Thursday, January 24, 2013

Copic Card Class

A few months ago I discovered Saturated Canary while I was taking my Copic Certification classes. A few of the ladies at the class where discussing where they bought cute images to color. Once lady had some breathtaking coloring using the Saturated Canary images. So I just had to go check them out and purchase a few to play with!

Since then I have been obsessed with these adorable girls and if you haven't checked out Krista Smith's blog and online store you really should! Krista is the very talented artist who draws all her own images and sells them as digi stamps from her website. Go check them out!!

I selected three of the girls to color up and turn into a class. It was really hard to choose which ones I wanted to use, but I tried to stay with simple designs that would be easy to paper piece for everything except the hair and skin

I tried to keep the cards fairly simple so they could be completed during a 3 hour class. I love how easy these girls are to color up and Krista has a huge selection of images in her store. Here are the colors of Copics I used:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair: YR23, YR31, E25, E29, E35, E18, E19

Socks: R81, R83, R85 
Eyes: G20, G24, G28, B02, B05, B06

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Love U Card Class

I'm starting to enjoy all the bright, fresh papers on the market now and straying a little from my usual colorful grunge look that I love. The Echo Park papers I used for this class are a  good example of all the current trends that have me changing up my style. Hexagons, chevrons, wood grain, hot air balloons, clouds and doilies are a few examples of what can be found in many of the current paper lines. I used Echo Park Everyday Eclectic to decorate these cards and inspire the designs. I also incorporated some hearts for Valentine's day or any general love card. One of my favorite ways to cut hearts is with the Martha Stewart heart punches. I used two different ones in this class to get a variety of sizes and I also used the Pink Paislee resist hearts to add some dimension. 
One of my favorite new mists is the Heidi Swapp Color Shine spritz because the colors are so vibrant and the amount of glimmer in them is CRAZY! The bottles are also really good quality and come with a mixing ball which helps to prevent clogging. I colored up the resit hearts with this spray and you probably can't see it in the pictures but they really sparkle.

Here are the cards up close:

There were more rhinestones on this card scattered randomly around the flower, but I didn't realize they had fallen off until just now!

Thanks for stopping by and if you are interested in more details about this class click on the classes tab at the top of the screen.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Test Your Metal!

I love playing with new products but I also love trying to figure out new ways to use products I already own. These cards are for a class I'm teaching in Red Deer called Faux Metal Techniques.
Craft foil and similar products can be expensive and sometimes difficult to work with, so I wanted to see what other ways we could achieve that beautiful metal look without all the fuss. Here are the cards I came up with:

I had so much fun playing with all these techniques and trying to achieve different effects. I love the distressed metal look especially on altered art or masculine projects. Okay, I just enjoy techniques no matter what their theme or purpose!!  The rusted metal on the hinges and lock in the card above really was so much fun to create though. There are so many possibilities too with color combinations and different types of metal to mimic. I only did this on cardstock, but you could also use chipboard or grungeboard to get some dimension and have it look even more realistic.

I hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by,


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Just for Fun

Apparently I have majorly neglected my blogging over the last month or so considering my last post was the end of November!! Yikes! December was a blur for me, I can hardly even remember it with classes, special workshops, getting ready for Christmas, etc. Then I was lucky enough to get a couple of weeks off over Christmas and I just came back to work last Wednesday. Hopefully in 2013 I will become a better blogger...that is always the goal anyways!

With the rush to get classes and things ready for January since we are already 10 days into January kinda sucked up all my creative mojo that I had accumulated over the Christmas break. Last night I was stressing because I couldn't put things together and get my next two classes planned. Well, I decided in a fit of frustration to make something for myself, or more accurately to start throwing paint on a canvas (with my fingers because that is the best!) until I felt better. The canvas below is what came out of that frustration and I have to say I LOVE how it turned out.

The mermaid is one of many gorgeous images from Krista at Saturated Canary. She sells digital images in her online shop which you can resize to fit any project. This one I printed at full size on an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of XPress It blending paper. Go check out Krista's site to see all the wonderful images available!

I used Copic markers to color the mermaid.
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R20
Hair: YR31, YR24, E33, E25
Tail and Shells: YG11, YG13, YG17, BG53, BG45, BG49, Y11, Y15, Y17
I also used a mixture of Twinkling H20's to color the bubbles on her hair: Snapdragon, Mallard and Ocean Wave.
I sprayed Perfect Pearl mist in the Pearl color on her tail.

For the background I basically took all different shades of blues, teal, lime green, purple, white, black and silver, using my fingers to create this swirly background. I also used some bottle caps to make the circles with some white and silver paints.

It was a very haphazard project because it started out as just venting frustration and throwing paint on a canvas and then it took on a life of its own and became something else all together (I love when that happens!).

I will be back soon with classes to show and details about the Creative Escape retreat in May. Hopefully by the start of next week all of that will be up on the blog.

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