Happy National Scrapbook Day (NSD) 2019! If you are a fan of Technique Tuesday, you may already know that we usually offer a free stamp set on this quirky, crafty holiday. And that is true this year too. But instead of designing one stamp set specifically for this day and only offering that stamp set as the freebie, this year you get to choose your own set of FREE stamps or dies!
Pretty awesome, right? And get ready for even more awesome-ness. We're also having a blog hop that features those free stamps and dies.
Our creative team, along with several guest designers, have a whole bunch of projects they made using the stamps and dies in the NSD freebie section. We hope you'll visit each of their blogs and leave some comments for them along the way!
If you haven't met Julie yet (or watched one of her videos), you are missing out. She works here at TTWHQ (Technique Tuesday World Headquarters) and does most of our graphics. Julie has a wonderful, quirky sense of humor along with amazing coloring abilities. When she showed me this card, I started asking her questions about what she used to color the brand-new Sending Roses image. Then I noticed the sentiment and started laughing. It's from the You Aren't Normal stamp set, which is one of the products you can choose as your FREEBIE!
I hope you saw some cards, bookmarks, gift tags, or scrapbook layouts you like while you were on this blog hop!
Good morning! Julie here. Today I am welcoming Ana back to our blog. Ana used this month's Meadow Flowers stamp set and alcohol markers to make this absolutely beautiful flower card. Be still my heart! Read on...I promise you'll be inspired to make some stamped flower cards too!
When I saw this floral image, I literally ran into my craft room and stamped these beauties about 15 times! I have already made 4 cards out of the images I stamped, and I am sure I will be using all of them in a very near future.
These floral stamps are just asking to be colored, and today I am sharing a very simple alcohol marker coloring process.
I started with cutting a piece of heavyweight cardstock to 5” x 10” and scoring it at 5”. Next, I cut a piece of marker paper to 4 ¾ x 4 ¾ and using my stamp positioner, stamped the sentiment in the center and Meadow Flowers image in all four corners with alcohol marker friendly ink.
I colored the stems first with Copic markers using a 3-color blend (G99, G94 and G21).
For the flowers I used 4-color blend (AP1, AP2, AP3 and AP4) and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers.
For the stamen I chose dark yellow color I thought would look most realistic and work with the color of the flowers (below is a close up).
Once the images were colored, I added craft foam to the back of the panel and adhered it to a piece of black layering cardstock, then adhered the completed piece to the card base.
For a little bit of shine and interest, I added glass droplets.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and until next time I wish you Happy Crafting!
Oh, such a lovely stamped flower card! I love the rich colors she used to color the flowers framing the sentiment. I hope you're inspired to go and make a gorgeous flower card like this with the Meadow Flowers stamp set, or one of the other flowers in the Greenhouse Society collection.
PS: Greenhouse Society members, we shipped the Meadow Flowers to you earlier this month. I hope you get them out and make a stamped flower card like this one!
Hello, Julie here! Today I’m sharing tip about how to use colored pencils with stamped images on toned gray paper. I used the new Meadow Flower stamp set, but these colored pencil blending techniques would work great on any of the flower stamps in the Greenhouse Society collection. I love the Meadow Flower stamp set because it’s so versatile and looks great in so many different colors. Today I’m going to be coloring it a bit like a California poppy. I’m a California girl, and I love that state flower. Watch the video tutorial, or read through the photo tutorial below, if you prefer.
Using Colored Pencils on Toned Gray Paper
So, I have my image stamped on gray toned paper, using a waterproof ink. And I have my Prismacolor pencils, a small brush, and my ever important coffee mug ;)
Because I’m working on gray toned paper, I’m going to start with a layer of a light color. That could have been white, but this time, I’m going to start the project out on the warm side, and use canary yellow. I’m just going to cover the entire flower with it.
Once I’m done with that, I’ll move on to yellowed orange. This will go in almost everywhere the yellow did, because, of course, it’s going to be orange, like a California Poppy. It’ll have yellow highlights, but will be mostly orange.
Next is a smaller layer of orange. This is going to start out in the shadowy areas for now. Later I will cover more of the flower with this, but I want to start out slow. I find that it’s easier to add more of a dark color later, than it is to try and layer on a lighter color if I get it too dark.
Once I’ve got the shadows started, I’ll move to poppy red (fitting, right?) in the darkest parts of the shadowed areas.
Once I’ve got that, I’m going to go back and forth a good bit to get the colors to balance just the way I want them to. I use the yellowed orange to blend and smooth the poppy red, and then add more canary yellow to blend that, and so on.
This paper is really nice for building up color, but I always make sure I’m using my small circles and thinking about my pressure. As the project develops, it gets harder and harder to get another layer of color to stick, and you may have to use more pressure. Just think about how hard you’re pressing, and don’t go crazy – I try to remember to increase that pressure slowly.
And I’ll keep going until I’ve got all three flowers, a bit like this.
Now for the leaves. Once again, I’m starting with a layer of light. First is yellow chartreuse, all over. With the stems I’m switching it up, and going from the lightest color to the darkest – in this case dark green. I’m just going to go in with a very very light layer, only in the parts I want to be shadowed.
Next is spring green, and I use it to blend the dark green into the yellow chartreuse and to sort of bridge the gap between them. On to apple green, back to dark green, then spring green, back and forth and back and forth with a bit of chartreuse thrown in for good measure.
And here is my finished piece.
It was fun to work with the gray toned paper, colored pencils and stamps because the color really pops, even without a huge range of color. I’m excited about playing with other color combinations, like this blue version, which I’ll finish and make into a card or something soon.
I hope you saw something you can use on your next project. If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave me a comment. I love hearing from you!
PS: If you are a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, we shipped the Meadow Flowers to you earlier this month.
Hi all! Julie here to welcome Dana Kirby back to our blog. Today she's sharing an ink smooshing tutorial with us. To make her bright, beautiful cards, she used an acrylic block, the Meadow Flower Stamp Set, the Essential Stitched Labels Dies, and some Distress Inks. I can't wait to try this block printing technique with the Meadow Flowers myself!
Good Morning and Welcome! It is Dana here today sharing a couple of cards made using this month's Meadow Flowers stamp set. This is such a gorgeous flower stamp set with so many possibilities.
To begin my card, I created my backgrounds. I used Distress Ink and a clear acrylic block. I smooshed the ink onto my clear block and spritzed my block with water. For my first card, I used Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The little cubes are the perfect size for this acrylic block stamping technique.
Next, I flipped the block over onto a piece of watercolor paper. I placed something heavy (to apply light pressure) on my block and let it sit for a few minutes. Once I removed my block, I used a paper towel to pick up any extra water left behind.
Once my background was dry I began working on my card design. I stamped the flower with black ink onto my card panel. Next, I added clear embossing powder to the flower images for some added shine. I attached my card panel to a black cardstock mat.
For my next card, I used Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, and Twisted Citron Distress Ink for my background. I once again stamped the flower image and applied clear embossing powder. This time I added the sentiment directly to my card panel to keep things clean and simple. I once again added a black mat and then attached everything to an A2 card base.
I hope you enjoyed my cards today and give this ink smooshing technique a try. It is definitely a favorite of mine.
Thanks, Dana, for sharing this block printing technique with us, and for making these beautiful cards with the Meadow Flowers stamp set.
PS: If you are a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, we shipped the Meadow Flowers to you last week.
Tam & Julie here, to let you know that we are not fooling around today. We have our super-duper serious faces on, and will not stand for any kind of tom-foolery. Nor any Tam-foolery! But Julie-foolery is just fine. ;)
But seriously, we're not joking when we say that these new stamps and dies are gorgeous! Bev will tell you all about it in her new release video, below. You've probably been following along with our sneak peeks of the Monkey Business, Growing Garden, Garden Sentiments, and Meadow Flowers, but now you get to see everything!
Plus, Don't Miss The Blog Hop!
Our creative team, along with several guest designers, have a whole bunch of projects that they're sharing with you, too. We hope you'll visit each of their blogs and leave some comments for them along the way!
We hope you enjoyed watching Bev's video, and seeing all the projects along the blog hop. If you saw some new stamps or dies that you like, head on over to the website and snag your own copies. We've included the links below!
So April's showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but we decided to get a jump on Mother Nature with today's sneak peek. You get some of those May flowers now!
The April entry into the Greenhouse Society Collection is the Meadow Flower. It's going to be one of the most versatile flowers in your craft room, since it can be pretty much any color your heart desires! For example, it looks lovely when the flowers are colored in the style of a Morning Glory, and brightly cheerful when colored orange like a California Poppy. I cannot wait to see what you come up with for these sweet little blooms.
Join us tomorrow to see all the new products, watch Bev's new release video, and take a tour of the monthly design team blog hop! Our designers have been working hard and I've been seeing some absolutely gorgeous projects coming from them.
Hi Friends of Technique Tuesday! I am so happy to welcome the very talented Dana Kirby to our blog today. She is sharing a gorgeous card she made with the Fresh Peonies stamps and matching dies. I know you'll appreciate how Dana shares all the marker colors and ink colors so you can make fabulous cards like hers!
I started my card by stamping my Peonies in a watercolor friendly ink. I then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Pens (yellow, light green, medium green, and orange) to watercolor my flower image.
For my card front, I first created my background. I used Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron and Squeezed Lemonade. I blended the three colors onto my background, spritzed my background with a little water and then splattered on a little white paint.
Hi Everyone! This is Bev. Today we are welcoming the very creative Ana Anderson to our blog! I am so glad you are joining us. And you're going to be happy too when you see Ana's beautiful classic card and her step-by-step instructions! Take it away, Ana.
When I first saw this Fresh Peonies stamp set I couldn’t wait to color it with as many coloring mediums as I could think of. For today’s card I chose to watercolor this beautiful image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.
To start I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black ink and chose the marker colors I would be using on it – Dark Pink and Light Pink for the flowers and Mid Green, Pale Green and Deep Green for the leaves.
Hello, Julie here. Today I am sharing a video showing you how to use masking to create a watercolor background on a flower card. (I've also made a step-by-step tutorial of the same project, in case you would rather read than listen.) I used the the Kind Cosmo stamp set for my card but this technique would work well with many of the stamp sets in the Greenhouse Society Collection.
To begin I stamped my Kind Cosmo image on watercolor paper with waterproof ink.
Marking the background
First step was figuring out and marking where I wanted my background to be. I used a ruler that has a zero in the middle on one side, so I could keep things symmetrical. I decided that I wanted my masked background to be two inches wide. I centered the ruler at the top of the page, marked it at 1 inch on each side of the zero, and then I marked the same points down at the bottom. Next was the height of the masked area. I decided that the masked area should be 2.5 inches tall, and that it didn’t need to be centered top to bottom, so I centered the ruler vertically on the side, then looked at my zero and marked 1 inch below zero, and 1.5 inches above. I marked that on each side, and then used the ruler to find and mark where the lines intersected with little tiny pencil marks. I didn’t want those marks to be very big or dark, so they’d erase easily later.
Next was the masking part. I took my washi tape, and stuck it down just over those little marks, so that it barely covered them. This is so that when it came time to remove the mask and erase the lines, I wasn't erasing through paint. I put down all four sides and pressed the tape down to seal it. I sealed it well enough that paint couldn’t get under it, but not so well that when I removed it I tore the paper.
Starting the Gradation
Once the masking was done, I was ready to start my painting. I wanted my background to be sort of a gradient from green to blue. I got my watercolors set up, along with my handy dandy water pen, and a piece of paper towel. I started out with my water wash. I didn't start out all that precisely, because it’s just open background space, but I did get precise when I came to around the edges of the flowers. I wanted them to be white, which is why I decided to do a background – so they’d stand out, and not look like I just didn’t bother to color.
I took the green about half way up, and then started in with the turquoise. I started with the wash, and as I went I took the opportunity to touch up a bit of the green that didn’t go on quite as smoothly as I would have liked. I overlapped the green a bit to get a smooth gradation, adding a little green to the turquoise. Once again, I went more slowly and precisely around the edges of the flowers. I spread the turquoise to about three quarters of the way up the background. I went back in around the edges of the flowers and darkened the color up just a touch to add contrast.
I kept an eye on it as it dried, since as I go back over previous colors, sometimes I end up with uneven spots. When that happens, I just go back in with my color and touch things up.
I started in on my darker, bluer blue next, beginning with the water wash before the blue. I got tired of adding blue slowly, so I added a bit more water to my blue paint block, and picked up a lot of color on my brush. Because I got my water wash in really well, I could just touch my brush to the page, and my extra intense load of color flowed from the corner beautifully. I may have put a bit too much color in here, but I just used my brush and clean water to pick up and spread it out a bit. If I had decided that this was too much color to spread around, I could have used a dry paper towel to blot it up while it was still super wet, and then started over again.
And because I had such an intense bit of blue here, I added a bit more of the turquoise to balance the intensity.
Next were the centers. First the water wash, and then I went in to the centers of the flowers, adding a bit of yellow to each. As Bev has pointed out, cosmos come in all kinds of colors, but they all have a nice yellow center. So you can be pretty creative with the color of the petals, and as long as it has the yellow center, you’re good. I added a little bit of orange for some shading, and kept going on it. I went back into the colors, adding a bit more color, smoothing and spreading the color some more, and then darkened the color around the flowers for some extra contrast.
Next I very carefully took off my masking tape. I went very slowly so I could stop if the paper started to tear, and I pulled it off at a very sharp angle, which seems to help avoid the tearing.
After the tape was all off, I took a clean eraser (clean is important, as a dirty eraser can leave marks) and removed my little marks. The corner marks are most important, because I planned to cut the paper down to go on my card and would end up cutting off the marks on the edges anyway. I went around and erased all the marks.
As you can see, my example piece has been cut down to about 4 by 5.25 inches, and put on a 4.25 by 5.5 inch card front. My final piece is on the right. I really had fun with this project!
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about masking a background and that you can use something like this on your next project. Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Thursday Morning Everyone! This is Bev here with a quick introduction. Today I am happy to welcome Yasmin Diaz to the Technique Tuesday blog. Yasmin is an amazing card making artist. I know you will enjoy seeing her tutorial and the beautiful cards she made with the new Fresh Peonies stamps and matching dies!
Hi everyone, Yasmin here. Today I’m thrilled to be sharing these friendship cards that I created featuring the Fresh Peonies Stamp Set and Fresh Peonies Crafting Dies. They were so much fun and easy to make, so in today’s post I’ll be sharing with how I white heat embossed, and water colored them! Without further ado, let’s jump into the tutorial.
To begin with I started by scoring two A2 standard size white card bases, and I set them aside while I started working on the card panels. For the first card I white heat-embossed the peony cluster directly on the watercolor card panel, and I water colored with coral and green tones. Then, to make it stand out, I added a touch of light blue to the background. Once the water coloring was dry I gold heat-embossed one of the sentiments, and to finish it off I adhered the back of it with double sided tape to one of the white card bases.
For the second card I white heat embossed the peonies on a piece of watercolor paper, then I water colored it with orange and green tones. Once the water coloring was done, I set it aside while I ran though the die cutting machine a piece of gold mirrored card stock along with the Friend die included in the fresh peonies crafting dies, as I wanted to combine the ‘Friend’ word with one of sentiments from the stamp set. For the card layout I adhered the friend word in one of the lower sides of the card, and then I gold heat embossed one of the sentiments underneath it. Finally, I used the Fresh Peonies crafting die to die cut the peonies cluster. And to finish it off I adhered the peony cluster above the sentiment, and I adhered the card panel to the other white card base.
Here is a closer look on the die cutting and heat embossing along with the water coloring using the beautiful Fresh Peonies stamps and crafting dies.
I hope you had a great time here with me, and most of all that you get a bit of inspiration from the cards that I shared today. Thank you and happy crafting.
Written by Yasmin Diaz. All photography provided by Yasmin Diaz.