Have a great week! 🙂
Happiness and cheer!!!
Okay, I know I’ve posted a few Christmas cards here and there over the last few weeks, but now I’m reeeeally going to start digging into my Christmas stamps and projects. I am so friggin’ excited about so many of my new stamps that I am hard-pressed to find time to create all of the ideas I have for them! (I guess that’s a good problem to have though, eh?)
Ellen Hutson released these stamp sets a few months ago, and while I bought them the day they came out, this is my first project with them. (Definitely won’t be my last!) I used the combination of Mondo Poinsettia and Mistletoe&Holly to create this card. I stamped them all around the edge of my Strathmore watercolor card stock, leaving an empty spot off to the right for my sentiment, then heat embossed them in Princess Gold embossing powder. Then came the most fun part: coloring! Yay. 🙂
For the majority of this card, I used Distress Inks that I tapped onto a clear block for my watercolors. I wanted the colors to be a bit more muted than my Zig markers allow, so I tapped the ink pads onto the clear block, then diluted the color with water. The color is still very vibrant, but not quite a vibrant as if I had colored directly on the paper. (I might be wrong, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!) After the initial color had dried, I went back in and added some shading, first with Distress Inks to the center of the poinsettia petals, then with my Zig markers to add some veins. Distress markers are fantastic, but you can’t beat the tiny little brush tip on the Zig markers when it comes to detail work like this. I went in with the Distress color Old Paper that had been diluted down to add the color to the background, going back in and adding color to some spots occasionally to create that fun mottled watercolor look.
After I was finished watercoloring, I allowed it to dry, during which time the panel curled up. I usually try to tape my full-panel watercolor projects down to a flat surface to avoid this happening, but I didn’t want the line around the edge. My solution was to put it under the seventh Harry Potter book overnight. (Isn’t that what everybody uses Harry Potter books for?) In the morning, I adhered it to a Spring Moss (from PTI) card base and added a few sequins. They were from the Winnie and Walter birthday mix that I received in an order from earlier this year. I have yet to find a suitable truly iridescent sequins, so I’ve been hoarding these, but they added just the perfect amount of sparkle to this card.
I hope you enjoyed this! Have a fabulous weekend, friends!
Yes, I know, I said I’d move on from them at some point, but I just couldn’t resist.
Ever since I bought my daughter an adorable dress from Old Navy with a fuschia, apricot, and lavender color scheme, I have had the combo in my head. I decided to run with it, as you’ve seen from some earlier posts, but this one is probably my favorite.
I used The Ton’s Peony Background stamp to create this one, and I am definitely in love with it. I have previously used black Archival Ink and gold embossing powder to stamp the background on Strathmore hot press watercolor paper and then color it in. My daughter’s extremely inspirational dress used dark raspberry-colored outlines for the flowers, and it created a more subtle, yet still bold looking pattern. I used Raspberry Jam ink from Hero Arts, covered it with Versamark, then covered it with clear embossing powder in order to prevent bleeding when I began my watercoloring. (I was able to do all of this with the help of my handy-dandy MISTI. Love that thing.)
Finally, it was time to get to work watercoloring. I used a combination of Peach Pink and Sugared Almond Pink Zig markers to create the large peachy peony on the bottom, while using just the Sugared Almond Pink for the top peony. I always concentrate the marker towards the “center” of the flower, where the petals grow out from the middle of the flower, leaving the ends white, then push the color out with my paintbrush and water. This creates some highlights and some shadows without a ton of forethought on my part (ain’t nobody got time for that! haha…) After it’s dry, sometimes I do go back in and add some more color to areas that I think would have darker shading or shadows. Luckily for me and my fairly inept, uneducated watercoloring skills, peonies are very forgiving, because they have so many natural variations in color. The larger solid flowers look even more realistic and appropriate to the pattern when stamped in a more natural color than gold or black. After coloring the main flowers in, I colored the background and lines between the petals of the solid flowers in with the English Lavender Zig marker.
After doing all of that work stamping, heat embossing, and coloring, I was finding it difficult covering up any of it with a solid panel of cardstock with a sentiment, so I trimmed the panel down, added a vellum strip and die cut sentiment, then mounted it on a coral glitter mat from DCWV. I mounted the whole thing on a MFT Pure Plum card base and added a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. As an afterthought, I dabbed some Glossy Accents on that “wishing” die cut to add a little bit more dimension to this otherwise-flat card.
I hope you enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed creating it! You would think that, as much as I love coloring flowers, I’d be more interested in growing them in real life…. But I think I’ll just stick to coloring them. I’m linking this up to The Ton’s WCMD blog hop. Love seeing all of the inspiration over there!
Hi all! Happy Thursday! I’m particularly happy that it’s Thursday this week, because hubby has been working extra long hours these past few days, so it will be nice to have him all to ourselves this weekend.
Today, I have for you a shaker card for my cousin’s shower gift. Her wedding is an homage to all things autumn: the colors, the leaves, the flowers, the pumpkins, so I wanted to convey that in the shower card. I used Hero Arts’s Holiday Petals and Leaves stamp set, which I purchased because I loved the more winter/Christmas-specific images, but ended up loving the fall images, as well.
To begin, I stamped a fair amount of the leaf and acorn images using various Distress Inks onto watercolor paper. I then used deeper shades of those Distress Inks, my paintbrush, and water to add shading and depth to the images, particularly the leaves, as I wanted those to look very autumnal and colorful. I also wanted to have a pumpkin in there, so I drew another pumpkin and colored it with my Zig markers. (I clearly need a stamp set that contains a pumpkin…) I fussy cut all of the images out (definitely not the most fun task…made me wish hard for matching dies) and set them aside. For the sentiment of my card, I used the Wplus9 set Fresh Cut Leaves. I particularly love the combination of fonts used in this set; the calligraphic script font juxtaposed with the classy printed font is so lovely. I stamped it on the card base itself in dark brown ink, then added a couple of stamped leaves from the HA set and an pre-cut acorn in a little cluster in the corner. I then filled up the shaker portion with the fussy cut leaves and some dark brown sequins. The top panel was created with a rectangular panel of card stock from the same cream color (cut at 4 x 5 1/4 in). I then die cut the plain oval from the Avery Elle Sweet Scallops die set. (That die set is crazy useful… I use it on practically everything these days.) I put the pumpkin, some leaves, and some acorns in a swag-like cluster at the bottom of the oval window, making certain to leave plenty of space between the top of my pumpkin and the bottom of the sentiment.
I hope you enjoyed this card! I love the way the leaves look when you shake it up, like leaves floating to the ground in real life.
Back soon with a Christmas card! (I waited until October to begin creating them, and I can wait no longer.) Have a wonderful Thursday, friends!
As you may have seen in the past, I have a “thing” for watercoloring their stamps. First, it was their Peony Background set (which I have posted about here and here and here), and then they came out with their Rose Background stamp…. Oh. My. Peas. (If you’ve never watched Super Why on PBS, move along.) It’s GORGEOUS. I can’t believe that I almost didn’t purchase either of these because they are rubber and not clear…. my goodness, would I have missed out.