5 Cards, 1 Kit | Pink & Main August Card Kit 2019 | Fruit Salad

What is cuter than a fruit stamp set? I loved this kit from Pink & Main with all it’s bold pattern papers, sequins, rhinestones, and twine–and especially the 6 x 6 stamp set. The set provides the outline stamps and the solid stamps; so, you can color in the images or stamp them in. I created 5 fun cards using this kit.

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Card #1: Strawberry & Plaid Card

I usually always jump into a kit using my favorite of the stamps and my favorite of the pattern paper. They do most of the work for you. This was a 100% stamped card–no coloring involved, which was unusual for me. If you have a stamp positioning tool, it makes a card like this go very fast.

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Card #2: Action Wobbler Lemon

Another fast and easy card with a big impact. Action wobblers are fun to use, and how could the recipient not love it! Minimal coloring on this card–I only filled in the lemon with a few colored pencils to add some dimension.

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Card #3: Row of Fruit Card

This card is my favorite! I absolutely love the look of colored pencils on kraft card stock. These fruit images were really fun to color in!! I added highlights with a white gel pen, and this added a lot of charm to the card. Some of the highlight I simply used a white colored pencil.

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Card #4: Distress Ink Fruit Card

I had a vision for this card when I started out, and the end result turned out nothing like the vision I had in my head. Lol! That’s how it is sometimes; however, I love how it turned out in the end. This card went through a lot of changes. My plan was to ink smoosh and then stamp the flowers onto it using the pink embossing powder in the kit. I learned that I need to practice my ink smooshing skills.

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Card #5: Watermelon Card

I realized when creating this kit that the watermelon image was my favorite of the set. Look how cute it stamped out!! All stamping, no coloring for this card too. It should have been very quick and easy, but I couldn’t decide on my positioning of the melons. That took me a while. Lol!

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Here is my card process video! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD.  Thank you for visiting my blog!! Links are below.  🙂

Supply Links:

Tools:
Mini Misti: https://amzn.to/2LpHJva
Original Size Misti: https://amzn.to/2A8jbjA
Magnets: https://amzn.to/2NShv60
Wagner Heat Tool: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/RESERVE-Precision-Heat-Embossing-Emboss-Tool-Gun-Hero-Arts-PW200-Milwaukee-1173
Fiskars Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2NR4Xvw
Score Board: https://amzn.to/2NSMA9z
Cutter Bee Scissors: https://amzn.to/34EWamG
Jewel Picker: https://amzn.to/2N6NsIj
Black Velvet Watercolor Brush: https://amzn.to/2A82yoc
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: https://amzn.to/2N8nkN0
Sizzix Side Kick Die Cutting Machine: https://amzn.to/2NXH4T6

Inks & Adhesives:
Simon Says Stamp Ink: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Simon-Says-Stamp-Premium-Ink-Pad-INTENSE-BLACK-ink065?currency=USD
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink: https://amzn.to/2LoNt8b
Hero Arts Embossing Ink: https://amzn.to/2NVf6ra
Memento Inks: https://amzn.to/2NSSQhH
More Memento Inks: https://amzn.to/2I4fBLY
Post-it Notes Masking Paper: https://amzn.to/2O2FNdL
Lawn Fawn Liquid Glue: https://amzn.to/2LqxDtV
Scotch Foam Tape: https://amzn.to/2LrZppX
Kokuyo Dotliner: https://amzn.to/2LqAkvq
Kokuyo Refills: https://amzn.to/2LALkoI

Paper:
Neenah Solar White 110 lb Card Stock: https://amzn.to/2Q20E3a
Desert Storm kraft Card Stock: https://amzn.to/2AaTZcm

Art Mediums:
Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils: https://amzn.to/34z03cA

Other Supplies:
Mini Action Wobbles: https://amzn.to/2Lr7tqV
Embossing Bag: https://amzn.to/2LoDPlV
Mason Jar Plate: https://amzn.to/2Ln4lfw
White Embossing Powder: https://amzn.to/2A46ZjW

The links above are affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission on sales at NO EXTRA COST to you. Thank you!

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10 Cards, 1 Kit | SSS August Card Kit 2019 | Look for the Rainbows

Hi my crafty friends, I hope you are all having a wonderful day! When I received Simon Says Stamp’s September card like last week, I dug right in. This card kit is full of pretty things. I love floral stamp sets, and I did a lot of different techniques using their stamp set called, “Look for the Rainbows.”

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Card #1: Colored Pencil on Pattern Paper

Polychromos Pencils: Cobalt Green 156, Cobalt Turquoise 153, Light Red-Violet 135, Olive Green Yellowish 173, Chrome Oxide Green 278, Dark Naples Ochre 184, Indian Red 192

I love block text pattern paper, and their is nothing prettier thank stamping and coloring in the flowers right on this paper. I used colored pencils that matches the color of the text. You don’t need to add a lot of color, and these are very fast cards to put together. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on black card stock and popped it up off the card with foam tape.

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Card #2: Rainbow Flower Card

Polychromos Pencils: Medium Flesh 131. Deep Scarlet Red 219, Magenta 133, Cadmium Yellow Lemon 205, Cadmium Orange 111, May Green 170, Permanent Green 266, Light Phthalo Green 162, Ultramarine 120, Helioblue-Reddish 151, Dark Naple Ochre 184

I colored in my flower image to match the rainbow pattern paper. I liked how this pattern paper isn’t your usual bright rainbow colors–it’s more muted. I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of pattern paper that I selectively die cut with an oval die.

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Card #3: No-Line Watercolor Flower

I stamped the flower onto a pieces of Arches Cold Press watercolor paper with Antique Linen Distress Oxide. The ink melted really well into the Daniel Smith watercolors I used to paint this flower. No-line watercoloring takes time because you don’t want to paint petals that are next to each other. If you do this they will bleed together, and you won’t get any distinction between the petals. I really loved this bright green pattern paper that I used for the background. I stamped the sentiment onto the Arches paper as well, and used a watercolor pencils to color it in the same color as the flower.

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Card #4: Colored Pencils on Pattern Paper, Again 🙂

The pattern paper in this kit is fabulous, and I really love polka-dot paper. I stamped this flower cluster with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink. Sometimes colored pencils can dull your lines; however, I didn’t do a lot of coloring on this panel. I wanted to allow the pattern of the paper show through.

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Card #5: Orange & Teal Fall Time Card

Unfortunately, I lost some footage when I was creating this card. I stamped the flower and stem onto a piece of kraft card stock and used polychromos colored pencils to color them in. I used mostly flicking motions to give it some bold stripes of color and texture. I used a wide range of orange pencils and even a white colored pencil to add highlights. Again, I used a lot of paper from this kit to put behind my flower.

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Card #6: 3-D Embossed Foil Card

For this card I selectively cut out a piece of the pattern paper, so the large butterfly could be my focal image. The 3-D embossing folder is fabulous!! Just look at all the detail and shine!

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Card #7: Banner & Birds Card

You can probably tell that I really love my faux stitch banner dies. I keep them out on my desk. I stamped out and colored in the birds from the stamp set. I used my Arteza Everblend Art Markers to color them in.

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Card #8: Pattern Paper Flower Bouquet Card

I again stamped the flowers onto a piece of pattern paper; however, this time I cut them out and adhered them to a piece of the Audrey Blue card stock. I used a light pink colored pencil over the petals to add detail to the flowers and bring cohesion to my bouquet.

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Card #9: Thank You Flower Frame Card

This is my least favorite card, but I wanted to include it just the same. I should include more of my cards that I chalk up to, “I tried.” Lol! I cut the flowers out of the pattern paper–I thought I was being clever, but I should have just used the whole piece of paper. I glued them around my oval frame die cut and my sentiment. I glued on this bright green frame because I felt the frame got lost behind all these flowers. I think I’d be fun if people posted their, “I Tried” cards for us all to see. 🙂

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Card #10: Repeat

Arteza Everblend Art Markers: Watermelon Pink A487 & Raspberry Red A45, Amber Yellow A9424 & Desert Sand A9421, Brandy Rose A2596 & Cocoa Brown A2499, Pumpkin Orange A9423 & Vermilion A422

I love this fall time card. It was fast and easy to put together, and I love how it turned out. It’s amazing what you can do with just one stamp sometimes. I used the leaf sprig and stamped it repeatedly over my kraft panel. I used my new Arteza Everblend Markers to color these leaves in various fall colors. The metallic paper behind it is just fabulous. I’m going to used more metallic papers in my card crafting.

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Thank you for visiting my blog! Hope you’ve been inspired!

Jackie

Here is my process video! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD.

Supply Links

Tools:

Mini Misti: https://amzn.to/2LpHJva

Original Size Misti: https://amzn.to/2A8jbjA

Magnets: https://amzn.to/2NShv60

Wagner Heat Tool: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/RESERVE-Precision-Heat-Embossing-Emboss-Tool-Gun-Hero-Arts-PW200-Milwaukee-1173

Fiskars Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2NR4Xvw

Score Board: https://amzn.to/2NSMA9z

Cutter Bee Scissors: https://amzn.to/34EWamG

Jewel Picker: https://amzn.to/2N6NsIj

Black Velvet Watercolor Brush: https://amzn.to/2A82yoc

Sizzix Big Shot Machine: https://amzn.to/2N8nkN0

Inks & Adhesives:

Simon Says Stamp Ink: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Simon-Says-Stamp-Premium-Ink-Pad-INTENSE-BLACK-ink065?currency=USD

VersaFine Onyx Black Ink: https://amzn.to/2LoNt8b

Hero Arts Embossing Ink: https://amzn.to/2LrjPz2

Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink: https://amzn.to/2NSgef5

Lawn Fawn Liquid Glue: https://amzn.to/2LqxDtV

Scotch Foam Tape: https://amzn.to/2LrZppX

Kokuyo Dotliner: https://amzn.to/2LqAkvq

Kokuyo Refills: https://amzn.to/2LALkoI

Paper:

Inkadinkado Masking Paper: https://amzn.to/2PZCvKI

Neenah Solar White 110 lb Card Stock: https://amzn.to/2Q20E3a

Stonehenge Kraft Card Stock: https://amzn.to/2Q20E3a

Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper: https://amzn.to/32BYmsW

Art Mediums:

Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils: https://amzn.to/34z03cA

Faber Castel Watercolor Pencils: https://amzn.to/2NSSWWD

Arteza Everblend Art Markers: https://arteza.com/collections/markers/products/everblend-art-markers-alcohol-based-set-of-120?utm_source=postaffiliatepro&utm_medium=affiliate&a_aid=Youtube_JackiesCraftTable&a_bid=fa1eb31d

Memento Black Marker https://amzn.to/34DT560

Other Supplies:

Embossing Bag: https://amzn.to/2LoDPlV

Mason Jar Plate: https://amzn.to/2Ln4lfw

White Embossing Powder: https://amzn.to/2A46ZjW

Tonic Crystal Gems: https://amzn.to/32AzamN

White Blizzard Stickles: https://amzn.to/2LICjdp

MFT Oval Frame Dies: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/My-Favorite-Things-STITCHED-OVAL-FRAMES-DIe-Namics-MFT642-MFT642D9

Faux Stich Banner Dies: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Simon-Says-Stamp-STITCHED-BANNERS-Wafer-Dies-SSSD111584-Among-The-Stars-SSSD111584?currency=USD

5 Cards, 1 Kit | MFT Flowers in Bloom | Tips for Photographing Cards

Hello and welcome!! I love it when card kits include art mediums. MFT’s June kit included Color Burst watercolors. This is a medium I never tried before. I had heard of it, but it didn’t interest me. It took a card kit to get me to try them. I had a lot of fun working with these powdered watercolors, and it was mesmerizing to watch them burst into life when mixed with water. The speckled effects you can get with these are gorgeous and unique.

The kit also included some watercolor paper by Ken Oliver. I loved the bright whiteness of it. It reminded me of the Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card Stock. It was fun to try, but I’ll stick with my Arches watercolor paper which can take on a lot more water than the Ken Oliver paper.

I used many different techniques to create these these cards, but my favorite is the metallic watercolors on black card stock card. This floral stamp set lent itself perfectly for this technique. I love a large floral stamp sets like this one.

At the end of my video, I included a new product I use to take pictures of my cards on. I also show you how I take pictures of my cards for my blog, Instagram and Facebook.

Thank you for stopping by! Links to the products I used are listed below. The MFT June kit is sold out; however, I have links to all the products from the kit which you can buy separately.

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Card #1: Dappled Color Burst Flowers Card

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Card #2: Speckled Background Card

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Card #3: Colored Pencils on Kraft Card

Polychromos pencils: Light Magenta 119, Fuchsia 123, Magenta 133, Light Yellow Glaze 104, Dark Cadmium Orange 115, Burnt Siena 283

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Card #4: Metallic Watercolors on Black Card Stock Card

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Card #5: Partial Die Cutting Watercolor Card

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You can watch my process video below or over on my YouTube channel in HD.

Supply Links:

Olive & Oak Styling Mats:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/662738170/styling-board-linen-double-sided?ref=hp_rv-1&frs=1

Flowers in Bloom Stamp:

Flowers in Bloom

Flowers in Bloom Die:

Flowers in Bloom Die-namics

Black Licorice Card Stock:

Black Licorice Prestige Card Stock

Coral Crush Card Stock:

Coral Crush Prestige Card Stock

Tropical Teal Card Stock:

Tropical Teal Prestige Card Stock

Jellybean Green Card Stock:

Jellybean Green Card Stock

Color Burst Watercolors:

Flower Fresh Color Burst Trio

Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper:

Misti Stamp Positioner:

Mini Misti:

VersaFine Onyx Black Ink:

Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes:

Rectangle Deckle Dies:

Cutter Bee Scissors:

Hero Arts Embossing Ink:
AF419 Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink

Embossing Bag:

Embossing Bag Plate:

Sixxiz Die Cutting Machine:

White Embossing Powder:
https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Ranger-Embossing-Powder-WHITE-EPJ36685-64862?currency=USD

Antique Gold Embossing Powder:
https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Simon-Says-Stamp-EMBOSSING-POWDER-ANTIQUE-GOLD-Ultrafine-Fine-Detail-AGoldEP6-AGOLDEP6?currency=USD

Polychromos Colored Pencils:

Gem Colors Watercolors:

Prima Watercolors:

Banner Die:
Folded Fishtail Banner Die-namics

Liquid Glue:

Dot Runner:

Dot Runner Refill:

Craft Mat:

Metallic Washi Tape:

Neenah Solar White Card Stock:

Paper Score Board:

Bone Folder:

(Disclaimer: Affiliate links used when possible. When you follow my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.)

5 Cards, 1 Kit | Pink & Main June Card Kit 2019 |The Shore

Hello crafty friends! I’m a bit late getting this blog/video out. I know Pink & Main has their July card kit out already; however, I didn’t want to miss out on showing you what I created with this kit. This is an amazing kit! Their stamp set is full of seafaring images, and they are a good size to color in. On this set of cards I used watercolors, colored pencils and Copics. I really had fun using all the products from this kit!!

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Card #1: Watercolor Seashells

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Card #2: Seashell in the Surf

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Card #3: Colored Pencil Ship in a Bottle

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Card #4: Copic Colored Lighthouse

Copic Markers: R32, R22, W1, W3, E33, E35, E00, E01, Y13

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Card #5: Embossed and Watercolored Seashells

Copic Markers: Wood Shells – V15, RV04, E95

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Below is the process video for these cards. You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD.

Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you took away some crafty inspiration! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Links to Supplies:

Wood Frame Dies:

Pink Acrylic Block: https://pinkandmain.com/3-5-inch-pink-acrylic-block/

Set of Retractable Pen Knives:

Jewel Picker:

Craft Mat:

Prismacolor Colored Pencils:

Polychromos Colored Pencils:

Scotch Foam Tape:

Liquid glue:

Paper Trimmer:

Molotow Masking Fluid pen:

Neenah Solar White Card Stock for card bases:

Dotted square dies:

Paint brush set:

Daniel Smith watercolor set:

Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush:

Cutter Bee Scissors:

Versafine Onyx Black Ink:

Misti Stamp Positioner:

Mini Misti Stamp Positioner:

Die Cutting Machine:

Masking Fluid Eraser:

10 Cards, 1 Kit |Hero Arts May Card Kit 2019

Happy summer, everyone! I can finally say that! Yay! I have a really fun collection of cards to show you all today! I adore Hero Art’s May 2019 card kit. It’s filled with darling little images of scissors, a paint brushes, yarn and knitting needles, (just to name a few of my favorites)–there’s something for almost every type of crafter. Personally, I am a crafter-of-all-trades; I love to paint and color and sew and knit and crochet–I love it all!

I must admit that even though I love these stamps and dies, it sat on my desk for a while. All of the small images kinda overwhelmed me; I’m more comfortable designing cards with larger images. However, once I got started playing with this kit, that overwhelming feeling floated away. Below you’ll find pictures of all my cards, my video tutorial, and links to the supplies I used.

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Cards 1 & 2: Stripe of Craft Supplies

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Card #3: Rainbow Craft Supplies

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Card #4: Bouquet of Craft Supplies

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Cards 5 & 6: Heart Knitting Yarn & Needles

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Cards #7, 8, 9 & 10: Crafty Cards Set

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Here is the video tutorial! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD.

Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a fabulous and crafty day!!

Supply Links:

Hero Arts May Card Kit 2019: https://heroarts.com/pages/mmh-may-2019-kit

Knitting Stamp Set: https://heroarts.com/collections/mmh-may-2019/products/cm364-knitting

MFT Extreme Black Ink Pad: https://mftstamps.com/products/extreme-black-hybrid-ink-pad


















5K Subscriber Giveaway! | 10 Cards 1 Kit | Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit 2019 | Leafy Frames

Hello fellow card crafters! Welcome to my blog! I’m celebrating 5K subscribers on my YouTube channel. As a thank you I’m giving away 2 chances to win a Simon Says Stamp $30 gift card! For your 1st chance to win, leave a comment here on my blog telling me what your favorite holiday is to create cards for. For you 2nd chance to win, go over to my YouTube channel, hit the thumbs up button and leave a comment telling me your favorite art medium to use on your cards.  Check back on my blog on Friday, June 14, 9am Chicago time to see if you won. I’m going to randomly select a winner. International subscribers are welcome to enter the giveaway.

Thank you for your support, the lovely comments you send me, and your kindness!! I’ve been creating videos for over 3 years, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. I love sharing with you the cards I create! It’s a hobby that involves a lot of fun products, some basic tools and–my favorite–art supplies. As I’ve mentioned before, I love creating these tiny works of art to mail out and brighten someone’s day!

Also, at the beginning of my video I show of few pictures of my craft room, aka my dining room. I don’t have an extra room in my house to use as a craft room, but the dinning room works out great–I have a really big table, I can work on my cards in between cooking in the kitchen, and I get to be near my family. The down side is we don’t eat in there anymore except on major holidays. I try to keep it tidy because it’s visible when company stops by. I’ve mentioned in my past video’s about the gorgeous peonies blooming outside of my craft room windows, and I wanted to share a little glimpse of those too since they are blooming now! The two book cases on either side of my windows house all my supplies, and in my opinion, there’s nothing prettier to look at than art supplies–well, it runs a close second place to my peonies.

The cards I’m showing you today are from Simon Says Stamp’s June card kit. It’s called, “Leafy Frames.” I love the stamps from this kit, and I had so much fun using the products from this kit to design these cards. Links to most of the supplies I used are listed below.

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Card #1: Hand-Stamped Pattern Paper Card

Polychromos colored pencils: Deep Scarlet Red 219, Rose Carmine 124, Chrome Oxide Green 278, Permanent Green Olive 167, Earth Green Yellowish 168

Inks: MFT Poppy, Memento Cottage Ivy, Memento Bamboo Leaves

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Card #2: Watercolor Heart Card

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Card #3: Coral Patterned Paper Birthday Card

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Card #4: Gelly Roll Pens on Kraft Cardstock

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Card #5: Golden Frame Card

Copic Markers: E40, E41, YG00, YG03, G07

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Card #6: Antique Gold Frame Watercolor Card

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Card #7: Distress Oxide Ink Blending & Colored Pencil Card

Distress Oxides: Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral

Polychromos Colored Pencils: Phthalo Gree 161, Permanent Olive Green 167, Chrome Oxide Green 278, Earth Green 172, Earth Green Yellowish 168, Rose Carmine 124, Deep Scarlet Red 219

Stickles on the berries: Lime

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Card #8: Colored Pencil Frame Card

Polychromos Colored Pencils: Phthalo Gree 161, Permanent Olive Green 167, Chrome Oxide Green 278, Earth Green 172, Earth Green Yellowish 168, Rose Carmine 124, Deep Scarlet Red 219, Mauve 249, Light Chrome Yellow 106

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Card #9: Paper Flowers Tag Card

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Card #10: Pressed Flowers Hello Card

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Here is my process video! You can watch it here, or over on my YouTube Channel in HD.

Thank you for stopping by today!!

 

Product links:




























10 Cards, 1 Kit | Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit 2019 | Delicate Flowers

Hello and welcome to my blog! I want to show you the fun cards I designed using Simon Says Stamp’s May card kit–it is a beauty! I love the floral stamp set included called Delicate Flowers and the Moda Scrap pattern papers–these were my favorite items in the kit. In designing these cards I was all over the map; I used a lot of my favorite techniques to create them. (Also, the lilac and tulip you see in these pictures are fresh from my garden! I’m loving the spring weather! Now, if it would just stop raining. Lol!)

I hope these designs inspire you to try out some of these super fun techniques!

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Card #1: Colored Pencil on Pattern Paper

Polychromos pencils: 128 Light Purple Pink, 125 Middle Purple Pink, 170 May Green, 167 Permanent Green Olive, 205 Cadmium Yellow Lemon, 169 Mortuum

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Card #2: Die Cut Pattern Paper

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Card #3: Gel Pen Smudging

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Card #4: Focus on Pattern Paper

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Card #5: Spotlight Coloring using Daniel Smith Watercolors

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Card #6: Rosebud Wreath using Colored Pencils and Gamsol

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Card #7: Colored Pencil on Black Cardstock

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Card #8: Alcohol Ink blending and Alcohol Markers

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Card #9: Alcohol Ink Blending and Pattern Paper Focus

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Card #10: Colored Pencils on Colored Cardstock

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Here is my video! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Memorial Day to you!!

 

Heaven & Nature Sing/Christmas Card Series 2017

Hello! Welcome to the 2nd installment in my 2017 Christmas card series!  Lately, I can’t help but create two cards–same layout–with different mediums.  I love my colored pencils, but I’ve been neglecting my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I decided to use both of them.

For my first card, I found a piece of beautiful cranberry red cardstock.  I only had one piece in my stash, so it must have come in a paper sampler.  I cut it up into four, 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 pieces.  I heat embossed my images with some Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold embossing powder.  I used the same powder for the sentiment.  I could have stamped the sentiment when I was stamping the images, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the sentiment at that time.

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I could have called it done at this point–the detailed images looked so elegant with this embossing powder, but, of course, I had to color it in.  I love the look of Prismacolor pencils on dark cardstocks.  I used a heavy hand when coloring with the pencils.  Super easy coloring–no shading.  I then used a frame die to cut out a frame on this panel.

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I used a faux stitched frame die from MFT, and to give it some dimension, I layered four frames under it.  I used Ranger’s Multi Medium Matte glue to adhere them all together.

I kept the thin frame that was left over after I cut out the faux stitched frame.  VersaMark pens are a lot of fun to use to emboss little dots or even write your own sentiment and then pour embossing powder over it.  I used it on this small frame and poured on more antique gold embossing powder.  If you don’t have the pen, you can use your VersaMark ink pad and press that onto your paper.

My last step for this first card was to adhere the three parts of this card panel onto a card base, and for this I used 110 pound Neenah Solar White cardstock.

My second card was much simpler.  I stamped my images onto a piece of Canson XL Watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx black ink.  When I color with my Zig markers, I prefer to use this paper.  The color moves and blends on this paper very  nicely.

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My coloring was a little more detailed; I used two markers for each element of the card.  For instance, on the holly leaves I used a dark green down the center and a lighter green around the edges.  This helped to make the leaves look curled in in the middles.

After I finished coloring in the images, I went around them with a pale green Zig and then pulled out the color and softened the edges with my water brush.  This helped make the images pop a little more.

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I cut this panel down to 5 1/4 by 4 inches, attached it to a dark green card base and then added a red frame around it using the same frame die.  I also added a bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella brush.

Here is the video of how I created these cards.  You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel.

Thank you for visiting!!  Have a wonderful day!!

One-Layer Friendship Card using Colored Pencils and Mineral Spirits

Today I thought I’d make a clean and simple one-layer card to get back into the swing of things.  My family and I have been taking turns being sick, but we’re finally starting to feel better.

I’m using a cute stamp set from MFT called Friends Furever, and I’m stamping the images onto a piece of Canson XL Watercolor paper.  I like the rough texture that this paper adds to the little aniamls.

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I used Post-It Notes to mask my images, so the lines didn’t show through when I stamped them one on top of the other.  I stamped the bird first because he was on top and worked my way down.  I used VersaFine Onyx Black Ink because it stamps out nice and crisp onto this rough paper.

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Colored pencils is my favorite medium to use on cards, especially these Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.  After coloring in these images, I could have stopped there, but I decided to use some odorless mineral spirits to blend out the colors.

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I used the masks again to cover up my images so I could add some Distress Inks.  I used Salty Ocean for the sky and Mowed Lawn for the grass the bear is sitting in.  I also went back in with about five different green pencils to add in some grass under the bear.

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I wanted to break up the sentiment without performing stamp surgery and cutting them apart, so I used more Post-It Notes to cover up the words I didn’t want to stamp.  I like how the broken up sentiment on this cards carries the eye downward, as do the images.  I really liked the effect.

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Here’s the video!  You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Here’s the list of supplies I used to create this card:

MFT Stamp Set: Friends Furever

Faber Castell Polychromos pencils:

Bear: Burnt Ochre 187, Venetian Red 190, Dark Naples Ochre 184, Raw Umber 180, Pompeian Red 191

Dog: Warm Grey II 271, Warm Grey V 274, Pompeian Red 191

Bird: Deep Scarlet Red 219, Burnt Ochre 187, Dark Naples Ochre 184