Friday, August 10, 2012

MIM #77 Watercolor with Ink Pads-Card #2

Surprise!  I'm back with the second card for this week's challenge.  In case you did not see the first one, here's what's going on:

Take a little time before the August Release starts and learn a watercolor technique from Dawn McVey.  It's a great way to stretch your supplies and get a whole new look. 
Check out Dawn's great MIM video!

I love to create stamped and colored backgrounds so that was my plan for this card.  I chose a  color palette of Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, and Melon Berry.  While I intended for the flowers to be more yellow, the Melon Berry ended up on center stage. For the leaves I used Ripe Avocado, and Spring Moss.  In the open spaces of the background, I spritzed the paper and dabbed on a little Aqua Mist and enjoyed watching it move around on the watercolor paper.  I'm also trying to incorporated more patterned paper and the Melon Berry Pattern Paper Pack offers some great choices; in this case, Bitty Dots.  I die cut a scallop border from a scrap of the watercolor paper using the Heart Border Die and added a Melon Berry satin ribbon.  For something a little different, I die cut Framed Out #6 using the gingham pattern from Summer Sunrise Pattern Pack.  I stamped the sentiment from the coordinating stamp set in Summer Sunrise ink and topped it with the frame on foam adhesive.  Final touch was to tie the framed sentiment onto the bow with Doodle Bug Baker's Twine, Tangerine. I rounded all four corners of the top layer before mounting it on foam adhesive to the Melon Berry card stock base.

I hope you have given this challenge a go.  It was good for me to try something a little different.  I have a long way to go in the watercoloring department, but Dawn is a great teacher and I think I will use this technique again.
TaTa for now!
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Make It Monday #77: Ink Pads As Watercolors

Take a little time before the August Release starts and learn a watercolor technique from Dawn McVey.  It's a great way to stretch your supplies and get a whole new look. 
Whew!  I've been trying to post this since Tuesday.  Busy week, crafty week.  Just not enough time to blog about it!  I'll keep it short because I have two cards to upload for this challenge.  I really hope the link widget will someday allow us to upload two pictures from the same blog...or am I the only one who doesn't know how to do that?
My first card for the Watercolor with Ink Pads challenge was actually a technique I learned from a You Tube video a long time ago which reappeared on Wida's blog just this week. Here's the video.  It's well worth taking a look.  The technique is not hard.  Stamp the image with versamark ink onto white card stock and heat emboss with clear powder.  Then watercolor inside the lines created by the embossing powder, with lighter or darker shades of the colors you choose. In the video, Patty used white shimmer paper and so did I for this particular card, then fussy cut them and mounted them on the card base with foam adhesive.  While I don't think this card is particularly outstanding, I am pleased with the elegant simplicity of these beautiful flowers and leaves against a white background.  I used Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, Melon Berry, and Harvest Gold for the flowers, and Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, and Spring Moss for the leaves.  I applied these to an acrylic block and used water and small paint brush as Dawn instructed.  Many of my thoughts recently revolve around how much I cherish my friends, so this beautiful sentiment (stamped with Ripe Avocado ink) from In Bloom seemed like a good companion for the flowers from the same set.  The final detail was to add a Sakura Glaze Pen to the word "friend" to continue the shininess of the roses and leaves.

I'm so glad you decided to stop by and check out my card.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Hope your weekend is fun and refreshing!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

MFW Tuesday Trigger: Type Hype Revisited

Have you ever seen a cuter typewriter?  I have an old typewriter of about the same vintage, but it is sadly lacking in the cuteness!  Those colorful, adorable keys against the black body of the typewrite inspired me to reach for my ZING embossing powders.  (Love these-don't use them enough).  My second inspiration came from Helen, this week's Moxie Fabber.  I am just getting to know this sweet and talented lady, who mentioned that HER friend Karin, has made an entire page of little pages that just fit the typewriter in the stamp set I chose to use for this project.  You can download them for free, just like I did!  Thanks so much Karin, for making my project come together so easily.

See what I mean?  Life really is better with friends!  I hope you will check out the Tuesday Trigger challenge for yourself and join the fun.

Cardstock:  Soft Stone, True Black, White (Papertrey Ink)
Stamp Sets:  Hero Arts CL483, Studio Calico/Hero Arts 331073
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Other:  Zing Embossing Powders:  Aqua, Mustard, Rouge  Stampendous: Detail White
Tiny messages by Karin

I hope you get a smile from this card-I sure did from making it!  If you have time to leave a comment, it would make my day complete!

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, August 4, 2012

My Signature Style-CSC 102

Hello and Happy Saturday to you!  

After three years of card making, I am still undecided as to what to call my "signature style".  I like a simple design, die cut embellishments, usually no more than three colors, a clean, simple font for my sentiment and embossing wherever I can fit it in.  I have tried to emulate a lot of different styles and a lot of different designers, but it seems that my cards always look like, well, my cards.   This Case Study challenge has been an exercise in self-acceptance, and I've decided that's a good thing!  So here it is:

If you are familiar with my blog, I would love to know if you think this is consistent with my style.  I would also appreciate insight as to what style you would call it!
Enjoy your remaining weekend!

Thanks for stopping by,

Supplies are all Papertrey Ink unless noted:
Card stock:  Fine Linen, Vintage Cream
Patterned Paper:  Fine Linen Leaves
Stamps:  Larger Than Life, Calendar Basics
Dies:  Larger Than Life
Inks:  Lavender Moon, Ripe Avocado, Classic Kraft, Simply Chartreuse
Other:  Versamark ink, gold embossing powder

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Make It Monday #76

Hi there, Friends

It's been a long, hot, month and there is lots more summer and travel and interruptions to come.  But tonight, I am delighted to share a card with you.

Nichole Heady has another great technique to stimulate our creativity; Double-time Bleach Stamping which means that she not only uses bleach to stamp her design, but comes back and adds color over the bleached areas.  She offers three beautiful examples.  Check it out.

As for my card, I chose to use some long neglected Ocean Tides card stock.  I was delighted and amazed at the change of color when the bleach was applied.  This determined that my color combo would include Classic Kraft.  I'll detail the other supplies used at the end of the post.

I think this is the perfect technique for the dandelion image used here.  I repeated the bleach technique with two different sizes of solid circle stamps for the card base.  After thorough drying, I stamped over the larger circles with Ocean Tides ink and the smaller ones with Pinefeather.  This is definitely an unusual color combo for me, but I am quite pleased with the final result.  

I'm looking forward to hearing from you, I have certainly missed everyone during the past three weeks!

Thanks for stopping by,

Supplies:  All Papertrey Ink
Cardstock:  Ocean Tides, Classic Kraft
Inks:  household bleach, Ocean Tides, Pinefeather
Stampsets:  Daydreamers, Beautiful Blooms II ( medium sized solid circle only)