Sunday, June 16, 2019

Lovely Collaboration with Arteza

Arteza kindly has given me products to review and play with.  I was so excited to try them, they are the first I've had although many friends have tried them and I've heard nothing but good.  Today I'm sharing some 'Puddling' cards I've made using the water colors.  Arteza sent me the set of 60 Water Color tubes, 3 spiral pads of watercolor paper, a pack of 6 water brushes and a set of 12 fineline black markers.  Perfect things for a cardmaker.

I call these Puddling cards because that's what I do, puddle the ink with water onto my card letting it pool and run until I've achieved the look I like.  There's no great talent, no hard to learn technique, it's just having fun with the colors until you say, oh that's nice and stop.

I used the Arteza Watercolor Pads to make my card bases.  The paper measures 5.5" x 8.5", comes spiral bound 30 sheets to a pad and is perforated for easy removal.  So that's what I did, I simply removed the paper from the spiral pad and snipped off the perforated edge.  I scored in the middle and instantly had an A-2 sized card to play with, easy peasy.

On video (link is below) I'll share how I made two different types of card, it's just a matter of swiping the ink across your card base, spritzing with water and drying to the effect you like.  I did add some additional interest by scoring 1/2" around the edges inside and out.  I think the hardest part is trying to decide which colors to use and when to quit playing.

Besides the two cards I actually show the process of making on the video I also include several examples like this one to spur your imagination and get you thinking of what you could make yourself.  I used an embossing folder after I'd finished my color combination.  Adding the sentiment to the top was perfect after I splashed it with some flecks of color and added a deeper blend of the orange to the edge.

Finishing the inside was also a super simple process using a wash of the colors from the front to create just a splash of color on the inside where my greeting will go.  Again I used my score board to create 1/8" groves along the edge.  

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Beebeecraft bags and pins

Hi everyone I'm here to share some of the supplies sent to me from Beebeecraft.  Today I'll give you some ideas and inspiration to use the burlap bags and safety pin brooches.  Fun stuff to play with!

I had this tag laying around where I was trying out a new blending technique so figured I might as well put it to good use.  From this years Day at a Time calendar (Live, Love, Dream from LANG, illustrated by Lisa Kaus, wow I love her stuff!) I used old days to make the flower.  Each month has a repeat of the design so I used 4 pages stepping up the petals on each layer and then I used the sentiment and leaves.   What a great way to repurpose your calendar!  From Beebeecraft I used one of the Safety Pin Brooches, they have the charm attached at the end.

I used Faber Castell Whipped Spackle, some Glimmermists for color and a TCW stencil to create the adornment on this bag.  The heart dangle was from my stash.  I gessoed it before adding the same mists to it.  I wasn't sure how the bag would hold up to the texture paste and paints but it came through them perfectly!  A great, easy way to really step up the plain bags.

Talk about a walk down memory lane.  This image mat was in a booklet that had been gifted to me.  I just loved the image and sentiment especially when paired with the lace, ribbon and flowers.  It will be the perfect bag to hold all kinds of goodies for a special crafty friend.  Doesn't it make you think of days gone by?

For the last bag I used some leftover tags and chipboard pieces along with ribbon and flowers.  Check out that gorgeous metal piece directly below the flowers, that's from Beebeecraft as well as the lovely glass butterfly cabochon tucked into the right side.

This last example uses just the starfish brooch safety pin.  But isn't it the perfect addition to my card?  Check out the video to see how I made these items.  Thanks for stopping by!

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