Saturday, January 5, 2019

Goodbye Sweet Pup-You're My Lucky Star!

Hey Guys! I'm back today with something a little bit different from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero December kit. This kit is full of magic with gorgeous fairies, an adorable mouse and tons of amazing add-ons. This card is made with one of the add-on sets called Lucky Star. When I saw this dog I immediately thought of some friends who recently lost their sweet dog. They are devastated and I wanted to send them a hug in the mail (in my world cards equal hugs). 

I started by blending the background with Distress Oxide inks. Then I inked up another MMH kit add-on. It's called, Star Light Star Bright, and is a background stamp. It inks up the whole background so I used Versamark ink and then hit it with some clear embossing powder and some heat. This resulted in the whole heart being glossy except for the moon and stars. I used a yellow Distress Oxide ink to sponge in the moon and stars and then used a paper towel to wipe the excess ink from the embossed areas. I added some Clear Wink of Stella to make the cosmos glitter and then I cut the heart out using some dies and my Big Shot. 
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I stamped this sweet, star gazing pup in Memento Ink and colored him in with my Copic Markers. There's a die set that matches this stamp set so cutting out the dog was easy.
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Next, I heat embossed the sentiment in white on black cardstock. I added the dog to the sentiment using foam adhesive and then the sentiment to the heart (again with the foam adhesive). I added a couple of star and clear dot embellishments to give my galaxy some dimensions. The background of the card is stamped with one of the smaller stamps (a trio of stars) from the same stamp set. 
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That's it for today you all! Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I'm entering this card in the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge this week. If you'd like to check out their awesome challenge this week you can click here. This is what their sketch is-if it inspires you then you should play along too!



Have an amazing day! See you guys soon!
Maria




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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Watercolor Emboss Resist with Concord & 9th

Hey you guys! I hope you're having a great day. I'm back with another card made from Concord and 9th's Just Love Bundle. This time I used an Emboss Resist Technique with watercoloring. First, I embossed the floral stamp in white embossing powder (if you don't have white, clear embossing powder will work well too)...
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Then I used Distress Inks and a water brush to watercolor the image. You can see that the embossed image resists the ink and remains white. This is a great technique for beginning watercolorists because the raised, embossed image helps you to keep your paint/ink where you want it. 
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After my watercoloring dried I used my anti-static pouch on my card. Then I used Versamark ink and my Rose Gold Embossing Powder from Wow! Embossing to heat emboss the large "Love" sentiment straight onto the card face. 
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I decided not to add any background splatter or sequins to this card this time. It's such a simple but pretty one-layer card and I decided to leave it alone.
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That's all for today folks! Let me know if you have any questions. I'll add product links below so that if you want to add any of these products to your crafty stash it's as easy as a mouse click.  

Have an amazing day!

Maria



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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Sending Love: No-line Watercoloring with Arteza Brushpens

Happy New Year Everybody!!
I hope you all closed 2018 out with a bang and are ready for a beautiful new year. It's that time of year where so many of us decide to create change in our lives in hopes of bettering either ourselves or our quality of life. Some of us make resolutions, some of us set goals, some of us get philosophical... I'm curious to know how all of you are approaching the new year? 

Long ago I stopped making New Year resolutions. I suppose it's because I feel that January 1st is just another marking of the passage of time. It is the beginning of a new year but it is also just like any other day of the year. It's like a bookmark marking a page in a book and in the same way that bookmarks can be moved... so can the markings of the passage of time. For whatever reason I don't feel like a need a bookmark on January 1st every year. I do feel it's important to set goals throughout the year (and through the different phases of our lives) and right now I'm really feeling like it's important to focus on the small choices that we (I) make everyday. These small choices become the building blocks of our lives. I don't know if this makes sense to any of you who are listening to my rambling thoughts... if so, I just want to say that you don't have to put pressure on yourselves to immediately achieve greatness in 2019. You can start by making tiny, conscious choices everyday-choices that are doable, achievable and that feel good. Over time these choices will become a huge part of you and can help create the change that you are seeking without feeling overwhelming and without setting yourself up for failure. Be kind to yourself, set realistic expectations and goals, set yourself up for success! This is what I plan to do for myself and I wish the same for you all. 

Ok, on to the card because I'm pretty sure this is why you are here. I had a ton of fun making this card. I haven't had much time to craft over the last couple of months (I fear this may continue as we enter tax season) so it felt fantastic to sit down, put on my audio book and lose track of time as I created. I used the Concord & 9th "Just Love" Bundle to create a couple of cards and this is one of them. I stamped the floral image onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper in Fade Out ink from Inkon3. This ink allows you to see the image well enough to to color or watercolor but it's light enough that you can't see the ink when you're done coloring. It's perfect the no-line watercoloring technique that I used. 


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Next, I used my Arteza Brush Pens and a water brush to watercolor the floral image. I wanted the flowers to be bold and bright so they would pop behind the black sentiment. In order to help the floral elements stand out I did a light gray watercolor wash in the background with splatters added in for texture. #cardbomb, #mariawillis, #cards, #handmade, #love, #concord&9th, #watercolor, #arteza, #artezarealbrushpens, #color, #art, #create, #craft, #paint,


After finishing up the background I die cut the word Love twice out of black cardstock. I layered one on top of the other adhering them with liquid glue. Then I used a coat of Tonic Nuvo Crystal Glaze over the top of it to give it a shiny, crystalline finish. I glued that straight to the background, added some sequins and called it a day. 
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Simon Says Stamp has a fun Wednesday challenge going on right now. It's Anything Goes theme so I'm adding my card to their gallery as this fits the bill. I'm also adding some product links below in case you'd like to add any of the products I've used today to your own crafty stash. Some of the links are affiliate links and I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you when you use my links (thanks for using them I really appreciate it!).

Wishing you all a wonderful day and a happy new year full of all of the very best things!

Maria



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