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Mama Bear – new baby card

Mama Bear – new baby card

I’ve got a little bonus card for you here on the blog today….I did shoot a quick speed video to post over on Instagram so be sure to check in for that!

A bunch of us on the Ellen Hutson design team got together to make baby cards to send to Emily, a member of the team. After I made mine I realized she was having twins so….we’re gonna pretend that Papa Bear is off with the other little baby, maybe he needed to go get whatever mama bear said she wanted at this moment!

Hopefully Em will forgive me for my ooops 🙂 Because it’s a darling little card anyway. It goes to show you don’t have to have specific themed stamps if you can adapt what you have!

You’ll see in the IGTV video that I didn’t fully stamp the bear – did a little post-it masking to leave room to add her hospital gown and baby.

And then I reallllly wanted a “mama bear” stamp, but even looking through all the stamps I have, I didn’t have anything to adapt….so I just wrote it in by hand!

Go over to Emily’s blog and give her a little love on one of her projects. Or two or three! She’s not a new mom but if you have any mama-of-twins advice, maybe she could use some!

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Squeeze the Day (clean and simple watercolor card)

Squeeze the Day (clean and simple watercolor card)

Back in February I posted this simple card over on Instagram TV – and since I have some news to share, I thought I’d do that while showing the video.

It’s about Ellen Hutson….and that darned covid19 taking another bite out of us! Ellen needs to close her business for the time being – the state we live in has been hit hard by the virus, and they keep trying hard to make everyone stay home. But since folks aren’t abiding….they’re getting stricter. How dare they say art and craft supplies aren’t “essential”??? Gah! I’m SO GLAD Ellen is complying and keeping her staff safe, though. I wish more did that!

Supplies for this project are linked at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

In the meantime though, I’m going to do a couple things.

  1. Remain a loyal customer of Ellen’s. A few other crafty places still are open at minimal levels, but I’m gonna wait for Ellen.
  2. Continue to share videos on YT – just change it up a bit! I’ll be making things that you can still learn from for cards, like backgrounds, ideas, products you may already have in a new way. But just not on card, or not with stampy stuff. Like….I have some videos about coloring Easter eggs! And painting on wood, and all kinds of fun stuff.
  3. Do more speed videos on social media.
  4. Do daily (weekday) chats every morning on Instagram (8:30am) and Facebook (9am). Until I run out of stuff to say, LOL. Join in the fun!
  5. Do an occasional Zoom meeting with my Patrons – that’s a video conferencing platform where we can actually talk together! If you;d like to become a patron you can do that for as little as $1 a month. Easy peasy. Means the world to my mortgage company and the dog food people.

I would LOVE it if you could do something special right now: send an email and let Ellen know how much you love her and her shop. She must be feeling down right now, and a flood of love and encouragement would mean the world!

Okay enough of all that, let’s get to the card, ok?

Check out the quick video below – again, it was shot for IG, so it’s not super high quality, but there ya go! lol.

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TECHNIQUE TIPS

This was one of those see-what-happens cards. I wanted to create something loose to go along with the tight stamping of the limes. (I used a MISTI to stamp the front ones, then masked them and stamped the ones behind them.)

I splooshed paint across the main image, then bent the paper to let it spread up and down; dropped nickel azo into the limes after that, just to see what would happen.

Then once it was dry, I secured it down with some tape and did “normal” painting – and once there’s color behind an image, all the stress over not going outside the lines vanishes!

EXTRA VIDEO

If you’re thinking about getting this stamp set, I have another video with the same one:

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NOTE: you can’t buy this stuff right now while Ellen’s shop is closed. But I’ll keep the links here, so if you come back and want to get them once she’s open later, they’ll be all handy!

Cannibal Cottontail Card!? (Lawn Fawn and Copics)

Cannibal Cottontail Card!? (Lawn Fawn and Copics)

I’ve been running short of mojo of late…and I figured getting out some darling new stamps I bought by Lawn Fawn ( Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy, and Say What? Spring Critters) might help. I’ll let you be the judge after you see my card, ok? I might have stepped over the edge! Ha!

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First – the “expected” use: bookmarks or tags! These are super easy to color, diecut, and assemble – they’d be great for Easter baskets as tags, or bookmarks to give to readers. These use the regular dies to cut out the bunny and frog PLUS the Add-On, which cuts the tag part, and the sentiments are included for bookmarks as well as tag themes.

The backsides are so cute – look at that bunny butt! The set has “to” and “from” sentiments you can stamp back here for tags.

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TECHNIQUE TIPS

Ok here are the marker colors used….sorry I didn’t get them into the video!

The colored panel is cut to 5 x 3-3/4, with a white popped layer that’s 5-1/4×4, and the full card base is the standard A2. It gives the panel a nice “framed” look to have the double matting on the dimensional adhesives!

Every so often I go around putting Glossy Accents on everything…the little chocolate bunny got the treatment this time!

Over on Instagram, I’ll be sharing a quick speed video on IGTV of this card using the lil sheepies exchanging gifts!

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Watercolor a hedgehog card (Pretty Pink Posh bloghop)

Watercolor a hedgehog card (Pretty Pink Posh bloghop)

Happy Saturday! I’m excited to bring you a video showing how to watercoloor a sweet little watercolor hedgehog card with Hedgehog Friends, along with more cards using the latest Pretty Pink Posh release!

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The little set of hedgehogs has these little guys in a number of positions – I might need to make one catching butterflies with those little paws outstretched!

I use Daniel Smith watercolors….the sky is Cobalt Teal Blue, grass began with Serpentine, added Sap, and then added Green Apatite. For the hedgies, New Gamboge had a little Aussie Red Gold added to it, Quin Rose, and their bodies are Yellow Ochre.

More cards!

Paulina just had her little bébé – so of course she has baby stamps in this collection! I made her a little card with Little One, coloring it with just BGs and keeping the card clean and simple. Hopefully she got it in the mail already! Note there are lots more baby-themed dies and stamps from Pretty Pink Posh, so if you have lots of mamas in your Facebook friends list….go peek around!

I used the sweet little Ladybug Friends set to combine with a waxflower plant from my Copic Wildflowers class – I think the propoortion is off but thats ok, right? Heehee!

I had colored the three squares in this Spring Days card, and was trying to figure out a sentiment for it – fortunately I remembered back in the fall I told myself not to forget the Tis the Season set when Easter came – and I remembered! That got me to add the glitter onto my bunnies, isn’t it perfect!?!?

These pretty Tulips are colored in an IGTV video here (Instagram’s video feature) !

Bloghop

One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Wednesday, March 25th at 11:59pm PDT. Winner will be notified by email.

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Random Art Vlog: 2 Ways to Creatively Battle Your Fears

Random Art Vlog: 2 Ways to Creatively Battle Your Fears

With all that’s going on in our world right now – it’s time to tackle those fears and wrestle them down. It’s too easy to get paralyzed! I’ve got another 2 ideas for you this week in what is becoming a weekly encouraging series of art projects. Yes, I’m in this right alongside you, and I have fear to fight, too!

Supplies for this project are linked at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

I’ve seen people posting and commenting about this season – some are excited about having all this “extra time” (I’m assuming the folks who don’t have to work while at home)…and no mojo to fill it! When I’ve got extra time I’ve always got a project to tackle – or a medium to dive into.

In my practice pieces I’m using HP photo paper – way cheaper per sheet than yupo or other crafty papers. I also bought these sets of Ranger inks: Pink/Red Spectrum, Teal/Blue Spectrum, Mint/Green Spectrum, Indigo/Violet Spectrum, Conservatory and Mariner. I have more inks coming that I’ll test out from other manufacturers too, so I can see if they all do perform the same or not. As well as Copic reinkers, which I have lots of too!

Enjoy my chatty little video, then scroll down to read more!

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Sending happy mail

Writing out cards and mailing them to people is good for them – AND for you! It lets people know you care. It gives them something exciting in their mailbox besides bills and sales flyers. And it gives YOU warm fuzzies, gets your mind off your troubles, and can get you thinking about what you love about the friends and family you’re writing to!

A few tips:

  • If you’re sending a seasonal or birthday card, be sure to give it more time than usual. Who knows whether mail will slow down or not if our carriers and mail sorters have encounters with the virus! Don’t get mad…get early!
  • Use a wet sponge to seal envelopes instead of licking them. Keep your germs at home!
  • Afraid of your own mail? Not a huge threat, but you can still be extra safe. Paper is porous (as is cardboard) so researchers say it could maintain virus for up to a day. Plastic and metal (nonporous surfaces) can last 72 hours.
    • Cards are likely fine, but if you’re really worried, lay your mail out on the back porch in the sun for a day. The sun rays are an EXCELLENT disinfectant!
    • You can do the same with Amazon packages. Bring them to the porch wearing gloves (the cardboard is porous so probably not dangerous), and remove the plastic bubble wrapping. Wipe down any plastic from your purchase well before opening. If worried, leave it out in the sun a few days.
    • And of course wash your hands when interacting with the outside world! You don’t need to if you’re just in your own house and touching your own non-contaminated things.
  • Send notes especially to the elderly. Let them know they’re not forgotten. As the ones doing the most of the dying from this virus, they’ve got to be scared. Send some happy smiles to them!

Try Something New

Taking up a new medium or technique will ENTIRELY get your mind off your troubles! You’ll be either intensely thinking through processes, or wowed by the effects!

  • Go watch that video you saw last year and promised you’d try.
  • Take a class you have been thinking about!
  • Try a new medium that’s still in its packaging awaiting you to get it out and test it!
    • Don’t get lost in swatching yet – let yourself PLAY!
    • Try it on different papers you have.
    • Try it with different blending solutions/pens/pencils to see what you can discover.
    • Don’t stress yourself out by stamping something to color first. Let yourself play with a background and see what the medium can do!
    • After you’ve had a go, THEN you can go watch videos and see what others do. See if you tried something no one else has!
  • Do the above steps with a medium you already know – see if you can push it beyond what you always thought it could do!
  • Share it online! Give someone else the idea to try new things too!

MY CARDS

I kept the card designs simple – the paper I used was 4 x 6 so I trimmed them down on the left and right side to 5-1/2″, and did shave off a little top and bottom where ink pooled on the edge. Then added a sentiment that’ll work great for cards to send to anyone from my favorite sentiment set lately – Totally Random Sayings. (Which works well with my “totally random vlogs” right?!?)

For each card, The white on the top and the bottom really set them off beautifully like little pieces of art!

I stamped the sentiments then hand-cut the banner edge. This one is in Catherine Pooler Queen for a Day, my new favorite ink….

…and this is ALSO the same Queen for a day ink! It looks more purple on a card with purple, and blue on a card with blue. LOVE that!

If there’s a “dead” spot that didn’t work out as well – add your sentiment there!

And of course using dimensional adhesive not just under the painted panel but under the sentiment sets them off as super special cards!

QUESTIONS

So I asked 2 questions in the video….one about the solution, the other about the airbrush system I’m using. Know that I’m hoping to find something that’ll be under $30 total. I want something with the kind of control I get with the airbrush, so…..wish me luck!

  1. Have you noticed a performance difference between the Ranger alcohol blending solution and isopropyl alcohol? I haven’t yet but it could be because I’m using mostly the photo paper.
  2. If I turned these techniques I’m developing into a class, would that interest you AND be affordable? Meaning…do you already have the copic airbrush system? What would be needed to use it:
    1. Compressor – I’ve seen these at Harbor Freight for about $75 so don’t get this puppy online! Other brands may work too.
    2. Cord, $8
    3. Airbrush gun, $35 OR a regular airbrush gun $19

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Drawing on Toilet Paper + new Copic Classes

Drawing on Toilet Paper + new Copic Classes

Hellloooooo friends! It’s time for some more Copic classes … it’s been a while since I gave you any new ones so let’s do it! I’m overflowing with ideas….and since many of us are now in involuntary isolation, maybe learning something new will pour a little sunshine into a rough situation. These classes are on sale through NEXT weekend so you have a little time to sign up. (No code needed.)

Here’s my nutty video drawing on toilet paper! Peeks at classes plus a bunch of other random stuff in here too:

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And now – a giggle!

The irony in life as we know it now is that all the social distancing is just feeding into my workaholic nature; all I’m thinking is how much WORK I can get done while everything that pulls me out of the house! ha! Believe me, I do understand how lucky I am that I get to do this for a living…but I thought poking a little meme fun at myself might make you laugh:

Copic Wildflowers Class

Learn to draw your own wildflower images for cards – no stamps, no lines, just you and your pens! Intermediate level class. Watch the preview below – then click HERE to sign up!

Storybook Scenes Class

EDITED: The class is done and ready! And it’s going too be So. Much. FUN! Click here to sign up!

WHEW! Now I need a nap. LOL!

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