Blooming Bunch, Florals, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Simple Strips Background, Studio Katia, Taylored Expressions, Thinking of You

Paper Hug

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I’ve been under the weather for about a week so haven’t done much in my stamp studio but was browsing my photo files and came across this card.  I made it a couple of months ago for a special friend who was going through a difficult time and took extra care in my coloring, wanting it to be especially perfect for her.  When it was finished I wrote a note inside and mailed it off.  Sadly, she never received it and there’s no telling where it might be now!  I did post it on social media but am just getting around to writing a blog post about it now!
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The image is one that was gifted to me by a new Instagram friend and fellow card artist and it’s called Blooming Bunch by Studio Katia.  I love to color flowers and these were a joy!  I used Prismacolor pencils and spent quite a bit of time on it, adding layer upon layer of color!
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I wish I’d think to stamp and color on kraft card stock more often; it’s so beautifully muted yet the colors really pop, don’t they?!  I also wish I’d blended out that gray background a bit more but nevertheless, it’s one of my favorite cards!  It makes me sad that it’s lost!
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The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions wonderful Simple Strips background set!  There’s a convenient coordinating die which cuts the full sheet of sentiments into handy little strips but I don’t own that…yet!  I trimmed my sentiment down then added a layer of textured gold cardstock behind it and as a last detail, adhered a scattering of sequins for a little shine.  I hope you like this card as much as I do!  My friend has seen pictures of it and hopefully knows that she is “paper-hugged”!  Thank you, as always, for visiting my blog!  I appreciate you!!
Copics, Florals, MAKE ART Flower Pot Stamp/Die/Stencil, Ranger Ink

Paper & Stamps & Ink, Oh My!

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Thanks so much for coming to my blog!  I’ve been sharing some cards I’ve made using new products by Ranger Ink & Wendy Vecchi from her Make Art collection, including Blendable Dye Ink Pads, a Stamp/Dies/Stencil set, Makeart Washi Tape and Perfect Cardstock Panels!  Today’s card is not my usual style but I really had fun with it!  I don’t often use my patterned paper ( but I should!) so decided to dig through my stash and see what caught my eye!  This fun paper is from Stampin Up and I was immediately drawn to the whimsical designs and soft colors!
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After creating a background using two of the coordinating papers I added a scalloped border which I made with an old line punch.  I adhered these to a piece of Crumb Cake card stock, also from Stampin Up.  Now it was time to color in my flower pot and blossoms, which I did using Copic markers.
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As you can see, I added some glittery Stickles to each of the flowers as a fun detail!  Finally, after mounting the flower pot to the panel with foam tape, I adhered my little sentiment stickers from Tim Holtz’ Chit Chat Stickers.
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This was super easy to make and didn’t take much time!  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a variety of ways to use the products by Ranger Ink and Wendy Vecchi!
Florals, MAKE ART Flower Pot Stamp/Die/Stencil, Perfect Cardstock, Ranger Ink, Wildflowers Thinlets Dies

Blended Moonlight with Ranger Ink & Wendy Vecchi

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Welcome back to another post sharing a card I made using the new Ranger Ink and Wendy Vecchi products I recently received!  Many of you know I’m more accustomed to creating cards with large florals and images so trying to come up with a way to use the small stamps in Wendy Vecchi’s Flower Pot Stamp/Die/Stencil set was a bit of a challenge for me!  Let me share my  process because I had NO idea what I was going to make when I began!  
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Starting with a piece of the beautifully smooth Perfect Cardstock Grey Panels, I sponged around the edges using Evergreen Bough distress oxide ink but leaving the center blank.  Next, I filled in the center with a light layer of Cracked Pistachio distress oxide ink, blending the two together seamlessly with a makeup brush.  I’d already used the flower pots in two prior cards so that left me with the floral and leaf images to play with.  Although I hadn’t added Black Soot distress ink around the edges yet, I knew I was going to do that and thus, in my mind I already had a nighttime sky!  
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I stamped multiple layers at the bottom edge and partially up the sides using a leaves and coordinating flower stamp, thus creating a frame!  I thought it’d look great to add a moon but I’d already added color to the center!  Undaunted, I cut a circle stencil with a punch and scrap of paper and sponged Picket Fence distress oxide ink over it to create the moon.  I fussed around with it a bit more, adding shading and dimension with an old texture stamp and Black Soot.  In retrospect, I wish I had softened the texture with a little water on a brush.  I’ll do that before I complete my card!  
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Naturally, I had to add white spatters with craft paint for “stars” in my sky!  I remembered that I have Tim Holtz Wildflowers dies which I then cut from textured card stock; they make a beautiful silhouette against the moon, don’t you think?!  
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To finish my card, I added that heavy layer of Black Soot distress ink around the edges which made the moon seem to glow even more!  I trimmed down the panel to layer onto a piece of gray patterned paper then adhered it to a white card base.  I haven’t decided if I’ll heat-emboss a sentiment directly to the card front in white or if I’ll add one separately, lifted off the panel for dimension, but I am pretty satisfied with how this card turned out!  Thanks for stopping by!!  
Altenew, Anemone Garden Background Cling, Congratulations, Florals, Sizzix Thinlets Stacked Deckle dies, Water Colored Cards, Watercolor Brush Markers

Happily Ever After

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Hey!  Welcome back!  I’ve been remiss in keeping up my blog this summer but want to share this colorful creation with you!  I recently bought a set of Altenew’s Watercolor Brush markers in the Spring Garden collection and wanted to use lots and lots of color!  This gorgeous floral image is a background stamp from The Ton called Anemone Garden and I began by embossing it with gold onto a panel of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper.  
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Aren’t those markers so cool?  They have a barrel filled with color and you just squeeze the sides (like we do a water brush!) to release the ink.  It took a little practice to figure out just how much to squeeze but to paint this image, I first brushed a little water onto a petal then dropped ink from the marker into it, letting the water move the ink initially.  
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In true Alex Syberia style, I added several colors to the petals, creating a multi-colored array of fabulousness!  I filled in the background with black to make the colors pop even more!  
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Setting that panel aside to dry, I pulled out a white card base and again, heat-embossed Anemone Garden in gold onto it.  I trimmed down the watercolored panel using my new Sizzix  Thinlet Stacked Deckle dies and then layered it onto a panel of gold metallic card stock to frame it.  I mounted the framed panel to my base card and added a sentiment from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips set which I’d also embossed in gold.  Two little gems adorn the ends of the Sentiment Strip for a final detail!  I loved making this glorious card and using some new products!  Thanks for stopping by!  
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!  
Dictionary, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Remarkable You, Stampin Up, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

CopyCat Strikes Again!

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Most stampers and card makers know that the term “CASE” means “copy and share everything” and I DO like to copy!!  I’m continually impressed and inspired by other’s work and today’s card is no exception!  Lauren Lovato is a designer for Brutus Monroe and she recently shared THIS card which I fell in love with!  I’m always drawn to watercolored, spatter-y backgrounds and leaves and sprigs are some of my favorite design elements!  Her card combined both so I had to CASE! (Technically,  I made this card prior to seeing Lauren’s aforementioned card!)  This was made specifically for my daughter’s birthday; Sara is an amazing poet and going to grad school this fall for Writing and Publishing.  I’m so proud of her for pursuing her goals and “following her bliss”!  
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The very first thing I did was to heat-emboss in black this encouraging sentiment from Stamplorations into the center of a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock.  I then pulled out an old Stampin Up set called Remarkable You which I recently found on ebay and heat-embossed the leaves image using Versamark ink and then clear embossing powder.  
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Next, I tapped out Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and laid my card stock into it, then repeated that process with Mowed Lawn distress ink, and Forest Moss distress oxide ink, drying in between layers with a heat tool.  As a nod to the written word, I had to add the Dictionary background stamp by Stampin Up in black over the whole card front.  I rubbed off the excess inks with a paper towel to reveal the crisp white leaf outlines.  Lastly, I sponged Black Soot distress oxide ink around the edges then mounted the panel to a white card base.  I really, really love this card and Sara did too!  
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  I think it’s quite ironic that I had just created the Follow Your Bliss card for Sara, and then saw Lauren’s card online!  Here’s my CASE of hers!  Again, I used Stampin Up’s Remarkable You leaves image and embossed them in black onto a panel of Bristol Smooth.  Using Zig markers, I began by scribbling a little Deep Blue into the crannies between the stems of the leaves, then moved and blended the ink outward with a water brush.  I did a section at a time, letting it dry in one area then going back in to add another layer of color and water.  
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When the dark blue background was filled in, I used Dark Pink on the leaves and again, a waterbrush to move the ink.  Persian Green was then added to the leaves and blended with more water.  I like that the Pink and Green colors bled into the Deep Blue background!  I happily spattered on all three Zig colors and a little extra black then die-cut the circle of vellum, embossed the sentiment with black powder and attached it to my watercolored panel.  A few little jewels added extra pizzazz and a black card base finished my card!  Thanks to Lauren for her inspiration!  I hope you will take the time to view her creations on her Instagram page or blog!