Saturday, January 19, 2019

That Time I Refused To Make a Card + Giveaway

It is possible to know nothing at all about a TV show and still be completely inspired by a character.

Apparently I'm the last person on earth who hasn't seen Game of Thrones, and I'm 100% okay with that. Good friends told me there are things about it they know I don't like - you should always have a few friends who tell you the truth about shows and movies. Not friends who know you don't like snakes, but conveniently forget the pit of snakes scene that goes on for half an hour in Raiders of the Lost Ark. (I actually don't mind snakes, but you get the picture).

Anyway, apparently there's a character in the show that has a dragon, and who doesn't want to be the girl with the dragon?? I certainly want to be the girl with the dragon.

So this image captivated me. Her and her little dragon buddy. I stamped her in Black Hybrid ink and colored her with Copics - her all in cool greys, and her little buddy in green, yellow and prawn - the dragon on the show - thanks Google Images - has sort of prawn colored wings. I cut her out with the matching die.

I cut a piece of watercolor paper with this fun layering die, and painted it with Payne's Grey, leaving it lighter in some spots for a sort of moody atmosphere. Then I mounted that on some no-shed black glitter paper the same size. Connect Glue has a super fine tipped applicator that I could get around those holes with. Then I mounted that all on Key Lime cardstock and added the sentiment from this adorable narwhal set - I thought it was perfect for the image. (FYI - she has matching envelopes for all her cardstock  I love the Key Lime ones - instant happy mail.)


I had a bit of a life-changing moment with this next card. I almost can't bear how sweet this image is - it's everything I love in a stamp. Sort of a wistful sweetness, critters, and the ability to build a scene.

But, when I saw this sentiment - and this is something that doesn't happen to often with the stamps I buy - I actually felt a really profound change in perspective had occurred. A lot of people talk about the positive power of prayer and meditation in their lives - but no one really talks about how worrying is like wishing yourself something that you don't want with that same deliberation that you might spend on prayer and meditation for positive things.

I was astonished at what a powerful message that was.

So to create this scene, I stamped the foxes from this set, and then used masking paper to mask their bottom halves. I then positioned the stump over them in the MISTI, and stamped that on top and removed the mask. Both were stamped in Nocturne, as I was going to paint them with Daniel Smith Watercolor. In my mind she's saying - don't worry little foxito, momma's got ya.
 Are you one of the millions of people enthralled with the new Marie Kondo series on Netflix? I am - I love her. To me, her book makes more sense seeing her in person - in the book I didn't understand the whole thanking your socks thing, but watching her joyful and grateful spirit, and seeing other people do it, it makes complete sense to me now.

I'm a cheerful and ruthless declutterer. Clutter makes me anxious. So when I found her book, I thought - now this is a woman who gets it.

So I made a card about it :). Video on the simple background below.

I got a piece of watercolor paper really wet, and then put lots of Phthalo Blue Green Shade watercolor on it. Then I used my "wave machine" you'll see in the video to make the little lighter ripples. After that dried, I stamped this fish background stamp over it in Nocturne, and this sentiment. Then I took one of the single fish, and had him break free from the school at the bottom to complete the theme. I gave him an open eye with my white gel pen - he's the only one with his eyes open on the card. I love this card - it reminds me of my favorite book - Swimmy.
 

So here's the super quick video on the wave machine. 





Now we're getting to the title of this post. Nicole came out with this AMAZING large succulent that is a DREAM to watercolor! I like large images that give me room for blending, and this image is PERFECTION for that. I painted it with just two colors - and if you're at Creativation with me, you might be doing this as a make & take with those same two colors at the Simon Says Stamp event.

BUT, when I was done with two glorious hours of painting this (thanks to numerous distractions) - I could not bring myself to cut it down and put it on a card. It's painted on a 5x7 piece of cold press watercolor paper, and I think I might just frame it and put it on my wall. Or maybe I'll grow less attached and turn it into a card. But at this point, here it is - Moonglow & Serpentine only. I stamped it first using Fadeout Ink. As I said in my Daniel Smith Watercolor Split group - never trust anyone who tells you you will get mud with purple and green. That person is demented.
So these are just PART of the Creativation Release - you can see the full thing here and also below in my supplies. I hope you enjoyed this. I hope I get to hug some of you in Arizona.

Speaking of new releases - want to see the new My Sweet Petunia product? It's pretty amazing, especially if your brain is 2 degrees crooked, like mine is. Watch on Facebook for live demos of it throughout the show! Here's a quick video showing you how it works.

Here are all the PFS products I used, as well as the rest of the new release - have fun looking! Leave me a comment for a chance to win some new release goodies!


Be A Unicorn of the Sea - Picket...
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Dany Girl - Picket Fence Studios
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Dany Girl Die - Picket Fence Studios
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Exhale Worry - Picket Fence Studios
[ PFS ]
Stand In The Sunshine - Picket Fence...
[ PFS ]
Stand In The Sunshine Die - Picket...
[ PFS ]
Vortex of Fish - Picket Fence Studios
[ PFS ]
Aeonium African Succulent - Picket...
[ PFS ]
Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Fine Line 05...
[ SSS ]
57180 - Rectangle Dot Layers
[ BRC ]
Copic 12 Bold BASIC SKETCH MARKER SET...
[ SSS ]
Black Hybrid Ink Pad - Picket Fence...
[ PFS ]
Fadeout No Line coloring Detail Ink
[ INK ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne -...
[ ELH | SSS ]
Avery Removable Label Paper
[ AMZUS ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Escoda Versatil Brushes, Travel Round...
[ UTR | BLIC | INK ]
Da Vinci Cosmotop Sable Mix F Brushes...
[ BLIC | ELH ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- Key Lime
[ GNK ]
Envelopes 10 pack- Key Lime - Gina K...
[ GNK ]
Connect Glue - Gina K Designs
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Watercolor Palette, Sea Turtle...
[ ETS ]
Nesting Porcelain Bowls - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ]
My Favorite Watercolor Sketchbook
[ UTR ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Latest Release Archives - Picket...
[ PFS ]

Cut Align

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Loveyameanitbye.



Friday, January 18, 2019

Impressionist Gouache Background Tutorial

Do you follow Debby Hughes? One of my favorite people on earth. She has been doing some beautiful things with gouache on her blog lately, and it's given me the urge to try some things with it.

Gouache is a hybrid paint - it a mix between watercolor and acrylic. If you have some brittle and thin skinned artist friends, just bring up the question of whether or not gouache is a watercolor medium and then just walk away while they all fight.

The truth is a) who cares? and b) it has some of the properties of watercolor and some of the properties of acrylic, so it's truly a hybrid. The imaginary rules people like to put on art products aren't as important as what the products actually DO for you, which I'll show you today.

Unlike watercolor, you can't let it dry in your palette and use it again - that's because of its acrylic component. But, in some ways it behaves like watercolor and you can paint beautiful things with it. I like to watercolor with transparent color, but I love creating techniques and background with gouache precisely because it's a more opaque medium, but still has the fun of watercolor.

One of the things I love about gouache is how it lets you layer color, so I decided to create a Monet feeling background with some of my favorite colors.

After that was done (video below), I stamped the sentiment from this sweet set, and I used my embossing mat to impress this beautiful heart die into the watercolor paper. (If you want to do this, the sandwich is: Big Shot express platform open to the setting for embossing folders, grungy cutting pad (doesn't matter if it's warped or scratched), embossing mat, paper (painted side up), die with blades down, clean cutting pad. (I always have one cutting pad that has never been cut into that I use for my foolproof die cutting method).




Isn't that beautiful and subtle? I love it so much. And it's SO subtle, in fact, that the camera completely obliterated the texture in the overhead view. But you can still see that beautiful background I made with the gouache.
The sentiment is from this beautiful set - big enough to let the background be the star.

So here is the video, and I'll have a coupon code for the gouache below.




If you want to try the gouache, you can see their various sized sets here. Use coupon code  


for 10% off your entire purchase - gouache or anything else. Here are all the supplies I used for this project.


Gouache Paints - 60 Colors (60 x...
[ ARTZ ]
Die-namics Hearts Entwined
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Sweet Nothings
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne -...
[ ELH | SSS ]
Cotton Candy Card Stock
[ MFT ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
Couture Creations UNIVERSAL 5 x 7...
[ SSS ]
Sizzix BIG SHOT EXPRESS Gray and...
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | MFT ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Nesting Porcelain Bowls - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Card Making Supplies - Brand New | My...
[ MFT ]

Now today the MISTI team is collaborating with some of the people most beloved to me in the whole world - the team at My Favorite Things. Kim and her teams kindness and generosity to me in this difficult time really brings a little lump to my throat. Kim is one of those people who instinctively knows how to help you without taking any of your depleted energy reserves from you, and that's truly a gift. Jody is one of the funniest, sweetest people I've ever met, and she loves a prank POSSIBLY even more than I do. Julie Dinn is who I want to be if I ever grow up - smart, sweet, and incredibly talented and organized. Kim's family is a treasure to me, and the world had better look out for her girls. They were born on a mission.  Just so you know who your are supporting if you shop at MFT



I can't wait to see what their team has done with the MISTI - you can see all the MFT projects here:

Amy Yang
http://sharingnewlove.blogspot.com
Barbara Anders
https://barspaperpursuits.blogspot.com
Jodi Collins
https://stampingalatte.blogspot.com
Julie Dinn
http://www.kreativejewels2.com
Karolyn Loncon
https://karolyns-paperkraft.blogspot.com
Laurie Willison
https://soapboxcreations.blogspot.com
Rachel Alvarado
https://theunpamperedstamper.blogspot.com
Stephanie Klauck
https://sklauck.blogspot.com

So comment on my blog with your favorite MFT product from the release here for your chance to win one of THREE $50 gift certificate from us and and one of THREE $50 gift certificates from MFT.

Loveyameanitbye.

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