Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Magenta Watercolour Cards

Today, I am sharing these two cards over on the Magenta blog that were created using watercolour techniques.

For the first card, I used two colours of distress ink to load the Doodle Flower stamp.  A few spritzes of water onto the stamp prior to stamping onto the watercolour paper and then a quick spreading of the ink from the edges to the centres using a water brush. It creates a softer image that actually looks hand painted.

For the background, I stamped onto a craft sheet (you can use any non-porous surface) with a distress ink pad and then using a water brush, I painted; filling in my precut piece of watercolour paper around the flower image.  After it dried, I placed the stamp backing paper over my flower image as a mask and splattered water on the background.  The distress ink reacts with the water and creates a cool mottled effect.

I mounted my piece onto my card base.  Then, I stamped the Think Happy Thoughts onto white cardstock, cut the sentiment into two sections, and popped them up on the card.

For the next card, I used a similar stamping technique by loading my stamp with distress ink and spritzing it with water prior to stamping. 

The difference was that I only loaded parts of the Tranquil Buds stamp so that I could create my garden around my fence.  The fence is an embossed diecut, painted with watercolour paints, and then I used masking fluid over it to be able to stamp my scene and have it appear behind.  

Using the same stamp off onto a non-porous surface technique mentioned above, I coloured using my water brush to fill in the base of my garden and create grass.  I then used yellow watercolour paint to fill in sections of the stamped image.  After adhering it to my card base, I stamped the... oh so pretty... "Thanks for Everything you do" sentiment stamp, and added a few flower sequins.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Took it Off the Rails with Pop & Colour

I really liked the colours and images along with the sketch over at Off the Rails Scrapbooking this month. Paired with some new learning... I am taking the Pop & Colours #3 course... this is what I created...

Supplies: cardstock (Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock), gesso (Golden), stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), gelatos and black Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell), Glimmer Mist and Glimmer Glaze (Tattered Angels), patterned paper (Webster's Pages), script print canvas (Pink Paislee), stamps (Unity Stamps), foam and fabric letters (American Crafts), ink, Tim Holtz Distress paint and gel medium (Ranger), pens (Zig and Sharpie), glass beads, trim and organza fabric (Dollarama)

I used many of the techniques taught by Riikka Kovasin in the first lesson. I used up scraps of die cuts which was great but they were mostly paper ones. Next time I would use all cardstock or chipboard ones for the base background process.

Check out this fabulously inspirational moodboard and sketch:


I was liking the texture of that first inspiration photo and then the beaded waistband in the second so I wanted to incorporate them both in the layout hence the fuzzy trim and the beads.

Definitely stretching my comfort zone with this one which is a good thing. My daughter and her friend think it is kickin' so that makes it worth it in of itself.


Friday, August 8, 2014

My Favourite Magenta Stamp

Have you ever had a stamp that you can use in more than one way? I have just such a stamp which was my natural choice for my August's My Favourite Magenta Stamp challenge project.  Funnily enough, the 3 Butterflies in a Frame stamp was the very first Magenta stamp I ever owed years ago and I still love it!

Supplies: stamp, stencils, patterned paper, corrugated leaves, mesh (Magenta), cardstock (Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock), clear gesso (Liquitex), gelatos (Raspberry, Metallic Silver, Metallic Mint, Acqua Dolce, Cotton Candy) and Stamper's big Brush black (Faber- Castell), Tim Holtz Distress paint (Pewter and Soot), multi medium matte, and Archival ink (Ranger), glass bead gel (Golden), silver emboss powder, pen and clear bitty jewels (CTMH), black jewels and vellum (Dollarama), glittered foam and chipboard letters (American Crafts), glitter letter stickers (Making Memories), light canvas fabric (Misc.)

Lots of different techniques going on in this layout:

- Achieved the distressed paper look using a paper transfer technique
- Added colour with a variety of gelatos, and I used them with flower stencils and glass bead gel to create the flowers (watch for a future tutorial on these beauties)  

- and I used my favourite stamp three different ways:

I used the stamp as-is at the bottom and the top of the page along with fussy cutting the butterflies after stamping onto vellum...

and I used the outside border with heat emboss powder to create a frame for my photos.

So go grab your favourite Magenta stamp and come play along with us this month for a chance to win this gorgeous prize.

For colour, I was totally inspired by the gorgeous August Moodboard created by Chantalle McDaniel over at Sassy Scrappers and joined in their fun.

Isn't that board so irresistibly scrumptious?!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Keep it Simple

I am up on the Magenta blog today with this little jem. 

Supplies: stencil and stamp (Magenta), gesso (Golden), whipped spackle and gelatos (Faber-Castell), gel medium and Archival Ink (Ranger), pen (Sharpie), chipboard base and cardstock scrap (misc.)

A little reminder to myself. Sometimes I need it.

Loving the newest release. This was the first thing I made the day my DT package arrived. I couldn't wait to play with the stencil and of course whipped spackle and gelatos. Really do love what I can do with them all so easily.

Hope you have a simply wonderful creative day!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Set the World on Fire

Did you see the gorgeous July Mood Board over at Sassy Scrappers? It was the perfect theme for my daughter's grad night selfie with one of her close pals.

Supplies: white cardstock (Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock), damask stencil, feather stickers and ornamental scroll sticker (Magenta), gelatos and whipped spackle (Faber-Castell), flowers (Flourish with a Bling and Petaloo), word stickers (Chic Tags), black paint (Plaid), black cardstock (Bazzill), Digital cutter (Silhouette), black glitter glue (Hampton Arts), diamond Stickles and gel medium (Ranger), toile, gold chunky glitter and sequins (Misc.)

Here is what the mood board looks like.

My interpretation is a literal take on it with the textures, fabric, glam and glitter. I even have triangles of sorts with the rays. Used my Silhouette Cameo to scan and cut the script title. Amazing what technology makes possible.

I wasn't sure that I wanted journaling on this one but thought to give it a try. 

Still not sure which way I like it best.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

First Docs

These boots are made for walking (like that song too)... these are my daughter's kick butt patent leather boots.  She was so proud of her purchase. I shake my head and laugh at the patent leather part but smile at the Docs part. I do love Docs too and I love her evolving sense of style. I am calling this one my glam-grunge layout.  Nothing like using gold leaf and glitter with patent leather... LOL! Love it!
A whole lot of LESSology Challenge 38 (Sew Lovely) and Society 52 challenge 4 (No Patterned Paper) and a little bit of inspiration from Louise Nelson.  If you have not seen Louise's use of gold leafing and glitter, you really have to check out her work. Awe inspiring!

Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill), masking fluid/liquid fisquet (Pebeo), gel medium and black ink (Ranger), stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), gold leaf flakes (Michaels), glimmer mist (Tattered Angels), chipboard letters (Lil' Davis Designs), foam number, glitter chipboard letters and date stamp (AC), cardstock sticker letters (Pink Paislee), wht pen (Sakura), blk pen (CTMH), embroidery thread (Loops and Threads), vellum (misc.), box packaging and tissue (Dr. Martens)

I upcycled the Dr. Martens packaging. Used both the inside and outside of the box plus the tissue protection wrapping and added the classic yellow stitching. I even used some really old letters from my stash. Remember Lil' Davis Designs. Definitely a case of getting more with less on this one. Love finding inspiration from fellow crafters and challenges. It all makes me smile.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Find Your Song Card, Canvas & Technique Video Tutorial

I am up on the Magenta blog today and I am super excited about this project.  Besides that I am really pleased with both projects turned out, you will see the reason for my excitement further down in the post.

When I was envisioning this card idea, I wanted to try something a little outside the box with the Bird and Branch Silhouette stamp image and have it be raised with added texture.

Supplies: stamps, stencil and patterned paper (Magenta), cardstock (Super Stock - Canadian Scrapbooker), Tim Holtz tissue paper, gel medium and ink (Ranger), white gesso (Golden), clear gesso (Liquitex), gelatos, Stamper's Big Brushes and Whipped Spackle (Faber-Castell) 

Well as you can see, I was able to come up with a neat way to make this happen.  I even added sections of the branch area to build up the foliage area.  Love it when an idea comes together in such a beautiful manner.

Today, I am sharing the technique that I created as the solution for my design quandary. In order to show the technique, I made a small canvas using the same elements as my card.  Again, I am trying out something new to me... I made a video tutorial to share it with you.

(Supplies list can be found underneath the video in the information section when watched on YouTube.)

Hope you enjoyed this mixed media tutorial. 


Magenta products used:

Bird & Branch silhouette
Find your song and sing it!

TM48 - Chicken Wire
ME238 Peace - 10 Sheets

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Having the Freedom to Choose - Art Journal Page

After the heaviness of my Stress journal page, I needed to come out of the darkness and lighten things up a bit. To do that I created this page...

Supplies: 400 Series Watercolor Hardbound 11" Art Journal  (Strathmore), gesso (Golden), distressed brick stamp, distressed chicken wire stencil and damask stencil (Magenta), star stencil (Studio Calico), mini birds of a feather stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), gelatos (Faber-Castell), cardstock (Staples), font (Scrap Casual), pen (Creative Memories), Inkssentials Glue N seal (Ranger)

The new series Summer Music Challenge Volume 1 over at the Mixed Media Place is based on George Michael's song Freedom. I was drawn to the aspect of having the freedom to choose how we feel and approach each day plus a couple of times in the song it mentions being happy. Thus Today I Choose Happy!

Love, LOVE, L.O.V.E. it!!! Totally just played with textures and colours. I used cool colours with the blues and purples and added in a touch of greens.

Started from the darker shades with more solid image symbolism...

 and graduated to prettier mid shades...

and then on to a lighter natural side area.

The background is all coloured with a plethora of Faber-Castell Gelatos (Black Licorice, Boysenberry, Blueberry, Cotton Candy, Snow Cone, Acqua Dolce, Black Cherry, Grape, Raspberry, Lavender, Lime and Margarita Mix) which I smudged and rubbed into the Whipped Spackle stencilled and stamped on the pre-gessoed watercolour paper base. I love how the colours blend so beautifully and the look that they create.

I sealed it all in using Ranger Inkssentials Matte Glue N Seal. This is my first time using this product. I was almost out of the Ranger Mixed Media Gel that I have been using and this was the only comparable Ranger product available at the craft store on the way to the cottage. Oh, I think I found a matter and thinner alternative for sealing and creating a non-porous base with this product. Very pleased indeed!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

By Request ATCs

It was super neat to have two ladies (Lorena and Katja) ask me to do mystery ATC swaps after I posted my ATC cards made for Magenta's Spring Swap 2014 on my Instagram.

I tried to use some of the elements from the ATCs they originally inquired about and made these little lovelies.

Supplies: photo paper(Staples), hello, bonjour and hola stamps (Magenta), friend stamp (Winnie and Walter), distress ink and blk ink (Ranger), pink StazOn ink (Tsukineko), pen (Creative Memories), flower sequin (Dollarama), glitter (Recollections)

Supplies: photo paper (Staples), sentiment stamp (Magenta), heart background cut file (Silhouette), distress inks and blk ink (Ranger), vellum (misc.)

Both are made on photo paper using Magenta Stamps and Distress inks / StazOn.

I made this one as the partner to the above one. The first one focused on the love-heart part of the sentiment. Here the grow-flower part of the sentiment was the focus.

Supplies: stamps (Magenta), watercolour cardstock, distress ink, and blk ink (Ranger), wht Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell)

The last one was just because I was on a roll and had little pieces of leftover watercolour scraps from this card still on my desk. I had punched a vellum version of the bird and branch which I decided to colour with distress inks and paired it this fabulous Magenta sentiment stamp. I mix media gelled it all to a scrap distress inked and glimmer misted piece of watercolour paper, and then added black glitter glue as a final touch.

Supplies: watercolour paper (Canson), sentiment stamp (Magenta), distress inks, blk ink and gel medium (Ranger), glimmer mist (Tattered Angels), punch (Stampin' Up), glitter glue (Hampton Arts)

I had fun making these ATCs.  I especially like when I can use up scrap bits. Yeah for upcycling! Thanks to Lorena and Katja for the push.


Monday, July 21, 2014

You are Awesome - Hers and His Cards of Appreciation

Sometimes people just need a reminder that their efforts do not go unnoticed and they need a little boost of support and encouragement to keep doing what they do.  Teaching is becoming a more and more challenging profession and many a times those involved in the profession find themselves more often in no-win-situations.

I made these cards for two colleagues as thank yous and encouragement for this past year as well as encouragement for the one to come. 

Trying out some more techniques from the Watercolor for Card Makers class, I created this cheery card.

Supplies: watercolour paper (Canson), floral stamp (Magenta), sentiment stamps (Winnie and Walter), fence die cut (Sizzix), markers (Fibracolor), Tim Holtz Distress ink and blk ink (Ranger), watercolour paints (Artist's Loft), burlap (DCWV), wood veneer butterfly (CTMH)

I diecut embossed the fence, masked it off and then multi stamped the cute new little Lily of the Valley Magenta stamp.  Then I quickly used a water brush to fill in the image colour. I watercoloured the background and then stamped the sentiment using the lovely Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and You stamps. A little CTMH wood veneer butterfly and We R memory Keepers coloured burlap were just the right finishing touches.

Next, if you saw my Magenta Father's Day Card, you will recognize my background design on this next card.

Supplies: stencil, stamp, metal embossed sticker (Magenta), gelatos and whipped spackle (Faber-Castell), Tim Holtz Distress paint and blk ink (Ranger), liquid glass and pen (CTMH)

Often when I am trying out techniques for the first time, I double up as to be able to choose the best one to take to the end of a project.  This design fits a masculine card so well.  I changed it up by turning it sideways which incidentally fit the Magenta Gentleman Metal Sticker's rectangular size better and as to not cover up my tile like grid background.  I like the way this one turned out even more than the Dad card.

I really made this one look even more like tiles by darkening up the colours with metallic gelatos and adding in the pop of blue.  I gave them a glazed finish with liquid glass and increased their definition and dimension by adding black shadowing on two sides.

I masked off the second part of the Magenta stamp sentiment to fit my design, distress painted the embossed metal sticker and used pop squares to add another layer.

Very pleased with the way both of these cards turned out.  I find I tend to love the results when I craft cards specifically with people in mind. They hold that special little something that comes from my heart.