Thursday, November 26, 2015

Sympathy Card

I had occasion to need a sympathy card recently.  Always tough to create and usually at the last minute.  This card is a simple one layer card, but I hope the care and love spent creating it communicated a message of care and love to the recipient.  I stamped using the branch from my Birds and Blooms stamp using brown Archival ink.  I colored the branches, leaves and flowers using a watercolor brush, water and my Prima Oil Pastels.  I scribbled the color onto a piece of palette paper and lifted it using water and the brush to apply to the stamped image.  When everything was dry (I only used a small amount of water to prevent warping), I dabbed glue onto the flowers and sprinkled some Flower Soft onto them to create a little definition to the petals.  It sorta looked like tears for some reason to me and I thought it fitting.  The sentiment, also stamped in brown Archival Ink, was from my Handwritten Borders set from SSS.  Never any fun, but hopefully a ray of encouragement during a tough time of grief.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

For a Grown Son's Birthday

Just a quick post to share this card I made for my son's birthday last month.  I taped the kraft cardstock card to the work surface with some painters tape and then sprinkled the card with the blue and violet Brushos.  I sprintzed water over the top and created this fabulous background.  If I had to do it again, I'd add a kraft cardstock piece that was watercolored because you can see color bled through to the other side.  Son didn't care though!  I then ran the card through my printer and put this sentiment in block letters over the top.  The printing didn't stand out so I brushed on some black molding paste with a paint brush.  I'm pleased it turned out and my son thought it was a bit funny.  Hit that note just right!

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Masculine Happy Birthday

Of course we always need to make those masculine cards.  Trouble is to get it right so that you aren't that weird, card making lady who sprinkles glitter on all the cards.  Watercoloring makes the job easier.  For this card I used one of the stamps from my Darkroom Door Trees.  I stamped the image in Vintage Photo Distress Inks and then sprinkled some red and orange Brushos onto the leaves.  Using a brush I added water to the Brushos and they covered the Distress ink completely.  I used my Distress marker (the fine tip) to bring back some of the branch definition that could still be seen.  Then it was the sky - watercolored with my Prima Oil Pastels.  Brandy bought me a set as a birthday present.  It was the best present in the whole world!  There are two different colors of blue in the sky which adds a lot of depth.  I scribbled the oil pastel onto a piece of palette paper and wet the media with water to bring it to the watercolor paper project.  For the ground, I drew on the watercolor paper directly with the brown oil pastel crayon and then filled in with three different colors of green oil pastel crayons.  I then used the brush with water to wet and create the watercolor look.

I finished the kraft cardstock card with some brown cardstock (ever do manly don't you think?) and a piece of rough fiber (manly?  too girly?  it is soft- maybe too much?).  All together I really like how this turned out.  If you haven't jumped into the watercoloring, I encourage you to try.  It isn't all the tough and the results are fantastic.  Have a wonderful rest of your day and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Heartfelt Creations - Birds and Blooms Card

I just had to share this card with you.  I must admit that the design is Heartfelt Creations and is the show demo at their booth.  I recently helped them out with the Rubber Stamp show in Mesa, Arizona.  This card was made using their Birds and Blooms stamp and die set.  The stamping and die cutting we done for me and all I had to do was add some chalk ink to the birds and shape the leafy branches, flowers and birds.

I had so much fun sharing my love for their products it didn't seem like work.  It is another way for me to infect others with this contagious crafty bug.  Of course I own these products, so look for more projects using these particular sets coming in the future.  Hope your day is special.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Our Beautiful World - Stone

As we join France in grieving for those that were lost this weekend, I went looking for these pictures from our visit to Oahu, Hawaii this summer.  This monument, made of stone so that it will not quickly wear away, was erected to those who died in the Pacific theater during World War II.  You can read more of this monument here. Whether the violence is decades ago or recently in Paris, our world must fight the forces of evil who seek to destroy what is good.

Paris - we stand with you now.

I'm linking to Our Beautiful World whose word prompt this week is Stone.