Thursday, April 25, 2019

April 2019 Artist Trading Cards

Hey there... back to explain how I made these trading cards before I broke my wrist! Again, I enjoyed making these cards!

For the first card, I was inspired by a recent Unity Co. video showing a vintage tag. I’ve been wanting to use the last stamp from the Garden Whatnot Collection and thought it might make a good ATC. I first made a mask of the middle parts of the ATC and stamp that I didn’t want to overstamp. I then pulled out some oxide inks, the image stamp from the Take Care of You Kit, and using the mask, added some background to the edges of each ATC. I then stamped the tag image in brown. I restamped the tag on other paper to get an additional butterfly and the large one. I blended glitter inks  to achieve the colors I wanted and painted all the butterflies and glasses, fussy cut the additional pieces and glued them on. I inked the edges, then added twine, a another Unity stamp sentiment and a button at the top and called the cards done.

For the second ATC, I was inspired by a freebie Unity stamp and a BoBunny Washi tape. I wanted to see if I could create something using both. For this ATC, I used a variety of kits: Sentimental Journey SMAK Kit from 5/16 (bush background), Eternal kit (gate background), Dream, Hope, Do sentiment kit (freebie), and the watering can from the 7/09 KOTM. First, I gathered attached the Washi tape at the bottom. I then covered that with a larger tape. I found distress colors I thought would coordinate with the Washi and stamped that on the media mat. I then dipped the ATCs in those colors. I then adhered the ATCS on my Misti and stamped the larger foliage tag stamp on the ATCs. Finally, I added the gate background stamp in gray. Finally I stamped the watering can in the corner ensuring I could add the sentiment later. I pulled off the top Washi and used pencils and pens to make the watering can more closely match the cans in the Washi. I also added water using pens. I then added a brown cord. Finally, I stamped the sentiment on another sheet using rose gold Delicata ink and then embossed it with a Seth Apter grainy powder. I die cut those out and added white pen where needed and attached them.

Had fun with these! Till next time (when the swelling in my wrist is gone), happy crafting!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Terrarium Card

Fell in love with the terrarium stamp from Unity’s February 2019 KOTM. I decided I wanted a more vintage feel for the back ground and based the colors on a patterned paper from Kaisercraft’s Scrap Studio pad.

I started by pulling out coordinating distress inks and oxides and a watercolor paper scrap. I stamped my media mat with the Distress inks, spritzed it with a lot of water and laid the paper in it. I touched it down a few more times and then dried it. Next I took oxides and a TCW stencil and added circles, marks and dots. I grabbed a couple of stamps, the hanging lights from the October 2015 SMAK kit and the words from the Giving it All Meaning kit and stamped those using oxides. 

I took the image stamp and first stamped it out with Potting Soil Archival ink. I painted inside the terrariums with white gesso to lighten them up a bit and dried that. I restamped it with brown Stazon ink and added the sentiment. I then mixed a combo of green Brea Reese and clear ArtC glitter inks and Primary Elements to make a light sparkly wash of a muted mint color for the glass parts. I then painted the foliage.

I die cut and backed the image with a brown paper and used another paper from the pad for a card base. I added string and crystals to complete the card. Hope you enjoyed this card. Till next time, happy crafting!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

A Girl and Her Adventures Card

Well, been wanting to participate in the napkin decoupage challenge, so I did! Here it is! I started by tearing off a piece of a napkin I’ve had and loved for years, separating the 3 part ply to get the top layer. I took a Range Distress paper and layered Mod Podge on it and then laid the napkin at a tilt and painted Mod Podge again on the top. I covered the whole panel. I let that dry overnight as I pondered my next step.

After looking through my stash, I decided to use the girl from the April 2019 SMAK kit... she’s perfect and facing in the right direction! I stamped her in brown on a paper from a pad that matched the cream color in the napkin. I took postage marks from the Enjoy the Ride Kit and used blue and brown oxide inks to stamp them around the girl. I took a script stamp from the 6/17 SMAK kit and a black oxide ink to add some pen marks. Finally, to bring in a red color, I used Memento’s Rhubarb Stalk and a dotted stamp from an old KOTM from 6/13. I tore the edges adding black and brown oxides to give it a distressed look. I added color to the image with Prismacolor pencils.

I then used the same red Memento’s ink and a sentiment from A Girl and Her Adventures Kit and stamped that on a paper scrap. I took the Eiffel Tower from the 12/12 KOTM, masked off the words and stamped that over the sentiment in brown ink. I cut that down and distressed the edges.

To finish the card, I added striped twine, a metal Eiffel Tower and gold crystals.

Not sure with everything I added, I still qualify for the card challenge, but I did enjoy putting this together! Hope you have a great weekend! Happy crafting till next time!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Friends of Unity April Blog Hop

Welcome to April’s Friends of Unity Blog Hop with this month’s theme of Rainy Days! I suggested this theme as I was intrigued with how to create a rainy look. It also offers several underlying themes to it... sadness (tears of rain), happiness (singing in the rain) and just generally coincides with that time of year (it is raining as I write this blog).

This blog hop, as usual, offers giveaway goodies. I will be doing a giveaway this month as well. To be eligible, please leave a comment on each blog in the hop. Winners are randomly selected and posted on or by the next month’s blog hop. I also want to take this time to congratulate Donna Rakestraw, the winner from my blog for last month’s hop! Please message me with your address within the next 2 weeks to secure your giveaway!

For the first card (and first time trying to create a rainy look), I used Unity’s Substance of Things Kit. I started by stamping the foliage and grass using a wet stamp technique. I chose a green and gray palette to depict a more somber mood. I pulled out Primary Elements Olive Vine and a Stone Color in Bloom spray and painted the stamp and then stamped it on watercolor paper.  I kept stamping the foliage to create a higher tree cover. The Primary Elements pigment has a gold shimmer to it. I stamped the girl and sentiment with gray archival ink and painted her with distress inks. I then stamped greens, grays and black inks on my mat and added color to the trees. Finally, I took a silver liquid pigment and a rain stencil and pained some larger drops and then I took black, silver and white pens and added rain and details. Finished the card with black paper backing, twine and sequins.

I used A Beauty All It’s Own for the focus of the second card. This time, while I wanted rain again, I wanted brighter colors and a happier theme so I went with Primary colors. I also used the background stamp from the 8/18 SMAK kit for puddles. After stamping the girl, the sentiment and the puddles, and watercoloring her, I painted the hint of a background scene with a curb and foliage. I used glitter paint on her scarf, coat and boots and the yellow parts of the sky. Again, I used pens to enhance images and add rain drops. I backed it up with bright yellow and bright green papers, and added yellow crystals and ribbon.

Finally, I decided to make 1 more card and challenge myself to create rain drops in a still life picture using a kit I’ve been itching to try, Friends Like You. I also used the background stamp, Hit the Brick.  I started by inking up the rose with a pink archival ink. I then turned to 3 (2 green, one red) of my 6 Arteza paint pens to paint the rose, buds and leaves. But first I drew in 7 waterdrops on the rose and leaves. After I finished painting, I colored in the waterdrops and used pens again to make them crisper. Not perfect but not bad. I then stamped the image again on masking paper and used that to stamp the background with blue, gray and black archival inks. I added blue paint to some of the bricks and ended up creating shadows with pencils. I again added 2 waterdrops. With pens, I again, added rain, backed the image with navy paper, and used white ink and embossing powder on navy paper for the sentiment. Finally added 3 dewdrop crystals to finish this one!

Just to remind everyone, we are not sponsored by Unity Stamp Co., but they do approve of this hop. I and my fellow crafters on this hop are keen users of their products and enjoy focusing our attention on monthly themes where we can showcase their products. We use our own stash as giveaways to share our inspiration and ideas with others. Hope you enjoy these efforts as much as we enjoy doing them! If you are interested in my art journey, I invite you to follow me by clicking the follow button, or adding your email!

Now on to the hop:
Dawn Fields
You are here —> Joyce Verdon
Kim Klinkovsky
Robyn Jordan

Monday, April 1, 2019

March 2019 ATCs

Had fun this month with 2 different styles of ATC’s.

For the first ATC, I used one of the stamps from the 3/15 SMAK kit. I combined it with a beautiful white, gold, and pink Stampendous embossing powder, Gansai Tambi Starry watercolors, a silver and a pink Washi tape, black watercolor paper and a patterned pink gold embossed patterned paper. So shiny and sparkly! I stamped a sentiment from the 12/18 KOTM on more paper from the same paper pad and die cut that. I had been experiencing the winter blues this past quarter and shared that with my ATC group who resoundingly told me I should have said something and that I was not alone! So heartfelt...made me feel better right away. So I’m returning the message, in turn, saying I heard them and am returning the favor!

For the second ATC, I pulled the clocks stamp and sentiment from the 6/17 SMAK kit. I started by stamping the clock stamp all over a piece of watercolor paper with gray archival ink. I took the dot stamp from Unity’s Bitty Background Kit and a red archival ink and stamped areas in between the clocks. I also took an orange ink and stamped the script stamp from the same SMAK kit over some of the clocks. I cut down the paper and embossed with black ink and black embossing powder the sentiment. I then pulled out Distress and oxide inks, combined colors and painted the clocks and background adding shadows. I used a black pen to darken lines and a copper pen to add a touch of glitter to the clock hands. Finally, I stamped the ruler from A Love Beyond Measure kit on the edges and called it done.

Hope you enjoyed these ATC’s! Till next time, happy crafting!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Not Be Perfect Card

Made a quick card yesterday after noticing a new challenge was up on the Unity Show and Tell site. After playing in mixed media all week, I really needed to try a card again. The Single Layer with no embellishments seemed a perfect contrast to tone down my efforts.

I wanted a smaller image and picked up Unity’s Not Be Perfect Kit. The girl is always depicted in a swimsuit or short shorts. Because of the season and the sentiment, I decided to change that up, have her in pants and let the focus be on the girl in retrospection. I found the perfect stencil to pair with the image, and, with that decided, pulled out some inks.

To begin, I stamped the image and sentiment on watercolor paper. Having read Shannon Edward’s rainbow post yesterday in her blog, I was inspired to create a mini rainbow effect with the stencil. I then used the edge of the stencil to add colored borders mirroring the rainbow effect. I used Distress inks to add color to the image. I then turned to my pencils and gambol to complete the coloring.

To finish, I added paint spatters and more hearts using a pen to extend out the image decorations. I die cut the paper, mounted it on cardstock and called it done.

Pretty simple card to make for me. And it’s not perfect, as the saying goes. I was hesitating on posting it as I wasn’t sure about it, but then decided to add it to the challenge and post it on IG last night. Given the positive response, I thought I better blog about it after all. So, that’s the story about this one!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend! Happy crafting!

Friday, March 29, 2019

Mixed Media Canvas with Ever Changing

Just bought and received a Unity Kit in the last sale called Ever Changing (Through Time). It had been calling me for a long time. In cleaning this week, I also found another small canvas just waiting to be used. So, putting 2 and 2 together (along with about 100 other pieces ;-) ), I decided I had to try out some ideas I had to create a 3D mixed media piece (layered pieces). I started looking through various pieces of wood chip boards, metal pieces and other ephemera, I had bought on sale, hoping to try out a few on a canvas in this style. Given the theme and looks of the stamps, I decided to focus on the word “changing” and the circular image, numbers and lines in the main stamp for selecting pieces and stencils. For colors, I settled on teals, blue, gold and red.

To summarize some of the items I collected to use are: @ signs, gears, a dress form (get it, changing?), butterflies (metal, wood and paper), Seth Apter circle dies (one with numbers), an arrow, clocks (metal brad and wood), tiny hearts, circular brad, flowers, and circular letter pieces. I used a window shutter 7Gypsies Architexture piece as a stencil with the dark teal paint, as well as an Art Anthology stencil to create white numbers and dots. I also used a TCW stencil for the gold lines. I used a small teal clothespin for the wooden butterfly’s antennae.

Besides the Unity Kit above I also used a treadmark background stamp from the 8/18 SMAK kit to add a little red and the butterfly from the 12/12 KOTM Kit to stamp the painted wooden butterfly.

I used a variety of sprays, pastes and paints (Art Anthology, Ranger, Brea Reese, ...) and pens. I also used white gesso to highlight and tone down colors when needed. I used a tacky glue and hot glue gun. For paper for the dies, I gessoed the cover sheet of my Canson paper pad.

As usual, I learned a lot from this exercise... mostly, you need to take time for things to dry (sometimes overnight). I am relatively happy with how it turned out given it’s the first 3D kind. But I definitely need to focus more on creating a focal point and emphasizing it with contrasts (lights & darks, contrasting colors, brighter colors) than the rest. The coarse canvas also needs better paint coverage, I think. In closeups, I see white peaking through. Need to get better at applying paints to 3D objects as well. So, to sum up, I’m not discouraged with this effort. I stamped directly onto the canvas... another option may be to stamp onto tissue paper and decoupage that.

Well, that’s all for now. Back to Cards! Hope you enjoyed reading about what I did! Feel free to critique and offer advice. I’m definitely in a learning mode here!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Tulip Girl Card

Used the December 2018 KOTM from Unity for the image, the June 2017 KOTM for the sentiment and My Mind’s Eye Pretty Things paper pad for all pieces. After stamping the girl onto watercolor paper, I watercolored pieces of her. I then stamped her again on other pieces of paper and pieced her together. I also used pencils and pens on the completed image.

Pretty easy to put this card together with a brad, enamel dots, MFT dies and some lace.

Hope you like my vintage tulip girl! Have a great week! Happy crafting!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Back Again Making Cards

Took a break from cardmaking after hitting the winter blues. After a month of rain, I’ve been enjoying walking in the sunshine again, getting pumped up with Vitamin D and reorganizing my craft supplies. Thought I better get back to cardmaking, so I pulled out some supplies and some Unity stamps to makes these 2 cards. They show how rusty I am!

The first card was made following a technique posted on the Unity Show and Tell FG group. I modified it slightly by using Primary Elements pigments and water to paint the stamps, let them dry, then spritz them with water before stamping the image. The nice thing about Primary Elements is that they have a shimmer to them. I used the bike and sentiment from the 8/17 SMAK KIT, the flower and map stamp from the March 2019 LOL ki , and the background stamp from the 1/19 SMAK kit. I also used a small bicycle I picked up in a trade from an older KOTM, that I stamped around. It’s kind of a mish mash design, but I was feeling the sentiment. I used 5 brads 3 ribbons and a distressed patterned paper. Even one of the brads, has a bike on it!

The second card was made using Brea Reese Glitter inks for the background and Neenah watercolor paper. I used Lake Blue and Crimson Red, and a Pink. I started by adding droplets to my mat, spritzing with water and then drying the paper before adding the other colors. I had recently picked up a 6x6 BoBunny Butterfly Kisses pad that had paper matching the stamp from Unity’s 3/18 KOTM. I stamped the jar onto the colored paper, using grey archival ink, wondering to myself whether I could paint the jar and make it stand from the background. I pulled out my Gansai Tambi watercolor, which is more like a gouache, in that it’s more opaque than watercolor. I added more of the blue glitter ink to the sides of the jar to darken the edges, painted the inside images, used the white paint to add highlights, and added a greenish cast to the base parts of the jar and the shadow below. I also ended up using both the glitter inks and paints to deepen color around the jar to make it standout.

I wasn’t entirely pleased with the kind of hard line borders between colors in the background, so I decided to break it up using an Art Anthology stencil and white Brea Reese Texture paste. Not leaving well enough alone, I then combined white modeling paste with Primary Element Olive Vine pigment powder to add green netting using the same stencil, which ended up too dark and splotchy! So, to break it up I poured a Stampendous embossing powder (which has gold, white and pink flakes in it) over the green paste and heat set that. Now I was happy! I decided to make the butterfly in the jar stand out by adding embossing powder there as well. I used an embossing pen to do that. To add the sentiment, deciding I didn’t want to cover up the background, I had been thinking, vellum or acetate, but, instead, I happened upon some white scrap tissue paper. I stamped on it with black ink and collaged it onto the uneven background using gel medium.

To make this card, I mounted patterned paper, the die cut watercolor paper (with color coordinated Washi tape at top and bottom), fussy cut images from the patterned paper, ribbon and green crystals to a square cut card base.

Well, if nothing else, had fun trying some new techniques. Till next time, happy crafting!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Pretty Pale Prima Girl Card

Yesterday, I started another vintage card using Prima’s Pretty Pale paper pad and ephemera, and Unity’s 5/18 SMAK kit. 

I started by stamping out several browns and pinks and selecting complementary oxide and distress inks that would coordinate with the paper. I then stamped the pretty girl using several brown shades of Oxide inks onto a sheet of the Pretty Pale paper.  I then stamped her again on masking paper and fussy cut her out. Masking her off, I stamped the large background stamp across the bottom. I then took the circles and stamped those around. Finally, I took the butterfly and stamped just the script words to the side. 

I started watercoloring the girl using the same inks, very lightly as I used paper from the pad. I then die cut her and another sheet from the pad. I then took some 7 Gypsies coordinating paper and die cut a circle, a doily and the cage out. I added distress colors to the doily and circle. I backed the Fearless ephemera with the same paper. I stamped another sentiment onto scraps of the Pretty Pale paper and fussy cut that. I inked the edges of almost everything.

Finally, I put the card together using 2 ribbons and crystal dots. I took matching flowers, added glitter, attached them and called the card done.

Somehow, this time of year speaks vintage to me. I seem to be attracted to those soft colors and all the luscious details found in these cards and beautiful papers. Hope you like this one... now back to some mixed media! Happy crafting!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Lean on Me Flower Stem & Butterfly

I’ve been wanting to ink up a card with this beautiful butterfly from an American Craft Co. kit. I’ve been stumped with inks to use as the Distress line doesn’t have a total color match per se (and I just fell in love with the colors). So, the question was, how to set it off with a colored background with complementary stamps. I now have a pretty complete set of Tattered Angels Glimmer sprays, so I tried those and found the 3 purples were great for this.

I began by spraying a watercolor paper with the sprays, lightest all over and darkest in the corners, heat setting in between. I also spritzed a little Brutus Monroe Silver spray in strips. For a complementary soft green, I decided to emboss the flower bud stem from Unity’s Lean on Me using Sage embossing powder. Because I wanted to add color to the buds, I did this again an plain watercolor paper, fussy cut out the buds and adhered them over the original image. I then took a white and black pen and added shadows and highlights to the stems and buds. I added color to the buds using silver glitter ink, Pewter Perfect Pearls, Green Prima Metallic watercolor and a little purple Color Burst ink.

I then pulled out 2 coordinating Distress Oxide inks and stamped the flowers from the Lean on Me kit and a couple sprigs from Unity’s Insightful Meadows Kit. I added some white Distress Stain dots around and called it done. I then adhered the butterfly. I used a sentiment (the font matches perfectly with the stem, I thought) from Unity’s Magnolia Kit. I used a roller to add Color Burst paint to the stamp and stamped it out. I backed that with grey paper. I used a silver card base and added violet thread and crystal dots.

When I began taking pictures to post and trying different backgrounds, I remembered I had this special scarf I loved of Claude Monet Lilies, that I had picked as a souvenir at the Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris. This museum has an oval room filled with huge paintings of the water lilies, almost touching, giving a gorgeous surround experience. And the scarf almost matched Guess I really loved that color combination!

Hope you like this card! Till next time, happy crafting!