Friday, June 16, 2017

Penny Black Sharing Spring Card

I have had a very busy few weeks.  Hubby had eye surgery, and we were busy with lawyers to sell his mom's camp, working in my garden, yadda, yadda.  You know how it goes.  Before I knew it, three weeks had gone by and I hadn't posted, or even stamped all that much.  But his eye is coming along nicely, camp has sold, and my garden is growing nicely.  I can't resist spending time in it every day favorite place to be during these lovely, warm days.  There's just something about digging in the dirt, tending my plants, and just 'being.'

The card I made today is for my granddaughters, and, of course my daughter and son-in-law.  They live in Buffalo, and though it's only one and a half hours away, it's far enough that we don't get there as often as we would like. 

 Don't you just love these cute little bunnies from Penny Black?  I couldn't resist.

Stamps:  Penny Black Sharing Spring 3613J (bunnies)
               Penny Black Salutations 30-014 (miss you)
Dies:  MFT Die-namics Stitched Tags
          Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders
          Sizzix Borders 658954

I stamped the image with Ranger Archival jet black ink onto Strathmore Bristol smooth paper, then water colored it using Tim Holtz distress inks rubbed onto a palette.  I used pastels to sponge the background.  When the water coloring was dry, I used my Polychromos colored pencils to add shading and enhance the images.  I added shimmer with my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle brush. 

I layered my card with patterned papers and dies, then the image, which I had cut with the stitched tag die.  I stamped the 'miss you' phrase, and added a rhinestone for the tag, and that was that.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Penny Black At Allsorts  - Anything goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything goes

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge - Their final challenge - so sad to see them go!  

I hope you are enjoying your spring.  I savor my early morning walks, before people are stirring.  The birds are singing, and little critters running to and fro.  The air isn't too hot yet.  It's just so peaceful and quiet, and so very lovely.  Then, coffee on the deck with my hubby, overlooking my garden, with the hummingbirds and orioles at their feeders.  It doesn't get much better than this!

Thanks so much for visiting.  See you back soon.




Saturday, May 27, 2017

Feel Better Lilies Card

My gardens have lots and lots of tiger lilies.  I was walking around the neighborhood one day a few years ago, and someone had a pile of newly dug-up tiger lily plants in a pile on the curb in front of their house.  I asked if they were getting rid of them, and they said yes, that I was welcome to take them.  So, I walked home, grabbed my granddaughter's red wagon, and scooted back to grab those plants.  That very afternoon, I planted them in a couple of my gardens.  Ever since, I am rewarded every spring with lovely orange trumpets, swaying in the warm breezes.  So pretty, and the best part is they didn't cost me a cent.

I love this lily stamp from Penny Black (brush lilies 3306K), an oldie but goody! 
Our church card ministry needed some get well cards, so I thought this stamp would be perfect for that.  I 'inked' the stamp with my Tombow markers, and, using my Misty tool, I stamped and spritzed, then re-stamped until the flowers looked the way I wanted them.  

When dry, I added some colored pencil highlights and shading with my Polychromos.  The background is done with a stencil from my stash, and the squeezed lemonade distress ink pad with a Clarity stencil brush.

Other supplies:
Stitched rectangle die - MFT Die-Namics die
Banner die - Spellbinders
Pearls - Paper Studio
Micron black pen
Polychromos colored pencils
Tim Holtz distress inks
Tombow markers
Cas-ual Fridays Feel better soon stamp
We Are Memory Keepers embossing plate
Clarity stencil brushg
India ink black pad

I hope you are having a great spring.  The weather here has been hit-and-miss.  The past week has been overcast and rain for several days.  Today it was like that all morning, but now the sun is shining and the temps are climbing into the 60's.  Time for a walk along our lovely river trail.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Cards In Envy - Favorite color combo

Sunday Stamps Challenge - Beautiful blooms

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope to see you here again soon. 





Sunday, May 21, 2017

Embossed Magnolia Card With ColorBox Inks

Last night, all cozy and snuggled in my bed, I had a thought.  An epiphany, really.  I had been watching You Tube videos, and noticed that there is a resurgence of interest in ColorBox pigment inks.  People are using them to paint with, create backgrounds with, even stamp with.  I wanted to get out of bed and start playing with my pigment inks, but was just too tired.  So, after church today, I saw this Penny Black stamp on my desk, and thought I would see if I could do what I had envisioned last night in my epiphany. 
Since pigment inks are perfecty for embossing, I knew I wanted to emboss, but wasn't sure how it would look with this stamp.  So, I played, a lot.  After a few practice pieces, I decided to go for it and make a card.

I created the background onto a piece of pink card stock by brushing some distress ink abandoned coral and worn lipstick onto the pink panel, concentrating color at the bottom, and fading it as I moved up the card.  I used my Clarity brush to apply the ink.

Next, using the same colors of distress ink, I stamped the Penny Black Letter Background 1999L and Swirl Border 1969B intermittently onto the panel.  I dried this with my heat tool before moving on to the next step.

For the image, I used the Penny Black stamp The Unfolding 40-450.  I love, love, love this stamp!  I placed the stamp and panel into my Misty, and inked the petals with ColorBox cat's eye shaped pigment inks in coral, pink, rose coral, chianti, and merlot.  I inked the entire petals with the lighter colors, directly from the ink pads.  I wiped off the areas where I wanted the deeper colors with a Q-tip, and used the edge of the ink pad to apply the darker colors to the areas I wanted it darker.  I brushed some of the deeper color further into the petal, using very light pressure, to create a blended look.  I did the same for the stems and leaves, using moss green, olive, and chestnut inks.  I was going for a watercolor look, but using only pigment inks directly onto the stamp.

Since pigment ink does not dry quickly, I had time to create my scene and get all the stamping done before embossing.  Then I embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I wish you could see this in real life....the embossed shine and dimension really creates a dramatic look.  I had some pieces from my practice session, so I fussy-cut one of the flowers and buds and attached it at the top right of the panel with foam tape.

I added some spatters by adding water to some of the pigment inks that I had rubbed onto my craft mat, and flicked it off a paint brush, and added the stamens with a fine tip Sharpie marker. 

Here is a close-up so you can see the shine from the embossing, which really does not show up in the picture....
The color is a little more true in this picture than the first one.
 And a quick look at the inside.....


Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Love, anniversary, wedding

Penny Black At Allsorts - Photo inspiration

Allsorts Challenge - Birthday - Happy 8th birthday to the Allsorts Challenge blog!  Congratulations!

The Flower Challenge  - Case a design team card (I chose Tae Eun's card and changed the flowers and colors)

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I hope you enjoyed your weekend, and are rested and ready to tackle the new week.