Sunday, June 28, 2015

Whatever Floats By

Hello everyone!  This weekend I have been a busy bee in the craft room.  Finally, I got some time and got my mojo back on track.  We'll see how long it lasts.  I wanted to share with you a card I made with a TiddlyInks digital image, Whatever Floats By.  I really love the Tiddly Inks images.  They are so cute.  This one is from the gothic category, although it's not a very gothic scene.

I colored her up with my Copics  and then cut her out.  The patterned papers are from my 6x6 stash and probably from a previous SSS card kit.  I just thought the cloud paper was perfect. The sentiment is from CTMH called Heartfelt Birthday Wish.  This is one of those great little $2.95 stamps.  I have really gotten some mileage out of this one.  I used my Copics and gave it just a hint of color. 

Here's a few challenges where I'll be posting this card:

Tiddly Inks -  Let's Go Gothic
Crafty Time Challenges - Girls Girls Girls

I'll be back soon to share the rest of my creations. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Gorjuss with Zig

Hello everyone!  I thought I would share some cards I made with my new toys.  Everywhere I have been looking online lately has been talking about Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I certainly wasn't going to be left out.  I put my order in as soon as I was convinced I needed some (about 2 videos worth of   They came in last week.  I bought the 12 pack, for starters, to see how I would like them.  They offer some amazing vibrant colors.  The real brush tip is incredible for detailing. I really, really love these markers. 

As soon as I got them in, of course, I had to try them.  I had some brand new Gorjuss stamps I had yet to use.  These stamps have larger images, which I find much easier to color in watercolor.  I stamped the same image on two different watercolor papers.  The first I stamped on Strathmore Ready Cut 5x7 paper with Stazon black ink. 

I just love these vibrant colors.  I colored her hair, clothing and hearts with the Zig markers.  None of these colors are mixed, they are straight out of the marker.   Because I was scared to try to mix any of the 12 primary colors to get a skin tone, I used some new Prima pencils I have.  These are from the  Julie Nutting Hair & Skin Tones set.  This, too, is a great set.  I have a horrible time getting skin tones with watercolor.  I bought this set and problem solved.   The background and floor was done with distress markers in Weathered Wood and Broken China.  For the floor I colored directly onto the paper and then added water. I came back in with some of the grey from Zig to add some shadows.  The Broken China behind her I colored on my block and then using a water brush painted it onto my background. The sentiment is from the Happy to Be Friends set from CTMH and stamped in Versafine black onyx ink.

Here is the same stamp again. This time I stamped it on Distress Watercolor Cardstock that was precut to fit on an A2 card front.  

This one is colored in the same way. Distress markers for the background and floor and Prima pencils for the skin.  The rest is my new Zig markers.

So, for the big question, do I love these new markers?  Yes, I do. The colors are incredible.  They do act a little different, so there is a learning curve to be mastered, but they are awesome.  I will definitely be investing in more colors. I'm thinking the softer, pale colors will be something I would enjoy as well as these rich vibrant ones.  Will they replace all my other markers?  Nope.  I just don't feel you can have too many options when it comes to coloring :) But I think I will find myself reaching for these often. 

Over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, this week's challenge is to use your favorite technique or product.  Coloring is definitely  my favorite thing to do and these products are certainly on my favorite products list.  I'll be posting one of these Gorjuss girls over there.   

That's it for me today.  Have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!