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5/20/11

Two totally different cards today

Hello Friends, How was your week so far? Any fun plans for the weekend??
Today I have two cards for you today. A sticker card from Penny Black and a sticker card from SRM.


The first one is from  SRM stickers. SRM is having a reunion on their blog today with previous design team members & you can check all the cards out here. Even though I'm no longer on the team I still use my stickers because I love them. When I don't have time or the patience to look through my stamps I grab a sheet of my stickers...makes my life easier.
Anniversary Card
I colored this image on vacation so I customized my background to blend with the colors on the flower. If you are wondering how I created this background you can see a tutorial this post. I just changed the colors of distress ink. This is a photo before I stamped this circular background stamp from PB.
Note the "grass" is green just came out dark in the photo :(

I love the texture of watercolor paper to use as a card base. I used Copic and Tombow markers to color my flower and distress ink on the heart that I cut with a Spellbinders heart die. I used some of SRM stickers numbers to create my "50". Here is the SRM store. I mixed two Ultra Fine flower soft for the center. You will find them below in the supply list.

Anniversary Card
You will be seeing more piercing and sewing on my projects because I recently have purchased the right tools. I did a tutorial for Lily Pad demonstrating Sew Easy.You can check it out here in case you missed it :)

TODAY on the Penny Black BLOG we are sharing with you a sticker feature with cards from the entire design team!! That's right I said   "stickers".  Were you aware that Penny Black has stickers...well you will be in for a treat. The center panel of my card is a STICKER so that means the image is a sticker!! Gasp!! 
Enjoy the little things- a STICKER card

Now that you have caught your breath you can see a close up. I cut out another sticker and mounted it on some scrap paper and added some pop dots to the back. The yummy paper around the sticker center is Basic Grey.

Enjoy the little things- a STICKER card

Are you in love with my antique buttons? I find it hard to let go of them but, this green floss from Sew Easy helped me let go. The sentiment is a stamp and I cut the shape from a Spellbinder die called wonky rectangles. I decided to use the scraps that I cut for my card for the inside.
Enjoy the little things- a STICKER card
I will be back this weekend to answer a few of your questions. As always I am so grateful that you stop by. I know I say this all the time but, it comes from the heart. Thanks!! Hugs, Kathy


SUPPLIES for the green card:


SUPPLIES for the orange & pink card:

5/18/11

Tombow Tutorial

Hello Friends, If you don't know it already...Tombow is partnering with Penny Black this week. Yesterday on the PB blog Elizabeth  created a beautiful note card box with a template.  I hope you will have time to click over today and ...maybe leave a comment *wink :) at Penny Black's blog 

Life is Good
I love the vibrancy of Tombow's dual brush pens and I love the variety of colors. You will see in my mini tutorial why I think this is valuable to have a range of colors. I will also show you how I created these large "lanterns".

Life is Good

If you look at the photo above in the right hand corner you can see the subtle range of colors that gives the background some depth so it doesn't look flat.


Always start out coloring the entire background with the lightest color using the brush tip. Don't be shy... you can really scribble that color on and won't damage the tip.

Add your two accent colors in certain places on top of the lightest color.  Take your time... there isn't any rush.

Spritz you stamp about a foot away three or four times. (You might want to practice first on some scrap paper.)
 The first stamping and spritz is onto watercolor paper on the left. I re-sprayed and stamped on some card stock on the right.   
 I wanted the color to come through more on my watercolor paper (on the left) so..........
I spritzed directly onto my paper a few times and wow the color came through like magic! You might be able to see in the blurry photo below.  Sorry it's blurry :(


Yes, the paper does curl but, I would rather have more intense color. Once the paper is dry I play with the paper to straighten it out and sometimes I might back it. (Add another layer of paper on the back)

I love using these painter palettes to scribble color into . A Dove blender works so beautifully to move the colors onto larger surfaces quickly. The same three colors were used on the lanterns that I used on my background. White enamel was added to each circle.

For this particular card I stamped the ladies onto watercolor paper and used the Dove blender pen to wash color onto the images.
Life is Good

After I washed the color onto the images I like to go back and use Tombow's blender pen to add highlights to my image. Tombow's blender pen you have so much control with applying color and the color doesn't get washed out. Honestly, I tried everything else I this works best for me.


This is an example after I washed the color on the images.

Then I added a darker brown marker directly onto my image & worked it in to blend it.

In other areas on my images I used the bender pen to pick on the color from the palette and add it to the image. Here is another post that might explain it better?


Life is Good

Did you notice the floor. I used to make my own wood flooring and was thrilled to find this stamp. I picked up an extra on sale so if you leave me a comment I will pick a random winner.

Life is Good
The sentiment is a happy one.... it's from SRM stickers. I am impressed if it you make it all the way here but, I am glad you did. Writing doesn't come easy for me and it takes me forever to edit myself. I always am so grateful that you stop by. Hugs, Kathy

Supplies for the card:
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