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Cards in Envy Challenge: Wouldn’t That Be Sweet

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge .  This week our theme is “Wouldn’t That Be Sweet.” Some examples would be candy, cookies, cupcakes or maybe a sweet teddy bear, animal, or even a child.

As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple.

For today’s card I used My Favorite Things “Twice The Wishes” card kit from July 2016. It’s sold out but the die and paper can be purchased separately.  This layered cake has a cool slider die that I elected not to use, but is really fun.  I thought the Gnome also from MFT would sit perfectly on top of this cake.  I colored him with Copics in BG45, BG23, & BG11 and skin tones in E50, E51, E11 & R20.  I finished off the card using some wink of stella and yellow Pico Embellisher Irresistibles.

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What sweet treat will you show us when you enter in our challenge over at Cards in Envy?  You have until December 18th to enter.

Cards in Envy Challenge: Hello Fall!

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge using the theme of Hello Fall!  You all know that I love, love, love the fall and can’t wait to see the full glory of the beautiful fall trees.

The rules at Cards in Envy  are simple.  We ask that your cards fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing. That doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple as you can see from my card.

I took a different route with my card today and didn’t do any stamping.  The leaves are a Lawn Fawn Stitched Die with a Hero Arts font die.  The “you” is a Simon Says Stamp die that I layered and glossy accented.

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I really look forward to seeing what your Hello Fall cards look like at Cards in Envy!  We are having record number of entries on the blog lately and I’m thrilled to see all your gorgeous work.

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #159 – Twist: GateFold Card

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  My brain is still on vacation so I am late in posting my challenge!  ACK!!  I’m here with sketch #159 at 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 and the sketch.  The rest is up to you. The twist for this challenge is to use a Gate Fold Technique.

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I used just the sketch this week.  My image is one of the sweet Faithful Friends images called, “Hold Tight Hugs” which I colored with Copic Markers.  My paper is Glitz Design called, “Felicity” and I used the MFT Flag dies as embellishments.  My sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp die which I layered and then coated with Pico Embellisher.

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Sure hope you’ll join us for Sketch #159 at From The Heart Stamps this week.  Also, don’t forget to stop by and join the FTHS Facebook group.  Happy Monday!!

 

The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 11-16-15

Hello stampers!  The Crafty Nurse here with some creative play for The House that Stamps Built project of the week.   I can’t get enough of the Brushos Watercolors and today I’ve got a great way to use Brusho’s for adding color to your flowers and leaves. Don’t forget I’m offering a 10% discount to the Repeat Impressions Store (discount code on my blog sidebar).

For this project the supplies I used are:

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Before we begin, I wanted to share with you how I store my Brusho’s.  I use a push pin to create a hole in the top and then keep the pins in the bottle so I don’t lose any powder.  When you want to use the pigment, remove the pin and shake it out.  Easy as pie.

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To prepare our ink palette shake the Brusho’s pigment into the wells.I used Orange, Sunburst Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, and Sea Grass Green.

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Step 1:  Ink stamp with distress ink.  The first one I used was Fossilzed Amber.  Make sure the entire stamp is covered.

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Step 2:  With your water brush, apply a dabs of water to the surface of your inked stamp.  This is why we are using Distress Ink because it plays so well with water.  You can see that it’s activated that Fossilized Amber ink.

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Step 3: Dip your water brush into the dry Brusho’s powder and apply to inked and watered stamp.

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Step 4: After applying all your colors, hold up the image and give it a spritz of water.  Here is a sample of how much water should be used below.

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Step 5: Time to Stamp.  The trick here is to make sure you use watercolor paper and once you stamp down, hold it for a count of no less than 5 seconds and 10 if you are not too impatient.  That way the pigment makes good contact with the paper and really soaks in for the most vibrant outcome. 

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Step 6: If you need a little extra pigment you can always do a direct to paper application of the Brush’s with your water brush as I’m showing here.

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Step 7:  Choose some alternate base Distress Inks to change up the colors of the leaves.  I used Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick.

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You can see my sample and tell the differences in the base color. The top right is Fossilized Amber, The left is Dried Marigold and the bottom right is Worn Lipstick.

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Step 8: Finish stamping your panel and distress.  I used Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs.

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Here is my final card made by watercoloring with Brusho’s. To finish the card I cut out the panel using a WPlus9 stitched die, added Ellen Hutson Ribbon, and die cut a Papertrey Ink Thanks die which I topped with Pico Embellisher in shimmer.   I can’t wait to break this technique out on other floral stamps.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed how to watercolor with Brusho’s.  I hope you’ll join us this week for Karen’s Designer Choice Challenge at The House That Stamps Built  which focuses on “sentiments” where you will have a chance at a $25.00 gift certificate.

Beginning Wednesday, November 18th, we are having a “Photo Inspiration” Challenge that I know you’ll love!

I wish you a wonderful rest of the week!

The Crafty Nurse

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