Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tutorial at Inspired By Stamping

Hello! I have a tutorial up over at Inspired By Stamping today that is about watercoloring the negative space. I hope you'll go take a look! Here is a sneak peek of my card.



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Baby Chick

Hello stamping friends! Today I have a fun card to share with you that uses one of the new Great Impressions images called F604 Baby Chick in Tulip.


Isn't this image sweet? I watercolored it using my Tombow markers and I added the pretty A149 Dainty Butterfly so that the little chick was looking at something. I hope you like it!

 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!


CAS Feminine Card Set

Hi! Today I have a CAS feminine card set to share with you using Inspired By Stamping goodies. I know that a lot of times CAS cards are just one layer but I went ahead and gave my cards one layer plus a banner for the sentiment. I still think they fit the CAS look and they went together very quickly.



I started by choosing my stamp sets. I knew I wanted to use white heat embossing powder on kraft cardstock so I chose large image that would easily be the focal point and that would look beautiful just heat embossed. The rose comes from the Vintage Roses set. I die cut a banner for each of the sentiments using Fancy Labels 3 and the sentiments all come from the FOTM: Lily of the Valley set.


This image is the beautiful lily of the valley from the FOTM: Lily of the Valley set.


These are the lilacs from the Spring Lilacs set.


Here are all three cards again. By choosing to heat emboss to capture the beautiful details of the stamps you don't even need to color to have a lovely card set to give someone special. I hope you are inspired! Thanks for joining me today.





Monday, March 2, 2015

Flower Wreath Thank You

Hi! Today I have a card up on the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog that features a wreath but this time is created by using stamps and florals. I hope you'll come check it out! (click!)




IBS Blog Candy!


Go to the Inspired By Stamping blog to have a chance at this week's blog candy!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Great Impressions Monthly Challenge- Go Green!

Hi there! Are you ready for a new challenge from Great Impressions? This month is all about going green!


I took the challenge and focused on the color green :)


For my image I used the fun G504 Birthday Bicycle. I colored it with Copics and then added the A32 Flitting Butterflies and the sentiment from the G483 Tags stamp. I hope you'll come join the challenge this month!

 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, February 24, 2015

Pretty Flowers

Hello! I have a floral card for you today that uses one of my favorite images from Great Impressions. It's called J110 Flower Bouquet.

I decided to color with Copics this time and then trimmed out my image. My sentiment is called B195 Playful Thinking of You. When you want you sentiment to be on dry embossed paper the trick is to stamp first and then dry emboss ;) I hope you are having a great day! Thanks for stopping by.

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?! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Butterfly Wreath

I have a card up at the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog that features a wreath and uses butterflies as the focal point instead of flowers. Here's a sneak peek!
Hope you'll pop over to take a look! (click!) Have a great day :)



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Butterflies

Hi there! I love butterflies and wanted to try a looser watercolor technique with them using an Inspired By Stamping set called Australian Nature I. It took me a couple tries to begin to get the effect I wanted and I'm still not 100% happy with it but here it is.


I wanted the effect to be a lot more blurred but still maintain some detail. I'll keep working on it :) For my background I stamped the script from Background Basics III and the dots come from FOTM Aster. I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hello


Hi there! This week at Great Impressions the DT is showcasing fancy fold cards. I personally rarely ever make anything other than your standard A2 card so this was a bit of a challenge for me, but fun! I chose to create a gate fold card. 



I started by stamping my cute image called F600 Valentine Sparky onto a die cut panel and colored it with Copics. I then stamped the sentiment B151 A Little Hello beneath Sparky. For my heart background I stamped that using A54 Hearts and Dots. I decided since this is a special card and the inside seems so much larger than a normal card to add more panels of patterned paper and stamped hearts. There is still plenty of room for a message. 

 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!

Painting on Wood

Hello stamping friends! Today I have an Inspired By Stamping 3d floral project to share with you and some tips about using watercolors on wood. Here is my project.


I had a little gift bag shaped box that is made out of wood in my stash of things to alter and decided to try paining on it. I first chose my stamp sets which are Spring Bouquet and Hummingbirds. I stamped my images in Versfine Onyx Black ink as it won't bleed when it gets wet. I then chose to use Inktense Pencils to color with. These pencils aren't watercolors they are actually ink that can be moved around and painted with water initially but once dry they are permanent. I prefer these when working on fabric or wood. The way I like to paint with them is to get my brush wet and then take my wet brush directly to the tip of the pencil to pick up color. I feel I have more control this way.


What I noticed the most painting on the wood is that you have a grain to work with and going against it doesn't work well and you get a lot more bleed out with colors because the wood absorbs more water around it even if you didn't purposely get it wet. That is quite different than watercolor paper which has a much higher degree of control. I had the worst amount of bleeding around my hummingbird but I just went with it and added the blue background. I think to avoid as much bleeding you would need to frequently heat set to keep the wood drier. Over all I am happy with the finished piece and since the I used the Inktense pencils the color is permanent. I hope you enjoyed my project today!





Monday, February 16, 2015

Giving Depth to Solid Stamps

Hi! I have a tutorial up over at A Walk Down Memory Lane Blog today showing how you can give depth to solid stamped images. Thanks for stopping by!