Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge, Beyoutiful

Hey guys!  Summer is underway and it's been a bit crazy here as I've been prepping for camps and vacation and release week at Neat & Tangled (which is next week!).  BUT, I really wanted to find some time to play along with the current Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge, I really loved the pinboard.

I had a whole other idea, but it turned into a hot mess that just wasn't salvageable, so I went back to the basics and created a very CAS card instead.

I really wanted to use my new Wonky Backdrops background that I picked up during the recent summer sale.

To get the gradient effect, I used my MISTI and several colors of Altenew inks (Mango Smoothie, Peach Perfect, and Frosty Pink), inking the background stamp with each and then softening it by dabbing my ink blending tool against it so I achieved a soft transition.  This was repeated a few times with each color until I achieved the right amount of coverage, then I switched to the next color and repeated.  I also had to move the background down halfway through to continue the pattern.  At the very bottom I wanted a bit of a brighter pink, so I added just a hint of Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, using the same technique as previously described.

The sentiment was cut from adhesive black foam, and I finished it off with some clear sequins.

That's all for me today, hope your week is going well!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

End of the Year Cards

Hi everyone!  I've not been the greatest blogger this month.  Life has definitely gotten it's claws into me.  I know a lot of you are done with school, but we here in Arlington, VA are holding on to the.very.last.minute.  We'll be done on Friday, so we're in the thick of end of school events.  Spring sports concluded this past weekend so we get a bit of a breather from that, but Ellie goes away to her very first sleep away came on Sunday (eek!!!) and then we'll have a family vacation, and the July Neat & Tangled release is just around the corner so I'm working that too.  Needless to say, it's been busy.

Luckily, one of the things I needed to cross off my list are teachers cards, so I actually have something to blog.

Since I've been pressed for time, I kept things very simple.  I really love this Altenew teacher set, and using the MISTI I was able to knock out both cards quickly and easily.

I didn't want to spend too much time, so I picked a subtle grid pattern to stamp on, this allows me to basically lave the panel blank without it looking too stark.  The size and boldness of the main image balance the white space.  I also cut the panel a little smaller than I normally would and added a coordinating cardstock mat and patterned paper mat to cut down on that white space and make the card seem 'fuller' if that makes sense.

For a little extra interest and dimension the teacher sentiment was embossed on black cardstock and popped up.

I only made two, but this is an easily mass producible design when you have the MISTI on your side.

That's all for me today.  Hope your end of school/summer is going well!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Masking and Faux Masking - One Card, Four Ways

Hey everyone!  I'm sharing some cards over on the Neat & Tangled blog today.

I set out to make a really simple card using my new Welcome Home set, and ended up making four.

I started by stamping the sign image on masking paper and then fussy cutting it to place over the stamped image on my actual panel.  I also added masking tape (I'll link to it below) around the edges of the panel.  Then I did some simple blending.  Once that was done, I added the sentiments, adhered it to the base and done.

Then, I thought I would try a different method of masking that I haven't done in a while, using Frisket masking fluid.  The image was stamped on watercolor paper using Versafine, then I added the Frisket and waited for it to dry.  Once dry, I added some simple watercoloring.  After that was fully dry, I carefully rubbed the Frisket off and popped the panel up on the card base with foam tape.

Not everyone has Frisket, and there's a lot of waiting around for things to dry with the prior technique, so I thought I would try to fake it with watercolors.  In this next card, I simply watercolored around the image.  Before I started, I wet all the background areas with water and then worked quickly to add the watercolor making sure that the edges stayed wet as I went.  You do need to work quickly with this method which is why I stuck with just one color.

Once it was dry, I felt like it needed a pop, so I carefully traced around the image with a Copic marker to set it off from the background, and then I popped the entire panel up on the card base.

Finally, I wanted to try and recreate the crisp cleanness of the initial masked image with Copics, but I thought that it would be too tough to do the blending in the middle of the panel, so I opted for a simpler look, blending to a lighter color on the edges of the panel.

For this one I also went in with that slightly darker shade of color around the edges of the image to make it pop.

So four different ways to achieve that masked look.

One more thing, just wanted to let you all know that there's a great sale happening over at Ellen Hutson right now, 15% off the store through Saturday using code summerfun, so if there's something you've been wanting, now's a great time to pick it up.  This is my affiliate link if you feel so inclined:

Thanks for stopping by and hope you are having a great week!

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Neat & Tangled June Release Recap and Winners

Hey everyone!  Well today's the day, the June Neat & Tangled release is now live in the store!

Here's a recap of my projects from this week:


I also have some winners to announce!

@elise_smith7 (from IG comments) wins the Rice Paddies Stencil

vonmariedesign (from blog comments) wins the Welcome Home stamp set

@westie1702 (from IG comments) wins the Exploding Blocks cover plate

Denise Bryant (from blog comments) wins the Exploding Blocks stencil

Winners, please email me and I'll get your goodies sent out.  And thanks to all for your sweet comments this week!

Now head on over to the store to start shopping!