Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Paper craft project no. 380: Sending happy thoughts one layer mixed media card

Howdy! Sharing my latest one layer mixed card. I used modeling paste, Inktense pencils, Gelatos, Dylusions acrylic paint, archival inks, and a couple of STAMPlorations sets (Blossom Overture and Mixed Media Grunge).

I've got a step-by-step photo tutorial on how I put this card together here.

I'd like to link up my card to these fun challenges:

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Paper craft project no. 379: Floral Bliss one layer cards



Popping by to share a few one layer cards I created using the upcoming set, Floral Bliss (preview of the set is here)

For this CAS card, I brayered Delicata gold ink in the center, used Faber-Castell PITT Artist big brush pen to stamp the larkspur, and then stamped askew the grunge frame in Hero Arts raspberry jam mid-tone shadow ink.

Linking up card #1 to: Addicted to Stamps and More #154: CAS; CASology #156 - Line (thick gold line, lined drawing/stamp of the flower)


For the second card, I did some a lot of masking. I first stamped the frame in Delicata gold ink, masked it then went to town with stamping the zinnia in gold ink all over the card base. I stamped it again inside the frame and colored with Chromatix alcohol marker. I finished it off with the sentiment.


For the third card, I was still in the mood to mask and I thought I'd do a reverse of the second card. So I stamped and masked the zinnia, dahlia, and cosmo. I colored them with various Chromatix alcohol markers and gave the background a little faux texture by stamping the grunge newsprint and dotty background (from Mixed Media Grunge) in coffee Ranger archival ink.


For the fourth card, I thought I'd get a little artsy. I must admit that the helenium is my favorite stamp in the bunch. I inked it up with Faber-Castell PITT Artist big brush pen and stamped, masking as I went along and then colored with Inktense pencils. I watercolored the background with both Inktense pencils and Japanese Sai watercolor markers, stamped a few grunge images (again from the Mixed Media Grunge set) in coffee Ranger archival ink, and then finished the card by stamping the sentiment in the center.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Paper craft project no. 378: Mixed Media Triptych

I found a little time earlier today to make a mixed media project. I went for 3 -- a triptych -- and used monoprints that have been sitting in my stash for months. This project was a nice break for me, what with all the baby preparations my dear hubby and I have been doing. I have been needing some artsy time even for just an hour.

Our little one is coming in 6 weeks (fingers crossed she sticks to the schedule). In the last 6 days, we finally managed to buy the essential baby stuff (Pack 'n Play Playard with a reversible napper and changer, a stroller travel system that includes an infant car seat and carrier, a Rock 'n Play sleeper). We also picked up some newborn clothes and small packs of diapers in different brands (we'll commit to buying bulk of one brand once we know our baby won't get a rash or anything). We're still shopping for a baby monitor :o) I have also pre-registered at the hospital where I will deliver (again, I hope the little one will stick to the schedule!), did the hospital tour and saw labor/delivery floor and rooms (this was very reassuring), and attended childbirth education and breastfeeding classes (still have one more class to attend next week). And the hubby is just about done working on our trailer-turned-home-office so we'll start moving a lot of my junk stuff in there and really get down to getting our bedroom baby-ready. (We decided our little one will be staying in our room instead of in a separate room.)

Anyway, back to my project. In addition to my pre-made monoprints, I used gesso, Dylusions acrylic paints, watercolor, and STAMPlorations stamps (Trendy Birds, Follow Your Arrow, and Mixed Media Grunge). I have a tutorial on how I created my triptych and you can see the step-by-step photos here, including a super short video (1 minute, 30 seconds) showing how I pulled the monoprints. Here are close-ups of each:

I'm linking my project to these fun challenges:

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Paper craft project no. 377: Merry Christmas one layer card

Howdy! It's time for a new challenge over at the One Layer Christmas Card Challenge blog. For the next couple of weeks, the optional twist is "GIFT", but you can link up any Christmas card as long as it's one layer.

Check out the one layer beauties the rest of the team made:

My card is a quick and simple one: I stamped the presents (from the fun Party Mates) in black ink and then used the backside of each stamp to "color" them. I deliberately didn't line up the back to the outline image because I wanted to create a sort of offset print look. Then I stamped the border (from the Artsy Border Maker set) in gold Delicata ink and finished the card by stamping the sentiment.

Linking up my card to these fun challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


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