Sunday, May 18, 2014

Watercolor for Card Makers- Day 5 & 6

I am in love with this Hero Arts Looped Flower Stamp.  Shari Carroll with the demonstrated a watercolor technique with stamp that I adore.  I love monochromatic projects but couldn't decide on a color palate to try first so I found a way to incorporate them all into a sampler project.  I'm not thrilled with my label- it got a bit mud die- but I see myself making many more projects with this stamp.  Coloring with this stamp is a very mindful exercise and is quite relaxing.  I'll post more to this link when I finish the other versions I'm working on.  

I had to add a few more using this stamp technique- I'm having so much fun with it.  This time I stamped a central image and then masked it off and ten stamped with the looped flowers background stamp.  On the fully white version, I added the embossing powder before the central image ink had dried to everything ended up white.  I think it was a happy accident.  Send in the Clowns!

I think my next creative notion to try with this style is using silver or gold embossing powder and to try to make the monochromatic color segments do a spiral/pinwheel… oh the possibilities.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Watercolor for Card Makers- Day 1 & 2 Projects

Soft Watercolor Wash Background (with Stencils)

This was THE most challenging technique to get the desired effect.  These are the results of my 6th round of trying.  I actually like more contrast than less.  I'll need to keep practicing this one.

** My own combination of Vibrant Water Color Wash and stamping through the stencil for vibrant color wash.

Vibrant Watercolor Wash Background

Using an acrylic block with distress ink to create various patterned backgrounds.  I like the shades of red best.  But I do like to challenge myself to use color combos I might not usually go to.  

Stamped Emboss Resist + Watercolor Wash-

These are my favorite for today.  The color palate suits my mood, the contrast is pleasing, and I love the  background resist images.  I'll work with these further to make cards but this is where they are for now.

Watercolor Class for Cardmakers

I can't believe how long its been since I've posted. It was the last time I took an online card class :)  Well as fate would have it work picked up and so I'm seriously behind in my postings- so now I will try  to do some catching up.

PreClass Experimentations- Perfectly Plaid-This reminds me so much of Easter and springtime.

Watercolor for Card Makers- Day 9 & 10-Watercolor Freehand

Watercolor freehand- I love how this turned out!  Jacarandas are my favorite tree so I thought I'd give it a go. Who knew splatter painting with distress inks could bring this about.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Day 4- Stenciled

Day 4 we get to explore techniques on our own.  I chose to use a metal stencil and use the embossing paste coated with distress stickles dry glitter in clear rock candy.  I like the effect- but I wish my embossing paste had been white rather than translucent.  I also did a version all in white- the texture was great but in a photo it didn't really show up as nicely as with the red.  

I made another version of this card using white on white for the paste and distress rock candy.  Its hard to see in the photo but in real life it is really beautiful.  I fussy cut around the image and then mounted on red metallic shimmer sheet to accent the image.  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Day 3 - Stencils Texture and Dimension with Pastes Revisited

I loved the silver and white stars done with the paste and embossing powder- but that felt more like Christmas to me.  So, I decided to add color.  One of the fun things about designing cards is finding additional embellishments to create an appealing layout.  Below are some samples I created with die cuts from my extra's box.  The cards remind me of Sainte-Chapelle in Paris- but I think I will embossing the finalized embellishments in silver as well.




Monday, January 27, 2014

Day 3 Stencils Course- Texture and Dimension with Pastes

Well I had fun playing with embossing paste last night but decided to wait until today to add the color factor and embellishments.  First I tried using the embossing paste and adding color- in this case it was translucent paste with silver embossing powder.  I must say its loads of fun to watch the wet paste bubble slightly when your heating the paste.  I coated a second card of wet paste design with silver embossing powder and let it set overnight before heating it.  It might be because the paste layer is thinner but I didn't notice a huge difference in the overall effect.  The course instructor had a larger difference. Its nice to have both options.

The other technique I experimented with was the Embossing Paste Resist.  For this technique I used translucent paste on white card stock and then colored over with distress inks in mowed lawn, peacock feathers, and salty ocean.  The embossing paste gives a nice glossy finish and raised texture to the card front.  I used the Julie Nutting Cling Stamp Set Merci from Prima for the sentiment "Merci Beaucoup." With all the talk of the mainland having white outs from snow I thought this was a nice bright and cheery card.

The next card used silver embossing paste to add raised color effect to the card front.  I looking forward to exploring adding colorants to white paste in the future- but I didn't have those supplies today.  
The clocks were then colored with shades of pink distress ink and frayed burlap and then spritz and flicked with water.