  See you next time ;)

Much Love,

Thursday, September 15, 2016

MFT Magical Dragons

 Hey there!  From the moment I saw images and cards done with the Magical Dragons stamp set from My Favorite Things, I couldn't wait to get them home and start to play.  They are so sweet and so versitile, I even have a Christmas card idea with these.  I started with my stamping and used some masking to make the baby dragon sit on a floating smoke cloud, colored in the dragons and smoke with Copics, re-masked my images and used a cloud stencil to create several layers of clouds.  Here is the video tutorial on my YouTube channel to watch step by step how I created the scene and I encourage you to try these techniques too. 

MFT Magical Dragons
Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir CS
Copics: BV000, 24, 04, 08, 11; B00, 02, 05; C00, 3, 5, 7
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (Copic safe)
Full Sticky back Post-It notes
Inky Antics Cloud Stencil
Distress Inks: Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet
SSS ink: Lake Shore
Altenew Ink: Lavender Fields and Ocean Waves
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die
Neat & Tangled Dreams stamp
Wow Rainbow Black embossing powder
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen in M
Little Things Sugar Plum and Passion Flower sequins mixes
Pretty Pink Posh 4 mm Sparkling Clear sequins
Doodlebug White glitter card stock
Neenah 110 lb cardbase

If you don't have the same exact inks, try what you have.  I wanted to keep the clouds light and ethereal, so I used light shades of blue and purple, with the darker tones towards the bottom.  Let me know what you think and if you have any questions.  I love to interact with you guys! 

Much love,

Monday, September 12, 2016

Quick and Easy Ink Dipped Bookmarks

 Hey there!  Todays project is these quick and easy bookmarks.  It's as simple as stamp, dip, dry and go!  I made these for my kids at AWANA at church, a ministry designed for elementary and middle school aged kiddos.  I wanted something quick and easy, but colorful to be attractive for my kiddos.  These can be done bigger or smaller, just need to keep in mind the size of the stamps you're wanting to use.  Any color combo too, just be aware of colors that turn brown or gray when they mix, such as yellow/purple or green/orange.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.

Neat & Tangled Sunday School Songs
Memento Tuxedo Black or Archival Black
Paper Studio Large white tags
Distress Inks:
Abandoned Coral
Picked Raspberry
Wilted Violet
Lucky Clover
Blueprint Sketch
Twisted Citron
Mustard Seed
Squeezed Lemonade
Carved Pumpkin
Candied Apple
Salty Ocean

Distress Inks are formulated to work with water, so I can't speak to how other dye inks might behave when using this technique.  But you'll never know until you try.  And remember that it's just paper.  If you hate it, you can always start again ;)  See you next time!

Much love,

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Clean and Simple Altenew Majestic Blooms

Hey guys!  I absolutley love all the layering stamp sets that have been coming out and Altenews Majestic Blooms is no exception.  It's gorgeous, easy and versatile and you can use just about any color palette you want.  I even used grays in an upcoming card, but you'll have to wait for my Christmas card series ;)  I wanted to keep this design soft and feminine, so I went with soft peachy pink tones, but also used high contrast between the first and third layers of ink to build dimension.  The desire was for high impact with comforting tones and I think it's lovely.  Here's the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and the supply list is below.

Altenew Majestic Blooms stamp and die sets
Altenew Crisp Dye Inks in Frayed Leaf and Evergreen
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Lawn Fawn Stitched Slopes die
SSS inks in Pale Blush Pink, Rosie Cheeks and Hollyhock
Bazzil Textured white cardstock finished size 5.25 by 3.75 inches
SSS Painted Hello die
Stampendous Rose Gold embossing powder
Mixed Media Cherry wood veneer paper 4.25 by 5.5 inches
Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue
Distress Inks: Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar and Shaded Lilac
Scor-tape 1/4 and 1/2 inch

I did a few sample stampings of several color combonations to see what kind of contrast I could acheive.  I also did a quick and dirty swatch sheet of my inks (except Distress) for a reference.

The majority of my inks are from Simon Says Stamp, Lawn Fawn and Altenew, with a few from Hero Arts and Memento.  I wanted to see what I could put together that may be a little out of the box or unexpected, so seeing each shade made that a little easier.

 For the yellow flower, I used SSS Lemon Chiffon for the base, SSS Melon for the mid-tone and HA Butter Bar for my darkest.

For the orange, I started with SSS Apricot for my base, LF Carrot for the mid-tone and SSS Sunkist for my darkest.
 The purple is one of my favorites; I just love how it turned out.  SSS Lavender was the base tone, SSS Hydrangea was the mid-tone and SSS Hot Mama was my darkest.  The mixing of warm and cool tones gave me such great contrast.
The pink was Memento Angel Pink for the base, HA Bubblegum for the mid-tone and SSS Hot Lips was my darkest. 
 This tealish toned flower is my favorite.  Not only is it unexpected, but serious contrast as well.  I started with SSS Lake Shore for the base, used LF Merman for the mid-tone and LF Deep Sea for my darkest tone.  You never think to use shades in the teal green family for the flower, but I love this one!

Pale blue is another color family that you don't see often in flowers.  It doesn't occur often in nature, so it isn't one of those go-to color families like pink, purple or yellow is.  I used HA Soft Sky for my base, HA Pool for my mid-tone and SSS Steel Blue for my dark tone.

Don't think that you have to have the same exact inks I have to achieve these for yourself.  Try out what inks you already have and see what you get.  Either way, I hope you'll get creative and feel free to use these combinations if you want to.

See you next time!

Much Love,

Thursday, September 1, 2016

MFT Beary Special Birthday Shaker

Welcome!  One of my nephews has his 6th birthday coming up, so it was the perfect opportunity to bust out this stamp set and get creative.  His favorite color is yellow and he loves Rainbow Chip cake.  Yellow, while not being a color I work with often, came fairly easily but it took a little playing around to get the right technique for coloring a rainbow chip cake.  I adore how this card turned out and I think my little guy will love it.  Here is the video tutorial for the card and the supply list is below.  Here's a tip for the cake: add the dots of color while the base color is still wet.  It allows the dots to blend out just tiny bit to look like the colored sprinkles do in a baked cake.  You'll see it in the video too.

My Favorite Things Beary Special Birthday stamps and dies
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Frames
Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Copic safe)
Doodlebug cardstock: Sugar Shoppe and Friendly Forest
Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear 4mm Sequins
Rainbow Sequins
3M Foam tape
Scor-Tape 1/4" and 1/2"
3D Foam Squares
Wink of Stella Clear
Glossy Accents
Bear: E23, 25, 27, 29, 04(ears)
Cake: E31, 33, B28, G17, R17, Y13
Frosting: Y06, 08, 11, 13
Balloons: Y06, 08, 11, B00
Gifts: BG13, 15, B00, Y13, 17

Let me know if you have any questions and I'd love to know what you think!  Catch you later!

Much love,

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