Sunday, August 21, 2016

Watercolor Linky Party

Hi everyone!  Today I'm joining in the Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party on the CDD blog!

The theme for this Linky Party at Craftin Desert Divas is "Watercolor"! We sure would love to see your projects that fit this theme! So go ahead and craft it and link it up on the Craftin Desert Diva's Blog.

Every other Monday will mark the beginning of a new semi-weekly Linky Party over 
at the CDD blog. We hope you will share your projects with us! And don't forget 
about  the prizes! Every Linky Party will have a winner and a Top 3! 

Our Sponsors for this Linky Party are:
One 4 x 6 Stamp set

One digi stamp of choice

With no further is my project!

I simply adore this birthday dragon!  I chose to use my Inktense pencils for my watercolor medium. They are perfect to use when I'm looking for a little more control, especially in in smaller areas.  I adore how vibrant the colors are and how easy they are to use!  After he was dry, I went back in and added a little detail to his hat and in some of the shadow areas with a white pen.  

For the background I grabbed one of my many stencils and went to town with distress inks.  I pulled out the ones that went with the coloring on the dragon.  I used Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron and squeezed lemonade.  I spritz it lightly with water to add a little bit of texture.  I just have so much fun with distress ink, don't you?  I cut the dragon piece out with the largest die from Fancy frames and hand cut the black layer.  The green patterned piece is from the Hip Hip Hooray pad.

I didn't want my banner pieces to be white so I shaded it with the Salty Ocean and twistes citron. Then I ran it through my die cut machine.  I wanted a sentiment of some kind but the flags are pretty small and I didn't want to cover up the dragon.  I found "Wish Big" in the Simply Said stamp set.  With a bit of masking, I was able to stamp the letters individually from the "wish" portion of the stamp.  It was a perfect fit!  Sometimes you've got to be extra creative to work with what you have!  And would my card be complete without sequins?  Heck no!!  I found the Skyfall sequins were the perfect color!  

I hope you like him and are inspired to link up with the linky party!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Delightful Daisy

Hello one and all!  I'm back with another Digi DT project for Craftin Desert Divas!   I'll admit, I'm a huge fan of watercolor.  When I found out the CDD FB group challenge was going to be to use watercolor of some sort I practically jumped for joy!

I have to share a secret.  This project actually came about from a printer mishap.  I was printing my images on watercolor paper and my printer decided to misbehave.  The images got all streaky and gross.  I almost threw it away!  Then I had a thought, what if I traced it using a light color watercolor pencil?  I taped it to the nearest sunny window and...kablam!  An image ready to try no line watercoloring!

You probably all know by know that I love my Zig Real brush markers by now.  So this time I decided I should use my Mission gold watercolors.  I kinda love these guys too!  I first colored the flower and the stem and let it dry.  Then went back to add a little more color and contrast.  After it was fully dry, I went around the whole thing with a very pal gray.  I blotted it off a bit with a paper towel because I didn't want it to be super dark.  As an extra side-effect, I got this really cool pattern that was left behind from the paper towel!  BONUS!!!  While it was drying, I cut a solid green layer and the larger patterned paper (Doodlebug Hip Hip Hooray).  I adhered them all to the card base.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment on the yellow banner piece and popped it up with foam tape. And yes, I had to add some lovely sequins!

I hope you like it!  Don't forget to check out the August digi Challenge on the Craftin Desert Divas Facebook group page.  Free digital stamp just for playing along!!

Supplies used

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

You are Rawr-some!

Hi there fellow crafters!  Today I bring you this super cute Tryannosaurus that called out to me to be colored.  I actually colored him while taking party in color challenge last month but I just couldn't put him away.  He NEEDED to be made into a card.  

I started by printing the image out on Bristol paper.  I knew that I wanted to try using my Zig Real Brush Clean Color markers.  I chose a dark green that I blended out a little with a lighter green.  I blended it out the rest of the way with water using a brush pen.  Doing it this way seemed to give a lot of texture to the image.  Which I felt was perfect to imitate dinosaur skin!

Next I used the smaller banner die to cut out this paper from the super fun, Fun in the Sun Doodlebug paper pad.  I had a hard time deciding on a color to put next as it felt like too much of a contrast.  I whipped out a stencil and sponged on Broken China distress ink.  Ahh, much better!  I used foam tape to pop the dino onto the banner piece.  All other layers were mounted flat.  The bottom layer that you can barely see is kraft.

I cut the "Awesome" from the Greeting Word dies 3 times and glued them all together.  The top layer I generously coated with Wink of Stella.  The "You are" came from the Tiny Sentiments set.  And because I just can't resist, sequins!  The sequins are from Comet and Skyfall.

Now I want to collect the rest of the dinosuars!  They would be perfect to used in the current Watercolor challenge on the Craftin Desert Divas Facebook group.  Remember, everyone gets a free digital stamp just to play along!