Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Distress Oxide Painting & Background Featuring Lawn Fawn Hoppy Easter

I am in love with my Distress Oxide ink pads.  I just couldn't wait to get another chance to paint with them again.  I figured that it would be fun to do a cut image with them this time.  I also wanted to start some of my Easter cards.  I decided that it might be fun to make these bunnies look plastic like Easter eggs so I picked a few bright colors to paint them with.  I stamped them & their accessories onto my Strathmore 140 lb. watercolor paper using my Jet Black Archival ink.  I just painted with the Oxide ink using my #4 paint brush.  I added the shine marks towards the end after everything was dry.  I cut the images out, but you could use the matching die cuts.  The middle image is attached with a mini action wobble spring.  Right after I attached it in the video my cat saw it & started playing with it.  It's priceless!

The background is done onto a #8 manilla tag. I used the smooshing technique and three Distress Oxide inks.  I used Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio & Broken China.  The bunnies are painted with Wilted Violet, Broken Chine & Cracked Pistachio. The smooshing technique is rather simple.  You smoosh your ink pad onto your Ranger craft sheet & spray it with water, then take a piece of plastic & tap it into the ink & tap it onto your paper.  That is what created the drops on my background.  I find it gives me way more control & smaller dots.  You can see the entire technique in the video below.  Be sure to watch to the end to see Ceasar playing with the action wobble bunny.  It's really cute! Thanks for stopping by!  Jil
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Stampendous Build A Bouquet Pop-Up Watercolor Card

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I used two stamp sets from Stampendous to make a water colored pop-up birthday card.  This is the front of the card using the clear stamp set from Michael's that came with a matching die cut set.  The images are colored using the Peerless watercolor sheets.  The background papers are from a paper pad that I picked up from Michael's some time ago.  I show how I colored it in my video.  My Tim Holtz Script Celebration Words Die Cuts came in handy for the greeting.

The pop up section is made with the retired Sizzix pop n' cuts dies that they did with Karen Burniston.  I used the Bigz XL A2 card base tray with the 3-D label insert for the pop-up part.  I cut that out of black paper.  I also cut a horizontal A2 card out of  black paper to fit it into.  I stuck the pop-up portion into the card with a generous amount of adhesive.  Just be sure not to add any adhesive behind the pop-up area.  I added layers once I know the pop-up is working correct.  The flowers were also colored with the Peerless watercolor sheets.  I went over the flowers with my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.  Just remember that it is water based & will move around the watercolor. The video showing me making this card is below. Thanks for stopping by!  Jil
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

More Spring Flowers colored with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens

I've had my Spectrum Noir glitter pens for quite some time now, but I haven't done too much with them.  I've used the crystal clear pen over tons of things but the colored pens are gathering dust.  I dusted them off & used a bunch of them for this project.  I just got the Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers stamp sets that was designed by Kristina Werner and could hardly wait to use it.  I have a soft spot for flowers.  I stamped out three flower clusters onto two different types of watercolor paper.  The card above is on Canson XL.  It's a 90 lb watercolor paper.  It was actually my favorite because the color sat on top of the paper longer without sinking in.  

This image is also the Canson XL (it has the Sparkling Clear Sequins.) I stamped the images out several times using masks.  I filmed it for my video, but the footage got corrupted.  Because I wanted the rose in the front, I stamped it first.  Then I stamped the Daisy & Blue flowers ( I think they're Crocus), lastly I stamped the leaves because I wanted them all the way in the back.  I sid all of my stamping with Vesamark Watermark ink.  I coated each step with Ranger White Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder & heat set it each time before moving on to each layer.  The glitter looks like white specks in each picture.  I can't get that to go away.

This is the card I filmed for the video.  It is on Strathmore Watercolor paper.  It is a 140 lb paper.  I love how thick it is.  It just has a rougher texture that was harder to work with because it drew in a lot of the color.  It just means that I preferred it for this medium.  I prefer my Strathmore for many other things.  That's why I tried it with both papers.  I really like how both cards turned out.  Did you prefer one over the other?  Just let me know in the comments below. The video of me making this card is belowThanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Otterly Adorable

I used the Mama Elephant Otterly Adorable stamp set for this card.  I absolutely love these super cut images.  They have accessories that can be added to their paws.  I colored the images using my new Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers.  I' really liking how well they blend together so easily.  I added this set of three to the Distress Oxide background.  I framed everything up with the Mama Elephant Park Avenue Frame die in white.  I love the look!

They all look so happy just floating and swimming around.  I added some sparkling clear sequins to this card.  

This card is very similar, but the background is the big difference.  It's done with Distress inks.  I added them over Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  I added the Perfect Pearl water & it really stands out.  I didn't feel like it needed any sequins.  I've linked the process video below.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I've provided links below to all of the supplies.  Compensated affiliate links are used at no cost to you. 


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Art Impressions Curious Mice Watercolor

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I have loved the Art Impressions Watercolor images for years.  They came out with several new sets this year & I just can't wait to get my hands on them at the Scrapbook Expo In May, but until then I am working with what I have. The sets I am most excited about are the animals.  I got out the Try Folds Furries set to make my own scenes.  These mice looked really curious to me.  I explain exactly how I colored them in my video.  I used the methods I've learned from watching Bonnie Krebs here Art Impressions You Tube .  Every Wednesday Art impressions posts a new watercolor video on there.  

The card was rather simple to put together using several different die cuts.  I used the oval STAX dies for the top two layers.  The green & blue layer is Bristol paper left over from my last video.  You can see that being made here .  I used the new Lawn Fawn Rainbow Plaid papers for the background layers.  I heat embossed the Avery Elle saying onto black paper with Super Fine Detail White embossing powder before I mounted it onto my card.  
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Lawn Fawn Hang In There Birthday Card

When I saw this sloth image as part of the Lawn Fawn new release I knew I had to have it.  It is just so silly looking.  I colored the image using my Zig Clean Color Rel Brush Markers after I had stamped it onto Bristol paper with my VersaFine Oxyx Black Ink Pad.  I used a water brush to blend out the colors on the party hat. I used just the markers to blend the sloth &  the log.

I cut another piece of Bristol paper with the double stitched oval STAX as well as a piece of acetate.  I blended two shades of distress ink onto the Bristol paper & splattered it with a mix of Perfect Pearls & water.  I made  frame from white paper using two mote of the STAX shapes.  I attached that frame to the acetate with glossy accents & added foam tape behind that.  I then added sequins in between the foam tape.  I put the Bristol piece of paper over the foam tape to sandwich in the sequins.  All of that was added onto a card that has a rectangle of the Lawn Fawn Plaid paper attached to it. Here is a video of the entire process.  All of the supplies & links are provided below the video.  Compensated affiliate links are used at no cost to you.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Coloring with Distress Oxide Ink Pads

I made a beautiful tag with my Distress Oxide Inks using Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio & Wilted Violet.  I was sure to keep the colors light knowing I wanted to add my focal flowers over the image.  I had no idea if it was going to work, but I had to try.  I softened the edges with my Fossilized Amber Ink Pad using a foam pad.

My images were first stamped with gray ink.  I then colored them in using a mix of the Worn Lipstick & Wilted Violet Oxide Ink Pads as if they were watercolor.  I really like how the Cracked Pistachio ink came through from the background.  After everything was finished I used a Copic Multiliner to outline the image.  I needed a thicker pen, but it turned out great in all but one spot.  Isn't that how it always works out? 

This video just shows how I painted the bottom flower.  I know I had footage of everything, but I have no idea where it all went.  i hope you enjoy seeing another way to use these fascinating inks.  Below you can find all of the supplies I used to create my card.  Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you.