Thursday, March 31, 2016

Watercolor Cards...Two Ways!

What? More watercolored backgrounds? Why, yes. For this card, I heat embossed the sentiment and flowers with white embossing powder. (Do you have a favorite white embossing powder?  I am in the market for a new one, so if you have one you love...please let me know!)  I then used masking fluid to cover all of the flowers to protect them from the watercolors. Once it dried, I again tried "ink smooshing" to create a watercolor effect. As soon as the ink was dry, I used a soft cloth to remove the masking fluid and colored the flowers using my Copics. 
I started this card the same as above by heat embossing the sentiment and flowers but instead of masking the flowers I tried a little simple watercoloring using my Distress Inks and even a few of my Papertrey Ink dye inks. It's not super detailed but it was really fun to try and I love how it turned out. Once the flowers were dry, I wet the paper and then used Distress Ink to create a simple wash of color for the background. 

Supplies:



post signature

Monday, March 28, 2016

Unicorns and Rainbows

As a child in the 1980s, I was obsessed with My Little Ponies and Lisa Frank school supplies.  (Also anything that was pastel and/or sparkly.)  These fun stamps from Mama Elephant appeal to all of the above.

I did some more "ink smooshing" to the background...I'm completely obsessed.  I'm sorry.  I then colored all of the little images very lightly using my Copics and added shimmer with a Wink of Stella pen to almost everything.  

I added an "Instagram" button back to the sidebar of the blog.  For awhile, I had my account set to private because I mostly post pictures of my kids.  I recently split the two apart, so you can find craft pictures over on my Instagram.  You can click on the little Instagram camera or find me at @laurenscreative. 

Supplies:


post signature

Friday, March 25, 2016

You are so Loved!

As promised, I have another card to share today.  This one is for the Come Rain or Shine challenge for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

 For this card, I first stamped the little hedgehog using Antique Linen Distress Ink and then masked him using some Post-It full adhesive paper. (I'm not going to lie...that took FOREVER because of all of the little hedgehog's quills.)  Once he was masked I blended a little Tumbled Glass Distress Ink all around the hedgehog.  I colored him in using my Copics.  For my first attempt at "no-line" coloring...it's not bad, but I think maybe another type of image might have worked better.  Once he was all finished, I partially die cut and stamped the "you" and sentiment from W+9.

Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend!  See you back here on Monday for more watercolored backgrounds.  (Don't be too shocked.)

Supplies:



post signature

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Treat Yourself!

I thought it would be fun to play along with this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  This week's challenge is super easy (and fun) - food and drink.  I haven't done a shaker in a few weeks, so this was the perfect excuse to ink up my new Treat Yourself Stamp set.  (I may or may not have been heavily influenced to purchase this set because I can mask the sentiment to say, "Treat Yo' Self."  I will also deny that thanks to Netflix Parks and Recreation has become one of my favorite shows.)  

Here's a close up of the shaker element.  I used some of the "sprinkles" from a Papertrey Ink Make it Market kit and mixed them with some Martha Stewart clear tinsel glitter and a few die cut ice cream cones from the Party Animals Lawn Fawn set.  To create the background I used the Tim Holtz mini distress ink blender to blend three shades of distress ink and then I misted some water over the whole background.  I wish you could see it in the picture, but I also added a little shimmer to the ice cream in the container AND the ice cream cones inside the shaker element.  Oh well...you will have to take my word for it - it's there.  

Thanks for stopping by!  
I have ANOTHER card to share tomorrow for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  

Supplies:


post signature

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Watercolor 2 of 1,000,000

What did I tell you in my last post?  I am now addicted to watercolor backgrounds.  I am determined to perfect it, so I really wasn't exaggerating.  I have made LOTS of cards that are just waiting to be photographed and blogged.  
 I don't typically watch craft videos, but I fell into a YouTube worm hole last week.  I found out that one of my favorite cardmakers has HILARIOUS informative videos and I think I watched all of them.  I also determined that I may never make another video because I know that none of my videos will ever be half as entertaining as hers.  After watching video after video, I tried out the ink smooshing technique to create the watercolor backgrounds.  It is so easy, and I still can't believe that I missed this trend.  Oh well...the nice thing about not having any design team deadlines is that I can sort of work at my own pace...the bad thing is that I am so out of the craft trend loop.
Here's another attempt at ink smooshing.  For both of these cards I used my Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I've already bought a few more colors, and need to reorganize my ink drawer.  If you saw my recent craft room tour post, you know that I have tried to be more careful about what crafting items I purchase.  Here is my attempt to justify the recent purchase of additional distress inks...they are so versatile.  I can watercolor and use them to ink blend.  They are a great price point and I love that they come in smaller sizes, so they don't take up a ton of space.  There...justified. 

Supplies:



post signature

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Get Well Soon!

I know I titled this post "Get Well Soon," but it could also be titled...watercolor background attempt number 1 of 1,000,000.  I don't know why I've taken so long to jump on the watercolor bandwagon, but I've done it.  So far I'm kind of hanging out towards the back of the bandwagon, but I feel like it will only be a matter of time before I am driving the darn thing.

I used some distress inks to create the background.  I raided my kids' art supply cabinet and borrowed some the watercolor paper that I had bought them from Target.  It's definitely not perfect, but it was fun to try and I already have at least 4 more backgrounds done.  Get ready!!!  More watercolored backgrounds to come.  I used my Copics to color in the little medicine bottles and bird.  I'm not brave enough yet to try watercoloring images. 

Supplies
  • Lawn Fawn - Get Well Soon
  • Copic Sketch Markers
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks...(I can't remember the exact color combo...I'm sorry.)
  • Tiny Hearts - Die from PPI Shakers + Sprinkles Kit (I die cut the hearts out of white cardstock and colored them using my Copics)



post signature

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Under the Sea


I have another shaker card.  I just haven't tired of them yet.  I'm sure I will eventually, but I'm not ready to make any promises.  I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture or not, but I added some Wink of Stella in clear to all of the aqua cardstock.  I love that it adds a bit of shimmer without the mess of glitter or glitter glue.


I hope you enjoyed the tour of my craft room...I forgot how awkward filming videos can be and why I haven't posted a video in years.  If you missed it, you can find it below and hear my awkward voice.  I also finally remembered to update my inLinkz subscription, so my Scrapbook, Card and Craft galleries are back and up to date! 

Supplies:




post signature