Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Geisha in Aqua


I've been coloring some more with my Polychromos pencils, and this time I used a beautiful geisha stamp from Art Neko. This one can be found on this sheet at Art Neko, and I stamped it onto some Canson sketch paper and colored it with shades of aqua and red. These colors coordinate beautifully with the aqua cardstock from Art Neko, which you can find here. I added some bold red strips behind the image for a fun graphic effect.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Two Versions of Framed Bearded Iris

Hi friends!  Today I'm sharing two different versions of the same stamp.  I used the beautiful Framed Bearded Iris and Butterfly stamp from Art Neko and colored them both with Polychromos pencils.  These were carefully colored to match two of the purple cardstocks from the cardstock and envelope package offered by Art Neko.  The top one is more of a fuchsia color and the bottom one is a softer lavender color.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hello Fall and BLOG CANDY!!

Hello everyone!!!  Today I am celebrating FALL!!!!  :-)  Some of you actually have some fall weather where you are, but it is still hot and dry here in Texas.  Hopefully someday soon we will have more fall-like temperatures here and I can go outside and not feel like I am roasting in an oven.  Hee hee hee!!!

For my card above, I did something a little different.  I actually masked off the area where you see the "hello" sentiment, and then I stamped the leaves and acorns on the top and bottom of the masked area.  With the mask still in place, I sponged some Hello Honey ink, Pumpkin Pie ink, and some Cajun Craze ink in an ombre fashion.  I then took the mask off and very lightly sponged some Hello Honey ink over the white area.

I then added a die cut "hello" and the kanji that came with the stamp set.  I can't read kanji, so I'm guessing it says something like fall or autumn.  In my mind, the card says "Hello Fall!"  These stamps are all from Art Neko, and you can see the sheet here.

I have a fun surprise for you!  I have an extra sheet of these fall stamps, and Annette from Art Neko told me to go ahead and give this away as blog candy instead of mailing it back to her.  You can see that these stamps are deeply etched red rubber, and this sheet is ready for you to cut and trim.  There are some leaves, acorns, pumpkins, a wagon, and even a cute little squirrel resting on a log.  

So, for this blog candy, please leave a comment and tell me what you love about Fall.  I will draw a winner from the comments next Sunday, September 6, so be sure to leave me your email address so I can contact you.  Good luck!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Life is Sweet

I was playing with some color combos for these 3-step flowers, and I stumbled upon this yellow combo that turned out so pretty!!  These flowers are from Papertrey Ink, and I stamped the three pieces as follows:

Solid flower - Daffodil (Stampin Up)
secondary layer - Saffron (Stampin Up)
shadow layer - Dijon (a new SU ink color)

The leaves are also from Papertrey Ink, and these are just a 2-step stamp.  I used Wasabi ink (Stampin Up) for the solid leaves and Mowed Lawn (Ranger distress ink) for the darker vein color.

The wood plank background is a fabulous background stamp from Stampin Up called Hardwood.  I stamped it with kraft ink onto white cardstock.  I love how it almost looks like it is whitewashed wood.  The sentiment was stamped with a dark brown ink and the card base is kraft.

I loved how these flowers turned out after several experimental tries.  Practice really does make perfect!  :-)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Celebrate the Season

I had an opportunity to play with some new stamps and dies from Stampin Up (they won't be out until September 1), and I created this card with them.  I love how the colored background turned out, and I will try to explain it for you here.

I started by sponging some Broken China, Evergreen Bough, and Wild Honey distress inks onto some watercolor paper.  I spritzed them with water and let them dry a little bit.  I was not happy with the way that turned out - the honey color just looked weird with the other two colors.  So I sponged over the whole thing with more Broken China ink, but it couldn't cover up the honey color very well.  So I pulled out my Dusty Concord distress ink pad and smooshed it all over the top of the card and spritzed it with water.  Much better!  I picked up the piece and let some of the purple color drip down into the blue and I was thrilled!  I set it aside to dry completely before I could move on with the card.

One of the new dies from Stampin Up is called Sleigh Ride and I cut it out of white cardstock, leaving the bottom portion wide open so I would have room to stamp a sentiment.  The sentiment is from a new set called Happy Scenes and I stamped it with Eggplant ink (SU color).

After making sure that the watercolored background was completely dry, I used a white gel pen to dot some snowflakes all over.  Then I adhered the sleigh ride piece to the bottom, and matted it with some white cardstock and an Eggplant card base.  It's going to be the perfect card to send in the mail as it is nice and flat and mail-able!  :-)  I'm already planning to make several different backgrounds and see how they turn out with this same die and sentiment on them.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Hearts in Rainbow

This card was another experiment, this time with a stencil and three colors of ink.  Yes, I only used three ink colors.  :-)

I laid a plastic stencil down over some white cardstock, sponged some yellow ink in the middle, some red ink on the left side, and some blue ink on the right side.  You can see where the yellow ink met the other two colors, it combined to make orange and green.  That was a fun discovery!

I kept this simple with some die cut hearts in white and a sweet sentiment from Stampin Up across the bottom.  The ink colors that I used are Strawberry Slush, Daffodil, and Coastal Cabana from Stampin Up.  Now I am curious to see if this will work with pastel colors and deep jewel-tone colors.  I think another experiment is in the works!  LOL

Thursday, August 20, 2015

When You Dream

Howdy!  I'm back with another card, and I have to confess, I am in love with this one.  Like yesterday's card, this one started out as an experiment.

I stamped the flowers and leaves (all from Papertrey Ink) with different colors onto some kraft cardstock.  Just like yesterday's card, it was pretty, but I was in the mood for something different.  So I spritzed the piece with water just to see what would happen, and it softened the edges of all the flowers and leaves.  The colors didn't really run too much because I used Stampin Up inks instead of distress inks.  

Once it dried, I really loved the faded, dreamy quality of the flowers.  I decided to add a little shimmer by spraying the piece with Green Patina Perfect Pearls Mist.  Oooooohhhhhh!  I just love how that turned out!

I found a sentiment (also from Papertrey Ink) that seemed perfect to go with the dreamy background, and I added that to the side of the flowers.  This is one of those cards that I really want to send to my friend, and yet, I can't bear to part with it!  LOL  I guess I'm just going to have to make about 25 of these so I can keep one for myself.  :-)

Stamps - Bloomers, Daydreamer from Papertrey Ink
Ink - all from Stampin Up - Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo, Olive, Garden Green, Pretty in Pink, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Jet Black Archival (Ranger)
Cardstock - kraft and Cherry Cobbler
Other: rectangle dies, Green Patina Perfect Pearls Mist