Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Unity February 2019 KOTM Flower Card

Wanting to try out my new Color Burst paints, I stamped the flower in this kit on watercolor paper. After experimenting with 2 of the colors, I decided to pour them out on my glass media mat and paint the flowers with them using a regular watercolor brush. Since I only had a red/purple selection, I painted the leaves using my Gansai Tambi Set. I painted the flower centers with Brea Reese Yellow Glitter ink and a little distress ink.

I decided to also stamp out Unity’s background kit, Ikat. I used a combo of ink colors...a Magenta MomentoLuxe and a magenta Distress Oxide, which I then clear embossed. For a card panel background, I pulled out a Sizzix 3D folder and embossed a colored paper. I then swiped Distress Picket Fence across the top to make the embossing stand our a little.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment from the kit using a black archival ink and the Magenta Distress Oxide, which, I again, clear embossed. To complete the card, I cut down the panels, added a brad, coordinating enamel dots, and ribbon.

Was a little rusty creating a card after handling mixed media inks, paints and pens! Hoe you like this one, and, till next time, happy crafting!

Monday, February 25, 2019

February ATC’s

I’ve been offline lately working on some mixed media projects for the upcoming Friends of Unity blog hop! One thing I’ve found with mixed media, if you don’t like something you can keep working it. Problem with that is, hours can easily get consumed by 1 project! Oh well...on to this month’s ATCS.

The first ATC was inspired by a trip to Tuesday Morning, where I found a Heidi Swapp set of acrylic butterflies and some pink tags. The butterflies had patterns of pink flowers, scripts and blue stripes. I ended up, once I stamped and added color, cutting the tags down to ATC size using a die I also found there. I added stripes using an Altenew blue spray and stencil to tags. I turned the stencil over with spray still on the stencil and stamped it onto white watercolor paper. I used that to stamp the butterfly from Unity’s 8/17 KOTM. I then stamped the script from the 11/16 SMAK kit onto the tag. To make the acrylic butterflies stand out, I painted the back with white acrylic paint. I added Washi tape down  the side. I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto vellum. I outlined all pieces using a pink glittery Spectrum Noir watercolor pen. To complete the ATC’s, I added string and ribbons, large crystal dots I picked up in a Brutus Monroe Mystery Box (they are lovely), and regular pinkish crystals.

Because the first ATC was over the top I wanted to have a one layer look on the second. I recently received an order from Joggles, which came wrapped in beautiful silvery tissue wrapping. I desparately wanted to use it. I also had just received my Layers of Life February Unity Kit. I ended up using the mini flower stamp and one of the sentiments. To create this one, I stamped both onto cut down watercolor paper. I then painted it using my Gansai Tambi watercolors to match the colors in the paper. I then tore up pieces of the paper and used an Extreme Glitter ModPodge glue. I then used a Bo Bunny silvery blue paste and a stencil to add some texture. I loved how simple and colorful it turned out.

Well, that’s it for today! Till next time, happy crafting!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

2 Recent Unity Cards

Took another hiatus from cardmaking to enjoy some downtime reading during our rainy season! But I did have a chance to play a little. 

The first card was inspired by a new purchase of a beautiful Alexandra Renke Washi tape. Just love the colors. I started by layering a strip of Washi down one side of a card panel. I then started looking through Ephemera scraps and found, what I thought, was a torn piece of fibrous watercolor paper. I decided to use that and then turned to my Unity 5/16 SMAK kit and found a vintage flower stamp and some others that I could use. I stamped the flower using a brown archival ink and started painting using oxide inks - 2 reds, a pink and orange, plus a brown Distress ink. I ended up covering the flowers with a very light sheen of Prima Metallic watercolors. I stamped the “be unique” image on another page and painted that. I used 2 papers from a Prima Julie Nutting pad to complete the cardface and provide a background for the watercolor paper. To add a little detail I stamped the “Authentic” word on vellum and embossed it with a mixture of a pink Ranger powder and a Gold Wow powder to get the peach color I wanted. I added fancy Prima crystals and peach ribbon and called the card done.

After watching some watercolor artists on YouTube (wishing I had their skills), I decided to watercolor another card today. This time I pulled out Unity KOTM’s for a heart from the 2/18 kit and sentiment from the 1/14 kit. This time I stamped the image using pink ink and the sentiment using black archival ink on a Melissa Francis watercolor paper. It’s very thin and quickly absorbs color, making it more difficult to blend colors. I decided after I was finished that I needed to outline the image. I used a gray pen for the leaves and a green pen to add shadows and definition on the flowers. To finish the image I decided to use crystals for the flower centers. I found green paper to use as trim and a subtle patterned paper for background.

Had some fun using up paper scraps, using different papers for watercoloring and trying new stamps out. Till next time, happy crafting! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Poppies Card

For this card, I waned to ink up the poppies stamp from Unity’s Poppies and Love kit and see if I could channel the pretty paper from Prima’s, Pretty Pale, collection. I started by inking up the stamp and printing it on waterpaper (I actually trashed my first attempt at this). For the background, I then pulled stamps from the Bitty Backgrounds Kit, the 12/15 and the 2/13 KOTM’s. I stamped those and then colored all in using pencils. This is the paper and pad, I was channeling:

I decided to veer a little away from the original colors and used gray, tan, brown and black raspberry pencils. Once I was done, I ended up tearing the paper to give it a Vintage feel and inked up the sides. I then found odds and ends paper, (including a piece from the pad), to use as collage bits. I also unearthed a 30 year old paper, I don’t know what kind of paper, with fiber threads in it and tore some of that up to back the watercolor paper. I found a butterfly and cut out more butterflies with a punch to surround the flowers. I used the sentiment from the Hello It’s Me kit, which I must admit, I identify with. I first used the mini background stamp and then stamped the sentiment and inked the sides.

Hope you enjoy the vintage feel of this one. Till next time, happy crafting!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

One Layer Valentine Card

Been wanting to make this card for awhile and I’ve been experimenting with it on and off. Finally did it! I used stamps from Unity’s 11/15 KOTM and the 1/15 KOTM, and my Misti, along with Gina K.’s Amalgam Black ink and Vermillion archival ink. I used a red pen, a little red glitter ink, red crystal dots, freebie Heart sequins from Unity and a red striped twine! I also pulled out a new Altenew border die, that I must admit gave me a little trouble, to create the thin red paper border. Other than that, this was so easy to put together!

Hope you (and, my son and DIL) like it! Happy crafting till next time!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

One-Off Set of ATC and a Coin

Decided to participate with a talented crafter I met in Unity’s Show and Tell FB group in a mixed media Artis Trading Card and Coin exchange! This was so fun as there - no hard deadlines, try something new... anything goes kind of exchange, no limit on brands, no need to make replicas (just one of each)! So, here’s what I did!

For the coin, a 2 1/2” circle, pulled out a circle die and my Ranger mixed media paper. I then pulled out a new blue Dylusions ink spray, and a Brutus Monroe Silver spray. After spraying and drying the paper I did use a Tim Holtz letter stamp that ended up getting covered up. After that, I took a silver and black patterned glitter paper from a pad and tore up 3 small strips that I ended up gluing on. I then used a dark silver paste along the edges to smooth out the paper edges. I then used a white Brea Reese paste to add circles using a TCW stencil. I also wanted to try this very chunky blue Bo Bunny paste that seems to have large silver pieces in it. I used another part of the stencil to apply that 3 times and it shiny! Leaving all that to dry, I pulled out Watercolor paper and stamped the small moon/star image from 7/18 SMAK kit using a dark blue Stazon ink. I watercolored the image with blue and gray Distress inks and added a clear glitter ink. I fussy cut it out and inked up the edges with pen and ink. I used the same stamp and ink to add stars to the the base coin. I then inked up the sentiment twice only using a Brutus Monroe Silver embossing powder on the word SHINE and blue paint to the Chose to part. I then fussy cut both out. I used a blue pen and then a black pen to color in the word shine (to make it a dark navy).  To complete the coin, I inked up the edges, glued the image and sentiment on, and then used a black pen around all the pieces.

For the ATC, I used the same ranger paper and, this time, I sprayed a Prima red spray and tried to use up a Primary Elements green/gold concoction I made up for a previous card. After that dried, I started inking up pieces from a Finnabair stamp set I picked up on sale at Micheals using Red Stazon ink. I then pulled out a green BoBunny paste and a gold paste and combined to the 2 together and added large dots using a stencil. This ended up blending well with the colors. I then took a burlap doily and added red color to that and glued it on and cut off the excess. Letting all that dry (and really not thinking ahead that well...if I did I may have used different images), I inked up a couple coffee cups using watercolor paper, dark red inks, glitter ink and gold glitter pens. I fussy cut them out. Wanting to pull more green into the ATC, I found a Washi tape that would help and added 3 pieces. I then inked up the Tim Holtz sentiment that I love (and, actually, is applicable, as my husband is away from the mess I made went undetected). I then fussy cut that out, inked up the edges and dirtied the paper a little with distress inks. I glued everything on, added cute embellishments and string, and again, used pen to outline everything.

I must admit I am having fun playing with pastes, sprays and colors. The ATCS are offering up a great opportunity to play, but I’d like to move on to larger canvases as I’d have more real estate to break up the busyness of the layout. I still need much more practice with colors and design.

Thanks, Dawn, for agreeing to play with me! This was a fun way to break up the January blahs! I’m thinking of trying my hand at videoing what I’m doing as writing all this down and remembering what I did is tedious! If you think this would be useful, let me know! I’m also interested if you’ve done this before in what products you use to hold the camera pointed down, the microphone, the light source, etc...and how tos. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friends of Unity February Blog Hop

Welcome to February’s Friends of Unity Blog Hop, with the wonderful theme, Friendship! It is so important to our wellbeing, I think, and February is a wonderful month to celebrate friends! This blog hop, as usual, offers giveaway goodies. 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. 

At this point, I’d like to congratulate, Meg Crawford, for being my winner on last month’s hop! Congratulations, Meg! Please PM me providing your address within the next 2 weeks and I’ll gladly send out my giveaway!

For this first card, I chose a fairly standard card design using the Whole Love Story girl with sentiments from the Life is Better kit, the December KOTM and the Hugs, Kisses and Birthday Wishes. I had picked up a paper kit with glitter on it from Tuesday Morning that I wanted to use. I decided to try matching the coloring of my girl using a very small Faber-Castell Polychromas pencil set. This is the first time I’ve tried these pencils...I forgot I even had this set. I had to use my Prismacolors for skin tone, but everywhere else I blended colors to get the right tones and shades. To match the paper further, I decided to add glitter to the flowers and the edges of the paper. I ended up using 2 greens for the flower centers, and mixing white, copper and gold glitter together for the edges. Added sequins and a ribbon to complete the card.

With the second card, I pulled the A Friend Like You Kit out. I also pulled out the Kaisercraft Everlasting pad, BoBunny Madeleine Collection pad and an American Crafts letter die cut set, I also picked up at Tuesday morning (loving the colors). As usual, I love my patterned papers. I ended up using the Kaisercraft paper for the 2 base levels and the Bo Bunny for the dress and border on the bottom. I stamped and pencil colored the girl right on the Kaisercraft paper. I stamped the sentiment using both pink and green Distress inks. I added eyelash ribbon, sticky pink strips and used the matching pink oxide ink on the wooden hearts.

Hope you enjoy these unusual cards and the others on this hop. Be sure to leave comments on each hop for your chance to win a giveaway. 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! Have a great February, Happy Valentine’s Day and happy crafting! Now on to the hop:

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