Saturday, September 20, 2014

Unity Stamp Co Mixed Media Card

Supplies used:
Unity Stamp Co Autumn Girl Stamp
Background Stamp by Unity Stamp Co but not sure of the name
Ranger Alcohol Inks various colors
Ranger Glossy Card Stock
Rub Ons from stash
Sequins and Bow from stash

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:
Poppy Sketches Challenge #13 colors Butternut Squash, Orchid and Hot Pink

I am so excited to share this card - I was inspired by this months Tim Holtz tag which I saw on this blog post - since I have plenty of alcohol inks, I thought I should give the technique a try! I was also inspired by the sketch and colors from Poppy Sketches - although I used an orange alcohol ink it turned more red. I followed the sketch with the drips and sequins. This technique was so fun - I can't to try it again when I get some alcohol blending solution because I'd love to try the resist with it next time.

He is a close up of the stamp I used. This new Beauties line by Unity Stamp Co is stunning - I love all the sentiments that come with the stamps, too. Very inspiring - I have a card I'll share on Water Color Wednesday with this same stamp. I am in love with them and can see using them over and over.

Here is another close up of the texture and layers. You can see the alcohol inks layer beautifully on each other. They are transparent and I love the effect on the glossy card stock. I added the rub ons because I wanted the resist effect but couldn't achieve without the alcohol blending solution. I like how it turned out though!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you liked my card. Try something new this weekend - you may find that you love it like I did with this card!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Feeling grateful...and exciting Visible Image news!

Supplies Used:
Strathmore Water Color Paper
Simon Says Stamp Faber Castell Gelatos
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters, Brushed Corduroy, Crushed Olive, Ripe Persimmon & Weathered Wood 
Various Washi Tape

I would also like to enter these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Rock the Technique (Technique used - watercolor stamping)

I have much to be grateful for so I wanted to create a thank you card with that as my, you can never have too many thank you cards on file!! Since no longer coloring, I've been looking at more simple stamping card designs. It is way out of my comfort zone as I am so used to coloring an image and creating my card around that with lots of pattern papers and embellishments. I was a bit worried when I first started...but just keep stamping and it will turn out - in the end, I love it! It really fits in with my goal of living a more simple and intentional life as well.

First, I wet my entire water color paper with a damp paint brush. Then, I stamped the flowers using Faber-Castell gelatos in different colors. After I put the color on the stamp, I misted it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - I love the subtle shimmer this added to the flowers. After that I just spritzed the entire paper with more glimmer mist - can't have too much shimmer! After it was dried, I used two different green colors in Distress Ink to add some leaves and then some orange to the middle of some of the flowers. I love this stamp set because you can really build on it each flower as much or as little as you like. Then it was time to stamp the sentiment and because I can't handle too much white space a little bit of washi tape added the final touch.

I also have some exciting news, I'm still pinching myself…so excited to share that I will be joining the Visible Image Design Team!!!! If you haven't heard of these stamps you must check them out - I just came across them this past weekend thanks to the Kit and Clowder Facebook group and was instantly inspired - perfect for coloring to card making to mixed media - I guarantee you are going to love them on the spot like I did!!! Be sure to check out the Visible Image blog, Visible Image Facebook page and Visible Image Facebook group for even more inspiration. I am so excited to get started - hopefully sometime next month! I am so excited to be designing is something that I have truly missed doing and I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity with Visible Image.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you liked my card!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday - Thank you tag!

When I was on the Unity Stamp Co. Design Team - I had my favorite stamps and these Phylis Harris collections were definitely one of them! I just adore this whimsical childlike style and fell in love all over again once I started painting them with watercolors! 

I had a lot of fun with this tag. I stamped my image with Archival Ink in Jet Black. Then I used my Koi Watercolors to color her in - mixing my own skin tone. I then masked her off and added some paint splatters around the image. 

I am so excited to be joined this week by a good friend who is fab with her watercolor style! Go check out her blog for even more Watercolor Wednesday inspiration - she rocked my socks off with her project! Be sure to hop on over - you can find her on her blog Oh, Snap Lizzie

Until next week....

Products used:
Tim Holtz Tag
Arhival Ink Jet Black
Koi Watercolors

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday - Be You!

I love these Prima Flower Mixed Media Doll stamps (this is the only one I have! LOL) and I was inspired by Sanketi to stamp and water color her. You should really check out her youtube channel! I stamped her with Faber-Castell Big Brush pens in a light color and used Koi watercolors to color her and the background. I then stamped the sentiment in Archival Black ink. I actually gave this my friend, Rosemary, who has always been kind, supportive and encouraging. It was fun to create something other than a card as a thank you.

I love exploring this coloring medium. It is so different from coloring Copics - more freestyle than anything. I have to let go of my perfectionist tendencies in a way - which I think has been good for me not just in my art but in life as well. I'm way too hard on myself. And while I hope to get back into alcohol markers some day -- I am really enjoying this new journey and where it may lead me.

Print by missjillmcdonald on etsy

Products used:
Watercolor Paper

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fears are...

Today I'm sharing a page from my art journal. This particular journal is an old book I found. I love using it to paint and experiment. For this page, I used gesso to prime the pages before applying gelatos to create the bold color block background.

My colors were inspired by this photo

After creating my background I added some stencils from Crafter's Workshop - Abstract Leaves and Silhouette Script. That one is a favorite of mine. 

I love using stencils. Especially with added dimension using modeling paste as I've done here. After it had dried, I added color using Faber-Castell Big Pitt pens and more gelatos. 

Here you can see the 2nd page with all the layers of color, inks and stamps. I used a prima clear stamp (romance collection - discontinued) and some Unity Stamp Co Donna Downey flower stamps. I purged a lot of my stamps but kept all my background and mixed media ones - I'm so glad I did. Doing so has given me more freedom to really explore my own style once I realized I was holding onto product I knew I'd never use again.

Another thing I'm glad I held onto for the most part - my letter stickers...these are great for adding titles to pages or highlighting certain words in my journaling. I created this page prior to attending an adult instruction class at a friend's church this past weekend and something the pastor really struck me: The first commandment says You Shall have no other gods before me ie. no idols...and that which we put BEFORE God be it fear, love, or trust IS an idol. I have been meditating on that this week. It is a pretty powerful statement when you really think about it. I definitely struggle with fear and never thought about how much I have made it into an idol in my life. Something I need to let go. Pray about. Confess. So grateful I am forgiven. When you really think about it...we always fall short. Always. But that's for another journal page..and another post!

What is an idol in your life?

I am entering this in the Design Memory Craft Take the Challenge With Mou July 2014 - create something you usually don't create - I don't usually create with such bright and bold colors as I've used here.

Products Used:
Faber-Castell Gelatos
Faber-Castell Big Pitt Brush Pens
Gesso (white and black)
India Ink
Crafter's Workshop Stencils TCW395 Abstract Leaves & TCW404 Silhouette Script
Dutch Doobadoo A5 Faded Dots Stencil
Unity Stamp Co - Purely Entwined
Letter stickers from Authentique, Cosmo Cricket
Scarlet Lime Permaball Pilot Pen  - black
Christy Tomlinson SheArt Doily Rub Ons
Glitz Design Roller Doodles - Feathers