Monday, February 25, 2013

The Dreamweaver Stencils' order that arrived the other day brings new opportunities for zentangling!

by Dianne Johnson

Please come in and see for yourself!

This is another month of "early" times. Recycled Rubber happens at the end of this week on Saturday, March 2, beginning at 10:00 a.m. And Easter Sunday is the last day of March . . . March 31. Let's not forget St. Patrick's Day on the 17th!

Inchie Arts sent us our order and that means more gift boxes to make for those special occasions coming up. Remember that wonderful class Lisa Lee taught before Christmas? Look at the latest gift boxes! So much happens in the spring when that 'special' box is needed. The boxes in this order come completely assembled; all you need to do is start your Inchie Art!

From Millsrepco featuring a Hero Arts Postcard . . .

Big Post Card

" used the new Big Post Card stamp to create this tag shaped card. We love the soft and pretty feel and her delicate vellum butterfly."

From Tombow Markers . . .

Blending Technique with Tombow Dual Brush Pens by Marie Browning

Pat Niemuth from Northwoods Rubber Stamps shared this beautiful blending technique with me recently. It really makes the Dual Brush Pens Colors rich and glorious!

I’m starting with a stamped and embossed butterfly stamp from Northwoods Stamps. Just one of the many wonderful works of art by Jean Arneson. I used the recommended paper, 90 lb. watercolor paper from Canson.

Next, color everything with a yellow marker, 055 is a great choice. This yellow base of color makes the other colors blend beautifully and makes the stamped image more brilliant. You can also get more detailed instructions and recommended Tombow colors on the Northwoods Website.

The other colors are added, and then blended with a waterbrush. Pat made her butterfly dimensional by stamping twice,cutting and mounting the second butterfly on top. A great way to use Tombow Foam Tabs!
This is my version of the technique using the same stamp. I blended the colors beyond the stamped image – not sure if I’m that happy with that move or not, what do you think? I did, however, love the coloring of the butterfly with that yellow undercoating! I used the following Dual Brush Pen Colors for my version: 055, 245, 098, 725, 452, 493."

From the Memory Box blog . . .

A Flower for Your Thoughts

"Memory Box Dies are perfect for cutting flowers and felt - combine them, and create a stash of this simple card to have on hand for any occasion.  Jean Okimoto here - sharing a quick and easy spring card featuring three of our newest dies - Trellis Border 98476, Fresh Foliage 98502 and Fabulous Phlox 98511.
I love the color of Citrus Tickle felt  - it's a blend of synthetic and wool fibers and it's easy to cut too.  Impress carries a beautiful selection of felt in great colors - perfect for diecutting into flowers, rosettes, leaves and labradors with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.
On a totally different's a technique I shared on Clearsnap's  blog - stamping the Madeleine Bird with a spring-ish blend of some new ColorBox pigment inks, then diecutting - view the details and directions here.  It's a fun technique - with unique results each time!

Thanks for visiting!"

I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to those of you who took my Iris Folding class yesterday. It was the first one I had ever instructed. Catherine Woodard is known for her beautiful and classy Iris Folding card creations that she taught at Art 'n Soul over the years, and I'm quite humbled to follow in her trail, not filling both shoes yet but working on that first one! I learned a lot yesterday, too!

Time for a late but lite lunch . . . see you tomorrow!

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