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!  
Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Fern Garden, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Let's Flamingle, Little Mushroom, Meadow Greens, Papertrey Ink, Pink Fresh Studio, Stampendous, Tim Holtz, Vintage Note

Stampendous Little Mushroom & Fern Garden

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I recently received a big fat package of goodies from Stampendous and was so tickled to see these beautiful images!  I immediately got busy and have been making cards with Little Mushroom and it’s coordinating dies plus this amazing background stamp called Fern Garden!  I’m in love!!!   
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The first thing I did was to ink up Fern Garden with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss distress oxide inks, then spritzed with a fine mist of water.  I stamped it out onto a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock, then stamped it again onto a second panel so as not to waste any of that delicious color!  
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Next, I stamped the Little Mushroom onto another piece of Bristol Smooth and had so much fun coloring it in with my Zig markers!  I spattered droplets of water to create “texture” on the image then used the handy-dandy die to cut it out!  
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Lastly, I added some bits of foam tape to the mushroom and attached it to the Fern Garden background then adhered that to a white base card.  I stamped the sentiment directly to the card front with Versafine Onxy Black ink.  This was a simple card and I just love the woodsy-ness of it, don’t you?!  
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For my next card, I decided to play around with the Fern Garden background using the Floral Garden Embossing Powder kit which I also received!  It has twelve little containers of colorful embossing powders and little scoops for using with it.  I inked up Fern Garden with Versamark and stamped it onto a piece of Bristol Smooth then scooped the two shades of blue powder onto a section of the inked design, tapped it off and heat set it.  I did this again but used the two greens next!  
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I inked up Fern Garden again with Versamark, then turned the stamp so the design was going in a different direction and stamped it directly onto the first heat-set layer of colors!  Again, I scooped additional colors of powders (orange, red and yellow) but this time I placed each color onto an area of the Versamark’d image, gently removed the excess and then heat-set them all at the same time.  I hope all that makes sense!  
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The result of all that layering, scooping, heat-setting and repeating is quite vividly beautiful, I think!  I have a stamp set by Papertrey Ink called Meadow Greens with fern stamps and dies, so I stamped one out onto Bristol Smooth using distress oxide inks (Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn) then die-cut it.  I also die-cut a fern of olive green card stock and placed that beneath the stamped fern.  
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To complete my card, I adhered the Fern Garden background panel to a white card base, added a little Vintage Note script stamp to the bottom then attached my ferns to the lower corner using foam tape for dimension.  The sentiment is from Pink Fresh Studio’s Let’s Flamingle set!  I had a lot of fun playing with the embossing powder kit and the Fern Garden background and have several ideas for more fun cards, so stay tuned!  Thanks for visiting!  
art impressions, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Florals, Long-stemmed Rose Bud, Long-stemmed Rosebud, Spring, Stencils, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Card Collaboration!

Have you ever collaborated to make a card?! I recently did just that with three stamping friends and together we created this gorgeous card! Let me tell you about it! I started the card (see below) and mailed it to Lynne. No one knew who would get the card next and after we each added our touch, we snapped a picture and mailed it onward!
Lynne chose the perfect image to go with the soft spring colors!
I’m loving this more and more! That ribbon next to the burlap is so unexpected and such a lovely contrast of textures and styles!
Theresa was the last one to receive the card and said she was a but unsure of how to finish it with a bang! But she nailed it! I’ve never used micro-beads before and I love the additional texture they contribute to the card!
I love all the vertical lines in a row; the beads, the twine, the rose stem, the ruffle and the burlap. And Hope accents it all beautifully and horizontally!
Here’s a final look at our creation! I hope this inspires you to choose some friends to collaborate with too! Thanks for visiting!
Altenew, Beautiful Day, Brutus Monroe, Copics, Distress Markers, Florals, Glitter Stock, Tim Holtz

Colorful Dots!

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Welcome!  I’d like to share two cards I made this week using a “dots” technique inspired by the amazing Alex Syberia!  I’ve been fascinated by her work and her riotous use of color plus the unique way she incorporates dots into her cards!  You won’t believe your eyes when you check out her blog!  In the meantime, I recently printed off a couple of floral images I found on Pinterest; I resized the image down to fit an A2 card and then just got busy coloring with my Copic markers!  

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Isn’t this floral spray beautiful?!  I enjoyed branching out a little with my colors, trying to loosen up and be more creative!  I opted for muted tones and layered color upon colors.  

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This particular image came with a pale gray background so all I did was use the colorful “pointillism” style which Alex is known for to fill in around the blossoms and leaves.  Isn’t it fun?!  

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Here’s the second card I made, using another floral spray image from Pinterest and a slightly less colorful use of the dots technique.  I began coloring with my Tim Holtz distress markers, Rusty Hinge, Dried Marigold and Tattered Rose for the blossoms and Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Evergreen Bough for the leaves!  

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I wasn’t satisfied with the depth of color from just the distress markers so went over the images again with Copics.  I use so many different Copic markers that I feel it would be too overwhelming to list them all. But the Copics definitely boosted the color!  You can see that I made dots of black, gray, peach and aqua, then added white gel pen dots afterwards.  I also added shading to the leaves and flowers with a pale gray marker.   

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To create the background I added more gray with Hickory and Pumice Stone distress markers and used a water brush to spread it in a lovely watercolor-y manner!  (That buckled my paper a bit as it’s only 110# card stock.)  The next steps were to stamp the beautiful Vintage Note by Stampendous with Pumice distress ink around the main image, then heat-embossed the sentiment (from Altenew’s Beautiful Day set) using Brutus Monroe’s Golden Gourd embossing powder for a perfect match!  I mounted this panel onto a soft gray base card and attached a strip of Tangerine Glitterstock along the edge for a little bit of bling!  Three shimmery sequins were my final touch! 

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I leave you with this very closeup photo of my card, showing off the lovely colors and interesting dots!  I hope you enjoyed this post and my cards, and that you’ll have a look at Alex’s gorgeous creations as well!  

Alcohol Ink, Florals, Flower Garden, Hollyhocks, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Mixed Media Canvases, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Stampendous, Stencils, Tim Holtz, Unity Stamps, Vintage Note

More Mixed Media Canvases!

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Welcome back! As promised, here’s Part Two of my Mixed Media Canvases series!  I can’t decide which of the canvases I like the most!  But why choose just one?!  I love them all, each for their own beauty and style!  The style of this canvas is definitely vintage/feminine and a little shabby-chic!  This time I began with an 8X10 hard canvas board, and coated it with a layer of tan craft paint.  I then tore up some patterned papers and glued them down with Mod Podge.  You can still see the striped piece toward the bottom and the vintage book page near the center top. 

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Again, I forgot to get my camera set up in order to make a video and now I have to try and recall what on earth I did to make this!  Yikes!  I think that, after applying the torn pieces of paper, I just started using stencils and stamps to embellish the background.  In this section I stamped out Tim Holtz’ Flower Garden blossoms and heat-embossed them with Brutus Monroe’s Coffee Grounds embossing powder.  The butterfly ephemera was given to me by my crafty friend, Theresa!  The sentiment is also by Tim Holtz and I heat-embossed it in white. 

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I found the scroll-y die cuts in my stash, and added them with more Mod Podge, then smeared paint over them.  In the center of the frame is another piece of ephemera from Theresa.  I stamped and embossed Vintage Note from Stampendous over it.  I love the white against the dark frame, don’t you?  

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The larger white die-cut has a coat of Martha Stewart Pearl White craft paint, then some gray rubbed over it, and finally, another word stamp partially impressed onto it.  I painted my blossoms with Gansai Tambi watercolors.  

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Along the top and sides, I stamped Lace Borders from Stampendous, using Versafine Onyx Black ink, and added another stencil impression with pink paint.  How about that lovely textured paper in this picture?!  I didn’t really know it had that texture till I smeared paint and ink over it!  

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I really like the dimension that the raised frame die-cut adds.  I can’t wait to make some DIY gesso this weekend and add more texture and dimension to my next canvas!  

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I’m sharing this canvas even though it’s not mixed media.  I got a wild hair idea to pull out my alcohol inks and ended up making this instead!  And I’ll write yet another post with more pictures to share the process for it!  Thanks again for stopping by!  

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!  🙂