Altenew, Copics, Crown Blooms, Florals, Small Hellebore

Color Explosion!

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Hi there!  I’m back with another Alex Syberia-inspired card using her fabulous dot-coloring technique!  Check out some other’s cards with dots HERE!  I was particularly inspired to create my card after seeing THIS one of hers!  What a riotous explosion of color!!  I just had to make one of my own!  
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Before I begin a card, I often think to myself, “Now, what can I do to make this card especially striking or unusual?” So that’s why I thought of the red background!  Not something we see that often in our cardmaking community!  I began by stamping and masking my Stampendous Small Hellebore image onto a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock.  I then added the leaves and little floral sprig from Altenew’s Crown Bloom set.  Unfortunately, I didn’t make a video of this process.  I wish I had!  But as always, I created my background first with many layers of red Zig Clean Color Brush markers, placing the darkest color next to the stamped images then smudging and squiggling the color outward using a lighter shade.  The Flesh Color marker is my blender, adding a lighter tone without being too heavy.  
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After filling in the background to my satisfaction, I began on the flowers and leaves, using shades of aqua for the blossoms and many shades of green for the leaves.  A little gray and yellow kept the floral sprigs clean and simple against the explosion of colors everywhere else!  
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Next, I used my Copic markers to add the colorful dots randomly over the whole panel, making some larger than the others.  I love this fun technique which adds such an unexpected dimension to a card!  Lastly, I thought that Taylored Expressions new Simple Strips sentiments on black would make a nice contrast to the background, so I heat-embossed them with white, lifted each strip with a little foam tape and arranged them on my card.  Aren’t they perfect?!  I LOVE how this came out and will certainly be making more dotty cards in the future!  Thanks for visiting!  
Altenew, Beautiful Day, Crown Blooms, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Water Colored Cards

Colorfully Inspired!

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Today’s card is again inspired by the colorfully creative Alex Syberia and this card I found on her Instagram feed!  I love the unusual size of the card and of course, the bold, bright colors!  So, I decided to make one similar to hers!
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I began by cutting a four inch wide strip from a nine inch long watercolor pad, thus getting a 4″x9″ panel to work on.  I dusted it completely with my anti-static pouch in order to stamp Altenew’s Crown Bloom and Beautiful Day sprig using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded embossing powder.  I had to do a bit of masking to achieve the elongated design similar to Alex’s.

 

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When my design was in place, I pulled out my darkest teal Zig marker and began by lightly “scribbling” a little color into each nook and cranny, then adding water with a water brush to soften and spread the color.  I did this section by section until the whole design was surrounded by a soft sea of color!  I decided to color my blossoms with shades of orange, red and yellow as they’re opposite blue on the color wheel and pack a vibrant punch!  I can’t even list the colors I used as there were so many; I kept adding layers upon layers, drying often in between.
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Initially, I’d colored the little “seedy” looking things in the flower center with black and brown, but went over them with the same purple I’d colored the tiny blossoms on the sprigs.
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You can really see the pretty purple centers in this photo!  When I was satisfied with the depth of color in the Crown Blooms I began to add to the background by spattering on wet purple, aqua, red and black ink and used my markers to fill in some of the crannies with additional dots.  After stamping lightly my new Vintage Note stamp from Stampendous around the images, I heat-embossed the Unity Stamps sentiment in black directly to my watercolored panel then mounted it onto a base of ivory card stock.  I am SO loving how this card turned out!  And I already have my next Alex Syberia project planned!!  Stay tuned!  😀
Altenew, Beautiful Day, Brutus Monroe, Copics, Distress Markers, Florals, Glitter Stock, Tim Holtz

Colorful Dots!

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Welcome!  I’d like to share two cards I made this week using a “dots” technique inspired by the amazing Alex Syberia!  I’ve been fascinated by her work and her riotous use of color plus the unique way she incorporates dots into her cards!  You won’t believe your eyes when you check out her blog!  In the meantime, I recently printed off a couple of floral images I found on Pinterest; I resized the image down to fit an A2 card and then just got busy coloring with my Copic markers!  
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Isn’t this floral spray beautiful?!  I enjoyed branching out a little with my colors, trying to loosen up and be more creative!  I opted for muted tones and layered color upon colors.  
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This particular image came with a pale gray background so all I did was use the colorful “pointillism” style which Alex is known for to fill in around the blossoms and leaves.  Isn’t it fun?!  
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Here’s the second card I made, using another floral spray image from Pinterest and a slightly less colorful use of the dots technique.  I began coloring with my Tim Holtz distress markers, Rusty Hinge, Dried Marigold and Tattered Rose for the blossoms and Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Evergreen Bough for the leaves!  
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I wasn’t satisfied with the depth of color from just the distress markers so went over the images again with Copics.  I use so many different Copic markers that I feel it would be too overwhelming to list them all. But the Copics definitely boosted the color!  You can see that I made dots of black, gray, peach and aqua, then added white gel pen dots afterwards.  I also added shading to the leaves and flowers with a pale gray marker.   
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To create the background I added more gray with Hickory and Pumice Stone distress markers and used a water brush to spread it in a lovely watercolor-y manner!  (That buckled my paper a bit as it’s only 110# card stock.)  The next steps were to stamp the beautiful Vintage Note by Stampendous with Pumice distress ink around the main image, then heat-embossed the sentiment (from Altenew’s Beautiful Day set) using Brutus Monroe’s Golden Gourd embossing powder for a perfect match!  I mounted this panel onto a soft gray base card and attached a strip of Tangerine Glitterstock along the edge for a little bit of bling!  Three shimmery sequins were my final touch! 
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I leave you with this very closeup photo of my card, showing off the lovely colors and interesting dots!  I hope you enjoyed this post and my cards, and that you’ll have a look at Alex’s gorgeous creations as well!  
Altenew, Aqua Pigments, Best Mom, Brutus Monroe, Florals, Surface Inks, Thank You, Water Colored Cards

Watercolor With Aqua Pigments

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It’s blog-hopping time!!  Yippee!!  You probably know by now that Brutus Monroe has come out with a set of watercolor inks called Aqua Pigments!  They’re non-toxic, come in a large 1 fluid ounce bottle with dropper (child proof!) lid and blend beautifully!!  Sadly, I don’t have the full set of twelve but I did buy the primary colors plus black and brown.  For now I can mix them to get more colors and I’ll certainly be adding to my collection soon!  I recently purchased this floral set from Altenew called Best Mom and couldn’t wait to paint it with my Aqua Pigment watercolors!!
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I started with a piece of watercolor paper and heat-embossed my floral spray using Brutus Monroe’s Coffee Grounds embossing powder.  Then the fun began!  In my Tim Holtz ink palette, I mixed the inks to get the varying shades of red, orange and yellow by just combining Red and Yellow pigments.  I filled in the blossoms first, letting them dry before adding another layer of color.
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Then I mixed drops of Blue and Yellow, varying the amounts to achieve the different shades of green for my leaves!  Easy-peasy!  Next, I created the aqua background by filling in the white space around the image with a watery paintbrush first, then made my aqua by mixing mostly Blue pigment and just a touch of Yellow.  I painted on the color with a wet brush, let it dry and then added more or less Blue and Yellow to get the light and dark shades of aqua.  I tapped an inky paintbrush with Yellow around the flowers for a little added texture and then spattered on some black craft paint!  Now I wish I’d added a few white spatters!
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I trimmed my panel down with Stitched Rectangle dies then mounted it to a panel of white upon which I’d stamped the floral spray in Wagon Surface ink.  Finally, a base card of red compliments the water-colored panel as do a few aqua jewels!
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So, what’s with the folded paper?!  After I finished this card, I decided to add the sentiment but I’d already mounted the panel with three strips of foam tape and there wasn’t full support in that section of the card!  So, I folded a piece of paper, stuck it in between two of the foam strips and voila!!  Support!  😀  This very old stamp by Hero Arts is one of my favorites and it was perfect for my card, don’t you think?  Now, here’s the blog hop list so you can see how the others used their Aqua Pigments!                                                                                                                               MARIE
BERINA
JESS
HEATHER
LAUREN
WALESKA
Altenew, Aqua Pigments, Best Mom, Brutus Monroe, Florals, Water Colored Cards

Aqua Pigments = Happiness!

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Hello there!  Our Inspiration Team just had a blog hop featuring Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigments and it makes me so happy to paint and play with them!  I just had to make another card!  Again, I used my new set called Best Mom by Altenew and heat-embossed it twice in gold onto a piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper.
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Using just Red, Yellow, Blue and Black, I was able to paint my images, getting a variety of shades  by mixing the colors!  Creating the background is my favorite part, and I basically splashed very watered down Black all around the blossoms then spattered on droplets of water and more watery black ink!
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My die-cut Grateful is from AC Moore and I glued together three of them to get the height, then mounted it to a strip of vellum upon which I’d stamped out an old PSX script stamp in Raven Detail ink.  In retrospect, perhaps that would be prettier embossed in gold like the flowers!  Oh well!  Next time!
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I trimmed down my panel with Stitched Rectangle dies, then attached it to a layer of white and finally to a base card of Wagon card stock.  I’m happy with how my card turned out and hope that you’ve checked out the Aqua Pigments for yourself!  They’re big, beautiful bottles of happiness!
Altenew, Beautiful Flowers, Crown Blooms, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Simon Says Stamp, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Water Colored Cards

Altenew Crown Blooms in Watercolor

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There are so many amazing card artists whose work I admire, and especially those who can create clean and simple cards!  I don’t think I can create “clean and simple” if my life depended on it!  I started this card thinking I would keep it really simple, one layer, no texture.  HA!!  As usual, I strayed from the plan!  Sigh!  On a piece of watercolor card stock, I stamped and heat-embossed in white the blossom and leaves from Altenew’s Crown Blooms set, masking the flower in order to place the other images.  I then began coloring with my Zig markers, layer upon layer, using a wet paintbrush to move and soften the color.
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  I know I’ve mentioned before that when I choose colors for my cards, I try to use the ones that are opposites on the color wheel for the most visual impact!  Blue and orange are always so striking together!  Anyway, when I finished coloring the flower and leaves, I filled in the background with an aqua marker and lots more water to spread the ink.  After drying it with my heat tool, I spattered some black, aqua and white ink over the images, then added “dew drops” with my Crystal Effects glue!  
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 I trimmed the panel down with my trusty Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle dies.  I found a butterfly embossed piece I’d made AGES ago, and thought it would make a nice “frame” for my card, so die-cut that with the Stitched Rectangles in a size larger.  I adhered the panels together then mounted them to a card base of aqua.  
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Lastly, I heat-embossed the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Flowers set onto a strip of coral cardstock which I’d trimmed into a little banner, then attached it with some foam tape.  So much for “clean and simple”!!  I guess that’s just not my style!  But I love this card and think it’ll perfect for many occasions!