Friday, September 21, 2018

Greetings From a Tiny, but Confident Giraffe

Do you have friends you met online who you wish lived closer to you? At least within driving distance?

Most of my friends don't live near me, precisely because my work is online, so I've met and traveled with people from all over the world, and bringing them home in my suitcase is frowned upon in certain circles.

So I see them at work events, my retreats, etc.

But it gives me a good excuse to send I Miss You cards, which means I have a good excuse to stamp, which almost makes up for not living near them. Almost.

Today I'm guesting with my friends at MFT and I had a serious giggle making today's card.

The stamp set with the giraffes is freaking adorable. So are the matching dies. And because I know that a lot of people look at solid images and think all you can do is ink them up and stamp them, but that's not true! You can add tons of details and make them your own, and one of my favorite ways is with pencils and pens.

I tried out my new Arteza pencils for this today, and I love them. They are buttery soft, sharpen perfectly, and no broken leads. I'll show them to you in the video, and I am pretty sure you will love the price. I also grabbed their fine point black pens - they come in a multi pack and I use teeny black pens on almost every card, so I can't have too many. You can get 10% off your Arteza purchase with the coupon code understandblue1 here.

So after I stamped the giraffe in Orange Zest up in the corner of my card front, I colored the whole thing with the Lemon pencil. Then I shaded him and his spots with Burnt Ochre, and finally did the darkest shading with Dark Chocolate. Then I used the awesome, triangular Fineliner Pens for his eyes nose, and a dash of darkness on his neck. The pencils are triangular too - which gave me a flashback. I forgot how comfortable triangular pens and pencils are to grip (important for me because I'm such a slow worker) - but when I pulled the pencils out when I got them, I had a Proust-style flashback to some teacher-mandated triangular pencil grips (like these) that had a strong, slightly sweet smell to them, that one of my teachers in elementary school had us use. THEN, remembering that smell, I remembered these monster finger puppets that had the exact same smell. At that point, I'd forgotten everything that I was thinking about and was just transported to Sul Ross elementary school. :)

So back to the card. After finishing the giraffe, I covered him with masking paper, and brushed on some Summer Splash Ink with my blender brushes. Then I stamped the HILARIOUS sentiment, which clearly describes all my friends in Nocturne.
Masked Giraffe Card by Understand Blue























Playful Giraffes
[ MFT ]
Die-namics Playful Giraffes
[ MFT ]
Sassy Pants Best Friends
[ MFT ]
Arteza Colored Pencils with Color...
[ ARTZ ]
Arteza Fineliner Pens Black (Set of...
[ ARTZ ]
Orange Zest Premium Dye Ink Pad
[ MFT ]
Summer Splash Premium Dye Ink Pad
[ MFT ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair NOCTURNE...
[ SSS | ELH | CST ]
"Life Changing" Blender Brush Set -...
[ PFS ]
Avery Self-Adhesive Removable Laser...
[ AMZUS ]
Artist's Choice 110lb White Card Stock
[ GNK ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
Coloring Glove - Anti-Smudge
[ AMZUS ]
Derwent Battery-Operated Eraser
[ BLIC | AMZUS ]
Ipoint Orbit Pencil Sharpener, Turquoise
[ AMZUS | BLIC ]
Global Art Classic Leather Pencil Cases
[ BLIC ]
Staedtler Mars Plastic Erasers
[ BLIC ]
Sizzix - Big Shot Express Machine...
[ SBC | BMS | SSS | ELH ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC | AMZUS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]
My Favorite Things Blog
[ MFT ]

Seriously - is he not the cutest? No wonder he has so much self-confidence. He's cuter than a fat country baby eating peaches off a hardwood floor, as they say!

So do you have faraway friends you miss? Tell me about them in the comments for your chance to win a stash giveaway - I'm that person that accidentally buys multiples, so I'll surprise you :).

While you're thinking of your list, enjoy my video and a giveaway! To be eligible to win, all you have to do is be subscribed to both my channel and the My Favorite Things channel, and to leave a comment on my video - you will be entered to win a shopping spree at My Favorite Things!




If you want a ton more inspiration - stop by the MFT blog for cute projects with all their newest stuff.



Loveyameanitbye.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Foiled Alcohol Ink Impressionist Collage + Giveaway

I saw Judy Rozema - one of our Splitcoast challenge hosts - post the Technique Lover's challenge a few weeks ago, and she chose SUCH a fun technique - the "serendipity" technique.

This technique is SO much fun, and in the original Splitcoast technique, the technique uses patterned paper, but I twisted it around for use at my retreat with a super fun Gel Press and foiling technique!

So one night as I was falling asleep I came up with an idea for an impressionist look, combining the ethereal look of alcohol inks with acrylic paints. The good news is, all it cost me was sleep!

I may or may not have been influenced in this sleepy inspiration by my recent acquisition of the new refills for the Altenew alcohol markers.

The next day, I woke up and tried it, and I fell in love with the dreamy look. I combined it with the Serendipity technique plus foiling and used it in one of my retreat classes. It was SOOOO much fun, and everyone created such beautiful things! If you are my friend on Facebook - check my retreat album for everyone's projects. If you're not my friend - friend me!

Look how fun this collaged background is for my amorous little foxes! I used these sentiments, and some no shed glitter paper.

But my favorite thing to do with pieces from this technique is to miniaturize them, as Judy did in her challenge. It makes mixed media so clean and pretty. The foil bumps it up a notch too. The sentiment for this card is from this set.

Even though it's hip to be square - circles are fun too. I paired these circle die cut pieces with the hello stamp and die from this bundle. I cut the circles with these dies


















Hug Me Stamp & Die Bundle
[ ALTN ]
Painted Greetings Stamp Set
[ ALTN ]
Flower Arrangement Stamp & Die Bundle
[ ALTN ]
Wildflower Garden Stamp & Die Bundle
[ ALTN ]
Artist Markers — Altenew
[ ALTN ]
Gel Press 5 x 7 REUSABLE GEL PRINTING...
[ SSS | BLIC ]
Inovart Pro-Roller Brayer
[ BLIC | BLIC ]
Circle Infinity Dies (H)
[ HA ]
Therm O Web SILVER 25 FOOT ROLL Deco...
[ SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack - Concord...
[ C&9 ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | SSS | ELH | MFT | SBC ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer...
[ AMZUS ]
Hammermill Paper, Color Copy Digital,...
[ AMZUS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]
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Altenew Originals
[ ALTN ]

Want to learn how to do all this? Well you're in luck - I have a video! Here you go, or click here to watch on YouTube.



I get to give away a $20 gift certificate to Altenew today! To be eligible to win, click here and tell me which of these are your favorite in a comment! I will announce the winner on 9/26.

AND - the best news is - all their markers are on sale. If you shop here - no code necessary at this link, you will receive 15% off your marker purchase.

This is part of the Altenew release blog hop today! Please stop by sweet Agnieszka's blog here.

But first, leave me your comment with your fave!

Loveyameanitbye.
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