Mama Elephant Lil’ Painters

Hi friends! Today I have two cards to share with you using the new Lil’ Painters set from Mama Elephant. I absolutely adore this set. The two cards I made don’t even look like they came from the same set, actually, and that’s kinda why I love it – so much possibility! Also, bunnies wearing berets and painting? Yes please!

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Let’s start with those bunnies!

To keep the card mostly one layer, I used masking to create my scene. I started off positioning the bunny stamp using my MISTI and placing the palette and paintbrush in its paws. Then I removed the bunny and stamped. I masked with a post-it note and fussy cut the shapes. Then I stamped the bunny and the easel. To get the bunny onto the “canvas”, I made a sort of reverse mask – I stamped the easel onto a post-it and cut out the canvas to make a hole. I positioned that around the canvas and then stamped the bunny onto the canvas. I painted the scene with Distress Markers. I think the bunny is a better painter than I am.

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I wanted to keep the embellishments to a minimum, so I chose to add just a teeny tiny little bit of clear Nuvo crystal drops on the palette paint and the tube paint. Then I deposited a bit of Mermaid Lagoon Distress Marker on an acrylic block, added a little water, and then with a paint brush, flicked it onto the watercolor panel.

The sentiment is from the Some Bunny I Love set from My Favorite Things. For the trim, I used some scrap watercolor paper and did an ombre wash with Distress Markers in Mermaid Lagoon and Tumbled Glass.

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For the next card, I used the chicks and eggs to create a fun “welcome spring” card. Here in the Midwest, spring has sprung. Ish. Trees are already budding, and my one tulip is coming up. It was 70 degrees on Friday, and then it snowed yesterday. Sigh. So I need this card! Excuse me while I go address an envelope to myself.

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In addition to the eggs and chicks, I used the Hollow Letters stamps to make my own sentiment. To color this card, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush. For the letters, I blended green and yellow, using the yellow to do the actual blending. The blue eggs, now that I’m thinking of it, I used a blue from the Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi line, but for the life of me, I don’t know which one. Helpful, I know.

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I have a few more ideas for this set so this probably won’t be the last you see of it here. Hope you enjoyed the first two! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Neat & Tangled: My Favorite Nut

Hi friends! Today I have the Galentine’s Day card I made for my best crafty friend. I was super lame and got it in the mail late, so she only received it yesterday! But any day is still a good day to get a handmade card in the mail, right? Right.

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To make this card, I used the individual squirrel stamps from Neat and Tangled’s My Favorite Nut stamp set. I stamped the squirrels randomly around a piece of watercolor paper using Distress Ink in Antique Linen, so I could do no-line watercoloring. I used various tubes of watercolor paint mostly from Holbein. I’m not entirely pleased with my painting. So much brown and I didn’t have enough patience to really get my squirrel details down. Oh well. I still think it turned out pretty cute.

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While the squirrels were drying, I trimmed a piece of scrap watercolor paper into a flag and stamped the sentiment on it. I used a stitched rectangle die to further trim the main watercolor panel and then adhered the panel to an A2 top-folding card base.

I think this is a card that my cat Oliver would give his little squirrel friend that visits him from time to time at my craft room window. He comes up to the window and chatters at Oliver and drives the poor cat bonkers. Ollie bangs on the window with his little paw, and the squirrel jumps into a nearby tree and just chatters away at him. It’s super cute.

Squirrels, am I right?

 

 

With love in my heart

Valentine’s Day is upon us. My husband and I have decided to give each other the gift of take-out for dinner and catching up on our stories (The Expanse, likely) or watching hockey. I will probably knit. The dogs will snuggle with us on the couch and most definitely start snoring. Idyllic, if you ask this introvert.

When I sat down at my desk yesterday, I was really stuck for ideas. I scanned through the challenge blogs I follow looking for inspiration and was coming up empty. It happens. Second pass, a few small ideas started surfacing. Finally I settled on an idea for the latest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. Love is this month’s theme.

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Here is my card:

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I started off by die-cutting a heart out of watercolor paper. Then I trimmed a piece of card stock down to A2 size. (By the way, My Favorite Things’ Whip Cream card stock is a perfect color match to most of the watercolor paper I’ve used.) Then, using my MISTI, I positioned the heart onto the panel and held it in place with a magnet. Using stamps from the Wildflowers set from C9 and Papertrey Ink’s Soft Stone ink, I stamped an arrangement of flowers so that they fell off the edge of the heart.

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Then I used Distress Markers (Candied Apple and Worn Lipstick, my favorites) and a water brush to paint just the petals on the heart. I love these two shades of red together. I used both colors on the larger petals, and just Worn Lipstick on the smaller petals.

The sentiments are from the Give Thanks set, with a slight modification: I wanted the “l” in love to be bigger, so I inked up just the “ove” part, and then used the larger “l” from the Sophisticated Scrip letter set. It was almost seamless, but I was just a touch off in my positioning. Illustrator pen to the rescue! Finally, I mounted the panel to a top-folding A2 card base.

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I hope to have another Valentine’s Day card (or Galentine’s Day, in this case) later this week. I just need to get it in mail to my “gal”. Don’t want to spoil it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Waffle Flower Bear & Bird

Here are a couple of things I love: whimsy and watercolor. I am trying to fill my days with as much of both as I can lately.

Today I have a card using the Bear & Bird stamp set from Waffle Flower. Waffle Flower is a new to me company and I love everything from their latest release. I particularly adore this set. That adorable bear (which could easily be turned into a kitty, actually), and that little bird!

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To make this card, I stamped the bear & bird, present, and floral bits onto watercolor paper cut down to A2 size, using Antique Linen Distress Ink. Antique Linen is a great ink color for no-line watercoloring because it’s so easy to cover with any color paint or water-reactive ink. Then I painted the image using Gansai Tambi watercolors, which are my favorite pan watercolors. Then I used a scalloped edge die from My Favorite Things to trim the bottom of the panel. I took another piece of watercolor paper and stamped and painted a small floral image from the same stamp set to make a patterned background.

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I sketched out the sentiment, borrowing copying the sentiment included in the set. I love puns. Anyway, I filled it in using an black lining pen (0.3 mm) to give it a hand lettered look. Btw, “birthday” is not really smudged. I’ve been using the portrait mode on my iPhone, and it does weird things as it applies that fake depth of field. Like smudging things.

Anyway, that’s it. Thanks for looking. I hope this card brought some whimsy to your day.

Like No Otter

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Hi everyone! Today I have a card using the Otterly Love You set from My Favorite Things. You know what one of my favorite things is? Otters.

To create this one-layer card, I used a no-line watercoloring technique along with some masking. I stamped my raft (!!!) of otters starting from the bottom and using, masking paper (from Inkadinkadoo) that I had cut into the shape of each otter I needed to cover, worked my way up to cover the bottom third or so of the watercolor paper. I used Distress Ink in Antique Linen, since it blends nicely with browns. Once they were all placed (which probably took more time than actually coloring), I started filling them in using Distress Markers (in Hickory Smoke and Vintage Photo for the otters, Tumbled Glass for the water, and some Candied Apple for the heart. Hey can we talk about that otter holding the heart? Seriously. )

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I posted a time-lapse video of coloring these little guys on Instagram if you want to see a little of how I approached it. Layers layers layers.

After I finished coloring the otters, I colored in the heart and then added some watery shadowing to complete the composition. ย Then I stamped the sentiment (so many great otter puns to choose from), scored and folded the watercolor paper, and there you have it.

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I think I otter go cook some dinner now. Thanks for swimming by!

MFT: Somebunny I Love

Hi friends, today I have a couple of cards I made with the Somebunny I Love set from My Favorite Things. This set was a Christmas gift from my CFF (Craft Friend Forever).

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The first card features a tiny teddy bear parade. You might have seen a sneak peek of this card on my Instagram. These bears just kill me dead. I love them so.

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I stamped the prosh bears, stars, and moons all over an A2 card panel as if they’re floating through dream land. As if they’re falling softly through fluffy clouds. As if they’re landing on piles of soft white feathers. Don’t you want to join them?? I certainly do.

I colored them with Copics (E11-E15, um, a yellow I can’t remember, and I believe C0 for the moons). I also went over the moons with some clear Wink of Stella. Wait, did I do that? Forgive me, I’ve slept since I made this card. I should really keep notes. Wink of Stella is on something. Moons or stars.

(By the way, that teddy bear in the background? That’s Super Bear. He was my husband’s childhood bear, but now he lives in my craft room with Totoro. It’s nice to see magical cats (what is Totoro, exactly?) and superhero teddy bears get along. It gives me hope.)

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For this card, I went with a watercolor approach. I used primarily Distress markers and a waterbrush. Once again, I forget the colors. I die-cut the sleepy bunny and teddy bears and arranged them with foam tape on a watercolor panel that I stamped and painted. I added a bit of string at the top for some additional softness.

That’s it for now. Thanks so much for stopping by! See you next time!

Howdy lovely

Hi friends! Today I have a card for the latest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. This month’s challenge is to try something new. No problem!

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Here’s my card:

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For the something “new,” I decided to try my hand at some hand-lettering. I penciled in my “howdy” first so I could figure out the layout. Then I used the the Hello Lovely stamp set (new fave!), stamping the floral motif using Distress Ink in Antique Linen, so I could do some no line water coloring. I used Distress Markers (Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Evergreen Bough, Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China) and a paintbrush to paint the image. Once everything was dry, I used a brush pen (I forget the brand, and I’m comfortable and don’t want to get up to find it) and very carefully filled in the sentiment. I’ve pretty much never hand lettered anything before, so I just took my time, practiced on some scrap, and basically treated it like eyeliner – start out thin and go back and fill. Then I took some loosened black watercolor paint and flicked it all over the place. After everything was dry, I slapped it on a card panel, et voilร .

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Originally I thought about doing a negative space block “hello”, but I was kind of amused byย the idea of using “howdy” against such a delicate background.

Thanks for stopping by!