Thursday, May 28, 2015

Date Night

Another card for Hubs, sure am missing him while in California.



Supplies: Mama Elephant - Purrfect Pair Stamp
              Copic Markers, VersaMark Ink, Memento Ink
               Darice - Kissing Lips Embossing Folder

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hello Friend

I took out the my new Distress Markers in Fossilized Amber and Abandoned Coral along with old favorites Vintage Photo and Forest Moss and had some fun playing with new to me WPlus9's Fresh Cut Containers.

I stamped the distress inks, then played with a 0 round tipped brush and just a tiny bit of water.  Where ever I wanted more color, I used the marker direct to paper.  The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp's Friendship messages, it has a perfect font for watercolor cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Quick Note

I was definitely inspired by Jennifer McGuire's cards from this post, for the design of my card.  I really liked the concentric circles and the multi levels around the main image.

I have had this WPlus9 Pretty Peonies set for quite a while, and  I am always second guessing my results.  This time, I had some fun with the set.  I used water color paper, and distress inks for the color.  I first stamped the third image of the three step flower, you can see in the picture the darkest areas.  Next I used a very small brush with water to move some of that color around. 

The biggest help though was to take the stamp that covered the most area, and dip it in water and then stamp over the details with the wet stamp.  Then I moved the water colors around a bit more.  After letting it dry, I again stamped the details with full strength distress ink and barely touched those new inked bits with a damp brush.  I am so glad I was finally able to make some peonies that look lush!

I completely skipped the second layer stamp--only because this was a water color.  When stamping with dye or pigment inks, I would use all three layers. You'll probably see a lot more of these water color peonies from me, now that I have a handle on using them.

After coloring the peonies, I cut two circles at the same time from the water color piece.  The small frame circle, I water colored with the same distress ink as the flowers, and mounted it flush to the card base. The center and outer water color paper were mounted with foam tape. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Friendship sayings.  A few enamel dots and the vellum sentiment strip finished this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!