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Red, White, and Moo?

Yes, I am creating this post the week of the Fourth of July and there is red, white, and blue (and moos), and although it’s not actually a patriotic project it is inspired in part by the Simon Says: Red, White, and/or Blue Monday Challenge. It happens to be my daughter’s 23rd birthday on Friday and since she works in Research and Development for dairy and beef producers and loves the cows and cute stuff I thought it’d be fun to have cute cows on her card. And the inside sentiment along with the color theme inspired the design. Here’s my card:

the inside:

I was delighted when the inspiration struck to create a pastiche (a type of artistic homage) to The Starry Night by Van Gogh. I wanted to make a night sky that was bright, but receding because I wanted the cow and barn to be “stars” (hehe – yes, I’m delighted by the pun) and since it’s a birthday card for someone who should still be pretty excited about having a birthday and loves animals. I did some research into trying to recreate the look with watercolor and found this video from Vanessa Paints (YouTube link) and this one from Sandy Allnock (YouTube link) and you can see that I definitely used ideas from them, but also kind of did my own thing and just kind of let things flow. I did create two ‘trial’ pieces before I discovered which elements I loved the most and I am delighted with the outcome.

The stamps and dies are from Newton’s Nook Moo set stamped with Tim Holtz BASICS Distress Archival Ink in Black Soot on Arches Cold Pressed 140lb watercolor paper. All of the paints are from Vanessa’s small, independent shop where she makes the colors by hand. I used Indigo, Mayan Yellow, and Salt Water for the sky and Sprout Red for the barn. Fae’s blood was used for the silver elements, Ghost for the white, and Sleepy Hollow for the black (the last two from Fall releases from The Sprout Creative.)

I did add some Glossy Accents to try and make the cows dark brown eyes stand out more.

I thought about adding some kind of frame for the card front “artwork”, but in the end, I loved how it filled the card front and how the elements were placed in the composition.

The inside was stamped with a sprinkle design and also lightly ink-blended with Distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Prize Ribbon, and Blueprint Sketch. I used a Uniball Signo Silver gel pen to outline the sentiment so it would stand out a bit more from the background.

I hope my daughter loves this card as much as I loved creating it. I think you might be seeing a whole lot more sky painting from me because I am really loving it as a theme.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Sending happy thoughts and wishes for creative time to you.

Ruth

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Aging Beautifully

Hi! Once again it’s a busy February of cardmaking. I’m thankful for the opportunity to celebrate those I love by sending them a handmade card.

I love creating for challenges because it usually helps with making decisions about what to use to create. This is very helpful when you have so many amazing products in your stash and don’t know where to start. Today’s inspiration was from the Altenew February 2022 Inspiration Challenge. This gave me the products that I would choose from as well as a color scheme.

Here’s the graphic for the challenge:

Here’s what I created:

I used the Paint-A-Flower: Paeonia Japonica Outline Stamp Set and a sentiment from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set, which I embossed with white embossing powder on Distress Watercolor cardstock. I found the perfect paint colors in my stash of The Sprout Creative watercolors.

I used Memory for the background, Sunflower for the flower centers, and Bouquet for the leaves. I mixed Memory and Sunflower together to create the shadow colors in the flower petals. Once dry I added Fantasia on the petals to create a shimmer.

I did add a bit of black Micron pen to the top line of letters in the sentiment to help give them more definition (the embossing wasn’t the best on all of the letters and overall it just wasn’t popping like I had hoped it would.)

I hope you have a beautiful day and are able to create something to help celebrate someone you love.

Ruth

Furry Friends Layer Cake!

Hi! I hope you are healthy and happy! I have a fun box card to share with you today!

This card was very late (6 months +), but I did create other cards that were given on time for graduation, encouragement, and Christmas so I’m hoping that the fun factor of this one makes it more of a “let’s extend the celebration” kind of thing for my daughter.

My daughter moved to another state and that allowed her to adopt a kitty last winter (since I am highly allergic to all furry critters.) The challenge of Simon Says; Furry Friends seemed perfect for creating a birthday cake card for her since her new kitty, Ellie, is definitely a good friend!

Do you think this cuteness will make up for the lateness?

I used My Favorite Things HOUSECATS stamp set and HOUSECATS Dies Die-Namics for the kitties, along with their Outside the Box Die-namics (which I cut down to fit the cake pedestal), My Favorite Things POP-UP BANNER Dies Die-Namics for the banner, and a retired Die-namics for the cake layers.

I had a lot of fun trying to create different fur and in this case breeds of cats with watercolors.

I used handmade watercolors from The Sprout Creative for all the watercoloring. Vanessa creates some wonderful collections (some of which are limited release.) I mostly used the Pride Collection (cake layers, banners, and kitty eyes), some Spooky Neutrals for kitty fur along with Amber for the orangey tones and Ruby Rose mixed with Ghost for pink areas, Cotton Candy for a shimmery background for the panels, and Stardust to fill out the rainbow.

I love the contrast of the bright, shimmery colors with the neutrals of the kitties.

This is my watercolor version of Ellie. I put her on the cake pedestal, where she belongs;-).

The Happy Purrthday sentiment is from the same Housecats stamp set, the numbers are from a retired MFT set, and the secondary sentiment is from Honey Bee INSIDE BIRTHDAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set. I thought it was perfect for this time of year!

I hope you enjoyed this mult-layered, multi-legged project! Take care and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Ruth

O Christmas Tree(ts)

Hi! I’m busy creating lots of Christmas cards. Today I finished one that was inspired by the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 88 – OH CHRISTMAS TREE that I have spent the last week designing and creating elements for.

Here’s what I created:

(All items are Lawn Fawn unless otherwise noted.)

I wanted to use the How You Bean? Christmas Cookie Add-on Christmas trees to create a Christmas tree. The mice from A Creature was Stirring are there to help with the decorating and the cake stand is helping the one mouse reach to put the star cookie on top. I thought the Baked with Love piping bag would be fun for adding a few of the icing details.

To start I stamped out the images in Crunchy Leaf ink, which is waterproof, on Fabriano Artistico Extra White Hot Pressed watercolor paper. I then painted them with watercolors from The Sprout Creative. I used flat colors for the star, mousewear, mouse noses, and mouse fur and shimmers for the cookie outlines and piping bag tip, trees, and frosting. The background was created with the same yellow and blues that I used on the die cut images (all flat colors.)

Here’s how the background looked after I painted it:

And here’s how things looked after I had adhered all the die cut elements and then started stamping the sentiment and realized I was stamping it backwards:

You see, I had put all the letters onto a block intending to stamp it all at once but because I was really tight on space I decided I would have more success if I stamped each letter individually. I drew out the arc I wanted the letters to follow, took the first letter off the block and stamped where it had been on the block, which was the right side. Argh! I was just a couple steps away from finishing and I managed to mess it up.

So, I painted another background and let it dry, die cut it out (I used a die from the Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables set) and stamped the sentiment using Smitty’s abcs with Pinkfresh Studio Stargazer ink. I cut the die cut elements from the old background, glued them to the new one and glued that panel to a piece of patterned paper from the Let it Shine – Petite Paper Pack and adhered the entire thing to the front of a top-folding A2 card base.

Here’s a nice view showing more of the shimmer and also showing how I tiered the dimension with the bottom of the tree higher and the top of the tree flat:

Another Christmas card done and no traditional color combinations! If that isn’t a sign of how crazy this year has been I don’t know what is!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Instagram Challenge Creating for the Holidays, also.

Hopefully, my next creation will go a little bit more quickly and smoothly!

Take care!

Ruth

Such a beautiful day!

I have been loving the weather we’ve been having the past few days. I’m not a lover of a lot of heat and humidity, so temps below 80 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the 50’s are greatly appreciated! I also love dedicating time during the day to making things for people who are special to me (and sometimes for charities that work to make people I don’t know feel special), but today I’m sharing a card I made for someone who I used to work with. She was the kind of person who made me feel special and appreciated and respected so I wanted to make her a card to let her know I was thinking about her.

I am a slow cardmaker, so this card was created over the last week. It all started with this sketch from My Favorite Things:

It sparked an idea because I knew I had some border dies from My Favorite Things that I could use the create the curved lines at the bottom of the card and I wanted to do some ink blending so I got to work.

Here’s the finished card so you can see what I am talking about it while I describe its creation:

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(All products are from My Favorite Things unless I specify another brand name.)

I used Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB Smooth Solar White for the background ink blending. I started with cutting the curves from Stitched Basic Edges 2 Die-namics (retired) and then ink blending them using Gumdrop Green and Elf Green (retired) inks with my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes. I was OK with some variation in color because I thought it would add some texture and interest.

The sky was done with the Sun Ray Mix-ables Stencil from My Favorite Things (retired – but similar to Sunrise Radiating Rays Stencil) I blended Pineapple ink onto the background and used the stencil to add the Orange Zest layer which I let fade out as I worked away from the sun at the center. With so much going on in the background, I could keep the card fairly flat, which makes for easy mailing.

Next up came the flowers. I used Versafine Onyx Black Ink with stamps and Die-namics from the Beautiful Day set (retired) on Arches 140lb hot pressed watercolor paper. The flowers were painted using my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Color Set and my Silver Black Velvet Brush Size 4 Round which was great in the tight spots. I tried to keep it a bit loose and I wanted to have the colors stay generally bright.

I created enough flowers and mushrooms to add some to the envelope.

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The sentiment is also from Beautiful Day, stamped with Onyx Black Ink on vellum and die cut with the Starburst Sentiment Strips Die-namics (retired).

I hope at the very least that this card makes my friend feel appreciated and hopefully it’ll also bring a smile to her face!

I’ll be entering this into Simon Says June Instagram Challenge which is Ink Blending, as well as My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #493.

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Thanks so much for sticking with me. I like to share what I’ve used just in case someone reads this and wants to make something, too. I hope you have many beautiful days ahead!

Ruth

 

 

Artists’ Watercolor 101 Day 4

Hi! This is my 5th post about Altenew Academy’s Artists Watercolor 101 for Paper Crafters class. Today I am sharing the day 4 homework project and admittedly I am the least satisfied with this project. The goal was to use watercolor wet on wet for the background and to use light glazing to color in images on top of that. I was trying for a bright and happy feel by using warm colors for my wet on wet background as well as for my glazing. I think in the process I created a background that didn’t really impact the flowers that were painted on it because the background was too light. This definitely could use some more playing and experimenting. Here’s what I created:

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I tried to use mostly yellow in the background because I know from color theory that using green on top of red will really dull the green and I wanted things to remain bright. I think I maybe should have gone for a more intense yellow in the background and it might have had more of an impact.

The stamp I used is called Exotic Garden and at times I had to use my #2 round brush to get into some of the really tight areas since my Silver #8 round was much too big for them. The stamped image was heat embossed with gold embossing powder. (A smaller {possibly #4 round} Silver brush is definitely on my wishlist. I do have a #4 brush as well as a #6, but they don’t come to a point the way my Silver brushes do so I really feel like upgrading might be a good plan.)

The sentiment is a Sizzix die from Stampin’ Up cut from the gold foil Altenew Specialty Paper Sampler and the twine and sequins were from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to continue to work on the next homework which is no-line watercoloring, but I definitely need some kind of deadline and less time commitments for me to do so… I will share my progress on Instagram.

I’ll be linking this up for the Altenew Educators “For the Love of Flowers” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway. I love that all my watercolor homework has involved flowers because they are so very lovely and perfect for so many wonderful people who I know and love. Anyway I hope you have a chance to join in!

Ruth

 

Artists’ Watercolor 101 Day 3

Hi! I know that it seems like it’s been a while, but basically I was working on the painting portion of homework for 3 days worth of the Altenew Academy Artists’ Watercolor 101 for Paper Crafters class since last I posted. Today I finally assembled two of the cards for the class and I am still working on the watercolor portion of Day 5’s class, which is really taking a while but is hopefully well worth the effort. I also am trying to get as much done now while my daughter is still at school since she’ll be home for Spring Break at the end of this week and I have all my supplies set up in her room so I don’t have to put everything away each time I work. It’s such a time-saver.

Let’s get to the project!

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I used Shades of Purple, Cherry Blossom, and Fiery Sunset for my Ombre background. I really love Fiery Sunset as a color and could not resist using it in my Ombre. I stamped and used white embossing powder on the sentiments from the Mega Greetings 3 stamp set and the images were stamped in Lavender Fields and Forest Glades ink and are from the Watercolor Roses stamp set. All of the above supplies are from Altenew and I’ve linked to them for you.

I once again couldn’t resist using the Nuvo Dream Drops in Cloud 9 for a little bit of shimmer and dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are having a lovely day!

Next up: watercolor wet on wet background with stamping and glazing on top

Ruth

P.S. I forgot to mention there is a linky party going on for Altenew to celebrate their Certified Educator program. It’s called For the Love of Flowers and that is definitely something I can get on board with!!! Check it out (I’ve linked it a the name of the challenge.)

Artists’ Watercolor Day 2

I’m back. I’ve never enjoyed doing homework as much as I am for this Artists Watercolor 101 for Paper Crafters class. It’s so much fun and pretty quick and easy.

The focus was on using watercolor paint to color and shade a stamped and embossed image. I chose the Altenew Build-A-Flower: Magnolia stamp and die set. This set allows for so many options from how to color the flowers (you can used layered stamped images to fill in the flowers, stem, and leaves or you can color using the outline only.) It also includes a ton of options for sentiments. I bought this set for its versatility and I am very happy I did!

My image is heat embossed with white embossing powder to create little pockets for the paint to sit in. I felt like the white was a good choice for this image since I love the soft colors of magnolias over the more intense ones.

Here is the completed stamped image along with the color swatches I hurriedly added after I was done painting:

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I did add some white over the top of the green because I love how magnolia buds are fuzzy and I wanted to try and create that look.

I will enjoy practicing doing shading more in the future, but I am generally pretty happy with how this turned out!

Here are some images of my finished card:

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For the background I cut a piece of 110 lb white cardstock with the Altenew Ornate Cover Die. I’ve added the sentiment (from the same stamp set as the flower) in Cotton Candy ink from My Favorite Things and the accents were created with Nuvo Dream Drops in Cloud 9.

Now to figure out who to give this to. I think I probably could have made a dozen of these and maybe had enough to send to all the wonderful people who this applies to!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope all is well with you and that you are feeling inspired yourself!

Next lesson is an ombre background.

Ruth

Artists’ Watercolor 101 Day 1 Part 2

I have to say it’s hard to complain about anything on a day when the sun is shining brightly in Illinois in late February and I get to make lots of rainbows with bright happy colors!

As I mentioned in my post yesterday I have received my Altenew Artists’ Watercolor pan set so today I played with them. And as I mentioned above they really brought me so much joy! Such a great selection of colors and I can’t wait to paint more with them.

First I created a chart looking at transparency/opacity of the colors.

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(see what I mean about bright and happy colors?)

Our instructor, Emily, shared a way to make a simple chart using the pan wraps and lines drawn with a black waterproof marker (I used a Bic Mark-it because they are acid free and I don’t mind the odor.) It’s really convenient that the pan wraps are sticky so they just adhere pretty easily to the chart! I also made a swatch chart with the names of the colors in same rainbow order that you find them in the palette that will fit inside the palette at the same time as this transparency/opacity chart to save time. All the pans have the names of the colors printed on them which is really awesome, but the chart helps when you just want to pick the colors you are looking for.

Here is a closeup of some of the biggest revelations when it came to transparency:

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Pure White was to be expected, but Summer Afternoon was a bit of a surprise

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Also surprising was Fall Harvest

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And Lapis Lazuli had less transparency than expected along with Shades of Purple to a small degree.

Next I created a chart for a limited number of colors for glazing. I used Red Cosmos, Warm and Cozy, Summer Afternoon, Rain Forest, Sea Shore, Lapis Lazuli, and Shades of Purple, which were the same colors Emily used in class.

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I struggled a little with keeping the colors on the first layer from mixing as I added the color on top. It is possible that the first layer wasn’t dry enough or that I had too much water in the my paint for the colors. In retrospect I might do this chart again with more space between each line of color. That might help things as well.

Next up: Making a card with a stamped and watercolored flower!

Thanks so much for stopping in! Have a fabulous rest of your day and enjoy leap day tomorrow!

Ruth

Artists’ Watercolor 101 Day 1

I love taking online classes and when Altenew announced a new watercolor class I decided it was definitely one that I wanted to take. I’ve taken a few Altenew classes and have really loved what I’ve learned, but they are also very inexpensive and are generally pretty easy to at least watch all the lessons when they go live. My challenge comes with actually applying what I’m learning by doing the ‘homework’. I always feel inspired and thankfully there is time after the lessons go live to complete the homework but I don’t always commit to doing it. This time even though I don’t have the Altenew brand paints the instructor used I decided to just go ahead and start in on some of the lessons. So these are part of my ‘homework’ from day 1 of Artists’ Watercolor 101.

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Emily Midgett was showing different techniques to use with watercolors and how different the paints can look just with different techniques. I’ve used Daniel Smith watercolors for these exercises. Quinacridone Pink is on all of the panels except the lower right. I’ve added Permanent Yellow Deep and Carbazole Violet in the lower left and Carbazole Violet in the lower middle. I used Quinacridone Coral, Transparent Pyrrol Orange, and Permanent Yellow Deep in the lower right. I am least excited by how the wet on wet section came out – definitely need to work on my technique there, but I’m in love with the Ombre panel. I think I might be doing a whole lot with this color combination in the future!

Next I was thinking ahead to the next lesson and decided to work on finding a green that I thought would go nicely with the Quinacridone Pink for leaves of the flower I was planning on painting as well as what color would layer up nicely on top for shadow. This is what my experiment looks like.

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I started with Green Apatite Genuine on the two left swatches and Sap Green on the two right ones. I then added Indanthrone Blue to both greens and then Carbazone Violet to both greens. As I expected, the far right swatch turned out very brown because Sap Green has a lot of yellow so color theory told me that adding violet would make brown. I am undecided as to whether or not I’ll go with the Sap Green with Carbazone Violet or not.

***During the time between when I started the swatching and when I was writing this post my Altenew Artist Watercolors arrived, so I should be able to use the same colors that Emily used in class going forward. I’m glad I tried this, though, since I own these Daniel Smith colors and I am sure I can use this information in the future!

Thanks for stopping in! I’m looking forward to getting to know my new Artist Watercolors through the coming exercises and projects!

Ruth

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