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Backwards copic coloring & a pineapple

The pineapple is considered an expression of welcome throughout the South, and represents things that we hold dear in our home…friendship, hospitality and warmth.  I created this Welcome pineapple card using the pineapple2stamp and pineapple2stamp die sets from The Stamp of Life, and background paper from Authentique‘s Utopia collection.  So, where does the backward copic coloring come in?  Well, it was a happy accident, to be honest.  🙂

I stamped the pineapple from the pineapple2stamp set, and proceeded to color it in with copics.  However, I felt like the colored image was a little “louder” than the Authentique background paper that I wanted to use with it.  Since copics are alcohol based, they bleed through the paper they are colored on.  I flipped the colored image over, and loved the effect that the “bleed” created.  I decided to use that side of the image, and adhered the cut out pineapple die to the back of the colored image. Voila! Backwards copic coloring!

We need to remember that the crafts we create don’t always come out exactly as we pictured them in our mind, sometimes they are “happy accidents”…..an to me, that is what makes crafting so rewarding!

welcome pineapple card

Eat. Sleep. Create. Repeat.

Rhonda

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Using the same image for a set of cards: Stampin’ Up! Hooray Card Set

Card sets are a group of cards that all have a similar style, and often only differ slightly with colors or sentiments.  They are great to have on hand for when you need a last minute card, and they make great gifts. Who wouldn’t love a set of handmade cards that they can share, without the work?!? From a maker perspective, they are easy because once you decide on a design, you simply create the same card over and over, with only a little bit of alteration.

The pictured card set is one that I created using the Stampin’ Up! Birthday Statements set.  What I love about the Hooray image from the Birthday Statements set is that it can be used for different celebrations….birthday, anniversary, baby, graduation.  To make the card set, I stamped the Hooray image in four different colors on white cardstock.  I then colored each one of the images with a Wink of Stella clear brush dipped in a coordinating ink pad.  For example, for the Hooray image that is stamped in Lemon Lime Twist, I simply dabbed the end of my Wink of Stella clear brush onto the Lemon Lime Twist pad, and then used it to color the cake part of the image.  I used the Spellbinders Label 4 nesting die set in two different sizes for layering, as well as for the inner panel of the card.  For the jewel embellishment, I used Stampin’ Up! Clear Faceted Gems and colored them with markers to coordinate with the different cards.

Below is a list of the ink pad and cardstock colors by Stampin’ Up! that were used:

Ink Pads and Cardstock: Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide

Find an image that you love and create a card set to keep for when you need a quick card to send, or give the set to someone as a sweet gift.  If gifting, provide envelopes with the cards and tie with some pretty ribbon.

Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Cards - Any Occassion, Tips & Techniques

No line coloring….color outside the lines!

No line coloring

One of the latest crazes in the papercrafting/card making world is no line coloring.  It produces a beautiful effect, making it look more like you drew the image instead of stamping it.  Ilda Dias shared the stunning piece below on Facebook in Stamp Junkies, which she created by using the no line coloring technique by watercoloring with watercolor crayons. According to Ilda’s post on her blog, it did take her a little bit of time, but the result was remarkable.  Ilda used the Lovely Blooms clear stamp set by Studio Katia.  The watercolor crayons she used were a set she purchased from Michaels, their Recollections brand.  I checked the Michaels website, and while it seems they no longer carry them, you can purchase them on Amazon.  For this technique, Tim Holtz distress crayons, which come in a variety of colors, could also be used.  Check out the post for this gorgeous creation on Ilda’s blog, I Love Doing All Things Crafty.  This is your time to take a chance and color outside the lines! 🙂

 

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Peony Re-Vamp

Today I wanted to show you how you can use the same stamp or stamp set and create a totally different look or card.  Let’s face it, this hobby is not cheap, so it is important always helpful :), if our goodies can be used in multiple ways.  Raluca Vezetev shared the card below on the SugarPea Designs blog.  Using the Pretty Peonies stamp set, along with the  SugarCut – Card Front Element Builder that Wendy Ramlakhan used for her “Peony Hello”, Raluca created this gorgeous card with Distress Inks and watercolor cardstock.  Visit Raluca’s blog post on the SugarPea Designs blog for more images and details.  Make sure you take a second look at how you can re-vamp your stamps!

peonies

Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

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A Peony Hello

I always love introducing stamp companies that I have discovered, usually through social media sites such as Instagram or Facebook.  Today, I would like to introduce Sugar Pea Designs.  The card pictured below was designed by Wendy Ramlakhan, for Sugar Pea Designs, and posted on their blog.  I love the colors she used, as well as how she embossed the flower, buds and leaves, in silver.  For the card below, Wendy used the Sugar Pea Designs stamp set Pretty Peonies, SugarCut – Card Front Element Builder,  and the SugarCut – Hello word die.  For the flowers and leaves, she simply water colored those after embossing.  Make sure that you visit Sugar Pea Designs’ website, to see the elegant and whimsical stamps and dies that they offer.  Also, make sure that you visit their blog, for inspiration and chances to win prizes in their blog hops.   You are sure to find some Sugar Pea products that tickle your fancy!

sugarpeahello

Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

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Soar….

I found this adorable card created by Katelyn Grosart on Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook page.  I love hot air balloon images and dies, so that definitely was what first caught my eye about this card.  But I think what really makes it stand out is the colors of the vintage themed patterned paper that Katelyn used.  The dies that she used from Elizabeth Craft Designs are Vintage Balloon Race, Free as a Bird, and Stitched Fishtails. The stamp set that she used from Elizabeth Craft Designs was the Soar Collection. And guess what?  The patterned paper even came from Elizabeth Craft Designs, Viaggi Vintage Patterned Paper.  You literally can get everything you need to recreate this card on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website!  Make sure you check out Katelyn’s blog, A Creative Journey, for more awe-inspiring creativeness.  Also, check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs website, as you are sure to find an unlimited supply of dies and stamps that will let your creativity soar!

elizabethcraft

Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Cards - Any Occassion, Cards - Hearts / Love

Inspiration everywhere…

Stampers are fans of the US Post Office for obvious reasons…..they deliver our precious creations to our intended recipients.  As Leigh Houston shows us, the US Post Office is also a place of creative inspiration!  Leigh posted on her Instagram this sweet card that she created. I was struck not only by its beauty, but also by how much it looked like the USPS Love Flourishes postage stamp, which I believe was her source of inspiration.  In her Instagram post, Leigh states that she used Simon Says Stamp Hope Blooms stamps and Hope Blooms dies.  She also used My Favorite Things More Rustic Wildflower stamps,  and More Rustic Wildflower  and Fab Foliage dies. For the postage stamp die, she used Avery Elle’s Postage Stamp Elle-ments.  I don’t know about you, but this card makes me want to head straight to the post office and get some of these stamps.  It also makes me what to head straight to Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things and order the adorable flower stamps and dies!  Remember,  there is inspiration all around you….even in things you  use regularly, like postage stamps!

love

Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda