Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Color It Up

It's Wednesday, and that's Technique and Tutorial Day again at QKR Stampede and Eureka Stamps. Today, I'll be focusing on another technique for your paper flower stash - changing their color. I'll be working with flowers available with these links at both Eureka and QKR. If you're used to seeing my post pop up on the two blogs earlier in the day, sorry about that - chest cold had me totally forgetting what day it was yesterday. If you see any errors in this post, I hope you'll be forgiving - lol.

So, I'm working today with the same purple selection of flowers today as I used in my post two weeks ago. As I mentioned then, you get a generous amount of flowers in each selection, so you can do a lot of experimenting. I've used four basic methods of coloring here: Copics, Distress Re-Inkers, Distress Pads and Smooch Spritz. Let's look at the results with each method.

I applied the Copic marker directly to the flower. Colors used here are: YR 20, 21, 23, 24.

A really easy way to add saturated color is to spritz the inside of a small baggie and add a drop or two of Distress Re-Inker. Spritz each flower with a bit of water, add them to the bag and massage till the flower is well colored. Remove the flower carefully as it will be very delicate when wet. The following photos show the results of this technique.

With this next flower, watch how the dark tips stay dark:

And with this flower, using Squeezed Lemonade, the centre goes to a perfect brown.

Fingers are getting more and more inky as I do small flowers for the centres...

For this one, I applied the Distress Ink Pad directly to the flower, then spritzed the flower with water.

And finally, I tried Smooch spray. I didn't think of this until my card was completed, so this flower is not in the bouquet.

After the flowers were completely dry, I added dots of Liquid Pearls and some glitter. Here's a close up of the results. By the way, the vase was cut with a Spellbinder Christmas ornament, run through an embossing folder, sponged with a VersaMark pad and heat embossed with clear powder. The leaves were all cut with various Spellbinders.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Caught in Candlelight

Candlelight evokes romance, at least in my mind. And I'm told that every woman looks more beautiful by candlelight. So I definitely want candles more candles around me! If you love candles, too, consider this project. The results give you a soft dreamy look - very romantic. This project illustrates this week's technique for Eureka Stamps - adding images to candles. At this point, I must confess I didn't make up this technique. I read about it on the internet, but I don't know where so (sadly) I can't give proper credit. You won't believe how easy this is!

To begin, smooth a piece of tissue paper over a piece of cardstock. Fold the tissue to the back of the paper and tape it down securely.



If you are using a digi image, adjust the color so you print in grey scale rather than in solid black. Size the image so it will fit the size of your candle. I've used Eurekas Gladiola and Hummer sized at 5 inches high for a candle that measured 5 1/2 inches high and 9 1/2 inches around. Run the package through your printer.

If you are using a rubber stamp, just ink up your stamp with grey ink and stamp onto the tissue.

Color your image with alcohol-based markers. Below, I've used Copics:
Bird: C5, YR61/65, RV 63, 66
Flower:YG 23/25/45, YR23 and V01/04/05/06/09

Remove the tissue from the cardstock and trim. You can see that I trimmed the solid line at the bottom left corner.

Drape the issue over the candle.

Cut a piece of household wax paper larger than the size of your image. Place it over the image on the candle and wrap it tightly. Continue to hold the paper as you use your crafting heat gun to warm the wax paper and the candle surface. Heat only until the surface gets shiny and you can see the tissue being incorporated into the wax. If you heat too long, your candle will start to run, and you really don't want that. Peel the wax paper off the image. 
Hold wax paper tightly

Decorate your candle any way you wish. I've added ribbon and some pearls from my jewellery making stash.

And, finally, The Boss offers to help with today's clean-up.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Kards for Kids at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children

Do you want to bring a smile to the faces of children who could really use a feel-good moment? Pop on over to the Kards for Kids Blog and find out more about joining the Smiley Team - a collective Card Creating forum for anyone interested in creating cards for Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.

For the month of February, members of team concentrated on creating cards for boys. Here's the small collection of cards I'll be mailing tomorrow since today is a holiday here in Alberta. Hope they reach you soon enough, Bela!

By the way, all stamps used in these cards are either QKR Stampede or Dearie Dolls.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Flowers Add Pizzazz

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means - Technique and Tutorial Day at QKR Stampede and Eureka Stamps. Today, I'm taking a look at how flowers add detail and interest to our creations.

I've always been intrigued by the meanings we associate with flowers - with different flower varieties and different flower colors. According to Wikipedia, "Sending flowers was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. The nuances of the language are now mostly forgotten, but red roses still imply passionate, romantic love and pink roses a lesser affection; white roses suggest virtue and chastity and yellow roses still stand for friendship or devotion." Wikipedia offers an entire chart for the meanings of various flowers. It's fun to have a look. Besides the color of our eyes or the width of our hips, I guess we can thank our grandmother's grandmother for our continuing fascination with flowers.

Here's a thank you card done in American Crafts cardstock. It's cut at 5 1/2 inches square. I've run a line all around the face of the card with the Scor Pal tool.

Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares was used to cut and emboss two layers. The centre is stamped with QKR's Werdz set  Best Wishes in Distress Ink and heat embossed.

I thought it looked a little plain, so I embossed two lines close to the greeting with Spellbinders Classic Edges 2. Liquid Pearls dot the squares.

I'd be proud to send this card, but...

look at how much interest is added when flowers come into the design.

These are the  Purple Flower Assortment available from QKR.

I've also cut two sets of leaves with the Spellbinders Foliage dies.

The pearls in the centres of the flowers were white self-adhesive pearls, but I tinted them to a matching shade with Copics.

These two photos were taken on the same day, but at different times. Isn't it amazing how the natural light coming into the room makes a difference in the color we see in the photo?

Here's a look at all the flower types, sizes and colors you'll find in the purple assortment.

You get five of each flower, so that's pretty good selection and should carry you through any design.

Two week from now, I'll share some ideas about how to color your flowers if what you have on hand isn't exactly the color you need.

I'll see you next week with a technique for adding a Eureka design to a candle.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Impression Obsession Bird Collage

Impression Obsession is hosting a challenge calling for Shades of Green. I don't often reach for green, so it was a good experience for me. Plus, creating for this challenge gave me a reason to pull out this fabulous stamp from I.O.'s Dina Kowal collection Bird Collage 4. This stamp encourages a vintage look, which is also a stretch for me, so also a good exercise.

The background paper for this card was created with I.O.'s Cover-A-Card stamps. They are HUGE and they allow a person to create a designer paper in just the right colors. Here, I've used the Scratches stamp and stamped it in various directions with Distress Ink's Scattered Straw, Frayed Burlap, and Forest Moss. I sponged the edges with Aged Mahogany.

The image was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa on X-Press It Blending card. The bird itself was colored with Copics E40, and R89 was added with the tip-to-tip color transfer method. The image was sponged with Antique Linen.

Spellbinders Floral Ovals was used for the green cut behind the image. And, as usual for me, liquid pearls gave the project the finishing touches.

Here's the same design in a different color combo. In the following project, the bird was watercolored with Distress Ink reinker. I also added a lace border stamp from Heartfelt Creations.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

More Bodacious Backgrounds

It's that time of the week when the Eureka Stamps and QKR Stampede feature Technique and Tutorial Posts. Here's another look at what you can do with the fabulous Background Stamps available at Eureka.

For these projects, I chose 32101 Abstract Flower and 58401 Fern as my background stamps. I also used a phrase from the 46002 Best Wishes Werdz set and QKR's 17505 Rose.

As you might have guessed, this card uses the Fern Background and the Rose image. I stamped the background on some green SU cardstock with Distress Ink's Forest Moss. I trimmed to the stamping and mounted that panel on a darker green cardstock. I colored a white ribbon with Copics and tied it around the panel. I think that made a great background contrast for the flower.

I stamped the Rose on X-Press It Blending Card with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored it with Copics. Then it was cut with Spellbinder's Beaded Ovals and sponged with the Distress Ink. I then mounted this onto an oval cut with Spellbinders from the dark green.

All layers were mounted to my 5 3/4 inch card base. Next I added dots of liquid pearls around the rose and along the right side of the card. The design seemed to want more, so I added a small design under the background panel.

And now for the second half of today's presentation.....

Who says you have to use stamps in the way they were designed? This stamp is the Abstract Flower. But, when I looked at it from the side, I saw a bird. And who says it has to be a background? I thought it made a nice focal image. What do you think?

32101 Abstract Flower

Anyway, the bird/flower was inked up with VersaMark, stamped on watercolor paper cut larger than I needed, and then heat embossed with silver powder. I then sponged Distress Ink in Broken China, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers, and Evergreen Bough. After sponging, I spritzed the paper with a bit of water to start the magic of the Distress Inks, and let it dry.

Finishing the card was simple. I trimmed my image and mounted it on magenta card, mounted that to a piece of gray card and added a strip of ribbon. That was all adhered to a black card base cut at 5 x 7 inches. I then cut a Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags 2 from the magenta. The Werdz greeting was stamped with VersaMark on a scrap piece of the colored water paper. Dots of liquid pearls complete the look.

That's it for me today. Remember to scope out everything there is to see on the Eureka Stamps Blog. Last week's Tutorial by Sara on Digital Coloring images with PhotoShop Elements was a doozy.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Advice Needed

Friends, I'm thinking about changing the name of my blog. "I Love It" is what I always seem to think when I finish a project, but some folks out in blog land seem to come to a different conclusion regarding just what it is that I love.

So I'm thinking of changing the name to something related to my crafting name: "Paper Crazy Lady". Given the generous advice I've received from on-line friends whenever I have a crafting question, I thought I'd ask - does anyone have any clever ideas?

Oh, and by the way, have you noticed my new badge in the right-hand column? It was created for me by the talented Lisa Decosse