Saturday, October 12, 2019

Golfer Birthday card

I needed a birthday card for my brother-in-law who is enjoying hitting the links during his retirement, so I pulled out Par-Tee Golfers Set from Art Impressions and my Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall papers were still on my craft desk, so here's what I came up with:
 I stitched around the image with my sewing machine, die cut the sentiment, and mounted them both with pop dots.
Happy stamping!

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Birthday Love!

I took a wee break from holiday cards to use a sketch from Sandy Allnock - using this fun tennis gal from Art Impressions.  I used the colours from these bright fall Lawn Fawn plaids as my inspiration:
 I used my sewing machine to stitch around my white panels, and the image & sentiment are both adhered with pop dots for a little added dimension.  It was great pulling out my Copics for a change!
Here is Sandy's sketch that I used:

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Advanced Class

A few days ago I shared my beginner's watercolour class using the Art Impressions line of stamps, so here is the advanced class that I'll be teaching at the Papercrafter's Workshop in Stouffville on Oct 15th & 20th:
The class is centered around the WC Fir Tree set (which you get in the class), and we will be using it to create two holiday cards featuring a wreath and a festive urn:
The stamp set comes with two tree trunks and six differently shaped branches... and while it's supposed to be for trees, it makes excellent greenery just like you would decorate with for the holidays!
And as a bonus project, we will be using the stamps as they were intended, to create a scene with several fir trees in it.  We'll also be talking about scene building with your stamps, drawing in backgrounds and a lot of discussion about shading & shadows!
The class is being held on the evening of Oct. 15th, or on Sunday afternoon - Oct. 20th, so that you can take the beginner class in the morning, and then the advanced class that afternoon if you like!  You can get all the details here on the Papercrafter's Workshop website (look around and shop while you're there!).  Hope you can join us.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

A Southwestern Watercolor Weekend

I am using two of the newest sets in the Art Impressions Watercolor line this week to create a couple of Southwestern scenes:
 I am just going to go through the steps to create my oval image today, and I began by cutting out the 5065 Double Stitched Oval Die from my Canson XL Watercolor paper.  I chose the large flat-topped mountain image from 5198 WC Mountain Set, coloured it with my #969 Chocolate Tombow Dual Brush marker, and stamped it slightly right of center, in the top third of my oval.  Since I wanted this to look like more of a ranch scene, I chose one of the buildings from 4962 WC Rustic Cabins Set.  I coloured it in #565 Deep Blue, stamped it off, and coloured #969 over top of it before stamping onto my paper.  With #177 Dark Jade, I coloured and stamped two of the cacti from 5196 WC Desert Set in the foreground, masking each one as I went along.  Then I chose the fence from 4807 Old Barn Mini Set, and used my stamp positioner to place it where I wanted, stamping it in #969 over the masked cacti.  I added the small rock image from the Desert Set in and around the cabin, fence and cacti, as well as the larger rock image from 4763 Southwest set, all in #969.
With all of my images in place, I used my damp #4 paintbrush to pull out the colour in the mountains, keeping the crevices darkest, and spreading the brown down the mountain.  I did the same to the fence and rocks, spreading the brown pigment onto the ground, and creating shadows.  For the cabin, I used #N57 Warm Grey 5 to add a weathered wood look to the walls, using my #1 paintbrush to also paint the suggestion of individual boards.  I picked up #899 Redwood from my palette, and added a red/brown shade to the door and chimney.  I pulled the green out of the cacti with my brush, keeping the top edges of them light or white as a highlighted area.  
Now I scribbled some #565 Deep Blue onto my palette, using it to paint in the sky, add shadows to the mountain, cabin, fence and rocks, keeping in mind that the sun was setting on the right side of my image.  I used the fine point of my #565 marker to add shadow lines directly to both cacti, and on a few other areas of my scene.  I also used the fine point of #991 Light Ochre to draw small yellow lines on the top edges of the cacti, to add a sunny glow to the highlighted areas.  Lastly, I picked up #636 Imperial Purple from my palette, adding touches of colour to the sky, mountains and shadows, which really helped the scenes from becoming too 'brown'.  I matted my images on some warm brown cardstock, and adhered them to my patterned paper with pop dots.
There will be another Watercolor Weekend post on the Art Impressions blog on Saturday, so be sure to check it out to see what Tricia and Dot have created this week!


Monday, September 30, 2019

Together For Christmas

When I see a gorgeous patterned paper like this one, I just have to buy it...  I loved the colours, and the pretty botanical/holiday illustration.  It is "Together For Christmas" by Pink Paislee, and when I was shopping at the Papercrafter's Workshop, I spied this Blue Obsidian Mirror Cardstock by Tonic Studios not far away, and knew that I had to pair the two together.
Scroll down to see how pretty this mettalic blue cardstock is... I put it on a white tag that I sponged with Worn Lipstick and Candied Apple Distress Oxide inks, keeping the center white to give it the illusion of being a round ornament.  I added a few sprigs of greenery and a knot of navy/white Baker's twine to finish it off. 
Six more in my stash!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #404

A few more simple Christmas cards using this week's Freshly Made Sketch.  They are lovely and flat for mailing!
 I edged each of the branch layers with a little glue and sprinkled liberally with chunky glitter:
Four more for my stash!
Patterned paper is Kringle & Co. by Photoplay.  Stamp is Close To My Heart. Tree die is Dee's Distinctively.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Watercolour class, anyone?

I am teaching a Beginner's Ai Watercolour class on October 20th at The Papercrafter's Workshop in Stouffville, Ontario - and would love to have you come and play with these fun stamps!

If you've never tried them before - or if you own a few, but don't know how to start, this class is for you.  Art Impressions line of watercolour stamps is based around flowers & greenery, and they have a wide range of different containers to choose from.  Here are the two cards we'll be making:


There will be an advanced class happening in the afternoon... more on that in a day or two.  Check out The Papercrafter's Workshop website here for more details.


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