Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Simon Says Shimmer and Shine Challenge

Happy almost Fall everyone!  I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Shimmer and Shine Challenge.  To create this A2 card, I began by stamping and embossing the image in gold embossing powder and then painting it in with some zig markers.  They looked pretty tame, so I decided to try out my distress oxide inks for the first time and added some of that over top.  Wow, what a mess I had, but I kept going and spraying with water and blotting it up and spraying some more and was just about to give up when I tried just blotting up the ink between the images with a damp brush and decided I liked the look.  I'm sure it will be many moons before I am any good with oxides.  Practice makes better anyway.  When everything had dried, I used the gold shimmer spray that came in the August Hero Arts Kit to add some glitz.  Lastly, I stamps the sentiment on vellum and gold embossed that cutting it to a strip and adhering to the back of the panel.  Oh, and I used a stitched rectangle die and mounted it to some Simon gray card stock.  Thanks very much for reading and the materials used are listed below:
Materials Used:
  • Image:  Six Heart Medallion, Sweet Stamps
  • Sentiment:  Botanical Silhouettes Stamp Set, Papertrey Ink
  • Zig Clean Color Markers
  • Distress Oxide Inks:  Picked Raspberries, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers
  • Simon Says Stamp, gray card stock
  • Vellum
  • Gold embossing powder
  • Canson 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Sharing a card for submission in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  I really liked making this one, and in spite of some flubs, it still turned out okay I think.  I started with some glossy card stock cut down to fit on an A2 card.  I used some die inks rubbed across an acrylic block spritzed with water and set it down on the card stock; pulling it up left me with some neat markings on the paper.  Once it was dry I stamped the word 'Stars' on it.  I also went ahead and stamped the supporting sentiments at the edges of the little rectangle.  When I was doing this I left a big smudge with the black ink up in the right hand corner, so I cut the inlaid hearts to take care of that.  I laid them in the two corners to balance it out.  Thank you very much for reading.  Materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Some old photo glossy paper I had in my stash
  • My Favorite Things, Count The Stars stamp set
  • My Favorite Things, Stitched Rectangles
  • Memento Dye Inks
  • Lawn Fawn Hearts #LF492 Dies

Monday, September 4, 2017

Watercolor Birthday Card

Happy Labor Day to Americans today!  Thought I'd play along with the Happy Little Stamper Watercolor Challenge today and I'm submitting a card I made for our Aunt Jo's 92nd birthday.  This was a lot of fun to make and super easy.  First I did a quick sketch in pencil of the triangle 'chain' and basket , and then used a waterproof black pen to actually do the little picture.  I didn't draw in the green/yellow leaves.  Next I took a mix of lemon yellow and indigo to mix green and used different mixes along the way to dot in the leaves.  I painted the planter with plain indigo blue.  Then I stamped the birthday sentiment.  I trimmed the watercolor panel down to 4 x 5-1/2".  Lastly I used a border embosser for the two side elements and adhered it to a kraft cardbase.  Thank you for reading this and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Sentiment:  Stampin' Up Simply Sketched
  • Border Element:  Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders
  • Watercolor Paint:  Mission Gold
  • Micron Pen 0.05
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
  • Hobby Lobby Kraft Cardstock

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Simon Says Monday Challenge

Hey out there today.  I'm playing along with the Simon Says Monday Challenge but I didn't think I'd play along this time because I just don't have any little ones...until I thought of the bookmarks I make to put into birthday cards and figured it fit the theme.  I die cut the bookmarks from watercolor paper and for the bookmark on the left I sketched and painted the leaves.  For the bookmark on the right I die cut a fern and sprayed some easy tac adhesive to it so it stayed put on the bookmark and then painted the pink watercolor around it.  I stamped the sentiment on the front for the leaves and onto the back for the fern.  Thank you for reading and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Bookmark Die, Avery Elle Bookmark
  • My Favorite Things, Bold Greenery Die
  • Sentiment, Newtons Nook, Book Club 
  • Stazon Timberlake Brown Ink
  • Mission Gold Watercolor
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
  • Hemp

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Artist Trading Card

Sharing an Artist Trading Card for the Weekly Simon Says Stamp Challenge.  I had no idea where I was going with this, but had fun with it on the way.  I used some hot pressed watercolor paper and  gold embossed the single line with an old border stamp that I'm not sure where I even got, sadly.  Next I watercolored a yellow stripe and blended it with indigo blue, permanent red, and then sap green to create the stripes.  I stamped the paintbrushes and found an old alphabets set to create the word 'paint' and then added some hearts, and that's it.  Easy peasy, but I wouldn't have even attempted to make this until the challenge came up and I ended up really liking it.  Thanks for reading, and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Impression Obsession, Liner Brushes Stamp Set
  • Close To My Heart Alphabet Set, Typeface A
  • Mission Gold Watercolors
  • Fabriano 140 lb. Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper
  • Gold Embossing Powder

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wishing You...

Hello and a Happy Post Eclipse Day!  I'm playing along with a new-to-me Die Cut Divas Challenge.  I just happened upon it and so much inspiration, it got my mojo going.  I created this card for my sister-in-law's birthday and started by die cutting a slanted rectangle panel on watercolor paper.  I stamped, masked and embossed the peony and leaves with gold embossing powder.  Next I pulled out my zig clean color markers and used a combination of lavenders to color the flower, pulling the colors and blending with water.  I used a combination of greens to color the leaves and filled the background in with some of the greens from the leaves and a bit of indigo in the corner.  Once dry, I stamped and embossed the sentiment and then splattered the panel, protecting the flowers.  I finished this off by adhering to some green cardstock and also die cut a green envelope liner from the same green cardstock.  Voila!  Thank you for reading this, and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • My Favorite Things, Slanted Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp, Envelope Liner
  • Altenew, Peony Bouquet Stamp Set
  • Mama Elephant, Wishing You Stamp Set
  • Zig Clean Color Markers
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Hobby Lobby Green Cardstock

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Nautical Theme

Okay, just getting in here under the wire for the Simon Says Stamp Nautical Challenge with a card for something that got 'messed up' and crazy as it seems, I didn't have the right sentiment for it, so this came to mind.  I thought it was funny anyway...ugh.  I used the die cut for the wave as a stencil and then watercolored the water in.  I stamped the wave over the white and then die cut the little sailboat 'sinking' through a little slit I made in the panel.  I used some alphabet stamps on some orange to match the hull of the boat and then just cut a little fishtail out of it.  Lastly, I die cut the watercolor panel and adhered it to some gray cardstock.  Thanks for reading, and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Papertrey Ink, Mini Waves Stamp Set
  • Lawn Fawn, Harold's ABC's Stamp Set
  • My Favorite Things, Wonky Stitched Rectangles
  • Mission Gold Watercolors