Altenew, Anemone Garden Background Cling, Congratulations, Florals, Sizzix Thinlets Stacked Deckle dies, Water Colored Cards, Watercolor Brush Markers

Happily Ever After

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Hey!  Welcome back!  I’ve been remiss in keeping up my blog this summer but want to share this colorful creation with you!  I recently bought a set of Altenew’s Watercolor Brush markers in the Spring Garden collection and wanted to use lots and lots of color!  This gorgeous floral image is a background stamp from The Ton called Anemone Garden and I began by embossing it with gold onto a panel of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper.  
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Aren’t those markers so cool?  They have a barrel filled with color and you just squeeze the sides (like we do a water brush!) to release the ink.  It took a little practice to figure out just how much to squeeze but to paint this image, I first brushed a little water onto a petal then dropped ink from the marker into it, letting the water move the ink initially.  
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In true Alex Syberia style, I added several colors to the petals, creating a multi-colored array of fabulousness!  I filled in the background with black to make the colors pop even more!  
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Setting that panel aside to dry, I pulled out a white card base and again, heat-embossed Anemone Garden in gold onto it.  I trimmed down the watercolored panel using my new Sizzix  Thinlet Stacked Deckle dies and then layered it onto a panel of gold metallic card stock to frame it.  I mounted the framed panel to my base card and added a sentiment from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips set which I’d also embossed in gold.  Two little gems adorn the ends of the Sentiment Strip for a final detail!  I loved making this glorious card and using some new products!  Thanks for stopping by!  
Copics, Digital Stamps, Florals

Digi Stamp Love!

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I’ve been making cards with rubber stamps, cling stamps and clear stamps for many years, but it’s only in the past few years that I’ve become a huge fan of digital stamps!  In case you’re wondering what that is, basically it’s a jpg or png image which you download to your computer and then resize and print to color!  A while back I was invited by Luisana Lowry to color her new line of digital stamps offered in her Etsy shop called Red Hibiscus Designs.  I was honored to be asked and thrilled to receive a number of wonderful images from her!  My card above is one of her beautiful peonies which I colored with Copic markers.  I simply cut out the blossom and the leaves, mounted them to a white card base which I’d embossed.  A sentiment of white on black is a nice little pop on my softly beautiful card!  
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I was a little intimidated at first by the many layers of petals in this detailed peony image by Luisana, but I just colored one section at a time with Copic markers, using gray to accent the shadows.  To create my background, I spread some DIY gesso onto a stencil and when it had dried, I brushed on a little Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink.  I love the dimension it gives to my card!  The background textured paper is called Bienfang Canvasette paper.   
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More recently, Elena Cazares of Crafts For Paws, (an organization out of Texas which raises funds to rescue aged animals by selling craft items via their website and Facebook page) invited me to join a team of colorists for her Copic coloring classes!  What a special feeling to know that in a small way, I can be part of such a worthy effort to give senior, sickly dogs a chance to live out their remaining days in a loving and comfortable home!  The digital image above is from Power Poppy called Everything’s Rosy and I colored this one before I’d taken Elena’s first coloring class.
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Can you see the difference in my coloring between these two images from Power Poppy?!  For this one, I followed along with Elena in her first class called Meka’s Rose and I learned some great techniques and tips!  I hope you’ll consider purchasing her classes and in doing so, contribute to the rescue mission of Crafts For Paws!  

 

 

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My final card today is a beautiful digi stamp hand-drawn by Alex Syberia!  She has just opened an Etsy shop with a number of beautifully detailed floral images that will make you itch to get your coloring supplies out!  I used my Copic markers to color this one and hope to get some time this weekend to work on a few more!  You can find her shop HERE and her Instagram account HERE!  Have you discovered the vast world of digital stamps yet?  If so, leave me a comment telling my your favorites!  And do take a peek at all of the links I’ve provided in this post!  Thank you for your visit!  
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!  
Copics, Dahlia Collage Cling Stamp, Florals, Stampendous

Red Hibiscus Designs Meets Stampendous!

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Isn’t this an intriguing card?!  Are you wondering how on earth it happened?  😀  Well, let me tell you!  This is a compilation of one digital stamp paired with a real background stamp!  For those who aren’t familiar with digital stamps, it’s basically an image you can purchase as a downloadable file, then resize it to suit your needs, print it out and color!  Below is the image of Alcohol Markers drawn by Luisana Lowry for her new etsy shop called RedHibiscusDesigns! (hence, the hibiscus background as a copy-write watermark on her image)  I’m honored to be one of her designers!!  

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To create my card, I began by printing the alcohol markers image onto a piece of Neenah white card stock, then printed it again onto a piece of regular copy paper.  I cut the markers out from the copy paper so that I could use them as a mask!  After putting a tiny piece of adhesive onto the backs of the marker images I then placed them over the printed version on card stock.  It was simple matter of inking up this fabulous Dahlia Collage stamp by Stampendous with Brutus Monroe’s Raven ink and stamping it over the masks in my stamping platform.  I stamped it three times to get really great ink coverage.  

 

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How fun it was to then color away!  I used lots of Copic colors and as always, forgot to keep track of the names to share with you.  When I was finished coloring, I trimmed down my panel then adhered it to a base card of black and called it done!  Be sure to check out all the beautiful and interesting images that the super talented Luisana Lowry has available in her etsy shop HERE!  And you KNOW that Stampendous has an endless variety of images to peruse!  Thanks for stopping by!  
Altenew, Copics, Crown Blooms, Florals, Small Hellebore

Color Explosion!

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Hi there!  I’m back with another Alex Syberia-inspired card using her fabulous dot-coloring technique!  Check out some other’s cards with dots HERE!  I was particularly inspired to create my card after seeing THIS one of hers!  What a riotous explosion of color!!  I just had to make one of my own!  
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Before I begin a card, I often think to myself, “Now, what can I do to make this card especially striking or unusual?” So that’s why I thought of the red background!  Not something we see that often in our cardmaking community!  I began by stamping and masking my Stampendous Small Hellebore image onto a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock.  I then added the leaves and little floral sprig from Altenew’s Crown Bloom set.  Unfortunately, I didn’t make a video of this process.  I wish I had!  But as always, I created my background first with many layers of red Zig Clean Color Brush markers, placing the darkest color next to the stamped images then smudging and squiggling the color outward using a lighter shade.  The Flesh Color marker is my blender, adding a lighter tone without being too heavy.  
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After filling in the background to my satisfaction, I began on the flowers and leaves, using shades of aqua for the blossoms and many shades of green for the leaves.  A little gray and yellow kept the floral sprigs clean and simple against the explosion of colors everywhere else!  
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Next, I used my Copic markers to add the colorful dots randomly over the whole panel, making some larger than the others.  I love this fun technique which adds such an unexpected dimension to a card!  Lastly, I thought that Taylored Expressions new Simple Strips sentiments on black would make a nice contrast to the background, so I heat-embossed them with white, lifted each strip with a little foam tape and arranged them on my card.  Aren’t they perfect?!  I LOVE how this came out and will certainly be making more dotty cards in the future!  Thanks for visiting!  
Embossing Folders, Floral Tapestry, Florals, Hummingbird Vine, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, My Condolences, Sizzix Embossing Folders, Sizzix Floral Tapestry, Small Hellebore, Sympathy, Unity Stamps, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Hummingbird Vine & Small Hellebore

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Welcome to my blog!  I’d like to share two cards I recently made using brand new stamps from Stampendous!  The larger blossom stamp is called Small Hellebore and the floral spray is from another set, Hummingbird Vine!  I didn’t intend to combine them originally, but they just seemed to be made for each other, so here they are!  
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I actually colored the floral spray while visiting my Mom a few weeks ago and later colored in Small Hellebore.  I searched through my patterned paper scraps and found this beautiful brown, pink and green paisley print and although you can’t see much of it, I think it beautifully enhances the colored image, don’t you?  I embossed an ivory card base with the lovely Floral Tapestry embossing folder by Sizzix then attached the layered panel and finally, mounted the larger flower with some bits of foam tape.  I stamped the sentiment in brown ink directly to the card base.  
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Here’s a close up shot of my water-bespeckled blossom!  I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color it because they’re so juicy and inky and water-reactive!  In retrospect, I can’t believe I didn’t add my usual spatters of paint!!  
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Can you see my mistake on this photo?!  I’d stamped the sentiment (from Unity Stamp’s My Condolences set) onto the inside panel, but it was crooked so I flipped it over and stamped it on the other side, not noticing that the first one shows through!  Argh!  But don’t worry!  I’ll redo this inside panel which shows a larger portion of that pretty patterned paper I used on the front!  
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In case you’re wondering if this is the exact same card, I assure you, it isn’t!  I decided to make two of these because I liked how the two stamps paired so nicely!  The background on this card is a piece of patterned paper from Simon Says Stamp’s June 2018 Card Kit!  I stamped a few Small Hellebore over it and attached it to my white card base.  Again, I used the same patterned paper behind my floral spray panel and mounted the larger blossom in the same manner as well.  
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So….an interesting thing about THIS card!!  I didn’t see that a brown ink pad had dropped onto my layered panel until AFTER I took pictures and then began my editing!!  I couldn’t believe it!!  My beautiful panel, ruined!!  But I decided to go with it as it does look as though I did it on purpose to add shading!  But, ARGH!!  Oh well!  I stamped the sentiment onto the front and called it a day!  I hope you enjoyed this and be sure to go check out all the beautiful stamps by Stampendous!  As always, thank you for your visit to my blog!