Monday, April 20, 2015

Watercolor Video Series: The Greeting Farm

Hi everyone! I am so excited about my post today. I have a video series that I am kicking off today. My FIRST ever - but I hope that I will enjoy this process so much that I will come up with more YouTube series for you instead of random videos here and there! This was born because Marie (super talented creator of The Greeting Farm) sent me a text asking if I'd be interested in watercoloring her Frou Frou collection. First of all, there isn't a collection I don't love that she puts out and second of all, did you text the right person!? LOL I have no formal watercolor (or any artistic) training but I know that I love this medium and it has been a joy to self learn this past year. Watercolor brought me back to the craft and I there is something very soothing about picking up a brush to bring some line art stamped images to life with color. Ok, so let's get on with it shall we?

Here is the video! I did speed it up - there was really just no way to color this image in real time on video but I do walk you through what I'm doing so you can see the reason behind and how I use watercolor as a medium to color my stamped images. The Frou Frou collection by The Greeting Farm are sized to work really nicely with watercolors - They are a large stamp, measuring at about 3.5" x 4.25" when trimmed. They fill a standard A2 card beautifully which I will show in an upcoming video. I hope you enjoy the video. If you do, please give the video a thumbs up and become a subscriber so you don't miss a video!

Here is a close up of the finished card. I know it seems crazy that I cut out the image after all that coloring but to be honest, I was most happy with the way the coloring looked here and I wanted to use this fun die with the pattern paper peeking through. A lot of times, I really don't have a card design in mind when I sit down to color - sometimes I don't even look at pattern paper first!

I just love those lollipops she's holding so I had to add a bit of glossy accents on top! I think it really adds to the image over all. You can't go wrong with glossy accents as an embellishment!

Here is another close up of the image. I will be honest that the eyes in this image really had me thrown for a loop at first. Then I thought about adding some color and a pupil toward the top with a black pen then added a highlight with a white gel pen. Once I did this, it was like she blinked up at me and came to life! 

Here is another look at the finished card. Did you know on The Greeting Farm blog there is a weekly challenge with your chance to win a $25 gift card? I am adding my card for inspiration in this week's Farm Fresh Friday - Pick 3 challenge today; my 3 embellishments are enamel dots, bakers twine and glossy accents! Be sure to play along - using your favorite The Greeting Farm stamps - you have until Thursday at noon MST to add your link!

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The Greeting Farm - Frou Frou Sweet stamp
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch Box by Sakura 
Winsor & Newton Series 7 Sable Watercolor Brushes (Size 0, 2 & 3)
Silver Black Velvet Watercolor Brush Size 8
My Favorite Things - Die-Namics Blueprints 20
Simon Says Stamp - Stitched Circles
Simon Says Stamp - Big Mama Roll Foam Adhesive
PaperTrey Ink - Quatrefoil Cover Plate die
PaperTrey Ink Cardstock
BasicGrey Highline 6x6 Paper collection
Recollections Enamel dots
Bakers Twine
Glossy Accents
Helmar Zap Dots
Scotch ATG Adhesive
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Thursday, April 16, 2015

MarkerPop! + Saturated Canary = Copic Tutorial

Hi Everyone! It is my day on the MarkerPop! blog and I am super excited to share with you one of my favorite ways to add texture to jeans on my colored images using actual JEAN fabric and the Colorless blender! I think you are going to love this and will go texture crazy once you see how simple it really is. I have a video for you as well this week! Check it out on YouTube or watch below:

How incredibly easy is that?! Like I mentioned in the video, when you are creating texture like this with the Colorless Blender, you want to make sure you isolate the coloring - meaning, only color the portion that you want to have that texture - apply the coloring medium to your fabric and press. Once it is dry, you can finish coloring the rest of your image like I have. Another tip: Before adding the texture with the colorless blender, makes sure your image is completely dry from the coloring you just did. Copic markers dry pretty fast but depending on how many layers you used, your paper may be quite saturated. You can use a heat gun to speed up that process.

Here is a close up of the jeans with all that gorgeous texture! I mean, seriously?! I love it!!! It is definitely one of my favorite ways to add jean texture to my images - as long as I remember BEFORE I start coloring that I want to do that. ;) 

Isn't he just the cutest? I absolutely adore Saturated Canary images! This guy is from the Puppy Luv set that is available in the store right now! And this set rocks because you get both this cutie and a girl image in the stamp set! I cut them apart so I could use them individually without having to mask them. I can't wait to get him on a card!

For my entire image these are the Copic colors I used in order of how I laid them down:

Skin - E50, E51, E21, E93, R01, V20
Hair - E33, E57, E79
Shirt - BG10, BG11, V20, R24, R29, E09
Jeans - B91, B93, B95, B99, 0 (V20 optional - I also used tip to tip blending as I do not have B97)
Shoes - 100, C8, C6, C2, N3, N1

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Saturated Canary - Puppy Love stamp
Copic Xpress It Blending Card
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Copic Markers
Colorless Blender
Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Watercolor Wednesday: Cosmo Cricket + Paper Smooches

Hi everyone! Today, I am sharing two cards I made for the current Paper Smooches Picture Perfect Inspiration Challenge

The photo is so pretty and uses one of my favorite color combinations right now so I couldn't stop at just one card - plus I wanted to share how awesome this new paper is by Cosmo Cricket called Just Add Watercolor! 

I love how beautifully the sentiments in this Kudos Stamp Set by Paper Smooches emboss on vellum. That bold, scripty font is awesome; I think it is a great set to use for encouragement or thank you cards and with the word handsome included, it is also a perfect set to create masculine cards!

I am using this crazy awesome new Just Add Watercolor paper by Cosmo Cricket for my cards today. It's like magic! Add your favorite watercolor medium and you are good to go. Perfect backgrounds every single time! There are resist patterns on each page and even though I got the 12x12 Paper Pad, there are several cut aparts in many different sizes ranging from 8x10 to 4x6 and even some border strips. There is so much variety in this set I am glad it was the only one I could find at the time since I can use it for much more than just cards! 

Here is the second card I created using the same technique, Cosmo Cricket Just Add Watercolor paper and Paper Smooches stamp set. I used a different word on this one and switched up the direction of the die cut but the technique is the same and I have a video for you as well - a card start to finish! I hope you will take a look.

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Paper Smooches - Kudos Stamp Set
Cosmo Cricket Just Add Watercolor 12x12 Paper Pad
Imagine Crafts Fireworks! Spray
Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Imagine Crafts Embossing Poweder Black
My Favorite Things - Die-namics Blueprints 22
Paper Source Vellum
Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Sequins
Pretty Pink Posh Gold Heart Confetti
Scotch ATG Adhesive
Thermoweb Zots Bling Glue Dots

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Inspiration Wednesday Journal - Mixed Media

Hi everyone! I am taking a class by Donna Downey called Inspiration Wednesday 2015. I fell in love with mixed media while watching her Inspiration Wednesday videos on her YouTube Channel a couple years ago. Although I loved watching her create magic in her journals, I never had the nerve to put paint to paper myself. I missed IW last year and when she announced she was bringing it back, I was stoked. She is offering it as an online workshop - you can find out all the details on her website HERE

I am working in one of her journals but you definitely do not have to, I have just always loved her journals and knew if I was going to take the class, I wanted to do my work in one. Oh, and if you are SEW-crafty, she even has an awesome tutorial so you can make your own!  As these journal pages are a result of her class, I am not going to go into detail on how I created each page but I did want to share my progress throughout the year. The class started in January but as usual, I'm late, not because I didn't have the class then but because my own insecurities stopped me once again from diving in! Well, finally, all that aside, I have the first two weeks finished and here they are. I hope you enjoy!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

MarkerPop! Challenge - Tiddly Inks + Copics

Hi everyone! We have a new challenge starting today at MarkerPop! and I created a card to inspire you to join us! Our theme is 'Anything Goes' - seriously, how easy is that?! And we have an AWESOME prize. 

I adore Tiddly Inks Stamps and just by joining in our challenge you have a chance to win the set above! You have until April 19 to enter so be sure to stop by the MarkerPop! Challenge Blog Post and enter to join in the fun!

I used Tiddly Inks - Willow Greetings Fairy for my card today. I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Copic Xpress It Blending Card. Notice a trend here? Yup, I've tried different papers but this is my go to and I love it. I colored her up with Copic Markers and kept the coloring pretty simple as far as blending goes for her hair, which I have listed below. I was inspired by the papers (OLD collection, I think Pink Paislee but not sure, I only know on of my favorite artists Christy Tomlinson designed it and I've been hoarding it. LOL) as the yellow was calling my name. I think because the weather has been so nice, I was in a bright mood. I loved experimenting with different yellow combinations to match the paper just right and of course I had to use some Wink of Stella - Clear on her wings for a touch of sparkle...because fairies sparkle!

Here are the Copic colors that I've used to color this sweet image. I love the sentiments in this set as you can use it just as a general hello card or as I've done here as a birthday card to send to my friend this week. I had fun pulling out different dies to put together my card. I went a teensy bit overboard in my opinion but once everything was cut, I just really had fun laying it out. For the main image panel I used My Favorite Things - Stitched Traditional Tags STAX and then Blueprints 20 & 15 for the rest of my layers inside and out. Even with all the layers, I kept each one pretty flat and only used a little bit of foam adhesive for the main image panel so this card will still mail easily.

Another finished inside card! I kept it simple just by layering both stitched rectangle panels from the Blueprints dies I used and stamping a coordinating sentiment in the corner. Plenty of room to write my letter to my friend this week and yet it looks finished and tied in to the front of the card. PLUS, one more sheet of 12x12 in my stash is used. Save for 2 6x6 scraps left over. ;)

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Products used:
Tiddly Inks Clear Stamp - Willow Greetings Fairy
My Favorite Things Dienamics - Blueprints 20, Blueprints 15, Stitched Traditional Tags STAX
Pink Paisley
Tsukineko Memento Ink
Copic Markers
Zig Wink of Stella - Clear
Zig Uni-Ball White Gel Pen
Simon Says Stamp Chevron Cloud Craft Die
La-La Land Bday Banner Die
Paper Source Vellum Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Foam Adhesive
Scotch Advanced Tape Glider Adhesive