Tuesday, August 16, 2011

WEDDING INVITATIONS X4......



Being a Stampin'Up! demonstrator meant making your kids wedding invitations was a given!! A no-brainer!! A must do!! And for each kid, it was a different situation. When I made Jen's she picked out several images she loved and told me exactly what she wanted, which was embossing in silver on vellum and a tiny silver cord tied in a tiny silver bow.....easy peasy....and we whacked them out with a little help from our friends and they were beautiful! Then Bekah got engaged, and I made 42 samples before she fell in love with one!! I told her that if THIS one didn't sing to her, (#42) then we would settle because it sang to me!!! We had an assembly line with her new inlaws- it was a fun time of celebration making these very involved not so easy peasy beauties! My son was next, and Jenna and I decided one Sunday afternoon to get er done, and a few hours later we had some beautiful fall wedding invites all whacked out!! Then last but not least was my daughter Bethany, who said, "You just make it Mama, whatever you make I will love!" So I made what I had in mind and she said, "I don't really like that so much Mama" - LOL, but I asked her what she had in mind and we ended up with an invite that looked very much like my sample here but was made with an older set called and of course I am having brain freeze right now and can't think of the name, but it was a gorgeous big set that looked something like Elements of Style and we made BEAUTIFUL wedding invites for a 4th time. Of course there were nieces and friends and others I have made along the way, but there was a sadness when I made the last one for my own child....now I can look forward to making them for the grand daughters one day, but hopefully, not anytime SOON!!! :) Until next time........

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

SUO Blog challenge today- Our favorite NEW stamp set, (accent on the NEW just in case my Elements of Style set is in earshot....) But I DO DO DO love this stamp set!!! Just below this I did the tutorial on Marker Layering with this same stamp set. This is a variation of marker layering. With this one, I used watercolor cardstock and so I used blender pens to move the color out and everything else is pretty much the same. However, I did use a bashful blue marker for highlighting around the outside of the image instead of just coloring a light shadow with sahara sand. This gives it a different look, but one I also love. If you try this with plain cardstock, it tears, but the watercolor cs will stand up to a hurricane I think. I dab a tiny touch of blue and then in a circular motion I spread it out using a blender pen. Coloring is such great therapy. Don't you think? Happy Tuesday everyone!! Have a workshop so you can get this great new hostess set!!!! You will wonder how you ever stamped without it!! Until next time, Karen

Monday, August 1, 2011

IT'S A TUTORIAL!! MARKER LAYERING!!

Okay, finally, I am actually doing a tutorial on the technique I call Marker Layering. I made that up myself. Big deal, right? This is only my second tutorial of this kind. So bear with me, and I hope I don't delete any necessary steps. I tend to delete pictures, so if I get to the end without deleting, it will be no small miracle. Here I am showing you the finished card first and then I will show you how I made the main panel. I am in love with this new hostess only set from SU, it's just my new favorite, and I think Elements of Style is feeling jealous, but it's my old favorite. :) Okay, on to step one. Well I guess I have to keep typing to move the next picture down....here goes....


First here is what you need to start - An outline stamp, a Black Stazon Pad, and here I used Very Vanilla Cardstock cut into an oval shape with my big shot. The Stazon ink is very important so your markers don't run together. Nothing worse then when the black bleeds into the pink. NOT pretty. So stamp your image in black and let it dry.



You will now need to pull out those great SU markers. I use several shades of the same color for each picture. The main colors in my card are pink and green. So I am using Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, and Regal Rose for my pinks. Later I decided I wanted to punch it up one more time so I used a tad of Melon Mambo...but when I took this picture I was not anticipating that so that marker is missing. Just pretend it's there. I'm no tutorial genius. :) For greens, I used Pear Pizazz, Wild Wasabi and Old Olive.

The first step is to color each petal of the flower the lightest pink, Pink Pirouette. Just one coat of ink, don't go over and over it, just once, lightly. You can see how plain that looks, and that is where a lot of people stop with coloring, but it's pretty boring and one dimensional. This is random, but I really don't like Pretty in Pink. It reminds me of Pepto Bismal, or Ralphie's bunny pajamas in The Christmas Story...but Pink Pirouette is perfection for a soft, light pink. Don't use Pretty in Pink. Well I guess you can if you LIKE it. Anyway, just apply that first coat of ink all the way out to the end of the petal.



Here comes the magic now.....apply a second coat of marker using the next lightest color, which in this case is Blushing Bride. I am going to wear sack cloth and ashes for a full month when this IN color is discontinued. After that I will wear black every day for the rest of my life. This color is the extreme opposite of Pretty in Pink. It makes me think of soft roses, and baby blankets. It's so perfect. So start at the bottom with this color and go out, BUT NOT ALL THE WAY...making sure you leave some of the Pink Pirouette there on it's own. If you get carried away and color the whole thing, you just wrecked it and you should start over, no offense. :)



Now come in with some Regal Rose but just a tiny weeny tiny bit at the base of each petal. Don't cover up all of the blushing bride, (heaven's NO!) If you look closely at this shot here on the left, (click on it gets as big as your HEAD) you can see that left to right, flower number one has only the first pink, pink pirouette, while flower number two has all THREE pinks and flower number three has only the first two. (are you still WITH me??)You can see how much prettier that middle flower is with the three pinks all layered on to each petal! But remember, I decided it needed one more PUNCH....so..........




Here I added in the Melon Mambo, and if THAT color doesn't wake you up, check your pulse, you might just be dead! WOW Melon Mambo is WHOA.....PINK....HELLO, you better LIKE PINK if you use MELON MAMBO!!! (so I just use a TOUCH, a DOT, a TAD, a TEENY TINY BIT, at the base of each flower, and when you do this you will see the magic, how each time you add a darker shade at the base, the whole thing comes ALIVE!! Stay with me now, it should have only taken you about four hours to color all those layers on each little petal,,,,,stick with me,,,,,we are making progress!! It's time to add some GREENERY!!! So purty! Ain't that purty?


So basically now do the very same thing with the greens, start out with Pear Pizazz. Add some shading with the Wild Wasabi, and then just a TOUCH of Old Olive, that OLD FAITHFUL OLIVE. Gotta LOVE OLD OLIVE....right? Okay, we aren't finished yet but we are getting there, slow but sure!! If you wanna do this for a swap card, make sure you design it with only ONE FLOWER!!! (or you will HATE me!!) I love to color, but NOT SWAP CARDS, not the SAME THING, OVER, and OVER, and OVER, and OVER, Mercy ME that's SO BORING!!! BUT doing this once, a piece of CAKE!!! Okay, and, moving right along.........the next thing you want to do is...........


Go around each and every flower and leave with a small shadow of Sahara Sand, it will wake the WHOLE THING UP! So pretty.....now look, ain't that pretty????? Oh man, I love that look......(geez, I am starting to sound like Jan Tink here....but I do love this technique and yes, sometimes I do love some of my own cards....I mean why else would I keep on making them otherwise???) Okay, so do that all the way around your posies........



Here's a shot of all the markers I used in this picture.....I already named them so I'm not gonna name them again, you can just scroll up, okay? Oh alright, just to be nice, Pink Pirouette to Blushing Bride to Regal Rose to Melon Mambo on the flowers, Pear Pizazz to Wild Wasabi to Old Olive on the leaves, with a shadow of Sahara Sand........and then one more thing to punch the whole thing up,,,,you just KNOW I had to use my old FAVORITE......

WHITE GEL PEN!!!!!!! IT'S NOT FINISHED TILL YOU PUT A FEW DOTS OF WHITE GEL PEN HERE AND THERE....AND SEE HOW IT ALSO ADDS DIMENSION? THEN, LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I SPONGED THE EDGES WITH BLUSHING BRIDE INK WITH SOME SAHARA SAND INK ON TOP LEAVING THE CENTER ALONE SO IT SORT OF POPS OFF THE PAGE FOR YOU!!! I AM SO DARN EXCITED RIGHT NOW- I DID THIS WHOLE TUTORIAL AND THE ONLY PICTURE I DELETED WAS ONE I DELETED ON PURPOSE CUZ IT WAS SO SIMILAR TO THE ONE BEFORE IT I THOUGHT IT WAS REDUNDANT. Okay, enough with the capital letters. I ain't getting TOO excited until this puppy is launched and all the pictures are still IN it.....I have such a tough time not wiping stuff out....I stand amazed at myself....oh go easy there girlfriend, Pride cometh before the fall......I'm gonna stop blabbing and try to get outta here with pictures intact........can you believe I did SUCH a good job and I finally, finally, finally did this tutorial I said I was going to do for a long, long, long time...I did it!!! I am so happy with ME just now!!!! Go do some marker layering, honestly, it's the BOMB!! Until next time...........Karen PS, If you are seeing this before FRIDAY, the 5th of August.....I will be hostessing a Dirty Dozen Challenge featuring this technique...go play!!! If you aren't a member of SCS, become one!! ;) It's a virtual stamper heaven!! Okay, this is really the end....I'm a little wound up here.....doing the happy dance, I did it!!! (this never happens, a blog entry with no wipe outs....) Happy Day everyone!