Something Other Than Christmas

Just sharing a quick and easy wedding design I created earlier this year during my time on the Dirty Dozen over at Splitcoaststampers.

Used the stencil monoprint technique with three shades of Distress Inks and my ARTplorations Old Rose Prints to create the background.  Added a bit more sponging in all three colors and then added some water droplets.

When that was dry I stamped the image and sentiment from STAMPlorations Newlyweds and then painted the bride’s dress with H20s.

Happened to find the butterfly rhinestones in my stash…they worked perfectly ūüôā

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#Beautiful

I’m sharing a card I recently made for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges at Splitcoaststampers. It’s an annual card drive where stampers/card artists make cards to send to the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. ¬†This is the sixth year for the card drive.

This is ¬†one of my favorite techniques to add color to a card. ¬†I’ve used the stencil monoprint technique. ¬†I’ve inked up my stencil with three shades of Distress Ink and misted the stencil before placing it on my watercolor paper. ¬†Then I added some droplets of Prima Color Bloom before sponging on a bit more color.

Challenges entered:

Virginia’s View Challenge #19:

Another Dirty Dozen Gallery Card – Thinking of You

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Just popping by with a quick post.  This was another of my Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen designs from earlier in the year.

So simple and so easy to do.  Just inked up my Hero Arts Forest stencil with three shades of Distress Inks, taking care to put most of the purple shade around the moon.  Spritzed it with water and dried it.   Easy right?

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Mixed Media Card Challenge #14

It’s time for another Mixed Media Card Challenge and here’s our theme for the month of August:

The challenges run from the 1st to the 25th of each month, with the winners announced on the last day of the month.  To play along, simply create a mixed media card and enter it at the Mixed Media Card Challenge.  Be sure to check out the cards from the rest of the Design Team!  So much inspiration!

New to mixed media? ¬†Simply combine two or more mediums on your card. ¬†So many choices: watercolor, gesso, acrylics, distress inks, pencils, crayons, Copics, other inks and on and on…

My colored panel has been made using the stencil monoprint technique.   My Splitcoaststampers tutorial for this technique can be found right here.  Once that was dry, I sponged more ink around the edges of the panel.  Then I stamped several different butterflies in gold ink and also heat embossed them in gold.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Distress Watercolor paper and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Milled Lavender Distress Inks; Encore Gold and Ranger Jet Black Archival ink
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies and Bold Sentiments
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Bloom Silhouettes stencil, water mister, E.K. Success powder tool, gold embossing powder, heat tool, adhesive, sponge

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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #9 Reminder

Just a quick reminder; there’s still time to get your card in for the¬†One Layer Christmas card challenge!

¬†As always, it’s an “Anything Goes” challenge, and the optional twist this time around is angels:

My background has been made using a stencil monoprint technique. ¬†If you are interested in learning this technique you’ll find my step out and video tutorials¬†here. ¬†I’ve inked a stencil with three different shades of Distress Inks, misted it with water and pressed it onto my watercolor cardstock. Then I used another shade of Distress Ink with a different stencil over top of it. ¬†Next, I flicked some water onto the cardstock to add a little more dimension.

Check out the beautiful inspiration from the rest of the Design Team right here.

Here’s what I used:
Paper;  Strathmore 140# watercolor
Ink:  Distress and Archival inks
Stamps:  Recollections and Verve Glad Tidings
All the other stuff:  TCW stencil, Stencil Girl stencil, sponge, water

Challenges entered:
Merry Monday #158:  stencils

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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #8 Reminder

Just a quick reminder that there’s still time to play along with us at the One Layer Christmas card challenge:

All the challenges are “anything goes”, and require a one layer design. ¬†And, the optional twist with this challenge is “trees”. ¬†Using the optional¬†twist¬†will get you an entry into the monthly random drawing. ¬†Every card that you enter with the twist = 1 entry into the drawing and you can enter as many times as you’d like!

And here’s my one layer design featuring trees:


I’ve opted for some soft pastels this time around and used one of my favorite techniques – a stencil monoprint. ¬†My stencil has been inked with three shades of Distress Inks, misted with water and placed on some watercolor paper. ¬†After stamping the sentiment, I then added the snow. ¬†Now, I’ve taken some serious artistic liberty with this snow, but if Prince can have “Purple Rain”, then I think I can have “Lilac Snow”. ¬†LOL

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor
Ink:  Aquamarine Archival Ink and Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks
Stamps:  Verve Merry Wishes
All the other stuff:  TCW stencil, Simon Says Stamp stencil, Liquitex Blended Fibers, spatula

Challenges entered:
You can check out the rest of the Design Team’s amazing designs right here.
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