Sunday, April 6, 2014

Many Thanks Card Using Anna Griffin Dies and Embossing Folders

I just love Anna Griffin's style, so I could not resist last week when she was on HSN buying the TSV. Here is a card I created for a friend who I recently went to visit. This was made with the dies and embossing folders from the kit. The stamp is an old Anna Griffin one that I got at Michael's.

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Toys

I got some new toys in the mail today. I preordered these awhile ago so I could not wait to play. The black thing is made by Tim Holtz to use with Distress Markers like an airbrush.

I created this card. Stamp is by Memory Box. Inks are Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink by Ranger. Marker airbrush tool and stencil are by Tim Holtz.

I created the 3D flower using embossing paste by Viva Decor. I mixed it with a little Primary Red Americana craft paint. To create the flower I used an old metal stencil by Me and My Big Ideas. I then heated it to make it puffy. I added highlights with Pan Pastels and Faber Castell Big Brush markers.


Monday, January 13, 2014

One More Faber Castell Gel Stick Card

I am having so much fun with these Faber Castell Gel Sticks. They are the kids version of the scrumptious Gelatos by Faber Castell. Today I made a super quick card. I applied Gel Sticks in three colors on the Kraft Resist pattern paper by Tim Holtz. Then gently rubbed to blend. I then applied a little moisture with a wet paper towel to blend further and remove some of the color from the resist areas. I used my new memory box stencil to add brown dots to the corner of the card to simulate tread marks. I stamped the Happy Birthday on the card and added the image with foam tape. The Harley image is from Clearly Vintage.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Another Card Using Faber Castell Gel Sticks

Today I was cleaning up my work areas and of course the whole time I kept stopping to make a card. Don't laugh at me. You know what I mean. It breaks my heart to clean up. I know myself and once I put things away I hate to take them back out. Often I forget I even have things when they are put away in boxes. Below is the card I made. I got out my color wheel and picked three colors that went well together. I embossed the background with a Tim Holtz Texture Fades folder. I them colored it with my new Fabell Castell Gel Sticks. I gently rubbed embossing gel across the embossed card stock, applied Antiquities Gold powder to the surface and heated.
The image is from my site Digital Two for Tuesday. I printed it with green ink and colored it with Copic markers.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Card Made With Faber Castell Gel Sticks

Today while at Jerry's Artarama I found all kinds of fun artist tools made by Faber Castell for kids. I decided to buy a few different sets including oil pastels, gel sticks and beeswax crayons. I am waiting for the Gelatos from Faber Castell to come in the mail but couldn't resist buying the gel sticks. They were only $16 for both sets. According to Faber Castell they are similar to Gelatos only made for kids. So they are not lightfast or permanent.

I made the card below using several Cuttlebug embossing folders. I cut the embossed circle from the folder and applied several colors of gel sticks directly to the circle. I then used my finger to blend the colors. The gel sticks are similar in consistency to a lipstick. They are extremely creamy. They catch the raised area but leave the recessed areas uncolored if you are gentle.
I then used another folder to emboss the dark brown card stock background. I applied gel stick to the raised areas and the edge of the card stock. What is so great about the gel sticks is that you can use them on lots of surfaces. The little flower is wood with gel stick applied and a liquitex paint pen for the details.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Playing Around With Paper 53 and My New Pen

I am loving the app for the iPad called Paper53.  It is so much fun creating pictures with this app.  A few weeks ago I was at a restaurant drawing and several of the waiters came over to ask me what app it was.  It is one of the most intuitive drawing apps I have used.  It feels the most like using a brush or pen on paper. Yesterday, I received their new pencil made especially for Paper53.  I am still learning how it works but here is a quick face I drew.  What is really cool is you can now blend and shade.  I attempted to do this on the nose and edge of face.

Here is how the pencil looks.  It will take me some time to get the pressure right so I can control the line thickness.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


This is a drawing I did this weekend. I am taking an online class called Joynal with Jane Davenport. I am still learning how to use colored pencils. I do like her thoughtful look.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Handmade Book

This is a handmade book I made this weekend. I used Arches 300lb watercolor paper for the cover. The inside papers are made with Stonehenge white paper. I love the consistency of the Stonehenge paper. It is a wonderful paper for mixed media projects. You can use it with pen, ink, watercolors, acrylics and many other media types.

I used Distress Paints and inks to stencil the cover. The stencil is by Michelle Ward.



Sunday, October 13, 2013

Happy Birthday Tag

Today my daughter had a soccer tournament. I had to get my Sunday art mojo. So in between games I snuck home and made this tag inspired by the Tim Holtz Chemistry 102 class I just finished online. The background was made by applying several colors of Distress Paints to a craft sheet and misting them. I then took the tag and place it on the surface. I resprayed the surface several times and placed the tag through the drops careful not to pop the droplets. I used a Wendy Vechii stamp and stencil with archival ink. The happy birthday is from my collection of stamps by Clearly Vintage.
I colored the metal dog tag with Distress paints and dried them with my Heat It tool to create the bubbles.

I colored the rose with Neocolor II's and finished it off with a little Fruit punch Stickles.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Embossed Metal Tape Christmas card

I am taking the Chemistry 102 class from Tim Holtz this week. This is a quick card I was inspired to make using metal tape from Home Depot. I attached it to card stock before embossing. This is a new embossing folder I just purchased by Couture Creations called Sugarplum Ball. The paints are Distress Paint by Tim Holtz. They work extremely well on metal. The stamp is by Penny Black. I punched the leaves from a Martha Stewart punch and dripped Stickles on the leaves.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fall Tag Tutorial - Using New Distress paints

Yesterday I got my shipment of the new Distress Paint colors from Marco Paper. There are six yummy colors in total. I decided to try all of them on a tag. At first I was not sure how they would look all together but in the end they definitely spoke to me.

Supply List:
Tim Holtz Distress Paints; Ripe Persimmon, Scattered Straw, Gathered Twig, Pumice Stone, Dusty Concord, Crushed Olive,
Studio 490 Stamps; Well Worn Art,
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils; Dot Fade, Honeycomb,
Tim Holtz Distress Markers; Mowed Lawn, Picket Fence,
Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink; Potting Soil,
VersaColor Ink Cube; Pinecone,
Ranger Nonstick Craft Sheet
Manila Tag
Natural Jute Cord
Water Mister
Heat Embossing Gun

Using the Honeycomb stencil lay down each color of Distress Paint. About an inch of each color. Gently dab so that the paint does not run under the stencil. Gently mist with water. Quickly remove stencil and dry with a heat gun.

Add some paint to the craft sheet and mist. Rub tag in misted colors.

Dry with heat gun. Place Dot Fade stencil on top of tag and dab on the Gathered Twig Distress Paint. Add the Versacolor Pinecone ink to the edge of tag.

Stamp the flower and alphabet image from the Well Worn set onto the tag using Potting Soil Archival Ink.

When dry, color stem with Mowed Lawn Distress Marker and finish with Pickett Fence marker to add highlights.
Add Picket Fence marker to craft sheet and spray with mister.
Rub tag in white mist to add droplets to the tag.
Tie jute cord through hole in tag.  Fray cord.