Thursday, July 27, 2017

Watercoloring with Reinkers in Summer

Hello!  I wanted to try something new with something old.  A friend recently gifted me with her Stampin' Up! reinkers and I must admit that it sat in a corner for a few months.  I was inspired by Jeanine Dickson (@honeybopsdesigns on instagram) and her use of food coloring for her brush lettering.  So it was just a little leap for me to try reinkers for watercoloring.  I love the vibrant results!  

As you can see below, with just one application of coloring, I get bright results - much faster than with my watercolors.  (And with the kids being home in the summer, I just don't have as much time to play and layer for colors.) The die I used is the Fairy Tale Flower Border die by Memory Box.

I sponged the background and added some water droplets before stamping this beautifully lettered quote.  

I wanted to frame it very subtly so i die cut a rectangle out of the piece and popped up the outerframe on a blue card base.

I hope you like it and if you have some reinkers laying around, let me know if you tried this technique!
In Summer - Mounted
In Summer (mounted stamp)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sending Smiles and Dahlias

Hello!  I'm over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today with this beauty.  Hop on over to read the full instructions on how I made it.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Smile! with Quietfire and Altenew

I recently got the Prismacolor Colored Pencils (oh, Amazon Prime, you are dangerous!) and of course wanted to try it out immediately.   I decided to case this magnificent coloring from Pinterest post by Marika from Altenew.  I have also loved the use of the white colored pencil on kraft paper so I wanted to do that too!  I've got a long way to go on learning how to use colored pencil (mainly, slowing down!) but it's a fun medium that brings me back to coloring as a kid.  I had always preferred colored pencils over crayons.

I stamped the leaves and flowers with Antique Linen distress ink which would be blended in once I started coloring.  I did not like the way the leaves were stamped below the flowers so I trimmed them off.  I then popped up the kraft layer with the flowers and leaves on top of a white card base and added a word die to the top.  For the "Smile!" I carefully removed the "s" and added the exclamation mark from Calligraphic Elements 1.  

Sweet Smiles - Metal Cutting Dies

Calligraphic Elements 1 - Metal Cutting Dies

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Perfect Marriage

Hi!  I've got a bit of a different kind of post to share with you today.  A good friend of mine asked me to do this quote on wood.  I've never done something like this without my Cricut (which is now dead dead dead) and vinyl.  So I googled how to do a wood transfer and made this:

Don't you just love the internet?  You can learn how to make anything!  For this project, I used my IPad Pro to letter the words "marriage" and "each other" - I really wanted to emphasize that - and merged it in Photoshop the other typed words.  I flipped the image to make it a reflection so that when I transferred it to wood everything would not be backwards!  A very important step when you're doing words - not so much with pictures.  I painted my wood white, sanded it down a bit - especially the edges - put on a coat of gel medium and put the (laser) printed sheet face down on it.  The next day I wet the paper and removed much of the paper by rubbing it off and the ink stayed.  So cool!

And many thanks to my friend for pushing me out of my comfort zone and learning to do something new!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hibiscus Dies Two Ways

As you may have figured out, I love dies and I love using them in different ways on different materials.  Today I am sharing two cards where I used the Hibiscus, Ferns, and Tropical Leaves on ODBD Bold Boho paper and the second on watercolor paper.  The first makes for a very quick (and bold) card for the tropical - island hopping - beach lover in your life.

This next card is just as bright but in a different way.  The watercolor paper took my reinkers very well and added a nice organic look to the die cuts.  In order to display all the dies, I placed them on a side step card (because sometimes it's hard to cover up nice colors!)

So many new stuff this month from ODBD - be sure to check out the rest of the DT for more inspiration!

Cathy * Lisa * Sandee * Dawn * Kathy * Lori