Today I’m sharing something unusual: a simple DIY project for Halloween that I made for Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #25 and for my little niece because she is a real sweet tooth and will be happy to receive a sweet treat from her aunt.
If you have already checked my previous posts, you probably know that I’m participating at Online Card Class Watercolor for Cardmakers 2 these days and trying to explore more my watercolor tools and experimenting new techniques. So this project is inspired by the third day of class and Kristina Werner’s tutorial on watercoloring with Inktense Pencils and Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush.
As a base I used a smooth side of Ranger’s Watercolor Cardstock. Originally I planned to use a cute free digital Halloween stamp from Newton Nook’s website, but unfortunately 😦 didn’t manage to achieve a good quality print on watercolor paper. Definitely need to experiment more in the future. Meanwhile I came back to a more traditional waterproof ink and masking technique. I used together Newton’s Birthday Bash and SSS Hey Pumpkin stamp sets to create a Halloween image.
As I said previously, for watercoloring I used Clear Wink of Stella instead of a regular artistic brush and water. Actually I filled with water an old one and gave it a good shake to reactivate the shimmer. The result you can see on the picture I posted above.
To assemble everything I simply scored the watercolor piece and attached it to a plastic bag filled with sweet treats using two staples.
Hope you like the idea and hope my project will inspire you to create your own DIY Halloween treat bags! As always thanks so much for stopping by!
The summer is over (Hope everyone had a great time and much fun!?) and I’m back in town and on my blog with this new card created for Inky Paws Challenge #24 – Sketch!
Finally had a chance to play with a new for me Newton’s Naptime stamp set. This sleepy kitty is absolutely adorable, isn’t he? And he is so fun to color too!!!
I took as an inspiration for my copic coloring a soft pastel color recipe from Simon Says Stamp and Shari Carroll. Here’s the picture of it.
Once finished the coloring (I put the exact copic marker numbers I used on the card at the end of the post), I assembled everything trying to take a pick on the sketch: I die-cut, heat embossed and inked an additional panel for the background; die-cut several times Painted Enjoy word die from Simon Says Stamp to match and emphasize the stamped sentiment “Enjoy Your Day” taken from NND Newton’s Summer Vacation stamp set. To interpret the sketch in my own way I used the dies instead of the fish-tale banners. The one on the left was glued directly to the back panel and the other was applied using inlaid die-cut technique.
A little bit of Wink of Stella and some sequins and the card was done!
Only one more consideration before the post will become too long. If you would like to reproduce the similar background with distress inks and water droplets, I highly recommend to use watercolor paper for this technique. Neenah Solar White paper goes well with copics and ink blending, but it doesn’t hold water at all. In fact, I was not able to achieve the desired look on this paper by adding just water and had to fix the panel by mixing ink and a some water on the acrylic block and putting then some droplets with a water brush.
As always thanks so much for stopping by!
pillows and blankets: BG10-BG11-C1, BV000-BV00; Y13-Y15-0; BG0000-BG01; R11-R12
I decided to stretch more Newton’s Nook Design Summer Vacation stamp set (perfect for this hot summer time 😉 ) and my copic markers. The result is this entirely colored card.
Coloring is no doubt one of my favorite techniques. I did a bunch of cards with colored images, but now I’m trying to go further and make my own backgrounds. This particular layout was inspired by Sandy Allnock’s tutorial on how to color sand and sea with copic markers. (You can find her video here.) I’m not as good as she on coloring so I added more mid-tone colors to help with blending. At the end of this post I’ll leave all the particular markers I used.
Basically to build the scene I took a standard A2 size piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock and cut it with Simon Say Stamp’s Stitched Slopes and Hills die: the one that has a stitch line in the middle. So I didn’t need to worry about staying in line between beach and sea. First I finished coloring my background then I stamped, colored and cut out separately the images from the stamp set and mounted them on the foam tape.
As a finish touch I added a little bit of shading under the cat, castle and bucket; brought some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush pen and a touch of Glossy Accents on the cat’s glasses.
Let me mention a few more words before the post will become too long: I used some colors on the card from the inspiration picture of Inky Paws Challenge #23 – SUMMER lovin’!
… and, of course, colored the cat as my kitty Tommy (Sacred Cat of Burma).
Hope you like this fun card and as always thanks so much for stopping by!
sand: base coat E50-E31-E55-E57; texture E13-E29-0
sunny sky: Y00-Y13-0
I haven’t planned to make more cards this week or to post something on my blog due to a very busy schedule, but guess what happened… yesterday Simon Says Stamp announced a new challenge on their Wednesday Challenge Blog and it’s all about furry friends and Newton’s Nook Design’s stamps (yes, my favorite cat images 😉 ). I was so so so excited and just can’t help myself from making something with the cutest furry friends I ever saw. So I put my other plans aside, took out my copics and started coloring.
I selected three kitties from NND Naughty Newton, Newton’s Birthday Bash and Newton’s Antics and colored them, of course, one like my furry baby Tommy, one like Newton and one like Kristina Werner’s cat Mannie. Here are copic colors I used:
my kitty Tommy (Sacred Cat of Birman): E41-E43-E44-E47-W0-W1
Newton (orange tabby cat): Y32-YR21-YR24-YR27-W0-W1
Mannie (black and white): C0-C3-C4-C7-C10.
Then I went crazy with all the colors for the banners inspired by the photo of NND Inky Paws Challenge #22 – Birthday.
Maybe even too crazy…. so I was not really happy with my first attempt. Since I spent all that time on coloring I didn’t want to throw away my card and start all over again so I did some fixing!!! I decided to make the birthday hat and the balloon match the colors I used on the scalloped edge. I colored only these little pieces, fussy cut them and glued on the top of previous ones. Here’s the picture of the original card.
Which one do you like more?
As always thanks so much for stopping by and hope you’ll have a great week-end!!!
I’ve just popped up at my blog to share what I created after a few week pause. I’ve been on vacation and on my return found 35º C (95º F) in the city. We are literally melting!!! I wish I could turn back on the sea shore… so my today’s birthday card is all about summer and it’s heavily inspired by my journey and by my new furry friend I met at the the hotel where we were staying.
I’ve never thought that cats love staying in the pool, but I was wrong. Besides this picture finally brought me the inspiration on how to use funny kitty images from Newton’s Nook Design Summer Vacation stamp set.
I did a little bit of watercoloring using no-line technique and partial die-cutting. I’m still experimenting with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and Strathmore watercolor paper so I will let you my opinion later. Here’s the up-close look on the watercoloring… and, of course, the little mischief is colored like my cat Tommy.
Hope you like the card! I’m posting it as my entry to the Inky Paws Challenge #22 – Birthday. Here’s the inspiration photo of the challenge.
As always thanks so much for stopping by!