Monday, July 25, 2016

A Smile is Contagious - Magenta + More Than Words

Did you know that Magenta is a sponsor over at More than Words this month? They are providing a $25 US gift certificate to the Magenta Online Boutique to one lucky commenter. Yes, that is correct... all you have to do is check out the More than Words challenge for this month and leave a comment to be in the running to win!

The July challenge has very versatile sketch and the prompt is Smile. I flipped the orientation to the right for my Magenta Style art journal take of it which is up on the Magenta blog today




Supplies: 8 1/2" x 11" 400 Series Watercolour journal (Strathmore), Golden Yellow and Orange Nuances, Smile sentiment stamp, Bubbles stamp, Butterfly stamp, Constellations stencil, Blossoms mask, patterned paper (Magenta), clear emboss powder (Simon Says Stamp), Tangerine glitter emboss powder (Emerald Creek), Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade Distress ink, black Archival ink (Ranger) Cloudy Sky StazOn (Tsukineko), whipped spackle (Faber-Castell), label maker (KandCompany)


I chose items to incorporate into my journal page that I relate to a smile... bubbles that erupt like a smile that builds and bursts out and are so much fun, a galaxy of stars and constellations for the endless shine and joy that a smile can bring, flowers for a smile blooming and sending out sweetness, and sparkly butterflies cause I love them and they spread around their joy wherever they go, plus the cheeriness of orange and yellow that warm you up inside just like the feeling evoked from being on the receiving end of a radiant smile.





I started by clear emboss stamping with the Magenta Smile sentiment and then, wetting the watercolour paper background of my Strathmore 400 Series 8 1/2" x 11" journal with water. Next, I applied Golden Yellow and Orange Nuance and I continued to add colour with a smooshing technique using plastic. Once I was happy with the colour, I attempted to stamp with the Magenta Bubbles stamp with the wet Nuance on the page but then elected to wait for the page to dry and then, I used Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade Distress ink for a clearer image. Next, I stamped Smile some more in Black Archival ink and then stenciled the star Constellation Stencil with Cloudy Sky StazOn. 




I used Whipped Spackle on the Blossoms mask and while it was drying, I heat embossed my favourite Magenta Butterfly stamp on yellow damask patterned paper with Tangerine glitter emboss powder three times and then fussy cut them out. I purposefully had taken a self portrait photo of my mouth smiling, printed it out in Black and White, and then tore it to just the smile dimensions. Once, I adhered it to the page, the title labels and butterflies were the remaining items to be added.





Be sure to head on over to the More than Words July Main Challenge post here to see all the beautiful creations by their DT and comment for a chance to win the Magenta gift certificate.

TTFN,


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Prima Watercolour Day 7 - Life is Sweet

The Day 7 prompt for the Prima 30 Days of Watercolor Challenge  
is Favourite Fruit. This is not an easy one for me. Firstly, because I love so many different fruits and it often depends on the season and their availability. Secondly, the fruit image part and creating it poses a challenge from an art standpoint but I am growing and learning and willing to try.

I chose cherries (one of my three favourite local summer fruits) as I just got my first taste for this year the other day. Yum, yum! I tackled it on a smaller scale... I made an ATC.




I used Strathmore 400 Series paper, Prima 'The Classics' Watercolor Confections (03 Red, 06 Green, 09 Violet, 11 Light Grey), the thinner Prima waterbrush, and both a 01 and 03 fine round watercolour brushes. I finished it off with an older Prima clear stamp sentiment using Archival Black ink.





I have to say that I am over the moon thrilled with how this turned out! I have been learning more about watercolouring over the year... different techniques, types of paper and brushes, getting the hang of page and brush hydration and practicing (mostly loose florals) but this is the first time I have tried something with more realism. I started with a wet-on-wet technique and then was patient and waited for area to dry before I went in and either added more or made adjustments. I really tried to focus on my shading to give them some style and three dimensionalism. I debated about adding some paint splatters at the end cause I do so love splatters but was afraid to wreck what I had surprisingly created. Maybe in the future when I am secure in my ability to be able to consistently paint them. ;)

This project was really a confidence booster. A total bonus to participating in the Prima Watercolour Challenge. Looking forward to taking on some more prompts.

TTFN,


Heat Wave Embossing Galore

This is a sweet ATC made using a resist technique from Day 2 and the masking offset titling technique from Day 3 for the sentiment. I used Tim Holtz Distress ink in Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron for the pineapple and then clear embossed each one as I went along. Once they were all finished being embossed, I used a Prima zigzag stencil and Mermaid Lagoon Spray Stain to colour it. Once, sprayed, I lifted off the stencil and then ran a brayer down a section to spread and smear the ink so it would leave a ghost of the pattern but textural interest with the colour.




Supplies: 400 series watercolour paper (Strathmore), foam pineapple stamp (misc.), Tim Holtz Distress ink (Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron), Mermaid Lagoon Distress Stain, black Archival ink (Ranger), clear and white emboss powder (Simon Says Stamp), VersaMark (Tsukineko), stencil and sentiment stamp (Prima), Signo white pen (Mitsubishi Pencil co.), grey marker (Fibracolor), jewels (Offray)


After wiping the excess from the emboss resist pineapples, I left it to dry. Once it was completely dry, I tried the offset title technique. It was a bit tricky but so much easier with the MISTI. The differential was a bit too little so I augmented it with a black uniball pen as well as doodling the border lines. Next, I added highlights and shadows with a white Signo pen and a light grey Fibracolor marker. Lastly, I added a few jewels for the finishing touch.


Next, I made this card using the masking technique from Day 3 for the hearts and tried out a new Cosmo Cricket Swatch Stick. I used a large Heidi Swapp heart stencil and the Ranger Emboss It dabber to dab all the heart images all around my watercolour cardstock. Then, I heat set it with clear emboss powder.




Supplies: 400 series watercolour paper (Strathmore), Julie Comstock Cosmo Cricket Swatch Stick watercolour (Advantus), Heidi Swapp heart stencil (Pink Paislee), clear emboss powder and Painted Thanks die cut (Simon Says Stamp), Emboss It dabber and Sticky embossing powder (Ranger), gold DecoFoil (Therm-o-web)


I really like this pretty pale turquoise-teal colour and as I was doing a resist wash with it, I decided not to go right to the edges but leave a soft border so you can vaguely see the shapes of the remaining hearts along the edges. After it was completely dry, I followed Kristina's steps for the removal of the emboss sections. It worked like a charm! I really liked the remaining matte look to this that it just felt like I had to pair it up with gold.




So I used the sticky emboss technique with gold foil on the Simon Says Stamp Painted Thanks sentiment die cut. I like the distress gold look that it gave to the word and how it all pairs together with the watercolour wash colour of the Swatch Stick. Love it!

Tomorrow is the wrap up day. It has been fun trying out a few more of the techniques from the Online Card Classes' Heat Wave course. I would highly recommend it. It can really boost your embossing game.

TTFN,


Monday, July 18, 2016

ICAD Day 9 - Sending You Sunshine

I like a challenge and if you are wondering, yes, I mean that as a double entendre. 'Challenge', as in a contest where I make something to submit it and 'challenge', as in something of a dilemma that requires creative problem solving. In my last post, I mentioned taking on a bit too much with crafty courses and my own personal 100 ICAD challenge but I am loving them and learning some cool new things (not to mention the spectacular eye candy of fellow participants). Well, as I was pondering my challenge dilemma and building my Day 9 ICAD using the week 6 Summer of Creative Chemistry techniques from Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry 102 , a way to cover them all, started to fall into place.

Using the Tim Holtz Rays stencil, Distress inks, a script stamp from the 'Urban Grunge' stamp set, and two stenciling techniques (Ink Monoprint and Stencil Stamping), I made my Day 9 ICAD.




Supplies: Tim Holtz Distress inks [Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Stain, Wild Honey] (Ranger), Urban Grunge Clear stamp set and Rays stencil (Stampers Anonymous), index card (Staples)


Then, I used that as my background as I built a scene for my shaker card including: heat embossing the cute Magenta Zen Sunflower Bird on watercolour paper and colouring it with Distress inks, heat embossing the Magenta Leafy Branch foliage on acetate, and die cutting the window using the largest die from the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die set.




Additional Supplies: Zen Sunflower Bird, Leafy Branch, sentiment stamp (Magenta), Tim Holtz Distress inks[Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo], black Archival ink (Ranger), clear emboss powder, Stitched Rectangle Die, Moonshine Assorted sequins (Simon Says Stamp), VersaMark (Tsukineko), Wild Wasabi green emboss powder (Stampin' Up), cardstock (CTMH)


I finished off my card by adding in the Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Assorted Sequins and tying the whole scene together, I used the Magenta 'Sending You Sunshine' stamp to heat emboss the sentiment.





Whoo hoo! If you were keeping count, that was: one personal artistic growth challenge, two classes' homework pieces, and three Simon Says Stamp challenges. Plus, at the end of it all... one awesome, bright, and cheery card! I love it when it all comes together.

If you want to see what I am referring to as awesome eye-candy, be sure to hover over the various sites mentioned in my checked section to link to them and see. Alternatively, if you search hashtags for #icad2016, #summerofcreativechemistry, #occheatwave, #sssmchallenge, #ssswchallenge, #sssworkitwednesday, you can see all the loveliness that way too.


TTFN,


Friday, July 15, 2016

Live Your Dream With Passion

Nothing like taking on a bit too much at once. I had signed up for Online Card Classes' Heat Wave course at the end of June and thought... How hard can it be doing both Summer of Creative Chemistry and Heat Wave? After all, I am on holidays... I should have time. LOL! I am laughing at myself now for my naivety and so today, I am going out of chronological order and sharing my Day 2 card first.

After watching both Day 1 and Day 2 videos from Heat Wave (hosted by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner), I incorporated two techniques... one from each day (texture paste embossing and non-cardstock embossing) into a card that I had percolating in my mind for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog's Floral and Fauna Challenge.




I heat embossed the flowers with Emerald Creek's Hannukkah blue glitter embossing powder on the burlap texture paste stenciling. Then, I fussy cut it out and sewed it to the wood grain stenciled, Distress Paint resisted, Distress stained and inked background. I stamped the Tim Holtz Perspective sentiment using Black Archival ink onto foil tape and then heated embossed it with Ultra fine Clear emboss powder.




I am quite proud of myself for how that emboss turned out as the "Dream" word was tricky with its' detailing which was why I went with coloured ink and clear powder. I punched the corners with a ticket punch, faux stitched with a Signo white pen, and adhered it with foam tape to the card.




Next, I stamped, fussy cut, and Rock Candy Distress crackle painted the bird. Once it was done crackling, I coloured it with Picket Fence and Vintage Photo Distress stains. Then, when it was dry, I added some glitter glue details and adhered it to the card. To finish off the card, I added some jute twine and jewel details.




Supplies: watercolour paper (Canson), Tim Holtz stamps [Take Flight, Perspectives], Tim Holtz stencils [Woodgrain, Blossom] (Stampers Anonymous), Tim Holtz Distress Paint [Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Picket Fence], Distress Stain [Broken China, Picket Fence, Vintage Photo], Distress Ink [Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon], texture paste, foil, Black Archival ink, Clear emboss powder (Ranger), Hannukkah blue glitter embossing powder (Emerald Creek), brown glitter glue (Hampton Art), jute twine and jewels (Dollarama), burlap (misc.)


I am really pleased with how this one turned out. I love the colours and textures. It is shaping up to be one of my all time favourites. I am going to be hard pressed to give this beauty away.


TTFN,


Monday, July 11, 2016

ICAD Day 7 - Simon Says Stamp with IndigoBlu


My Day 7 ICAD is a Simon Says Stamp inspired one based on their Monday Challenge Blog's 'Red, White, and/or Blue' challenge featuring IndigoBlu stamps.




I have the IndigoBlu Ickle Poppy stamp which was a natural fit for the red. I Distress ink watercolour stamped it in Barn Door and Black Soot. Then, I went in with a brush and my Gansai Tambi paints to add more colour for the flower petals. Once dry, I created a mask and covered the flower so that I could create the background using blue watercolour paint and a stencil and whipped spackle. I finished it off with some black splatters.





Supplies: stamp (Indigo Blue), Distress inks (Ranger), watercolour paints (Gansai Tambi), stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), whipped spackle (Faber-Castell), sentiment die (Simon Says Stamp), index card (Staples), cardstock (CTMH)


Turning this one it into a greeting card was fairly simple. I distressed the edges, mounted it on cardstock, and die cut the "Thanks" sentiment using the Simon Says Stamp Painted Thanks die.




I am also adding this card into Simon Says Stamp's Work It Wednesday for its' stenciling and die cutting.

TTFN,


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Prima Watercolour Day 5


After my success with watercolouring on a Michaels' simple sentiment card for the Prima Day 2 prompt, I thought I would give it a go on for the Day 5 - Border prompt. I used one of the other 5 pack cards that I had purchased with Prima stamps and IOD water-soluble oil pastels.





Supplies: Glorious Flora and Bayou Flora stamp sets and IOD oil pastels (Prima), Silver Wink of Stella (Kuretake), sentiment card (Michaels) 

To stamp with the pastels, I both rubbed the stamp image and some colour on my craft sheet and spritzed it with water. Then, I used a waterbrush to spread or add additional colour and/or details. 




To finish it off, I added a touch of Wink of Stella to the centres of the purple flowers and some splatters.


TTFN,


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Celebrate You - Summer of Creative Chemistry - Week 5




Today, I am sharing a card that I made using three of the Distress Paint techniques that are part of Week 5 of Tim Holtz's Summer of Creative Chemistry - Creative Chemistry 102 over at Online Card Classes. My colour choices were inspired by this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday 'Red, White, and/or Blue' challenge.





I created a marbleized background in blues and white on a cutdown Number 10 manilla tag as I wanted my card to be on the taller side. I added the embossed script stamped image in Antiquities and used chalk, to soften the background blues. Then, distressed the edges and edged and splattered it with more Picket fence paint. The ray was stencilled with texture paste, inked with Barn Door red, and then fussy cut out. The reverse stamped, crackle painted, and fussy cut bird was given a few little highlights of Rock Candy Stickles and Silver Stickles.





I shaped the bird and strategically adhered it to give it more of a 3D effect. The frame was heat embossed stamped on a slightly Picket Fence muted pocket card, given a wash and wipe of Pewter metallic paint, and fussy cut out prior to heat embossing the sentiment and adding splatters. The metal foliage was given a swipe of Black Soot to age and coordinate it. A trio of stars for the finishing touch.




Supplies: Tim Holtz Distress paints [Picket Fence, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Candied Apple, Brushed Pewter, Black Soot], Distress ink [Picket Fence, Broken China, Barn Door, Emboss It], Distress Rock Candy Crackle Paint, Distress Rock Candy Stickles, Silver Stickles, Black Archival ink, Black emboss powder, number 10 tag (Ranger), Tim Holtz Rays stencil and stamps [Take Flight, Urban Grunge, Just Sayings] (Stampers Anonymous), Tim Holtz Idea-ology Newsprint Alpha Parts, Pocket Card, Metal Foliage (Advantus), cardstock (CTMH), jute twine (Dollarama)


Looking forward to trying out Week 6 techniques.

TTFN,


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Prima Day 3 Polka Dots - 4 Splatters with ICAD Day 4 - 5

While I am doing a pretty good job of keeping up the daily art aspects of the ICAD2016 challenge and the Prima 30 Days of Watercolor Challenge, I am going to have to rethink the photographing and blogging logistics. It is posing the problem as too much art to blog and having the unintended consequence of making me feel behind. So for today, I am doubling up or rather quadrupling up. With my ICAD Day 4 and 5 plans calling for watercolour and Prima consecutively, it worked perfectly to combine them both with Prima's 30 Day Watercolor Challenge for Days 3 and 4.

ICAD Day 4/ Prima Day 3 - Polka-dots:

I was up for more experimenting with my Gelli Arts plate. A week ago, I tried Magenta Nuance powders with clear gesso ending in great results. So today, I wanted to try the Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels with gel medium to see if it would work. I am happy to report a resounding YES!



Supplies: index card (Staples), water-soluble oil pastels, gel medium, stencils, stamps (Prima), Black Archival Ink (Ranger), black pen (Uniball), white Signo pen (Mitsubishi Co.), white paint marker (Elmer's)

I scribbled a quarter sized amount of pastel onto my craft sheet and then used a dollop (about a teaspoon) of gel medium and mixed it in. I found that it creates a light colour so if you want a deeper colour, you need to add more pastel crayon to intensify it or use a darker shade of pastel to get the depth you want.

Step-by-step:
I first punched out a bunch of 3/4" circles using a circle punch. Next, I rolled my Cadium Green mix colour out onto the gelli plate using a brayer, placed my circle dots down randomly, and then, placed the index card down and pressed/brayered. Once I peeled it up, I had my polka dot base. From there, I used Sky Blue with the Spark stencil and then Yellow-Green with the lace stencil. Once dry, I created a single circle punch paper stencil, aligned the circle over a polka-dot on the background, and stamped through it with the musical notation stamp from the Don't Forget to Fly stamp set. I repeated that process for all the dots. Next, using a black Uniball pen and my circle stencil, I went back over each dot and drew a circle and a slightly offset circle for each.  Then, I stamped the large Love Letter butterfly background with black Archival ink. Once dry, I added Blue pastel to the large butterflies wings and added some highlights with a white signo pen. Then, I rubbed the edges with Yellow-Green and blended it out with a dampened finger. Next, I added some Silver Wink of Stella to the blue and body of the large butterfly and to the two other butterfly's. Lastly, I splattered some watered down gesso to finish it off.

Like my other ICADs thus far, I turned this one into a greeting card also.




I used up some really old Prima chipboard alphabet stickers from my stash and the All About Me mini letter sticker for my sentiment. I used a white signo pen to give highlights and a grey Fibracolor marker to create shadows along  'celebrate' to make it standout from the background. I finished it all off with a scattering of Simon Says Stamp's Moonshine sequins.


ICAD Day 5/ Prima Day 4 - Splatters:

For my Day 5 ICAD, I started it off by second generation stamping with the Prima IOD large vintage background stamp with Coffee Archival Ink. Then, I added modeling paste roses by stenciling them on with the Fading Floral stencil. Once dry, came the messy and I do mean messy fun... splatters... lots and lots and lots of splatters using Prima watercolour Confections from the Classics and Tropicals sets. I had to wait and dry in between layers of blue, teal, a blend of both, wheat, and browns.




Supplies: index card (Staples), background stamp, stencil, watercolours (Prima), Coffee Archival ink (Ranger), whipped spackle (Faber-Castell)

Next, I turned it into a card by adding a flower and brown watercoloured leaves, an artistically placed jewelled cameo from my stash (yes, I have a lot of older Prima in my stash being that I have been a fan for over 8 years), a gessoed Finnabair mechanical plate piece along with stampings from various Prima stamp sets to create my sentiment, older Prima lace, some metallic thread, and some strategically placed glass beads. The sentiment on the inside reads... Just like you!



Additional Supplies: flower, leaves, jewelled cameo sticker, metal plate, stamps, lace (Prima), metallic thread and glass beads (Dollarama)

I am totally enamoured by with this card. I love, love, love how it turned out!




That is it for my shares for this post. I am linking up the Celebrate Summer card to Simon Says Stamps Work It Wednesday for stencils and the Art is Beautiful card based on the gorgeous Photo Inspiration moodboard colours this week at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.  In the meantime, I will have to further ponder a manageable means of blogging all my challenge creations.


TTFN,


Monday, July 4, 2016

Prima Watercolour Day 2


For those of you who shop Michaels, if you are anything like me, you cruise the $1.50 bins (that is in Canada, likely they are $1 bins in the US) for potential crafty goodies. A month or so ago, I picked up a couple of different 5 card packs of Thank You cards, thinking that they would be perfect bases to add to for greeting cards. I had originally envisioned them for papercrafting but then in looking at them again the other day, I noticed that they were a nice textured cardstock and wondered how they would stand up to watercolouring. So for Prima's 30 Day Watercolor Challenge, with the Day 2 prompt of Blended Colours, I gave it a try. 




Got to say, it worked wonderfully! I used a wet-on-wet technique and it held up with only slight warping which was fixed under a heavy stack of books.

I used painter's tape to mask off the centre sentiment strip. Then, I clear heat emboss stamped a series of outline flower shapes from the Prima Glorious Flowers stamp set using VersaMark ink and Simon Says Stamp Fine Clear Embossing powder. Leaving the masking tape in place, I then watercoloured the flowers with a blend of Yellow and Pink using the Classics Confection watercolours. Once dry, I painted the leaves and flower centres with the Green. It needed a little more so I free formed loose florals and foliage until I was pleased with the composition. To finish it off, I splattered a bit of green. Once completely dry, I removed the tape and voila! I love how this one turned out!

I am joining in with this card over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 'Anything Goes' Challenge.


TTFN,