Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Watercolour Fields

More practise pieces in my Watercolour Course for you today.  This time we’re practising brush strokes and creating impressionistic flowers by pressing your brush down at a 90 degree angle.  I wasn’t 100% sure I loved this one as I think it was too linear with the blooms all going the same direction, so to the rescue with some lovely vellum which softens the look and then a pretty sentiment die, Blessed from The Cat’s Pajamas, which I watercolored to match the card.  

A few iridescent gems help conceal the glue dots behind the vellum and add some sparkle.  

I liked the more randomness of these flowers going different directions as if they were blowing in the wind, the vellum still seemed like a good choice here because it helps the sentiment stand out a bit more.  Again this is an awesome die from The Cat’s Pajamas called Live Love Laugh CutUps Dies.  

Soft watercolour on the sentiment and gems again to finish.  

I’ll be back on Friday with a really BIG piece I’ve been working on with some brand new Power Poppy!  Excited to show you!  

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Watercolour Week - Radiate Joy

It’s a sizzling summer here, so I’m going to cool it down this week and make it all about watercoloring!  I mentioned before that I’m taking an online watercolour course (Watercolouring for Card Makers:  Intermediate Techniques).  I’m about half way done the class.  I don’t go through it too quickly so I have time to practise, do the assignments, and also do regular life!  Two thumbs up from me for what I’ve been able to learn.  Though I have some background of watercolouring, that was way back in high school and goodness knows that was a long time ago.  

Today’s card is one of my exercises from the class, to work on layering of colour.  Because watercolours are usually quite transparent, when you layer one colour on top of another colour, all the colours show through.  It’s called glazing.  The most important part however, is allowing each layer to dry before adding the layer overtop.  How you can tell a layer is dry is that the paper is warm to the touch, not cool.  If it’s cool, it’s still damp and your colours will get muddy, or you’ll get what’s called “bloom” where you introduce too much water into a spot that’s drying.  I talked about that in this post.  This is one of the reasons watercolouring is such a patient process, you have to wait for the drying time.  You can use a heat tool between layers, but I don’t always like to do that.  It pushes around your colour sometimes in a more artificial way.  

Anyway!  On to the card!  I embossed the dotted layer with a Tim Holtz Stencil, Bubbles, in clear EP on Arches Cold Pressed Watercolour paper.  Then, I used a simple circle die on my cardstock and randomly washed in one of the warm colours, using the die cut circle as a template on the paper.  I usually painted about 3 circles of the same colour somewhere on the panel, cleaned off my circle die, and then left it to dry before adding another colour.  Then you just take your time and layer the different colours with as many layers as you like.  I was using a combination of Daniel Smith Watercolours and Gansai Tambi Watercolours. It’s important to choose colours that are analogous colours (or beside each other on the colour wheel).  If you choose complementary colours (opposite each other on the colour wheel, they’ll just layer to make a muddy brown.  For instance, if I was using yellow, I wouldn’t add purple, or do red and green together.  So, here I’ve used yellow, orange, red, and a pinkish-red together.  

You can see where colours layer over each other you get a “new” colour.  I used the same technique for my sentiment using Power Poppy’s incredibly encouraging set, M-Powering Words.  Man I love that set!  It’s got such great sentiments!  I embossed the Radiate Joy first, and then watercoloured over top.  

Just some simple orange-a-liscious seambinding and buttons complete it.  I feel like it does radiate joy, and hopefully it will encourage the receiver!

Thanks for dropping by gang!  Enjoy your Monday!  

Friday, July 13, 2018

Stroller for the Little One

It’s always delightful to welcome a new life into the world.  Two beautiful friends of mine are having baby girls soon.  And both of these little girls were longed for and prayed for, for a long time.  I feel so happy for them!  So, it’s especially fun to make baby cards again.  

This sweet blooming stroller image is from the precious set from Power Poppy aptly called, Precious Baby.  Everything was coloured with Copics in fun citrusy shades.  I like that more than traditional blue or pink sometimes.  

I’ve paired it with one of our Inspire Me Monday Challenges because that’s the theme of our Power & Spark Challenge this month!  This one was called Four Sketches from 2016, where Julie gave us four different sketches we could be inspired by.  I picked one of the sketches and it was all easy from there.  
I’ve added some simple accents, a trio of enamel dots, and some baker’s twine.  Keeping the scale small because that works for a baby card too.  I stamped the sentiment twice using my MISTI, first in apricot ink, and then just inking some of the stamp in Coral ink.  It has a nice ombre feel.  

You’re invited to join us and be inspired by any of our past Inspire Me Monday posts.  Here’s a link to the Project Archives.  If you play along you could win a $50 shopping spree to the Power Poppy store!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Masculine Moto

A friend recently ordered some cards and one of her requests was for birthday and masculine.  I know her husband rides motorcycles, and her sons ride dirt bikes, so this image from Power Poppy - Move the Soul, was a perfect pick. I actually enjoy making masculine cards, but with my love for florals, sometimes it's hard to find images that will work.  So it’s always good to have a great masculine set.  

I paired the image with some fun scripted paper that has the feel of movement, so you really get the feeling of motion.  I feel like it has a lot of energy to it, which is what I was going for.  Coloured up with Copics in blues and greys.  

The sentiment and mats are all done on a metallic black paper, I’ve added some sparkle to the chrome and headlight - which is always hard to photograph.  I also embossed the sentiment and stamped the tire tracks along the bottom to ground the image and add some fun.  

Copics:  B21, B24, B26, B28; C3, C5, C7, C9 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Oceans of Birthday Wishes

Whew!  We could use a little under the sea action today!  It’s a warm one and I’ve been painting our bathroom, so I feel doubly warm.  To cool it off I created this ocean scene with some fun sets from The Cat’s Pajamas - Bunnies at Sea, Seas the Birthday and Bubble Happen.  First off, I washed in the watercolour strip with three different shades of blue and green to give it that undersea look.  Next I watercoloured the bunny and fish with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, then after the watercolour panel was dry I embossed the bubbles.  

To make the sentiment work with the fun ombre background, I stamped the sentiment running vertically with 4 different shades of ink, then I just added the “sending you” onto the front in a teal.  

I added some bubbles with some iridescent Nuvo Dots to give it a bit of sparkle.  Inside I stamped the sentiment in an ombre fashion as well, from green to teal.  Forgot to take a picture of that!  

What about you?  What are you doing for summer fun these days?  

Want to stamp it out and join us with the latest TCP Tuesday Challenge?  

Here are the details for the Challenge:
  1. The first Tuesday of the month a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge. TCP Tuesdays always start on a Tuesday!
  3. You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
  4. On the day of the next challenge the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $50.
And if you like these stamps be sure to head on over to The Cat’s Pajamas we’re in the middle of our Summer Sale and it ENDS TODAY!  Everything in stock is 25% off!  

Friday, July 6, 2018

Pop of Poppy!

It’s a gorgeous summer day in our area, so I hope this also finds you enjoying something summery  where you are too.  We have a brand new Power & Spark Challenge this month at Power Poppy (more on that later), and I have a creation today using the new polymer set, Poppy XL, and the new dies that go with this set, Poppy XL Coordinating Dies.  It’s such a luscious bloom in this large size that it’s especially fun to get into all those folds of the petals and bring it to life.  Poppies are so papery and almost transluscent, and I tried to capture that in the colouring, using Copics.  

I stamped the stem and bottom leaf directly on the main card panel and the other elements on Copic XPress It paper and cut the pieces out with the dies.  Then I could play with how I wanted to position the flower and leaves on the card.  

I have a bit of sewing on the white layer, the sentiment from the set, and some striped paper to off-set and add to the contrast between the colours, and a few wee gems to finish it off.  

Here’s the Copics I used:  R12, R21, R24, R27, R29, C3, N5, 100, V04, V06, BV00, G12, G14, G07, YG00, G46

Now, introducing our new Power & Spark Challenge for July!  

This month Julie is hosting and she’s challenging us to be inspired by any of the techniques from our past Inspire Me Monday posts.  If you play along you could win a $50 Gift Code to the Power Poppy Store!  Between all the new Creative and Curious Stamp Sets and the amazing Digital Blitz images Marcy recently released, there’s so much to choose from!  

Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog