Thursday, August 25, 2016

Technique Thursday #28-2016

Today on Technique Thursday we are continuing with word clustering.  Here is a video on one word clustering technique:

This colorful rendition is from Sue - 

This was my first attempt at creating a word cluster on my card. I used 100 lb cardstock because I knew that I would be watercolouring. In retrospect, I probably should have made the word cluster a bit denser. However, I was concerned about overlapping words. I stamped all the words from CAS-ual Fridays’ All About You stamp set from Catherine Pooler’s Stamp of Approval – Beautiful World collection with Versamark ink and then added the white embossing powder. It was a bit challenging to determine where I had previously stamped as the Versamark ink is not very visible. If I had been a bit more patient, I could have stamped each word/phrase and then added the embossing powder to make subsequent word placement a bit more obvious. I’m just not that patient – LOL! I then used my heat tool to set the embossing powder. I put some distress ink (twisted citron, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry) on my Teflon sheet and then picked up the colour with my water brush and applied it to the panel. I matted the panel with a piece of cardstock to add even more colour.

Angie follows with her card -
I really enjoyed this technique. It was so much fun to select different sentiments and the various colors to stamp them with. For this card I used the sentiments in the Happy Sentiments and My Everything stamp sets by Fun Stampers Journey. I used several colors to stamp the images and embellished the card with a bit of patterned paper and colored twine.

I love how both Sue & Angie used such bright colors in their cards, but in different ways.  Tune in tomorrow for two more great cards. - Denise

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Card Sketch Wednesday #28-2016

As we have mentioned before, a card sketch can provide a great jumping off point to make a card.  Here is today's sketch - 

Sue came up with this fun card -


To start, I stamped the small flowers from Simon Says STAMP Look for the Miracles stamp set with Versafine Black Onyx ink. I added color with daubers and distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade and peacock feathers. I fussy-cut the flowers. The sentiment is from Simon Says  STAMP Thanks stamp set. I used a couple of scraps, one plain and one printed to make banners to complete the card.

And now Angie - 

This card is so simple but so pretty, in my opinion. I embossed the front of my card with Fun Stampers Journey Petal Wall embossing folder. I then sprinkled some Bubble Gum silk to give a little flair. The flowers are from Flower Party Stamp and the sentiment is from the Ampersand Notes set by Fun Stampers Journey. I stamped each flower onto Spectrum Noir watercolor paper and colored each with Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers. While they were still damp, I rolled the petals in the direction I wanted them to go. Once the flowers were dry, I adhered them to the front of the card using pop-up dots. As a final touch, I used Bubble Gum Journey Sequins for the center of each flower


I love how even though both Sue & Angie stayed very close to the sketch, the cards have a different feel because of the colors and details used by the different designers.  Even though you start with a sketch, it is very easy to make it your own as they have shown us.- Denise


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Color Challenge Tuesday #28-2016

The colors for today's color challenge are so soothing.

Angie was inspired to make this card - 
This is by far my favorite card! I really love how this one turned out. The flower image as well as the sentiment is from the Lovely Day ATS by Fun Stampers Journey. I stamped it onto white cardstock and colored the image using Spectrum Noir coloring pencils, paper stumps and Gamsol. I then embellished the center of each flower with Journey glaze and Journey sparkle dust. Once the Journey Glaze was dry, I attached the bow to the front of the card and mounted it to the card base.


Using the same color inspiration, Sue crafted this-
I started by making a 2.5” circle mask with a repositionable label which I applied to the card front. I added distress inks – seedless preserves and faded jeans with ink blending tools. I added the grass and the dragonfly from Technique Tuesday’s Wildflowers stamp set. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks stamp set. I felt that it needed a bit more of something, so I matted the card front with black.


I hope both of these beautiful cards inspire you to create something from the same color palette. - Denise