Monday, July 24, 2017

therapeutic coloring watercolor flowers

Hello my fabulous friends!

Today I have a super quick post...  

I don't have process photos... this was just an exercise in art therapy.  This past weekend was pretty stressful. My mom is in the hospital, and had to have a major surgery... She is doing good, but I've been a bit of a wreck! So I spent time with my stamps and markers to help calm my soul. Art really is very therapeutic! 

Paper: Strathmore Bristol, DCWV Holiday Glitz
Ink: VersaMark; VersaFine Onyx Black; Sharpie Pen; Chameleon Olive Green (OL3); Zig Clean Color Bright Yellow (052), Carmine Red (022), Light Carmine (021), Pale Pink (028), Light Gray (091), Gray Brown (094), Mid Green (046), Olive Green (043), Mid Brown (065)
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins, clear embossing powder

While I know the colors aren't exactly the same as the colors in the Altenew challenge, that really was my jumping off point... I just ended up adding in some yellow to my corals and pinks. A few months ago, I was over at my parents' house and noticed some flowers on the table... My dad had brought home a bouquet of flowers for my mom.... in it, there were roses that were a mix of coral and yellow. They were so pretty! Looking at the Altenew inspiration picture, I couldn't help but remember those roses in my mom's kitchen. 

Well, I'm off to organize my studio... or color... you know, whichever. :)


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

blooming heart animation...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I got some happy mail today.... my order of the NEW dies from Uchi's Design, along with a stamp set that isn't like any other stamp set I own.

Animation dies and stamps!!!

Ink: Altenew Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Crimson, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades; Smooch Gold Lame
Dies: Uchi's Design Animation Grid Banner; Paper Craft Muli Bow; Art C Jar & Label; Altenew Vintage Roses, Vintage Flowers
Other: Ranger Foil Tape

The concept behind this kind of animation is simple and has been around for a really long time... However, it's awesome to see it appearing in the card/scrapbooking market in a SUPER easy way!

Let's take a quick look...

For this card, I'm using the Animation Grid Banner die.  

Step 1: Die cut your grid. I cut mine out of white card stock to keep things simple, but you can use any color you want... 

Step 2: Create your outer panel. Basically, you need a window where your animated stamp will be, and a small slider slot. A light penciled center line will help you line things up. Use your grid banner to figure out the size of the window you want and where the slider slot needs to be based on what dies you are using to create them... I just went through my dies and found some dies that would work... You can hand cut a  window and slot if you prefer.

Step 3: Stack two squares of foam tape on top of each other on the tab...This is what is going to create the slider. 

Step 4: Test your slider mechanism... Place the grid behind the outer panel with the foam squares in the slider slot... Test to make sure it moves easily (but not too much wiggle side to side since the grid needs to stay straight for the animation to work), and make sure that when your slider is all the way up and all the way down down, only the grid shows in the window. 

Step 5: Lay your outer panel on your card base and lightly pencil in your window.

Step 6: Stamp your animation stamp in the window making sure to keep the lines straight up and down to match your grid.

*Sidenote: Yes, you can animate other stamps using these dies!!! There are more steps involved, including making a mask, and stamping multiple times. Using Uchi's animation stamps is the simplest way to get comfortable with figuring out all the moving parts... animating other stamps using these dies is a tutorial for another post.

Step 7: Test your stamped image by laying your grid and outer panel over the card base and sliding the slider back and forth to make sure everything lines up correctly.

Step 8: Decorate!!! I used a bunch of different Altenew Stamps...

Step 9: Glue your outer panel onto your card base by putting foam tape or adhesive around the very outer edges, making sure you leave enough room for the grid to move how it needs to. Place your grid on your card base and carefully press your outer panel over it, making sure your foam squares are sticking out of the slider slot, and that you don't get any glue on the grid.... 

Step 10: To finish it off, test again to make sure everything is working right, and decorate the top of your slider mechanism.... I used a butterfly. 

*Sidenote: You may want to include some arrows by your slider mechanism so whoever gets the card knows how to work it... I realized that a little late for this card, but it is something to think about. 

I'm having lots of fun playing with this fun way of adding movement and interaction in cards. I hope you do too!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

adding depth with colored pencils...

Hello my fabulous friends!

As you know, I recently got a whole big set of Chameleon pens. Alcohol markers are fairly new to me... as in, this year.  I'm still learning. 

I've been spending a lot of time online trying to pick up techniques and pointers on working with alcohol markers.. I've also spent a lot of time playing and practicing.... For every project you see me post, I guarantee there are TONS of practice images on scrap paper scattered over my table so I can test and try colors, blends, techniques, etc. that you never see!

This week, I wanted to experiment with some no line coloring, and using colored pencils over the alcohol markers to create more dimension. (I also did some experimenting with color layering...)

I used two shades of gray Chameleon Pens to build my shadows, then colored over that with Crimson Red... Then went back in with more gray, and more red... until I was happy. Once the whole flower was done I added deeper shadows with black and red colored pencils, and lightened some areas with white.

 I'll be honest, I'm using super cheap kiddie colored pencils... It's what I have. They didn't blend well, nor could I build many layers with them.  That being said, I LOVE the depth and detail the colored pencil gives to the overall look!

 It's definitely something I will keep using,  and a set of good colored pencils is now on my wish list!

Paper: Georgia Pacific 110# white card stock, Paper Studio Glam Glitter 
Stamps: Altenew Amazing You
Ink: Clearly Kelly, Altenew Crimson, Chameleon Pens Warm Gray 7 (WG7), Warm Gray 3 (WG3), Crimson Red (RD4), Olive Green (OL3), Peony Pink (PK4), Colorless Blender (CB), Detail Pen (D)
Other: Colored Pencils, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins (3mm & 4mm)

Here's a close up of the finished flowers and leaves.. Not perfect, but I'm learning! 

The Sequins were tinted pink by coloring them with Peony Pink Chameleon pen... I love that I can make clear sequins any color I want with alcohol markers!

Today's card was inspired by Altenew's July Inspiration Challenge... 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!


Friday, July 7, 2017

polka dots and birthday cards...

Hello my fabulous friends!

This week's weather has been beautiful, and calling out for a little exploring...

This beautiful spot was found when my friend and I decided to walk a dirt road we had never explored before... The road was short and ended in a little camp spot above the river... When we followed the steep dirt trial (complete with an old rope) down to the river, we found this....  

After spending time at the river, I was ready to spend time working on next year's birthday cards...

Ink: Distress Ink Salty Ocean, Memento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens, Chameleon Color Tops
Stamps: My Favorite Things "Up in the Air"
Dies: My Favorite Things "Up in the Air"

People may think I'm slightly crazy, but when you need to have 110 birthday cards & gifts, and 75 Christmas cards & gifts done for church by mid December, you gotta start thinking about it early.... 

I needed to keep the design fairly simple (since I have to make so many) but I also wanted it to be fun, after all, this is for the kids!

The background was done by blending Salty Ocean Distress ink over the edges of the card. These adorable images are from My Favorite Things "Up in the Air"...  They are colored in using Chameleon Pens and Chameleon Color Tops.

The Chameleon Pens and Tops let me get the beautiful color changes on the balloon, and the highlights and shadows on the elephant quickly and easily. While I know the coloring is fairly basic, I have to make a ton of these, so simple is my friend!

To add a little more interest, I decided to make the flags polka-dotted...

I started out by coloring in eery other flag with Lavender... Nothing fancy, just filling in the flags with color...
Then I colored the remaining flags with Turquoise... again, nothing fancy, just solid color

Here comes the magic... Using the bullet tip of the Colorless Blender, I just dotted the flags... This lightened the color in those dots creating fun polka dots in no time at all! 

Now that I have my prototype done, I only need to make about 109 more... LOL!

Guess I better get busy!