Wednesday, April 30, 2008

More Pun Fun and Pure Color Pencils

I just can't stop blending my Pure Color pencils. It's so easy and makes even those of us with minimal talent appear artistic. I copied the layout of the following card from someone's blog and I really wish I'd written down which one it was. After searching for 30+ minutes last night, I gave up. So, if it's you sketch, please let me know and I'll give you credit. This layout it a perfect way to use up those little strips that you have left over when you're cutting layers for matting.

Supplies used:
Ink: Black Staz On and Bashful Blue (sponged around the edges)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red, Bashful Blue and Pumpking Pie
Accessories: Summer Picnic Designer paper, Black Stampin' Write Journaler (for the doodling around the edge)
Stamps: Pun Fun (HELPFUL TIP: When you're mounting the stamps, separate the words from the image and mount them on the side of the stamp. This gives you more flexibility in your stamping.)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Blending Pure Color Pencils

First of all, my apologies for not posting for a while. I've been working on my son's classsroom project for the school auction. Once I download the photos from the camera, I'll share them with you.

Anyway, it's been a while since I used my Pure Color Pencils and saw some samples recently that made me pull them back out. Did you know that you can blend them together, just like watercolors? It's so cool. Use a blending stump (got mine from Michael's); one of the following: mineral oil, gamsol, or odorless paint thinner; an outline image stamp; Whisper White cardstock and Staz On ink. Simply stamp the image and let it dry. Then color around the inside of the outline with your Pure Color Pencils. Then dip your blending stump into your blending medium (I used Mona Lisa brand odorless paint thinner from Michael's) and use circular motions to pull the color toward the center of your image. You can blend colors together too, although my stamped image didn't really need that.
The stamp set is Pun Fun. I also used the Summer Picnic paper from the Occasions Mini catalog, Whisper White, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Bashful Blue cardstock.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Watercoloring with Markers

I made this cute card for Cindy using the Bitty Birthday stamp set. I stamped the cake on watercolor paper with Black Staz On. Then I went around the outlines of the images with SU markers and then blended the colors with the Aquapainter. It's a pretty easy watercoloring method and gives you a lot of control over the placement and intensity of the colors. Plus, I love that the colors all match the SU papers.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Shades of Gray

A few weeks ago when I was watching Extreme Makeover Home Improvement, the wallpaper that they put in the master bedroom really struck me. My immediate response was, "That looks like Going Gray stamped with Basic Gray. I can make that!" So I did. Here's what I came up with. Unfortunately, the scan doesn't show the shinyness of the silver very well. The center is Brushed silver cardstock which was embossed with black and the left side is silver encore ink on Basic Gray. But, you get the general idea.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Toe-Nail update

Well, after two weeks, the rub-ons on my toes are doing great! They walked all over Disneyland and other parts of southern California this past week (thus the lack of posts). It seems that as long as you put a couple of clear coats on top of them, they'll last as long as your manicure or pedicure does.

I'll post more stamping stuff once the mountain of laundry and dustballs have been minimized.

Friday, April 4, 2008

More Tart & Tangy

My team, the Inkellectuals, had a swap recently. Everyone's swaps were fantastic. This is what I made.

Stamps: Tart & Tangy, Short & Sweet, Polka Dots & Paisley
Ink: Real Red ink & marker, Old Olive marker, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Whisper White, Real Red, Summer Picnic DS paper
Accessories: Scallop punch, 1 3/8” circl punch, Styled Silver hodgepodge, Olive Twill, Crystal Effects, Fine Cosmo glitter, Crafters’ Tool Kit

Happy Weekend to all.

Worm Wishes

Here's one of my slightly twisted ideas with Tart & Tangy. I just cut the worm out free hand. If you have the Bugs & Kisses stamp set, you could have a lot of fun with this concept.