Yes, they're not something that I make a lot of... but somehow, always really enjoy making? I have a coworker who celebrates Halloween in a big way, and I try to make her a card every year. Knowing that she is a cat owner, I thought this would be perfect for her:785 - Howl-oween Set, I coloured her up with Copic markers and die cut the panel with a decorative rectangle die from The Greetery.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Friday, October 30, 2020
I made a vertical slimline for a special little guy's 3rd birthday last week:
Thursday, October 29, 2020
This slimline design using my 1 1/2" Alphabet Die set from Art Impressions, was totally inspired by one that Jennifer McGuire made a few weeks ago... and was fun to make:
Sunday, October 25, 2020
For my recent Demo Days presentation at the Crafter's Workshop, I used several of the Say it With Stamps sets from Photoplay. Here are a couple of cards using the Peace/Joy set:
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Saturday, October 24, 2020
It's a busy day at the Crafter's Workshop... Demo Days are on today, with presentations at the top of every hour. I was the 11am presenter! Talking about using word dies on cards. Here are a few using Simple Stories Jingle All the Way plaids:
Thursday, October 15, 2020
I've painted another slimline card for Art Impressions Watercolour Weekend, this time done horizontally, with an ethereal feel:
I am all about bright colours, so to paint something light and pastel toned, was a real change for me! I began with the tree image from 5056 - WC Fairy Doors Set, coloured in Tombow #969 Chocolate before stamping it twice onto my Bristol Smooth Cardstock. I used two of the doors from the stamp set, to add a fairy door to each one. I sketched in the rest of my scene with a pencil. With a damp #1 paintbrush, I pulled out the colour from the lines of the trees, leaving a few light, highlight areas, and concentrating the colour in the shaded areas. I used the greenery image from 4867 - WC Foliage Set 2 and #126 Light Olive to add in the leaves, and after going over them with a damp brush to soften them, I went in a second time to add more leaves with some definition.
I thought a rainbow/sunset sky would work well, so using a lot of water as a wash - the sky was faded from # 565 Deep Blue, down to #725 Rhodamine Red, and finally #991 Light Ochre. The mountains were painted in shades of #565, keeping the closer hills a bit darker, and the farther hills a little paler. The hillside was done in a wash of #126, and the stream and lake are in #493 Reflex Blue - where I kept the colour a little stronger at the edges. I used #126 on the tiny grass image from 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1, which I stamped around the tree roots, and I added flowers with the tiny dot image from 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set using #725 and #623 Purple Sage. The doors were painted in #493 Reflex Blue and #761 Carnation with #623 on the overhang. The doors each have a couple of stones in front of them, so I used my paintbrush to add in several more, to create more of a pathway. To finish my scene off, I picked up #565 from my palette, and added shadows to the tree limbs, around the doors and to the stones.
I die cut my panel with a pierced edge slimline die, and mounted it with 3D foam tape to my green cardstock base. I also added Wink of Stella to highlight the greenery and water, so it's got a lovely shimmer across it!
Friday, October 2, 2020
I loved putting another fall scene together this week's Watercolor Weekend post on the Art Impressions blog, using a few sets that have been around a while:4959 - WC Dogs Set with my Tombow Dual Brush Marker in #969 Chocolate, and stamped him onto a large piece of Canson XL Watercolor Paper. After masking him, I coloured up the 2 pumpkins from 5059 - WC Harvest Set with #565 Deep Blue, stamped it off on scrap paper, then coloured overtop with #969 before stamping them onto my scene. With masks still in place, I inked up the milk can from 4701 - Clay Pot in 565/969 and stamped it with the help of my stamp positioner. Using a damp #4 paintbrush, I pulled the colour out of the images, and softened the lines. I used many layers of #969 to add colour to the pup, concentrating it where the darker shadows would be, and used the same technique on my pumpkins with #228 Gray Green, and #991 Light Ochre.
To create my bouquet, I used the Leaves image from Flower Set - 4052 in #991 stamping it repeatedly to give me the yellow flower base, then with the Salvia image in #992 Sand, I added in the tallest blooms, and tucked a few behind my orange pumpkin. With the Mini Foxglove, coloured in #533 Peacock Blue, I stamped it in lines to create the trailing blue flowers. I used my #228 marker to draw in the grass, and coloured it onto one of the flowers from 4963 - WC Fall Set as the green flowers. My last addition was the large twig image from 4701 - Clay Pot, coloured and stamped in #969.
I painted in #565 as the sky colour, and added touches of 228/565/969 to the can, and added some 991 directly to the pumpkin as I wanted it to have some darker orange tones on the underside of it - then added a little to the puppy's coat as well. I used all of my colours to paint a multi-coloured edge to my scene, and then die cut it with two different rectangle dies which served to create a frame. I adhered the center piece with 3D adhesive to have it stand out a little from my slate blue cardstock base.