Sunday, December 5, 2021

Tips for Adding Detail to Small Images

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I have a little walkthrough for you today of some tips I use when I'm working with small images, and I still want them to have fun details and dimension. This is a sneaky peeky of the new Hero Kit! This image I cut out of a full background stamp image that is this incredible - a full 6x6 city neighborhood background.

So these images individually are fairly small, but that doesn't mean they can't have a lot of details!

Here are my tips.

1) Cut your images out carefully - take your time and use both a craft knife - I love this teeny one the best - and then use a dark grey or black marker to go around all the cut edges to eliminate white edges. 
2) Do base coloring with alcohol markers. I prefer these fineliner ones the best for detailed images. (Coupon code below).
3) Using a fineliner dark grey marker to create dimension around gables, under windows, around tree edges etc. Simple coloring only - don't worry about blending it out. 
4) Using a white paint pen - I used a fine point pen - add dots or dashes for highlights.
5) Layer color - for example, the trees and the grass are the same green as the trees. But after coloring the grass, I added a yellow layer to differentiate it but still keep it harmonious.

I laid this piece across an opening cut with a Circle Infinity Die for max contrast. 


Y'all are going to have some fun on Monday. I have NINE cards for you! :)

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

VIDEO: Crafty Rewind Series - Easy Light up Card

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I took a staycation after Thanksgiving, which meant that during Thanksgiving week, I had to do two week's worth of work. That was stressful, and sleep depriving, BUT - that week, before staycation started, I was thinking how amazing a three day work week is. That four day weekend was so productive, even with the holiday cooking and all that. 

I would definitely vote for someone who made that a permanent thing.

Speaking of holiday cooking, I unlocked the magic of this when I banned turkey from my house in 2019. As I've told you, wrestling with a raw bird the size of a human toddler that is NEVER done on time, is too much food, and doesn't taste all that great is a dumb tradition I did for far too long. And let me just put my hand over your mouth before you say to fry it, or dip it in pond water at midnight on a full moon for the "perfect" turkey. There is no perfect turkey. It's just not that good. I have "perfectly" cooked many a stupid turkey. It's just not a food or a process I like. A perfect roast chicken is so much better and it's always done in the precise amount of time. Sometimes we do that instead of turkey.

However, this year, we did a two-bone prime rib and discovered the secret to a perfectly timed holiday meal. Because there's a weight based formula, just like the perfect roast chicken, we knew exactly how much time we had to do the sides - stuffing (classic bread stuffing), mashed potatoes and my vegan version of corn especialo - which is absolute magic with stuffing. So everything was ready when we pulled the prime rib out. 

What I did NOT learn is how not to cook for an army. So next year, I will be revising the stuffing and potatoes severely. All those pre-pandemic habits die hard! My pumpkin pie was stellar too - a.k.a. - Thanksgiving week breakfast :).

It's time for a crafty rewind today - using older products. I get so many requests to revisit older product, so I have a fun one with a video on a light up card today if you happened to buy these beautiful dies in the spring!


The alignment guides I show you in the video are the key to this scene though! 


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Here's a sneak peek of the light up feature.



And here is the full process video.



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Now speaking of food, as my vacation comes to an end I had to go back to food prep - my work weeks are too busy to allow for daily cooking, so I prep two or three entrees for the upcoming week, and usually freeze half of whatever I make for weeks where I don't feel like doing prep, or the grocery stores aren't cooperating, which happens more and more these days.

We grind all our own beef, just because commercial ground beef is more prone to contamination than normal cuts of beef, and it's always grossed me out. During the pandemic we switched from the Kitchen Aid meat grinder attachment to a standalone and it was great. 

But then my mom was going to replace hers (she had never used it - it was too big) and she asked if we or my brother in law wanted it, so we thought we would compare it to ours and we loved it. It had a few more options for plate sizes than ours did, so we swapped it for ours and gave ours to my brother in law, who had also just been using the Kitchen Aid. 

So yesterday I prepped for next week. I made a pound of dried pintos into two pounds of the world's best refried beans - our favorite food, 1 pound of sloppy joes, and five pounds of what I call "hot dog chili" - because I used ground meat - normal Texas chili is cubed chuck. Most of that will head to the freezer today. I also saw on Twitter that my fave cold brew has an exciting new dairy free option - a toasted coconut latte - so my refrigerator is very happy this week. Next week is another story! :)

But the sloppy joe recipe is my fave because in my opinion, most recipes are way too sweet, so this one has just the right amount of sweet - not too much. And no satanic green bell peppers LOL.

2 pounds ground chuck (We recommend grinding your own - we double ground it - coarse, then fine)

1/2 large sweet onion, diced

1 1/2 cups Whataburger ketchup (this is important - it has a unique flavor)

1 C. water

2 TBS light brown sugar

2 tsp Ft. Worth Light or your favorite chili powder

1 teaspoon dry Colman’s  mustard

1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper flakes

Crystal Hot Sauce - 10 shakes (This is a church recipe - it called for Tabasco - I use this)

Lord Sandy’s Vegan Worcestershire - ~1 tsp.

~ 1tsp Real Salt - but taste before adding at the very end and adjust 

Challah buns, split, and griddled with mayo


Saute the onions until soft and brown. Add beef and cook until brown - drain this mixture and return to pan.


Add all the other ingredients. Stir to combine, and then cover and simmer over medium-low heat, about 20 minutes.


Serve with Mt. Olive dill pickle relish or dill chips on toasted challah.


Anyway, enjoy the rest of your weekend. I have a very exciting workshop I'll be announcing Monday, so stay tuned!

Loveyameanitbye.


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Friday, November 26, 2021

Have an Adventure Every Day

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I took a Dina Wakley art journaling class this week, and I really think half of her art instruction is really just fantastic life advice for creatives. 

She just has a way of saying things that are so calming and helpful and USEFUL.

She was talking about the process of "fixing" something you've made you're not happy with, and she said something so simple - and that is that the best way to FIX paper - is to cut it up! It's so true! I was thinking about so many of the Gel Press prints I was unhappy with that were so beautiful torn up for collage or other projects. Even just die cutting a "bad" print focuses and improves it. 

She's such a great teacher in so many ways. I highly recommend ANY of her classes.

Today - SURPRISE - one of the cards I'm showing you is a squirrel! Clarence, to be exact! This image was actually colored by Jammie Clark! These beautifully colored squirrels were used in a make & take at a show, and Mary Ann was nice enough to send me a few, so I chose the brown one for today's card because it so perfectly matched this beautiful watercolor/alcohol ink style paper pad! You'll see what some of the other colors look like below. The sentiment I built with these stickers - something I'm enjoying a lot more lately! So I did literally no work to create this card!


I really did work for this next card though. This is MaryAnn's new bunny set from her newest illustrator! I took a particularly Monet-ish brayer cleaning sheet from the Gel Press session where I created some fabric you will see in a sec.

Then I colored the bunny's artwork to match the print, and gave him some messy watercolors in his palette. So sweet.


The print that I was making when I created that background is this and I uploaded it as a fabric to Spoonflower! I made it so I could make a handmade journal with it, but then I thought someone else might like it, so I'm leaving it out there! Go take a peek and see if you don't recognize the colors above!

So for my second bunny I thought I'd make him a dark grey like my friend Libby's daughter's beloved Silver Bunny. I started with a base layer of alcohol marker and then added three different colors of Polychromos for his fur. I used two of the other watercolor papers from the pack for his background. There's a fun rainbow one too.



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