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.Β 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!

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. Β 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!