Friday, July 6, 2018

A Bit Of Ink Blending

I don't think this photo shows up very well, but there is a light layer of Altenew Lavender Fields ink blended as the base layer on this card base.  I stamped the flower images from Altenew's Botanical Garden in Versafine Onyx Black ink on Bristol paper.  Next I used some small ink daubers in the same colors doing first, second, and third generation stamping to achieve the Bokeh look.  I painted the flower in Lavendar Fields and waited for each layer to dry before doing another.  I colored in the smaller flower images with full strength ink and painted the leaves in zig clean color markers using only the light green.  I wanted the green to be a bit brighter.  I used from green Ranger Enamel Dots to add 'splatter', but then messed up one of the areas with a 'burp' of dots, so I die cut a few lavender hearts to cover the area.  Lastly, I die cut the panel with a dotted rectangle die and adhered it to the lavender base.  Thank you for reading (-:

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Clean And Simple Boutique Cards

Focus today is on a faux letterpress technique.  This particular technique is a bit more labor intensive until you get the hang of it...and also a feel for which inks work best.  I first chose the type of card I needed to send next, chose the colors I wanted to work with, and finally the design.  I used the Altenew Thank You die and cut it twice from 80 lb. cardstock and also cut it from vellum.  I glued these cut die pieces together with zig two-way glue pen and put the vellum at the bottom of the stack. After much experimentation, I chose Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio.  I took the ink pad and actually rubbed it into the vellum until it was nicely covered in both ink Colors.   Next I set the Big Shot to the embossing folder sandwich position and placed the inked die stack on top of a piece of Bristol paper that I had previously cut with a rectangle die.  I was careful not to shift the inked die cut as I placed it on the Bristol paper and ran it through the Big Shot.  I was so happy with the results, I really love this technique.  Lastly, I white embossed the 'for your hospitality' sentiment from the Altenew Succulents stamp set and cut it out with a scissors and adhered it to the panel.  Lastly, I took the dots from the Altenew Majestic Mistletoe stamp set.  These are little 'dots' are really berries for the mistletoe from this set, but I thought it looked like the perfect size to fill out my card. Oh, as a side note, you can keep this little glued die stack with your die to use it over and over again!  Thank you for hanging with me and reading my post (-:
Faux Letterpress - Lesson 3

Closer Detail

Saturday, June 30, 2018

All About Layering 2

The focus here was on additional layering and I really wanted to work with the beautiful pink inks that Altenew offers.  I first decided which stamp set to work with and chose this lovely Painted Rose stamp set.  I was inspired by watching Nicole show this set and thought I'd make it look as though I was highlighting a rose by stamping the base layer on either side of the finished rose.  I used Blush as the first color and I just love this color.  For the middle layer I stamped it with Blush about three times and for the top layer I used Pink Diamond ink.  I used Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades for the leaves and stamped multiple times across the bottom to give the impression that there was a garden.  I used a dotted rectangle die to cut the panel and then used the smaller dotted rectangle die in the set to emboss the rose at a diagonal to call attention to it.  I used the sentiment from Altenew's Floral Shadow stamp set, stamping it in Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  I mounted this on a green card stock to match the green of the leaves.  I thought it needed a little something so I used some Ranger Enamel Accent Drops in black to create a splatter look.  I thought the black would tie in the sentiment color.  Thanks so much for reading this (-:
All About Layering - Assignment 2

Friday, June 29, 2018

All About Layering

This is my first assignment for Altenew Educator Certification Program.  I'm trying to closely follow the guidelines for assignments, so these uploads will be focused on the lesson requirements. This lesson is called, 'All About Layering', and I used the Altenew Painted Flowers stamp set and I thought it was a great one because it is fairly forgiving if you are a bit offset as it gives it more of a playful pen and ink look.  First I worked on the design and how I would like the flowers to flow and then I chose the ink colors- Altenew Mango Smoothie, Sunkissed, Frayed Leaf, and Forest Glades.  I stamped the black using Versafine Black Onyx first and it was really fun to see this card begin to come together.  Next I stamped the lighter ink (Sunkissed) using the layering guide for each flower. I downloaded this from Altenew's website. I followed the lighter yellow ink with Mango Smoothie and finished the leaves after the flowers, using Frayed Leaf first and Forest Glades last.  I should mention that you achieve a nice crisp look if you make sure the ink is dried between layers.  Once this was done, I filled in the 'flowing' look with the smaller images.  It looked a little like it was missing something, so I used the small little circles from the Altenew Floral Frames stamp set to give a finished look.  These little images are great fillers for when you need a little something and don't have any Nuvo drops left! I used the darker green ink for these little images.  Now onto the sentiment.  I planned space for the sentiment when I figured out the design and used the Altenew Painted Greetings stamp set for the 'Thank You' and the 'for your hospitality' was the Altenew Succulents stamp set.  I used a rectangle die to give it a finished look and adhered this to a yellow card base.  Thank you for reading (-:

 All About Layering - Assignment 1

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

In The Garden...

In The Garden is the theme for this Penny Black and More Challenge. Perfect timing for a 'Thank You For Your Hospitality' card, as we just got back from a lovely time at my in-laws home in Oklahoma...waaaay far trip from Madison, Wisconsin.

I used an old favorite of mine, the Penny Black 'Pop Pop Poppies'.  I initially stamped the flowers with Wild Honey Distress Ink followed by Fired Brick.  Once this dried, I stamped the center of the lower poppy with Black Soot Distress Ink and finished by doing the leaves in Peeled Paint and painted the little bit of detail with some more Peeled Paint once it dried.  I should note that I took sized 2 round paint brush and kind of 'dotted' around the black center because I didn't stamp it very nicely.  I splattered red and green inks on the background and stamped the thank you sentiment in black and white embossed the 'for your hospitality' from the Altenew Succulents stamp set.  Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Creating Some Patterned Paper

Hellllo out there.  I'm entering this one into the Altenew June Inspiration Challenge.  I used the Altenew Penned Rose for this card.  I love this rose and decided to create some patterned paper and I think I used a filter that skewed the colors because it looks like purple and gray but it's actually perylene green (Windsor & Newton) and ultramarine pink (Graham) watercolors.  I stamped the rose in Stazon Grey and then watercolored the rose.  I did a series of die cuts to fill out the A2 card.  I then stamped the sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings.  I adhered the greeting strip and then used Ranger Enamel Drops in white.  Thank you very much for reading.

Cupcake Sprinkles

I'm entering this one into the Creativity Meets C9 Challenge.  I love, love, love this stamp and it is so much fun to play with.  It's one of the Concord & 9th turnaround stamps -  it's called Sprinkles.  These stamps are so cool.  You mark a reference point on the stamp itself with a Sharpie and a reference point on your paper and you're good to go...turning your paper and stamping different colors.  I mean how cool is that!  I was able to stamp in versamark, emboss in gold, turn the paper, stamp and emboss in silver.  I could have kept going, but I liked how it with the blue behind....oops almost forgot, I used Bristol vellum paper and painted it with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink.  I stamped and embossed one of the sentiments and die cut a tag, threaded it with silver thread, and die cut the heart from the companion die set.  I will be using this one again soon.  Thanks so much for reading (-: