Alex Syberia Designs, Digital Stamps, Distress Oxides, Encouragement, Florals, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Simple Strips Background, Taylored Expressions

Alex’s Almond Blossoms

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Welcome back to my blog!  I’m featuring another one of the beautiful new images recently released by Alex Syberia Designs in the form of digital stamps!  If you haven’t ventured into that world yet you really should!  Not only are the images super affordable, but you have the option to manipulate and play with them to create a myriad of designs and layouts!  Once you’ve created a design you like, just print, color and go!  For today’s card I chose the trio of Almond Blossoms, printed it in a size to fit an A2 card and got busy!  
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 I started coloring the flowers with Zig markers, then realized that I hadn’t printed on Bristol Smooth card stock which is my go-to for Zigs and water.  So I used my Prismacolor pencils to fill out the rest of the blossoms.  Next time I’ll leave a little more white space!  
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How about those stamen?!   I made them by dotting Glossy Accents to the ends then sprinkled on black glitter!  I love how the light catches them!  I fussy-cut the blossoms then put them aside in order to create my background!  
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On a panel of Bristol Smooth this time, I sponged a thick layer of Fossilized Amber, Scattered Straw and Lemonade oxide inks, then deepened the edges with a layer of Aged Mahogany and Worn Lipstick.  You can see my favorite script-y stamp which accents the side and of course, my lovely spatters of black!  I attached this panel to a white base card, put some foam tape under my blossoms and added that to the background!  Finally, one of the great sentiments from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips was the last touch!  Oh!  I can’t forget my pretty little gems which add a little sparkle!  I hope you like my card and I hope you’ll go on over to Alex’s Etsy shop to see which designs will spark your creativity!  Thanks for visiting!  

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Alex Syberia Designs, Copics, Digital Stamps, Distress Inks, Emboss Resist Technique, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Meadow Greens, Papertrey Ink, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Simple Strips Background, Taylored Expressions, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Clean Up Cards!

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 I don’t know about you, but I have hundreds and hundreds of card photos stored in my computer and my typical habit is to edit them for blog posts or to post on social media then pop them over to my CopyCatCard file!  Once that’s done, I delete them from Camera Uploads but unfortunately, I often forget that step!  During this time of social distancing, I’ve been working on cleaning up my files and came across a number of cards that I never edited and so they were never used for a blog or Facebook post!  I thought I’d share them with you today!  You’ll see that I have quite a few cards made with some of Alex Syberia Designs like this one above!  I printed it onto Bristol Smooth card stock and then colored the blossom with my Zig markers.  After die-cutting the image into a circle, I mounted it to a white base card which I’d embossed with a lovely folder I have.  I think that script is so elegant, don’t you?  The sentiment is from Unity Stamps.  
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Here’s another one of Alex’s designs called Roses Bouquet which I stamped onto Bristol Smooth and painted, again using Zig markers! I think the sentiment is from Taylored Expressions  Simple Strips set!  
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This card features a stamp made by Crafty Individuals called Summer Poppy Meadow.  I have to admit that I didn’t check to see the actual dimensions of this stamp when I ordered it, assuming it was a full A2 size!  It was quite disappointing to see the actual size when it arrived but it’s still a beautiful image and easy to work with!  I paired it with a black and white striped panel of a store bought card I had in my stash!  
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I made this card over a year ago (maybe two?) and I’ve kept it for myself instead of selling it!  The simple yet striking lotus blossom was drawn by Luisana Lowry for her collection of digital stamps she called Red Hibiscus Designs and I was honored to be asked to create cards for her!  I colored this blossom with Copic markers and paired it with a background I had in my stash.  A little gold cord and a few sequins are pretty details!  
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How gorgeous is this moth?!  Another one of Luisana’s designs, it’s not something I would typically be interested in, but I loved coloring this!  My Copics collection was fairly new and quite limited at this point but with the excellent tutorials that Luisana has shared, I learned so much and just love how beautifully this came out!  The background was made with Hero Arts Everything Flower stamp and I think I colored directly on the stamp, misted with water then stamped it onto Bristol Smooth card stock.  A perfect pairing, if I do say so myself!  Oh!  That bold sentiment is from Stamplorations!  
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I just love this card!  It’s a print I found on Pinterest and it came with the blue background so all I had to do was color the flowers!  I believe I used Prismacolor pencils on this because I had to print it onto regular weight card stock.  The addition of Glossy Accents on some of the blossoms give it a really nice touch!  Sentiment is Taylored Expressions Simple Strips!  
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When Alex Syberia created her first line of digital stamps, she invited me to design cards to help promote the line and I was honored and happy to do so!  This image is called Spring Bouquet and you can find it here in her Etsy shop!  Because I printed this with an inkjet printer, the ink smudged a bit but I used the printer ink as my gray and just went with it!  
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Here’s the same image in orange and yellow; I like the addition of the Tim Holtz Hello die popping out of it!  
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Another colorful card using Spring Bouquet, again letting the printer ink be my gray for coloring.  
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Alex rocked the flower frame with this digi called XOXO Floral!  What a glorious array of blossoms and leaves to frame the hand-lettered XOXO!  I used Prismacolor pencils for this card, die-cut it with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle die then mounted it onto a base card made with heavy patterned paper!  
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My last card is a simpler design featuring a sweet little Stampendous set called Sunshine Daisy!  I colored it with Copics, die-cut it into an oval and adhered it to the dotted paper oval.  The embossed base card is perfect with it’s display of petals, right?!  The sentiment is from Butterfly Reflections, Ink set called Let’s Flamingle.  
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Here’s the inside of the Daisies card with the rest of the sentiment!  
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I leave you with this sympathy card done in restful colors of nature and Papertrey Ink’s Meadow Greensstamp set.  I heat embossed the ferns with clear powder then sponged oxide and distress inks over them for a resist look, one of my favorite simple techniques!  The sentiment is from an old Stampin Up set.  Thanks for coming with me on this little walk through my computer files!  
Copics, Digital Stamps, Florals, Friendship

Snarky Sketch Roses Bouquet!

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Yay!!  Alex Syberia Designs has just released new images and this one’s a WOW!  It’s called Sketch Roses Bouquet and is packed with beautifully detailed blossoms!  I wanted lots of space to play around with color so printed it in 8X10 size onto a piece of Neenah white card stock then started coloring with Copics!  But I must do a disclaimer before you read any further!  Three of my four cards are snarky and a bit off-color, so if that isn’t your thing, please stop reading!
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Enter Snarky Roses #1  After cutting my 8X10 print into four panels, I trimmed them down to fit on a panel of white which contrasts nicely with the bright colors! A spattering of Alex’s dot-coloring adds a touch of whimsy to my multi-colored roses!

 

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I printed out my snarky sentiment on the computer, mounted it to a strip of deep yellow card stock then to the card with a bit of foam tape.  Thank goodness for friends with whom you can relax and be yourself, right?!
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Snarky Roses #2 just makes me laugh!  Again, a card that’s only appropriate for that friend who gets your snarky humor!  I didn’t add the dot coloring but instead, filled in the space surrounding the roses completely with black Copic marker.  I love how it makes those colors really pop!  
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A strip of neon green accents my humorous sentiment this time.  
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Another silly sentiment that makes Snarky Roses #3 just downright funny! Again, I filled in the background completely with black so as to feature the beautiful roses.  I purposely left little uncolored specks for visual interest but wish I’d done more!  
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There was no shading done in my coloring of this image; I just filled in each section with a solid layer of color, sometimes coloring over other colors.  It was different to use the Copics this way but kinda fun!  
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Lastly, I do especially love this card and how the white embossed sentiments really pop against the colorful flowers and the dots of extra color!  The beauty of digital stamps is that you can resize them for numerous projects!  I don’t often print out an image to such a large size but it was great for coloring and an easy way to get four cards from one print!  I hope you’ll check out all the fabulous projects that others have created with Alex’s designs either on Instagram or in her Etsy shop!  Happy shopping!  

 

Copics, Digital Stamps, Florals

Digi Stamp Love!

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I’ve been making cards with rubber stamps, cling stamps and clear stamps for many years, but it’s only in the past few years that I’ve become a huge fan of digital stamps!  In case you’re wondering what that is, basically it’s a jpg or png image which you download to your computer and then resize and print to color!  A while back I was invited by Luisana Lowry to color her new line of digital stamps offered in her Etsy shop called Red Hibiscus Designs.  I was honored to be asked and thrilled to receive a number of wonderful images from her!  My card above is one of her beautiful peonies which I colored with Copic markers.  I simply cut out the blossom and the leaves, mounted them to a white card base which I’d embossed.  A sentiment of white on black is a nice little pop on my softly beautiful card!  
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I was a little intimidated at first by the many layers of petals in this detailed peony image by Luisana, but I just colored one section at a time with Copic markers, using gray to accent the shadows.  To create my background, I spread some DIY gesso onto a stencil and when it had dried, I brushed on a little Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink.  I love the dimension it gives to my card!  The background textured paper is called Bienfang Canvasette paper.   
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More recently, Elena Cazares of Crafts For Paws, (an organization out of Texas which raises funds to rescue aged animals by selling craft items via their website and Facebook page) invited me to join a team of colorists for her Copic coloring classes!  What a special feeling to know that in a small way, I can be part of such a worthy effort to give senior, sickly dogs a chance to live out their remaining days in a loving and comfortable home!  The digital image above is from Power Poppy called Everything’s Rosy and I colored this one before I’d taken Elena’s first coloring class.
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Can you see the difference in my coloring between these two images from Power Poppy?!  For this one, I followed along with Elena in her first class called Meka’s Rose and I learned some great techniques and tips!  I hope you’ll consider purchasing her classes and in doing so, contribute to the rescue mission of Crafts For Paws!  

 

 

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My final card today is a beautiful digi stamp hand-drawn by Alex Syberia!  She has just opened an Etsy shop with a number of beautifully detailed floral images that will make you itch to get your coloring supplies out!  I used my Copic markers to color this one and hope to get some time this weekend to work on a few more!  You can find her shop HERE and her Instagram account HERE!  Have you discovered the vast world of digital stamps yet?  If so, leave me a comment telling my your favorites!  And do take a peek at all of the links I’ve provided in this post!  Thank you for your visit!