Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #454

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a great sketch by Debbie.  It will work for quick and easy cards as well cards you want to spend more time on.

My card this week features stamps from the Simon Says Stamp May kit as well as fun and easy technique.  My pictures aren't great - it has been rainy and gray for over a week and a half now and it doesn't look like it's changing any time soon.

I stamped the flowers using Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac, Evergreen Bough, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint and Dried Marigold.  I decided to make my sentiment the focal image and made the banner piece just a little embellishment by stamping with the zig-zag border stamp also in the set.


Now the technique I decided to try was to make this look like it was painted.  A long time ago and I mean a very long time ago, Stampin' Up! used to have this medium that would go well on paper with a paint brush and you'd see the brushstrokes thus giving it a painted look.  So I thought I would try it using Nuvo Crystal Drops - Morning Dew (clear).  I painted this one and it worked!  Now granted it work better and the effect more pronounced if it was on a very colorful, dark piece.

Hopefully you can see the strokes, you kind of can on the bottom part in the picture below.  Darn weather!  In real life, this looks really cool!


I did watercolor a piece last night and applied the same technique, but when I overstamped the image, it didn't line up exactly so it's blurry.  I still tried it but I won't show it because it might cause sea-sickness just looking at it.

Please come join us at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog for this fun challenge.

Be sure to go visit the design team blogs, too.  They made some really awesome cards.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #453

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a super fun one.  I love this sketch, I think it has so much possibility.

I am super excited to share my card today.  I was commissioned to make some favors so I used some of that money to pick up the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Sakura stamp set that was just released at Ellen Hutson.  This is the first time I've ever purchased an Essentials by Ellen set.  I've been a customer of Ellen Hutson for years, but have never bought her exclusive sets.  I am so impressed!  The packaging alone is... Wow!  It comes in a heavy duty  plastic storage pouch.

I made two cards - one pink and one yellow...


This first one has a little boo-boo but it's hardly noticeable so I'm not going to point out.  So I started with placing the stamp in the MISTI and stamping with VersaMark and white heat embossing on the Kraft layer.  Then I used Momento Tuxedo Black to stamp on the white layer.  I colored the images using my Copics.


Then once again I put the white layer back in the MISTI and stamped again with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and clear heat embossed.  I am telling you!  I am a HUGE fan of over-stamping.  This just totally tightened up the image and made a beautiful finish.

I also like this spotlight technique - I mean this is that technique on a larger scale where I'm covering up more of the line image with the colored image, but it's still so pretty.

I finished it off with white heat embossing the sentiment on a black strip.  The "beautiful" is from the Mondo Sakura stamp set and the little "hello" is from the Hello Sweet stamp set from Pink & Main.

Please come join us at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog for this fun challenge.

Be sure to go visit the design team blogs, too.  They made some really awesome cards.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #452

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by. The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is by Debbie.  I had a lot of fun with this sketch and I hope you will join us.

My card features stamps from Simon Says Stamp April 2018 kit.   The stamp set is called Beautiful Day.  We all draw inspiration and sometimes dip into non-existent wallets because of certain talented ladies in the crafting industry.  Yana Smakula is someone I've recently started watching more of her videos and trying to learn her amazing coloring skills.  She posted a video a week or two ago where she colored on Toned Gray paper with Polychromos by Faber Castell.  I love how this looked!  The gray paper made the colors pop.  Well I don't have the budget to get new pencils, non-existent wallet or otherwise, but I did have a 60% off coupon so the Toned Gray paper went from $11.99 to just under $5. I had to try this...


I stamped the images onto this Toned Gray paper using Smoke ink by Simon Says Stamp.  Then using my Prismacolor pencils, I colored each of the images.  I had used my MISTI to stamp the images to begin with so I left them in my MISTI.  When I was done coloring I put the paper back into the MISTI and over-stamped the images with VersaMark and then added white embossing powder by Nuvo.   I fussy cut out the leaves and the little butterfly.  I cut the focal butterfly using my Silhouette Portrait.

Keeping with the gray color I kept the rest of the card in grays and blacks - this really made the colors pop and command attention.

I love love LOVE this technique.  I actually colored up a bunch more for which I had stamped and heat embossed first.  I found that your pencils need to be really sharp to get into smaller spaces and I ended up picking off the embossed lines.  I have no idea if that was due the pencil, the powder or if my VersaMark pad is getting old.  I fixed them with a white gel pen which works, but....

Now be sure to go visit the design team blogs, too.  They made some really awesome cards.

Debbie
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Believe it or not, I'm actually playing along with a challenge, too.  My Time to Craft challenge #370 is coloring on anything but white.  

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #451

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The newest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  It's a lot of fun, with lots of elements that are open to interpretation.

My card features stamps from the May 2018 Simon Says Stamp kit.  I wasn't really sure that I was going to buy this one, but I'm sort of glad I did.  And if you know me, then you know bright colors are not my forte but I didn't do half bad!  Okay, so I forgot an element to my card, but I like it anyway...


The card base is an old In-Color color called Razzleberry.  My intent was to keep this card a one layer card, well, a two layer card.  I embossed the oval shape in the center and then masked it off.  I stamped the flowers from the set in bright colors, using the biggest flowers as the corner elements of the sketch.  I stamped the sentiment using SSS Wisteria ink and then I over-stamped that with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I double stamped the Wisteria so it came it really dark and in the photo it actually looks black.  I did embellish with some Nuvo Drops. 

Now be sure to go visit the design team blogs, too.  They made some really awesome cards.

Debbie
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #450

Hello friend!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest challenge is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's not a sketch.  I decided there are so many techniques out there that I want to try that I thought maybe you'd enjoy the variety, too.  The Blank Canvas Challenge will be featured the last Tuesday of each month.  This week's blank canvas needs to feature watercolor, the color blue and make it a kindness card.

Here's my take on that challenge....


My card features Beautiful Branches by Concord and 9th.  I've had this set for awhile, I just haven't been able to use it yet.  I did use watercolor paper and used Distress Ink to color the background.  At least that's what I think I did.  I made this card a few weeks ago and now I can't remember what I did.  It might be diluting some color from a Zig marker.  Anyway.... after it dried overnight I stamped the branches using VersaFine Black Onyx ink.  I then stamped the flowers with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them using Nuvo white embossing powder.  I then went back to the Black Onyx ink to stamp the details for the center of the flowers and used clear embossing powder.  If you do this I totally recommend, if you try this, to use your MISTI or other stamp tool because the ink will slide on the already embossed flowers.  The color isn't as vivid but still looks cool!

I do hope you'll play along with us this week.  If you don't do watercolor, don't sweat it!  Join us anyway - use watercolor patterned paper.

You simply must see what the team made, too!  They are so awesome.

Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #449

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I am so glad you decided to visit me today.  Thank you for the lovely comments you leave me, too, they mean a lot to me.

This week's sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is by Debbie.  It's a really fun, easy sketch.  My card features stamps and papers from the April 2018 Simon Says Stamp monthly kit.  The stamp set is called Beautiful Day.  I tried to create a focal image that would make on think of sun catchers.  I need to perfect this technique, so please be kind.



I used some embossable acetate from Judikins.  I stamped the image using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then added some clear embossing powder.  Even though I had my gun preheated the acetate still warped quite a bit.  Then I turned it over and filled in the different spaces on the butterfly with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Duck Egg Blue, Green Apple, Bubblegum Blush, Mountain Dew (clear - I thought it would have some shimmer but in the end, it's just clear), Silver Lining and Ebony Black.  Then underneath the acetate, on the card base, I stamped two butterflies in the ink colors that came in March's kit.

The focal image did come out bigger than I originally intended but I wasn't about to start over.  I cut open an aperture in the decorative paper and put the acetate piece in it's place.  Then adhered to the base.  Then it still needed something, so while I was video chatting with my oldest son, I started playing with sequins.  I couldn't do exactly rainbow because I don't have a lot of different colors of sequins but this seemed okay.  Well, truth is I actually hated it at first and was going to scrap the whole thing, but the more I looked at it the more I kinda liked it.

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #448

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a very nice one by Janice.

My card features the March 2018 Kit by Simon Says Stamp but there isn't a single stamp used!  Nope, I finally used more of the elements that came in the kit - the papers and stickers.  The only thing I added to this card was some Nuvo Jewel Drops.


My second card I used Nuvo  Crystal Drops and some twine.



I love how they both turned out but it wasn't until I was done with them that I noticed I forgot the horizontal element in Janice's sketch - the first card it's obvious, the second card I could say I dropped it lower on the card by using the paper I did with the row of garden pots.  But if I'm honest, that is a happy accident.

These papers are so pretty that I picked up the digital paper pack for half off over the weekend.  I still have plenty to use up, but now I won't run out.  I really love this paper! 

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit the design team - they did an amazing job.  They always do!
Debbie
Janice
Jenée
Patti

I'll see you over at the TMS blog.