Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Die Embossing and Rock 'n Roll Tecnhiques

I watched a video by Jennifer McGuire where she highlighted the “Die Embossing” technique with layering dies.  I was fascinated and ran to my art studio to give it a try with my Fun Stampers Journey dies. This is the end result of my studio play time!


I don’t have the circle or oval dies (yet!), but I do have the rectangle and long rectangle piercing die sets.  I decided to use the long rectangle dies, so I laid them out & placed a few pieces of scotch tape on the non-cutting side to hold them together.

It took a few tries to get the right sandwich combination for my Grand Caliber die cutting machine. This is what works in my machine (bottom to top): Base Plate, Tan Embossing Mat, Cardstock, Taped-together Dies (cutting side down), Adapter Plate & a shim that was cut from a manila folder.   It didn’t feel tight when it was rolled through my machine, but the embossing came out beautifully.

Now that I had an embossed piece of cardstock, I had to decide what I was going to do with it. I thumbed through my Fun Stampers Journey stamp sets looking for the perfect set to work with my embossed piece.  Ah ha!  I have matching dies for the Autumn Days (SS-0006) set.

 I used Fun Stamper’s Journey Pineapple Smoothie ink on the oak leaf stamp, then “rock ‘n rolled” the following colors on top of the Pineapple Smoothie ink: Green Olive, Rich Coral, and Dark Roast to get the variegated colors.  I used the matching dies to cut the leaves out – so much faster than fussy cutting!

The bottom leaf is glued down flat at the stem end & the top of the leaf is popped up; I placed the tape close to the edge of the image. The second leaf has more tape toward the top so that it pops up more than the bottom leaf.  The leaf on top has tape all over it and a double layer of tape at the top for extra dimension.

The sentiment came from the Summer Garden (SS-0078) set and was stamped in Dark Roast ink. The panel was glued onto a piece of Green Olive cardstock and that panel was glued onto a Whipped Cream card base.  I tied a length of twine into a double bow & used a glue dot to adhere it to the card front.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fun at Bali Studios!

Last Thursday was Open Paint Night at Bali Studio in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  I planned on painting a dragonfly again because my granddaughter has the first one I did.  I really like that dragonfly painting and want one for my art wall!   But when I got to Bali Studio, I decided to do something different, something that I hadn't painted yet.  So, I chose the heron silhouette.



This was a fun, FAST painting!  I was done with it in about an hour, and that included drying time!  

The background was done first, starting with light cream for the setting sun, then gradiating out with darker colors.  The silhouette was drawn freehand (no stencil, oh my!), then painted black. The leaf fronds and birds were created using with simple brushstrokes.   Voila! It's done!

If you would like to join me at a paint class, look up and "like" Bali Studio on Facebook. Sheri posts her events there. Here is a link to her page: https://www.facebook.com/Bali-Studios-196419721201/

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fun Stamper's Journey, "Tickled Pink"

This card is for this week’s Try a New Technique Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.com.  The challenge was to create a  “Bordered Sentiment” card.  I have been seeing quite a few cards with flamingos lately & they have been “growing on me.”  So, I decided to use Fun Stamper’s Journey Tickled Pink set for the card.




Here is the finished card


After stamping the sentiment onto a piece of Fun Stamper’s Journey  Whip Cream cardstock, I drew the border lightly with a #2 pencil & masked it off using blue painter’s tape.  I stamped the flamingo first & colored it.  I masked the image before stamping the tree trunk & palm fronds.   I drew the coconuts using different colored markers to add shading.  Once that was done, I colored in the palm fronds and tree trunk.  

Once that was done, I carefully peeled off the painter’s tape & stamped the three flowers & leaves on the right side above the sentiment.  Then I went over the pencil marks with a marker to create the border & erased the remaining marks that were inside the flower petals.   I water colored the sand and sky with marker ink & my watercolor pen.

Ugh, I did not like this card after all that work!  The left side of the bordered area was empty and I didn’t like how the flowers looked.  So, I stamped five more flowers & eight leaves on a piece of scrap cardstock, water colored them, then fussy cut them out. After that was done, I glued them onto the card & added a bit of glimmer to the yellow centers & sentiment using Sakura gold & clear glitter pens.

When I was happy with the card front, I trimmed it down to 4” x 5-1/4”. I layered it on top of a piece of Sweet Berry cardstock that was cut to 4-1/8” x 5-3/8” and glued that entire piece onto a card base of Black Licorice cardstock.  (8-1/2” x 5-1/2”, scored at 4-1/4” to create the base).

You can purchase the cardstocks and Tickled Pink (SS-0265) stamp set on my Fun Stamper’s Journey page, 


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fun Stamper's Journey Poppy Days

I received my first order from the 2016-2017 Fun Stamper's Journey catalog yesterday!  I am soooo excited!  I ordered two large stamp sets,several ATC's, and Pan Pastets (more on those to come).

The first thing I opened was the Poppy Days stanmpset!  I love poppies because they are so cheerful and easy to paint freehand.

Look at all that lucisouness!  I used all of those products to make the sample piece at the bottom of the picture.   I noticed, though, that I did not include tmy Fun Stamper's Journey Black Licorice inkpad.

Here is a close up of the sample


This is a multi-step stamp set. You start with the lightest color and build up to the darkest color.

If you love this set as much as I do, you can click on  This Link to my Fun Stamper's Journey page to order it.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Giveaway - Fun Samper's Journey $25 Gift Certificate

Wow!  Here's a fabulous opportunity to win a $25 gift  certificate from Fun Stamper's Journey!

Go to the the Scrapbbok Expo Freebie Friday post and leave a comment.  One luicky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate AND a catalog!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Another Art Impressions Watercolor Card


Yep, I’m obsessed!   Today’s picture is another practice piece that I did using Art Impressions style of watercoloring.

The container is a stamp from Fun Stamper’s Journey that is on the  retiring list; it is available for 40% off (until supplies last)  


I only inked the container part of the stamp using a Marvy LePlume marker then stamped it onto 140 lb watercolor paper. Then I used Art Impressions stamps from the floral and foliage basics sets to create the rest of the image using green and violet LePlume markers. I used a die to cut the frame using Fun Stampers Journey Pretty Amethyst and Rock Candy cardstocks.   I used a Sizzix die to make an easel stand so that this picture will stand up.

Below are links the Art Impressions stamps that I used.  These are affiliate links to Amazon.









Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mother's Day Card 2016

This is the card that I gave to my mother this year.

It is an easel card that I created with Heartfelt Creations’ Peacock Paisley collection from 2015.  I also used Spellbinders oval dies and Heartfelt Creations daisy die.

This card was fun to create and easy since the paper is already colored. I die cut out one of the peacock images with a fancy scalloped die, added a few punched flowers and then layered it onto green & navy blue cardstock ovals.  I did the same for the lower image.  I added a daisy that I stamped, colored, then die cut.  The sentiment is from a Verve set. I stamped it with black archival ink then used a tag punch for the shape.

My lighting is a bit off so it looks like the green layers are different colors. However, they are the same color!

It’s easier to insert a link to a tutorial than to try to explain how to create an oval easel card. Here is a YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2HdBswS_BU


I love the Peacock Paisley collection! I need to make more cards since I have so much paper left still! So don’t be surprised if you see more of this collection in the upcoming months.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Art Impressions Style Water Color Picture

I have been obsessed lately with the Art Impressions style of water coloring!  I am trying to use what I already have in my stash of stamps and markers to learn this style.  I figure I’ll save money by not investing in new things plus it will help me expand my skills.  It’s been slow going and somewhat frustrating, though, because most of what I’ve been creating ends up looking messy with very little detail.

My Stamping Friend is a great teacher and I am very thankful for her!  She looked at the pieces I created and immediately knew what I was doing wrong.  Too much water.  The key secret to this technique is that the brush needs to be almost dry.  That’s what stops the ink from running together and creating a blobby mess in the center of the image.

My Most Awesome Stamping Friend made her own catalog of her Art Impressions stamps (and other stamps that will work for this technique) and included card examples that she found online.  She had been making those types of cards for several years but stopped for a while.  She almost purged all that stuff but decided to make the catalog instead.  I am soooo glad that she did that!    
We got together last Saturday and worked on a few water color pieces after watching an Art Impressions instructional video that she has.  The image in the attached picture is the best of the three images that I painted.  I may still put one of the others in a frame or on a card, but for now, they are in the stack with the other images that I have made as practice pieces.

The watering can in my image is not an Art Impressions stamp, but it works nicely.  The flowers, leaves, and grass are Art Impressions stamps and came from the basic floral and grass sets.  We used Marvy Le Plume markers and a water pen to paint the image. 

The other key secret to this technique is the water color paper – use a GOOD quality paper!  Some less quality papers either warp when the water hits it and/or it sucks up the ink & doesn’t allow it to move. We used Strathmore 140 lb cold pressed water color paper, on the less toothy side. The ink moved nicely and blended well.

I created a frame using dies & popping it up  over the image. I think glued on a black backing piece that is slightly larger than the frame to finish the front. I then cut an easel with a Sizzix die and glued it on the back. So now my picture stands up.

Try the Art Impressions style of water coloring ... you may find that you love it!







Friday, May 6, 2016

Freckle Fish!


No card to share today ... I've been making a few cards here and there, but have actually been spending more time organizing my studio. I am still working on the "Jennifer McGuire" style of storing my dies and stamps.  It has been slow going ,,, but as we know, "slow and steady wins the race!"

I went to Bali Studios  in  Cocoa Beach last night and painted this Freckle Fish!  Oh my, it was fun!  I forgot to put on an apron, so I got paint on my black top, but such is life.  If you look close, you can see the paint splatters on my arm!  lol

This painting is very easy and I will probably paint a few more at home.  It is three layers of sponged-on paint   (two of the orange/yellow background and one of the dark blue around the edges). Then, paint is splattered on top of that.  Next is the fish -- no stencil for that!  

Do you remember from your Kindergarten days how to draw a fish?  Where you draw the curved shape & add a triangle along the side?   Well, that's how you draw the fish, only using paint and a paintbrush.  Then fill it in with a base coat of white (I used creamy white).  While the base coat is still wet, blend in several colors of blue & one of a brown. Use the darker colors ar the bottom..  Paint in the eye, dot it up (freckles!), dry the piece, and you're done!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I'm Just a Wee Bit Late With This Post!



This is the Valentine's Day gift that I made for my Sweetheart.  He loved it!

I started the canvas at a mixed media class that I took at Bali Studios in Cocoa Beach, FL.  The owner, Sheri Stewart, is awesome!  She is an excellent artist, teacher, and friend!  If you have the opportunity to attend any of her classes, you should go! You will leave with a wonderful piece of art that you created.   Sheri can be found on Facebook at Bali Studios.

Anyway!   I printed  out  a free steampunk image (found here) and took it with me to the class. I also took a few other odds & ends that I found in my art studio that I thought might work.  The base of the canvas is torn scrapbook papers that are glued down with mod podge.  I cut out the steampunk image & glued it down on top of the scrapbook papers. I used the other "odds & ends" to decorate the canvas, then outlined the image with a black sharpie to give it more definition.

The pocket watch images were cut from scrapbook paper; the image on the left was covered with Glossy Accents from Stampin Up & glued on when it was dry. The cogs and chain at the bottom came from a sheet of rub-ons that I picked up at Tuesday Morning. The white dots were made by applying modeling past through a stencil.

This was a fun piece to make!