Thursday, July 24, 2014

Carved Halloween

Back with another card made with one of the new Stampers Anonymous stamp sets.

I used Mini Distress Ink kit #8 to create a monoprint on Ranger Watercolor paper using the new Halloween Layering Stencil.  Love how the colors of this set just looks like Halloween!
I stamped the owl from the Carved Halloween set with Black Archival ink onto the monoprint.
Then stitched the monoprint to purple Core'dinations Kraft-core cardstock.
I added this little spider hanging from the top.  Love this little guy!
I also added Glossy Accents to the eyes of the owl and the back of the spider to give them a bit more detail.
Mushroom Alcohol ink was added to a Plaquette to give it more of a Halloween feel; then tied around the card with green Jute String.
I wanted to break up the monoprint just a bit so I ripped a piece of paper from an old book.  After a bit of Distress ink - Vintage Photo, I used the Distress Marker Spritzer to add speckles to the paper.  A super easy aging technique.  I also added a couple Tiny Attacher staples to keep the Jute String in place.
A little more Distress Marker Spritzer to give a background a spooky effect and were done.  Gosh I love using that Spritzer tool!

What a fun card.  Not too scary with all that color, in fact I think it's just right!

now carry on,

Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas Blueprint 4

Today post is the first of the small group of cards I made for Stamper Anonymous with the new stamps and stencils that were released this past weekend.  I always love holiday stamps so it was quite fun to be able to get the new sets.  Hope you will like what I have created.

I cut a piece of Ranger Watercolor paper.  I used three colors of Distress Stain and water to create the background, then dried it with a Heat it Tool.
 I stamped the image of the Poinsettia from the Christmas Blueprint 4 set in Archival ink.

 Then cut it out.
Next I created a monoprint of the new Layering Stencil "Christmas" on another piece of Watercolor paper using Distress Ink in Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass and Crushed Olive (both in kit #8).  Pumice Stone mini is in kit #5- i just happened to have the larger pad on my desk so I used it instead.  That is the reason why I ended up with so much gray in the monoprint.  Using the mini size allows you to get much smaller doses of color.
 I stamped the poinsettia image over the monoprint background of the card front.
 Then used Distress Markers to color the green leaves.
 The Detail Water Brush helps blend the colors together.

I also used Pumice Stone Distress marker to add in a drop shadow around the flower and box with the flower name.
 I cut a card from Core'dinations Kraft-Core Cardstock,
 then stitched it to the cardstock.

Then I simply used foam squares to add the cut poinsettia over the image.
You may notice I went back and added more red Distress Marker to some of the smaller shapes for a bit more detail.

I also colored a piece of Linen Ribbon with Iced Spruce (you know I had to work it in) Distress Stain.  Once dry, I inked the linen with Crushed Olive Distress Ink.  I used the Linen Ribbon to secure the Christmas Word Band to the card front.

One additional detail...a bit of Ice Stickles - Christmas Red to add dimension to the center of the poinsettia.

 And there you have it...first Christmas card of the season!  I sure love the coloring process.  I find it very soothing working with the Distress Markers and Water Brush. 

For those of you in the Dallas area, I am teaching three classes at Stamp Asylum in Plano on Aug 15th and 16th.  You can contact the store for more details.

carry on,