AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

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It’s time to chillax with some coloring!

I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color. And I was a-ok with that! Sometimes it’s a nice thing to get lost in art and coloring and a process that can get you to focus so intently, that everything else just melts away. It’s called stress relief, and you should try it! ūüėČ

Class #9: Seasonal Scene Building

I’ve been holding off on this class because I knew it would take some time. I wanted to have some time to explore possible stamp sets and to mess around with coloring techniques, and fail a few times if necessary. The class itself is a good one! The six lessons are packed full of great ideas, technique guidance and fantastic samples. It’s one I highly recommend – especially if you have troubles putting together a cohesive grouping of images to create a “scene”.

My Project

I fell in love with the Garden Grow stamp set the minute I saw it. I’ve been coloring it with Copics and Polychromos, but I know that there’s some watercoloring in it’s future too!

The Technique & Design

I started off by stamping the entire stamp set on some Neenah Solar White (80#) as I wasn’t sure what images I would use in the end. Then, I decided on a bright, primary color palette – red, yellow, blue – to be accented by a combination of both gray and brown neutrals. Then, the coloring began. I work out the basic shading (only 2 or three colors) using Copics, then work in the rest of the detail with Polychromo pencils.

Once the coloring was finished, I carefully diecut the pieces. This step cannot be understated. You MUST be careful to not ruin all the hard work from coloring by mis-aligning the dies! I used lots of Post-its to make sure none of the dies moved!

Once I had all of the pieces cut out, I started arranging until I had a scene I was happy with. Then, I decided on background and sentiment. For once, I didn’t use Altenew products for those parts. The gingham paper is from Lawn Fawn and the sentiment is cut up from a Carta Bella paper pack.

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Time for your closeup!

I didn’t do a video for this project as I’m not confident in my coloring enough to teach it yet. (Soon, though! I’m working on it!) But, I thought you would enjoy a few closeups of the finished scene.

9 down, 1 to go!

Saturday is my last project for AECP Level 1! Then, I’ll submit to receive my final project assignment. Be on the lookout for a roundup and additional giveaway opportunity next week!

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AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

Don’t you just love the eclipse technique? How about the faux-clipse?
The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.

On the CASE: Faceted Flower

It’s coming!
Spring is trying so hard to melt all the snow here in East Nebraska – but, it’s coming! Soon, the grass will be growing and little plants will be pushing up from the ground. Why not add to the anticipation with a lovely, but simple, faceted floral design, courtesy of Concord & 9th!

AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

It’s time to chillax with some coloring!
I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color.

On the CASE: Freshly Squeezed Hugs

Winter doesn’t have to be all cold and snowy…

The weather outside may be seriously brrrr, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wish for warm Summer days! In my exploration of new (to me) craft products I ran across this great stamp and die set from Concord & 9th that was just too cute to pass up! I decided that I would send more “just because” cards to friends this year, and this one really fits the bill for a lot of different people and occasions. Of course, I always look at the samples on the product page to get good ideas and today’s CASE was one of my favorites.¬†

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For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (January 2019). Featuring, Hugs stamp set and die(Concord & 9th), and no-line watercoloring with Pima Classics watercolors. For more details including step-by-step instructions for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #concordand9th #hugs #citrus #pimacraft #handstamped

So cute, right?! You definitely need to check out the stamp set because it has the cutest bear (bear hugs, lol!) and the sentiments are fabulous. Here’s the inside of the card:

So punny! And, such a heartfelt sentiment ūüėÄ

So, enough talk, let’s get down to the details! (Because I know you want to know all about the watercoloring and making this card!)

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Hugs (Concord & 9th)
Paper:¬†12‚Ä≥ x 5 1/2″ Watercolor Paper (Strathmore)
Inks: Fog Hybrid Ink (Scrapbook.com), Black Hybrid Ink (Scrapbook.com), Classics Watercolor Pans (Prima)
Accessories: None
Other: Stamp Positioning Tool (Tonic), Acrylic Block, Aquapainter brushes, Big Shot (Sizzix), Hugs dies (Concord & 9th)

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. The dies will cut off either end of the card base, and then hook together to close the gatefold card. So, you need a piece of cardstock that measures 12″ x 5 1/2″ to make a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ finished card.
  2. Make 4 score lines. The outside two will be to align the dies, the inside two will make the gatefold for the card base. The score lines should be at: 1 3/4″, 3 7/8″, 8 1/8″, 10 1/4″
  3. To set up the dies, use the outside score lines to anchor the bar on the die. This will actually cut off the edge of the cardstock, and leave the letters behind. I used a Post-it to keep the die in place.
  4. Once the dies are secure, cut them out! You should end up with a card base with an HU and GS hanging off either side. At this point, you can fold the card and test out the letters to make sure they hook together ok.
  1. Once you’ve tested the card closure, fold the card so that the HU or the GS is folded inside. This will allow you to stamp the fruit images on the card front without inking on the letters. I used Scrapbook.com FOG Hybrid ink so I could have a light outline to do no-line watercoloring like the CASE sample.
  2. I started by making little triangles in each fruit – the watercolor was fairly watered down to achieve a lighter wash. Then I came back and made a darker circle or semi-circle for the rind. I worked from Orange to Yellow to Green, just like the CASE sample. Using the Fog colored ink worked perfect. Once complete, I could not see any lines from the stamps!
    **NOTE: for this watercoloring, you do not want to put water on the paper first, just work with well-watered inks. This way, the triangles and the rinds won’t bleed into each other.
  1. Add three fruits along with the juice drops to the inside of the card. Use the Fog ink again. Watercolor as you did on the front of the card.
  2. Use a stamp positioner to stamp the sentiment with Black ink. Because the watercolor paper has a lot of texture, you will probably have to stamp the image a few times to get good coverage. That’s why the stamp positioner is a must!

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 3 out of 5 –¬†The most difficult part of this CASE was figuring out the best technique for setting up the card base. Concord & 9th suggested using a 8 1/2″ card base spacer to set up the dies, but I found the scoring technique to be a little less fiddly. I did go through 3 card bases before I got it right, so don’t despair if you have problems at first. It’s worth it for such a cute card! Then, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the watercoloring process. Don’t rush those little triangles – it can be easy to get them too close together. AND, don’t be worried about perfection – the beauty is in the hand-painted imperfection.

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing our projects, or another project you’ve been eyeing!  We hope to see you again in 2 weeks when we’ll be On the CASE again!

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Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

Don’t you just love the eclipse technique? How about the faux-clipse?
The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.

On the CASE: Faceted Flower

It’s coming!
Spring is trying so hard to melt all the snow here in East Nebraska – but, it’s coming! Soon, the grass will be growing and little plants will be pushing up from the ground. Why not add to the anticipation with a lovely, but simple, faceted floral design, courtesy of Concord & 9th!

AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

It’s time to chillax with some coloring!
I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color.

On the CASE: Playful Backgrounds

Are you ready to look like a papercrafting genius?!

I am so excited to share today’s CASE file with you. I’ve been eyeing this project since the catalog came out, but thought that it might just take too much time. Well, wasn’t I surprised when I had it put together in about 10 minutes (with the help of a heat tool). This particular design showcases one of our background-ish stamp sets – Playful Backgrounds. It’s great “utility” stamp set because it can add all sorts of great texture to any design as it’s just a bunch of fun, random patterns. In today’s project, we’ll make a stunning multi-technique panel that really helps the sentiment to pop.

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (November 2018 - Playful Patterns - 2018-19 Annual Catalog). Featuring, Playful Patterns stamp set. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #celebrate #emboss #gold #handstamped

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps:  Playful Backgrounds Photopolymer Stamp Set [141920] , Picture Perfect Birthday Photopolymer Stamp Set [145519]
Paper:¬† Whisper White Thick Cardstock [140272]¬†8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″,¬†Mint Macaron Cardstock [138337]¬†4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″,¬†Shimmery White Card Stock [101910]¬†3″ x 5 1/2″, 3″ x 3″ ,¬†Vellum Card Stock [101856]¬†3″ x 3″
Inks:¬† Mint Macaron Classic Stampin’ Pad [147106]¬†,¬†Versamark Pad [102283]¬†,¬†Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad [101406]¬†,¬†Stazon Cleaner [109196]
Accessories: Gold Metallic Thread [138401]
Other:Embossing Buddy [103083]¬†,¬†Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder [109129]¬†,¬†Heat Tool [129053],¬†Aqua Painters [103954]¬†,¬†Big Shot [143263]¬†,¬†Layering Circle Framelits Dies [141705],¬†Pretty Label Punch [143715]

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Adhere the Mint Macaron piece to the card base. Set aside.
  3. Watercolor a big splotch in Mint Macaron on the Shimmery White Cardstock piece. Dry (use heat tool to speed drying).
  4. Stamp spots from Playful Patterns using Staz-on Black.
  5. Stamp the circle outlines using VersaMark and heat emboss in Gold.
  6. Adhere finished panel to card base, offset about 1/2″ from the left.
  1. Stamp the sentiment in Versamark on a scrap of Shimmery White. Heat emboss in Gold. Punch out with the Pretty Label Punch.
  2. Add Gold Metallic Thread to the back of the sentiment with mini glue dots.
  3. Diecut the largest circle from vellum. Adhere the sentiment to the vellum.
  4. Attach completed sentiment to card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 3 out of 5 –¬†I popped this up to a three because there’s some intermediate techniques like the watercolor wash and the embossing. Be sure to get the watercolor completely dry before stamping. AND, be sure to use an Embossing Buddy before the embossing steps, as I noticed that the embossing powder likes to stick to even the Staz-on ink a bit after it’s dry. This design would be fun to do in a myriad of colors, perhaps one from each color in a color family. Don’t let the huge supply list scare you, the execution is quite straightforward!

#SUontheCASE

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing the catalog too! We’re “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest) and if we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

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Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

Don’t you just love the eclipse technique? How about the faux-clipse?
The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.

On the CASE: Faceted Flower

It’s coming!
Spring is trying so hard to melt all the snow here in East Nebraska – but, it’s coming! Soon, the grass will be growing and little plants will be pushing up from the ground. Why not add to the anticipation with a lovely, but simple, faceted floral design, courtesy of Concord & 9th!

AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

It’s time to chillax with some coloring!
I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color.

Festive Friday: Ribbon of Courage

Sweetest Day? Never heard of it!!

According to Hallmark.com:

Sweetest Day is an original American holiday not based on any group’s religious tradition. It’s simply a reminder that a thoughtful word, deed or small gift enriches the life of the recipient as well as the person giving it.

Legend has it that Sweetest Day was established around 1922 by Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland, Ohio candy company employee who wanted to bring happiness to the lives of those who often were forgotten. Kingston and others distributed candy and small gifts to orphans, people confined to their homes and others to show them that someone cared.

We’re all ready to show some love over at Festive Friday because Sweetest Day is on October 20th this year. That means we’re looking for love and happiness themes in your designs this week. Alternately, you can just add in some stripes and call it done!

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge - Earn Fest Points for free stuff! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Pull out some leftovers from your previous Valentine’s Day supplies. Hearts are perfect for the theme!
  • Think outside the box and express “you matter” or “I appreciate what you did…”
  • Make some treat holders that would be perfect to give out during your day so people know you appreciate them!
  • Go for the “or” option and focus on a design with a fun striped pattern!

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0018). Featuring: Ribbon of Courage stamp set and Support Ribbon Framelits, Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends, WInk of Stella #nicolewatt #pmretreat #stampinup #pinkribbon #cancer #breastcancer #cancersucks #handstamped

Of course, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I thought I would combine the idea of Love with Cancer awareness and Stripes! I made my own striped background with Stampin’ Blends – it’s super easy to do!

Today’s project can be completed in just a few short steps. 

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The Latest...

  • FREEBIES!!!¬†There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

Don’t you just love the eclipse technique? How about the faux-clipse?
The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.

On the CASE: Faceted Flower

It’s coming!
Spring is trying so hard to melt all the snow here in East Nebraska – but, it’s coming! Soon, the grass will be growing and little plants will be pushing up from the ground. Why not add to the anticipation with a lovely, but simple, faceted floral design, courtesy of Concord & 9th!

AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

It’s time to chillax with some coloring!
I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color.

On the CASE: Colorful Seasons

Looking for a versatile set for any season?

Look no further! For today’s On the CASE, I dove back into the Annual Catalog to revive a fan favorite from last year – Colorful Seasons! True, we don’t have the coordinating Color Theory products anymore, but that doesn’t leave this set crippled! In fact, I think it sets it free, allowing the maker to explore all sorts of fun color combinations and techniques!

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (August 2018 -Colorful Seasons - 2018-19 Annual Catalog). Featuring, Colorful Seasons stamp set, Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #happy #life #handstamped #cherryblossom

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp Set [143726]

Ink: Balmy Blue Classic Stampin’ Pad [147105], Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin’ Pad [147052], Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad [147115],¬†Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708]

Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″¬†Whisper White Thick Cardstock [140272],¬† 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Crumb Cake Card Stock [120953], 3/4″ x 5 1/2″¬†Soft Suede Card Stock [115318], 3 3/4″ x 5″¬†Watercolor Paper [122959], scraps¬†Whisper White¬† Card Stock [100730], 2″ x 2″ x 3 1/2″¬†Vellum Card Stock [101856]

Accessories: Linen Thread [104199]¬†(approx 24″), Share What You Love Artisan Pearls [146927]

Tools: Big Shot [143263], Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies [143751], Stamparatus [146276], Aqua Painters [103954]

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder. Adhere Crumb Cake layer. Set aside
  2. Apply a watercolor wash to the watercolor paper panel using Balmy Blue ink and an Aquapainter. Set aside to dry.
  3. Add two turns of linen thread to the Soft Suede cs. Add a third piece and tie a bow.
  4. Adhere the finished Soft Suede element to the card base.
  1. Stamp the flowers (Flirty Flamingo) and stamens (Soft Suede) on a scrap of whisper white. *TIP: Each flower and stamen stamp has an “arrow” to indicate how they match up. Always stamp the arrows in the same direction. To see them more easily, add a dot of color with a Sharpie marker (see picture).
  2. Diecut the flowers. *TIP: Mark the dies with a dot to match up with the “arrows” from the stamps. Then you won’t have to guess if your dies are going the right way! (see picture).
  3. Stamp the branches (Soft Suede) and flowers (Flirty Flamingo) on the watercolor panel. *TIP: A Stamparatus is key here! You can re-stamp as many times as you need to get a clear, rich image. That can be difficult to do on Watercolor Paper, so it might take 3-4 re-stamps. Make sure your stamp pad is juicy!
  1. Stamp the sentiment on vellum. Allow drying time. *TIP: Use a heat tool on the low setting to speed up drying, otherwise it could take a while!
  2. Trim sentiment to the proper height (2″). Rip off the right edge to create the torn look. Adhere to the watercolor panel. Trim the excess from the left edge.¬†*TIP: Use Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive on the left and right of the sentiment. Once adhered, rub over the adhesive with your fingertips to help blend in the adhesive. Once dry it will be invisible!
  3. Adhere the watercolor panel to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  4. Adhere the diecut flowers using Mini Glue Dots.
  5. Adhere three Artisan Pearls.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 –¬†Though stunning, this card is not HARD! The key word is patience! Take time with the watercolor wash. Take time to stamp on the watercolor paper. Take time to stamp on the vellum and let it all dry! This card could seriously be a swap card where making multiples is easy breezy. Give it a try!

We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks! But, until then…

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  • FREEBIES!!!¬†There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

Don’t you just love the eclipse technique? How about the faux-clipse?
The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.

On the CASE: Faceted Flower

It’s coming!
Spring is trying so hard to melt all the snow here in East Nebraska – but, it’s coming! Soon, the grass will be growing and little plants will be pushing up from the ground. Why not add to the anticipation with a lovely, but simple, faceted floral design, courtesy of Concord & 9th!

AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

It’s time to chillax with some coloring!
I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color.