UPDATE…DAWN’S GATE FOLD WINDOW CARD
I have this incredible friend JANIS BLEVINS who I have never met…we connected thru a third party whom we were both friends with and when that friend passed away Janis and I made a connection that has lasted for several years. I am fairly sure the our friend Lorna has been watching over us and that she was in charge of seeing that we connected… JANIS is my best blogger buddy as she almost always takes my blog posts and runs with them and the GATE FOLD WINDOW post ( Dawn’s) was no exception… I just received these samples of her cards in a couple of e-mails… as you can see we are both also FROG buddies…aaahhh can’t believe I forgot this one and its my favorite…
Isn’t that just great play on words…. loveit loveit
Ok did she nail it or what… all of them are just wonderful and so at least you can see that you can use different dies to create the image you want… my personal fav is the Frog of course…they don’t call me wire headed cyber toad for nothin…ok on to this post..
Well sometimes I think I am psychic!!! I just got this months issue of CARDMAKER and it’s main feature is using water color! I love this magazine and I do have the actual magazine subscription but if you don’t and you don’t have a store near by to purchase it you can get an on line digital subscription and I think you can even buy just one issue digital for about the same price as in the store. It does have all the same pages as the magazine and in some cases there are even extra goodies that you can only access digitally.
Here is the link for you to subscribe to the digital magazine CARDMAKER.. It is about $10 dollars cheaper than the hard copy and it can get to you wherever you are. It would be a rare issue that I would not find at least one thing that made me glad I bought it and generally there are several…and no I am not getting any benefit from encouraging you to get the magazine..ie no kickback…and I won’t stop any bridge traffic if you don’t get it either way…lol…
Just in case you don’t know about these…here is what I know…and if you do know you can skip down to next paragraph….or review … COPICS act like they are the hottest thing around and they are very cool but there have been and are still others out there I do have a small set but I would look at the others available before I jumped into them ..what they are is ALCHOL MARKERS…they have vibrant colors and heaven knows there are a lot of them to choose from… so you can start with a basic set and if you can use a coupon to get them all the better. Cheap Joe’s has them and so does other places I have had a different set for a long time that were LETRA SET and I buy them thru ….WHO ELSE…AMAZON..They are alcohol and so the secret about alcohol is that they blend together WITHOUT leaving any lines….they look like watercolors but they blend together so that there are no lines at all.. if you try the same thing with your regular watercolor markers you will see that they do make lines. Its maybe the best or cleanest way to layer colors on an outline image…
Like other markers you can use them to color in a line drawn image or the magazine suggests that you use your water pen and fill it with blender solution and add drops of the copic ink to a small paint palette then using the solution use it to paint the solid image of a stamp then stamp it on your paper. You can also use those watercolor crayons on your solid image after you spritz it with water… this is a playful technique so you need to give it a try and just see.. they paper you use is also going to effect the result but it will look a lot like a watercolor image..on either smooth or watercolor paper. If you stamp it on textured paper you will get a completely different look. This was the simplest idea but I loved it.. simple take a swish of color on your brush or even two colors mask the top of your card so that you have a crisp line. Drag the paint brush across the card overlapping the masking ( I would use post it notes to create the masking… but be careful not to over wet the note or it might bleed thru….then tip the card so that it drips down the card front as shown then you can stamp anything over it once its dry… I think its a very artsy look and I loved it.
So the two above are my versions of the drip and I did find that it works best on the water color paper to wet the paper first then paint and tilt but if it doesn’t run the blow on it a little like I said just give it a try and and there are other suggestions in this issue of the magazine and that’s just the watercolor items . There are things in there about quilling ( the art of paper rolling to create dimensional images…there are pages that discuss new products and there are lots of cards for inspiration.
quilling sample from CARDMAKER
Simple quilled images can be quite impressive on a card …please note however that they will require extra postage due to the bump they create in the envelope…..however, that said think of it this way… its still way cheaper than store bought cards and more personal and if you make a really lovely card then you probably won’t need a gift as its the gift itself. At least that’s my theory… lol… One of my best suggestions is that you don’t get caught up in having the EXACT SAME IMAGE YOU SEE ON A CARD…look at your stamps and find something that will work the same way but maybe totally different… for example instead of butterfly what about a giraffe or an apple or pear … lots different stamps can create a similar effect..its the effect your looking for not an exact duplicate. Have fun explore and play.
ONE LAST KINDA WATERCOLOR… which they discuss it to take your watercolor pencils and simply wet your brush ( I almost always use the water brush) and then swipe it on the point of the watercolor pencil a few times till you get color then paint with that… as opposed to coloring with the water color pencil and then wetting it… this will eliminate some of the texture you get with pencils when you color first then wet… but sometimes you may want the texture… You WILL NOT BE HURTING your pencils but do let them fully air dry …I say that because I am currently in a place with humidity and if I stored them in an airtight container in the heat …I would soon have mold growing on them… BUT EVEN THAT is not a reason to discard your pencil..simple sharpen it and remove the mold… still its best to let them air dry.
Ok grab your water pen/brush and some colors and go MAKE SOMETHING!!
I had to share this because I thought it was just amazing… these are actually butterfly wings and each of them has a suggestion of an alphabet letter… check it out!!!
BUTTERFLY WING ALPHABET
AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath