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