Daily Archives: April 18, 2016
Hello friends! Happy Monday! It’s a busy day here at the Crafty Nurse’s Blog and I’m here with Sketch #148 by From The Heart Stamps. These are great challenges because you can use just the sketch, or if you’d like, add the twist. The only requirement is that you use a From The Heart image. The rest is up to you. The twist for this challenge is “Add Washi”.
I have a lot of washi so I was in for both the sketch and the twist this week. My image is, “Birdbath Chick” which I colored with Copic Markers. I wanted to play around with a technique I saw on the Copic website for bubbles and I’m happy with the outcome. You can find it here on my Pinterest page. My dies are by My Favorite Things and the paper is Echo Park “Sunshine”.
I hope you’ll join us for the sketch this week at From The Heart Stamps for sketch #148! You have until Sunday, April 24th to enter.
The Crafty Nurse here with a Project of the Week for The House that Stamps Built. Today I’m bringing you a super easy technique using Pan Pastel’s, which if you are not familiar are great pans of gorgeous chalky color.
For this project the supplies I used are:
- Pan Pastel’s in Green’s and Blues
- Soft Applicator Sponges
- Versamark Ink
- Antistatic Bag
- Smooth Bristol Paper
- Pastel Fixitive
- Repeat Impressions Stamps of your choice, I used: Nature’s Quartet 8506-U
I began by cutting a piece of smooth bristol paper into 4.25 by 4.25 pieces and treated it with an antistatic bag.
I then placed a light application of blue pan pastel chalk over the entire surface of the bristol paper.
I inked up the “Nature’s Quartet” with Versmark…
and stamped it onto the paper coated with the first layer of Pan Pastel’s.
After making sure your Versamark is dry, apply a darker hue over the stamped image. This provides excellent contrast to your image picking up only in the areas of the stamped image . Don’t be afraid to use different colors as the Pan Pastel’s mix very well. For example, try a yellow base layer with red over your stamped image. If you have the metallic pan pastel’s, you can start with gold, then layer over with any other color for a metallic hue.
I chose to use a diagonal pattern when applying the darker hues. I did one corner in darker green and the opposite in darker blue.
To finish off I sprayed a pastel fixative but if you don’t have that you can use hair spray.
That’s all there is to it! For my finished card, I added a little bit of washi tape as a frame and embossed my center wood leaf with versmark and Stampendous powder. I love altering my wooden embellishments.
I hope you enjoyed this super easy tutorial and break out some of those Pan Pastels you’ve been hoarding!
Hope you’ll join us on Wednesday for the Photo Inspiration Challenge. I know you’ll love it!
Hello Friends! It’s Monday morning and time for a new Cards in Envy challenge. Today we are having a PARTY!!! A “birthday party” to be more specific. You have until Sunday, May 1st to submit your entry and as our name states, your card must fit nicely in a standard sized A2 envelope. That means no big lumps, bumps, or large embellishments.
I have been wanting to break out my Crazy Bird set for some time and thought this is a perfect challenge to do some low level layering so that my card still fits well into a standard envelope. I began by creating a watercolor background using Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin. I then ran that through a Cuttlebug folder and cut it out with a Simon Says Stamp stitched die. My balloon and tie are colored with more of the Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin adding in a little Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey and Fossilized Amber. The hat is Black Soot and Hickory Smoke. Finally, I used the Tim Holtz sentiment stamped with archival and watercolored again with distress inks as above.
We sure hope you’ll join the party over at Cards in Envy! We can’t wait to see your cards. Have fun!