Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween !!!

A bit of spooky fun just in time for Halloween!  I have this old Close to My Heart stamp set called Moonlight Scrapbooking Workshop Holidays.  It worked great for this nighttime scene card.

I blended my distress inks in Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron and Chipped Sapphire using my super awesome Picket Fence Studios Blending Brushes on white cardstock.  For a little more distressed look, I also added some stamping using my Timeless Texture stamp set from Stampin' Up! and also some Dr. Ph Martins Bleed Proof White paint spatters.

This sweet mummy was colored using a variety of copic sketch markers. I popped him up on some dimensionals.  I also heat embossed the lamp post using WOW! Embossing Powder in Ebony.  I paper pieced the lamp on top for some more dimension and colored using the copic markers again.

Here is my finished card, ready to give someone a spooky surprise! Hope you enjoy watching all the kiddos in their costumes on this fun day :)

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Monday, October 14, 2019

More "No Line Watercoloring" Fun

Hello There!

Hope you are having a fabulous Monday morning!  I wanted to share this pretty 
watercolor card with you all today.  Interestingly enough, I find that I have an abundance 
of pink flowers in my own garden so naturally I gravitate towards painting them pink as well :)

One of my favorite things about watercolor is just watching the colors flow and dance 
across my project.  There is something super fun for me in watching this happen.

For this card, I chose to use my new stamp set from the October Simon Says Stamp Card Kit
 I really enjoyed this set with its mixed font greetings and gorgeous line art flower images.

I did a soft background using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes 
and a Hero Arts Stencil called Waves.  By using a combo of soft and neutral 
Distress Inks as a base and then layering the stencil over top, you get this 
neat "hint" of shapes in the background.

I used Distress Ink to stamp my images of the flower and leaves in lighter colored inks 
so that it would mostly disappear underneath my watercolors.  Using the 
Ecoline Liquid Watercolors, I mixed and added to make different shades of color on 
my palette tray.  These paints are really fun and very vibrant but can also be toned 
down by adding water.

A few splatters of the pink watercolor and some liquid pearls finished off my design.

Here is the gorgeous stamp set called Thankful Flowers that 
I used from Simon Says Stamp!

My finished card - a sweet greeting of congratulations that would 
surely brighten anyone's day!

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Making a chalkboard background to stamp on?????

Hi There Stampers!

Today I had a chance to play with Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground.  Its a
 super thick paint that I layered onto a piece of white cardstock.  When I first saw 
this technique, someone was using Distress Oxide inks to paint their stamped images
 but I didn't have those so I actually added some of my PearlEx Powders to acrylic
 shimmer paint and this is what I came up with!  I would've liked to have more tones to 
add depth (like you could get with multiple colors of ink/paint) but I felt like it still worked 
out ok this way.

After adding the black DS Ground Paint, I used my Avery Elle Pigment Ink Pad
 in Silver Fox to stamp my selected images.

Here is a pic of the stamp set I used.  It came in my Monthly Card Kit from 
Simon Says Stamp.  Its called Look For The Rainbow.  I adore the great line art 
flowers in this set - perfect for painting and coloring!

I stamped my Hello greeting in the same ink but had to do it multiple times in order for 
the painted paper to absorb the next layer of ink I was trying to lay down.  A stamping 
platform was the only way to go for this part.  I used my handy Tim Holtz platform today.  
Here is a look at the stamp set that I grabbed the Hello from.  Its called Greetings from
 Ranger - its in the LetterIt line of stamps.  They're so nice for bold statements.

A few drops of my Nuvo Crystal Drops in the shade of Ivory Seashell.  A piece of patterned paper from Avery Elle (The Harvest Collection) and my card was complete.

Its always fun to try something new.  I hope this inspires you to grab a technique you've seen or liked on social media and give it a try for yourself - you may find you have a great time trying out something different ;)

Have a great weekend!  Thanks for looking!