Saturday, October 18, 2014

Visible Image - Watercolor Notecard Set & Video!

Hi everyone! I am FINALLY back with the set of notecards I created using the same technique from my card I posted on Thursday. I have a video for you as well today - I warn you - this is one of my first videos in a really long time. I am a bit rusty - the lighting isn't the best and I go off screen at times. LOL I hope you will still enjoy!

And here is a close up of each card. I love how they turned out. Creating the watercolor background is easy and fun.

I'd like to enter the above card in Simon Says Stamp Monday "O is for..." Challenge - using the color Orange as my O!

Thanks again so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my cards and video.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Visible Image - DT Thursday Inspiration

Good morning! I have a card to share today using Visible Image stamps. I am so excited about this card. I was playing around with submission cards for a magazine call and was getting extremely frustrated with my embossing powder not working (come to find out - embossing powders DO have an expiration date!) So, I decided to set that aside for the moment and work on my Visible Image weekly inspiration card instead. That's when I created this card and I was so happy with it - first try and everything! I created a bit of a background by wetting my watercolor paper and adding some color with distress inks. Then I added the splotches by touching my paper directly to the ink on my craft sheet. After it was dried, I stamped the chandelier from the Visible Image Chandalier Set over the watercolor in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Easy Peasy!

Yes…you know I did, I took out my Black Wink of Stella Glitter pen and added it to my stamped image. You could have used clear, but I there were some bits that I wanted to cover more so I used black and it turned out beautifully - I really wish I could photograph it better so you could see the shimmer!!

I matted my watercolor panel on Authentique Patern Paper from the Radiant collection. This went so well with the yellows and oranges. It still needed a little something so a touch of twine and some sequins were the perfect embellishment. I love that this stamp set has 4 different sentiments that go with this stunning silhouette chandelier image. I will be back later this afternoon with 3 more cards I created using the other sentiments in the same style along with a video showing how quick an easy these cards are to put together. I think this is a great set to create a collection of notecards to give as gifts -- and with the holidays coming up, having some handmade gifts ready to go is a good thing!

Thank you for stopping by - I hope you enjoyed my card - be sure to stop by later today when my video has posted!

Be sure to check out our Get Spooky Challenge this month for your chance to WIN £20 to spend on our stamps!

For more inspiration, be sure to join the Visible Image Facebook Group and visit the Visible Image Blog.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday - The Greeting Farm & Distress Inks

Hello everyone! Welcome to Watercolor Wednesday - almost thought I was going to leave you hanging as I *wanted* to share a new project but alas, the morning got away from me very quickly so I figured I'd share something I colored a few weeks ago but haven't shared here. Many of you already know how much I love The Greeting Farm images so I decided to do a little coloring using Dollie with Cupcake. I adore this new line - super cute! As you also know, I am definitely more used to coloring with alcohol based markers...specifically Copics but as I was doing less and less coloring / card making this past spring, I sold...them...ALL. Yup! *collective gasp* I know, I know...but my family and I are working toward some other pretty important goals this year and since they weren't being used, I thought I could help with those other goals by selling them so sell I did. Anyway, I started to water color more and I use a variety of watercolors at present from the Koi Watercolor set to Aqua Markers by Letraset, however, I hadn't used Distress Ink pads and wanting to learn more watercoloring techniques much like I learned how to use Copic markers by watching youtube videos, etc., I decided to take the Distress Ink Watercolor Class at Kit & Clowder. I figured I could used the techniques taught for Distress Inks and apply them to any of my watercolor mediums. So, after watching one video, this was what I colored. 

I really enjoyed the class - I still have another lesson to go through but decided to stock up on some Distress Ink Reinkers which I have so I will have to go back and do that one sometime soon. The incredible colorist Tracy Payne teaches the technique in this class which I can only describe (in a completely NON technical sense) as dry on dry watercoloring. LOL Believe me, when I say it out loud it doesn't make sense to me either but basically you are using very little water with this technique. I think it makes your colors more vibrant and shading more intense - more marker like if that makes sense. I love the finished effect and will definitely practice more with it as I tend to personally lean toward wet on wet watercoloring but it is fun to challenge yourself every now and then.

Here is another close up after I put her on the card. I hope you enjoyed my card today and thanks so much for stopping by! 

I will be back tomorrow with some more watercoloring (and a video *fingers crossed*) with a card I've made for Visible Image.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Mixed Media Monday - Art Journal with Prima Bloom Girls

Welcome to Mixed Media Monday - well, it IS still Monday here - even if only for 3 more hours! I wanted to get this posted earlier but it was super cloudy and rainy yesterday so I couldn't get good pictures until today. I thought it might be fun to share a new mixed media project on Mondays - kind of like Watercolor Wednesday - it might not be EVERY Monday, but I'll do my best!

I had the background already created by applying a coat of clear gesso directly to the pages of the book and then adding a variety of Dylusions sprays while it was still wet. I do this because I want the Dylusions to be permanent while I add other mediums to the page and they are not if I just use them on their own. When the gesso dries because it dries clear all you are left with are the sprays. It's an awesome way to use all the beautiful sprays out there that are not normally permanent. 

After I stamped my image and colored it, I added some Design Memory Craft Glass Bead Glitter Gel in different areas using a palette knife. I love the texture this leaves and because it dries clear you the glitter picks up the color of the background underneath. Super cool!

I added some texture using the Brick Wall & Ink Splats stamps by Visible Image - I also stamped my sentiment "Imperfection Is Beauty" by Visible Image.

This is my favorite part of my art journal. I have loved these Prima Bloom Girls designed by Jamie Dougherty since they were released and I finally go my hands on a couple at a Scrapbook Expo last month. Since I can't draw I love that I can stamp these into my art journals, color and make them my own. I stamped the image onto white tissue paper and then added it to my page with DecoArt Decopauge. Since the tissue paper is see through I was able to turn the stamp the other way to fit on my journal better. The white highlights and splatters were made using a Sharpie White Oil pen. One of them broke as it kept leaking out so I ended up just dripping it around the page and love the ink splattered look it added.

Finally, I finished page using rub ons and this Golden Gold Mica Medium with a Tim Holtz stencil and then rubbing the excess along the edges of the page. I love the chunky texture it leaves behind!

This art journal is an old book I picked up at a thrift store. I love playing in it using new techniques and products. I also love the text background each page has or I can cover it with gesso to have a blank canvas. So many possibilities! 

I hope you enjoyed my first Mixed Media Monday and will stop back by for more inspiration! 

Products used (I wasn't able to link to everything):