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Let Your Dreams Soar

Happy Friday! I’ve got a little pterodactyl to share today because, why not? All of the stamps I used on this card are from one of my favorite dinosaur stamp sets, the Clearly Besotted You Rock set.

This one’s pretty simple. I cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and then stamped and masked all of the images.

I airbrushed the sky with Copic E02 and R21 and then airbrushed the ground with E43, E42 and E41.

I colored all of the images with Copics and stamped the sentiment last.

To finish it off, I cut a strip of black patterned paper to 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and adhered it to the bottom of the cardstock, then matted my scene on an orange patterned paper cut 4″ x 5 1/4″.

Hope your weekend is crafty and fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by!

Clearly Besotted

Dolphins are Awesome

Hi there! I’ve been posting a little sporadically this past week because I was on vacation swimming with dolphins! What an amazing experience. I thought a dolphin card was in order today.

I’ve used a similar technique as my last card with edge dies used as stencils and some Copic airbrushing. I used the My Favorite Things Ocean Waves die-namics and cut 2 pieces of cardstock slightly larger than my background piece. Then, I die-cut each cardstock piece with 2 different dies from this set right across the middle of the cardstock.

Before airbrushing, I stamped the dolphin and splashes from the Clearly Besotted Make a Splash stamp set and masked all of the images.

To get the variation between the waves, I used one half of the cardstock piece as a stencil and airbrushed the bottom wave with BG11, BG13 and BG 23. Then I  used the other half as a mask over the area I had airbrushed and repeated this process a little further up on the background piece for the top wave with BG49 and BG 15.

Once the top wave was airbrushed, I masked both waves and airbrushed the sky with Y11 and Y 21.

I colored all of the images with Copics and added a little white gel pen to the top of each splash. Once they were dry, I went over the top of the white gel pen area with glossy accents.

For the sentiment, I cut a small piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock and sponged Distress Oxide ink in Twisted Citron. I then used a spray bottle and spritzed the cardstock and let it air dry.

I die-cut the Taylored Expressions Hello Script die from this piece and from a piece of dark gray cardstock and adhered the 2 together slightly offset to give the sentiment a little more impact.

The patterned paper behind the background piece is from the Authentique Utopia paper pad.

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

Clearly Besotted

You Turtley Rock!

Hi there!  So, I had a few practice watercolor backgrounds laying around as I’ve been working my way through the lessons in the online watercolor class I’ve been taking and I thought this combination of blues, greens and yellows would make a good underwater background.

I’ve used a mishmash of dies on this card and I started by die-cutting my watercolor piece with the smaller rounded rectangular die from the My Favorite Things Blueprints 31 die-namics. I used the larger rectangular die from this set to cut the dark brown mat for the background.

I’ve got a pretty neat technique on this card to share…Distress oxide inks on vellum! I wanted the seaweed and coral to be somewhat translucent, so I inked two separate pieces of vellum with a sponge dauber and the oxide inks. I used Twisted Citron and a little bit of Peeled Paint on the seaweed piece and Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral on the coral piece. I then spritzed the vellum with water. Vellum bubbles up and curls when you get it wet like this and at first I was going to trash the whole idea, but once I die-cut the vellum, it was perfect for what I was going for on this card! I used a Sizzix Seaweed, Coral and Waves die set.

I adhered the seaweed piece to the background using a very small amount of glossy accents in a few places to let the vellum remain raised here and there.

Next, I die-cut the circle strip from the Blueprints 31 die-namics and embossed it with a Sizzix wood-grain embossing folder. I adhered this across the card using dimensional adhesive since it was going over the raised seaweed. Then, I die-cut a piece of kraft cardstock with the My Favorite Things Ocean View Porthole die-namics. This fit perfectly over the circular piece from the Blueprints 31 dies. I adhered flat-back gems with glossy accents on the holes in the Porthole.

I added the coral die-cut using a small amount of glossy accents again in a few places so it stayed a bit curled up.

To finish it off, one of my favorite animals in the world. I stamped this cute little sea turtle from the Clearly Besotted Cool Dude stamp set, colored him with Copics and cut him out with scissors. He’s adhered with a thinner dimensional adhesive.

I stamped the sentiment from this stamp set using the MISTI. This tool is so helpful when you’re stamping on textured cardstock. You can always stamp it perfectly a few times if the first try isn’t a good coverage.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Clearly Besotted

Relax, it’s the Summer!

Hi there! Since summer is officially here, I thought I’d kick off the week with a little sand, surf and seal. I’ve mixed vintage and cute on this one and I really like the combination.

I’ve also used a combination of oxide ink and watercolor paints, so I began with the oxide ink first as the results are a little less predictable than the watercolors.

I cut a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and taped the edges down to hard board. I then cut a wavy edge on a piece of eclipse masking tape and covered the top half of the cardstock. I dripped some Tim Holtz Broken China oxide ink below the masked area and used the smooshing technique with the ink. I did this 3 separate times, drying each layer with a heat gun.

Then, I stamped the seal, umbrella and sand castle images from the Clearly Besotted Seal of Approval stamp set a bit above the oxide ink area. I masked all of the images and used the same eclipse tape mask slightly above the stamped images. I painted the sand portion with a mixture of Gansai Tambi 42, 44 and 47 and a water brush.

Next, I taped a Tim Holtz Rays stencil above the sand portion and painted with Gansai Tambi 33 and 43.

I colored my stamped images with Faber Castell Polychromos.

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment from the WaltzingMouse My Island stamp set on the oxide ink area. Waltzingmouse stamps are no longer in business, but you can still find some of Claire Brennan’s stamps sets at GinaKdesigns.com. This set is one of my favorites and it’s now available again!

I cut my finished scene down to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ and used dimensional tape along the outside edges to pop the cardstock from the patterned paper beneath.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and thanks for stopping by!