Wednesday’s Card: Altenew Shadow Play

Hi All!

Today I am honored to be hosting the Altenew blog! If you remember, I participated in their July Release blog hop the weekend before last. They are a new company and it was just their second release ever. The stamp set I used on this card is from this newest release, called Shadow Play. I couldn’t wait to use my Peerless watercolors to create it!

Here’s a little sneak peek:
Altenew sneak peek

For the full reveal and video, see my post on the Altenew blog.

In the video, I referenced my Peerless Watercolor review and tutorial post to learn more about how to use and store these awesome paints. The card video is also posted below.

On a completely unrelated note, I recently read an interesting article on self-image. I don’t share many non-card-related articles and videos on this blog. However, every once in a while, something really impacts me and I want to share it. It’s along the same lines as the Dove video I shared awhile back. We are so hard on ourselves! I know most of you out there are guilty of this, so please check out this short article if you have a few minutes.

Enjoy and have a great week!

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, go to my blog to view the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Altenew Shadow Play
Altenew Shadow Play
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Ranger Broad Water Brush
Ranger Broad Water Brush
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink
Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
EH|SSS
Simon Says Stamp Black Ink
SSS Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Stamp-a-ma-jig
Stamp-a-ma-jig
SSS|SU
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Dimensionals

Wednesday’s Card: Ice Cream Tag

Ice Cream Tag

Ice Cream Tag

Hi All!

I really love personalizing a card for the recipient. I mean, it’s really special to get a handmade card, but when it has your name on it, it’s gotta make you feel even more special.

I used the new ice cream cones die from Simon Says Stamp. The die also dry embosses the wafer part of the cone. I show the sandwich needed for the Sizzix Big Shot in the video. I use the Sizzix Impressions Pad and the matching Sizzix Silicone rubber pad. I use both of these products whenever I use a die to dry emboss (I bought them together years ago). There are probably other accessories you can use for dry embossing, like shims and extra paper, but these are part of my no-brain solution. :)

I really like making tags, so when I saw Lawn Fawn’s Tag Your It and Birthday Tags set, I had to get them. There is also a matching holiday set for the tag dies, which I have added to my wishlist.

I realized after the video that I didn’t show the sentiment, which is stamped on the inside and says “Happy Birthday”.

Enjoy and have a great week!

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, go to my blog to view the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: R81, R83, R85 (strawberry); E30, E31 (vanilla), 0 (highlights)

Ice Cream Cone Die
Ice Cream Cone Die
Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags
Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags
EH|SSS
Lawn Fawn Tag Dies
Lawn Fawn Tag Dies
EH|SSS
Simon Says Stamp Holiday Envelope Sentiments
Holiday Envelope Sentiments
Hero Arts Dots Background
Hero Arts Dots Background
Hero Arts Fanciful Swirl Alphabet
Hero Arts Alphabet
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
EH|DB
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
EH|SSS
Sizzix Impression Pad
Sizzix Impression Pad
EH|SSS
Sizzix Rubber Pad
Sizzix Rubber Pad
EH|SSS
Ink Foam Applicator
Ink Foam Applicator
EH|SSS
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
EH|SU
Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Spun Sugar
EH|SSS
Simon Says Stamp Dark Chocolate Ink
SSS Dark Chocolate
Stampin' Up! Early Espresso Ink
Early Espresso Ink
Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip Marker (part of Neutrals set)
Chocolate Chip Marker
Stampin' Up! White Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Dimensionals

Altenew Blog Hop!

Altenew

Welcome to Altenew’s second Blog Hop! You should be arriving here from the Altenew Blog. Altenew is a relatively new stamp company that opened it’s doors last April. In a couple of days they will be releasing their second collection of stamps. All the stamps that you will see here will be available for purchase at 9:00 am ET on Monday July 14th.

Oh, and there are PRIZES!! Altenew is giving away five stamp sets of choice to three lucky winners! The winners will be chosen from comments left on the Altenew blog.

There is more! I will choose a winner from comments left on this post and the prize will be two stamps sets of your choice. How awesome is that?

You have until Monday July 14th 7:59am ET to leave your comments. I encourage you to also like Altenew on Facebook.

For my card, I used stamps from the Sketchy Rose set. This rose is so lovely – perfect for coloring. And fun too – I so enjoyed taking my time and relaxing while I colored it.

Altenew Sketchy Rose

Altenew Sketchy Rose

Can you believe how vibrant these watercolor results are? It’s amazing that watercolor can give such bright color. Especially since it comes on little pieces of paper – crazy! Yes, I used the Peerless watercolors. If you’re interested in learning more about these watercolors, you can view my Peerless review and tutorial post.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a video for this card. Honestly, I really don’t like posting cards without an accompanying video. I want to show you how easy it is to actually create the cards I post that may seem difficult at first glance. That being said, here are a few tips for this card:

  • Always use watercolor paper for best watercolor results.
  • Heat emboss your image – it will be much easier to stay in the lines when you color.
  • Break the petals down one by one. You can use my photo as a guide for which areas of each petal should be light or dark.
  • If you have color on your brush, always lay it down first in the darkest area of the petal.
  • Periodically remove all color from your brush and blend your image with a little bit of water.

Colors used: Geranium Pink then Alizarine Red for the rose, Grass Green then Dark Green for the leaves/stem, and then a little bit of Neutral Tint surrounding the flower.

So onto the next stop of the hop! Take a look at what Debby Hughes has created. Enjoy your journey!

Here is a list of all blog hop stops:

Altenew Blog
Darlene DeVries <------------- YOU ARE HERE
Debby Hughes
Julie Ebersole
Kelly Grigliones
Taheerah Atchia
Wida Miller

Enjoy and have a great weekend.

Darlene

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
EH|SU
Stampin' Up! Black Embossing Powder
Black Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock

Wednesday’s Card: You Shine

You Shine
You Shine

Hi All!

I feel like I’ve been using stars a lot lately. I think it has to do with the Tiny Stars Background, which I love and keep using with lots of other star-related stamps. Last I checked, it is in-stock at Ellen Hutson. Sometimes this stamp can be hard to find.

I used my Stampin’ Up! Star framelits (which I also used on THIS CARD a couple of weeks ago) and my Enchanted Gold embossing powder (another fav I’ve used a lot) to create the shiny star. The tiny stars are white-embossed on vellum. I mention in the video that my heat tool has two settings on it – low and high. For vellum, I keep it on the low setting because vellum is so fragile. It takes much longer to melt the powder, but it barely warps at all. I don’t know if other heat tools have multiple settings, but this is a great feature to look for.

Okay, so about the vellum… I purchased this Bazzill Vellum. I should have noticed that it was only 21lb. It’s too thin for heat embossing. I think it would be great for layering, but not heating. When I heated it, it got all wavy and curled, even on my low heat tool setting. I ended up using the Paper Studio vellum that I have been using for awhile (I couldn’t find any online links to this vellum – I purchased it a my local JoAnn’s). Although I like this vellum, I wanted something a little better quality. I plan to order some thicker vellum soon, maybe the Bazzill 40lb vellum. I will let you know how it compares.

Come back Saturday! I’m participating in a blog hop. Enjoy the video and see you then. :)

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, go to my blog to view the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Stampin' Up! Star Framelits
SU Star Framelits
Hero Arts Tiny Stars Background Stamp
Tiny Stars Background
Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars
EH|SSS
Ranger Enchanted Gold Embossing Powder
Enchanted Gold Embossing Powder
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! White Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
EH|SU
Eclipse Masking Tape Roll
Eclipse Masking Tape Roll
EH|SSS
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Vellum Bond
Vellum Bond
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombo Mono Multi Glue
EH|SSS
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
EH|SSS
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
EH|SSS
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots

Ghost Stamping with Flower Patch

Ghost Stamping

Hi All,

Today I’m using a new photopolymer clear set by Stampin’ Up! called Flower Patch. I absolutely love this set – it comes with 19 different stamps! You can layer a lot of the pieces, which gives it a lot of potential. When I saw it, I knew I had to use this technique with it. I used the ghost stamping technique on THIS CARD about a year ago.

I usually use Stampin’ Up!’s Crumb Cake cardstock (their version of kraft). However, I decided to try Hero Arts kraft cardstock. For this technique, I tried it on both cardstocks and I like the Hero Arts one slightly better. It’s darker, more like a brown bag than Stampin’ Up!’s cardstock. However, the Hero Arts cardstock is not as heavy-weight (it’s 65lb). For layering, it’s great. However, I will stick with Stampin’ Up! for a kraft-colored card base.

Hope you enjoy. Have a great week!

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, click here to go to my blog to view the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Stampin' Up! Flower Patch
Stampin’ Up! Flower Patch
Colorbox White Ink
Colorbox White Ink
Stamp-a-ma-jig
Stamp-a-ma-jig
SSS|SU
Hero Arts Kraft Cardstock
Hero Arts Kraft Cardstock
EH|SSS
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Hero Arts Butter Bar
Hero Arts Butter Bar
EH|SSS
Simon Says Stamp Island Blue
Simon Says Stamp Island Blue
Stampin' Up! White Baker's Twine
White Twine
Stampin' Up! Pearls
Pearls
Paper Piercer
Paper Piercer
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots
Stampin' Up! Acrylic Blocks
Stampin’ Up! Acrylic Blocks
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
EH|SSS
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