Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring Greetings featuring Tiddly Inks

Hi friends, and happy first day of spring! Today, I have a quick card share for ya using the Ducky Dance digi stamp by Tiddly Inks. This is the adorable Wryn, dancin' in the rain with her ducky friends! (I wish I looked as cute while dancin' in the rain! 😜😜😜)

Monday, March 18, 2019

We Gnome Best - Get Well Soon Release now available at High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Hello friends! I'm back again today with another card for High Hopes Rubber Stamps. I'm using stamps from their newest release Get Well Soon - these are perfect for those cards that we don't like giving out (because it means someone isn't feeling well), but hopefully the cute characters and sentiments in this release will help brighten their day.

You can watch the card process video below or in full HD on my YouTube channel:

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Sketch Saturday Challenge # 555 with Beccy's Place

Welcome to another Sketch Saturday Challenge! What will you create using this week's sketch as inspiration?

Here is the card that I created with this stack of teacups digi from the Tea Time Digital Stamp Set by Beccy's Place:

Sketch Saturday Challenge # 555

This week's sponsor is Beccy's Place, and they are offering a fabulous prize to the winner. To play along in the challenge, take a picture of your project, and link to it on THIS week's Challenge blog post.

You have until Friday, March 22nd at 7pm (United Kingdom time) to enter. For complete details, please read the Challenge Rules on the Sketch Saturday blog. Good luck and have fun creating!

Friday, March 15, 2019

You Can Steer Yourself in Any Direction You Choose for High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Hello! Hope you're doing well. Happy Saturday! I'm sharing another scene card, but today what I'm sharing uses something I've never tried before - a watercolor and colored pencil scene. I combined the Mountains, Forest, Ron's Royce, and Any Direction You Choose stamps to create this card. I always feel a little nervous when I try something new, but I just keep reminding myself that with anything everyone starts at the beginning, and as for creating watercolor scene cards, today's card is just the beginning for me!

So last week I shared a masking technique that I used to create a scene card, and that's what I did with this one as well. But I'm also going to share another technique you can use to achieve the same look. First, I stamped Ron's Royce and masked the front part of the card. Then, I stamped the Forest. Lastly, I stamped the Mountains. How do know what to stamp first to get the look you're going for? Always stamp "front to back," meaning that whatever you stamp first will appear in front of whatever you stamp next. So, because I wanted Ron's Royce to be in the foreground, I stamped it first and masked it off so I could then stamp the Forest.

Now as you can see, the Forest is in front of the Mountains, but I actually didn't do any masking for the trees. I didn't because it has some pretty small nooks and crannies, so I didn't want to take the time to cut out a mask. So, when I inked up the Mountains stamp I actually just took my finger and wiped away the ink off the stamp on the part that would overlap the trees. This "wiping" trick worked out so well for this card because I was stamping in a very light color of ink, and because the Mountains stamp isn't a very intricate shape, so I would be able to recreate mountains behind the trees very easily without any guidelines from the stamp. If I were stamping in a dark color of ink and overlapping two very intricate stamps, then I might consider using the masking technique over the "wiping" trick. The former will definitely give you more control over the finished design, but the latter is quick and easy, doesn't require any special products, and in a lot of cases works just as well.

After the stamping, I took out my Prima Watercolor Confections Decadant Pies watercolor palette and #2 round watercolor brush. I'm still very new to watercolors, but what I've discovered so far is that you just don't have as much control over the color as you do with markers or pencils. But that's kinda the desired effect I wanted with this card - more of a looser interpretation of the nature scene in this scene. Watercolor lends itself very well to a nature scene. Nature is imperfect so watercolor's looseness is a good match for creating more of the feeling of nature, rather than photo-realism.

However, once I was done with the watercolors, I just had this itching feeling that this project needed a little more definition than what I could achieve with my current watercolor skills. So, I completely dried the project with my heat tool, and then went over specific areas to make them pop out more and define the lines a little more. I also took a white gel pen and added some snow details to the mountains in the back. I really contemplated adding in some flowers into the meadow in this scene, but I feel this card emotes a more masculine feeling so I decided to leave them out of this project.

I stamped the Any Direction You Choose sentiment in black archival ink and added a faux stitched edge with a metal die and my die cutting machine. Then, I mounted the whole thing onto a kraft card stock card base with strong adhesive tape.

And that's all she wrote! I'm really proud of myself for taking a chance on something new, so I'm really proud of this project. I definitely will be pulling out my watercolors more often! Are you asking yourself, "But Lindsay, on what occasion would you give out this card?" Well - thanks for asking - I turn cards like this (ones with quotes or other inspirational messages) into a card for just about any occasion! So for this card, I plan on giving it out for a birthday, and I'll just write "Happy Birthday" on the inside. And I'm good with that!

Well, thank you all so very much for stopping by the blog today. And remember the "Get Well Soon" release is now available in the High Hopes shop! The adorable critters in this release are sure to put a smile on anyone's face! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you next week!!!

Supplies Used:

Mini MISTI []

Antique Linen Distress Ink []

Indadinkadoo Masking Paper []

Prima Watercolor Confections Decadent Pies []

Erin Lee Creative Design Team

I'm super excited to share that I'll be working with this extremely talented group of ladies as part of the Erin Lee Creative Design Team! I can't tell you enough how thankful I am for this opportunity to work with Erin. Our first blog hop is March 25th, and I can't wait to show you what I've created with her designs. Seriously folks, she has some awesome stuff going on! Check out her shop at: 

And you gotta check out the other ladies I'm working with:

Thanks for stoppin' by the blog today! Have a wonderful day!