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!


Your Next Stamp Got Mud? Stamp Set Winner

Hi everyone!  I used random.org to select the winner of the God Mud? stamp set from Your Next Stamp.  The winner is Kleri F.  Please email me at christinemriley@gmail.com with your address and I'll make sure your new stamp set gets to you!  Thanks so much everyone for leaving comments and playing along! :)


Monday, May 22, 2017

Video Tutorial: How to Create a Layer Scene Card with Mama Elephant Stamps and Distress Inks

Hi everyone and Happy Monday!  I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!  I'm super excited to share my card with you today.  I just recently got some stamps from the brand new Mama Elephant stamp release and I just had to play with this new set called Summer Days.  This set was SO much fun to play with.  I couldn't stop coloring the little critters (and as you'll see in my video, I have a ton that I already colored for future cards :) ).  Here's a link to my video tutorial:  


And here are some pictures of my card.






I colored all the images with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers (any time I use Zigs or do any ink blending, I use Bristol Smooth cardstock, so all white cardstock in this card is Bristol Smooth).  I used Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain distress inks for the sand dunes.  I used Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks for the ocean.  I used Salty Ocean distress ink for the sky and Mustard Scene for the sun (which I made using my Radiating Rays stencil from My Favorite Things).  I used stitched hillside border dies from Lawn Fawn for the sand dunes and Ocean Waves die-namics dies from My Favorite Things for the waves.  I used the Cloud 9 die-namics dies from My Favorite Things for the clouds.  I coated just about everything with my Wink of Stella Glitter Pen so it all has a really pretty shine.  The sentiment is from another Mama Elephant stamp set called Organic Blooms.


I hope you enjoyed my video tutorial and my card for today.  I had so much fun putting this scene together.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by and I'll see you tomorrow with another card and video! :)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Layer Staping with Stampin' Up!'s Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set

Hi everyone!  I have a super simple but fun card to share with you today using Stampin' Up!'s Sweet Cupcake stamp set.  This set uses layer stamping to create a dimensional cupcake with dimensional icing and cake.  I used all Stampin' Up! products to create this card.  Here's my video tutorial on how I made this card:
Part One:




Part Two:




And here are a couple pictures of the card:





To create this card, I stamped the icing with Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, and Melon Mambo ink from Stampin' Up!  The cake was stamped with Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso.  I used a confetti stamp from the stamp set and inked it with Chocolate Chip ink and stamped it onto Crumb Cake cardstock to create my background.  I cut a square out with the stitched shapes dies and  then put my card together, using dimensionals for some added pop.  I used white embossing powder to emboss the sentiment.  Finally, I added some enamel dots and rhinestones.  If you are interested in any of the products I used today, please visit my Stampin' Up! store here.  What do you think?


Well, that's it from me today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  Huge hugs!


Hugs, Christine

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Video Tutorial: Notecard Set Using Simon Says Stamp's Funny Food Stamp Set and Distress Oxide Inks

Hi everyone!  I have a super fun set of notecards to share with you today using these super adorable images from Simon Says Stamp.  This stamp set is called Funny Food Stamp Set and it's so adorable.  I created a video tutorial for you.  I'm so sorry, I'm trying to figure out why YouTube is splitting my vidoes into two parts, but for now, I'm just going to go with it :)  Here's Part One:







And Part Two:



Now for some pictures :)


Now for some close ups:






This is the card I created on camera for you guys.  It uses Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks and the image was colored with Zig Markers. 




This one uses Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, and Worn Lipstick distress inks and the images were colored with Zig Markers.  I added Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.


This one uses Vintage Photo and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks.  The image was colored with Zig Markers.  I added some jelly and coated it with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.




For this card, I used Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick distress inks.  The adorable pizza was colored with Zig markers.




For the cute fry guy, I used Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber distress oxide inks and colored him with Zig Markers.  Other supplies used are Neenah Dessert Storm cardstock, Early Espresso cardstock from Stampin' Up!, design paper from Stampin' Up, Versamark ink, Chocolate Chip ink from Stampin' Up, and clear embossing powder.  All images were stamped on Bristol Smooth cardstock and then were cut out using the coordinating dies from Simon Says Stamp.


Whew, well that's it from me today.  I hope you enjoyed these notecards.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by. 


Huge Hugs,


Christine



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Video: 12 Cards, One Kit - Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit May, 2017

Hi everyone and happy Wednesday!  I have a very picture heavy post for you today.  I had so much fun working with the mermaid images and coordinating dies from this month's My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts.  These kits are always amazing in my opinion and definitely the best bang for your buck.  This kit has got to be my favorite ever! :)  I had so much fun coloring all the mermaids and creating all the fun backgrounds.  As you can see from my card samples, I created several backgrounds using the Jennifer McGuire inspired magic stencil technique using the wavy stencil that came in the kit.  I then created different cards using these backgrounds.  I also created a video for you today showing you how I did some stencil work with the Hero Arts inks that came in the kit.  I also show you all the cards I made on the video as well.  Unfortunately, for some weird reason, YouTube split my video into two parts so here they are:

And now for the pictures. 




For these cards, I just had to create some shaker cards.  The kit came with lots of acetate and some gorgeous sequins so I immediately went to work to create some shaker cards. I used the Reef Border and Frame Fancy Dies and used the window of the die for my shaker.  For two of the shaker cards, I created my background using Distress Oxide inks in Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, and Wilted Violet and then used the magic stencil technique.  I colored all images for all cards using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers and a water brush.  I also coated all of my images with my Wink of Stella glitter pen.  I also cut everything out using the coordinating dies that came in the kit.   The sequins I used came from the kit.  For the sentiments (For these and all cards) I either used sentiments that came with the stamp set in the kit, or the add on sentiment set Mermazing Messages.






For my next set of cards, I used the Reef Border and Frame Fancy Dies and then placed some specialty paper that came in the kit.  These papers are so gorgeous, it was actually really hard to cut into them, but so worth it, I love how these came out. 


For my next set of cards, I used the Hero Arts Shell Confetti Fancy Die to create my backgrounds.  For two of the cards, I created my backgrounds first using the magic stencil technique and my distress oxide inks.  I also saved all the "confetti" that came out and you'll see some of the shapes sprinkled on some of my cards.  You could also use these little bits to put in shaker cards.  The third card I kept white on white and just added a strip of a background I created with the magic stencil technique. 


Here are two more, one using another magic stencil technique, the other was the sample I crated for the card I did on video.





Finally, here is the card that I showed how to create on camera in my video.  To do the stenciling, I simply taped the stencil down on top of my Bristol Smooth cardstock panel with some post it note tape, and then used an ink blending tool and the three Hero Arts inks that came in the kit.  I then removed the stencil and continued to create the card.  I think this one is actually one of my favorites, I'm really happy with how it turned out :) 


Here's my video (again I'm so sorry, for some reason YouTube split it into two parts so I'll link Part One and Part Two for you):
Part One:



Part Two:


Well, that's it from me today.  If you made it this far, thanks so much for staying with me :)  I just had so much fun with this kit and I was excited to share these fun cards with you.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by and I'll see you tomorrow with another post and video :)


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