Sunday, April 19, 2015

{PP241} Wetlands Watercolor Block Technique

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I am so excited to share my Paper Players card with you today.  First, I'll tell you that I am the hostess for a Clean-and-Simple challenge this week:
Oh how I love the look of watercolor.....but....true watercoloring takes time, patience and skill.  None of which I had much of this week, ha!  That's when I was so excited to learn about watercoloring with an acrylic block and markers!  One of my very talented downline, Pilar, demonstrated this technique at our meeting last week.  She is so artistic and made some lovely cards with this technique.  I couldn't wait to use this technique for today's card:
It's so easy!  I used an acrylic block, size D, and "painted" the block with Baked Brown Sugar, Lost Lagoon, So Saffron, Calypso Coral & Pool Party Stampin' Write markers.  Just swipe the markers right onto the block.  Hold the block about arm's length away and spritz a few times with a Stampin' Spritzer of water.  The marker ink will bead up on the block.  Then "stamp" the block directly onto your paper, press and watch the water blend the colors together.  I will say it takes a few tries to get the hang of how much water to use and your image will be better if you stamp with a piercing mat or similar soft surface under your paper.
I wanted this scene to look like a sunset so I scribbled just a touch of Calypso Coral to the center So Saffron panel.  When the water and ink spread, it gave just the effect I was going for--a watery reflection of the setting sun.  And these little shorebirds--love them!
With my inside image, you can see that you won't have the same effect or blend of colors twice.  This is the same combination of colors but I think I had less water so the ink didn't run as much.  Still gives a cool effect though, doesn't it?

This faux watercolor technique would be a perfect way to join in the fun at The Paper Players this week!  Check out the awesome creations from the rest of the design team for even more inspiration.  We hope you will join us before this challenge ends on Friday, April 24th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today!


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Crazy for Flower Fair {PP240 & FMS181}

Hey there friends!  Wow, what a crazy week it's been.....and here we are back at a Paper Players Sunday.  Joanne is our fabulous hostess this week with a beautiful, springtime color challenge:
Can you imagine a crafting world without Coastal Cabana?  Oh my, but it's true!  Coastal Cabana and this whole trio of colors will retire with the introduction of the new SU catalog on June 3rd.  Whaaaaa!  Joanne was so clever to give us a challenge using all three of these beauties!  I combined them with the fab sketch from the uber-talented Jen Mitchell over at Freshly Made Sketches:
There are a few people, hi Mom!, who will be shocked at me embracing a TILTED sketch but there you have it...I really liked this one!
Because this was a card for Freshly Made Sketches, I wanted to keep it clean and uncluttered.  Because this is Jen M's sketch, I wanted to try big pops of color that she does so well....and because this is Joanne's challenge, I wanted to do something bold with the colors--also something she does well.  So what do you think?  This is my Jen-Joanne channeling card, LOL.  I know they will get a kick out of that!  Anyway, not much to 'splain here except  that yes, I did use my sewing machine to stitch around the center panel and I was really happy when I was able to change mid-stitch to a zig-zag pattern!  I thought that was a fun detail that emphasized the tilted panel.
Here's a close-up so you can see the fussy-cut layer of the flower.  To give the word die a little more strength and stability, I layered two pieces of Basic Black cardstock together before running it through the Big Shot.  Worked like a charm and gave me a nice thick sentiment.
I wanted to use the challenge colors again on the inside but didn't want to take my predictable route of using the same stamp on the inside.  Since this card is headed to my mother and father-in-law in Wisconsin, I put together the appropriate sentiments from Crazy About You with a little birdie to remind them of us in Florida!

Do pop over to The Paper Players and check out the awesome creations from the rest of the design team.  We hope you will join us before this challenge ends on Friday, April 17th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today!

The Paper Players Design Team
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Die-Cut Work of Art {PP239}

Hi there friends and Happy Easter!  Even though it's a holiday, it's still Sunday and that means another challenge at The Paper Players.  This week, the fabulous Jaydee has a theme challenge for us:
I have to admit...this one stumped me for a little while.  Hmmm, what do to with a die-cut?  I like to try and show something a bit different in my projects for the Design Team so I thought on it a bit. When I saw the bright and happy colors this week at the colourQ, I knew just what to do.  First the colors:
and here's my card:
I had a lot of fun making this one!  I began with a 3.75" x 5" piece of Whisper White that I stamped with the Work of Art stamp set in the challenge colors (substituting Coastal Cabana for Cool Caribbean which I don't own).  I placed the "happy" framelit right over my stamped image and cut it out.  Next, I cut out several more "happy" pieces and stacked them all together.  Tiny drops of Tombow multi-adhesive helped build my stack.


A little tip...before I ran the framelit through my Big Shot, I used Fast Fuse to glue two scrap pieces of Whisper White together and then cut out the word.  Two layers of cardstock gave me a nice thick shape similar to coaster board.  I only had to run a few more passes of the double-layer cardstock through to get the desired result.  I ended up with 4 layers of double thickness to which I added the piece I cut from the stamped image on top.  
With my stack complete, I carefully fit it back into the negative space from the die-cut.  I had the little left-over bits as well and popped those back into their appropriate spots so that there wouldn't be any negative space left for the black base layer to show through.
I'm sure that the rest of the Design Team have some fabulous works of art to share with you...please stop by The Paper Players and take a look.  I hope I've inspired you to look at your dies and framelits in a new way and will consider joining us at The Paper Players before the challenge closes on Friday, April 10th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today!
edited 4/5/15: at the suggestion of my teammate, Joanne James, I am also linking my card up to the sketch challenge at Create with Connie & Mary.  I always love playing along with them and my card matches this week's sketch pretty closely--I must have been channeling the CCMC team!
 
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