Brutus Monroe, Copics, Florals, Friendship, Gina Marie Designs, Penny Black, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Super Sentimental, Sweet Perfume

Copics and Penny Black Sweet Perfume

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I’ve been using my new Copic alcohol markers and learning a little more each time about how they blend.  This image is called Sweet Perfume by Penny Black and after stamping it with gray ink I really enjoyed coloring it with Copics!  
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Part of the fun of coloring these gorgeous flowers is to choose my color scheme!  I decided to leave to leave the smaller blossoms “uncolored” by just adding shades of gray.  I like how they recede into the background and let the larger blooms have the spotlight!  I’m still working on blending and need to add some lighter shades of markers to my collection in order to transition from light to dark more effectively.

 

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Once I finished coloring, I trimmed down my panel with a Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle die, then dug around in my paper stash and found this zig-zag paper which is from a Simon Says Stamp package!  I often save bits from my mail and this piece coordinates perfectly with my card!
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The final touch was to heat-emboss the sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s set, Super Sentimental (which by the way is SUPER versatile with SO many sentiments!!) onto a scrap of the packaging paper, add a layer of the gray card stock behind it, then lift it with a piece of foam tape and add a little green jewel!  I think the colorful flowers are balanced nicely with the soft gray card stock, don’t you?
Beautiful Flowers, Florals, Friendship, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Simon Says Stamp, Stitched Rectangle Dies

More Beautiful Flowers

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I just can’t seem to stop playing with this fabulous set, Beautiful Flowers by Simon Says Stamp!!  It’s so elegant and so versatile!  For this card, I chose to heat-emboss the image in gold but left the flowers uncolored.  I added a rich green background using my Zig markers by coloring heavily with Olive along the edge of the image, then blended it outward with Yellow Green.  I decided to extend the color to the top of the panel with vertical brushstrokes and really like how it looks!  
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After coloring, I trimmed my panel down and added a frame of gold which I made using two sizes of stitched rectangle dies.  I stamped the spray of blossoms onto a piece of white card stock using gold pigment ink, and when it was dry, I adhered my framed panel to the front.  Finally, I heat-embossed the sentiment in gold.  I can’t wait to mail this to just the right person!  🙂  
Big Word Thanks, Coneflower Cling, Copics, Florals, Friendship, Gina Marie Designs, Stampendous, Stitched Oval Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies

Stampendous Coneflowers and Copics

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I’m slowly adding colors to my collection of Copic markers after buying my first batch from Scrapbook Pal!  Last week I started this card using Stampendous’ Coneflowers set, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Bee Paper Bleedproof marker paper.   After coloring, I lightly stamped a script stamp in black for added interest.  I then cut the panel down with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle dies, and used her Stitched Oval die to impress (not cut) that shape in the center.  
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The amazing thing about Copics coloring is that the backside is as beautiful as the front, but looks almost watercolored!  I was SO torn!  Which side to use??  Then inspiration struck!  Make color copies of both!  So I did!  
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This is the original colored panel, trimmed down and adhered to a layer of white card stock, then attached to a base card of kraft card stock.  Once again, StampendousBig Word Thanks sentiment stamps fit the bill; a while back I’d scanned and cut the word “you” from black card stock, so I glued three of them together, attached to my panel then stamped “brighten my day” with Versafine ink.  I love how cheerful this card is!  And I’ll keep practicing my Copics coloring!  
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My second card features the color copy of the backside of my original panel!  It’s constructed in the same manner as the one above, except I did die-cut the oval in the center and lifted it with a slightly smaller oval of fun foam.  The sentiment from Stampendous Coneflowers set fit perfectly in that space!  This is what you call a “two-fer”!  Two for the price of one!  🙂
Antique Rose, Florals, Friendship, Hero Arts, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Water Colored Cards

Hero Arts Antique Rose

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I recently saw (and saved!) a gorgeous card on Instagram made by @strangelycreative (Ericka Strange) using this stamp and was inspired to pull mine out to play!  For starters, I heat-embossed the image in gold onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth card stock, then using my Zig markers, began to color!  For the background, I chose my darkest shade of blue and section by section, drew a heavy line against the rose, then moved the ink with lots of water! For the roses,  I used dark red and a dark pink mostly, adding two shades of yellow to the centers.  Again, moving the ink with the water brush.  
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When the panel was dry, I spattered drops of water all over which leaves an interesting speckled appearance!  The “hello” sentiment is a sticker from Heidi Swapp!  
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I trimmed the panel down enough to add a layer of gold paper beneath, then mounted it to a white card base.  The last touch was to squeeze out a bit of gold Nuvo Drops onto my craft mat, add some water and spatter heavy droplets of the mixture over the entire panel.  Thanks for the inspiration, Ericka!!  🙂  
Anenome Cluster Mini, Basic Labels, Big Word Thanks, Florals, Friendship, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Occasions, Stampendous, The Ton, Water Colored Cards

The Ton Anenome Cluster Mini

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I just received this sweet little Anenome Cluster Mini by The Ton in the mail yesterday and just love it!  After stamping repeatedly around the outer edges of my Bristol Smooth watercolor paper, I heat-embossed the images in white and colored with my Zig markers.  I used a darker gray to go around the blossoms, then softened it with a watery brush.  Gray shading is my favorite!  
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The Hello sentiment is from Stampendous‘ new set called Big Word Thanks; I heat-embossed in black directly to the front of my watercolored panel, then heat-embossed the smaller sentiment which is from The Ton’s Basic Labels set!  I popped the little piece up with a bit of foam tape…Oh no!!  I just realized that I forgot to add my black splatters of paint!  😀  
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Before mounting the panel onto a white card base, I added a strip of black and white patterned paper at the bottom to accent.  I really like that special little touch!  BTW, the black and white striped tissue paper in my background is the packaging from The Ton!  😉 
Big Word Thanks, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Emboss Resist Technique, Friendship, Laurel Burch Imagine Butterflies, Stampendous, Tim Holtz

Stampendous Butterflies Resist

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One of the sets I received from Stampendous is Imagine Butterflies by Laurel Burch!  What fun designs they are!  The first thing I did to create this card was to press Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry and Carved Pumpkin distress oxide inks onto my craft mat, spritz each color with water, then press my watercolor paper through the colors till I was satisfied with the result.  I dried the panel then stamped and heat-embossed in black the various sized butterflies.  After that, I placed the handy stencil over each butterfly, blocking off the rest of the card and used a sponge dauber to dab Versamark embossing ink over it.  I took the time to heat and melt clear embossing powder on each one before moving on to the next.
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I ended up with glossy coated butterflies on a velvety oxide surface!  I then used Pumice Stone and Black Soot distress ink (not oxide this time) and sponged liberally all over the panel, including the clear-embossed butterflies.  I used a paper towel to remove the ink from the butterflies, leaving behind a darkened background with vibrantly colored images!
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I trimmed my panel down to layer over a piece of white cardstock, and then onto a black card base.  Using Stampendous’ fabulous Big Word Thanks set, I stamped and embossed in black the word “YOU” and fussy-cut it out, after unsuccessfully trying to cut it with my Brother Scan N Cut!  That was mounted onto tiny pieces of sticky foam tape to raise it up and I added the other words on a scrap of white.  Lastly, I adhered a few pretty sequins from Doodle Paper Playgrounds Sparkle Blends mix called Love Potion!  (available from White Rose Crafts).