Friday, April 30, 2021

April Showers Bring May Flowers


Welcome back to my blog and Magenta Super Saturday. There’s an old saying that “April showers bring May flowers.” The inspiration for this card comes from a card Kristina Werner posted on her blog which you can see here.

You can also see my card on the Magenta Blog here. I started my version of the card by taping a piece of watercolor paper to a solid surface (in my case it’s an old cutting board) to prevent the paper from curling.  I used my Elizabeth Craft watercolor paints and applied them in a rainbow order. 
I started with Sap Green, moved to Deep Green, Viridian, Turquoise Blue, Prussian Blue and finished with Mauve.  I set it aside to dry thoroughly before adding a second layer of paint.  You can also dry the paper with a heat tool.  For the second layer I used my Iuile watercolors which are available on Etsy.  There are multiple sizes of watercolors available but the dot cards have a lot of paint on them! They are so sparkly but they look their best on dark cardstock.  However, applying the colors over a base color created a soft, shimmery background. 
I chose colors from the Rainbow Dot Card and the Christmas Series Dot card that were similar to the colors I used in the first layer.  Also, it’s important to use a very small amount of water so the base color isn’t reactivated. 
It’s hard to capture the shimmer effect but in real life there’s a beautiful glow on the cardstock.  After the second layer of color was dry, I removed the tape and cut the piece to 4” x 5 ¼”. 
I placed it in my stamp positioner and stamped the large floral image from the “English Garden” stamp set using light green ink.  I colored the image with colored pencils then returned the piece to my stamp positioner.  I stamped the image again using VersaMark and then embossed with white embossing powder.  I repositioned the stamp, stamped again with green ink, then colored and embossed.  I stamped and embossed the “Happy Birthday sentiment then stamped, colored and embossed the floral image one more time.  
I also stamped the small leaf the comes with the “English Garden” stamp set in the lower right corner.  The last step was to adhere the image to an A2 card made from Kraft cardstock. 
One last tip, when I’m planning to stamp an image multiple times, I make a sample.  I cut a piece of scrap paper the same size as my cardstock and then use it to test my layout or in the case of this card, repositioning the stamp several times to determine the best layout. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today. 

Magenta Products Used:

07.975.I - Happy Birthday - Large

CSET47 - English Garden

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Watercolors

Iuile Watercolors (Available on Etsy) Rainbow Dot, Christmas Series Dot

Friday, April 9, 2021

Magenta Super Saturday - Spring Wild Flowers

Welcome back to my blog and Magenta Super Saturday.  Today I used colored pencils on vellum.  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.

I started by using my MISTI to stamp the “Wild Flowers” on a piece of lightweight vellum.

I used VersaFine Black Onyx ink and allowed it to dry thoroughly before moving to the next step.I used my Caran d’Ache Luminance colored pencils to color on the back side of the stamped image. 
Coloring on the back of the stamped image creates a soft look but the color still shows through the lightweight vellum.  I returned the stamped image to my stamp positioner in the same position, stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder.  To prevent warping (or even melting) your vellum when embossing, be sure to let your heat gun warm up for about 30 seconds and then keep it moving back and forth across the image until all the embossing powder has melted.
I cut two pieces of lightweight (65#) card stock to measure 4 1/8’ x 5 ¼” then adhered them together.  I cut another piece of medium weight (80#) to the same measurement.  I stacked the three pieces together and cut a circle using a decorative circle die.  If the die doesn’t cut through all three layers, remove the top layer of cardstock and the next layer will have the imprint of the die cut.  Use this imprint to reposition the die and cut again. 
I stamped the “Happy birthday” on the piece of 80# cardstock. 
I adhered the vellum image to the back of the die cut image and cut away the excess vellum.  Next, I adhered the 65# pieces to the back – this will create some dimension for the final card and elevates the vellum a bit from the blue backing I added in the next step. 
For the final backing I used a piece of watercolor from my stash of background papers.  I had used various Nuance shades of blue and I thought this would help the stamped image stand out a bit more.  After I adhered the blue background to the back of the image, I adhered everything to the front of a white A2 card.  

Thanks for visiting my blog today.   

Products Used:

07.430.I Happy Birthday

14.610.N - Wild Flowers

Other Products Used:

Caran d'Ache Luminance Pencils
VersaFine Black Onyx Ink
VersaMark Ink
Judikins Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Friday, March 19, 2021

Magenta Super Saturday - An Irish Blessings Quote

Welcome back to my blog and Magenta Super Saturday.  I love this Irish Blessings quote and since my post is close to St. Patrick’s Day, it seemed like a good time to use it on a card.  You can also see my cards on the Magenta blog here

Start by stamping “Lonely Landscape” on a piece of white cardstock.  I’ve had this stamp for a long time so first I had to remove it from the wood block so I could use it in my stamping tool, which I needed to use for this technique.

I colored the image with my Pan Pastels.  You could just as easily use color pencils, chalks, markers or another medium but I haven’t used my Pan Pastels in a while and thought it would be fun to work with them again.  If you aren’t familiar with Pan Pastels, they are pastel powders in a cake form that you apply with sponges or other tools.  The colors are very rich and they are fun to work with.  After I finished coloring, I returned the image to my stamping tool, stamped with VersaMark ink, then embossed with gold embossing powder.  I cut out the image around the outer lines, then also cut out a piece of fun foam that was slightly smaller and adhered it to the back of the image.  I adhered this to a scrap piece of background paper I had previously created with green Nuance powders. 
Next, I stamped “Buds & Flourishes” randomly around the edges of a piece of Kraft cardstock with VersaMark ink.  I lightly applied gold Pan Pastel powder on top of the ink using a tapping motion, rather than a rubbing motion.  If you rub the powder into the stamped image, the ink will smear, but if you tap the powder on, you are pushing the powder into the ink without smearing it.  I positioned the “Irish Quote” sentiment on the right side and stamped with VersaFine Black Onyx ink.  Next, I trimmed the image to 3 ½” by 4 ¾” and then cut a slightly larger piece of dark green cardstock.
For the final step, I stamped “Buds & Flourishes” randomly around the edges of an A2 card and then tapped gold Pan Pastel on top.  Before assembling the card, I sprayed each stamped image with a fixative to prevent the Pan Pastels from smearing.  I set the images aside to dry, which didn’t take long, then assembled the card. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  

Magenta Products Used:
07.476.L - Irish Blessings Quote

37.187.I - Lonely Landscape

K.0537 - Buds & Flourishes

Other Products Used:

Pan Pastels
VersaMark Ink
VersaFine Black Onyx Ink

Friday, February 19, 2021

Magenta Super Saturday - One Image, Three Cards

Welcome back to my blog.  I had so much fun making these cards.  I stamped and painted one large image then cut it into three pieces to create three cards.  You can also see my cards on the Magenta blog here

I stamped the Floral Background stamp onto a piece of Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress black watercolor paper with VersaMark ink, then embossed with gold embossing powder.  

I taped the piece to a board  to keep the paper flat while I painted the flowers, leaves and berries.  I used Iuile watercolors that I found on the Etsy website.  If you follow Kristina Werner, you may have seen her use these watercolors on a Christmas card (which you can see here) or a Valentine card (which you can see here.)  I am in love with the rich colors and beautiful shine of these paints. 
Iuile makes these great dot cards with very generous samples of many colors and they are very reasonably priced.  There’s more than enough paint on a card to do several projects so you can definitely try these before you decide to purchase the larger sizes.  You can see Iuile’s Etsy store here.  
After I completed the painting, I let the piece dry thoroughly.  The watercolor paper I used is kind of delicate and to get a clean cut you need to use dies or a guillotine cutter.
I used the small stitched square dies from Gina K’s Master Layout set #4 cut out two 2 3/8” squares from one side of the image.
  Then I used guillotine cutter to cut a strip 1 5/8” x 5”.    I cut pieces of coordinating solid color cardstock to mat each of the images.  I also cut cream cardstock – 3 ¼” x 4 ½” for the square images and 3 ¾” x 5” for the vertical piece. 
I stamped the sentiments and embossed the images on the cream cardstock (gold embossing powder for the happy birthday, clear embossing powder for the other two cards.)  
I positioned (but didn’t attach) each painted image on a piece of cream cardstock.  I wanted to add a bit of interest to the cream cardstock so I used VersaMark ink to stamp the small flower petal from the Petal Blossoms set a few times around the image and sentiment, then lightly brushed on Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls. 
I adhered the cream cardstock onto pieces of solid cardstock, adhered the painted images and then adhered everything to an A2 card. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today. 

Magenta Products Used

07.588.J - It's the Little Moments

07.817.H - May the Love

07.975.I - Happy Birthday - Large

14.660.R - Floral Background

Cset46 - Petal Blossoms 

Other Products Used

Iuile Watercolor Paint

Gina K Designs Master Layout Set #4

VersaMark Ink

VersaFine Black Onyx Ink

Friday, January 22, 2021

Magenta Super Saturday - Valentine Hearts


Welcome back to my blog.  It’s time to start making Valentine’s cards at my house and today I have a very quick an easy one.  

It features two of my favorite Magenta stamps, the Heart Tapestry and “Love Makes the World Go Round.”  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here. 

I cut a piece of 110# white cardstock to measure 4” x 5 ½”.  I placed it in my MISTI, then positioned the heart stamp in the upper left corner of the cardstock.  I inked the stamp with two shades of VersaFine Claire pigment ink and stamped the image. 

I slid the cardstock up (without moving the stamp) about 2 1/8”.  I cleaned the stamp, reinked and stamped the second heart image.
I repeated the same process a third time, then embossed the images with clear embossing powder.  I stamped the sentiment and embossed it with clear embossing powder also. 

I had originally planned something more elaborate for this card like ink smooshing with Distress Inks or trimming the strip of hearts and matting it on a strip of gold cardstock and then onto another piece of cardstock with the sentiment stamped on it.  However, after I finished the embossing, I decided that I liked the simplicity of the card and decided to stop.  I matted the card onto a piece of So Silk Beauty Pink cardstock, then onto the front of an A2 card.  I added a few gems for a bit of sparkle.  

I may still try my other ideas for this design because I love both of the stamps.  I hope you will try them too.  

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Magenta Products Used:  

08.026.I - Heart Tapestry

Other Products Used:

VersaFine Claire Ink ( Glamorous, Charming Pink)
So Silk Cardstock (Beauty Pink)

Friday, January 1, 2021

Magenta Super Super Saturday - Happy New Year


Welcome back to my blog.  I hope your New Year is off to a great start.  

I decided to make a set of tri-fold cards today using a set of Magenta puzzle stamps.  The Garden Flower Tile set has four different square stamps that work together beautifully but can also be used individually.  These cards will work well for any occasion but I plan to send them to friends just to say “hello.”  You can also my cards on the Magenta page here.

I positioned each of the stamps in my stamping tool and stamped them on a piece of desert storm cardstock with VersaFine Olympia Green ink.  I lined them up so there would be enough space to cut them out after I finished coloring them. 

Next, I colored the images with Prismacolor pencils (There’s a list of the colors I used below.)   I used my powder tool generously over all the images and returned the piece to my stamp positioner.  I restamped the images using VersaMark ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I cut out all the images which created a 2” square.  Then I matted them on two slightly larger squares of cardstock. The first layers was a piece of embossed velvet that measured 2 ¼” square and the bottom layer of the square was 2 ½’ square.  I used a piece of double sided gold paper for the bottom layer because after the card is assembled, a small portion of the back of the square will be visible.

For the card bases I cut four pieces of desert storm cardstock to 4 1/2" x 11", then scored each piece at 1 3/4" and 7 1/8" and folded on the score lines to make tri-fold cards.

I stamped the Swirly Leaves stamp repeatedly on the card front with VersaMark ink and then embossed with Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder. 

To complete the cards I adhered the square stamped image to the front of the cards as shown in the picture above.  I added two accent strips of the same cardstock I used to mat the stamped image.  

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I wish you the very best in the coming year.  

Magenta Products Used

CSET35 - Garden Flower Trio
85.020.N - Swirly Leaves

Other Products Used

VersaFine Olympia Green Ink

VersaMark Ink

Judikins Clear Embossing Powder

Prismacolor Pencils

(Leaves: PC911, PC913, PC989, PC907, PC909, PC912)

(Flowers: PC918, PC921, PC917, PC1002, PC926)

(Background:  PC992, PC1024)