Well, summer has finally arrived here in New England! After weeks of some very uncooperative whether (hot, cold, rain, cold, warm, hot…etc., etc.) my flowers are all blooming and my vegetable garden is in full swing! And (!) I’m headed to the beach this weekend to celebrate my birthday, which is this Saturday. :)
These cards represent that nice summer-y feeling to me. I put them together pretty quickly, cutting some panels to about 4″ x 5″ and stamping an antique rose onto the bottom left corner of each card in various colors (Hot Mama, High Dive and Onyx Black). Then I cut each panel a bit smaller with a stitched rectangle die and stamped a greeting in a coordinating color.
The sentiments all come from my Doodle Buds stamp set (if you’ve been here a while, you know it’s one of my favorites!), and I thought the font matched the floral image nicely.
I mounted each stamped panel onto a white 4bar-sized card base. I kept these nice and simple – no sequins and just one layer. I really love how they turned out!
Some of these guys will be available in the shop soon!
Have a wonderful day, everyone!
It seemed to me that the first post after the name change should be a watercolor one, and I’ve had some requests to show a bit more of my water coloring process, too. I thought the best way to do that was to make another of my most favorite doodle buds watercolor cards and to capture a bit of the process in a video!
I followed the same technique that I outlined in my previous post, stamping multiple images from the doodle buds set onto Canson Watercolor Paper and not worrying about making them off before I layered images on top of each other. Then I got out my Gansai Tambi watercolors.
All the while, I had my camera and tripod set up on the top of my desk so that I could capture what I was doing. Basically, the video is evidence that I have a very disorganized and erratic way of stamping and painting (but I edited out most of those parts, haha). Once I was finished, I mounted my panel to an A2 card base and took some still shots. Then I got to editing the video…
….And I basically had no idea what I was doing, which made me feel very un-hip! It took me quite a while to snip and rotate and condense everything into a video that is about one minute long. I also sped up the video quite a bit, to fit the bulk of the painting process in. And then I inadvertently ended up with a YouTube channel so that I could share the video here. Phew. Overall, I had fun making the video and I’m sure the whole process will get much less frustrating if I have a bit more practice. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!
This is the last card I’ll be making with my copic airbrush system for a while -because I ran out of compressed air! I’ll have to pick up a refill soon, because I love creating cards using this masking & airbrushing technique – especially with this doodle buds set (as you can see here!).
For this card, I first stamped a pattern with several images from the Doodle Buds set using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I then cut dies from inkadinkadoo making paper using the coordinating dies. I then loaded my copic airbrush with my BG15 and then my BG13 copic markers and started airbrushing the panel. You can see, toward the top, that I was really running out of air, but it kind of created an ombre effect so I’d call that a happy accident! When that was finished, I got to work on the sentiment.
I used the Winnie & Walter In a Word: Happy cutaway die, and cut it from some black card stock several times, then stacked the die cuts on top of each other, gluing each layer together with some spray adhesive. I cut a strip of white paper and cut a notch into each end to create a banner and stamped the word “birthday” with some Onyx Black ink. I’m not sure what stamp set that sentiment came from – all I can remember is that I hunted through my stash for quite a while just to find a nice birthday sentiment to match the diecut.
I added a strip of vellum behind the banner before attaching the banner with some foam tape, and then adhered the whole thing to an A2-sized card base and added a few sequins!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!
I feel a little strange about not having made a single Christmas card yet. I suppose it’s because I have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit until after Thanksgiving, so I’m hoping once Friday hits I’ll be good to go and you’ll see some Holiday cards here on the blog (fingers crossed)! So, now that I’ve lamented that issue, how about a nice card that reminds me of spring? ha.
I think we can officially say that Wplus9’s Doodle Buds stamp set is one of my favorites (see here, and here!). For these two cards, I stamped out a few of the flowers, created masks with post-it notes, and continued building a scene with the stamps.
I made sure to stamp on some nice watercolor paper (I tend to use Canson brand)with Intense Black Ink (it’s waterproof so it’s perfect for this). I then painted everything with my Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. I added a simple sentiment at the top right of each card. For the first card (4bar size with the blue background) I decided to give it a bit more interest by cutting a stitched rectangle out of the panel and popping the center part up onto some fun foam. When I mounted it onto a card base, I made sure the images that made up the frame and center panel lined up.
I used the same stamping and masking technique for the second card, but decided on a yellow background. I used a large stitched rectangle die (the largest in the Lawn Fawn set) to cut a boarder into the panel and then mounted it onto a A2-sized card base.
I think I like the larger, yellow card best, but both are fun.
Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? Or just hoping to get through Thanksgiving, like me? At any rate, I hope all of you who celebrate have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Wplus9’s doodle buds stamp set is one of my favorites (you may have noticed from this post or my instagram feed)! The images lend themselves so easily to cute, whimsical cards and they are perfect for creating floral scenes – without masking. If the stamped images intersect, it doesn’t really matter. In fact, the doodly (made that up) nature of the design means a little overlapping of the images is just fine.
For these cards, I just stamped and stamped several images in Intense Black ink onto watercolor paper until I was happy with the composition. I then used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint quick washes over each panel – one in this aqua/pool color (A2-sized) and the other in a burnt sienna or sepia tone (4-Bar sized).
After the panels had a chance to dry, I added a bit more color here and there to give some more contrast. After that all dried, I then stamped a sentiment with the same black ink.
I used a stitched rectangle die to add some interest on the teal card and on the sepia card I used a paper distresser to rough up the edges a bit, then I adhered both to card bases. Super simple, but still really special!
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Hello! Today I’m sharing a card I made using one of my favorite new techniques – die cut masking.
To make the panel for this card, I used the Wplus9 Doodle Buds stamp set to make a pattern on the background. I then used the coordinating dies and inkadinkado masking paper to make masks for each shape. After that, I dusted off my Copic airbrush tools and put them to work.
I used my YR02 Copic Marker (light orange) to airbrush the entire panel. After you remove the masks, each stamped image has a nice white boarder around it. I love the effect.
This panel sat on the edge of my craft desk for weeks until I figured out what I wanted to do with it…I thought a black sentiment would really pop against the background (the sentiment is the Painted Hello die by SSS).
To separate the sentiment from the background a bit, I added a vellum circlebehind the sentiment (I also added a thin line of white embossing powder around the outside of the circle). After mounting the circle and the sentiment, I stapled on some paper strips to ground everything. Lastly, I added some sequins for a little extra embellishment.
I’m still trying out different techniques to use with my airbrush, but this is my favorite so far. The masking technique also works with ink blending or just coloring marker-to-paper. The best thing about this hobby is that the possibilities are endless!