Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tea Party Pop Card

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I am a huge fan of the Pop Card line.  I especially love the newer release that has more involved scenes.  Today I'm showing you the Tea Party Pop Card 4942.  I used it with the Pop Card Template 4862. Remember that all of the Pop Cards come with all of the stamps and dies that you need to make them, except for the Pop Card Template.  You only need to buy the template one time for use with all of the Pop Cards.


My card started with a pre-cut linen card base that had an eyelet edging. I just cut a circle into the top side of it so the recipient could catch a glimpse of what was inside the card.  I added paper to the card front from the DCWV Garden Tea Party paper stack.  I also added a die cut doily that I had cut to go around the circle. I edged the entire card and all of it's layers with Tea Dye Distress ink.  All of my images are colored with Peerless watercolors.  They are concentrated watercolors on special sheets of paper.  I find it's easiest to apply them with a fine point waterbrush.  I used just a few colors on this project.  They were; japomica scarlet, olive green, bismark brown, tea rose pink and pearl gray. Once all of the images were dry, I applied Diamond Stickles to a few areas.


I assembled the inside of the Pop Card following the directions that are in the packaging.  I cut the Pop Card template out of acetate.  It makes it easier to get the template through the thick watercolor paper, and you can barely see it.  I just love how everything pop's up and comes to life when the card is opened! I hope you give these fun cards a try.  Once you see how easy they are to make, you'll want to do more and more of them.  

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

We all need Crazy Friends

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

New Girlfriends release.
I did two very similar cards,  They really just had different patterned paper in the background.


I started by stamping the Crazy Friends Set 4989 image onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White card stock with SSS Intense Black Ink. I colored the image using Copic markers. I colored them to match up with the paper collection I was using, but I also wanted them to be bright.  After all, these ladies are having a crazy time and needed some brighter colors!


I used Kioshi from the Basic Grey 6x6 paper collection.  It is edged with a Silver Pilot Marker. The greeting is also cut with a decorative die cut and foam mounted. My main image is cut out with a decorative oval die and added to the background with foam tape. I added some rhinestones to the background as well as the image for a bit of added sparkle.


Copic Colors used:
Faces - E000, E00, E11, E21, E04, R20, R22
Hair - E33, E35, E37, W1, W3
Boots, E33, E35, E37, W1, W3
Boas - W1, W3 Blender
Dress - V15, V17, YG63
Shirt - B00, B02, R81, R83, R85
Rose - R81, R83, R85

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Chicken!!

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I love the Bird Brains collection from Ai.  It's fun to mix and match the images with the sentiments. I needed to make a birthday card for a friend and this was the perfect combination.


I started by stamping Feathered Friends 1880 onto Canson XL watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival ink.  The image is colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I used some water to blend out parts of the chicken with a watercolor brush.  The background paper is from the Authentique Latest and Greatest 6x6 paper pad. It's edged with a silver marker. I stamped the Chicken! 1889 greeting onto a separate piece of paper and attached most of it to the front of the card. I added the chicken!! part to the inside of the card with a piece of extra patterned paper.


Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker Colors Used:
Nest - Bright Yellow 52, Mustard 67
Leaves - Olive green 43
Chicken - Warm gray 2 900, Light Pink 26, Red 20, Orange 70

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Shepherd Window

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Today's card is part of Layton's Legacy Card Drive and Fundraiser Blog Hop. I used the Shepherd Window 4986 block stamp from Hobby Lobby.  I used the mood board combined with my papers to pick my colors.  In the end, my colors strayed quite a bit from the mood board, but I really like how everything ended up.



I Stamped the Shepherd Window stamp onto Canson XL Watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I painted the image using Marvy LePlume II markers that I scribbled onto the Ai travel palette.  I just added the color to my paper in light layers until I had the depth of color I was looking for.  I used Black 1, Olive green 15, Prussian Blue 29 and Brownish Grey 40 to color in my image. Once the image was colored, I cut it out along the straight lines because the words weren't very clear on the watercolor paper.  I stamped another image with Onyx Black Versafine ink onto smooth white paper and attached the colored square over the words.



On the card, the top layers edge was cut with a die from the Tim Holtz Stitched Oval set. The oval die is the Double Stitched Oval STAX from MFT.  The word hugs is from Momenta. I made an Ai 3-D frame from American Crafts Cedar Lane 6x6 patterned paper. All of the edges are inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The frame is lined with a piece of patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter 6x6 Collection. I used foam tape to attach my colored image to the center of the frame. 

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Sheep Flutters Card

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I don't know how Bonnie does it, but she keeps coming up with new and amazing interactive stamps.  I can't rave enough about the new Flutters collection.  They are easy to put together and fun to play with.  I have showed this card to the adults in my family and they have been mesmerized by it.  I'm sure you'll have a similar experience.


I used the Sheep Flutter Set 4974.  It comes with the stamps and the dies and even a few mini brads. I stamped the sheep parts onto Canson XL Watercolor Paper using Jet Black Archival Ink.  I colored each section with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I used Flesh Color, Oatmeal, and  S. Almond Pink on the face. The body is Oatmeal and the hooves are Mid Brown.  I spread out the color with water and a brush. I attached all of the pieces following the assembly directions on the package. 


The background was created on another piece of Canson XL Watercolor Paper. I used the WC Fence Dies 4967 to cut two fence masks with the stamping mask paper and attached them along the bottom of the paper. I inked the greenery from the Foliage Set 1 4051 with Pine Green and stamped it over the masks. I used my damp brush to pull out some of the color.  I inked one of the flowers from the Flower Set 4052 with Violet over the fence. Again, I pulled out color with my damp brush.  I was sure to fill in all of the area around the fence.  I lifted off the mask and added some Violet onto my palette and used my brush to add shadows along the fence. I used the tiny grass from the  Foliage Set 1 4051 with Pine Green along the bottom of the fence.  I added in the clouds using Prussian Blue. I cut the entire panel with the pierced rectangle die.  


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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Cat Crazy

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

It's no big secret that I love cats.  I have a few cats, but there are still days that I feel like this lady.  There are days when my cats all want of my attention.  No matter how many times I look at this image, I still laugh at it.! Today, I used Cat Lady TF 4340.  It's part of the TryFold collection, but I kept it as a one layer card.  I like to use the TryFold images in many different ways than they were first intended.  It stretches out the life and value of your stamps.


I started by stamping all three parts of the stamp set onto Canson XL Watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival ink. I used my Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils and the fine tip Tim Holtz water brush to add color to my images.  I pulled color directly from the tip of my pencil with the tip of my water brush.  I added it to my image starting in the darker areas and spreading the colors out.  I added two layers of color.  Once everything was dry, I can in and added in shadows with my Prismacolor colored pencils.  I used Gamsol and a blending stump to spread out the pencils. I used a black glaze pen on all of the open eyes to add shine. The background of the card is patterned paper for the from American Crafts Cedar Lane 6x6 paper pack. I fussy cut out all three of the images and added them to the background with different heights of foam tape.  I added the greeting onto a string and "hung" it on a brad to make it look like a picture.


Watercolor Pencils Used:
Face - Burnt Ochre, Burnt Carmine for blush
Cats - Cool IV, Black, Burnt Ochre, Burnt Umber
Brown furniture - Walnut Black
Blue- Prussian Blue
Red - Madder

Prismacolor colors used:
Sienna Brown, 945, French Grey 70% 1074, Yellow Ochre 942

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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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