While preparing another article for The Artistry, I decided to try something I haven't done for a while. I got out the eBrush and the Tombow markers to see how they would work with the silk screen stencils I was making.
SUCCESS! The design for this stenciled card front is from Ikonartstencil.com and is one of the free files they have on their website under the resource tab.
There are quite a few files available in pdf or svg format. I used SCAL5 Pro to set up the files for printing. The next step of creating the silkscreen stencils is a breeze. I'll have a full tutorial on that coming up in a couple of weeks on the Artistry.
I love the option of being able to reuse the stencil multiple times. Using the eBrush allows for even more flexibility in colors and easy clean up especially when applying the color to paper. Similar results can also be achieved using acrylic paint and a foam brush, but the clean up for the markers is much easier and quicker. (wink - no brushes to clean!)
Thanks for dropping by and hoping you're enjoying some creative time or have some scheduled soon. Keep nurturing your own creativity! It really is good for the soul!
It's been a joy to be back in the craft room again and sharing some ideas over on The Artistry using some files from CreativeFabrica.com They were fun and we're going to enjoy using several of them on some scrapbooking pages and cards. I'll have a few more to share in the days to come.
While we weren't able to spend the day with T's dad, we were able to spend some time with all but our oldest son and his wife over the weekend. We delighted in seeing each of our grandchildren... and oh how they have grown! We had our first "official" family gathering since the pandemic just a couple of weeks previously - with all of the family at my Mom's funeral. We enjoyed a family picnic with extended family at a nearby park after the services.
Our gathering this past Sunday, however, was just our family. We enjoyed a nice dinner, lots of talk and the kids enjoyed watching a movie and playing in the yard... I'm so glad that it finally cooled down a bit and we could enjoy sitting outside. Oh, what a joy it was to resume what we hope will be our monthly family get-togethers again.
Before we got together, I was able to spend a little time crafting and created this card (sparked by something I saw on Pinterest) using SCAL5Pro and my new Skycut C24 plotter/cutter. Cutting all the speech bubble (CreativeFabrica.com) was a breeze and even creating the gradient and sentiment for the front of the card was a breeze using the print and cut option offered in the software. The boys seemed to like their cards and the personalized messages in them.
The tie-dye look on the star was achieved using some Poetique refillable watercolor brushes. They're easy to use and blend very well.
We're still getting used to our new norm of not having Mom with us any longer. It's strange not to share the progress on current projects or listen to the DVDs she enjoyed so much. We know that she's happy and celebrating with the heavenly watercolors -- the sunsets of late have been absolutely gorgeous. We feel so blessed to have been able to be her caregivers over the last 5 1/2 years.
This Z-fold card is a favorite. Reminds me of the English gardens Mom painted a few years back. While the image used in this card isn't one that Mom painted, it is very similar to some that she does have images of.
For all the details, please visit the article posted on The Artistry.
It's been a long time coming, but I thought it was time to not only get a start on this, but also put some new markers to the test. the Markers, Poetique are refillable watercolor markers (available on Amazon). They are the size of a marker and have a soft brush nib -- just like a water brush.
The colors in the 24 count box are vivid and there's a lot of color in each of the markers. This is the cover of my journal....
the stamp is from Vera Lane Studios (I'm in love with her quirky kids!) and was cut using the Skycut Print and Cut feature. The machine is spot on once you've calibrated!
the background is 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. I applied a bit of water to the paper before applying any color from the marker. I love how the color flowed and filled the section. I did blend in another blue. Once that was dry, I added a few splatters.
The Stamp is colored using the markers as well... with the exception of the face, arms and hands and eyes. The pinks and oranges in the set of markers are too bold of colors and even diluting them a bit, still was too much pigment.
The markers are good, you can get a fine or bold line depending on the pressure you put on the brush.
Hoping you'll get a little creative time this weekend! and if you're not able to, mark out some time for the coming week. You won't regret it!
this project was created for The Artistry. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. The pictures don't do it justice and with all the stormy weather we had last week, even studio lights didn't help as much as I would have liked. That being said, I hope you'll stop by and take a peek at the process shared in this article.
And look for the bonus tip at the end of the article for the glass heart embellishment.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you'll find some creative time in your near future!
It's been so fun to use these quirky digital images from Vera Lane Studio for some upcoming birthday cards.
The digi stamp is a p2c using the Skycut and SCAL5. Spot on and perfect cut! Colored pencils, blended with Gamsol. The background is "smooshed" using distress inks, water and an acetate sheet. A few enamel dots were added. The Happy Birthday stamp is from Stampers Anonymous.
This "scrappy" slimline card is interactive. There's a lever mechanism and a wobble in use. It's so much fun. The colors are bright and and are perfect for the 10 year old it's going to. All pieces were cut on the Skycut using SCAL 5. And again, the P2C is spot on with no problem cutting the candle and flames. The digi stamp was resized without losing any details and is about 1 1/2 inches tall. Colored pencils, gamsol were used for color on the stamp. Some hand drawn details were added to the "packages"
I'm looking forward to using these and a few other digis in my stash in the days to come. It's so relaxing to do a little coloring and that lever mechanism is easy to set up and use. It's the same mechanism that was used in this post last year using a digi from Whimsy Stamps.
Thanks for dropping by and have a crafty day and if today's not your day, schedule in an hour to two this week.
It's that time of year and we have some painting projects that need a few extra hands to help make it happen. That wheelchair ramp is a long one and it's needs a bit of refreshing! I figured that using some fun invites would make the job seem a little more fun and we'd enjoy the company as we tackled the ramp. You'll find more of the details on The Artistry!
And while you're there -- be sure to check out this amazing 210+ Font Bundle! There are definitely some keepers in this one! All have commercial use licenses! I spotted a few that could be used with a pen or other draw tool, like the Foil Quill. Scroll down the page to take a peek at all the fonts included - You won't be disappointed.
Hoping you'll get some time to spend in your crafty space this week to nurture your creative spirit and soul. Hope it's a great one!
We have quite a few birthdays coming up in the next few weeks. LOTS of birthdays! Pinterest offered the inspiration for this card.
I love the retro look in the way the triangle shapes are organized. This was the first card I cut on the new machine (#skycut) and I was amazed at how quickly the machine cut everything but the card base. It was probably less than 1 1/2 minutes from start to finish.
A little inking around each of the triangles. The word "birthday" is a stamp from a Tim Holtz set, embossed with white detail embossing powder from Ranger. The enamel dot is from FSJ. Paper is from SU, FSJ, Bazill and AC.
This card is so adaptable for other occasions as well. Change out the words, papers and even the font if you'd like to suit the occasion. Looking forward to making a few with some of the digital papers I have in my stash....
Off to cut and make a stack! Hoping you have some creative time planned in the next few days! Enjoy!