Florals, My Condolences, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Unity Stamps, Water Colored Cards

Unity Stamps My Condolences

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How beautiful is this image??!!  Several stamp companies have recently offered us beautiful rose images and I was torn between this one by Unity Stamps and another by a different company, but this one, My Condolences stole my heart!  It’s the perfect size to mostly fill a card front and the addition of the simple phrase is all that’s needed!  
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I stamped the roses directly onto a folded A2 card base of Stampin Up’s Crumb Cake using Crumb Cake ink.  As you can see, I stamped it out several times to fill in the background.  
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Then I began coloring with my Prismacolor pencils!  I used many shades of reds, pinks, orange, coral, greens, grays and white, plus a little white gel pen for accents.  I’m not very good at the gel pen accents but I like how they add a little “sumthin sumthin”!  
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After adding lovely gray shading in some of the nooks and crannies, I just heat-embossed the sentiment with white powder.  I really, really love this card and was a bit surprised at how beautifully it turned out!  
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I made this crazily colored card while stamping with Jackson (aka Bubby!) one evening! 
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 I showed him heat-embossing and he had fun watching the powder melt on his dino images, and then I showed him how to do paint spatters!!  He’s five but he’s been stamping with Nina since he was a wee tyke!  Just look at that concentration!  Spatters are the BEST!! 
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A happy stamper, right here!!  
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While Bubby was spattering, I actually cut my multi-colored roses out of that gorgeous spattery background and mounted them to a background I’d made a few weeks ago but never used.  It makes for a very colorful card, indeed!  The sentiments are from Pink Fresh Studio’s Let’s Flamingle set!  
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This is the very first card I made with My Condolences; I heat-embossed it in white onto a panel of Canson watercolor card stock then colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush to move and blend the ink.  When it was (almost) dry, I added spatters which got a little blurry.  OH well!  
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I trimmed the panel down and attached it to a base card of Stampin Up’s Crumb Cake card stock then stamped an envelope for it.  This image is so intricate looking, yet so simple to color and create something really special!  Thank you for your visit!  
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Beautiful Day Doubled!

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Hi there!  Thanks for stopping by!  I want to share a couple cards I recently made after being inspired (once again!) by a glorious card I saw on Instagram!  Kristina, of @lachristanel shared THIS beauty and I was immediately enchanted!!  I love all the layers and her coloring and the spatters!!  Of course, it made my fingers itch to get into my stamp room and try my hand at something like it!
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The first thing I did was to white-emboss the blossoms, leaves and sprigs from Beautiful Day by Altenew onto a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and proceeded to color them using Kuretake Zig markers.  I typically go bold with colors but wanted these to be light and soft which meant using a delicate hand with the ink.  NOT my usual way! The colors I used are as follows:  Light Pink, Dark Pink, Pale Pink, Flesh, Olive, Mid-Green, Yellow Green, Ochre, Light Gray and a teensy bit of Black for the flower centers.  I used a generous amount of water to move and blend the ink and a spattering of water droplets created the lovely speckled effect!  
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Setting these aside, I began on the background; on a panel of pale gray card stock, I stamped out the outline image of the flower and sprig with black ink, then added a geometric accent with a bit of grid stencil and Hickory Smoke distress oxide ink.  The sentiment, from Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Flowers set was stamped directly onto the card stock with more black ink.  
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I arranged the watercolored images in a pleasing arrangement, lifting a few with foam tape.  I absolutely LOVE how this card came out!  
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I doubled my fun by creating a second card using the leftover images I’d colored from Beautiful Day!  But this time I used a completely different background made with DIY Gesso and Brutus Monroe’s Hit The Brick background stamp.  I spread a thin layer of the gesso onto the stamp, then stamped it onto a panel of watercolor paper.  I was so thrilled with the awesome texture and dimension!  
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When the gesso was dry, I sponged a bit of Bundled Sage distress oxide ink over it then spattered on some of the Zigs inks as well.  I taped down a swirl of silver cording as a pretty accent then arranged the stamped images over the cording and lifted the blossom with a bit of foam tape.  
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To complete my card, I attached assorted colored half-beads and a few droplets of Crystal Effects onto the blossom.  I found this sentiment in my stash and love how the black really stands out on the otherwise soft and delicate card!  Of the two cards I made, this one is definitely my favorite! Which one is yours?  I hope you’ve been inspired to get creative with your stamps and inks!  Come again!  
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!
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!
Copics, Florals

Pinterest Images and Copic Coloring

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Welcome back, friends!  Today I’m sharing a couple projects which I made by printing images I found on Pinterest.  I love to create cards using my broad selection of rubber stamps but sometimes I just want to color without all the stamping and masking required to set up a scene.  So I hop onto Pinterest and go straight to my Printables board where I’ve saved a variety of images to choose from!  I’ve been on a floral kick lately (uh, when am I NOT on a floral kick?!) and found some gorgeous images like this one!  I decided to actually expand this into an 8×10 size and it pretty much filled up a whole sheet of cardstock!

 

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Let the coloring fun begin!  I used my Copics for this and started with the background, filling in and around the leaves and blossoms with BG78 Bronze then softened that with Ice Ocean BG72.  I later went in and added shades of lavender, pink and yellow but don’t ask me which specific colors I used!  I  kinda lost track!  🙂  I did make a video (a very LONG video!) of this and mentioned most of the colors as I used them.  I tend to use many, many colors and add layers and layers in my Copics coloring! (My husband just informed me that my video is WAY too big to include here, so if you’d like to see it, please let me know via the comments and I can send it to you via email.)

 

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My largest blossoms were colored with various shades of orange, pinks, a little yellow, etc.  Again, I apologize for not taking note of the exact colors.  The small flowers were done with R39 Garnet and R89 Dark Red then a little YR21 Cream and Y11 Pale Yellow.  E49 Dark Brown for the centers and then E35 Chamois.

 

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My leaves are also a combination of many colors including E33 Sand, YR65 Atoll, YG03 Yellow Green, YG95 Pale Olive and who knows what else!

 

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I tapped on a few dots here and there for additional “texture” and shading.

 

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Here it is, all framed and hung for a photograph!  Next time I’ll make the image a little smaller so that all the color and design fits inside the mat.  But I’m pretty tickled about this and can’t wait to make more framed art!  This will be posted for sale soon!  Thanks again for visiting!

 


I’ve created this video tutorial to help show you how I created this beautiful piece. This particular video tutorial is more conversational than instructional, but we can chat as you follow along and hopefully, find some new ideas and inspirations!

https://youtu.be/9xO7n03QSoE

Dahlias, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Penny Black, Video Tutorial, Water Colored Cards

Penny Black Dahlia’s in Watercolor

2019-02-25 20.20.22
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!