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5/18/12

Coloring a shadow stamp & creating a dotted background

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Good Morning Friends, Today I have a mini tutorial on coloring a shadow stamp instead of inking for more depth, color and vibrance. What I am excited about showing you is creating another background with dots and lines using a gel pen. 
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I admit I have trouble finding the right ink for shadow stamps...maybe I just need more...more color.
So with today's card this is how I like to use this kinda stamp. Notice on the top card I added dots on the bottom portion too and I discuss it further in the tutorial. 
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I can easily add the dots on this later if I so desire and the same goes for a sentiment too.  However, I like having blank cards on hand that are suitable for most occasions. 
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Just had to zoom in...the white is much brighter but, had to tone it down so you could see the white dots. Have you been feeling dotty lately?
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Three nights before bed I would apply a big blob of Glossy Accents. Ready to get started?
Stamp your image with any light colored ink. Outline with a light blue Copic marker (Boo) and on both sides of the vines.
Add some shading to the inside of the petals with a darker marker (B04) and on one side of the vines. 
Color the top part of the background LEAVING A white boarder with your light marker (B00).
Don't worry about good coverage because you will go over this area again to get saturation. 
This is what it looks like with complete coverage after going over the area one more time. 

This photo shows you the area I colored on the background. I tend to stop in the design where there is an ending at the edge of the paper. Know what I mean?
Now the fun begins. Take your white gel pen (see supply list)  and follow the white boarder you just finished THIS TIME LEAVING a boarder of blue. When using a gel pen I always start it on my finger to get it flowing. Go slowly to control the flow when drawing your outline. 
Now you want to add dots creating another boarder leaving some space (between the white boarder).
Give your pen time on the paper to pool the white ink before lifting it up.
Add some color with colored pencils. First I outlined the inside of the petals with red. Then I colored the inside with purple.
After shading the center with yellow & brown trace over part of the petals with a fine tip marker.  Don't be shy about doing this...you can do it and it makes such a big difference. (Trace over all  your flowers the same way and the leaves)
Sharpen your brown pencil and trace over the stems and vines. Add green to the leaves. 
I added dots to the vines, leaves and the center of the petals. I recommend adding three coats of Glossy Accents allowing dry time between each one. That's it in a nut shell and I hope you found something useful. If you have an questions please send me an email. Enjoy your weekend and I am thankful for your visit. Hugs, Kathy


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5/15/12

stamping on pre - purchased invitations

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Hello Friends, Sorry that it's been so long. I hope this post finds you healthy, happy and creating :)
My step dad is turning 70 and I wanted to create invitations to mark this special Birthday. My mom and step dad denied my request but,  I'm happy about that. I was able to transform the store bought invitations by trimming, stamping, coloring and adding another layer.

What they did was walk on over to the Paper Source, purchased some kraft invitations that say "join us!" and printed them on their printer. So proud of them.
This is how it looked before I got to add my stamping on the invitations.  (I erased some of the information to protect their privacy.)
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This was my final and there are a few more below that I "submitted" to my mom and step dad. My mom said, "Stop creating and pick one" in the nicest way possible. 
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After stamping several times with this stamp (from Penny Black called "Breezy") and different shades of inks I colored on top of the stamping with a turquoise & green colored pencil. I really outlined and shaded with the pencils...pretty quick and easy.
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This is the first one I did and parts of me love this the most but, it's not the right feel for the party.  This is the stamp and now I understand why some stamps are better in a smaller size. I love what these circles did for the invitation. (this one was embossed with white and colored with distress markers) splashed with Dylusions ink spray.
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After embossing this one in white I felt it was to bight but, found it was faster to color when it was embossed so ultimately I decided against the circles after stamping the one below. 
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This one was stamped with turquoise which I really liked but, my ink pad was dry and it took to long to color when it's not embossed. Don't get me wrong I like to work on projects like this stuff but, I had a quick turnaround time.
Off to spend time with my Birthday boy husband. Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by. Hugs, Kathy

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5/11/12

Lil Pad Color challenge

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Hello Friends, How was your week?? Anything exciting happening in your life? I'm pretty dang excited because my son comes home tonight from college! I haven't seen him since Christmas so you can image that this is the best Mother's Day gift of all.
This floral card was created for Lily Pad's Color challenge that's being sponsored by Globe Craft. Did you can really notice the dimension in this card? It's a globe that gives my card mega depth!! Click here to see what the talented DT(at Lily Pad) has created with these fun globes and read more about them too on the Lily Pad blog.


Before we get started I have to tell you that I finally bought one of the new Spellbinders "M-Bossabilities" and I LOVE the crisp impression you get plus the embossing flower is reversible!! So cool! This is the one I used and there are so many more on my list. 
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What do you think of these flowers? This stamp is number ONE on my favorite list and it's a must have in my book...It's called "Floral Thread"from Penny Black . I promise to let you know when it's available . I used the color challenge at LP as my starting point and pulled some Copic colors from this Copic book (that I refer to ALL the time & it keeps track of al the colors I own) . It's soooooo nice to know that my punched butterflies (thanks Martha...this is my all time favorite punch too) will remain with properly fluffed wings because of the protection the globe provides. 
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The butterflies were colored with Copics and I put a black edge on them with the side of a marker because it makes them stand out better. Now....notice the yummy dots on the flowers....they were created with this and I use it all the time. Worth every penny :) The enamel accents really truly adds that little extra to your projects/cards. 
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And so it begins. These are a few of the pieces that come with your globe. White paper ready to stamp on. I stamped my background first with Memento Ink. This frame was colored simply and I added white dots with this and set it aside. This photo is a good one of the globe and I was really happy with the result of applying flowers to the TOP of the globe. After coloring more flowers and cutting them out I attached them with Glossy Accents to the outside of the globe. Super easy and so dramatic. 
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Sometimes it faster to color the paper and make it your own then it is to search for the right color of paper. It's a snap to color & don't worry about blending it because you can add texture by dampening a rag with this and dabbing it onto the orange.
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This is not the best photo of the texture but, you get the idea. Next time I will NOT color the inside rim orange. You can see it peaking out on the photo...leaving it white would have blended in better. Here is a card with the same technique. 
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This is a better look of the butterflies. Love this sentiment...the sizes are awesome and I love the fonts too.  Off to bed ... we had an open house today for the agents and I barely have any energy left. Have a wonderful Mother's Day to all of you mommas in the US. Thanks so much for visiting me. Hugs, Kathy

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