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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hugs to Cheer You

Hello everyone!

I have a new card post to share for the 30 Day Color Challenge hosted by Kathy (see her Instagram page) at The Daily Marker. I used emboss resist technique with watercolor distress inks and Copic markers for my coloring mediums. Here's my finished card:

I stamped the Bundle of Blossoms background stamp by My Favorite Things onto water color paper cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 using VersaMark Ink. I sprinkled Hero Arts white embossing powder all over panel then heat set it using my heat tool until it was melted.  I used my 3/4 sized paint brush by Ranger and clean water to paint thick stripes of distress inks (Fire Brick, Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber and Mustard Seed) on top of the embossed watercolor panel so that the image from the background stamp would appear white. Once my panel was dry, I die cut the Painted Hugs die by Simon Says Stamp from white cardstock and sponged Fire Brick distress ink on top of it. I also cut the Painted Hugs die out of white fun foam to give the painted Hugs die some dimension. I adhered it onto the watercolor panel and added some glossy accents on top of it to give it some shine. I stamped and one of the bears from the Friends Furever stamp set by My Favorite Things using Memento black ink then colored the bear using Copic markers (E11, E15, E18). I cut out the bear using the Friends Furever Coordinating Dies. I adhered it next to the Hugs die with 3D foam tape. Finally, I stamped the "To Cheer You" sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock using VersaMark ink, heat set it with white Hero Arts embossing power them adhered it under the bear using 3D foam tape. I adhered the finished panel onto an A2 size top folding card.  

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a very blessed day!


Monday, March 6, 2017

30 Day Color Challenge: SSS Bright Blossoms

Hello everyone!

It is day 6 of the 30 day color challenge sponsored by Kathy at The Daily Marker, and I have a card design to share using Tim Holtz Distress Inks as my color medium:

I started this card by cutting a white heavy weight card panel using the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die.  I used a round blending tool to sponge Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Carved Pumpkin distress inks onto the white panel.  I splattered some clean water droplets onto the panel of distress ink, then dried it with a paper towel. I then splattered some Copic Opaque White ink mixed with a little water from my paint brush onto the panel as well as some Black Soot Distress ink mixed with water.

I cut 5 of the Bright Blossoms dies from white cardstock and adhered them together for some dimension, and I cut a 6th flower from water color paper.  I water colored the 6th flower's petals using Mustard Seed distress ink mixed with water, and once it was dry, and popped the petals into the dimensional piece with 3D foam tape. I cut the Thanks die by Simon Says Stamp 4 times adhering them together for dimension and adhered it onto my card panel.  I embossed a sentiment from the "Because" stamp and die set by My Favorite Things using white embossing power and heat set onto a black strip of cardstock.  I adhered that below the Thanks die using 3D foam tape. I finished the card by adding some clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh using Multi Medium Matt glue and placed the finished panel on an A2 sized top folding card from black heavy weight cardstock.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. If your on Instagram, you can check out many of the designs submitted for the color challenge using the hashtag #thedailymarker30day.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

30 Day Color Challenge: Mama Elephant Organic Blooms

Hello everyone!

It's that time again: The 30 Day Color Challenge (see Kathy's Blog for details). The challenge encourages anyone who wants to color to do just that...COLOR! Coloring has been proven to be a great stress reliever, and it's something fun to do. You can get your kids involved with the color challenge, too! If you have an Instagram account, just upload your images using the hashtag #thedailymarker30day. Since I've been sick off and on for a few months now (Rheumatoid Arthritis woes), I haven't been able to create very much, but I have some card designs I've done between flair-ups.  I made this card using my FAVORITE color medium: watercolor.

I stamped my image (Organic Blooms by Mama Elephant) on watercolor cardstock using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. To raise the image and give it some shine, I added Ultra Fine Clear Embossing powder by Hero Arts while the image was still wet then heat set it with my heat tool.  I colored my image using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a detailed water brush.  I finished the card with some dark splatters using Black Soot Distress Ink, used a small wavy scalloped die (Simon Says Stamps) to cut the water colored panel, then using the same Black Soot Distress Ink with a diagonal stencil (Simon Says Stamps) on the bottom on the card base.  Added some clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh and a white embossed sentiment strip on black cardstock from Winnie and Walter.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to stop by Instagram and search #thedailymarker30day to see more colorful creations!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Poinsettias: 30 Day Color Challenge

Hello everyone!

Today is the last day for Kathy's 30 Day Color Challenge on her blog and on Instagram. The card I'm sharing today was made using my favorite coloring medium: watercoloring. Here's my card:

I used the following materials to make this cute card:

  • Holiday stamps by Hampton Art (Michael's)
  • Tim Holtz Water Color Cardstock
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
  • Ranger Fine Tip Water Brush
  • Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangle Dies
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins
  • Multi Medium Matte Glue
  • Tombow Extreme Adhesive
Thank you so much for stopping by! I appreciate you kind comments! Have a very blessed day, everyone!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Candy Cane Christmas: 30 Day Color Challenge

Hello, everyone!

I've been working on a few more Christmas cards while participating in Kathy's 30 Day Color Challenge for the month of November. I was looking through my stash of holiday stamps and I found this cute candy cane stamp with a bow. It's part of a stamp set I got years ago from Close to My Heart.

After I stamped the candy canes in VersaFine Onyx Black Ink, I water-colored them using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush onto water color cardstock.  I fussy-cut some of the candy canes to arrange one of my cards. Here's a list of the materials I used:
  • Close to My Heart "Holly Jolly Season" stamps
  • Sentiment by Hampton Art Holiday Stamps (Michael's)
  • Tim Holtz Water Color Cardstock
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Zing Clear Embossing Powder
  • Versa Mark Ink
  • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
  • Ranger Fine Tip Water Brush
  • Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangle Dies
  • Pretty Pink Post Stitched Border Dies 2
  • Simon Says Stamps Diagonal Stencil
  • Memento Rhubarb Stalk Ink
  • Glossy Accents
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins
Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful evening, and Happy Thanksgiving (USA)!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Merry and Bright: 30 Day Color Challenge

Hello everyone!

I've been enjoying seeing all of the beautiful color creations of fellow crafters on Instagram participating in The Daily Marker's 30 Color Challenge (click here for Kathy's blog). I haven't been able to color everyday, but it really makes me happy when I can.

I made a few clean and simple Christmas cards for today's post:

I used the following products to make these cards:

  • Hampton Art Christmas Stamps
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Zing Clear Embossing Powder
  • Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
  • Ranger Detail Fine Tip Waterbrush
  • Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 2
  • Wavy Scallop Stitches
  • Simon Says Stamp Diagonal Stripe Stencil
  • Mowed Lawn Distress Ink
  • Tim Holtz Mini Round Blending Tool
  • DCWV Green Cardstock
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins
Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a blessed day!