Thursday, January 28, 2021

Floral Heart with Rachel Vass Designs


Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing my last bit of inspiration
for the January 2021 Release from




This set is really pretty and lots of ideas were running around in my head
but I finally decided on a slime card with super easy coloring!
I first composed my card in the computer and printed it out onto Neenah
80lb Classic Crest Classic Cream card stock.


Since I had repeated the design 5 times, making this a rather busy looking
background, I kept the coloring super simple.


I used a 2 color blend on the flowers and on the leaves.


Copic colors used:
Green:  YG11, YG63
Peach:  R000, R02
I heavily splattered my panel with a light green metallic paint.  I covered my
sentiment before doing that.  I trimmed the panel to 3" x 8".  I prepared a base
from the same Neenah cream card stock that folded measures 3 1/2" x 8 1/2".
I adhered a panel of pearlized light green card stock to the base that
measures 3 1/4" x 8 1/4".


I adhered my main panel to this base and my card was done.  I felt
with the metallic splatter that it didn't need any further embellishment.


This card was so quick and easy to make.  It could be adapted for use for many
occasions!  
I hope you have enjoyed all of the inspiration my fellow Design Team members
and I have given you for the January Release!  Stay tuned...because next
week is the February 2021 Release!
When you purchase the Floral Heart Digistamp Set there is a FREEBIE 
included!!!!!


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope I've inspired you to create
something beautiful today!

Betsy

In my capacity as a design team member for Rachel Vass Designs, I do receive the products I use from them.

 All opinions and creative decisions remain my own, and I only work with companies/use products that I love.











 

Monday, January 25, 2021

Die of the Month with Brutus Monroe

 


Hello everyone!  Hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy!  Today I
am sharing the Die of the month from:


This is such and awesome die set and the Design Team has come up with some
wonderful inspiration!  Let me show you how I made my
Pocket of Love card!
To begin, I used the biggest die in this set - there are 3 dies this month!  I used the
pink Mermaid Skin paper.


I backed it with a piece of white glitter paper as I knew I wanted to use
this as a pocket.  I also used this Mermaid Skin paper to die cut the word "love" -
also included in this set.  I die cut it 3 times from plain white card stock as well.


I glued the 3 white ones on top of each other and then lastly glued the pink one
on top.  This gives a lot of sturdy dimension.  I cut a panel out of Neenah 80lb.
Classic Crest Solar White card stock that measures 3 3/4" x 5".  I decided
to stencil this piece using the Circle Doily stencil.


I used Simon Hurley's Rosy Cheeks ink and a Pink & Main Ergonomic
Blending Brush to do my stenciling.


I adhered my "love" die cut in the upper left corner at an angle.


I adhered my main die cut piece to an A2 size top folding card base in white.  I
ran a bead of liquid adhesive along each side and across the bottom so it would
form a pocket on my card base.  Once that was dry I could slide in my love note
on the front of the card.  I added a few pink Mermaid Sequins and my
card was finished!


This would make a great wedding or anniversary card!
I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial.  It was fun to make and easy!

Check out all of the great products at:


The Die of the Month is a subscription product.  Check out all of the
other subscription products that are offered.  They are a great deal!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Betsy

In my capacity as a design team member for Brutus Monroe, I do receive the products I use from them. 
All opinions and creative decisions remain my own, and I only work with companies/use products that I love.


















Friday, January 22, 2021

Leafy Ribbon with Rachel Vass Designs

 


Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing another beautiful design from the
January 2021 Release from:




I love this digistamp set.  It can be used in soooo many different ways!  Let
me show you how I made my card today!
I started by composing my design in my computer.  I use WORD as a program
and it works great.  I made the main image a shade of gray just to knock the
black back some.  I left the sentiment in black.  I printed the image out onto
Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Solar White card stock.


I unfortunately lost my list of Copic colors that I used...sorry.  But
I started by using a cooler green mix. 


Then I added a warmer green mix.


The berries were a very pale blend of cooler greens.  I really didn't get
too fussy with the shading, but made sure I did have a dark base to
the leaves.  I used that darkest green for the stems as well.  I used the
paler greens for the shading on the sentiment banner.


My card base was a warm green and my background paper is
an echo of the design.  It's by Craft Consortium.  I made a base from
the green that was an A2 size top folding and I used it sideways.
I cut a strip of the patterned paper to 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" and adhered
it horizontally.  My main panel measures 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and
I adhered that in the middle.  Along each side of the main panel
and along the top and bottom of the patterned paper I used very
thin green mirror peel-offs from Love from Lizi.  Just to add a tiny
bit of glitz, I used a shimmer pen on the pale green berries!


This would make a lovely sympathy card and as I was writing this, I
realized this would be amazing in an autumn palette!!!!!!  I might have to do that!

If you haven't visited Rachel's Etsy Shop go now!  It's Rachel's first
anniversary and she's having a sale!!!!  It's a great time to pick up some
amazing digistamp sets.  And there will be a giveaway as well....the
prize?...the entire first year of digital stamp sets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And,
don't forget the FREEBIES!!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope I've inspired your crafty
spirit to give this stamp set a try!

Betsy

In my capacity as a design team member for Rachel Vass Designs, I do receive the products I use from them. 

All opinions and creative decisions remain my own, and I only work with companies/use products that I love.















Monday, January 18, 2021

Stamp & Stencil of the Month with Brutus Monroe

 


Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing all kinds of crafty goodness from:


Both the Stamp and Stencil of the Month are adorable this month and all
are love-themed!  Let me show you how I made my cute shaker card!

I first taped a piece of hot press watercolor paper to a hardboard.  I used
Cosmo Hydrowash, just gently moving down the paper with a back and
forth brush stroke until I achieved the smooth look I was going for.


You can see it buckled my paper.  I let it dry completely before moving onto
the next step.  When it's dry, the paper is completely flat.  With the panel still
taped in place, I used Pixie Spray to adhere my Stencil down and used the
Glitter Glaze of the Month - Poppy! And then let it dry completely before moving on.


Once this was completely dry I removed it from the board and trimmed it to
3 5/8" x 5".  Next I stamped my image using Raven Detail Ink and my MISTI.


I colored the image with Copic markers.  For colors I used:
W0, W1, W3, W5, RV10, RV02. RV06, YR02, R02
When my coloring was complete I fussy cut the image out.


Using a heart die from my stash I die cut a heart from the stenciled panel.
I placed it in the center a bit closer to the top.  My particular die cuts a frame
as well as the main heart image.


I prepared an A2 size top folding white card base and adhered a cut panel
of white glitter paper to fit behind the heart shape.  Using the top stenciled
panel as a guide, I adhered my frame inside onto the white glitter paper.


I gathered the components for my shaker card.  Then I die cut the "Hugs" from
Christopher's Sentiments Cutting Die Set.  I used the white glitter paper for the
letters and black card stock for the backing and adhered them together.  I adhered
a piece of acetate behind the heart opening on the main panel and then placed
foam tape on the back, making sure I surrounded the heart with continuous tape.
Onto the base of the card within the framed heart I added my Mermaid Sequins -
Pink & Red, then I placed the top panel over it to secure the shaker.


I added my little bunny and then the Hugs die cut over it and colored in the very
centers of the little flowers with an orange glitter pen. I adhered the left over
evacuated heart die cut to the inside of the card. 
And my card was complete!


This card was so much fun to make!  With so many great products, cards come
out special every time!  If you haven't shopped 


lately - go now!  Lots of new products in stock and always something on sale!

As always I appreciate your time and interest!

Betsy


In my capacity as a design team member for Brutus Monroe, I do receive the products I use from them.

 All opinions and creative decisions remain my own, and I only work with companies/use products that I love.















Sunday, January 17, 2021

Winter Backgrounds with Rachel Vass Designs

 


Hello everyone!  Hope everyone is safe and healthy as we start out the new
year.  Today I'm sharing a digistamp set from the January 2021 Release:




This was a great set to get creative with.  The images are fairly simple
and because of that I kept my Copic coloring very simple.


I first printed out my sized image and I left quite a bit of room around the
sentiment, as I wanted to be able to die cut it.

I started by coloring the background of the main image.


I used B41 for the background.  I did no shading on this image - just
straight colors.


The mugs were colored with BV08 and the hearts inside and some of
the smaller hearts in the background with V04.


The bigger hearts were colored with V000 and the leaves
were colored with G99.


I finished this with a white gel pen.  I used Arteza White Gel Pens.  I have
tried most white gel pens and none of them worked consistently good.
I bought the set of 18 white gel pens from Arteza and I was floored because
they worked so good - right out of the box, right after they were delivered...
and they were very cold.  They come in .6, .8 and 1.0.  They were well
worth buying.


I gathered the rest of my materials for my card.  I dry embossed a panel of
orchid card stock with a corner snowflake design.  I die cut my colored panel
with a square stitched die.  I used a warm dark navy for mounting those on
and an A2 size top folding white card base.  I die cut various snowflakes
from plain white card stock.  I die cut my sentiment with a banner die and
backed it with the same navy card stock.  After putting it altogether I added
orchid glitter enamel dots in the centers of the snowflakes and my card was done!


I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial.  It's a wonderful digistamp set with
plenty of versatile sentiments.  As always, if you haven't visited


on Etsy - you're missing out!  So many great sets and there are FREEBIES!!!!

Til next time - thanks so much for stopping by!

Betsy

In my capacity as a design team member for Rachel Vass Designs, I do receive the products I use from them.

 All opinions and creative decisions remain my own, and I only work with companies/use products that I love.

 



















Monday, January 11, 2021

Rose Wreath with Rachel Vass Designs

 


Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing with you more inspiration from
the January 2021 Release from:




So, who says digital stamps are just for cards?  Today I'll be sharing
how I made a watercolor painting from the digital stamps found
in this set.
My watercolor paper was Hot Press - this means it has a very smooth surface.  
 I changed the color of the wreath part of the print to a gray and left the 
sentiment in black.  This is possible because they are 2 separate images. 
 Please note that I use Word as a program for my digital creations.  
I have the ability to"recolor" the outline of an image.  My paper was 8" x 10" and I
sized my print accordingly.  I flipped the wreath to make the top image.
I felt it was important to make the ends of the wreath overlap
each other to give the appearance of continuity.


Because there were lots of leaves it was important to vary
the tone of them.  I had 4 combinations of greens.


I tried to give the leaves around the flowers their own color-ways.


I also balanced my colors.  Using each of the 4 color ways intermittently -
not having each separate color-way grouped together.


I dampened each leaf and then added color.  I added another color usually
across the bottom for variation.  I used Burnt Sienna for the stems.  All
of the flowers were painted the same way with Quinacridone Coral.  I
didn't really want red or pink and this was a great in-between color.
Once I was finished with the painting, I popped it into a mat and frame!


I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and it's sparked some creative thinking
on your part!  Don't be afraid to try watercoloring.  Practice if you don't think
you could do a nice job.  By the way, I use an inkjet printer.  I let the printed
watercolor paper sit for about a day and I had no problems with ink running.

If you've never been, check out Rachel Vass Designs on Etsy.  Rachel often has
sales and freebies!!!!!!

Thanks so much for taking time out of your day and stopping by!

Betsy


In my capacity as a design team member for Rachel Vass Designs, I do receive the products I use from them.

 All opinions and creative decisions remain my own, and I only work with companies/use products that I love.

















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