Monday, July 30, 2018

Hi there!  Welcome back to my blog where I’m sharing my second card as a Magenta Guest Designer which you can also see on their blog here.

For this card I used two Magenta stamps that were released several years ago but they are a couple of my favorite stamps.  The vertical “Happy Birthday” is very useful with many different stamps and the floral tile stamp looks beautiful when colored with watercolors, Copic markers, or colored pencils.

To create this card, I stamped the “Floral Tile” stamp and the “Happy Birthday” stamps on two separate pieces of smooth, black cardstock with VersaMark ink. I also used a VersaMark Pen to add small dots of ink around the “Happy Birthday” image, somewhat like the dots around the flowers on the “Floral Tile” stamp.  Next, I heat embossed the images with detail gold embossing powder.

I used the Finetec Pearlescent Watercolors for the flowers and leaves.  The shimmer of these vivid colors really come to life on dark cardstock.  Since I used cardstock, rather than watercolor paper for this card, I used the water very sparingly. 
After the paint dried, I cut a piece of gold metallic cardstock to 4” x 5 ¼” and adhered it to the front of an A2 card.  I cut the “Happy Birthday” image to 3 ¾” x 1 ½” and the “Floral Tile” image to 3 ¾” x 3 ½” and adhered them to the gold cardstock.   

 Magenta Products Used


Other Products Used:
Finetec Pearlescent Watercolors
VersaMark Ink Pad and Pen
Judikins Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Monday, July 16, 2018

Magenta Guest Designer

Welcome back to my blog.  I'm so excited that for my next post I've been asked to be a guest designer on the Magenta blog which you can also see here.

The Floral Burst stamp from Magenta's Spring 2018 release was one of my favorite stamps so I have created two cards using this stamp and the same technique.

To create this card I stamped "Floral Burst" twice using VersaMark ink on black cardstock.  I heat embossed the images with Judikins White Detail embossing powder.  When the embossing powder was cool, I colored over the embossed images with various Copic markers (Amethyst, V17; Fushia, RV09; Cadium Yellow, Y15; Cadium Orange, YR07;  Acid Green, YG07; Lettuce Green, YG09.)

I stamped "Think About You Often" with VersaMark on small piece of black cardstock and embossed with Judikins White Detail embossing powder.  I matted both pieces of black cardstock onto Beauty Pink So Silk Paper and then added a few gem accents.

I used the same technique for this card but stamped "Floral Burst" one time then colored with Copic Markers.  I added "Kindness is a Renewable Resource" in the lower right corner rather than on a separate piece of cardstock.  I love this sentiment for thank you cards.

Magenta products used:



Other Products Used:

  Copic Markers:
Amethyst, V17; Fushia, RV09; Cadium Yellow, Y15; 
Cadium Orange, YR07;  Acid Green, YG07; Lettuce Green, YG09

Judikins White Detail Embossing Powder

Versamark Ink 

Black Cardstock

So Silk Beauty Pink Cardstock

Various gems in colors to match the copic markers

Magenta will have a new release of beautiful stamps and stencils available very soon.  They feature beautiful artwork by Helene, Nathalie and Ellie and amazing calligraphy by Sally Penley.  I love every product in the new release!

Thank you so much for reading my very first blog post for Magenta!  I hope to see you again soon.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Getting started...

Well folks, I finally did it, I've finally started my own blog.  This site will be "under construction" for a while so I hope you will bear with me as I continue to tweak the layout and content.  I'm really looking forward to "sharing art" with you.

Today I'm sharing a card using a beautiful Elizabeth Craft die and Elizabeth Craft Microfine Glitter.  I recently had the opportunity to work in the Elizabeth Craft booth at the Puyallup Stamp and Scrapbook Expo where I got to see their beautiful dies, stamps, and new glitter colors plus lots of amazing sample cards that featured their products.  This particular video from Elizabeth Craft inspired my cards:

The great thing about this technique is that you end up with two cards.  To get started, I used VersaFine Clair Warm Breeze Ink to stamp a sentiment from the Penny Black Special Thoughts (30-338) stamp set, in the upper right corner of a panel of white cardstock cut to 5 1/4" x 4".  I embossed the sentiment with Judikins Clear Embossing Powder.  (I love the new VersaFine Clair inks!  They colors are amazing and they also work great with embossing powders.  I plan to be doing lots more with these inks.)

Next I applied Distress Oxide inks (Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China and Wilted Violet) to a craft mat and sprayed it lightly with water.  I cut a mask for the sentiment from a sticky note and placed it over the sentiment on the card panel.  I dabbed the panel into the Oxide ink, working around the sentiment, then dried it with a heat gun.  I repeated this process two more times until I got the depth of color I wanted.

I die cut the panel with the Elizabeth Craft Flower Lace 2 die.  I also die cut a second piece from a panel of white cardstock that had been cut to 5 1/4" X 4".  This gives you two die cuts and two open panels.  To the back of the Oxide Ink panel, I applied a piece of Elizabeth Craft double sided adhesive, cut slightly smaller than the panel.  I turned it over, sticky side up and pieced in the white die cut, pressing it into the adhesive firmly.  Then I put the panel on a coffee filter and sprinkled Elizabeth Craft Blue Streak MicroFine glitter over the panel.  Tap off the excess glitter and burnish it with your finger.  The more you burnish the glitter, the more it will shine.  Wipe off the panel with a microfiber cloth.

To finish the card, I adhered the panel to a piece of Glamour Green So Silk cardstock and then adhered it to an A2 size card.  I added a few gems for accents.

For the second card, I followed the steps above and pieced the Oxide ink die cut into the white cardstock panel.  I used Elizabeth Craft Amethyst Microfine glitter and in addition to gems, I also used the swirls from the die cut for additional accents.

Products I used:

Elizabeth Craft Flower Lace 2, #1383
Elizabeth Craft Microfine Glitter (Blue Streak, Amethyst)
Penny Black Special Thoughts, #30-338
Distress Oxide Ink (Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, Wilted Violet)
VersaFine Clair Ink, (Warm Breeze)
Judikins Clear Embossing Powder
So Silk Cardstock

I really loved how easily these dies cut through the cardstock.  It would be easy to make several of these cards, with or without a sentiment.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  I hope you will visit again.