Thursday, March 23, 2017

Altenew Layered Daisy Thank You Card

Hi Everybody,

I made a card that I think is so pretty I may make one for myself lol.   I love the colors in this card.  I used the Altenew layered Daisy stamp set.  I think this set was something like $4.99, well worth the money for sure.






If I went a little overboard with the sequins, it might be because I'm covering up a boo boo lol.  I'm going to also put some glossy accents on the thanks die to shine it up a bit.  Who wouldn't want to get this in the mail right?  As you can see I'm not planning on writing very much in this one. :)


Supplies Used:


  • Recollections White 120# for the base
  • Neenah 80# White, Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet and Patterned Berry Sorbet Paper Pack
  • Hero Arts Thanks Stamp and Die Set
  • Altenew Layered Daisy Stamp Set
  • I used these inks for the flowers:  bottom to top, light to dark... Tim Holtz Spun Sugar, Gina K Designs Innocent Pink, and Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet.  
  • I used these inks for the leaves:  bottom to top, light to dark... Tim Holtz Twisted Citron, Gina K Designs Jellybean Green and Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins

I spent a lot of time playing with ink combinations for the different layered stamp sets I have which was actually fun to do.  Some of them surprised me looking so good and some surprised me looking so awful together. 

I don't think you can go wrong sending someone a card with the layered flowers on them.  I hope I inspired you to try them if you haven't.  Like I said the Altenew set I used has 6 stamps, 3 for flowers and 3 for leaves and is around $5.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Regina

Monday, March 20, 2017

Poppies

Hi Everybody,

I made another card with a poppy image that I colored as part of the Nature Class at Kit and Clowder. Keep in mind when you see my coloring of flowers in this class, I drew in all of the detail.  That is what you learn in these classes as well as color combos, technique, etc.

I made this card as a Thinking of You card for someone going through some things she shouldn't have to be dealing with.  I hope it puts a smile on her face.  I also made a matching envelope liner and stamped the flap of the envelope.


(I apologize for awful inside photo.  I forgot it when I was taking other ones)







Do you think I could've popped on a few more layers??  LOL!  I couldn't decide what colors I wanted to use so it looks like I used everything I had in my head and then some.  :)

I know the card doesn't have a lot of detail to it but I think when you color an image, it doesn't need much more than that, do you?

Supplies Used:


  • Gina K Designs White, Red Hot, Black Onyx Cardstock
  • Close To My Heart Slate Cardstock
  • Poppy Image from Nature Class at Kit and Clowder
  • Rectangle die with the x's (my mind just went blank on what these are called)
  • Copic Markers
  • Clear Sequins, Pretty Pink Posh (LOVE THESE)
  • Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Pen
  • Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings Stamp Set
  • Paper Smooches Religious Words Die Set
  • Right At Home Happy Mail Year 2
  • Papertrey Ink Envelope Liner Die

I hope I have inspired you to color up an image as the focal point of your card.  Layer it up like I did as well!  :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Regina

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hand Colored Daffodil Sympathy Card

Hi Everybody,

Sympathy cards are not my favorite cards to make for obvious reasons but in my opinion, they don't have to be in colors such as black, kraft, etc.  I try to make them pretty and actually use cheerful colors.  I want them to smile when they get the card. What do you think?

I am taking coloring classes at www.kitandclowder.com, the marker and pencil classes.  I've been taking them since January 2016.  I should post some of the scenes I've colored.  Anyway, the reason I'm telling you this is because I colored the daffodil on my card today using copic markers.




I thought it would be extra special to put something cheerful that I colored on the card.  This flower is part of the Nature Class at Kit and Clowder so if you love to color flowers, you should check this class out.  I also found it interesting to compare this daffodil that I colored a year ago and then this one.   Here is the one from a year ago....



Please excuse the bad photography on the first one.  I have noticed that I am learning to not be so afraid of using the darker colors and I am using more of the strokes/flicks.  What do you think?  What a difference a year can make!  Anyway, just thought I'd share this with you lol.

I've been wanting to use this leaf cut out die for a long time so I thought it would add a lot of interest to the background without taking away from the colored image.

Inside Card...



Supplies Used:


  • Gina K Designs 120# White Heavy Base Weight Cardstock, Layering Weight White and Sweet Corn 
  • Daffodil Image from Nature Class at www.kitandclowder.com
  • Sentiment on front of card, Gina K Designs stamp set, Delicate Damask
  • Sentiment Inside, Gina K Designs stamp set, Botanicals 
  • Leaf Cut Out Die, Gina Marie Designs
  • Impression Obsession Small Butterfly Dies (does not have name on package, just a number, Die 046A
  • Memento Black Tuxedo Ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Eyelet Outlet White Enamel Dots

If you would like to improve your coloring skills, I highly recommend the Kit and Clowder classes and check out their Facebook page.  There are always give a ways, free digis, etc.  I hope I've inspired you to use cheerful colors to make a sympathy card if you're used to using neutrals.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Regina

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Clueless Card

Hi Everybody,

When I saw this stamp that I'm using on today's card, it just made me smile because I can think of a few people it would be perfect for lol.  This stamp is called Clueless from I Brake For Stamps.  If you like this stamp, if you use the Code, SAVE10CRYSTAL, you will receive 10% off your order.  


I used Zig Real Brush Markers to color him using Canson Montval Watercolor Paper.  I have to admit that I like my Zig Markers a lot better since I bought this paper.  It blends easily and can take a few layers.  I was using other papers in which the Zigs would seep into the paper and not blend and the fibers of the paper would pull up after one layer.  Try it! 



Supplies Used:


  • Canson Montval Cold Pressed 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K Designs Cardstock in Turquoise Sea, Black Onyx, and Jellybean Green
  • Clueless Stamp, I Brake For Stamps 
  • Versafine Black Onyx Ink
  • Versamark Ink
  • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles Die
  • Gina Marie Designs Stitched Squares Die
  • Fun Foam
  • Scor-Tape
Every so often you need to make a silly card.  I had fun with this one.  I hope I inspired you to watercolor and get out one of your silly stamps.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Regina

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Altenew Wishing You Stamps and Watercolor

Hi Everybody,

I did a little watercoloring today.  I used Altenew stamps called Wishing You.  This is such a great Springtime set.  I also got the matching dies.






I used Gansai Tambi watercolor paints on the hummingbird and flower and also a little of some shimmer paints by Yasutomo.  Oh, I just looked and these shimmer paints are $7.95 on Amazon, here a link to the shimmer paints.  Here is a link to the Gansai Tambi watercolor paints, 36 set. There is also a 24 color set.  I used the light blue Zig pen to make a wash background and stamped the sentiment with Memento Lilac Posies.  Added some clear Pretty Pink Posh sequins and used a Tim Holtz distressing tool to go around the edges to give them some interest.

This card is for my Mom.  I took her to the doctor yesterday and then we went to lunch and we had a great time.   I'm giving this card to her to tell her how much fun I had and love her. :)


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Regina

Stampin' Up Just For You Card

Hi Everybody,

I am loving the large stamps and dies lately like I'm sure you are too.  I ran across a Stampin' Up set called Botanicals For You and just had to use the huge stamp, Just For You. This would be great on a tag as well.



The recipient of the card likes blues and greens but as I was putting the card together, I saw that coral piece of patterned paper on my desk and thought it would look good with a little pop of that color,  I sponged with Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass and Hero Arts Mint Julep.  I embossed the Just For You stamp with Stampendous Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I used Gina K Designs Turquoise Sea Cardstock and a Gina Marie Designs Banner Stitched Die on the inside.  The inside sentiment also is a part of the Stampin' Up Botanicals For You stamp set.  The rectangle stitched die on the front of the card is from Lawn Fawn and I am in love with these clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Regina

Monday, March 6, 2017

Hello Card - Two Altenew Stamp Sets Used

Hi Everybody,

I just wanted to share a quick card that I made for someone going through a rough spell.  I hope this made her smile.  I forget about coloring my stamps with Memento Markers and stamping so that's what I did here.  You can also color your stamp with the markers and then spritz with water and stamp if you want more of a watercolor look.  








I used a hello die and sponged part of it with the same color Memento Ink as the marker I used.  Next I stamped Versamark over the hello and sprinkled sparkly embossing powder on it and heat set.  I cut out on top of fun foam and using Stick It.  

Supplies Used:


  • Gina K Designs White 120# Cardstock, the purple is hers as well and I'm so sorry but she doesn't sell it currently.  It was a limited edition color a couple years ago I believe. 
  • Altenew Stamps on front, Botanical Garden
  • Altenew Stamps for inside, Wishing You 
  • Memento Markers, Lilac Posies and Bambo Leaves
  • Memento Lilac Posies Ink
  • Hello Die, Lawn Fawn
  • Envelope Liner Die, Papertrey Ink
  • Judikins Sparkly Embossing Powder
  • Versamark Ink
  • Fun Foam
  • Clear Sequins, Pretty Pink Posh
  • Scor-Tape

If you need a quick card, pull out those Memento Markers and color your stamps.  I hope I inspired you today.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Regina

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Persian Motif and Gansai Tambi Watercolors

Hi Everybody!

I've been experimenting with watercolors lately, different kinds, different papers, and brushes.  Wow what a difference products that aren't high quality can make or not exactly suitable for the technique.  

I saw a YouTube video showing Jennifer McGuire using some watercolor paints that I have had for 2 years and never used so I blew the dust off of them and followed her video.  I LOVE these paints.  It was SO relaxing to paint.  I was slow at it and felt myself want to rush since I'm used to coloring faster with Copics or Prismacolors, and then I finally let my mind slow down and I went with the flow.  Here is Jennifer McGuire's video on Stamping and Watercoloring.  I love the Ranger Silver Pearl Embossing Powder she used.  It is so pretty in person, not as bright as white, much softer.  




I used a beautiful stamp set by Altenew called Persian Motifs.  I just happened to have had this set and had never used it.  Thank you Jennifer for causing me to use my supplies lol! 

I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper and I love his inks but I'm not crazy about his watercolor paper.  It is convenient because it is already cut to size for a card but that's about it for me.  This paper couldn't withstand layers, the fibers of the paper started coming loose in my paints.  I'm just being honest.  People ask me sometimes my opinion so I hope this helps someone.  

Supplies Used:


  • Gina K Designs Turquoise Sea and Denim Blue Cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
  • Altenew Persian Motifs and Layered Lily (the sentiment) stamp sets
  • Ranger Silver Pearl Embossing Powder (for the flowers)
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Paints
  • Princeton Artist Brush (the one Jennifer used in her video)
  • Stampendous Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder (for the sentiment)
  • Versamark Ink
  • Misti
  • Craft Medley Sequins, Rhythm & Blues
I hope I inspired you to get your watercolor paints out.  When I bought my set, they were around $58 on Amazon and now they are $28.99 on Amazon as of today.  Wow, pick them up now if you don't already have them. Each color is in a separate little container so you can pull out just the colors you are working on.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Regina