Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What's Up?

Hello and welcome to a sketch challenge brought to you by Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This is a clean and simple single layer look that is light a carefree which fits the spring season.  I have combined the What's Up stamp set and arrow punch for my spin on the sketch.  My colors are Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, and Basic Black on Whisper White.  For added interest I tacked on some hearts and sequins.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chalkboard Paper Goodness!

So I saw this card on Pinterest that I loved and it had the coolest background paper.  As I studied it I realized it was a big lace stamp that I didn't have anything like...or did I?  I did!  Only it wasn't a stamp, it was an embossing folder.  To achieve a similar look I inked up the debossed side of the Lovely Lace TIEF and ran it through the Big Shot with a piece of Chalkboard Paper.  That paper is so awesome.  It's pure paper goodness.  I did use the Rose Chalk Ink Pad which in person gives the card an extra "pow" of pizzazz.  
The light look of the greeting provides a balance to the visual weight of the background.  The image comes from the Build a Bouquet stamp set.  It was also stamped with the Rose Chalk ink.  There are three different washi tapes on the card.  I have become a bit obsessed with washi tape and have a bin full of which I'm not sure which comes from which pack.
From Dara Gloden
To Julie Warnick

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Direct To Rubber Watercolor

A technique I enjoy is 'Direct To Rubber Watercoloring.'  It's simple, cool looking, and fashionable unpredictable.  Just ink up and then paint with water following the direction of the image.  If you are wanting a crisp image this is not the technique for your project.  If you want whimsical and blended try it out.

I have used the So Very Happy stamp set and a palette of Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, and Strawberry Slush Stampin' Write Markers.  The "happy" greeting was cut forma piece of Sahara Sand card stock and then paint washed with Night of Navy ink.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Quirky Card

It's color challenge time over at Hand Stamped Sentiments and this is a fun one.  It's actually perfect for guy cards which is what I started out doing and then... I added them pom pom trim.  It quickly went from a cool masculine card to a quirky and spirited card.  Once I tacked on the trim with Mini Glue Dots there was no going back, so I kept going and embellished with Basic Rhinestones.

The chevron image is from the Work of Art stamp set.  I inked it up with Stampin' Write Markers from the color challenge and stamped it on a Whisper White card base.  I used the Hello You framelits to cut the three "hellos."

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Few of My Favorite Things

At the top of my favorites list is Crumb Cake or Kraft cardstock.  It just goes with everything.  Another favorite is Gold Encore ink and Champagne Glimmper Paper.  And a new super duper favorite is the banner die that comes in the Balloon Framelit set.  Oh how I love that die.  It looks fabulous where ever goes.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sketch Looks Like...

When I first saw the sketch for this challenge I could only see the face of a bunny rabbit.  One wearing a bow tie.  I know I am pretty weird but guess what, I saw the same face when I uploaded the graphic into this blog post.  I did have some fun with this sketch coming up with my interpretation of three ties to each side of the card (by the way those look like whiskers to me).  I did some cropping using the Chevron Border punch.  Go check how the team at Hand Stamped Sentiments has interpreted this sweet sketch.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Big Egg

Welcome one and all to another fun Monday Montage Blog Hop.  Since blossoms are popping everywhere and Easter is two weeks away I am going to show off my take on a card that screams "SPRING!"  This Big Egg card is cheerful and bright and a tad bit out of my typical style, but I like it all the same.
I don't remember which came first, the embossed circles or the egg.  But I do remember thinking this is an egg and nothing else so I watercolored it to resemble an Easter egg.  A little Crushed Curry and Coastal Cabana ink picked up with an Aqua Painter and I had instant cuteness and still a definite egg.  I tucked the egg in a bed of grass, then I embellished it with flowers, and finished it off with a greeting and stamped Wooden Element banner.
From Dara
To Julie

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Stencil Watercoloring

I mentioned a while back about stencil watercoloring.  It is an addicting technique that finishes with a bang.  When you remove the stencil to reveal what you've painted it's a cool to see how fabulous it turned out.  It makes me feel like a professional painter :0)

To achieve this look start by making a stencil with a piece of Vellum Card Stock.  Then add Two Way Glue Pen to the back side of the cut stencil and let is dry thoroughly.  This drying makes the glue a temporary adhesive.  Lay prepped stencil on paper and lightly secure in place.  Paint inside the cut outs with an Aqua Painter.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

& More Watercolor

Here is another look at watercoloring inside the embossing lines!  It's so fun and makes you feel like an artiste!  I have included the Ampersand TIEF, the Hello You Thinlets, and the Little Letters Thinlets along with Daffodil Delight, Smokey Slate, and Bermuda Bay inks.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wow With Watercolor

I love this simple wow with a quick swish of watercoloring.  Just squeeze the lid of an ink pad, grab a little color with a wet Aqua Painter and swirl the paint on the embossed circles.  No need to worry about making it perfect or solid with color.  Just be free and let the water do the work.  For the scalloped flower I inked up the image and then painted water on the stamp to lift, move, and blend the color.  Stamp as normal and be surprised with the unique finish.