Saturday, December 22, 2012

Poinsettia Project

This is one of my recent most favorite projects, a bit long so hope you’ve got a cuppa and have a minute to spend with me today!  This is my poinsettia project – I’ve taken one stamp and tried to see how many ways I could use it using different mediums to give it color.  Take some time to compare and contrast, enjoy!

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Distress Ink – Sponged with Applicator

This is the first use of this stamp, a new fave of mine by Stampendous.  It is part of their Jumbo Cling flowers, so you can get a beautiful bold look without too much effort.  This is the only one I fussy cut, and the result is fantastic!  The background is Impression Obsession with Hero Arts Mid Tone Shadow Ink.

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The close-up shows the ink, and I highlighted the leaves with the Picket Fence Distress Marker.  It goes on clear, but within a few seconds gives it a dusty sheer look.  Some Liquid Pearls finish the center.

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Distress Ink – Watercoloring

This one is also using distress Inks, but using them as a water color.  Just mash the ink pads on the Ranger craft mat, and pick up the color with a water brush. Layer the colors to get the effect you want!

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A close-up of the embossing.  Embossing keeps the color where you want it, because it resists the paint.

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Smooch Ink

Smooch Ink comes in many colors, so it is easy to create shadows using different shades.

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All Smooch Ink has a bit of shine to it, you can tell more in person of course but the center gives you an idea.

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Copic Markers with Distressed and Flicked Background

This one turned out so well, I’m really happy with it.  The poinsettia is colored with 3 shades of Copic markers, and the leaves with 2 more darker shades.  The background is applicator inked with Peacock Feather Distress Ink.  A bit of water flicks creates the spots.

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A close-up of the Copic coloring – I’m a beginner so I’m pretty happy with it!  Glitz Stickles in the center.

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Twinkling H20s Watercoloring

More watercoloring, this time with Twinkling H20s.  This wasn’t done on water color paper, but I think it turned out well because I never seem to really saturate the paper when I use this type of water color.  I think mostly because the method is different.  Twinkling H20s are solid in their little pots, and you mist them with water to turn them into a pasty watercolor.  Then you can paint them on and you really don’t end up using as much water.

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Here’s a close-up of the ‘twinkling’ in the Twinkling H20s.

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Alcohol Ink

As Bob Ross says in his super calm voice, “Let’s get crazy.”  I wanted to try something really different here, and I’m happy with it so yay (and it sold quickly so double yay)!  This is the second try as I wasn’t pleased entirely with the first one.  To make, I stamped on photo paper (any glossy cardstock will do) in Ranger Archival Black Ink – VERY important because it is a solvent ink, so the alcohol will not affect it.  Normally when I use Alcohol Inks, I put them on the felt applicator and swipe them around, but here they are dropped straight from the bottle.  I used two colors of red, one green for the leaves, and two other colors of green for the background.  DON’T use the colorless blending solution because the ink will spread leaving you will much less control over where your ink is going, and believe me there isn’t much control as there is.  I recommend dropping one dot of color, then letting it dry – this happens quite quickly because it’s alcohol based.  If you put too much color on, it will run amok all over and get ugly.  If you’re a control freak, you will not have fun with this. 

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A close-up of the shine from the card, the center has little gold beads adhered with Glossy Accents.

I really hope you had fun with me today, I had so much fun creating these and sharing them with you. 

Sharing is caring – tell a friend about my poinsettia project! <3