Thursday, May 29, 2014

Baby Card

I colored the cute bear image with my new set of Derwent Watercolor Pencils that was on a great sale on Amazon earlier this week.  I used this beautiful card as my sketch inspiration.  I don't typically make cards specifically for a person, but this one is for a special little baby girl that will be born in a couple weeks.  

Gina K Designs "Oh Baby" stamp set (bear)
Gina K Designs "Basket Blessings 2" stamp set (sentiment)
Archival Jet Black Ink
Derwent Watercolor Pencils
My Mind's Eye "The Sweetest Thing - Tangerine" 6x6 paper pad
Lace ribbon and button from my stash
Distress Ink Worn Lipstick & Tattered Rose 
Spellbinders Circle die
Spellbinders Labels Three die

This card will be entered in the following challenge:

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Little Violets

 I decided to color this cute little violet with my Derwent Metallic pencils, but not blend them with water.  I stamped the image onto lavender cardstock.  I used  a base color of silver on the violet petals and then blended in purple.  The leaves are yellow and green.  


Gina K Designs Stately Flowers 1 (small violet)
Archival Ink Jet Black
Derwent Watersoluble Metallic Pencils
Patterned Paper from Anna Griffin
Lavender and Green Cardstock from Gina K
Spellbinders Lacy Circles Dies
Pearls from my stash

I hope you might be able to see the very subtle sheen in this detail photo from the Metallic pencils when you do not blend them with water.  (Click on the image for a larger view.)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Clean & Simple - Shades of Brown

I stamped the frame stamp, then the flowers.  I cut out each square by hand.  I then "smooshed" the Soft Sand ink on my craft sheet and picked up the ink with a Dove Blender pen to apply this color around the frame.


Gina K Designs Stamps You're My Favorite
Gina K Designs Stamps Mega Squares
Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Chestnut Roan
Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Sand
Dove Blender pen
Burlap roll from Michael's

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I sincerely thank you for visiting my blog!  

Watercolored Flower Card with Derwent Watersoluble Metallic Pencils

Today, I made a card using a gorgeous flower stamp.  The stamp is drawn as a poppy, but I stretched the idea of that flower and colored it pink with Derwent Watersoluble Metallic pencils. These pencils, when blended out with water, are not really metallic looking.  If you color on dark cardstock and do not wet, they look a lot more metallic.   However, they blend out really nicely!

Gina K Designs Stately Flowers 1
Archival Ink Jet Black
Derwent Watersoluble Metallic Pencils
Distress Ink Antique Linen
Spellbinders Oval
Gina K Designs Kraft Cardstock
My Minds Eye Bramble Rose 6x6 Paper pad
Prima Nature Garden 6x6 Paper pad

I also lined my envelope with a sheet of the same paper I used in the card.  It  is easier than you think!  Here is a tutorial from StampTV.

This card and envelope are entered in the following challenge:

I appreciate your stopping by my blog! Thank you!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Chickadee Christmas Card

Our Daily Bread Chickadee
Hero Arts Sentiment

Archival Jet Black (image)
Versafine Onyx Black (sentiment)

EK Success Punch
Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen
Gems from my stash
Spellbinders Oval Die
Darice Embossing Folder

This card has been submitted to the following challenge:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Acrylic Block Stamping

For this one-layer card, I used an easy technique called acrylic block stamping.  I made a base of watercolor paper.  Then I inked up one of my clear acrylic blocks with distress inks, sprayed it with water and stamped it on my paper. Using a heat tool to partially dry the area, moving around the excess ink and re-stamping with the same acrylic block, I got this result.

Gina K Spring Blessings
Gina K Assorted Greetings

Versafine Onyx black
Distress inks: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick and Tea Dye

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

"Miss You" Red & Brown Color Combo

Stamps: Gina K Warm Spring Wishes
Hero Arts WoodGrain Background
Patterned Paper Crate Paper DIY Shop
Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Warm Red and Chestnut Roan
Ribbon and glitter glue
Kraft cardstock

This card is being submitted to the following challenge:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

So Many Reasons to Be Thankful Card - Fussy cutting

Once I got used to it, I started to love fussy cutting out my stamped images, such as the sunflower in this card. I might stamp a bunch of them, then cut them out when I am watching tv.

 I use Cutterbee scissors that are sharp, small and fit my hand well. I turn the paper instead of my hand.  With practice, it goes quickly, and you don't need a fancy cutting machine or dies.  I also hand trimmed out a simple tag shape for this card.

Stamps: Gina K Harvest of Wishes Mini Stamp Set (sunflower)
Gina K You're My Favorite Mini stamp set (sentiment)
Ink: Archival Jet Black
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lost&Found Two, Sunshine, 6x6 inch pad

This card is submitted to the following challenge:

Watercolor stamping with butterflies

Stamp: Gina K Wildflowers
Ink: Distress Ink Mowed Lawn
Paper: Canson Cold Press Watercolor 140 lb
Embossing folder: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots

Watercolor is such a fun look for cards and is easy to do.  All you need is paper (I like watercolor best for this, but use what you have), dye ink, a stamp and a spray bottle.

Just ink up your stamp and spray some water on it.  Alternatively, you can spray the water out into the air and waft your stamp through the resulting mist.  

Use a little, or a lot.  Your results will be different depending on your ink, paper and amount of water, but they likely all will be pretty.  I say, "embrace the results!" For another look, use multiple colors of ink on the same stamp.

This card was submitted to the following challenge:  StampTV MixItUpMonday - Going Green