Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pretty Marcie...

This is another fun stamp from La-La Land stamps. I colored her with Copic markers and made her a blonde this time. These stamps color very well with Copics. For the background, I cut out various papers with a Spellbinders Blossom die and some flower punches. I think this is a fun little card that could be used for many occasions.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Soft Flowers...

This image is from the Lenten Rose set from Flourishes. I chose to color it in soft pinks with "new green" colors for the leaves. I used a striped paper from Melissa Francis that I just love (even though I think it is a discontinued paper). It is part of the line she created when she was battling breast cancer and I love all the papers. I colored the image with Copic markers and layered it to some green Bazzill, then cut a piece of blue Bazzill the same size as the green and offset the blue under the green. After attaching it to the card, I wrapped a light pink bow around the base of the image - adding to the softness.

I hope you're having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

By the Sea...

I've had a great time playing with some of the new seaside images from Stampendous. This is another one that I colored with watercolor pencils and a wet paint brush on watercolor paper. the background is created with a piece of blue cardstock, stamped with 2 different background stamps from Impression Obsession and 3 colors of Ranger Distress ink.

Just a fun little card - starts making me think about summer!

Have a great day!


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Glitter and Copics

Several weeks ago I published a card sent to me by Elizabeth Crafts Glitter using Copic markers to color glitter. Today I decided to play with this technique for an upcoming class. I used the warm highlight glitter and then carefully colored the white with various colors of Copic markers. You start with a color, then blend it out with the "0" blender pen. While I do not use the "blender pen" when I color with Copics on cardstock to blend colors, it works wonderfully on glitter! The biggest trick is keeping the glitter out of the tip. First you make certain that you remove all the loose glitter and then try to limit brushing the marker tips and do more of a dab with the brush tip. The wording on this card is by Penny Black.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

A Birthday Card with La-La Land!

Well, a sundress might be a little comical in New England these days, as the Seattle area likely has had more sun in the last week than we have had.

For this card, I stamped the image in Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. She is completely cut out and layered to a taupe colored oval cut with the Spellbinders petite ovals and a matching scallop oval. I used a fun birthday paper on card - to help get into the festive spirit and added a happy birthday image popped up in a layered scallop circle. Quick and easy - good for kids and adults alike!

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Watercolor Pencils with a Paintbrush...

I generally use watercolor pencils with a Dove Blender, but I decided that I wanted a more washy look for some beach cards and decided to use a paintbrush with water instead of the blender pen. The stamps used in this sample are both by Stampendous. A few tips - first, use watercolor paper, as it is designed to get a lot of water on it. I used a smooth 88-pound white watercolor paper. Second, stamp the image with an ink that will not bleed with a lot of water. I used Ranger's Archival ink in black and dried it with a heat gun. Third, apply the pencil colors all at once, before you start adding water - you can add additional color from the brush later, but it is difficult to apply color from a pencil once you have introduced a lot of water to the paper. It spreads! See first picture:

Now get a cup of water and a nice soft brush and start blending. The colors will blend very quickly, as you have a lot more water at once than you do with a blender pen. I really liked the effect you can get for the sky - without nearly as much work!

After blending out the color, I cut the cardstock and stamped the wording. I then took the blue pencil and put lines around one side of the words. I blended it out with a paintbrush, then took a white Twinkling H20s paint and added a little pearl effect to the words and the beach surf.

This adds a slightly different look to your watercolor pencils!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blue Butterflies

Sorry it has been so long since I posted - I cannot believe that a week has gone by already! This card was made with another great stamp from Flourishes. The stamp set contains the main floral image with a butterfly plus a couple additional separate butterfly images and some wonderful sayings. For this card, I stamped the main image and one of the additional butterflies on a separate piece of cardstock. Everything is colored with Copics. I cut out the additional butterfly and attached it to the card at the body of the butterfly and flexed the wings up. My favorite way to attach small things like this is with Ranger's Glossy Accents. Quick and inexpensive! I layered the 2 ribbons and tied 2 bows - putting one down first, then attaching the second bow immediately below it.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I would like to wish a very happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there - especially all the ladies who are celebrating their very first Mother's Day as a mom!

This is the card I made for my Mom. I used a Penny Black stamp called Butterfly Suite and added a little "Happy Mother's Day" image from Great Impressions in the lower right corner. I stamped the image a 2nd time and cut out the 2 butterflies and popped them over the other ones - attaching them with Ranger's Glossy Accents - which is pretty much my "go to" adhesive for stuff like this. I also went around the ivory cardstock very lightly with Ranger's brushed Corduroy Distress Ink - so lightly that I did not even add any ink to a foam dauber I used yesterday for something else! I wanted it subtle. The card is a Bazzill Bling cardstock and I tied a bow from ivory ribbon, then added a second bow out of gold twine and attached that to the ivory ribbon with a micro glue dot.

Have a great day!

Delight in the Unexpected...

Sorry I have been so bad about posting. I always have great plans - just don't always seem to execute them as well as expected.

This card features Marcie - one of the characters from LaLa Land Crafts - which is one of the newer companies that we recently picked up for the store. In this image, she is sitting, which always poses a challenge for designing a card, so I had her "sit" on a piece of ribbon. She is colored with Copic markers and cut out. I used an EK Success border punch on 2 different pieces of cardstock - one is an embossed cardstock from Bazzill and the other is a print cardstock from Kaiser. After punching out the borders, I butted the 2 ends together on a lighter purple Bazzill layer, put that on a green layer and wrapped the ribbon piece around where the 2 pieces came together. Then I mounted all that onto a darker purple card and attached Marcie with foam tape so she is sitting on the ribbon. The words are from Hero Arts - I stamped them on green cardstock (same color as the green layer below), then punched them out with a circle punch and added a purple scallop circle cut from a Spellbinders die. That is also attached with foam tape.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Who Does Not Love a Butterfly?

This card uses a combination of stamps - the butterfly is from Memory Box and the wording is by Flourishes. I started with a circle cut with a Spellbinders circle die - then stamped the wording on the circle. Next I added a darker shade circle and layered that to a white beaded circle cut out. Instead of using pearls on each of the circle "beads", I punched small circles out of silver metallic paper and glued them on with Ranger Glossy Accents. Couple benefits of this - nothing to get jammed in the postal machines and it is way more cost effective. The butterfly was colored with Copic markers - cut out and attached at the body of the butterfly with Glossy Accents.

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