Thursday, July 13, 2017

Salted watercolor

We are still having inside weather here in the desert.  Most days, it's over 110° F. here in the desert.  This means that I have more time to spend inside and the craft room fills much of the time.  In my last post, Susan suggested that I try adding salt to my watercolor, so I tried it.



On both of these cards, I added watercolor ink to watercolor paper, then sprinkled with coarse grind salt, then covered with wrinkled plastic wrap and allowed it to dry.  After cutting to size, I used a double stitch die to all edges.  I stamped with Penny Black rubber stamps with Smokey Gray Ink by Versafine.  A coordinating layer was added before mounting on white card base.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Inside weather


This has been a week to stay inside, as the outdoor temperatures are hot!  This thermometer is on my patio, in the shade.  Needless to say, I didn't spend much time outside.  This is our hottest time of the year here in the southern Nevada desert, so we expect this weather and enjoy being inside.





I have spent a lot of time in my craft room, making cards.  I made the backgrounds with watercolors on watercolor paper.  After spreading very wet blobs of color onto the paper, I placed plastic wrap over it and pressed it down with lots of wrinkles.  Once dry, this gives a variety of results.  I played around with stamps and have found that solid (silhouette style) stamps work the best of this background.


 

I had fun trying to create framing to compliment the in colors.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wrapped watercolor

As I look for ways to motivate me to make more cards, I enjoy reading the blogs and watching videos by great cardmakers.  I really enjoy Jennifer McGuire's creations.  Recently, this technique inspired me:  Wrapped watercolor
This technique involves placing crinkled plastic wrap over a wet watercolor background.  Results can vary greatly.

My creations look nothing like Jennifer's, but I'll keep trying.  My first card turned out really light and I didn't think it would work, so I tried on with more intense colors.  That one looked unusable.
I managed to add some stamps to create an acceptable card.  However, my darker creations gave me a lot of challenges.
I stamped some storm clouds over the upper section, then a row of palm trees in the lower portion.  I didn't like it at all.  Then, I pulled out my Twinkling H2O watercolors and added some glowing sunny areas to create a sunset.  The sentiment seemed appropriate.  This image doesn't show the real glow, so I took a flash photo to show how shiny it really appears.


In real life, the image is somewhere between these two photos.






Monday, June 5, 2017

Man's birthday card

Once again, I'm out of ideas.  My brother's birthday is coming soon and I couldn't think of a card for him.  I decided to use an idea I used a few month's ago for a man's card.
I embossed the background cardstock with a wood grain embossing folder and added some darker brown ink to the raised part.  Next, I stamped the sentiment onto a wooden business card.  I attached the sign with brads, then added the die cut hammer.  The card has a lot of texture and was fun to make.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My challenge

Since I posted that I prefer to design cards with a special recipient in mind, I decided to try to make cards without knowing who will receive them.  It takes much longer for me to do this.  I've been working on these two cards for a couple of weeks.  I'm still not totally satisfied with them.



I started these cards with watercolor paper and Distress inks smooshed on acetate.  I cut the upper layers with dies.  I found it difficult to find cardstock that was compatible with the ink smooshed watercolor paper.  Next, I had to find punches or dies to make component parts of the card.  This is my results.  I may try this again so I'm not always rushing to make cards for family birthdays.

After posting this, I decided to make a change.  Did I improve it or not?



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Trying new things

Here are a few cards I've made recently.  First, I participated in a challenge to use leftover bits in my stash.  I found this old flower that I had colored and didn't like it.  I hadn't thrown it away, so I tried using it on a card.  It's nothing special and I'm deciding what to do with the finished card.


I've been playing with some new dies and watercolor smooshing.  Here's a couple of cards I created with this technique.

 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Special birthday

I was recently reminded that a very special brother-in-law will soon turn 80.  I wanted to help him celebrate across the miles.
This card has the appearance of a lot of texture, but is quite flat in real life.  The background is from DCWV and has small glossy dots.  The sentiments are unmounted and stamped with red Colorbox ink and embossed with Ranger Chinese Red embossing powder.  This powder has small bits of gold mixed with the red.  Pinked circles are cut with Spellbinders Nestability dies.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ink Smooshing

Recently, I needed a sympathy and decided to try ink smooshing for the background.  I had seen this technique recently on this blog.  I didn't remember exactly how it was done, so I just put distress ink on a piece of acetate, spritzed it with water and placed watercolor paper on top and peeled it off.  In case you're tempted, don't use regular cardstock for this.  I tried that first and had a big fail.  After the background was dry, I stamped the image and sentiment onto background with Versafine Smokey Gray ink.  I cut it out with a die and added a frame, then mounted it on white card base.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Fruit challenge

Once again, a challenge from Karen on Gingerwood Bulletin Board inspired me to make a card.  The challenge is to make a card using fruit.  Strangely enough, I have very few stamps of fruit.  I did find this one and decided it would make a good birthday card for a female relative who works hard and would like nothing more than a day to relax on her birthday.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Why make cards?

I've often wondered what motivates others to make cards, when they are available to purchase.  I make them for several reasons:
  1. I like to personalize cards for the recipient.  I like cards that appear to be made especially for me.  I assume others do also.
  2. I enjoy creating artistic things.
  3. I have so much 'stuff' accumulated that I want to use it up so it doesn't get thrown away when I'm gone.
Why do you make cards?  Do you keep them or mail them?  I've heard others say in their blogs that they don't like to part with their art after creating it.  I avoid this by thinking of the recipient when designing cards.  Besides, my creations aren't that spectacular.  I make cards to make others happy and thought about.

I've been fighting health issues and not making many cards lately.  Here is the latest card that I made.
I made this for a male relative who is working on health issues, with diet and exercise.  He is seriously working on improving his health and I think he will understand my message for his birthday.  I looked for a sentiment for the inside of the card and chose this one:
Since I'm trying to use up my supplies and not add to them, I used very old stamps that I've had for years.  I know the stamps will outlive me, but I have to use the perishable supplies.  I still have lots of cardstock and ink, but the ink pads are gradually ending their use.  Even some reinkers are no longer usable.