Wednesday, July 23, 2014

You are the World

I love Sunday sketch. This week on the studio calico blog I saw this

And thought this



Something about the circles reminded me of the earth's orbit around the sun. When I took a water color class earlier this year I remembered an instructor showed us how to create this cool galaxy background. So I painted the colors and blacks with my Koi paint set, absorbed the colors with salt then splattered it white acrylic paint.

While the background dried I used distress inks to color the corners of a piece of white card stock for the earth and sun. I used my Matha Stewart circle cutter to create the two templates then fussy cut them from the card stock. I created the sentiment on my silhouette cameo and adhered it to the earth.


I drew a circular orbit for the moon and affixed a gold sequin, added some Studio Calico stars, a black strip along the bottom and adhered the watercolor to an A2 black card stock base to create a top folding card.

I think it looks way cool.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Artsy with distress

I wanted to do some beachy cards so I took out my Art Impressions stamps. Decided to start with the boat. I stamped it and then used Elmer's rubber cement to cover it while I worked the background.

I used distress inks with a dauber for the blues and beiges. Then I erased the rubber cement and applied some water color markers on the boat and grass. Quite simple, but I like the result. I used craft cardstock as the border color to help bring out the colors of the boat and sand. Gotta love Pawleys Island.


This card was basically the same technique less the rubber cement. This bordered best with black. It is such a peaceful scene. Can't you hear the seagulls?


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Monday, July 7, 2014

I've got Class!

Three of them, simultaneously. Busy, but loving every minute.

Camp Scrap is a six week summer camp with classes on Mixed Media, art Journaling, using paper kits and design. The unedited May Flaum from Simon Says Stamp is acting camp director. Class is a hoot; laid back, technique driven, lots of good stuff.

This is a card I made in the design session. I never would have thought of using the sewing machine to take patterned card stock to another level. It works.

Next class is called Cameo Basics by Studio Calico. "Cameo" as in silhouette cameo, my electronic die cutter I got for valentines day. This came bundled with another class called "Cutter Edge" which covered all the products your cameo can cut and utilize. I have placed that class on hold, while delving into this one. The Cameo basics is designed to teach us the right way to use our $$ die cutting toy. Tips and tricks you cannot figure out by trial and error. I successfully executed "print and cut" - still a long way from mastering.

In This card above, an example of print and cut are the clouds. The cameo has a feature where you can print colored images on a regular computer printer then feed the same document into your cameo and it cuts around the images. It does this by using registration marks and a laser reader. Pretty smart, I say.

Lastly, I won a class by commenting on a blog to Claudine Helmuth's "Composition for Collage" on Big Picture classes. I came in a week late, but caught up. It is a 4 week class on different compositions. I have been doing collages in mixed media, but did not know they had specific names of types. Asymmetry, Horizon (high and low), vignette and grid, just to name a few. All very fascinating.


I call this collage "A Passion for Pedals". It is a vignette collage which means it stays inside and doesn't wander off the edge. If you look just right of center you can see Miss Gulch on her bike. I'll bet Todo is in the basket ready to jump out.

I have done several other collages, journal entries and cards this past week too, but let's not bore you anymore.


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