Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Create Vibrant Flowers with Alcohol Inks

Hi friends! 
Like all things in life, we all love to have choices, right? 
There are days I crave for muted tones and hues as they are soothing and they calm my mind. And then there are some days I want bright and vibrant colors...
One of the days I was craving for colors, lots of them! So I took out my favorite medium- alcohol Inks and started to play.
I started out with a piece of vellum (40 lbs is good heavy weight kind).
 I took out the ton Stamp and started the white embossing.
 The stamp is so detailed, there is not an aweful lot you have to do. I applied the alcohol inks on the backside of the vellum piece and started coloring the flowers with applicator. 
be your kind of beautiful
I am loving the result! There is always new kinds of coloring mediums--Zig Markers, Gelatos, Spectrum Aqua, Copics, Chameleon pens, Color Burst... Some will continue to stay and some will go. But alcohol inks are always my besties!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, August 3, 2015

My Anniversary Card

Hello friends!
Yesterday was my 29th wedding anniversary...
Yup, I am old.
But that doesn't mean that I stop giving cards to Dr. John :) 
Here is the card that I made for him. 
I love you deeper than the ocean
Does this card put you in the beach mood? I am seriously thinking that I want to frame this card...
It takes you to a happy place, don't you think?

 The burlap from DCWV provides an excellent backdrop for all things from the sea.
The seashells were made with the Direct to Paper technique.
That is, ink up the white card stock ( I used distress ink applicator), then stamp, then make the die cut. This photo might help you see the process. You might ask....why do this?
This way all the colors will BLEND and MATCH to your heart's desire.
After I had done all that, I clear-embossed the pieces 3-4 times. This process helps to add extra shine and makes the elements thicker. It's like creating your own chipboard embellishments. And speaking of embellishments, did you know that the latest Virginia's View Challenge is calling for "All Things Embellished"? Check out the details here if you'd like to play!
close-up

I also added blue distress ink around the sentiment so that it will not be lost in all the elements surrounding it. I added the teal gemstones to highlight the colors.

And so this is what age does to you after 31 years....
(1984 and 2015)
Can you tell 31 years just went by?
Thanks for stopping by!

PS: Thanks for the blog love from yesterday's post. It will take me a while before I make another You Tube video again. Your positive feedback and encouragement are always appreciated. 
 





Sunday, August 2, 2015

Virginia's Monthly Stamp Study #11 (...and a video!!)

Edited: This might be the last Stamp Study...We'll see :)
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Hi there!
Welcome to my Monthly Stamp Study. This is my 11th month of doing this series. Every first Saturday of the month, I choose a stamp set and make different designs. 
Flip Flop Season (Simon Says Stamp)
Since this stamp set is part of the August Card Kit, I utilized almost all the pattern paper and supplies from this card kit.
So here we go!

Card #1
By using paper-piecing, I created a pair of fun flip flops.
hello sunshine
I also did an inlaid diecut for the word "sunshine" which was included in the card kit.

Card #2
I wanted to create a watercolored sentiment. I first embossed the sentiment "HELLO" in white on watercolor paper. I then applied watercolors with Spectrum Aqua Markers.
HELLO

Card #3 
Since this card kit comes with so many yummy pattern paper, I wanted to use these fun images. I only had to stamp the flip flops and added the burlap for texture.
smile

Card #4
I actually made a video for this card, to my own surprise. I felt bad that I have not been posting any videos and every day, I get some e-mail notices telling me that I have NEW subscribers!! What!? So, I got brave and made one! You can watch it here.

 
(to be honest, I am a little scared about posting a video, please be gentle )
life is better with flip flops

Card #5 (shared previously in this post)
friend
I hope this happy summery post adds some sunshine to your day!
 Thanks for stopping by!
edited (on Aug. 2, 10:45am): Thanks for the love, everyone! Your comments make a huge difference. This morning, I got a thumbs-down on the video (out of 11 thumbs-up). I just changed the setting of my video. Sometimes it hurts less not seeing the "truth". This might be the last Stamp Study, given the few/poor response and comments I get. It's been a good ride.