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3 posts from September 2010

Sun 19

Aiko in Autumn


Aiko Appleblossom wears an autumn kimono here.  The print, from the Memory Box Blackbird 6x6 Set, is perfectly-sized for a little kimono.  Memento Markers - in Cantaloupe and Dandelion - highlight the details.  

The Ring Background is a must-have for your Asian collection.  It works in just about any color combination - and is a great backdrop for both simple and collagey cards.  Layered diecut leaves of Soiree Copper and Chocolate Shimmer Cardstock complement the luster of "autumn" stamped with Pearlescent Rust.


Tue 14

Pretty Peony


We've been playing with all of our new Asian Elements background stamps - and loving their versatility. Want to try a project with a contemporary color scheme using  the tiled background?

Well, get out a few copic markers and let's get going!

Copics: E050 Egg Shell, Y02 Canary Yellow, YR16 Apricot and E95 Flesh Pink

We'll be using the Apricot as our "dark", Flesh Pink as a blender and the Eggshell to extend some of that pink/orange color.

Create a mask of the 239D Peony Blossom stamp (I prefer some of the Eclipse masking paper, but a mask made out of a post it note will do too. Stamp the peony with black ink (Brilliance Graphite Black ink (make sure you heat set it) or Memento ink).

Place the mask over the peony image and stamp the 255G Tiled Background halfway on top of the peony mask.

We used Versamagic Tea Leaves ink to ink up the Tiled Background stamp - isn't it a beautiful shade of green?

Lay down a layer of Flesh Pink color with your Copic marker, leaving some of the flaps on the edge of the petals uncolored.

Add some Apricot marker to the tips of the petals and then blend with the Flesh Pink - work wet so that the colors are saturated and blend together.

Fill in the rest of the empty petals, blending Apricot into Flesh Pink. Use the Eggshell marker to "pull" some of the orange around the petal. Add some of the Canary Yellow to the center.

Cut around the background (with a paper cutter) and around the peony (with scissors) and mount this layer onto a Vanilla Bean notecard. Trim the notecard down, so that the background is flush with the top and bottom of the notecard.

Try it out - this contemporary greeting is sure to garner a few "wows" from whoever you send it to!

Wed 01

Summer Dragonfly

Have you ever noticed how beautiful dragonflies are? 

We spent a few days down at Cannon Beach in Oregon this summer and noticed hundreds of them in town and along the shore. There's something so peaceful and iconic about a dragonfly - silently drifting among flowers and spreading cheer. My kids always say, "Look, there's a dragonfly!" 

So here's a card that expresses that experience. I wanted to make a card that reminded me of the dragonflies floating over the little cottage gardens along the seashore. I knew that I would be using a dauber and some pigment ink to get a soft trail of color behind the dragonfly, but my first attempts looked more like clouds of color and weren't really the right solution.

So I got out my Eclipse masking tape and cut some "wave" shapes and placed them onto the card, spreading them out so that they get wider as they get further from the dragonfly.

Dauber the open areas with yellow, then orange, then red (Versacolor Canary, Orange and Camellia). This will give you the streams of color that flow from the end of the dragonfly (large dragonfly (247D). Remove the masks and stamp the large (252B) and small (252A) sakura images over the daubered areas, color with copic markers and add some bling.

I used RV14 Begonia Pink on the wings near the body and then RV10 Pale Pink to blend the Begonia color out. Love those copics!

Try this masking technique with any flying image - butterflies, birds, even balloons!