Friday, 17 July 2009

Shimmery Mingle

I love shimmery things! I use my glimmer mists a lot when I create cards; in particular, I like Lindy's Moon Glow Glitz Spritz products.

Jan of Persnickety suggested doing a shimmery card for a summer artwork swap, and I had to play!

The rust brown cardstock was first sprayed with a gold glimmer mist. Then the butterfly or dragonfly stamp was dipped into a diluted bleach mixture and stamped on the shimmery paper, while it was still damp. It was over-stamped in vanilla pigment ink, while the paper was still damp. This technique makes a subtle shadow, creating a dimensional final image. Other colors of glimmer mist and pigment ink can be used.

I used these dragonflies and butterflies on an earlier art project a couple of weeks ago. The stamps are "On Gossamer Wings" from Stampin' Up.

The friends stamp is from Inkadinkado; it was stamped onto a gold embossed domino game piece.

These cards will be sent to my stamping friends Phyllis, Barb and Sue.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Copic Colour Challenge 21

We are having an art mingle on our yahoogroup, England Stampers, and it requires using our alcohol markers to color images. I had been sort of stuttering and stumbling with this project . . . I had something in mind, and it was just not gelling. So I finally tossed that idea aside -- along with all the scraps of paper and images -- and started over.

Ahhhhhh . . . I feel much better now. I reached for my trusty Elzybells Art Stamps, which work wonderfully with alcohol markers.

Then, I popped over to the Copic Colour Challenge to see what colors they were suggesting this week. I then discovered that Elzybells is the sponsor of the Week 21 Copic Color Challenge!

Here are the recommended colors.
Yes, I really had ALL of them, and used them in my artwork. The Smoky Blue is one of my favorite Copic blue shades, and I use it all the time.

In addition to the Elzybells Art Stamp, I also used Creative Imaginations gold embossed tea party paper, Prima flowers, and Stampin' Up ribbon.

I'll mail the cards to the mingle recipients tomorrow, and I'm so much happier with the results!

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Dragonflies, Damselflies, Butterflies

Here are two different Artist Trading Cards that I made for the Dragonflies, Damselflies and Butterflies Mingle of England Stampers.

Enjoy the Simple Things is a sentiment stamp from Elzybells. The rest of the stamps are from Stampin' Up, including Botanical Blooms and Watercolor Minis.

The other artist trading cards feature Stampin' Up's On Gossamer Wings retired stamp set, which has always been one of my favorites. It is one of the most realistic and amazing sets for capturing the spirit of real-life butterflies and dragonflies.

This ATC was made by first spritzing rust-colored textured cardstock with gold glimmer mist. Bleach and vanilla pigment ink were used to stamp the images. The word stamps are from Inkadinkado Inchies collections.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Copic Colour Challenge 20

Above is a card that I made for my friend Cheryl's birthday and the Copic Colour Challenge No. 20, which is featuring these Copic Colours:
As usual, I seem to be missing the key colours noted in the challenge, but I was able to use many of the related colours to create this birthday card. Some of the Copic ciao markers that I used were YR23, Y21, Y17, Y15, Y02, Y00, R02, R05, E00, E02, E08, E31, E35, YG03, YG63, YG67, BG93.

The stamp is Zinnia from the Flower Fairies collection that is based on the works of Cicely Mary Barker.