Monday, September 6, 2021

Let Your Dreams Take Flight


Hello Again Crafty Friends!

I decided to create my project today using the wonderful Watercolor Pan set from Little Birdie Crafts.  I used it for a soft background, to make my green paper for the leaf element and as an ink to add some accent leaves. 

To start, I took a piece of Arches Coldpress Watercolor Paper and used some really light shades of green paint to start building a subtle background in the lower righthand corner of my card.  I had already picked a few papers from the Purple Passion 6x6 Cardstock pack and knew the tones I'd need for my design.  I started trimming and tearing the papers I had set aside.  Once I had an idea of what I wanted to do, I punched the focal butterfly piece and also added some Sparkle Paste in Mulberry to the back piece with the postage image.

I used dimensional tape to add my layers together and also some of the purple paint to dirty up the butterfly circle so it wasn't too perfect.  I knew I needed a bit more green on my design so I took a leaf stamp from the Shine Bright stamp set and added some leaves using green watercolor paint that I picked up off my palette.  I just smooshed my stamp into the lid of the container and used it like an ink.

Then I painted some watercolor paper in different shades of green so I could have a leaf element to put in behind my original design.  I didn't want my project to look too blue/purple.  After painting the paper, I cut it using the die from the Bloom Vista stamp and die set.

For my greeting, I took this adorable multi-font design from the stamp set Butterfly Kisses and stamped it using Memento Black ink.  It's a bright and bold black ink - perfect for greetings!

Lastly, I took some of the Mulberry Sparkle Paste and I thinned it out using some water and a stamp block.  I used the end of my paintbrush to flick some on my design.  Luckily I remembered to use a little post-it note to mask the majority of my design so the entire thing didn't get covered in Sparkle Paste.  When I was happy with my splatters, I let it air dry.

I hope you enjoyed my card today and that I've inspired you to get out your watercolors and maybe take a second look at your paper collection and take some creative time for yourself!  Have a wonderful day :)


~Adrienne


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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Sending You Hugs

 Hello Again Crafty Friends!


My project today features unique products from the Little Birdie Crafts company.  I have a mixed media card using their adorable Woodland Stories Embellishments pack.

To start, I took a piece of the wood grain paper from the Texture Brew paper pack.  I knew I wanted to do a layered and grunged up look so I took the wood grain paper and stamped on it in black ink using the Whimsical Garden stamp.  Then I added some black in to the edges to give it a worn look.

I hunted through the enormous pack of embellishments - they are all so gorgeous it's hard to pick only a few!  They have this beautiful glittery accents on all the pieces and the little birds are so darn cute!  Once I picked my tag to start, I started playing with making a scene that I liked, incorporating flowers and birds to go along with the colors I was trying to use in my project.

I used a piece of white paper to stamp the sentiments from the Thinking Of You stamp set.  I did the top portion in black and the "hugs" portion in heat embossed copper.  I wanted the sentiment to really stand out.

I layered all my pieces together and wanted the orange color to shine through so I cut a feather using the Thin Cut Metal Dies.  I darkened it up a little using a green ink and a bit of the black.  I also added some of the banners from the pack of embellishments so that I could spread my design out across my cardfront.

After adhering everything down, I absolutely needed a little bling to draw the eye.  I chose to use the Pearl Drops in Lemon Whip to add some yellow tones to my card.

I really loved how this turned out and I'm proud to be stepping out of my comfort zone and doing mixed media.  I enjoy the limitless possibilities of using many different kinds of media to make my idea come to life.

I hope I've inspired you to try something new and that you enjoy reading about my process. Have a great day!



~Adrienne

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Beautiful Butterflies

Hello Again, Friends!

Today I've got a fun mixed media card showcasing the lovely Poppies and Roses paper collection by Little Birdie Crafts.


To start off, I found this portion of paper with the pretty bird and the writing in the background and thought it'd be perfect for a mixed media piece.  I cut it down and layered it over a piece of the textured paper from the Chevron in Aquarelle pack.  The canvas/linen feel this paper has is really neat!


Next, I heat embossed using gold powder.  I only used a portion of the gorgeous background stamp called Impressions from Little Birdie Crafts.  I knew this rough hexagon would be a perfect accent to my project.


Then, I tinted the Mulberry Sparkle Paste using a little of the watercolor to get it to a tone that went well and accented my project.  I "splattered" it all over the lower portion and the left side.  I really like how it adds some dimension and some sparkle!


Next, I heat embossed in white onto some watercolor paper.  My card was starting to tell me it wanted butterflies so I used the Watercolor Pan set to add color to my images.  I tried to mix colors that would look natural but also keep my color scheme going.  I then tore around the edges instead of trimming them.  This "imperfect" look feels great for this mixed piece.  I sponged on a little ink around the edges so they wouldn't be stark white.  I used dimensional tape to adhere the butterflies.


Lastly, I stamped the word Beautiful from the Butterfly Kisses stamp set. Once boldly and then many more times faded.  I like that the card gets to speak for itself.  A few iridescent flat sequins and we're done.


I hope you enjoyed this fun mixed media piece and that you are inspired to get out those watercolors and embossing powders and have a play!  Until next time....

~Adrienne



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