Sunday, March 22, 2020

Cafe Delights Card

Well, continuing with my watercolor phase that I’m in right now, I had the not so bright idea to watercolor the image in Unity’s Cafe Delights stamp kit! Not that it can’t be done, but it’s a busy beautifully detailed stamp. Took me 4 days to finish it and quite a few hours! The videos I pieced together were sped up 7 times. (Search for Joyciel Creations in YouTube for better viewing or click on the YouTube icon under the video below).

I started by stamping the image using Fadeout No Line Coloring Detail ink on Arches Cold Pressed watercolor paper. I then used my Schmincke watercolors to paint the image. I left off the clouds from the stamp image and added my own background trees. I also used a variety of pens to add small details. When I was completed I made card frames from patterned paper on top and a Kraft layer underneath.

I stamped a sentiment from Unity’s Naturally Beautiful Kit that I thought appropriate for the current situation. We will survive and thrive again and enjoy our outings... maybe even cherish them, more than before!

If anyone needs this card for that assurance, let me know. Meanwhile, stay safe and take a crafting staycation!

Now, for the video!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Unity March 2020 SMAK Kit Girl

Sorry I’ve been away for awhile... current events threw me as, I’m sure, they did everyone! I’m in a Shelter in Place county, and just recently slipped into the senior isolation group category too. My son and his family, bless his soul, has decided to quarantine me away from them! And my husband is working on the other side of the country and shouldn’t return anytime soon... given we are in a hot spot. Also, I have a very analytical mind with strong management tendencies (used to be in charge of large organizations), so until I learned everything I could and saw strong actions being kickstarted I couldn’t relax. But, I think all facets of this great and industrious country are going in the right direction, so I am finally relaxing. So... this card....

When I saw the woman stamp in Unity’s March 2020 SMAK kit, Growth is a Process, it first reminded me of the old McCall and Simplicity sewing pattern kits. So, going with that I realized I had the perfect paper to match with it, Authentique’s Stitches paper pad. For this card, I ended up using 3 papers from the pad. I stamped the woman using Archival Cornflower Blue ink onto the pink patterned paper and colored her in with my Prismacolor pencils. I wanted to complement the picture in the background, so I took advantage of the plaid pattern and augmented the shirt with blue squares and created a shadow. I then just had fun piecing everything together, cutting up a stitch pattern paper to make borders and backgrounds and liberally using a scallop scissors (I never pull that one out). I did use a darker blue scrap paper to back pieces. I added a metal ruler, twine, a button, enamel dots and pink fringe to add to the feel. Also fussy cut out “McCall” from the paper... so fun!

I stamped in 2 ink colors and clear embossed this sentiment from the kit, because a better day is coming! Meanwhile, if you sew... maybe this will inspire you to do some! Funny, I liked to try sewing clothes when I was young, but I invariably sewed backs to fronts and ended up pulling stitches out 9 times out of 10! But my Mom sewed many of her clothes, so I used to love going fabric and pattern shopping with her! Fun memory!

Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane, take good care, keep your distance and stay safe! Happy crafting (or sewing) till next time!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Irises Card

Watercolored the pretty irises from Unity’s March 2020, Spring & Things, Kit of the Month.

I first stamped the irises on Arches Cold Pressed watercolor paper using InkOn3 NoLine Fadeout ink.  I then recorded painting the irises. From the video (besides at one point dunking my paper towel in the water), you can see I use the descriptive sheet from the kit to help in distinguishing features of the image. I think I got it mostly right.

Once I completed, I fixed a couple colored areas with white and blue pencil. I didn’t fuss with it much, because I wanted a fairly clean painting. I stamped a sentiment from the kit with Versafine black ink. Die cut the paper and backed it with plain blue card stock. I mounted it all on a silver card, added blue and yellow Gina K crystals and called this one done.

Hope you like this one! I love this image... so pretty, as is the rest of this kit. Well, I’ll sign off before the video... till next time, happy crafting!


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Growth is a Process Card

Created another card using Unity’s March 2020 SMAK kit, Growth is a Process. This versatile kit can be used for many creations including tags, scrapbooking, art journaling and mixed media. Today, I decided to create a regular card using the butterflies stamp.

I started by stamping 4 Altenew pink and red inks onto my media mat, 2 at a time, spraying with water and pressing my watercolor paper into the ink, drying in between. I pulled out a butterfly stencil and using a brush added some butterflies randomly using the same inks. I then stamped in black ink and clear embossed the butterflies image. I took a Bo Bunny Washi tape kit and used it to create a frame around the image. I added Love from Lizi black strips, and strips of black and silver card stock. I added glitter inks and white pen to the butterflies.

I pulled out a vellum scrap, added glitter ink to one side and stamped the small butterfly on the other side of the paper, embossing with black powder. I fussy cut out the butterfly. I stamped and white embossed one of the sentiments on black paper, and clear embossed another onto white scrap paper. I die cut and fussy cut out the sentiments. I assembled the card, outlined with grey ink the sentiment on white and added crystal dots.

I like how this card turned out and the encouraging message. It’s fun to create these random hodgepodge cards and, I believe, also to receive them. Hope you like it as well! Till next time happy crafting!

Monday, March 9, 2020

SMAK Bunny Card

Had fun today making this bunny card using 3 stamps from Unity Stamp Co.’s new March 2020 Growth is a Process SMAK Kit. This bunny... oh, my gosh! Made another video showing how I created the background garden which I’ll show at the bottom of the post.

I started with a piece of Bee watercolor paper, and using my Schmincke’s watercolors I laid down a wet on wet background and added leaf brushstrokes while the paper was damp. I added regular table salt while wet to pick up some of the pigment. I then dried the paper. After positioning the 2 tulip stalk stamps, I added my own hints of background tulips using muted colors. If you take a straight pigment and add the complementary color, it will muddy the color a bit which is what I wanted for the background flowers.

I then stamped the flowers from the kit using archival inks in reds and greens. I also used the grunge stamp to add the impression of grass. I added Gansai Tambi watercolors to the flowers as they are more opaque to bring those flowers forward and a little glitter ink, as I was already in the palette. Finally, I used gray, black and white pens for more definition. I stamped a sentiment from this kit and die cut the paper (and, no, it’s not a standard size). I wanted to make a collage card. I stamped and lightly added coordinating color to the bunny and then fussy cut it out. That bunny is perfect!

I used a new paper pack called Preserved Paper from DCWV for the top and bottom base layers. I then pulled out random papers, ephemera, Washi tape and twine. Everything is layered flat with the exception of the bunny, which has the twine behind it. I finished the card with more twine and coordinating enamel dots.

Must be my artsy background, but I I love interesting layered depths in cards. Unity’s SMAK kits are absolutely perfect for this as they usually contain multiple images, background stamps and a variety of sentiments you can pull from. What’s great about their memberships is the ability to buy older kits at half the price, plus the flat discount you get on every order. A truly great deal!

Well, done for the day, hope you like this card, and till next time, happy crafting! Now for the, again, very amateurish video (I will get better) - oh, oh, I redid the video editing! Hopefully it’s a bit better!

Sunday, March 8, 2020

... realize Card

I’ve been intimidated by this stamp kit, but I thought I’d give it a try anyways! I cut down a piece of Arches cold pressed watercolor paper and stamped the image from Unity’s ...realize kit using Distress Antique Linen ink.

I used my Schmincke’s watercolors on this and took artistic license with the image (note her hands are positioned in front on mine). Partly error and partly how everything flowed. I also made a rockier coastline, added my own clouds and birds are moved around. A techniques I tried on this one is scraping with a palette knife while wet (parts of the sea... leaves dark and white impressions in the paper depending how wet the paper is when you do it). I’m still learning and playing with watercolors but I think the painting turned out fairly okay. After I finished I also took some pencils and added texture and color and used pens for added definition. (UPDATE: added details shots per request).

To put the card together I found a wood grain patterned paper and cut down my own “frame” around the painting. To do this I cut the 2 longest horizontal pieced edges identically, the right size, with right angles at each end and lined up the other two pieces underneath those two. Then I glued them all together and trimmed the vertical pieced edges. To make sure my picture stood out, I decided to use a square card base. I found another watercolor looking striped paper I could use underneath and another darker blue paper I could use as the foundation and to back the sentiment.  To finish the already busy card, I just added cream twine at the top. 

This stamp set really has a beautiful image and is the result of Phyllis Harris’s work. Her stamps are usually children, but I think, with how I painted this, it doesn’t have to be interpreted that way. Hope you like this one. Be back soon with another card I worked on at the same time as this one! Till then, happy crafting!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Friends of Unity March Blog Hop

Welcome back to another Friends of Unity blog hop with March’s theme, Designer Choice. This month I went back to one I hadn’t done in awhile, paper piecing with Angie girls! It always reminds me of my youth as I loved my paper dolls and making clothes for them!

Before I start, wanted to remind you that several friends are doing giveaways. All you need to do to win is comment on every blog in the hop... easy peasy! Names are drawn randomly and winners announced the following month. At this time, I’d like to congratulate

Glennis F

for her win from last month’s blog. Please PM me with your full address so I can send out some Unity goodness! My thanks for stopping by!

So, I used Unity’s Just... sorry kit and a retired Simple Stories Vintage Bliss paper pad. I love this image and I was in need of a get well type card. I think this kit is so dang adorable and the colors in this pad so light, I was hoping for a cheerful card. Using papers from a paper pad ensures color coordination amongst the pieces. After stamping, I, basically, cut out each of the particulars areas. I stamped the image, again, on plain Bristol and used my pens and pencils for her hair and face. And this became the base for the rest of the pieces. I created a frame for the image and stamped the sentiment, using the same paper to frame it. I finished the card with crystals.

For the second card, I wanted to herald the arrival of spring with the tulips in the Tulia Girl kit. This time I used some paper scraps, a pretty violet blue check, a plain yellow and a very light patterned green. I painted the image on Bristol paper and fussy cut out the jumpsuit on the green paper. Not liking how busy and overpowering my flowers became, I decided to “mute” them by just using plain stamping on plain colored cardstock. I fussy cut the flower heads out and adhered them. I then decided I wanted a patterned jumpsuit, so using a pencil, I added a check pattern. I cut the piece down letting flowers and shoes hang off the edges a little and used a dark purplish blue and violet papers as backing. To pull this card together, I added a yellow doily and dots and split the sentiment into 2 pieces.

So fun, returning to childhood! And I now have 2 cute cards perfect for the season! I love both of these kits and I encourage you to pick them up if you haven’t already. 

Now, I should be your last stop in the hop this month, but if you haven’t hopped yet, might as well start at the beginning with Crystal’s blog! Reminder, we are not sponsored by Unity, rather we are just big fans! We use our own funds for prizes. Remember, comment below for a chance to win a prize!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

February ATC’s

So, last month’s ATCS were inspired by paper contained in the most recent Somerset Studio magazine and dotted paper included in an old paper crafting magazine paper. In one case, I used one of the magazine included papers as the foundation of the ATC’s and in the other I stamped on and cut up some of the pages! Note... I haven’t even read it yet..l was just inspired by the colors!

My failed ATC... the first I’ll talk about used the included designer papers as the base. I cut down the ATCs using the papers. One of my swap group members sent papers with their’s - used one and cut it into strips along with the paper craft magazine and adhered them to the ATCs. I gold embossed the flower image from Unity’s Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful 1/14 kit and first painted white gesso in the flower centers and then added glitter inks.

Because they didn’t stand out, I then took pens and chalk pastel and muted the backgrounds trying to emphasize the flowers and added white Posca pen. I stamped the sentiment from Imperfection is Beauty Kit using Gina k’s Ivory ink (just picked up... love it!) on black card stock, fussy cut and adhered it. I then stamped a Unity butterfly from the Eyes of the Beholder 4/18 KOM on separate paper, used a white applied the same process, fussy cut it and adhered it with black string behind it and called this one (imperfectly) done!

The second one started on a DCWV paper, from a pack called Preserved Paper. I actually used about 10 different papers from various sources, paper packs and the 2 magazines mentioned above. I tore up pieces and collaged the design, stamping and in one case embossing images at various points. The Unity stamps I used came from the following kits: the Normal is Boring 3/18 SMAKWildflower and Wings 4/14 SMAK and the Straight Laced Kit. I added vintage Raw Charms and fine jute I picked up  from Unity. I added color to the dress frame using oxides and inked the edges and called this one done. I used a brown pen to outline the paper printed dress frames and the sentiment. Now, this one speaks to me!

Anyways, another month of playing was done and, in return, I’m receiving wonderful goodies from my crafty friends! Till next month, happy crafting!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Powerpoppy Planning for Magnolias Card

Magnolias have started to bloom here in California and as I was passing by a shrub yesterday, I remembered I picked up the Powerpoppy Planning for Magnolias stamp set (which also comes in a digital format) recently. So, I stamped out the image using InkOn 3 Fadeout Noline ink onto Bee watercolor paper, set up my waters, my Schmincke paints, my iPhone for recording and proceeded to watercolor the image. I must admit, even with a strong Ott light, it is sometimes difficult for me to clearly make out the image, so at one point, I fetched the black inked image from the acetate packaging to help me. Even then, I sometimes have to make up the image as I go along.

After I was done painting, I pulled out some Prismacolor pencils to even out the brushstrokes as needed in the end. During this process, I smeared a pencil bit across the watercolor paper. You’ll see in the video I tried to lift it with erasers, but that wasn’t happening. I. The end I decided to fussy cut it out. Where white spots were left I ended up adding a soft blue wash to coordinate with the paper I selected.

The paper I selected to use as backing was Kaisercraft’s Rose Avenue paper. Kaisercraft used to make these papers where the image was replicated twice on a 6 1/2” x 6 1/2” page. I took one of those images and decided I could have this branch be a continuation of the flowers on the left. I used another paper as the base foundation and added silver sticky strips to frame the papers. I stamped the sentiment out and backed it with sparkly silver paper, added enamel dots and called the card done.

To me, this is a very traditional card with soft colors. As usual, I loved painting this very detailed pretty stamp by Powerpoppy. Although it’s perfect timing for me, I hope this card reminds you that Spring is just around the corner!

As usual, I’ve appended the video at the end or you can just do a search for Joyce Verdon in Youtube.  It runs about 13 minutes and 2 of those are adding pencil and a little pen at the end. Subscribe by adding your email or hitting the follow button to the right. And be sure to give my videos likes if you want me to continue recording them. Thanks and have a great day!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

March 2020 SMAK Kit 1

Loving the March 2020 Unity SMAK kit, called Growth is a Process! So many great images and sentiments, making it perfect for a variety of endeavors including mixed media and regular cards. Had a chance to start playing with it, as a new design team member, and decided a tag was calling me!

I used distress oxides in Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Aged Mahogany combined with a Perfect Pearls water mixture to add color to the tag. I used 2 stencils, a diamond and a rose flower stencil, and several of the oxides, plus a white gesso, to add patterns and texture to the tag.

I decided to use the flower urn from the kit and collage flowers into it. I found the perfect flowers in Unity’s Pink and Blue Watercolor paper pack and fussy cut a few flowers and leaves out of the paper. On a separate sheet, I added watercolor to the urn and fussy cut that out.

Once the tag was dry, I first added torn bits from the same paper pack to the background using gel medium. I then added the urn and flowers, again using gel medium. Finally, after adding the sentiment and postage images from the SMAK kit onto tissue paper, I adhered those onto the tag as well using gel medium.

To complete the tag, I used charcoal pencil to outline everything, white gel pen on the sentiment, and Ground Espresso oxide on the edges. I added ribbon and a silver charm bug and called the tag done!

I am so pleased with how this turned out; just loving Unity’s SMAK kits. What’s fun about being a member is the ability to use past kits to complement new. SMAK kits offer so many wonderful background images to take advantage of and with a membership, you can easily pick up any past kit for half the price! A great deal!

Here’s hoping you have a great week! Be sure to check out all of Unity’s wonderful March membership kits! Till next time, happy crafting!