Posts Tagged ‘Concord and 9th’

Simple Water Coloring With Zig Markers

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Hi Everyone, it’s Susan with a quick tutorial showing how easy water coloring can be with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. These are a great marker set. They have a lot of fun colors, they have a brush tip and they are really easy to use!  This is a set of 60 but you don’t have to dive in to the big pack to start because they come in 4, 6, 12, and 24 packs – lots of choices to start you off.

I did promise you that these markers were easy to use and I’m going to show you how I made this card. I’ve even got a video tutorial showing the process.

The best tip I can give you, and this tip is good for any medium that you’re working with, is to make color swatches. This is a great way to see the full potential of the inks you’re working with and actually they’re fun to make too.

Now, some of you may think that choosing brown for the flower is a little odd, but another tip I want to give you is to not think about that. Think about what you like and go with it.

Start by adding the ink to the where you want it to be the darkest. Then, using your water brush blend the ink out to the outer edges of the petals. When this layer dried I went in with a darker gray color and adding some shading into the center of the flower.

I like to finish off the water coloring by adding a wash of color around the edges of the image. To do this spread some ink onto a stamping block or a sheet of acetate, add some water and then apply it loosely around the edges.

I told you this was easy. I highly recommend these pens no matter what your skill level may be.

I did mention earlier that I made a video showing the whole process. Here it is – if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Click HERE to watch it on YouTube.

Happy Stampin’

and thanks so much for visiting

What’s Moo?

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

Hi Everyone! It’s Susan and I’ve got something fun to share with you today. I love making fun fold cards – especially when they’re as easy as this one! I love that it doesn’t look like it’s more than just a regular card when you first look at it but…

…when you pick it up you see that it opens up.

The measurements for this card can vary to whatever size panels you want to use. I used a standard size card base of 4 1/4 x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ for a top folding card. I searched through my stash of designer paper and found two patterns that looked good together. The key for using two different patterns is if they have the same colors in them then they will most likely look good together.

I stamped 3 images from Tim Holtz Funny Farm stamp set onto white card stock, added color by inking up an image from Concord and 9th’s Background Blocks stamp set with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and then cut them out with the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies. There’s no set size for this – pick a size that works for you. The next step is the important part. Layer your stamped piece onto another color of card stock leaving an equal amount of space around 3 of the edges – I left 1/8″ – but on the 4th side leave an extra 1/2″ – score and fold it at that mark. Here’s a picture of an image I chose not to use showing what I mean. You can see the 1/8″ border I left all the way around and on the left is the extra 1/2″ with the scored line.


All right now that all that is out of the way let’s put this thing together! I decided to make a quick video showing you – click HERE to watch it on YouTube.

I hope you enjoyed this and are inspired to make something.

Happy Stampin’

Susan

Having Fun With Paper

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Hi Everyone. This is Susan with a simple way to do something a little different and a great way to use up your pile of designer paper that you’ve been hoarding. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has a pile to use up.

Start with a piece of card stock cut to 4 1/4 x 11″ and score it at 5 1/2″. This is your standard top folding card base. Add another score line along the long side at 2 3/4″ and this will give you your ‘fun fold’.

I went through my designer paper stash and because I’ve just piled them all together without any packaging I can’t tell you exactly which paper came from which company. I just searched through my pile and pulled out all the ones with blues and browns because I knew those were the colors I wanted to use. When I found 3 I liked I started cutting my panels. I cut 2 panels at 4 x 2 1/2″ and 1 panel at 5 1/4 x 4′ and then cut black card stock to give each panel just the tiniest bit of a frame.

I adhered each piece like you see in the picture above and then cut the pieces for the stamping. I cut 2 pieces of white card stock to 3 3/4 x 2 3/4″ and cut 2 pieces of black card stock to 4 x 3″. I adhered the white to the black and then adhered them to the card panel.

The trick to lining them up is to adhere the one on the right, which is the inside of the card, first. Fold the cord at the 5 1/2″ score line so that all your paper is facing inside. Then fold the 2 3/4″ fold back to the left. Now you’ll see the paper. Position the panel to go on the front of the card on top of the panel you adhered on the inside of the card so that it covers it completely. Make a little pencil mark where the top panel meets the edge of the panel you folded back. Put adhesive on the back of the top panel being sure not to go past that pencil line so when you adhere it to the front of the card it only sticks to the front. ( I really hope that makes sense.)

Now, I forgot to add the stamping to the front of the card before I adhered it. I recommend you do that first as I had to mask everything off and then stamp. It worked out but it would’ve been easier to stamp first. I didn’t add any color to the flower since there is so much going on with all the patterns on the papers. If you are not one who likes to color then this is a great technique for you. I’ll add a personal message to the inside and then this card is ready for the mail.

Happy Stamping

and thanks so much for visiting!

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