Friday, October 31, 2014

Tombow DT Call!

Hi everyone! I think Tombow is a household name in every crafter's home - at least I know it is in mine! I have used Tombow adhesives and have recently fallen head over heels for Tombow Dual Brush Markers. When I saw they were holding a DT Call Out, I knew I had to go for it - you never know if you don't try, right?! (The deadline is TODAY!) 

They have asked for 3 projects that showcase our style & talent plus at least one DIY. I am sharing a Christmas ornament, a card, a mixed media canvas that I've created. I really think these three projects showcase who I am as a designer!

First, I want to share this ornament I created especially for this DT Call Out! 

I absolutely adore this CC Designs snowman and colored him up using my Tombow Dual Brush Markers. I added some glossy accents and Black enamel accents to his glasses and buttons as well as all over glitter with a Wink of Stella clear pen. 

I have had this chipboard ornament since last year, wanting to alter it up. I sprayed it with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine and then added all my elements (mostly from Pretty Little Studio) using Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue - this stuff is AH-Mazing!!! Holds like crazy and dries so fast. I know it's Halloween today…but I am SOOO ready for Christmas! Tell me I'm not the only one sneaking in listening to my favorite Christmas songs. hehe

My next two projects are some I have created  and shared already but I felt they really showcased my style (and *eek* talent?!) First, here is my card:

These bloom girl stamps from Prima are absolutely gorgeous. This is essentially a one layer card that just showcases the design and coloring. There are a few other elements such as the chipboard sentiment and some texture with Golden Acrylics Gold Mica Flakes and some Glass Bead Glitter Gel by Faber-Castell but not much!

I colored the stamp using Tombow Dual Brush markers on watercolor paper. I love how beautifully these markers blend with water. This close up shows all the texture and shading created (especially her hair_ using these water based markers!

Next is my mixed media canvas (I actually don't think I've shared this on my blog before):

I created my background on the 5x7 canvas first with different papers, paints, stamps, gesso, stencils and rub ons. Then I adhered my already stamped and colored image and blended her into the background with Faber Castell Pitt pens and more rub ons. 

It is always fun to add a little 3d texture to my mixed media projects with some buttons and twine.

Those are my 3 projects for the Tombow DT Call Out - wish me luck!! They are going to announce on their blog Nov 4 who makes it to Round 2 - so…my fingers might be a little cramped but I'm totally keeping them crossed till then. haha

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my projects today!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lawnscaping DT Call - Lawn Fawn Inktense Card

Hi Friends! Happy Weekend! I'm super excited because this is my first weekend off in months. I start a new job on Monday and it is going to be SO nice to have weekends off with my family - honestly, I can't remember the last time both my hubby and I are off together!! Lawnscaping Challenges is having a DT call for new members of their Facebook Inspiration Team: 

I entered two previous Lawn Fawn cards right away but I also wanted to create one more just for the call (you can enter up to three times!) I finally got my Derwent Inktense pencils and couldn't wait to color with them. I thought these two birds from the Feathered Friends set are adorable and so I looked up love birds on google to see how to color them since I used the Milo's ABCs set to create a custom sentiment.

There was a photo that had two love birds snuggled up and their coloring looked like a heart so I lightly drew a heart outline between the birds where I wanted the red color to go and then started coloring with my Inktense pencils. I am SO in love with these pencils - I feel like I have finally found a coloring medium that allows me to get blending and shading like I did with my Copics. I also stamped the branch with Distress Ink and colored it in with my Intense pencils. Then I masked both the birds and the branch to do some ink blending with Distress Inks. I used the Lawn Fawn #awesome Custom Craft Die to cut the instagram photo out but I didn't use the stamp itself. I just kept inlaid the dies together to create the frame. 

For my custom sentiment I used the Milo's ABCs stamp to stamp Love Birds and instead of the O I used the heart from the Feathered Friends stamp set. Then I masked off Friends from the Hello Friends stamp to just stamp out hello. I thought this would be cute for an  anniversary or even wedding card. I colored the heart with Inktense pencils and added Glossy Accents. I also thought it need a little pop so I added the white gel pen on the hello - couldn't resist filling in those loopy letters!

I absolutely adore how this card turned out - for the stitching and x's I used the Paper Smooches Stitched Die Set. I love that! I love the look of stitching but kinda have a sewing machine phobia. LOL I would love to join the Lawnscaping Challenges FIT team - I love Lawn Fawn stamps - they are one of my favorites because no matter what kind of mood I'm in, these stamps always make me smile to create with. Wish me luck!

I would also like to enter this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : Get Crafty and use KRAFT. I love using kraft on my projects!!

Lawn Fawn Feathered Friends Stamp set for Simon Says Stamp
Lawn Fawn Milo's ABC's Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn Silver Sparkle Hemp
Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather 6x6 Paper Pad
Lawn Fawn #awesome Custom Craft Die
Paper Smooches Stitched Die Set
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Fabriano 140lb watercolor paper
Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Distress Ink Gathered Twigs
Distress Ink Salty Ocean
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
Hero Arts Shadow Ink Cup O'Joe
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Pen
Ranger Glossy Accents
White Gelly Roll Pen

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Visible Image - Roses The One - Inspiration Thursday

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a one layer card I made using images from Visible Image. I received the Roses Stamp Set and The One Sentiment Stamp and instantly thought it would make a great anniversary card or wedding card. I decided to pair them together for todays card. I started by stamping the sentiment with Versafine Black Onyx ink on my watercolor paper and then stamping the roses around it. I used Distress Ink to stamp the flowers and then used my paintbrush to draw the color out from the stamped lines - I LOVED using this technique to watercolor my images. Distress Ink is water bases and stays pretty juicy after you ink it - coloring the image this way gave it a more painted look. I also added some yellow and blues for highlights and shadows from my Sakure Koi Watercolor set. I also used Wink of Stella on the flowers for some shimmer!

After I was finished coloring the roses and it had dried, I started coloring the background using blues and greens. I kept the paint away from the sentiment for the most part as I didn't want it to be covered up. I added some hand drawn lines to frame it on the card and I love how it turned out. My hubby wants me to do this same technique on a large piece of watercolor paper to frame - I think I just might have to try that!

Thank you for stopping by - I hope you enjoyed my card.

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 22, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday: Tombow Dual Brush Markers

Hello friends! Welcome to another Watercolor Wednesday. This week I created a simple card using a stamp from the Prima Bloom Girls collection by Jamie Dougherty - this beauty is named Summer. Be sure to check out the Prima Bloom Girl Design Team blog for amazing inspiration using these gorgeous stamps. I stamped her using Archival Ink in Black on Tim Holtz watercolor paper. This paper is sized 4.25 x 5.5 inches which is perfect for a standard sized A2 card front. I have been wanting to try the Tombow Dual Brush Pens which are water based and I picked up the Portrait set as well as a multi color set. I played with them all weekend on different papers - regular copy paper and cardstock - with not much luck for what I wanted. So, I decided to try watercolor paper and use water to move the color. It worked beautifully! 

You can really see the texture from the coloring - I am really happy with the shading and the texture in her hair. It is hard for me to let go of the precision perfection I am used to achieving with Copic markers or other alcohol based markers. I am still learning how to use watercolors and experimenting with different types. With the Tombow Dual Brush Pens, I find laying down a line of color where I want it and then going in with my wet paintbrush really pulled the color out. If I wanted more in a certain area, I would lay some color down on an acrylic block and pick it up with my paintbrush.

To create added texture and sparkle, I used 3 different mediums - Wink of Stella clear, Faber-Castell Glitter Bead medium and Golden Gold Spica medium. I used the Gold Spica in her hair for added interest and texture. I love the effect - I just painted it on in different areas. I added the Wink of Stella on the flowers and to create a halo around her in the sky, I used the Faber-Castell Glitter Bead medium.

I added a simple sentiment using a wood veneer by Studio Calico - I kept that simple as really the painting of the stamp is the main focus of the card but I wanted something as a sentiment to mail this. I know I whine a lot about having sold my Copics but I never would have ventured into these new mediums if I hadn't and I really feel like my creativity has been jump started because of it. :)

Thank you for stopping by again this week! I hope you enjoyed my card.


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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