Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wonderful



For way too many years, I’ve been very hesitant to do water coloring . . . . one might even say I was a watercolor wuss.  Happily, all that has changed.  At the time of this writing, Online Card Classes has just finished up their best class ever (they’ve all been superb!) and I am busily playing with the astounding number of techniques I learned in the “Watercolor for Card Makers” class. This one involved the use of a stencil . . .


Using a stencil with a lot of open space, draw around the inside of the openings with a watercolor pencil.  Remove the stencil and smoosh two or three colors of Distress inks on an acrylic block, keeping the colors separate.  Then use a water brush or a slightly wet paintbrush to pick up a color and fill in the design.  Alternate between applying color or using just water.  Let dry and add more color for shading – which is a lot easier to do than I had thought.  It’s that second application of paint that really makes colors sing!

With two weeks of classes and three or four videos a day showing wonderfully do-able techniques, I am an utterly reformed former watercolor wuss and I feel absolutely fearless.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go try another technique . . .

Cardstock:   Bazzill Grape, Cheddar, watercolor paper
Stamps:        100 Proof Press “Wonderful”, CC Rubber Stamps Fibers       
Inks:               Distress Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed,
                          Salty Ocean, Wild Honey, ColorBox Frost White
Emb Powder:  Judikins Opaque White
Pencils:         Intense Watercolor Pencils Felt Green, Iris Blue,
                           Red Violet, Sicilian Yellow
Dies:              Spellbinders Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large,
                          Spellbinders Fanciful Flight
Doo Dads:    Americana Jacobean Floral stencil, Queen & Co
                          Grass Green Rox, Gelly Roll Clear Star pen

Monday, July 21, 2014

Serenity

This card uses one of my favorite techniques: smooshing a few ink pads on my craft sheet, spritzing with water, and then laying my stamps on the ink.  Just before stamping, I tapped the Black Soot pad very lightly around a few of the edges for greater contrast.  These lovely feather stamps are clear, so I just fit all of them onto my acrylic block and stamped in one pass . . .


The first impression was lighter than I wanted, so I simply re-dipped the stamps and stamped again . . . not having to fly blind is one of the huge advantages of clear stamps! 

Cardstock:   PaperCut Brown Umber, Marcos Jute, generic Textured
                           White
Stamps:        Cross My Heart Feathers, Hero Newspaper Background,
                            Starving Artistamps “Serenity”
Inks:               Memories Soft Brown, Distress Black Soot, Vintage Photo,
                            Faded Jeans
Emb Powder:  Stampendous Shabby White
Dies:              Impression Obsession Flags
Doo Dads:    Jute twine

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Discover

More feathers!  Can’t say I didn’t warn you . . .


The card base was pulled from my stash where it has lurked for a couple of years.  It was an experiment gone bad but I knew that someday, it would come into its own.  Today is that day:  it’s a perfect match for the bark paper I used for the feathers and I cannot imagine using anything else. 

Now if I could just remember where I got the bark paper . . .

Cardstock:   Generic Tobacco, Black, Bark Paper
Stamps:        Unknown Lettered Background, Catslife Press
                           Dream Circle, Starving Artistamps “Discover”
Inks:               Encore Champagne, ColorBox Black
Emb Powder:  Stampendous Moonstone, Judikins Detail Black
Dies:              Die-Namics Feathers & Arrow, Spellbinders Shoot!,
                         Impression Obsession Flags, EK Success
                         1” circle punch                   
Emb Plate:    Cheery Lynn Burble
Doo Dads:    Candi Dots, jute knot, Gelly Roll Clear Star

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Birthday


Having fallen in love with all things feathers, I’m having a ton of fun playing with both images and dies using this iconic image.  Brace yourselves for numerous posts featuring plenty of feather finery . . .
 

The feathers on this card are the result of yet another heroic rescue from my Scrap Stash.  I’ve got some really ugly scraps in there and yet once they’re turned into feathers, they become instantly gorgeous!   

I’m not kidding . . . you’ll see . . .

Cardstock:   Bazzill Admiral, Beckett Iceberg (some were swiped
                           w/various acrylic paints), generic Light Green
Stamps:        Recollections Text, Wordsworth Vertical Happy B.      
Inks:               VersaFine Majestic Blue, Distress Chipped Sapphire 
Emb Powder:  Vippie Transcendence, Stampendous Shabby White          
Emb Folder: Quickutz Zig Zag
Dies:              DieNamics Feathers & Arrow, Spellbinders Curved
                           Matting Basics A
Doo Dads:    Light Green eyelets

Thursday, July 10, 2014

May God Bless You



Stacy Stamps’ clever background allows for many coloring opportunities with this beautiful stamp image . . .

Here, the sun appears to be rising (or setting) over a tumultuous sea and it brings to mind the Breton Fisherman’s Prayer:  “Oh God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small”.  As this card is going to a member of my church who has just suffered a heart attack, I’m hoping that a reminder of God’s abiding love throughout overwhelming circumstances will bring comfort and reassurance to both Bill and his family.

Cardstock:   Bazzill Blackberry, White, Beckett Iceberg
Stamps:        Stacy Stamps Stained Glass Waves, Sailing Set,
                           Stampin’ Up “May God bless you”
Inks:               Various markers, VersaFine Majestic Blue, Distress
                          Chipped Sapphire, Gelly Roll Clear Star pen
Emb Powder:  Vippie Transcendence               
Dies:              Simon Says Tilted Banners
Doo Dads:    Blue eyelets, White cording

Monday, July 7, 2014

Thank You

A truly dear lady in my church usually does the flowers for our significant events.  Trust me, her work is stellar.  In addition to Easter and all of the events leading up to this precious season, Carol also does absolutely beautiful corsages for every woman in our church on Mother’s Day.  Yes, we’re a small church, but this is still a wonderful floral ministry.  So naturally, I get to have the fun of making her a thank you note . . .


Her favorite flower is the carnation and as I have only one of these images, it’s a challenge each year to come up with a fresh take on using it.  But, we’re stampers, which means that we’re more than up to the challenge . . .

Cardstock:              Generic Corrugated Kraft, watercolor paper
Stamps:                   Hero Blossoms II, MaxStamp “Thank You”
Inks:                           Hero Black, Koh-I-Noor Water Wheel various shades
Emb Powder:          Vippies Transcendence                               
Dies:                          Nellies Multi-Frames Circles, Impression Obsession 
                                         Banner & Tails
Doo Dads:                Rose pearls, deckled trimmer, Prisma White pencil, 
                                          Jute bow


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Land That I Love



As America strays farther and farther away from the principles our Founding Fathers enshrined for us via their immaculate forethought found within the greatest governing documents in the history of the world, it is devoutly hoped that on this Fourth of July, we can re-commit to the principles of freedom and accountability that made America the envy of other nations . . . and the sole haven for the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.  


That having been said . . . I’ve always been a little wary of adding more embossing around already-embossed images:  I thought that re-heating previous embossing would cause it to re-melt and then sink into the cardstock.  But the fireworks on this card were done in three separate operations, with the white first, then the red, and lastly the blue.  Heat was applied with each addition of color.  Result:  all three colors are raised and perky and suffering no ill effects.  As there are great differences among embossing powders, I would test this method out before sacrificing your sacred card front to the altar of failed expectations.

Cardstock:    Marcos Jute, Neenah Solar White
Stamps:        Delafield Stamp Co Proud Barn, Stamp a Mania Starburst,
   Impress Dotted Flourish, Small Dotted Flourish
Inks:              Hero Black, ColorBox Frost White, Distress Frayed Burlap,
   Chipped Sapphire, Barn Door, VersaMark
Emb Powder: Stamp a Mania Desert Fire, Judikins Galaxy, White Diamond
Dies:              Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles Large, Simon Says
   Sketchy Banner Greetings, the Star from Simon Says
   Layered Tree set