Monday, August 25, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 70

Wow! The last week just slipped by me between my little guys getting sick (just glutened, but ugh!) and canning tons of peaches and plums. I'm hopefully getting my paws on tomatoes this week...hooray for salsa!! I managed to fit in a bit of stamping this weekend, and it felt oh so good to get inky!
I grabbed some of the new Seaside papers to fill in the sketch. I wrapped the card base in both hemp and baker's twine. The pearls I used in the bottom corner are retired, but I colored them with a couple colors of Shin Han markers so they would be variegated in color. I outlined the main focal area with Stickles.
I was inspired by a card I saw on Facebook by Kathy Valunas - she did such pretty things with the new Shin Han Markers and this stamp set called Treasured Memories that I had to give it a try myself. I colored each shell carefully, using the blender pen to smooth out my colors and lighten the centers. I just followed the sketchy shading in the image to decide where to place my lighter and darker colors. Then I went back over the shells with a glitter gel pen to add a bit of sparkle. 

I hope you'll pop over to Atlantic Hearts and play along with this week's challenge!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 69

I'm back with another September SOTM sneak peek! This time I'm playing with the new sketch over at Atlantic Hearts. Being the lazy but picky stamper that I am, I wanted to play with ways to bring color to this pretty tree image faster, simpler, and easier!
My color inspiration came from the current ColourQ challenge. I chose Cocoa, Lagoon, Sunset, Sweet Leaf, and White Daisy to match the colors. I inked the tree with Sweet Leaf Ink, then used a corner of my Memento Rich Cocoa pad to ink up the trunk and drag the brown off into the branches. I love to use the pad texture to add texture to stamped images. Here a dragged and pulled the pad corner as I inked so that the tree would be textured.  
Here's a closer peek at the swiping ink technique. For the sentiment I swiped the pad over the LOVE image for texture, and then I pressed firmly across the bottom for more of a textured ombre effect. I wanted clouds for the background, but I haven't yet managed to find stencils in my lengthy (and hopefully accelerated as soon as the boys return to school) unpacking process. So I grabbed the flower image from the same set and stamped it all over the background in 2nd and 3rd generation to get a wisp of pattern. I'm loving all the colors of Stickles I nabbed at the last CK. On this card alone I used Turquoise, Cinnamon, and Orange Peel. I'll have to put my glitter gel drawer on Instagram for you!

I hope you'll hop out to Atlantic Hearts and play along this week!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sept SOTM Sneak Peek

I'm getting ready for my team meeting next week, so my table is filled with September SOTM right now. I wanted to something with heat embossing, so as I was browsing through the CASE Study Blog Hop I was excited to come across Heather's pretty embossed card. Here's my take on Heather's card, so I can link up to the CASE Study Anniversary hop!
I used the new Chalk It Up papers, which were a perfect fit for the Color Throwdown combo this week. I used the sketch over at Freshly Made to define my layers. I used B&T for the base just like Heather, but I chose a bright Sorbet for my card base and embossed it with the cute new Arrows Embossing Folder. I wrapped the card base in Lagoon Hearts Washi tape.
Since I didn't have watercolors at hand, I grabbed sponges instead. I heat embossed the tree using White Daisy Ink and Clear embossing powder. Then I sponged in rings using Sorbet, Sweet Leaf, Lagoon, and Slate Inks to get the watercolored look the Heather had in her card. I stamped the banner sentiment from Lifetime of Happiness (which might just be my favorite set right now) in Slate, cut it out, and popped it up with 3-D Foam Tape. I hope my team likes this as much as I do when we make it at our meeting!

Your Special Day

I've been playing with a double embossing technique lately, so when I saw the new challenge over at Muse Card Club I knew it would be perfect for this technique!
I used the butterflies from Your Own Kind of Wonderful to stamp along the outer edge of the card. Each butterfly is stamped in pink Pigment Ink and embossed with Clear Detail embossing powder. Then I inked the edges of each stamp again in White Daisy pigment ink, and embossed again with more clear detail powder. Double embossing the images gives a nice depth to the images and really raises it off the paper.
Here you can kind of see how "tall" the embossing is with the stacked inks. I darkened the centered of the butterflies with a pink marker, and added sparkly accents of green stickles to the bodies. I also tapped on a bit of pink stickles around the butterflies for extra sparkle. I embossed the sentiment with White Daisy Ink and clear powder too. Finally I added a bit of black ink pen around the edges of each butterfly for more definition and a line of bitty sparkles to emphasis my sentiment banner. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Great Job Card

Good morning! I'm excited today to share a card that's a wee bit different than my normal style. I was inspired by the new Sketch #68 from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
I used the new set called Great Job, which I got as a gift from CTMH for participating in the Consultant Art Showcase at Convention this summer. I grabbed color inspiration from Color Throwdown. I chose Lagoon, Cranberry, and Whisper to match. 

I did some basic coloring with the new Shin Han markers, blending down the Turquoise Blue Color. I added Stickles over the marker coloring and a bit of black penwork to finish off my card.   It was so fast and simple!

Here's the sketch - hop over to Atlantic Hearts to check out the Design Team goodies and link up your own card!

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