Sending Hedgehugs

Hello friends! You guys, I seriously can’t get over these hedgehogs! I’ve had this set for quite awhile, but haven’t made anything with it until now. I was looking through my stash for something to make a whimsical get well card, and I think these hedgehogs from My Favorite Things are really on point.

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I wanted to do some no-line watercolor, so I started off by stamping the top hedgie with Distress Ink in antique linen onto some Canson cold-press watercolor paper (just some cheap stuff from the big box craft store). Then I masked it with a post-it (just trimmed the bottom) and stamped the next hedgie. Rinse and repeat. I did the same for the mushrooms. Then I got out my watercolors (Sennelier, still love them) and started painting. Minimal color mixing here – I was able to control the color with water. I mixed a little burnt sienna and warm sepia to shade the hedgies’ spines. I added white dots to the mushroom caps with a white gel pen.

I used a stitched rectangle die to cut the panel down and and adhered it to an A2 top-folding card base (Whip Cream from My Favorite Things – my favorite to pair with watercolor paper).

That’s it for today, thanks for stopping by!

 

Rainbow Maker: Die-cuts and Watercolor

Hi friends, I have three cards to share in a drive-by post! I’m heading to a card workshop at PaperSource – girls’ night out with my CFF (craft friend forever).

For the first card, I used my Copic markers to color a rainbow onto some Neenah Solar White cardstock. Then I diecut the stars using the Stacked Stars die from Simon Says Stamp. I cut another set of stars with black cardstock to serve as a frame. I adhered the rainbow stars to a black cardstock panel, inside the frame. I colored and diecut the fabulous sentiment (from My Favorite Things) and adhered it to the panel, along with the “you are” embossed sentiment (also MFT). I trimmed the panel down and colored another strip of paper with the same Copics. All that was adhered to a top-folding A2 card base.


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The next two cards use watercolor techniques. For this card, I applied Distress Markers to a piece of transparency film, spritzed the ink, and then applied to watercolor paper, drying between colors and layers.  Once completely dry, I diecut the panel and stamped and heat embossed the two sentiments. A few rainbow sequins finish this card off.

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For the last card, I used my Sennelier paints to color several circles, aiming for darker and lighter circles, just changing the amount of water that was mixed in with the paint. Some circles touch and bleed into one another. Some circles were layered over dry circles. It was a fun technique that was harder than I expected! I decided to turn some of the circles into flowers, using stamps from Flora & Fauna. I think I over did it on the stamps, but live and learn.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Rainbow Maker: Ink blending & Stamping

Hi crafty friends! I am taking my first class at Online Card Classes – Rainbow Maker and I’m really enjoying it so far! I love rainbows, but they sort of elude me in the craft room. I’m learning a lot and it’s been just the thing to get me out of my card making funk.

So today I have a couple of cards that I’ve made based on the first two lessons. For the first card, I did some ink blending (something else that seems to elude me) using a stencil I made using the lightbulb die and stamps from the Shine Brighter set from Concord & 9th.

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I used Distress Inks (Festive Berries and Broken China) and a dye ink from My Favorite Things (Daffodil) for the blending, creating the purple and green. I stamped the bulb outline and base and sentiment over the blended area and then added a few sequins.

For the second card, I did some rainbow stamping using the Give Thanks stamp set, aso from Concord & 9th. I CASed a couple of their sample cards (because, come one, they’re gorgeous) and alternated the long leaf along an A2 sized panel of Neenah solar white (80lb).

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After the first layer of ink was dry, I stamped the details using the previous leaf’s color (purple on top of pink, pink on top of orange, etc). I didn’t worry too much about lining the detail stamps up perfectly with the base stamp – in some cases, a slight offset was the only way to really see the second color (I’m looking at you blue and aqua). I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed it with clear powder. I added a few rainbow sequins and some coordinating embroidery floss.

I’m really looking forward to the next lesson and many more raingbows! Thanks for joining me today!

Lawn Fawn Out of this World

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Hi friends, today I have a sweet card that I made for Father’s Day using Lawn Fawn’s Out of this World set. I was over the moon (hee hee) when I first saw this set – that little astronaut! the wee rocket! the adorable planets! I knew this would be a well loved and often used set in my collection.

Father’s Day gift lists are often filled with golf and BBQ, neither of which are high on my dad’s list. Give him tools and puns, and throw in some sci-fi for good measure. And maybe a cat or two. So I wanted to make him a card that was more suited to his personality.

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Starting with the background panel, I took a piece of watercolor paper and brushed it with lots of water. Lots of water. Then I used a variety of blue, purple, green and yellow watercolor paints (primarily from Sennelier, though the deepest blue is from my Gansai Tambi set) and randomly dropped them on the paper. All that water on the paper really helps the paint move around. I let it dry after the first layer and then started again to really get that depth in the color. I used my deepest blue to finish it off. Using a heat tool can create some neat effects with the paint as it moves around and concentrates with the heat. Once it was all dry, I loaded a small brush (maybe a 4 round) with wet white paint and splattered the paint across the paper.

While that was all drying, I worked on the rest of the scene. I stamped each image onto another piece of water paper using a light grey ink and painted them with watercolors. Then I die cut them, arranged them a few times until I settled on something I liked, and then adhered them to the dried and trimmed background panel. I also embossed a sentiment from the set onto a strip of midnight blue cardstock. I used some string to attach the astronaut to his rocket.

Dad loved it (he better) and texted me with some choice space puns. Dads, right?

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Challenge Guest

Hi friends, I’m super excited to be a guest designer for the June challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. If you’re joining me for the first time, welcome, I’m happy you’re here!

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This month’s challenge is all about layers, which I will admit is not my strength. But I love a challenge.
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For my card, I layered all sorts of things: textures, media, die-cuts, embellishments, and of course, paper.

First, I used the outer die from the Pretty Petals die set to cut out the large flower from watercolor paper. Then I stamped the flower details from the coordinating stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. I added a watercolor wash using my new favorite paints, Sennelier L’Aquarelle. I then used the detail die to get the individual petals and painted those green to stand in for leaves.

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I used the Friend Like You die to cut the sentiment into the flower, and then adhered the petals behind it. I then used a stitched rectangle die on a piece of kraft cardstock and also used the border from Friend Like You for a little extra detail. I stamped the large stripe from Stripe Builder in Versamark for a watermarked look. For embellishments, I added some string and Nuvo Crystal Drops in clear (water droplets!).

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my card for the June challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9!

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Thank you all for your comments on my last post! I really appreciate all your kind words.

Today I have a card that has, ahem, been sitting around for awhile, waiting so patiently to be shared.

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For this card, I paired the Floral Fill-in stencil and paper with the Say Hello die, all from Concord & 9th. First I ink-blended over the stencil to add the floral details on the patterned paper. Then I die-cut the panel using a pierced frame from Avery Elle and die-cut the “hello”. I also die-cut the hello from three different shades of red cardstock (from Reverse Confetti), assembled them and then adhered the whole shebang onto a coordinating piece of red cardstock cut down to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I added a few enamel dots and called it done. One of my quicker cards, actually. That patterned paper is really fun to work with.

Speaking of which, I also made this card, using the Fill-in Phrases from the same bundle as the stencil and paper. After stamping and assembling the card, I used a white pigment pen to add a faux stitch border and highlights on the stamp.

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That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting, friends!

Inspired by #52 and Where Creativity Meets C9 #8

Hi friends! Today I have two one layer cards featuring stamps from Concord & 9th. Both of these cards were created using just the card base, with no additional paper layers.

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(Background paper is Garden Tea Party floral wrapping paper from Paper Source.)

First up, I have a one layer card using the large floral stamp from Hello Lovely and the large background stripe stamp from Stripe Builder.

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First I stamped the floral stamp down in the corner, using Versamark ink, and then embossed with gold powder.  Then I made a mask, which let me tell you, now I understand why they call it “fussy cutting”. With the mask in place, I stamped the stripes in black ink (Lawn Fawn). Where the stripes should have been behind the floral spray, but weren’t due to the mask, I filled in with a black brush marker, which thankfully matched the Lawn Fawn ink perfectly.  Next, I stamped and embossed the sentiments in gold to match the floral spray. Finally I added a few enamel dots for embellishment.

52I’m entering this card into the latest Inspired by all the Little Things challenge. I was inspired by the striped rain coat, black & white scene, and the small pops of bright lights.

Since I went to the trouble of cutting out that mask, I decided to make a second one layer card using the floral stamp from Hello Lovely.

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For this card, I stamped in the upper left corner, lay down the mask, and then stamped again in the upper right. I should note that I only partially inked the stamp the second time because I didn’t want the floral spray extending too far down the card. Pro tip: Make sure your stamp is completely dry after cleaning and before positioning in your stamp platform. I ended up with diluted grey ink smudging my card before I stamped the second time. To correct that, I smooshed some of that ink onto my craft mat, spritzed it, and flicked it over my card with a paintbrush. Happy accident. I finished the card with an embossed sentiment from the Give Thanks set, some black and white string, and some enamel dots that provide the only color on this card.
challenge8I’m entering this card into the latest Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge, which is “one layer” cards.

Thanks for stopping by today!

 

 

 

 

 

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Update: I was the challenge winner at WCMC9! Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments!