Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fall Watercolor Card

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

The new Bible Journaling line of stamps are beautiful, but it just isn't something that I do.  That doesn't mean that I don't want several of the items from the new release.  I just had to have the Block Letter Die Set. I knew that I could use it in a variety of ways in my card making.  Once I saw how it was used on the packaging with masking paper, I had to try it myself.  The first way I had to try it was to make a Fall card because Saturday was the first day of Fall. Happy Fall!
The word Fall was cut out of masking paper using the Block Letter Die Set. It was attached to a piece of Canson XL Watercolor paper.  The area around the word was filled in using the Watercolor the Art Impressions way and the listed Ai stamp sets as well as the listed Marvy LePlume II markers. Once that was done, the masked letters were lifted off.  A shadow was added tot he letters with the Rosewood marker.
A piece of gold paper was added behind the watercolor piece.  It was added to a piece of dark brown paper with foam tape.  The brown paper was added to a pumpkin spice card with foam tape.  It was hard, but I kept the card very simple so the main image stood out.

Marvy LePlume II Markers Used:
Red 2, Brown 6, Olive Green 15,
Dark Brown 18, English Red 28, Rosewood 30,
Butterscotch 83, Tropical 101

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

STAMPtember exclusive with Simon Says Stamp

12:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I'm thrilled to be involved in another year of STAMPtember with Ai and Simon Says Stamp. This year's set has two ladies talking while sharing coffee. The REALLY seem to be enjoying their coffee! The set is called Pumpkin Spice.  Just remember to grab this set fast because it's a limited edition set and once it sells out, it's gone.  You can only get it from SimonSaysStamp.com starting today!

The images were stamped onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock with My Favorite Things Extreme Black ink.  The main image was colored with Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post.  The images were cut using the Oval Double Stitched Dies from Art Impressions.
The card was covered using Cedar Lane paper from the American Crafts 6x6 paper pad.  The entire card was edged with a medium tip Gold Pilot marker. The images were applied with foam tape.  A variety of sequins were applied with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. 

Copic Colors Used:
Faces - E000, E00, E11, R20, R24
Hair - Y02, Y21, E13, E37, E31, E33, E35
Jacket - Coo, C1, C3
Turtleneck/Scarf/Shoes - R81,R83,R85
Pants - Y21,Y23,Y26, C7,C5,C3
Shirt - YG61,YG63,YG67
Coffee - C1,C3,W1,E31,E33
Ground - W1,W3

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Circle Elements Challenge Card

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Today Ai is celebrating the second week of the release of the Holiday Mini TryFolds and Circlet Mini Try Folds with the Circle Elements Challenge on their blog.  There's still time to join the challenge. For my card, I am using the NEW Christmas Circlet MTF Set. I combined it with the Merry Christmas greeting from the Christmas Wreath Set to make my card.  I always say it, but I love how easy it it to make the Mini TryFolds because the set comes with full directions, stamps and dies.  Plus, the small images are super fast to color up.

All three images were stamped onto Strathmore Watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival Ink and colored with Marvy LePlume II Markers.  The Markers were colored onto a Watercolor Palette and picked up with a #4 brush. The colors are listed at the end of this post. A layer of the Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen was applied over the the snowy areas. Once the images were colored they were die cut with the matching window dies from the MTF stamp set.  They were each also cut with a die from the Circle Double Stitched Dies.
The card is a White TryFold card base, but you can fold a piece of paper following the directions from the MTF set. The Craft Smith Crystal Frost 6x6 paper collection was used on this card.  The paper for the front completely covered the entire flap.  The paper for the second flap was cut with the Rounded Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies. The paper for the center flap was cut with the Circle Double Stitched Dies. Once all of the decorative papers were applied the stamped and colored images were also applied with strong adhesive They were then die cut again with the matching window dies from the MTF stamp set.  Merry Christmas was stamped with Versamark Watermark ink onto a scrap of decorative paper and embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder from Ranger. It was cut into a strip and applied over a piece of white paper.  It was added to the front of the card with foam.
Marvy LePlume II Colors Used:
Steel Blue 17, African Violet 86,
Pine Green 72, Laurel Green 32,
Brilliant Yellow 43, Persimmon 89,
 Rosewood 30, Grey 12

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fall Floral Birdhouse PopCard

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Fall is coming!  It's my favorite season because of the colors of the turning leaves.  I really miss seeing that here in Florida, so I make up for it with my markers!  I used the Floral Birdhouse Popcard set to make a vintage fall card. I also used the Popcard Template because it isn't included in the set, but it is needed to assemble the card.
A piece of Strathmore watercolor paper was cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and distressed with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  The Crafter's Companion Ornate Square Frame Die was cut from the top portion of the rectangle.  Another rectangle was cut from matte gold cardstock and attached to a cream card base.  Just the center portion of the ornate die was cut from the frame to reveal the opening to the center of the card.  The watercolor piece was attached to the card base. The greeting and butterfly from the stamp and die set were attached to the bottom of the card 
The images were stamped onto Strathmore watercolor paper with Versamark Watermark ink and Vintage Gold embossing powder was applied and heat set. The images were colored with Marvy LePlumw II Markers. The colors are listed at the end of this post. The images were cut using the matching dies that came in the stamp set. The Popcard Template  was cut out of a piece of acetate.  It's easier to use because it slides together better. I followed the directions on the package to put the card together making sure that the pop card showed through the window properly. 
Marvy LePlume II Colors Used:
Birdhouse - Rosewood 30, Ochre 13, Brown 6
Flowers - Wine 63, English Red 28
Birds - Laurel Green 32, Turquoise 14
Leaves - Olive Green 15, Butterscotch 83, Red 2

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Cottage Circlet MTF View Finder Card

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I have really been more in the mood to make interactive cards lately.  I think it may have something to do with all of the cool dies that are on the market that make it simple to make interactive cards.  They're all great, but I prefer to use my crafty budget for stamps and papers, so I find myself looking for ways to make those cards without the dies.  There are tons of tutorials on the internet for many of the one's that have been around for some time like this view finder card.  I found the directions on Splitcoaststampers and adapted them to fit my needs.  I had the idea to make the sky change behind the cottage in the Cottage Circlet MTF and it worked out great.
The middle image from the Cottage Circlet MTF was stamped onto watercolor paper with Versafine Claire Nocturne ink. It was then die cut using one of the Circle Double Stitched Dies as well as the die that comes with the circlet set. This image is colored using Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  The colors used are listed below.  Once Everything was colored, it was attached to a piece of the Bo Bunny Early Bird 6x6 collection that was cut with the Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies. The colored piece was lined up and the inside was once again cut using the die that came with the stamp set.  A half circle notch was cut along the right hand side of the rectangle with the Circle Double Stitched Dies right next to the colored image to form a notch for the view finder piece to be moved after it was attached.

A piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper was cut using a scalloped die cut.  It was colored with a pastel rainbow of Distress Oxide Inks.  They were applied using the Ranger mini ink with the foam applicators.  I started with Spun Sugar and then added Wild Honey and blended back into it with the Spun Sugar to get a perfect blend.  That was done with every color going from Wild Honey into Squeezed Lemonade into Cracked Pistachio into Tumbled Glass into Shaded Lilac until coming back to the Spun Sugar.  A hole was poked into the center of this piece.  A 1" circle was cut out of the Circle Double Stitched Dies to go behind the scalloped piece.  A hole was poked into the center of the 1" piece and a brad was put into the center of it with the prongs facing towards the front.  Four small foam squares were placed on the back of the 1" circle and the brad was put through the center of the larger scalloped circle with the foam squares to the back and the rainbow to the front.  The prongs were closed onto the front.  This is the piece that makes the circle move once it is attached to the card. Foam tape was double stacked along the edges of the rectangle piece leaving a void for the rainbow circle to spin.  The four foam squares behind the 1" circle were then attached to a top folding A2 card that was covered with another piece of patterned paper. Now the sky will change behind the cottage as the "wheel" is turned.
Clean Color Real Brush Markers Used:
S. Almond Pink 200, Pale Rose 230
Flesh Color 71, Beige 72
Green Shadow 49, Light Green 41
Shadow Mauve 303, Blue Grey 92
Lilac 83, English Lavender 803
Yellow 50

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Happy 50th Birthday Jon!!!

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

My brother is turning 50 this year so his card couldn't be very serious.  It had to be super fun.  I had the perfect Art Impressions stamps for his card.  I used the Guinea Pig Out Set along with the Pig Flutter Set to make a fun birthday card that I think he'll enjoy.


The large image from Guinea Pig Out Set and the pig and it's wings from the Pig Flutter Set were stamped onto Canson XL watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival Ink and painted with the Jane Davenport Watercolors. A very light layer of Prismacolor colored pencils was added over some areas of the guinea pigs to add depth. The colors used are listed below. The pig wings were colored over with the clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker to add shimmer.  The front image was cut and layered onto the card Using the phrase about being old when pigs fly.



The pig and the wings from the Pig Flutter Set were cut out using the die cuts that came in the set.  The set comes with easy to follow directions that made it easy for the pig to be assembled.  Once the pig was together it was added to the inside of the card using foam tape. When the card opens, it reveals a flying pig!


I also made a simpler card that just has the flying pig on the front of the card.  The entire card front was assembled like the inside of the previous card so the pig flutter was on the card front.  



Jane Davenport Watercolor Colors's used:
Pig - Kiss Kiss, Cocoa, Buff, Raven
Wings - Dove
Guinea Pigs - Kiss Kiss, Cocoa, Buff, Spice
Cake/ Accents - Blueberry, Butterfly, Ladybug, Mango

Prismacolor Colored Pencil Color's used:
Guines Pigs - Light Umber, Putty Beige, Goldenrod
Cake - Cool Grey 20%

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Cornucopia

9:01 PM

Hello Ai fans!

I love fall colors, so as soon as the new release came out I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Grateful Hearts Set. I really wanted to color the large cornucopia image.  I chose to paint it this time, but I'm sure I'll color it many different ways in the future because it might just be my favorite image from this new release.  I'm sure I'll feel that way about every image from this release.  I was also really happy to get a chance to use one of the five new die cut sets that were just released.


The large image from Grateful Hearts Set was stamped onto Canson XL watercolor paper with Coffee Archival Ink and painted with Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors using a #1 brush.  The colors are listed at the end of this post. The image was then cut out with The New Rounded Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies.  It is mounted onto copper glitter paper and mounted again onto paper from the American Crafts Cedar Lane 6x6 paper collection. 


Daniel Smith Watercolor Color's used:
Cornucopia - Burnt Umber, Raw Umber
Grapes - Quinacridone Violet
Large Pumpkin - Transparent Pyrrol Orange
Tomato/ Orange - Quinacridone Red, Raw Umber, Sap Green
Gourds - Naples Yellow, Permanent Yellow Deep
Pepper - Quinacridone Gold
Eggplant - Cobalt Violet Deep, Sap Green
Acorns - Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber
Corn - Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Burnt Umber, Napthamide Maroon, Hansa Yellow Medium

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