Thursday, April 30, 2015

Art 'n Soul's Inspiration Station continues today with another "Magenta" inspiration . . . from me.

Magenta 07.730.H

Magenta Template Floral Background TM27

I took this template and chose to outline only the leaf shapes without a stem and the circles onto a piece of Magenta ultra thick white card stock using a fine-tip point black permanent marker. I moved the template around quite a bit to fill out the space. It took on more of a geometric design.

 I used my Prismacolor colored pencils to color in the shapes, and a Sakura Glaze pen in black to fill in the circles. This was a modified version of a technique taught last year by Lisa Lee . . . kumomi.

  • ORANGE leaf shapes:  Prismacolor Colored Pencil in yellowed orange; orange; pale vermillon
  • RED leaf shapes:  Prismacolor Colored Pencil in scarlet lake; magenta; crimson lake
  • PINK leaf shapes:  Prismacolor Colored Pencil in pink; rose; process red
  • HIGHLIGHTS & Blending:  Prismacolor Colored Pencil in white (PC938)
  • Background:  Copic Marker in Blush (R20)

I filled in the background with a Copic marker. From a strip of white card stock, I stamped the sentiment with VersaFine in Onyx Black and adhered it to the colored panel, folding each side to the back. I used the new Poppy Stamp die, Large Iceland Poppy, and die cut it twice -- once on the So Silk in Beauty Pink and again on black card stock (for the stamen and the stem). I layered the blossom petals with small pop dots except the center base petal. The stamen was attached with a mini-sized pop dot. Small 3mm pearl stickers from Memory Box were placed in the center of the stamen.

The card layers, from top to bottom, are:  decorated top panel; black card stock; orange card stock; base card (in white).

by Debbie Gaetz

I hope this inspires you to take another look at your stencils and look 'outside the box'. I know I am!

Beautiful! All I can say is beautiful! I love these two cards created by Jean Okimoto for Memory Box.

by Jean Okimoto for Memory Box

by Jean Okimoto for Memory Box

Elizabeth Allan has made a strikingly simple card using dies from Penny Black.

by Elizabeth Allan for Penny Black

Click on this link to see the instructional sheet for this card:

Neha Bhatt is another artist making gorgeous cards using Penny Black stamps. For these cards, she is using their brush stroke stamp images that offer a watercolor look without starting from scratch. You'll have to make sure you click on the link to her blog posting to see the other gorgeous cards she made that are shown in the same posting. She's definitely on my list to check in with more frequently . . . so glad I found her!

by Neha Bhatt

by Neha Bhatt

by Neha Bhatt

by Neha Bhatt
Click on this link to go to Neha's blog . . .

Another new blogger I discovered is Christine Pooler, who creates cards for Elizabeth Craft Designs using Susan's Garden dies. My blog list to review is getting longer by the post!

by Christine Pooler
Click on this link for the details:

And then take a look at this card she made. I love the Shimmer Sheetz background which gives a mirror'd effect to the tulip die-cuts in front.

by Christine Pooler
Click on this link for the details:

Marianna Grigsby has made a lovely card using the Ink Daubers from Hero Arts as her base for the watercolor technique.

by Marianna Grimsby for Hero Arts
Click on this link for her instructional sheet:

Millsrepco, one of the distributing companies that we work with, is now representing Ken Oliver Crafts. We're very excited about that  because they are working with Ken when he makes a swing through the west coast to teach. Art 'n Soul is on his list of stores to teach at, so stay tuned for the date when we're able to confirm it. Right now, we're looking at early mid-June. Yay!!!!

by Ken Oliver, Ken Oliver Crafts

by Ken Oliver, Ken Oliver Crafts

by Ken Oliver, Ken Oliver Crafts

Ken Oliver Crafts is who created that beautiful paper collection we've been selling at Art 'n Soul. Think 'watercolor' in beautiful colors. This is the link to his blog if you don't know who Ken Oliver is:

I hope you have Recycled Rubber on your 'to-do' list this weekend. Yep, it's already the end of the month and the first Saturday of the new month is this Saturday . . . May 2! You won't believe the mountains and mountains of new recyclable treasures that have been dropped off this month.

We'll see you back here real soon. It can be a lot more fun to re-charge your batteries by doing it the artistic way. Let us show you how . . . stop in at Art 'n Soul for the inspirational ideas and how-to techniques. Pam will be at the store all day today to show you the way.

I've always said if I'm really really tired and need to sleep, I can sleep just about anywhere on anything. Perhaps I was a cat in a former life!

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