Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Yeti Family

Hi, I CASEd this card from one by Sandy Allnock. I tried to create a Yeti cave by looking at the Abominable Snowman’s cave from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer lol!!! I did not achieve the dimension that I wanted to but I had lots of fun making it! The Yeti are from Craftin Desert Divas. See links below!

Copics used: BV0000, BV000, BV01, BV99 and BV17 which might be the wrong color.

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Craftin' Desert Divas Products:
Yeti Fun

Brewed with Love

Monday, January 29, 2018

Craftin Desert Divas Adding Dimension to Cards with Sequins and Die Cuts

Hi Divas,
DT member Susan from www.stampbackandrelax.blogspot.com here on the Crafin Desert Divas blog today with a photo tutorial on adding dimension to a card using die cuts, a snow marker and sequins. This card was so easy. I combined several stamp sets and a few die cutting sets. Here is the finished card:

First I die cut the snow banks - it is the only way snow should come lol! I added a bit of shimmer with Wink of Stella clear shimmer pen.

Next I stamped the fence from Build a Scene and colored it with Copic C00, C0, and C1 and hand cut it out.

 Then I took a card front (Neenah Solar White 90 lb) and colored it with Copics BG0000, BG000 and blended the two using a piece of cloth dampened with Copic Blending Solution. This blended the background and added some dimension in the form of texture.

As a finishing touch I added snow drops using a snow marker and sequins from the Polar Frost collection. The snow did not show up against the light background. Next time I will make it darker using Distress Inks. I adhered the sequins with matte medium.

Thank you for joining me today. The markers and supplies I used are listed below.

 Copic Markers:
Fairy: Face: E0000, E00, E70, RV10 Hair: E31, E33, E35, E37
Dress: R20, R22, R29
Coat: BG72, BG75, BG78
Penguin: W00, W1, W3, and W9
Tree: E43,E45, E47
Owl: E35, E37, E39

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Craftin Desert Divas Supplies:
Winter Fairies

Polar Frost
Build A Scene
Stitched Scallop Borders

Friday, January 26, 2018

A Card for Someone Special

I have a card today that I made for someone who has had a powerful impact in my life Praise the Lord. So I just used the first layer of the Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Astronomical. It perfectly expressed what I wanted to say! I used the Hero Arts Diamond Stencil and some Simon Says Fog ink with my Clarity brushes to make a soft background. I then watercolored the flower with my watercolors with are mostly Daniel Smith and Da Vinci. The clear droplets are from Pretty Pink Posh.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Craftin Desert Divas Clean and Simple Card

Hi Everyone,
It is Susan here today from Inking, Stamping and Relaxing. I created this card using the new Get Well set along with some other very useful and pretty Craftin Desert Divas' supplies. We are featuring Clean and Simple cards this week in our tutorials on the Craftin Desert Divas blog.

First, I masked off the dots in the Sorted Shapes stencil.

Then I inked the background with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I used distress ink rather than distress oxide ink because I wanted the background to be soft. I chose to place the background in the bottom right corner which is a great place for the eye to travel to in a clean and simple card.

Next, I colored in the images (see Copic colors below) and die cut the Sending die from some pink card stock.

I then added Wink of Stella to the Sending die cut to add some shimmer. I also added some sequins focused around the image to highlight it.

Copics Used:
Uniform: C00, C1, C3
Red Cross: R56, R59
Hair: E50, E31, E35 and tiny bit of E39
Face: YR0000, E70, E11 and RV10
Bear: E33, E35, E39
Mouse: C00, C0, C1
Pillow: BG0000, BG000, BG10
Blanket E30, E33, E35

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Craftin Desert Divas Supplies:
Memento Tuxedo Black
Get Well Wishes
Sorted Shapes Stencil
Sending Die

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Thank you card with Hero Arts Card kit

I have another Hero Arts card this morning. I used the Monthly Card Kit from May 2017. I used masking to stack the baskets and tin pan. All in all it was a lot of fun to color with my new Polychromos pencils!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Hero Arts Bunnies in a Box

Hi, These images are an older Hero Arts card kit (March 2017)  that is sadly no longer available. Nonetheless, it is one of my all time favorites. I decided to color in the images from the veggies set and the Bunnies set and use a Lawn Fawn box die to make this. The paper is from MFT.
Have a great day and hope for Spring!!!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Craftin Desert Diva's Partial Die Cutting Tutorial

Hi, This is Susan from Inking, Stamping and Relaxing. Our tutorial this week on the Craftin Desert Divas blog is partial die cutting. To make this card I used partial die cutting and color inspiration from our January Mood Board. We would like you to play along with our Mood Board Challenge located here.

Here is the gorgeous winter mood board:

 I like having inspiration for both technique and inspiration. This post was supposed to have a video but I lost the video editor I was using in a computer update so now I have to learn a new one. Please pardon the quality of the pictures! Here is the final card:

I used the fringe die from the Party Borders die set to create part of the bottom. I used partial die cutting to get the fringe on the base. I thought doing this step was important so I could then build up a fringe border.

You can see from the photo above that I had to turn the die upside down so we are actually using reverse partial die cutting LOL!!! I did not have to adjust my cutting plates as you usually do with partial die cutting. I just flipped the die around. This resulted in the below picture.
You can see that the fringe is cut into the base teal card stock layer!

 This is so easy to do. 
I then cut more pieces of card stock using the full fringe die. Then I stamped a sentiment from Happy Sentiments. I then colored in the bunny balloon using Copic Sketch markers. This photo is just before final assembly. I need to check and double check all my placements.

Copic Markers:
Bunny: C00, C1, C3, R20
Winter Fox: W00, W0, W1, R20
Basket: BG000, BG01, BG10

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Craftin Desert Divas Products:
Party Border Dies
Up, Up and Away
Happy Sentiments
Memento Tuxedo Black

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Craftin Desert Divas Cars in a Blizzard

I saw Sandy Allnock's penguins in a blizzard card and couldn't resist doing the same with Craftin Desert Divas' Classic Cars. As a teenager, I experienced the Blizzard of  '78 and cars were parked like this all along on our road and on the highways. It was awful. With all the snow up North (I live in Florida), I thought I would show my sympathy by making this card. The sentiment is from Crabby Critters - having lived  and grown up in that area - this is how you feel after the 2nd or 3rd storm!

I also made this to inspire you to join in CDD's Color of the Year Ultra Violet Challenge. You can find information on entering and prizes below.

Copics Used:
FV2, BV02, BV11 for violets
YG11, YG13, YG17 for greens
BV0000, BV000, B60 for snow and a snow marker
Y0000 for headlights
C0, C1, C3 for metallics

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Craftin Desert Divas:
Classic Cars

Crabby Critters

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Craftin Desert Divas Mood Board Challenge and Watercolor Cling Wrap Tutorial

This is my first blog post on the Craftin Desert Divas' Blog as a design team member! My name is Susan Wymer and I have been making cards for about 15 years.  My blog is Stamp Back and Relax. I had intended to make a video. However, the editing software I was using no longer functioned after a Windows update!!!!

Anyway, here is our beautiful mood board for January. The challenge is to create a card using these themes as they inspire you and enter a photo of your project to the Mood Board Challenge Event on the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery on Facebook! The prizes are great!!!

My card: 

In my imagination I was trying to make a log cabin using the tree die from the Outdoor Landscape 2 die set. I decided to watercolor the die cut to look like a birch tree. First, though I needed a background. To create this, I used Arches 140 lb cold press watercolor paper and Daniel Smith's Paynes Grey and some cling wrap.
I painted the background then stretched the cling wrap over it while the paint was still wet. I let this dry and I got this!

This technique is so easy but it creates such interesting effects. I then cut this into 2 4-bar card fronts. 4 bar cards are 3.5" by 4 7/8' wide. I find it a nice size to work with when using smaller objects.

On another piece of Arches paper, I lightly water colored a background with M Graham's Neutral Tint. Let it dry and die cut the trees from it.

Then using Daniel Smith's Moonglow paint, I added in the birch tree details with a size 2 Black Velvet brush. However, here is where I made my mistake - I did not leave enough white in the trees so the "logs" looked very dark. In watercolor the white of the paper is your highlight. I also made the background too dark. 

To compensate when I assembled the card (no picture sorry - my memory card was full and I did not know that) I added a layer of vellum over the top to even out the darkness. I then added a sentiment from Better Together and added some clear droplets to finish my card.  

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Hopefully, I can eventually figure out my new editing software so I can upload that. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

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Outdoor Landscape Dies
Better Together