The technique to try on SCS this week is Wet Watercolor. Click here for more info on the challenge, and here for a tutorial by Beate. It's fun and easy! I'd seen it many times before, but never tried it 'til today. Love it and will be doing it more! One hint: stick with the Natural or Confetti cardstocks for this. The Whisper White & Very Vanilla don't work quite as well when water is involved!
The cardstock colors are So Saffron, Always Artichoke & Naturals White. I used the Fine Lace Background, the Thank You from Wonderful Words & Moss grosgrain ribbon. For the image I used markers, first on the solid image (with the water) in So Saffron, Summer Sun & Always Artichoke. Dry the cardstock and repeat the markers on the outline image. Love it!!!
I used Wonderful Weaves (also retiring-I think) for the top background. The colors are Real Red, Night of Navy & Mellow Moss. For the bottom border I used the markers on the stamp with the 3 hearts. Accent ribbon & buttons finishes it off.
I really HOPE to stamp tomorrow night. I've been busy cleaning my house and getting flowers & the garden going outside. Tonight the boys had baseball, but tomorrow night is free. I may finally get to see some benefit to them being on the same team. YEAH-only two nights a week and Saturday am practice. The last few years we've done four nights plus practice. Maybe I'll get caught up with this house finally, and still get to stamp!
Thanks to all who've stopped by recently! I added several names to my RAK list over the weekend. The first couple went out Saturday, and I'll get more out soon!
This first one uses Rose Red & Certainly Celery. A popular pair of colors on this blog aren't they?!? The ribbon was the inspiration for this. I inked the butterfly with markers, doing the big flowers with Rose Red & the smaller ones with Certainly Celery. I've always thought the verse should be darker somehow on this, but never tried anything different.
The second uses Cool Caribbean & Tempting Turquoise. I used the Linen Background in Cool Caribbean on Cool Caribbean. One of my favorite backgrounds-it makes you want to touch it! The strip is Tempting Turquoise. For the Butterfly, I inked it with Cool Caribbean, then went over the large flowers with the Tempting Turquoise marker. As a last touch, I used my 2-way glue pen and dotted in the center of each large flower. I sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter over white wet. You can't see the sparkle here, but it really adds a nice, finishing touch.
Cool Caribbean is a current "In Color" color that WILL NOT be available after June 30! Stock up NOW!!!!
Sorry for the lack of posts this week, and thank you to all who have stopped by. Having the boys out of school did not slow things down!
Have a safe and happy holiday weekend! Doubt that I'll have time to post again 'til maybe Monday.
I've always liked Brocade Blue & Rose Red together. So, I took a strip of the Rose Red paper, added it to Brocade Blue stamped with the flowers from the set in Craft White. Added Basic Black accent layers, Ticket corner punched all the corners (are you tired of me using this punch yet???), and added a hardware accent with ribbon. I sponged a little Brocade Blue around the Shimmery White layer, and a little Craft White around all the Brocade Blue base. I like it!
This uses the Rose Red & Certainly Celery from the Palette O'Prints pad. I will have to vary those because of limited quantity, but the colors will remain the same. I also opted not to punch the inside corners on the Rose Red layer. It seemed to flow better that way. Hopefully I can crank out 21 of these fairly quickly! Wish me luck!
The second uses Petal Prints. For this one I used the Water Color Crayons directly on the stamp. For this technique, color directly on the stamp with your crayon. I used Summer Sun in the center, Tempting Turquoise in the middle, and Taken with Teal around the edge. Once colored, mist your stamp with a fine spray water bottle. Stamp onto your cardstock, in this case Shimmery White. The Crosshatch background used here is also retiring.
Hopefully I can get some stamping actually done sometime soon! Life is pretty busy this time of year! The boys are getting out of school next week, and starting baseball. And, there are tons of things outside that I should be doing. Not to mention cleaning inside! Stick with me and I will post and share when I can. Thanks to all of you who stop by!
The scanner did not do these colors well! It is Certainly Celery & Rose Red from the Pallette O' Prints. Black for the accent layers. Whisper White on top. Per Beate's suggestion to use something to "catch" the top fold, I used a clear button with paper behind it, ribbon tied thru. Does this work??? I actually have a different set in mind, but Mr. Brown has to bring it first. After clearing out my shelves the other day from the retired list, I don't have a whole lot left! I decided to splurge (like that's anything new?!?) and get a set I've had my eye on for a while. I'll let you know when it arrives later this week if it "works" like I'm hoping.
Monday is over, we all survived! Happy Tuesday. I have a 4 day work week this week, so only 2 more days to Friday! he he.
This one used Brilliant Blue & Very Vanilla. The tags were from a tag sheet. The flowers are Glorious Green & Yoyo Yellow. The edges are sponged: green by the stems, blue around the rest of the edge, yellow on the tag. I also added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the flowers & butterflies, but it's hard to see on the scan.
This one is much prettier in real life, the pastel do not scan well. The colors are Sage Shadow, Lavender Lace, Barely Banana, Almost Amethyst & Rose Romance. The ribbon was the narrow organdy Orchid. I also added Dazzling Diamonds to the flowers and butterflies.
Hope you are all having a great weekend. We need it to STOP storming & raining here! We've had around 4 inches since last night, and more is on the way. I hear it rumbling! I'm off here to keep an eye on it, and try to get some sleep!
The first is a tad more simple than the second. The colors are Pixie Pink, Yoyo Yello & Green Galore. I stamped the vine image diagonally across the background and added the flowers. Stamped the boots in Pixie, added the stems & flowers, and added yellow eyelets to the center of the Pixie Flowers. Stamped "friend" from EFP on the boots. Added a strip of Apple Green grosgrain for an accent.
The second uses Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, Apricot Appeal & Whisper White. For the back layer, I randomly stamped the small flower image, up to 3 times without reinking for a varied image. The celery layer is stamped with Canvas. I added the line across the top and both across the bottom with the mat pack and paper piercer. Direct to paper on the edges. The vase is stamped & filled, edged with Cameo Coral and layered on Almost Amethyst. A very small piece of ribbon was tied around the vase. I only recommend this if you are a VERY patient person! Lastly, a small thanks from EFP was added as a tab.
I hope to actually stamp tomorrow night. I have all my prior year sets out & priced for a garage sale next Friday. I have yet to pull the sets on this year's list. I'll do that once I have these garage sale ones out of my room!
First up for samples is On Gossamer Wings!
This first one uses the Spot on Glossy technique. I'm sure that isn't the "official" name, but it's what comes to me at this moment. Basically, you choose 3-4 spots, coordinating colors. Take the first and randomly press the spot onto glossy white cardstock. Wipe(smudge around) until dry with Kleenex or paper towel. Repeat with 2nd, 3rd & 4th colors. You should end with a collage of colors. Do NOT decide if you like it or not until you stamp an image (in Basic Black or Black Stazon) over the colors!!! I used Soft Subtles in this sample. If memory serves it was Mellow Moss, Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal, and (maybe) Barely Banana. Canvas is used for the background, Bashful Blue & Basic Black CS accents. Gingham ribbon in Moss with Black knot. Don't forget the verse in Basic Black.
I did this one for a swap, probably New Catalog themed. The colors are the same as my last post, Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery & Apricot Appeal. I embossed the image & verse with Black Detail EP. The image is watercolored with the above colors. I went over the finished image with Future/Pearl Ex in Micro Pearl for shimmer. For those that don't know, Pearl Ex is a powder that gives a luster or shimmer. Micro Pearl is the neutral color, so applied over the watercolored image made it shimmery! The Future (in an Aqua Painter, applied by dipping the tip in the PE jar) sets the powder. Email me if this is clear as mud and I'll try to explain better! The background is the small rectangle image from this set, stamped multiple times, in rows. Cream grosgrain is the final accent along with sponged edged.
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I haven't taken time yet to go thru my sets, but it's going to be a big hit! Guess we can look forward to great new things in the NEW Idea Book and Catalog!!!