ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop – Day Two

Hello again, stencil fans!  It’s day two of the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop with the STAMPlorations girls!
You can find all the details on the STAMPlorations blog right here.  There might be some prizes…just saying.  Commenting on the STAMPlorations blog, the rest of the design team member’s blogs and my blog just might win you a prize 🙂  Commenting closes April 17 with the winners announced on April 19.
I used the same technique as yesterday but changed up the colors and used the Flutterby stencil and added some gold splatters.
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and watercolor
Stamps:  STAMPlorations BOLD SENTIMENTS: Imagine
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Flutterby stencil, Zig Gansai Tambi watercolors, large flat brush, Micron pen, Gold Colorshine Mist, foam adhesive
Check out what the other STAMPlorations girls have created to inspire you right here.

STAMPlorations products I used today:
ARTplorations Flutterby                              STAMPlorations BOLD SENTIMENTS: Imagine
preview-web-stencil-019-flutterby copy.jpeg                                     preview-STAMPlorations-Imagine  

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ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop – April 13 – 15

Hello, stencil fans!  It’s time for another ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop with the STAMPlorations girls.

You can find all the details on the STAMPlorations blog right here.  There might be some prizes…just saying.  Commenting on the STAMPlorations blog, the rest of the design team member’s blogs and my blog just might win you a prize 🙂  Commenting closes April 17 with the winners announced on April 19.
I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use stencils and this one incorporates another of my favorite things and that’s watercolor.  Here’s a link to the video tutorial I found on Joggles which explains how it’s done. 
My Leaf Prints stencil was placed on some watercolor paper and using a large, flat brush I dropped in watercolor paint.  Once it was completely dry, I did a bit of rough sketching around each of the components with a waterproof fine pen.  And since I ended up with some tiny drops of watercolor, I outlined those two just for fun 🙂  There’s a distinct possibility you’ll see more of this technique in the coming days as I try to perfect it.
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and watercolor
Ink:  Versafine in Black Onyx
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Art Is
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Leaf Prints stencil, Zig Gansai Tambi Watercolor, large flat brush, Micron pen, MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, sequins, adhesive, foam tape
Check out what the other STAMPlorations girls have made to inspire you right here.

STAMPlorations products I used today:
ARTplorations Leaf Prints:                        STAMPlorations Art Is:
preview-web-stencil-001-leaves-large.jpeg                                  Shery_Russ-ArtIs-preview

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Pastel Peace

Playing along in a couple of challenges today.  Teamie Cornelia is the Muse for the current Muse: Christmas Visions Challenge; and here’s her amazing card:

This is also for the current CASology challenge:  weather.  Normally, I’d be doing something spring-like at this time of year, but the current dump of snow had me thinking winter 🙂
I opted for a soft color palette and lots of sparkle, but kept the “peace” theme.  Just did a quick watercolor wash background, splashed on some watered down gesso and then heat embossed the tree and the starry background with some glittery embossing powder. The sentiment has been die cut from some silver paper.
Here’s a close-up of the sparkle:
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper and SU! silver paper
Ink:  Versamark and Distress Inks for watercoloring
Stamp:  Penny Black Pine & Star
All the other stuff:  SSS Falling Stars stencil, WOW! Sparkling Snow Embossing Glitter, gesso, brushes, Penny Black “peace” die
Challenges entered:
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Toni’s Birthday

A birthday card for my sweet cousin, Toni.

I’ve heat embossed the flowers from Altenew’s Persian Motifs in gold and then just loosely watercolored with some Distress Inks.  When it was dry I added some splashes of Peerless Transparent Gold watercolor.  This is a one layer card using Arches 140# cold pressed paper.

A simple sentiment from Altenew’s Superscript 2 and a smattering of fun iridescent white beads and sequins from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.  That little heart is actually iridescent but shows up pink on my photo…one of those little things that make you go hmmm????

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  one layer
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Addicted to CAS:  code word bloom

ColourQ:  calypso coral, melon mambo, pink pirouette, gold and white

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Negative Painting

More homework from my Watercolor for Cardmakers Intermediate Techniques class.  This, like the other techniques from this class, requires a lot of practice.  I’m getting there…just need to spend more time practicing.

Cannot begin to tell you how amazing this class is…so many fabulous techniques by the instructors. And let me just say…Dawn Woleslagle from WPlus9 is an amazing artist as well as instructor!

Here’s a link to the class if you are interested.

I’ve used Arches 140# cold pressed paper with M. Graham and Winsor & Newton Professional watercolors.  The leaves are from Technique Tuesday Give Thanks and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp’s Square Sayings.

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Variegated Watercolor Wash

I’m working my way through the On-Line Card Classes Intermediate Watercolor Techniques class. Can I just say?…the instructors are amazing….

This is the start of my homework…and I am a tad lot behind!

Just happened to stumble upon some M. Graham watercolors at one of our local framing shops. They are creamy and just yummy to work with.  I’ve used Quinacridone Violet, Quinacridone Rose and Nickel Quinacridone Gold with Arches 140# cold pressed watercolor paper.

Now this is version number 7,254…those girls make it look easy…it took me a while to get the hang of this technique.

Once my panel was dry, die cut and ready to mount on my card base…good golly Miss Molly…where the heck did that smudge of ink come from???  Prima flower to the rescue!  So had to add a couple of flat-backed pearls too. FYI, the sentiment is from STAMPlorations Art Is stamp set.

I love how the colors blended…it really looks like a beautiful Saskatchewan sunrise:)

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Christmas Goodies

Ah…new crafty goodies for Christmas…lucky me!  Itching to play with some watercolor today so that’s where I headed with this.

Very simple card…just stamped the Tim Holtz “Iced Coffee” image in Archival Ink, added some splashes of watercolor and topped off this yummy concoction with some “whipped cream”.  OK, it’s actually a snow marker from Marvy that’s been in my stash forever.

Thanks to my sweet bro for the new Tim Holtz set.  However, this little gem was also in my stocking courtesy of him.  Funny guy!

Challenges entered:
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

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