Sunday, August 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Trail

So far I've been using distress markers and Zig clean colors markers for watercolor cards. I always feel that when coloring a stamped image, watercoloring and Copic marker coloring look just the same. I was not able to generate beatiful watercolor blooming effect and it probably because I was not able to let go. On top of that, Copic markers bring more contrast to shadings. So I used Copics for most of my cards.

Lately I had the opportunity to try Daniel Smith artist grade paints and was amazed by how easy it is to create blooming effect and bring bright contrast to the images. My skill certainly didn't improve. Or rather, it was rusted because the frequcny of me using watercolor was dropping. Then I realized it was the fine granularity pigment in watercolor markers that might be making it hard for me to generate watercolor texture. I don't know if that makes sense...

Nonetheless I was really amazed by the special texture these artist grade pigments bring. Below is the card I made with a DS watercolor palette.

My favorite of all is the texture this green apatite brings!

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:

Supplies used in this card:
  • Purple Onion Designs happy trail stamp set (POD)
  • Purple Onion Designs 2 forest stamp set (POD)
  • Purple Onion Designs a beautiful day sentiment set (POD)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Birthday of A Pirate

I'm sharing a pirate birthday card today with the inspiration from MFT sketch challenge. Pirate is a popular birthday theme among small kids. I'm sure this card will become handy one day :)

For the background, I used the following distress inks.

top: fired brick, spiced marmalade, gathered twigs
bottom: fired brick, gathered twigs, walnut stain, black soot

It was a little out of control when I spritzed some water on the background. The water dots went everywhere instead of around the sun. It looked a bit messy but I decided to continue.

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
 Supplies used in this card:
  • MFT Party like a pirate stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT Happy Hippos stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX die (MFT)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cynthia Girl Cheerful Tags

I wanted to play with this cute stamp set and thought that they are perfect for tags. While I was making them, my sister and niece came over and joined me. My niece enjoyed it so much!

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
Supplies used in this card:
  • Love Cynthia find a reason to smile stamp set (LC)
  • MFT Tag Builder blueprint die-namics (MFT)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Rainbow Ever After Box Card

Finally it's my boy's turn to get one of my handmade box cards :)

I designed this card using everything from his favorites. If you ask him what his favorite color is, he will say "rainbow". Technically rainbow is not a color. But I'm sure everybody knows what he means!

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:

Supplies used in this card:
  • Lawn Fawn critters ever after stamp set (LF)
  • Lawn Fawn birthday tags stamp set (LF)
  • Lawn Fawn puffy cloud borders (LF)
  • Lawn Fawn scalloped box card pop-up die (LF)
  • Lawn Fawn party balloons die (LF)
  • Lawn Fawn finley's ABCs die (LF)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Two Little Dreamers

The background I made today is using a distress ink combination (peacock feather + shaded lilac) that I've been wanting to try for a while. It's the combination of my two boys' beds. They are beautiful beddings from Pottery Barn Kids.

Pictures from Pottery Barn Kids

So here's the card I made inspired by their beds. Coincidentally, this cute stamp set from Wplus9 is called "Little Dreamers"! They are my two little dreamers in the card.

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
Supplies used in this card:
  • Wplus9 little dreamers stamp set (WP9)
  • Mama Elephant All Prettied Up dies (ME)
  • Lawn Fawn puffy cloud border die (LF)
  • Lawn Fawn upon a star stamp set (LF)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Teddy Bear Hugs

I'm sharing a very simple card today. I started out by creating a heart shape "stencil" and stamped a bunch of chicks to fill up the empty heart space. Then I stamped a teddy bear in the corner peaking out. I colored everything with Copic markers including the ombre dark blue border. In the end, I added some decorations such as cross stitch borders and sequins to make the card looks not so empty.
Good timing for a July 4th theme card!
I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:

Supplies used in this card:
  • MFT friends furever stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT basic sticth lines die-namics (MFT)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Embark On New Journey

While I'm working on Purple Onion Design (POD)'s latest and cutest stamps, I finally understand why many POD lovers like to leave the background black and white. Most of the character stamps are already big on its own and if you combine with background/decorations, you'll end up with a big card which is time consuming to color. More importantly, it's easy to lose focal point of the card. While I'm working on arranging the scene, I realized it is for the best to leave the background uncolored!

In this design, the dog and kitty are the main characters. The boat hits the shore. They hop off the boat and embark on their new adventure in the unknown land.

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
Supplies used in this card:
  • Purple Onion Designs happy trail stamp set (POD)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities deckled rectangular dies (S)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Open To The Deep Blue Sea

Escher made a birthday card for his kindergarten teacher. But not just made, he designed the whole card from start to finish all by himself. I was so proud!
I started off by showing him all my stamp and die collections. He decided the theme (mermaid) and the layout (shaker + deckled rectangle window) very quickly. When he told me he decided to make a open shaker card, I didn't really get it... how can a shaker card be opened and not having the sequins fall out...? He then told me step by step how to seal the window from both front and back with acetate. Took me a while to get it.
He also explained to me that all the sea elements need to go inside the card so that it looks like they are deep in the ocean. He needed to watercolor the background to create the water effects. And the text will go to the back of this card because there will not be space for him to write in the ocean.... Everything is so planned out! All I need to do is help him with detailed execution such as lining up the shaker window pieces and heat embossing the sentiment...etc.


I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:

Supplies used in this card:
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Card Kit May 2017 release (HA)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities deckled rectangular dies (S)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Wish Upon A Star

Today I'm using my favorite stamp set from Lawn Fawn's 2017 summer release. I really enjoy how the fox and bunny look up to the sky and that there are so many constellation stamps in the set.

For the background I used Zig clean color real brush markers. I first scribbled 5 different blue/green colors all over my watercolor paper. Then I used a wet brush to spread out the paints and blend the colors, as well as drawing the outlines of the background. The colors from these Zig markers are so vibrant. I didn't need to create multiple layers like I normally do with normal watercolor.

After the background was created, I used silver embossing powder to emboss the constellations. I also splashed some water and appiled the same silver embossing powder to create random star effects. At this point, the background is finished and the rest is simple!

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.
Supplies used in this card:
  • Lawn Fawn upon a star stamp set (LF)