Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Video Tutorial - Sneak Peek: New Release from Craftin' Desert Divas

Hi everyone!  I hope your week is going well.  I have a fun card to share with you today.  I am honored and thrilled to share with you that I am a new member on the Craftin' Desert Divas design team.  I am sharing a video tutorial today on a new card I made using the brand new soon to be released Monster Carnival stamp set.  This set was so fun.  The card I made is super simple and would easily have fit into one video . . . unfortunately, I was having some cameral problems and had to split it into two videos.  Here's Part One:





And Part Two:





And here are some pictures:



I stamped the adorable images with my Hero Arts Dye black ink and then colored them with my Zig markers.  For the monster, I used Oragne and LIght Pink and for the cotton candy stand, I used Light Pink, Light Blue, Orange, Light Brown, and Deep Brown.  I created my distress oxide background using Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade distress inks.  I used Nuvo Drops to create the enamel looking dots.  What do you think?


Well, that's it from me today.  I hope you enjoy the videos.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Video Tutorial: Watercolor Large Peony Stamp from The Ton with Zig Markers

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a wonderful week.  I have a new video tutorial to share with you today showing how I colored this gorgeous peony flower from The Ton Stamps with my Zig markers.  I also show how I created the distress inked background.  Here's the video:



I first embossed the flower and leaves onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock with Wow Metallic Gold Sparkle embossing powder.  I then used Pink, Light Pink, and Olive Green Zig Markers and a water brush to color the flower and leaves.  I then used the coordinating dies to cut the flower and leaves out.  To create the distress background, I used Spun Sugar distress ink and Work Lipstick distress oxide ink and some gold flecks of paint from the Starry Colors Gansai Tambi pearl paint set.  Here are some pictures:





I hope you enjoy the card and the video.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  I'll see you in the next video. 


Hugs, Christine

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Video Tutorials: Watercolor Background and Zig Marker Coloring

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful week.  I have two videos to share with you today to share how I created a scene using adorable Anne of Green Gables stamps from Kindred Stamps.  In Part One, I share how I created the background using Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.  Here's Part One:

And in Part Two, I share how I colored the characters using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Here's Part Two:

And some pictures:







I really hope you enjoyed today's card.  This was really just me playing around with my watercolor paints and seeing what I could come up with.  It was really  fun and I hope you'll give it a try.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll catch you in the next video!


Monday, June 12, 2017

Unboxing Video - June 2017 My Monthly Hero Card Kit from Hero Arts

Hi everyone,
I have a super quick video to share with you today showing the contents of the brand new My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts.  Enjoy!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Video Tutorial + Giveaway - Using Fine Tec Watercolors with Simon Says Stamp Floral Bliss Stamp Set

Hi everyone!  I have a fun video tutorial to share with you today using the brand new Floral Bliss stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and Fine Tec Pearlescent Watercolor paints.  Here's my video:

And here are some pictures:



I first stamped the gorgeous floral image onto black cardstock using Versamark ink.  I then embossed the image with gold embossing powder.  I then used my Silver Round Size 4 paint brush and my Fine Tec Pearlescent paints to color the image.  I then heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder, added a strip of gold glimmer paper (from Stampin' Up) and added some design paper from a Recollections paper pad.  I also added some sequins from my stash.  What do you think?


I also have a giveaway going on.  This brand new Floral Bliss stamp set can be yours!




All you have to do to be entered is to subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave a comment on this video.  The video is linked above, or you can click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn28KX9cWRQ.  Thanks so much for watching and for stopping by and I'll catch you in the next video :)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Video Tutorial - Emboss Resist and Double Embossing Techniques

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your week.  I have a super simple card to share with you today and I did a video tutorial on how I created this card using two techniques: emboss resist and what I call "double embossing."  Here is a link to my video:

And here are some pictures:








The background stamp is the Flora Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp.  I embossed that with white embossing powder, then sponged Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick ink over the image for the emboss resist technique.  The sentiment is from Neat and Tangled's So Lucky stamp set.  I first embossed it with white embossing powder (except for the black, that one I first embossed clear), then embossed it with Taffeta Pink Wow embossing powder.  I added some sequins, and there you have a super simple, but fun and sparkly card.  What do you think?

Well, I hope you enjoyed this simple technique for today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Video Tutorial - Creating a Galaxy Background with Watercolor and Lawn Fawn Stamps

Hi everyone!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Today I have a two part video tutorial on how I created a galaxy background with this brand new adorable Upon a Star stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  In Part One, I demonstrate how I created the background with water coloring and distress inks.  In Part Two, I show how I created the grass and how I colored the critters. 
Part One:



Part Two:

And here are some pictures:



And here's the one I created on camera (it's so neat that each time you do this technique, it turns out differently!):




To create the background, I water colored using Salty Ocean,  Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot distress inks.  I also spashed some white acrylic paint and some gold and silver paint from Gansai Tambi Starry Colors paint palette.  For the grass, I sponged on Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles distress inks and spritzed some water.  I then put some Black Soot ink on to create a shadow using a sponge dauber.  I used Lawn Fawn dies to cut out my rectangle and my grass.  I colored my fox and my bunny using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  For the fox, I used Deep Red and Brown.  For the Bunny, I used Gray, Light Gray, and Almond Pink.  I then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I stamped some of the constellations on the background and embossed them with white embossing powder.  I also white embossed the sentiment (also from the stamp set).  Finally, I added some sequins.  What do you think?


Well, that's it from me today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by and I'll catch you in the next video!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Video Tutorial - Coloring a Mermaid with Zig Markers

Hi everyone!  In today's video, I show how I colored the mermaid seen in yesterday's card/video tutorial for the underwater background.  Here's the video:



I used the following Zig markers: Brown and Dark Brown for her hair, Yellow and Brown for the Star Fish, Turquoise Green and Purple for her tail, Turquoise Green for her top, and Flesh Color and Blush for her skin (and Almond Pink for her cheeks).  And here's the full card, as posted yesterday:




Thanks so much for watching and I'll catch you in the next video! :)








Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Creating an Underwater Scene with My Favorite Things and Distress Inks

Hi everyone!  I'm a bit behind this week in my videos/blog postings.  I've gotten another sinus infection, ugh, so that's put me a bit behind.  I'm excited to share today's video and card with you though, I'm really happy with how this one came out.  In my video today, I teach you how to create a gorgeous underwater scene using distress inks.  I used the adorable Mermazing stamp set from My Favorite Things (I love this set!)  Here's my video on how to create the background:





And here are some photographs:









I created the background using Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain Distress Inks and some water for the sand. I created the waves by using Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, and Peacock Feathers Distress inks and some water.  I then used some white acrylic paint to splatter some white splotches over the panel.  I then cut out "waves" using the MFT Ocean Waves dies out of the distressed wave panel.  I then inked the tops of each wave with Staz On white ink to add some definition.  I colored all the images with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I used Brown and Dark Brown for the mermaid's  hair, Purple and Turquoise Green for her tail, Turquoise Green for her top, Yellow and Brown for the starfish, and Flesh Color and Blush for her skin.  I coated all the images with my Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen.  I also added some sequins from my stash.  What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day and I'll catch you in the  next video!


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Video Tutorial: Watercolor Tips using Zig markers and Mama Elephant's Organic Blooms Stamp Set

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  I have a brand new video tutorial and card to share with you today.  In this video, I show you some more tips on how to use your Zig markers to create unique color pallets.  I'm using the new, gorgeous stamp set called Organic Blooms by Mama Elephant.  Here's my video tutorial:



And here are some pictures:


To color the peachy colored flowers, I used Pink, Yellow, and Wine Red.  For the pink flower, I used Light Pink, Pink, and Wine Red.  For the leaves, I used light green and for the blue flowers, I used blue.  For the shadow around the image, I used Light Blue.  I used some gold foil paper from Stampin' Up!  The pink paper was created using the Flora background stamp from Simon Says Stamp and the emboss resist technique.  I'll be doing another video on this technique, but just briefly, I inked the image with Versamark ink, heat embossed it with white embossing powder, then applied Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink.  I added some flicks of gold paint from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors pigment ink set.  I also added some sequins from Lucy's Cards and Studio Katia.  I also coated the flowers with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen. What do you think?


Well, that's it from eme today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by and I'll catch you in the next video!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Creating a fun scene with stencils and Simon Says Stamp products

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all having a wonderful day and for my friends in the US, I hope you are having a great start to your Memorial Day weekend!  I have a fun video and card to share with you today using an adorable stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and some other products to create a fun scene on my card.  Here's my video tutorial:

And here are some pictures:


I used my Lawn Fawn Simple Grassy Hillside dies to create the grass. I then used the new Cloud Stencil from My Favorite Things to create the cloud background (I used Broken China Distress Oxide ink). I then stamped all the images from the adorable Some Bunny Special stamp set from Simon Says Stamp with Black Dye ink from Hero Arts. I then colored all of the images using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush. I used Gray Brown and Peach Pink for the bunny, and brown for the pot he's standing on and Light Green for the grass. I used Gray, Wine Red, and Dark Oatmeal for the mailbox. I used pink, yellow, and light green for the pink flowers and light blue, yellow, and light green for the blue flower. I used orange and light green for the carrots. I also heat embossed my sentiment (also from the same stamp set) with white embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp. Finally, I added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh (the friendship mix). What do you think? Well, that's it from me today. Thank you all so much as always for stopping by! Big hugs!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Video Tutorial: Tips for Using your Zig Markers when coloring a floral scene using Simon Says Stamps products

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all having a fabulous week.  I have a new video tutorial and card to share today using this gorgeous stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called More Spring Flowers.  I love this stamp set, it was so much fun to color these flowers in.  In my video tutorial for today, I show you some tips on how I use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to create multiple colors when coloring flowers.  I also show you how you can use one marker color to get gorgeous shaded results using that marker and a water brush.  Finally, I also show you how I created the distress inked background.  Here's the video tutorial:




And here's some pictures:



I inked all the flowers in Versamark ink and then heat embossed them in white embossing powder.  For the background, I used Picked Raspberry and Mowed Lawn distress inks to create the blended background, then I spritzed the background with some water for a distressed look.  To color my flowers, I used the following Zig marker colors: Pink, Light Pink, Blue Gray, Yellow, Orange, Olive Green, Light Green.  The sentiment is from the Hero Arts You are Loved stamp set.  Twenty-five percent of all proceeds from this stamp set go to the Jennifer McGuire Ink Kindness Campaign, which is such a worthwhile cause.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I added all of the elements with foam tape.  I then added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew and Carnation Pink.  I coated all the flowers with Wink of Stella clear glitter.  What do you think?


Well, that's it from me today.  Thank you so much as always for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Video Tutorial: How to blend your Zigs with Clearly Besotted Stamps

Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday!  I hope you are all having a wonderful week.  With the horrible news coming out of Manchester, I just wanted to color some cute flamingos today and send some cards out to spread a little kindness.  My heart is with all the people of England and around the world.  Let's let love win, not hate.

Okay, onto my fun cards for today.  I just had to play with this adorable new set from Clearly Besotted called Fluffy Flamingos.  How cute are these guys?!?! :)  I am still playing with my new Zig markers and playing around with some techniques.  In today's video tutorial, I show how I was able to use a light pink and an orange marker to create a multi-colored flamingo.  I also show some distress inking and I also have five card samples to share.  Here's the video:

And here are some close up pictures of my cards:












For these cards, I stamped all the flamingoes with Hero Arts Black Dye ink.  I then colored them with my zigs.  For the flamingo I colored in the video, I used Peach Pink and Orange.  For the other flamingos, I used various combinations of Peach Pink, Pink, Dark Pink, and Light Pink.  I blended everything with a water brush.  For the green distress background, I used Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink.  For the pink backgrounds, I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink.  For the blue background, I used Broken China Distress Oxide ink.  For the multi colors, I used Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks.  For the two cards with clouds, I used the cloud border dies from Lawn Fawn.  The design paper is from Stampin' Up and I also used various sequins from my stash.  I hope you liked my video and my cards today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  Hugs!


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