Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hello Gorgeous. MISTI and Altenew Watercolors

Hello!  I'm finally settling into a fall routine, and finding time to play with some of the great products I've accumulated over the past several weeks (months), and hope to post more often.  I'm trying to get into a habit of filming my projects in case I find time to edit and finish a video.  (But we all know about lofty goals...  )

Today I'm sharing a quick watercolored card using Altenew's Hello Gorgeous stamp set and their recently released watercolor pan set.  I certainly didn't need more watercolors, but I was unable to resist.  I don't regret my purchase.  Although it's not going to replace my other favorites, it's an inexpensive, yet decent travel set, and is comprehensive enough to be a simple and portable set for cardmakers.

I stamped and heat embossed this floral image with Rose Gold embossing powder onto Fabriano Artistico cold press watercolor paper.  Then used my Faber Castell waterbrush to paint the flowers.

Once my panel was dry I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment multiple times with Lovely Lavender ink, then cleaned my stamp and restamped again with embossing ink, and heat embossing with clear.

The full 7 minute video is here:

Thanks for stopping by!  
Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Team Tuesday with Chris

Happy Tuesday!

Today you can find me over on the My Sweet Petunia blog where I am sharing the coloring video for this monochromatic card!

Click HERE to hop over to the MSP Blog for details and a video for this card.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Kitchen Sink Layering Stamps and MISTI

Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing one of the gift stamps that I received at Junkie fest 2018 stamping retreat in Minneapolis.  This gift stamp set was made exclusively for the event by Kitchen Sink Stamps and was given out by Kitchen Sink owner Maria Colosimo at the KSS make and take.  The Common Loon is the Minnesota State Bird, and Maria's layered version was a perfect souvenir from the event and a perfect stamp set to play with in this final week of "summer".  School starts next week!

This is a three-step layered stamp.  I began by using my Original MISTI to stamp the darkest layer first with Gina K. Designs Black Onyx ink onto my panel of Canson Vellum Bristol paper.

 The second layer was very easy to line up and stamp with Gina K. Designs' In The Navy ink.

The third, and lightest layer was stamped with Speckled Egg ink from Brutus Monroe, and that completed my focal image!  How easy was THAT?!?

To create my background, I tore a piece of 2" Post-It tape to create a tree line horizon mask.  I used my new Life Changing Blending Brushes from Picket Fence Studios and a whole assortment of Marvy Matchables (which are now only available as a blank ink pad with reinker) and Gina K. inks to brush in a sunset.  I put a piece of printer paper beneath my card panel to protect my work surface and brush ink toward the center from the edges of the panel.  These velvety soft brushes make this very easy and quick to do.

I then fitted the other portion of my torn Post-It tape over the top of the current one, making the edges fit back together into a 2" strip.  Then I removed the lower strip, and flipped it over to create a sharp water line creating the space for the tree line.  I used my blending brushes to brush and tap in colors to create my trees.

I then flipped the masks once again, to create an area of the treeline shadow on the water, then very lightly brushed in the same colors I had used in my sky into the water.  I carefully avoided the pulling color across my loon.  I then used one of the smallest Life Changing Blender Brushes to add just a hint of shadow below the loon.

Here is my finished panel.  I used many colors of ink from several companies to create this background, but it took very little effort to stamp the layered loon and brush in the colors using these literally Life Changing Brushes.  I used inks from Gina K. Designs, Brutus Monroe, Marvy, The Ton Stamps and Reverse Confetti for this panel, but you can use most any ink or brand!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a fantastic holiday weekend!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Thankful for A Friend Like You

Sometimes people appear in your life at very opportune times.  Call it fate, or divine intervention, but somehow the universe just seems to put people in the right place at the right time.  These are the people who build you up, encourage, yet ground you, and make your day just a little bit - and often a lot brighter.  Today I'm sharing a few friendship cards that I've been making to send some little gifts to acknowledge and thank some such people for their contribution to the quality and saneness of my life.  I'm truly grateful to them.

These are very clean and simple cards that represent the the solid foundation of the friendship that has been formed over the years with these special people; one of whom is celebrating a birthday today!

I started my cards with the Altenew Cube Builder Stencil and a A2 sized panel of Canson Vellum Bristol paper.  I bought this stencil months ago, but had not ever tried it.  It is so simple to use, and creates such a dynamic and fun pattern.  I adhered the cardstock to my stencil with Purple Tape and used the "Life Changing Blender Brushes" from Picket Fence Studios to gently brush in Distress Oxide ink.  These velvet-y soft bristled brushes apply the ink so softly and smoothly, I may never go back to foam blending pads again.  I started with Evergreen Bough ink, then cleaned my brush by gently brushing on a microfiber towel slightly dampened with water.  The brush dried very quickly as I was cleaning and setting up the stencil for a second color.  

I cleaned my stencil with a baby wipe, then rotated it, lining the points up carefully with the first inking, then used Purple Tape once again to secure it.  I then brushed in the second color.  I had to remove and replace the stencil to cover my whole panel with the second color, Candied Apple.

I chose to leave the "tops" of my blocks white.  This inked panel could be used for a background, but I chose to use it as my focal point instead.  I cut the panel diagonally and used my scissor to trim along the blocks to create a pyramid image.  I was able to trim out two pyramids from the one inked panel.

To finish my card, I simply used liquid glue to adhere the pyramids to top folding card bases, and used my Original MISTI to add the sentiment from Reverse Confetti's A Friend Like You stamp set with Gina K. Designs' Amalgam Ink

Thanks for stopping by today!  
Go tell a friend how thankful you are to have them in your life today! 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Crackerbox/So Suzy Stamps and MISTI Collaboration Blog Hop

Welcome to the My Sweet Petunia and Crackerbox/Suzy Stamps Collaboration Blog Hop! Today the teams from both companies are sharing inspiration and projects using products from both of these wonderful companies, so please join us for a fun collaborative hop!  Hopefully you have arrived here at my blog from Giada's blog!  If not, and you would prefer to start today's hop at the very beginning, please click HERE.

Today I am sharing cards created with a variety of Crackerbox/Suzy Stamps.  The shark card posted above uses Clyde the Shark, an adorable red rubber cling mounted line image stamp that is perfect for coloring.  I stamped the Clyde onto a small piece of 100# Hammermill Digital Color Copy Cover using my original Misti and Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I then colored with Copic markers, added highlights, with a white gel pen, and fussy cut the image.

I coated the whole image with Nuvo Crystal Glaze, using a straight pin to pop any bubbles in the glaze medium and carefully set it aside to dry overnight.

Here is the image once dry.  
The glaze appears a bit cloudy at application, but dries to a thick clear, glossy surface and gives a shiny wet look to my shark.

To create my card, I first used a piece of 2" Post-it tape to mask off the horizon line of the water, and sponged on Broken China Distress Ink below the tape to create the ocean.  I then tore the Post-it tape and used the ragged edge as a mask to create a faint hint of a shoreline at the top of the water line.  I used the same piece of tape and moved it randomly to the sky, and without re-inking my foam blending pad sponged just a hint of clouds into the sky.

I then used just a small corner of the Clarity Bubbles Stencil and Nuvo Sugar Glitter Paste mixed with a drop of Broken China Distress ink to add bubbles, or water droplets to the lower left corner of my card front.  This adds additional texture to my card panel as well.

I then trimmed my card panel down to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4", cut a black cardstock mat 3 3/4" x 5" and assembled my pieces using liquid glue to a navy card base.

Once I had assembled my card, I now needed to add my Hello greeting.  Once I had placed my Hello stamp into my MISTI, I stamped with Broken China Distress Oxide ink.  Leaving my stamp in place, using a small foam dauber, I added a bit of Faded Jeans oxide ink to the lower half of the stamp and stamped again, inking over the previous Broken China.  I then added Mermaid Lagoon ink to the lower 1/3 of the stamp and restamped again.  Finally I added Blueprint Sketch ink to the very bottom of the stamp and stamped yet once more, creating that ombre look to my greeting.

I used Distress Oxides to create the background for this card using the Flying Fairy and World of Reality stamps.

I first prepped my smooth heavyweight white cardstock panel by brushing it with a embossing posder tool.  I then stamped my Flying Fairy onto a piece of using my MISTI and Embossing ink, and applied black embossing powder and melting it with my heat tool.  

Then, carefully avoiding the fairy's wings, I used a round foam blender to apply layers of Distress Oxide, working my way in from the sides of the panel, I sponged in Squeezed Lemonade, then Fossilized Amber,  Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Wilted Violet and then finally Black Soot to create a dramatic and color rich background.  
I then very liberally prepped the inked panel with my powder tool, and stamped the World of Reality sentiment in embossing ink and heat embossed it in black.  I trimmed the panel to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4", cut a black cardstock mat 3 3/4" x 5" and assembled my pieces using liquid glue to a pale tangerine base. 

I used a tissue to remove any residual ink from my embossed fairy, then added Nuvo Sugar Glitter Paste using a small silicone stylus to the wings and the tip of the wand.

That's it from me today, but I hope you enjoy today's blog hop.  Your next stop on the hop is the My Sweet Petunia blog, but before you go, leave a comment to be entered to win one of two fabulous Blog Hop prizes!

Two lucky commenters from today's hop will win one of two prizes: a $50 shopping spree at and a $50 shopping spree at www.sosuzystamps.com1   You must leave your comments on hop participants' blog posts no later than Friday, August 24th, at 11:59 PM Central time to be entered.  Winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 28th on the Crackerbox/Suzy Stamps and My Sweet Petunia blogs.

Happy hopping!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Gina K. Designs' Inspiring Poppies

Hi everyone,

I've been coloring poppies.  Lots of poppies.  I recently received the stamp set Inspiring Poppies by Gina K. Designs.  It's a wonderful little mini set, and it's so fun to color.  Poppies are such a simple and timeless wildflower that come in a variety of colors, so it's really fun to experiment with.  

Recently I shared this thank you card I'd made using this stamp set on Instagram and on Facebook.

In the day or two following that post, I received several requests for the markers I used and/or a no-line coloring tutorial, so I decided to make a short video of my coloring process.

My process begins with practice.  I like to stamp my floral images in black ink, then first make a shading guide by shading with pencil.  Using pencil only, this allows me to map out my areas of contrast that I need to create a dimensional look.  I can practice several times this way, testing out pattterns of light and shadow, and using different directional light sources before I begin to start using color on a "real" panel.

To do no-line coloring, instead of stamping with black ink, use a very pale color of ink that will get covered up with your coloring.  That is how you get "no-lines".  choices could be a very pale pink or blue that you "stamp off" first onto a piece of scratchaper, removing a bit of the ink first on the scratch paper before you stamp onto your card panel.

A great option is Fade Out ink, made by Inkon3.  It's a very neutral pale gray ink, that virtually disappears under even the palest marker.  I used Fade Out ink on this practice color sample where I was experimenting with several different colors of poppies.  I used my Original MISTI to stamp onto Hammermill 100# Digital Color Copy Cover paper.  This paper is my go-to for Copics, as it's very easy to blend on, a nice layering weight, and is very inexpensive.  I never feel bad about doing lots of practicing with this paper, as it's so very reasonably priced.  

I like to start with my darkest tones first then work toward the lighter areas.  Putting those darks in first, helps me see the shape of the flower right away, and I'm less likely to "lose" some of the petals as I add color.

Here is the short YouTube video:

And here is the image I colored in the video with the colors I used:

Thanks for watching and visiting today!  I hope you enjoyed the video and feel inspired to try a handful of colors on your favorite floral image.

Happy stamping and coloring!

Edited:  I realized that Inspiring Poppies is currently out of stock at Gina K. Designs.  If you are interested in this stamp set, Gina usually has stamps available within 2 weeks.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Team Tuesday!

Hi there!

I'm sharing some easy translucent coloring tips in a post and video over at the My Sweet Petunia Blog today.
Come visit by clicking HERE.