Monday, March 23, 2009

Crafty Secrets and Tattered Angels March Mix

Happy MONDAY morning to everyone! Today is my birthday and I have the DAY OFF! No one should have to work on their birthday, so I took a day of vacation! YIPPIE! Today I have a tutorial for you for the Crafty Secrets/Tattered Angels March Mix challenge, that has been going on all month. We have teamed up with the Tattered Angels design team to create some fun projects with Crafty Secrets and Tattered Angels products!




I first have to tell you that I was COMPLETELY inspired by Anna Wight's card HERE; her beautiful watercoloring inspired me to pull out Crafty Secret's "Garden Girls" set and try my hand at coloring these beautiful spring girl images. Anna is a master at watercoloring, so I'm not even going to ATTEMPT to copy her, because I do not have the skills! But I wanted to show you guys a cool, easy technique to get a great 'expressionistic watercolor' type background, that is easy and simple for a beginner or novice to accomplish.


Here's what you'll need:

A grass colored & sky colored ink (I used Stampin Up Certainly Celery & Soft Sky)

A solid background stamp (I used Hero Arts Aged Background Block)

Tattered Angels Honey Dew & Patina colored glimmer mist

Stamp off your images onto white cardstock. I always use Neenah Solar White now, for everything I do. I used Brilliance Black Ink and then heat-set the ink with my heat gun. (Brilliance is a waterproof ink...important because we don't want the black ink to bleed.) I also stamped off another image on copy paper for my 'mask' & cut it out. I'm not going to worry about the trees or the rest of the images, just my focal point, which is the girl. Place your mask over the girl. This will protect her from getting waterlogged.


Let's start with the sky. Take your blue ink (SU soft sky) and ink up part of the background block.











Now lightly 'spritz' the Patina-blue colored glimmer mist across the block.












Stamp the block across the top of your image. Your paper will curl slightly; take your heat gun and run it across the paper until the glimmer mist dries.










Now do the same thing with the celery green ink. Ink up the block, then spritz Honey dew-green colored glimmer mist. Stamp it onto the bottom half of your image.










Take the heat gun and run it across your image again. Your sky and grass will have a cool shimmer to it! I think you may be able to see it if you click onto the next photo and look at the close-up (you can see the glimmer and how Copics will cover over the top of the glimmer misted bench and pots.










Now take your Copic markers and color your images in! I used "Sand" color for the potting bench and brown (E08) for the clay pots.











Continue coloring your images until a bright and beautiful scene evolves! My favorite dark brown Copic for trees is "Light Walnut", and leaves are done in Spring Dim Green. Dress colors are "Buttercup Yellow & Golden Yellow".

I have another project for this challenge that I'll post soon. In the meantime, check out more new projects on the following design team blogs:

Linda Duke
Lauren Ferguson
Tricia Ladouceur


Plus, there are grand finale give-aways on the Crafty Secrets and Tattered Angels blogs! Stop over and get entered to win some great products!

Crafty Secrets Blog
Tattered Angels Blog

Happy Monday!

L.

30 comments:

Terri T. said...

Happy Birthday. I hope you have a fabulous day!

Sherry Cheever said...

I am sitting here with my jaw hanging down! I would never have thought to use a mirror image stamp to color in the background the way you have. Brilliant!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Jessica said...

Happy Birthday, Lisa! I hope you enjoy your special day. Your card is so pretty. I love how you colored it; I haven't used my shadow stamps in forever and will have to try this!

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

Wonderful tutorial! I have never seen Glimmer Mist in action -looks fabulous! Hugs to you on your birthday! -michelle

cheryl McAdam said...

Happy Birthday to you! What a fantastic technique loaded project. I am so inspired, I am off to my scrappy room to try them! Way to rock the two products!

Eva said...

Ohhh, this is sooo gorgeous and you just inspired me to pull out my block background stamp to use with my Glimmermist!!!! Fantastic!!!!

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

YOU are absolutely BRILLIANT!!! And your card is GORGEOUS!!!

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Great idea with the background block, Lisa! I'll have to give it a try. Your card is beautiful!! Happy Birthday, too!!

Vicki C said...

YOU ARE AMAZING!!! What a fantastic technique Miss Lisa!

chelemom said...

Happy Birthday!!!! So glad you were able to take the day off and enjoy! This card is gorgeous and I love how you did the sky and grass!!!!

Lana said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! It's your birthday and we get a present? What a treat your tutorial is! I'm glad you took the day off! Can we have cake now!

Heidi Blankenship said...

Happy Birthday!! Wow, what a fabulous technique to make the background! I never would have thought of that! You card is beautiful!! Thanks for the wonderful Tutorial!

Marisa said...

First of all, a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Lisa. I hope that you are having a wonderful day off and a splendid Birthday

I just love the card you made. That stamp has just got to be one of my favorite. And you did an amazing job with the coloring. Thanks for the tip on how to use the solid stamp to make the background. Just love this technique and I will have to try it out when I get a solid stamp.

Marisa

The Vintage Studio said...

Happy Birthday! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial-this card is just gorgeous and the technique is very inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Lisa!!! I hope your having a great one.
Your card is just too beautiful!
Girl...ya just keep getting betta and betta!
Marie H

Linda Beeson said...

Beautiful card! Your idea for that mixed color background is truly wonderful and I am a big fan of Glimmer Mist and Crafty Secrets.

Linda D said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Your card is Brilliant my dear ;) but you know I love your work. Hope you have a wonderful BD.

Otter said...

Dang LZ do I miss the poo out of you!! I want to be a fly on your wall!!

Toni K said...

Gorgeous! Love it! Happy Birthday!

Cheryl (aka CherylQuilts) said...

Wow, what a wonderful tutorial...and a beautiful result! Thanks!

Beth M said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing the background technique. Happy belated Birthday!

QC said...

You're marvelous.
I hope your birthday was, too!
Love you!

Trena in Naperville said...

Very kool idea for the background Lisa!! Thank you!! I'm gonna try it! I really like your card and painting!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!!

Trena in Naperville said...

AND, Happy Birthday!! I totally missed that part - I have to admit I'm one of those people who go straight to the photos and description. This has gotten me in trouble when trying to follow directions. :o)

Enjoy your day Lisa!!

MichelleY said...

OMW....I love this technique with Glimmer Mist. You are AMAZING....a TRUE Rock Star, Zappie!

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful birthday,Lisa! If this is what you can do by taking a day off...WOW! This card is beautiful and I can't wait to pull out my "toys" and try this. Digging out my mirror image stamp now.
dr.fine

MaGoooo said...

Happy Birthday Zappa a day late, sorry! Cards still sitting here too, nother sorry!

I LOVE what you do with the Glimer mist! You are the ROCK STAR Sweetie!

Hope your birthday was as FAB as YOU!!

Kar said...

WOWSERS!!!! This card is awesome!

Heather Gates said...

Love this! Such good techniques. I hope you had a ROCKIN' bday.

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