Thursday, July 2, 2020

Patriotic Gnome Card

I'm hopping on here to quickly share this patriotic card for several challenges.  This features several Photo Play Paper collections that I'll mention below with included affiliate shopping links! I do receive a small commission if you make a purchase, at no cost to you. ❤


For my gnome from the Tulla and Norbert stamp set, I did some serious masking and extended Norbert's arm so he can properly salute the Pledge of Allegiance.  I also stamped on a sticker to paper piece his hat. The stickers and paper collection are from the Land of the Free collection. The masking would not have been possible without my mini Misti


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Beachy Unicorn Card

Hey crafty friends! I'm feeling the summer vibes with the new release from Pink & Main!
This card features the Beach Unicorn stamp set, among other lovely products from P & M. But seriously, floating unicorns? Yes, please! Scroll down for a few creative details and I'll have convenient affiliate product links available at the end of this post.

(FTC Disclosure: as an affiliate for various companies in the craft industry, I will receive a small commission for purchases made through my convenient affiliate links.  This does not affect your purchase price.)




First, I used a mirror image stamp technique where you do some reverse image stamping.  It's super easy and requires a big 'ole piece of rubber for this (see product links at the end of this post).  It fits nicely inside the mini Misti stamp positioner.  You simply stamp your image onto the rubber two or three times to get a good inking which is why you should use a stamp positioner. Then, gently press and rub your cardstock (for coloring images) into the ink.  It's not a perfect science but I usually touch up any areas that I need to with a fine tip black Copic pen.





I used a variety of Copic Markers to color my palm trees and unicorn, and accented with a white gel pen.  As you can see, I decided to cut up my colored unicorn image and have her floating in the waves.  It's ok to chop up your paper! 

For my background, I used a pretty orange/pink paper from my paper pad, then inked up some clouds with my stencil.  If you use the stencil edges, you can flip them upside for waves! Don't you love a product that has duality?  I know I do.





I've nicknamed my unicorn Prissy and Prissy needs a beach towel to dry off. Here's a neat trick. Score some lines on your cardstock, then rub over them with a cardboard nail file.  I thought it gave a super cool "sand" effect. You can't hit the beach without getting sand all over your towel! To finish off my card, I added Nuvo drops in my clouds and on my beach, and hand drew some little star fish that I fussy cut and embellished.





This was such a fun card to make and I hope I've given you some good ideas to try out. Hope your summer is all it can be, despite the current health climate!  Take care and stay healthy!

Terri

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Happiness in a Cup Plus Digital Tips

I hope you're not bored with all the thank you cards that I've been creating, because the graduation gifts continue to roll in for my Senior! Today's project pairs a couple different digital stamp sets from Polka Dot Orchard; Happiness in a Cup and the sentiment from Spring Blessings. Scroll down for a few creative details.



(FTC Disclosure: as an affiliate for various companies in the craft industry, I will receive a small commission for purchases made through my convenient affiliate links.  This does not affect your purchase price.)





Digital images have really gained momentum in recent years and show no sign of slowing down. Many stamp companies are now offering digital images in additional to traditional clear or rubber stamps. Within the last year, numerous graphic designers have branched out with their own line of digital products. Low overhead costs allow for savings passed on to hungry consumers that are always looking for something new to spark their creative outlets. Card makers love the ease of printing and coloring, making multiples faster and the ability to customize the graphic to fit their needs, yours truly, included!




If you've never tried working with digital images, you really don't know what you're missing. I've been working with digital products for years and I've discovered a few things along the way.  Let me share a couple of those with you today.

As you can see in the product photo above, the Happiness in a Cup floral image is simple enough for anyone on any level of artistry to color.  Even your kids can color it without any difficulty. Depending on your skill level, you can go simplistic, or create a masterpiece! Knowledge is power in the digital world so here's a few tips.







I don't use anything fancy like Photoshop or fancy die cut machines that print and cut. I use Microsoft Word. That's right, plain and simple Microsoft Word.  When you purchase your graphic images, you are able to download them to your computer. You then can upload them into a blank Word document and insert as a picture. Just go find the folder you saved your image in and select and add to your document.  I decided to offset my image, off the cardstock, using a border, when printing.

As you can see in the photo above, I chose to augment my image with a more grunge look.  It's easy peasy and here's how. Once you've added your image to your Word document and sized it as you wish, tap on the picture with your mouse and a format section will pop up on your toolbar. Next, choose artistic effect. There's an entire selection of images that will change your outlined image.  Just tap whichever image you like. It won't save the changes until you save your document so you can tap on all the images if you want, and see which one you like the best. Or don't change anything at all! These are just options available to you.  Also on the format toolbar is a picture effect button. Here, you can add shadows, glows or reflections of image and so much more. Just play around with it.





I did end up placing a shadow behind my image and it's hard to see in the first photo but you can see it better in the photo above. I tried the new #100 lb cardstock from Simon Hurley to test watercoloring and painting and it worked beautifully.I tried not to oversaturate the paper and didn't have any problems with buckling or warping. Also, for my sentiment, I needed to stagger it, so I simply inserted, then copied it three times, using the crop feature by right clicking with my mouse and cropping some of the words. To move them around the page, sometimes you need to right click your mouse and select to wrap text in front. I find that it's always easier to move images around the page when I use the wrap text feature.


I used my Altenew pan watercolor paints to color and embellished with acrylic paint in white and brown for my flower centers, tapping in the paint with the tip of a paintbrush, dotting it for the effects you see.  Brown paint splatters adorn the card in some of the white space, as well. I also mixed a bit of white paint with some of my other colors for various light effects.





For my cup, I placed some washi tape along the sides of the cup and did some ink blending with Catherine Pooler Daydream Ink. It is a water reactive ink and as you can see, I added some water splashes to my cup. To finish my card, I trimmed along the border edge and used black cardstock as a backdrop and adhered to my 5x7 card.

I hope I haven't overwhelmed you with too much information but like I said, knowledge is power, right? Thanks so much for hanging in there with me and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section. Or leave a little love as well. I love reading your comments!  See you next time...... Terri



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