Friday, July 31, 2015

Surprise Blog Hop for Joanna!


Joanna, just a little thank you for what an amazing lady you are and to tell you how thankful I am to be a part of  your DT! The rest of the DT is joining in too! Be sure to head over to Joanna's blog on Inspired By Stamping to see all the other gorgeous cards.


I so enjoy working with your images and they have pushed me to become a better artist. I love the newest FOTM: Poppies set and wanted them to shine for you today. You are very loved! Hugs...



Summer Baskets IBS Release

Hello! Today I get to share another get stamp set being released from Inspired By Stamping. This one is called Summer Baskets. Here's a look:

And my card:


This is a fun building set. I stamped my basket, chains and holder onto my base and then added some greenery to the basket. For my flowers I stamped them onto separate cardstock, stamped and then trimmed them out. The sentiment is also from the set. 

 


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer Warbler IBS Release

Hello! Today I have another fabulous stamp set to show you from the new Inspired By Stamping release. This time the star is a lovely little bird and a fabulous sentiment. The set is called Summer Warbler and here's a peek.


And my card.


I really didn't know what a warbler bird looked like so I googled some photos and found a pretty yellow guy and followed the photo to color my warbler. I added in some extra branches and leaves.


I used my Rembrandt watercolors and two brushes, a size round #4 and a round #00 for the details. Layering up colors is the best way to go and to let each layer dry before adding more color!! Otherwise it all runs together and you loose any detail you achieved. (or you'll never achieve detail! ask me how I know ;)


I matted it on some blue cardstock and thought some gold sparkle would compliment my bird as well as the fabulous sentiment. Some machine stitching and sequins finish it off. I hope you like it!






Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FOTM: Poppies IBS Release

Hello! We have some fun new stamps this month from Inspired By Stamping! Today I get to show you the new Flower of the Month: Poppies set. Here's a peek at it.


Here is my card:


I adore poppies so I was SO excited to get to play with this beautiful image. Joanna did such a lovely job illustrating it. I of course had to watercolor it. I used my artists grade Rembrandt watercolors. 


I added in some details such as the fuzzy stems that poppies have and some light washes in the background. I love red, black and white with poppy image so that's what I did for this card adding a few sequins and a little bow of twine. I hope you enjoyed your stop by here today! Thanks for dropping by :)



Monday, July 27, 2015

Gelato Stamping

Hi! Today I have a card up at the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog with some pretty Gelato stamped watercolor flowers. Go check it out:



Monday, July 20, 2015

AWDML Project

Hello! I've got a post up over on the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog. I show you how I used some product packaging inspiration for my card. I hope you'll pop on over!



Sunday, July 19, 2015

IBSIC #96

Hi! Today I have a card to share with you using the current Inspired By Stamping challenge. Here are the challenge photos.


 

Here is the card I made:



I pulled out some pretty Vintage Floral Paper and the Fancy Labels 3 stamp set and matching die. I stamped the bunch of roses three times and colored them with Copics. I love the frame stamp that matches the die and how soft it is so that you can layer images over it and color like I did. I hope you'll come join us!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Mass Producing Tips

Hi! I have a post up today on the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog sharing a few tips I use when I want to make a set of cards. I hope you'll go check it out!



Coloring on Colored Cardstock

Hello stamping friends! Today I have some tips on how you can get more out of your outline images by coloring on colored cardstock. For my samples today I chose to use Copic markers but I think it would work well with colored pencils as well. By selecting a light colored cardstock to stamp and color on you have your highlight color already, even before you start coloring! Let me show you what I mean.
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Outlined images that don't have a lot of detail are best for this technique as you will be using the colored cardstock as one of your colors. For my first card I pulled out Sun Ripened Pear  from Inspired By Stamping and several green Copic markers. I stamped the pear in Memento ink and started coloring my leaves.
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I started by using my lightest green and only coloring part of the leaf. Where I thought highlights might be I left just the cardstock uncolored. Over the top of the lightest green I layered a darker green and then my darkest green, again not covering anymore of the cardstock. To get them to all blend and soften edges I went over the whole leaf with my colorless blender. The cardstock will look wet but not to worry once it dries it will go back to the uncolored cardstock color.
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I did these same steps for each leaf.
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For the pear I did the same method but didn't leave as much of the cardstock color uncolored. It still affects your coloring though as the  colors of the cardstock and markers do play off each other. I finished my pear with a gray outline to set it apart from the background. For my base panel I heat embossed the outlined pear image in white.
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This technique also works great for flowers and butterflies which I used in my next card.
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This time I used Australian Nature 1 and a light pink cardstock. I did the same method as described above for my butterfly and flowers.
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See the initial hard edges you get on the left wing? After you add your second layer of color and then blend with the colorless blender they soften and you get a nice graduated color with the lightest color being your cardstock as with the wing on the right.
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For the orchids I added yellow centers and then some gray shading which you can see on the left side but I hadn't done it yet to the right.
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And here is my completed card. The sentiment is from the Sun Ripened Pear set.
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I hope you enjoyed this technique and maybe you'll give it a try! I'd love to hear what you think and thanks so much for joining me!
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Monday, July 6, 2015

A Walk Down Memory Lane July Sketch

Hi! Today I have a card up over on the A Walk Down Memory Lane Blog featuring the July's blog sketch. Hope you check it out!




Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Keep a Green Tree...

Hello stamping friends. Well today is a bittersweet post as it is my last time posting for Great Impressions. I have so enjoyed my time on this fabulous DT and I hope I've brought some inspiration to you! For my last card I chose one of my favorite sentiment stamps from the store.


I love this image and knew it would pair perfectly with this sentiment. The image is called F517 Bird in Roses and the sentiment is called D465 Live There. I watercolored the image and added some borders and seqins. Thanks so much for my time on the GI DT!

Be sure to join us in this month's challenge (click!) and if you use any GI stamps be sure to link up to the customer gallery (click!). Be sure to stop by the Great Impressions store (click!) and maybe treat yourself to a few new images...did you know shipping is free over $25?! 

Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hello

This week we are showing you some great GI tutorials! For mine I chose a sponge spotlighting technique. This is a really easy technique but gives such a pretty result. You can find the original tutorial here.


I started by masking off a circle that I had die cut from a post it note. Then I sponged 2 Distress ink colors, Peacock Feathers and Spiced Marmalade onto my card base. After removing the mask I stamped the B151 A Little Hello sentiment and the E807 Queen Ann Lace.

Be sure to join us in this month's challenge (click!) and if you use any GI stamps be sure to link up to the customer gallery (click!). Be sure to stop by the Great Impressions store (click!) and maybe treat yourself to a few new images...did you know shipping is free over $25?! 

Have a wonderful day!