I love doing shaker cards and watercoloring and using embossing folders. Wednesday’s Simon Says challenge was to use your favorite techniques. I still find shaker cards a challenge but this one worked out. I used a cloud die cut and cut it twice in different places to make the tree. I used distress Ink as watercolor and also with sponging technique for tree background. It was simple and fast.
Today I followed a video done by Shari Carroll. I love the things she does. I love the color she chooses. So I did exactly as she did. I did not have all the Gellato colors or the Pit Big Brush colors but they were similar. Shari did a lighter blue maybe by mixing more gel medium into it. But I love how it turned out. I copied her exactly because I find that I learn more if I am not concerned about placement colors etc. I absolutely love these Birds from Tim Holtz and I am going to do a lot of practice with them watching various videos and following their technique. Then I will go on my own and come up with my own creations.
The Gel Medium mixed with Gellatos gives a nice texture.
The video is on You Tube “Quick Techniques Using Faber Castell.” Simon Says Stamps and Shari Carroll
Had a lot of fun yesterday watching other great cardmakers’ and artists’ videos. I learn so much from them but need to practice a lot. This one was one that I watched on a video from Sandy Allnock. Crazy Birds (Tim Holtz)- Copics learning from Ranger (on You Tube.) Since I don’t own Copics I did her version of Distress Ink. I like the Tim Holtz Watercolor paper but I think Strathmore Watercolor paper works better if you have to do a lot to get the color you want. The Tim Holtz paper starts pilling (is that the word?) a lot. I love how relaxing it is to use this method.
This fits right in with the Simon Says Monday Challenge The technique just requires that you put a lot of water on the paper and then add color to get the funky watercolor look.
Inspired by Design Tip #6 from Sandy Allnock (Try repeating an animal image,) I decided to make a simple card with these little hedgehogs and the deer. I need more practice but it was fun. I should have stamped the hedgehogs first with just the board adhered with removable glue. Then added the wall and painted the hedgehogs. Then finished with the background and the wall. The wall was done with a brick embossing folder on red paper. Then white pigment ink pad wiped over the top. Next time I try it I will look up the coloring on the deer for shading etc. Also I think I like stamping in black ink first before coloring. I used brown ink and they aren’t as sharp looking as I would like. I am including some pictures of the process because my work table wasn’t as big a mess as it usually is or at least it didn’t show up in the picture.
Did a very simple Sympathy card for the SS Monday Challenge “Love of Plants”. Used Canvas paper and sponged distress ink for a background. Using an Anna Griffin die cut, I cut a small portion of the die cut and applied it to the background. Finished with a frame and a die cut butterfly.
Simon Says Monday Challenge Love of Plants
The Post Script to this Post is that I don’t think this card got entered in SS Challenge. Something went wrong when I was adding the Link and I can’t fix it 🙁
I wanted to create a shaker card where the shaker looked like a Lily Pond. I found this Stampin Up set “Remarkable You” that had a flower that looked like a water lily. So I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and watercolored the lilies. Watercolored a background for the pond with distress ink and made a shaker card using blue and green sequins and glitter. I am very happy with the results.
Simon Says Monday Challenge Love of Plants
Taking a break from creating. I hate to do that since I really enjoy it everyday. The problem is I don’t get anything else done. Husband needs a new phone so have an appointment with ATT. (ugh) Then our church’s annual pig feed tonight. I just hope no lightening like last night. That would be disastrous.
Maybe when I get home I can do some more coloring with the new Simply Gorjuss stamps I got yesterday. I love them. They were inexpensive and they are really nice. Each set has wonderful little things in it. I colored one last night called “The Runaway” I am learning to use alcohol ink stamps. Starting with Spectrum Noir. I might invest in Copics one of these days if I can master this.
This is the time for graduation cards it seems. Have made two so far. I love this one. I spent a lot of time on it, thinking at first it would be simple since I have used the Stampin Up owl so many times and he always looks so cute. I stamped and embossed a number of strips for the second layer. That took a lot of time. Then deciding how to put them together was like a puzzle. I am very happy with it even if it did take a day and a half. I love the Dr Seuss graduation poem and used the first two paragraphs for the sentiment.
For the Live Love Cards Vellum challenge I stamped a piece of Vellum with a Tiny Star background in Versamark ink. Embossed with WOW Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Glitter. I then used Distress Inks Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire. I added a lot of water to the ink and smooched the vellum in it. I let it dry and flattened it out. When the vellum dried it warped and looked like a cloudy starry sky. So I watercolored a fairy stamped picture on watercolor paper and cut it out. I cut a frame and sponged the same distress colors on the frame and the card backing. I liked the effect of the starry sky on the warped vellum. Wish I could figure out how to photograph and capture the details but I guess if you double click on the picture it is larger and more detailed. I am getting the hang of this blog stuff slowly.
Here are a couple of new creations from Saydi. As soon as I figure out how to do a proper gallery, I will make a little gallery just for her.