Saturday, December 15, 2018

International Tea Day and Studio Katia...mmm mmm good!

Hey there coffee/tea/cocoa loving crafters! I'm joining a few of my fellow CLC designers and the Studio Katia Design Team as we celebrate International TEA day with a fun hop featuring some of Studio Katia's clear stamp sets, dies and sequin goodies!  I just love Studio Katia and was thrilled to be invited to participate!  I selected the most adorable bear set called Winter Kobe to coordinate with the Sweet Latte set I had in my stash.  I also paired it up with the Brush Stroke set- a fun set of stripes you can stamp individually or in a cluster.  

If you've hopped here from Erin's blog, you're on the right path.  If not, no worries, just hop along after me or scroll down for a complete line-up of participants!  Studio Katia is offering a sweet prize too, so make sure to leave comments along the way!  Commenting will be open from Dec. 15-22 and the prize announcement will be made on my Sunday Sip post on December 23.  
I tried to incorporate some "tea leaves" instead of holly- so as you might notice, I have quite a few leaves here and there.  The bag is a huge bag of tea leaves.  HEE HEE...
I just LOVED coloring these images.  I pulled quite a few Copics to make this little fella come to life!
After stamping and coloring the bear/bag, I stamped the cup and teapot from the Sweet Latte set.  I added some snowflakes using the Winter Kobe set and painted over these images with ivory acrylic paint to lighten them up.  I did the same with the background panel.  The stripes were stamped with Catherine Pooler ink.  
I added a strip of Photoplay printed paper and then some distressed jingle bells were tied on with twine.  To finish the card off, I mounted this panel onto a gray piece of cardstock and mounted the panel onto a white card base.  Next up, it was on to the tag.

I gave the tag a similar layout.  This time, instead of the teapot and teacup, I chose to stamp the sentiment from the Sweet Latte set, and stamp the bear and tree from the Winter Kobe set.  I colored them with the Copics and then mounted them onto the tag.
 To add some extra texture and fun, I applied some crystals (April White Diamond Crystals and November Crystals) and some Crystal Stars to the tree and to the tag itself with some diamond glaze adhesive.
 So fun!
Thanks for hopping over to see my projects.  Thank you to Studio Katia for allowing me the opportunity to play with your awesome projects!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!  Please hop on over to Katie's blog to finish off the hop!  :)


Friday, December 14, 2018

Gettin' Down and Dirty!

Hey there inky friends!  I'm finishing up on my Christmas Cards this weekend and wanted to use the candle in the Happy Birthday Stamp Set as a holiday candle.  I thought I'd pull out my Gelli Plate so that I could make some fun backgrounds.  This first card started out with some bright, bright Distress Oxides and then I just couldn't deal with the super bright colors so I had to tone them down a bit by pulling in a little gray. 

To create my background I created several layers: 

Layer 1:  I placed three tiny drops of each color (pictured above) onto my Gelli Plate and used a bamboo scribe to spread the colors in a linear formation.  I then placed the cardstock over the ink and lifted quickly. 

Layer 2:  After that, I spread some Ivory acrylic paint on my Gelli Plate with a paint brush and used the same bamboo scribe tool to scribe some scribbles onto the plate.  I applied the paper again to lift that layer. 

Layer 3:  Next, I spread some more Ivory Acrylic paint onto the Plate then used the largest star stamp in the set to lift some of the paint.  Once satisfied with the design, I lifted the impression onto the paper. 

Layer 4:  I placed three tiny drops of (a gray color) Distress Oxide onto the Plate then added a few drops of Ivory acrylic paint and spread it around on the Plate.  I used the same star stamp to lift more star impressions.  Once satisfied with the design, I lifted this impression onto the paper. 

Layer 5:  I spritzed the paper with water to help some of the distress oxide bleed with the acrylic paint, then used my heat gun to dry the paper.  I brushed a little Ivory Paint onto the paper (just a few stripes here and there) and then used the scribe to scribble off some of the paint. 

The next layers were embellishing layers of glossy accents, microfine glitter and mini star sequins. 

After the background was complete, I stamped the stars and the candle, doodled some drippy parts for the candle and colored with Copic markers.  I added additional glitter and gloss to make it shine.  I brushed some watered down acrylic paint over the colored images to tone them down a bit and to help them coordinate more closely to the background. 
If you take a peek at the close-up, you'll notice the layers and the yummy embellies.  
 I selected some fun and festive fibers and some shiny silver edged ribbon to finish the card off! 
Adding some little blingy elements helped bring more light to this card.  I love the grays and the pops of yellow. 
Thanks for hopping over!  I hope you enjoyed this project and it inspires you to pull out that Gelli plate!  :)  See you around soon!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

RG Drink and be Merry...Coffee Lovers Hop

 Hey there coffee loving crafters!  I'm back with another festive creation for the hop!  This project features a gorgeous digi set from Super Sponsor RGStudio360 called Seasonal Mug.  This set is also available in clear stamp form!  Know that when you purchase any stamp set from RG360, you receive the digital set for free!  I love that I can tweak the images on my computer to fit my needs! 

Are you hopping along with us?  If so, you'll know that as of tonight, we're hopping right past 900 entries!  WOWEE!!!  I'm busily visiting entrant posts and commenting as fast as I can.  Check out the full link-up (and join the fun) by clicking on this cozy cup of coffee: 
Now back to my project:  

To create the fun image, I layered the candy cane image and the sentiment onto the cup image on my computer.  I then printed the image (I copied four images onto one sheet so I could make many versions of this card).  After fussy cutting the image, I colored with Copic markers.  I don't really plan my coloring- I just color until I'm happy with the results.  SOOO...I tend to end up with a boatload of colors.  I'll list them for you below.  
Copics Used:  R00, R05, R27, RV42, YG05, YG13, YG45, YG97, G20, G24, G94, FYG2, C-1, White Gelli Roll
I applied some fun plaid paper (My favorite Photoplay paper this season called "Here Comes Santa"), a strip of Gold sparkle cardstock that I hand cut in a scallop design, and some black satin ribbon before adding the yummy cuppa joe.  I chose RED cardstock base to really make the image festive!  Of course, I had to add a little black flick of Fireworks ink here and there for some fun! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a great Friday, and an awesome weekend!  See you soon!