All You Need Is Love

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Well, I finally completed a card using the image I water colored with Distress Inks a few weeks ago.  I made it for two co-workers who got married this month.  I ended up going really simple with this one, just one kind of patterned paper mounted first on black card stock and then on a heavy (110 lb) bright white card stock with the image its self being mounted on the black card stock as well.  It is not a folded card that opens, but rather just a flat (one side) image to frame or put in a scrapbook, however we did all sign the back of the piece to commemorate their big day!

The patterned paper is from Simple Stories and is from the HomeSpun Collection – Item #3806 – Homemade.

The “all you need is love” expression is a stamp from PrintWorksCollections.com and was really fitting as the bride loves the Beatles.

Thanks for stopping by!

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All You Need Is Love

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Today I have a simple card that I made for Mother’s Day, but it could be used for any occasion really.  This stamp is one from a set called Bentley Bear Thank You Collection that came with the January copy of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine.  I love this little bear he is so cute.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and colored it with Distress Inks.  I think this time the coloring process turned out a little better than my last attempt. Thanks for stopping by!

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Allie O’Malley the Alley Cat…

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What can I say, when I’m not making cards, I’m usually hanging out with one of my three cats.  Yes, I am a crazy cat lady!  Today was such a sunny day and I couldn’t find my cat Allie, (who we named so because we found her in the alley when she was a kitten) when I did find her she was soaking up the sun in Justine’s  old room. (Justine is my daughter who moved out a little less than two years ago after finishing college.) So I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures of Allie.  Gotta love a tabby when they are not being crabby!  Happy Saturday to everyone!

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Watercoloring with Distress Inks…Part 2

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Hello again, here I have part two of my first attempt at watercoloring with Distress Inks.  It took me longer than a couple of days to get around to finish coloring the image and then once I did, I didn’t really like how it turned out.  I was just going to trash it and then start again, but this is a learning experience, so here is the picture of how it turned out.  I’m definitely going to try this again, but I’m going to watch a few more videos first!

Things I learned from trying this for the first time:

Always use your reds last, when they bleed, they are had to fix. (This is true for Copic Markes too, so I should have know better!)

Less is better, I feel like I over colored it, should have left more white areas or highlights.

Make sure each area is dry before going onto the next, I had a lot of colors bleeding into each other.

Keep a paper towel or napkin handy to blot excess water.

 

Finished image, watercolored with distress inks.

Finished image, watercolored with distress inks.

Watercoloring with Distress Inks

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Today I have a project in process to share with you.  I have decided to try my hand at water coloring the background of my stamped card image with distress inks. I was inspired to try this from watching this video from Kristina Werner.  This technique uses Fineline Masking Fluid over your stamped image.  Once the masking fluid has dried completely you can safely watercolor the background without affecting the stamped image that will be colored later.  I think the sky turned out OK, not sure about the grass, but still learning at this point.  The image is from Lili Of The Valley and is called Close Your Eyes.  I love their images, they are so sweet.  I will post the finished image hopefully in a day or so.  Thanks for visiting.

Colored background with Fineline Masking Fluid

Colored background with Fineline Masking Fluid.

 

Colored background with masking fluid removed.

Colored background with masking fluid removed.

Charli Bear in the Window

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Happy Easter to those who celebrate the holiday. Today I have another picture of one of my cats, her name is Charli and she loves sitting in the sunny window.  I haven’t worked on many cards lately, just haven’t been in the mood, hopefully soon something will inspire me to get back into making cards.  Hope everyone has a great week!

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Charli Bear’s Toes & Tail

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Sorry, no card to post today, just a cute picture of my little cat Charli’s toes & tail.

She is such a sweet heart. Happy Valentines Day!

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