Saturday, January 19, 2019

W&W Leading Lady Take 3

Thank you again to Shay for giving me this wonderful opportunity to share my love of Winnie & Walter products.  I hope you've found some inspiration for your own cardmaking.  The month is speeding by and it's time for Take 3
We all have times when it's hard to come up with an idea for a card.  One of my solutions to that problem is to use a favorite design element.  My choice is to mask off an area for inking.  There are many variations, so cards can all look different.  I generally use more solid images, but you will see today it really works with any stamps.
First is a sympathy card using A Tree for All Seasons.  I began by heat embossing the tree with a couple coats of embossing powder to obtain a thick, shiny image.  Then I masked off the area where I wanted color.  Distress Inks faded jeans and peeled paint were applied with stencil brushes for a softer look.  I heat embossed the sentiment and added brown splatters.  The panel was matted with light blue textured cardstock for a simple, flat card which, unfortunately, I need to get in the mail.
Next up is a fun winter notecard.  This is the first time I've used kraft cardstock for the technique, but it won't be the last!  I white embossed the front 2 trees from Yetitide Greetings & masked them before adding the tree in the background.  The matching dies were used to make the masks--so quick & easy.  Then I masked off a horizontal strip & used an ink cube direct to the paper.  The trick when using kraft cardstock is to use an ink with pigment properties, like the Delicata Emerald Green I used.  The white embossing picked up a hint of the green which I actually think adds to the effect for this card.  I stamped the sentiment using words from The Big, the Bold & Seasons and added a few white sequins for embellishment.  I'm entering Inkspirational.
For my final project the masked area is a rectangle in the center of the card.  Distress Inks bundled sage, milled lavender & spun sugar were sponged on beginning at the bottom right & moving to the top left, rather than straight across.  Instead of embossing, I stamped the bloom, stem and leaves from In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers in Brilliance Starlite Black.  It's another ink with pigment properties giving me good coverage on top of the Distress Ink background.  I curved the straight stem onto my acrylic block and masked the card front to get the length I wanted.  The same ink was used for the beautiful word from Sentimental: Thanks and a single gray gem completes the card.  I'm entering CAS on Friday and SSS Wednesday.
Be sure to check my first Leading Lady post & my Take 2 post to leave comments and be entered in the random drawing for a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card.  You will get an additional entry by leaving a comment on today's post telling me which card is your favorite.  Yes, you have to pick one--haha!  I'll be back next Saturday for my final performance.
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Winter Scene

I absolutely love Ashley's card for this week's PTI MIM Challenge Winter Watercolor.  My version is very simple with just 3 trees.
Our winter's are more frosty than snowy, so I used gray with a touch of blue.  The background watercoloring was done with DI weathered wood, faded jeans & chipped sapphire.  I stamped the trees from Enchanted Forest in Weathervane several times using a stamp positioner.  The texture of the watercolor paper almost looks like canvas.  The sentiment from Meadow Greens was stamped in a dark blue & then overstamped in Weathervane.  I added splatters with the DI & dots with a white pen.  The mat is Weathervane cardstock.  I can't wait to try another card like this using more trees.  I'm also entering SSS Monday (new Enchanted Forest stamp set) & WAW.
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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Take 2

Thanks for all the positive comments on my initial Leading Lady post.  I'm so appreciative of your support.  Now it's time for Take 2.
This week I wanted to show you some ways to add color without the traditional art of coloring, since that's not one of my talents.  I often use solid images, but I'm not restricted to them.  Here are some cards with open images & techniques anyone can do.
First up is a card using the adorable snowman from Snowy Holiday
Using a couple solid circles from Scenery: Dotty, I stamped 3 times, overlapping the circles, with Distress Inks weathered wood & faded jeans on a watercolor panel.  Then I spritzed to make the ink run.  I used my heat tool before repeating the process & adding splatters.  When it was completely dry, I stamped the snowman in Delicata Sapphire Blue several times using a stamp positioner.  Then I stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist.  The gray ink didn't really change the blue, but just made the image a bit crisper.
I added Shimmer Pico Embellisher to parts of  the snowman for clear sparkly dimension.  The sentiment is from The Big, the Bold & the Happy & I added a few clear sequins.
Next is a fun Valentine's Day card using a die from Essentials: Tilda Cutaways that makes an opening for a gift card.
I began by white embossing Mini Scenery: Bed of Roses on Bristol paper so I could color with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  They are great for a messy watercolor technique that doesn't require staying in the lines or adding shadows--perfect for me!  I used 3 purple markers & a blue gray, mixing with a little water.  After it dried I cut out the gc holder & then spritzed with shimmer spray.
The white embossed sentiment strip made with words from The Big, the Bold & the Happy was mounted with foam tape.  The background is done with white dye ink & Scenery: Pennsylvania Polka Creative Screenings.  I didn't want the actual gift card to detract, so I covered the back of it with a scrap of Bristol paper colored with the blue gray Zig & dry embossed with little dots.
My last card is another example of messy watercoloring.  This time I stamped a beautiful leaf image from In Bloom: Renee's Leaves across the top of a white panel in Distress Inks pine needles & evergreen bough. 
Then I "stamped" the ink pads on a flat palette, added water & picked up the color with a small brush to paint the leaves--again not staying in the lines.  When it was dry, I stamped in a darker blue green dye ink for more definition & then in Delicata Silvery Shimmer purposely not lining up the stamp.  The sentiment from In a Word: Thanks was stamped in dark gray ink to match the mat.  I left off embellishments, but did add some silver splatters.
Hope I've given you some inspiration, even if you do traditional coloring.  Remember to leave a comment on my first post to be in the running for a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card.
Want an additional entry into the drawing?  Just leave a comment below telling me if you've used any of these coloring techniques.
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Reindeer & Snowman

Yep--I made 2 more Christmas cards!  First up is my entry for Winnie & Walter Rerun No. 37.  I've been working on other W&W projects--see THIS POST.  The gallery is about to close & I don't have the penguin stamp set.  No problem, though, the adorable snowman from Snowy Holiday worked great to case Heather's fun card.
I colored with blue & green markers as close as I had to Heather's colors.  The snowflakes from the same set & the sentiment from The Big, the Bold & the Happy were stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist.  I added a few Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher dots & now my card for our cute little neighbor girl is ready for next year!  I'm also entering CASology & SSS Monday (new stamp sets).
Next up is another cute card, which is unusual for me.  I wanted to enter my friend Jo's new Christmas Kickstart Challenge.  The theme for Challenge #1 is Rudolph & Friends.
I meant to use the 2010 Hero Arts Reindeer stamp last year, but never did.  It really is the cutest image & is clearly a girl with the eyelashes & elegant antlers, don't you think?!
I masked the inside of the card & sponged with DO broken china & cracked pistachio.  Then I stamped the image in Versafine Clair Nocturne & "colored" the deer with Shimmer Pico Embellisher.
The window in the front of the card was done with MFT Rectangle Peek-A-Boo Window.  The Stampendous sentiment & little dots from W&W Snowy Holiday were stamped in the same inks.  I'm also entering Stamping Sensations & WAW.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Surprise--More Christmas Cards!

Most of you know I love making Christmas cards.  Here's one I sent last month, but never got posted.  It's actually one of my favorites using the Hero Arts Holiday Greenery Edge die.
I actually think it can be used year round.  For this card I watercolored with Zigs & added sparkle & shine to the berries.  The card front is a light blue textured cardstock from a 12x12 piece I've had a long time & it's almost gone, unfortunately.  The white area for the sentiment was too stark, so I very lightly colored it with a gray Zig & a wet brush--such a difference.  The sentiment is a 2004 Penny Black stamp that's still one of my favorites.  This is my last entry for ABNH.  I'm also entering The Snippets Playground.
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Next is a new card for next year using a favorite Christmas color combo of white, gold & red. 
The Penny Black berry wreath & the edges of the card front were embossed with a gold glitter powder--beautiful in person.

The PB sentiment was stamped in red on a vellum strip & the panel was mounted with fun foam.  Simple, classic & elegant--a style I'm always drawn to.  I'm entering ABC Christmas Challenge, ATSM, PBSC & WAW.
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Sunday, January 6, 2019


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I participated in almost all the PTI MIM challenges, but I did want to try the Patterned Frames challenge again using the Pierced Feature Frames die.
I stamped Cover Up: Diamonds in Delicata Golden Glitz on a frame cut from Vintage Cream.  The sentiment from Text & Texture Leaves was stamped in Versafine Clair Acorn on the inside piece & I added splatters with a brown Zig.
The sentiment panel was mounted flush to a kraft card & the frame was mounted with foam tape.  I added 3 leftover faux gilded leaves from another MIM challenge.  I'm entering PTI MIM A La Carte, SSS Wednesday (frame dies & sentiment stamp set are new) & Word Art Wednesday.
Edited to add: Also entering Just Us Girls, thanks to my friend, Cat.
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Next is my entry for PTI Transformation Tuesday.  I decided to use the same basic layout as an old Snowflake Flurries card.
For my new birthday card I gold embossed an image from Quilled Elegance & sponged on milled lavender & spun sugar Distress Inks.  I trimmed out the piece, brushed it with shimmer & attached it to a card front with several extra pieces of cardstock for dimension.  The gold embossed sentiment is also from Quilled Elegance.  I'm also entering Word Art Wednesday.
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