Sunday, March 26, 2017

CAS422 Spritzed Butterflies

This week's CAS422 challenge is "Things with Wings."  I saw this gorgeous Northwoods stamp in my stash, so I pulled it out and dusted it off for this challenge.  :-)  I stamped it with plum ink and then sprayed it with water before the ink was completely dry.  I love the mottled and ink-stained look of the weeds and butterflies.

I added the Hello cut from plum cardstock and glued this piece to a plum mat.  This was adhered to a white card that was sponged with plum ink all around the edges.  This is the perfect clean and simple card to pop in the mail.  You could even change the sentiment to fit whatever kind of card you need - sympathy, thank you, birthday, or just because.  :-)

Check out the CAS challenges over on Splitcoaststampers and play along with us this week!  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Friends and Wild Roses

Howdy!  Today I'm sharing a card I made for Frantic Stamper. Did you fall in love with Fran's feminine dies that she released last month? I know I did. This is one of the cards I made using some of those dies.

I cut out the gorgeous new Wild Rose Corner from white cardstock and colored in all the leaves with Copic markers (listed below). I cut the flowers from patterned paper and glued them onto the corner pieces that I colored, and then I added pearls to the centers.

The sentiment was stamped and then I cut it out with the new Nested Double Ended Tags. I cut out a larger tag from green cardstock to go behind my sentiment. More pearls were added to the tags as well as to the corners of my card.

Here are the supplies from Frantic Stamper that I've used on this card:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ATC Butterfly Fairy

Hi everyone!  I am here bright and early this morning to share this fun mixed media Butterfly Fairy ATC with you today.  An ATC is an acronymn for Artist Trading Card, and they typically measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.  They are miniature works of art and many people like to trade them with other ATC artists.
Did you know that Art Neko recently bought the B-Muse store?  There are lots of fabulous items in the B-Muse store, such as collage sheets, ATC supplies, dominoes, and other ephemera?  I’ve used several of those B-Muse items on this ATC today.
I began working on this ATC by painting a sheet of ATC watercolor paper with some Raw Sienna Daniel Smith watercolor paint.  I love that warm brownish/orange-y/yellowish quality of this color.  While that was drying, I cut out these fabulous wings from the Fantasy Wings collage sheet from B-Muse.  The colors on these particular wings coordinate beautifully with my painted background.
This collage sheet was printed on Premium Laser Paper, but you have so many options with the collage sheets from B-Muse.  You can order them printed on canvas, vellum, fabric paper, transparencies, and laser paper.  The canvas collage sheets are gorgeous – they look and feel just like a real painting!

Once my watercolored piece was dry, I adhered it to an ATC Chipboard blank (pictured above).  This provides a wonderful sturdy backing for my painted watercolor background.  I sponged the edges with some Brushed Corduroy distress ink for that aged look.
My next step was to get my fairy ready.  I stamped the Dreaming Fairy from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet with Rich Cocoa Memento ink onto some white cardstock.  After I colored her with Copic markers, I cut her out, making sure I cut the stamped wings off.  Once I determined the placement of the collage wings and the fairy, I glued them down onto the prepared ATC.  I added the stamped sentiment on the side – it says “Be yourself.”  This sentiment is also from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet.
I loved creating my own custom fairy by pairing a stamped figurine with the wings from the collage sheet.  I have plenty of other wings left on the collage sheet, so I can make all kinds of fairies and other winged creatures.
Check out all the great items in the B-Muse shop and jump-start your creativity.  The collage sheets are gorgeous, and I love the ATC supplies (both the watercolor sheets and the chipboard blanks).  I have a few other supplies from B-Muse that I’m playing with, and I’ll share those with you soon.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

CAS419 Irish Hello

This week's CAS419 challenge is to "Think Irish."  When I saw that, my mind immediately went to green.  So I pulled out this leafy stamp set called Floral Shadow from Altenew and stamped the leaves and sentiment in all different shades of green.  I sponged a little more green at the bottom for some depth.  Do you see the tiny green dots here and there?  I pulled out a Copic marker and an air tool and sprayed some of the ink onto the card.  Some sequins provided that Irish finish with shades of green and gold.  :-)  Check out the CAS challenges over on SCS and play along with us.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Sending you a Smile

Hi everyone!  Today's card is something I colored up over the weekend for Dina's latest tutorial on SCS.  She asked if I would help by making a sample for her Pencil Monochrome Tutorial.  This technique is fun and easy and it doesn't require a lot of supplies.

Look at the "smile" sentiment.  That is what I colored for the tutorial.  I went over the whole thing with the green pencil (Polychromos) very lightly.  Then I went back over starting at the bottom and made my strokes a little harder and laid down more color.  I finished off by adding a little touch of black at the very bottom of the letters and then blending it all out with the Derwent blender pencil.

Check out Dina's tutorial over on SCS and give this a try.  This easy technique will make you "smile!"

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Springtime Flowers and EXCITING NEWS!!!

Hi friends!  I'm back with another watercolored Art Neko card today.  It got up to 85 degrees on Saturday, so it definitely feels like springtime around here.  

I pulled out the Spring in Paris (A407) stamp sheet and stamped the beautiful flowers randomly around the edges of my hot press watercolor paper with Versamark ink.  I covered that with white embossing powder and melted the powder with my heat tool.  I had just enough space in the middle for that beautiful sentiment (also from the Spring in Paris set), so I stamped that with Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.

Next, I pulled out a couple of blue colors of Daniel Smith watercolor paint.  I watered the paint down to make a nice watercolor wash and I painted that over my paper, carefully avoiding the flowers.  I let this dry for about an hour, and then I went back over with another wash of blue paint.  I set this aside to dry completely.  Then I pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers and watercolored the flowers and the stems.  Those bright pink flowers just pop against that blue background.

Once the paper was completely dry, I burnished the white embossing with a tissue to remove any leftover paint.  I also sponged the edges with a blue dye ink before adhering this piece to a white card base.

I had so much fun painting this card, I sent a sneak peek of this to Annette at Art Neko.  She liked this so much, she turned my card into an ATC Collage Sheet!!!!!!!!  How exciting is that????  You can see the Spring Summer Collage Sheet HERE in the Art Neko store.  I love how she edited my card to remove the sentiment and put those watercolor blue blocks all over.  It has such a modern, artsy vibe to it!

I have some of these collage sheets on their way to me in the mail, and I can't wait to play with these!  All you have to do is cut these apart and use them on your projects just like regular patterned paper.  If you are an ATC trader, you can use these as backgrounds on your ATCs.  You can stamp the centers with a sentiment, add more flowers, add birds or butterflies, add a die cut, whatever you want to do.  There are so many possibilities!!  Go order your Spring Summer Collage Sheet today along with the beautiful Spring in Paris stamp sheet and have fun making some gorgeous art.  :-)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Chocolate Tulip - two ways

Hi everyone!  This week's CAS417 challenge is "chocolate."  We can use the colors of chocolate, images of chocolate, or even make things like chocolate treat holders for this challenge.  I decided to try my hand at pencil coloring.

I stamped this gorgeous tulip from Art Neko with some kraft ink onto kraft paper and then colored it with Polychromos pencils.  I only used three colors of pencils: a dark brown, a medium brown, and then a pale gray/brown color.  These represent dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate.  :-)  I then glued the tulip piece onto a dark chocolate card base.  Three chocolate pearls were added to the lower left corner and I also added some thin strips of kraft cardstock to ground my image.

I added some ribbon to the top of the card as you can see in the picture below.  Then I couldn't decide if I liked it better with the ribbon or without, so I am posting both pictures for you to see.  Which one do you like better?