Saturday, January 25, 2020

Simon Says Stamp Peony Bouquet Stencil Cards-SSS Hey Bestie

Hi, friends! I hope you're having a happy weekend after a long and busy week has ended up. I haven't had enough time to sit on my chair enjoying lots of craftt goodies from my recent orders this week, but I managed to make two cards using the beautiful Peony Bouquet Stencil from Simon Says Stamp HeyBestie Release. 

The stencil is so popular that it's on reserve until Jan 30th at Simon Store, so you can get it after then. When I first got this stencil on my hands, the petals were so nice and open that I decided to do stencil first and to add more colors and shades by using watetcolor paints and/or colored pencils. 

I started by trimming heavyweight cold press watercolor paper and then I put the 
Peony Bouquet Stencil onto the paper and brushed dye inks through the stencil. I used Altenew's December 2019 new dye inks and Simon's Blender Brushes when stenciling. 

For my first card, I colored the stenciled images using my Daniel Smith watercolor paints then I added nooks and cranies with my prismacolor polychromo pencils. Here are a couple photos of coloring in progress.

It's so fun to see how they change as I keep adding shades!

After coloring was done, I trimmed the panel into A2 size, then I heat embossed a sentiment from Greetings Mix 1 set in gold. 

I foam mounted the panel into a white card base, added nuvo drops on each center of blossoms and embellished my card using some sequins.

For my second card, I only added pencil details onto the stenciled images for a softer look. 

Since I used hot pressed watercolor paper which has smoother surface than cold press, pencil coloring on this second card was a little easier than the first one. The sentiment is from Sketched Flowers Set

I foam mounted the panel onto Neenah Desert Storm Card base and added final touch with some jewels and sequins. 

Thank you for readinf this post. I hope you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful weekend!


Saturday, January 18, 2020

Watercolor Amaryllis Card featuring Pretty Pink Posh

Hi, friends! 
Today, I'm going to share a watercolor amaryllis card featuring gorgeous Amaryllis Stamp set from Pretty Pink Posh.

Did you watch the amazing Coloring Challenge Road Trip online class by Kathy? If you didn't, I would highly recommend you to purchase the lecture. Whether you're good at coloring or not, you'll learn something special that will enhance your coloring mind in creative ways. I was so inspired by her first lesson "Be fearless" and "Nooks and Cranies" that I decided to do this.  I had actually stamped each image from Amaryllis Stamp set before I watched the video when I just had thought that I would color the images, cut with coordinating dies and compose a bouquet.  However things changed after I watch the videos. In Dawn's section among the lectures,  I saw a very beautiful bouquet that she created with a masking technique using separate images. Oh my.....! I was kind of shocked....then.... I decided to go back to the very first start. 

So this is what I did. Instead of coloring each image and diecutting,  I created a bundle of amaryllis bouquet with using masking  technique. I used Gina K's Warm Glow ink in stamping the images, which was strongly recommended by Kathy for no line coloring. 

I then started to color in the images from light to deep shades, using some of my Daniel Smith Watercolor paints. I pretended like I'm a coloring specialist cause I needed to be fearless! But, as a matter of fact, I didn't know and I couldn't even imagine where I was going. I tried not to be overwhelmed by the white space.... just added a little bit of color,  then blended it out and I went back and added another layer. Here're a couple photos in progress. 

As Kathy taught us, I tried to give Nooks and Cranies to my coloring and for this I used some polychromos pencils from Prismacolor. Kathy's tip for pencils coloring really helped me on this. 

When I felt my coloring was almost done (I wanted to do more but I knew this was my best result at the moment), I masked the flowers again and stamped italic sentiment block on the background. The stamp is from Kitchen Sink Stamp. 

I added a small ribbon and a small tag on which You are in my thoughts was stamped . Then I foam mounted the panel onto a card base. As a final touch, I adhered Sparkling Clear Sequins Mix and 3mm Sparkling Clear Sequins from PPP. 

I'm entering this card to the OCC online gallery as a homework for the first day of class. Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it. 

Happy Weekend!