Tuesday, January 31, 2017

white embossed watercolors...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I am so excited!

Yesterday I discovered a local scrapbook store!

(well, local meaning 3 hours away)

It's called Doodle Bugs. It is an amazing store! Tons of stamps, dies, and paper!

I found Zig Clean Color markers in open stock... Swoon!

I found a Mama Elephant die that will be perfect for my nephew's birthday card (the matching stamp set was sold out, so I'll have to pick that up later)... Pretty Pink Posh sequins... I even picked up a new Altenew stamp set! This store has tons of stuff that I have previously only seen carried in online stores. I'm super happy!

Of course I couldn't wait to get home and play with my new stamps and markers. :)

Stamps: Altenew Spring Daisy
Ink: VersaMark, Zig Clean Color Lemon Yellow (051), Pale Rose (230), Deep Red (260), Light Brown (061), Dark Brown (062), Mid Green (046), Deep Green (044), Blue Gray (092)
Other: Pretty Pink Posh sequins

I'm playing along with the Altenew Challenge again... it just so happens that the red marker I bought yesterday works great for this deep red, so I figured  I might as well.  :) 

For today's card I used a technique that involves heat embossing the images in white, then watercoloring. It's a fun way to do watercolor, and keeps your lines clean yet subtle.

Step 1: Stamp images images using VersaMark onto bristol paper, and heat emboss with white embossing powder. 

This makes watercoloring super easy as the embossed lines act as barriers, keeping the color and water from migrating farther than you want it to.

Step 2: Scribble some Lemon Yellow (051)  onto the petals and blend outward with water.
Let dry.

Step 3: Add some Pale Rose (230) into the shadows, and blend outward with water. Leave some areas more yellow for highlight and depth.
Let dry.

Step 4: Add a tiny bit of Deep Red (260) Into the very darkest shadows and blend slightly. Be careful not to over power your lighter colors... This will add even more depth.

Step 5: Color the center with Light Brown (061) and blend it out. 
Let Dry.

 Step 6: Draw a line around the outer edge of the center in Dark Brown (062) and blend with water inward. 

Step 7: Scribble some Mid Green (046) in the areas of the leaves you want darkest, and blend with water outward.
Let Dry

Step 8: To add more depth, add a little Deep Green (044) in the darkest areas of the left and blend slightly.

Step 9: Scribble some Blue Gray (092) onto an acrylic block. Pick up some ink with your water brush and paint around the flowers. Keep the areas next to the flowers darkest, and fade out to white.

*interesting note... Usually heat embossed areas resist watercolor.. however, I found that the Deep Red actually stained some of the embossed areas a little... So watch out for those reds!

I hope you have a wonderful day!


Friday, January 27, 2017

distressed foiled stamping

Hello my fabulous friends!

I have a confession to make...

I like shiny things.

I love the Minc foils and how pretty and shiny they make things!  Naturally, I wanted to incorporate that in my stamping...

Other: Heidi Swapp Minc foil, Reactive Mist

Step 1: Stamp the branch from Altenew's Vintage Flowers with brown ink. It's best to use a stamp positioning tool for this because we are going to stamp this same image again later. I'm using my MISTI, and just leaving the stamp right where it is for now.

Step 2: Start stamping flowers. These are also in the Vintage Flowers set

Tip: If you have the dies, go ahead and die cut a bunch of blanks... You can then play around with the placement and sizes before you commit to ink.

Step 3: Keep building the layers...

Step 4: Add leaves... I love the tiniest leaf and it's layers on the Vintage Roses set with these tiny flowers.

Ok.. Now to add the foil...

Step 5: Create your own ink pad by cutting a piece of Rangers' Cut-N-Dry foam and spread on some Heidi Swapp Reactive Mist. You don't need a ton, just unscrew the spray top and use the long tube to smear some on white foam.

Step 6: Remember how we left the branch stamp in the MISTI? Here's why. Ink the branch up with your Reactive Mist ink pad and stamp over your branch. You can also stamp the centers dots of the flowers with the Reactive Mist. Let this dry COMPLETELY.

Step 7: Once completely dry, cover with a piece of Minc Foil and send it through your Minc machine or laminating machine. 

So pretty!!!

*NOTE: When you use the Mist to create a stamp pad, the liquid will pool around the edges of the stamp. You will not get a solid stamped image with this medium. However, I wanted the distressed look of the edges being foiled.

So there you have it.. A way to incorporate hints of foil in your stamping.... 

Have a wonderful weekend!



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

stacked stamping with the MISTI...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I'm here today playing along with another challenge...

One thing I love about their Pin-Sights challenge is that it is very open to interpretation. So many different ways you can find inspiration from their photo collage and run with it!

I loved the light teal and metallic together, so I went with that.

Stamps: Essentials By Ellen Fancy Thanks
Dies: Essentials by Ellen Stitching Lines
Tools: MISTI

Using a MISTI makes repeat stamping to build your own background super easy!

Step 1: Make very light tick marks along the side of your card dividing it up with enough space for your stamp in each segment.... So for the 'thanks' stamp in the Essentials by Ellen Fancy Thanks set, the stamp is about 1 inch high, and my card is 4.25"x 5.5"... so my tick marks are at 0.25", 1.25", 2.25", 3.25", 4.25", and 5.25"  (I used very light pencil marks so I could erase later, however, I added dark lines for the pictures so you can see them.)

Step 2: Mark off one inch on your MISTI grid paper. 

Step 3: Center your 'thanks' stamp in the inch your have marked on your grid paper (marked in purple in the photo) and pick the stamp up with the lid of the MISTI.

Step 4: Line your tick marks up with your marked one inch segment, and stamp your first image. I used Mountain Mist first, then stamped over it again with Sea Glass.. This left me with a light teal color.  As long as your card doesn't move (which is where the magnets, and having it braced against the side of the MISTI comes in), you can stamp over and over and it will stamp in exactly the same place each time. 

Step 5: Shift your card to so the next tick marks are lined up with your marked one inch segment. Stamp your image again. I used Evening Gray for this. As long as you keep the left side of your card always flush against the wall of the MISTI, your images will be perfectly aligned. 

Step 6: Continue shifting your card to stamp in each of the segments. It's ok if the bottom or top edge of your card hangs out of the MISTI, just make sure your left edge is always flush agains the wall.

Step 7: To finish it off, I cut a piece of blue card stock to 1.25"x 5.5", and die cut the basic stitch line along one edge. On top of that is a 1"x 5.5" piece of glimmer paper. 

This is a simple card, that with the help of the MISTI can be easily made in multiples. I love doing card sets with cards like this! 

There's still a few more days to play along with the Pin-Sights Challenge, so join in the fun!



Monday, January 23, 2017

sending sunshine....

Hello my fabulous friends, and happy Monday!

It stopped raining at my house! The sun is shining and the sky is blue!!
(don't get me wrong, I LOVE a good rainstorm.. it's just a nice change to see the sun once in a while!)

Today I'm playing along with Altenew's January challenge

I'll be honest, this one was a challenge for me... working with yellows and deep reddish brown is not my usual color palette... However, that's what makes it a challenge... doing something different than you might normally do. I love that about challenges. I get to experiment and stretch and I often find I like the end result!

Ink: Distress Ink Antique Linen, VersaFine Onyx Black,  Zig Clean Color Bright Yellow (052), Light Brown (061), Mid Green (046), Olive Green (043), Brown (060), Dark Brown (062)

Step 1: Stamp images on Bristol paper using Antique Linen Distress ink. I ended up doing a bunch of different images and masking to get a nice full bunch of flowers and leaves.

Step 2: Color the images. I used Zig Clean Color for this. I've noticed that they don't always stay true to their original color when water is added. Always test first! The reddish flowers are actually at the Brown (060) marker, but when you add water to blend, it turns into a reddish-pinkish-brown.

Now to add a little subtle dimension...

Step 3: Lightly trace the shape you want your window to be with a pencil. (I used an oval frame die fast my template.) Make sure multiple points of the image go beyond the traced shape, as that is what will keep the whole panel together.

Step 4: Use a sharp exacto knife to cut out the white space inside the traced window shape. You really need to use a shape knife for this! Also, it helps reduce tearing if you start from the inside and work out... meaning, start cutting out the inner most areas first, and move out towards the edge of your shape.

Step 5: Attach foam tape to the back of the panel and the flowers, and adhere to your card front. I chose to use the same Bristol paper behind the window for a more subtle look, but you could do a contrasting color for a real pop! 

I think the sentiment from Altenew's Oriental Orchids is perfect for today... 
"Sending you sunshine and smiles"

I hope you have a wonderful week!!



Friday, January 20, 2017

birthday surprise...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Today's project is a bright birthday card with a fun hidden gift card pocket...

Stamps: Unity Sabrina
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black; Zig Clean Color Pink (025), Green Gray (093), Gray Brown (094), Turquoise Green (042), Light Gray (091), Bright Yellow (052), Light Brown (061), Flesh Color (071), Pale Pink (028), Oatmeal (064), Purple (082), Light Violet (081), Violet (080), Mustard (067)
Dies:  Pretty Pink Posh Peekaboo Windows

Step 1: Stamp and color your image. 
I used Zig Clean Color markers on Bristol paper. 

I know who this card will go to, so I went with bright happy colors.

Step 2: Die cut the long window die under the image. I use a centering ruler to make sure it is centered, however that is my perfectionism shining through...
(sorry, no picture of this step)

Step 3: Add a sentiment on the window tab you just cut.  If you have a stamp positioning tool, it is a lot easier to get your rubber stamps lined up perfectly. I love using my MISTI for this.  (Just remember when using cling rubber stamps to remove the foam insert inside the MISTI so the lid can close without stress.) When placement needs to be perfect (like on the tab) I like to test stamp by inking up my stamp and stamping it on a piece of clear acetate that is placed over the card. This way I can see exactly where the stamp will hit and how it will look on the card without commitment until I'm satisfied. 

Step 4:  Trace your gift card on the back of the front panel.

Step 5: Create a 'case' around where the card will sit using foam tape. I like to leave a little wiggle room so the card will come out easily. 

Step 6: Remove the backing from the tape and attach to the front of your card.

You can now slip a gift card in and push the tab back in. 

It's a great way to gift a little extra surprise with your card. Anyone would love getting a card like this!



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

painting on a rainy day...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Yesterday was very wet and rainy, and sweet little Ava needed a quiet day to recover from surgery so I spent some quality time with my stamps and markers. 

Step 1: Stamp your image. When I do no line watercolor, I like to stamp my images in Antique Linen Distress ink. I find that it is just dark enough to see when coloring, but disappears nicely in the end. Here I am using Bristol paper because I like how the Clean Color markers work on it. 

Step 2: Add a some of your lightest color into the areas you want the darkest shadows (in this case, where petals overlap and where the petal is folded over). I have found that unless you are working with a large area within the image, a little goes a long way. I'm using  Clean Color Light Brown (061)  which turns in to a yellow color with water...

Step 3: Using a water brush or a slightly damp paint brush, blend the color out from the dark areas into the light areas. If the color is too intense in your light areas, dab it away using a clean paper towel.

Step 4: For a little added depth, add in a tiny bit of the darker color into the darkest shadows. (Brown 060) I do this while it is still wet, then use the water brush to blend it out. 

Step 5: Continue working each petal... Work one section at a time, and don't work right next to a wet area or your colors well bleed and you will lose all definition. 

Don't worry if it looks terrible at this point. 
I always look at it when I only have a few petals done and want to just give up. Don't!!! Keep going. It looks amazing when it's finished!

Step 6: Once dry, you can go in and add details... I used Dark Brown (062)  to add the stamen into the center. I didn't really care where the dots were originally, after all, each flower is different.

If you want to add more images to build a bigger scene, simply mask off your finished areas and stamp using Distress Ink Antique Linen. I make my masks by stamping the image onto clear acetate with a permanent ink like Archival or Staz-On. I then hand cut just barely inside the line. A little repositionable adhesive on the back and it's good to go. You can use paper for your masks, but this is more durable an can be used over and over. It also means you can see through it.. This is nice when you art trying to figure out how to layer other stamps. I like using a stamp press like MISTI because it helps me get everything perfectly how I want it. 

If you want to plan all your images out at the beginning, that's perfectly fine... Sometimes I'm just not sure what I want when I first start and have to work as it comes.. Thats's just how I roll. :)

Step 7: Color your leaves the same way you did the petals... Start by adding the lightest color to the darkest areas, blend out with water, then add in a bit of your darker color... For me the light green is Mid Green (046) and the darker green is Olive Green (043).

Step 8: Once leaf is completely dry, VERY lightly flick your darker green marker to create veins. Start in the center of the leaf and flick outward working your way up the leaf.

Step 9: Because these small flowers are SO small, only one color is needed (though you can use more if you want). I used Blue Gray (092). Add your color in the shadows and blend out, then go back into the shadows with the same marker... a TINY bit goes a long way with tiny images. When dry, you can add details to the flowers by flicking in lines, as well as adding a different color to your center. I used Light Brown (061)

You can also go back in and add more details to you main flower... I decided to flick in some lines with my darker color  Brown (060)

And here it is finished... Now to make something with it...

The butterfly is stamped and colored the same way as the flowers, however I used Distress ink for most of it. 

I smeared my Victorian Velvet Distress ink pad on a plastic sheet, and picked up color using the water brush and painted the butterfly...
Then repeated that with Aged Mahogany to add in the deeper shadows. 

I used my Light Gray (091) Clean Color to add some flicked details to the wings, and Dark Oatmeal (066) for the body.

The sentiment was stamped using Hero Arts Wet Cement Ink. The sentiment is originally one long line. To make it fit I simply inked and stamped only part of the stamp at a time.

I hope you have a wonderful day.. I think I'm going to enjoy some quite time with Ava by the fireplace. :)