Creating a random background

Thinking of You
Hello...hello my friends, How are you today?? Are you experiencing wacky weather in your part of the world. We are expecting a record 70 degrees today ... in that theme I have two spring cards to for you today that are on the Penny Black blog today. I also am sharing how I changed a organized background stamp and turned it into a random pattern.
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I love flower stamps and this new 2012 Penny Black "Sunshine" stamp is on my favorite list. I just had to play gardner and pot it in this Spellbinder die. Can I tell you?? I LOVE this particular die ... and some of my favorite cards are potted plants. You can see here & here. I used PB's new woodgrain stamp with some distress inks to decorate the flower pot. 
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The center of the flower has Glossy Accents and this time I applied it differently.  See below. 
Rather than applying the GA around the petals I cut them off instead so I could layer them on top of the Glossy Accents after it was dry. When I finished coloring I realized that I needed more color on my flower therefore,  I went for more of an artistic sunflower instead of a more realistic one. I love the distress ink called Ripe Persimmon. The color is so rich and it finished my sunflower off by adding it to the edges of the flower with a dauber . (refer to the card on the left) 
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Both cards flowers and critters (here)  are colored with Copic makers. I added this little bee to add some whimsey to my simple card. The sentiment is stamped on blue vellum and attached with good ole' tape on the back. If you wrap vellum you don't have to attach it with anything. I like how the vellum isn't flat on the card when you wrap it. 
I LOVE to add color to backgrounds with an organized pattern. This is one of PB's new 2010 stamps called "All over Pattern" and soon you will be able to purchase in the stores. On my card I used this ink and Boo instead because I wanted it to be more subtle.
For explaining this mini tutorial I used a blue chalk ink instead because it's brighter. 
After stamping I colored the insides of the circles in a random pattern with a Copic marker. Any marker will work and you dont' have to shade...quick and easy.  This changes the look of the background stamp from an organized pattern to a random one. Love how the new random pattern is great for different applications. 
The insides of the circles are begging to have a white dot and you know I love to dot things.  For the card I used this gel pen and above I used Enamel Accents (which I like better for this). 
Throw on some distress ink and you are finished. For some reason I find this so therapeutic and I hope you do too. This is an older blog post where I describe how I like to layer distres ink for backgrounds.

If you made it to the end I am impressed :) thank YOU!
 Next week I will be sharing my catalog cards. Do you want to guess which cards are mine and win a 30.00 gift certificate? See this post and here's a hint!
Four of the cards are on even pages and some of them are in consecutive order.

Last chance to put your name on this list to win Simon Says March card kit. Check it out here.
Have a great weekend and I so appreciate your visit today. Hugs, Kathy 
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Creating a moon with copic markers

Hello Friends, How was your weekend? Weekends just never seem long enough don't you agree? Today I want to share with you a speedy way to create a moon with shapes and markers. 

This was my husbands Valentine card. The sentiment is from SRM Stickers and if you haven't tried them out... now's your chance because they are on SALE hereThe inside of the first card reads "& Always"
This is my quick card and below I give a little description about the texture on the loving couples sweaters. By the way this stamp is called "Tom & Tilly" from Penny Black and I was so excited to ink it up when I first saw it.
Let's get started on that moon. Die cut or punch a circle out of scrap paper. Position the circle where you want the moon. Take  a light blue Copic marker and sweep the marker over the circle starting inside the circle. 
This is how it looks when you are finished. 
To highlight the moon or to give it some glow use yellow or grey. I added grey in the corners of the  moon pulling the color up into the moon but, not all the way. 
This photo explains why the only portions of the image is colored on the left. I love dimension so I like to take these extra steps but, on my simple card the dimension is with the white butterflies. 
After coloring their sweaters (I adding a little shading) then, I stamped on top of the sweaters with this and this. You may notice that I drew tiny "x's" in the squares on the blue sweater with this Copic multiliner marker. 
This is my heart shaped moon created with this Spellbinder heart. For these sweaters I colored them the same way as the other card. Once the ink was dry I used this on a rag, dabbed in on top of my colored sweaters. I also used this method on her skirt on the other card. 
Before you go the new Penny Black London Collection is availbale in most stores. This is the card I created a few posts ago and you can buy it right now here
Let me know if you have questions and THANKS for taking the time to stop by.
Hugs, Kathy
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