Friday, January 31, 2020

One Layer Spring Bicycle Scene


Hey everyone! I have a fun card to share today using some Art Impressions stamps! This cute little bicycle reminds me of warmer weather and I thought it would be fun to create a one layer scene using it.  


Creating the scene
Stamps: Art Impressions Enjoy the Ride, WC Mountain set
Dies: Rectangle Double Stitch Die
Ink: Gina K. Designs Amalgam Obsidian
Cardstock: Neenah 80lb Solar White

To start I stamped the bicycle on to a piece of Neenah cardstock. I used the third from smallest Rectangle die and a pencil to trace a frame for a window. Tracing both the outside and inside of the die. Using post it notes, I masked off the frame and stamped the two mountains from the WC Mountain set. First stamping the pair of mountains on the right, then masking with another post it note and stamping the other set of mountains. I used Copic frindly ink for all my black ink stamping. 


I started coloring with Copic markers. I'll have the list below of all the colors I used. I'm trying a different way to show what colors I used besides just listing the numbers. Hopefully you find it useful!



I wanted a teal, gray, brown, and coral color combination for this card, with lots of white space. For the frame I erased the pencil lines until they were almost to light to see and started sketching the frame in with a E35 Copic Marker. I started with the light tone so that I cold touch up any mistakes or unevenness with the the darkest tone marker. This took a bit of time but was easy enough. I did it this way because I didn't want to fussy cut the bicycle. 😊


Background 

Stencil: Dylusions Staggered Brick
Ink: Distress Ink Fired Brick, Versafine Claire Nocturne
Die: Art Impressions Rounded Rectangle double stitch die set
Cardstock: Simon Says Stamp Smoke


I used an older brick stencil. This one is hard to find but there are some great brick stencils available. Anyone of those would work. I might have to retire this one and get an updated one! Usng a makeup blending brush I added Fired Brick ink through the stencil. I didn't mask off anything at this point. Instead I used one of the smaller makeup blending brushes and took my time blending the ink around the frame and bicycle. Just be careful around your coloring but I think this makes for a really cool fade look. 


Then I added in the ground layer and shadows around and underneath the bicycle. Before I stamped the sentiment I did run this panel through my die cutting machine with the largest Rounded Rectangle die.

I stamped the sentiment with a pigment black ink and added a layer of gray cardstock to a A2 card base. Then popped up the colored panel with foam dimensional tape before layering that over the top. 


Thank you so for joining me today! Happy Stamping.




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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Using Sequins on Cards | Brutus Monroe Blog Hop


Hey everyone! Today's video is for the Brutus Monroe Blog Hop. We are playing with sequins this week, so I thought I would share one of my favorite ways to use sequins. It's a little time consuming but I love the effect it has, especially paired with the stamp set Christopher's Shoes. Because like Christopher I love Converses too!

You can watch here or on Youtube.

I love the shine that the prism sequins have! But first I'll start with the background and how I created that.

Background
Stamps: Brutus Monroe Christopher's Shoes
Inks: Raven Detail Ink, Distress Oxide Iced Spruce & Black Soot
Splatter: Surface Spray Locomotive, Aqua Pigment Pearl
Card stock: Neenah 80lb Solar White

To begin I stamped the shoe stamp 3 times down the center of a piece of Neenah 80lb card stock with Raven detail ink. Then used a craft knife to cut out the side panels of each shoe. I needed to mask these so that I could ink blend the rest of the card stock. To do that I created a couple of masks from a post it note and layered those over the top. 

Using a makeup blending brush I blended on the Iced Spruce ink first in the center then added in Black Soot to darken the edges. The dark splatters are Surface Spray in Locomotive, which is lightly thinned down with clean water. Using a paint brush I gently tapped that over the top of the panel. Then did the same with the Aqua Pigment in Pearl to add more shine to this panel. 


Once the background was dry I could move on to the coloring and sequins part. 

Coloring and Sequins

Copic Markers: G14, V09, YR04, W0, W1, W3, C5
Sequins: Brutus Monroe Prism Sequins Green, Purple and Orange
Sentiment Stamp: Brutus Monroe Christopher's Shoes
Tools: Craft Glue, Tweezers

Using the Copic Markers listed above I easily colored in the details of the shoes. Leaving a lot of white but adding in warm grays to add dimension and shadows. Each shoe is colored a different color and very easily, using only one marker in each color family. I did use the C5 to help hide any white that was left from the masking.

This is placed over a A2 card base and centered but not glued down. I used a pencil to trace the cut outs of each shoe and started adhering sequins into those drawn spaces. Setting aside the shoe panel for now. The sequins is picked up easily with tweezers and dipped into a bit of glue that I squeezed out on to a scrap piece of paper. Then applied to the traced shape on the card base. Just make sure to cover the entire shape so that less white from the card stock will show through and there is not major gaps. I work my way down the panel starting with the Green Prism Sequins. Before adding the shoe panel I go ahead and stamp the sentiment with Raven detail ink and use the fussy cutting scissors to trim out the words and adhere those above and below the shoes. The sentiment reads "One Step at a Time".


Now that the sequins have dried a bit I go ahead and place the shoe panel over the top, re-centering it so that the shoes align with the adhered sequins below.

That is it from me today! Thank you so much for joining me. Don't forget to check out what Cassie and Lauren have done for this Blog Hop, they have made some beautiful projects. 

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Rainbow Vintage Floral Watercolor with Brutus Monroe

Hey everyone! Today I have a card up on the Brutus Monroe blog using the Vintage Floral Background stamp set, Aqua Pigments and the Stencil of the Month for January. 
I hope you take a moment and pop on over there to see all of the details. 




Thank you for stopping by today!

Jessica Shier ❤


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Monday, January 27, 2020

Hidden Sentiments for Interactive Cards | i - crafter Zip Tag Die Set


Hey everyone! This week I have a fun idea for hiding a sentiment on a card. The i-crafter Zip Gift Tag die set has a lot of great dies in it that you can mix and match. For this card I used the zip die and hid a sentiment behind it for the recipient to find! Definitely fun for anyone. 


I'll start with how I made the tag.

Dies: i-crafter Zip Gift Tag die (with star, congrats and zip options)
Stamps: i-crafter Amaze Me stamp set
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110lb, Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel & Enchanted Evening, Simon Says Stamp Lemon Chiffon
Embossing Powder: Brutus Monroe Alabaster

To begin, I used the Tag die without any die inserts to cut a blank tag from white cardstock. Then again with the zip die insert and the congrats. This time using a lovely deep red/purple color of card stock. I had a certain color combination in mind of course. .
Setting those aside for now I worked on the stamping. Using the maze stamp from the Amaze Me set and stamping it with clear embossing ink to emboss with a bright white embossing powder. I used my Stamp Platform so that I could stamp this a couple of times and also a embossing bag to get rid of static so that the embossing powder does not stick where it shouldn't. I trimmed down the navy blue card stock, leaving a small border around the square maze stamp image. 


I adhered the maze image to the tag and then die cut the star die in the center of the maze. Since I was die cutting through several layers of card stock I ran it through my die cutting machine several times. If you get any frays, just clean up your die cut image with a pair of small scissors. I used the congrats and star dies again with a light yellow card stock and adhered those over the top on the tag. 
Before gluing the white tag behind my top tag I stamped the You Amaze Me sentiment. To help get this centerd I laid the red/purple tag over the top and marked where the zip lines start on the left with a pencil, this worked well as a guide. After that adhere everything together, be sure to stay clear of the zip part of the tag so that it pulls off easily.


See how cool it looks when the zip is pulled!

Now on to the background.

Ink: Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers & Cracked Pistachio
Card Stock: Neenah Solar White 110lb
Fun Bits: i-crafter Zip Gift Tag die (star die option, center negative piece) Buttons Galore and More Sparkletz Lucky Charm

Using makeup blending brushes I blended on Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink in the center of a piece of white card stock then blended the Peacock Feathers on the out edges. I used my fingers and added clean water in swiping motions from the center, just to create some texture.

After adding on the tag with some foam dimensional tape I started adhering the gems and other embellishments. The glue I use is Multi Medium Matte with a fine tip and tweezers to help get those tiny pieces right where I want them. I also added a white gel pen to the congrats letters so that they would stand out a bit better. 


Alright you guys that is it from me! Make sure you check out the Zip Gift Tag over on the i-crafter website.  <----- click

You can also see the other post did I using the Amaze Me stamp set and Heart Maze die. <----click

If you haven't seen the full release for January from i-crafter this video will show you all the products and even more projects. 


Thank you for joining me today! Let's make something together.
Jessica Shier ❤

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Whimsical Art Impressions Valentine Watercolor Scene Card


Hey everyone! This week I'm back at practicing some water coloring. I had this mountain scene panel floating around which I made during the Art Impressions Warehouse Sale watercolor class with Kendra. I decided to pair it with the HM Valentine set, specifically the bear, mailbox and sentiment. I thought it would make for a cute whimsical card.

HM Valentine, WC Mountains, WC Cottage, Tombow Markers

Since I already had the background done from the class it was pretty easy and fast adding in the little bear, mailbox and sentiment. How fun would it be to do a bunch of the watercolor backgrounds and then later on pair them with other Art Impression stamps.

Stamps and Dies
Stamps: Art Impressions HM Valentine Set
Dies: Art Impressions HM Valentine Set (Dies included with stamps) Art Impressions Flag Stitch Die
Tombow Markers: 969, 451, 493, 553, 743 
Card stock and Ink: Ranger Watercolor Paper, Simon Says Stamp Doll House Pink, Versafine Clair Nocturne ink

There was just enough room between the flower beds that I could stamp the bear with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. I stamped the bear directly on to the watercolor background. I also used a piece of Ranger Watercolor paper and used the same Versafine ink to stamp the mailbox. After water coloring those two images I used the coordinating die on the mailbox but I didn't have it centered correctly, so it did cut a bit crooked. To fix this I used a pair of scissors to trim off the rest of the white border, up to the black line.

I also used the sentiment that came in the HM Valentine set, stamping that on to a piece of pink card stock and die cutting with the Art Impressions Flag Double Stitch Die.

HM Valentine, WC Mountains, WC Cottage, Tombow Markers

I did add a bit more detail to the watercolor panel with the mountains and cabins, using the Tombow Markers that I have. Basically deepening the ground line under the trees and house and adding some more shading to the mountains. You can find a similar tutorial using the WC mountains and cottage stamp sets here from Bonnie.

Background Watercolor
Stamps: WC Foliage 1, Cottages, Mini Flowers set, Tree set 1, Mountain set
Tombow Markers: 249, 565, 696, 969
Tools: Art Impressions Palette, Water color brush
Cardstock: Canson Watercolor Cardstock

I cut down the background piece to and added one of the colored card stocks from the class behind it, which is a beautiful Navy blue color. Then adhered the banner and the mailbox, making sure to overlap the scene and blue card stock to draw your eye across the entire card front. 

HM Valentine, WC Mountains, WC Cottage, Tombow Markers

Here is a few more projects using Art Impressions stamps
Watch here. 

Or check out this blog post.
Art Impressions Valentine Holiday Mansion

I can't wait to try a scene card like this again. If you have any questions I'm available in the comments! 
Thanks so much for joining me today!
Happy Stamping.


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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Art Impressions NEW Valentine's Release | Challenge #274 Shades of Pink

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the new challenge over on the Art Impressions blog! For this one we are all challenged to used shades of pink. Such a great combination for the New Valentine Release. For this one I had the opportunity to work with the Sending Love Cubbie stamp set. You know I love the cubbie line from Art Impressions!

The mailbox is so adorable and would make some fabulous envelope art too!


I used Copic markers to color up the bunny and mailbox along with all of the fabulous smaller accessory stamps. I'll have the list of those markers below.

Let's start with the cute stamps and die cuts from Art Impressions!

Stamps and Dies:
Stamps: Art Impressions Sending Love Cubbie
Dies: Art Impressions Sending Love Cubbie (dies are included with stamp set), Art Impressions Rectangle Double Stitch die, Lawn Fawn Grass Border Die
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80lb, Simon Says Stamp Slate Gray Cardstock

Copic Markers Used:
R37, R29, R27, R24, R17, R14, R12
R81, RV52, RV11, RV000
W4, W3, W1, W0, C5, C1, E81 

After coloring all of the images I used the coordinating die cuts to cut out each image. There are several different envelope images that comes with this set and one die will be used to die cut them all. The bunny has a slit in the apron that is cut out when you die cut with the bunny die. This is so that you can tuck smaller items inside. This is also the same with the mailbox. The top lid is cut on all sides except the bottom so that it folds down to create a cubbie and also the door on the lower portion. These are die cut with a perforated edge on the folding side to create a score line. 


There are so many fun small accessory stamps included in this set. I chose the bow for the bunny ears, the arrow and the heart vine to help fill my scene. Inside of the mailbox there are several of the envelope images. 



Background
Stencil: My Favorite Things Radiating Rays
Ink: Brutus Monroe Alabaster Pigment Ink
Embossing Powder: Brutus Monroe Icicle
Cardstock: Simon Says Stamp Lemon Chiffon
Tools: Purple Tape, Momenta Stencil Brush

For the background I chose a lovely pale yellow card stock and taped it to a small mat. Using a (new to me) stencil brush I brushed on a bright white pigment ink. I knew that the ink would seep underneath the stencil slightly. I've heard that if you use Pixie Spray this may prevent seepage from happening, but I have no experience using those products, yet. Plus I don't mind a bit of a distress look either. Once the ink was blended and before it could dry I used clear embossing powder over the entire stenciled panel and heat set until melted. This gave me a lovely pale texture that does not draw too much attention from the adorable stamps. 


This panel is mounted on to a 4.25 x 5.5 inch (A2) Neenah Solar White 110lb card base.

I can't wait to see everyone's take on the Shades of Pink Challenge. Don't forget to head over to the Art Impressions blog and enter in your own creations! 

If you have any questions I'm always available in the comments!

Thank you so much for joining me today! Happy stamping. 






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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Brutus Monroe Blog Hop | Fabulous Fibers

Hey everyone!!

It's Wednesday and the Brutus Monroe Inspiration team has some fun projects to share with you using a newer product to the Brutus Monroe website, Fabulous Fibers.

Find more inspiration using the Fabulous Fibers here
or other cards I have created using the Birds of a Feather stamp set. 


Ok so I was pretty excited to try out these Fab Fibers in a laminator. I recently got a new one and I hadn't tried it out yet. Spoiler alert... it works great. I used a piece of parchment paper folded in half to create a folder for my Fab Fibers. These are so thin and get EVERYWHERE if you are not careful. Don't sneeze when handling an open package! lol. I took out a bunch and gathered them into the middle of the makeshift folder while the laminator was warming up. Once it was ready I sent my fibers through. The parchment paper folder will help to hold everything together and protect the machine from loose fibers getting inside. Just make sure you tuck all the stray strands in! 



So this melts all those tiny loose strands of fibers into a paper like sheet. It is really cool to see. I've had to play around with these a bit to figure out what works for me. Sometimes it just ends up looking like a hair ball. A shiny pretty hair ball though!
But once you get the hang of them the possibilities are quite fun. I love adding texture to my creations!

I wasn't really sure what to do with my sheet of fibers but I the colors shift reminded me of peacock which led me to the Birds of a Feather stamp set. After I figured out I would pair the two together it was really quick!


I'll be using two of the feathers from the Birds of a Feather stamp set, the two that looked most like a peacock's feather, and also the sentiment "Be a Peacock in a flock of pigeons". I stamped the two feathers on to a piece of Alabaster card stock with Raven Detail ink then outline with a W3 Copic Marker. This just gives the feathers a slight shadow. I decided to leave them black and white. 

I used a die and teal card stock from my stash to cut a rounded corner and added some Brutus Monroe Craft Glue to the top. This is where I adhered my Fab Fibers melted sheet. I trimmed off the overhang, on the square sides, and let that dry.

The sentiment is heat embossed on to another piece of cardstock from my stash. I was looking for peacock colors to coordinate together. I used Alabaster embossing powder for a bright white bold sentiment! Then I carefully fussy cut the sentiment out and adhered everything together. 

This is all attached to a Lunch Bag A2 card base with a Phone Book bottom layer. I love the colors on this card!


To continue on the blog hop just click the next name in the line up. Make sure to gives these ladies some love they do amazing work! 

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Thank you so much for joining me today!
Jessica Shier ❤


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Cacti Background Copic Coloring | Square Card



Hey everyone!
Today I have another Copic colored card but I'm using the Cacti Background stamp! How fun is this image, I love it and think it is so fun. I have a love for cacti, probably because they are so different then the evergreen trees here in the Pacific Northwest.



I really wanted to showcase the green and coral of the Cacti, so I kept the pots very neutral. I'll have the Copic Markers I used listed below. I cut down the panel to 5.25in x 5.25in, this card ends up being a 5.5 inch square card.
To add to the lovely coral color though, I took a scrap piece of Aqua Pigment paper and spritzed it with clean water then distributed a few drops of Red Aqua Pigment. I love how these watercolors feather out. So pretty! I added some more clean water to get the pigment moving on the paper then heat set with a heat gun. I took a heart die from my stash and die cut the watercolor. 



This is where I also stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the CactI Background stamp. My first step with embossing is to use the Embossing Powder Magic bag then stamped the sentiment with Clear embossing ink and added Alabaster embossing powder. Nothing better then a clean bright white embossed sentiment! 



Copic Markers Used:
W6, W4, W1
G46, G94
G17, G14
YG03, YG01
R14, R12

For a final touch I added a few of the Galaxy Black Prism Sequins. I just can't stop adding these sequins where ever possible. 
Thank you so much for joining me today!
Jessica Shier ❤


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Monday, January 20, 2020

Alcohol Ink Maze Die Card | i - crafter First Blog post!

Hey everyone!

I'm pretty excited to be sharing with you my first official blog post for the new stamp and die company i - crafter! It's been fun getting to know Lynda and everyone on the Design Team (some I already have worked with!) For my project today, I thought I would share with you this fabulous die that cuts out a heart shape maze! Also included is a little heart padlock and a key die.


If you missed the blog hop for the January Release you can find it here.

Also I have a Youtube video showing the new release and a project using another die set here.

This card is pretty clean and simple for me! I loved the shapes in the hear maze die and knew that I wanted that to be a focal point. But that die needed something to equally show it off. I haven't used alcohol inks in quite some time so I pulled those out and created a teal/ blue background on acetate card stock. 
I like using acetate or vellum with alcohol inks because it is still transparent so whatever color you put behind it shows up slightly. I was pretty boring with this one and just added a white rectangle die cut behind the alcohol ink heart but with the added detailed maze die cut it works well. 



So while the alcohol ink dried fully I die cut the heart maze from a light pink card stock. The keys I decided should be metallic so I used a gold foil paper for the heart padlock and silver foil paper for the keys. I've been intrigued by mixing metal colors lately. The key is one die, I just cut it three times to create a cluster. 

Also when you die cut the keys, the handle portion has a cute little heart cut out. I love it when dies have added details like this. It just makes them even more versatile. I saved those three silver hearts and adhered them to the top left side of this card, for an extra detail. 

I used a black cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment from the You Amaze me stamp set, with a white embossing powder. Trimmed it out then added dimensional foam adhesive to pop it off the card. Everything is mounted on top of a piece of Fog cardstock which is adhered to a Neenah Solar White 110lb A2 card base. 

Thank you so much for joining me today!
Let's Make Something Together!
Jessica Shier ❤

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Introducing i-crafter | January Release and Review | Design Team Blog Hop

Hey everyone! I have some exciting news to share with you, i- crafter has launched at Creativation 2020, a brand new stamp and die company. I'm very excited to be on this design team! Make sure to check out all the fabulous designers. Lynda (the person behind i- crafter) has been amazing to work with and so kind, plus she is offering a giveaway. Check below for more information on that. 
One thing that makes this company stand out is the lovely blue/ teal color of all the dies! They are so pretty, but wait until you see the interactive dies... swoon!

Here is a video of the products released for January and a card using the Making Faces die set and Amaze Me stamp

Watch the video here or on Youtube


i-crafter is a company backed by years of experience in our crafting industry. New products/ releases will be launched at the beginning of the month (excluding January 2020 of course). We will be celebrating all the new goodies to inspire you with an inspirational blog hop on the day of release! Check the i - craft blog often for more tutorials, ideas and inspiration every day. Something is bound to spark a new creative idea! 

I also made this congrats home tag.


As we get settled in please note there might be some hiccups as there are with many new adventures. 





More information about the giveaway for the i - crafter January Release Blog Hop!

Please visit all of the blogs including the i-crafter blog post and leave a comment, plus leave a comment on the i-crafter post as well. Then on February 1st a random winner will selected to receive a prize of new i-crafter dies and stamps. -Contest is open to U.S. residents only with the winner being announced on February 1, 2020."

Alright you guys thank you for stopping by today and don't forget to keep hopping along on our first i - crafter blog hop!

Jenn 
Jessica S <--- you are here

Let's Make Something Together!

Jessica Shier ❤

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Art Impressions Mansion with Valentine Theme!

Hey everyone!

Today I have a super cute little Valentine's Day house to share with you using two stamp sets. The first one is the main image with the Holiday Mansion and the second is an accessories set, HM Valentine.


For the coloring of the house and details, I used Copic markers. I wanted a mint green mixed with a light pink, coral, light brown with gold and dark brown accents. I have the colors I used listed below. I decided to mix up the background with some watercolors. For that I used a few Tombow Dual brush pen markers. I wanted something bright, flowy and happy and these bright blue colors made it super easy. I used a piece of Ranger Watercolor paper that is trimmed to an A2 panel (4 1/4in x 5 1/2in). I scribbled each blue color on the paper. Using the lighter on top and the darker towards the bottom. Then spritzed with a sprayer filled with clean water. Then simply dried the mixed ink with a heat gun. I was quick and didn't let the markers sit on the paper. Though I've had great luck using these pens straight to the paper without issue, I also don't want to let the ink sit on the paper while I go do walk the dog or something.   

Tombow Dual Brush Markers:
452
493

Here are the Copic Markers I used:
R14, R02
R83, RV11
643, 640, YG41, YG61
W3, W1
E31, E81
E35, E13
Y35, Y15


There are several other accessory sets for the Holiday Mansion with different holidays and themes. Here are a few more examples the Design Team has done in the past.  I like the fact that they come with the coordinating dies to easily make the doors open and cut out all of the accessory items. I did however fussy cut the house out. There is no die for it but it is really easy to trim out using your favorite fussy cutting scissors. 

I adhered the background and house to a Neenah Solar White 110lb card base and started placing my decorative items. The house looks great with our with out shutters. I like to add a bit of vellum and colored card stock behind the windows. You could also add one of the accessory items like the potted hearts or a waving critter behind those windows too. I decided to just add a warm light yellow and tuck the bears behind the to doors that are scored and cut to open. 


For the inside I colored and die cut a second heart banner (I stamped and cut it along with everything else, so it was pre planned) and stamped the sentiment that comes with the Holiday Mansion set. I made a frame by layering a dark brown cardstock underneath and added my second banner of hearts. I like the sentiment used with the Valentine's theme. It is something simple and easy to send to a friend, especially those crafty friends but still has a cute holiday theme. 


Alright that is it for me today everyone! Thank you so much for joining me today. Happy stamping.



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