Sunday, August 2, 2015

Bright Flowers - Two Cards


Two cards with one of my drawings, scanned and computer-printed in black and white, then colored with Copic markers.  I love the bright tropical look of the flowers and leaves.  I will probably add a stem for the top flower, which looks a bit disconnected now. 

Like many of my drawings for cards, this one started with "just a drawing" (posted here), which I then rearranged and redrew to work in a card setting.  Technique:  When coloring a complex image like this, I tend to lose track of leaf/petal/background, so I start with a very light green (G000) to outline all of my leaf shapes.  It's an easy way for me to avoid some coloring mistakes.


Card details:
  • Top card: Card stock is Neenah solar white, My Favorite Things red hot (red),  Papertrey Ink (PTI) smokey shadow (dark gray), and the bitty dots print from PTI smokey shadow pattern pack.
  • Bottom card: Card stock is Neenah solar white, Paper Source poppy (light orange), Papertrey Ink (PTI) new leaf (green), and the bitty dots print from PTI new leaf pattern pack.
  • Both cards: Embossing folder is The Paper Studio script (retired).
  • Top card: Copic colors are R02,35,39, Y08,21, YR04, YG05,61, G000,07, and E84.
  • Bottom card:  Copic colors are Y21, R02, YR04,09, E84, YG61, and G07 on Y21 (marker tip-to-tip blending).  Note, the flowers are lighter and more yellowish in real life.  
  • Bottom card: The white rectangle is edged with black Copic multiliner for more contrast with the green mat.  I used a Brush Small (BS) size multiliner.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Red Birds with Yellow and Turquoise

A bright and happy card.  I like the birds perching on the hello branch.

Card details:
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Light Gray with Blue and Vellum - Sympathy

Today's card is based on an earlier card, posted here.   I changed the colors and patterns but kept the layout consistent.  It makes a soft and serene sympathy card.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) soft stone (light gray) and blueberry sky (medium blue), bitty dot from PTI sheer basics vellum patterned paper, and leaf print from PTI spring rain (light blue) pattern pack.
  • Leaf print paper is edged with Copic marker B45.
  • Embossing folders are Stampin' Up square lattice (placed diagonally) (retired) and The Paper Studio script (retired).
  • Die is from PTI double-ended banners.
  • Corner rounder is 1/4" corner chomper by Crop-a-Dile.  The bottom A2 corners are rounded, though it doesn't show up well in my picture.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC 800 (light blue - 2 strands) and 799 (medium blue).
  • The sentiment "with sympathy" is from PTI fillable frames #2, and the small flower is from PTI framed out #10, both stamped with PTI blueberry sky ink cube
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Green Twist Print Card - Two Versions


Today's card is a happy byproduct of yesterday's airbrushed stencil card.  I've found the easiest way for me to clean the airbrushed Copic ink off my stencil (plastic, metal, or magnetic masking material) is to spritz it lightly with Copic "0" colorless blender solution in a misting bottle, and then press a paper towel or piece of card stock onto it.  I typically choose card stock because often, as shown here, a beautiful one-of-a-kind print is the result.

For the card, I trimmed down my print, double matted it, and stamped it with a sentiment and pair of leaflets.  With my one and only piece of the print, I made just one card (below) but I tried another color combination (above) which was more photogenic.  In real life, the card below is richly handsome - perfect for the recipient. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Stampin' Up soft suede (brown - bottom card) and Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (dark green - both cards), rustic cream (both cards), and spring moss (light green - top card). 
  • Print is made from Copic marker YG95 airbrushed onto a PTI cover plate: twist stencil, as explained above.  See this post for more about the stencil. 
  • The sentiment "Thinking of you" is from Stampabilities card phrases, and the leaflets are from PTI turning a new leaf, all stamped with PTI ripe avocado ink cube.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Green Twist with Airbrush

An elegant monochromatic green design.  The "twist" design, airbrushed and embossed, gives a sense of movement.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (dark green) and spring moss (light green).
  • The card front is embossed with PTI cover plate: twist.   
  • The sentiment panel is airbrushed with Copic marker YG95.  
  • Technique: I die cut a stencil using this art magnetic masking material from Ellen Hutson.  The detailed PTI cover plate: twist design cut beautifully and cleanly.  (I left the tiny ovals in place on my stencil, but I could have removed them with no problem.)  Airbrushing was so much easier with the Ellen Hutson craft assistant securing the magnetic stencil on my card stock. 
  • Twine is honeydew stripe from The Twinery.
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from PTI keep it simple: thinking of you, stamped with PTI ripe avocado ink cube.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Leafy Thank You - Green and Blue

Simple and bright with blue dots (printed and punched) and a large green leaflet.  I like the accent line of green and blue embroidery floss.  

This is my last card design for Operation Write Home, included in my final box.  Over the past five years, I've really enjoyed making cards for OWH.  I'm very thankful that I had such a great opportunity to support our deployed troops and their families.

For more information about Operation Write Home's closing and the "finishing strong" campaign, with all cards due by August 1, click here.

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (482)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Red, White, and Blue with Hearts

Celebrating the Fourth of July with a red, white, and blue card for Operation Write Home.  I like the angled hearts with those bubbly dots.

Today's card is another "after" version of the cards in this post, with many of the same design elements and supplies.  It might be my favorite of the three.

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (481)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Red Flowers in Aqua Jar

Two bright red bouquets from one set of stamps and dies.  I drew some aqua lines (horizontal) for the jar and white stems for the leaves and flowers.   Because the dies left white around the stamped leaves and flowers, I included white borders on the jar label and the brown sentiment strip, to unify the look of the card.

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (477)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hearts Print with Banner - Before and After

After
A card with some red, white, and blue Love for Operation Write Home's June banners challenge.  With our OWH August 1 deadline coming soon, I wanted to use up the rest of this hearts print and those sweet tiny words - "Be mine, Forever and always, You make me happy" and more.

So I adapted the layout from an earlier card (shown below) while using most of the same materials.  Both cards are nice, but I think the "after" card (above) is more vibrant with the wide red banner and lively embossing pattern.

Edited July 4, 2015 to add:  See this post for another "after" version. 

Card details:
  • See this post for materials used on both cards.
  • The only new supplies on the "after" are - Added some red embroidery floss (DMC 347) and changed embossing folder to Sixxix retro cirque (retiring.)
  • On the "after" card, I forgot to edge the hearts print with B39 Copic marker like the "before"card.  It looks better with the edging (below.)
Before
Both cards were created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (387)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stars with Red, White, and Blue

A red, white, and blue "miss you" card with lots of stars, embossed and die cut.  For the Operation Write Home June challenge from Our Daily Bread Designs.  Many thanks to ODBD for supporting our deployed troops through these monthly challenges. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) classic kraft, stamper's select white, pure poppy (red), enchanted evening (dark blue), and the stripes print from PTI enchanted evening pattern pack.
  • Die is PTI seeing stars (medium size.)
  • The sentiment "miss you" is from PTI communique sentiments, stamped with PTI pure poppy ink cube
  • The "v" shapes on the star points are drawn with Signo Uni-Ball red gel impact pen.
  • Baker's twine is by We R Memory Keepers.
  • Embossing folders are Darice stars asst. [assorted] and the Paper Studio tiny stars, using the debossed side.
  • Corners on the blue square are rounded with Crop-a-Dile 1/2" corner chomper.
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (479)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Orange and Yellow Flowers with Kraft

Sweet flower shapes in orange and yellow on a strip of dark green.  Kraft and an aqua print add more contrast. 

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (478)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Orange Gingham with Green and Turquoise

Just a simple card with bright and happy colors.

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (475)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Cream Heart with Pink Prints

Patterns and textures with cream and a variety of pinks.  In real life, all the colors work well together.

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (474)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Flowers on Green Twist

A trio of bright flowers, growing on the green twist design.  (Vines?  An ornate fence?  Nice either way.) 

A dark blue background adds depth.  I experimented with several diffferent background colors, and the blue looked the best by far. 

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (473)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Gold with Rust - Thank You

Strong colors with curves and lines.  The sentiment in a slanted font, offset on two lines, gives a sense of movement on the scallop-print paper, while the embossed stripes offer a stable foundation.  And that's how I see it.

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (472)