Hi crafters! It’s the middle of the month, and that means you have still a few days left to enter the Seven Hills Crafts challenge where a gift card for the store is up for grabs. This month, it’s all about embossing: dry, wet, heat … you name it!
Hey crafters! You know how I always struggle with my fear of white space and how I just have to mess with it? Yeah. With this card, though, I stayed the course even though everything in me screamed to add embellishments, more images, … something to make it less white. I have to admit – I love how it turned out, so maybe that will help me in the future to bravely allow for more white space.
Good day, crafters! Thanks for stopping by today – I have a fun video for you showing you two techniques that will allow you to give your projects just that extra touch. One of them is partial die-cutting, and the other one is to combine two coloring mediums. Read on to watch the video and get some more tips on how to combine these techniques!
Hi crafty friends! Today I have a card that was heavily inspired by the amazing Marika Rahtu. If you’ve never heard of her – gasp!! Something you should correct immediately, since her colorations, especially for Altenew, are breathtaking and real works of art. I keep struggling to copy her techniques, but I’m having a really hard time to get similar results to hers. Practice makes perfect, so I keep trying 🙂
This card, and the coloring on it, was inspired by this project Marika shared recently. I watched fascinated as she built up color and created such a realistic and dynamic flower. I have given this technique a few tries since then and failed until now. I usually used too much color, had too few highlights, or didn’t dare to go dark enough in my shadows. Two nights ago, I decided to go for it again and this time it worked!
I started out by stamping the outline of the flower in a light yellow distress ink and used a water brush to pull in the color from the stamped line into the shadow areas. I made sure to leave white areas on the petals where the highlights would be. That first step took me about twenty minutes, and then I added some distress ink in an orange hue to some plastic and picked it up with my water brush. I added that color to the shadow areas, again making sure to not extend it too far so I’d have space for the highlights.
I repeated this process with two brown distress inks – the first one wasn’t dark enough to emphasize the shadows, and the second one was super dark and I had to be careful to not overdo it. I actually added a bit of the first ink (a light yellow) after everything else had dried to warm up the image again. I strongly recommend watching Marika’s video to get a better understanding of the process, and I can only impart on you how important it is to not work in neighboring areas since colors will bleed into each other when wet.
Lastly, I grabbed my Inktense pencils and added some details to the petals of the flower, leaves, and berries – you can use any colored pencils you like! I didn’t active the Inktense with water, just used them for details. As for the berries – I stamped the image in a very light distress ink, and then added some half-circle lines with a darker distress ink and my brush to create the illusion of round berries. Took a leaf out of Dawn’s (Wplus9) book because she excels at that and keeps me amazed at her techniques.
I finished the card off by lightly spritzing the painting with Perfect Pearls – from a distance, and then moving my painting through the mist in the air! If you are too close, you will re-activate the water color and make it run! I die cut a border with a border die set by Pretty Pink Posh, and then added a few sequins, droplets, and a sentiment (also by Pretty Pink Posh) to finish off the card.
I hope you enjoyed the card as much as I did making it! My respect for Marika has now reached immeasurable heights as I only starting to grasp the intricacies of painting the way she does.
I’m sending this card off to the following challenges: Time Out #51 since I used both masking (covered up the petals to stamp the leaves) as well a spring theme (flowers!!); this card is also going to the Stempelküche #39 challenge “Stitched” since I used those gorgeous Pretty Pink Posh dies with a stitched border.
I’ve listed the products used for this project below. If possible, I link to Seven Hills Crafts for all European Crafters. Alternative shopping outlets linked to are Amazon US and Simon Says Stamp. Click here to learn more about which companies I am affiliated with.
Welcome to the Pretty Pink Posh and Altenew Collaboration blog hop! I’m so happy that you came here via Nichol Magouirk and I hope you’re enjoying the samples the Design Teams of both companies have put together. By hopping along and leaving comments by 26 October 2015, 11:59 EST along the way, you can win 2 x $30 Altenew gift certificates and 2 x $30 Pretty Pink Posh gift certificates!
I love the Altenew stamps and inks, and of course I am a huge fan of Pretty Pink Posh dies and sequins, so I’m showing off the best of both worlds today in my project featuring the Persian Motifs by Altenew and the Stitched Duo 3 tag by Pretty Pink Posh.
I stamped the floral images with Archival ink and colored them with my Polychromos pencils. I have to admit – the coloring took the better part of two hours. I had to be careful to leave enough space for highlights, and to darken up some edges to achieve the three-dimensional effect. That took a lot of concentration, but it was a lot of fun!
I didn’t use any blending solution with my pencils because I wanted the pencil stroke to remain visible and add texture to my flower. Each petal had two layers of color (the first to mark the shadowed areas, the second one to intensify the colors). I did the same with the stems, trying to make them look round. To deepen the shadow areas, I used a grey pencil and added just a touch in the areas that would be turned away from my light source.
I used one die from the Stitched Borders 2 die set by Pretty Pink Posh to create the pattern on the black card stock. I simply ran it repeatedly through my BigShot, and my sandwich was the standard platform, the crease mat, my cardstock+die, and then a cutting plate. This ensured that I would only emboss, not cut. Of course I had to add a few sequins and some of the new Droplets on this background, together with my beloved hand draws dots.
For the sentiment, the super versatile Label Love by Altenew proved perfect and I hand cut a thin white border around the label which I stamped with Versafine ink. I bunched up a little silver thread behind the label, which I added with foam dots to my floral piece.
I hope you enjoyed the project and got inspired! Your next stop is the crazy talented May Sukyong Park! Thanks for stopping by today!
And if you want to start from the very beginning, here’s the entire list of participating crafters.
And because I spent so long on this card, I’ll also enter it into the current Addicted to Stamps and More “Make Your Mark” challenge. So. There 🙂
I’ve had a brief love affair with foil, and today’s card reflects those few passionate (and frustrating moments). It was a brief affair mainly because I bought a cheap laminator and the foil didn’t stick down properly on my printed patterns, so it wasn’t joy to use. Despite all of that, I think this card featuring the monster clear stamps by Gerda Steiner Designs turned out pretty neat.
If you don’t have foil or a foiling machine, you can achieve a similar look with Gilding Flakes. I’ve used them often with stamped images and the results are just lovely. No need for a laminator, hot iron, or laser printer. You can simply stamp a pattern with glue and apply your flakes — and voila.
As you can see, I kept the card design very simple and basic to really have the shimmer of the foil take center stage and draw the focus to the monster in the middle. The sentiment, stamped in pigment ink, matches the overall color scheme and is a nice change from my standard black sentiments.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed the project, which I’m sending off to the following challenges: Simon Says Stamp “No Designer Paper”; Cupcake Inspirations “Magical” (hey, come on, it’s a Monster on a shiny background!); and Less is More “Shiny”.