Thankful in Plum

While I had the previous image still in the Silhouette, after turning the green to plum, I played with the contrast-brightness-saturation levels and lights became brights. Now all the plaids I have created at the Tartan Maker can be played with to so many variations. For this card I trimmed the plaid to fit on white cs base. My center piece is plum cs dry embossed with a folder then black ink swiped across the de-boss side and lastly heat embossed with black powder. Trimmed down to have a white reveal of the cs base then added sentiment and mat layer that had been cut on the Silhouette.

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Can You Handle the Pressure: Thanks

We Love to Create: ATG

Playing with Plaid

I selected this plaid at the Silhouette store for free using my reward points. Only thing was it came in shades of green and I wanted to see what other colors I could get using the Silhouette software. By selecting the plaid image then opening the Image Effects window then Colorize and sliding Hue scale the color choices were amazing. I printed this selection in a plum shade then added freehand cross lines with a gold Posca Pen and black fine marker. Mat layered on white cs base then added the orange bg piece. It was on a card that I got attached crooked so removed and trimmed down. The new size got the edges framed in gold by using a straight edge with a very thin reveal and dragging the Posca Pen along each edge. Because the backing was in shreds I used the sticker station to add adhesive to the back. Learned a trick the other day to get the adhesive not to leave webs along the edges, I ran it through my embossing machine like I was embossing a thin die cut. For my machine that meant the base plate then my image in the sticker sandwich next came the embossing mat and last the embossing shim. Did not feel like much pressure but sure did the trick to get adhesive only on the back of the piece. Can not wait to try this on a more intricate die.

This is a jpeg of the image that I started with in my Silhouette.

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Krafty Chicks: All Occasion

Birthday Digi

What a fun way to color. This free digi was colored by the gifting artist this way so I went in her same direction. Only difference is that I used a marker for the turquoise and added a few white gel pen doodles. Mat layers in the same colors and all is mounted on white cs base. I will keep this one handy on those day Mr.MoJo takes the day off.

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Sweet Stampin: Happy Birthday

Challenge Up Your Life: Doodling

Water coloring digis

This was suppose to be a CAS but somewhere along the line it got more complicated. The bg is brown cs dry embossed with this foliage ef. I then added gold acrylic paint with my brayer. The greenery and bird are digis I cut out with my Silhouette then used water colors, markers and Posca pens to bring them to life. After adding splatter with watercolor on a brush in gold to the bg I attached the branches. Heat embossed in gold the sentiment on a strip of brown cs and fussy cut then glued that on. Once I added the birds eye with black enamel and shaped its body to round out, I attach with dimensional glue. After mounting to a white cs base I decided it need on more layer of gold so added the thin gold frame. Good thing the embossed bg is lumpy because that makes my thin gold frame not look as crocked as it is.

The Posca pens have been a fun addition to my arsenal of coloring mediums. They are somewhat opaque but are thinner then regular acrylic paint. My bird was colored with the red that was depressed onto the glass mat till a dollop came out. That was thinned even further to get the shades of burgundy I was going for. Still not good at water coloring but am having fun exploring.

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Krafty Chicks: CAS Not really CAS but wanted to play along this week anyway

Colorful Options: Beautiful Burgundy

We Love Stamping: Christmas

Christmas Leftovers

As I was die cutting my frames for my Christmas cards I had leftovers of plaid frames. Originally destined for the trash I decided to reverse my layout and use them while keeping the rest of the elements like my prototype that I posted last month, I added more pine boughs that are covered in Dragonfly Glaze in blue-green -gold shift plus I added Stickles Star Dust in the cutouts of the Joy sentiment. That way I had one sheet of elements to cut on the Silhouette and used metal dies to cut ovals. I did add an easel to the back so the oval card could be stood up. Maybe still too many steps for an assembly line creation but hey it is winter and what else am I doing these cold windy snowy days? Only 10 more to go.

What makes the Dragonfly Glaze so cool is that it has a holographic effect and comes in several different color shifts. Because this water based liquid is more like acrylic paint I applied with a paint brush or my finger.

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Try it on Tuesday: Traditional Christmas

Use Your Stuff: Winter

Crafter’s Cafe: Use Dies

Not the best photo, and still you can not see the holographic effect of the Dragonfly Glaze, but you can get a feel for the shine.