4/06/2021

Splat Technique Color Challenge Card

Happy Tuesday!  We have a new hostess this month at CAS Colors and Sketches blog, Wei.  This week she gave us some pretty "floral" colors to work with.  I call them floral because that was the first thing that crossed my mind when I saw them, but I went in a totally different direction.


For this card I used a watercolor splat technique.  I've used this technique before and there are a couple of ways to do it.  I explain these in this post.  For this card I dipped my paper in Bumble Bee and Merry Merlot ink on my mat.  After it had dried, I used a paint brush and Mossy Meadow that had been thinned with water to add splatters to the paper.

From there I cut the strips and then tore the edges.  This technique is a simple process and one that always gives beautiful and unique results.  (If you want something be consistent every time you do it, then this probably isn't the technique for you.)

Products used:

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Simply Succulents (sentiment)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Bumble Bee, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Versafine Black Onyx
  • Paper: Stathmore Mixed Media
  • Dies: My Favorite Things Stitched  Rectangles

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4/05/2021

You're the Stripes to My Zebra

The color challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week is offering a classic combination - black, white, grey and a color of your choice!  I had a few colors picked out but waited until I picked my image to decide.  Initially I wanted to do something elegant  and floral.  As you can see - I did not.

For fast coloring I have three go-to critters: zebras, pandas, and penguins.  Notice a theme here?  Add a bit of grey shading to any one of these and they're done!

I was in a bit of a time crunch this past weekend so I used Zippy Zebra by My Favorite Things,  The layout went quickly as  fast as the coloring.  I used Daffodil Delight as my color choice.  Since the challenge rules allow for Stampin' Up! neutrals at any time I also used some Mossy Meadow on the flower leaves. 

Products used:

  • Stamps: My Favorites Things Zippy Zebras
  • Dies: MFT Stitched Curves, The Stamps of Life Flower
  • Markers: Copic markers - N0, N1; Stampin' Blends - Daffodil Delight Light & Dark, Mossy Meadow Light
  • Accessories: Enamel Dots, washi tape

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4/01/2021

Hello Hummingbird

Good morning!  It's another week and new month for Team O at Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  I love this month's theme -  mom, feminine and encouraging.  Perfect for leading up to Mother's Day.  Of course the rules are the same.  Pick your row, column or diagonal and go from there.

 

This week I picked the bottom row across: Friend, Purple and Bird.  There are so many hummingbird stamps out there and I love it!  I live in Southern California and we have hummingbirds pretty much year round.  During the winter they are a bit more scarce, but some stay put.

Hummingbirds are fascinating and I once heard them described "if hummingbirds were the size of hawks we'd all be afraid to walk in the woods."  They are aggressive and it sounds like a gigantic bee when they buzz you.  When my youngest was about three years old, she was headed towards where we had the hummingbird feeder.  Suddenly one swooped down and got about a foot away from her face and hovered there.  As she went side to side it just matched her movements.  After about ten seconds of this she screamed and ran away.  She has never lived down "the hummingbird incident".

Besides being aggressive, another thing hummers are is shimmery.  Their feathers can really catch the light.  So for my birds, I used a Clear Wink of Stella and the ink re-inkers to "water color" my image.  Surprisingly this did not harm my Wink of Stella and I can still use it as is.  I just needed to wipe it off on a paper towel.  Below are some close-ups of my birds - I hope you can see the shimmer.


 

I hope you've enjoyed my card today and find time to join us in the challenge.

Products used:

  • Stamps: The Stamps of Life Hummingbird, Thanks4oneyear
  • Dies: TSOL Scalloped Rectangles
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Lovely Lipstick, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape
  • Accessories: Rhinestones

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3/31/2021

Tip for Using Stacked Die-Cuts with Housecats Stamps and Layers

This card was made for the Sketch Challenge this week at Splitcoaststampers where I have the pleasure of being a guest on their design team for the next few months!

I had fun with this card. This stamp set came in a card kit that I received just a few days ago. The kit reminded me of my daughter who loves cats, plants and the colors in the kit - I HAD to buy it!

While I didn't use the paper in the kit I kept my colors the same. I stenciled the largest diamond using Grey Granite then added the middle diamond which I embossed to add texture.

All the images were colored in Copics and then die cut with a small square. I always find it difficult to cut into an image I've colored but I really wanted these to be "partial shots", not full images. To pop these up from the card base I added two layers of Sahara Sand underneath.

A tip for when you are using stacked cardstock layers beneath a shape instead of foam - if the stack is not going to be on a solid layer but a one that is already layered (as here where the small squares are on both the card base and the textured diamond), the stack can be a bit wobbly.  Place a small, extra piece of card stock on the end that needs support.  Here, the upper and lower squares had two complete Sahara Sand layers under them and the top square had a third strip of Sahara Sand underneath at the top, the bottom square had the same at the bottom.  This allows those squares to be stable on the card! (I should have taken a photo....)

Lining everything up was probably the hardest part of this card. I definitely measured twice!

Products used:

  • Stamps: My Favorite Things Housecats
  • Dies: Cottage Cutz Stitched Squares
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Sahara Sand
  • Ink: Memento Black, Stampin' Up! Grey Granite
  • Markers: Stampin' Blends Old Olive Light & Dark; Spectrum Noir Tri-Blends Aqua Blue Blend; Copics Y21, Y26, W00, W2
  • Accessories: MFT Weave stencil, SU Tasteful Textures embossing folder

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3/30/2021

Double Challenge Tuesday Using the Glimmer Hot Foil System

It's the fifth Tuesday of the month so that means a double challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, a previous sketch combined with retired colors.  I will admit - YoonYoung really challenged me with these colors.


In the end I decided to get out my Glimmer Hot Foil system.  I'm not sure if that was a smart move.  I love the system but there is a learning curve and I hadn't used it in awhile.  So I had several misprints before I got anything useful.

A tip for using the system (which I forgot until I was almost done) - make the paper for whatever you are foiling larger than needed and cut down after you've finished.  It is very difficult to make sure exactly where you are foiling since it's all done upside down and things tend to shift while moving the plates to your Platinum machine from the foil machine.  Sigh. 

Anyway, I foiled the presents and sentiment in gold then water colored around the packages using the challenge colors.  Not sure I love, it but I'm pleased with how it came out.  Sometimes you have to say "it's good enough".

I think I need to play more with my Glimmer system!

Products used:

  • Image: Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System, Glimmer Gift Border, Glimmer Hot Foil Kit of the Month March 2021
  • Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Peek-a-Boo Peach and Marina Mist

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