Saturday, September 23, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches 360

For this Freshly Made Sketches design, I pulled a piece of designer paper that resembles watercolor from a Prima "Firefly" 6x6 pad. The sentiment is a Dawn Houser design from Inkadinkado. A Cuttlebug embossing folder provides some texture to the card base. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tic Tac Toe with the Flower Challenge

This month, The Flower Challenge provides a tic-tac-toe challenge.  I went a bit beyond my three, I admit: embossing, watercolor, color (blue)...with a sentiment (and white?) thrown in.   It's a Stampendous flower and a Penny Black sentiment, with Sky Blue Peerless watercolors over black embossing. 

Take Flight with Less is More

I have a drawer full of dragonfly and butterfly stamps, and they remain among my favorites for stamped images.  For this week's Less is More, I chose the large dragonfly from I Brake for Stamps and the sentiment  from Stampotique.  I heat-embossed the dragonfly, cut it out, and then painted with watercolors and Distress Oxides. When that was dry, I spritzed it with Glimmer Mist Iridescent Gold and popped it up on adhesive squares. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Color Throwdown -- Red, Black, and White

As I mentioned in my previous post , I'm fond of this color combo and made two cards in one day with these colors.  For this Color Throwdown card, I used a background stamp "Splatter" from Wendy Vecchi and one of my favorite Wordsworth sentiments -- I love the font and the sentiment.  I started with one wide red ribbon, but it was too wide; instead, I chose two narrow ribbons accented with silver thread. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Freshly Made Sketch 304

Red, black and white were on my mind when I came to this sketch for Freshly Made Sketches. (Next blog post features those colors, too.)  Swiss dots in an embossing folder added basic texture to the black layer, and a lined folder did the same for the red band.  The flower in the circle is an old stamp -- at least 12 years old -- from ATRS. I added a tiny sentiment from Hero Arts and some red jewels.  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Watercolor with a Silhouette

I'm really liking playing with watercolors!  The CAS Watercolor challenge for September is to create a silhouette on a watercolored card.  My stamp choices were limited, but this Stampotique image came to mind immediately.  And it's still summer, so the theme works, too.  Again, I used Peerless watercolors, as in my previous post, creating a vibrant background for the summer children.  "Smile" is one of several dies of that word in my stash, but the die was tucked in with another die, so I'm not sure of the manufacturer.  

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CAS Mix-Up with Watercolor Wash

Having been gone for a week visiting our baby granddaughter, I wanted to get back on the card-making track quickly.  The problem: I didn't read deadline dates very well, so the first two cards I made were late.  I posted one anyway because I like it. Onward ... to the  challenge September CAS Mix Up.Thank heavens, these last a month!  I'm loving the watercolor challenges, and I've been watching some great video demonstrations for instruction and inspiration.  

Watercolor wash was especially rewarding with Peerless Watercolors....It's amazing how much color is contained on each sheet in that booklet!The watercolor washes turned out to be quite vibrant.  In addition to the watercolor and stamping, I chose diecuts. 

At this point, I must admit another problem: my first card for this challenge is my favorite with its green, blue and yellow colors, BUT it's not very CAS.   Sooooooo....I made another one, with more white space.  This card features a Technique Junkies image and a Verve die cut. 

The card below was my initial choice, but it has very little white space.  I reminded myself that I must always think "CAS" when starting on one of these challenges.  The sentiment is from Impression Obsession, and the die cut is from Tim Holtz's "splatters" die set for Sizzix.