Friday, February 23, 2018

Hand lettered Watercolor Cards

I've been working on my hand lettering since last summer...not as frequently as I would like to...but it's coming along! I usually use brush markers, but I decided to try lettering with a watercolor brush. I played around a bit and decided to turn them into cards! So here they are! Not much to explain technique wise...I just tried to blend colors in rainbow order!

I added a few sentiments from a The Stamp Market stamp set to the bottom of the "friend" card because my hand lettering wasn't centered and it bothered me!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hearts Galore Cards

Hi! I fell in love with the Heaps of Hearts stamp and die set from The Stamp Market as soon as I saw it! I love all of the heart possibilities! 

I love the versatility you can get using the stamps, or dies, or both together!

It's no secret I love to create my own backgrounds, so I grabbed some greens and blues and stamped hearts on a diagonal. I added some patterns and some sentiments!

For this card I die cut some hearts and stamped some patterns onto them. Can I tell you a secret? These were just my "playing around" pieces, but they are so perfect I decided to use them!

And this one is my favorite! I stamped three hearts onto my card and then die cut the heart circles and popped them up with foam tape. It's so simple, but I love it!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dancing Panda with Colored Pencils

Hi, everyone! I'm playing with the Craftin Desert Divas February mood board again! Do you want the chance to win prizes? Make a card inspired by the mood board (color scheme, images, etc.) and upload it to the CDD Facebook mood board gallery! I'll post a photo of the mood board at the bottom of this post. You can click above or on the photo to take you straight to the mood board challenge!

I stamped my panda image from the Twinkle Toes stamp set and colored her with colored pencils and a blender pen. I then stamped both of the rose images repeatedly in a "V" shape pattern over a piece of cardstock. I colored the roses a pinky red with colored pencils and then added a soft wash of mint watercolor to the background and faded it into the white cardstock. I added a frame from the Inside Scalloped Rectangle die set and stamped my sentiment onto a banner from the Flag Banner die set. Clean and simple...just how I like it!

 CDD February Mood Board Event Page

Click the phot link above to take you to the CDD February Mood Board event!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

More Stamping with Dies

Hi! I had so much fun stamping with dies that I made a second card!

I die cut the Happy Die and stamped it repeatedly with some Distress Oxide colors. I heat embossed the "birthday" sentiment from the  Happy Sentiments stamp set and added some rainbow colors of Nuvo Drops!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Stamping with Dies

Hello, everyone! I'm here to share the awesome technique of stamping with dies! It's an awesome way to stretch your dies and use the supplies you have!

I will be using the small floral dies that are included in the Inside Scalloped Circle dies. In order to stamp with them, I die cut the small flowers and leaves from craft foam. I thought I would use the larger of the flowers, but I ended up only using the small one.

I find it's easiest to stamp with craft foam with pigment inks, but you certainly could do it with dye inks. I decided to use two new Distress Oxide colors for the flowers - Tattered Rose and Shaded Lilac. For the flower centers I used Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint for the leaves.

I wanted to stamp a circular wreath, so I traced the outside of the medium circle to give myself a guideline.

I added a bit of tape runner adhesive to my acrylic block and stuck down my craft foam "stamps" then inked them up and stamped like they were normal clear stamps following the circle guide I had traced.

I love the cute center for the flowers!

I die cut the Happy Die and left it in the paper so that I could add some color with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink.

I added some Nuvo drops to the center of the flowers and to fill in empty holes in the wreath in Sweet LilacBubblegum Blush, and Caribbean Ocean, attached my die cut sentiment, and stamped the "Easter" from the Happy Sentiments stamp set!

Thanks for joining me!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

It's a Donut Party!

I have one more card to share for the Craftin Desert Divas February release week!

I made this card special for a new friend who shares my birthday! She likes more muted color palettes, so I did my best!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dragonfly Gnome Cards

I'm back with another project using products from the Craftin Desert Divas February release! 

I'm loving how the Sorted Shapes 2 stencil lends itself to quick and simple cards! I sponged some ink through the frame stencil and then stamped and colored some images from the Gnomie stamp set!