Monday, June 28, 2010

Airbrushing and Masking

As part of my last Outlines Rubber Stamp design work, I was working on Christmas Cards. I have received a couple of questions about how I colored the background for one of them from some friends. Since I didn't take pictures as I went along, I decided to repeat the design... so there are a couple of color differences in the background compared to the finished product that I did have a picture of. I think my newest one is a bit darker.

Step 1 - Stamp the design twice, and cut out one of them very carefully. Apply Removable adhesive, and mask your second image.

Step 2 - Airbrush the first and lightest color. I chose B23.

Step 3 Airbrush the second darkest color. For this set it was B24.  

Step 4 Airbrushed the Darkest color. This was B26 for this one.

Step 5 - Sky - - I went over this one with BV04 to add some richness. I think this is why this one is so dark. The one on the finished card below did not have the BV04 added.

Last step for Sky - I airbrushed Copic Spica on the sky. I did this by holding the Spica (clear) in front of the airbrush and spritzing it.

Once I finished the sky I remasked the image to cover some of the sky, and airbrushed the ground. I used the same principle... starting with E33, E35 and E37.

After this, I removed all the masks, and then had to touch up around certain areas. I started with the lightest color I used and colored the teeny areas missed with the lightest, then next, then next Until I got it to look as good as I could. 

On this one I sometimes would airbrush areas of the pots, or crown, etc... This is because I intend to add crystals over it to cover it up anyway, and I was trying to be easy on myself. (Or lazy  :-)  )

After this, I colored the entire image, and added a lot of Crystals to get this final card. 

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Donald is Late

As I mentioned in my last post, it was a really crazy week at work.  Unfortunately I missed a co-workers birthday. So, I made this card a bit late.  I downloaded a coloring page from the web (Google Images). Colored it with Copics B12, 14, 16, 18 for the Blue, the yellow is Y15 and 17. The orange I added a bit of YR17.  The red is R24, 27. The White of his feathers isC00, with B0000. I added a touch of BG0000 to his eyes. The wood is E13, 15 and 17.

The inside of the card reads: "OK, so this card is late Landing on your mat But the others were bought in a shop How difficult is that?"

Once I had the image colored, I cut it out with the second from the largest Octagon Nestie. With it still in the Nestie, I sponged Brilliance Blue ink lightly around the inner edge.
The larger Octagon was used to cut the red out. I have no idea where this cardstock was from... It was a scrap that I have had for a LONG time.  I also used the Fancy Tag cut to cut the edges out on the bottom and taped them to the edge of the sentiment (Daisy Bucket stamp). 

Once I had everything mounted on the black cardstock, I scored the top fold. Then I trimmed out around the rest of it to make a shaped cake.  The final touch was some silver half ball bling added to the card.

I love the way that it turned out!

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday on Saturday!

So, This was an INSANE week at work this week. So, didn't get a chance to do much until today.  I bought this Flourishes set at a store in Atlanta a few weeks ago, but hadn't had a chance to use it. 

I stamped in Memento Ink, and colored with Copics. The glass is BG0000 and BG000. I colored it first, then went in with the G20 for the grass. Colored the plant with E50 and 51 first, then added R81, 83, 85.  The pot is also R81, 83, 85 with a little black SPICA.. The leaves on the flower are G21, 24, 28.I went over everything under the glass lightly with BG0000 after I was done.

Once I finished the coloring of hte Orchid and the glass, I colored G20, 21 under the glass. I then cut out the image with a Nestie. Leaving the image in the Nestie, I airbrushed the bottom with G20 and the top with B0000 at the edge, BV0000 over it and slightly lower, and then RV0000 to the entire center.

The papers are Bazzill and Basic Grey.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Trying out a New Challenge

I only have two sets of Our Craft Lounge stamps, but I really liked their sketch this week, and decided to try  their challenge out.  This is from the set called Granny's Support Team. Being it is awareness oriented, I went with a pink theme... plus my youngest wants her room redone in Pink and Black and White... so that was inspiring too.

The bra I just stamped with Memento, and then cut it out using the Oval Nestie. Leaving it in the Nestie I airbrushed it with Pink Copic (RV21). Then I went and used my RV06 with the brush end in the airbrush to spray it. This gave it the spotted look. I did the same thing with the sentiment. Only the sentiment is one long line. So I stamped it twice, using a scrap to mask the words so it would be two lines instead of one. I mounted them on black cut out with the scalloped oval Nesties. I used the same black and a Fiskers Border Punch to punch out the scalloped straight trim on top.

The image is colored with C3, C5 and a little C7, and I added dots of black to give it a kind of lacey look. 

The pink design paper is Doodlebug Design. The black and White I am not sure but I think it is American Craft. 

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Two Challenges - One Post

I rarely do this - combine challenges that is. I should try to do it more often, because I am very happy with how this turned out.  This weeks Timeless Tuesday Challenge at Flourishes was for embossing. The Copic Creations Challenge this week was to use "Other paper" than that usually used. I always use white cardstock to color on. It just is much easier for me, so for this challenge I used an off-white cardstock. It made the coloring a bit more muted which I liked a lot. 
The first thing that I did was to cut the two squares out with Nesties. I embossed them while still in the Nestie and then left them in and used my airbrush with my Copics to add some color, which made it look like it was layered on the top of another piece of cardstock. For the bottom one I used G21, and G24 for the top G20 and G21. Once the airbrushing was done I used the new sentiment from Flourishes Life Lines and stamped it in Olymbia Green Versafine and then heat embossed with Clear EP. I mounted them on top of each other and used a pop up foam to mount. The bottom layer is embossed with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. All of this was mounted to the same off-white cardstock.

Then came the Hummingbirds. These are also from Flourishes new release Humming Around. There were two different sized  Hummingbirds. However, to my frustration they were both facing the same way. Hmmmm... So I tried a technique I hadn't tried before. I stamped the large hummingbird on the cardstock with Memento. The small hummingbird I inked up with Memento Tuxedo black ink, and then I stamped it on my spellbinders tan mat I use with Embossing. I then quickly pressed the off-white cardstock onto the image on the mat. Voila - reversed hummingbird. I went over a couple of the lines with the black Copic Multiliner... but other than that it turned out really well.

For the coloring of the hummingbirds I used B21 and B23, V12, G20, 21 and 24. On the wings I blended the purple into the blue into the green, and the blue on the top of the head into the green. Once completed I layered clear Spica on top of the feathers. Once done, I decided that the birds cut out were a little too fragile, so I Crystal Laquered them. These were both mounted on pop up foam. I added the cream colored Prima flowers. 

Now... I guess I better start working on some Father's Day cards. YIKES!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Happy Birthday for my Dear Hubby

I made this card for my hubbys birthday. I picked up this Mo Manning Stampavie stamp on my trip through Atlanta on my vacation. I am always leery of the clear stamps. There are some that are amazing (Flourishes and Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stams) and some that are eh....  I was assured at the LSS in Atlanta that this was as good as they get, and I have to agree. It stamped very crisp and clear with Memento. Very very sweet!

The image was stamped on Hammermill Color Copy Cover with Memento Tuxedo Black. Her skin is E000 and E00 with a bit of R20 on her cheeks and shoulders. I colored her dress with YG00 first. After that I added layers of YG03 and YG05 to the shadows. And reblended with the YG00. I went back a couple of times with the YG03, YG05 and then added just a bit of YG06 to give it more depth. Her belt is BV000, BV01 and BV02.  Her wings were initially RV0000. Over that I layered a bit of BV000. I added BV01 and BV02 to certain areas. Once they were blended with RV0000, I added a bit of clear spica over the "veins" of the wings.

Her Hair is E11, with the E13, 15 and 17 layered over specific strands to make it look highlighted. Went over her wand with BV01, and the star is YG00. Once the entire image was colored, I outlined with B0000. I started at the image and flicked the marker out away from the image, to try to soften the look.

The purple paper is Bazzill Bling, and the patterned paper is Kioshi from Basic Grey. For these strips I edged both sides with a fiskars edger. I added the bling on the top and the flowers to the bottom. The image and sayings were cut out with Nesties.

I came up with the saying, and typed it out on the printer. The inside of the card reads "Because lets face it… Dreams and Wishes are better than actually eating and drinking that crap! Happy Birthday!"

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Back from Vacation - Time for some Christmas stuff

If you saw my previous post, I have made a bunch of Christmas cards for Outlines Rubber Stamps. Well, this is the grouping I made using the same paper line and several stamps from Outlines. The bag is discussed in my previous post.




The card is using the Large Vixen Stamp. In this one, I used the C family of greys, and the BG72 to do the horns, E31, 33, 35 for the deer itself. R24, 27, 29 for the reds. I used the same SEI Winter Song "My Wooly Scarf" paper that I used on the Bag. In addition to cutting coordinating squares for the upper right and bottom left corner, I also stamped the Happy and the Holiday in the other corners on this paper. Silver and Red stickles were added to the stars, and the horns to add some bling.

The last piece of this set is the little red gift box. I saw a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers, and thought it would work really well. The box is made from Red Bazzil cardstock. I used Nesties to cut out the two different sized shapes.  I used the Happy Holiday Stamp from Outlines and stamped it on white with the blue first, then stamped slightly off-set in the red. I then edged the shape in the red ink as well and mounted it on the blue cardstock. This piece was slightly raised from the lower shape. The flowers I found at Michaels in the wedding section, and loved them. I liked this one because it was so simple, yet comes out very classy looking. 

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~ Alaine

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


This is a quick graduation card I made for a cousin who graduated from High School this year. I took the Antiqued Map from Flourishes and colored it in E31, 33 and B32, 34. The compass is in Y23, 26, 28. 

The sentiment is from Hero Arts and stamped with Versafine and clear embossed.  The tan paper is Bazill, and the blue is Coredinations. 

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