Monday, April 23, 2018

Happiness Grows

12:21 PM

Hello Ai fans!

It's finally starting to feel like Spring here in Florida.  That's unusual because it's usually hot here by now.  I'm not complaining because I love it when it's warm with cooler evenings.  I've been enjoying having a reason to finally create Spring cards.  Today I used Cottage and Die Set 4746 with WC Sentiments Set 4903 for my card.

I stamped the cottage onto Bristol paper using Onyx Black Versafine Ink.  Then I lined up the matching dies for the window and door and cut them with my die cut machine.  I wanted my card to look Springy, so I kept my colors very light.  I colored the entire image in two layers of color with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers spreading the color out with a brush.  Once everything was dry, I cut the cottage out with my detail scissors. I cut the fence from the WC Fence Die 4967 from Bristol paper and colored it with the English Lavender marker and set it aside to dry. I stamped Happiness grows from the WC Sentiments Set 4903 onto a cloud die cut from Bristol paper with Onyx Black Versafine Ink.


For the grass, I colored my Olive Green Marvy LePlume II marker onto a Watercolor Palette and used a brush to add color to the bottom of a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper. I used Prussian Blue from the Watercolor Palette and my brush  to add cloud shapes along the top of the paper. I attached a piece of Kioshi paper from Basic Gray to my note card before I attached the piece of Canson paper to it with foam tape.  I added in some tiny punched flowers from patterned paper scraps then added gems to their centers. 



Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers Used :
Duck - Yellow, Tea Rose
Stones - Blue Gray, Beige
House - Pale Dawn Gray, Haze Blue, Tea Rose, S. Almond Pink, English Lavender

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lighthouse Circlet MTF

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!


I am a huge fan of all things Try Fold so I just fell in love with the new Circlet Mini Try Folds (MTF).  There are so many different ways you can use them.  I'm sure we're just starting to see some of the ways.  I did a rectangle card today to show you that you don't always have to make a circle card with these.  I put it together like a traditional MTF and would have used the pre-made cards available from Ai, but I was working with water so I made my card base out of Bristol paper.


Today I used the Lighthouse Circlet MTF 4979. This set comes with the stamps and dies.  I followed the directions on the packaging to cut and score my card. I stamped the first stamp in the top section of my card using SSS Intense Black Ink.  I lined up the matching die and cut it out.  I used a sharp pencil and gently traced the opening through to the middle flap.  I used the pencil lines to line up the next stamp before I stamped it with the same ink.  I lined up the proper die and cut it out.  This time, I traced the opening with my pencil onto the back flap and used the pencil lines to line up my last stamp.  Once all three images were stamped out, I erased the pencil lines.


I then cut two circle masks using the masking paper. I placed one over the circle image on the front panel.  I also used a large strip of the same masking paper and stuck it along the fold of the card.  I used a mini ink blending tool to blend Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Inks across the front of the panel.  Once I had the colors the way I liked them, I spritzed them with the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer and let the water sit for about 30 seconds.  I blotted the water off with a paper towel.  That created white marks on the ink.  Then I mixed some Perfect Pearl colored Perfect Pearls with water and splattered it all over the panel for a touch of sparkle.  Once it was all dry, I removed the masks.  I repeated the same process on the next panel using Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks.


I colored in the images using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and my #4 Brush. It was quite fast to color in the images. I used the following colors:
Fence - Beige 72, Mid Brown 65
Greens - Mid Green 46, Olive Green 43
Ocean - Cobalt Blue 31, Cornflower Blue 37
Lighthouse- Blue Gray 92, Carmine Red 22
Sky - Haze Blue



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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sleeping Doe Watercolor

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

When I first saw this new watercolor release the doe sleeping under the tree image was my absolute favorite.  I knew I wanted to recreate that image from the packaging.  I just needed to think of a way to work it into a card.  My birthday was two weeks ago and my sweet friend, Tere, gave me several pretty card bases.  As soon as I saw them I knew one design would be perfect for my doe scene! I love it when things work out like that.


I started with a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I inked up my tree from the WC Tree Set 1 5010 with Sepia and stamped the tree in the center of the paper and did not pull the color from the lines. I used my Acrylic Stamp Positioner to add the doe from the WC Mini Critter Set 5016 with Black. I used Brown with my Brush that I scribbled onto my Watercolor Palette to add color to the tree and the doe.  Once I'd added enough color to the doe, I used the fine tip of the Black marker to add back any lost features. I used Stamping Mask Paper to create a mask for the doe. Once it was covered, I used the tall grass from the WC Foliage Set 3 5007 with Olive Green to add in the grass around the doe.  I used my brush to pull the color up from the grass. I added leaves to the tree from the WC Foliage Set 3 5007 with Olive Green and used my damp Brush to pull out some color. I inked the three tiny blooms from the WC Mini Flower Set 3 5009 with Magenta and stamped it over the leaves and used my damp Brush to pull out some color.  I used the WC Flower Set 3 5008 and inked up the stem with Olive Green and inked up the bloom with Magenta.  I stamped it a few times below the tree.  I pulled the mask off of to reveal my untouched doe.  I used a circle die cut to cut out the entire scene.


I selected a single piece of pattern paper that would match everything on my card because it would show from the back to the front.  I chose a piece from the Pebbles Garden Party 6x6 paper pad and attached it to the inside of the card. I used a decorative die cut to cut the circle in the top portion of the card front where you would see the scene.  I attached my doe scene to the inside of the card so you could see it through the opening.Then I used Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Ink to stamp the greeting.  I also added several different colored acrylic gems along the scallops on the card front using my jewel picker.  I selected them to match the paper.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Get Off the Sidewalk

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Most of the men in my family are golfers, so I've had plans to use the Par-Tee Golfers set 4902 since it came out.  I just haven't gotten around to it .  Well, now I have.  I made up two very similar cards with the crazy old guy zipping along in his golf cart.  I loved all of the sayings in the set, but I had to add the Get off Sidewalk G2628 saying to one of the cards.  It just fit the image so well.


I stamped the image onto Canson XL watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival ink. I colored the Image using Lumin Arte Twinkling H2O's.  They are a watercolor paint that has a mica shimmer in them.  The colors used will be listed below. I used my #4 brush and the Watercolor Palette to help me while I painted. The mica in the paint covered many of the stamped lines, so I ended up tracing over them with a black pen. I cut the entire image out of the second smallest of the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Dies.


The greetings are stamped with a Versafine Onyx Black ink pad and die cut with two different banner die cuts. I used the Pebbles Garden Party 6x6 paper pad for the card layers.  The Enamel Dots are from My Minds Eye.

Twinkling H2O's Colors:
Face - Pale Porcelain, Sand Dollar, Rose Petal
Shirt - Mango Mambo, Orange Peel
Pants - Sea Glass, Moss Green
Bag - Nutmeg
Cart - Pale Porcelain
Background - Sea Glass, Stargazer
Everything Silver - Pewter, China Black

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Teenie Weenie Hugs Twist Tie Card

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

We're continuing to celebrate the release of the Twist Ties on the Ai blog with the Gatefold Cards Challenge. Check out the rules to see how you can enter for your chance to win some great prizes.  I'm using the Dog Twist Ties 4987. The set includes the stamps along with the matching dies.  The dies even cut the stitched hear windows.  


I decided to try the no line coloring technique.  I always found it to be an odd name.  I think the name should be more like no black line coloring. Anyway, I followed the directions to make my own card.  If I wasn't doing a watercolor technique, I could have used the Twist Tie Card and Envelope 8 Pack 4983. I used Canson XL watercolor paper and folded my cards. I then stamped the dogs with a Tea Dye Distress ink pad on the edges of each edge of the card being sure to line up the bottom part of the stamp as instructed in the directions.   


I painted the dogs with two different colors of Distress Ink Pads.  I used Tea Dye and Vintage Photo.  The one doe required a few extra pink details that I added in with Abandon Coral.  I colored in the bodies with Tee Dye and added the Vintage Photo details around the darker areas.  Once all of that dried completely, I added in the details like the eyes, nose, mouth and freckles with an almost dry brush and Vintage Photo ink.  I haven't tried this technique before because I expected it to be much harder than it was.  I know I'm going to do this technique more in the future.  


For the background, I used three colors of Distress Ink Pads.  I used Wilted Violet, Abandon Coral and Cracked Pistachio. I added very loose areas of color around the heart and dog on each side.  I let each area dry and added another layer of darker color to the centers of each area of color.  Once those areas were dry, I spritzed them with water and let it sit for about thirty seconds.  Then I patted it dry with my paper towel.  The areas when the water was had turned white.  I was sure to protect the dog image while I was doing all of this.  I then edged my card front with a Pilot medium tip silver marker. 


I made a second card using only one half of the twist tie dog image.  I colored it with all of the same colors.  I just filled in most of the background. When I added the top layer over a piece of red paper it looked a bit plain.  I ended up using Silver BoBunny glitter paste through a stencil to add some interest behind the heart.  I really like the resulting look. 



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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

With a Friend

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I really enjoy using all of the Windows to the World (WTTW) collection, but sometimes I don't want to use them with a window feature. Today, I made my WTTW image into a flip card.  It was really simple to do and I think it will be really fun for the receiver of this card. I did two different cards.  They're almost the same.  I just used different papers on them.  You'll notice that in the pictures.


I started by stamping the With a Friend Window 4583 onto Canson XL watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival Ink. I colored the image using a #4 water brush and Marvy LePlume II markers. I used Pine Green 72, Olive Green 15, Brown 6, Violet 8, Brownish Grey 40, and Iris Purple 55. I scribbled my colors onto the Watercolor palette and picked them up with my brush in layers.


I used my Silhouette Cameo and a cut file to cut out the flip card as well as all of the layers.  The decorative paper is a retired paper from Basic Grey called Kioshi.  I edged all of the layers with a mini blending tool and and Black Soot Distress Oxide ink pad before attaching them flat to the card.  The watercolor layer is attached to the card with Tombow Power Tabs.  They are slightly raised.


On the back, I added a place to write a message.  I added a sentiment from the WC Sentiments Set 4903.  I added some paper flowers to the bottom corner of the greeting layer. Lastly I added a white bow with a button in the center of it and that completed my flip card.  

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Easter Bunnies

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Happy Easter!

Well, it's almost Easter.  This is my last chance to wish you all a Happy Easter even though I thought that was the case last week.  This week I'm using the HM Easter Set 4976. This stamp set is designed to be used with the Holiday Mansion set, but I decided to use it without the mansion.  There are a bunch of cute little images that can be used by themselves.  What makes everything even easier is that the dies are included in the set !


I stamped my images onto Spectrum Ultra Smooth Premium white card stock with MFT Extreme black ink and colored them with my Copic markers.  Colors are listed below.  I have a pretty limited Copic collection so I had to get creative.  I wanted pastel colors so I used my regular colors and lightened them with my colorless blender.


For the main layer, I used my Cricut Air to cut out the word Easter onto cream paper.  I then cut out a layer using my SSS Stitched rectangles.  I made a card base with 110 lb. white paper.  I masked off the areas that would show through each letter of the word Easter.  I them colored in each area using the mini blending tool with a foam tool and my Distress inks.  In order I used Spun Sugar, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters, Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass.  I attached the cream layer onto the card.  After that I added the four bunnies, the basket and paint cans over each letter with foam tape.  The last thing I did was add a matching colored gem next to each letter.

Copics used:
Bunnies - E30, E31, W1, W3, RV10
Buckets - C5, C3, C1
B00, BV00, Y11. YG03, Blender

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