Hi everyone! Happy (rainy) Saturday and greetings! Where have I been? Seems like I haven't posted a blog post in forever! I missed you! I have absolutely no idea where this week went! Dang. I had such big plans to get so many things done. And hardly any of it happened. I guess that just happens sometimes. I have been in a bit of a creative slow spell. I have been making so many projects lately, and I think my brain maybe just needed a break. It rained most of the week here and I totally love this kind of weather. I met a friend for a visit one night this week.... And my husband and I went to a really cool and fun Halloween party last night at an antique store! Today I sat down at my desk, and yay, some cards emerged! I made a clean and simple card with a new to me stamp set that I've been wanting to ink up forever. It's called Coffee Love and it's from Altenew. Altenew has a bunch of coffee themed stamp sets and I bought them all of course! (Links at the bottom of my post). I've been posting a lot of photos on Instagram, so if you are a 'gramer I'd love to see you over there! My handle is @stampcatwg. I'm pretty much addicted to Instagram.
Sorry to keep rambling! I have a bunch of stuff to share today, but let's start with the card I just finished! You mocha me happy! LOVE that sentiment!
I used my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush Markers for this project! I started with watercolor paper and stamped all the coffee cups in jet black archival ink. Then I used clean water in a water brush and the markers to color in all the images. I chose some fun colors that I thought looked nice together - and kind of happy colors. I also added tiny grey shadows to all the cups at the end. It was just a really fun project!
I stamped the sentiment on a strip of vellum using Stazon Ink. That is the very best ink for vellum! You get a nice crisp impression that dries quickly and doesn't smear!
This is a very free and loose watercolor technique. The trick is to leave white space in the images - that gives it this particular look.
Once my panel was all dry, I trimmed it to size. This card is a wonky size, because I didn't plan ahead and I stamped my images on a bigger piece of paper than normal! OOOOPS! So my finished card is 4.25 x 6 inches. No worries, I used my favorite AC Cardstock in 12x12 and made my own card base from a pretty teal to match the ink.
This card below is on the Simon Says Stamp blog today! It's actually a gift card holder! There are directions and more photos over on my post. CLICK HERE! Leave a comment on that post for a chance to win a prize package! YAY!
Yesterday as we were driving through our neighborhood on the way to the Halloween party, I hopped out of the car and snapped this photo! It stopped raining just long enough for me to capture the nice light and the raindrops on the leaves! Sigh....
Lastly, today, I have some NEWS about SALES for you! Two sales are going on at Simon Says Stamp currently. A Copic Marker sale (25% off) which includes sets and individual markers, and a Halloween Sale ($15 off your $75 purchase) If you need any supplies from SSS, now is the time. Click on the images below to get the sales! YEAH!
SUPPLIES FOR TODAY!