Vintage Birthday Greetings

Yesterday I spent some time picking up my studio space.  I'm one of those people who can't work when things are in too much of a whirlwind.  Oddly enough picking up prepares me for my next projects.  I can usually see 2 or 3 cards within all the paper scraps and loose embellishments and stamps I took out but didn't use.
I had played with some background ideas last week so I had some of the pieces laying around.  One of the backgrounds was one I had seen Wendy Vecchi doing a demo of while being filmed during this past CHA (youtube).  This is a very similar technique to what I used to call "Poor Man's" polished stone way back in the day.  The parts for the technique are the same...Ranger Specialty paper ( aka: matte coat card stock), archival inks (dye inks) and rubbing alcohol( a high % works best).  To create the polished stone effect I used to brayer dye ink onto matte coated cardstock and pounce alcohol soaked cotton balls on to that to move the ink.  Krylon metallic markers were used instead of metallic mixatives to achieve a glimmery effect. 
This new technique is very cool. You just drop a couple different drips of archival reinkers into a small "puddle" of rubbing alcohol(on your craft mat) and spread out with a palette knife before smooshing Ranger Specialty paper over.  More drips of alcohol can be added for cool drippage effects. If you try this technique it will only work on matte coated card stock or Ranger Specialty paper.
 I liked the almost rusty looking effect I had gotten on this background and paired it with a vintage photo that had rusty spots too.

 card size: 5" x 7"

Stamps:   Crafty Secrets Grand Greetings

Specialty Paper:   Basic Grey- Basics Manila 6 x 6, Basic Grey LilyKate "Rain" 12 x 12,  Maja Designs 12 x 12,  Fancy Pants Designs- Etcetera (wood pattern) 6x6, Matte Coat white cardstock

Inks:  Archival- Coffee, Blue Violet, Tree Branch,  Distress Ink- Shaded Lilac,  Copic BV02

Embellishment:   Doodlebug Design-Mini Pearls Lilac,  Swarovski gems SS5 Cyclamen

Tools:   Impression Obsession- Hollyhocks die,  Poppy Dies- Picket Fence


Hi It's Your Birthday

While I still had all of my markers rolling around on my coloring table I thought I would have a go at the beautiful Papertrey Ink tulips.  I made quite a mess on this card as I was watercoloring...odd splotches of paint all over.  I went over the splotches with a wet paintbrush and just kept a damp white cotton towel hand to wipe away run-a-way paint.  I know it's supposed to be more freeing to watercolor but as you can see not too much out of the lines for me.  I will have to work on that ;)  One thing that has helped me when I'm watercoloring is to keep my Ranger heat tool right next to me when I'm working.
Drying the painting once in awhile lets me see more accurately what the color is doing. 

 card size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Stamps:   Papertrey Ink- Friendship Jar Spring Fillers set,  Avery Elle- Handwritten Notes set

Specialty Paper:   Echo Park- Dots & Stripes 6x6,  Doodlebug Design- Kraft in Color-Color 6x6, Paperetrey Ink-Bitty Box Basics 8x8

Embellishment:   October Afternoon- Daily Flash Tin Pins

Ink:   Archival Jet Black,  Distress Markers- Barn Door, Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Zig Wink of Stella-clear

Tools:   Papertrey Ink- Gracious Vases dies, Memory Box- Dancing Tulips die


Have Hope

Spring weather is arriving for one full day tomorrow...can't wait!  Today I have some speckled blue eggs and a word of hope.  I love the style of Tim Holtz Blueprint stamps.  Some are egg-stra special (sorry)  This one reminds me of the empty nest outside of my stamp studio door.  A pair of robins have used the nest for the last three years or so. It has withstood all kinds of weather from heavy summer wind storms to icy blizzards.  The robins are a friendly couple.  They "dress up" the house each year by poking in more grasses and sometimes colorful found objects.  It is fun to watch them growing their babies from"screaming"never full infants to gawky teenagers trying out their flying skills.  Ah-h-h Spring...someday...there's always hope :)

Stamps:   Tim Holtz- Easter Blueprint set,  My Favorite Things- Have Hope set

Specialty Paper:   Authentique- Hope Collection 8x8

Inks:   Archival Jet Black, Distress markers- Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain

Embellishments:   Teresa Collins Far Away enamel dots

Tools:   Simon Says Stamp- Sketchy Banners die, Tim Holtz- Tiny Attacher


Choose Joy

I've been playing with some mixed media techniques lately.  I love taking time to try some things that are out of my comfort zone.  I didn't think this piece would actually become a card.  (The finished card is 6" x 5")

I started with a sheet of canvas that I painted with gesso and cut down to an odd size.  I "daubered" some Tim Holtz Distress acrylic paints onto it and spritzed with water.  I finger painted a bit with that and dried it some with a heat gun.  It was still wet so I splotched at it with a paper towel which left some nice texture.  The next day when I looked at it I thought this piece would be fun to build a collage onto. The canvas was thin so I backed it onto a piece of matte board using a piece of full sheet adhesive to cover the whole thing.

I dug into my stash of "bits & pieces"...unused die cuts...borders...punchies...etc.  It sort of just evolved into what it is.  I did learn that close attention to spelling is really important when you are using black paint to stamp with so "chose" became "choose" when I ending up covering my boo-boo (note to self: never apply for a job at a tattoo parlor)  I wanted to use some glitter too but I wanted my houses to look like they had been iced with frosting...not snow!...so it is what it is.  ;)  I have to say it was fun to play.  Now maybe I'll be brave enough to get a regular sized canvas done.

Stamps:   My Sentiments Exactly- Alphabet clear,  Hero Arts- Type set

Paint:   Distress Acrylic Paint- Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry, Evergreen Bough, Broken China,  Fresco Chalk Finish Acrylics- Snowflake, Chalk, Cheesecake, Little Black Dress
Uni Posca Paint Pens- white, black,  Faber-Castell Pit Artist Pens- Dk.Chrome Yellow, Lt. Cobalt Turquoise, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist- Bubble Light Green

Specialty Paper:   Fredrix Canvas sheet,  Doodlebug-Kraft in Color, Basic Grey- Capture pad,  Silhouette- Glitz Design Hankies Banner(print and cut) natural kraft corrugate

Tools:   Sizzix- Tim Holtz Townscape die, Simon Says Stamp- Flat Bottom Cloud dies,  Lawn Fawn- Grassy Border, Memory Box- Flying Birds, Carla Craft- Flower punch

Misc:   Golden Regular Gel Medium- matte,  Claudine Hellmuth- white gesso


My Nicest Thoughts

I decided to play along with the Splitcoast Stampers Wednesday sketch challenge.  I thought it would be easy but it was actually hard to pull the elements of the sketch together with the elements I had chosen to use and still a create "flow". 

I thought the large panel would look great as a collage style piece but due to my more modern looking smaller panel I needed to "reach across the aisle" to combine the two styles.  I love the new Little B skinny washi tape...too cute! I colored the poppy die cut with Copic markers and slathered the addictive Wink of Stella glitter over the flower and butterfly.

Stamps:   Stampers Anonymous- Tim Holtz collection,  Verve- Small Phrases,  Inkadinkado-Memories Clock,  Love to Stamp- Lines

Specialty Paper:   Doodlebug Kraft in Color- Color Coll. 6x6,  Studio Calico- Wanderlust 6x6

Ink/Color:   Archival Jet Black ink,  Fresco Chalk Finish Acrylics- "Chalk", Copic markers

Embellishments:   Cavallini- Vintage Butterfly sticker,  Little B- skinny washi tape,  Crystal Glitter Ritz- warm highlight,  Zig Wink of Stella- clear

Tools:   Memory Box dies- Meridian Border & Prim Poppy,  Simon Says- Sketchy Banner dies



Today my card is simple but meaningful.  I found this fun vintage iris lady on The Graphics Fairy website.  I like that the image was sharp enough to print out at about 3" x 5". 

card size: 5 1/2  x 4 1/4"
I used a collection of papers from Kaiser Craft that included some pieces printed with an embossing or varnish pattern.  The piece that the iris lady is mounted on was sponged with a pretty blue die ink using a latex make-up wedge. I sponged the white laser cut words on the front with a very pastel Hero Arts pigment ink...definitely a new favorite.

Specialty Paper:   Kaiser Craft Violet Crush Collection 6 1/2",  BoBunny Soft Shades Double Dot Designs

Ink:   Wendy Vecchi Archival Cornflower Blue,  Hero Arts Pastel Peach pigment ink

Embellishments:   Coffee Break Designs- Laser cut tiny words,  Cosmo Cricket- Tiny Text


The Little Things

I love "happy accidents".  My card today has sort of an unusual focal image.  When I saw these Prima Everyday Vintage Paintables online I thought they would be pretty for Project Life page enhancements.  When I received them I saw they were made of a watercolor type of paper.  I intended to actually try watercolor on them but tried Copic markers first on this pretty little glass of flowers.  The Copics worked beautifully and blended well.  The package contains 16 pieces of "paintable" cards including  3 x 4" designs such as this one is and 4x6" designs which are mostly postcard type backgrounds.  I know...totally cheating right? ...but they look so pretty colored ;)

I have shown what the paintables look like prior to coloring.   I used Copics to add a color border around the piece on the card. I also altered a hatpin embellishment that I had by removing the sparkly pink stone that was on it and replacing with a Hero Arts Hero Hues light lavender pearl.  I tried for a long time to make a bow so this was my final act of desperation to add some interest to the simply tied ribbon.

Stamps:   My Favorite Things-Own Your Story set

Focal Image:   Prima Everyday Vintage Paintables Collection Four (available at Scrapbook.com etc)

Copics:   BV00, BV02, BV04, BV11, V15, BG13, B000, G00, G21, G24, Y04, Y15

Specialty Paper:   Maja Designs-  Vintage Summer Basics (6x6)  and Life in the Country 

Misc:   Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush marker (clear)


Believe (You can Fly)

I learn a little something from almost every card I make.  For this card I worked with some products that I normally wouldn't use on lighter weight card stock or thinner papers.  I started with the fairy image which was printed on Epson ultra premium card stock.  I wanted to add a little depth to the image so I used Berol Prisma color pencils to make some enhancements to the hair, face, wings and dress.  Once done- the shine of the color pencil which was only applied in small areas looked odd against the matte paper so I used a coating of Judikins MicroGlaze to even it out. Then I added a thin coating of matte multi medium to further protect the image quality.  For the background I white washed a piece of Graphic 45 paper with Fresco Chalk Finish paint with a "dry" brush ...drying quickly with a heat gun.  I wanted to push the pattern of the paper behind the main image so it wouldn't compete so much.  I used a spatter stamp with other Fresco paint colors to start a background of "fairy sprinkles".  

What I found in my experimenting on this card is that a "light hand" and a ready heat gun does work wonders when using mixed media materials on thinner papers.  I did inadvertently end up backing the main piece onto another piece of card stock but only because I made an oopsie when layering. I didn't have a big problem with warping.
I forgot to check for the source of the fairy image and will be back to correct that asap.

Stamps:   Verve- Wings of Love set,  Hampton Art- spatter,  Memory Box- Leaf Print Butterfly

Specialty Paper:   Graphic 45- Botanical Tea Collection 8x8,  Doodlebug- Kraft in Color-Color Collection 6x6 (background for banner die)

Color:   Archival- Jet Black & Sap Green,  Fresco Chalk Finish acrylic paint- Chalk & Very Berry,  Distress Ink- Antique Linen and Vintage Sepia,  Viva Glitter Pen- Hologram

Embellishment:   Recollections Epoxy Dots- Pastel

Tools:   Simon Says Stamp- Ribbon Banner die,  Cuttlebug- Anna Griffin "Rosa" embossing folder


Spring Hello

What a beautiful day today!  It actually feels like Spring will be coming soon.  To celebrate I have created a colorful Springy card complete with bunnies, butterflies, and blooms.

card size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Impression Obsession- Bunny with Basket,  Crafty Secrets- See You Soon set,  Flourishes- Spring has Sprung set

Color:   Copic markers,  Distress ink pad- Spun Sugar,  Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad,  Faber-Castell- Pitt artist pen white,  Wink of Stella- clear & black

Tools:   Memory Box dies-  Fresh Foliage,  Moonlight Butterfly,  Poppy Stamps- Bunny Buddies die,  Mama Elephant- Femme Frames dies,  Cuttlebug Folder- dots  


Worldly Gentleman

I see more cards featuring watercolor of late.  I hadn't really used my Ranger Distress Markers much.  I admit that I wasn't pleased with them at first.  I had purchased the whole set at once when they had just come out.  Over half of the markers were either dry or the caps wouldn't fit tight.  I believe that sometimes in the rush to get a new product out on the market... the first "batch" may not be quite up to par.  I just replaced the markers from the first batch.  The second release of Distress Marker colors was perfect.  These are my go to markers for watercolor techniques.  I made a "guy" card today.  It's pretty straight forward...no frills.

 Stamps:   Tim Holtz- guy,  My Favorite Things-  Vertical Greetings set

Specialty Paper:   Tim Holtz-  Watercolor paper,  Basic Grey- Capture Pad (6x9),  Fancy Pants- Swagger (6x6),  BoBunny- Kitchen Spice (12x12)

Color:   Ranger Distress Markers-  walnut stain,  frayed burlap,  rusty hinge,  evergreen bough,  faded jeans,  peeled paint,   Archival Jet Black Ink

Tools:   MFT- Fishtail Flags,  Tim Holtz- Tiny Attacher

Embellishment:   Momenta- Metal photo corners


Follow Your Dreams

Hello! from inside the "polar vortex".  I have been enjoying quality time spiffing up my studio and working on my annual re-sort of my "stuff" so that I can shop it better when I am working on projects.  This helps a bit with the cabin fever that inevitably comes when you are encased in snow & ice. This is a lovely view of my home nested in snow. 

...and my birds...I can't imagine on difficult this extreme weather is for them especially when hiding from the hawk who's been chasing them daily.

I do have a card today :)  My granddaughter Sierra is graduating high school this spring and then leaving the nest for collage in Colorado.  I needed to make a special going away card for her. 

I wanted to play with a technique I had seen where you hand color embossing folder images.  I used Strathmore Mixed Media paper to emboss an Anna Griffin embossing folder called Aviary.  I tried Copic markers to color the raised portions of the design.  This paper took the Copic markers well...blending was easy.  I also liked that it didn't spread too much from the embossed pattern.  The Copic blender did a good job removing excess.

 Stamps:   Papertrey Ink- Framed out #5,  Impression Obsession- Joy In The Journey

Specialty Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink-Bitty Box Basics 8x8,

Color:   Copic markers,  Berol Prisma color pencils for accent

Ink:   Archival- Jet Black

Tools:   Memory Box-  Primo Labels dies ,  Cheery Lynn-  Fanciful Flourish die,  Poppy Stamps- Nestled Bird die,  Martha Stewart-  Lace border punch,  Spellbinder-  Rectangles