Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spellbinders' Order is in & Birds! Birds! and More Birds!

The Spellbinders' order arrived today. A few extra dies were included in the order, as well as Spellbinders' special metal packets. Better not wait too long . . .

We had a fun time this afternoon (and evening) in another one of Marj Marion's classes. Today's class focused on birds . . . students were asked why they like birds and many of them stated they liked the beautiful songs they sing and how beautiful they are. For students wanting to finish any of the 4 cards at home (or make more), here are the class cards:

by Marj Marion
If you're looking for books in foreign languages that you can
use for background papers like this, Marj recommends Orca Books
in downtown Olympia; another student recommended the used
book sale at the downtown Olympia Library.

by Marj Marion
by Marj Marion
Another stamped image to dress up with Pan Pastels . . . need I say more?

At the end of the class, Marj had a special lesson "treat" to share. When using the various Magenta cork cut-out images, make a rough cut around the image. Do all of your coloring, i.e., alcohol inks, etc., and then peel starting at the edge of the outside rough cut so you're not pushing into the cut-out itself which can be a problem. Slowly peel away the backing and then poke out your image. Thanks to Laurel Martin & Sue Moffat for sharing that idea with Marj.

Marj also brought a board to the store of her class samples from the Pan Pastel class a short while back. Here they are . . .

by Marj Marion

by Marj Marion

by Marj Marion
by Marj Marion
 From Magenta's blog on April 1:

1 stamp = 5 cards

I love «collage» style stamps. They are complete and versatile. Here is a series of 5 cards, using 5 different techniques, but always the same stamp: #43044.M – Dragonfly Collage. On most of the backgrounds, I stamped the «Dandelion» (#I.0243), using Distress inks in colors to match the project.

- 1 -

Design stamped with dark blue ink on lightly patterned paper. Edges inked with Distress using the Ink Blending tool by Ranger.

- 2 -

Design stamped with black permanent ink (Archival), and colored with Prismacolor Artist wood pencils. Method: Apply light color frst on the entire surface, add shadows with darker tone and blend using white pencil – this will make the pencil marks disappear. Always apply color lightly and go over it again to give it more depth, until the desired look is achieved.

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Design stamped in black Archival ink and colored in «Distress watercolor»: Using a waterbrush, pick up color from the Distress pad and apply to the image. Come back with more color to add depth until desired look is achieved. To make the music note background lighter, I simply wet a little more and swiped the  brush on a piece of scrap paper before applying to the image. To insert the ribbon in the card, I cut a slit in the fold with an exacto knife and tied a knot in the front.

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Design heat-embossed in clear, on black cardstock. To give more emphasis to the dragonfly, I used the U.S. Art Quest Pastelles watercolor palette and a waterbrush.

- 5 -

Design stamped with clear VersaMark ink and colored with Perfect Pearls – Interference palette). Once the image is completely colored (I used a fine dry paintbrush for better detail), lightly swipe with a tissue to remove excess and mist once or twice with a Mini Mister – to do this, hold the mister upright and let the mist fall on the card rather than spraying directly. This will set the Perfect Pearls permanently. CAUTION: Don't forget to attach the ribbon before you adhere the panel to the card front ;-)

Matériel / Materials:

Étampe «Pissenlit» - No I.0243 «Dandelion» stamp
Étampe «Collage de libellule» - No 43044.M Dragonfly collage stamp
Papiers à motifs de la collection «Printemps Passion» / Papers from «Spring Passion» collection
Crayons de couleur Prismacolor Artist coloring pencils
Perfect Pearls – Palette Interference palette
Pinceau fin sec / Fine dry paintbrush
Aquarelles U.S. Art Quest – Palette «Pastelle» / U.S. Art Quest Pastelles watercolor palette
Pinceau à réservoir rempli d’eau / Waterbrush filled with water
Encres Distress de Ranger Distress Inks (Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Dried marigold, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen)
Applicateur Ranger pour encres Distress avec coussinets de mousse / Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Mini Mister (Ranger)
Encre Archival (Jet Black) Ink
Rubans Maruyama ribbon
Encre VersaMark claire / Clear VersaMark Ink
Poudre à embosser claire / Clear embossing powder
Fer à embosser / Heat gun

Not enough? Take a peek at my blog for a few more examples.

That's it for tonight . . . hopefully we'll "talk" again tomorrow! In the meantime, please drop by to say "hi" and see what's going on at Art 'n Soul! I'm hoping the new Graphic 45 paper order will be here by the end of the week if all of the "delivery moons" align correctly.

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