Thursday, January 16, 2020

Build My Life

I am trying something a little different for this edition of Art Impressions' Watercolour Weekend!  I love the beautiful quotes & phrases in the Ai Bible Journaling collection - and their fabulous scripty fonts.  I saw an idea similar to this on Pinterest, where it is less of a scene, but more of an artistic representation, that focuses on the quote.
I started by die cutting my Canson XL Watercolour Paper with one of the 5062 - Rounded Rectangle Double Stitched Dies, and then I selected my colour palette of Tombow Dual Brush markers.  I began by scribbling #991 Light Ochre onto my palette, and picked it up with a very wet #6 paintbrush, creating a background wash.  I dropped in touches of #947 Burnt Sienna to add a little warmth.  I took all three of the pine tree stamps from 5010 - WC Tree Set 1, and coloured them in varying shades of #098 Avocado, #177 Dark Jade and #249 Hunter Green, making some 2-toned.  I stamped them to look like a forested hillside, doing second and third generation stamping to create some trees in the background.
Using a damp #1 paintbrush, I went over the tree boughs to blend the colours, and then pulled out the colour to pool below the trees, adding more colour where necessary to have the colours drip & blend together.  I picked up a watery brush full of #493 Reflex Blue and dropped a few bits of colour around the scene where needed.  I purposefully kept a lighter area in the center of my scene, and after my background was dry, I stamped the quote from 5127 - Build My Life Set using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  I spattered a little black paint around, and then using a black fine point marker, I drew in the birds in the upper left corner.
On my creamy cardstock base, I blended some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink , then mounted a piece of kraft cardstock cut 1/8" larger than my scene.  I added 3D adhesive squares to my panel and adhered it to the card base.  Here's a second version that I tried as a landscape orientation, and this became my husband's birthday card!

Be sure to check out the Art Impressions blog on Saturday to see what Tricia & Dot have created this week!

5010 - WC Tree Set 15127 - Build My Life SetCanson XL WC Paper Pad5062 - Rounded Rectangle A2 Double Stitched DiesWCPLT - Watercolor PaletteWCBRUSH1 - WC Brush NO. 1WCBRUSH6 - WC Brush NO. 65138 - DB Pen Set 10PK - Bonnie's Favorites Set 2Tsukineko - VersaFine - Instant Dry Pigment Ink Pad - Onyx Black

Friday, January 3, 2020

First Watercolour Weekend of 2020!

The Art Impressions Watercolour Guest Design Team are back this week to share projects using the #5229 - SBC Exclusive Hydrangeas Set that is available through  This is another stunning floral set by Bonnie - 3 large floral images, 3 small blooms and 6 great sentiments.  Here's what I've come up with:
I started by putting some Bristol Smooth cardstock in my Misti, and put the largest image in as well.  I started by colouring directly onto the leaves of the image with my Tombow Dual Brush Marker in #126 Light Olive, and did the veins and base of each leaf in #177 Dark Jade.  After stamping it onto my cardstock, I was able to see any areas that I'd missed, or wanted to be darker, and (thanks to the Misti!) went over those areas again.  Without removing the cardstock from the Misti, I used my damp #4 paintbrush to pull out the colour, filling the leaves in with the #126, and using the #177 for shadows.
Once the leaves dried, I used #533 Peacock Blue to colour all of the blossoms, and stamped it several times, again making sure all of the areas were covered.  I picked up my paintbrush again to soften the lines and pull out the colour.  I scribbled my #565 Deep Blue marker onto my palette, and picked it up with a wet #1 paintbrush - and I used this to add dots to the middle of each bloom - this helped to define each blossom.  I also used the #565 to add shadows to areas where blooms were under leaves, or recessed behind others.  The shadows really help to make the image less 2 dimensional, and more realistic looking.
I mixed a bunch of the colours that were on my palette with water and used it to paint a wash around the image, then splattered a little black paint on the whole image.  After die cutting the image with the large rectangular die, I put it back in my Misti, picked one of the sentiments from the set, and stamped it in the top corner with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  I mounted it on a periwinkle blue piece of cardstock that shows through the cutouts on the die, and then onto a piece of black.
Click here to purchase the Hydrangea Set at!
Be sure to check out the Ai blog on Saturday, to see what Dot & Tricia have to share this week!
MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most Incredible Stamp Tool InventedTsukineko - VersaFine - Instant Dry Pigment Ink Pad - Onyx BlackWCPLT - Watercolor PaletteWCBRUSH1 - WC Brush NO. 1WCBRUSH4 - WC Brush NO. 45137 - DB Pen Set 10PK - Bonnie's Favorites Set 1

Monday, December 30, 2019

Top 12 of 2019

I always love doing this post!  I literally go through each post from each month, and pick out a personal fave.  Some months are harder than others to choose, but you can see that Art Impressions is prominently featured.  I was thrilled to join their Watercolour Design Team in February, and have loved working on my skills in that area, but I still use their regular line products often.  I've enjoyed playing with Lawn Fawn products, and a new company The Greetery that started in the spring (scroll down to the bonus pick).  I had a few of my cards appear on the Home Shopping Network with Ai (see June!) - so it's been a wonderful crafty year!  Looking forward to some new creations in 2020.  Thanks for stopping by :o)
And a bonus favourite!:

Sunday, December 22, 2019

For You Deer tags

I got some happy mail a few weeks ago, from the wonderful Tracey McNeeley... who puts on the "25 days of Christmas Tags" event in November.  I was lucky enough to win a draw she made, and I received these adorable stamps/dies from Lawn Fawn:
 This is the For You Deer stamp set, with matching dies, and the tag die add-on set (shopping links below).  They're so cute!
 There are all kinds of sentiments in the set, some that work for other occasions too.  And... they are front & back stamps, so you can see their behinds on the flip side of the tags where there's room to write:
 I managed to get 20 of the tags made, as well as about 35 tiny bookmarks that I put in my Christmas cards for coworkers.  If you just use the reindeer and polar bear on their own, they make the sweetest little bookmarks that are about 1 1/2" tall:
 And the backside:
Even though I will likely make & post a few more Christmas cards over the next few weeks, this is probably my last post prior to Christmas, so I want to wish everyone a very happy holiday!  Stay tuned for a "Top 12 of 2019" post next week.
Lawn Fawn - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - For You, DeerLawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - For You, DeerLawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - For You, Deer Add-On

Friday, December 20, 2019

Simple Stories Sub Zero

Oh, how I love these papers!  The snowflakes are cream coloured - which is just a little different, and I love the mix of colours.  I used one of the busier patterned papers in the collection to do a fairly simple card with a grouping of die cut greenery:
I give out a bunch of Christmas cards to men that I work with, so this was one of my masculine card designs this year!  The sentiment is an older Close To My Heart one.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Christmas Cheer!

I really love this little bear duo from the Art Impressions #4666 - Christmas Cheer Set!  I've used them a number of times, and I'm not tired of them yet.  Here they are paired with the lovely Sub Zero papers from Simple Stories:
 The bears are coloured with Copic markers and die cut with a stitched square die, then mounted to the base with pop dots.


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