Monday, May 25, 2015

watercolor background with an acrylic block: MFT Ingenious Inking Challenge



This month's Ingenious Inking Challenge is about watercolor and more specifically, creating a watercolor wash for your card. Another super fun challenge! My life is rough, people. ;)

I chose to go a different route than simply applying a watered down ink to my card, I decided to give it some definition by using an acrylic block. Cool part about this technique is, you can create a ton of shapes for your background by simply using different blocks!

I pushed my Coral Crush ink pad and Persimmon ink pad directly onto my clean acrylic block. You can control how much color your background will have, depending on how much ink you apply. I used a large amount of Persimmon, so my background will be bolder.

Then, holding the block slightly away from myself, I spritzed water onto my block. About 4-5 squirts. More water will equal less intense color on your paper. Less water will yeild a stronger color on your paper.

This is what the block and the paper looks like when you set it on your paper. By the way, this is watercolor paper. You definitely need that paper to handle the water!

I did have a wee bit too much water...so I grabbed a paper towel and gently dabbed away the excess. I finished the card off with stripes (Striped Backgrounds), a bold sentiment (True Friends), and a flower (Die-namics Rolled Blooming Rose). 

Visit the MFT Stamps Blog for more information about this challenge, and all the fun challenges we have each month. And be sure and check out yesterday's post, as I once again got to do the MFTv Video for Monday!

thanks for stopping by!

~kimberly



Thursday, May 21, 2015

creating die cut ombre borders; MFT Stamps Die-namics Design Challenge



Today's Die-namics Design Challenge is all about the borders! Border dies can do some pretty creative things on our cards and today, while my idea is simple, adding a bit of ink to the situation definitely steps the design up another level!

Having been working on projects with the ombre look. (Yes, that is a tease about a video tutorial I have coming up for you in the June release!) Because of that, I was inspired to create ombre borders on my card, as a sort of background.

I began by die cutting watercolor paper with Die-namics Stitched Scallop Edges. I used the largest scallop shaped die. I repeated that four times.

The piece of Coral Crush cardstock at the top there was my guide for the next step of the process.

Then I pressed my Coral Crush ink pad onto my craft mat. Water was added with a squirt bottle. I kept the water to one corner because I wanted to be able to control how light and dark I painted the watercolor wash onto my pieces of die cut watercolor paper. I began painting with a larger paint brush. One of the things I liked about this technique is, when I needed to add more color to my darker layers, it was easy to do, without splotches or streaks. And that is the key here, start light and layer your colors as you go.

I adhered each of the borders to my card by the straight edge and then bent the front edges up slightly.

I HAD to use Die-namics Flamingo on this card. With all that coral loveliness, it just would not have been right. Haha!

Visit the MFT Stamps Blog to be linked up to the rest of the design team. I cannot wait to see what they all have up their sleeves with this one!

And remember, if you are interested in any of the products I used today, please click the photos at the bottom of the post. Those images will take you directly to the products in the online store. If you are looking at this post via email, you may have to click over to my actual blog for the links to work. I am trying to not only enable you, but make your shopping a little easier. :D

thanks for stopping by!

~kimberly



Monday, May 18, 2015

creating an elegant gold background: MFT May Creative Challenge


Its time for the MFT DT May Creative Challenge! Each month the team is challenged to create projects based on a chosen theme. These kinds of challenges get my heart racing and my creativity going in overdrive! Our theme this month was backgrounds. How cool is that? The possibilities are endless! 

Instead of stamping a background, I wanted to get a little more creative. I looked at my stash and saw two new products I had ordered and knew that they would work perfectly! Keep reading to find out how I created this elegant gold background!

I began by die cutting Sweet Tooth cardstock with Die-namics Modern Morocco. Which covers almost the entire standard A2 card base. I placed it over a piece of watercolor paper. Why that paper and not cardstock? Because it is meant to hold water. The paste I am using is wet. I know the watercolor paper will hold up better. 

Then I scooped out small quantities of the Design Memory Craft Gold Texture Luxe Metallic Paste with a spatula and spread it thinly and evenly over the die cut piece of cardstock. Instant stencil from a die cut piece of cardstock! 

Once I liked the coverage of the paste, I lifted the cardstock stencil off to reveal a very cool background! The paste stays wet for some time, so be sure to let it dry before adding anything else to your project.

Visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to the rest of the team and their amazing projects! Its always tons of eye candy and inspiring ideas!

thanks for stopping by!

~kimberly