Monday, February 10, 2020

Coffee Love....Happy Valentine's WEEK!


Hello there inky friends! Today I'm sharing a few cards I created using the fun brand new stamp sets from RG Avenue. Heart Day (digital only) and Awesome Thoughts (stamp and digi options) are perfect for this season of LOVE!  

To create my first card, I edited the images to my liking and then cut them out. I colored the images with Copic markers. I then brushed white acrylic paint onto a Gelli Plate and then dropped one drop of Sour Mist onto it then brushed it together to blend. I laid a piece of Powdered Sugar cardstock onto the plate and pressed the ink on. After that, I applied some sprinkles of RG Avenue Gold embossing powder onto the paint and then heat set it (from the underside) until it melted. Next I started assembling the collage.  

When designing the cup, I opted to remove the whimsical heart and apply the "Hugs and Kisses" sentiment and a sketchy heart from the "Hello Beautiful" sentiment in the Awesome Thoughts set. I love this sketchy heart and it works perfectly for this design. 
My second card was created in a similar manner however, I chose to use Rich Cherry and Sour Guava mixed with white acrylic ink (on my Gelli Plate). I then added RG Avenue Silver embossing powder in the same manner as before then added some flicks of black acrylic paint.  
Again, I chose to remove the whimsical heart and instead added the fun sketchy heart onto each to-go cup. After coloring and cutting out the printed images, I assembled them onto a piece of ribbon with foam squares. I also applied black twine to the background to add to the movement of this card.  

 I really love how both cards turned out and I can't wait to share them with someone special this year.  :)




Saturday, February 8, 2020

Gracie's Poppies...A Snapshot

Hello there inky friends!  Today I'm trying to spend the day catching up and getting crafty.  I've been a bit overwhelmed with school lately and have just wanted to come home and veggggg out.  This has left a big empty space in my crafty production and has made for a big old mess to remain on my crafty workspace.  I just don't feel like cleaning it up and it is just taking over...I hope this weekend I can get all "Clean Freaky" and get the job done.  UGHH...If not, it's going to take over.  LOL

Anyway, I worked on computer this week and fiddled around with a few brand spankin new digi sets from Graciellie Design and I printed some "good looks" for this weekend.  SOOOO.... I spent a few evenenings coloring this image and finally this morning, it was complete.  I don't usually color an image over several days, but I just couldn't get out of the funk this week.  I'm glad I took the time with it because I love how it turned out.  Had I not, it would have most likely been a disaster and would have ended up in the trash-ola!

So to create this card, I combined two images from two different sets that were released in January.  I love the themes and they combine so beautifully. 
Sweet Memories Mega Bundle

Beautiful Day
After overlaying the poppy (and the sentiment) onto the frame image, I printed it out and started coloring.  I used a combination of Copics, Colored pencils and Microfine pens to finish the image.  Since I don't pull or plan my color beforehand, I just grab as I go and finish when I feel it looks done.  This strategy inevitably ends up in about 30 markers used and several different darker colored pencils.  That's why I usually don't share the colors #'s I use...I don't really plan it and it would definitely be a longshot to duplicate. 


When I was working on the inside of the flower, I first started out by coloring it gray...and then I thought it probably wasn't gray but yellow...but I didn't want to research it on the internet.  Sooo...I just added some light yellow on it and then went to town on adding some fun black dots.  I've seen those black poppy seed like dots on those flowers...I thought.  HA HA.  That's how I roll. 
 After coloring the flower, I wanted to tie the flower into the background photo frame so I did a bit of stippling with Copics and then used colored pencils to add details, shadows and a little white pen for some highlights. 
After I was done coloring, I took on the chore of selecting the perfect background card base.  I pulled a lot of colors:  mustard, this foamy green, a more leafy green, a pink, a lavender and a peachy red.  Since I wanted to add a red ribbon to the piece, i selected this foamy green to be the backdrop.  It looked the best paired with the image and really pulled out the faint teal stipples in the image. 

So there you have it!  One project down this week, several more to go.  WOO WEE!

PS...  Hop over to Gracie's digi shop this weekend!  She's got a fabulous sale going on and you can pick up so many of her sets for a steal! 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Happy February! Love/Smitten by RG Avenue


Hello there inky friends!  It's the first day of Feburary and that means it is the first day of the onslaught of lovey-dovey creations!  Are you ready?  LOL!  Today I'm sharing the first of my LOVE collection.  It's a card I created with the Love/Smitten and the Gain Balance stamp sets from RG Avenue. 

To create my card, I used some Sour Watermelon cardstock and stamped the background using Sour Watermelon and Black Licorice ink.  After that, I started creating the decorative layered piece for the top.  I cut some striped paper into a pennant shape and attached a little golden candy wrapper to the back.  I then attached some crocheted lace.  I stamped some hearts (onto Rich Cherry cardstock) with Simple Syrup ink and applied some Gold Embossing powder.  I then stamped the little leafy things from the Gain Balance set) with Nectar Stone ink and fussy cut all of the pieces before assembling them together. 
I finished off the card by attching the LOVE sentiment and the natural thread, some pearls and some diecut hearts from the So Smitten die. 
Splatter a little black ink and then mount the panel onto Sweet Cane cardstock before mounting it onto a Powdered Sugar card base.  DONE! 

Thanks for hopping over to check out my creation!  I hope you have a fab. weekend!  See you soon!