Saturday, January 27, 2018

Gerda Steiner Designs DT Valentine Penguins with Copics and Distress Oxides

 Todays project is the another card I created as a guest designer for Gerda Steiner Designs.  My idea for this one was penguins on the tundra with happy greetings and the penguin holding the balloon fit in perfectly.  The bottom snow panel can be created two ways.  The first is by using white glitter cardstock cut to size freehand or with a die, which is what I did.  The second is to cover piece of white cardstock with Versamark and heat emboss using white glitter embossing powder.  If you're not into glitter, you could just use white cardstock.  The background was made with 3 shades of blue Distress Oxide inks.  If you aren't familiar with them, they are a hybrid of dye and pigment inks, giving them super easy blending and there are several fun techniques you can do with them (but that's another post).  The penguins were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut.  I don't have the dies yet and these are fairly simple shapes to cut out.  The penguin with the balloon is one image, but I just cut them apart to avoid trying to cut out the string.  Instead, I fussy cut the balloon and penguin and stamped a swirly dash line from another stamp set in my stash for the balloon string.  That allowed me to have more flexibility with placing the penguin and balloon as well as the ability to add dimension by popping it up with foam squares.  I have a video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you'd like to see how this project came together from start to finish and my supplies are listed and linked below.

Bristol Smooth cardstock
Gerda Steiner Designs Valentine Penguins
White Glitter cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes die
Distress Oxide inks:
  • Broken China
  • Salty Ocean
  • Faded Jeans
Copic Markers:
C6, 8, 9/ Y17/ YR15/ V04
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Spectrum Noir sparkle pen
Wow Sparkling Snow embossing powder
Plum cardstock
Foam squares

Thank you to Gerda Steiner Designs for having me!  I look forward to doing it again sometime.  And thanks to my audience for stopping by.  Always happy to help with questions if you have any and please let me know how you like todays card.  See you next time!

For Christs Glory and much love,

Saturday, January 20, 2018

DT Guest Spot: Penguin Shaker with Gerda Steiner Designs and Alcohol Ink Background

 Hello and Happy 2018!  I am excited for the blog post and video today.  Macy from Gerda Steiner Designs reached out to me and asked if I would like to guest design for them.  They always have such charming and delightful images and excellent quality products, so of course I said yes.  I was brimming with ideas for these little guys and couldn't wait to play.
Valentine Penguins is one of those versatile sets that can be romantic, but also lends itself to friendly or encouraging.  My first card was one inspired by Empire Penguins that have the really colorful feathers on their heads.  I wanted to bring lots of color and excitement to the party and alcohol inks are perfect for that.  As I worked, the ideas coalesced into a shaker card and I love how it turned out.  Here's the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supplies are listed below.
GSD Valentine Penguins (supplied to me)
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock
Ranger Alcohol Ink cardstock
Alcohol Inks:
  • Honeycomb
  • Magenta
  • Purple Twilight
  • Flamingo
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies
Hero Arts Acetate
3M foam tape
Little Things:
Lemon and Tangerine Jewels
Deep Fuschia and Lily White sequin mixes
Cream cardstock
Ranger Archival Jet Black ink
Copic Markers
C6, 8, 9
Y17; YR15

Thanks again to Macy and Gerda for inviting me to design for them!  And thank you for stopping by.  As always, I'm happy to help if you have any questions and I'd love to know what you think as well.  I hope you have a blessed and joyous 2018.

For Christ's glory and much love,

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Moody Blues Unicorn Spinner with Alcohol Ink Background

 Hello!  I hope your 2018 is off to a good start.  I have been playing with Alcohol Inks and coloring a lot of Moody Unicorns by Gerda Steiner Designs.  One of my general goals in my studio to do more playing with what I already have rather than continuously buying more.  There is so many products to choose from in terms of new things to buy, but it can be a lot of fun to rediscover your own existing stash.  Alcohol ink backgrounds are so easy to make and the variety of colors and techniques make them a staple background for me.  The stamp set and channel dies are two items that I had in my studio that I hadn't yet played with and the background was ready to go; putting all three together almost created the card for me.  Here is a link to an alcohol ink video on my channel in case you'd like to learn more about using them.  Here is the link to the card video for today and below is my supplies.
Gerda Steiner Designs Moody Unicorn S&D
Ranger Alcohol Inks:
  • Denim
  • Indigo
  • Purple Twilight
  • Snowcap
Stitched Rectangle die
Mama Elephant Smile die
MFT Channel Spinner die
MFT Spin and Slide Discs
C2, 4, 6/ BG000, 02, 05, 07/ E50, 51, 21/ R20
3M Foam tape
Black Cardstock 4.25 x 5.5
SN Sparkle Pen
Cream cardbase

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Let me know if you have any questions as I'm always happy to help.  These unicorns are so much fun, easy to color and I just love the different expressions they have.  See you next time!

For Christs glory and much love,

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