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Playing with Oxide Inks

Hi there! Today’s card was my first adventure with Tim Holtz Distress oxide inks. I had to giggle when I finished the background of this card because at first, I thought it looked like a hot mess ( relating back to my perfectionist tendencies). But, I went with it.

So, I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper and I cut the piece 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ so I would have room along the edges to tape the piece down on hard board while I played with these inks. I used fossilized amber, cracked pistachio and worn lipstick with the technique of pressing the ink pad onto an acetate sheet, spraying with water and dripping the ink onto the paper. There’s tons of YouTube videos out there using this technique if you’re interested in trying this out.

You want to work with one color at a time and heat set each color before moving on to the next to avoid muddy colors, which I might have a little bit of on this card, but I liked the overall effect.

I cut the watercolor paper down to 3 3/4″ x 5 3/8″ to allow a little room on the left side for a 1/2″ wide strip of patterned paper (this is a My Favorite Things paper).

Next, I stamped and colored the bear image from the My Favorite Things Beary Special Birthday stamp set with Copics and die-cut the image with the coordinating die-namics.

 

I finished it off with a nice big bold sentiment from the My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments stamp set and added a few sequins here and there.

I think I may have enjoyed playing with these inks even more than watercolors, at least on backgrounds.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and have a fabulous weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

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All That Shimmers Isn’t Gold… Sometimes it’s Wink of Stella

Hi there! Today’s card is all about gloss, sheen, and shimmer. I’ll admit, this one took quite a bit of time to create, but it was fun combining several different techniques.

First I stamped a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of white Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock with the My Favorite Things Mermaid Tail background stamp in versamark ink. I heat embossed the stamped background with Wow! Long Island Teal embossing powder.

Then, I added a little color to the stamped background with a light green Zig clean color pen. Once this was dry, I went over the background with clear Wink of Stella.  It’s difficult to catch this in still photos, but lots and lots of shine in that background!

 

Next, I stamped, masked and colored a mermaid and rock from the My Favorite Things Mermazing stamp set. I fussy cut around the entire image and then stamped the mermaid a second time so I could work on the mermaid tale separately. I used a fish scale Copic coloring technique on the mermaid tail, pressed it on a versamark ink pad and heat embossed the tail with Stampin’ Up! iridescent ice embossing powder. I fussy cut around the mermaid tail and adhered it to my original image.

I die-cut 3 waves in various blue cardstock with the My Favorite Things Ocean Waves die-namics and added a bit of gloss to the edges using an embossing pen and UTEE.

 

I tucked the rock portion of the image slightly under the wave and popped the mermaid up just a little with a thin dimensional adhesive.

I stamped, colored and fussy cut a fish from the stamp set and hand cut 3 small water splashes. They needed a little gloss too, so I randomly inked them in spots with an embossing pen and heat embossed once again with UTEE.

To finish it off, I die-cut a patterned paper with the My Favorite Things Stitched Sentiment Strips die-namics, matted it on a second patterned paper and stamped a sentiment from the set.

A dark teal cardstock mat really made the card front pop on the white card base.

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

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Magical Unicorn Monday

 

Hi there! Since I shared a magical dragon last Monday, I thought I’d share a magical unicorn this Monday. I think Mondays are anything but magical, so maybe this will help start the week off right.

I played around with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints again on this card and painted a background for my unicorn on Canson cold press. This was kind of tough for me and definitely out of my comfort zone. I’m usually a perfectionist and sloppy random color washes are a challenge, but it’s really good to try new things.

I stamped the unicorn and rainbow from the My Favorite Things Magical Unicorns stamp set, colored both with Copics and die-cut them with the coordinating die-namics to this set.

I finished the card with a sentiment from the stamp set, a little patterned paper and a few sequins.

Sweet and simple for your Monday!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Magical Dragon Monday

Hi there! I thought I’d share a magical dragon for your Monday because, well, all Mondays should have a magical dragon. One of the main reasons I started making cards again is to make people feel good, let them know they’re appreciated and thought of, so my dragon is a motivational job well done little guy and I know a few people who could really use some of this.

I used the My Favorite Things Magical Dragons stamp set on this card and I originally stamped and masked the dragon, fire and smoke on 80 lb. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. I drew the rocks under the dragon with a Copic multi-liner and then colored all of my images with Copics.

Then, I decided the white background just wasn’t working and I wanted my dragon against a patterned paper background. I fussy cut around the dragon, fire and rocks as one single piece and cut out the smoke accents. I matted a My Favorite Things patterned paper on orange cardstock and adhered my dragon scene just below the center of the card.

I die-cut a specialty paper from The Paper Company that looks a little like reptile skin from a My Favorite Things sentiment die and matted it on a dark gray cardstock.

I didn’t have a smoke stamp or die large enough for my sentiment, so I die-cut a cloud from the Lawn Fawn Simple Puffy Clouds dies and colored it with W1 and a colorless blender to add some swirls and look a little more like my puffs of smoke above.

I hope you have a magical Monday and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Copic Airbrushed Clouds

Hi there! Today’s card features the My Favorite Things Up in the Air stamp set. Birdie Brown does it again with adorable little animals and fun hot air balloons! First, a little info about the cloud background:

There’s numerous ways to create the look of clouds with inks and my personal favorite is using the Copic airbrush system. Usually I will die-cut either individual clouds or a cloud border and airbrush around the die-cuts, but for this card I wanted to use the new My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil.

After I die-cut a piece of 80 lb. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock with the My Favorite Things Blueprints 31 Die-namics, I began at the top of the cardstock and airbrushed one edge around the stencil with B000. The stencil is approximately 6″x6″ and each edge has a slightly different cloud shape.

 

 

I then rotated the stencil and placed one edge towards the middle of the cardstock, covering up what I had already airbrushed, and continued rotating the stencil a few more times towards the bottom of the piece.

A little goes a long way when you’re airbrushing, so I always start off to the side of the project I’m working on to get an idea of exactly where the color is laying down.

The stencil made this technique really easy and the clean up of the stencil was a breeze using a little colorless blender and a cloth.

I colored the balloons and dog with Copics and die-cut them with the coordinating Die-namics. The dog and banner are popped up with dimensional adhesive for a little interest.

 

I finished it off by die-cutting a 2″ x 4″ piece of a My Favorite Things patterned paper using the stitched rectangle die from the Blueprints 31 set first, and then the half circle die from this set along one edge. The sentiment is also from this stamp set and it’s stamped on a die-cut gray cardstock using the My Favorite Things Oval Word Window Frames Die-namics and adhered with dimensional adhesive.

I can’t wait to give this to a friend who was recently promoted at work!

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

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Going Out of Bounds

Hi there! My card for today features the new My Favorite Things Giraffing Me Crazy stamp set and Safari Tree Die-namics die. Just like you can never have too many koala stamps, I guess I can never have too many giraffe stamps!

For my background piece, I die-cut a stitched rectangle from kraft cardstock using the My Favorite Things Blueprints 31 Die-namics and stenciled a zebra print using a Delta stencil and Memento Peanut Brittle ink.

 

I colored the giraffes with Copics on 100lb. Neenah Environment Desert Storm cardstock and die-cut them with the coordinating die-namics dies. I die-cut the Safari tree from a textured Tim Holtz Core’dinations cardstock and olive green cardstock and I was then ready to adhere all of my elements.

I wanted the larger giraffe to extend way above the top of the tree, so to do this I had to cut the giraffe in half at the base of his neck. I then adhered the head/neck portion towards the top of the card. My original plan was to keep all of the elements within that rectangle background piece, but overlapping the top edge and “going out of bounds” really emphasized my very tall giraffe.

Next, I adhered the bottom portion of the giraffe towards the bottom of the card and the tree trunk over the top of both pieces. A little layering of the leafy portions with a few adhered using dimensional adhesive gives the tree more visual interest.

 

I also used dimensional adhesive on the smaller giraffe to bring him more forward in the scene.

I stamped a sentiment from this stamp set on a My Favorite Things patterned paper, die-cut the sentiment with another die from the Blueprints 31 and matted the piece on dark brown cardstock.

Sweet cartoonish giraffes are sure to bring a smile!

Hope you enjoyed my card for today and thanks for stopping by!

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Copic Coloring on Neenah Desert Storm

 

 

Hi there! Today’s card is a simple design, but simple can be a very effective way of placing focus on the message or intent of your card and allows a cute colored image to really take center stage. I wanted a lot of white space on this, but not white in the literal sense, so I used 100lb. Neenah Environment Desert Storm cardstock.

This cardstock is slightly lighter in color than kraft and you can get really interesting results with Copics on it. Be forewarned, though- your Copic colors will look very different on this than on white cardstock. I recommend testing all colors that you plan to use first on a piece of this cardstock before starting to color your image. You will need to go quite a bit darker with your shades than you might think. If you like coloring on the Desert Storm as much as I do, you might want to print off a Copic color chart on the cardstock for easy reference in future projects.

I used the My Favorite Things You Make My Tail Wag stamp set and I stamped the dog first using the MISTI, leaving plenty of room above the dog for my sentiment and the paw prints. I then masked the dog and stamped the dish. Poor little guy looks so sad his dish is empty.

 

I stamped the sentiment and paw prints also from this set and finished it off with a small strip of patterned paper to ground it just a bit.

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

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Drawing a Background Scene

 

Hi there! Today’s card is all about the background. Sometimes you don’t have quite the stamp you’re looking for to create your scene and you have to improvise. I wanted my little chameleon to chill on some big volcanic rocks (think Hawaii here) and I had some tropical plant and flower stamps, but no big rocks. Out came the Copic multi-liner pen.

First I die-cut 80lb. Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock using the My Favorite things Dome Frame Die-namics. I’m loving this die right now, so prepare to see it used again soon. I first had to stamp the Chameleon from the My Favorite Things Polynesian Paradise stamp set using the MISTI. I allowed plenty of room beneath for the large rocks. I then stamped the orange and gold plants from the My Favorite Things Blissful Blooms stamp set below the chameleon towards the bottom left, masking off the smaller gold plant before stamping the larger plant behind it. Now I was ready to draw the rocks and sand. Using a Copic multi-liner, I first draw an irregular line across the bottom of the scene at the base of the plants. This area was for the sand. I then began drawing from each side of the chameleon down towards the sand line. I added a few smaller rocks to the side and in front of the large rock.

I was now ready to color and I chose to start with the sky. I die-cut 2 small clouds from the My Favorite Things Puffy Clouds Die-namics and taped one to each side at the top, overlapping the edges, and masked the stamped images. I also had to mask the rocks and sand. The nice thing about eclipse tape with masking is the ability to see through it. I cut a large piece of the tape, laid it across the scene and traced the rock/sand outline. I cut along the outline and voila! Masked rocks and sand. You could use ink daubers at this point for the sky, but I used the Copic airbrush system for a clean even coverage. I colored the rest of my scene with Copics and added a little pebble rock area for more interest at the bottom.

 

I adhered my scene to the card base centered on a sunny patterned paper from a Hobby Lobby Paper Studio paper pad matted on orange cardstock and adhered the stitched dome frame portion of the die-cut to my scene. I finished it off with stamped, colored and die-cut hibiscus on the left side and a flower cluster popped up with dimensional adhesive on the right from the Polynesian Paradise stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. A simple Hawaiian sentiment at the bottom and my tropical chameleon paradise is complete!

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

 

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Welcome!

 

 

Hi there and welcome to my first post on my brand new blog! I’m really excited to share my creative adventures and today I’m sharing a card using the new My Favorite Things “Cuddly Koalas” stamp set. Who doesn’t love a koala? These little guys are adorable!

I first die-cut the background from 80lb. Neenah Solar Crest White cardstock using the My Favorite Things Stitched dome frames die-namics. I then drew a line for the ground using a Copic multiliner pen, cut a mask for the ground using eclipse tape and inked the sunrise above the masked area with Memento ink in Cantaloupe and Dandelion using a sponge dauber.

I removed the mask and colored the ground with Copic markers and adhered this piece towards the bottom right of a 4 ” x 5 1/4″ piece of white cardstock. Then, I adhered the stitched frame portion of the die-cut to the background piece.

I colored the koala, branch and tree with Copics and die-cut each image with the coordinating die-namics dies, adhering them to the right side of the background.

For the sentiment, I punched a label shape from My Favorite Things patterned paper using an EK Success punch, stamped the sentiment (this is a HeroArts stamp) and matted the punched shape on kraft cardstock.  I punched a small hole in the left side of the label and tied a piece of twine through the hole. Then, I adhered the label shape using dimensional adhesive. I chose a dark brown cardstock for the card base to really make the koala scene pop.

Hope you enjoyed my card for today and thanks for stopping by!