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Friday Craft, Stamping and Coloring

These cards use the stamp set from Stampendous called Build a Bouquet. The set comes with a mask for each stamp, which makes it very easy to create a single layer card with a lush bouquet.

In the above card, I used all the floral elements to make a bouquet, with the jar as a vase. I colored in the images using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I am teaching myself how to use them through practice, and I’m liking most of the results.

For this card, I used the same flower stamp over and over, with the round vase. I also colored these with my Spectrum Noir markers.

Another pretty simple way to make beautiful cards.

McM


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Friday Craft, Stamping Text

I’ve been exploring two alphabet stamp sets from my stash, one from Tim Holtz called Mini Worn Text and a new one from Concord & 9th called Sophisticated Script.

These two are quite different and great to have for cards, art journal spreads, and scrapbooking.

The Tim Holtz set is quite blocky and imperfect. Large and bold, able to stand out on an art journal spread but also usable for a one word card sentiment.

The Concord & 9th set is beautiful script that connect together to give the impression of handwritten calligraphy or brush lettering.

McM


Friday Craft, Too Hot to Stamp

My craft cave gets all the late afternoon sun, and when it’s hot outside, it’s super hot in the craft cave. So I’ve taken my show on the road, to the backyard.

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I’ve got my Zig watercolor markers and some pre-stamped Lawn Fawn cuteness. I’m teaching myself how to use these markers for shading, because I do not want to spend the money on Copics but I want to have the same fun and result as Copics.

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As you can see it’s a learning process. I love how the little muchroom house turned out, and the gnome, but the fox’s coloring is not the greatest. I’m also learning to make do with the limited color palette I already have, instead of running out to buy another marker I’ve been trying to blend for the colors I want. The flesh tone on my gnome is a mixture of pink and yellow, the fox is light brown and carmine red.

Much more learning to come evidently.

What are you learning about this summer?

MCM


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Friday Craft, Stamps and Masks

I used masks to make these scenes with two of my stamp sets. Masking is a technique where you stamp the front-most image first, then cut out a mask to place over the stamped image to protect it as you continue stamping.

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For the flower bouquet, I stamped the peony on the bottom left first, put a mask over it and stamped the three leaf cluster next, put a mask over that, and so on. The last thing I stamped was the bottle.

I’m not super excited about the magical day panel on the left, but I know that I’m still learning and will improve with time and practice. I don’t like the spacing of the flowers on either side of the tiny house, but once it’s colored in I trust that no one will notice but me.

MCM


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Friday Craft, Watercolor Love

I am having a great time watercoloring with my Tim Holtz Distress inks. I may have participated in the recent online sale at Joann.com and purchased some additional colors and a couple of storage tins to hold all my tiny ink pads. Now I have them arranged by color family and ready to go.

Recently I also started receiving the monthly card kit from Simon Says Stamp, beginning with the February kit. It is, of course, Valentine’s Day themed, and includes a stamp set, a small paper pad, heart shaped embellishments and card stock to use for card bases.

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit February Valentines Day

Everything on these cards with the exception of the little wood frame on the left most card came from the kit.

Simon Says Stamp Card 01 February Valentines DaySimon Says Stamp Card 02 February Valentines DayAnd I have a lot leftover. So many card makers get this kit and make videos for their YouTube channels, so there’s a ton of inspiration out there. I haven’t made cards in a great long while, perhaps over a year, so this was a great way to get my feet wet. I’ve also been using my watercolor obsession for some cards.

Watercolor card set orchid pansy
I think I’ve had these floral stamps for over 10 years. I stamped them on watercolor paper with VersaMark ink and then embossed them to create a resist.

Watercolor card pansy

For the orchid, I think there’s too much detail in too little space for this technique to really work well. That said, I still think they turned out beautifully.

And finally, the simplest card of the bunch. For this card, I stamped two of the images from the set included in my February kit. I used masking fluid to fill in the little heart, then taped the panel down to a piece of chipboard.

Pink Watercolor Smoosh

 

 

 

I smooshed some ink from three ink pads onto a piece of plastic (spun sugar, picked raspberries and worn lipstick) and sprayed the ink with water. Then I smooshed the panel around in the color and allowed it to dry. When I peeled off the blue tape I got a great border around the color, and adhered it to the card base with this striped background.

Pink Watercolor Smoosh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So. Much. Fun.

I hope you have a lovely love day.

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