Thursday, July 18, 2019

3rd lunar card

Well after having success with my two love you to the moon and back mixed media cards, I decided to go a totally different direction with my third card. I had to laugh because while I was making this card I was  looking at facebook while certain elements of the card dried. It was there that I read a post by someone who said, I took a mono print and it took me 2 hrs to make this card. At that point I was already several hours into making my card. All said I think this card took about 8 hrs.  I started the card  last night by drawing a circle on a piece of  a cereal box. I drew the face and cut the  moon out and covered it with a layer of tacky glue. Just as the glue was starting to dry I took a ball stylus and poked holes in the glue to add the crater texture.

If you look closely you can see the glue covered moon. I die cut some stars, the scalloped oval and the lattice with my cuttle  bug. (I had a blue die cut arrow that I thought I might use but ended up not finding a place for it.) I die cut a piece of brayer cleaning print. 

The brayer cleaning print (I am going to start calling them a bcp) that I cut up. What I liked about this BCP was the colors and texture. 

The other day I bought a "craft" box which was mostly paint and glitter but in the box was a bag of foil. Not having a laminating machine I wondered if I would ever use the foil. I decided to try and transfer the foil to the cereal box pieces using Aleene's tacky glue. It did transfer the foil, but there were parts where it didn't stick. That was fine with me because I was already thinking of distressing them. 
I really like how the moon turned out. The texture of the glue craters with the foil looked really cool.

I glued 4 of the stars to a piece of embroidery floss that I painted black and rubbed gold metallic rub. I embossed the BCP and rubbed gold metallic rub on it. I added cheesecloth and faux scrabble tiles. 

The oval frame I painted black, embossed with script embossing folder and added metallic rub and glued the moon stars and trellis. I added 2  rhinestone stars. 

This card is an easel style card. I used one of the little die cut stars to be the "stopper."

I am sharing this card with the Words 2 Craft By Challenge # 67

Second love you to the moon card

I liked my first love you to the moon and back card for this week's mix-ability challenge celebrating Apollo 11. But I wanted to see if I could make another one, having the hand lettered sentiment looking like I had pictured it in my head. 
Here is the brayer cleaning paper I started with. 

One thing I did differently on this card. I didn't mask the base. I covered the whole base with teal, purple and black water color paint. 

I traced the circle with a pencil and painted it with white acrylic. I also added white and black splatters.

Next I used gray and gray/blue water color paint to paint the shadows and used a white gel pen to make the craters.

/Added some rhinestone stars and some gel pen stars and wrote the sentiment. It is better than the first one but still needed some work. I should have started just a little bit to the left so I would have had room to get the sentiment in without having to dip down. as much as I did. 

I am sharing this card with Words 2 Craft by # 67 challenge

First Love you to the Moon and Back Card

In honor of 50 years since the moon landing the Mix-ability challenge this week is to make a mixed media project with space in mind. 
There are some really cute outer space stamp sets. This one by Sweet n Sassy 
called OVER THE MOON is a new release that I think is just adorable. 
I tried to think of any sets I might own and kept coming to a blank. So I decided to just paint the moon.
The other day I did some monoprints with leaves. When I monoprint, I have "cleaning" my brayer prints that I sometimes think are even more interesting than the print I was trying to make. I had tried painting the moon on just plain cardstock but it was just too much paint and it warped really badly So I took one of my brayer cleaning print to make my card. I picked this one because of the blue and purple colors. 

I cut a circle out of a post it note to mask my moon.

I took black, blue and dark purple to water color over the print to make the sky darker. I also splattered the "sky" with black and white paint.

 I took white acrylic paint and painted in the circle where the post it note had masked. I then took gray and blue/gray water color to add the shadows of the moon. Then I made craters on the moon with white gel pen. So I could get as close to real life, I googled photos of the moon.  I also added some gel pen stars.

It was here that I made a mistake. I then tried to hand letter the sentiment. and I really didn't like  how it turned out, but I really liked the moon. I was really sad at first. Then I decided to take a scrap of another piece of brayer cleaning print and I wrote the sentiment again and cut it up and glued it over the "mistake"

I am sharing this card with Words 2 Craft by # 67 challenge

Here it is with it's fixed sentiment. I glued it to a white base and added 3 little rhinestone stars. 

I think it was a happy mistake because I really like how it turned out. What do you think?

Monday, July 15, 2019

Floral mixed media card

 I made a mono print with my gel plate and ARTploration EVOLUTION stencil.
I stamped the flowers from a SU set called Blooms and Wishes.
 I painted the flowers

After painting stamped the center of the flowers with layered stamps. I stamped the word love and hearts from STAMPloration ANCHORED stamp set. 

I outlined the flowers with a black ink pen. I added hatch marks to the sunflowers and added white highlights with a white gel pen. 

I'm sharing this card in the Petals for the Pittmans Fundraiser and Linky Party HERE

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Water color sketches

July is World Water Color Month. I had some time yesterday and today to make some small water colored sketches. I am taking time, with my water color sketches to work on my lettering. I think I am starting to see a little improvement, but I still have a long way to go. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Rescued mono print and butterfly birthday card

Today is the first day for the Linky Party for The Pittmans. 
Polka Dot Orchard encouraged us to link up new floral projects.
I made this birthday card. 

I thought I would show some photos showing the progression of this card.
 Only black and white cardstock used to make this card. 
with my gel plate.
I meant to take a photo of just the mono print, but when I finished the project, I realized that I must have missed it.  But you can get the idea looking at this first photo. I did two layers of printing I did the Evolution stencil first with greens, blue, white and black.  The second layer of printing I used yellow pink coral and lime green with the Happy Flowers stencil. I almost threw this print away because I wished that the flowers had come out better. But I decided to see if I could salvage it. I decided to stamp some flowers on it. I was thinking that the peachy coral flowers from the stencil would look like flowers further in the garden. I stamped STAMPlorations  Blooming Buds  I painted a thin layer of white acrylic paint on the flowers to give me a "new canvas" to water color on.

I used a retired STAMPlorations set called Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds. I masked the flowers and stamped the black polka dots and music notes at the top.

 My garden of course needed a butterfly I stamped STAMPlorations Blossom like a Butterfly stamp.
One of the butterflies that I stamped didn't come out very clearly. Since images like that usually get thrown away, I decided that was the one that would use. I wanted to "rescue" it.

 After I water colored it. I outlined with a black ink pen. You can see the difference it makes in this photo.

 I used a white gel pen to add the dots and highlights.  Then I cut the butterfly out, shaped it and gave it a new set of antennae with a super thin piece of black cardstock folded in half.
 Outlined with black ink pen.
 I stamped the scripture and added the butterfly. The card is an easel card with the "Happy Birthday" sentiment on the opened part. I punched out several circles with a circle punch. I layered them to make the "stopper" for the easel.

I hope you have been inspired by my project.

Petals for the Pittman's Fundraiser Linky Party is HERE.

I am also linking this to the STAMPlorations World Water Color Month Linky Party: HERE