Demure, Florals, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Mixed Media Canvases, Penny Black, Stencils, Tim Holtz

Mixed Media Canvases

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I’ve been on a mixed media kick lately after seeing the beautiful work done by Afia from CraftyMe!  Be sure to take a peek at the gorgeous mixed media projects on her blog!  I was so inspired to get messy and do some of my own!  This is the first I did in my series of four (so far!) and it was a 5X7 canvas stretched over a wooden frame.  I started the process while it was still on the frame, but then removed the canvas so I could lay it flat to work on.  
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Sadly, I didn’t think to make a video of my process, so I’ll try to share the general idea of how I made this via the photos!  To begin, I prepped my canvas with a coat of plain ol’ white craft paint and dried it with my heat tool.  I then began to layer on stencils, using teal, black, rusty orange and white for the most part.  I tried to arrange the images in an eye-pleasing format.  I heat-embossed the floral spray (Demure by Penny Black)  in black onto the canvas then painted it in with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.  
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The last two steps were to stamp in Versafine Onyx Black ink the vintage-y styled word stamp, then I heat-embossed in white BLESSED onto the canvas.  I LOVE how this came out and jumped right into making my second one!  
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Again, no video!!  DUH!  But I created this in much the same manner and removed it from the frame.   I coated the canvas with a layer of tan craft paint, dried with a heat tool then started layering on stencils, using gray, black, red, pink, teal and white craft paints.  I have a number of stencils which I collected a few years ago when I got into making Gelli prints .  The large blossom is from a stencil I made using a stencil cutter which my husband bought for me back then!  
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This part is quite textured because I tried to add a stenciled design using Thermoweb’s Transfer Gel, then changed my mind and scraped off most of the Gel which had already begun to dry.  I don’t mind that it left some behind as it added great texture!  
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I stamped this script stamp using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I love the texture of the canvas!  
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This is another script stamp which I stamped with Versamark then heat-embossed with clear powder.  I think it’s cool that it’s translucent!  I’m going to end this post here but watch for Part Two in my Mixed Media Canvas series!  Thank you for visiting!  🙂  
Birthday, Florals, Jumbo Dahlia, Jumbo Peony, Kuretake, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Mixed Mesh background stamp, Stampendous, Vintage Note, Water Colored Cards

Instagram Inspired!

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I love being inspired by other artists, and these cards were totally inspired by someone I just found on Instagram!  Afia, whose blog is here and Instagram here, just posted some cards that blew me away!!  Here’s the first card which I fell in love with!  Just look at that gorgeous color and the beautiful butterfly and that gold embossed detail!  I decided to follow Afia’s process which she shared on her blog and made my cards in the same manner.  I used my retired Stampendous Jumbo Dahlia and their current Mixed Mesh background stamp plus the Vintage Note stamp as well.  
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My first step was to stamp the Mixed Mesh background stamp onto a panel of watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I dried it with a heat tool, then heat-embossed the Jumbo Dahlia using black powder.  
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Next I painted the blossom and the background with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints, drying between layers.  I mixed shades of reds, pink and orange for the Dahlia and greens and yellow for the background.  When it was completely dry, I spattered some watery white paint over it.  Next I heat-embossed in gold the Vintage Note stamp along the left hand side.  Afia used gold embossing on her butterfly card and I love how it looks on mine!  My watercolor panel was a little short, so I visually “extended” the panel by gold embossing a Lace Border (also an old Stampendous stamp!) along the bottom of my ivory base card.  
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I cut a panel of gold metallic card stock to border the watercolor panel, then attached it to the card base.  My final touch was to add a few sequins and adhere a sentiment which I heat-embossed in gold onto a scrap of black.  I LOVE this card and although it looks nothing like Afia’s butterfly card, I thoroughly enjoyed copying her process!  
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This is my second card following Afia’s process.  This time I used a panel of Bienfang Canvas paper and stamped the Mixed Mesh background stamp onto it with Versafine Onyx Black ink then dried it with a heat tool.  I heat-embossed in black the retired Jumbo Peony by Stampendous and then painted both with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints, drying between layers.  
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Again, I used Stampendous Vintage Note and heat-embossed it in silver down the left side of the card.  I added a strip of rose-colored Glitterstock as an accent, along with a few silver sequins.  
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I think this textured card stock is the bomb, don’t you?!  
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I embossed the sentiment in silver onto another scrap of black card stock and attached all the layers to a card base of white.  I love both of my cards and now am heading over to Afia’s blog to see what will inspire me next!  Thanks for stopping by!  
Distress Oxides, Florals, Remarkable You, Stampin Up, Water Colored Cards

Stampin Up Remarkable You

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Welcome, card-loving friends!  I haven’t posted in a little while and decided to look through my photo files to see what I have that may be of interest!  I came across these cards which I made recently using a retired Stampin Up set called Remarkable You.  I’ve admired cards made with this set for a long time but resisted buying it from ebay because it was more money than I wanted to spend.  But at last I gave in and I’m glad I did!  The large images  allow for lots of color and texture and I love the bold lines!  Unfortunately, I took the photos at night so the lighting isn’t great.  
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On a piece of watercolor paper I heat-embossed the lotus blossom twice in black and then the leaves around them.  Using a large paintbrush, I spread water generously all around the images then dropped in yellow paint from my Gansai Tambi watercolor set to create a bright and cheerful background.  
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I painted the blossoms several times with shades of red, drying in between layers and then did a quick wash of green on the leaves.  A spattering of black and white craft paint add a little more visual interest and the bold letters of the sentiment seemed to perfectly complement the overall design.  I die-cut the panel with Stitched Rectangle dies then mounted it to a base card of vanilla card stock.  I’m really happy with how this turned out!
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This is my second card made with Remarkable You and it’s a very different vibe with it’s cool, velvety tones of blue and warm shades of brown.  The blossoms were stamped and embossed with Brutus Monroe’s Coffee Grounds embossing powder onto a panel of watercolor paper, then with a dark brown Zig marker, I scribbled on some color.  I used a waterbrush to soften and blend the ink for a loose watercolor look. 
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To create the background I painted a generous wash of water all over the paper and around the flower images.  I tapped out Broken China, Evergreen Bough and Cracked Pistachio distress oxide inks onto my craft mat and spritzed with water, then picked up the color with a damp paintbrush and filled in the color in layers, drying between applications.  I spattered more of the inks onto the background as well.    
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When the panel was dry, I used the same Dark Brown Zig marker to write out the words then spritzed it with more water to soften and break down the ink.  I wish now that I’d used a softer, more subtle shade of brown or even an aqua marker but all in all, I like how the style of the writing mimics the lines of the flowers.  I cut this panel down with Stitched Rectangle dies, sponged Walnut Distress ink around the edges then mounted it to a card base of vanilla.  I can’t decide which card I like the best; can you?!  Thank you, as always, for visiting!  
Brutus Monroe, Dahlia Collage Cling Stamp, Distress Markers, Florals, Glitter Stock, Stampendous, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Dahlia Collage

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Wanna know what makes this card artist’s heart go pitter-patter?!  New stamps from Stampendous!!  I just received a big fat package filled with wonderful new goodies and this baby was the first one I inked up!  It’s called Dahlia Collage and it’s HUGE!!  You may recall my obsession with their gorgeous Pointsettia Collage background stamp and can just imagine my excitement to play with this one!  
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In my package was a container of Rose Gold Embossing Enamel and I used it to emboss my image onto a panel of watercolor card stock.  Isn’t it gorgeous?!  I then began to color with Aged Mahogany and Tattered Rose distress markers, blending the inks with a waterbrush.  I used Pumice Stone around the edges of the image and now wish I’d softened it a bit more.  The leaves were colored with Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutters and I colored the center of the dahlia with Fossilized Amber and a touch of Gathered Twigs for depth.  
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I dug through my stash and found a strip of French Rose Glitterstock by Brutus Monroe which added a little more visual interest to my card.  
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Here’s a final peek at my beautiful, complicated-looking card which actually was REALLY easy and quick to make!!  I encourage you to search the Stampendous website to see what a vast selection of stamps and products they have to appeal to every crafter’s style!  As always, I very much appreciate your visit here and your comments!   
Big Word Thanks, Brutus Monroe, Conservatory of Quotes, Distress Oxides, Florals, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

Unity/Brutus Monroe CopyCat!

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This strikingly beautiful card was shared yesterday by Unity Stamps on the Stamping Life Facebook page and I was immediately captivated!  I love strong color and just love this card, so had to make a copycat!!  The card above was made with the newest release by the dynamic duo of Brutus Monroe and Unity Stamps, called Botanical Background and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!  But let’s talk about how I copied it!  
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For my card, I used a Brutus Monroe favorite, Conservatory of Quotes to create my black and white roses background, heat-embossed in black onto a panel of water color card stock.  Then I got out my Zig markers, Mustard and Yellow and began to fill in the space between the images.  I scribbled one section at a time with Mustard, then went over it with Yellow; a wash of water from my waterbrush softened and blended the two colors.  As you can see, my image didn’t stamp out completely, but I knew I could cover that section up!  
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I decided to make another card using shades of Aqua but the ink didn’t blend or flow as evenly, even with the addition of water!  The panel on the right was my first attempt and the one on the left wasn’t any better!  I set those aside to try another color!  
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For this panel, I used Yellow Green and Mid Green, beginning with the darker color next to the image, then blending out with Yellow Green, and finally, softening again with water.  I’m not sure why the aqua inks didn’t blend out but I was happy this one did!  
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The last color I did was purple; again, the colors didn’t blend as well as the yellow and green, but I like the texture of this one!  I used Purple and Light Violet then used my water brush to soften the ink.  
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Here is my finished CopyCat card in yellow!  The sentiment is from Brutus Monroe’s Super Sentimental set which has a great variety of sayings!  I trimmed down my watercolored panel with Stitched Rectangle dies, then adhered it to a panel of white, and then to a black base card.  
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The sentiment was heat-embossed with Alabaster embossing powder onto a strip of black then  adhered to a strip of vellum for accent.  
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I don’t love this one, but it’s still quite nice!  I die-cut the panel again with Stitched Rectangle dies, then mounted it to a white card base.  A strip of vellum enhances the die-cut sentiment.  
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For this version, I die-cut the image with Stitched Circles, then mounted it to an off-white base card which I’d embossed with a Large Dot embossing folder.  I stamped “Hello Beautiful” from Brutus Monroe’s Super Sentimental set and heat-set it with Alabaster embossing powder on a scrap of black card stock then attached it to the card front with a bit of foam tape for lift.  
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Remember those aqua panels which didn’t work out so well?  I retrieved one of them by cutting it down with a Stitched Circle die then sponged Peacock Feathers distress oxide ink around the edges.  I had this embossed panel in my stash which I’d made using Tim Holtz’ Botanical 3D Texture Fades embossing folder.  I love the white on white effect and then the pop of aqua!  I recently bought this die “Fabulous” and love how it looks! The “YOU ARE” stamp is from Stampendous Big Words Thanks; the sentiment was actually “hope you are having a great day” so I taped off the words I didn’t need, inked it up with Versamark then removed the tape and heat-embossed it with Alabaster powder.  I trimmed it down and adhered it to my panel.  I had a lot of fun creating this series of CopyCat cards and I hope you enjoyed reading about the process!  I appreciate your visit!  
Break The Rules, Brutus Monroe, Distress Oxides, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Petal Lace Embossing Folder, Stitched Oval Dies, Tim Holtz

Anatomy of 100 Cards!

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I recently received a request for 100 of a particular card in my etsy shop!  My customer is the founder of You Matter!  which is a monthly subscription box to encourage young people who struggle to find their place in this world.  January’s box is music themed and she felt my card would be a nice addition!  I haven’t done a large card order in quite some time, so I jumped right in and got busy!  Be warned!  This post is picture heavy!  My first photo shows a number of the black base cards upon which I stamped my logo in white pigment ink.  I purchased it from Hello World etsy shop last year and just love it!

 

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Here I’ve gathered my beginning pieces to assemble the card; the larger white stack on the left is 4 X 6 index cards which I trimmed down to 4 X 5 1/4″ and will form the white border around my central image.  The second stack of white is card stock cut to a quarter inch smaller than the border panel.  This is the piece which I’ll emboss with my Brutus Monroe folder called Petal Lace using Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink.  I die-cut my ovals using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies.

 

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Thankfully I was able to cut two ovals at a time, which saved me some elbow grease with the Cuttlebug!  I stamped the sentiment from Brutus Monroe’s set called Break The Rules using Versafine Onyx Black ink.
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I colored in the little microphone using a gray Copic marker then…

 

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…lightly stamped the music notes onto the ovals.
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This is the faux Letterpress technique and it’s so pretty!  I rubbed my ink pad all over the flat side of the embossing folder then ran it through my Cuttlebug.  Unfortunately, this had to be done 100 times as I could only do one at a time!  UGH!
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But look how cool it is!
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I sure was happy to finish that step and adding more of the musical notes onto 100 panels went fairly quickly!  I realized when I was done that the original card in my etsy shop only had the notes inked down one side!  Oh well!
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Back to the ovals!  I decided to add a bit of Glossy Accents glue to the microphone for a little additional detail.
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At this point, I quit for the night and left them to dry!
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I ran out of my Glue Glider Pro tape so tried using Elmer’s Glue stick to attach the inside panel; I didn’t love it but it was the best I could do at this point!
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Today I was thrilled to get my tape runner refills in the mail!  Thank goodness!  😀  I have a monthly subscription through Amazon and it’s half the price of buying them at a retail store!  I love this tape runner because it’s lightweight and the perfect size to work with!  Here’s a link to Amazon for them.  I zipped right through this step of adhering my embossed panels and ovals to the fronts of the cards!
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At last!!  Finished!!  I packed 100 cards and coordinating envelopes into a sturdy card box, stuffed bubble wrap in the gaps and covered with tissue paper to make it look prettier!
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One of my favorite thank you cards went on the top and expresses my gratitude for the order and her support of my work!
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And here’s one of the finished cards!  I hope that each person who receives this will feel special and sense the love that went into the creating of it!  Be sure to check out the You Matter! website and if you know of a young person who would benefit from such a meaningful gift, please subscribe!  Thank you for staying with me to the end of this time-worthy project!