Monday, July 21, 2014

Gel Plate and Dreamweaver Stencils

Hello, again!

Today's adventure is using a Gelli Plate.  This is the homemade version, so I guess I really can't call it a Gelli Plate, so I'll refer to it as my HM gel plate.  It works well, by the way.  

Today, I've combined it with my new Dreamweaver Stencil, hexagon.  Fabulous stencil.  I know I'll be getting a lot of use out of this one.  My HM gel plate is close to a standard card size, so these will be used in future cards.

For this design, I placed the hexagon stencil on top of blue paint.  I then added some yellow and green paint.  I really don't plan things very well, so it's always nice when a print turns out to be one I like!

The second one I'm going to show you uses the stencil that was painted upon.   I just flipped it on a print I had already made.  I like the grunginess of it all.
Here's a close-up.
The bottom layers used a rubber stamp and acrylic paint.

Until another day...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Miss You

Operation Write Home is always looking for some "Miss You" cards, so I thought I'd make a few.  Here are today's cards:


This one uses a digital stamp (please send me your information if it's your design) and watercolor pencils.

Here I've used the Cricut Paper Lace cartridge and the DCWW Citrus stack mat.  Isn't it colorful?

Until another day...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Better Late than Never

I missed last weekend's Virtual Card Making Party over at Operation Write Home, but I did get a couple of cards done, anyway.

Both cards use backgrounds that I made with my JellyPlate (my home made version of a Gelli) and a bicycle cut from a Cricut cartridge.  

If you haven't checked out Operation Write Home yet, go to their website to see how you can help.

Until another day...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Dreamweaver Stencils-Bare Trees II

I do love this stencil.  Today, I'm hoping to get in on Dreamweaver Stencil's June challenge of "something old, new, borrowed, or blue."  I'm focusing on the old and blue.  The "old" is a page from a 1947 National Geographic magazine.  The paper is shiny and quite thick.  The "blue" the Distress Ink as well as Studio G ink.  

I'm a newbie at the photography, but you can see that I inked the stencil and then outlined each opening.

Until another day-

Monday, April 21, 2014

Dreamweaver Stencils-Bare Trees I

A little while ago, I won this great Bare Trees stencil (LJ849) from  Dreamweaver Stencils.  I used a few different techniques with this stencil, which I'll show you in the next few days.  Today's entry uses Versamark and embossing powder.  I put Versamark on the stencil itself and then put it stick-side down on the black paper.  Then I heat-embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I didn't "clean up" the image, so some of the embossing powder got on the other parts of the design, which I thought added some nice detail.


After I had the Bare Trees design, I added a from Cricut's Ornamental Iron cartridge.  Here's the resulting card front:


 More Bare Trees designs to come!  I recommend getting this stencil-it's very versatile.

Until another day...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Let's Try This Again

I'm going to give this another go.  I've been crafting now and then, but real life has gotten in the way of blogging.  No promises, but I'm going to try to do better at posting.

So, onward we go.  Today, I'd like to publicly present a drawing.  I purchased the video from Jane Davenport called "Whimsical Faces."  It's fantastic!  I've always wanted to draw faces, and this gives me a start.  Here's one of the more recent:

The face is drawn using colored pencils, and the stenciling is done with acrylic paint.  I admire the drawings that use more multi-media techniques, so I'll be working towards that in the future.

Until another day!  JR