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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Zentangle Vases for The Rubber Cafe

I have two more cards to share to day for The Rubber Cafe using the August Creative Cafe kit.

Today I am using Zentangle patterns to decorate the vase in this set.  You can always stamp the vase onto designer paper and cut out and apply for a paper-pieced effect, but I have found much fun in using Zentangle patterns and doodling on my cards of late.

For this vase I stamped the image onto white cardstock and then colored it with Copic Markers G46, G43, R22, R21. 

Next I added the Zentangle patterns as shown.  The top portion of the vase is simply a series of circles in varying sizes.  I draw with a 01 Micron pen.
Do as I say here and not as I did.  I forgot to color the vase first and you can see the black smeared a bit in the top portion of the vase.  Color it first and then tangle on it and you will get the crisp clean effect I did on my card.

The bottom portion of the vase is a pattern called Nekton.  Basically it is a series of 4 straight parallel lines in varying directions.  I then used pencil and Copic markers to add shading to the bottom of the vase.  You can see that I shaded a portion of the vase above and how much depth it adds to the design.
I kept the layout of these cards simple and basic since I want the focus to be on the floral arrangement and vase. 

The second card I stamped the vase on the pink designer paper and then tangled on it.  I only colored certain circles in the dotted portion for a totally different effect. 

The greenery images in each card are stamped directly onto the designer paper and then colored with YG67 and accented with a white gel pen. 

The flowers on each card are stamped on white cardstock and colored with R29, R24, R22 and R21.  I then fussy cut them and popped them up on foam tape for dimension. 

I added some of the rayon ribbon to each card as well as some Q and Co Sunflower Gems. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek...I'll be back next week with a fun card using the Vellum Embossing Technique!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit -Gold 'n Glitz
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit -Gold 'n Glitz;  My Mind's Eye -Market Street 6x6 pad
Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo; Copic Markers, Mircon Black Pen, White Gel Pen
Adhesives: Dimensional 3d Pop-dots,
Embellishments:  Green and Pink Rayon Ribbon; Queen and Co. Bling adhesives

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fabulous Floral Vase

I'm back from a few days away....think I will share a flower card with you today.  The flower and sentiment are from my Inky Antics Fabulous Flowers and Simple Sentiment sets. 

The vase is a Dreamweavers stencil that I tangled in.  For a fun change of pace I colored the tangled stencil image with Copic Markers.

The vine die cut is from Cheery Lynn Designs.
Hope you are having a fabulous week!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Polished Stone Happiness

Happy Monday!  I have a fun card for you today using a *scrap* from a die cut I made on polished stone paper.  I don't throw much away...and years after the card was created with the original butterfly die, here I am using the negative space and creating a happy little thinking of you card!

I tied on some sewing notion lace and added a vintage button to my Copic marker colored flower.  The designer paper is faux stitched and I created a little banner for my greeting. 

  D001 Butterfly Die, CLR002A Hibiscus 2 Clear Set, D002 Hibiscus Die

Be sure to pop on by the Prickley Pear blog today to see what the other gals have been up to!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

You Make Me Smile!

I have a cheery little card for you today....the image is by From The Heart Stamps; not sure if it is the store currently or if it was from Designed2Delight.  The paper is from Darcies and the image is colored with Copic Markers.

The sentiment is from my Inky Antics Simple Sentiments 11104mc set; just love that font!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happiness Is...

Here is another card I did up for the Dare To Get Dirty Challenge.  The image is from From The Heart Stamps and is colored with Copic Markers.

The sentiment is Happiness is Knowing DD0201 from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  I pulled the paper from my scrap bin and added  a touch of vintage crocheted lace.

Hope you are having a happy weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Guest Designer Michelle Pearson Week 2 - Doodling and Masking!

I'm so happy to share another card this week featuring the August Creative Cafe Kit! 

This week I decided to use a bit of masking on my project.

Stamp the vase image on a post it note and cut out the vase. 
Stamp the vase on white cardstock and then cover it with the post it vase.
Stamp the two floral elements as shown above so their stems are inside the vase.

Next color the vase with Copic Markers:  G46 and G43. 
Cover the the colored vase with the post it note and stamp a design on vase as shown.

Draw in a stem with an black 08 Micron Pen and color with Copic markers.
Stamp the rose bud and doodle on the blossom with a 01 Micron Pen. 
I used the Msst Zentangle Pattern on this bud.

Color the bud with Copic Markers:  R29, R24, R22. 
Fussy cut the bud and the vase images as shown.
I doodled a frame on the designer paper to frame my image. 
Start with two parallel lines. The pattern I used was a circle followed by four straight lines and repeat.
Then I put a solid dot in the center of each circle and colored the center of each set of lines...simple but quiet effective.

To make the sentiment banner put a strip of washi tape onto white cardstock.
Stamp your sentiment with Stazon ink.
Trim the edges and then cut your banner ends.
Gold sticker is from the MME Market Street Chipboard Buttons Sticker Set.
Tie black ribbon through the button an attach to card.
Add Queen and Co Sunflower bling to your sentiment banner and you have a card!

Thanks so much for taking a peek today...I look forward to sharing another fabby floral card next week!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit -Gold 'n Glitz
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit -Gold 'n Glitz;  My Mind's Eye -Market Street 6x6 pad
Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo; Copic Markers, Stazon Black ink
Adhesives: Dimensional 3d Pop-dots,
Embellishments:  Black Rayon Ribbon; Queen and Co. Bling adhesives; My Mind's Eye-Market Street Chipboard buttons; Washi Tape

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Clean and Simple Watercolor Card Set

I had fun making this set of cards yesterday after I saw a pin on Pinterest.  I had not tried this technique yet, applying ink to an acrylic block and then spraying with water before stamping on watercolor paper.  And, after I traced her post back to the post that inspired her...I think I shall try that technique soon as well!
For the look I got here, I inked up the long acrylic block with distress ink pads.  I stamped images on this one and words on the others before spraying with water and stamping onto my watercolor paper.
Once the images were dry I then stamped the images over the top with Versafine ink.  The pinecones are by Stampers Anonymous and the flowers are by Penny Black.
The beauty of this technique is that every piece ends up original.  I also love the use of white space which is something I often don't have on my creations.
I did decide to frame my cards with a hint of colored cardstock, but they could easily be left entirely white.
 I did add a few Newsprint Candi Dots to several of my cards just because I liked the balance it gave.
These are quick and easy cards that are perfect to give as a matching gift and are flat for mailing for those you send out.