Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Friendship in Grey

I had pinned this lovely room onto my inspiration board on Pinterest. I loved the calm feeling of the soft greys. The artwork made me think of the pencil shading technique and I decided to try my hand at it.

Just starting out~image stamped in Smoky Slate and colored with a regular pencil.

I've colored all of my image using pencil strokes.

Added more detail with tiny pencil dots. Added some Smooch accents too. Took a Sahara Sand marker and added shading around the edges of my images.

Pointillism shading along the edges and corners in pencil and marker and a few dots of Smooch.

The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and embossed in clear ep. The whole panel is popped over a Slate base.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Spotlighted Swallowtail

    I tried out an old technique with my MISTI. It is kind of a meld of two techniques actually-the spotlight technique and triple layering (though I only did two layers-hence more of a spotlight effect). 
I laid a large piece of paper down then my image piece with a second piece layered where I want the spotlight-I used a temporary glue dot to hold this in place and a magnet to hold the image piece in place

After I stamped the first time, I pulled off my spotlight piece and then was able to stamp again (without reinking) and lost the harsh gap around the edge. I could have actually placed the piece back  in without the black border and done a true spotlight by only coloring my smaller piece, but went with coloring the whole butterfly and framing my small piece to make it more distinct.

I used the scribble on acetate method for my coloring dipping a wet brush to pick up the colors.

I added white shimmer paint highlights. When I dropped a small glob onto my nice white space, I decided to spatter the whole front though it is hard to see in the photo.
I really wanted my butterfly to have depth so I used Smoky Slate, Soft Sky and then Sahara Sand around the edge of my butterfly.

Here's the final card. I kept it very CAS only adding a little silver cord and my sentiment. I layered over a black panel and then a Pool Party base
Here's a side shot to show off the shimmer and the depth of the outlining.
Here's a look at the layering.
Here's another with the same coloring but with a Bokeh bg and some bling for accenting. (The panel got cut and the bling got added to cover a big purple blob that somehow ended up on the totally completed card~argh I hate it when that happens! This also lost color on a spot when I laid it down over a piece of tape-just wasn't my day I guess!)

Same card from the front

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Black and Blue Brown Sugar

I fell in love with the look of a Kraft type paper with a pop of blue when I pinned this pretty card from Theresa at Crafting the Web a while back.
Here are the two cards I was inspired to make. This is my sample for splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge using this week's pretty sketch from Cathy. 
This one has a fun little banner. I'm going to use this one for my daughter's high school graduation. I'm so proud of her. She jumped into the high school as a junior, taking just a couple of classes so she could swim on the high school team. They LOVE her and she's done really well. She, and her teachers, convinced me to put her in as a full time student this year and she again did great. She also got involved in editing the year book, acting as a peer mentor, joining the art club, planning the prom.....well you get the picture. I am so happy for her to see all her hard work paying off and preparing her for the next step of college. 

While I had everything out already, I decided to make another. I simplified the design a bit more so this could work for a sympathy card or a get well. I substituted linen thread for the banner.

I can't wait to see what everyone does with this fun sketch!
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Gorgeous Grunge, Bliss, Warmest Regards Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Vellum Paper Size: A2 Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, Memento Black, Versamark Accessories: Elegant Butterfly punch, Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Twine, Banner Punch, Tempting Turquoise and Black ep, Versamarker Techniques: Sponging, Embossing

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Stamp Etching Graduation Cards

Started this the other day and had a chance to finish this off today. It uses the colors from this week's color challenge as well as a fun technique with the mini flowers. I used the faux barn board technique for the back panel.

I discovered that the tiny flower from Your Perfect Day set makes a great center for the Itty Bitty Accents punched flower.

I stamp first then line up my punch around it.

This is using the stamp etching technique from Lydia's excellent tutorial. It adds nice depth to simple images. The key is to flick up from the center of your image. 

I liked keeping the lighter color in the center so I started my etching from a littler farther out.

I added a little shimmer with my gel pen.

I had embossed my diecut into my Olive panel and added some shimmery accents there too.

Here's the second card.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CASEing Brenda

I don't often play along in splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge as it posts on Sunday, but when I saw that this week honored Brenda/tessaduck, I just had to play along. I love her CAS sponged cards and picked two to CASE. 
Brenda's Green Leaves

Brenda's Welcome

I took elements from both these cards and used them to make two myself.
I went a little less CAS than Brenda on this one adding layered matting with the deckled edge. I also forgot that her card had the sentiment on the bottom ( I kind of melded her two cards in my mind I think) and added it along the side of the sponged area.

This one is a more direct CASE though again, I went for a bit more drama in the matting since today's color challenge dessert was to add black. 

In order to make the deckle edged mask, I penciled my desired space on my large post it note. I then folded this so that the edges of the penciled area matched and then cut out the inner piece using the decorative edge scissors. 
With my mask in place, I sponged the Coastal Cabana. I inked this leaf stamp in Olive and added some black. I also stamped a couple more leaves in stamped off Cabana before removing the mask.
Here's a closeup of the leaves stamped over the sponged and stamped area. I inked my sentiment using markers to omit the tag shape around the edge. I can't believe how different this sentiment looks stamped this way!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bleeding for Clara

     I know it's a strange blog's ways to use it challenge is to use red and white in honor of Clara Barton. She's actually one of my heroes right up there with Florence Nightingale. In my life before kids I was a nurse. I had a chance to put that nursing into a little action last week as I spent it with my mom for her hospital stay for a craniotomy to remove another metastasis from her breast cancer. 
Here we are a couple of days post-op....already up and playing a game of Scrabble! Mom's a nurse too!
I'd pinned a technique to try quite a while ago but didn't have the right tissue paper. I made an attempt with regular tissue, but the colors don't run. Here's the link to the Tissue Painted Canvas I'd pinned originally. 
Pardon the messy desk-here are the first two I did. I started with the flowers and had a bit more run than I envisioned. I kept the paper flatter for the heart and circle pieces.

Since this one had run anyway, I went ahead and added more water and moved the drips around on this one. I'll add a photo back later, but since I dried the piece with my Embossing Gun with the flowers in place, you can still see the outline of the flowers even with all the extra run.

Here's the card I finished. I still have the other two pieces to play with later. I made a simple tilted panel layout and stole a piece of trim off a tag I'd made and used at Christmas time. My sentiment is embossed by inking first in Versamark and then Real Red and then embossed in clear ep. I added a bit of highlighting to the circles with my SU Chalkboard Marker.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cheater's Bow and Sailor's Knot....feminine and masculine sides!

    I'm so excited to be back on the splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge Design Team again. So much fun! I really do love using sketches and seeing how versatile they are as folks put them to use. I created two very different cards even though I stayed quite true to Cathy's lovely sketch for today's challenge.

This feminine card uses today's color challenge colors (Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango) with green added (Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive stamped and Mossy Meadow paper)Stamps: Lotus Blossom Paper: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White Ink: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive Accessories: Circle punches, Tiny Triangles ef, More Mustard Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals Techniques: 2 step stamping, Stamping Off, Cheater's Bow

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Here's my masculine card that was inspired by the colors in these
pillows from Saturday's Inspiration Site Novica. I'm a sucker for blues and the gray and green all pulled together.
I watercolored in the subtle blues and greys by scribbling with markers on acetate  and using a wet brush to pick up the colors and paint onto my stamped image. I went to Barbara Anders blog Paper Pursuits for the sailor's knot tutorial. I found this cool thick jute the other day. I ended up popping my panel over my base and double popping the sentiment

Stamps: Coast to Coast, Hello Sailor, Family Reunion, All Year Cheer II Paper: Not Quite Navy, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay (on inside) Ink: Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Memento Black Accessories: Paintbrush, Jute, Circle Punches, Houndstooth ef, Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals, Markers: Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Lost Lagoon, Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Mossy Meadow, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey Techniques: Stamping Off, Markers on Acetate, Sponging, Dry Embossing, Sailor's Knot

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Here are the directions for the cheater's bow. I like this bow for several reasons: I'm bow challenged, this bow lays nice and flat, it uses very little ribbon, and because it isn't super fancy it can be used on either masculine or feminine cards.

Cut a piece of ribbon a little longer than the piece you'll attach it to. Tie it into a knot, but don't pull it tight. If you want the bow off center, make sure you tie the knot to that side.

Cut a small piece with diagonal ends and slip it into your knot.

Now you're ready to pull the knot tight.

I wanted a bit more color on this sentiment which is stamped on a 1" circle so I punched a 3/4" circle out of a piece of sticky note and used that as a stencil.

I sponged through the hole in the sticky note with Crushed Curry
I can't believe how much easier it is to line up the multi-step stamps in the photopolymer!
Hope you have lots of fun using this sketch. Can't wait to see what you all come up with!