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For the Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge this week (IC755), we’re headed to A Cottage in the City (or their Pinterest Board). After much back & forth, I couldn’t decide which I liked more..THIS or THIS..so I combined the two. I used the wood plank wall from the first for my background & the flower in the bottle for my main image.

For the background, I stamped the wood grain fence in gray ink then sponged on the lt blue, antique linen & gray inks to resemble the different wood planks. It looked a little too bright & new, so I took some thinned down white acrylic paint & dry brushed it on top & also spritzed some to get the drops.

On the main image, after stamping the flowers, I masked just the one lower petal & stamped the bottle. I used a Copic multiliner to extend the stems. I also took a couple of quick pics to show the basics of my out of the box die cutting method. You can also see the original tutorial HERE. 

Align your die where you want it to cut. Use a craft knife to cut around any areas that will go outside of the die cut boundaries & lift them over the die. You’ll have to go into area inside the die just a bit, but if you cut right on a thicker black outline, it will be almost invisible. Or in this case, I cut the top petals, then slid the die down under these areas. Now run this thru your die cut machine. Since these petals are on top of the die, they won’t be cut off.

All cut & it turned out perfectly! I wanted it over to the side like this to give me room for the greeting. I ended up putting it on a separate piece & I used the craft knife to cut a slit down the side of the bottle & tucked the left edge of the blue greeting flag into the slit.

Here are the Copics I used:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps: Woodgrain Fence, Sending Love, Brushed Flower #4
Paper:  Staples 110# white, lt blue
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Distress ink antique linen,  Rubbernecker Color Fuse ink  set #9, set #7
Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps:  Rectangle Stitch dies, Copic Sketch Markers, Sequins, white acrylic paint

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Congrats to Gloria, the newest Featured Stamper (FS690) on Splitcoast! She has a lovely gallery & I chose THIS card to case. I kept the layout & flower theme, but I used different images, dies & swapped out the stripe paper for a stamped woodgrain.

After coloring the daffodils, I die cut it first w/ a rectangle stitch die then used the bottom half of a marquee die to cut the lower section. I took a few picture to show how I did this.

This is the die I used for the lower half. I used the largest die because I saw that it was large enough to go all the way across to sides so I placed it where I wanted the bottom cut to be.

After placing the image panel & die on top, I put the top plate on top, but only to the point where I want it to stop cutting (which is halfway up the die). By having the top plate stop here, it will only cut to that point.

Here it is after die cutting! I do this technique quite a lot, so it doesn’t matter to me if I’ve colored it yet or not. If you’re trying it for the first time, you may want to wait to color until after you’ve cut it, in case you need to start over because it didn’t work the way you wanted. For the lower part of the card, I stamped the woodgrain bg w/ the dark green ink. 

Here are the Copics I used:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps: Brushed Flower #11, Woodgrain Fence, Summer Bloom
Paper:  Staples 110# white, Hammermill digital 
Ink: Versaclair nocturne,  Rubbernecker Color Fuse ink set #10
Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps:  Rectangle Stitch, Marquee 2 Stitch dies, Copic Sketch Markers, Sequins, MISTI, Baker’s Twine

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It’s my turn to host the Featured Stamper Challenge (FS559) on Splitcoast. So a big Congrats to Jeanette, the newest Featured Stamper. I spent oodles of time in her big, beautiful gallery & finally narrowed it down to THIS card. I kept the Christmas poinsettias & most of the layout, but I used different images, different colors & left off a few of the layers.

I also have a little mini tutorial to go along with this card. I knew immediately I wanted to water color it, but I wanted it to be loose, not necessarily contained by the lines. I love stamping on top of free flowing watercolor backgrounds so that was my plan for this. Instead of pan or tube watercolors, I used Brushos. I lightly wet part of the watercolor paper w/ a spritzer, then sprinkled on the reds, pink & orange colors, then spritzed it again. In areas where the color seemed too concentrated, I took a wet paintbrush & blended it out. I let this dry a little, then repeated it w/ the greens, trying not to go over the red areas.


I used a plastic sheet placed up against the corner inside my Misti & stamped the image. This allowed me to position the paper to stamp the image where I wanted. Since it was big enough, I stamped it twice to use on two different cards.

I decided to deepen the color just a bit inside the leaves/petals of the poinsettia & the easiest way to do this is w/ watercolor pencils.

Instead of using the pencil directly on the image, I used a waterbrush to pick up color from the pencil tip, then painted it onto the image.

Since this poinsettia image in on the large size, I trimmed away most of the background around the left side of the image in order to have more of the citron green show. A dk green layer was added behind the poinsettia & also behind the citron layer. The greeting was stamped off the to left to help balance the composition and keep the eye flowing across the card. The blank citron areas give the eye a place to rest & draw the eye to the bright reds of the image. I could have added just a few sequins & I may go back & do that, but I’m pretty satisfied w/ composition as it is w/ the odd number of items (2 flowers + 1 greeting). Odd numbers are just more pleasing to the eye. 


Here’s the inside:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Poinsettia Lg, Celebrate Each Day (inside: Magic of Christmas )
Paper:  atercolor, dk green, citron felt (The Paper Cut)
Ink:   Versafine onyx (Kaleidacolor fruitcake on inside)
Accessories:   MFT diagonal stitched rectangles, Spellbinders A2 matting basics B, Brushos watercolor crystals, paintbrush, waterbrush, Misti, white gel pen, craft knife, spritzer, watercolor pencils

 

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