Here we are cruising along and it is almost a month since Christmas. Where does the time go?
For my card I used some petunias that I colored some time ago. I stamped the image on watercolor paper. I think I used Zig Clean Color pens to color the flowers and that gray surrounding them. I haven’t done much of the shading around images because I am afraid it will mess everything up. I just layered everything up as you can see. The flower panel is raised with a piece of fun foam. The sentiment is die cut. This is a different color combo for me including the gray card base. I like how it turned out.
- Rubbernecker Stamps Petunias
- Cas-ual Fridays/Catherine Pooler Die
- Zig Clean Color pens
Today I have 2 sympathy cards for you. The kind we struggle to make. While I was creating one for my husband to send out I decided to create a second one to have it ready. You kind of need those right away I feel.
What I did for both of these was a bit of an experiment. I colored right on the stamps with Zig Clean Color pens. I then spritzed them and stamped. The gold part is stamping with a Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad. The thing about the gold is something was off with the ink pad. It stamped kind of gold but not shimmery gold which actually worked well for these cards. I ended up getting a new one but I kept that old one. Then I stamped the sentiment with brown ink. I feel that a sympathy card should be kind of calm and soothing and plants work well for that.
My hub said you choose when I showed him both so I gave him the first one. If you have one that you like better than the other feel free to comment.
- Altenew Leaf Clusters stamp set
- Delicata Golden Glitz ink
- Zig Clean Color pens
- Versafine Clair ink
- Paper Smooches Sympathy Sampler stamp set
Here I am with another card made in Tahoe. This is another case of grab some stuff quick and pack it to go. The image I already had colored.
For this card I had colored this pretty flower some time ago with Zig Clean Color pens. I was working with watercolor paper this time. I kind of struggle with what to do with smaller images so this sat quite awhile.
I matted the image with black paper and then the green for the background.
I die cut the sentiment.
- Altenew stamp – Persian Motifs
- Zig Clean Color pens
- Karen Berniston Die – Word Set 1
Howdy! I have a coffee card for you today. It’s been a busy couple months. I was doing many things, going several places and making many cards. Slowly but surely I am posting them.
Here’s a brief description of my card since I made it a ways back. I stamped the coffee cups on possibly watercolor paper. The stamp is by Picket Fence called Need More Caffeine. I think I used Zig Clean Color pens to color everything. Possibly Copics on the cups. I am pretty sure that the background is blended Oxide Distress Ink. The sentiment is die cut.
Howdy! Way back in March I took a class with the owner of Picket Fence Studios at Expo. I enjoyed it and it was very helpful to me to learn how to better use my Zig Clean Color pens. I like them but wasn’t using them to much. The big trick is using Bristol paper with them.
Here are two of the cards I finished up just recently from the class. I will add the third card when I finish it.
Basically we learned about the Bristol paper, how to color with Zigs and she provided the card designs and paper. We also got the stamp set with this pretty flower. She has a nice black hybrid ink that worked well for this coloring. The three different things we did was two, three and five colors and blending them. This is a nice flower image and they were fun to color. I have one more to finish up. You know I wouldn’t want to rush into it. Ha.
Just one little thought on these cards. The Bristol paper is not a white white so when it is next to white you can see that more.
Here is a couple watercolor cards that I made using a Magenta stamp. I made them sometime back.
For this one I used Zig Clean Color pens and a water brush pen. Some areas ran over where I didn’t want it so recently I did some fixing. While fixing the areas I lightened parts of the petals on the darker purple flower and I like the look. It is not perfect but I like it. The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Onyx black ink and a Hero Arts Stamp.
On this I was trying to have the color go outside the lines. I would like to have the color look a little more natural and seeping like watercolor does. The thing is my mind thinks in a controlled linear type way. The flower on the right is more the look I was going for as far as outside the lines. Anyway I really like this flower image. I also used the Zig Clean Color pens on this. After I colored the flowers and leaves I stamped over it with a text stamp using the lightest brown/tan ink I could find. As far as sentiments I will add that later when I need it.
- Flower – Magenta Azalea
- Text – Hero Arts Old Letter Writing (S4878)
- Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
- Sentiment – Hero Arts Thanks A Bunch (CL663)
Recently my aunt passed away so I wanted to make a card for each of my cousins. I spent a lot of time growing up at their house. My cousin Susie and I were born 18 days apart. My aunt had alzheimers. I mention this because one time I went to visit and they had her at my cousin’s house for Thanksgiving day. It happened to be my aunt’s birthday. She did not talk rationally but was helping dry dishes. We decided to sing Happy Birthday to her and she piped right in singing it perfectly. Music is pretty amazing even when the mind is not what it used to be.
Here is the three cards I made for my cousins.
For this one I made the flower panel some time ago and thought it was nice for a sympathy card. I watercolored the background on watercolor paper. I heat embossed the flowers in white over that with a Rubbernecker stamp. I cut around the image using a Spellbinders die. The sentiment is stamped using a Paper Smooches set.
When I made this panel I was trying out Jennifer McGuire’s block watercolor stamping techinque.
- Rubbernecker Stamps – Petunias
- Paper Smooches Set – Sympathy Sampler
- Spellbinder Die – Marvelous Squares
The technique for this card was a fun one. I colored on a Hero Arts stamp and misted it just a bit and then stamped. I really like the look. Then I decided to make a frame for those flowers. I die cut a deckled rectangle from a watercolor panel. I used the same green as the flowers to color the frame. The sentiment is simply stamped on the frame.
- Hero Arts Flower Stamp – Exotic Bloom (H5424)
- Spellbinder Die – Large Deckled Rectangles
- Hero Arts Sentiment Stamp Set – Everyday Sayings (CL432)
And the third one.. I stamped these pretty flowers on some watercolor paper. I colored them using Zig Clean Color Pens. I stamped over that with a really light ink using a text background stamp. Then I realized the text was not going the direction I wanted it to. So you turn the card and it is all good. I think this image would look better going horitzontal but it would bug me way more to have text going sideways so here it is. The sentiment is stamped using some nice bold black ink (probably Versafine onyx black).
One time when my hub saw a card I made with text he said you can’t read it. Yes I use text from another language on purpose . That’s the way, uh-huh uh-huh I like it, uh-huh, uh-huh!
- Flower – Magenta Azalea
- Text – Impression Obsession French Text
- Sentiment – Hero Arts Everyday Sayings (CL432)
- Zig Clean Color Pens
This card is kind of different style than I normally do but trying something different is the fun! I had some of these flowers colored already which is part of me using all those pieces laying around. I think I colored a couple while creating the card.
The background is just simple water coloring brushed across the panel. This is one of the different things for me is the green background behind the flowers. I stamped the leaves and branch type things using the Altenew set Hennah Elements. Everything on the card but the greeting is from this set. I used some Versafine ink to get that bold black.
The flowers I colored with Zig Clean Color pens and hand cut.
The sentiment is from Altenew set Painted Greetings. I like the font and the nice thickness of the letters so you get a bold greeting.
I finally took some time with this gorgeous WPlus9 stamp Kind Soul.
The flowers – I watercolored the flowers on watercolor paper with Zig Clean Color pens and a water brush. I need to get some more of the Zig pens! I did one group at a time and let it dry in between. So pink flowers, then purple flowers then leaves, then the shadow. This is the first time I colored around an image. I think it looks great when people do it but I was afraid to mess up an image I just colored. So I used I think a light gray Zig pen. It came out pretty good for the first try. It could probably be a bit less of a precise outline but I really like how it turned out.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Thanks a Bunch (CL663). I used Versafine Onyx black but on the watercolor paper it wasn’t very bold so I stamped over it so there is a bit of a shadow.
Here is two cards I made from some of the alcohol ink panels that I made. The detail about my panels is in this blog post. I got the idea from Jennifer McGuire and here is a link to her post which of course explains things in detail.
For this panel I used orange, yellow and maybe some light red for the alcohol inks on some watercolor paper. I got a new die set recently from a paper crafting store near me which unfortunately going out of business. The die is by Paper Smooches and called Bird House (FBD306). The posts that come with the die are a straight line type post. I decided for this one to be different and use the stem from a Hero Arts set called Paper Layering Sunflower (DI435). The bird houses are cut from textured brown cardstock. The roofs are from a scrap of water color paper leftover from something that were the orange already. The little birds are part of the die set too. I cut them from watercolor paper that I colored on with Zig Clean Color pens. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a hello or a thank you on this so for now no sentiment.
This may have been my first panel I tried with the alcohol ink and water technique. As you can see I used blues and a green alcohol ink. I used the same dies as above but these bird houses have the post that comes with the set. I think I cut the houses out of the same leftover piece as the roofs on the card above. I used a couple little stamps from a Lawn Fawn set called Penelope’s Blossoms (LF604) to stamp a little something on the bird houses with white pigment ink. The birds are cut from the same paper as above. The sentiment is cut with a die from the Sizzix/Tim Holtz set Celebrations (660215).