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.

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.  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!

Lawn Fawn: Octopi My Heart

You know how when you are shopping for gifts for a really good friend who also happens to be a card maker and you let a few things fall in your cart for yourself too? That’s how I ended up with the Octopi My Heart set from Lawn Fawn. So flippin’ cute.

Today I have a card I made with that set. It makes for an adorable and whimsical Valentine’s Day card, anniversary card, or even an “I don’t need a reason to make a card for you, ok?” card.

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I used my go-to stamped background technique. I mean, it’s octopi, right? You have to have multiples. I made two the stars of the card and colored them a bit darker (I used C0 and C1 on most, adding C3 to the two darker ones). I will probably give this one to my sweetie, so I stuck a bow-tie on one and a hair (?) bow on the other. We make darn cute octopi, my sweetie and I. After coloring, I mounted the panel with some craft foam onto my top-folding A2 card base and tied some twine along the top. So sweet.

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That’s it for today. Have a wonderful day!

Inspired by…#22

I’m so happy that the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge is back; it has become one of my favorite challenges in the short time that I’ve been making cards. This week the inspiration photo is a beautiful painting of sunflowers:

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I was inspired by the colors and the paint strokes. Here is my take:

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I used the By Your Side Bird die from Concord and 9th to cut out a template to transfer to watercolor paper. Then I painted the scene with goauche paints, since they go on a bit more opaquely than watercolors. I tried to mimic the brush strokes, which is tricky with goauche, it turns out! Then I stamped the Thanks sentiment from Give Thanks set, also from C9.

Then, as I was trying to take photos, Miss Monkey decided to photobomb the set. She does love birdies.

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(She’s not actually eating the card, just claiming it with face rubs)

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Thanks for stopping by!

MFT Forest Friends

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Hi everyone and happy Crafturday!

Today I have a card using the Forest Friends set from My Favorite Things. I don’t own this set – it’s part of the “divide and conquer” strategy of purchasing I have with my CFF (craft friend forever). This tends to backfire more often than not. Sometimes when I see the previews during release countdowns, I think, oh that’s really cute, but is it too cute? Would I get enough use out of it? My CFF often gets those sets, and then I borrow them and promptly kick myself for not getting them too. This is one of those sets.

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For this card, I was inspired by my own “urban forest”. I live in an older neighborhood with a beautiful canopy of trees and lots of wildlife. Raccoons instead of foxes, and bunnies instead of deer, and lots of squirrels and owls. And sometimes they come up right to our windows and on to the porch, so I thought it would be cute to have the forest critters peeking out from behind the panel like they’re looking through the window. So I cut the center out using my new favorite go-to stitched dies and set it aside. Then I took the trees, acorns, and leaf stamps and created a black and white background. Then I stamped a group of critters and colored them with Copics. Using the stamped background panel as a guide, I adhered the middle panel to a piece of wood grain patterned paper and then mounted the background panel using foam tape. Then I stamped and cut the sentiment and adhered it, also with foam tape. And I’m just now noticing that it’s a different shade of white. Ha!

The squirrel in particular reminds me of the little squirrel friend that often appears on the other side of my craft room window and taunts my cats. Ollie tries to jump up there and smack the glass, comically falling down in the process. And the squirrel and I just laugh and laugh.

That’s it for now. Have a great weekend!