Saturday, May 21, 2016

Using Acrylic Paint with Stamping

Hello, my post today is a card that I made a while ago.  It combines two things that I love, card making and Tole Painting.  Before I became a card maker, I spent my free time painting on wood.  I learned how to float color with a flat brush to add shadows and highlights.  I was pleased when I tried the same techniques on paper and found that it worked just as well!! For this card, I used a pansy stamp from Stacy Stamps.  Scroll down on this page and you will find it.  It is sold with a pansy corner stamp.  The flower is painted with Americana acrylic paint. You can get it at Micheal's.  The finished effect has a matte, chalk like finish.  Here is my card.

If you've done Tole Painting, this will be easy for you to understand but I'll try to explain it so that even those of you who have never done it might be able to give it a try.  First stamp the flower in a light color a little darker than the color you've decided to paint the flower.  Next base coat the flower by wetting your brush and then picking up some paint.  The water will help the paint to flow over the card stock and will make it a bit more transparent so the stamped lines will show through.  Next put in the shadows.  You will need a flat brush, I used a 10 flat.  Side load the brush with a darker pink.  You can see how to side load your brush and how to float the paint here.  You will need to put shadows behind the two middle petals and then on both sides of the petal that lays on top of them.  I also put a little shadow on the outside edge of the petal that is behind all the others.  The arrows in the picture below show where the shadows go.  

Next you do the same thing with white paint to add the highlights.  Side load your flat brush with white and float highlights on the top edges of the middle two petals and all around the petal that lays on top of the others.

After the shading and highlighting are completed and dried, take some purple paint and add water to it until you get an inky consistency.  Use a liner brush to make the thin lines that form the colorful center of the pansy.  The final step is to paint in the center of the flower with a butterscotch color and float on a little brown to make it look rounded.  Here is a close-up of the flower.

This technique is a lot quicker than you would think and it is really pretty when it's done.  I've used lots of colors and they all look great!  

Thanks for visiting,


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Graduation Pull Up Card

Here is the graduation card that I made for my niece.  She is graduating from UMass Lowell's School of Nursing and we are very proud of her accomplishments!  I am not sure about the name of this kind of card, but I saw it somewhere and made a template so I used that.  Sorry that I don't have a link for you.  When you open the flap at the top of the card, the sentiment part of the card pulls up to reveal what it says.  Black and blue are her school colors so I used them for this card.  Here is how the card looks before opening...

The stamps are from Art Impressions.  I've used them so many times!  The graduation cap and sentiment were too big for the space so I stamped them together and then resized them  on the printer.  This is how the card looks opened...

When you open the flap, a little "for you" folder appears where you can tuck a gift card or a check!!  The little pixie stamp is from Memory Box.  I colored her with Copics and paper pieced her dress and hood.  She is holding a magic wand that is star shaped, but I put a little school logo to make it more personal.  Here's a close up...

The sentiment inside the card was made on my computer.  As you lift the flap, the message part of the card moves up with it.  Here is a side view so you can see how the moving part of the card works

If you know the name of this kind of card,I'd really appreciate it if you would leave a comment telling me what it is.  Thanks for stopping by.  


Friday, April 29, 2016

Watercolor Painting with Coffee

My friend, Mary, told me about some portraits she'd seen that were painted with espresso!  She said they were striking and looked like sepia photos!!  She knows me and knew that I'd be challenged to give it a try!  Thanks, Mary!!  The most difficult part was brewing the coffee so I could get lots of different shades of brown to use.  I drink very weak coffee so the palest shade was easy.  The darker shades were much harder to achieve.  I felt like a mad scientist brewing espresso double strength multiple times, but that gave me the medium color, then I took some of that and added a few spoonfuls of instant coffee to get the darkest color.  Once I had the medium and dark color, I added some water to each to get shades in between.  Altogether I had 5 colors to paint with ranging from dark to light!

When I started painting, I was hooked!  The coffee behaved exactly like other watercolors and smelled delicious!!  I enjoyed it so much that I didn't want to stop so I have 3 cards to share with you.  On the first one, I used a flower from Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set.

After I finished painting with the coffee, I masked the flowers and added some interest to the background with stencils from My Favorite Things and Tim Holtz.  I used Distress ink and a blending tool for this.  The swirl at the top is from a Stampin' Up set called Baroque Motifs and the sentiment and "beautiful" die are from Concord & 9th.

I wanted to see how coffee painting would look on a more whimsical image, so I painted one of the cute little boy stamps from Lilli of the Valley.  I was very pleased with how it came out!  The browns fit perfectly with the old-timey look of the image!

For the extras on this card I used MFT's double stitched rectangle STAX and Picket Fence dies

On the last card I have to show you, I embossed Altenew's Persian Motif stamps with white embossing powder.  I was worried that the coffee might stain the white embossing, but it didn't.  I liked the simplicity of this card and thought it would make a good sympathy card.

The frame around the sentiment on this card is from MFT.  It is called Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames and the sentiment is part of Hero Arts Prayers stamps and die set.

This was a really fun experiment.  I hope you enjoyed looking and that maybe you might give painting with coffee/espresso a try!  Thanks so much for visiting!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Build-able Bouquet

I finally had some time to play with my new MFT Build-able Bouquet stamp set.  I just love how whimsical they are.  They are beautiful flowers but don't look like any real flower so you can color them any way you want!  I did have one bit of trouble when I went to cut the flowers out with the dies.  When I tried to line up the flowers with stems inside the dies, they didn't line up and didn't cut right.  If I lined up the flowers, the stems weren't right and if I lined up the stems the flowers didn't line up right.  I'll have to give some thought to this the next time so it will work.  I stamped 2 of each stamp in the set and then colored them all in coordinating colors and cut them out.  I used most of the flowers and leaves on my first card.  It was fun arranging them and rearranging them until I got a flowery corner that I liked!  

For my second card, I used the left over flowers and my Blueprints 13 dies.  I used Peerless Watercolors to make both backgrounds.  I got some good news about Peerless Watercolors today.  I've had mine for a long time and I am just about out of my favorite colors.  I contacted the company and found out that they will be selling individual dry sheets of color very soon!!!  I was thrilled!

Thanks for looking and for visiting!


Supplies Used:
Stamps: MFT Buildable Blooms
Dies: MFT Build-able Bouquet, MFT Blueprints 13, Lawn Fawn Hugs, Impression Obsession 
                 Get Well Soon
Cardstock: Black Linen, SU Garden Green, Canson Aquarelle Watercolor paper, White  
                 Cougar Opaque
Miscellaneous:  Peerless Watercolors

Friday, April 1, 2016

Another Watercolor Background

Here's another card with a watercolor background.  I used reinkers for this one, too.  I do love them so when they come out good!  The frame is from Lea-bilities and is called Flower Frame.  Isn't it pretty?  It was a gift from a friend and I just love it.  I used white fun foam to pop it up and it worked great.  The Thanks is from Hero Arts.

Inside the frame I made a little scene with one of the cute little elephants from MFT's Adorable Elephants set and flowers from MFT's  Blissful Blooms set.  I've had both sets for a little while, but this is the first time I've used them. Here's a close-up 

Here's a an angled view so you can see the fun foam.  It works so well to pop up anything.  I'm addicted!

Thanks for visiting. If you have any thoughts or questions, please leave a comment.  Have a good weekend :)


Monday, March 28, 2016

Watercolor Background

I've continued to work on my watercolor backgrounds and I'm liking my results more and more.  It's true what they say about practice!  I liked the results I got with my Peerless watercolors best but I found that I was using a lot of the pigment to make a pretty background.  So for this card, I tried using some reinkers and I was really happy with how it came out.  The colors are so makes you feel happier just looking at them!  I used a border die from Memorybox in white at the bottom of the card.  I couldn't find it on their website, but I found another one called Martingale border that would be just as pretty.  You can find it here.  Here is my card...

The Sending is a die from Simon Says Stamp.  It comes in a set with a Wishing die.  There are coordinating stamp sets too with lots of great words that go with the sending and the wishing!  The words I used are from the Wishing set.  Here is a close up that shows how the fun foam gives dimension to the delicate die. 

Sequins and a washi tape border strip finish things off!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, March 25, 2016

Everything Old is New Again

I hate to admit it, but in my stamp room, I have a big box of project bags containing half finished projects. I made the original card and had great plans to make some extras for my stash but then life got in the way so I stored all of the materials in a bag until I could get back to it...and never did!  (Please tell me I'm not alone in this!) One of my stamping resolutions this year is to finish these projects or toss them.  The card below is one of those projects.  I used to LOVE embossing with brass stencils and a light box!  Since the creation of embossing folders and the Big Shot, I haven't done much with my brass stencils but this card made me miss them and want to play with them again!

I've heard that brass stencils can be embossed with a Big Shot but I'm not sure of the sandwich order.  I'm going to do a search to see if I can find it.  That would be so much quicker than using a light box and a stylus!  Here's a close up of the flower bouquet.

All of the supplies were from Lasting Impressions.  I couldn't find the papers or the stencil that I used here, but there were lots of really pretty new ones!

Thanks for visiting,