Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Exciting Projects in Blogland!

Hello Humpday! I have a lot of projects around blogland this week that I'm excited to share! I thought I would give you all the run down here, then click over to the company blogs to see the full projects!

First up is the post I am MOST excited about this week! On Tuesday, I had my first ever post on the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft blog! I created an adorable Haunted Halloween Birdhouse, and I share all the steps and process photos over there. I even have a new YouTube video for the birdhouse and I hope you watch it! CLICK HERE to view the full post!


Secondly, I have a wintery post for 'DT Tuesday' over at the Unity Stamp Co blog! I used the sketch and color combo from our current Be Inspired Challenge. I included a lot of Copic coloring and shared 3 cards that caught my eye from other lovely Unity customers! CLICK HERE to visit the full post!


Lastly, I have a scrapbook layout I'm sharing today over at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog. This post is FILLED with tips and tricks for stamping on your layouts AND stamping directly on photos! CLICK HERE to visit the full post.


I almost forgot one last thing... Make sure to enter your projects to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge! You have until October 31 to link up your projects using RIBBON, TWINE, AND FIBERS! Our fabulous sponsor is May Arts! See you there!

<3 Rachel

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Watercolor Calligraphy

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Maybe you picked up a Pumpkin for your front porch, or even carved it? My weekend was filled with Halloween inspiration from both the DCWV team blog hop AND the Inspiration Crew event! With that being said, it's time for me to pick a random winner of my Halloween prize pack!

The Winner Issssssss
Congratulations Iris!!! Enjoy all those fabulous goodies! Thank you to everyone who joined me throughout the week, it was a lot of fun and I loved reading all the great comments!

Now time for my regularly scheduled post! I had some fun using Distress Markers to watercolor a sentiment from the Sweet Stamp Shop "Enjoy Calligraphy" set.

Disclaimer: what I intended to do and what you'll see in my process photos is not quite what I ended up with. Oh well :)

Step 1: Ink up your stamp by applying Distress Markers directly to the stamp. I used a variety of blue shades and let one color blend into the next. Before you stamp on the paper, give it a nice ol' HUFF of your own hot air. This will reactivate any ink that may have dried.

Step 2: (optional) Trace over the image using the same colors you did when you stamped it. I did this because I wanted to make sure there was enough ink on the page. You can skip this if you'd like.

Step 3: With a thin paintbrush and some water, trace over the sentiment. The colors from the Distress Markers will begin to bleed away from the sentiment. You will want to use watercolor paper for this project!

Step 4: Now just go over the image with your brush and water. I added a lot of water in some spots and less in others. I did this so my image would 'bleed' a lot more.

Step 5: Once the paper has dried completely, stamp on top of the original sentiment with black ink (I used Ranger Archival Black... it's water resistant).

Back to my disclaimer... I should have stopped here! I don't know why I kept adding more color, more water, more color... eventually you couldn't tell that I had done all of this coloring and tracing with the sentiment. Oh well, live and learn! I just got carried away in all the painty fun.

This is my final card...

I layered multiple pattern paper squares, roughed up the edges, and added some white twine behind the finished sentiment. I still like the card, it's just not what I planned ;)

Yup, slightly carried away :)

The sentiment is from this beautiful "Enjoy Calligraphy" set by the Sweet Stamp Shop. I plan to try this technique again with the Walt Disney quote.

You'll see me use this set (and many others!) again on Wednesday over at the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog. I hope you're following them and I'll see you there soon!

<3 Rachel
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Inspiration Event - Last Day!

Welcome to DAY 7, the FINAL DAY, of the 7 Days of Halloween Inspiration Blog Event from the Inspiration Crew! (Hint... this is my favorite one of the year!) We're just a creative group making projects we want to share and using products we like. SOME OF US ARE OFFERING PRIZES!! Check each of the blog links below for prize details, and of course for more Halloween inspiration!

For the last day of our week-long event, I thought I would return to what I love best - a card and some Unity stamps! I used this sweet itty bitty called "Halloween Greetings", colored her with Copics , and popped her up on foam dots. The purple background is a wonderful Crafter's Workshop stencil. I mixed some Gelato color Violet with Faber Castell Whipped Spackle to run over the stencil. It leaves great texture in the background to an otherwise simple card!

To finished her off, I did some light misting with the lime green Color Shine and added gold glitter enamel dots from My Mind's Eye.

Who's ready for some Blog Candy?! I'll be offering up this awesome prize package to one lucky commenter at the end of our 7 days! If you comment each day, you've given yourself 7 chances to win!

Prize includes: Two packs of DCWV brand new Premium Paper Sets, a set of DCWV Halloween tags and twine, a DCWV mirror frame, and 3 Unity Stamp of the Week itty bittys!

Now visit the rest of the talented ladies for more prizes and projects!

RACHEL KLEINMAN (that's me!)
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