Thursday, August 4, 2022

Southwestern Village

 Hello Ai Watercolour fans!

I am sharing one of the newer released images from Art Impressions today, that will be on the Ai blog for the Watercolour Weekend this Saturday.  Here is my take on 5520 - WC SW Village:

I stamped one of the images in the set on my Canson XL Watercolour paper, using #992, as I wanted a lighter image.  With my stamp positioner, I added in the two mesa images from 5198 - WC Mountain Set, making the smaller one appear as though it was farther away.  The cactus from 5196 - WC Desert Set was added to appear closer to the viewer, along with rocks from 5415 - WC Large Rocks Set.  I used these colours from my palette to paint the buildings:  912, 993,761, 885, 991, 969.  The cactus was painted with #228, #177 and #173.  Layers of warm browns including #947 were painted on the mesas along with #565 as shadows.  I used my #228 marker directly on the paper to add in some foliage, and I used my Navy Twintone marker to darken all the windows.  #493 was painted in as the sky, and washes of brown were added to the ground.  After mounting the image on brown cardstock, I spattered metallic gold paint on the edges of the card, and popped up the image with 3D adhesive.

Be sure to check out the Ai blog on Saturday to see what Dot & Tricia have to share.  Happy painting!

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Masculine Birthday

 I made a belated birthday card for my brother-in-law this week.  This is a retired image from Art Impressions, but it fits Miles perfectly!  I made a 4 1/2" square card using some Graphic 45 papers.  The sentiment is stamped onto one of the die cuts from the new Art Impressions Journal dies - I love the dimension it adds!

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Happy Anniversary

 It's our 28th Anniversary today!  I made a card for my husband, using some One Canoe Two paper, and some Tim Holtz mini Blueprint images.  I really love how the rose gold metallic paper looks with the muddy blue of the background papers.

Anyone else miss the Blueprints??  I will continue to use them as often as I can!

Thursday, July 28, 2022

For Glitzy

 A special card for one of my daughter's friends, who is turning 25 this week.  This is one of the Art Impressions freebie stamps that you can get when you order $30 or more from the Ai website (last year's image).  Piggies have a special meaning for this friend, so I made a cute little 4 1/4" square card.

The image is coloured with Copic markers, and I drew the party hat on myself.  The balloon is from the 29 Again stamp set, that I cut out and mounted with foam tape.  I tied a piece of black thread to the balloon, and then attached it to his tail.  For a little glimmer, I added Wink of Stella to the balloon, party hat and his snout.  Happy Birthday, Glitzy!

Friday, July 22, 2022

You're a Great Friend

 Ever had a card sitting unassembled on your desk for a really long time??  I'm sure I stamped this one over a year ago, and it's been shuffled around my craft room many a time.  So I finally just got it done!  Not sure why it took so long, but I played around with the layout a fair bit.  Stamps are Fleur by The Greetery and Pinkfresh Studio for the sentiment.  Background stencil is also the Greetery - and Distress Oxide Inks were used all 'round.

Even though this isn't the best photo, I wanted to show the gold embossed sentiment, and the circle is a lovely matte gold colour.

Monday, July 18, 2022

And more Popsicles...

 Another version!  I made two of these tonight, using a Taylored Expressions Cover Plate as a mask to ink blend some Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink on my background, and then spattered it on top.  I kept the colours a little softer, and added a pink sentiment.  Happy with these!

The fruit, leaves and sentiment are "Fruity" from the Pigment Craft Co. and the popsicles are from Stampin' Up.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Could you be any Sweeter?

Such a sweet sentiment!  I am using Fruity and it's matching dies from Pigment Craft Co., along with a whole bunch of Distress Oxide Inks in some fun blends.  The popsicles are an older Stampin' Up set, and I dug out some embellies from my stash:

I layered the Sweeter die a couple of times to give the die cut some dimension, and ink blended my card base with a cut out rectangle mask for a little background interest.


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