Sunday, February 7, 2016

Various Ink Background - Tutorial

My buddy Zoe told me about an watercolor class that she was taking.  i thought I too would give it a try.  I hadn't watercolored since a brief encounter with college.  I found that I am very impatient and had a hard time waiting for the paint to dry, literally!  It got me thinking...what if I did a similar technique using Copic Various Ink refills.  I had to change up some of the process but loved the results.  Zoe recommended trying some lighter colored Various Inks saying  I could possibly get a more watercolor-like look.  Next time I will give it a try but in the mean time I thought I would share my process in making these cards.

Supplies Needed:
WaterColor Paper (cold press 140 LB)
Stamp block about card size (or nonstick craft mat)
Different Various Ink Refills (BG06 YG25 B26 RV66)
Mini Mister with Blender Solution
Stencil (Heart stencil)

Set the stamp block on scrap paper to contain any mess that might potentially happen to any artist.
Using Various Ink refill colors of your choice put random a drop or two all over the block.  The ink will slowly pool together.  Make sure you do not use colors that may tend to get muddy looking when combined unless that is the look you want to achieve.

Now get out your Blender Filled mister bottle (make sure you aim it toward the block and not your face...been there done that).  Generously spritz the ink on the block and then carefully lay your watercolor paper on the blog to soak up the ink.  After a few moments remove the watercolor paper and set the block aside.   Take a look at your inked piece of art and decide which direction you would like to use it for your card.  You will want it to completely dry before the next step (which shouldn't take long).

Lay your inked creation on the scrap paper and lay down a stencil on top of it.  Using the mister filled with Blending Solution spritz of the top.  Once you have spritzed it once let it completely dry and repeat.  Do this 3 or 4 times until the stenciled shapes stand out.  You can now remove the stencil.  *note - tape down the stencil if you feel you might move it during this process.

Your creation is complete.  Now its time to whip up a card.  

For finishing card:
Multiple Cardstock mats
A chipboard sentiment (MakeItCrafty)
Black (100) Copic marker

Choose a sentiment.  I chose a chipboard sentiment from MakeItCrafty.   (You could also use a die or even emboss something). 

 I colored my chipboard using a black (100).  The WiNK's also color very nicely on chipboard.  Using the X-Press IT fine glue pen I adhered the chipboard to the card front.  You can layer your card as desired.  I do like to pop up the front of the card to add dimension using foam tape.  Here is a closeup of the completed cards.


Jennifer Dove

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Pocket Full

I have to admit DT member Cassandra did a pocket card and I loved it so much I had to copy...everyone gets inspired from somewhere or someone.  I can't wait to make this card again and again.  So quick and simple using the Pocket Background stamp.  This is one of the newest releases from DoveArt Studios.

Another fun card for February class.
B91 B95 B97

Friday, February 5, 2016

See Through...Kinda

So the next challenge is up at MakeItCrafty and this one is not so easy.  "Transparent" is hard to do.   I am not completely satisfied with the outcome of this but it was fun to do and I will have to play more another time.  The bubbles don't have the round thick look I wanted.   Maybe you can find a tiny bit of inspiration from it anyway.   I do love the mermaid from MIC.

I colored this image about 8 months ago and just added the water so I do not know her colors but the water was BG0000 BG000 B00 B01 BG10

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rest Your Soul

So here is the deal...I have an overabundance of crafting supplies (most of us do).  When my mother asked me if I wanted some pieces of a hornets nest (hornets not included) I said "well yes I do but put it in an envelope cause I need to hide it from the husband".  Now don't get me wrong, he is very supportive of my craft...but hornet paper, really?  What the heck are you gonna do with that?  Well...let me tell you...

...use it on a card...duh!  I decided  to use one of the new releases from CCDesigns Rubber Stamp "Young Fawn" by DoveArt studios.  I wanted both a hard and soft look to it so I used cheese cloth and a pearl pen for the soft look and hornets nest, tree bark and stick for the hard look. 

I don't think this card will do well to be mailed, so I guess it will have to sit on a shelf to be looked at.

Log E55 E57 E79
Grass YG91 YG93 YG97
Fawn E40 E41 E42 E43 E44
Leaves: G82 G24 G29
Flowers Y00 B21 B63 B66
Rock C1 C3 C5 C7

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Feeding Time

Here is one of the NEW RELEASE stamp from LDRS Creative.  It is called Feeding Time.  I did a more simple card so that the stamp stands out.  The sentiment was perfect for this card.  I love birds and get pleasure watching them daily in my back yard.  This image is just a little reminder of all things beautiful.

These stamps are shipping NOW!