Wednesday, September 30, 2020

WWC291 - Fifth Week Anything Goes Challenge

Summer technically just ended but I have one more card with the summery colors I love.  I had a scrap of striped background left from a card I made a few weeks ago that was too pretty to throw away so I made it into a card for Watercooler Wednesday's Anything Goes Challenge.  I think bright and happy always works for birthdays.  The background uses the same colors as the striped panel.






Here is a link if you would like to see the original card I made with the watercolor panel.

I am also playing along at:

Supplies Used:
Jillibean Soup Enjoy sentiment
Distress Inks

UPDATE:  I was so pleased to see my card recognized as a Top Pick at Make My Monday Use Your Scraps!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen








Sunday, September 27, 2020

Finding and Incorporating Inspiration Into Your Project

Hello, hello and welcome!  Today I am blogging about a fascinating class I took at Altenew Academy called Mission Inspiration. Nicole Watt was our instructor and instead of focusing on technique, this class was all about finding inspiration for our creations.  

For this post I wanted to use a combination of color and layout inspiration for my cards.  I envisioned a trio layout with color selection coming from Pinterest.  Nicole had great ideas for searching for "color combos" and I found this quite fun! I also decided to work on staging and styling my photographs and I am pleased with the result.


I loved the graphic below and used the red, orange, citronella green and teal as the color inspiration for my card. 



I hand inked the background because I thought the result was more vibrant than the colored card stock I tried first. The center of the flower is a fun enamel dot.




The second card is very similar but I used three flowers from the same stamp set and a different color inspiration graphic.

Here is the inspiration swatch for my second card.

Again, I ink blended the background and then colored the blooms in melon and pink.  The centers are enamel dots which adds a fun detail to the card.
Here are the cards together and I think they are a bright and happy duo.  Inspiration is everywhere and I will be drawing on these six classes as I create in the future.

Altenew Products Used: Link Here

Altenew Doodle Blooms

Altenew Pinstripe (sentiment)

Altenew New Day Enamel Dots

Altenew Jet Black Crisp Die Ink

Altenew Envelope Variety Pack


I am also playing along with:

As You Like It "Bright or Pastel"  I almost always go with bright on my cards because I love bold colors.  :-)

Thank you for stopping by!

Karen

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

WWC290 - Michelle's Challenge: All About Occasions

Hello, hello...so glad you stopped by!  This week we are making occasion cards at Watercooler Wednesday and I was in the mood to do some fun coloring.  This card was very relaxing and therapeutic to make.  I've wanted this stamp for a while and finally took the plunge and placed an order at Taylored Expressions. 


Supplies Used:

Taylored Expressions Create in Color Background stamp

Hello Bluebird Rainbow Script stamp sentiment

Altenew New Day Enamel Dots

23 Copic marker colors!


Hope to see you back soon,

Karen


Monday, September 21, 2020

Altenew Academy Watercolor 101

Hello, hello and welcome!  I was so pleased to learn that I passed the Altenew Academy Level 2 Final and can now begin working on Level 3 courses!  For my first level 3 class I chose to take Artist's Watercolor 101 taught by Emily Midgett.  It may be my favorite class to date!  Emily's explanations and demonstrations are excellent and so easy to follow.  I had so much fun during this class that I included two cards in this blog post encompassing three of Emily's lessons.

I watercolored the lotus using techniques in we learned in Lesson 2:  Basic Watercoloring and the background is from Lesson 3:  Ombre Backgrounds. I chose to use the lotus stamp because the "sketched lines" help indicate where the shadow should go.  
My Process:

I wanted to use fall colors so I started by heat embossing the bloom with chocolate brown embossing powder. Emily taught us to slightly elevate the panel and then slowly build layers of color starting at the inked lines and then pulling the color out with a damp brush.  The watercolors were fairly diluted.  I started with yellow, then moved to orange, then scarlet and then a more concentrated scarlet in the deepest shadows.  The first layers should have with widest application of color and each new layer should stay closer to the inked lines.

Keys to Remember:  
  1. In the past, I think I've had too much water on my brush. Emily showed us that if you dab your brush on a stamp shammy you will have the correct amount of water.  This really helped me.
  2. Use fairly diluted watercolors.
  3. Keep the tip of the brush pointing away from you. Rotate the paper and use the slant of the board to move the paint.
  4. Remember to let each layer dry before beginning on the next layer.


I wanted a coordinating background so I used the same colors that I used to paint the lotus.  I taped the watercolor panel to a board to reduce warping, elevated the board and then started painting at the top with a #12 brush.  We learned to put darker color at the top and then pull the color down with a damp brush. Keep adding color and then maneuvering the color around with a damp brush.  Flip the board, skip an area and then add the third color then pull the color toward with scarlet.  Pull color down and push the middle color up.  Continue adding layers of color and keep blending.  I die cut the lotus, heat embossed a sentiment on cocoa card stock, assembled with foam tape and added some buttercream jewels.  I like how bright, intense and cohesive the color palette is.  I am very pleased with this card.

I find no-line watercoloring very intimidating so I was eager to start lesson #5.  I feel like it is an advanced technique but Emily broke the steps down in such a way that I was comfortable painting.  I thought it would be fun to compare and contrast the same lotus flower painted with the two different techniques.
            
Emily recommends no line stamping with Ink on 3 Fadeout.  This was my first time using this ink and it worked well.  The key to no line watercoloring is to maintain contrast between the light and dark areas.

I started with fairly diluted paint, put my first color down and then pulled it out with a damp brush.  Skip to an area that does not touch and then repeat the process until the first layer is down.  After the first layer is dry, start with the second color but don't cover all of the first layer. Dry and add color 3 to the nooks and crannies.  Do not add the third color to each petal as this keeps interesting contrast.  Add the 4th color to the darkest shadow areas.  

For the background, I randomly stamped "mini branches" on about half the background with pink. Next, starting at the top, I ink blended a gradient toward the bottom. The bottom third of the card does not have any color.

I assembled the card and added a navy die-cut sentiment and some water drop embellishments.  

Here are both cards side by side. Which do you like best?
Altenew Featured Products: Here

I also wanted to play along with:
The Rainbow Card Challenge #21 Autumnal Amber.  I am submitting my first card that was done in shades of autumnal amber.  

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Karen









Wednesday, September 16, 2020

WWC289 - Heidi's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Masculine Twist

Hello, hello...so glad you stopped  by!  This week is all about masculine cards at Watercooler Wednesday and Heidi is our hostess.

I created a silhouette card with a darling die-cut puppy and cake toting bear.  My background is a second generation wash using three colors of distress ink:  Twisted citron, cracked pistachio and lucky clover.  I made a background for a different card and still had ink left over, so I sopped it up on a Bristol panel.  I thought the greens did a good job of simulating the forest.

Supplies Used:
Spellbinder's Lets All Party die
Memory Box Grand Forest Archway
SSS Birthday Word Mix 1 sentiment

We would love to see your card in our gallery this week!
Karen


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

WWC288 - Kath's Challenge: All About Occasions

Hello!  I am excited that you stopped by to see this card...I love how bright and bold it is! 

This week at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge we are creating Occasion cards.  Talented Kath is our hostess.  There are so many occasions and we would love to see your project in our gallery.
I started by stamping, Copic coloring and die-cutting two floral sprays.  I wanted to ink blend a complimentary background, but in reverse order of the colors of the flowers.  Since the card is bold, I also wanted some contrast, so I masked off 1 1/2" on the left side of the card base.  I started ink blending in the bottom right with yellow and then added six more colors to achieve the gradient I was looking for.  I arranged the two sprays along the border of the white strip and ink blending and used foam adhesive to give added  and dimension to the focal point.
Supplies Used:
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Mix 1 sentiment stamp & die bundle
Distress Inks
Copic markers
Foam Squares
Masking tape

Time Out "Seasons" Challenge #169 with optional twist coloring.


UPDATE:  My card received honors at Time Out!

This card also was selected as a "Top 3" at Double D!


I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

WWC287 - Helen's Challenge: Anything Goes With A Feminine Twist

Hello, hello and welcome!  I can't believe it is September already.  This week at Watercooler Wednesday we are creating feminine cards and Helen is our hostess.  

I did a bit of loosed watercoloring with Nuvo Shimmer Powders.  I very loosely painted the wreath and then made a coordinating background by sopping up the leftover pigment with watercolor paper. The secret to the background is to layer the color, dry and repeat.  It is hard to tell in the photograph, but there is a beautiful shimmer to the card.  I had enough pigment left that I made a second background to use on a future card.

Supplies:
Tonic Nuvo Shimmer Powder (hydrated into a watercolor)
The Greetery Crimped Frame die

We would love to see your creation in our gallery.

Karen

Altenew Educators "Favorite Old/New Altenew Stamp" Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

    Hello friends!  I am so pleased to be participating in my first Altenew Educator Blog Hop!  I went through the certification program las...