Phoebe Art Journal Page

Anyone who has worked in the crafting industry for any length of time knows about Julie Nutting doll stamps.  They are a take on the old craft we used to do as kids.  I have many fond memories of hours spent with my granddaughter playing with paper dolls.  There are several doll stamps in the line and I have acquired a few.  I’ve decided to create an art journal page featuring each doll.

Phoebe is the first.

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Creating this page was a time consuming project but it was lots of fun and very rewarding.  I started by stamping Phoebe on some paper with small text and then adding shading with some markers.  I paper pieced her dress, headband and the ties on her shoes.  Some of the pieces are very tiny.  I added more shading with markers after she was “dressed”.  A few tiny pearls on her jacket completed her look.

I used a pad of canvas paper as my background.  I want to be able to use different mediums as I move on to other pages.  I found some pretty paper to complement her outfit and glued it to the canvas paper.  The flowered block was cut out of a very old paper I’ve been hording.  I added the “Memories” word and popped it up on the rectangle.  While I was working on this page, I was thinking of the fun memories my granddaughter and I had together.  I used a Dylusions stamp by Ramger to create the ground layer.  I stamped it on two different papers and glued it to the pink paper.  The leaf stamp is from the same Ranger stamp.

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Isn’t this just the cutest kitty ever!  My granddaughter and I both love cats, although neither one of us has any.  She is from a stamp called Cat’s Meow by Papertrey Ink.  I plan on using her on every page.  I stamped her on the same text paper as Phoebe and added some gray coloring with markers.  I think she is the perfect companion for the dolls.

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I also plan on using a quote or meaningful statement on each page.  I found this one about love from a My Favorite Things stamp called Clearly Sentimental About Love.  I thought this was so appropriate because I feel Jen’s happiness is essential to me being happy.  I love her so much.

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So, here is my Phoebe page.  Hope you enjoy!

Reverse Confetti Sketch 19

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I love this pretty, happy card.  Reverse Confetti has a monthly sketch challenge and I’m entering this project.

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I made this a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 card so that I could get all the circles to fit.  I used stamps from the Happy Harbor set.  The compass symbol fit perfectly into the die cut circles.  I love the tiny heart in the center.  I used a scrap strip that just happened to have hearts in the patterned paper.

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The stamped sentiment fits the theme of the project and the aqua twine is the extra pop of color the card needed.

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I think it will brighten someone’s day!

Watercolor Wash Background 2

I’m showing you another card today using the soft watercolor background that I created using the technique in my class.

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This time I left more color on the paper to create a focal point for the finished project.  I love the soft pinkish color and the way the background looked after it dried.  I heat embossed some pretty snowflakes with gold powder and then flicked the gold paint from my brush onto the paper.

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You can see the gold flecks better in this close-up.  I took a strip of vellum and stamped this cute snowman again using gold powder.  I attached the vellum ends around the back of the watercolor panel and then adhered it to a gold cardstock base.

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It would be easy to create several of these unique backgrounds to have ready for card projects.

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I can’t wait to move onto the next watercolor technique, a vibrant background.  Come back soon!

A Purrfect Anniversary

This is an anniversary card I made for a couple who are very special.  As soon as I saw this new stamp by Mama Elephant I knew it was just right for the card I wanted to make.

 

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I started with some textured watercolor paper.  I applied some Ranger texture paste to a star stencil and let it dry.  I added a couple of colors of Distress Ink to make a nighttime sky.  I die cut some stitched snow banks and set the two darling kitties on top.  Of course you can tell which one is the girl, right?  I attached the entire panel onto a white cardstock base.  Of course I finished the inside with special anniversary wishes for the happy couple.

 

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Happy Anniversary Kathy and Keith!!!

 

 

Watercolor Wash Background 1

The first project in my watercolor class is to create a soft watercolor wash using a stencil.  Here’s what that means.  I used a piece of watercolor paper and a couple of paint colors.  I chose a pretty purple and a touch of blue.  Using a lot of water to dilute the intensity of the paint I swirled the colors around.  There is no rhyme or reason for putting the paint to the paper.  As soon as I was happy with the design I taped a stencil to the wet paper.

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This is what it looked like after it dried and I removed the stencil.  A pretty cool look.  Now I was ready to create a card with this unique background.  I wanted a simple card so that the background would be the star.

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I chose a navy cardstock for the base and cut a small tag shape.  I stamped the sentiment in navy ink and punched a hole so I could thread a ribbon through and taped it to the back.

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I loved trying this technique.  The results will always be different.

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I would love to hear your comments on my project.  Thanks!

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