Friday, August 11, 2017

Dragonfly watercolor

We've been in monsoon season here in the desert, with wind, thunder, lightning and rain.  This has interfered with my card making.  I have managed to create a new card with the background I made earlier with watercolor.
I managed to make a trip to a nearby city and went to a craft store.  I bought some new Memory Box dies to make this card.  The grass and 2 dragonflies are on one die and the 3 smaller dragonflies are in another set.  I already had ordered the sentiment dies that contain the Hello.  This card is completely flat, with looks like it may have some depth.  I have some other new toys that I'll try to use later.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Salted & wrapped watercolor

I decided to use some old, but never used stamps.  This set is by Papertrey and is called The Sweet Life.  It's made up of clear stamps and dies to make roses and leaves with 3 part stamps.  This has been a learning progress for me.  First, I made some backgrounds, using the salted & wrapped watercolors.  He's one in progress:

The top photo shows the wet watercolor with salt and plastic wrap added.  The lower photo shows the finished product.  I cut these backgrounds down to card size and looked for solid color cardstock to add a frame.  Then I started stamping and cutting out the roses and leaves in various colors.  Here's my results so far.

My next step will be to turn these into assembled cards.  I did complete one for a birthday card, but forget to take a photo before mailing it.

It's now afternoon and I managed to assemble one card to show you.

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.