Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Out of comfort zone

Last week, I received a surprised gift in the mail.
This is a fundraiser set for Operation Write Home (OWH).  The stamps are discontinued and donated by My Favorite Things.  OWH used them as a fundraiser.  The donation went to OWH and the stamps were mailed out to purchaser.  However, some nice person asked them to be sent to me as a RAK (random act of kindness).  My thanks to the person who made this possible.

Now, I was placed in a position to step out of my comfort zone.  I rarely color stamped images and don't make Halloween cards.  Since I have been playing with my Peerless watercolor papers recently, I decided to use this method.  I stamped the image with pigment ink and embossed in clear embossing powder on watercolor paper.  I then cut out the image with an oval Spellbinders die.  My next step was to color this image with my watercolors.

I added a few gems and Glossy Accents to her shoes.  I also used one of the sentiments from the set that didn't imply Halloween.  I mounted it on a tag, cut out with a Spellbinders die.  I cut the tag twice, one of each color.  I then trimmed off the edges of the white one and stamped the sentiment onto that center piece.  This paper is from DCWV and has a bit of sparkle to the dots.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Butterfly thanks

I'm had these watercolored butterflies sitting on my desk for several days.  I decided to assemble the cards.
I added some gems to the butterflies and popped the wings a bit.  The sentiment is a bit hard to read on that green paper, so I made some changes with the second card.  The base cards are Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Another butterfly

I found a set of 3 Spellbinder butterfly dies in my stash.  I cut out some watercolor paper with them and tried coloring them with watercolors.  This didn't really turn out as well as I'd hoped and I took 2 days on them.  I used one of them on a card.  I may come up with a way to use the others later, but this is the one I used.
I thought it needed more of something, so I added some little red gems to some of the flowers.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Watercolor butterflies

After having good results with the die-cut leaves with watercolor, I decided to try butterflies.  This die is a very old one by Cuttlebug that came with 3 different embossing folders.  I chose the simpler folder.  I cut the watercolor paper with the die, then spent all day adding color with my Peerless watercolor sheets and waterbrush.  Last night, I was about ready to trash them.  I left them overnight to dry thoroughly and they looked better this morning.

I put them through the embossing folder and Big Shot once again, then added a little ink to edges and embossed area.  I even put red Pearl Pen on one of them.  I once read that makes them look scary to their predators, but cause it looks like they have red eyes.  Next, I found patterned papers to go with each butterfly.



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Watercolor leaves - tutorial

I don't know why I never tried this before, but it all began when I was cleaning out old supplies that had accumulated over many years.  It started when I found my Peerless Watercolor Papers that had been sitting unused over many years.  Yesterday, I showed my first attempt at die-cutting leaves from watercolor paper, then coloring them.  I repeated the process and took some photos.


I gradually added color to the leaves with a waterbrush, picking up color from the watercolor papers and using a plastic lid for a palette.  I found they dry lighter, so I would allow them to dry then add more color.  All of that water flattened out the embossing, so I put the dry colored leaves back into the Spellbinders die and embossed them again.
The next step was to prepare a card background for the leaves.  Digging through my paper stash, I found some very old 'handmade' paper that is like mulberry paper, but heavier.  I measured the size needed and tore the paper, after wetting the line with my waterbrush.


I stamped the sentiment directly on the handmade paper, then added a frame and mounted it onto a cream card base.  Next, I added the leaves and acorn.
 



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Watercolor leaves

I'm still trying to find my way back into making cards.  I decided it's time to begin making fall cards for Operation Write Home.  I'm not quite ready to make Christmas cards yet.

I had found my very old Peerless Watercolor papers and have been trying to use them.  I also pulled out my old Spellbinders die called Harvest 2 - Leaves.  I used this die to cut and emboss some watercolor paper.  Then, I started watercoloring the autumn leaves.  Watercolor paper is very forgiving and I kept adding color for several days.  When I decided it was enough, I put the leaves back into the die and embossed them again because all the water had flattened the leaves.
I also located a very old handmade paper that is like mulberry paper, only heavier.  I wet the edges with my waterbrush and pulled the paper apart, instead of cutting it.  The sentiment is stamped with Memento Potter's Clay ink with a Hero Arts stamp.  This is all mounted on a cream base card.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

More watercolor practice

I worked a little more on my watercoloring today, this time on a female cardinal.

Watercolor cardinal & life intrusions

It's seems that life tends to get in the way of my card making.  I've been trying to develop my skills in using my Peerless watercolor papers to color stamped images for cards.  It takes me several days for each one.  Details are hard to create with watercolors and I really shouldn't spend too much more time learning this technique, but it is enjoyable.  I finally finished this card yesterday.
This stamp is by Heartfelt Creations.  This is a male cardinal.  I have the female from the same set stamped on watercolor paper and hope to create a card with it also.

I've been a bit distracted by life.  Yesterday, I saw my eye doctor for a follow-up exam after my laser surgery for glaucoma.  Dr. was pleased because my eye pressure had been reduced by 50%.  Now, to wait another 4 months to see how this turns out in that time frame.

I have also been distracted by the Decorah Eagles.  I've watched the eagle camera since the eggs were laid, eaglets hatched and grew up and flew away from the nest.  Unfortunately, heavy rain created many problems for them.  2 of the 3 fledglings have been located so far.  One was found in the middle of street and checked for injuries by Raptor Resource Project and given food.  The next day, it was determined to be okay to return to care of parents.  They are feeding it and teaching it to be an eagle.

Another of the siblings was found in a stream with an injured wing.  It was taken to SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) for care.  It was x-rayed yesterday and found to have a broken wing.  Surgery will be done tomorrow to pin the broken humerus.  Hopefully, it can be rehabilitated in time for return to wild.

One more sibling has not been spotted, but hopefully is being cared for by it's parents.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Another watercolor card

After trying out my Peerless Watercolor Papers to color a flower on regular white cardstock, I decided to try it on watercolor paper.  I stamped this sparrow from Our Daily Bread Designs onto watercolor paper with Memories black ink.  I used a die to cut it out and didn't get it even, so I trimmed a bit more of the white edge off with scissors.
I used a waterbrush and picked up color from the Peerless watercolor papers to add color to bird and thistle.  I adhered the colored sparrow to this patterned paper from Ki Creations, then stamped the sentiments in Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  I framed it in the green cardstock, then mounted it on a white card base.

Naturally, I got an ink smudge on finished card, so I added some bling from Doodlebug Designs.