Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Another water color

I spent alot of time this weekend doing watercoloring. Here is another card with the technique. I also picked up a a set of paper flowers at Michale's. And I like the color combination!

Thanks for Looking


Saturday, May 26, 2007

Watercolor Flowers

I was surfing the web the other day and came across a Hero Arts technique that I thought I would try. I really like how it came out.

Water Color Technique
  1. Start by picking coordinating watercolor crayons.
  2. Lightly spray the paper with water. Watercolor the paper with the crayons and aqua painter. You only need to cover the surrounding area that will be stamped.
  3. Dry with embossing gun.
    Clear emboss a shadow stamp with an image on water colored area.
  4. Paint over the image with a darker watercolor crayon. Allow the paint to seep into the un-embossed areas.
  5. Wipe off any extra puddles of paint and wipe the embossed area clean.
  6. Cover the image with a sheet of protective paper and run a hot iron over to remove the embossing.
  7. Using an aqua painter draw with wet brush around the image . This allows you to tear the paper in the shape you would like.

The card
  1. Cut a strip of always artichoke that is 5 1/4 X 1 1/2.
  2. Emboss in the textile folder in a cuttlebug
  3. Rub always artichoke ink on the textured side.
  4. Cut a 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 piece of ruby red card stock
  5. Stamp a scarp piece of of always artichoke with canvas background stamp. then punch with word window punch
  6. fold over right side and secure with a eyelet.
  7. Glue embossed always artichoke punch hole and tie off ribbon
  8. Glue down watercolor chip.!

Enjoy thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Guest Artist!

My Friend Laura Currie is my Up line for Stampin' Up, She shared this beautiful card with me today I was so wowed I had to share. Nice water color technique. I have had this set and never broken it out but I think I will! Thanks for sharing Laura.

Sneek Peek

The fall winter brochure sneak peek I love so many of these sets. I am so glad I am a demonstrator! I will be preordering if we can!! Wipee Enjoy and thanks for looking.

Here is a link to view it!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Framed Again!

Another frame this time in blue. these are so easy to do I think I will be holding a class in July any takers? Class will include frame and papers and I will teach the watercolor technique.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

How to Tie a Ribbon

I saw this video from a stamper I admire and wanted to share it. Valerie has such a wonderful way with paper! She is one of my paper heros!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Another gift Idea

I am so happy I brows blogs some really great Ideas come from them. This idea is from Tracy Harp's Blog called Inky Doodles. I love the site and she has instructions on the project. It very simply is a note pad with a folded card at the top and glued to the back. Don't glue the top part to the front or you won't be able to tear of sheets.

I'm excited because I tried craft ink instead of classic ink and I feel the image of the flower is much stronger so now I want to redo the frame and card I posted earlier this week! Why is it we are never happy with what we do! LOL Enjoy and thanks for looking.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Ok now here is the card!

I'm giving you a sneak peek at what will be my gift for a swap in two weeks. It will be the frame and the card posted the last two days. I am attending a card swap locally and am so excited. I had so much fun last fall and have been waiting for this!.

It is so much fun to meet all the great stampers in the area and to share our work. I will be sure to post some of the great cards I get. I first need to make my swaps! So many cards so little time!

PS Jan asked me how I got those little dots. I remember the first time I saw them on a card and I thought how beautiful. They are from the itty bitty background stamp set from Stampin 'up. I used always artichoke that may have been a bit dark but I love how it fills the space. By the way I tried this card again using craft ink instead of Dye ink and it was much crisper. I will show you later!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

I'm framed!

I have noticed on several blogs frames being made with Stampin'up papers so I thought I would try it! It was so easy and I even got to do a water color to go inside it.

I started with a frame from the dollar spot at Target. Then cut the two coordinating papers the dimensions of the frame. It's best if they are slightly bigger because you can sand off the excess later. Lay the frame on the papers and trace the inside so you have a cutting guide. Trim and use glue, tacky is great, to adhere the papers to the frame. When dry sand edges to trim. I then used close to cocoa ink to age the edges of the frame.

Use a coordinating ribbon and glue to seam. I had an antique hat with flowers and used one of those to finish the frame. I love my old bits of lace and trim!

The inside is done on very vanilla card stock with always artichoke and barley banana ink. Using the art of Life set I stamped the card. I stamped off the design. This means after the first application of the stamp I continue to stamp two or three more times. This gives the illusion of depth. Using a blender pen I blended the background as well as the sky in bashful blue ink. Lastly I stamped the sentiment from small script. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. Thanks for Looking! V

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Love Au Chocolate!

I know I keep making cards with this paper but I love this new paper and the ease of making cards with the two sides. I used the flower medallion from carte postale and embossed it in gold. Then using a blender pen, bravo burgundy and old olive ink, I colored in the image. I cut a piece of Au chocolate paper into 4 X 5 1/4. Cut that piece 2 inches from one end. Flip one piece and adhered it to a piece of Cranberry crisp paper that is 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 . Cut a square larger that the medallion in cranberry crisp and adhere both. Using a1 1/2 inch piece of very vanilla card stock and the slit punch to create a scallop boarder. Then stamp with creamy Carmel ink and french script background stamp. I am so sad to hear that french script my all time favorite background stamp is being retired. Adhere scalloped boarder to card and punch a hole in the card along the boarder. Thread ribbon from front to back and wrap around and pull it back through the front tie off and adhere medallion .
To view the retirement list check here!

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