Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Garden in Bloom Marker Layering

Hello, hello!

Yes, I'm still kicking AND card making!  Maybe you have or haven't even noticed my lack of presence around these parts but I went on a little hiatus for a couple months.  I'd love to say that I was on an exotic vacation and just arrived home relaxed and tanned but the truth of matter is I committed myself fully to my boys this summer.  We attended swimming lessons, camps, camp outs, birthdays, and went on our first real family holiday.  It was definitely relaxing but I can't say I came out at the end of the summer tanned (I'm truly thankful for Fall so I can go back to hiding my pasty pale legs again!)

Griffin started Grade ONE (how does this happen?!) at the beginning of September and I just dropped Sawyer off for his second year of Pre-K (we have the great opportunity for both 3 and 4 year old's to attend the program).  And even though he attended last year and was excited to go again, this time around meant a new teacher and a few new friends.  He clung to my neck for dear life and it just about broke my heart to pry him off and walk away!  This Momma thing is hard work let me tell ya!!

So now that both boys are back into a regular schedule I'm pulling up my socks and doing the same. I still did plenty of creating over the summer and now have a huge back logged file on my computer titled "To Be Blogged".  My to do list and want to do list are HUGE but I'm determined to slowly pick away at it and bring you fresh content.  I have video tutorials lined up along with a weekly Christmas project newsletter coming your way.  Stay tuned!

Okay, after all that catch up I think its time to finally talk about the card I'm sharing today!  I've revisited my water color paper, Stampin' Write markers and Blender Pen for my last couple of projects.  Boy oh boy did I feel rusty on my first couple of attempts.  Let's just say the term use it or lose it came to mind when that marker tip touched that first flower petal...thank goodness this Garden in Bloom set is so forgiving to work with!

I began by stamping my images in Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto water color paper.  To color the larger flowers I chose four shades of purple markers and began putting down color using the lightest shade first at the bottom of the petal, then blending the color upwards and inwards on each petal using a Blender Pen.  Using smaller amounts of the next shade I repeated the process.  I repeated this step twice more until all four colors were added and blended.  Two shades of yellow were added into the center of each flower in the same manner.

When I was completely done coloring the flowers and bee I added a shadow around the images with a Sahara Sand marker, stamped the small sentiment from the same set into the middle of the card, and with Smoky Slate ink added a few "splatters" from the Gorgeous Grunge set randomly on the card front.  The main image was layered over Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  For my Elegant Eggplant card base I wanted to add a little something without embossing so I chose the burlap patterned stamp from Awesomely Artistic set and stamped around the edge of the card base to create a pattern for a interest. It makes for a perfect birthday, friend, or just thinking of you card, don't you think?

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I so appreciate you taking time out of your day to check out my content.  As I mentioned earlier I'll be setting up a 12 week of Christmas/Holiday newsletter soon. I'll make more info available as I have it but I'm looking to set up a separate newsletter that you will have to subscribe to so I don't flood inbox's that don't want additional content outside of my blog posts.  

Until I get back into my regular posting schedule I'd like to offer you a 10% discount on all tutorials within my Tutorial Store.  Simply enter the code SAVE10 at checkout to receive your discount.  This offer begins today (September 15, 2015) and ends on Sunday September 20, 2015.  To access my tutorial store just click on the Tutorial Store tab at the top of my homepage and you'll be taken right there.  I hope you'll take advantage of this offering; you'll find techniques, punch art, and 3-D projects to keep you crafting through the night and chilly fall air!

Until next time...
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