Monday, 24 December 2012

New Technique and Tutorial Team!

Can you imagine how excited I was to receive a telephone call inviting me to join Joann aka Sassy Raggedy in establishing a Techniques and Tutorial Team for Eureka Stamps and QKR Stampede? Over the moon!

The idea is to post something new every Wednesday on both the Eureka and QKR Blogs which will feature a step-by-step tutorial, or an example of what you can create with a certain product. Readers can come to count on new information every Wednesday which we hope will inspire you to expand your skill base and product knowledge. Is that a big challenge? You bet, and I'm excited about learning new things myself that I can share with fellow lovers of paper arts.

My introductory project is a perfect example. The products the new T&T team is featuring today are Mica Powders. Now, I've tried mica powders before and have not been impressed. I thought they were pretty, but they never stayed where I put them. Little did I realize the beautiful possibilities of mica powders! Thanks to my T&T team, I've learned that there are many techniques using mica powders which give you spectacular results. The above project is a perfect example. I've found that mica powders work really well with a product you likely have in your stash – VersaMark ink.

For this project, I used 1/4 sheet of black Recollections cardstock from Michaels, Eurkea's Partridge in a Pear stamp, and selected a powder from the Iridescent Sparkle collection for this project. Partridge is a big stamp, approximately 4 x 4.75 inches, so it makes a great focal image.

Here's what you do....
  • Ink your stamp well with VersaMark and press firmly onto black cardstock;
  • GENTLY brush mica powder over the image with a soft brush, and let stand a bit; 
  • After allowing time for the ink to set, tap off the excess powder and return it to the container;
  • Dust with a Swiffer dry dusting cloth;  
  • To ensure the powder stays put, spray the image with matte acrylic sealer.

After brushing on mica powder

To finish the card, cut a 5 ¼ by 7 ¼ inch card base. I've used DCWV Shimmer cardstock. Trim the image and mount it on a slightly larger piece of the base cardstock, and then mount all again on another piece of the black cardstock before attaching to the card base.

To fill in the space at the top of the card, use a Scor Pal to add some embossed lines. A black bow and some dots of Liquid Pearl are all the embellishment this card needs.

Check back soon for more ideas with mica powder, such as the following...

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Joyous Cats

This is another in my series of Christmas projects made from non-seasonal stamps. These cuties are Acapella Cats from Digistamps4joy. I love the flexibility and low cost of digital stamps, and they don't need any craft room space for storage. I just need to choose a softward program which would allow me to print the image in colors other than black or gray.

This card base is 5 1/4 by 7 1/4 inch cut from Stardream Metallics. The image was printed on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with R29 Copics. It was cut down and embossed with Spellbinders, and sponged with Distress Ink. Then I added a coat of Judikens Diamond Glaze over the red coloring.

"Joy" was cut with Cricut from Recollections glittered paper. The bottom border was cut with a My Favorite Things die. The flower was hand cut from another page in that paper pack. A small crystal tops it all off. Here's a close-up of the cats.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Here is my last QKR Design Team project for this term. It's been a great experience and I thank all my team members for the encouragement and the all-important sharing of information. Thanks, of course, to the people of QKR Stampede for the great images and all the support you so generously give to your design team. The company has offered me a new opportunity that is really exciting - watch for more info soon.

This project is a 5 1/2 inch square card base cut from Stampin Up cardstock. It features Digi3801 Pear - a beautiful image. This pear was super-easy to color thanks to all the detail the stamp artist included in the image. All those small dots leave clues about where to color your darker shades. Just three shades of YR and three of YG were all it took to color the pear. When it was complete, I added just a hint of gold mica powder to the outside edges of the pear. It's so pretty when you see it in person, but difficult to photograph.

I added some sponging with Distress Inks to give color to the stark white of the paper on which the image was printed. A dark frame cut with Spellbinders and some glittery patterned paper adds a lot of contrast. Tie a bow, and it's done.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Ice Buddies

This pair of very relaxed buddies seems to be enjoying all the cold and snow this season brings. Today's project is a design team entry for today's QKR Stampede Blog Challenge. The theme for this week is Snow Fun, and I'm hoping I can include ice as well as snow - lol.

My project features QKR Stampede's digi image entitled Enjoying the Ride. The image gave me the opportunity to practice my "white" coloring, which is basically shading with a light gray. I colored the penquin and bear nose with a black Copic and topped off the black with a coat of Judikens Diamond Glaze.

The background was more of a challenge than I had anticipated. I had seen a tutorial on brayering a sky, and I thought that the technique was do-able. I was wrong - at least without a lot of practice. I ended up sponging the sky and sea with Distress Inks.

The base of my card is, as usual, Stardream Metallic, cut at 5 3/4 inches square. I topped it with another piece cut at 5 1/2 inches and embossed with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. The centre is cut with a Spellbiner to reveal the image placed behind. Stickles tops it all off.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Exciting News from Daily Window Bag

How cool would it be to have a purse which features your own art or favorite photo? Something that could be customized to match your outfit, your mood or your latest favorite art project would be awesome, right?

I recently learned about the product line at Daily Window Bag in a post by one of my favorite artists Dina Kowal.

Daily Window Bag held a contest where artists were invited to submit a project with a seasonal theme that would fit in their customizable bags.

Summer is my favorite season with it's hot temperatures, fun with friends, flirty clothes, bright colors and beautiful flowers. This bold, bright flower (heat embossed with images from Stampendous and Stampin Up / colored with Copics and Distress Inks) makes me think of summer. It was my entry in the Daily Window Bag contest, and I was actually selected as one of 5 runners-up!

As my prize, I was invited to choose any bag from the Daily Window Bag selection, and the bag at the top of this post was the one that really appealed to me. When I get it in my hot little hands, I'll let you know my impression.

Monday, 10 December 2012

We Three Cats

One of my girlfriends is as cat-crazy as I am, and she also loves giving cat-themed cards at Christmas. I wanted to come up with some different ideas for her to consider this year, so I looked for unique cat stamps that could be made into a Christmas theme. I came up with four different ideas and here's the first. This card features an image from Digistamps4joy.

This card base is cut from Stardream Metallics at 5 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches. I added a panel of lighter weight gold metallic paper from Recollections and a frame cut with Spellbinders and embossed with a Cuttleug folder in DCVW Shimmer Stack purple cardstock. The image was printed onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with only 5 jewel-toned Copics (that might be a personal best low!). Copics used were YR24, V09, G09, R29 and B18.

Stickles, Distress Stickles and Liquid Pearls add a bit of bling (that's Distress Stickles on their heads). A gold ribbon wraps it up.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Shovel Kitty

Over on the Kraftin Kimmie Blog they are celebrating the season with a weekly challenge entitled Baby It's Cold Outside. This card features Kool Kittie. He reminds me of my husband when he's all bundled up to shovel the driveway. Except this guy looks happier about the whole idea - lol.

This card is a 5 3/4 inch square, cut of Stardream Metallic. It's layered with an unknown light cardstock in burgundy, and Bo Bunny Christmas paper. A Spellbinders die was used for the sentiment. He was colored with Copics and topped off with Stickles.

Kraftin Kimmie offer the cutest stamps that always make me smile. If you haven't been to their site before, pop on over.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

A Little Christmas

 I don't know if it's me, or if it's my camera, but I can't seem to take a perfectly straight photo of a sinle card! Anyway, here's a peak at another cute image from Art Impressions Tiny Tots. There's something about this series of images that brings back the feelings of Christmas I experienced as a kid, and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

This is a large image, so my card is a 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inch base cut from Stardream Metallics. The patterned paper is from Bo Bunny. The snowflakes are cut with Spellbinders.

It took a whack of Copics to color this image. If you're interested, let me know and I'll send you the list. I've started a journal to keep track of what colors I used on each image so I'll always be able to find favorite colors easily.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Ornamental Joy

Besides being a great addition to my personal card assortment, this card was created for the CARDS TV Speaking of Christmas challenge. If you love to create with Cricut, check it out. This card uses the Christmas Noel and Joys of the Season cartridges.

The papers on the card are Stampin Up for the base and the red background. The Glitter Stack is from Recollections. For the word, I used the negative of the cut and let the background show through. A bit of ribbon completed the embellishment. I like the relatively clean and simple result of this design.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Wrappin Elf

This project was created for a challenge on the Kraftin Kimmie Stamps Blog. Kraftin Kimmie images are always full of fun and are great for coloring. Spellbinders were used to cut the image frame and the snowflakes out of some fabulous glitter paper from Recollections. My Liquid Pearls gave me a bit of trouble as the bottle "spit" on the second pearl - oh well, that's life. A bit of ribbon finished it off.

This card will be sent to the Kards for Kids program in support of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. Check out the link if you'd like to get involved in making things a bit brighter for sick kids.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Darling Santa Teddy

What a pretty girl! And I think she knows it - lol!

Today's project was designed for a special friend who is all girl. This charming teddy is a QKR Stampede image entitled Santa Bear digi9501. Yet again, another great image from QKR that's perfect for Copic coloring.

The base for this card is Stardream Metallic cut at 5 3/4 inches. Then a black layer was added at 5 5/8 inches and, finally a beautiful paper from SEI was cut at 5 1/2 inches. Spellbinders were used to cut and emboss the image. For the image black layer, I traced around the Spellbinder and hand cut so the result was a smaller margin of black.

Snowflakes were cut from vellum with Spellbinders. A bit of sparkly ribbon, Liquid Pearls, Stickles and Judikens Diamond Glaze complete the embellishment.