Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Shining Spheres

 This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is called Shining Spheres - our author shares her tips for shading with ink to create bubbles, planets, pearls, or whatever spherical item you choose! It's so easy, too!

I thought I'd try some bubbles in an underwater scene...  I used Memento Luxe for the white ink, and black Memento for the shading. In hindsight I wish I'd used a color that matched the cardstock - so keep that in mind if you use a base color other than black.

I stamped the mermaid on the card base so I would have the details in place, then stamped her on ivory cardstock to color and fussy cut. Also... is that teeny jellyfish not the cutest thing ever...?

I stamped some more 'bubbles' (they're supposed to be water or oil droplets, but why not?) and then added some drops of hot glue for more dimension.

Stamps I used: Splash, Water Waves, Bitty Blocks - Cool, Drops

Looking forward to see what you make! Be sure to share!
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Art Print: Moments

I'm on my way to my mom's today, and tomorrow we'll celebrate my Granny's life - you can read a little about her HERE... she was an amazing woman and I'm so humbled and grateful to be hers and to have inherited some of her qualities. She touched so many lives with her faith, her music and teaching, her creativity, and her generosity.

When I was up for a visit in March, I visited with Granny for the last time along with my Mom, and while they sat together I took a couple of pictures with my phone... I used one as the reference for this painting. It was a sweet and tender moment that I'll never forget.

Just a few pictures of the painting process... it's always fun to see things come together as each layer of color is added in. If you enjoy watercoloring this way, a tip - I find it really helpful to open the reference photo in my photo editor and use the "Decrease Color Depth" function - this gives kind of a topographical color map and really helps with visualizing shading and layers. The sample below shows 16 color levels.

More layers of color, and the details of Mom's skirt - Granny loved making quilts, so I'm glad that motif is in there. In this layer you can also see the stamped sheet music - it's not as visible in the final painting, but I wanted to be sure it was in there. :)

One of the final pictures - I think I went one shade darker after this.

As usual, prints will be available this week for preorder, if you'd like to share the print with a caregiver, a hospice worker or someone who loves someone in their later years of life. Prints will be 5"x7" and will be $12 + shipping.... I'll have to time the order around our move (more about that soon!), but I'm open for preorders now. Other prints are in stock, and all can be ordered HERE.

Have a great week! I'll check in when I can!
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Friday, June 24, 2016

For Sale page updated

I've added a few more items to my For Sale page... I'd rather not pack them up! Please email if you're interested. Thanks!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Spotlight Stamping

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is called Spotlight Stamping - this was a lot of fun and it's so easy with the MISTI.

I just got this fun set from DoCrafts- it's such a cute one and I love the separate office supply stamps (especially the pencil and crayon!). They're silicon stamps, but they stamped really nicely. Because I could stamp several stamps at once with the MISTI, I was able to do them in groupings and keep them in place on the lid to stamp the white panel and the background... and since there were quite a few steps, I decided to make 4 cards instead of just one.

In the tutorial, she uses a single stamp... to speed the process you could use a larger stamp or a background stamp. I love how the images look like they're floating in the white panel. They're watercolored with QoR paints. The little sentiment is from Taylored Expressions, and it's stamped on a Quickutz die cut tab.

Hope you'll try this one - it's a fun play on the old spotlight technique!
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

A very happy Father's Day to the fathers in my life - my Daddy, my husband (the daddy of my 4 amazing kiddos), and my brother, the father of my nephew! Happy day.

The image I used is stamped on a 3" Wheat Art Square from Inchie Arts - I trimmed the side down where the image ended. This is one from Flourishes, who recently reopened their online store. The sentiment is from one of my recent clear sets from Impression Obsession.

Because I started with a colored base, I just added highlights with a white pencil and shading with a dark brown pencil (these are Coloursoft pencils, which are great for light coloring - they're very easy to use with a light hand). The lower panel is a torn and crumpled piece of metallic cardstock.

I made this card when I was doing scratch art backgrounds - this is the one that I started in the video, then added more layers of color and scratched text... I flipped it upside down so it wouldn't occur to anyone to read it, since it was sort of an emotional plea... ;)

Here's the lot of us! Have a wonderful day!
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Summer Fun

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project that celebrates the fun of summer.

When I was in high school, I loved the freedom of summer and made so many special memories with a core group of girlfriends. This image (Girlfriends Silhouette) always reminds me of those times. I filled my watercolor palette with some fresh QoR paints this last week, and added in my favorite Shinhan Opera, so I had some vibrant colors to work with for my background... done with a quick wet-into-wet wash, some splatters, and a little stamping (lifting wet color from one area and stamping it in another.)

The sentiment and arrow are from the Grunge Map 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, June 15, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Starburst Backgrounds

It's my turn to share a tutorial over on Splitcoast - I hope you'll head over to see how I make my Starburst Backgrounds!

For this card I used stamps from Concord and 9th - a fun interactive set called Shine Brighter. These backgrounds are so great for smaller images - besides filling the space with so much fun color, they draw your eye in to a single focal point.

Someone asked what kind of label paper I use for the variation with no gaps between the rays. I use this paper from DigiOrange - I buy the larger quantities because I use this for printing mailing labels - each sheet has 2 half-sheet labels on it and the adhesive is very strong.

Hop over to Splitcoast for the tutorial, video, and more samples!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Product Review - My Sweet Petunia's Card Guard

Just a quick review today - Iliana over at My Sweet Petunia sent me some of her new Card Guard boxes! These come in a pack of 6 boxes for $7.50, pre-scored and ready to fold into a safe, card-sized mailer. They're white, so you can stamp on them, too!

The boxes are intended as a sturdier alternative to a padded mailer for sending more dimensional cards. They are definitely sturdy - I assembled one and filled it, and then put quite a bit of pressure on it to see if it would squish, and it kept its form perfectly.

The boxes come flat, and attached in threes. The pre-scored lines are perfectly placed - the sides fold up and in, and the flap folds over, with a sizable tab to tuck in a pre-cut slot.

The box holds closed without any adhesive, but for mailing I'd want to add a line of double stick tape across the flap.

The inside dimensions of the box are 5-3/4" x 4-1/2" x 1"... I noticed early questions about mailing card sets -- the box is sized to fit several A2 cards quite comfortably (I tucked in 6 cards with embellishments and they fit with some breathing room), and it's just big enough to accommodate A2 envelopes, though they'll be a little snug... it's intended to replace the envelope for mailing purposes... so that makes sense. A2 envelopes are 4-3/8" x 5-3/4".

Others wondered about the cost of mailing a card in the Card Guard - the box itself weighs 1.3 oz and a single standard card would put the weight closer to 2 oz - I mail my packages through Paypal, and postage for that weight would be $2.45 - with the 6 cards I tested, the weight was 3.6 oz, which would mail at the same price. The shipping cost is the same as it would be for a padded envelope, but the sturdiness and unbendability of this cute little box is a huge benefit.

Hope that information is helpful to you! :) Happy Tuesday!
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Mix-Ability challenge: Scratch Art

It's my turn to host the Mix-Ability challenge this week, and it's time to do a little scratch art! My kids love the pre-made scratch art papers, but you can get the same effect with supplies you (or they) might have already. Here's the skinny:

To make my sample, I actually started with a stamped image (Unity Stamps) as a guide for my coloring... I used a light color so the outline wouldn't show through.

Once I had my color base down (Gelatos and Distress Crayons), I covered the panel with black Distress Crayon (of all the mediums I tried, this one worked best for me, with the best and smoothest coverage).

With the MISTI, I restamped the image in the same place using white chalk ink...

I used the end of a paintbrush (this one has a chisel end) to scrape around the outline, revealing the color beneath.

I added some extra etch marks in the flower - that will take some more practice to perfect... when you're used to adding shading, it's hard to reverse your thinking to remove highlights! Probably should have chosen a smaller image too... but there it is...

The sentiment is from Unity Stamps as well. In the background... I had a lot on my mind, so I scribbled out a prayer in a quick scrawl.

This next piece was an experiment too - just wanted to see if I could accomplish a fade out with the scratch technique. I stamped the poppy in Versamark Habanero ink first, then did some coloring with Distress Crayons over the top, stamped in white for a guide, and scratched off the outline where it covered the crayon coloring.

You can tell that I'm stressin' when my color combos get a little crazy... and that's when I'm so grateful for an art form that helps me channel my thoughts out onto something that's outside my head. Art is definitely good therapy!

The sentiment here is from a set that I designed that's in limbo right now until I decide how to revamp it. It's a fun mix-and-match set that needs a new twist, I think!

I added just a few highlights with a small stylus just for  a tiny bit of contrast.

This was a fun one - I hope you'll try it out!
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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Coupon Card

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a cute Coupon Card from KellyJean - with Father's Day coming up, we thought it would might be fun for a gift idea... a gift and card all folded into one!

I went in a little different direction with mine - I wanted to use this set from Verve Stamps (ooh, it's on sale through June 9th!), and ended up with a card that would be perfect for someone fighting breast cancer. Such a great set for so many things. The starburst background is from a pile of tutorial samples I've been working on - more on that next week!

I changed the orientation of my card so my coupons hang down, and I think they'd be good bookmarks, actually... next time I'll use my rotary perforating blade for the center line so they can be removed easily. Behind them, I watercolored and stamped a background, and left room for a message of courage.

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