Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Watercolor Circles

Hello. Man, am I loving the Arteza Real Brush pens. I know I have a long way to go with them but I love playing with the colors. Today's card was for the Simply Less is More sketch challenge. Then I through in a few other challenges too. My color palette is from the CLASSroom inspiration photo and I used the Tic-Tac-Toe board from the AAA Cards challenge also.
I started with a Soft Stone gray card base(PTI). I heat embossed the charcoal gray circles from the Essentials by Ellen Bokeh Dots in clear detail powder. Then using the Arteza Real Brush pens and a water brush, I filled in the circles. Drying the card stock between circles to control the warping. I don't like to watercolor on regular cardstock it kind of fuzzes up. So after it was dry I lightly sanded the surface smooth. I then stamped the greeting from Papertrey Ink Scripted set in the same charcoal gray and heat embossed it in clear detail powder also. Finally I mounted it with foam tape to the card front.



I followed the outside right row of the Tic-Tac-Toe.

The inspiration photo was used for my palette.
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

One More Grad Card

Hey there. One more quick, one-layer card tonight.
I started by stamping the CAS-ual Friday's Shenanigans stamp set in various colors of ink to form a rainbow of greetings. I used six instead of three like the sketch. Six is divisible by three. Then I stamped the numbers in Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger gold tinsel embossing powder. I do not know the origin of the number stamps. They have been with me a long time. In fact the two tore in half when I peeled it off the plastic. Guess I will be looking for new numbers.


This is about as wild as I get, just ask my kids. Lol.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Time to Celebrate

Hello, hope you are enjoying your Sunday. Today's card is for the many graduations we will be celebrating in the coming weeks. 
My card started with Distress watercolor paper and my Arteza brush pens. Using a water brush I blended the colors from the Color Throw down challenge across the panel. Let it dry then gold heat embossed the images. Trimmed down the panel to 4" by 5.25" and die cut the letters. I also cut 3 layers of kraft card stock and layered them using the two-way glue pan.  Then mounted the watercolor panel and letters to a top fold, kraft card base. Finally heat embossed the greeting on a scrap of white card stock and mounted with foam tape to card front. Stamp sets are all really old retired sets from Stampin Up and dies from Altenew.


Simon Says Stamp "Time Out" challenge
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Watercolor Stripes

Hey there. I was playing with a few challenges again tonight. I started with a piece of Distress watercolor paper and my Arteza Real Brush pens.
After I created the watercolor stripes for the sketch I used the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Magnolia set stamping both the flower and greeting with Versafine black ink. Then trimmed the panel and mounted it to a Brilliant Blue top folding card base.


Hoping April showers do bring May flowers and using the Pin-Sights inspiration photo for my color palette.
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Tic Tac Toe

Hello. This is a quick remake of a card that I had made a while back. The original card used the Papertrey Ink set Worlds Greatest set. This card also uses it but I added the Hooray set from Concord and 9th also. I wanted a simple one layer card.
I used the AAA Card bingo chart to guide my direction. My Tuesday Transformation original card can be found on my Instagram account. It had 3 blue/1 Brown tie in a horizontal pattern.
Supplies: PTI white card stock, Spring Rain and Enchanted Evening ink


Simon's Wednesday challenge was Anything Goes.
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Floral Sketch Ideas

Hello. I have had a busy weekend but I needed to have a little play time today so I worked on a couple of sympathy cards. I noticed my stock of them were gone and I wanted to have a few on hand.
I had just received the Uniko Beautiful Blooms set in the mail and wanted to play with the AAA  Cards bingo challenge. I followed the first row down to create my card. I heat embossed the images with Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder then water colored them with Arteza brush pens on Distress watercolor paper. I trimmed the panel down and mounted it to a top fold, A2 white note card.  Then heat embossed the greeting from Papertrey Ink on a scrap of white card stock and mounted it with foam tape sandwitching some gold thread to the card front.


My second card is pretty straight forward. I die cut the Tim Holtz floral spray out of a Kraft card stock panel and mounted it to a top fold, A2 white card base. Then heat embossed the same greeting on another scrap of white card stock and mounted it with foam tape holding the gold thread in place.


Both cards followed the sketch and May flowers challenges. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Manly Twofer

Hello. I think everyone kind of struggles with cards for guys. So when you make one you might as well stretch it to two if you can. For these two cards I used my die cuts and the negatives as well.

I started with a Strathmore watercolor paper and my Kuretake paints. Wetting down the paper I blended the colors using a wet on wet technique and the My Favorite Things color challenge palette. When the paper dried I stamped the wood grain background also from MFT in gray ink then stamped over it again using Versamark and my stamp platform. I then heat embossed the ink with clear detail powder.
I also stamped the charcoal gray card stock with the same wood grain background stamp in gray ink. The water color panel was then die cut with the speech bubble die from MFT and popped up on both cards with black fun foam. The "you" was cut from a scrap of the gray card stock and heat embossed with clear powder 3 times before mounting to the cards.

Both cards used the same supplies. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Watercolor Circles

Hello. Man, am I loving the Arteza Real Brush pens. I know I have a long way to go with them but I love playing with the colors. Today'...