Saturday, April 2, 2011

Circus Tent

This week at Make it Colourful the challenge theme is to color bright colors and I couldn't resist using the new Make it Crafty Carnival images!

The sponsor this week is Whimsy Stamps so I added a few Meljen's images for a grand parade. I added lots of embellishments too and of course used my favorite paper from last week! The tent banner was first inspired by one of my teamies who came up with a more creative name... that's just a teaser so head on over to the Make it Colourful challenge blog to see which one. ;D

Here's the Circus Tent background before it was mounted on the card. The sky was created with the Copic airgun and I used three of the BG colors to spray it (BG11, Bg72 and BG75). The angle of the airflow was a bit awkward and not what I'm used to. Plus I wasn't able to adjust the airflow with the single can setup so I'll have to work at my technique.

DT Challenge: Make it Colourful Challenges (bright colors)
Main Stamp:
Circus Tent (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Stella and Rose Mabel (MME), Patriotic Bear (MD), Noah's Loving Elephants (MD), Giraffe's Necktie (MD) and Life is a Circus (Imaginisce)
Metal Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Notebook Edge
Copic Markers:
Y000, Y32, Y26, Y35, YR14, YR18, YR21
BG10, BG11, BG72, BG75, BG78
G21, G24, G28, YG67
R11, R12, R14
E50, E51
E42, E43, E44
C1, C3, C5, C7

Did you know? Wilson Alwyn "Snowflake" Bentley (February 9, 1865 – December 23, 1931), born in Jericho, Vermont, United States is one of the first known photographers of snowflakes. He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they either melted or sublimed. Bentley poetically described snowflakes as "tiny miracles of beauty" and snow crystals as "ice flowers." He captured over 5,000 images of crystals in his lifetime.
[Wilson Bentley,]

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Monster Balloons

The challenge this week for Little Miss Muffet Challenges is "Stitching." I used both real and faux stitching on this card, however, both are hard to see unfortunately. I machine stitched a zig-zag around the border of the card and then I drew in a faux stitching on the center diecut. I've actually had this monster colored up for a long time so it was nice to finally use it. ;D

DT Challenge: Little Miss Muffet Challenge #6 (stitching)
Challenge: Little Claire's Designs Challenge #3 (pink & green)
Challenge: Shannon's Sentiments Challenge #19 (spring colors)
Challenge: Sugar Creek Hollow Sensational Stitching Challenge
Challenge: Sweet Stampin Come Rain or Shine Challenge (weather: windy)
Main Stamp:
Monster Balloons (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Olivia (BG)
Metal Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Cloud Trio Die
Copic Markers:
R11, R12, R14, R17, YR21, YR23, YR35, YR38, G40, G82, G94, G99, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E51, B91, B95, B97

Did you know? Otters are semi-aquatic mammals and the subfamily Lutrinae forms part of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, polecats, badgers, and wolverines. Otters mainly eat aquatic animals, predominantly fish and shellfish, but also other invertebrates, amphibians, birds and small mammals. An otter's den is called a holt or couch. A male otter is a dog, a female a bitch, and a baby a whelp, kit, or pup. The collective nouns for otters are bevy, family, lodge or romp, being descriptive of their often playful nature, or when in water raft.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tips, Tricks & Techniques 0x021

I don't have a card yet but I did want to share the technique I tried out on this background below. First of all my tip is to get in the habit of opening up your Copic markers on the side of your project instead of over it. I had refilled one of my markers too much and discovered this tip the hard way on another image when two giant blue ink drops splattered on my nearly finished project! Anyway, back to the background technique - here's the image first:

I wanted to create a rich earthy backdrop like I would see in a studio photograph. To do this I used over dozen different colors and kept building it up, layer upon layer, color upon color. When I started it would dry out in between colors but towards the end the paper stayed wet and allowed me to push and blend the colors more freely. I started with a couple spots in red and green (G24, R24) and then added browns (E40, E41, E42, E43, E50, E51, E53). Most of the red and green areas were "washed out" so next time I'll add more. Once the browns were built up I went back in with Toner Gray (T0, T2, T4) and used the lighter browns to help blend it. Each color was added several times and worked through until I liked what I saw. If you give it a try I hope it works out - Good luck!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bookworm Tia

This is actually a card I've been working on for several days now and the challenge I originally printed her out for had closed. However, never fear, there's always another around the corner. :D This is Bookworm Tia and the new challenge is to pleat something. I wanted to add pleats to her dress but I think they look more like puckers instead so I pleated the yellow paper in the background and sewed it to the card.

Challenge: Some Odd Girl Pleat Something Challenge
Main Stamp:
Bookworm Tia (SOG)
Patterned Paper: scraps
Chipboard: Love Heart Swirls (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen and My Favorite Things Die-namics Cloud Trio Die
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E000, E00, E11, E13, R11, R12, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
-hair: E42, E43, E44, E47, E49
-clothes: YR18, YR14, YR12, Y21, Y20
-other: , G24, E42, R22, R24, R29, R59

Did you know? First Book is a non-profit organization based out of Washington D.C. and was designed to help get books into the hands of children who need them the most. Working with existing literacy programs such as Head Start centers, libraries, and after school initiatives, First Book ensures preschools and education programs have "age appropriate" books and evoke children's interest in reading. In their first year, First Book distributed approximately 12,000 books to three communities and has since distributed millions of books to children across the nation.
[First Book,]