Friday, May 22, 2020

Sending you Sunshine

 Welcome back to my blog and Magenta Super Saturday.  For today’s card I wanted to create something cheerful with bright colors.
Daisies always seem like such happy flowers to me so I thought the new large Painted Daisy would be perfect for today’s card.  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here. 
I put the stamp in my stamp positioner and stamped on five different pieces of Bristol 110# white cardstock with VersaFine Smokey Gray Ink.  I painted each flower with Zig Clean Color markers in shades of yellow, pink and orange (all the specific colors are listed below.)  After the ink was thoroughly dry, I returned each image to my stamp positioner, then restamped with VersaMark ink.  I embossed them with Brutus Monroe Gilded embossing powder, then cut out each flower. 
For the card background paper, I applied Broken China, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch Oxide inks to a piece of 4 ¼” x 5 ½” white cardstock and then sprinkled a few water droplets on top and let them dry. I repeated the process on a second piece of cardstock, so I would have a piece for the sentiment.  On the second piece, I also splattered gold paint over the paper because I planned to emboss my sentiment in gold.


I adhered the first piece of background paper to and A2 card then started arranging the flowers on top.  I had originally planned to put all five flowers on the card so the card would be covered with lots of color.  As the card came together, I decided that I liked it with three flowers (and then I used the remaining two flowers on another card.)  I adhered the flowers to the front of the card, then trimmed the edges of the flowers even with the card front.  

Next, I ended up changing the sentiment and instead of stamping it on white like in the picture above, I stamped it on the second piece of blue background paper and embossed it with Brutus Monroe Gilded embossing powder.  I cut a small strip of white cardstock a bit larger than my sentiment strip then decided I wanted it to have the same colors as the flowers.   I scribbled some ink from three Zig markers (Pink, Yellow and Orange) onto my glass mat and spritzed with water.  Then ran the white strip through the ink.  When I had the color the way I wanted it, I set it aside to dry. 
I adhered the sentiment strip with a bit of fun foam behind it to add dimension.  After I assembled the card, I added glossy accents to the center of the flowers and add added a few gemstones for a bit of sparkle.
For the second card, I made another piece of blue cardstock using a piece of white cardstock cut to 4” x 5 ¼”.  I splattered it with water and some gold paint.  I adhered the two flowers on top, then trimmed the petals even with the edges.  I adhered this to an A2 card.  I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock, embossed with gold embossing powder and used die to cut a circle. I scribbled Pink, Orange and Yellow Zig markers on my glass media mat, and with a slightly wet paint brush picked up the ink and sprinkled it onto the sentiment piece.   I used a slightly larger circle die to cut a piece of the blue background paper and adhered the sentiment piece on top.  I added a piece of fun foam to the back for dimension then I added a few gemstones for some sparkle. 
Thanks for visiting my blog today!
Magenta Products Used:
0815.N - Painted Daisy Large 

07.952.F - Sending you Sunshine

07.674.F - Circle of Friends 3

Other Products Used:
Zig Clean Color Brushes (Light Pink, Pink, Dark Pink, Tea Rose, Sugared Almond Pink, Lemon Yellow, Yellow, Bright Yellow, Orange, Scarlet Red, Red, Carmine Red)
Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink
VersaFine Smokey Gray Ink
Distress Oxide (Broken China, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch)

Friday, May 1, 2020

Magenta Super Saturday - Bluebird of Happiness


Welcome back to Magenta Super Saturday.  I hope you are all healthy and staying safe.   

I love the new “Warbler Spring” stamp from Magenta’s new collection. It just feels so happy and we can all use some happy right now.  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.
To create this card, I started by taping two pieces of white, 140# hot press watercolor paper to a board. I applied water to the entire surface with a large brush then added a bit of Viridian and Turquoise Blue watercolor paint from my new Elizabeth Craft watercolor set (I absolutely love these new watercolors!)  I wanted the color to be very subtle, so I moved it around on the paper until I was happy with the intensity.  
On one piece I tried to keep the center lighter since that is where the bird would be stamped.
When the paper was dry, I put the piece with the lighter center in my stamp positioner and stamped the bird image using Hero Arts Soft Granite ink.  I colored the image with colored pencils. The hot press watercolor paper has a very smooth texture, so the coloring was very easy. I used my anti-static powder tool all over the image then returned the piece to my stamp positioner.  I re-stamped with VersaMark ink then embossed with clear embossing powder. I cut out the bird image with the 4 ¼” oval die from the Hero Arts Nested Oval die set then used the 4 3/8” die from the same set to cut a second oval from a piece Glamour Green So Silk cardstock.
I cut the second piece of watercolor paper to 4” x 5 ¼” then used a ruler to determine the center of the card and marked the center with a pencil.  I used the pencil mark as a reference point for the leaf stamp by aligning the stem of the acacia leaf with the pencil mark.  I stamped with VersaMark ink repeatedly around the card.  
After stamping the image a few times, I embossed with Ranger Verdigris embossing powder, then stamped a few more times and embossed again until I worked my way all around the card.  

When I finished the embossing, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to color the leaves but ultimately decided to just lightly color them. 
I adhered the leaf piece to the front of an A2 card. Next, I adhered the two ovals together and before assembling I adhered an oval piece of fun foam to the back for a bit of dimension, then adhered to the top of the leaf piece.  I added a few light-colored sequins to reflect the light.
Thanks for visiting the blog today. Be sure to check out Magenta’s most recent release. You can see all the beautiful new stamps here and all the great stencils and masks here.

Magenta Products Used
40.348.N - Spring Warbler

0818.J - Acacia Branch Small
Other Products Used
Elizabeth Craft Watercolors
Ranger Verdigris Embossing Powder
Judikins Clear Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink
Hero Arts Soft Granite Dye Ink
Prismacolor Pencils
So Silk Cardstock


Sunday, April 26, 2020

Hope


Welcome back to Magenta Super Saturday.  I hope you are all healthy and staying safe.  

In my card today I have used several stamps from Magenta’s newest release.  The sentiment stamp is an older one but I have always loved its message of hope and really think we can all use this message during these uncertain times.  You can also see my card over on the Magenta blog here.

For the card layout I wanted to arrange several images in a grouping, so I began by putting a piece of scrap paper in my stamp positioner.  I arranged the stamps and then stamped on the scrap paper to make sure I liked the arrangement.  Then I rearranged the stamps to cover the rest of the area.  I tried several different arrangements until I was happy with the pattern.  
  
Next, I put a piece of white cardstock in my stamp positioner and put the final scrap paper version on top.
I arranged the stamps for the first stamping using the scrap paper as a pattern. I removed the scrap paper and stamped a piece of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cardstock with VersaFine Olympia Green ink.  
I colored the images with Prismacolor pencils then returned the cardstock to my stamp positioner.  I restamped with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder. 
When the embossed image had cooled, I returned it to my stamp positioner, put the scrap paper back on top, then arranged the stamps over the other section.  I followed the same process – ink, color, re-stamp and emboss over the second section. I adhered the panel to the front of an A2 card.
I splattered watercolor paints on another piece of white cardstock and let it dry.  Then I cut two strips - one to 5/8" x 5 1/2" and the other to 1 1/2" x 5 1/2". I stamped the sentiment on the larger piece with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  
Next, I cut two strips of So Silk Beauty Pink cardstock.  One measured 3/4" x 5 1/2" and the second piece measured 1 5/8" x 5 1/2".  I adhered the smaller strip along the top of the card and the wider strip across the bottom of the card.  I adhered the white strips on top of the pink strips so that just the edge of the pink along the stamped images showed.
These stamps are just a few of the beautiful new stamps you can find in Magenta’s newest release.  You can see all the new stamps here and the new stencils and masks here.  Thanks for visiting my blog today. 
Magenta Products Used:
0814.G - Daisy Star Small

0816.G - Daisy Painted Small

0818.J Acacia Branch Small

0821.E - English Garden

07.513.I - Hope

Other Products Used:
VersaFine (Olympia Green, Onyx Black)
VersaMark
Judikins Clear Embossing Powder
Prismacolor Pencils
So Silk Cardstock

Friday, March 13, 2020

Layered Flowers


Welcome back to my blog and Magenta Super Saturday.  I’ve had to make several sympathy cards in the last month, so I thought I’d share this one with you today.  

I think any sentiment would work on this card and the technique is so much fun.  You color the flowers on one stamped image, then cut them out to adhere to a second stamped image. You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.
To begin I used my MISTI to stamp the floral image.  I stamped it two times on pieces of 4” x 5 ¼” white cardstock.  Using a blender brush and some Distress Shaded Lilac ink, I lightly blended color over the flowers on both pieces.  It’s okay to go outside the lines on the one that will be your finished image as it adds some shading on the card, just use a light hand.  Next, I used colored pencils to color the flowers on the one piece.  On the other piece I used colored pencils on the leaves and berries.  I returned both pieces to my MISTI and restamped them with VersaMark ink, then embossed with white embossing powder. 
Next, I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment in with VersaFine Majestic Blue ink on the piece with the colored leaves.  I adhered the panel to a piece of dark blue cardstock, then adhered them to an A2 card.   Finally, I cut out the flowers I had colored and used a few foam dots to adhere them on top of the flowers on card front.  I added a few gems for an additional bit of interest. 
Thanks for visiting my blog today.   
Magenta Products Used:
02.316.P - Poinsettia Corner

07.928.I - With Sympathy
Other Products Used:
Prismacolor Pencils
VersaFine Ink (Onyx Black, Majestic Blue)
VersaMark
Judikins White Embossing powder
Distress Shaded Lilac Ink

Friday, February 14, 2020

Spring Flowers


Welcome back to my blog and Magenta Super Saturday.  It was a very wet, gray January in the Pacific Northwest so I decided to use my Copic markers to create a card with some bright spring flowers.  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here. 
One of my favorite techniques is to stamp an image in my stamp positioner, color it with colored pencils, then restamp it and emboss with embossing powder.  The embossing redefines the stamped image and really makes it pop.  You can see an example of that technique here.  I decided to use the same technique on today’s card, except I colored my image with Copic markers instead of pencils. 
First, I used my stamp positioner to stamp the image using Gina K. Amalgam Black ink (which is Copic friendly), then began coloring.  I used G07, Nile Green and YG41, Pale Cobalt Green for the leaves.  For the berries I used R08 Vermillion.  I used four different sets of colors for the flowers.  For the purple flowers I used V04, Lilac and V06 Lavender.  For the pink flowers I used RV14, Begonia Pink and RV06, Cerise.  The yellow flowers were colored with Y35, Maize and Y38 Honey and the orange flowers were done with YR07, Cadium Orange and R05, Salmon Red.  I colored the centers of the flowers with R37, Carmine.
After the coloring was complete, I returned the image to my stamp positioner and stamped with VersaMark ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder.  Next, I stamped the sentiment with the same black ink and die cut it with a stitched circle die.  I cut a slightly larger circle from So Silk Beauty Pink and adhered the white circle on top.  I adhered another piece of So Silk Beauty Pink to the front of an A2 card.  I trimmed the colored image to 4” x 5 ¼”, wrapped it with some gold twine, then adhered it to the front of the card.  I added a piece of fun foam to the back of the circle then placed it on top of the gold thread.  For the last step I added some glossy accents to the berries and the flower centers. 
Thanks for visiting my blog today. 
Magenta Products Used:  
14.660.R - Floral Background

07.869.D - Thinking of You

Other Products Used:
Gina K. Amalgam Black Ink
VersaMark Ink
Judikins Clear Embossing Powder
Copic Markers

Friday, January 24, 2020

Valentine Kitty

Welcome back to Super Saturday.  Today I have a quick card for you and you can also see it on the Magenta blog here. 

I love cats; in fact, my whole family loves cats so I plan to give this card to my granddaughter.  She has a black special needs kitty that she adopted specifically because black cats have a lower adoption rate that other kitties.    

I used a stitched rectangle die to create a frame from a piece of 4 ¼” x 5 ½” white linen cardstock.  I used a blending brush to apply Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress ink around the inner and outer edges of the frame.  I wanted random hearts around the frame so I masked off the "15 Hearts" stencil so I could use just one heart.  Using a blending brush, I applied Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry, through the heart that was masked off.  I placed it in various places around the frame, sometimes using the whole heart and other times letting it run over the edge to make the placement look random.

I used my MISTI to stamp the "Cat on a Heart" stamp with VersaFine Black Onyx ink on a piece of white cardstock then colored it with Prismacolor pencils.  I returned it to my MISTI, stamped again with VersaMark ink then embossed with clear embossing powder.  This made the markings on the kitty stand out a little better.  

I put foam tape on the back of the frame and then centered it over the cat image.  I adhered this to an A2 card.  I added a few sequins and some glossy accents on the heart. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  

Magenta Products Used:
08.093.H - Cat on Heart

TM210 - 15 Hearts
Other Products Used:
Distress Ink (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry)
Prismacolor Pencils
VersaMark Ink
VersaFine Black Onyx Ink
Glossy Accents

Friday, January 3, 2020

Many Mandalas

Welcome back to Super Saturday.  I hope your New Year is off to a great start.   I need to make several birthday cards this month, so I decided to use pieces of the Flower Mandala Background stamp as the focal point on the card.  My card is also part of a Magenta blog post which you can see here.

Using my MISTI I stamped the image on the smooth side of watercolor paper, then embossed with gold or silver embossing powder.  

I taped the paper to my work surface then I sprinkled nuance over the top.  I sprayed with water and then let it sit until dry.  (I used Bright Yellow, Orange and Red on one piece; Aquamarine, Lagoon and Violet on another piece.)
I also stamped the image on several different pieces of cardstock - white, tan, gray and blue, with VersaFine Smokey Gray ink.  I colored the images with Prismacolor pencils.  
I returned the cardstock to my MISTI, generously used the powder tool all over the image and then restamped the image with VersaMark ink.  I embossed with gold or silver embossing powder, depending on the color of the cardstock.  
I cut the mandala into 1 7/8” strips and I cut a 2 1/8” wide piece of pearlized purple background paper.  I placed that on a piece of 3 ¾” x 5” piece of white cardstock to determine where to stamp my sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment, then embossed with silver embossing powder.  I used a blending brush to add a bit of Tumbled Glass and Wilted Violet Distress ink.  I adhered the Mandala strip to the piece of background paper, then adhered them to the left side of the white cardstock.  This piece was adhered to another piece of pearlized purple paper then to the front of an A2 card.  I finished it off with a few gems. 
I ended up with a bunch of images that I can use to create a variety of cards.


I hope you have a wonderful 2020, with lots of opportunities for crafting and creating.  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  



Magenta Products Used:
0772.R Flower Mandala Background
MNUC  Nuance



Other Products Used:

Prismacolor Pencils
VersaMark Ink
VersaFine Ink
Embossing Powder (Brutus Monroe Gilded Gold, Ranger Platinum)