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!

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!

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 voilà.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Flower Power

We have a little convenience store at work and sometimes I look at the cards while I’m buying my mid-afternoon snack. I saw a card that I didn’t particularly like, but it gave me an idea for a card to make. So I bought it. Do you ever do that?

When I finally sat down to make the card, this is what came out:

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I used the Build-able Blooms stamps and dies from My Favorite Things to, well, build all the blooms. I haven’t used this set much because I’m still building up my ink pad supply and didn’t have a lot of colors that I could use for layering. I still don’t but I did find a couple of Distress Inks that worked well together.

Missing from my “supply” photo is the Whip Cream card stock from MFT and the mustard yellow scalloped card stock from Papersource. I used the string stamp from the Avery Elle bunting/lanterns set to stand in as long stems. The stamp is very flexible so I could coax it into the various lines I wanted. The sentiment is from the Bloomers set from Papertrey Ink.

This is a card that I’m going to try again with a different flower stamp set. I like the mod/retro look of these flowers, but I’d like to experiment with different styles. Or maybe I just want an excuse to go stamp shopping.