Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day 5 of Copic Makers for Card Makers and Have Fun

On Day 5 of Copic Markers for Card Makers class, we focused on hair and skin.  For the longest time, I have been avoiding coloring people images.  However, there are some images that I just could not resist.  Anyway, this ballerina created by Kristina Werner is just adorable.  I couldn't wait to color her.
After layering a strip of yellow polka cardstock on the bottom of the card base, I stamped the sentiment from Mama Elephant and Kelly Purkey in NYC set.  Love, love this song.  It never fails to put a smile on my face.  Use the blending tool to add blue to the top of the card.  This is an afterthought so I had to go around the stars.  Not as smooth as I like but it reminded more of the sky I saw the other day.  I placed the ballerina on the card with dimensionals.

I added a flower sequin with a pearl in her hair and star sequins in the background before rounding the top corners.  This was a super fun card to make and I absolutely love this ballerina!

I did experiment with darker colors for skin tone which I have never done before, especially since I had the combo that works for me.  So it was fun to try it out.  I think this class made me more willing to try out different combinations.  If it doesn't work, no big deal.  I am definitely getting more comfortable with these markers.  I have to admit that I have watched some of the videos over and over again to incorporate some techniques I did not get a chance to try.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Day 4 of Copic Markers for Card Makers and Happiest of Birthdays

On Day 4 of Copic Markers for Card Makers class, we focused on light source.  After some practice, I colored one of my favorite floral stamp called Emily Rose Bouquet from Stampendous and placed it onto a card.
  After coloring the image, I stamped the sentiment from Fresh Squeezed Stamps Everyday Expressions and used the stitched rectangle die from Lil'Inker to cut it out.  I placed the card onto the card base with dimensionals.
I finished the card with Wink of Stella on the daisy and scattering sequins and pearls.  I love the look of the pearls on the sequins.
I love how Sandy Allnock breaks an image into different sections to color.  I have to admit that I did struggle with this lesson a bit.  I was getting frustrated with my blending and coloring.  I had to take a step back and not fuss over it.  After all, this is supposed to be fun and relaxing.  :-)  No worries, I did get back to coloring.  I normally use the technique that Jennifer Mcguire used of looking at an object front and center, so it was great to try out techniques from Sandy and Kristina Werner.  Anyway, with autumn in full force here, I thought I try making some leaves red, and as my son would say,"It was an epic failure!"  :-D  Oh well.  That's what practice sheets are for.  I did like my other flowers, especially giving texture to my flowers with flicking strokes.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day 3 of Copic Markers for Card Makers and Warm Wishes

I really enjoy Day 3 of Copic Markers for Card Makers class.  We used gray markers to create shadows.  Since I don't have a huge selection of markers, this was perfect for me.  Now I feel I can create dimension with markers where I have one or two in the color family.  Yay!  Did I mention that I am loving this class?!  ;-)  I had a lot of fun coloring these cups and had to put them on a card.
I did cheat a little here and used a Spectrum Noir marker green since I don't have any green Copics yet.  I layered my card base with pattern paper from Martha Stewart 6x6 Wonderland pad before adding the banner die cut made with My Favorite Things Blueprint #13.  I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts/Studio Calico Spread The Joy set and added the cups with dimensionals.  Then I finished the card by drawing in some steam at the top and adding a snowflake sequin.  My sons did want everyone to know that they were the one who suggested the steam coming off the cup.  It does look a lot better with them.  They are the experts!  :-)  Anyway, for some reason, the banner looks really crooked in the photo but not so much in real life.  It is really stuck on there so sorry if that really bothers you too.

I did struggle with getting some of the colors to blend, which meant quite a number of them bled out.  :-P  I felt when I just used a gray marker with another color, it worked out better.  I didn't over work it.  Though there were some colors, the gray looked weird on or didn't really show up.  I have been experimenting with different color combo to see what works best and having a great time doing it.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day 2 of Copic Markers for Card Makers and Celebrate!

On Day 2 of Copic Markers for Card Makers class, we learned other techniques for stretching the markers we have.  Since I just started my collection, I don't have a wide selection of markers.  You can see below my test runs on my practice sheet.  Anyway, I love the way the butterflies came out using the feathering technique and the idea of using colors that do not blend together is awesome.  So of course, I had to put them on a card.
I had created this background a while ago and never used it.  I stamped Hero Arts Flower Bursts Pattern background stamp with Versamark ink and heat embossed the clear embossing powder on it.  I used the blending tool to apply color onto the background.  After I colored the butterflies, I fussy cut them out.  Then I applied Wink of Stella on them before tracing the lines with a black Micron pen and placing them onto the card with dimensionals.  Tracing the lines really make the image pop as Kathy Racoosin suggested.  Love it!  Anyway, I stamped on a strip of cardstock with the sentiment from Hero Arts It's Your Day set and cut it at an angle before adhering it to the card with dimensionals.  I finished the card with sequins and curling the butterfly wings to give it even more dimension.  

Below is my practice sheet and I have to admit that my birds below look very "frankenstein-ish" to me.  My son commented that the second one looks like it has some kind of fungal chicken pox.  :-D  Oh well, what can you do with limited colors and I was experimenting.  Talk about experimentation gone wrong!  Ha!  :-D  I was also trying to explore some color combo.  Despite that, I had a fun time coloring.

I love the acetate blending technique, I find it easier than tip to tip blending since I can pick up a lot more ink. My second bird blended a lot better.  I used the feathering technique on the butterfly and love it.  It is really cool how two colors can blend together nicely.  I did practice some more with the tip to tip technique later and it came out better.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day 1 of Copic Markers for Card Makers Online Class

I just got some Copic markers for my birthday this year, and I have done a little research on how to use them.  I am 50-50 successful with blending.  So when this class came up, I was so ready to sign up, especially when I had so much fun with the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class.  On Day 1 of Copic Markers for Card Makers class, we worked on blending techniques.  Some I knew about and some I have never tried.  I couldn't wait to test them out.

The panels on the card were die cut using Lil'Inker Stitched Rectangle dies and My Favorite Things Blueprint #13.  With some tips, I color these balloons and present with my Copic markers before fussy cutting them out and placing them onto my card with dimensionals.  I added the twine to the balloons and tape them at the end before placing the present on top of them to hide them.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments set.  I added Wink of Stella onto the balloons and bow before adding the glaze to the balloons.  I love the look of glitter embedded in the balloons.  
Can you tell what color markers I have?!  :-D  I am slowly building up my collection and suppliment my colorings with Spectrum Noir, Sharpies and Bic Mark It markers.  I am only using Copic markers for the class to learn more about using them.  

I find that I have a lot of luck with blending two colors.  I love the technique that Kelly taught with coloring the shadows first, especially since I tend to over color and it bleeds.  Also, when I tried to blend with three colors, it bled out.  I tried to be less heavy-handed and that helped.  The first day of class offered some great technique for blending that I've never tried before and already I felt the class is so worth it.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Christmas Place Card Favor

If you notice that I have been a little off in my posting, it is because I've been concentrating on other aspects of my life.  I feel like instead of taking craftcations, I am permantly on fitcation.  That is one of my major goal for the fall and on, to lose weight and be more active.  Most people gain weight in the winter and from the holidays, but not me.  I gain weight in the summer.  I get too busy with the boys and don't have "me" time to exercise.  Though this summer, I did make more of an effort to be active, despite getting plantar fasciitis.  I've never gotten heel pain before, but man, does it hurt and this have gone on for months.  If any of you are dealing with plantar fasciitis, try out this exercise from the NY Times.  I started it this past week and already, my heel feels better for the first time in months.  Anyway, since my attention is on exercise and calories, I think I lost my mojo along the way.  On top of that, my craft room has been a mess, I just repainted a dresser and I am moving everything from my plastic storage into them.  Yeah, life has been a little busy and crazy here.  I have a tendency to heap on many projects onto my plate, especially in the fall and spring.  Also, can you believe that I have not been to the craft store or purchase any craft items in 3 months?!  Crazy!  Now I am a little antsy and need a little fix.  I have just the reward at the end of this month to help alleviate that itch. ;-)  Anyway, I did manage to make this cute holiday place card favor.  When I was coloring this adorable owl from Lawn Fawn Winter Owl, my little one wanted to color him too.  After we were done, he looked at my owl and casually said, "I like mine better" and that made me laugh.  I love his confidence!  :-)   See toward the bottom of this post for his owls.  I have to agree.  The first one with the polka dots was what he compared mine to and he followed up with two more.  All the more reason for me to sign up for the Copic Markers for Card Makers online class.
Front of place card favor above and back below.  I slided a fun-sized candy in it.
I used the Spellbinder scallop oval die with my Fiskars Fuse to cut the smallest scallop oval and score it .  Then I cut another oval die cut using Lil'Inker oval die.  I love the stitch details from these dies. Since the oval die cut is too big for the scallop oval, I cut part of it so it fits.
I stamped the owl  from Lawn Fawn Winter Owl set and fussy-cut it after coloring it with markers.  I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Christmas and Holiday Hellos sets on the half oval and adhered it to the scallop oval.  I placed the owl on with dimensionals.

For the back of the place card, I decorated the white oval placed on the scallop oval with letter and snowflake stickers.  To finish the place card, I punched a hole and loop a ribbon through.

Look at the cute little owls that my little guy colored, I love it!  I love when my boys craft with me.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Season's Greetings

It's that time of the year or seems to be.  It seems like everywhere I've been looking, I see signs of Christmas.  Everyone also seems to be creating holiday cards too.  I didn't think I would but I couldn't resist when I saw this background challenge by Simon Says Stamp.  This is a classic scene for me and Honey told me that this is my best card.  Hmmm...I'm not sure how to receive that comment because what about my other cards?!  :-D  Anyway, I love birch trees and wish we have some on our property but I guess I will settle for creating them.  ;-)

I used the blending tool and Distress inks(Concord Grape, Peacock Feather and  Broken China) to create the background.  Then I used birch tree stencil that I cut with my Sihouette Cameo and applied embossing paste on both sides of the card.  I cut a strip of white cardstock to look like snow hills and stamped the sentiment Simon Says Stamp Holiday Hellos.  I stamped the deers from Papertrey Ink In The Meadow on the card and on a separate white cardstock to be fussy-cut.

I mounted the snowhills with dimensionals and glued on the deer to the hill.  To finish the card, I use a white gel pen and drew dots on top of the card to create stars.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunflowers Birthday Wishes

I always love impressionistic paintings, so when I saw this video from Christy of watercolored poppy, it reminded me very much of that.  I catalog the card as something that I wanted to CASE and finally have the time now to try it out.  Looking at pumpkins in my garden reminded me of sunflowers since they go together for me, especially in the fall.  So I thought I try this with the sunflowers from Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows set.  This was a simple card to make, and even though it was time consuming, it was very relaxing.
I stamped the sunflowers with Distress Frayed Burlap ink and mask off an area for my sentiment.  I used various Distress ink to color in the sunflowers and then the background.  I stamped the sentiment from My Sentiment Exactly! in the masked off area.
I love banner that was created through masking.  It gives it an illusion of dimension but so easy to mail.

- Lawnscaping One Layer Challenge

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A Snappy Masculine Birthday Card

It has been a crazy summer and hopefully, things will get back to normal, especially for this blog.  Changing to a new blog was a tough decision but I really like the name that I came up with.  Though it was unique to me when I thought of the blog name, based on everybody mentioning that they are on "staycation", I later found that there is actually an event like that, which is amazing.  So wish I can go.  I like the brevity of name and how true that crafting is a vacation to me mentally; a vacation from life.  I am ready to go on a retreat for sure.  Anyway, even though I did post almost every week this summer and even every day when I took the online class, it was not my normal post.  I don't like changing the format of my post, but it was fast and easy to just post pictures of my project with a quick write-up this summer.  I figure since this is my hobby, I can make allowances for my posts, otherwise it will feel like work and who wants that. :-) Also, I was pressed for time from creating and posting every day during my class.  So, sorry if you wanted more instructions.  Anyway, it felt weird to actually sit down at my desk and create a card based on a sketch.  It has been so long since that I have done that and it felt good to do it again.  I wanted to make a masculine birthday card too.

First, I ran brown cardstock with a Darice filmstrip embossing folder through my Fiskars Fuse and adhered it to a black cardbase along with a green and black strip of cardstock.  Then I stamped the sentiment and photography icons from My Favorite Things Picture This on white cardstock that was die cut from a MFT Blueprint 14 die, before adhering it to the card with dimensionals.  I stamped the smile sentiment from KI Memories click click and fussy-cut it out before placing it onto the card with foam adhesive.  I finished the card by using the Wink of Stella on the cameras and adhering a wood veneer arrow that has Wink of Stella on it and clear glaze.
I added a brown cardstock that was embossed with the same filmstrip embossing folder to the inside of the card.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Another Floral Happy Birthday

While I had my Winnie and Walter stamps out, I decided to use the same ones as my previous post, but with a different ink and medium to color.  I have to admit that I am amazed by Distress inks and all they can do.  I love using to create a faux watercolor look.  I decided to keep it classic and simple lately.  No fancy pattern paper or layering, just straight up stamping and coloring.  I am having fun creating simple designs.
 I inked up the roses from Winnie&Walter's The Big, The Bold And The Extras set with different Distress ink and masking to overlap them. I used a wet brush to draw out the colors of each stamped image.  I added the sentiment from Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold, and The Happy set before adding sequins.

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