Tuesday, June 19, 2018

End of Year Cards for Teachers

I know a lot of you are already done with school, but we're not out until tomorrow!  It's been especially wild and crazy around here with end of school events since Ellie graduates from elementary school this year.  Her 'promotion ceremony' was yesterday evening.

Anyway, I needed some cards to go with gifts for our teachers.  I love the images from Waffle Flower's Pencil In set, but the sentiments in the set are on the smallish side, and just didn't convey how grateful we are for our teachers this year.  We really lucked out, they were the perfect teachers for our girls!

I pulled out this older set from Verve (which sadly is closing it's doors at the end of this month - I think pretty much all their inventory is gone, but it's worth a look-see as everything had been discounted 55% last I looked).  I just love the sentiments in this set and they paired perfectly with the Waffle Flower images.

This first card was super simple.  Just some simple Copic coloring on the little girl and boy, stamped sentiment, patterned paper mat, and done.

I wet a little more complicated for the second card.  I stamped the images from the Pencil In set in the center of my panel and colored them with Copics.

The sentiment from the Verve set was added above, and then I used a number stamp from the Verve set and Versamark ink to create some tone on tone patterned paper for the bottom panel.  

A thin strip of black cardstock finished things off.

Now I just need to write in these cards and wrap up the teacher gifts and tomorrow we'll officially be on summer break!  (And by we, I mean the kids and Andrew (who is a teacher) because, sadly, I still have to work.)  

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Great sale at Ellen Hutson This Weekend

Hey friends!  There is a big sale going on at Ellen Hutson this weekend.  30% off a special overstock category.  It's a pretty huge category too with over 60 pages of items.  A number of those are already on sale, so you get the 30% off on top of that.  This link will take you directly to the sale category.

I've linked up a few of my favorite items from the sale below, many of which I already own and love and some of which I may own very soon....

Here are a few photos of how I've used some of these items:

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Watercolor Paste Stenciled Cards

Hi folks!  I was in the mood to do some experimenting over the weekend and pulled out a couple of my recent stencils - Receding Blocks and Geometric Circles.

Using mixed media paper, I applied embossing paste over each of the stencils, removed the stencil, and let the panel dry.

Once that was done, I used my Kuretake Gansai watercolors to color the paste.  The paste really soaks up the water/color and if you apply color too darkly, you can add water and blot to remove some, or deepen the color by adding more paint.

Fort this first two cards, I used the same Receding Blocks panel, but cut it apart to get two cards.  I wasn't super careful when painting these, so it's a less precise and a little more organic, but I really love the fresco like feel of the panels.  

The sentiment is from the So Many Sentiments set.

For the second card, I changed up the orientation and then added a sentiment from the No Words set which was popped up over the panel.

For the Geometric Circles Stencil, I changed up the color scheme and forced myself to slow down a bit so I could be more precise with the painting.  

This panel reminds me of tile.

The sentiment for this one is also from So Many Sentiments.

These really quite easy to create, and I really love the texture you get with the technique.

That's all for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!

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