Thursday, February 22, 2018

Quilt Sisters

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I've been wanting to use my Quilt Sisters 4724 Stamp Set for a while now.  I figured that the Anything Goes Challenge would be a great time to use it.  There is still time to enter your card if you haven't done so yet.



I stamped the main image with my Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Paper and colored it with my Copic Markers.   I stamped the greeting right above.  This set has three greeting for you to select from.  I cut my finished images with the second largest square in the Tim Holtz Stitched Square Thinlits. 
I cut The largest Thinlit from the same set from the Echo Park 6x6 Lori Whitlock I'd Rather Be Crafting paper pad.  I then cut eight squares from the smallest square in the thinlits set.  I used the same Echo Park paper as well as some paper from the Authentique 6x6 Latest and Greatest paper collection.  I edged all of the layers with my Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink Pad before assembling everything onto a 5 1/2" square card.



Copic's Used:
Quilt - YR24, Y17, Y32, R85, R83, R81, BG13, B00
Hair - C5, C3, C1, E21, E23, E27
Greys - N2, C1, C3, C5

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Easter Blessing Watercolor

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I am in love with the Easter Blessings 4886K stamp set.  The image I used today has the cutest little bunny hiding in the flowers.  I used my Marvy LePlume II markers to color the image because the color is transparent so it can be layered.



I started by stamping my image with Jet Black Archival Ink onto 140 Lb. Strathmore Watercolor paper. I needed to stamp the image a few times because the paper has a very heavy texture so I used my Mini Misti. I colored my image using my Marvy LePlume II markers.  I colored the markers directly onto the flower centers and pulled the color out with my brush and water. I added a second layer of color onto most of the flowers using my Ai Watercolor Palette to add color from the markers to my images.



Colors Used:
Iris Purple 55, Violet 8, Brilliant Yellow 43,
Olive Green 15, Steel Blue 17, Brownish Grey 40


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Critter Cups Shaker Cards

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Yep, another Valentine card!  This time I thought I'd shake it up a bit!  Not just because I made this a shaker card, but because I changed up the colors I used and I used the Critter Cups 4978 stamp set on a card.  I used the greeting from the Nuts About You 4885 stamp set.


I did two cards and they were both done the same way with different color choices.  I cut two heads and tails from the Critter Cup die cuts that are included in the stamp set.  I stamped the critter face onto Spectrum Noir paper with Intense Black Ink from Simon Says Stamp and colored them with my Copic Markers. I went over the eyes with a Sakura black Glaze Pen to give them dimension.  Once that was dry, I added some highlights with a white gel pen.


  I used the Echo Park I'd Rather Be Crafting 6x6 paper pad by Lori Whitlock for the card fronts. I also used it to cut out the bows with the dies from the Critter Cups set. After I had the card front assembled, I cut out the heart die cut. Then I attached the cat head behind the die cut area.
I attached StickIt adhesive to both sides of a piece of fun foam and cut the heart die cut out from the exact same place that I had on the card front.  I stuck it to the front of my card front.  On the card with the brown cat, I used the lighter heart and added it inside the shaker.  I adhered the cat tail to the background heart behind where the cat head would be.  I filled the  fun foam area with pink and frost 4 mm sequins.  I adhered a piece of transparency over the shaker area. The card front was the last part I attached to the full card.  I used a scrap of the card stock to stamp the sentiment that I turned into a banner. I added some assorted enamel dots.



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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Sham- Rock

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I stamped the image and greeting onto Spectrum Noir paper using Intense Black ink from Simon Says Stamp and colored my image using Copic markers.  I cut it all out with my Simon Says Stamp rectangle die cuts.


I cut my layers and flag from both the Pebbles Garden Pardy 6x6 paper pad and the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6x6 paper pad. I edged most of the layers using my Gold marker.

Copics used:
Face - (Spectrum Noirs TN2,TN4, FS4, FS8)
Hair - E15, YR24
Jacket and Hat - G17,YG17, G12
Vest and Shirt - YG13, YG03, G20
Pants - E37, E35, E31, E33
Shoes and Hat Strap - C-5, C-7, Black
Buckles - Y35

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Baby Squirrel Valentine

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I had to use the Nuts About You 4885 stamp set another time for two Valentine card's.  This time I chose to use the cute baby squirrel holding a huge nut.  I decided to do a unique fold to this card front and add several layers of different circle cuts using foam tape to set them apart.



I stamped the images onto Spectrum Noir paper using Intense Black Ink from Simon Says Stamp and colored the image using Copics.  My colors are listed below. I used a Sakura Black Glaze pen to add dimension to the squirrel's eyes.  I added Diamond Stickles to the heart.
I cut the squirrel image using Lifestyle crafts Nesting Die Circles. I fussy cut the nuts.  I used the Lori Whitlock Framelits W/ Stamps set to cut out all of the layers.  The paper collection is the MME Lost and Found Heirloom 6x6 Collection. Everything is edged in Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Ink.


The card base is really simple.  I just cut my 8 1/2' x 11' piece of paper to 4 1/2' x 11'.  the I scored it at 5 1/2" like normal.  For this design, I scored the front piece in another 1 1/4" in.  I use a strong adhesive to tape down the 1 1/4" piece to make my card.

Copics Used:
Squirrel - E33, YR14, E37, RV10, E31
Nut - (Spectrum Noir RB1, RB3)
Lid - E35, E37, E49
Heart - RV10, RV13
Shadow - C-3, C-1, blender

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fuzzy Valentine Bear

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

As soon as I saw the adorable Valentine Bear stamp set 5005 I knew that I wanted to try to make a bear fuzzy.  I decided I would need to do this with my Prismacolor colored pencils. They would allow me to get the tiny details I needed for fur. It took some patience, but my vision was realized.


I stamped the standing bear onto white paper with Onyx Black Versafine ink. I started coloring the bears head first.  I applied my pencil in tiny flicks working dark to light colors and working my way to the inside of the sections I was working on.  Once I was finished with my first layer, I added a second layer in the same fashion.  I also added fur to the paws and legs.  I added color to the muzzle and tummy in a different way.  I used very light circular strokes starting with the darkest colors and working my way to the inside of the sections I was working on. I also colored the hearts and the shirt using light circular strokes to apply my pencils. Some of the details on the face were lost so I trace them with the black pencil.  I also went over the eyes and nose with the Sakura black glaze pen. Pencil colors will be listed below.


Prismacolor pencils used:
Bear - Black,Dark Umber, Sienna Brown, Brown Ochre, Yellow Ochre, Jasmine, Creme
Shadow - French Grey 70%, 50%, 20% , Warm Grey 100%
Hearts - Nector, Henna
Shirt - Parrot Green

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Right on Schedule

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I thought I'd take a break from Valentine's Day cards and make a quick watercolor card for today's blog post.  I just love the  Zoo Crew Feline Set 4193 for an all occasion card.  It just makes me laugh like so many Ai stamps do.
I stamped the cat onto Canson XL Watercolor Paper with Jet Black Archival Ink. I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to Color The Image.  I colored into the shadow areas and pulled the color out using a Tim Holtz Waterbrush. I allowed the water to do all of the work and barely fussed with it.  I used Deep Brown 68 on the body and oatmeal 64 on the Tummy. I added the shadow with the Warm Gray 2 and didn't use any water.


Once the image was dry, I cut it out using the Stephanie Barnard Dotted Rectangle Framelits. I stamped the greeting using Versafine Onyx Black ink and cut it with the smallest of the same Framelits. 


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