Saturday, April 23, 2016

CraZy Mini Birds ATC & Cards

I have been playing with the Mini Bird Crazy & Things set.  It is a great set for creating more masculine cards and just plain fun because of the great expressive faces.  My latest passion is working with watercolor so all of these were done using that medium.
All of the work here was done on watercolor paper that I cut to ATC size, 2 1/2" X 3 1/2".  I found a watercolor paper that I like to work with that is available through Amazon that is of good quality and a 6" X 9" , 100% cotton, 140 lb. at a very reasonable price. It is from the Bee Paper Company.  
The beauty of this size is that they are ATC's that I can keep or trade and they are perfect size for card creations.  All of my flowers were just free hand watercolors.  
The little scene behind the crazy bird on the lower left is done using stamps from the Hero Arts monthly kit from November 2016.  The sentiments are from a Stampendous "Spring Sentiments" SSC1239.

Using some of these same images and ATC size cards I did make a couple of cards as well.  This one is embellished with a doily and some washi tape.  I also added a tiny butterfly from my stash and a few gems as a finishing touch.  This card will be entered in Paru's Card Making Challenge for the month of April.

I thought this one would be a great card to have on hand for a masculine birthday card.  The sentiment on this one is from Penny Black "Sprinkles and Smiles" 30-297.  I love this set and use it a lot.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Critter Fun

The cards I am showcasing today are both images from one of the Penny Black clear sets released in February.  This one is called "Critter Fun".  I think the title says it all.   I used water colors for both of these cards but these cute critter scenes could just have easily been done with either copics or colored pencils. 

My first card was mounted on a A-6 cardbase that was first stamped with Simon Says Stamp "Diagonal Stripes" SSS101532 using Versamark Ink and heated embossed with WOW! "White Pearl" embossing powder.  The sentiment is also from Penny Black "April Showers"  30-172. 

The second card is for the April CCC challenge.  The color scheme and the layout were both selected as part of the challenge.  If you haven't tried this monthly challenge I would strongly encourage you to check it out.  The "Hello" die is from Simon Says Stamp, "Painted Hello" SSSD111486.  The sentiment is Hero Arts CL173 " Simple Message".  Patterned paper is My Mind's Eye "Mabel Papers" 6X6 pad.  These last two are older and are probably no longer available.

Water coloring cards is my way of getting in more practise time with the medium.  All of the tutorials and classes I see say that to become familiar with how they work you need to just use them.  If practise does make perfect.... I am giving it a try.   It also helps to encourage me to use watercolor for my projects, if I already have card sized pieces of watercolor paper die cut and ready to go.   Both of these images were stamped using  Jet Black Archival Ink because of it's waterproof properties.

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