Friday, May 27, 2016

Technique of the Week: More fun with Vellum

Last week on the Art 'n Soul blog, Pam showed a great way to color a beautiful stamped image on vellum. You can view that post here.

This week I’m showing you another fun way to color vellum. With this technique you can make an easy, fast card that has beautiful pops of color. I got this from Jennifer McGuire, and changed it up just a little.

You will need dye based ink, vellum, stamps, Versamark, and white embossing powder. I think White Diamond embossing powder would work very well for this also, but I needed to make some sympathy cards, and I didn’t want them to be too sparkly. I used Distress inks for this because at 60 colors, they have a huge range of colors to choose from, and they worked very well. For stamps I used Magenta Dogwood Branch 0643.P and With Sympathy 07.928.I. 

I took a piece of 48# vellum and cut it to 4” x 6”. I scored it at 5” and made a flap to fasten it around the top of the mat card after I finished coloring and stamping.

I used the Distress cubes to add the color, since you can color smaller areas with them. Using the Wilted Violet color first, I rubbed the pad directly onto the vellum.

I then rubbed the color with a clean cloth until it was no longer shiny and wet. I did this in different sections with each of the three colors.

Making sure the panel was dry, using my new mini MISTI, I stamped the Dogwood Branch, and the sentiment onto the now colored vellum with Versamark ink. I embossed the stamping with JudiKins White Opaque embossing powder.

To enhance the Dogwood Branch image, I colored the inside of the dogwood petals with a white Prismacolor pencil. I went over the top of the coloring with a Wink of Stella clear glitter marker for just a touch of shimmer.

I made two more cards in this same way, using the same stamps, but different colors. They were amazingly fast and easy to do. 

To finish the cards, I attached the panels to a piece of cardstock cut to 5.25” x 4”.  For the green/blue and the blue/purple ones, I used white as the backing, but for the orange/pink/blue one, I found that a piece of orange Stardream looked the best. I folded the scored flap over the top of the mat and attached it with scor tape. I put a little vellum tape along the sides and bottom of the colored panel. The entire matted pieces were attached to a base cards, which were cut and scored to an A2 size. 

This technique was a lot of fun to do; I hope you'll give it a try!

Magenta Products Used:

Dogwood Branch 0643.P

With Sympathy 07.928.I

Other Products Used:
Distress Inks: 
Card 1: Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry
Card 2: Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Peacock Feathers
Card 3: Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers
Versamark Ink
Judikins White Opaque embossing powder
White Prismacolor pencil
Clear Wink of Stella
So Silk White, Passion Purple, Glamour Green cardstock
Stardream Flame cardstock


Friday, May 6, 2016

Technique of the Week: Perfect Shine

In conjunction with the Art 'n Soul email newsletter, here is another technique from Jennifer McGuire, who has given us a lot of fun ways to use Perfect Pearls Powder. 

For this technique, first find a stamp that has some open area in it. I used Magenta 14.641.M Flower Trio. I used my powder tool on the panel to be sure no embossing powder would stick where I did not want it. 

I then stamped the image repeatedly with Versamark onto my panel. 

A swiffer cloth will easily wipe the excess powder away. This works best with a dark color of cardstock. I embossed the stamping with clear embossing powder.    

Next I used a Versamark marker to color in all of the centers of the flowers    

I dusted the centers with Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls powder, and brushed away the excess powder with a Swiffer cloth.

I then colored in the flower petals with the Versamark marker, and dusted with Pearl Perfect Pearls powder, once again brushing away the excess with a Swiffer. This gave the flowers such a beautiful metallic sheen


To finish the card, I die cut a piece of vellum with the Penny Black die PB51-209 "Edger". I stamped a Magenta sentiment 07.940.G, "Life is Beautiful" on the vellum and embossed with White Diamond embossing powder. I attached the vellum to the panel with score tape positioned behind the stamping. I added a few sequins and adhered the panel to a base card.

This card is so beautiful and shiny in real life, and this technique was not hard to do. I hope you give it a try!

Magenta Products Used:

Flower Trio 14.641.M
Life is Beautiful 07.940.G

Other Products Used:
Penny Black Die 51-209 Edger
Versamark Ink
Versamark Marker
Perfect Pearls Perfect Copper powder
Perfect Pearls Pearl powder
JudiKins White Diamond embossing powder
JudiKins Clear Detail embossing powder
Various Sequins

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Happy Birthday Flourish

This is my post on the Magenta blog today, May 2nd!
Besides making backgrounds, I love to paint with Nuance the same way you would with any watercolor. Tap colors into a palette and add water (I like to add water mixed with Perfect Pearls powder for extra shimmer).

First I stamped the beautiful Flower Flourish stamp and Happy Birthday stamp from Magenta. I used Black Onyx Versafine and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Using a small watercolor brush, I painted the flower petals one by one with clear water. I dipped my brush into Nuance mixed with pearly water and touched it to the wet petal. I kept doing this until I was happy with the colors. I tried to make the colors nearest to the center of the flowers the darkest. On the leaves, I used the lightest color of green (Grass Green) first, and then just touched each one with a little Jade. At the end I flicked some of the wet Nuance that was on my brush all over the card.

This is a really fun way to add color to a card. I hope you give it a try!

Magenta Products used:

14.647.P Flower Flourish

07.305.G Happy Birthday

MNU002 Bright Yellow

MNU006 Orange

MNU008 Golden Yellow

MNU009 Grass Green

Other Products Used:
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Judikins Detail Clear embossing powder
Perfect Pearls powder
Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock
Stardream Flame cardstock
Various sequins