Saturday, August 8, 2020

Let's get tropical!

 Hello and welcome!  Right now I'm dreaming of lounging on a beach with a fruity drink or two.  Well, it's just not possible at the moment.  The next best thing?  Channel my dreams into a card!

Isn't it just so fun??

It features images from two different Polka Dot Orchard digital stamps sets.  Foundations of Friendship and Pool Hair Days.  These sets and many more are on sale right now in the Polka Dot Orchard store!



Here is another view of the card.


I cut a panel out of Cryogen Curious Metallic White cardstock using the Slim Braided Circles die from PinkFresh Studios.  I grabbed my blending brushes and some distress inks.  For the beach I used Scattered Straw and Antique Linen.  For the sky I used Mermaid Lagoon near the beach and Tumbled Glass near the top.  Then I went back in with Mermaid Lagoon and the awesome Cloud Edger stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  This makes it SO easy to make very realistic looking clouds.

Next I lightly spritzed the panel with water.  I let it sit for a few seconds and then dabbed it up.  Once it was dry I went in with Copic markers to some detail and shading to the sand.  I used E87, E84 and E81.  After that I printed the two drinks and the sentiments out onto the same metallic white cardstock.  For the pineapple cup I used an undercoat of YG61 and YG63.  I went over it with E39, E37, E35 and E33.  Umbrella is Y19 and RV25.  The straw is V05 and the drink is BG05 and BG02.  For the cup on the right I used some of the same colors with the addition of RV23 and BG0000 for the cup base.

I lined up the colored images behind the open circles in a panel and glued them in place.  Then I glued the whole thing to a brown slimline card base.  That's all there is to it!

Thanks for stopping in!
~Kristina

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Pinkfresh Studio Slim Braided Circles die
Pinkfresh Studio Slim Braided Circles die
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
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Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
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Copic Marker Y19
Copic Marker Y19
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Copic Marker Y15
Copic Marker Y15
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Trinity blending brushes
Trinity blending brushes
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Copic Marker YG63
Copic Marker YG63
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Scattered Straw Distress Ink - mini
Scattered Straw Distress Ink - mini
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Antique Linen Distress Ink - mini
Antique Linen Distress Ink - mini
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Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink - mini
Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink - mini
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YG61 Copic Marker
YG61 Copic Marker
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RV25 Copic Marker
RV25 Copic Marker
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V05 Copic Marker
V05 Copic Marker
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BG0000 Copic Marker
BG0000 Copic Marker
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BG02 Copic Marker
BG02 Copic Marker
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BG05 Copic Marker
BG05 Copic Marker
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E81 Copic Marker
E81 Copic Marker
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E84 Copic Marker
E84 Copic Marker
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E87 Copic Marker
E87 Copic Marker
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E39 Copic Marker
E39 Copic Marker
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E37 Copic Marker
E37 Copic Marker
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E35 Copic Marker
E35 Copic Marker
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E33 Copic Marker
E33 Copic Marker
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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Like a Sister

Hiya!  Thanks for stopping by at my little corner of the crafty world!  Today I'm making a 5" x 7" card featuring the Like A Sister digital stamp set illustrated by Jeanie Hays for Polka Dot Orchard.  

Purchase HERE

This is such a lovely set and can be used for a variety of occasions.  I really wanted to show off the gorgeous floral image and felt a 5" x 7" card would be a better format to use.  Let's see what you think.


I didn't take any process photos (I forgot!) so I'll talk you through the process.  I printed out two flowers on a piece of Bristol cardstock.  One image I set aside to use as the base.  On the second piece I grabbed a couple hexagon dies and played around with placement.  I looked for areas I thought would make the most impact.  I lightly drew around the dies so I would know where to apply color.

I used Karin Brushmarkers and a Silver Black Velvet 4 round brush.  The smaller flower portion is colored with a combination of Orange Red 051 and Magenta Red 170.  The larger flower was done in just the Magenta Red.  The green is Ocean Teal 377 and the gray is Cool Grey 1 160.  I would draw the marker where I wanted it the darkest and then blend out with a brush and water.  I did that until I had all 3 hexagon areas colored.  Then I taped my dies in place and ran it through my die cut machine.

I added foam tape to the back and then lined the pieces up very carefully with the uncolored flower.  I added the panel to a dark gray 5" x 7" card base.  I added splatters with black acrylic paint and some white pearl acrylic paint.  While I waited for the paint to dry I printed out the two sentiments I wanted from the Like A Sister set.  I cut off the "I" from the "I Miss You".  I added a black layer behind both of the sentiments, added liquid glue and tucked the sentiments in place.  For the finishing touch I added 3 Clear Drops from Studio Katia.  I thought they looked like dew on the flowers.




Toodles!
~Kristina

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Clear Drops mix two - Studio Katia
Clear Drops mix two - Studio Katia
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
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Therm O Web Foam Tape
Therm O Web Foam Tape
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Stitched Hexagon dies - Paper Rose
Stitched Hexagon dies - Paper Rose
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Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper
Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper
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A7 Layer dies - Waffle Flower
A7 Layer dies - Waffle Flower
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Silver Brush Black Velvet Round 4
Silver Brush Black Velvet Round 4
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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Build Your Stash Holiday Hop

Hello!  I'm excited to make my very first Christmas card of the year!  Even better, I get to join a linky party for the very first Build Your Stash Holiday Hop.  You can find the details (and prize list!!) and the link up right HERE.  #byshhchristmasinjuly2020


I'm using two different digital stamp sets from Polka Dot Orchard.  They are having an awesome 50% off sale on Christmas/Winter sets.  Plus all other sets are 35% off for a limited time!

I'm using the Poinsettia from Poinsettia Greetings.  You can find that set right HERE.


I sized it to be larger than an A2 size card panel.  I printed it out using my laser printer onto regular copy paper.  Yes.  Regular copy paper.  You see, this wasn't supposed to be a card.  This was a sample I printed out that was laying on my desk.  I had a technique on my mind and I thought I'd just try it out.  And then I just colored the whole thing.  I was so happy with how it turned out I knew I was going to go ahead and figure out how to use it for a project.

The technique is simply to use a standard pencil and a smudging tool to add a hint of a shadow.  This is not my idea at all.  I picked it up from YouTube of course.  My major influences are Amber Rain Davis and Jaycee Gasper.  It's so easy AND satisfying!  I would lightly scribble some pencil in the areas where I wanted the shadows to be.  Then I grabbed a blending stump to smudge it out.  Here's how it turned out!


Obviously copy paper isn't strong enough for a card layer so I glued it onto a piece of cardstock.  I wanted to keep it simple.  I added the yellow at the center of the flower and touches of Gold pen.  I also added random dots with the gold gel pen.  That's it.  I added it onto the black and white patterned paper and then onto a black card base.

The sentiment is from the Holiday Poinsettia set.  I reversed the font color to white.  Then I created a black rectangle in Adobe Illustrator.  I put the white sentiment on top and printed it out.  I added foam tape to the back and added it to the card.

Here is a close up.


I appreciate you stopping by.  I'm off to link my card up to the Build Your Stash Holiday Hop.  Hope to see your cards there!

~Kristina






Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Metallic Alcohol ink slimline cards

Hello and welcome!  The other day I sat down to play with some new goodies.  I recently purchased the newest colors of alcohol inks from Marabu Creative.  They have been just sitting on my desk waiting for me to crack them open.  So...I did!  I used the new metallics and color shifts inks.  I also had a piece of Grafix Opaque Black Craft plastic to try out.

I really just started out for fun.  I wanted to see how the colors looked and moved on the Grafix Opaque black.  Let's take a look shall we?



Aren't they absolutely gorgeous?!  You can find the Grafix Opaque Black craft plastic HERE and the Marabu alcohol inks HERE

I let them dry completely overnight and came back to them the next day.  I happened to have a new die also laying on my desk (sense a theme here?) and I thought let's try it out.  And here is what happened!


If you enlarge the photo above you can see I added texture to some of the foil petals using a stylus.


I love getting two cards out of one piece!  I carefully inlaid all of the cut pieces and added die cut sentiments.  I was pretty pleased for something that started out just as a test piece.

Here they are together.


The die is from Divinity Designs and is called Slimline Flower Petal Background.  I'm glad you popped in today!

~Kristina

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Neenah Solar White
Neenah Solar White
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8x8 Metallic - Confections
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8x8 Metallic - Confections
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8x8 Metallic - Jewels
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8x8 Metallic - Jewels
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40lb Vellum
40lb Vellum
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Bold Thanks Die - Altenew
Bold Thanks Die - Altenew
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To A Dear Friend die - Creative Expressions
To A Dear Friend die - Creative Expressions
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Glitter Cardstock Stack - DCWV
Glitter Cardstock Stack - DCWV
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