Sunday, September 20, 2020

Face Toward the Sun | Crafty Friends Blog Hop ft Picket Fence Studios

Hello!

It's that time of the month again!  Time for another Crafty Friends Blog Hop.  If you have not joined us for one of our hops before, the Crafty Friends Blog Hop is a group of friends who have all shared some common crafty beginnings, and we hop each month with a spotlight on a company we love. 


This month we have chosen to spotlight Picket Fence Studios.  Nicole has shared a coupon code with us, good for the next two days.  Use the code CRAFTYFRIENDS20, to get 20% off of your purchase September 20th, and 21st.  


For today's card, I wanted to create something that was vaguely fall like, and certainly encouraging (don't we all need more of that type of card right now?).  I chose the stamp set Face the Sun, because it fit both of those criteria.  


I began the card, by taping a white A2 sized piece of card stock to my work surface.  I used the Life Changing Blender Brushes, to blend a gradient of Dried Marigold, Antique Linen, and Bundled Sage Distress Oxide Inks onto the background.  Once I was happy with the blend, I added copious amounts of water droplets, then sprinkled the background with gold shimmer ink.  


I stamped the sunflower image from the Face the Sun Stamp Set, onto Pineapple Smoothie Card Stock, using Black Hybrid Ink.  I lightly shaded the image with Prismacolor Pencils.  Then I fussy cut the image, and mounted it on foam tape to attach to the background.  I trimmed the over hang off with some shears.  

I placed the panel in my MISTI - to determine where the sentiment should go, and line it up - then stamped the sentiment with Black Hybrid Ink.   The final step was to add the card front to a white card base.  



While you are hopping along with us today, don't forget to hop over to Picket Fence Studios (link will open in a new tab) and use the code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 to get the discount on your purchase - but it's only good for today and tomorrow, so hurry!  


From here, the next stop in today's hop, is Lydia at Understand Blue.  




Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:

Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.)

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Peace on Earth | Blending Brush Painting Video Tutorial

Hello!

As I said in yesterday's release post, I had one more card to share with you, using a new stamp set from Picket Fence Studios.  This card features what I call Blending Brush Painting.  Blending Brush Painting is technically just ink blending, but rather than just creating a simple gradient, you are creating a "scene" with some detail.  I shared a tutorial in a previous post, creating an Under the Sea Scene.  



For this particular card, I filmed a video, showing the step-by-step tutorial to create the background.  Each time you do ink blending, there is a little variation - sometimes intentional, sometimes not.  But, by following the same steps, you will get fairly close. This tutorial also includes a little "craft fail" - that was TOTALLY my own fault - that I explain in the video.  If the video below does not appear for you, 
please click this link to be taken to the video.


I started with an A2 piece of card stock taped to my work surface.  I taped the Blending 3.5" Circle Stencil, to the bottom of the panel, and inked up the earth, using Speckled Egg, Mermaid Lagoon, and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Inks, and the Life Changing Blender Brushes.  Then I used a water brush, to add some atmosphere to the planet, by creating some swirly clouds.  One of the smaller blending brushes was used with Tea Dye Distress Oxide Ink, to create land masses on the planet.  


Once the earth was completed, I switched the stencil pieces around so that I could ink the space around the earth.   Once again, I used the Life Changing Blender Brushes, this time with Speckled Egg, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot Distress Inks.  Once the blending was to my liking, I used my water brush and Sparkle Silk to create stars.  

After drying, I carefully removed the tape, and white heat embossed the "Peace on Earth" sentiment from the brand new Fancy Christmas Sentiments stamp set.  The panel was trimmed by 1/4" on all sides, and adhered to a white note card.  


I think sometimes this type of blending looks intimidating, but it really is just a simple matter of layering inks, while blocking out shapes.  I hope you try this, and if you do, tag me on social media (@muchlovesara) so that I can see what you've created! 

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:

Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.)


Monday, September 14, 2020

Picket Fence Studios September Release

Hello!

If you are joining me for the first time, as part of the Picket Fence Studios September Release Hop, Welcome!  

It's been a crazy few weeks here!  Last week, I traveled across the state to pick up my Mom and bring her back to stay with me over the winter again.  Winter where she's from starts in October-ish, and lasts sometimes into late April or May - so it is long, and icy.  The couple weeks prior to that trip, I was trying to complete all of the projects that I had intended to do over the summer, but hadn't quite gotten around to doing.  It's been a exhausting whirlwind, and I'm hoping to catch my breath - just as soon as I get Mom unpacked and settled in!

Meanwhile, it's the 14th of the month, which means it's time for a new release from Picket Fence Studios.  I'm excited to share my some of samples with you.  But, as always, I want to give you a quick peek of the entire release.


September 2020 Release

When I first saw this release, the Sweater Pattern Maker Stamp, and Fancy Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set leapt out at me.  I wound up also falling in love with the Boysenberry Violet Paper Glaze when I used it - it's such a pretty color!  (All of the products used in today's cards will be listed at the bottom of this post, for your reference.)  I realized when I started writing this post, that I somehow made the cards in a bit of a seasonal theme, so let's start with spring.  

Card #1 | Butterflies and Florals

I began this card, by preparing two panels.  First, I stamped the Chase Me Stamp (this stamp can be lined up and stamped repeatedly to create a seamless pattern - it was stamped four times on this panel) in gray ink onto light gray card stock.  Then I used a portion of the Slimline Floral Stencil and a Life Changing Blending Brush, to add Tattered Rose Distress Oxide ink to a pale pink card stock.   


On white card stock, I stamped the Hello from the Fancy Sentiments Stamp Set first in the Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink, and then I offset the white panel and stamped it again in the gray ink.  I die cut the panel into an oval. 

I matted the floral panel with gray card stock, and added a strip of the gray card stock to the butterfly panel.  Then I tied a bit of seam binding into a bow, and added the floral panel with foam tape, and adhered the oval directly to the floral panel.  The card front was attached to a white card base.  A few sequins from the Gin & Tonic Sequin Mix completed the card.  


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Card #2 | Sweet Side

This card was oh-so-simple.  I stamped the cut dragon fruit image, from the Dragon Fruit Stamp Set,   twice in Black Hybrid Ink - once onto kraft card stock, and a second time onto a post-it note.  I fussy cut the image on the post it note, then used it as a mask to stamp the full fruit.  


I colored in the image, using Prismacolor Pencils, then stamped the sentiment in black.  Using a black pen, I added a few lines to frame the image, then added the card front to a white card base.  Super easy!  


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Card #3 | Be Very Scared

I began this card by spreading the Boysenberry Violet Paper Glaze through the Slimline Radial Stencil, on gray card stock.  While I allowed that to dry, I white heat embossed the sentiment from the So Franken Cute Stamp Set, onto a scrap of black card stock.  


Once the Paper Glaze was dry, I used the black sequins from the Black Russian Sequin Mix, to create spiders.  I glued a small sequin down, then overlapped a larger sequin.  I placed three spiders around the card front, then used a black pen to draw in the legs.  I attached the sentiment with some foam tape, and then matted the card front onto a black card base.  


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Card #4 | Patterned Christmas

Today's final card began by using the Flowers Stencil, a Life Changing Blending Brush, and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink on red card stock.  Then I stamped the Sweater Pattern Maker Stamp (another seamless repeating stamp - stamped twice on this card), in Versamark, onto kraft card stock, and heat embossed it in white.  


I stamped, and white heat embossed the Merry Christmas from the Fancy Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set, then fussy cut the sentiment.  I die cut a tag shape, then matted the tag shape and the Sweater Pattern panel with gold mirror paper.  I adhered the layers together with foam tape and liquid adhesive, then attached the card front to a white card base.  Finally, some gold adhesive pieces completed the card.  


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Honestly, while I like all of these cards, my favorite is the Patterned Christmas card, but then,  I'm a sucker for Christmas cards.  Which is your favorite? 

Tomorrow, I will be sharing one more card with you, featuring a stamp set from this release, so be sure to come back to see it!  (BIG hint: it features another Blending Brush Painting Tutorial!) 

If you are hopping along with the design team for this month's release, the next stop is at Judy's blog.  

Thanks for stopping by!  


Supplies Used:

Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Tropical Hello

Hello!

I'm about ready for an escape from the smoke filled air, and overwhelming heat of an Idaho summer.  I think a tropical breeze filled with the scent of flowers, and a pineapple drink in my hand would be perfect right about now.  Unfortunately, creating some tropical cards is going to have to take it's place.  


I was playing with the new Palm Frond Cover Plate from Honeybee Stamps, and thought it would look good layered up, so I grabbed a couple of sheets of green card stock to die cut.  I was only smart enough to put Stick-it adhesive on the back of the darker green panel, before die cutting, but it would be wise to do to both pieces.  I adhered the two die cut panels together, and attached them to a piece of Corrugated card, that I had lightly painted with some Midas Touch Nuvo Shimmer.  

I then stamped the hibiscus flowers from the Paradise Blooms Stamp Set, onto orange and pink card stock, and added a little shading with some Prismacolor pencils.  I mostly concentrated on adding a few shadows and highlights, and letting the colored card stock do the bulk of the color work.  I used the coordinating dies to cut out the flowers.  


While my die cutting machine was out, I used the Hello Honeycuts die to cut the hello sentiment from gold mirror card stock, and the backing piece from black card stock.  I also white heat embossed one of the small sentiments from the Paradise Blooms Stamp Set, and die cut it out, to add on top of the hello.  I added the card front to a kraft colored card base, and finished it off with a few fashion gold pieces.   

It's certainly not the same as having a fruity, rum spiked drink, in my hand, while my toes are buried in the sand, but I do like the finished card.  If you haven't already, be sure to check out the Honeybee Stamps Hello Summer release - there's a lot of fun tropical themed products.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:

Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.)

Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use.