Saturday, July 22, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams- Tissue Paper Watercolor



Hi Friends!!

Wow, this week has been so busy!  I have been wanting to try the Tissue Watercolor Technique for the CASMix-Up July Challenge and finally had a chance this evening!  

 I used Loll’s tips from her wonderful video (here) and decided to try her technique with the addition of heat embossing as well.

I also incorporated the CAS(E) This Sketch #231 Challenge, the Splitcoaststampers CC642 Color Challenge and the Addicted to Stamps and More #251 “Anything Goes” Challenge into the design.

If you have not already had a chance to visit the above challenge sites, I hope you will do so- so much inspiration from their Design Teams as well as in their galleries!

To create this card:

1). Using Tranquil Tide and Soft Sky Classic Ink, tap the pads onto a silicone craft mat, spritz with water, use a plastic spoon (or palette knife) to mix the ink a bit and lay a piece of tissue paper into the ink (smooshing very gently with your fingers to moisten all of the tissue).  Carefully lift up the tissue paper and set onto a paper towel to dry.  My first layer was a bit light so I added additional ink until I was satisfied with the color.

2). Using a craft glue, spread the glue over an entire piece of white cardstock, squishing the tissue a bit to create more ridges and allow the panel to dry (I did use a heat tool to speed up the process- I am so impatient!).  De-static the panel with an Embossing Buddy®, gently rub the Versamark™ ink pad over the ridges, apply Silver Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.

3). De-static a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the Embossing Buddy®, ink the splatter image from Dragonfly Dreams and the sentiment from Rose Wonder with Versamark™ ink and stamp onto the panel.  Apply Silver Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.  Trim the panel and mount onto the Extra Thick Whisper White card base.

4). Create the banner from Silver Foil using the Big Shot™ with the MFT Blueprints 16 Dies, cut in half and adhere to the card front.

5). Die cut the tissue panel with a medium frame from the retired MFT Fancy Ticket STAX dies and mount onto the card front with dimensional foam.

Close uo of the tissue background 
6). Stamp the dragonfly image from Dragonfly Dreams using archival black ink onto white cardstock, heat set the ink and watercolor with Tranquil Tide and Pool Party Classic Ink.  Die cut with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits™, mount onto the card front and use dimensional foam below the wings.

7). To finish off the card, apply shimmer to the wings using a Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen and add a few drops around the sentiment and on the tissue panel with Nuvo™ Gray Mist Jewel Drops.
I wish the shimmer showed better in the photo- this card definitely shines IRL :-)

Also, I have to say that I absolutely love this tissue paper technique- thanks Loll for the fabulous instructions!   I am so thrilled that I decided to try this (I have a few scraps from this panel for another card) plus I am looking forward to playing around with different colors and inks in the future!  Loll, you have definitely converted me- lol!

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Rose Wonder (both current Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, Versamark™ Ink, Classic SU! Ink- Tranquil Tide, Pool Party; Nuvo™ Grey Mist Jewel Drops, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper: Whisper White, Extra Thick Whisper White, Silver Foil, Tissue Paper

Accessories:  Big Shot™, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits™, MFT Blueprints 16 Dies, retired MFT Fancy Ticket STAX Dies, Embossing Buddy®, Stampin’ Emboss® Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool


Thanks again for visiting- hugs and I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Heavens Declare The Glory of God



Hi Friends!!

I am so excited to announce that I am the Guest Designer for the Retro RubberChallenge Blog #67 “Over the Rainbow” Challenge!  

A few weeks ago, my card was chosen as their winner and one of the perks of winning is that you are invited to be a Guest Designer on a future challenge- what a wonderful honor!

I decided to create a colorful simple Mixed Media card using a verse sentiment from the current Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture 9 stamp set along with retired Stampin’ Up! sets- Off the Grid, Stipple Butterfly and Notable Notions.  All of these stamps are several years old and I absolutely loved having a chance to play around with them again!


If you have not already had a chance to visit the above challenge sites, I hope you will do so- they all have wonderful Design Teams as well as gorgeous inspiration in their galleries.

To create this card:

1). Ink the Stipple Butterfly image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, stamp onto a piece of white cardstock paper, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.

2). Using Zig® Clean Real Color Markers along with an AquaPainter™, watercolor the butterfly image and fussy-cut the image.  Add a few white highlights to the wings with the Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen.

3). On a piece of Strathmore™ Bristol Smooth Paper, use the same Zig® Clean Real Color Markers, add a bit of color, spritz with water and dry with the Heat Tool. Splash a bit of water onto the panel, let the water absorb before lifting with a paper towel and heat with the Heat Tool. 

4). Trim the panel, ink the retired Off the Grid background stamp with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink over the background as well as the retired Notable Notions script image.

5). Stamp the sentiment from Scripture Collection 9 with archival black ink and heat set with the Heat Tool.

6). Trim the panel and mount onto a piece of black cardstock, trim once more and mount onto the white card base.

7). Mount the fussy cut butterfly to the corner and add a few drops of Nuvo™ Rosewater and Orange Marmalade Jewel Drops to finish off the card.

 Stamp Sets: Scripture Collection 9 (Our Daily Bread Designs); Stipple Butterfly, Off the Grid, Notable Notions (all retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, Zig® Clean Color Real Brush Markers- Yellow, Orange, Blue, Pink;  Nuvo™ Jewel Drops- Rosewater, Orange Marmalade; Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen

Paper: Bristol Smooth, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories:  AquaPainter™, Heat Tool

Thanks again for visiting- I hope you will find some time to pull out some of your older stamps and join us at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog! Hugs and please stop by again soon!

Ribbon of Courage



Hi Friends!   

It’s time for the #179 “New Fun from Stampin' Up!” Challenge at SU-Only Challenges!  We would love to see your projects using a “New to You” Stampin’ Up! set and I decided to use the Ribbon of Courage stamp set for my Clean and Simple card.

As soon as I saw this set in the new catalog, I knew that it would have to be one of my first purchases. Cancer has taken it's toll on my immediate family as well as my husband's, not to mention many friends as well.  I think that this ribbon image as well as the sentiments and matching framelits are perfect for sending a note of encouragement to those who are experiencing the trials of chemo, radiation and other tests, don't you?

I am also linking to the Word Art Wednesday #290-#291 “AnythingGoes” ChallengeIf you have not had a chance to stop by the SU-Only Challenge site to check out the rest of the Design Team projects or the Word Art Wednesday Challenge site yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all! 

To create this card:

1). Ink the Ribbon of Courage image using Stampin’ Archival™ Basic Black Ink, stamp onto Whisper White cardstock and heat set with the Heat Tool.  Use the Big Shot™ along with the coordinating Support Ribbon Framelits™ to cut out the image.

2). Color the image with Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Markers, using an AquaPainter™ to blend the color.

3). De-static a piece of Basic Black cardstock with the Embossing Buddy®, stamp the sentiment from Ribbon of Courage with Versamark™ Ink, apply Stampin’ Emboss® White Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.

4). Trim the panel, mount onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, trim again and mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock before adhering to the Extra Thick Whisper White card base.

5). Mount the colored Ribbon of Courage image with Stampin’ Dimensionals®. 
6). Add a few Rhinestones to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Ribbon of Courage

Ink/Mediums: Stampin’ Archival™ Basic Black; Stampin’ Write Markers- Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo
Paper: Whisper White, Extra Thick Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, Support Ribbon Framelits™, AquaPainter™, Heat Tool, Rhinestones, Embossing Buddy®, Stampin’ Emboss® White Embossing Powder

Thanks again for taking the time to visit and I hope that you will create your own Stampin’ Up! Only project and play along with our “New Fun from Stampin' Up!” challenge!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Peaceful Peonies


Hi Friends!

I love participating in online challenges and finally had a chance to create a card for The Flower Challenge #10 “Embossing Heat/Dry” using the colors from the Addicted to Stamps and More #250 Photo Inspiration Challenge and the WordArt Wednesday #290-#291 “Anything Goes” Challenge.


I pulled out the Peaceful Peonies Clear Stamp Set from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps (designed by NinaB Designs) and used heat embossing (along with watercolor) to create my own background paper for this Mixed Media card.

If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Use a de-static tool to prep a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of white cardstock for heat embossing.  

Ink the large peony image from Peaceful Peonies with embossing ink, stamp onto the white cardstock, apply white embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Repeat the steps to ink and stamp three more images around the perimeter of the panel.

2). Using distress markers add a bit of color and blend with a water brush.  Continue to color until you are satisfied with the results.  Wipe off any excess ink from the embossing with a dry paper towel.

3). Add a piece of green satin ribbon, wrapping the ends behind the panel and mount onto the white card base.

4). Ink the sentiment from Peaceful Peonies using archival black ink, stamp onto white cardstock and die cut with a pierced oval die.

5). Adhere a bit of looped metallic silver thread and mount the sentiment using dimensional foam.

6). Finish off the card by applying shimmer to the petals with a clear glitter pen.

 
Stamp Sets:  Peaceful Peonies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Versamark™, TH Distress Markers- Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White

Accessories/Tools: Embossing Buddy®, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Water Brush, 1” Light Green Satin Ribbon, Big Shot™, ODBD Pierced Ovals Dies, Silver Metallic Thread


Thanks again for taking the time to visit!  Hugs and I hope all of you have a great weekend!  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sweet As Honey- The Word of the Lord is True


Hi Friends!

 I am sharing another vintage style mixed media card using the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, Sweet As Honey Clear Stamp Set (designed by Korin Sutherland).  I mentioned in my previous post how much I love collecting honey dishes and this bee image is just so irresistible to me (I know, crazy, right?)!

I wanted to participate in a few online challenges so I am linking to the Inkspirational #138 Rural Challenge ( I remember visiting my Grandparents farm and all of the bees :-)), the Simon Says Monday “Distress It”  Challenge as the Happy Little Stampers July Mixed Media “Texture” Challenge (I added texture with the distressing, heat embossing, popped up bees and the crystal drops :-)).  
 
Again, if you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1).  On a scrap piece of white cardstock, take the antique linen distress oxide ink pad and swipe across the paper, use a sponge to blend out the ink and heat with the heat tool.  Use another sponge to add fossilized amber distress oxide ink, heat with the heat tool and repeat the process with a bit of wild honey and vintage photo distress oxide ink (heating with the heat tool as well). Spritz a bit of water onto the paper, tap the excess water off with a paper towel and heat with the heat tool to dry the paper.


2). Ink the honeycomb image from Sweet As Honey with fossilized amber distress oxide ink, stamp onto the panel, add clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Once the embossing powder has cooled, use a sponge dauber to add additional vintage photo along with fossilized amber distress oxide ink over the embossed images, wipe off the excess ink with a dry paper towel and spritz with additional water.

3). Use a distressing tool to distress the edges, mount onto espresso cardstock and distress the edges as well.

4). Tap the wild honey, fossilized amber and vintage distress oxide inks onto a craft mat, spritz with water and lay a piece of designer paper into the ink.  Lift up and continue to add layers of ink, drying with a heat tool between layers. 

5). Once you are satisfied with the results on the background, distress the edges with a distressing tool, mount onto espresso cardstock and mount onto the white card base.  Sponge vintage photo distress oxide ink over the edges of the card base to tone down the white panel.

6). Add the honeycomb panel directly to the card front.

7). Stamp the sentiment with onyx black archival ink onto white cardstock, heat set to dry the ink with a heat tool, trim and distress the edges before mounting onto espresso cardstock and distressing the edges to match with the distressing tool. Mount the sentiment to the card front using dimensional foam.

8).  Ink the bee images  from Sweet As Honey with onyx black archival ink, stamp onto a piece of white cardstock, and heat set with a heat tool (to speed up the drying process). Color the bees with a honey marker, fussy cut and watercolor the wings with a bit of black soot distress oxide ink before using a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the wings.

9). Mount the bees to the card front with dimensional foam.

10). Add a few lemon jewel drops to the background to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Sweet As Honey (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Distress Oxide Inks- Antique Linen, Black Soot, Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo, Wild Honey,  Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Nuvo™ Limencello Jewel Drops

Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, miscellaneous  pale yellow print designer paper

Accessories/Tools: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sponge Daubers, Water Spritzer Bottle


Thanks again for taking the time to visit!  Hugs and I hope all of you have a great week!  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CAS Wonderful Wings

Hi Friends!!

Today I am sharing another fairly quick CAS card that I created using an image from the retired Stampin’ Up! Wonderful Wings stamp set along with a sentiment from the current Our Daily Bread Designs, Scripture Collection 4.


If you have not already had a chance to visit the above challenge sites, I hope you will do so- they all have wonderful Design Teams as well as gorgeous inspiration in their galleries.

To create this card:

1). Ink the Wonderful Wings image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, stamp onto a piece of Bristol Smooth paper and heat set with the Heat Tool.

2). Create a mask of the image using sticky note paper and mask the butterfly.  Using a sponge dauber with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, stencil the background with the Memory Box™ Modern Chic Chevron stencil.  Lightly spritz with water and heat set with the Heat Tool.

3). Watercolor the butterfly with Zig® Clean Color Real Brush Markers- I used Yellow, Blue and Orange.  Dry with the Heat Tool and add a shadow with the Pale Gray Marker and darken the body and areas on the wings with the Black Marker.  Once you are satisfied with the watercolor, use the Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen to add shimmer to the wings. Add a few white highlights to the wings with the Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen.

4). Stamp the Scripture Collection 4 (ODBD) verse using Versafine™ Onyx Black ink onto the panel.

5). Trim the panel and mount onto the Basic Black card front before adhering to the white card base.

6). Finish off the card by adding a few Nuvo™ Gloss Black Crystal Drops .

Stamp Sets: Wonderful Wings (retired Stampin’ Up!), Scripture Collection 4 (Our Daily Bread Designs)

Ink/Mediums: Versamark™ Onyx Black Ink, Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, Zig® Clean Color Real Brush Markers- Yellow, Orange, Blue, Black, Pale Gray;  Nuvo™ Gloss Black Crystal Drops, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen

Paper: Bristol Smooth, Basic Black, Extra Thick Whisper White

Accessories:  AquaPainter™, Heat Tool, Memory Box™ Modern Chic Chevron Stencil, Sponge Dauber


Thanks again for stopping by- I hope all of you have a blessed week, sweet friends!

One Layer Wonderful Wings



Hi Friends!!

I am sharing a One Layer Mixed Media card that I created this evening using a retired Stampin’ Up! butterfly image from the Wonderful Wings stamp set along with a sentiment from the brand new Stampin’ Up! Ribbon of Courage stamp set.

I decided to participate in the CAS-ual Fridays #177 Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge (Butterflies, One Layer, Stripes), the FUSION “Sand, Beach” Challenge (I was inspired by the colors in the sign), the Alphabet Challenge “I for Insects”Challenge and the Tuesday Throwdown #351 "One Layer" Challenge.

If you have not already had a chance to visit the above challenge sites, I hope you will do so- they both have fabulous Design Teams as well as inspiration in their galleries.

To create this card:

1). Fold a 4 ¼” x 11” piece of Crumb Cake cardstock in half and score for the card base.

2). De-static the front of the card with an Embossing Buddy®, ink the Wonderful Wings image using archival black ink, stamp onto the card front, apply Stampin’ Emboss® Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.

3). Once the embossing has cooled, watercolor the image with Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils- Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Pacific Point blending with a water brush.  Add additional color to the wings with the Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker (blending the color with the water brush) and when dry, add white highlights with an Extra Fine White Sharpie® Paint Pen.  Add shadows with the Tip Top Taupe Stampin’ Write Marker (also blending with the water brush).

4). Using Tim Holtz® Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink, a sponge dauber and the Memory Box™ Texture Line Up Stencil, add stripes to the background.  Add a bit more color to the stripes with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink and use a water spritzer to add water droplets.  Dry carefully with a Heat Tool and apply Nuvo™ Fresh Copper Embellishment Mousse with your finger to a few of the stripes.

5). Use a Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen to add shimmer to the wings of the butterfly and apply Nuvo™ Grey Mist Crystal Jewel Drops to the background finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Wonderful Wings (retired), Ribbon of Courage (both Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versamark™ Onyx Black, Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils- Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie; Stampin’ Write Markers- Pumpkin Pie, Tip Top Taupe; Nuvo™ Fresh Copper Embellishment Mousse & Gray Mist Crystal Jewel Drops, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen

PaperCardstock: Crumb Cake

Accessories: Embossing Buddy®, Stampin’ Emboss® Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Memory Box™ Texture Line Up Stencil, Sponge Daubers

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope you have a blessed week, sweet friends!

Monday, July 10, 2017

French Foliage- Another Scraps from My Stash Card

Hi Friends! 

I hope all of you are having a great week so far! Today I am sharing another Mixed Media card that I created using scraps from my stash (I had fun organizing a few containers this past week and am determined to use them- lol!!) :-).

I found this French Foliage image that I had stamped, colored along with pen and ink details plus die cut in my stash and originally I had intended it for a different project but was not thrilled with it at the time. Since it had taken so much of my crafty time, I decided to save it for a later date and when I saw the new challenge blog, The Joy of Sets Challenge "F", I was  determined to create a card using this "stash" item.

I chose not add a sentiment at this time but could add one later (I did not want to cover any of the watercolor details).

In addition to playing along with The Joy of Sets #JOS001 “F”Challenge (you have to use a Stampin' Up! set, current or retired that starts with an "F" in the first name, hence French Foliage), I am also linking this the International Art & Soul #12 “Elementsof Nature” Challenge (another new challenge for me).

If you have not had a chance to visit the challenge blogs yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!



To create this card:

1). Using archival black ink, stamp the French Foliage images (retired Stampin’ Up!) onto watercolor paper (masking the images as you stamp). Heat set the ink with the Heat Tool.

2). Watercolor the leaves with Classic Ink- I used So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  Watercolor diluted archival black ink in the background over the other colors as well, mask the leaves and stamp the script image from French Foliage as well as the cancelled postage stamp.

3). Use an extra fine black ink pen to add cross hatching as well as stippling to the leaves along with additional shadows.

4). Die cut the image with a stitched oval die and mount onto Whisper White cardstock (die cut with a stitched rectangle die) with Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

5). Layer onto black cardstock, trim and mount onto the Whisper White card base.

6). Finish off the card using the Clear Wink of Stella® Glitter Pen over the leaves and add a few crystal drops.

Stamp Sets: French Foliage (retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Stampin’ Archival™ Basic Black; Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Garden Green Classic Inks, Clear Wink of Stella® Glitter Pen; Faber-Castelle® Black XS Pitt Pen; Speedball™ Writer Black Pen, Nuvo™ Crystal Jewel Drops

 Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Watercolor

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Stitched Rectangle and Oval Dies, AquaPainter™


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and visit- hugs and I hope you have a fantastic week!
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