Thursday, June 30, 2016

Distress marker watercolor

Hi all!

Popping in really quick to share a card I made for a friend. I received the stamp from a friend who is no longer stamping and I knew I wanted to try a different technique with it. Here's my card:

I love the look of watercolored images...but I am not artistic enough to draw them myself. This stamp, however, allowed me to fake the look. I used my distress markers to color right on the stamp. I then misted the stamp with water, which activates the distress markers, and stamped onto watercolor paper. There was still so much ink on the stamp that I was able to get two panels from one coloring. I love that the stamped image looks like I used shading on the leaves and reality, it was just the way the water pooled that adds the different shades. Super fun technique! I added a strip of orange along the side and mounted it on gray cardstock. The sentiment (Simon Says Stamp!) was also stamped in gray. Although you can't see it on the card, the flowers also have some shimmer on them (Wink of Stella) and that helped blend them out a bit, too. Easy card--and you can easily get 2 done in one sitting!

I'll be sharing this card in a couple of different challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge--Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday--Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Coloring Book Poppies

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone is enjoying their first weekend of summer! Things in our household are much calmer now with homeschooling done. So, I can finally blog some of the cards that I worked on months ago! First up, a card I sent to my sister-in-law for her was late...but better late than never, right?!

Here's the card:
One of the things that I've really come to enjoy is coloring with Copics. Also huge this past year? Coloring books! So, I decided to combine the two. I found a small coloring book at Barnes & Noble that had tons of flower images and I took my Copics out. I LOVE making cards with these pages. Yes, they need to be trimmed down. But they are so different than just you stamping an image. It's a great way to take a mini-break from stamping but still enjoy coloring and using the pages to send a card to someone.

Once the coloring was done, I added the sentiment in white and then added some sequins. I did add some white pen accents to the centers of the poppies just to make the centers pop out a bit more and to tie in the sentiment more, too.

I'll be entering the card at the following sites:
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Use Pattern Paper (coloring books count, right?)
Word Art Wednesday: Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope to be back a bit more regularly during the summer.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

You COLOR my world card

Hi everyone!

I'm here sharing a card I made for a cute little girl...I've never met her but she's on social media because of her mom and this little girl makes me smile every time I see her! She's just so stinking cute! Her smile lights up my Instagram feed and it's been my joy to send her a card on her birthday for a couple of years now. Here's my card:

My original thought for this card didn't work out the way I wanted so this card is plan B. I had already die cut a bunch of crayons (Lawn Fawn) and used my Copic markers to color them in. I decided to write out Lila's name on the crayons and then simply add them to the base of the card. I stamped the sentiment and then added a "Happy Birthday" sentiment inside. Once the card was done, though, I felt like it needed more color. So, I used my distress inks to add some flecks of color all over the front. I know Lila loves to color and I thought it would be perfect for her to receive a card with tons of colored flecks on it.

Now that my kids are almost done with school, I'm hoping to start creating and posting a lot more. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

I'll be entering my card in the following sites:
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge--a great site where you can create cards for kids and even donate them and they'll be shared with kids at hospitals.
Word Art Wednesday--Anything goes