Friday, February 27, 2015

Mix-Ability Challenge - unique edge

This week's Mix-Ability challenge is to create a project with a unique edge - anything but a straight cut.Here's my card - I ordered this set from Unity Stamp Co. during a recent sale, not realizing the flower image was so large, but I love it! Makes ME want to design monstrous florals! I have the same image stamped on my apron, which is still a work in progress.


I stamped the flower onto a watercolor paper panel, then filled in color with QoR watercolors. I trimmed the card to size, then trimmed around the edge of the flower. The sentiment is from Impression Obsession, embossed in white.
 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Splitcoast Tutorial: Watercolor Bokeh

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a fun way to create a bokeh effect - it's called Watercolor Bokeh!


I made my background using Hydrus watercolors, and added the circles in with a homemade stencil and Memento Luxe ink. I did something that made the circles fade a bit... I don't remember what! My focal image can be found HERE, and the sentiment is from THIS set. I stamped the image on a 1.5" Art Square from Inchie Arts and used the same watercolors to fill in the background and add some very subtle shading to the face.


Hope you'll try this one!
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Glitter Inlaid Snowflake

Here's another sample that I made using the Colored Glitter Inlay technique... for this sample I used colored glitters instead of coloring with markers, since the die I used is very intricate. I love the results!


The glitters I'm using are from Elizabeth Craft Designs - they are just beautiful! These are the Silk Microfine Glitters. I used the Elizabeth Craft designs Adhesive Sheets to coat my panel, which is a 3" Art Square from Inchie Arts. The silk ribbon is from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.


Here's an angled photo so you can see the shine on this glitter - it's beautiful. This die is brilliantly designed - it's actually several nested snowflakes that cut at once. It's perfect for this technique.


Other products I used: Large Snowflake die, Square Shaker Frame die, Beautiful You

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Mix-Ability - Brown Paper Collage

It's my turn this week to host the Mix-Ability challenge over at Splitcoast! I found my inspiration at brownpaperbagart, a fun little store on etsy hosted by Naoko Stoop.


The challenge is to use:
1. brown paper as the base (so use a paper bag or kraft paper)
2. a painted, printed or sponged background (masked hills seem common to many of her pieces)
3. hand cut or die cut elements to finish the scene, cut from text paper (phone book, newsprint, magazine or book pages)

I started with a kraft panel, and used a brayer and homemade stencil to create some backgrounds with acrylic paint. Here's my stencil - because it's wide, I can flip it or move it from side to get the highs and lows in different places. I was working quickly and the paint stuck to the stencil in some places, which gave it a cool distressed look.


I used phone book pages for my die cuts (Deer Trio, Leafy Branch), and added some shading with a marker and water-soluble graphite pencil. The snow is acrylic paint, dotted with a small stylus.


My card base was embossed with a Darice folder - I rubbed a white ink pad over the raised areas to lightly highlight the wood grain.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Happy Birthday

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a birthday project. I had a gel print laying on my desk that inspired the colors on this card:


The Flower Gift Boxes image was coloring using Shinhan Premium Watercolors, to match the background. When the panel was dry I used a craft knife to cut around parts of the bow and gave it some dimension with a ball stylus and some foam tape (tutorial on that coming soon!). Some other details of the image were raised with a stylus as well.


The sentiment can be found HERE - I love these big words!


Here's an angled shot so you can see the dimension and a little shine I added with a Glaze pen.

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
Ellen @ The Serendipitous Stamper
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, February 18, 2015

Splitcoast Tutorial: Peek-A-Boo Card

Norma has brought us another amazing card tutorial this week - I appreciate Norma so much because her mind can conceive fun folds... they are not my strength at all. Her detailed tutorial, though, enabled me to make this! It's a Peek-A-Boo Card, and a sliding panel inside the card makes the images switch when the card is open. I actually have a Norma original made with this technique - and it's amazing. When it arrived, I just stood in awe, opening, closing, opening, closing...

I made my card with my own stamp images - I'm in the process of bringing all my licensed designs under one company, but you may still be able to find this set at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. (Be sure to check their Out With The Old sale for more great deals on dkdesigns and other sets!)


I love adding shading to silhouette images - this is stamped in Memento ink and shaded with a Derwent Coloursoft pencil.


When opened, this sentiment slides into the window:


Here's the card in action! So much fun.



Hope you'll give it a try - as with any foldy project... if I can do it, you can!
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Mix-Ability Challenge: Tongue Tied

 This week's Mix-Ability challenge is to create a sentiment or word art with two or more stamps. I cheated just a little... my second word is die cut. :)


I stamped the Celebrate word stamp, using a gridded acrylic block to help me space the impressions evenly. I used a water-soluble graphite pencil and blender pen to add some shading to the die cut - not really happy with the way that photographed but I like that technique in general for adding detail to silhouettes and solid shapes.


I used the Inlaid Die Cuts technique with the couple and the word die... the die cut word is layered 4 times to give it some lift from the card. The couple die is coming soon from Impression Obsession... the word die is part of THIS fun set.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Colorful Copic & Art Squares blog hop!

You are in for a treat today as Copic pairs up with the ever popular Art Squares by Inchie Arts.  There are so many things to love about this pairing!

Did you know: 
  • Art Squares are the perfect canvas for creating small-format art!
  • They come in 6 sizes (1 inch, 1.5 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, and ATC).
  • Art Squares come in 7 colors (black, dark gray, light gray, kraft, dark cream, light cream and white).
  • They are perfect for wet or dry mediums.  
  • Copic markers and inks look amazingly vibrant and deliciously rich on Art Squares!
  • Copic multiliners glide smoothly across the surface.
  • Work on the “top” or toothy side for the best results. 
  • You can mix and match your mediums! No warping, bending or curling.  
You can find more information about both Copic products and Inchie Art Squares at the links below. 


Our teaching and design teams have been challenged to put marker (or ink) to these precision-cut matboard surfaces and see what happens! It's such an honor to be in this line-up!

This project was a bit of a challenge, because I have exactly 6 Copic markers to my name (B91, B95, E15, E07, YG95, R17)... but I think I made this work! This was my first time using Copics, actually, and I loved the ink flow on the Art Square surface. Blending with alcohol markers on the matboard squares is so easy, because of the way they absorb and hold the ink.

This is one of the images from my stamp line at Impression Obsession, called Couple Large (there is also a smaller version HERE). I colored the image in traditionally, laying down my lightest color first, and shading with darker tones.


Where I needed darker shading and lacked the right markers to use, I pulled out a Black Brown pencil (Derwent Coloursoft) to shade. The tooth on the Art Squares is great for pencil coloring, especially subtle shading like this. I almost always use pencil for more detailed shading with markers anyway - I just like the texture and precision I can get with pencils, and I love mixed media work, too.


I had some fun on the background - I scribbled a little marker ink onto a ceramic tile and picked it up with a waterbrush filled with rubbing alcohol to paint some loose shading into the area. In a few places I used drywall tape as a stencil. The ink was still wet on the tile, so I swiped a stamp through it and stamped to add texture in the corners.


For the edges, I tried something new - I drew a line on my tile with the chisel end of my marker, spritzed with rubbing alcohol, and then pushed the edge of the Art Square into the ink.


It gave a sort of vintaged edge to the piece, which worked well. I darkened the edges with a pencil.


That's my project!  Hop along with these talented designers as they show you some more interesting and exciting ways to pair up two great products!  Thank you for stopping by!

Dina Kowal ------------------------ You're here!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Splitcoast Tutorial: Yo-Yo Spinner Card

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a fun interactive card called a Yo-Yo Spinner Card - there's a popped up element on the card front that spins with the pull of a string! It's a really cute project, and Deb's sample is adorable! Pop over to the tutorial page to see all her cute samples in action!


I made my spinner card using stamps from The Cat's Pajamas - it's a fun little set called Bearing Flowers. The image is watercolored using Distress and watercolor markers. Instead of a button pull, I strung a glass bead onto the twine. And that patterned panel is from the cover of a Basic Grey pad - just couldn't throw it away! 


Hope you'll try this one!
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Monday, February 09, 2015

Tropical getaway...? Hmm.

I made this card to go along with last week's inlaid glitter tutorial, but I decided not to include it after all, since it didn't involve glitter or adhesive. I did use the same technique to 'embed' the die cut outline in an Inchie Arts ATC, but watercolored the image instead.


 It's not a perfect card or my favorite (not loving the wide border around the outline there...), but it fits my sentiments today - my mind is on our faraway home, where we'll be traveling this week... to pack up our belongings and ship them back to the States. Our plan is to remain in ministry, but in a place where we're able to better manage our health issues. (By the way - I don't share much about our family ministry here but we do send out a monthly ministry newsletter - if you'd be interested in receiving it and knowing more, please send me an email and I'll be happy to add you to our list!)


 This is going to be a hard trip on several levels - so I need this reminder to relax and "enjoy"...! to savor moments and memories, and finish well. I'm scheduling blog posts and tutorials as I can before we go - so you might not have noticed I was away! But I wanted to share - the creative community has been such a source of support over this last year of changes in our family, and I appreciate your words of strength and encouragement so much.

Have a wonderful week! xo
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