Saturday, July 25, 2015

Watercolor flowers

Since I mailed my final box of cards to Operation Write Home, I haven't attempted to make cards.  For anyone who doesn't know, OWH finished their mission and will not accept cards received after August 1, 1915.

I have family birthdays to work on, so gave watercolor another attempt.  This time, I used Twinkling H2Os that have been in my stash for many years.  I never thought of them as watercolors, but they really are meant for that.  I used to use them the color images.  On this card, I used them to create the background.  It has a pleasant shimmer, which doesn't show in the scan.
The flowers are Hero Arts stamps, colored with Marvy Markers, then spritzed before stamping.  The sentiment is by Penny Black, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

PS: I decided to take a photo of the card to show the shimmer of the Twinkling H2Os.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Life moves on...

I'm having a quiet day at home and enjoying the summer sunshine.  This morning, I spotted a lovely spider web suspended from my patio cover.  He's a tiny little spider, but has built and impressive web.  It even looks like he a caught a few insects in his web.
The sun shining through his web shows the lovely iridescence.  He must have worked hours building that lovely netting.  I'm sure he'll have to repeat this process again tonight because they always get destroyed during the day.  I don't know why I called him 'he'.  It's probably a female who does all this work.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Patriotic thank you

Celebrating the 4th of July got me in the mood to make some patriotic cards for OWH.
This eagle is an old stamp from Viva Las Vegas Stamps that I stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder.  The sentiment is a stamp from Inkadinkado.  The dies are from Spellbinders.  Stars are left over from a border punch.

Both the eagle and the sentiment are stickers from Pop-Ups.  Dies are from Spellbinders and the papers and ribbon are from my stash.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

In honor of Independence Day in the USA, I watercolored the American flag.  I turned it into a Thank You card for OWH for the July ODBD challenge.
My stamp had tiny stars on it, but my watercoloring obliterated them, so I added some punched stars.  The flag pole also turned out terrible, so I used a piece of cardstock to replace it.

Playing with watercolor, again

I managed to get to the big city and bought some new watercolor brushes this week.
My next step was to attempt to create a card, using the new brushes.  I used Arches Watercolour Paper and Peerless watercolor papers for this project.  I taped the paper to hardboard to keep it flat, then proceded to play with my new toys.

The sentiment is stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with white powder.  I also outlined the barn and tree with a brown Sharpie to show the details.  The barn and tree stamps are from Art Impression and the sentiment stamp is from an OWH set from Simon Says Stamp.  The finished image was cut out with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die and mounted to white card base with Tombow Xtreme tape runner.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Watercolor Flowers

I'm still working on learning to watercolor.  This card was inspired once again by Sandy Allnock.  I have a long way to go before I get as good as she is, but I'm trying.  My 3 part rose stamps are by Papertrey Ink and called The Sweet Life.  I started by taping Strathmore watercolor paper to my hardboard to keep it flat.

I messed up my positioning of the stamps and left a mess in areas.  In my attempt to clean up the center area, I made a big mess, so I covered it up with a sentiment banner.
The dies are all by Spellbinders.  Inks are a combination of Marvy Markers and Distress inks.  Obviously, I have more practice time ahead of me.  I also need to shop for better brushes and try some other inks.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

More watercolor practice

I'm still practicing with watercolor.  This time, I used Peerless Watercolor papers on Arches Watercolour Paper.  The stamps are by Art Impressions.
I'm not sharing all of my practice, but I'm still learning.  One thing I've found is that details don't work well with watercolor.  I need to try some, just letting the water do it's thing.  It's still controlling my plans.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Watercolor learning experience

I've been watching technique videos and this one inspired me to dig out my old Art Impressions watercolor stamps and try it again after many years.  I bought some new Arches Watercolour Paper and my hardware store cut me a piece of hardboard from a scrap.  I taped the paper to hardboard with painter's tape and tried my luck.  Many years ago, I had learned to use these stamps with Marvy markers, then use water to spread the color.  That is what I used this time, but I sure need practice and will try this again.

I'm not fond of this one, but decided to share my attempt with you.  I don't like the placement of the sentiment, but I'll try again - maybe with different stamps.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

One more challenge

Since I have decided to make one more box of cards for the OWH Finish Strong campaign, I also decided to participate in the June ODBD challenge for missing you cards.  This card also fits with Sandy's Sunday Story since I fell for it the first time.
Now, I'll try to make a few more missing you cards for the box.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Embossing with color

I have many embossing folders that I have collected over the years.  I love the texture, but also like to make them colorful.  In the technique I used this week, I added color to embossing folders with words on them.

This folder makes a general card for the fall season.  I chose a Kaleidacolor ink pad in multiple autumn colors.  I used a brayer to roll the color from the ink pad to inside of embossing folder.  Tip: brayer ink onto inside with letters backwards so the words can be read.  I then placed a piece of cardstock into folder and ran it through the Big Shot.  I found that you get less slippage if you run the open end through the rollers first.

I repeated this with some other folders and different colors of ink.

I chose cardstock for borders that worked well with the ink colors.  You can see the slippage in some of these because I forgot my rule about putting open side first through the Big Shot.  I made multiples of all of these.  They are all mounted on either cream or white card bases.

Since I don't do videos, I decided to repeat the process to take photos.  I hope this helps to explain the process.

These photos show the brayering process.  My brayer and ink pad aren't wide enough for the folders, so I turn them upside down to ink the other side.

These photos show placing cardstock inside folder and running it through the Big Shot.

These show the finished product.  I will need to trim the edges to make room for a framing layer on an A2 card.  I use a pad of newsprint paper under the brayering to protect table.  Ink is water based and just washes off the folder and brayer.