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May 2016

Framed Quatrefoil Flowers

Good Sunday afternoon.  I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend.  One of my favorite color combinations is purple, green and white and I haven’t used it in a while.  I decided to pull out my Taylored Expressions Quatrefoil Cutting Plate and pair it with the Impression Obsession Ornate Oval Frame, Foliage and My Favorite Things Leafy Greenery.  Take a close look at my purple flowers because they aren’t flowers at all but are just the leftover scrap pieces that are cut out of the Quatrefoil Cutting Plate.

KC Taylored Expressions Quatrefoil 5 right

I cut the quatrefoil frame and the rectangle frame and attached them together with double stick tape.  I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and larger pieces of tape the center section of the quatrefoil section and attached it to the card base. The larger pieces of mounting tape on the back of the quatrefoil  to function as the base for the oval frame.  I attached a die cut oval to the back of the ornate frame and attached it to the card base.

KC Taylored Expressions Quatrefoil 5 center

I laid the quatrefoil pieces face down on the molding pad and formed/rounded them with the largest stylus in the Garden Tool Kit.  I flipped them over and pushed down in the center with the smallest stylus tip.  I arranged the foliage and attached with glossy accents.  I applied glossy accents to the back of each flower and attached to the foliage and card base. After the flowers were set in place I tucked a few pieces of small foliage around the flower to fill in the arrangement.  I finished by attaching small snow pearls to the center of each flower.

KC Taylored Expressions Quatrefoil 5 close

Here’s a closer view of the floral arrangement.

KC Taylored Expressions Quatrefoil 5 left

Thanks for coming by today. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Take Me to the Ocean

Good Saturday morning. My card today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Mix-Ability Challenge.  The challenge each week is to create a project that uses at least two different types of art media.  You can click HERE for a list of supplies you could choose from. This week’s challenge was to create a beach themed project that included a text of some kind.  I created a very simple beach scene using the Impression Obsession Hello Summer stamp set , Beach Chairs and Shore Birds.  I used Distress Inks, Distress Markers and Embossing Paste to create the scene.

KC Impression Obsession Beach Chairs 2 right

I started by cutting out a mask using a die from the Nesting Card Templates and regular printer paper.  I attached the mask to the scene base using Tombow MONO Removable Adhesive.  I sponged the brown sandy ground  and blue water using mini applicators.  The sky area was sponged in using an ink blending tool.  I applied the embossing paste to the water with my finger and tapped it around lightly to spread it to appear like sea foam.

KC Impression Obsession Beach Chairs 2 center

I stamped the sentiment in the sky area and sketched in a few little sprigs of sea oats with a Peeled Paint marker.  I hand cut around the whole scene using my deckle scissors and attached it to the card base with strips of mounting tape.  I added dark shading to the birds with a Hickory Smoke marker and attached them to the scene with rolled up glue dots.  The chair was attached with glue dots and thin strips of mounting tape. This was a fairly fast and easy scene to create.  The rolling waves look like they could come in and wash my Adirondack chair away but I loved how the embossing paste looked so much like real sea foam.

KC Impression Obsession Beach Chairs 2 left

The Memorial Day weekend always feels like the start of summer to me although it feels like summer here in Florida much earlier.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great holiday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Watercolor Arbor

Good Tuesday morning.  I have another watercolor project to share with you today that had so many boo boos I almost didn’t finish it.  I have tried making the Art Impressions Watercolor Series Set 7 Arbor scene three or four times in the past and end up tossing in my circular file.  I had so much fun working on the bucket of flowers project that I wanted to give the arbor another try.  I followed the step by step tutorial that comes with the set but had a couple mishaps that totally destroyed the scene.  My grapes got washed a little too much with my waterbrush and spread out all across the arbor.  I used the masking fluid to mask off where the pink flowers were to go but ended up messing those up as well.  It kills me to get as far into a project as I did with this one and to toss it.  I decided to see if I could cover up my mistakes again with die cut and punched images.  Here’s what I came up with.

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Arbor 1 right

I stamped the arbor using Hickory Smoke ink and lightly washed the lines to soften.  I used masking fluid to mask off lots of round flower spots that were to appear growing up the right side of the arbor.  While that dried I applied the light wash of green around the side and top of the arbor.  I painted in the water and sky area using Broken China reinker.  I stamped all the foliage around the arbor with Peeled Paint reinker and then used my brush to soften the images.  I removed all the masking off the spots for the flowers and drew them in using my Worn Lipstick marker.  I stamped the small flowers Wilted Violets and grassy section Peeled Paint around the foot of the arbor and lightly softened them with my damp brush. The grapes were stamped using Wilted Violet and this is where everything started going down hill.  LOL!  I didn’t get enough of the water off my brush and when I began touching the grapes to soften and the violet ink spread over the arbor in a very ugly way.  Shoot!  I had the paper in my hand to throw in the trash but I just couldn’t do it.  I decided to try salvaging the project by covering up the grape mess with 1/8’ punched circles that were rounded with my tiny stylus and molding pad.  Each little grape was attached with rolled up mini glue dots.  Yes!  It felt like there were millions of grapes as I painstakingly rolled up each glue dot.  LOL!  

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Arbor 1 center

As I looked at the whole scene it looked strange to have the dimensional grapes and everything else on the scene flat.  I decided to add die cut and punched flowers over top of the stamped flowers.  I formed them using my stylus and molding pad and attached with glossy accents. I added tiny white centers to the flowers using a tiny brush and white gesso.  When I had all the flowers attached I knew I was going to have to add some die cut vines to the scene.  I attached the frame over the scene using mounting tape.  I added die cut foliage by tucking it under the frame and attaching with glossy accents. I added a few more pink flowers to the foliage to carry them across the top of the scene.

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Arbor 1 left

I certainly don’t think this is what Bonnie Krebs of Art Impressions was thinking when she created this wonderful set.  I am bound and determined to complete this whole scene using watercolor techniques only.  I will have to set it aside for a couple of weeks and get over the stress of messing this one up so bad.  LOL! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.

Card size”  5.50” x 4.25”


Watercolor Bucket and Flowers

Good Monday morning.  I have a watercolor project to share with you that ended up with some die cuts as well.  I used the Art Impressions Watercolor Containers, Watercolor Flower Set, Watercolor Foliage Set and paired them with the Impression Obsession  Foliage set, tiny flowers from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Edges Hyacinth and framed with the My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames.  I must say that this whole card started out going in one direction and due to a comedy of errors ended up totally different.

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Containers 1 left

I started stamping the bucket on watercolor paper using Hickory Smoke ink and then lightly filled in using the same ink and my waterbrush.  The I finished it by adding touches of Rusty Hinge ink to age the bucket.  I stamped the bucket again on removable labeling tape, cut it out and used it as a mask.  I covered the bucket with the mask and stamped foliage and flowers using Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick inks to fill the bucket with a large arrangement.  I lightly touched the foliage and flowers with my waterbrush to soften the ink.  I used a grass image and flower image and stamped the ground area using Peeled Paint and Wilted Violet. I used the waterbrush to soft the flowers and fill in the grass area. I ended up not being pleased with my flower arrangement in the bucket so I cut out the bucket and grass and flowers around it.  I cut another piece of watercolor paper, lined up the bucket on the paper, marked it with a pencil and then proceeded to recreate the flower arrangement.  I soften the arrangement with the waterbrush and really like this arrangement better.  I stamped more grass and flowers on the second piece of watercolor paper so that it would fill in around the bucket.  I sponged Tumbled Glass ink in the sky area. I applied ATG adhesive to the bucket/grass layer and attached it to the second piece of watercolor paper and making sure to get it lined up perfectly.

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Containers 1 center

Once I got the bucket grass layer attached over the second layer I didn’t feel satisfied with how it looked.  Maybe because I am obsessed with dimension.  LOL!  The bucket looked a little odd popped up more than the flowers in the arrangement.  So cut some foliage pieces with green cardstock but colored them over with a Peeled Paint marker to make them as green as the stamped grass and foliage.  I tucked the small pieces of foliage in behind the bucket and attached with glossy accents.  I knew I had to add some kind of flower to match the stamped flowers in the background so I got out Susan’s Garden Edges Hyacinth set and used the tiny multi flower die to cut pink flowers.  I formed them with a mini stylus and molding pad and attached them to the foliage with glossy accents.  Well….now that I had dimension in the flower arrangement I knew I had to add some tiny purple flowers to the ground area to balance out the scene. 

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Containers 1 close

Here’s a closer view of the scene from the side.  You can see the cut lines on the bucket but it’s really hard to see the cut line of the front grass area.  I applied mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it over the scene.

 

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Containers 1 right

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great Monday to  begin your week. 

Card size:  5” Square


Floral Framed Thanks

Good Sunday morning.  I have a clean and simple floral framed sentiment project to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Thanks LC, Bouquet, Foliage, the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables, and We R Memory Keepers Nesting Ovals.  I love creating all white cards with colorful embellishments.  The spring colors that I used today are my favorite combination.

KC Impression Obsession Thanks LC 1 right

I cut the scalloped and oval frame layer and attached it to the card base with mounting tape. I cut a colorful assortment of flowers from the Bouquet set and a couple sections of the Foliage set.  I rolled up a long section of 1.4” double stick tape and applied it to the back of the sentiment and attached to the card base.

double stick tape 1

double stick tape 2

KC Impression Obsession Thanks LC 1 center

I formed the flowers using my stylus and molding pad.  I cut the foliage pieces apart and attached them to the frame base with glossy accents.  I attached the flowers to the branches with glossy accents. I punched out several bright yellow 1/16” circles and attached them to the flower centers with glossy accents.  I couldn’t resist adding one tiny flower and leaves to the sentiment for the finishing touch.

KC Impression Obsession Thanks LC 1 left

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great Sunday. 

Card base:  5.50” x 4.25”