Friday, July 27, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #8: Color

Happy End of July! That means it's time for another My Inky Friends Design Challenge! This one is a color challenge chosen by Rhonda.


I love this combination--it is mostly earthy colors after all. Here's my card: 


I saw this technique done by Lou in Australia in a blog hop and I knew I wanted to try it. I have tried some other cards, which you will see next week, and maybe, I'll show it on my next facebook live. I haven't decided yet. 

It's a multi-step process and I learned that watercolor paper works great, but so does Thick Whisper White. I also bought gesso from the local craft store, which is applied after you color the top of the embossed image. The, you scrap it off, emboss the whole panel in clear, and then wash with a watercolor wash. The result--stunning. 

To complete my card, I layered with an Old Olive mat. My sentiment was stamped on the Wood Textures Designer Series paper and punched out with the Everyday Label Punch. 

I hope you are inspired to join My Inky Friends with this Challenge! We'd love to see what you design.



Happy Stamping!
Sara


Thursday, July 26, 2018

No Line Watercoloring: Butterflies and Roses

Stampin' Up! released a video showing how to do no line watercoloring with the new Annual Catalog. I had heard about it from demonstrator friends, but thought, there is no way I can paint without lines. Well, it turns out, it's easy and gives a fabulous look! 


 Purty, right? I used my inspiration from  the other day.


Then, I tried a set with bigger spaces:

 and...

I am in love, love, love! So much so, that I created a video on the technique from my Lily Ink Pad Live this week. 



Basically, you stamp in Sahara Sand as lightly as possible on Watercolor Paper. I achieved that by "stamping off" once or twice to reduce the ink on my stamp. Then, you watercolor, using the faint lines as a guide. I found bigger images create better watercolor spaces and smaller images like the roses help guide each stroke. Letting parts dry between colors also helps. 

Then, I made the pieces I colored into cards--but I wanted them to be simple cards, so that the watercolor was the focal point. I chose Soft Sea Foam as my main coordinating color. I think it's beautiful with the orange tones! I wanted subtle backgrounds, so I tried out my new Big Shot Embossing Pads with a variety of framelits. Basically, these allow you to "emboss" with any framelit! 

I used the Springtime Impressions Thinlits on this pair. One, I used as a framelit and cut out the image and the other (the white one), I embossed. Different, yet beautiful effects. 


The other photographs don't really show the embossing, but I did use the Eclectic Layers Framelits and the Stitched Labels Framelits on them. I guess it's a in-person must see!

As always, I welcome orders if you are so inclined, but no pressure. Just click on the images below to locate products in my online store:


Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

BlacK Ice Technique with Country Roads

No, I'm not talking about Wisconsin's Winter Roads. It's the middle of summer, folks. Instead, I'm talking about a very cool technique that looks hard, but really isn't.



Black Ice is the technique used on the main panel of this card. Basically, you take a Stazon pad and tarnish the Foil Paper, stamp your images, and emboss the entire piece in clear embossing powder. Sounds easy, right? Well, if you need visual, I also edited my facebook live version of this card. 






The Cajun Craze piece of Designer Series Paper is from the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper. The Happy Birthday was stamped on a small piece of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack and punched with the Classic Label Punch. 

My Stazon pad and the stamps didn't always stamp full-darkness, but I really liked the added texture of the blotchy-ness. It make it more rustic. 



Happy Stamping!

Sara

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Origami Triangle Fun Fold Card

The Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper is so cool-looking that it's hard to decide which piece to use in a project. Luckily, this project, you can use any piece of the paper you wish. They'll all look great. 



This card opens in a fun way to reveal the saying inside. 

I used a Melon Mambo base of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 with a 4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White inset. The two Designer Series Paper pieces are 4" x 3". The center white is the largest square from the Stitched Shapes framelits. 

I got my inspiration for the roses from this:


I wanted the butterfly to be Melon Mambo, so the roses needed to both contrast and complement the Designer Series Paper and the Melon Mambo. 

For the flowers, I used the largest flower from the Artistic Impressions Photopolymer Set in Mango Melody as a base. Then, I used Calypso Coral for the medium layer. Finally, I topped it off with the Melon Mambo with the smallest petals. For the leaves, I used Shaded Spruce and Soft Sea Foam. 

I also made a video. This is from a Facebook Live session, so it's pretty hilarious. 




Enjoy!






Happy Stamping!

Sara


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Rainbow of Thanks...

I seem to be in a New In Color Mood this week. I hope you like them!


But, wait, there's more!


I made these for my Virtual Open House and there's a live video on Facebook showing you how I did it. But basically, I used my STAMPARATUS using a technique called the hinge technique. You place the stamp on the plate, ink it, stamp, and then move the plate one hinge spot down. Easy and fun. I first tried the ombre blue, but found I didn't have the ink levels I wanted, so stuck with pure colors -except on the super-special rainbow one. I love that one. Cheerful and easy.

The heart element was from the Stitched Labels Framelit Dies. I just layered them all up! The Designer Series Paper is the 2018-2020 In Color Stack. I love having these "basic" colors around in cool patterns. 



Which color is your favorite?





I love them all. 



Happy Stamping!

Sara

Monday, July 16, 2018

Soda Pop Celebration

I love fun, happy cards!





and this one is certainly fun and happy. It makes me think of summer parties with orange soda when I was a kid! 

Bubble Over is a really fun stamp set to play with. I first stamped the bottles on the Whisper White in Grapefruit Grove and Pineapple Punch. I then used a vellum bottle cut using the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits. I cut the straws using framelits out of the 2018-2020 In Color Designer Series Paper Pack. The Lovely Lipstick labels were cut using a label from the framelits, but I trimmed them a bit. The rest is stamped and cut. The background bubbles were added for some whimsy. 

Such fun. 



Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, July 13, 2018

My Inky Friends Carnival of Colors Blog Hop: Gray Granite

Welcome to the Lily Ink Pad stop of the Carnival of Colors Blog Hop! This month, we are featuring the NEW (and a few returning favorites) colors introduced into the Stampin' Up! Color Families June 1. At each stop, you'll see projects featuring one color. You may have come from Cindy's use of Granny Apple Green or (if backwards looping, from Yapha's Lovely Lipstick). Either way, there are 12 stops in all. Enjoy!



My color is Gray Granite. I chose it because it has a different tone to it than the other grays we have-almost a green, more earthier feeling. 

Card #1:



I love this Follow Your Dreams stamp set with it's coordinating thinlits called Chasing your dreams. Many of the artisans I know who make dreamcatchers add layers and a lot of flair, so I tried to do that on this card. The base is  the Gray Granite  dreamcatcher with the feathers added with Night of Navy. The Highland Heather adds a pop of color with the inner dreamcatcher cut with a thinlit. The center is the star stamped in Gray Granite and then punched with a 1/2" Circle Punch and I added a little Metallic Pearl in the center. I repeated my layers to complete the card. 

Card #2:



Pretty, right? I used the ink in this card- and it seemed dark. I live in the humidity of Wisconsin, with my stamp room in the basement, so my inks are very juicey. This pad was exceptionally so when I opened it. The tree was stamped in full ink and the tree ring was stamped off once so a that the Thinking of You contrasted. But, wait, there's more!

To open, the card, you have to release the thinking of you part to reveal....


the hidden sentiment of Words are Never Enough on the front. Then, You flip the Very Vanilla Layer up to get to the inside, where a personal message can be written. I love this card. The Gray Granite added a subtle tone, different than a Sahara Sand and different than Smokey Gray. So very perfect with the Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove, and Early Espresso. 
Finally, I wanted to share some color combinations, so that you'd be able to see how essential Gray Granite is!
You'll have to click on the image to see the names better. I plan to post this on my Facebook Page and Lily Ink Pad Creators Group. 

Enjoy the rest of the hop! Click on Next to see Yapha's Lovely Lipstick, a bright, fun color or Click Previous to go backwards to Cindy's Granny Apple Green, a vibrant new green. 


Happy Stamping!

Sara

Monday, July 9, 2018

Congratulations, Little Elephant!

Immediately upon looking at the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, I wanted these elephants. Then, I realized they had a coordinating punch---SOLD!


So cute!!!!!

I chose the the new Soft Sea Foam for my base and the banner background. The Elephants are in Mint Macaron, which I am so happy so it's back! The Ruffle on the Whisper White is from the Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Perfect for babies! The twine is from the Nature's Twine Pack, which, again, shows Stampin' Up!'s amazing coordination!

A sweet card for a sweet new baby!


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Follow Your Dreams

I love the use of the Stamparatus to  make cool patterns with stamps and this card showcases that "Wreath" Technique.


My intention was to respect the dream catcher, yet create a card that shows appreciation of the culture of my Menominee students. The wreath around the center dreamcatcher was created using the Stamparatus. I love the colors of this card-soft yet, bright. 



Here is the video of me making the card as part of my online Stamparatus Facebook Live Class.



Here are the supplies I used:



 Happy Stamping!

 Sara

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Tweety Birthday!

A week ago, I held an online class using Facebook Live on called, "What is a Stamparatus and Why Do I Need One?" This was the card I created to showcase the basics. 



I love this set because banners are so much fun. I must be spending a bit too much time in my 8 year old niece's world, because once I started embellishing, I couldn't stop. When I showed it to her, her reaction was, "I love it! Can I make one?" So, I guess it's a great card for that age!


I love these colors together and I didn't even realize that they were colors of the new Glitter Enamel Dots!


Here's the Edited Version of the Facebook Live Video about his card. I was really off my game this night,  so it's a little rough. 



Happy Stamping! Sara

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