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Fresco Leaves

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A few weeks ago, my friend Lydia offered a beautiful tutorial in the Weekly Inkling for a beautiful technique called Faux Fresco, and I was in love with the look! I really want to say Fresca – and grab a grapefruit soda from my fridge every time I say that word… I’m not so much of a technique girl, but I knew I had to try it!

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The technique calls for waterproof coloring mediums and embossing folders, so of course, I would choose Copic Marker as my medium. I had this pretty embossing folder in my stash. I think something with a fairly substantial design works best. I loosely colored the raised leaves and branches of the embossed design.

I was really tempted to stop here because I loved the look of the coloring on the raised embossed card stock, but I kept going…

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I followed the tutorial instructions with acrylic paint and a sanding block to create the finish. I actually did skip the last suggested step of clear embossing because I loved the matte finish revealed on my leaves after the sanding step.

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The leaf panel is so soft… It has almost a vellum look to it. I added a layer of greet glitter Deco Tape to the edge of my panel.

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And a sentiment from Wplus9 to finish off my simple card front. Do you have any embossing folders that would work well for this technique? Would love to see!

I’m just home from a fun craft retreat, and I have lots to share this week. Hope your Monday is off to a beautiful start!

Happy Kansas Day & Combo Watercolor

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In honor of January 29th – officially, Kansas Day, I’m sharing a fun technique that incorporates both of my creative loves: paper crafting and photography!

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You might remember this post I shared in September about this beautiful 40-acres field of sunflowers near my parents home in northeast Kansas. The sunflower is our state flower! I knew immediately that I wanted to use the photo to create notecards or greeting cards. I wasn’t sure what approach I was going to take, but I wanted to get whatever I was going to do done for Christmas gifts… so I needed to start early, by December 22 at the latest! HAHAHA! December really was a crazy month for our family, so I got to the print stage of my project and it’s been on my desk waiting… patiently.

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I wanted to use the photo but stay somewhat true to my papercrafty roots, so I ran the photo above through an app on my iPhone called Waterlogue. (It’s available for Android, too!) It is my favorite way to play with beautiful landscape or floral photos that I take, and I often use them for screen savers or as a little text-blessing that I pass along to a friend or family! The ap takes your own photo and transforms it to a beautiful watercolor file – there are several options to play with. You can save the watercolor file in .jpeg format,  just like you would a photo image. Here’s a fun site that shows a lot of different images created with the app, Made with Waterlogue.

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I printed off a stack of 5-6 of the prints in a 3.5″ size on 110# hot press watercolor paper and trimmed them with a Pierced Square STAX Dienamic from MFT. I printed onto my heavy paper with an Epson P600 printer which is perfect for crafty printing because it prints on many different types of media – heavy, thin, canvas, watercolor, etc.

You might notice that in the Waterlogue conversion I lost the cloud and horizon detail. That’s not uncommon because it is very difficult to expose for the flowers in the foreground and the horizon line at the same time, and there doesn’t end  up being enough contrast for the app to fill it in. I love the flowers by themselves, but I wanted sky! Pretty blue sky!

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Because these are going to be a gift, I wanted a nice smooth panel with my watercolor design, so I took a tip from Jennifer McGuire and cut squares of fun foam at 2.75″ to mount my watercolor squares to the card fronts. Helps keep the panel flat and smooth!

 

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I added a sentiment from Simply Stamped Sunflowers from Taylored Expressions to a cream panel and accented with sequins, then I applied the cream and photo layers to a card base of Summer Sunrise cardstock from Papertrey Ink – fitting since I took this photo just after sunrise! – for a fairly quick project.

 

Combo Watercolor Lori Craig 1I like the term Combo Watercolor for this process – a combination of digital and traditional painting, and I can’t wait to comb through my photos and makesome more!

Tip: Print a small image test from your printer and on the paper media that you want to use. Test for a reaction to watercolor or other mediums before you go to elaborate creative measures. Just as you would test a digital stamped image!

If you try it, I would love to see your work. Send me a link to your project on your blog or at Splitcoast.

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So thanks for visiting with me today, and Happy Birthday to my beautiful homeland! Happy Kansas Day! 

Deer Tag and Blaze Orange

 


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I was out of town over the weekend teaching my last set of Copic classes until after the New Year, but I wanted to share this card that I created this card for Dina’s final challenge of Hope You Can Cling To! It’s a layout that I’ve done before, but I had fun adding the hunter’s orange to the background. It’s deer season here, and everyone has his or her tags.  We are ready! (The deer stamp is Stampin’ Up! and the tag is Designer Mini Tags from Taylored Expressions.)

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And my final card to share with you for Hope You Can Cling To was for my own challenge, and I wanted folks to incorporate roses. I used Rose Builder stencil from My Favorite Things and the Copic Airbrush System.

The airbrush is easy to use, and I love it with stencils. For this stencil, I use post-it notes to mask off the sections of the stencil that I don’t want to you and to protect around the edges of the stencil for overspray. These roses are large enough that you can concentrate ink in the center of your flower for depth! Easy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peaceful Scene in a Shaker

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I tried something new this week and created a Die Cut Shaker card for the Splitcoaststampers tutorial. We love to accompany those tutorials with a video, so it was I who braved the camera for this one. It was actually super easy to create, and I’m planning to make several more for Christmas package tags.

The snow splatters on the trees were created with Dr. Martins Hydrus Titanium White Watercolor – I love how easy this is to use. The sequin mix is so fun. It was new last week from Verve, and it’s called Frosted Snowfall – it comes with those little flakes! So cute!

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This is my finished sample for the video. (I hope my hair looked ok!)

The dies that I used are Pocket Page Winter Dies and Polar Bear Dies from Top Dog Dies. So fun… I think I covered all of the how-to in the video, so I’ll keep the babble short today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Be A Good One

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I knew I wanted to make a sample for Lori’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her at several events over the years, and she’s so sweet! Love that she helps us so much at Splitcoast, too!

I used watercolor paper and Stampin’ Up! ink refills to wash the background of the tag, and then paired it with a sentiment from the Sparkly Dreams set by Verve and a fun Dainty Flower from Paper Smooches.

I’ll be sharing the cards I’ve made so far for Hope You Can Cling To with the cancer center this week. (That’s the power of the entire project!) I know the patients who end up using these blank cards to send thanks, appreciation or special greetings to their own loved ones are grateful for these small gifts. These cards allow them to be a blessing to someone special in their own life…and I know for me, helping someone else always lifts my own spirit when I’m facing a dark time.

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This was a quick card that I made for Misti’s challenge, Show Me Your Scars. The snowman is from Stampendous. I got it a few years ago… Such a cute little guy! He is colored with Copic Markers.

Still plenty of month left to participate with us in Hope You Can Cling To – thousands of dollars in prizes up for grabs from our FABULOUS sponsors. Come stamp something and share HOPE!

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Golden Serenity

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Yesterday’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge was to bolster a piece of patterned paper. And, I had fun with it! This piece had been sitting in my ‘too pretty to cut’ pile for quite some time!

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I loved the beautiful floral pattern on the paper, but to add some extra depth and dimension, I worked with a stencil from MFT and embossing paste that I brushed into the negative recesses of the stencil, wipe flat with a palette knife and let dry. I left the stencil in place, and I think it took about 15-20 minutes to dry and set up.

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After the paste was dry and hard, I used a stipple brush and applied Viva Gold  over the textured areas. Keeping the stencil in place contains the gold and makes the application so easy. I love the shimmer and shine.

I stamped the Serenity Prayer sentiment from Verve Stamps’ Sparkly Dreams onto a watercolor paper tag that had been distressed with Ranger Distress Inks. The MISTI stamp positioner was invaluable to create this tag because the recesses of the watercolor paper required a few impressions of ink for complete coverage. With the MISTI, the text is stamped crisp and clean with no shaking or mis-stamped mistakes.

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I’m planning to continue stamping over the weekend. The challenges have been so fun and inspiring. I know the cancer patients and their families will be blessed to receive these cards to use while they are in treatment.

Hope You Can Cling To is a fun event with lots of chatter, inspiration and prizes, but it is significant because it sends a little handmade hug of encouragement and support to people in their time of greatest need. I hope you find time to join us this month! An inspiring new challenge is posted every morning.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful weekend!

Scatter Sunshine

 

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I thought I’d pass along a small sampling of my Hope You Can Cling To cards that I’m making for the largest cancer awareness event on the world wide web. I love crafting for the cause… I just wish I was eligible for any of the of fabulous $5,000 in sponsor prizes! BUT, you are eligible… check out our challenges and play along!

Scatter Sunshine was made for the TRASH cancer challenge. This was a fun inspiration. I won’t tell you how many attempts I made at this card (for a variety of reasons!), but I loved the end result…. The stamp set is Simply Stamped Sunflowers from Taylored Expressions. You know how I love my Kansas sunflowers, and I adore the sentiments in this one! My elements are: Taylored Expressions (stamp set) • Rectangle • Acrylic paint to frame the edges of my card • Sunflowers & Sunshine • Hemp twine

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This was an entry this week for Teresa’s challenge called “Cancer Free“. This was a fun one, too. I pulled out a favorite stamp set called Mod Flowers from Inky Antics to complete this one. I paired it with a page from an old encyclopedia page on flowers and a monochromatic color scheme. Inks are black and Vintage Cream from Papertrey Ink.

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Finally today, this is a card that I created for Kathy’s I am a Warrior challenge.

I used a set I’ve had for a while, Fanciful Feathers from Wplus9, and my MISTI stamp positioner. I am loving the MISTI, and the crisp lines that I can achieve and the perfectly lined up image and sentiment placements. I was really struggling with both of those things a few months ago. You can find helpful info on how to use the MISTI and FAQ in their Splitcoast forum. I used Stampin’ Up! inks for this card: Pool Party, Cantelope and So Saffron.

I wish I could stamp all day today, but I’m headed to a meeting and then lunch with my hubby and then more meetings. In honor of our beautiful upcoming fall forecast here in the midwest, I’ll leave you with this….

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne’s American Notebook (1842)

Have a beautiful Thursday!

 

Tomorrow is a New Day

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This is a card that I made for Dina’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge yesterday at Splitcoast. It’s a little outside my normal style…whatever that is. I’m usually not doing “messy”, but I like how this turned out. I used Distress Inks for the background, and then splattered water across the watercolor card stock for drips. The bird is from a $6 set called A New Day from Wplus9 Design. Yes, I said $6! It’s a stamping miracle.

It has been so fun to be in my office and crafting again this past week … I’m still trying to get motivated in the process of organizing my office. My efforts have been hampered by the quest for a perfect desk. So for now, I’m on a make shift table with little piles all around, and it’s working just fine…

Big plans for the American Royal BBQ event in Kansas City this weekend, so I’ll be back early next week with more Hope You Can Cling To challenge ideas.

Have a GREAT weekend!

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Love You! Mean It!

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My favorite card making month is here! It’s time for our wonderful cancer support and awareness campaign at Splitcoaststampers: Hope You Can Cling To!

This is a card that I created for my challenge that I am hosting today. You can find the details on my challenge and how to share in the fun HERE. You will see links for a welcome message, how to participate and the Master Challenge List! Hope You Can Cling To is a full month long campaign with fun challenges each day, lots of inspiration, and thousands of dollars worth of  prizes from amazing sponsors up for grabs. I hope you’ll carve out some time to participate!

To create my card, I used a fun new set from Concord & 9th called Love You! Mean It!  Lots of fun elements to this sweet set! And, I **LOVED** getting my inks out and stamping! It feels like that hadn’t happened with colored inks in a long, long time!

Thankfully, I’ve carved out a lot of crafting time for this month. I hope you find a few minutes here and there to play along, as well!

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow!

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Share Your Sparkle

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My desk is full of sparkle because I’ve had some time to create in the last few days! This is a sample that I made for a Product Focus review ( <– you can read it, if you’d like) that we published at Splitcoaststampers today for my friends at the ever-innovative Scor-Pal! It’s a fun new product line for them called PocketPenPals! I even did a video tour…eeks! Does my hair look alright? 😉

For this card, I airbrushed a background of roses with Copic Marker and the Copic Airbrush System. I love using my airbrush. Notice how smooth and fluid the color is on the flowers and leaves, but the darker green is more of a splattered pattern? For the flowers and leaves, I used the chisel end of the marker in my airbrush grip, but for the depth on the leaves, I switched to a darker green and used the super brush tip in the airbrush system. The different ends of the pen will give you different patterns. Just a little tip to try!

If you are interested in more Copic info, I’m teaching one more class for Copic this year and the other instructors have a few locations left, too! I’ll be in Long Beach, CA the first weekend in November if you can join me! We’ll be covering my favorite workshop series of classes: Faces/Hair, Clothing & Accessories and Values & Monotones class! That one is always a hit that surprises a lot of participants. :) You can find all of the Copic class info for the rest of 2015 HERE.

The sentiment comes from a set that I’ve been using a lot lately called Sparkly Dreams from Verve. I used my MISTI from My Sweet Petunia to stamp the sentiment. It is the best investment I’ve made in my hobby in quite some time. Notice how rich and crisp the stamped sentiment lines are? I have never been able to achieve that depth before. {love}

Hope You Can Cling To starts tomorrow at Splitcoast! I’ll be back often because I really do love crafting for a cause! I hope you’ll be able to join us!

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