Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Gradient Watercolor Background Card

 

Hi, all! 

Today, I did a fun watercolor experiment, which was making a gradient watercolor background. 

I had wanted to do it for so long, but hadn't had a free time to do. So I was very happy to finally be able to do some watercolor works. 



First, I pulled out Arches cold press watercolor paper and started with light watercoloring on the top of the panel. I let it dry, then I colored the lower part with the same watercolor paint but giving more pigment by controlling water amount. I repeated the process.



 Once the gradient watercolor panel was finished, I die cut it using Antique Frame by Penny Black and set it aside. Next, I watercolored a floral image from Dear Friend Stamp, die cut it using Dear Friend Coordinating die.



  I also made more diecuts from Believe It and Berry Branch for today's card and then I splattered with white and gold metallic inks over the panel and diecuts. The finished panel with all the diecuts and twine was foam mounted on a card base.



 Watercolor inks I used for today's card are Ultra turquoise(panel), New Gamboge, Quinacridone Sienna, Sap Green (flower) from Daniel Smith. 



That's it for today. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Have a great day.


Marge
















Monday, August 15, 2022

Fall Folliage Cards and Tags

 

Hi, friends!

I had already shared these projects on my IG account, but have been kind of lazy to write a blog post for them, lols. I love coloring on die-cuts so much because it gives the diecuts more shades than just using colored cardstock, and you don't have to mind outlines when you color, so it is really fast and easy! 


            


When I first saw the Fall Foliage Dies and Birthday Circles Dies, they were so adorable that I had to pick them. I made shaker tags using Birthday Circles Dies, and various sequins and beeds. The background was colored using green and orange dye inks from MFT (Safety Orange, Orange Fizz, Daffodil, Timber Green, Jellybean Green, Limelight) and splattered with water. I die cut Fall Foliage from white cardstock and craft cardstock , then I colored them using copic markers



I used YG99~YG93, E09/YR27/YR24, BG78/BG75/BG72/BG70 and other colors that I don't remember exactly in most foliages.  I really love the mushrooms and acorn!! They are so cute, aren't they?  




Using the Fall Foliage dies, I made two cards. I just colored lots of die cuts using my copic markers, and made bouquets which were centered in the cards. 




The baseket die is from IO stamps. 
Here are more closer look. 

[ Card 1]









[ Card 2 ]




Additional Copic colors, I used E47~E42 for brown foliage, and BG99~BG93 for dark green. 










That's it for today. 
I shared a REEL of making the shaker tags on my Instragram account. If you're interested in it, please check it out at the IG widget on the left column. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Marge

Soft colored cards

 Hi, friends!

Today, I have two cards to share playing with Pinkfresh Sutio's August 2022 Challenege, where the theme is "Beautiful Backgrounds" given with soft color pallette. 

To fullfill the challenge theme, I used diecuts, pattern papers and ink splatters to give something beautiful to the card backgrounds. Most the stamps, dies, pattern papers, washi tape, and ephemera are products of Pinkfresh studio.



[ Card 1]

In this first card, I layerd pattern paper from "Just a little lovely" collection, Ornate Banner, and Ornate Oval Frame  one by one. 


Then I placed "Eucalpytus Fantasy" washtape diecuts around the frame. For some color accents, I added little floral images from "Aviary" Stamp set. 


A "Happy Birthday" Sentiment from " A Day In the City" Stamp set were heat embossed in gold on vellum sheet and were fussy-cut. 





[ Card 2 ]

Here's today's second card. 


I always love playing with paper collection which includes pattern paper, embellishment, stickers and ephemeras. You can easily compose a card just by mix and match of beautiful ellements. Such process makes me relax and feel peaceful. 



I used "Just A Little Lovely Collection" to make the second card. Although it is retired now, isn't it so lovely ?  The dies I used are Ornate Banner  again, Fancy Diagonal Stripes, and Fillable Tag with Pocket. 




I also added some gold foild sentiment from Tim Holtz Metallic Sticker Book



Thank you so much for stopping by! 
Have a great day.

Marge


Friday, August 12, 2022

SSS Peony Bundle Card - watercoloring on dry embossed panel

Hi, all! 
Today I'm sharing a vintage floral card with you made with a gorgeous embossing folder Poeny Bundle, which is part of a SSS Holly Jolly Release in 2020. 



I dry-embossed a piece of heavy weight cold press watercolor paper using Poeny Bundle, then I colored the poped up images using distress ink reinkers. After I finished coloring, I ink blended the background with distress inks Antique Linen, Tea dye, then I stamped subtle texts and then again I added shades around the panel edges using Vintage Photo and Black Shoot . Next, I splattered with white gouache, black, violet and gold metalic inks all over the panel and let them dry. 



For more interesting look, I decided to go with an easel shape on my card. I made a cardbase by trimming Kraft Woodgrain Cardstock into 4.25"x11" size, scored lines at 5.5" and 8.25"  along the 11" side. To make sure the front cover folds and keeps well in standing position like an easel, I adhered message block in the middle of the inner surface of cardbase with dimension using foam square tapes



I also added more sentiments and floral images from Moments of Grace Stamp set inside the cardbase using a brown ink. 



 Gold and black sentiments are from Tim Holtz Ideaology Metallic Sticker Book.
 




 Thank you for reading today's post. 
I'm entering it into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is Spritz and Splatter. ! 

Have a great day!

Marge


Autumn themed cards with acorn embossed background

 Hi, friends!

Today, I have two autumn themed cards with the same background to share with you, as I had so much fun with Acorns 3D embossing folder by Tim Holtz Sizzix. 


For the background panel, I trimmed heavy weight cold press watercolor paper into A2 size, then I ran it through my Big Shot with Acorns 3D texture embossing folder. Because the texture created on heavyweight paper by this 3D embossing folder was good enough by itself, I decided not to color it. Instead, I added gold & red gold metallic ink splatters all over the panel for interest then set it aside.
 


Next, I die cut various colored cardstock paper using Sizzix Tim Holtz Pumpkin Duo Colorize Dies set
For each diecut, I similar but deeper colors of inks to the original cardstock along the edges for a saturated look. Then, I layered them one by one using a glue to compose pumpkin duo. 


By matting rich orange colored cardbase to the white panel, more autumn mood was created.
Sentiments were chosen from Pumpkin Spice Season stamp set by Simon Says Stamp, heat embossed in white on dark paper, and foam-mounted on the top.  Some gold sequins as a final touch! 


Here's my second card with fall themed, yet a softer look.


Since SSS STAMPtember is coming in Next month, I decided to play along with previous STAMPtember release before I enjoy new ones. So I pulled out this Pumpkin Spice Season stamp set which was part of the STAMPtember 2020. 



I stamped the images on 90lb Neenah White using a brown ink, then I colored in them with my Copic Marker. I took care to pick soft colors as I had colored the background panel with light blue, olive green and gray inks using blending brushes. I also had chosen a piece of pattern paper with similar color palette to th panel. 


  


For a soft vintage look, I sponged all the edges of two panels lighgly with Tea Dye ink. I also added gold splatters over the acorns background. 

 

After the stamps images were adhered to make a scene, I added 3mm sparkling sequins and a few iridescent sequins onto the front as a final touch. 



That's it for today. I hope you enjoyed how the same dry embossed panel look different in the two cards. 


I'm entering these to the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is Spritz and Splatter. 


Thank you for stopping by. 

Have a great day!


Marge



Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Fall Leaf Shaker Card

 

Hello, crafty friends!

Today, I'm sharing a fall themed shaker card using the products from the Stamp Market. I always love to make shaker cards, and when I saw the shaker frame dies I fell in love with them! 


I started with making a leaf shaker using this Leaf Shaker Die, foam board, pattern paper, and sequins. For a background, I ink-blended a piece of bristol paper with Tea Dye and Antique Linen oxide inks using Deco Square Stencil, and added another texture using Pierced Plaid Cover Die. Then I added gold splatters over the panel. 




Next, I die cut Laurel Leaves from craft cardstock and colored cardstock, colored them using distrss inks(Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo), then I splattered metallic inks. 


After I adhered leaves and a leafy shaker on the background panel, I added letters, which were die cut from light yellow cardstock using Poster Alpha Lower dies set and colored with Copic Markers (E09-YR27-YR24). 



That's it for today. Thank you for stopping by! A short video on making this card will be shared on my Instagram account, so if you're interested, please check it out. 


Have a great day! 

Marge

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Nautical Mood Standing Pop-up Card

 

Hi, everyone!
Today, I've got a standing pop-up card with fun nautical mood to share with you, using products of Pretty Pink Posh
To make this card, you don't need special dies set or difficult techniques. Using any border dies you have in your stash and a scoring board would work. 


Here's a quick guide of cutting and scoring I made for you for your future projects. I planned the final card would fit into 4.25 x 5.5 inch so that it can easily be put into an A2 envelope. But, you can modify this blueprint in various ways once you set the final card size in your mind. 




I started with trimming light blue cardstock into 4.25 x 6.75 inch and I scored straight lines at 1.25 and 5.5 along the 6.75" side.  


I then pulled out a scallop border die from the Scallop Borders 2 Set, and made the top outline a scalloped curve. Because the die was shorter than the length of top line, I trimmed out the remnants using a scissor. 





For the front stacked panels, I trimmed and scored lines white cardstock as guided in the picture above. Then I cut each top lines using Stitched Borders 1 Die set for a wavy look.
 


I applied glue on the left tab of each stack and adhered it on the left side of background panel. When all the three stacks were adhered, I applied glue to the right tabs , fold the right wing of background panel to adhere to the tabs. To make sure all the tabs and wings stick together, I used a bone folder to rub the folded lines. 




Onc the standing background was finished, I adhered colored images from Nautical Set, which I stamped using Memento black ink and colored with copic markers and die cut using Nautical Coordinating dies.  I also added a whale from Sea Friends set for a lovely look. 



I used glue and foam squares when needed for dimentional look. After all the images were adhered, I embellished it with 3mm sparkling sequins, and light blue sequins. 




Here's a fun look showing how the scene looks like when each wing is folded. 

Left Wing Folded


Right Wing Folded


Nautical theme has always been one of my favorites and I love this Nautical set by Pretty Pink Posh so much. It's so cute, lovely and fun to color in. 




I hope you enjoyed today's card. 
Thank you for stopping by!
REEL will be soon shared on my Instagram account. If you're interested in the process video, please check it out. 

Marge