Thursday, July 19, 2018

My first watercolor landscape

One of the things I love about card making is that you get to do little works of art.  There isn't a lot of pressure like when you're doing a large piece.  That said, I was a little nervous about the landscape.  I think it turned out fine, though, don't you?  I haven't adhered it to a card yet, but here it is:

The frame is a little wonky, but that's ok.  It is my first try, after all!  Hey, did you notice that I hand wrote my greeting?

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Supplies used:

Canson 140 lb watercolor paper
Gansai Tambi watercolors
black Micron pen

Another birthday card

Using another technique learned from Kristina Werner's class at Online Card Classes. 

It's kind of simple, I hope my niece will like it. 

I may add some embellishments to it later, but I haven't decided what yet.

The class is a lot of fun, except yesterday was about lettering and typography.  I hate my handwriting, so I kind of cheated a bit and used a stamp on the card (the "you're").

See you again real soon!

Supplies used:

Canson 140 lb watercolor paper
Sakura Koi watercolors (set of 24)
Stampin' Up Watermelon Wonder card stock

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Birthday Bubbles

So these two card fronts are homework for the Simply Watercolor card class.  The horizontal one I like the bubbles better, but I hate my handwriting.  The vertical one I got a little overzealous with the paint on the big bubble, and I used a stamp instead of writing the greeting.  Who says we can't cheat a little?

Here they are:

I do like that they have so many colors. 

Day two is about making little critters, but I'm a day behind.  I'm going to do my day three homework first, then go back to day two if I have time. 

Anyhoo.  Thanks for looking!

Supplies used:

Canson 140 lb watercolor paper
Sakura Koi watercolors (set of 24)
Memento black ink
Black Micron pen

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Online Card Classes Simply Watercolor

I've signed up for another class, and this time, I'll be an active participant rather than taking the class independently.  I love OCC, and have learned a lot of techniques there.  Below, an illustration of WHY I NEED the Simply Watercolor class...

I love the way it turned out, but it's not what I meant it to be.  I was experimenting, trying out the no-line watercolor technique.  It was a hot mess and did NOT look like a flower... so I restamped the outline over top in black.  Ta daa!  Lol... it's not a card yet, but it soon will be.

Thanks for looking, and wish me luck during the class!

Materials used:
Distress inks- Antique Linen (to stamp), Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon
Ranger Archival ink in black
Altenew Gardenia Build-A-Flower stamp
Tim Holtz Distress watercolor paper

Edited to add:

Here's the finished card!

Additional Supplies:

Stampin' Up! card stock: Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach
Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set

Thanks for looking again!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Winter's Eve Window card

More from Heartfelt Creations!  LOL since I have the whole set, you'd think I'd be all set up for Christmas card making.  And I am.  But I still find things that I just gotta have.  Anyhoo.  Here's my card:

This might be as close to clean and simple as you can get with Heartfelt Creations lol.  So I used one of the 6 x 6 paper sections and adhered that to the front of the card only around the outside edge.  Then I used the Cut Mat Create die to cut out the center of the paper and card front, discarded the center piece of the card front and layered the center piece of the patterned paper into the inside of the card.  I thought the swirls from other Cut Mat Create die set looked like swirling snow so I cut off all the little leaves and now we're pretending the flowers are snowflakes.  The tree border and deer are Darice dies that I had in my stash, I think they add a more dimension to the scene.

What do you think?

Supplies used:

HC Winter's Eve paper collection
HC Cut Mat Create 2A and 2B die sets
Recollections pearl paper
DoCrafts Papermania 6 x 6 card blank
SU! Garden Green and Chocolate Chip card stock

Thanks for looking!

Heartfelt Creations Christmas Card

So I went and splurged on the Winter's Eve collection from Heartfelt Creations, thinking that was all I would need for some pretty cards.  Well, I got halfway through this card, and realized I wanted Christmas trees.  Of course this meant I had to go back and order Some from the Snow Kissed collection lol.  First world problems, right?

Here is my complete-for-now card:

I say complete-for-now because I feel like the front greeting needs a little more oomph.  I haven't decided what to do there.  

Did I mention I love Christmas trees?  lol there are eight die cut trees on this card!  I added Perfect Pearls because I felt they needed a little decoration. 

Anyhoo.  Here's my supply list:

HC 4.25 x 5.5 foldout card
HC Winter's Eve patterned paper
HC Winter's Eve stamp set (outside greeting)
SU! Tempting Turquoise ink
HC Classic Border Basics die
HC Delicate Border Basics dies
SU! Tempting Turquoise card stock
HC Snow Kissed Spruce stamp set
HC Frolicking Frosty and Spruce die set
SU! Pear Pizazz card stock
SU! Garden Green ink
SU! Chocolate Chip ink
Ranger Perfect Pearls - platinum

Wow that's a heckuva list.  You'd almost need a whole Heartfelt Creations and Stampin' Up! craft room to do this... oh wait... I DO have that!  lol

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

What do you really need? And what can you live without? (In card making, anyway)

So have you ever just read hundreds of blogs, thinking "hey! I wanna do that too", and then wonder how on earth you ever get started?

Well that's what I'm going to talk about today.  Stuff you need to get started making cards.  Let's get right to it!  To keep this readable, I'll post a few at a time.  Today's stuff you gotta have (And I don't even get to the stamps yet!):

1.  A good paper trimmer.  Not the cheapest one you can find, but you don't have to spend big bucks here.  I used to like guillotine trimmers because I could lop off all the uneven layers on a card in one big chomp.  Now I prefer a tool that I can measure well with and have even layers to begin with.  The problem with guillotine trimmers?  Well, for me, it was hard to consistently get even layers- I would measure, but the trimming process managed to miss the mark somehow.  So I had to put finished cards in the trimmer and cut off all the unevenness.   Yes, it was a user problem, not necessarily an equipment problem.  But you know what?  When I got my Stampin' Up trimmer, I suddenly started making much more even layers.  No more chopping up finished cards.

2.  Great card stock.  Don't buy the cheap stuff at the store.  It's 2017, use your internet and get great card stock. It makes a difference.  There are lots of fantastic choices out there, from My Favorite Things to Simon Says Stamp to Stampin' Up.  Why do I like Stampin' Up?  Because I love that their inks and papers color coordinate (makes it easier for me to make a nice card) and their colored inks work fabulously on their Whisper White card stock.  I mean really, really fabulously.  No splotches, no fading, no bleeding. Several companies have coordinating card stock and inks, several companies have a white card stock that works well with their colored inks.  Shop around, see what you like best.

3.  Your favorite inks.  Dye inks are great.  They don't cost a lot, they come in hundreds of colors, and they often match your card stock.  You don't need lots of pigment inks, unless you do tons of embossing.  Versamark and white craft ink are the only pigment inks I use to emboss with.  There are inks out there made for certain special effects.  Just know that you can do most ink blending techniques with most dye inks.  You don't necessarily need all five thousand different Tim Holtz inks (although I do have a few dozen!) and you don't necessarily need all fifty Stampin' Up! inks (although I do have them all).  Here again, use your internet and get good inks, don't just stick with what's at the local hobby store.

Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad
Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad
4.  A few markers to color with.  Don't think you have to spend big money here, either, but you will want to color in images for your cards.  Water-based markers cost less than alcohol-based, but both have their place in the crafter's nook.  I'd start with water-based because you can stamp with them, water color with them, and they often come in colors to match your inks.  Those come in handy when you stamp imperfectly- you can touch up the image with the coordinating marker and Ta-daa! You've got a perfect image.

5.  A computer.  You will at some point, be stuck.  Have a stamp set you have no idea what to do with.  Want to see a new technique.  Try to figure out where your great card went wrong.  Thanks to the internet, you'll be able to find new inspiration, tutorials, and friends willing to provide feedback.  And you can do it at 2:00 am.

Thanks for looking.  I'll post more later.