card design

LADYBUG COLOR POP

I loved the “highlight” idea in these cards by Therese Calvird and it was one of the first things I wanted to try with the Mondo Gerbera Daisy when it arrived. I love the simplicity!

Although the flower is an open line design, I didn’t want to color it (the whole point of the design is to take a small aspect and highlight it with color) so to soften the starkness of the black and white a bit and add just a smidge of texture, I added a few fine spatters of black acrylic paint.

Then I cheated. •insert shocked eyeballs•

Therese uses a straight edge paper trimmer to cut out a panel in the center; I grabbed my Hero Arts Infinity Rectangle Dies. •sheepish grin• Mounted the outer “frame” to my base card, and then 3D mounted the center panel.

Sweet li’l ladybug was stamped onto a scrap of white card stock and colored in with pencil. After she was popped up on the card front, I gave her a nice coating of Glossy Accents, and Bob’s yer Uncle! •fist pump•

In other news, my “Meet the Maker” page over on the Ellen Hutson website very recently published—you can check it out HERE. •chinkle•

Cheers and hope you have a fab day!


BEAR GRILLS

Bear is from All Inside and has two previous accessory sets prior to this one called Bear Ware and Bear Ware 2

Truly, I had no idea of the phenomenon that dressing up Bear would become. My original intention was for him to convey the visual concept of a “hug”, especially holding the heart in that set—the set that started it all. That was all. Umm, that was supposed to be all.

And then, somehow, the idea to give him a few more treasures to hold crept in (Bear Ware). Then, it seemed Bear needed to be outfitted for fall and winter, as well… (Bear Ware 2)

And, now we’ve come around to spring and summer, in Bear Ware 3. I must admit the Weber is due to my Mister’s fondness for BBQing anything and everything that can possibly be grilled… Many of you may already be aware of my secret dinner weapon: Keep the fridge stocked with meats at all times and he will do the cookin’! Heh, heh, heh…! •fist pump•

Bear and his accoutrements were stamped with bleed-proof black ink onto watercolor paper, watercolored with Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a waterbrush, before die cutting, trimming the Weber lid and then subsequently mounting everything to a white card base I’d already prepped with a sentiment and a hand-drawn horizon line.

Smoke is actually steam borrowed from a Breve Note. It’s hard to see in the photos, but the grill, the hot dog and Bear’s nose were given a high gloss sheen using Glossy Accents.

Thanks for stopping by today! Cheers!


NEON WATERCOLOR

I have a quick video tutorial for achieve neon watercolor effects for ya’ today—I shared a sneak peek of the Mondo Gerbera Daisy on Instagram and was asked how I did it.

I tried to shoot and film this multiple ways, but suffice it to say, it is very difficult to capture the beautiful, eye-popping color you get by mixing in fluorescent/neon hues—I hope you’ll take my word for it that is much more stunning in real life than can be photographed…

See Carly’s video for her fabulous shaped floral cards HERE.

Fluorescent Clean Color Real Brush Markers are absolutely fantastic for this look—you can use all neon colors (I’ve listed them all in the supplies so it’s easier for you to find them), but on a large scale floral like this one, I personally prefer to have a hint of neon mixed in with regular colors. Colors specific to this project are marked with an “ * “ in the supplies.

TIPS:

  • Heat embossed images give these markers a place for color to “sit” until you’re ready to blend it out with a water brush.

  • When working with mid-darker Clean Color Markers, keep in mind that a little color goes a long way; don’t fill in your image, but apply color close to/hugging the embossing lines—you can always add more after your first layer is dry.

  • Pale/pastel colors may need multiple applications of color in the same area if you plan to blend out with water.

  • Before applying fluorescent colors, I recommend allowing your base colors to dry; adding to wet paint may diffuse the color right away and diminish the intensity.

Happy neon watercoloring and thanks for stopping by today!