Thursday, November 20, 2014

Watercolored Swirly Background CAS Card

Hello, I have a simple card for you today.I first heat embossed watercolor paper with sparkly white powder using my Penny Black Dotted Fusion stamp. I then colored it with various Distress markers and wet them to blend the colors.
The sentiment is from Penny Black Amazing! which I stamped on a flag. The only embellishment the card needs is a little flower and some burlap string. Adhesives are by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
Challenges: Time Out Challenge (embossing) Paper Players (CAS Thank You), The Shabby Tea Room (Photo Inspiration with Burlap), Runway Inspired (Photo inspired colors), CASology (flag sentiment), Cardabilities (sketch), ATRS (Make Your Mark), Uniko Studio (anything goes and/or sketch).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Golden Autumn Leaves

Gold has been trendy for a while now and I've resisted using it because it's just not me. The only thing gold I own is my wedding ring. But as I was organizing my craft room, I stumbled upon some old gold embossing powder that was just begging to be used. So, here's the result, which was inspired by so many lovely challenges going on right now. I used my Penny Black Foliage Fancy set. I inked the solid images with distressed ink spritzed then with a little water before stamping.
I then heat embossed the detailed images with gold. The sentiment is from Penny Black as well. I finish the card with a simple flag sentiment, button and a burlap string. Adhesives are by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
Challenges: Virginia's View, Shabby Tea Room, The Paper Players, Runway Inspired, Pals Paper Arts.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Water Color Painting Card #2

I'm back with my 2nd card this week using a freehand watercolor painting. This is really easy to do. I just basically tapped my very wet brush with the paint directly onto the paper. I then spritzed just a tiny bit of water and let it dry before painting the trunk and branches.
I distressed the edges and sponged some ink to make it look vintage. The sentiment is from Penny Black's Foliage Fancy. I finish the card with a little bird sticker by Paper House.
I have two more cards using the same technique but with very different results. Challenges: Moxie Fab Trees, CASE this Sketch, colorQ, Addicted to Rubber Stamps, The Pink Elephant.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Water Color Painting Card

As you know, I've been enjoying playing with water colors. I have so far just created mainly backgrounds that I used for my stamped images. This week, I'll be sharing some cards with water colored images that I did free hand. If you're an expert water colorist, excuse the noticeable novice mistakes. But I enjoyed making them and I hope you will be inspired to try your hand at water color painting.

I first sketched the trees with a pencil and went to town with my watercolors. I did the wet on wet technique on this. First with the background and when that dried, I spritzed some water to create the texture. I then painted the trunks in light brown and the details in dark brown. I made the background trees subtle to show perspective.
After I painted, the trees looked kind of bare, so I added some birds, die cut from Penny Black In A Row. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. Adhesives are by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. In order to prop the birds, I cut the foam squares in half.
Challenges: Card Mania (die cut), SS Wed Challenge (thinking of you), Moxie Fab (Trees).

Friday, November 7, 2014

Watercolored Masculine Card #3

Hello, friends! Aren't you glad it's Friday? It's chilly and rainy today in our little corner of the world and the trees are bursting with color. I have another watercolored masculine card for you today that uses just one stamp set, Penny Black's Tweet Tweet.

I first just randomly colored the background with water colors following the Curtain Call challenge using the wet on wet technique. After that dried, I stamped the foliage images in Versafine black. I did the the repeat stamping (is that what it's called?) to add dimension to my card. The farther the image, the more faded the color should be.
I heat embossed the beautiful sentiment with white. I then colored around it using a dark yellow Derwent water color pencil to make the words stand out. I love the grungy look. I used Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Next week, I have another series of cards using water colors. They're different from what I've share here so far. I'm learning something new and loving it! Have a great weekend!
Challenges: SSS Monday (Good 'Ol Days), SSS Wednesday (Thinking of You, Cardabilities (sketch), Curtain Call (colors), Paper Players (vintage), Pink Elephant (photo inspiration).

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Watercolored Masculine Card #2

I have another water colored masculine card today. It's also clean and simple, which seems to be the style I follow when making cards for men. The layout was inspired by CAS(E) this Sketch!. The card in general was inspired by this week's Muse. The background was watercolored and dotted with my white pen.
The birch trees were die cut using my Silhouette Cameo. I propped it using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares.The lovely script sentiment is from Penny Black Wishes.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Watercolored Masculine Card

I have been playing around with my watercolors and made several cards using them. I will share some this week that are all masculine. It's something I don't do often, so these cards are a little different from my usual style. I did enjoy making them and seem to always be in need for masculine cards.

Today's card is a CAS Christmas card with no stamping! I first water colored my background with fall colors. I wanted to go with  non-traditional Christmas colors. The deer was die cut using my Silhouette. I lost the wall plate part somewhere along the way, so I hand drew it using my Copic Multiliner pen that I won a while ago from a giveaway. I'm glad I was able to finally use it.
The sentiment is hand lettered. The patterned paper is actually chevron, but it shows as stripes here. I propped the deer head using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares. And who says a masculine can't have a bow? I guess as long as it's twine, it's okay. :)
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