Today I'm sharing a fun watercolor emboss technique in this week's Taylored Expressions newsletter. If you are not signed up to receive TE's newsletters, you can visit their blog HERE to subscribe for future newsletters AND find an archived link to this tutorial ... I hope you'll check it out!
Today I am looking ahead to next month and the start of the holiday season -- Thanksgiving! I have this fun "Blessing Mix" recipe and gift, with custom tag over on Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom blog . . . I hope you'll join me there to get all the details on how you can spread some Fall cheer (including the recipe)!
Happy Fall, all! Today I'm helping to ring in October and what is supposed to be Fall for most of the country ... but it's still just a tad bit warm down south where I live! Maybe this fun card will help spread a little cooler weather cheer!
(All bold products are linked below in the supply section)
I used Pink Ink's beautiful new Picket Fence Pumpkins for this breezy scene and stamped it onto an Inchie Arts NEW 2" x 4" matboard rectangle art square (called Swatches -- the come in either white or black) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. This is a brand new size of matboard from Inchie Arts ... I think it will be a great size addition to their current line -- don't you?!!
Next, I watercolored the image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers I recently picked up from my friends at Scrap-Mart when they were in town for a papercrafting convention. This was my first time using the markers, so I had a little bit of a learning curve, but love the finished look of them! And the matboard swatch really held up well to the watercoloring! See the nice dimension the it gives the card:
I absolutely love all the fine details Peggy Ackley put into the illustration of this beautiful Fall scene ... so warm and welcoming!
The watercolored matboard swatch was adhered over Taylored Expressions Shade Tree Cutting Plate, which was cut from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and also watercolored wtih the Zig markers. The leaves were topped with Clear Wink of Stella. Everything was attached to a cream card base. This picturesque scene really makes your Fall and Thanksgiving cards and projects a breeze to create!
Thanks so much for stopping by today ... I hope your weekend is fabulous!
Happy weekend, everyone! Can you believe over half the month is over? Halloween will be here before you know it, so I thought I would whip up some cute treat boxes to have ready to go for holiday. You can find all the juicy details for these sweet treat pillow boxes over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom today . . . I hope to see you there!
Today over on the Taylored Expressions blog, I show you an easy way to add texture to clothing, along with a little self portrait framed art piece, LOL! I hope you'll join me there to see how I created it, along with the fun watercolored sunshine background!
I would also like to share a great stamp sale that's still going on over at Ellen Hutson LLCuntil the end of today (Thurs, Sep 17). Just click on the graphic below to start shopping!
Class is back in session! Today over in the CLASSroom I have a tutorial on how to create this sweet little mini album (measures approx. 4.50" x 5") that I will use to organize and keep my postage in. Or you can use if for 4" Instagram-sized photos if you'd like . . . I hope you'll join me there for all the details!
Hello, friends -- Today I have a fun recipe card to share with you (I know, it's been a while since I shared a recipe!), made with this darling new Pink Ink Baking Day stamp!
(All bold products are linked below in the supply section):
I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a large 5" x 7" recipe card I created:
Free PDF Download can be found here: Download 4-Color Printed Recipe Cards 5x7_Sharon_Harnist -- You can probably size this down to 4x6 or 3x5 when printing it, if you prefer a smaller size. I like to use photo albums to house/store my recipe cards -- they are protective and a relatively cost efficient way to store them, thus, the photo-sized custom recipe cards!
The card was printed onto Copic-friendly Neenah Solar White cardstock and the image colored with these Copic markers:
Wouldn't this make a great gift set of blank recipe cards for a baking enthusiast friend? I love this sweet retro image!
Hello, friends! Just a mid-week PSA reminder that you still have until this Friday, August 28 to save 40% off ALL the products (41 pages worth!) in Ellen Hutson's OverstockcategoryHERE. Click on the image above and use the coupon code "goodthings" at checkout, to receive your discount!
I also wanted to let you know I updated my Kirarina WiNK info (3 posts below) with this new photo ... I never could get a good photo with my camera under my studio lights of how pretty and shimmery the colors are, but wouldn't you know it -- when snapping a quick photo with my phone today, it showed up well! Here it is:
GOOD THING #2:
Look at those awesome opaque White Pearl dots on black cardstock ... amazing and great for doodling or adding pretty touches to your Copic colored images!
GOOD THING #3:
Ellen Hutson carries those pretty Kirarina WiNK pens in her store HERE, so you can pick some up while shopping her sale . . . Happy shopping! :)
Flowers are some of my very favorite things to color . . . I find it very soothing and relaxing, and it’s fun to make them any color combination you’d like (with your Copic markers)! Imagine my delight with Taylored Expresssions beautiful Bouquet stamp series!
You may be wondering what the word "Kirarina" in my post title means ... Let me introduce you to one of my favorite new products from Imagination International Inc, the Copic marker distributor for North America!
You can shop the Kirarina online store HEREand you can find out more about each of the products in the Kirarina line HERE but here is a brief overview of each:
2win – Water based/scented. Each marker is dual-tipped and features a light and dark shade of each color as well as both chisel and fine tips. Perfect for doodling. Works best on regular copy paper or stationery.
2win Oil based – Double-ended/fine and round nib markers featuring two colors on one pen; for use on any surface.
WiNK – Multi-purpose/metallic pen with shimmery specks of glass; works on a variety of surfaces and looks great on light and dark surfaces.
Cute – 3D, scented puff paint. Hand washable after 72-hour dry time. Can be used on paper crafts to add a bit of dimension to projects.
Today I am using the WiNK pen/marker and these are a few more of their attributes:
Kirarina WiNK is a multi-purpose pen that is compatible with a variety of surfaces including paper, photos, plastic and glass. The metallic ink allows you to add touches of color on dark surfaces and all 16 colors contain specks of glass (much like my beloved Atyou Spica Glitter Pens). Also included in the line are Silver and Gold Metallic (see note below):
For best results when working on absorbent surfaces, slow down so the paper has time to absorb the ink. Once opened, Kirarina WiNK should be kept stored horizontally to keep the flakes of glass evenly distributed (just like the Atyou Spica Glitter Pens). If you are having issues with ink flow, shake thoroughly and pump the tip.
The Caps: Not only are they a cute petal shape, but that shape keeps them from rolling off your desk AND they have the same child-safe feature of small air holes in them, like Copic's Ciao marker! (So if they should become lodged in one's throat, the holes allow for air to still pass through the cap).
(The colors shown above that I used on my card were: Lime Green, Grass Green, Old Rose, Bordeaus, Purple, Lavender, Dandelion, Orange and White -- all detailed below)
To Begin: Keep in mind these pens are similar to a paint pen so to start using them, shake several times (you’ll hear the ball rolling around mixing the ink and glitter), remove the cap and press the tip onto scrap paper a few times to begin the flow of color. As you are using the pens, you may need to shake them a bit more and re-press the tip to scrap paper as needed to keep the color flowing.
Here's how I created my card: (All bold products are linked below in the supply section)
I embossed Bazzill Licorice Twist cardstock with Taylored Expressions Floral Vine embossing folder, then I started tracing/coloring over the raised embossed lines with the WiNK markers ... first with Lime Green on the flower stems:
Next, I used Grass Green on the leaves:
Then Dandelion and Orange on the first flowers:
Then Purple and Lavender:
Then Old Rose and Bordeaux:
To finish the flowers, I went back and added a few more Orange and Purple:
Finally, I used the AMAZING White Pearl on the dots between the flowers. *** Folks, this white pen is absolutely the one you've been waiting for and the best white pen I have found on the market to date . . . I am so very thrilled to finally have a white pen/marker I can rely on to work time and time again (as opposed to the stack of other white pens I have that are either dried up, won't flow and just plain quit working)!! Can you tell I'm thrilled with it?!! *** :)
All of the colors have a fabulous opaque pearly metallic finish to them that is absolutely amazing and as you can see, cover brilliantly -- even on black paper!
TIP:I found that small mistakes can be carefully scraped from the paper using a craft knife, or by simply covering the mistake with my Black 100 Copic marker!
Here are the colors I used (and a few more) and how they look in their truest form -- my handwriting on white X-Press It Blending Card (you can see they vary a bit from the digitally-produced color chart above):
Note: The Gold Metallic is more of an antique metallic gold and it, along with the Silver Metallic, are just that -- metallic rather than glittery shimmer. If you are looking for a nice bright shimmery gold color, my favorite is Dandelion (shown on the 6-petal daisy-type flowers above, with the Orange centers). The Silver Metallic will be great to color metal-like stamped images!
Here's a close-up of a few colors, the metallics and white, tilted in the light so you can see the pretty shimmer these pens have and how nice and fine they can be -- the dots after the "White" were applied with a medium pressure, so you can see how easy it would be to get a little finer or more bold dot:
To finish my card, I trimmed and split the colored panel and popped it up on Copic's X-Press It 1/2" Foam Tape on a Neenah 110 lb. Solar White card base.
The Altenew Label Love Thank You sentiment was gold heat embossed on the white card base below the floral panel. Here's a look at the dimension, with the card partially flat and opened:
Inside, I adhered one of the pieces I trimmed off the floral panel. This is also a size comparison for you of the pens -- they are 5 inches long and about 1/2-inch thick:
Thanks so much for joining me today . . . I hope you'll give these fabulous pens a try! I'm sure you will love them as much as I do!
Hello and happy Friday! My family loves tropical island/beach destination vacations and last month we had the opportunity to visit a few. Here is one of my favorite photos from that trip, on this fun, colorful flip flop 11" x 8.50" page:
And anyone who knows me well knows I LOVE my flip flops and wear them everywhere, any time ... as long as it is above about 50 degrees! Thank goodness I live in a relatively warm climate with that type of weather about 9+ months out of the year! :) So it's no wonder I HAD to have this fabulous, huge new Taylored Expressions Flip Flop Garland die set which has four different sizes of flip flops!
A few quick page details to go along with those fabulous flip flops:
Trendy gold metallic cardstock die cut words, with Gold Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen accents and journaling:
You can find full details about this page today over on the Taylored Expressions blog, along with a giveaway of the Flip Flop Garland die set I used AND a copy of the newest issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine!! I hope you'll join me there and be sure to leave a comment on the blog post THERE, to be entered for the giveaway!
Thank you all so much for entering my giveaway for the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Poinsettia stamp set by Julie Ebersole (so kindly provided by the Ellen Huston LLC store) and for all of your very kind comments! The winner of the stamp set, chosen by Random.org, is . . .
Who is . . .
You have outdone yourself here with that poinsettia.. It is simply amazing!!! Those elves... look like they are going to pull a lot of shenanigans this winter. Thanks so much for the chance to win (email contact).
Congratulations, LesLee, I have emailed you! If you don't find that email, please contact me via the email (envelope) link below my photo in the upper right sidebar of my blog, so we can get your mailing address to send your new stamp set to you!
I hope you all have a wonderful week and I'll be back on Friday with a fun end-of-the-summer scrapbook page project!
Today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom I have a tutorial on how to use masks to create a dimensional scene. Except for the fence and tag this card is all one layer, colored and airbrushed with Copic markers, using more of Julie Ebersole's new Holiday 2015 stamp releases!
And speaking of that new release of stamp sets and dies, don't forget you still have until next Tuesday, Aug 11 to comment on my blog post below this one (Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2015 Release Hop) for your chance to win the stamp set I am giving away AND don't forget to enter on this blog post over in the CLASSroom for your chance to win the entire new release of stamp sets and dies!