Friday, February 14, 2020

Mix-Ability - Opposites Attract!

It's my turn to host the Mix-Ability challenge this week - if you enjoy mixing it up a little and experimenting with coloring mediums, come over and play along with us! We post every week, but you can pick any challenge that inspires you.

I have this amazing color wheel for reference on my desk, and I have been using it quite a bit when I choose beads for jewelry pieces -it's got some really handy pointers in the center for eye-catching combinations. For the challenge, we're pairing up complementary colors, which are just colors that appear opposite each other on the color wheel. 

I pulled out some old favorite stamps from my collection, these vintage art supplies (Calligraphy Pen 2, Liner Brushes, and Paint Tubes) and stamped them in black, then set up some masks for my coloring. These are some of my favorite sets from A Colorful Life Designs - they're the Marvelous Masks, and they come in a variety of shapes, with the stencils and cut-out mask pieces in the set. I used the Rectangles above, and the Banners on the other 2 cards.

The inks I used are Versafine Clair - I love this line! They layered very nicely too. The splatters were done with QoR watercolor, and a little diluted white acrylic paint.

Those sentiments - aren't they great? This is a set by Inky Antics that every good crafter needs. Tell them I sent ya!

I hope you're having a great week - I'm so ready for Friday!
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Splitcoast Tutorial: 3-in-1 Stencil on Stamp Technique

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is actually a series of simple techniques with a homemade stencil! I invited Amber to share with us after I saw her cards on Stamp Junkies 

The tutorial called for a large solid stamp, and I have several in my stash but chose this large heart from Impression Obsession. In the tutorial a stencil is die cut out of vellum, but I decided to go rogue and cut my stencil out of contact paper because that worked in my head. It did change my results a bit, but not in a bad way! For the first card here, I stenciled directly on my stamp using a stencil cut with this die:

IE953-YY Embroidered Flowers

After stenciling I reinked and stamped the full image. There was still ink on the stamp, so I misted next for a second impression with a faux watercolor look. 

The next step is to mist the ink left on the stencil and lay it down for a print. Since my stencil was sticky on the back, I didn't have as much control here as I wanted to, and I didn't have a great plan either... if I'd thought it out to this card's completion, I would have laid the stencil over to the side. Not really happy with the lack of contrast behind the sentiment, but I do like the print! Next time I'll think ahead.

For the 4th card, you adhere the stencil to a cardstock base. With a vellum stencil, the ink from the previous steps remains and the spritzing gives it a distressed look. With contact paper, the ink doesn't stick... so I stuck my contact paper onto cardstock and sponged ink into the open areas and then added white acrylic paint around the edge with my finger. The flourish in the background is actually the negative die cut from the piece I used in the first card.

So - simple techniques but a fun process! I hope you'll give it a try!

Stamps and dies:

Card 1:
G6145 Lg. Heart Solid
DIE353-YY Ornament Flourish
IE953-YY Embroidered Flowers
F22003 Leaf (discontinued)
C9502 With Love
H23063 Mandala 1
fishtail banner - Spellbinders glimmer club kit

Card 2:
G6145 Lg. Heart Solid
L22004 Flower Script (discontinued)
DIE929-Z Love Words

Card 3:
IE953-YY Embroidered Flowers
DIE929-Z Love Words
D13493 Where You Need

Card 4:
DIE353-YY Ornament Flourish
IE953-YY Embroidered Flowers
DIE929-Z Love Words

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Impression Obsession - Old is New

With such a huge collection of wonderful stamps from so many artists, sometimes the older stamps in the Impression Obsession catalog find their way out of the spotlight. We don't want them to be forgotten, so we like to feature them regularly. We hope you're inspired!

You know I love large florals... so I'm back with another one from the Serendipity Stamps line! These are gorgeous, and so detailed! I built up several layers of watercolor on this card, then deepened some shadows with a sepia colored pencil, and went to splattering with diluted white acrylic paint and some shimmer spray. You can see a bit of the sparkle below. It was a lot of fun to complete!

Can't wait for my lilacs to bloom! So far the weird winter weather hasn't confused them too much. They were beautiful last year!

These are the IO stamps I used:

SS-200-L Lilacs
A13282 Better Tomorrow

Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for inspiration - see the I.O. blog for all the details!
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Thursday, February 06, 2020

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Hugs and Kisses

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project with hugs and kisses! 

I'm still in love with this little piggy and his Hogs and Kisses sentiment! This is a card style I used to make a long time ago - I think it needs to make a comeback! The base is a standard A2, but the front corners fold up to the center to create a pocket. 

I marked the center of the bottom of the card at 2-3/4", and then up each side at 2-3/4", then scored between the marks. 

I used a piece of washi tape to hold the center lines together, then glued the heart die cut over the point.

I die cut the hearts, sentiment strip, x and o and glued them to strips of acetate (I usually use super glue but we were out, so I used hot glue instead)

IO products I used:

Be sure to visit the other designers' blogs for inspiration on this week's challenge - see the I.O. blog for all the details! Remember, you can play along with us for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate!
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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Splitcoast Tutorial: Die Cut Corner Basket

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a Die Cut Corner Basket - this unique basket uses folded die cuts for the sides, and it can take many different forms!

The sample made for the tutorial uses a half-circle die - I took a different route and used this brand new beautiful background die from Impression Obsession:

The die is 5" on the long side, so I cut two panels and scored 1-1/4" from each end to create the sides. My base was cut to 3" square, and scored 1/4" from each side. 

The panels overlap about 1/8" on the sides, so I glued the handles to the outside of the basket to strengthen that joint.

This little label is another new die - I love the dotted stitching lines! Such a dainty detail. The sentiment is from this layered coffee pot set, one of my new ones.

Lots of possibilities with this tutorial, especially with larger dies! Hope you'll try it.

In other news this week, I finished another batch of paper beads with some new shapes...

I'm working on this sweet commission for an artist friend you might know... any guesses?

... and I've been working with local people-who-know-people-and-get-things-done to get an Art Walk going for our county! Looking forward to our first event in April.

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Saturday, February 01, 2020

Spellbinders February Kits: Art Studio Abstracts!

When I first saw this month's kits from Spellbinders I wasn't too sure about all these abstract shapes - but once I got started playing with them, I couldn't stop! The shapes are perfect for so many things, from patterns on a card to flowers and more.................. but I saw jewelry pieces.

This printed sheet was in my file, and this is not even a gel print - it's a piece of paper I had to the side of my Gel Press to clean the plate and roll off excess paint from my brayer. All the overlapping colors were perfect for focal pieces! I arranged the dies and taped them down for good design placement, then ran them through my die cutting machine.

 Each pendant has 4 layers of paper total - the top piece plus 3 identical layers of watercolor paper. They're adhered together with white glue.

Once the layers dried, I punched holes with a metal punch (I have this one).

Each piece is glazed with several layers of varnish front and back.

All that was left was to embellish the pieces and attach them to jewelry cord and wire! There is collage paper on the back of each piece, so they are all reversible, too. I've added them all to my Etsy store in case there's one that whispers your name!

I never think I like abstract jewelry until I pull out something like this - I love this one!

On a few of the pieces I used a plate from this month's Glimmer Kit to add some foiled metallic accents. The kits play soooo well together!

Here's the back side of that pendant. I love the vintage botanical print! These are so lightweight and comfortable to wear, too.

I incorporated my handmade paper beads on a couple of the pieces as well.

This is one I can see myself wearing. Love this style.

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