Thursday, May 3, 2018

Creating Kindness: Techniques!

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Hi everybody! I hope you are having an amazing day! I'm here today with the monthly Creating Kindness Design Team blog and Video hop! Yep, we've got a video hop for you too. Our theme this month is "techniques" and I can' wait to see what the rest of the crew has dreamed up to share with us today.

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My card proved to be quite an adventure (ahem, NIGHTMARE!)... My game plan was to use my Stamparatus to stamp and mask off the flowers from the Flower Shop stamp set. Then I planned to watercolor them and finally to add some shading and extra color with my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. My master plan was derailed very early on and I had to "go with the flow" in order to save my card. 
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I started out by using my Stamparatus to stamp the flowers multiple times on a piece of watercolor paper. I used some post-it tape and the coordinating Pansy Punch to easily mask off my flowers (you can see the masking process in the video below). This made it easy to stamp each flower multiple times to get a crisp, dark image. I used Memento ink as I wanted to make sure that in the final phase of my projects the alcohol markers wouldn't smear the ink and ruin my project. 
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Well, it turns out the Memento ink was absolutely the wrong call! I always use Archival ink for watercoloring and was horrified when I added water to my project to begin watercoloring... and my project instantly turned into a black puddle of Memento ink. Total nightmare after I had taken all that time to stamp and mask. Anyhow, I decided to roll with it and was able to save my card, thank goodness!
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After watercoloring I used the light shade of Smoky Slate  Stampin' Blends to add some shading to the flowers. I also used a thin black sharpie to add back some of the detail I had lost when I ruined my stamped images with water. Then I used a white gel pen to add some fun accents. The last touch to make the flowers stand out was to add liquid adhesive from my Fine Tip Glue pen to give the flowers both gloss and dimensions. 
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I spattered the  background with a black Stampin' Write marker and added some embellishments. This sentiment was really the perfect final touch for this card because in the end it did make me smile but along the way it was a little bit of everything else... If you'd like to check out the process of making this card here's a video for you. Feel free to shake your head in horror or laugh at my distress, whatever strikes your fancy. Either way, enjoy!




Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! It's always such a pleasure to have you join me. I hope you'll keep on hopping along with me as I visit all of my friends on the Creating Kindness Hop-Remember, there are blogs and videos galore so don't miss anything!

Now we're off to visit the lovely Paula Dobson in New Zealand! She is incredibly talented and I cannot wait to see what she has made. As always, if you have questions, comments or need some help please shoot me an email or leave comment below.

Bye for now!

Maria
Email: mariawillis@hotmail.com



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14 comments:

  1. Wow! This card is absolutely amazing! I love the colours, I just love everything about it! 😍 xx

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  2. This is a gorgeous card! Great save!

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    1. Thanks Beth! Luck was on my side.

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  3. I'm glad you posted the video! I always like to see peoples creative process. I love how you saved it. I think I will give it a try.

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    1. Thanks Holly! I’d love to see what you make if you give it a try!

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  4. My art teacher would call this a happy accident. Love your save.

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  5. That was fun to watch your creative process in the face of adversity! I could see the horror (in your hands) when you realised the ink was running! A wonderful recovery and creative opportunity that paid off!

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  6. Love the background you created. never thought you had that accident on this beautiful card! "HAPPY ACCIDENT" made the card more pop! ;-D

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  7. What an amazing save! Love how it turned out in the end Maria. I think post it tape will be my new best friend.

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  8. WOW...happy mistake made for a stunning finished card! Glad you stuck it out and shared this video.

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  9. Couldn't be more beautiful, Maria <3

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