Wednesday, September 20, 2017

No-line Watercoloring Hippos

This is my final card to 2017 MFT super star constest in the coloring virtuoso category. Coloring is defintely not my thing and seeing so many good works submitted, it also takes courage to participate!

I stamped the images with distress ink and colored them with a mix of Daniel Smith watercolor and Zig clean color real brush (just for the hippos).


I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.

Supplies used in this card:
  • MFT happy hippos stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp set (retired)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pirate and Treasure

This is my second entry to MFT super star card contest.
 
The card itself was very simple, but to decide what color theme, I pondered for a long time. In one idea, I wanted to use blue for ocean. In another idea, I wanted to use brown for treasure map. I couldn't decide which colors so I tried out both of them just to see which one looks better. But it turned out even after finishing both of them, I still couldn't decide which one looked better! I then seek advice from my husbands and sons - 3 people, and guess what? It was a tie (one vote for each and the third one couldn't decide)!
 
So I decided to post both of them. Please leave a comment and let me know which one you think is better.
 



I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.

Supplies used in this card:
  • MFT Party like a pirate stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT soak up the fun stamp set (MFT)

Monday, September 18, 2017

All Seasons 3D Decorative Card

I made a fun 3D decorative card today using MFT stamps. It has 4 sides and I designed it in theme of four seasons.
 
To begin, all of backgrounds were ink blended with distress inks on a single piece of bristol paper (9''x9''), while the paper is still flat. It got really messy during the process and I almost decided to give up. After I folded the paper and formed the 3D shape, I continued with the hopes that I can use images to cover up the ink stains. Luckily I decided to continue. For most of the images, I attached them using folded acetates so that it looks like they sit up or float in the air/water. Finally I put sentiments at the bottom.








I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.

Supplies used in this card:
  • MFT soak up the fun stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT harvest buddies stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT cool cat stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT happy hippos stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT Warm & Fuzzy Friends stamp set (retired)
  • MFT merry christmoose stamp set (retired)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Stardust

I really enjoyed playing with Hero Arts August card kit. It was a bit different from my usual stamp set which I get to color the images.

In this card, I first ink blended the background with the 3 ink colors from Hero Arts May 2017 card kit. Then I stamped the girls and doves with black ink and heat embosed the stardust/girl. The background was a bit lighter than I wanted, so I went back and applied watercolor with darker shades of the same colors on top (same ink cubes with water added). In the end, I splattered some watercolor droplets and white acrylic paint to finish the card.


I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
 Supplies used in this card:
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kits Auguest 2017 release (HA)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Teddy Bear Birthday Card

I designed this card with inspiration from MFT sketch challenge. No fancy techniques in this card. I simply adore the cuteness of these MFT stamps :)


I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
 
Supplies used in this card:
  • MFT friends furever stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT happy hippos stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX die (MFT)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Trail

So far I've been using distress markers and Zig clean colors markers for watercolor cards. I always feel that when coloring a stamped image, watercoloring and Copic marker coloring look just the same. I was not able to generate beatiful watercolor blooming effect and it probably because I was not able to let go. On top of that, Copic markers bring more contrast to shadings. So I used Copics for most of my cards.

Lately I had the opportunity to try Daniel Smith artist grade paints and was amazed by how easy it is to create blooming effect and bring bright contrast to the images. My skill certainly didn't improve. Or rather, it was rusted because the frequcny of me using watercolor was dropping. Then I realized it was the fine granularity pigment in watercolor markers that might be making it hard for me to generate watercolor texture. I don't know if that makes sense...

Nonetheless I was really amazed by the special texture these artist grade pigments bring. Below is the card I made with a DS watercolor palette.



 
My favorite of all is the texture this green apatite brings!



I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:

Supplies used in this card:
  • Purple Onion Designs happy trail stamp set (POD)
  • Purple Onion Designs 2 forest stamp set (POD)
  • Purple Onion Designs a beautiful day sentiment set (POD)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Birthday of A Pirate

I'm sharing a pirate birthday card today with the inspiration from MFT sketch challenge. Pirate is a popular birthday theme among small kids. I'm sure this card will become handy one day :)

For the background, I used the following distress inks.

top: fired brick, spiced marmalade, gathered twigs
bottom: fired brick, gathered twigs, walnut stain, black soot

It was a little out of control when I spritzed some water on the background. The water dots went everywhere instead of around the sun. It looked a bit messy but I decided to continue.


I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
 
 
 Supplies used in this card:
  • MFT Party like a pirate stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT Happy Hippos stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX die (MFT)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cynthia Girl Cheerful Tags

I wanted to play with this cute stamp set and thought that they are perfect for tags. While I was making them, my sister and niece came over and joined me. My niece enjoyed it so much!


I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
Supplies used in this card:
  • Love Cynthia find a reason to smile stamp set (LC)
  • MFT Tag Builder blueprint die-namics (MFT)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Rainbow Ever After Box Card

Finally it's my boy's turn to get one of my handmade box cards :)

I designed this card using everything from his favorites. If you ask him what his favorite color is, he will say "rainbow". Technically rainbow is not a color. But I'm sure everybody knows what he means!




I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:


Supplies used in this card:
  • Lawn Fawn critters ever after stamp set (LF)
  • Lawn Fawn birthday tags stamp set (LF)
  • Lawn Fawn puffy cloud borders (LF)
  • Lawn Fawn scalloped box card pop-up die (LF)
  • Lawn Fawn party balloons die (LF)
  • Lawn Fawn finley's ABCs die (LF)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Two Little Dreamers

The background I made today is using a distress ink combination (peacock feather + shaded lilac) that I've been wanting to try for a while. It's the combination of my two boys' beds. They are beautiful beddings from Pottery Barn Kids.

Pictures from Pottery Barn Kids

So here's the card I made inspired by their beds. Coincidentally, this cute stamp set from Wplus9 is called "Little Dreamers"! They are my two little dreamers in the card.


I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
 
Supplies used in this card:
  • Wplus9 little dreamers stamp set (WP9)
  • Mama Elephant All Prettied Up dies (ME)
  • Lawn Fawn puffy cloud border die (LF)
  • Lawn Fawn upon a star stamp set (LF)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Teddy Bear Hugs

I'm sharing a very simple card today. I started out by creating a heart shape "stencil" and stamped a bunch of chicks to fill up the empty heart space. Then I stamped a teddy bear in the corner peaking out. I colored everything with Copic markers including the ombre dark blue border. In the end, I added some decorations such as cross stitch borders and sequins to make the card looks not so empty.
 
Good timing for a July 4th theme card!
 
 
I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
 
 
 

Supplies used in this card:
  • MFT friends furever stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT basic sticth lines die-namics (MFT)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Embark On New Journey

While I'm working on Purple Onion Design (POD)'s latest and cutest stamps, I finally understand why many POD lovers like to leave the background black and white. Most of the character stamps are already big on its own and if you combine with background/decorations, you'll end up with a big card which is time consuming to color. More importantly, it's easy to lose focal point of the card. While I'm working on arranging the scene, I realized it is for the best to leave the background uncolored!

In this design, the dog and kitty are the main characters. The boat hits the shore. They hop off the boat and embark on their new adventure in the unknown land.


I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
 
Supplies used in this card:
  • Purple Onion Designs happy trail stamp set (POD)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities deckled rectangular dies (S)