BM Petal Lace, Kuretake, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Scenic Serenity- Scenes from Tuscany

Scenes from Tuscany

Welcome back, friends! I started writing this post almost a week ago, and realized I hadn’t finished it so here we go! I’m featuring some oldies but goodies from my collection of Stampendous images! This series of scenes in Tuscany is called Scenic Serenity and although they’re long retired, you may still find them on ebay or etsy. I was fortunate to have collected several of them some years ago, and love to pull them out to play with occasionally!
After stamping Grapes Scene onto a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink, I began coloring with my Zig markers. As always, I use many colors and layer them on, squiggling the brush into the prior color to blend them together. The colors I used here are as follows: Olive Green, Mid-Green, Yellow Green for the grape leaves and grass and trees. Violet, Purple, Mustard for the grapes. Mid-Brown, Oatmeal, Beige on the plowed earth. Ochre and Dark Oatmeal on the house, shaded with Green Gray and roof is Black with Blue Gray. The sky was colored with Persian Green and I used Light Blue to bring the color down toward the trees and to soften and lighten it. I always use my Flesh Colour to blend and add a little visual interest. I also colored in squiggles around the outside edges of this image with Flesh and Light Gray. I trimmed around the colored panel, then added a layer of black behind it. A crisp white card base enhanced with a vine-y embossed design completes my card!
This next image is called Poppy Scene and I colored it in the same squiggly manner using the same shades of green for the grass and tree, then colored the poppies with Wine Red, Red and Bright Yellow which is actually a light orange. I added a glaze of Crystal Effects on each poppy to make them shine! The background hills were colored with Dark Brown and Oatmeal and I colored the house with Mustard, then added some Light Gray to tone down the yellow. Roof is Black with a touch of Light Gray. To create the sky, I started at the top of the image with a thin line of Deep Blue and then brought it down to lighter shades with the Light Blue marker.
Again, I squiggled Flesh and Light Gray markers all around the edges to create a mottled background . I die-cut the colored panel with a Stitched Rectangle die, mounted it to a layer of black then lifted it up using foam tape. The white base card is embossed with Brutus Monroe’s Petal Lace embossing folder.
I kept the colors quite muted on this card which features the Stampendous image called Olive Scene. I rather love the brooding dark sky and the dusky hillside! To color the olives I used a touch of Brown, then Wine Red and colored the leaves with my favorite trio of greens, Olive Green, Mid-Green and Yellow Green. I used the same colors on the background bushes and tree and colored the plowed earth with Mid-Brown and Beige. To create that brooding sky I started with a line of Gray Brown at the top, then used my Flesh Colour and Light Gray to blend the color down, really working the marker to depict the movement of clouds. The hillside was colored first with Light Blue and then a blending of more Flesh and Light Gray to tone it down.
After trimming around the colored image, I mounted it to a little panel of black and then to a white base card upon which I’d dry embossed a border of flowers. I then added a touch of Crystal Effects to the olives, giving them a sheen and making them pop out a little.
Since I’d already colored this Poppy Scene in traditional colors, I decided to get creative and use a brighter, unexpected color palette this time! I always fill in the grassy background first and this time I used a mix of Emerald Green, Light Green, Mid-Green, Yellow Green and Pale Green. I colored the poppies with Cornflour Blue, added a touch of Blue and then a touch of Light Violet. The trees were colored in using Cornflour Blue as well. Isn’t that sky gorgeous?! Again, I drew a line of Wine Red at the top then pulled the color down using that Bright Yellow marker. The house was colored with Ochre and the roof with Dark Brown. The Black I filled in the windows with was pulled into the Ochre to tone it down some. That’s what I love about Zig markers; they’re so juicy and blend together so beautifully!
I love the white base cards with embossing which frames them beautifully. I spattered some black paint onto this one . I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of Scenes from Tuscany! Perhaps you’ve been there and my little images are a sweet reminder of a far away place and a magical time! And perhaps I’ll go there someday too! Until then, I can color and dream!
Dahlias, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Penny Black, Video Tutorial, Water Colored Cards

Penny Black Dahlia’s in Watercolor

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Hi there and welcome!  I’ve been working on a lot of cards and although I’m quick about photographing them and posting to social media, I’m a bit slower to get a blog post written to share the details!  Yesterday I decided to paint a watercolor using the beautiful Dahlias set by Penny Black.  I began by trimming a sheet of watercolor paper down to 6X8 inches then taping off one inch on all four sides, leaving me with a 5X7 space in which to paint!  I dusted the surface with my anti-static pouch then began to stamp, then emboss with Brutus Monroe’s Gilded powder, mask and stamp more blossoms and leaves until I had an arrangement I liked.  

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Next, using my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush markers, I started laying in the background with black, then some shades of blue, moving the ink with a wet paintbrush.  I dried with a heat tool between each layer and built up a lovely, dark base of color.  Moving on to the largest dahlia bloom, I used several shades of red and orange markers, and also a lighter brown to fill in the petals, adding water to soften and blend the ink.  

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I colored the rest of the flowers using shades of orange and yellow, a little brown for shading, then a little gray for shading.  I love how vivid they are against that background even though DO they look like flowers floating in space!  😀  To finish my panel, I spattered on droplets of water then patted it dry and finally a spattering of white craft paint.  This painting makes me very happy and I can’t wait to mat and frame it!  I may keep it, but it’s more likely to be sold!  Check my etsy shop to see if it’s there in a few days!  

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Here’s a final peek at the finished painting; I’m really bummed that my paper tore a bit.  I don’t know why that happened; perhaps using the heat tool so much made the painters tape really adhere more than usual.  Thank you for visiting and I hope my post encourages you to get out your watercolors or Zig markers and have some fun with them!  

 

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!  😀

Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Cool Penguin, Distress Oxides, Glitter Stock, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Merry Words, Stampendous, Tim Holtz

Stampendous Ugly Sweater Challenge!

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It’s Ugly Sweater season again!  And just in time Stampendous offers this adorable Cool Penguin Clear Stamps & Cutting Dies setIn fact, Stampendous will give away 3 Cool Penguin sets randomly drawn from the comments on all blog posts featuring this set from November 25th-December 8th!   Check out the Stampendous blog HERE.  Now, onto my card!  I like a little bling as much as the next penguin, but this little chick is rockin’ her sequin-loaded ugly sweater!!  To create my card, I began by stamping the penguin, sweater and hat onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them in with Zig markers.  I forgot that the dies came with the set and fussy-cut out the images.  GAH!!  Don’t do that!

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I have a stash of plain old craft sequins so dug through and found the red, yellow and green ones to bling out the sweater and hat, gluing them over the colored images.  I added a dot of glitter glue to each one as well and a bigger blob to the pompom on the hat!  I then glued the sweater and hat onto the penguin.

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Setting that aside, I started on my background!  On another piece of Bristol Smooth I stamped and embossed the snowflakes with white powder, then sponged Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks over it.  Using my border dies, I cut the snowy landscape from Brutus Monroe’s Fallen Snow Glitterstock, and adhered them to the pretty background, then added a little line of glitter glue beneath my penguin.  I heat-embossed the sentiment onto a scrap of green card stock, cut it down and attached that as well.

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Let’s take one last look at this Ugly Sweater before moving on to my next card!

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I confess that I don’t LIKE ugly sweaters so had to make a beautiful one too!  Again, I stamped my images onto Bristol Smooth card stock and colored with Zig markers.  Again, I forgot to use my dies and fussy-cut the pieces and then pressed each one onto my Versamark pad to coat with clear ink, then used clear embossing powder to create a glossy glaze!  I glued them onto the penguin and set it aside.

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I decided to make a beautiful night sky behind my little girl, so on another piece of Bristol Smooth card stock, I sponged Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber and Broken China Distress Oxide inks randomly over the paper, then sponged a layer of Blueprint Sketch to cover the colors and finally a layer of Black Soot, letting some of the colors show through.  A spattering of water created “stars” and a spattering of white paint added more!

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I cut the snowy landscape from Brutus Monroe’s Fallen Snow Glitterstock, and attached it to the sponged panel.  Using a sentiment from Stampendous’ Merry Words, I heat embossed Believe in white directly onto my background layer, then the smaller sentiment onto a strip of black card stock which I adhered with adhesive.  A base card of white completed my card.  I actually love both cards and will bring them to my upcoming craft show to sell!  Thanks for visiting!!

Christmas, Distress Oxides, Florals, Holiday Birds Stamps and Dies, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Merry Words, Pointsettia Collage, Stampendous, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Holiday Birds

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Do you love birds?  Do you love to stamp and color birds?  Then you’ll love this set!  It’s called Holiday Birds Cling Stamps & Dies by Stampendous and it’s just beautiful!  I’m always drawn to realistic images and these were a joy to color and create with!  

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I began by inking up the fabulous Pointsettia Collage stamp (by Stampendous too!) with Forest Moss distress oxide ink, spritzed the stamp with a mist of water then stamped it onto a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock.  I set it aside to dry and stamped out both bird images onto another piece of Bristol Smooth and heat-embossed them in gold.  

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I loved coloring them with my Zig markers, using a water brush to move and blend the ink.  After coloring the image, I cut them out with the convenient dies!  

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To construct this card, I wrapped a length of gold ribbon around the watercolored background panel and taped it down on the back.  I sponged more Forest Moss oxide ink around the edges then attached it to my base card of olive green.  On a scrap of olive card stock, I heat-embossed the sentiment (from Stampendous Merry Words Clear stamps) and then die-cut the glittery pine needles from a Gina Marie Designs die.  I tucked the pine needles behind the bird then attached it to the ribbon with a couple pieces of foam tape.  The sentiment was adhered just below the Merry Christmas sentiment which is part of the background stamp!  

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This card was done exactly the same way except I used the little wren instead of the cardinal.  I think they’re both very festive and may tuck these away for personal use!  Thank you so much for visiting!  🙂  

CTMH Stamps, Distress Oxides, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Tim Holtz, Winter

Fresh Powder!

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I am not a skier, and in fact, I’ve never skied in my life!  But I’m working on building my card stash for an upcoming Holiday Craft Show, and had to pull out this amazing set from Close To My Heart called Steep & Deep!  I love the simplified images of the skier and snowboarder and I began by heat-embossing them in black onto a Bristol Smooth card stock.  

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After embossing the snowboarder in black, I heat-embossed the snowflakes with clear powder.  My next step was to sponge on a heavy layer of Faded Jeans distress oxide ink, mainly around the edges and at the top, then went over it and added color to the center with Cracked Pistachio oxide ink.  I used a baby wipe to remove the excess ink from the snowflakes so they would pop!  After setting the inks with my heat tool, I dripped water onto the panel which left behind the wonderful mottled look to depict snowflakes!  

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I colored the snowboarder with Zig markers, then stamped the trees and sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink.

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I repeated the process for this card, then sponged some Black Soot oxide ink around the edges.  I  trimmed down the main panel to layer onto a piece of white card stock then mounted it to a black card base.  Coordinated stamped envelopes are always a must!  

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I think these cards are pretty cool and hope they’ll sell well at the craft fair!  Vermont has many skiers, so they should snap these up!  Hmmm….maybe I’d better make more!  🙂  Thank you for visiting!