Monday, January 17, 2011

Simple Greetings


I wish I had enough guts to show you what I did with this class the first time. I was done about 2 weeks ago which would have been better for my blog as I would have had something to post! With two cards finished ... I went to bed. After getting up, I took my coffee and went to survey the work I did and thought I had completed, only to find that I wasn't as enamored of them as the night before! Back to the drawing board!



Of all the new techniques I have embraced this last year - Colored pencils is by far my most favorite
(bad english :) Which is strange, since I have been using them for over 10 years...just not with gamsol.
But what if you are using a stamp that is solid and doesn't have any outlines to color in? In the past I just would have stamped in a soft colorbox ink and shaded with other colored pencils. Would gamsol work I wondered?
It did work actually. I stamped the flowers using "Wheat Versamagic Chalk Ink" . You can just see the outline of the ink on the hot pink flowers. I add the pencil only in the bell of the flower and then pulled it up towards the middle with gamsol. With the soft pink color I didn't bother to add any gamsol as it was an effort just to get enough color to show.

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:
Penny Black / Salutations / 30-014
Inks:
Versa Magic Chalk ink pad "Wheat"
ColorBox Chalk ink pad "Chestnut Roan"
Prismacolor Pencils:
PC994 Process Red
PC1014 Deco Pink
PC914 Cream
Papers:
s.e.i. Playday / flowershower/ used the backside
Bazzill Prismatics / Suede Dark Brown
Bazzill Dotted Swiss / Pirouette
Other Products:
May Arts Ribbon / HA17 / Soft Pink Satin
Liquid Pearls / Gold Pearl
Blending Paper Stumps / Pro Art No.2 / Taiwan
Spellbinders / Nestabilities / Labels Fourteen / S4-290

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Out of Season Butterflies!




Right now it seems I have no desire to create anything snowy, blowy or chilly! I'm gravitating towards fluttery, springy, colorful and shiny! It's not that I don't like the winter! Truly! It's not that bad outside. I think I just OD'd on snow on trees. The cards I'm working on today have flowers....yup
On this photo you can easily see that the flowers are 3D and curved from the surface of the card. I hold the body of the butterfly with the thumb and forefinger of my left hand. Taking a round pen or pencil, I pull up the wing and round it up over the curve of the pencil. Do that to both sides and then glue down the body. This is not a good card for mailing!... you can see that one of the wings hangs over the side of the card and would not fit in an envelope!  The background has been embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.

Here's a look at the inside:



This is a Copic Class being held at "Remember When Scrapbooking" MI.

The Dates are:
Thursday Jan.20th 11am-1:00pm $15 (this class is full now)
Thursday Jan.27th 11am-1:00pm $15 (open)
If you are interested, you can call Shannon at (586) 598-1810

SUPPLIES:
Copic Markers:
BV00 Mauve Shadow
BV04 Blue Berry
B32 Pale Blue
V01 Heath
V15 Mallow
W3 Warm Grey No. 3
0  Colorless Blender
Stamps by Hero Arts:
CG119 Flourish Background
CG130 Butterflies (3 images)
Paper:
Copic's Blending Paper
Bazzill Dotted Swiss/Berry Pretty
Bazzill Silver Metallic Paper
Other:
Gelly Roll Clear Star Pen
KaiserCraft Pearls / Denium / SB782
Ranger Silver Embossing Powder


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Friday, January 7, 2011

Too Soon for Spring???



I was putting the final touches on this card, when my youngest son Tristan looked at it and said:  "Spring huh?" 
Whoops.  Honestly - until that moment I hadn't thought about it that much.  I bought the stamps with this class in mind at least 1 month ago.  I bought them because I liked them, and because they looked like a good candidate for Copic Markers. Oh dear!
But who wouldn't mind to be reminded, in the dead of winter, that the possiblity of Spring is always there?  Pushing it? Do you think I'm just trying to justify these images to prospective participants in an upcoming class?  It's possible...maybe...darn it!

If you would like to attend this class - it is being held at  "Remember when Scrapbooking".  In order to book your seat you need to call (586)598-1810.  The owner's name is Shannon.

Dates:
Thursday Jan. 20th 11am-1pm  $15?? (might be $18?)
Thursday Jan. 27th 11am-1pm

If you think this card was "too Spring" - tomorrow's will be worse!


SUPPLIES:

Copic Markers:
BV00 Mauve Shadow
BV04 Blue Berry
B32 Pale Blue
V01 Heath
V15 Mallow
W3 Warm Grey No. 3
0  Colorless Blender
YG03 Yellow Green
YG67 Moss
Stamps by Hero Arts:
CG119 Flourish Background
CG127 Flower Box
Paper:
Copic's Blending Paper
Bazzill Dotted Swiss/Berry Pretty
Basic Grey/Kioshi/Jasmine and Olive (the backside)
Basic Grey/Cappella/pageantry
Other:
Gelly Roll Clear Star Pen
KaiserCraft Pearls / Pewter / SB791

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Spellbinder & Scripture






I very much enjoyed my first experience with Our Daily Bread Stamps!  Highlighting a sentiment instead of an image stamp was a new challenge for me and one that could use some more practice.  I wish I could have adequately shown the 3D effect between each layer...but as you can see by the next photo...I'm not sure I captured it there either!
If you want to take this class, the last one is this Thursday Evening at "forget-me-not Paper Arts" Studio.  You can call me at (810) 966-9664 or you can Click Here to sign up over the internet.
7-9pm $12.00



What I have had more success with is taking a photo that has more white light than yellow light!  Yay!  On an earlier blog I was complaining about how to capture true colors in my photos when I took them in my studio.  Turning off half the lights and using my flash made all the difference.  What a relief...I was beginning to think it was going to take longer to take the photo than it was to make the card!

SUPPLIES:
Paper:
 
80 lb. Cream Paper ( "Xpedx"  a national Paper Source with several locations)
Bazzill / Prismatics / Iced Pink
Basic Grey / Cappella / figaro
 
Ink: 
Adirondack: Espresso 
Ribbon: 
May Arts / BM93 - 3/8" Two Tone Satin / Pink & Brown 
Other: 
Spellbinder Nestabilities / S4-126 / Classic Squares Large
Spellbinder Shapeabilities Pendants / S4-204 / Fleur De Lis
KaiserCraft Pink Self-Adhesive Rhinestones / SB701
Foam Mounting
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