Thursday, October 23, 2014

Unity Thursday - New Holiday Releases!

Welcome back to another Unity Thursday! I have to say, I've had a little sneak peek at all the designers' projects and I KNOW you will be blown away this week! So have fun hopping and shopping today! The new sale starts at NOON and runs through Monday night on the Unity Stamp website :)

I'm not typically a big fan of my own cards but this card... I love. The car stamp is from a fantastic grab bag being offered today! I had the Griswold's in mind when coloring it in, so the wood paneling was a must! The image was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and die cut to create a circle card.

I wanted the snow drops to be dimensional so I used some Liquid Applique then puffed it up with my heat gun. The leaves die cut is from Top Dog Dies, which I simply layered behind and in front of the circles.

There are some NEW Angie Girls hitting the shop today! I love these gorgeous winter-themed girls. I actually just put on some Christmas music and colored away...

I colored her with Prismacolor Pencils and did a lot of mixing and blending with Gamsol (I actually just use cheap odorless paint thinner and paper nibs). I thought she looked so beautiful once she was colored that I didn't do much else to the card. I simply added some mini clear gems throughout the snow drifts.

You know a Unity hop isn't complete without PRIZES! TWO very super lucky winners will win both the new Reindeer stamps AND the grab bag stamps! Just comment throughout the hop for a chance to win!

Remember, the sale starts at NOON! Have a lovely creative weekend :) Your next stop is the amazing SHILO

<3 Rachel

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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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