Monday, August 18, 2014

Power Poppy

I'm hanging out over on the Power Poppy blog today! Come and visit to learn some of my tips and tricks for making the project below! See you there!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Mix-Ability: Rice!

This week's Mix-Ability challenge is to use rice with watercolor for a fun effect. Dry rice absorbs liquid, so when it's sprinkled over wet watercoloring, it soaks up some of the water and color, and leaves an interesting pattern. I've done a similar technique with rock and table salt, but those usually leave a little salty crust on the card. This has a similar look, but nothing left behind! Here's my card for Lydia's challenge.

I started off my background with a wash using pigment from an Inktense Block. The first layer was the yellow orange, and I used some rice in the upper right corner. I haven't used any of the Paint Fusion sets for a while (Sheena Douglass, via Crafter's Companion), so I pulled out the Fuchsia set. These outline stamps are so fun to work with! I watered down acrylic paints to fill in the images... I'm so used to working with transparent mediums - it's fun to build up layers with acrylics! I beefed up my collection so I can do more with my Gelli Plate.

Here's a closer look at the flowers - that stencil pattern is from Martha Stewart. I found a great deal on HSN last week, and enabled a few others as well. ;) Below you can see the painted details a little better, as well as the texture left by the rice. The sentiment is one of my own designs from Impression Obsession, found HERE.

Come play along!
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Quarter Fold Card

This week's Quarter Fold Card tutorial was shared with us by Jana O'Brien - this is a really simple and fun card that folds up just like a packing box. This is the card I made for the video, using digital stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

I love the way this closes up - I think it's perfect for tucking in a little birthday cash, and a handful of confetti would fly every which way when you open it up... hee! I'll have to try that.

Here's a closeup of the cupcake - I used my time-saving pointillism technique there. So fun!

These are the Touch Twin Markers I used to color in the cupcake:

Try it out! :)
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Ice cream...? for me...?

Tonight is the deadline for our Dare To Get Dirty participants to enter their challenge cards. Since I did most of my cards as challenge samples before the event, I had a little fun stamping just for me, and combining a whole bunch of the challenges onto one card. This card actually covers 8 challenges!

After such a big event and my usual burnout after a CHA release, it felt really good to just make a card without obligation.  This House Mouse stamp is part of an unmounted set from Joanna Sheen's online store. I stamped the image onto a 4" Art Square from Inchie Arts - these are great for patient watercoloring and layered glazes. The wall was stenciled using a lightly dampened stipple brush and a brick stencil from Want 2 Scrap.

I mixed archival dye ink with modeling paste to make the ice cream dimensional - I just tapped the inkpad onto a ceramic tile, and used a palette knife to mix the color into the paste. I love that added texture!I did a little masking using a Sakura glaze pen on the rim and label of the carton. I added glaze to the pink spoons after coloring, so they'd be shiny. Doesn't ice cream taste better with a pink spoon?

Enjoy your week!
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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Mix-Ability: Sparkly watercolor

My card today fits the Mix-Ability challenge over at Splitcoatstampers to add a little sparkle to our watercoloring!

 Quite by accident, I discovered that Tsukineko Delicata ink can be used to add sparkle to dye ink or paint. I had some extra ink on a stamp and stamped it off on my tile palette. When I went to use some watercolor ink from the palette the colored and gold inks mixed... and I ended up with sparkly paint! Very subtle, easy, and fun.

Stamps I used: Thankful, French Script, Oak Leaf, Oak Leaf 2

Yay for happy accidents!

I'm back on my feet  - no more crutches, but still moving slowly. I was organizing supplies when I broke my toe, and I'm back to that this week! Fun stuff.

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: CAS

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project that is clean and simple.

I've got a desk full of brand new dies from Impression Obsession, and my eye fell on this photo corner set. I've been having fun making quilt square cards, which I'll share another day, and the shape made me think of a star pattern. I cut two sets of corners in coordinating colors and pieced them into squares along a border. The completed squares are just shy of 1 inch, so they'd fit like this on Inchie squares as well. Another day! :)

I die cut the word Thanks 3 times and layered the cuts together for a little more lift.

Clean, simple, and done!

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, August 06, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial - Pointillism

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is brought to us by Allison Cope  - she's teaching us how to use Pointillism to color in images with markers! This technique will work with alcohol or water-based markers, and it's a lot of fun. I got to make the video and these samples to share!

 Both Ally and I used the same image for the tutorial, a digital stamp from Power Poppy. We sized it up to fill a full sheet of cardstock, and I cut it in half to make 2 cards.

On the first sample, I followed Ally's instructions to use tiny, uniform dots with a fine tipped marker.

On the second sample, I used brush markers, to show some of my lazy time-saving tips for filling in larger areas. Instead of starting with a base of dots in the lightest color, I filled the area completely, then used varying pressure to create dots of different sizes. I used larger dots in darker areas.

These are the Touch Twin Markers I used on both cards:

Hope you'll try this out!
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