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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Killer Halloween Frank

Hello. I spent the afternoon shopping for Halloween costume fabric with my daughters yesterday so I guess I am still in a Halloween mood.

I loved watching the old black and white horror movies with my Mom when I was a kid so today I tried to color with image like it stepped out of one of those movies. Although Frank is far to cute to be that scary.

I colored him with 3 families of gray Copic markers. I even used a Copic marker to color the edges of the matching mats. The spider web strip was left over from my witch card I posted a few days ago.

Copics used:
Skin-C2, C3
Boots & bolt-N4, N5
Clothes-W3, W5, with C2 under and over it.
Then I used a C00 to color over all the white space on the image, sentiment and spider web piece.

Supplies used:
Bride of Frank-sentiment
Entanglement-border strip

Monday, September 23, 2019

You Say Witch....

Hello all. Just stopping by to share a really quick card I made this afternoon.

Unity Stamp Co has a line of stamps called Angie Girls. I adore them. They also have a ton of witch stamps which I also adore. So Esmerelda Girl is perfect for me.

I stamped her off to the side on an A2 size piece of card stock and colored her up. I trimmed that down so it was 1/8" smaller on all four sides. She looked like she was missing something so I smudged Distress Oxide ink in Hickory Smoke around her.  The web came from a wonderful border/background stamp. I just cut some of the pieces out and arranged a couple of them so they were popped up on the edge.

Colors used
Dress- R37, R39, RV69
Straw broom-YR23, Y15, E25
Hair-E44, E47
Belt-YR23, Y15, silver colored pencil
Skin- E00, E11

Stamps Used
Entanglement-border background stamp

Friday, September 20, 2019

I Think You're Special Flower Card

Hello. I wanted to make a quick card with a delicate feel today. I think this has just the feel I was going for.

Each part was colored with just one Copic marker. I waited for it to dry and then I used the same marker color to add some shading. Really quick and easy. I stamped the sentiment and then die cut the panel with one of my favorite dies. I mounted it flat on an A2 card blank.

Copic Colors used:
White flower center- BG10
Darker Pink flower-RV00
Lighter Pink Flower-RV91
Flower center-Y00
Shadow/outline-B0000 and C00

Supplies used:
Every Single Day-flower & sentiment

Here are some older cards I have made with this stamp set. You can get some really different looks just by changing up how you color it. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Matching Boots and Hat Halloween card

Hello everyone. I am super excited to share this card. As soon as I saw this Halloween set show up on Polka Dot Orchard digital stamps, I knew I had to buy it.

I spent an hour learning how to use Photoshop Elements just so I could combine the boots and hat exactly how I wanted. Bonus that I learned enough to draw in the basic floor lines also.

Are these not the cutest witch boots you have ever seen? I know my coloring didn't do them justice so I will be trying again. I can see them in all the Halloween colors.

I started in Photoshop Elements by layering the boots and hat and adding the sentiment. I decided it looked like they had been tossed down by a tired witch so I used the draw tool to draw in lines for the baseboard and flooring. I then searched the internet for a free spider web graphic in a .png file and added that to the wall.  I used this tutorial to color the flooring. Copic Wood Texture Tutorial

I wanted the walls to have and aged, dirty look so I used this image from the internet for my inspiration. I colored them with Copic markers but it might have been easier to use some Distress inks and blending.

Copics used:
Floor: E13, E35, E37, E59
Baseboard: E41, E71, E44
Trim on boots & hat: V20, V22, V25 and gold metallic Prismacolor pencil
Main color of boots & hat: C4, C5, C6, C7
Wall: G20, YG61, YG63 and E42. Lots of layering.

Digital stamp set used:
Best Witches-boots, hat and sentiment
Free spider web from the internet.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Wrapped Around My Finger-mummy

I had to have the Halloween Cuddlebug stamps by Tierra Jackson that Unity Stamp Co just came out with. I love the Cuddlebugs to begin with and these are simply adorable. I love that several of them have sentiments that can be used for other things besides Halloween. This mummy is the perfect example

Isn't he the cutest. I colored everything with Prismacolor pencils. I used the warm grays for the mummy and the background. The spider is the darkest cool gray and the outline was sepia. Everything was blended with Gamsol. The sentiment is stamped in Archival Distress Hickory Smoke.

I really wanted to make a mummy wrap background for this image. I took my cue from his wrap and just used a fine tip pen to draw some lines. I used the same warm gray pencils and Gamsol to color it in. I made the edge a bit curvy and cut along it so that it was slightly smaller than an A2 card.

Last week, I made a card using the Count. He is just has fun and versatile as the mummy.

My friend Echo makes the most amazing cards and I had to use her Distress Oxide blended background and make one of my own for the Count. I just used a circle die to make a mask for the circle.  Distress Oxides used: Fossilized Amber, Stormy Skies, Black Soot.
Copics used:
cape-All over with C3, then I used BV23 and BV 25 over that. 
Clothes-C4, C5, C7
Frog & bottle YG06, YG11 & C3 over all the frog first.

Supplies used:

Blue Flower Happy Birthday

Hello everyone. I hope you got a chance to hop along with the Friends of Unity Blog post found here. I do have a prize I will be giving away.

Today's card is a a pretty quick one to make. I have been having a creative lull so I went to my Pinterest Card inspiration board to see if I could find some inspiration. I combined some layering and color ideas for a couple of cards I saw there.

I started with an A2 size piece of card stock and stamped a script background stamp with Distress Oxide in Pumice Stone. I took and mandala stamp and stamped over that in the same color. I sprayed the whole thing with water and laid a paper towel over it to pick up some of the color. I cut the white panel with a stitched rectangle die after it was dry and mounted it on a black piece of card stock. I wrapped a piece of black organza ribbon around it and mounted the whole piece to an A2 card blank.

I stamped the flower on another piece of white card stock and colored it with my Copics. I distressed the edges with the same Pumice Stone ink and matted it in black. I adhered that off center on the card base. I distressed and matted the sentiment the same way.  I think the whole card took about 20 minutes but it has great texture and interest.

Copics used:
Flower-B93, B95, B97

Stamps used:
Lots of Love-script background
Be Unstoppable-sentiment

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Friends of Unity September Blog Hop

Hello everyone. I am so very excited to be joining the Friends of Unity Blog hop. I have enjoyed them for so long and am beyond happy that I was asked to hop with them.

This months theme is Autumn Colors.

I love the colors of Autumn. I grew up in the hills of West Virginia and the fall colors were spectacular. It's one of the things I miss the most about my home state.

I had a few card ideas but I have had this project I have wanted to do for a long time so I decided to use this as an opportunity to step a bit out of my comfort zone and use my Unity stamps in a new way.

I had these flat 3" canvases that I have been wanting to turn into fridge magnets for a very long time. I used some cheap Artist Loft acrylic paint tubes that I picked up from Michael's and painted each one a different color. Then I dry brushed Raw Umber over these. While I had my brush full of Raw Umber, I brushed it over some white card stock so I could stamp sentiments on it later.

I grabbed my Copic swatch book and tried to match up some colors to the paints. I love this flower. It is from Unity's set Be Unstoppable by Graciellie Designs.  I fussy cut them out, popped them up on foam tape and placed some neutral colored twine between them and the canvases. I used 3 different Unity sets for the sentiments I added. 

I used this image from Pinterest for my color combos on the magnets and the card below.

I wanted to be sure to make a card as well. The first thing I thought about was blending Distress Oxides so that is what I did.

I started with a piece of white card stock that was bigger than an A2 size card so I could trim it down and have the edges not have the ink built up on them.  I ripped a piece of the wider purple tape in half and placed them slightly apart on the card stock. I blended the green first and then moved the tape so one piece covered the green and the other piece left a similar space and then I blended the yellow. I just kept moving the tape until I had done the orange, red and then the brown. I pulled the tape off used a much lighter yellow on the rest of the card.

I took the lovely Graciellie Designs set from Unity Stamp Co called Obsessively Grateful. I quickly ran a heat tool over the blended oxides because I wanted to use embossing power on the rest of the stamping. Make sure to use a powder tool also. I stamped the middle leaf and the word Fall and heat embossed them in black. I added the other to leaves and did the same. The word Beautiful came from a set of wood pieces Unity sold a while ago. I dabbed the red oxide on it and then Versamark ink and clear embossing powder to make it shiny. I punched a leaf 4 times and glued them together and blended the red and green on it and then embossed it with clear powder as well.

Be sure to check out the rest of the hop. There are some awesome giveaways with this hop, including one from me to celebrate my first month hopping with the Friends of Unity Blog Hop. Be sure to comment on each blog to have your name entered in the drawing. The winners will be announced during next months blog hop.

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Supplies use:
Free Your Dreams (May2017 kit of the month)-Hello sentiment
Hug-smile sentiment
Owl I do Say-Enjoy the Day sentiment
Copic Combos-red R29, R39, R89
Orange-YR27, E07, E08, E09
Yellow-Y23, YR23, YR24
Leaves-YG63, YG67
Artist Loft Acrylic paints in Crimson Red, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre

Obsessively Grateful-leaves and fall
Distress Oxides in fired brick, brushed corduroy, scattered straw, forest moss, fossilized amber, carved pumpkin.
Black and Clear embossing powder