Friday, August 23, 2019

Simon Says Artist Trading Cards

Brandy and I decided to join Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge Artist Trading Cards.  It was so much fun to join MayMay's ATC challenge in May that we thought we'd enjoy this challenge as well.  You can find the MayMay challenge Brandy's Arizona ATCs, Brandy's Watercolor Poppies ATCAndie's Gorjuss Girls ATC, and Andie's Wild and Free ATCs.  My ATC cards utilize some border dies that I have which I then watercolored to create a soft background for this small, pretty bloom from my Waffle Flower Bouquet Builder 3 stamp set.  I watercolor washed the flowers and then accentuated the coloring with Polychromos pencils, a black gel pen and a white Signo pen to add depth and dimension.

I thought I'd like this yellow and pink version best, but I actually enjoyed the multi-colored version.  This pink one is being sent to my daughter who starts her junior year of college on Monday.  She needed a bit of encouragement and her favorite color is pink.  This'll do!

I'm linking these cards up to the SSS Monday challenge Artist Trading Cards.  I'll be back tomorrow morning with Brandy's cards.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

You're Amazing - Altenew Starry Flowers

I said I was going to do something new and so I turned to these images I stamped using Brandy's Altenew Starry Flowers stamp set onto Bristol cardstock.  Bristol just loves the Zig Clean Color Real Brush marker and these cards are no different. Instead of a watercolor use of these markers, I used a brush stroke technique which left lots of color in the flowers.  I couldn't be more pleased with how these cards turned out and for a change, the yellow one is my favorite.

The backgrounds were made using my Altenew Rustic Linen stamp set.  It makes a textured background for the flowers and some color that adds a striking balance.  Plus, now I look at it I think this purple one might be my favorite.  In the end, I'm pretty sure that I can't decide which is my favorite!  My favorite must have been coloring the images and making the cards.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Holy Hexagons, Batman!

It has been a solid week of die cutting and gluing and card making.  This set of cards isn't very different than the previous three sets, but was just as much fun to put together.

So pretty and captivating.  I am pretty sure there will be more cards in my future, but I do intended to set these aside now and move onto a little something different.

Monday, August 19, 2019

More Butterfly Cards

Brandy was so dismayed with the performance of the Distress Oxides on black cardstock that she whipped up these cards.  Each card was stamped with Gina K ink and the card bases made from the matching, coordinating cardstock.  Don't you love how she added the color to the little heart on the sentiment?

What a great set.  While they are very different than the Distress Oxide version, I like both for different reasons.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Some Swatching Love

I recently picked up the new Waffle Flower Color Combos stamp and die set, Bullet List stamp and Swatch tag die.  I also picked up some white gouache to use with my Mission Gold Watercolors.  This is the end product of a play session that started with the messy swatches on black watercolor paper (pictures down below).

After I started on the black cardstock trying out the watercolor without gouache masstone,  watercolor without gouache ombre and the watercolor with gouache on black cardstock, it struck me that I could use my new Waffle Flower products to make a comparison swatch.  So, I added masstone swatches for each color o and masstone color+gouache on hotpress watercolor paper.   A fair amount of die cutting and stamping later and I have a full set of swatches. 

Some things I learned:

  1. Most of the watercolors don't work on the black watercolor paper.  I didn't expect them to, but it is something to note.
  2. I need more practice on my watercolor to gouache ratio.  Since originally I was just playing, I simply enjoyed the differences in color intensity and tried to learn.  If I set out to make these swatches, I'd have been more intentional about uniformity.
  3. I really do love my Mission Gold watercolors.  They are so vibrant!
  4. I like the look of the gouache and will definitely try in a card sometime soon.
  5. I don't like my handwritting at all!

In the end, such a fun day of crafting.  It didn't produce a card, but it did light my creative fire.  It's good to remember that these exercises help to inspire us. 

I also did my Starry colors and Finetec metallic paints.  These are so pretty, I must remember to use them soon as well.