Monday, August 10, 2020

MFT Summer School #5 White Space

Last day of Summer School for My Favorite Things and then I graduate! It's really been fun to not only have design theory inspiration, but to use some of my neglected stamp and die sets from MFT. I am sorry to say this Harvest Mouse set is retired, but one of my favorites. The goal for today's card was to leave "White Space".

White space is something we all should strive for not only in the card panel, but also in coloring, especially floral images. It's something I've learned over the years in taking watercolor classes. The white space in an image is a highlight - a sparkle. If you color the same image, one while leaving white and one solid colored you'll see the difference.
That being said, I didn't leave much white in the images except for the bushels. With the Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, I lay a line of color along the edge and then pull it with a damp brush. Doesn't leave much white - I need to practice that!

The front is clean and simple with plenty of white to rest the eye. I actually made 2 cards and the second card will be entered into Just Us Girls Challenge #548 to Die Cut with a Window:
Thanks for joining me today and here is my graduation banner. Got to add it my my blog!
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Just Us Girls #548 Die Cut a Window

Welcome crafty friends to my blog post for Just Us Girls:
I have been working on My Favorite Things Summer School and colored a number of these cute Harvest Mouse images (retired), so I thought I'd made a fall card with them. I had used Ranger's Inkssential Watercolor paper and my Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils, definitely my favorite coloring medium now! I think the window idea is a great jumping off place.
I started by die cutting a window in the front of an A2 sized panel of white card stock using My Favorite Things Square Peek a Boo Die-namics

Inside I used Taylored Expressions Masking Stencils Squares and Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion to mask off a window to match the size of the die cut window. Both tools make life so much easier in the craft room. I use the Make Art Stay-tion in almost every project I make, card making and decorative painting. It holds patterns down perfectly for tracing. The magnets are strong but they don't crash together. I have both the 7" and the 12" sizes and use them both frequently.
For the clouds I used My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil with the new Distress Oxide Speckled Egg color. First time I've had a chance to use this color. I think it made a perfect fall sky. The grass was Distress Oxide Peeled Paint. I use Lawn Fawn Liquid Stardust, not diluted, on an acrylic block and flicked spatters with a paint brush. I tried to capture the sparkle here:
The sentiment comes from My Favorite Things Sweater Weather on Safari set. I wanted something for the fall season, but not directly Thanksgiving.
I think the final result is so cute and also works for Day 5 of Summer School class: White Space. It's unfortunate that this set is retired, but I believe the same layout/design could work with many cute character images.
Thanks for sticking to the end and "I'm Thankful for Friends Like You"!
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Sunday, August 9, 2020

MFT Summer School #4 Ombre

Hi friends - welcome to Day 4 of My Favorite Things Summer School:
Who doesn't love a big birthday card? I used the Big Birthday Wishes die to make this colorful card:
For the words I die cut 2 times out of plain white and 1 time out of Bristol Smooth card stock. The Bristol Smooth die piece I kept intact with purple tape on the back. Then using Scrapbook.com's Ink Foam Blending Tools and 3 Ranger Archival Inks, Sunflower, Carnation Red and Garden Patina, I gently ink blended each set of words. I kept the bottom of each set of letters darker and then lighter as I got closer to the top to give the ombre effect.
The 3 layers were stacked and glued together with liquid adhesive and adhered to the card.
I felt the card needed a little somethin-somethin... so I cut and colored 3 cupcakes from the Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes set.
I used my favorite Ranger Inkssentials Watercolor Paper, stamped with Altenew Obsidian Black Ink and colored with Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils. I happen to have the coordinating die for this set which cuts the images perfectly. They were popped up with foam dots.
Lastly, I added some glitz to the cupcakes with Spectrum Noir's Sparkle pen. The base is a  craft color -  Neenah Desert Storm. That's it for Summer School Day 4 - ink blending for an ombre effect. Thanks for stopping by!
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Saturday, August 8, 2020

MFT Summer School #3 Symmetry

Welcome to Day #3 of My Favorite Things Summer School Class with a design theory of Symmetry:

I combined Symmetry with MFT's Color Challenge with Milk Chocolate, Tickled Pink, Coral Crush and Summer Splash. I actually used Kuretake Zigs in Light Carmine, Flesh Colour, Light Pink, Light Blue and Mid Brown.
I used MFT's Our Story Stamp set to create this peaceful scene and the thought bubble and sentiments are from MFT's Magical Friends. Both darling sets. I don't have the coordinating dies, so I used my Brother Scan 'n Cut. For some reason the right lamp is a little wonky, but I am still going with symmetry!

The "carpet" was ink blended with Distress Oxide Old Paper and the "Wallpaper" is a retired MFT stencil called On the Diagonal. I thought it gave me the perfect symmetry starting from the middle as we were taught in class. 
Love these sentiments and I have just the special person in mind to which to send this. Thanks for visiting today and stayed tuned - 2 more days of Summer School!
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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

AECP Level 2 In The Mood For Color

Hello friends! I am on my second class for Level 2 of my AECP certification. This class is called:
Stephanie Klauck, the instructor, has 6 classes, all based on a color or the feeling the color brings. I started with the Persian Motifs stamp set for an all over floral card front. I felt blue would give that calm feeling I wanted to convey.
I stamped with Versamark ink on Altenew's A2 sized pre-cut Water Color Paper and heat embossed with Altenew's White Embossing Powder. I used Altenew's Watercolor Brush Markers Sea Breeze to paint the floral images in a monochromatic pallet. I just drip the ink onto a pallet and color with my Silver Black Velvet #8 brush. I has a nice sharp point to get into the corners and flick up!
Stephanie talked about the mood of a color can be applied to cards. I felt this blue was calming, uplifting and bright. To create some interest in the front panel, I cut the border with Pretty Pink Posh's Stitched Border 1. It gives a nice gentle curve. I backed it with Black Licorice card stock from MFT and adhered the cut piece from the original back onto the front.

I decided to go with a generic Congratulations sentiment and left the inside blank for now. Stefanie used embellishments on all her cards for that "Wow" factor. I used Studio Katia's Icy Sparkly Crystals here and there for a little bling.

Thank you for stopping by today and staying with me on my AECP Certification journey!
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Card Concept 138c Dog Days of Summer

Who doesn't love a dog in sunglasses?! I was literally inspired by The Card Concept inspiration picture "Dog Days of Summer" for my Design Team Clean and Layered card:
I tried to mimic the towels in the picture, too. I have a die cut set in my stash that cuts "waves" or "mountains". I just cut pieces of random card stock for the base of my doggie friends.
The dog was stamped with Tim Holtz's Crazy Dogs and matching framelits and accessorized with the sunglasses from his Crazy Things set. They were colored with Derwent Inktense water color pencils. Our middle daughter, Jill, has 2 labs, one chocolate and one yellow. Bennett (the chocolate lab) and Cooper (the yellow lab) were in my mind when I colored these 2 guys. 
I used a silver metallic gel pen on the sunglasses and Glossy Accents to try and give them that mirrored look.
The sentiment is from Jillibean Soup Sunshine Shaker Maker and I thought perfect for any dog lover.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a chance to play along with us...we'd love to see your "Dog Days of Summer"!
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