Apr 24, 2014

Faux Watercolor Thank You

One of the things I love about die cuts is you can use both the negative and positive pieces. It makes fast, easy cards. 

Here is the negative from the card I made the other day (in the last post...just scroll baby!)
I love that you just pop the little bits back into the letters and its easy to read.

This background paper was made using Crayola washable markers. Can you believe it?! They run and bleed so well when you add water, its just like painting with water colours. I told you I would share with you the tutorial, but you really don't need one, its a very simple and hopefully I will explain it below well enough.
So, say you are dying to try this whole water-colour technique that's all the rage right now, but you don't want to invest in the product just yet. There is the perfect solution... Pull out your kids markers and go crazy! Just be sure you use WASHABLE markers and you will be fine.
Use nice water-colour paper and draw a design of your choice with as many colours as you'd like.  Remember its going to bleed so you don't need a ton of detail. I like to use big strokes and run them around each other.

After you have your paper marker-ed up, add some water with a paintbrush. I love colours blending, but not too much. I think it's nice to have a vibrant variety to look at. Of course everyone is different, so just create away!

Now once you are done "painting" and your paper has dried, go back in with a black pen and draw around the different shades of pooled ink. Even if there is a dark drop in a larger pool of light ink, draw around the little drop and then around the bigger one too. Basically outline every different shade you see. As you go, you will start to see how many different shades you really do get when colours blend! What happens as you do it is you get this marbled look on your paper from the added pen that's really fun to look at. It adds some dimension to your colours that you may not have noticed before.  (Click on the picture to see a close-up. That might help you see what I mean better)

I have one more to show you. This was one of the first ones I did. I just wanted a little bit of colour so I drew three circles in marker. Then added water:
See how they bled together and created more shades? Then I took a pen and outlined the shades. I love how it looks. What do you think? (Uh, don't mind the crap-tastic photo, I tried to crop the chaos out but, you know...)

I would love to hear your reaction and if you have time to try it out, be sure to send me the link. I would love to check it out!

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you have a good one, wherever you are.
I'm just shutting down for the night. It's almost Friday here which is a big deal in our house! That means we survived another week of Singapore Maths and Malay Language classes at school! That's no small feat for my little boys (and the momma that loves them!)

loves to you and yours,

Apr 22, 2014

Sketchbook Saturday #120

Hey there. Just stopping in with another card today...

I love everything Iwana Palamountain does. I've had my eye on her and finally get a chance to participate in one of her challenges on her blog!

Here's her sketch.

I actually created two cards because with the first card, I realised as I was doing it, is a direct RIP-OFF from a Jennifer McGuire card you can see HERE:

Seriously, I'm so ashamed! Please tell me you do that sometimes too. It's like a subconscious thing and then when I finish it hits me like a ton of bricks. DUH! You didn't create this! You Crazy! (I had to post it anyway cause it's still cute, even though its not mine ; )

So after I got that out of my system, I sat down and made another card. Much more me. All me, in fact (although I did use one of her favourite Hero Arts die cuts, which is one of my favs too...)

I created this "thank you" die cut using a marker water-colour technique I found on a blog when I was searching for an art project for a class friend and I do here at our condo. And wouldn't you know it, right now I can't find the link! EEK!! I may have to do a little tutorial to show you how if I can't find it because really, its totally worth trying. 
 It's really fun because it makes amazing paper for die cuts because no two pieces are the same! They always come out different. Which I love.
I finished up by embossing (or debossing... depending on the side you use) for my card base. Glued that die cut down and called it good.
so there ya go. Challenge done!

Thanks so much for stopping in.
Speaking of my art class, I gotta run. Were making wall art displays with the kids today. Lots of painting to be done!


Apr 21, 2014

You brighten My Day

I finally got my hands on the new Watts Up set from Simon Says Stamp. I just love it so much. So very cute. 

I couldn't wait to try it out and whipped this baby up. 

Again, I used the specialty paper and some distress inks by Tim Holtz to do the background. I covered it with colour and then spritzed it with water. It made this cool mottled look. Matted it with black and added it to my card base. Then just stamped the other images over it and added a pop up heart in yellow. Pretty simple.

I am really loving distress inks. I could live on Jennifer McQuires You Tube page and watch every video (oh wait, I DID!)
I love all the possibilities and hope to do more soon. Did you see the resist technique with the ironing? I know... you want to try it too...

Thanks for stopping by today. I'm going to try and take the kids down to the pool today. I mean, we live in Singapore, so we should, right!?


Apr 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Just coming by to say hello and Happy Easter to you!

I made up a little basket for a friend using the tutorial from Jennifer McQuire that can be found HERE.
I actually took an old circle box and covered it with paper and added a handle, so that's not the part I'm showing you. What I did add was the bow she shows how to make. Simple and easy just like she says.
I love it.

Hope you have an amazing Easter!

Runway Inspired Challenge #58 and CAS(e) this sketch #73

 So this is my very first shot at a Runway Inspired Challenge and a CAS(e) challenge!!
I have eyed them for awhile but it's taken me awhile to get my crafting groove working for me in this new space. But now, I'm ready...

Hopefully I can keep this up! 
Heres the challenge...

It's actually a 2 way challenge this time with a CASe sketch too.

Here's my take on these challenges:

By way of explanation.... I've been looking for the Tim Holtz distress water-colour paper everywhere.  Well, maybe not everywhere, but there are few places that I have found here in Singapore that have crafty supplies and I have been out of luck finding the paper I want. But, I did find this specialty paper by Ranger (Inkssentials) that is slicky and shiny and for all sorts of mediums, or so it said on the package. So I pulled out my ink pads and used them like watercolors. The difference is it doesn't soak in and bleed like water-colour paper would. The ink sits on top and pools in this really fun way. 

Overall, I like how the paper took the ink, but of course its totally different than I had expected. Which is good! I ended up using something like 8 different inks because I was looking for the right shades and didn't know how they would take. They started to mute when I dried them with a heat gun, so I had to reapply over and over. I had better vibrant pools of colour when I just let it air dry. Good thing to know, eh?

The other thing to note is the black background paper... I actually ran it through my Cuttlebug with a Provo Craft embossing folder and then drew inside the indentations with a white gel pen. I wanted to mimic the shorts this hot lady is wearing in the challenge. I just needed to figure out how to do it best. I thought of just stamping but couldn't find a background stamp I was happy with. (how is that even possible with all the stamp sets I have!?) I like the texture this gives the background. It's the kind of card you want to touch. which I like.

Anyway, I was realising Mother's Day is coming up and I need to get moving on my card so it makes it back to the states in time for my momma to feel the love! Feels good to actually get it done on time.

Alrighty, thats it! Check out the challenges Here and Here.
Hope you get to play along too!

Thanks for stopping by.

Apr 19, 2014

Hey There Little Lady

Hey there! How's it goin'?

Wanted to share this little guy with you...

He's from Paper Smooches Green Acres. I love his big grin. It makes me smile! I don't know about you but when I get some images that take colouring, I like to stamp an entire page of images and colour in front of the tv. I then keep them in a little pile on my desk and use them as I see fit. I love being able to look at them everyday! This guy was screaming to get used!

I'm still working on my Copic colouring and as I sit here I realise I could have added a lot more shading to his hat and shoes. For some reason the photo doesn't show it very well. Or its not there at all. Hmmmm, I should investigate that. Right after my nap ; )

I used Waltzing Mouse Off Beat Backgrounds for the background stamp and just repeat stamped it, overlapping with 4 different colors. Two colours each at opposite angles.

I used the sentiment from Waltzing Mouse Back in the Saddle and stamped it on a piece of kraft paper that I had die cut with Paper Smooches Quotable Dies  and sponged with Distress Ink.

You can't see it very well, but I outlined his little piece of hay with a Sakura glitter pen. You know, for his "amber wave piece of grain." Adds a nice shimmery touch. And I always like shimmer.

Ok... that's it for today. This week I have found that I haven't had as much stamping time as I would like. I walk by my office and peer in to see the table strewn with crafting items. I long to have a big block of time that I can indulge and try so many new techniques (new to me) and ideas I have percolating.  But you know, there's always something else thats pressing.  And really to cover everything in one sitting would take days!
I need to get better at being able to jump in and out of it at a moments notice, but I'm much too enthralled and can't pull myself away! Even if everyone is fighting and there is screaming and tears, just leave me alone, I want to stamp!

ok, folks. enough ramble. thanks for stopping by!
take-er easy.

Apr 17, 2014

Paper Smooches Picture Perfect Sparks Challenge!

Hey there all! Just dropping in to share a little sumthin'. 
I actually pulled off a challenge within the allotted time. Crazy, I know!

I'm joining over at Paper Smooches to share in their Sparks Challenge. I think I told you awhile ago that I just got a whole SLEW of Paper Smooches stamps. I have been eyeing them for so long that when it came time to order, I just loaded up my cart. So many amazing images to play with!

Here is the inspiration photo:

And here is my take:

I LOVE this doll image from Knick Knacks. Just love it. I kind of went with a color/space inspiration with this one. I used my Falling Hearts stencil for the background to mimic the visual aspect of the inspirational photo. Colored up my doll with similar colours as the photo and popped her up with dimensionals.
I did a mixed bag for my sentiment. DOLL was with outline alphabet (PTI) and YOURE A is a different stamp set too (Simon Says Stamp).
Colored the outlined letters with a Copic. I added a leftover circle I had sitting around and sponged it with some ink for her little sunshine halo-y thing behind her. I felt like it would make her pop a bit more. Put it all on a Pure Poppy card base (PTI). And Voila! You're a Doll!

Welp, that's all she wrote folks.... I'm glad I got to get in on this challenge. Join in the fun by clicking HERE!
thanks for stopping in!

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