Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Smile! with Quietfire and Altenew

I recently got the Prismacolor Colored Pencils (oh, Amazon Prime, you are dangerous!) and of course wanted to try it out immediately.   I decided to case this magnificent coloring from Pinterest post by Marika from Altenew.  I have also loved the use of the white colored pencil on kraft paper so I wanted to do that too!  I've got a long way to go on learning how to use colored pencil (mainly, slowing down!) but it's a fun medium that brings me back to coloring as a kid.  I had always preferred colored pencils over crayons.

I stamped the leaves and flowers with Antique Linen distress ink which would be blended in once I started coloring.  I did not like the way the leaves were stamped below the flowers so I trimmed them off.  I then popped up the kraft layer with the flowers and leaves on top of a white card base and added a word die to the top.  For the "Smile!" I carefully removed the "s" and added the exclamation mark from Calligraphic Elements 1.  

Sweet Smiles - Metal Cutting Dies

Calligraphic Elements 1 - Metal Cutting Dies

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Perfect Marriage

Hi!  I've got a bit of a different kind of post to share with you today.  A good friend of mine asked me to do this quote on wood.  I've never done something like this without my Cricut (which is now dead dead dead) and vinyl.  So I googled how to do a wood transfer and made this:

Don't you just love the internet?  You can learn how to make anything!  For this project, I used my IPad Pro to letter the words "marriage" and "each other" - I really wanted to emphasize that - and merged it in Photoshop the other typed words.  I flipped the image to make it a reflection so that when I transferred it to wood everything would not be backwards!  A very important step when you're doing words - not so much with pictures.  I painted my wood white, sanded it down a bit - especially the edges - put on a coat of gel medium and put the (laser) printed sheet face down on it.  The next day I wet the paper and removed much of the paper by rubbing it off and the ink stayed.  So cool!

And many thanks to my friend for pushing me out of my comfort zone and learning to do something new!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hibiscus Dies Two Ways

As you may have figured out, I love dies and I love using them in different ways on different materials.  Today I am sharing two cards where I used the Hibiscus, Ferns, and Tropical Leaves on ODBD Bold Boho paper and the second on watercolor paper.  The first makes for a very quick (and bold) card for the tropical - island hopping - beach lover in your life.

This next card is just as bright but in a different way.  The watercolor paper took my reinkers very well and added a nice organic look to the die cuts.  In order to display all the dies, I placed them on a side step card (because sometimes it's hard to cover up nice colors!)

So many new stuff this month from ODBD - be sure to check out the rest of the DT for more inspiration!

Cathy * Lisa * Sandee * Dawn * Kathy * Lori 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

It's Chrismas in July over at Quietfire Design

The next two weeks are going to be Christmas in July over at the Quietfire Design blog.  If you'd like to get an early start on those Christmas cards (because you know it always manages to come before you're ready), please check back on the Quietfire Blog all this week and next (July 10-21) for inspiration.  Here is my project!

This card was made with a lot of fun stuff - Copics to color the houses on the Memory Box dies, Liquid Pearl and glitter for the snow, Washi tape for the windows, distress inks for the blue sky, and Mirrorcard for that shiny Peace, and embossing paste and white ink for the snowflakes.  

I first sponged a blue sky with Distress inks (Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon) after I sketched where the Memory Box Brevilla hillside die cut would be.  I then used Embossing paste to do the spray of Snowflakes across the sky.  I really wanted to make the windows in the die look like they were lit so I drew little in the top and bottom window of each house.  I then placed the Queen Bee and Co silvery washi tape where the windows were marked as shown below.

After I put all the card pieces together as shown below, I wasn't quite happy with how it looked.  I wanted the snowflakes to look whiter and hide the gaps in the die cuts.

To whiten the stencil, I placed the stencil back over and dabbed some Stazon White onto the dried embossing paste.  

So much better!  You can see where I missed a couple of spots - great way to showcase the improvement though, right?  

My final detailing was to add liquid pearls and white fine glitter while it was still wet to hillsides.  I hope I was able to show you some tricks on how to really polish up a card by taking care of some little details.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Summer Fun Slider Card with Glittered Beach Ball

Hello!  I'm on the Elizabeth Craft Design blog today with a fun interactive slider card.  Come check it over here and read the details on how I made it.  Thanks!