Monday, July 6, 2015

KBD July Spotlight

Hi everyone!!

Today I'm spotlighting this card on the Kitty Bee Designs blog!!

This card was created with the adorable Cupcake Surprise Pup!  I have used this pup for a few of my cards, he's just so darn cute and perfect for any birthday card.  This time around I colored him up with some spots, including a heart spot right above his eyebrow.  I also colored the cupcake really bright, not as bright as the dp, but bright enough.  :D  This is the third card that was sent to my SSS for May.  Those cool words were cut out with some new Mama Elephant word dies and I love how I can overlap the image but not take anything away from it.

Don't forget about our current challenge, click HERE for more details.  You can use any image but why not stop by the KBD Etsy store to choose one of ours instead?  You won't be disappointed.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

TGF Mermaids


Hope you all enjoyed a nice and safe 4th of July.  It was quite loud and colorful in our area.  With the drought & mandatory water restrictions I'm very surprised the Governor/Mayor has not banned fireworks throughout California except for the ones that are displayed by professionals.  Just sayin'...

Continuing on with my water-color postcards I picked the mermaids from TGF.  This first one I colored the image back in May.  The second one I just completed today.  Both of these were fun to put together.  Keeping both CAS was the key.

I added the Island Scrapbooking laser cut sentiment with the MFT sentiment right below it.  Colored the Aloha with an ombre effect using two different Copic colors. I really like the background on this one, and that pop of pink gives it that fun element.

Here the colors are bolder, but still fun.  I'm so happy I remembered this mermaid, she's still one of my favorites.  The sentiment is also another Island Scrapbooking laser cut word that I colored with Copics.  Two more under my belt and I'm happy with them both.  I worked on more today so will be sharing them over the next few days.  Until then, enjoy your Sunday and thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Red, White & Blue

Morning!  Sending wishes for a safe & enjoyable Independence Day!

This is definitely not your traditional Independence day themed card, but because I used red, white and blue I deem it is. hahaha!  It's a postcard I made using the same technique on the background that I shared here.  I colored Pua from Sister Stamps during #thedailymarker30daychallenge a few months back and I finally get to share her on a card.  She is inked up with Copic markers & fun cut out, boy was this one a doosie!   The Aloha sentiment is a laser cut word from Island Scrapbooking and I think it adds a nice touch to the CAS design I was going for.

God bless our troops, families and friends but most of all bless the USA!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

More Underwater Fun


Holy cow, it's July 1st!!  I cannot even remember what happened in June!  I wish time would slow down, because in no time it will be Dec!  Eep!!   Well I'm not inviting Dec in yet, let's just continue to enjoy July and the summer!  Here's the 2nd watercolor post card I made with the third turtle from Sister Stamps.  The stencil is the same, fyi the stencil is the same for all of the postcards, and I wanted to continue with the under water color scheme.

Sorry my photo skills for this one were way off!  It gets better, just wanted to show the single turtle... 

I colored this one with Distress inks too, looks much better.  I also spritzed some water drops, it's a pretty cool effect.  Last was adding another sentiment from the same Jillybean stamp set and using clear embossing powder to make it shiney.  I love the white border, makes it look like a snapshot.

Before I sign off I wanted to give a shout out to Sister Stamps!!  Hey ladies, congratulations on another amazingly kawaii release!!!   If you didn't notice yet, Jenny and the DT have been sharing the new adorable summer release images and I'm planning to head over to everyone's blog to catch up.  If you missed out head on over to the Sister Stamps blog.  I'll be back soon to share the rest of the postcards with my pre-colored images.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Distress Ink Water color fun

My mojo got a little jump start after I watched this video from Kristina Werner.  The video was a review on those popular new Zig Clean Color Real Brush water markers & the new release from Mama Elephant.  No, I don't have the markers, I don't think I need them and honestly I'm good with not having them, especially when I have spent a considerable amount of money on Copics.  But hey if anyone wants to send me some to test I wouldn't say no.  (hahaha!)  After watching the video I was inspired to try my hand at more Distress ink water coloring.  (I was also inspired by Eva's blog, she's been doing a lot with those adorable Mama Elephant stamps and water coloring with Distress Inks.)  A few weeks ago I purchased a stencil made by Hero Arts called large lotus pattern.  An idea popped into my head and I decided to run with it before it disappeared.

I cut down some Canson water color paper into 4 x 5 3/8 so that I could easily adhere them to A2 card bases.  Grabbed some washi tape, the stencil and some Distress Inks.  Since I had the turtles from Sister Stamps on the table I reached for those guys too.

As you can see I adhere the water paper to my board with some washi tape.  I made sure to tape over the edges to get a nice white border all the way around.  I stamped two of the turtles using Versafine Vintage Sepia, then I created masks of each.  In Kristina's video she mentioned Versafine was perfect for use on water color paper because it doesn't run.  A great tip to know!

Next thing to get washi-taped down was the stencil.  The stencil is much bigger than the paper, but it was ok because I had the edge of the paper covered with the washi tape.  No worries that I wouldn't get the effect I was hoping for.  Using the sponge tool I added color going from dark to light with the DI.  Here I used Peeled Paint, Mermaid Lagoon, Evergreen Bough & Tumbled Glass.  Once the colors were put down to my satisfaction I removed the stencil and because of the masks the turtles were saved!  (Yay!)

I used the lightest color, Tumbled Glass, and lightly went over the whole picture with it.  Next I used a few other DI colors to ink up the turtles.  I washed out the colors a little bit by spraying some water on a small paint brush and going over the whole picture with it.  Last I stamped the cute sentiment from Jillibean Soup (Item #jb0198) with Black Versafine ink and wet embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Once I removed the washi tape I was done!

I haven't mounted this one yet, I was thinking of maybe making it into a postcard instead.  They are sturdy enough and flat so they would definitely mail easily.  Something to think about.  I loved this technique, in fact, I loved it so much I ended up coloring 11 more backgrounds using different colored DI!  I have so many colors and with that awesome stencil I figured I could create a bunch more.  They make nice Aloha print backdrops, all I need to add are colored images and a sentiment.
Luckily I have a bunch of colored images handy (left over from the first 30 day coloring challenge) and can't wait to pair them up with a sentiment.  I'll be sharing those over the next few days.  Yay!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy Monday!!