Monday, August 24, 2015

Sparkle Chiara

I'm so excited that I have finished another Julie Nutting doll page. 

This doll is dressed in clothes that remind me of a party.  I started with a 12 x 12 paper from Bo Bunny called Welcome Home.  It has this great chandelier and I thought it would be perfect for my theme.  Here's how the paper looked originally.  

I felt like it needed distressing a bit so I got out my Gelatos.  

This color is Gold Champagne.  I colored over the paper quite a bit and then used a foam blending tool to even out the color.  Not only did it change the appearance of the paper but it also gave it a subtle sheen.  Here is a photo of the before and after. 

A big difference!  As always, I stamped Chiara on some text paper and colored her with some neutral Copics.  Can you guess what I used for her party dress?  Gold vellum.  I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, being careful not to smear it until it dried.  Then I cut it out and glued it to the doll.  

I added her pearl party necklace and also glued on a metal bow in her hair.  I stamped an appropriate sentiment from a retired My Favorite Things stamp on the same text paper and then cut it with a label die.  I covered the entire label with Glossy Accents.  

Now, I needed something to fill up the space below the chandelier.  I've used some cute animal stamps on some of my other pages but I felt like this page called for something different.  When I ran across this adorable girl stamp, also retired from My Favorite Things, I knew she was perfect.  

Too too cute!  I used the same text paper and then just colored her with Copics.  I did a test with an Ochre Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker.  I love how it made her dress looked golden and I could imitate the pleats or folds of her dress by going over the same spot several times.  I colored her hair the same as Chiara's.  The heart of her headband was colored and then covered with Glossy Accents to make it puffy.  

I know, I know, I say this every time.  This is my favorite! 
Thanks for playing dolls with me.   

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Crazy Birds

Almost everyone knows who Tim Holtz is.  Everyone in the craft world, for sure.  He is a genius with ink and paint.  He recently released a stamp set called Bird Crazy.  It consists of several "kooky" birds and there are now dies to match so you can cut out the birds for your projects.  I like to call them Crazy Birds.  

Even though they are crazy, they are CUTE.  Soon there will be accessory stamps so the birds can wear hats, etc.  I got busy and made this card.  

I felt like the crazy bird deserved a special background so I got out my watercolor paper.  I shaved off a small amount of blue-green Gelato on my craft mat.  I mixed in some Gesso.  These are all mixed media products and I'm just starting to play with some of them.  The Gesso is a semi thick gel medium that painters use to prepare their work canvas.  Gelatos are a waxy crayon like stick that you can color with or use in projects like this one.  I smeared some of the colored Gesso on my paper with a palate knife, covering only certain areas.  I let it dry for a few hours.  When it's dry, it sits on top of the paper and resists any other products you put on top of it.  I then used mango and lemon Gelatos to color the paper.  You don't have to worry about being careful because the colors glide over the blue-green areas.  So cool.  

You can see in this close up photo what I mean.  When you get the paper how you like, then you use a paper towel to wipe over the colored Gesso part.  Do you see how the brighter colors get down into the fibers of the paper?  

I played around with coloring the crazy bird and then cut him out with the matching die.  Even though I wanted to showcase the background, I felt like it overwhelmed the card.  So I cut small stripes off one end to leave some white space for the eye to follow.  

He is a Crazy Bird or Bird Crazy, whatever!  I like him.  Can't wait to stamp some of the others.  

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

You're My Shining Star - Part 2

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's post.  I made 2 cards for Chris to celebrate his promotion and I wanted to share it with you.

I used the same papers and basic design.  The card is more simple though.  I think the offset gold star gives it some interest and allows you to focus on the stars as a whole instead of thinking there are 2.  

I stamped the perfect sentiment and cut the ends.  If you think about it, the ends resemble the points of the stars, tying the 2 elements together.  I used candy dots to bring in another color.  

You're Simply Wonderful Chris!!!

Monday, August 3, 2015

You're My Shining Star

I'm a mother and a grandmother.  And, like most, are very protective and supportive of my family.  Recently, my son landed a very prestigious job at a bank.  He is a computer genius and is now Assistant Vice-President of Data Warehouse Developer.  Of course I had to recognize that achievement and did so with a congratulations card.

I love this paper that is bright but adaptable to so many designs.  It's a new Designer Series Paper for Stampin' Up! called Bohemian.  The colors and geometric designs are so modern.  I thought it was perfect for my masculine project.  

The Stars were cut from framelits that match stamps in a set called Be The Star.  I think it looks cool with the different sizes and colors.  I used a gold matte metallic button and twine to anchor the center stack of stars.  I tucked a sentiment flag under the stack.  The Delightful Dijon paper was a die that looks like a photo frame.  

So my dear son, you are my shining star!