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.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Sandcastle building

 I've created a summery scene for the Watercolour Weekend this Saturday on the Art Impressions blog, featuring 5118 - WC Beach Girls Set, and 5119 - WC Beach Boys Set:

Using my stamp positioner for placement, I stamped the little boy and girl on my Canson XL Watercolor Paper using #992, and sketched in the shape of a sandcastle between them, along with the shoreline and horizon.  I built up their skintones using layers of #850, and painted his hair with #969, and hers with #850, then #947 overtop to give her a reddish/strawberry blond look, leaving the crown of each head very pale on top where the sun would hit.  His suit was painted with #569, and hers with #993/055.  #977 was painted in as the sand, with several darker layers on the castle, and around the figures.  I mixed #493 and #569 to create the darker water shade, and then used just #493 to paint in the sky.  #245 added a pop of bright green to the bucket.

I used #565 to add shadows in the sand, then used the fine point of a grey marker to slightly darken the outline of the children, and to draw in the little flag and the bucket handle.  I die cut out my scene and mounted it with 3D adhesive onto my patterned background. Check out the blog on Saturday to see what Dot & Tricia have to share, and be sure to follow Ai on instagram to see everything from the Design Team.


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