Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Coloring Transparent Objects

Here are a couple of samples that I made for Jennie's tutorial on Coloring Transparent Objects! This was such a fun tutorial to follow - Jennie's such an experienced teacher so it was fun to add her to my collection of tutorial authors. :)

The tutorial features balloons, but I wanted to show that it could be used for other objects too... I just didn't have too many to choose from that had overlapping transparent objects! I found this image from Taylored Expressions - maybe tomorrow I'll play around with some masking to expand the gallery a little more.

I colored the image with Touch Twin Markers. The sentiment is from Unity Stamps, and the background panel was one of my test panels for the Stamped Masking tutorial we shared last week.

My second card features an image from A Day For Daisies - I love to peek over there for freebies now and then! I love her sweet and sentimental style. (And now with Evernote I can actually remember what digis I have!) Again, the sentiment here is from Unity Stamps.

Hope you'll give this one a try! xo
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Monday, May 23, 2016

New Print - Tenderly

A dear stamping friend shared an enchanted picture of her grandson a few weeks ago, and it inspired a little study in my watercolor sketch book... which led to my first commissioned piece! This is a 5"x7" watercolor painting called "Tenderly". I'm so honored to preserve this special moment.

When I paint, I like sharing photos of the process on Facebook, and I always enjoy the responses - here are a few points of the process. Initial masking and color wash....

More detail, a salt wash, and some grass (if you look at the final painting, you can see that this went through a few changes along the way, and I should probably have waited to do some of the foreground until later in the process...) Those couple of pink spots are Magenta Nuance that jumped onto my paper - eek - that worked, though, to bring a little warmth to the water.

Removed the masking fluid and did a little additional masking/ negative painting in the foreground...

Added in detail to the folds of his little outfit...

The face took a lot of courage, so I saved it for last, and worked in very light, subtle layers.

Almost finished here - just a few final tweaks to the water after this!

As usual, if you'd like a copy, you can preorder here by clicking below, and I thank you kindly! Other prints are all in stock.

Have a wonderful week! We're doing year-end standardized testing this week and more packing, so... yippee!
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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mix-Ability challenge: Framing

This week's Mix-Ability challenge is brought to us by new hostess Polly (peeps321), and we're adding frames to our projects. I had done the stamping on this piece a couple of weeks ago, but decided not to use it at the time - it worked out perfectly for this challenge!

Using the MISTI, I did a sort of kaleidoscope technique with my layered Rose Set - since the die cut is a hexagon, I could position each layering stamp once on the MISTI and then rotate the panel to position it correctly on all 6 sides. I did the same for each layer until all the layers were stamped on all 6 sides. That might be a good tutorial in the future - I was just experimenting on this one. :) And it worked! I love the star pattern that happened in the center too.

Rose Set 1 clear set 

I was inspired by the look of the Triple Stamping technique for the hexagon layers - except I did the stamping on a single panel instead of stamping over 3 panels. The layers were done in a single pass through the Big Shot, and then layered with a narrow handcut border. The sentiment can be found here - I love this quote!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend - I'll be working on my June tutorial and packing some more! Hugs -

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: I Love You Man!

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a masculine project. Here's my card:

I started off with a background done using Wednesday's tutorial over at Splitcoast, Stamped Masking. Over that, I layered a few different design element stamps, then sprinkled embossing powder and heated from the back side for texture and a little sheen... I used gold and one called Japanese Lacquer, which is a mix of red and black.

The grunge map was stamped onto a gel print from my stash, using Stazon ink.

Here's the clear set I used - it's one of my new ones from the summer release, Grunge Map!

Other stamps I used: Passport Collage, Vintage Honeycomb, Slash Border, Sketchy Chevron Border; Globe Die

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

Remember you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps! See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! We'd love to have you join us.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Stamped Masking

Lori and I put our heads together for this week's tutorial over on Splitcoast... it's a fun and easy resist technique called Stamped Masking.

I used stamps from The Cat's Pajamas for my sample - I did a light wash with Gelatos on the panel first, then stamped the sunflower image from the new Sketchy Flowers set using masking fluid. When that was dry I did another wash with liquid Peerless watercolor and some QoR paints, then waited for the panel to dry and rubbed the masking fluid away.

The bear is watercolored with the same paints I used on the background. And I used an eyelet!

Hope you'll try this one - I have another sample I'll share tomorrow. Thanks for visiting!
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Color Panels and Pencil Course Discount!

I'm late posting for Friday's Mix-Ability challenge - I got busy sorting and packing over the weekend instead... but while I was shuffling through things, I found a little stash of paper strips that I wasn't able to throw away at some point in the past... you know those stashes!

We were supposed to be inspired by wallpaper for the challenge, but we have dark wood paneling in our current residence, so I used that concept for this blocky paper strip background. I used a Spellbinders die to cut out the portion I needed after I adhered all these to a piece of label paper.

This card was mostly inspired by the Flap Fold Card tutorial, but when it came to finishing it, the flap was too stiff to be held by the button tab, so I just glued it to the flap instead. I really like the look of the white embossed sentiment on black, too. (The sentiment is HERE.)

I found some patterned paper that matched my color combination, and put the other colored image together with a spare strip of the color blocks. These stamped images are both new summer releases from my friend Gail Green - she has such a wide variety of images in her line at Impression Obsession, and I really liked these doodly ones! (Patterned Circle, Bird Circle)

  I had fun with my pencils, too, just matching to the color blocks, and since the pencils were out, I got to thinking about my pencil course - summer's coming and I know I have some online classes I want to take! If you're looking for an online class, I would love to offer my Pencil Basics Light class for just $30 until the end of May (and longer, probably, because I'll probably forget to change the price back!!). You'll have forever access to the course and you're welcome to go through it as fast or as slowly as you want! Here are the details, and a button that will take you to Paypal... beyond that, please be patient with me, as the sign up and access is all handled manually.

 **For this class, it's assumed that you already have pencils and supplies that you are familiar with, and do not need explanation about pencil types, accessories, or other supplies. We'll jump right into the course material without much introduction, and you'll work at your own pace.** 

Pencil Basics Light Course
$30.00 until the end of May!

Have a wonderful week!
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Graduation Gift Box

It's my turn to share a tutorial over on Splitcoast - so here's the Graduation Gift Box!  this was a member request, and I think the timing is just right for upcoming graduation gifts!

It's a simple box to complete... and if you don't need a gift box, skip ahead in the tutorial to learn how to make twine tassels! Who doesn't love those?

Hope you're having a great week!
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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Mix-Ability challenge: Fluffy things

Quick post today for this week's Mix-Ability challenge! I  happened to have this House Mouse image stamped on a 3" Art Square when +Jeanne told me this week's challenge, so I'm glad it worked out! It helped me clean my desk, and I'm as excited as this little mouse to be ALMOST DONE cataloging my stamps! I think everything is indexed - I just need to move my dkdesigns stamps to boxes from binders, and update the CD case labels for the sentiments. YAYYY!!! I can't even begin to count the number of crafting hours that have been used for this massive organization project. But - it's worth it!

This mouse is from Stampendous... I just purchased a couple of their unmounted stamps to try, and I have to say I'm not a big fan of their cling vinyl system... but I'm happy that they've kept the HM licensed line alive!

I started off by laying my Art Square into some misted Distress inks, then watercolored the base colors in. For details, I used Coloursoft pencils and a white Posca pen.

Hope you're having a great weekend! Happy Mother's Day!
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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Fanciful Florals

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project featuring flowers.

I had a little fun with my MISTI, some ColorBox Fluid Chalk inks, a few 3" Art Squares from Inchie Arts, and with this clear set:

Watercolor Wildflowers clear set

With each layer of color, I positioned one leaf or flower in the MISTI, stamped it, then turned the square and stamped in the same position on each edge. Each panel turned into its own little perfect wreath, with really interesting white space in the center as well.

It was fun creating a kaleidoscope-y pattern on each square, and trying different color combinations. I have a box of these ink pads - some are super juicy and some are just not...

The string die is Tied Line - such a cute way to add a horizontal eye line without adding bulk. The sentiment is from my Everyday Words clear set.

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

Remember you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps! See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! We'd love to have you join us.
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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Vintage Watercolor

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast was so much fun for me - Heather Telford is sharing some of her tips for Vintage Watercolor. I used to love stamping scenes with all the masking and combining images - for the occasion I pulled out a retired stamp set from Flower Soft called Quiet Corner Bench. This set came with the bench and then a variety of things to mask or fussy cut to set on it - the cat, a basket, hat and gloves, and a book.

I stamped the kitty first and then masked him to stamp the bench. I used Adirondack Espresso ink for that stamping (still sad that those dye inks are no longer in production... I've used them for years!). I added extra color with my brush right from the the lid of the inkpad, and that took me back to my early stamping days as well. For the darker shading I used an Elegant Writer pen - I bought a set of these after watching THIS tutorial on YouTube... the effects she gets are so interesting! Love the way the ink reacts with water.

I added some stamped grass (Biblical Impressions), then stamped in some flowers from Art Impressions, either blending with a brush or stamping into brushed water. The sentiment I used is from my Warm Fuzzies clear set available through Impression Obsession. I love that little line from An Affair To Remember (click there to hear it! *sigh*).

I hope you'll give this tutorial a try - and check out the Elegant Writer, too, if you're interested in something new!

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