Tuesday, July 3, 2018

IO Challenge I Sea You!

Today, I watercolored the Mermaid Rockside stamped image for day 3 of The World Watercolor Month.  Thought I'd make a card with the watercolor and enter it in the IO I Sea You challenge.  I like these dual purpose creations...

I stamped the image using 2nd generation VersaFine Toffee pigment ink, to give me a very light image on Fabriano hot press paper. I colored in a sky with Kuretake's Gansai Tambi watercolors No.61. and Zig Clean Color Real Brush marker Shadow Mauve.  For the ocean I painted wavy layers of blues and greens from Gansai Tambi, Kuretake Zig Clean Color markers and Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.  The mermaid was watercolored with Zig markers.  I added washes of Fine Tec Blue Pearl to the mermaid's tail and Kuretake's Light Yellow Pearl Colors to the stars in her hair for some shimmer. I interpreted the rock to be a large shell and colored it with Derwent Inktense and Zig markers.

I trimmed and framed the watercolor with frames die cut from IO's Rectangle 6 in one frame dies on metallic papers. The white frame was popped up with foam tape for some dimension.  I stamped "Sea you soon" with VersaMark Sepia ink on the upper left corner careful to fit sentiment within the frame.  The framed piece was adhered onto Neenah 110 lb Solar White folded A2 card.  I embellished the left corner with a shell from IO's Seashells which I colored with Tombow and Marvy markers, then fussy cut it and edged it with a Tombow marker 912.   The triple bow in natural linen was tied with a Bow Easy.

Voila!  Thank you for stopping by.  Your comments are always appreciated!


Supplies used:
Impression Obsession Stamps Rockside E19788
Impression Obsession Stamps Seashells 3018-SM
Impression Obsession Stamps Sea You Soon B14733
Impression Obsession Stamps Rectangle 6 in 1 Frames DIE-242YY
Fabriano Studio Watercolor hot press paper
Papercut White Lady Cocktail Metallic Cardstock
Papercut Curacao Cocktail Metallic Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110 lb card stock
Sky - Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 colors set - No. 61, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush (Zig) Shadow Mauve 303
Mermaid -
  Hair - Zig Beige 072, Oatmeal 064,
  Stars - Zig Yellow 050, Kuretake Pearl Colors No.740
  Arm - Zig Flesh 071
  Tail - Zig Light Gray 091, Fine Tec Blue Pearl
  Sea bouquet - Derwent Inktense pencils Fern 1560, Light Olive 1540, Spring Green 1550, Oak1730
Ocean - Zig Persian Green 033, Persian Blue 032, Derwent Inktense Green Aquamarine 1220, Gansai Tambi No.55 and 61 mix
Large Shell/Rock - Zig Pink Flamingo 222, Beige 072, Flesh 071
Small Shell - Tombow Dual Brush Markers Pale Cherry 912, Le Plume II Marvy Markers Burnt Umber No. 54
May Arts Natural Linen

Saturday, June 30, 2018

MFT Birds of a Feather Card kit

Final day of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge, I am a bit sad....it's been fun coloring everyday for the past 30 days and having a forum to post my work.  Coincidentally, I just received the new MFT Birds of a Feather card kit.  Must play with it!  The challenge I gave myself is to use the card kit for 3 challenges - The 30 Day Coloring Challenge, MFT's most recent Sketch Challenge and Color Challenge.  Since taking a class last Sunday at MFT, been rather keen on what's happening on their blog.  

To begin, I die cut all the components I want to use from the card kit, and colored them with COPIC markers that are close to Blu Raspberry, Blue Yonder,  and Ripe Raspberry.  I used MFT's No line coloring card stock and quite like it.  It allows the COPIC markers to blend easily, it is a bit thicker than Xpress-It, and I like that is is a brighter and warmer white.  I created a clouds background on the cut outs from the Sketch Challenge specified Collage Cover Up die by airbrushing clouds with COPIC markers BG0000, BG00, and BG01.  I arranged the cut outs onto masking paper so they will stay in place during airbrushing.  I like to make my own stencils from cloud border die cuts rather than using plastic stencils, less clean up required.

I added thin strips of foam tape to the back of the collage frame.  I adhered the frame to white card stock, and cut around the edges of the frame. 

Next I adhered the cut frame with backing using Tombow wet glue onto the front panel of an A2 folded card.  I find it's much easier to center the frame when using wet glue. I call it "scoocherability"; wet glue allows more time for positioning. I then popped the clouds background onto the collage frame secured with some adhesive.  Adhered the colored birdies, flowers and leaves die cuts, some flat gued, some popped with foam tape.  For the sentiment, I die cut the word thanks 4 times, 2X white card stock, 2X black, then stacked the black ones on top of the whites to give the word more dimension.  Finished card with adding a bit of clear glaze in the center of the flowers and the birdies' eyes for a little shine.

I chose the sentiment to express my gratitude to Kathy Racoosin for organizing the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I am thankful for the opportunity to focus on coloring, something I really enjoy.  And last but not least, thanks to all those who liked my posts and those who left affirming comments on Instagram.


Suppies used:
MFT No-line Coloring card stock CARD-111
Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border DieLF-915
COPIC Sketch Markers: 
  Sky/Clouds - BG0000, 00, 01
  Birdies - B45, 41, 52; BG53, 01; legs - E37, 35; beaks - Y17, 15, 11 
  Flowers - RV66, 55, 63: BG57, 49, 53, 01
  Leaves - BG34, 11
  Hearts - RV66, 55, 63
Tombow Mono Liquid Glue
Sakura Clear Glaze Pen
3M Foam Tape
3M Scotch Guard ATG adhesive

Monday, April 16, 2018

Fun with Wasabi stamp set by Ellen Hutson

I've been having a blast stamping and coloring Asian food images.  Recently my daughter had a birthday and being a foodie, I thought she'd a appreciate some of the images on her birthday card.  I wanted to create a card that features all the images from Ellen Hutson's Wasabi stamp set.  The sentiments are so much like "dad" jokes my husband cracks.

For the card base I cut a strip of 5" by 16" heavy white card stock, scored at 4", 8", 12" and folded into 5 panels.  I wanted to keep the card simple to focus on the food images.  I just stamped each panel with a soft springy color with a watercolor background stamp. I then stamped the images with COPIC friendly inks in two steps on Neenah 110 lb Solar White cardstock.  I colored in some of the details with COPIC Sketch markers and die cut each of the images.  I used some washi tape and cherry blossom stickers I purchased while in Japan last year, and birch veneer with adhesive back to decorate the panels. For extra shine, I added glossy accents to parts of the sushi and all the wasabi.

My daughter loves the card! :-)


Supplies used:
Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Wasabi by Julie Ebersole
Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Wasabi by Julie Ebersole
Watercolor background inks:
Close to My Heart Bashful Exclusive Ink pad,  My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink pads : Extreme Black, Snow Cone, Peach Bellini, Limelight, Tickled Pink
Sushi & Udon: Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe, Neon Orange, Red Royal, Purple Passion, COPIC sketch markers - R01, 00, 000, 22, 24, YG13, 25, 63, 67, BG11, 15, Y17, YR07, E33, 30 50
Arc Crafts Wood veneer sheet with adhesive back - White Birch
Wood pagoda from Kaisercraft Oriental Wooden Flourish Pack
Miscellaneous washi tape and stickers from my stash

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Bunnys Hop

Can't believe Easter is less than a month away! I played with this adorable Mama Elephant - The Bunny's Hop stamp and die set.  Colored the stamped then die cut image with COPICs markers on Neenah 110 lb solar white paper.  I experimented on the bunny with glasses in the far right of the second row, and did not like the results.  Since I had spent a good bit of time coloring the bunnies, I decided to give it a quick fix with the exacto knife: cut a slit in the bunny's paw and the ears of the bunny below.  I then slipped in a die cut heart and glued the ear and paw onto the heart.  Gave the red heart a wash of Clear Wink of Stella for added sparkle. (doesn't show up in photo)  I think the distraction worked...?

I added some shine to the bunny's eyes with a black glaze pen, then added a dot of white to each eye.  Added lashes to some of the "girl" bunnies.  Dotted the bunny noses with clear glaze pen.

The background was created with Tumbled Glass and Twisted Citron distress inks blended onto Cryogen White 89 lb card stock.  I adhered the background onto an A2 size card; then popped the bunnies atop the background using die cut fun foam.  The sentiment Happy Easter came with the coordinating die set and I die cut it 3 times in white cardstock and glued/stacked the layers.  The top and fourth layer was die cut in Bazzill Candy Necklace card stock and glued on top of the stack of 3.  This finished stack of 4 layers give the sentiment more presence and dimension.  Embellished with some sequence added around the sentiment.


Supplies Used: all available locally (Atlanta) at Impressive Ideas
Mama Elephant The Bunny's Hop stamp
Mama Elephant The Bunny's Hop Creative Cuts
COPIC Sketch Markers
     Bunnies - W5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, N4, 3, 1, 0, C5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0,
                      E44, 37, 35, 55, 53, 51, 50, 43, 42, 41, 40
                      R20, 11,
     Heart, Strawberry, bows - R29, 24, 22, 20, 11
     Bows, present, hats - BG49, 15, 13, 11, YG 01, 17, E37, 35, 53
     Chicks and Carrots - Y08, 11, 19, YR02, 04
Distress ink pads - Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass
Neenah 110 lb Solar White cardstock
Cryogen White 89 lb cardstock
Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock
Darice 2mm Fun Foam
28 Lilac Lane Rainbow Unicorn Shaker Mix
Sakura Black Glaze pen
Sakura Clear Glaze pen
Signo Uni-ball White pen
Wink of Stella - Clear

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Power Poppy Dancing with Daffodils

I made this card for a friend from the UK.  "Mothering Sunday" is coming up on March 11th.  I used alcohol markers to color Power Poppy's Dancing with Daffodils digital stamp as my friend's mother is an avid gardener.  The coloring scheme was inspired by Debbie Olson.  I used most of the colors listed on her blog, but substituted and added a few other colors. Here is the link to Debbie Olson's version http://debbiedesigns.typepad.com/muse_and_amuse/2015/03/dancing-with-daffodils-just-because.html

To assemble the card, I added a die cut background created with one of Lawn Fawn's new dies. Made an oval cut out using Tonic Studios' layering dies to show the image.  I then added an oval frame around the image using the same set of oval dies.  I saved the purple inside oval from the frame die cut to use for the sentiment inside the card.  I heat embossed the sentiment and simple leaves outline.  Happy Mother's Day was stamped on a banner die cut.


Supplies used:
Coloring markers are all COPIC unless otherwise stated
   Daffodils - 21, 32, 35, 38, R81, YR18, BV02
                     Spectrum Noir OR1
                     Chameleon OR4
   Daffodil Stems - YG01, G07, 21, 24, 28
   Vinca Blooms - BV000, 02, 04, 0
   Vinca Leaves - YG01, 03, 07, G07
   Snail - W1, 3, 5, E37, 41, R81, 0
   Background - B0000
Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop die LF1625 - available locally (Atlanta) at Impressive Ideas
Tonic Studios Mixed Scalloped and Straight Cut Oval dies 485E - also available at Impressive Ideas
Sentiment stamps -
   Close to My Heart Love You Mum A1218  
   Close to My Heart Thin Cuts Party Banner Z4152 
   Mama Elephant Bear Hugs
   My Favorite Things Mothers (retired)

Ranger White Embossing powder
VersaFine Imperial purple ink pad

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Coloring Challenge Day 5

I've been looking forward to coloring the beautiful floral heart from Concord & 9th's You Are Here stamp set.  The Coloring Challenge from The Daily Marker blog gave me just the push to color it!

I stamped the heart image onto Neenah Solar White 110 lb paper with VersaMark and heat embossed it with WOW's Silver Pearl embossing powder.  This is a new embossing powder to me and I love the pearly sheen so much that it steered my paper choices. I choose a pearly metallic card stock I have in my stash.  I colored the image with Copic Sketch Markers.  The Concord & 9th blog gave me the inspiration for my color choices.

The silver pearl and beautiful heart said wedding to me.  I also felt it should be a feminine card.  While pondering the design for the card, I came across a piece of white lace that my daughter had in her dress up trunk ages ago.  I repurposed it and cut out a piece, wrapped it around a 4 3/8" by 6 3/8" metallic pearl card stock secured with Scor-Pal tape on the back edges.  To this I added a 5/8 strip of white satin ribbon.  Next, I edged a piece of metallic pearl card stock with silver metallic tape on the four edges to give the illusion I have silver mirror paper matting the lace background. I then popped the lace background with 2mm adhesive foam sheet onto the silver edged pearl mat.  This was adhered to a A7 Neenah 110 lb card base.  I added metallic pearl love doves double stacked die cuts onto the lace over the stain ribbon. The front sentiment is heat embossed on heavy vellum overlaid onto metallic silver card stock. I embellished the front with white pearls.  I kept the card neutral with white, silver and pearl allowing the heart to pop.

For the inside, I used the same pearl card stock. To give the sentiment more emphasis, I created a stencil with a heart die in my stash and blended Distress Oxide ink Abandoned Coral over the heart opening onto the sentiment.  Added some silver embossed hearts to two corners using part of the same floral heart stamp. Matted the pearl card stock with metallic silver card stock.

I had so much fun creating this card!  Please tell me what you think of it by leaving your comments below.

Have fun coloring and repurposing bits....

Supplies used: (Almost all are available at my favorite local store Impressive Ideas)
Concord & 9th You Are Here stamp set 10175
Impression Obsession Love Doves die DIE 265-B
My Favorite Things Together Forever Stamp set LJD-39
Metallic Pearl Card stock
Metallic Silver Card stock
Neenah 110lb Solar White Card stock
Silver Metallic Rainbow tape 1/16"
WOW Silver Pearl embossing powder
Ranger Silver embossing powder
COPIC Sketch Markers R27, 24, 22, 21, 20, 00; YG09, 06, 05, 11
Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral ink pad
Distress Glaze
DCWV Pearl Gem Stickers
Couture Creations Premium Adhesive Pearls - Cream seed pearls
Stampin Up White Satin Ribbon 5/8"
White lace fabric


CTMH September Stamp Of The Month

This A2 size card was made for the CTMH card swap shown in a previous post.  Here are details for making this card.

While playing around with this stamp set, I had an idea of using the feather to create a frame. I  stamped it 4 times with black pigment ink on watercolor paper, and heat embossed the feather outlines with clear embossing powder.  Then watercolored the feathers with a wash of Pacifica, Lagoon and Pansy inks.  I fussy cut the feathers. Next I stamped the sentiment with black pigment ink onto Lagoon watercolor paper from the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack, and heat embossed in clear.  I colored the inside of the words with Shin Han markers.  For the back ground,  I randomly stamped the feather onto White Daisy card stock with Lagoon, Pansy and Pacifica colors.  The Pacifica is so bold, I used second generation stamping for this color to soften it. 
To put the card together, I matted the background with a piece of plain Pacifica and glued the matted piece onto A2 size White Daisy card base. I arranged the cut feathers around the sentiment and glued them in the center but used foam dots in the corners to give them more movement and dimension. Lastly I glued the framed sentiment piece onto the matted background. Voila!

Please leave your comments below, they are much appreciated!  
Happy Creating!

All supplies used from Close to My Heart:
September Stamp of the Month Feel So Blessed S1709  only $5 with $50 purchase
Adventure Fundamentals Paper Pack Z3351
White Daisy card stock 1385
Pacifica card stock X5967
Watercolor paper Z3146
SOTM September Feel So Blessed S1709
Pacifica ink pad Z2892
Pansy ink pad Z2804
Lagoon ink pad Z2895
Black Staz-On ink pad Z888  
Ranger Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder Z2088
Shin Han Peacock Green Twin Touch Marker Z2461
Shin Han Peony Purple Touch Twin marker Z2462

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