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I Brake For …..Nature

Hello stampers and welcome to Wednesday and I Brake For Stamps.  Today I have a card that uses a beautiful sentiment paired with papers and embellishments.

This sentiment really speaks to me. Have you ever been somewhere so beautiful and find yourself simply at a loss for words?  It can be a majestic place like the Grand Canyon or something as simple as looking at a rainbow.  Whatever it is, it just makes you stop and enjoy the moment and be amazed at the miracles that nature provides.  My husband and I have had the pleasure of traveling, much of it in the US, as well as overseas and our favorite trips were those where we’ve witnessed the beauty of nature.   And at home each year when our lemon tree starts to bloom I love just standing by it and taking in  the sweet fragrance it gives off.  Like perfume for the backyard those delicate white blooms let me know spring has arrived. I’m sure those of you with gardens are rewarded with the sights and smells of nature each year.

Now – on to the card…..I pulled out a bunch of patterned paper for this one.  Lots of layers!  The frame and flowers are die cuts.

The sentiment Nature, found here, was stamped in a dark rose ink on white paper.  Before putting everything together I felt it needed some “bling” and found a pack of pearls in my stash and  thought it would work well with the design.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you can take the time this spring and summer to enjoy the beauty of nature!

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I Brake For….Flower Background

Hello stampers!  Welcome to another Wednesday showcasing the lovely stamps from I Brake For Stamps.  Here is my spring card…

The image is called Large Flower Background and measures 3 1/8 x 4.5.  It can be found at the IBFS store here.  Now, I had another completely different card in mind for this stamp…until I stamped it.  I saw how pretty the design was and thought it would make a wonderful focal point for a card.  I did not want to cover this pretty background with another image!!

I stamped it with Peeled Paint distress ink and colored the leaves and flowers with copics.  It really took no time at all to do this.  I paired the image with some digi papers  –  yellow in the background and striped paper in blue, green and yellow.  The sentiment is computer generated and cut out with a stitched circle die.  Just a little blue ribbon was added for an accent.

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Thanks for stopping by today!

clean and simple wildflowers

Hello stamping friends!  Just popping in here to show a quick, clean and simple card I made today.

This came together so quickly – it actually took me longer to find the stamps than to make the card!  The stamps are mostly from Papertrey with one image from Starving Artistamps.  They were stamped with memento inks on watercolor paper.  I went back and forth trying to decide whether or not to add bling, more color, ribbon, etc.  In the end I just wanted something clean and simple.  This card design can be replicated easily and used for a variety of occasions by just changing the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will check back here on Wednesday – I have a pretty spring card to show!

 

Watercolor background with copics – – card #2

Edited:  The video tutorial for this can be found on the post HERE.

Hello friends! I’m so glad you stopped by today.  In the previous post I showed how I made a “Watercolored” background using copic alcohol ink with colorless blender and another with  regular rubbing alcohol.  The card I made from that post was created using the background made with the colorless blander.  Today’s card is made with sample that used the rubbing alcohol to make the background.  As I stated in the previous post using plain rubbing alcohol changes the color slightly.  The use of colorless blender tends to keep the color true – in that case it was a rich blue.  Using rubbing alcohol the color changed to purple hues.  It still came out great and here is the card I made.

I selected textured light purple cardstock from Bazzill to coordinate with the background.  Now, while these flowers are paperwhites, there is nothing in the world of creativity that says you have to stick with traditional colors!  I stamped the image again and colored three of the blooms –  I chose copic markers in the Y range (Y02, Y08, Y15, Y17, Y38, with just a touch of YR18 for shading).  Once I finished coloring I cut them out and popped them up over the original image.  Here is a closer look.

And I found the perfect yellow/orange satin ribbon in my stash.  I’ll add a sentiment later when I determine the recipient and occasion.

And since this is a winter bloom, I’m taking part in Power Poppy’s challenge this month – details can be found HERE.

Thanks again for stopping by today and I hope you will do your own experiments with different markers.

Watercolor Gate and testing watercolor paper

A few days ago we woke up to temperatures in the 20’s but today it is in the mid 70’s!  That’s how it is in northwest Florida. And because of the beautiful temperatures I am still in springtime mode with watercoloring.

I am really such a beginner at watercoloring, and while stamps help I struggle to control the water, often ending up with just blobs of color.  My craft room contains many different brushes, several different brands of watercolor paint and a variety of watercolor paper.  All range from the very cheap to the more expensive.  The biggest impact in helping me do better however is the type of watercolor paper.  I’ve found that the better quality paper will allow better control of the colors and blending.  Here is my unscientific test of two brands of watercolor paper.

The stamps are all from Art Impressions.  I used the same stamps, same brand of water based markers (although in slightly different colors) but two different watercolor papers. Here is what I used – the unfinished card on the left uses Artist Touch, the finished card on the right uses Saunders.

Artist Touch Watercolor (the small blue tablet) – 140 lb weight cold press made in China.  Twelve 4 x 6 sheets for $2 at Hobby Lobby (before coupons, taxes etc). Aside from the price I choose this because it is a nice bright white color and most watercolor papers are more off white.

Saunders Waterford – 140 lb cold press, 100% cotton made in England.  A block of twenty 12 x 9 sheets for about $30 at Dick Blick. I purchased this based on the recommendation from an online watercolor class I took.

The results?  While I like the bright white of the Artist Touch paper, I found it difficult to work with.  Even the smallest amount of water would spread the color around quickly.  I ended up throwing away two pieces before I was able to get one I was reasonable happy with. I was able to work much longer with color with the Saunders paper.  The card on the right with the Saunders paper was my first try – so there was no waste.

About the cost…while the Saunders paper is more expensive, let me break it down to what it costs for a 4 x 6 piece.  The Artist Touch paper breaks down to about $.17 per 4 x 6 sheet.  With Saunders, breaking down the price of the block of twenty 12 x 9 sheets works out to about $.38 per 4 x 6 piece.  While Saunders ends up being about double, I think $.38 for a card front is well worth it.  And I had no waste when I used this brand.

Now, I think the less expensive brands have a place in my craft room – I will use them for practicing and testing colors.  I also like using watercolor paper as card bases and using the cheaper versions will work just fine for this purpose.

Thanks for stopping by today.