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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Technique of the Week: Split Cards

This post is in conjunction with the Art 'n Soul newsletter article for Technique of the Week. I adapted this card from a post on Jennifer McGuire's blog. I love the idea of being able to make two cards at almost the same time.


To do this technique, you need to be able to stamp your image in the same spot on two different pieces of cardstock. The easiest way to do this is to use a MISTI stamping tool, or similar product.


I used my new stamp from Magenta, 44.024.Q, Zen Bouquet, and arranged it in the MISTI toward the bottom of a piece of pink cardstock cut to 4.25" x 5.5". I stamped with Versamark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.


I then put a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock cut to the same size into the MISTI, and stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, which is a Copic friendly ink. 


It's been a while since I busted out my Copic markers, but it was really fun to get them out and use them again. I chose Copic colors RV32, RV34, and V06 for the pinks; YR12, YR16, and YR18 for the oranges, and YG93, YG95, and YG97 for the leaves.


I am by no means an expert Copic user, but the way I learned to color with them is to use 2 or 3 colors in the same general hue, and use the lightest color first to color all over. Then add the medium color in areas you want darker. Go back to the lightest and color all over; then add the darkest in areas you want dark. Then blend with the medium. Don't color too large an area with one color because if it dries it's harder to blend. If you just use 2 colors, that's perfectly ok too.


I was very much enjoying coloring the blossoms and started with the pinks; then moved on to the oranges.


It was after this that things went horribly wrong. I was thinking of adding some purples and I tested some colors on a scrap piece of cardstock, completely unaware that my scrap was resting OVER my card panel. If you know anything about Copics, you know that one drawback of them is that they do bleed through your paper.


I tried everything I could think of to fix the problem, including a sand eraser and a Copic 0 blender. Everything I tried just made things worse. I mean, there was going to be no covering this with a sequin! I literally did not have time to start over, and still make my blog post deadline.

I ended up cutting my cardstock straight in from the edges on either side until I reached the top of the large blossom, and then fussy cut along the top of the blossom. This got rid of the offending stain. I added pink cardstock at the top and stamped my sentiment there.

Before I fixed the top of the white card, I put both cards together and cut them in two about halfway through the stamped images. The cut was in the same place on both cards. This gave me 4 pieces to mix and match up onto 2 cards - two colored pieces, and two plain, embossed pieces.

To complete the cards, I stamped a sentiment that I designed for Magenta for the new Spring collection, 07.968.H "You are Amazing just the way you are" in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added a few sequins and some dots with the Pico Embellisher. I added a gold peel off strip between the top pink panel and the bottom colored panel on one card, and added a bit more of the pink cardstock at the top to compensate for the part I had to cut away.



I really like how these fraternal twins turned out, and I love this sentiment that I think really goes with the overall theme of the cards. Whether you are brightly colored or more plain, you are Amazing just the way you are!


I hope you will give this technique a try. The hardest thing about it was cutting into my coloring. You do not have to use Copics to color. You can use other markers, or color pencils. You can also use watercolors if you use watercolor cardstock.

Magenta Products Used:
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can click on the link in the stamp or product name below each image, or you can visit the Magenta online store here).

44.024.Q Zen Bouquet

07.971.F Sending hugs

Other Products Used:
Copic Markers:
RV32, RV34, V06,
YR12, YR16, YR18,
YG93, YG95, YG97

Versamark ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Clear embossing powder
Pico Embellisher, Wedding Dress
Tickles and various sequins

Zen Bouquet

These cards use some new stamps coming out in the Magenta 2017 Spring Collection, and are being featured on the Magenta blog today. 

The Zen Bouquet stamp is my latest design in the Magenta Zentangle inspired doodle art stamps, and the "you are Amazing" stamp is also my design.


I made this stamp because I love to color, but here I have two cards for you showing that you can use them without having to color the individual blossoms. 





In both cards, I made the backgrounds with Nuance, and sprayed with water mixed with Perfect Pearls powder. The first one is various blues, with a little Raspberry and green; and on the second one, I used some warm colors and some greens and blues as well.


I made the Nuance backgrounds first, and then once they were dry, I stamped the Zen Bouquet stamp and the sentiments with Versamark ink, and embossed with White Diamond embossing powder.



Both panels were die cut from Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock, with a stitched rectangle die to a size of 4" x 5.25". They were both matted with a piece of Black So Silk cardstock and mounted onto an A2 card base of 110# Neenah Solar White cardstock.



Card #1:



Magenta Products Used:
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can click on the link in the stamp or product name below each image, or you can visit the Magenta online store here).


44.024.Q Zen Bouquet


07.968.H You are Amazing

MNU001 Turquoise

MNU007 Raspberry

MNU009 Grass Green

MNU011 Cerulean Blue

MNU013 Royal Blue

Other Products Used:
Versamark Ink
JudiKins White Diamond embossing powder
Perfect Pearls powder
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
Black So Silk cardstock
Various sequins

Card #2


Magenta Products Used:

(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can click on the link in the stamp or product name below each image, or you can visit the Magenta online store here).



MNU021 Coral


MNU023 Berry


MNU027 Chartreuse


MNU029 Lagoon

Other Products Used:
Versamark Ink
JudiKins White Diamond embossing powder
Perfect Pearls powder
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
Black So Silk cardstock
Various sequins

Friday, March 10, 2017

Stencils, Nuance and Doodles

This post is in conjunction with my post on the Magenta blog today.

I used watercolor cardstock, the Crest 4-04 Stencil and some Nuance powder. First I placed the stencil onto the watercolor cardstock and sprinkled Nuance powder onto it, trying to concentrate the color in the openings. I lightly sprayed the Nuance to activate it, and it covered the stencil and the openings with beautiful color.


I carefully picked up the stencil and placed it wet-side down onto another piece of watercolor cardstock. The Nuance that was on the stencil transferred to my cardstock and made a mirror image of the first card.



I had the urge to Zentangle in the openings, so I drew lines around them first and then did different tangles in each space. I flicked some mica watercolor from Artquest onto each card and stamped sentiments with Versafine ink.

This is such a great stencil to use for Zentangles!

Magenta Products Used:
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can click on the link in the stamp or product name below each image, or you can visit the Magenta online store here).

Crest 4-04 Floral Crest

07.846.G

07.901.F Imagine

MNU001 Turquoise

MNU002 Bright Yellow

MNU004 Jade

MNU011 Cerulean Blue

MNU013 Royal Blue

Other Products Used:

Micron Black pen 01
Versafine Deep Lagoon ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Watercolor paper
Artquest Palette Metallics



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Technique of the Week: Oxide Background

This post is in conjunction with the Art 'n Soul Newsletter article "Technique of the Week"

This post is less of a technique and more about trying out the new Distress Oxide inks. I was skeptical in the beginning, but now I know I LOVE these new inks.



Oxide inks are a hybrid of Pigment ink and Dye ink. Where Dye inks soak into your paper, Pigment inks sit on top and take longer to dry. The Oxides have the best of both of these worlds. They blend like a dream, and they stamp better as well. They also incorporate the best of the water-reactive properties of regular Distress ink. there are 12 colors currently available, and Ranger is overwhelmed with orders, so we have to get in line; but we WILL get them in! 


Right now we have 8 of the 12 colors for demo'ing at Art 'n Soul, and we will be happy to demo them for you.


For my card, I first blended Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, and Broken China, adding a little Wilted Violet at the end. 


I sprayed the card, using the Tim Holtz spritzer bottle, which makes large and small droplets. 

You can almost do no wrong with these inks, whatever I have done looks good. However, I wanted to stamp and emboss with White Diamond embossing powder, and I decided that my inks were a little too light for the white to pop out properly.


This panel is actually very pretty in real life, and it is at Art 'n Soul for you to see


Starting over with new colors was no problem, because playing with these inks is just so much fun. For the second try, I started with Wilted Violet.


I added Broken China (I LOVE the combo of these 2 colors), Cracked Pistachio, and Spiced Marmalade.


Since the inks have pigment, they are so easy to blend


If you compare the colors side by side to regular dye based Distress colors, they will look just a little different. This is because these Oxide colors with pigment sit on top of the paper, and the regular dye based ones soak in.


I spritzed it to get the water spots, and decided it was still too pale.


I made sure to dry the spots and went over the card with some Faded Jeans, Fired Brick, and intensified the colors in the Wilted Violet, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio.


I love how rich the colors are


This time I thought the colors were dark enough, and so I added more droplets with the spritzer, and dried the card thoroughly. I stamped my image and sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed with White Diamond embossing powder by JudiKins.

I added a little of the Wilted Violet to the center of the largest flower in the stamp.


I hope you'll give these new inks a try. I think you'll find them as fun to work with as I did.

As you know, Art 'n Soul is Magenta's Retailer of the Year for the seventh year in a row, and this allows some privileges. The reason I mention this is because we have advance viewing of the new Magenta Spring Collection, and one of the stamps for Spring is a new one by yours truly, a Zen Bouquet of flowers, shown here on my card. I also have several sentiments in the collection, including this one.

Since I received my stamps just yesterday, I decided to give you all a sneak peek of two of my new stamps on the post this week. These are available for pre-order at Art 'n Soul now, along with the entire 2017 Spring Collection. Please come by and see our sneak peek catalog and place your order. You can be among the first in the world to receive the beautiful new Magenta stamps!

Magenta Products Used:
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. We are taking orders for the new Spring collection now. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can visit the Magenta online store here. The new collection will be in the online store very soon).

44.024.Q Zen Bouquet
07.968.H You are Amazing

Other Products Used:
Distress Oxide inks: 
Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Broken China, 
Wilted Violet,Cracked Pistachio, and Faded Jeans
Versamark ink
White Diamond embossing powder by JudiKins