Saturday, December 14, 2019

100 Tags

Yes, 100!  Tags are easiest when made in multiples... and this year I decided to make a bunch to give out as little gifts, added to a package of hot chocolate, or slipped inside Christmas cards.  Two years ago, I was lucky enough to win several Reverse Confetti stamp sets and their matching dies from Leigh Penner in the Season of Giving hop that happens on January 1st. 
 I set up my Misti with a bunch of the images (there are ornaments, mittens and Christmas lights), and stamped them in 5 different Distress Oxide inks.
 I die cut them all out, then using some basic Close To My Heart tag dies, I cut out white tags that I did an ombre ink blended effect from the top down.  For the mitts, I die cut out a second white mitt, so they would be a pair.
 I dug out my stash of Baker's twine, and tied them all together, adding one of the basic tags behind each stamped one (so there is a spot to write on).
I know... you're questioning the pink & blue?!?  I buy a lot of multi-coloured wrapping paper, and didn't want to just do the classic red and green... so there you are.  The colours of Distress Oxide inks are: Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron & Mowed Lawn.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Art Impressions Wreath card

I have another card to share made with the Ai Exclusive set for
 I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink onto my Canson XL Watercolour Paper, then scribbled my Tombow Dual Brush markers on to my palette, and picked them up with a wet brush to use like watercolours.
 This painted up in no time, and I added one of the sentiments in the set underneath the image.  I used my sewing machine to stitch the panel onto some metallic blue cardstock, and attached it to my base with pop dots.  A few sequins finished it off.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Exclusive Poinsettia Set!

I am SO IN LOVE with this exclusive Art Impressions stamp set for!  It's called 5206 SBC Poinsettia Exclusive Set, and is just lovely to work with... stay tuned, as you'll be seeing more from this set in the days to come!
I used the largest image in the set, stamping it twice on my Canson XL Watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and then embossed them both with clear embossing powder.  For this project, I used my Tombow Dual Brush markers - scribbling them onto my palette, and picking them up with a damp paintbrush after mixing varying amounts of water.  I use a "glazing" technique, starting by colouring each section of the image with the lightest colour, then layering on more colours, getting darker each time.  All the poinsettia petals got a pale wash of #991 Light Ochre, and then I began adding three different layers of #837 Wine Red - a pale pink layer, and then 2 more, concentrating the colour near the veins.  I wanted to warm up the tips of the petals even more, so I added #946 Gold Ochre, which gave them more of a peachy glow!  The leaves were done in the same manner, starting with #991 to give a yellow undertone, then layers of #158 Dark Olive, #249 Hunter Green, and finally a mixture of #565 Deep Blue & #249 Hunter Green for the darkest tones.  I kept the holly greenery light & bright using #991, then #126 Light Olive.  I used my artistic license to colour the holly berries with #533 Peacock blue and shaded with #565 Deep Blue (red berries just wouldn't look right!)
Since the image is stamped in black, it meant that all of the ferns and delicate foliage remained black, so I painted a pale green wash behind them to suggest greenery, and then continued to paint a wash of blue & green, just to break up the plain background a little.  I used one of the sentiments from the set, and stamped it with my Misti.  The image is matted with some metallic blue cardstock which really picks up the colour of those berries!  I adhered it to a moss green card base using 3D pop dots.
Click here to find the stamp set on the site!
I did a second version, omitting the warm yellow tones, but otherwise using the same techniques and I added a few paint spatters at the end:
Be sure to visit the Art Impressions blog on Saturday to see what Tricia & Dot have to share with you!  And if you have a Watercolor enthusiast on your Christmas list this year, click here to see the gift guide on the Ai website to help get you started.

DB837 - Dual Brush Pen - 837 Wine RedDB158 - Dual Brush Pen - 158 Dark OliveDB249 - Dual Brush Pen - 249 Hunter GreenDB565 - Dual Brush Pen - 565 Deep BlueCanson XL WC Paper PadWCPLT - Watercolor PaletteTsukineko - VersaFine - Instant Dry Pigment Ink Pad - Onyx Black

Monday, December 2, 2019

Ai Snowman

Here's a *bright* card featuring an Art Impressions image from a few years ago - he's intended to be a shaker image with an action wobble, but he looks cute just on his own:
It's the last day to take advantage of Art Impression's Black Friday deal - head over to check it out!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Art Impressions Black Friday weekend sale!

Another great Black Friday sale happening at Art Impressions this weekend!  Click here for 20% off your order:

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Black Friday Sale on Tombows!

Just a quick post for all you avid Tombow Dual Brush users!  Tombow is having a weekend sale.  Click here to find the deals!  Use the code: BLACKFRIDAY2019 to save 40% on your order.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Vintage Art Impressions

Here's one from a few years ago, that once again, I'd stamped and was just waiting to colour.
 Stamp is Art Impressions (retired now!) and the sentiment is an older Close To My Heart set.
Patterned paper is Fancy Pants Designs.


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