Friday, January 18, 2019

My Sweet Petunia and MFT Stamps Collaborative Blog Hop

Welcome to the My Sweet Petunia and My Favorite Things Collaborative Blog Hop!

Welcome! Today we are showcasing some of the beautiful new products from MFT Stamps in our MISTI created projects.  I'm glad you're here, and I'll have all of the hop participants listed at the bottom of this post so you don't miss out on all the rest of the hop projects today!

There are two awesome blog hop prizes up for grabs, so make sure you leave me a comment to be entered for a chance to win one of three prize packages which include both a $50 gift certificate from My Sweet Petunia and a $50 gift certificate from My Favorite Things.  You must leave comments before 11:59pm ET Monday January 21, to be eligible for the drawing.  Winners will be posted on both the MFT blog and the MSP blog on Tuesday, January 22nd.

Here is a list of all of today's hop participants:

Today I'm using this adorable Pure Innocence little girl stamp set and matching die from So Much Love.  Those heart hands!  How much sweeter can you get for Valentine's Day??

I used my Original MISTI to stamp both the girl image and the sentiment onto a panel of Hammermill 80# Color Copy Digital Cover paper.  (This is my go-to layering weight paper for Copic coloring.)

I quickly colored her skin, hair and shoes with Copic markers.  I didn't color the dress, since I was planning to paper piece.

Then used the matching die to die cut the girl.

  I found a scrap of a small print patterned paper in my scrap drawer, and very quickly inked up just the dress portion of the image and stamped onto the patterned paper.

After trimming out my paper piecing dress (by hand cutting with scissors directly on the stamped lines), I carefully used a W3 Copic marker to touch up the edges of my pieces of the dress.  This small bit of color, makes the white edge of the white-core patterned paper disappear.

I used liquid adhesive to carefully adhere the dress to the colored image.

To create the backdrop for this image, I chose to make a chalkboard image.  I used my Original MISTI to stamp the Entangled Hearts image onto a small piece of black cardstock with white pigment ink.  While the ink was still wet, I used my fingertip to smudge the ink to resemble a lightly chalk dust covered chalkboard, smudging a bit of extra ink on the corners of the black paper.

While the white pigment ink dried, I used Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink and a soft blending brush to ink up the Small Brick Wall stencil onto my white top-folding card base.

I trimmed out my sentiment using a craft knife and ruler.  I also cut tiny slivers from the remnants of my cardstock to be used as pieces of chalk at the bottom of my chalk board.

I then assembled my card.  I cut kraft cardstock mat for my chalkboard, leaving a slightly wider margin at the bottom of my board.  I ran a line of W4 Copic marker along the base of the black chalkboard to give the illusion of shadow of the chalk tray before adhering the chalk pieces.  The board was then added to the cardbase using liquid adhesive, and the sentiment strip and girl added with adhesive foam tape.

I also chose to use some of my MFT stencils to create a background for my next cards.  

These cards feature the Wonderful Woodland Friends stamps and dies.  

I began by using my MISTI to create two sets of my images.  I placed the stamps to fit on half of an A2 panel of Hammermill paper, and stamped with Memento black ink.  Then I rotate the paper and stamped a second set on the other half.

I colored the images with Copic markers.

Then die cut the set of images in one pass with my Big Shot.  I used small pieces of Purple Tape to hold the dies in place while die cutting multiple images.

I used the Drifts and Hills stencil to create a grassy foreground onto my folded card base using a blending brush and my ink pad.  I inked the lower hill first, then moved the stencil up and brushed more color in.

I used the Cloud stencil to likewise do the sky with ink and a blending brush, brushing color down from the lower edge of the stencil, then repositioning it and brushing ink up from the top edge of the stencil.  I inked a hint of a layered cloud shape in the center of the cloud mass as well.

I added the sentiments using my MISTI, and assembled my scene, but trimming the lower edge of the tree to match up with my inked hill and adhering it with liquid glue.  I trimmed a bit from the flower die cut to appear to fit in the rabbit's paw, and used liquid glue to attach it to the rabbit die cut, then added the critters to my card with 3M foam tape.

The two cards are similar, but not identical.  

That's it from me today, but there's much more to see in today's hop so please continue, leaving comments on each blog on your way!  The links are listed above.

Thanks for hopping!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Sunday, January 6, 2019

The Ton's 4th Anniversary Blog Hop - Day 2

Good morning!  Welcome to Day 2 of The Ton's 4th Anniversary Blog Hop!

I'm glad you're here!  Hopefully you have already begun the hop, and have arrived from Laura Jane's blog, but if you have not, and would like to start today's hop from the beginning, please click HERE.  The entire list of today's hop participants is listed at the bottom of this post as well.

I'm very happy to be participating as a guest in today's hop.  I'm glad to have a chance to congratulate and celebrate my friend Effie, and I wish her much continued success!  Her company, The Ton Stamps, is celebrating 4 years this month and Effie has introduced 9 new designs for this release. She is also offering some free gifts with purchase promotions to celebrate as well. Head over to The Ton Stamps' blog for more details. 

There are also giveaways each day on these mini hops! Win a stamp of choice from The Ton's new release. To enter, leave a comment on each blog each day. Effie will choose one winner per day (4 winners total) and announce the winners on The Ton's blog by January 12. The comment period for these giveaways will close on January 11 at 7pm EST. 

Today a have several cards to share with you.  My first was uses the new Peony Close Up Cling Background stamp.

This is an amazing 6"x6" rubber cling stamp, that is just gorgeous, and so much fun to color!
I chose to use my Original MISTI to stamp this large peony onto a piece of Fabriano Artistico cold press watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I then chose Daniel Smith watercolors as my coloring medium.  

After painting, and when fully dry, I trimmed the panel down to 4.25" x 5.5" and adhered it to a top fold A2 card base.  I die cut the word "wishes" from white cardstock using Bold General Greetings Word dies, leaving the letters in tact within the negative.  I used a blending brush to add Red Sangria ink to the lower half of each letter before removing them from the negative.

I added foam tape to the back of each of the letters, then used the negative as a template for placing the letters on my watercolored panel, carefully adhering the letters in place, then lifted the negative away from the panel.  

I stamped the happy birthday from Nesting Peonies also on white cardstock with Red Sangria ink, and trimmed it down to nestle in above the E and S of wishes, and added it to my panel with foam tape.  

I also played around with Today's Cosmos set.

This set has such amazing detail, that I decided to just let the images do all the talking, so I stamped it with embossing ink onto vellum and heat embossed it in white.  I added the vellum over a pink card base and added a few clear gems.

I loved the veining on the embossed leaves from Today's Cosmos, so I decided to make anniversary cards using only the leaves.  I set up the stamps in my Original MISTI to stamp slightly off the A2 card panel. I stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed. Then I rotated the panel in the MISTI and did the same to the other side.  I was able to stamp multiples and heat emboss with different colors.  I then reset my stamps to fill in the openings and did the same:  stamped and embossed one side, then the other on each panel.

I used the Double Stitched Rectangle dies to trim the panels down, cut coordinating mat layers and assembled my cards by using a layer of foam tape between the card base and the matted focal panel.

That's all from me today, but there's more to see in today's hop!
Leave a comment to be entered in today's giveaway, then continue on in the hop to Amy's blog!

Here are today's hop participants:

Thanks for hopping!!  
Have a fantastic day

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigments

Hi everyone!

Back in early October I received the first twelve Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigments.  They are liquid watercolors and I couldn't wait to give them a try so I packed them up in an Artbin an took them to my local craft night!

My first use was watercoloring this card, using Brutus Monroe Pumpkin Faces with the sentiment from Super Sentiments.

A week or two ago, I attended the Brutus Monroe 4th Anniversary Party at Christopher's store in Pittsburgh, PA with my friends Iliana, from My Sweet Petunia and Marci, from the Facebook Group, Stamp Junkies.  Although I'd been to Christopher's previous store location, this was my first visit to his much larger new location.  I loved the huge new space, and as you can see, he went all out decorating in gorgeous holiday fashion for the party.

That night, he released some exclusive party Aqua Pigment colors, and had recently had several other colors released that I didn't own yet, so of course I had to buy them all.  Since I was flying home, I decided to have my purchases shipped home rather than risk the glass bottles in my luggage, and they arrived yesterday. 

So now I have quite a collection of these fun watercolors.  So I needed a larger storage bin.

I was excited to try the new shimmer colors, as well as the metallics, but I also wanted to swatch all of the colors so I would have references now that I have so many.
This is the Metallic Shimmering Gingerbread from the Sparkling Holiday Collection, and I wish I could capture in a photo just how pretty and shimmery that it truly is when it dries.

To make my swatches, I used Fabriano Artistico Cold Press watercolor paper, and wet an area on my paper, working from the bottom to the top, so the lower area had the most water.  Then I gently shook each bottle of Aqua Pigments and used the eye dropper to drip 2 drops of the paint onto my ceramic plate.  I saturated my paintbrush and painted in side to side strokes, working the color from the top down.  I began in the very lightly dampened area and worked my way into the more saturated area giving a nice graduated fade.  I put notes on each swatch with a pen, and set them aside to dry fully.

While they were drying, I made labels with my Brother P-Touch label maker.

Once my swatches were dry, I trimmed each of them down to 1 1/4" x 1 3/4".  I made sure to note the color name on the back of each swatch as well so I didn't mix them up.

As I was cutting the swatches down, I began trying to put them into an order.
Did I want to keep the shimmers separate from the non-shimmer?  Put them in ROYGBIV order?  Glue the swatches to cards that would fit into my storage container??

I thought I'd settled on attaching them to cards that would fit inside my storage box, and storing the shimmers and metallics in with the non-shimmers, and keeping the warmer colors and the cooler tones separated like this:

But then I had the following thought:  "If I know Christopher, he will probably release more colors the second I glue these down in order and I'll regret the glue permanence!"

So I decided to put the swatches on tags on a 4" metal ring.  This way I can add additional colors, or move them around if I find the current order isn't working for me.

I glued my labeled swatches to a 1 1/4 x 3" black cardstock covered cardboard tag, and used a hole punch to add the hole.

And I'm sure glad I decided to put them on tags on a ring,  I've already made some changes to the order!
And look how pretty they look!!

 Buying, organizing, and using are really three separate hobbies.  LOL

So now that the first two are out of the way, it's time to use these new goodies.

I decided to try out the new watercolors on one of my favorite images and make a birthday card for a good friend.  I stamped the Rustic Door image onto a A2 sized panel of cold press watercolor paper using my Original Misti, then painted using several of my current and new colors.  I used Orange, Red, Blue, Turquoise, Green, Black and Brown from my previous colors, and the new-to-me Aqua Pigments of Coral, Tinsel, Delphinium and Yellow Green.  I love how these pigments move and blend.  I added Gilded to the upper design of the door, and Pearl as a highlight to the sunlight portions of the brick archway and sunlit step.  I loved the contrast and near glow of the Pearl against the rich earth colors of the stuccoed building.  I added the very small and simple birthday sentiment from Cat's Life.  I felt a larger sentiment would have detracted too much from the painted image.

That's all from me today.  Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Adding Dimension to Solid Images

Hello all!

December is a crazy month.  It's the start of my son's high school swim season, there's always so much to do to prep for the holidays, and this year we threw a basement redo into the mix as well, so I've been very sporadic with my crafting, and especially with actual posts here.  I have been squeezing in some time making holiday cards, but rarely get around to sharing much about them here!  Hopefully January will bring just a bit of quieter normalcy to my life again.

Today I have a quick video tutorial showing how to easily add dimension to your solid images.  I shared the card shown above on Instagram a few weeks ago, and was asked to share more details or a video tutorial, so I filmed the process of creating the following card to show my simple technique of adding dimension to the solid ornament stamps.

I'm using the rounder solid ornament image from the Gina K. Designs set, Deck the Halls to create my card.  

The Deck the Halls mini stamp set was the freebie set that came in my last Gina K. order.  As far as I am aware, this set is still the freebie that is included with any $75 order, and will be until the next new stamp release.  At the time of the new release, I believe the set becomes available for sale for $8.95.

I began my using an gridded acrylic stamp block to stamp just the edge of the ornament three times onto a piece of Masking Magic.  I only needed a small portion of the edge of the stamp just so I could get a good impression of the shape of the edge of the ornament.  I used my scissor to cut along the edge to create a thin mask to use to create the white highlight within my ornaments.

After trimming out the masks, I set up my stamp along the middle of the edge of my Original MISTI.  I centered my panel of Artist's Choice cardstock underneath the stamp, tucking it against the edge of my MISTI so I could stamp the first ornament in the center.  Before inking, I added one of the tiny highlight masks directly to the stamp.  I then inked up the stamp, removed the mask, leaving that uninked highlight area, then stamped on my panel.

I cleaned the stamp while still in place on the lid of the MISTI, then rather than moving the stamp, I moved my panel into place where I wanted to stamp the next ornament.  My moving the paper, and keeping it against the side of my MISTI, I know the ornaments will stamp in a perfect row across my card panel.  

I once again added a highlight mask, inked, then removed the mask before stamping.  I did the third ornament in the same manner.

Dimension was created by adding additional ink with a $1 Elf concealer makeup brush.  I simply picked up ink on my brush from my ink pad and added it to the left side of each ornament.  

I used a stamp block to quickly add the ornament hanger and strings, then used my MISTI to add the sentiment and clear embossing it.  After heat embossing, I added white pigment ink to the right side of the ornaments to add more shine, and to soften the inked edges of the highlight area.  I assembled the card, using foam tape to adhere my panel to my card base.

If you'd like to watch this process, here is the short video tutorial:

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to be back soon with more cards and video posts soon!  

Thursday, November 22, 2018

MISTI Tricks for Glittering Your Coloring

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's still quiet here this morning, and I don't have to put my turkey in the oven until noon, so I thought I'd do a quick post showing how I made the card panel that I'd shared in The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

This is the panel I made yesterday using this snowflake from Unity Stamp Company's November 2016 Kit of the Month.

I had several people ask for a tutorial, so I made a very quick photo tutorial.

Today I chose to try another ornate stamp from Unity Stamp Company.  This one is from the December 2017 SMAK Kit.  This is a large ornate snowflake-like mandala stamp.  I removed my Mouse Pad from my Original MISTI to accommodate the depth of the rubber cling mount stamp, then used my Creative Corner to make sure I had plenty of room for the stamp.  I stamped twice with Inkon3's Fade Out ink to give a deeper color since I'm stamping onto Strathmore's Toned Gray paper.  I cleaned my stamp right while it was still in place in my MISTI, because I'm going to need it again after a bit and I want it to be in the exact same place.

 Now I colored the mandala with Polychromos pencils.  I like Polychromos oil-based colors when I color on deeper colored papers because they are so rich in color.  As you can see, I simplified the coloring quite a bit.  I wasn't concerned so much with the details, more so the "areas" of details. 

I then put my colored panel back into my MISTI in the same spot.  I prepped the surface with my powder tool, then stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with clear powder.

Here is what it looked like after heat embossing once:

I wanted a bit thicker layer of embossing, so I placed the panel back into my MISTI and repeated the embossing process.  Here is the thicker layer now that it's been embossed twice:

Now I want to glitter it.  So I cover the panel with Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter, and carefully pick up the panel and use my Wagner Heat Tool to heat from under the panel.  This is a bit tricky, so I suggest you do this over a table just in case you lose a bit of the glitter; it's easier to clean up that way.

The heat will re-melt the layers of embossing powder and the glitter will stick.  Once the panel cools, you can pour the excess back into your container.

Here is  the glittered panel:

And once it's been adhered to a card base.

I used a Swiffer dusting cloth to dab at the panel to remove any stray glitter.  Just dab, rather that wipe, just in case you snag the glitter and tear it from your embossing.

Now my card is ready for whatever word diecut I need when I need a last minute card!

That's it from me today!  I can hear my family in the kitchen.  Time to leave the craft room!  

Have a fantastic day!