good vibes, creating and giving
Okay, this stamp really says it all, the reason I’m an obsessed card-maker: I love sending out good vibes into the world! And my favorite way to do that is by sending happy mail. I like to think that, if I’m happy when I make a card, that the card somehow retains some of those good feelings, and that the recipient can feel that. It’s the reason that my “logo” (how I sign all of my cards) has a heart: because all of my cards are made with love… and good vibes. 🙂
fun with coloring
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of making this card. In fact, I pretty much have a new favorite technique: coloring with Stampin’ Blends, and fussy-cutting details. This is not a fast card, but it is an easy one. That whole image is just one stamp. (Cool, huh?) I stamped it several times on white cardstock, colored one image with Stampin’ Blends, then colored just parts of a second image. I fussy-cut out three of the larger flowers, and two tiny ones, and popped them up to add dimension to the card. The big flowers were attached on top of their duplicates using dimensionals. The two tiny flowers (top and bottom left corners) were actually colored three times, cut twice, and adhered on top of the raised larger flowers with rolled up glue dots. This gave them just a bit more dimension. Here’s more of a close-up:
Before adhering the popped up flowers, I took a black brush-tip marker and ran it around the edges. This makes such a difference when adding cut-outs to a card! (Thanks to Kristina Werner at KWernerDesign, who was the first one to show me this trick, and so many others!) I also took a white gel pen, and added some details to some of the flowers, and the letters. The words were coated with clear Wink of Stella. There are also some black dots, here and there (mostly clusters of 3) that I added with a black pen. Sure, the added details take time, but I really think it makes a substantial difference. (And another shout out to Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker. She has some seriously mad coloring skills, and is so inspiring!)
I have resisted the Call of the Copics for years now. I managed to convince myself that colored pencils were better… but it wasn’t easy. It seems like the whole crafting community has embraced the alcohol marker trend. And now I know why. When Stampin’ Up! released their Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, I just couldn’t resist any longer; I had to try them. It was love at first swipe. These things rock! Seriously, the very most stressful day just melts away after a few minutes of coloring with these babies. I am SO hooked. Is my blending perfect? No, but it totally doesn’t even matter. These are so easy to work with! There WILL be more cards using these on my blog in the future.
the best part:
Now, I admit that being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator did play a part in my marker purchase, but I have to tell you why I think these are awesome, especially for beginners. First, there are a limited number of colors (at the moment, anyway). This is a very good thing for my pocketbook, because, of course, I had to have ALL of them. But Stampin’ Up! does sell these markers individually, so you can totally pick one or two of your favorite colors and give them a try. Second, these colors come in “light” and “dark”. This makes matching colors and blending a breeze! Had I gone down the Copic rabbit hole, not only would I be broke (because I’d have to have ALL of them, LOL), but I’d be absolutely lost when trying to choose colors. Too many choices, too much confusion when it comes to blending.
Have you tried the Stampin’ Blends yet? If you’re curious, just buy the light and dark pens that best match your favorite color, and then buy the color lifter pen. I strongly recommend the color lifter – it helps push color around, and basically gives you a “lighter” version of every color you have. And it helps to erase mistakes. (Ask me how I know.) 😉
Is coloring for everyone? Maybe not. And fussy-cutting definitely requires a special kind of patience. But for me, this is truly my happy place. And I just have to share my happy! Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a beautiful day!
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