Celebrate Today and Every Day

I was feeling very zen as I left an early morning yoga class. The neighborhood was still and quiet. It’s been raining here off and on for days (weeks actually). When I stepped out of the door of the yoga studio, the sun was shining and the air was crisp and clear. The first thought in my head was:

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad.

I’m not particularly religious, so on the one hand it was startling that a Bible verse would come to mind. And yet, with all that is going on in the world, it felt good to take a moment to find beauty, rejoice, and be glad.

My new found zen inspired me to combine a stencil, stamp, and sentiment that have been sitting unused in my stash for quite some time. I stenciled the background with Distress Inks – Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, and Mustard Seed. While the stencil was still in place, I applied a layer of transparent matte texture paste.

Rowhouse Greetings | Yoga Yolanda by Art Impressions

After coloring and fussy cutting the image, I attached it to the card with foam adhesive squares (I use Thin 3-D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives). However, the squares do not adhere well to texture paste. So I applied a little liquid glue to each of the foam squares to ensure that they bond to the background.

That’s all for now. Go celebrate today and everyday!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Neenah Solar White #80
Stamps: Yoga Yolanda by Art Impressions; Pretty Phrases by Paper Smooches
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black; Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, and Tumbled Glass
Stencil: Glorious Petal Stencil by Hero Arts
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Transparent Matte Texture Paste by Ranger
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, E93, V20 (skin); Y15, Y19, Y38 (hair); B000, B00, B02, V20 (leotard); V20 (shoes & socks)

Leaf Burst Stencil by Altenew

Altenew Educator Certification ProgramGood morning friends! I’m off to a rocky start today. I just broke my glasses so everything is a little blurry right now. So please excuse any typos! Hopefully my project photo is in focus!

I’m back today with my first project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program Level I classes. This project is based on a variation of Lesson Two in the Celebration: Stencil Techniques class. My project features Altenew’s Leaf Burst Stencil and Halftone Hello stamp and die set. I began by stenciling the leaf design on watercolor paper with Distress Inks. Then I applied transparent glossy embossing paste through the stencil which slightly mutes the colors of the Distress Ink. I purposely offset the sentiment and die cut to the right so that they would not distract from the central part of the stenciled design.

I’m not quite ready to let go of warm weather so I decided to use lighter spring colors instead of the golds, browns, and oranges that characterize fall. Besides, this is one of my favorite Distress Ink combinations. I also love using embossing paste for the extra texture and dimension it adds to a card design.

Rowhouse Greetings | Leaf Burst Stencil by Altenew

To create the stenciled image:

  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4 inches x 5.25 inches.
  2. Tape the Leaf Burst Stencil to the watercolor paper, offset to the left.
  3. Working from the center outward, blend Distress Inks through the stencil in the following order: Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio, Shabby Shutters, and Mowed Lawn.
  4. With the stencil still in place, apply an even coat of Ranger Texture Paste (transparent gloss) with a palette knife. The texture paste will appear milky in color but will dry clear and glossy.
  5. Carefully remove the stencil. Rinse the stencil and palette knife to remove any remaining texture paste.
  6. Set the stenciled image to the side to dry for at least 30 minutes.

To create the sentiment:

  1. Cut a piece of vellum 5/8 inch x 5 inches.
  2. Stamp the sentiment on the vellum using Ranger Archival Ink. Allow to dry.
  3. Stamp the Hello image using Ranger Archival Ink. Cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.
  4. Die cut the Hello image and glue to vellum strip.

To complete the card:

  1. Adhere vellum strip with sentiments to card, wrapping edges of vellum around the edges of card.
  2. Glue a piece of craft foam (cut to 3.75 inches x 5 inches) to the back of the stenciled image. I use craft foam rather than foam tape because it provides even support across the entire card.
  3. Glue image layer to a top folding card base.

That’s all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you find some inspiration in the simplicity of this project.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Canson 140# Watercolor Paper; White Vellum by Bazzill
Stamp: Halftone Hello by Altenew
Die: Halftone Hello Die by Altenew
Stencil: Leaf Burst Stencil by Altenew
Inks: Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Embellishments: Ranger Texture Paste – Transparent Gloss

New Class – Fall Friends! November 10 & 15, 2017 – Photo Scraps featuring My Favorite Things

Join me at Photo Scraps for a Copic coloring/stenciling class featuring the Fall Friends stamp set from My Favorite Things.  In this workshop, you’ll complete three cards, each utilizing a different stenciling technique. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Details are below. Seats are limited, so sign up today! CLASS FEE $34 (includes stencil to be used in class)

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Road | Eldersburg, MD 21784
phone: 410-549-5187 | web: http://photoscraps.blogspot.com
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, OR
Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Please call Photo Scraps at 410-549-5187 to register.

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Fall Friends by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)
Rowhouse Greetings | BB Fall Friends by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)
Rowhouse Greetings | BB Fall Friends by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)
COPIC MARKERS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification.

PLEASE NOTE: Markers will NOT be supplied either by me or Photo Scraps. You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact Photo Scraps in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • BV20: Dull Lavendar
  • V20: Wisteria
  • Y32: Cashmere
  • Y35: Maize
  • Y38: Honey
  • YG01: Green Bice
  • YG03: Yellow Green
  • YG17: Grass Green
  • BG11: Moon White
  • BG15: Aqua
  • BG23: Coral Sea
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E00: Cotton Pearl
  • E31: Brick Beige
  • 0: Colorless Blender

OTHER SUPPLIES:

  • Palette knife (either metal or plastic)
  • 2 ink blending tools and clean foam refills (such as Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools / Foam Refills OR Nuvo Blending Sponges)
  • Distress Inks: Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber
  • iCraft Purple Tape (or other repositionable tape for holding stencil in place)
  • Liquid glue that dries clear (such as Connect Glue by Gina K. Designs or Ranger Multi Medium Matte)
  • Foam tape squares (such as Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3-D Squares)
  • Scissors

OPTIONAL: Please bring a craft mat if you have one (i.e. the Tim Holtz or Tonic glass mats or a non-stick craft mat).

2018 Card Design Superstar – Clean and Simple

Good afternoon! I had a design idea bouncing around in my head this morning so I decided to create a second card for the 2018 Card Design Superstar Contest at My Favorite Things. I’m posting this project in the category for Clean and Simple Genius.

Rowhouse Greetings | Gnome Me by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

For this project, I chose one of the images from the Gnome Me stamp set which I paired with a retired MFT die and a sentiment from MFT’s Aim for the Clouds stamps set. The second die used for the yellow strip is one that I received as a free gift from MFT for placing an order last month. I added a few dew drops from Honey Bee Stamps – this is my new favorite embellishment!

This will be my last post of the day (promise!). There’s a basket of laundry calling my name and I have to get ready for my class tomorrow at Queen’s Ink so time to put crafting aside for now.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Bazzill Basics in Mexican Poppy and Devil Red; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things; Aim for the Clouds by My Favorite Things
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Dies: Die-namics You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things; Die-namics Friend [retired] by My Favorite Things; Essential Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics by My Favorite Things
Embellishments: Honey Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, E97, BV20 (skin); C00, C1 C3 (beard); R32, R35, R39, R46 (hat); B18, B24, (pants); V20, 0 (shirt); Y19 (buttons); T6 (suspenders & boots); B18, B21, B24 (flower pot); B01, BV01, YG07, YG09, RV63, Y19 (flowers)

2018 Card Design Superstar – Coloring Virtuoso

Happy Monday! Today I’m posting my entry for the 2018 Card Design Superstar Contest at My Favorite Things. I’m entering this project in the category for Coloring Virtuoso.

Over the past few months, I’ve been incorporating stencils into my card designs. The Cloud Stencil from MFT Stamps is one of my favorites and I’ve used it in other projects. To create the background, I blended Distress Oxide Inks in Peeled Paint and Twisted Citron, adding  a little Antique Linen to help make the transition between the land and sky. I stenciled the clouds with Tumbled Glass, turning the stencil to add variety to the cloud formations. When I got to the top of the card, I lightly blended Faded Jeans over the top clouds to make the sky appear a bit stormy.

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Puddle Jumper by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

I decided to use BB Puddle Jumper as the main image. I’ve colored this one before so I felt confident that I could pull the central image together quickly. For the sentiment, I grabbed a retired stamp set out of my stash – I Love You More by MFT Stamps. I wanted a sentiment that had some impact, but would not cover up the stenciled clouds. I used Brutus Monroe embossing ink and Gilded embossing powder to add a little sunshine to my design. I added one of the ducklings from BB Rain or Shine to balance out the design.

That’s all for now! Hope I’ve inspired you to pick up your markers and color today. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: BB Puddle Jumper by My Favorite Things; BB Rain or Shine by My Favorite Things; I Love You More [retired] by My Favorite Things
Dies: Die-namics BB Puddle Jumper by My Favorite Things
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink; Ranger Distress Oxides in Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, and Faded Jeans
Stencil: Cloud Stencil by My Favorite Things
Embellishments: Ultra Fine Embossing Powder in Gilded by Brutus Monroe; Fairy Sparkle Sequins by 28 Lilac Lane
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, E93, V20 (skin); E50, E55, E57 (hair); B91, B93, B95, B97 (jacket & boots); Y11, YG01, YG03, YG06, YG07 (umbrella); Y02, Y15, Y19, Y38, YR04 (duckling)