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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

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Peace, Joy, & Love

Today, I’m here to share another Christmas card design. I’m making cards for Bring Smiles to Seniors, Inc. to try to spread the love and joy of Christmas with those who might not be able to celebrate with their families this year. If you are a cardmaker, please consider sharing some smiles this year or donating financially to help this heart-warming cause. Here are some guidelines from their site related to COVID-19 needs:

“Due to senior isolation in Senior Communities we are experiencing unprecedented demand for our greeting cards. If you would like to help us continue delivering smiles, you will find a donate button link at the top of this page. Just $15 helps us get a package of cards to a senior community. If you are a card maker and are willing to include messages inside of your cards, that would be greatly appreciated since we have lost many of our school and civic group partners who normally decorate cards for us.  We still welcome cards that are blank inside to use with our individual decorators.

I created the front of today’s card using the Wednesday Sketch Challenge  from My Favorite Things Stamps’ sketch #510 and also inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Simon Says: Make It Sparkle. All products are from MFT unless otherwise noted. Products are linked if they are available at either store.

I was inspired by the wide strip that goes the length of the sketch but wanted to have it run horizontally, so to start I masked off an area on my Berrylicious cardstock and did some ink blending using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes and Gumdrop Green at the center, Blue Yonder to the outside of that, and finishing off with After Midnight at the far edges.

I just reused my blue painter’s tape (which helps to prevent tearing of the cardstock when you remove it – see the middle card base on the left side where it tore.)

I let the ink dry and used my Anti-Static Pouch to prep the surface. Next I used the Peace, Love, and Joy Stencil applying Altenew Embossing Paste with my Stencil Pal to two of the lines of words of the stencil (which I had masked off.) I sprinkled the embossing paste with Snowflake Tinsel which gave the words a nice sparkle once it was melted with my heat tool.

I finished this card off with a sentiment from the Merry Messages Stamp set, a strip of Freckled Fawn washi tape, some shimmery taffeta ribbon, and a few Pinkfresh Jewels to add even more sparkle!

I hope you are inspired to create some cards using this wonderful sketch, your papercrafting goodies, and this challenge to let it sparkle!

Have a wonderful day!

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 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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