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!  
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!  
Christmas, Create A Pointsettia, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Mini Swirly Snowflakes, Snowflake Bigz Die, Stampendous, Tim Holtz

Snowflake Mania!

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Do you have a friend who creates beautiful things and makes you want to have what she has?!  Well, Theresa is that friend of mine and she’s a fabulous card maker!  I love her style of cards and she recently made a bunch using Tim Holtz’ Snowflake Bigz die!  So, you know…I had to have it, found it on ebay and bought it!  Thanks a lot, friend!!  😀  It’s not a thin metal die, but a big chunky one which meant I had to adjust the “sandwich” in my Cuttlebug!  But it’s easy to use and comes with an embossing folder which makes all the snowflake-y lines!  
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For this first card, I cut the snowflake twice, once from snowflake patterned paper and a second one from vellum and then ran them through the Cuttlebug with the embossing folder.  Setting those aside, I used the flip-side of that same patterned paper for my card background.  It has a beautiful snowy scene with trees and I thought it’d look great with the flake!  I adhered that to a base card of blue and heat-embossed the sentiment in silver directly to the panel.  Next, I added some glitter glue to the snowflake for some sparkle and attached a pretty gem in the center.  When that was dry, I glued it onto my card!  Easy as pie!  
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My second card is all a glow with my snowflake cut from gold foil card stock!   Again, I embossed the lines onto it then attached it to a panel of gold and cream patterned paper.  That went over a layer of more gold foil and onto a cream base card.  I heat-embossed the sentiment in gold onto a scrap then layered it onto a scrap of gold. 
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A cream and gold pearl brad completed my gilded snowflake card!  I love how the light shines on the gold!  
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For my third card, I die-cut the snowflake from a piece of rose-colored glitter card stock and set it aside.  I found patterned paper to coordinate and heat-embossed Tim Holtz’ Mini Swirly Snowflakes in silver onto a panel I’d cut to fit my card front.  I also sponged Aged Mahogany distress ink around the edges of the paper AND the snowflake!  
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My sentiment is from Stampendous’ Create A Pointsettia and I also embossed that in silver onto a scrap of white card stock, then sponged more Aged Mahogany around it’s edges!  I adhered the snowflake to the card front then added the sentiment with a bit of foam tape for lift.  
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My final snowflake card is much more subdued and yet is just as beautiful!  Again, patterned paper sets the tone and I just love this one!  I cut the snowflake from a piece of retired Stampin Up paper (no idea of the name!) then sponged Walnut distress ink around the edges.  My background paper also got Walnut around the edges.  I attached it to a white card base then added the snowflake.  
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Instead of a jewel, I thought this sentiment would go beautifully so stamped it with Peacock Feathers distress oxide ink and clear-embossed over it.  I trimmed it down to a little banner and sponged Walnut ink around the edges.  I really love the rich colors here and think that this is actually my favorite of all the cards!  Which one is yours?!  Thanks for visiting!  
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, Florals, Jumbo Pointsettia, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Stampendous

Poinsettias on Canvas

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I don’t really consider myself an “artist” per se and I can’t draw to save my life so creating beautiful art with rubber stamps is what I do instead!  I found these little 4 X 6 canvases at the Dollar Tree and bought a bunch to play with!  They’re the perfect size for my favorite Jumbo Poinsettia stamp by Stampendous!  Sadly, it’s long retired, so you have to hunt it down on ebay or etsy.  I’ve created a series of these to sell at the holiday craft fairs this season!  I especially love the lavender and yellow background of this one!  I coated the canvas with a layer of white craft paint which made a smoother surface to work on, and heat-embossed the image in black. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolor paints to do all of these.
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I actually painted this one first and I forgot to cover the surface with white craft paint first but it still worked!  I do rather like the texture!  Of course, I had to add black and white paint spatters!
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I love the dark background on this canvas and how it makes the red blossom really stand out!  I used a white Posca paint pen to add highlights.
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Another gorgeous red poinsettia, this time on a soft golden background.

 

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This was the last canvas I painted for the craft show; I decided to try painting a white blossom which of course, is more than just white!  In hind sight, perhaps it’d be more true to life if I’d had a photograph in front of me to copy!  I’m happy with it anyway and will be interested to see if these sell at the craft show!  Thank you so much for visiting!

 


I’ve created this tutorial to help show you how I created this beautiful canvas. Be warned! I am super comfortable in the world of stamping, but this is only my second Video Creation, so please be patient with me!