Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sanitized Again

Had so much fun with the alcohol ink and hand sanitizer technique the other day that I made more than one panel. Here's one with multiple colors of ink.
I started by dripping Adirondak alcohol inks onto glossy paper. I've used Slate, Meadow and Currant here.

Dropped some more of the color on.

Dropped some pearl onto the still wet second  drops.

I think this is some more pearl.

I dragged some copper around with the wood end of my paintbrush as well as some dots

Traced along the edges of some of my colors with more hand sanitizer.

I'd washed out a lot of the color so I dripped some more Currant on to intensify the color again.

Removing some of the color in places with the hand sanitizer

Here's the final product!
Stamps: Messages for Mom Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Glossy Paper Paper Size: A2 Ink: Versamark Accessories: Hand Sanitizer, Cheery Lynn-Pair of Ferns, Copper Cord, Tempting Turquoise ep, Stampin' Dimensionals, Adirondak Inks: Meadow, Slate, Currant, Copper and Pearl Techniques: Copic Ink Background, Embossing

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Sanitized Reinker

Played around with a fun technique today using alcohol ink/reinkers and hand sanitizer. I used glossy paper for maximum spreading. I started out with Adirondak Meadow only and covered my whole piece.

My next step was to use Adirondak Pearl dripped on randomly.

I wanted the colors to be nice and deep so I dropped some more Meadown on over the pearl while it was still mostly wet.

Here's where the fun starts with the hand sanitizer. I took the wood end of my paintbrush and dipped it into hand sanitizer then dropped on circles of the gel and also made some veining.

After I dried it, I decided to try some home made shimmer spray which is rubbing alcohol and shimmer ink. I thought it was pretty, but muted the colors more than I wanted so I ended up dropping on some more Meadow to deepen the green again.

I took my Gelly Roll Clear Star pen to add highlights around the background~terrible picture of the colors, but you can see the shimmer.

Here's the final card with some Indigo framing and a pretty corner piece that was a RAK from a splitcoast friend. I embossed the sentiment in clear ep using Versamark then Garden Green inks.
Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes Paper: Wild Wasabi, Island Indigo, Glossy Paper Paper Size: A2 Ink: Garden Green, Versamark Accessories: Gelly Roll Clear Star Pen, Hand Sanitizer, Paintbrush, Spritzer with Homemade Shimmer Spray, Adirondak Alcohol Ink: Meadow, Pearl Techniques: Copic Ink Background, Embossing

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Penciled Style

     I was working with a previous sketch for this week's sketch challenge on splitcoaststampers where we're picking from sketches in the archives. I chose this pretty sketch.

Here's my finished card with pencil shading in a monochromatic setting with touches of silver.
You can see the difference in the shaded left piece vs original.

I added some touches of glitter and silver as well.

I added some sparkle to the flourishes as well and sponged along the edges to mimic the pencil shading.

Here's a closeup of the image panels with the pointillism. I popped these over my silver cord after framing in Brushed Silver.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Water Stamped Medallion

I saw a beautiful technique while scrolling on Pinterest and just had to give it a try. It was a video from Blitsy Crafts. The purple color and use of bg stamp made me think about making an anniversary card for my daughter and son in law. I made their invitations using the Medallion stamp 
Here's the anniversary card I made for them.
Stamps: Medallion, French Script, Wonderful Words, Small Script Paper: Perfect Plum, Blackberry Bliss, Brushed Silver, Watercolor, White, Patterns Pack dp, Book page Paper Size: A7 Ink: Versamark, TH Distress Ink: Seedless Preserves Accessories: Rhinestones, Spritzer, Lace, Silver Ep, Paintbrush, Sizzix #10 Flourish, Stampin' Dazzle Silver Marker, MS Punches~Hydrangea and Frond, Markers: Wisteria Wonder, Blackberry Bliss Techniques: Water Stamping, Tearing, Embossing, Spatter, Direct To Paper

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     I didn't take any pictures as I made it so I went back and made another panel to use on another card. (Pardon my messy hands~summer is the time when my passions collide as I'm spending lots of time with my hands in the dirt as I garden!) It starts with a piece of watercolor paper and a Distress Ink pad.
You're going to ink directly onto the paper til the whole piece is covered.

Here's the wet piece!
I took my heat gun to dry it before the next step.

Use a spritzer to "ink up" your stamp with water.

You want it nice and wet but not so soaked that you lose the detail. This is probably slightly wetter than I wanted.

Lay it onto your paper and press firmly, holding in place to make sure you get a good saturation of the water. 

Here's a closeup of the finished card. I used some marker to add some detail back in to the waterstamping.

I also used a wet brush to spatter some water drops and also shook a silver marker over it for silver spatter to match my silver embossing and silver paper accents.

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