There are so many possibilities with Dee's latest watercolor set! I used the colored sheet that holds the stamps as a color guide for this little kitchen set. One piece hangs on the wall, while the other two
Clean ceramic tiles with alcohol. This gets the oils and fingerprints off and allows the paint to
adhere. Clean and prepare the dominoes by soaking them in laundry bleach for at least an hour.
Squeeze out a small amount of paint onto a paper plate or pallet. Wet sponge and squeeze out the excess water. Lightly dab into paint - you only need a small amount. After dabbing in paint, I dabbed on a paper towel before dabbing onto on stamp. Dab directly on stamp blending colors together where two colors meet. I suggest stamping on paper first to get a feel for how much paint you'll need on the stamp. TIP: I use small sponges because it reminds me that I only need a small dab of paint.
Stamped onto the tiles, re-dabbing paint as needed. Because of how Dee designed the WC stamps, it does not matter so much where I put the paint, the image turns out nice. :o) TIP: Be sure to press on the stamp firmly - BUT not hard. The wonderful thing about painting on tiles (& glass) is that if you make a le boo boo, you can wipe it off with a damp paper towel and start over.
Be sure clean your stamps right after you are finished painting with each image. Another advantage of EZ
Mount: since the stamps are not wood mounted, you can rinse them under
the facet and get all the paint off.
After allowing the larger tiles dry, I filled in the blank spaces with gold dots using a metallic pen. Variation:sponge background in one or multiple colors. Allow to dry completely before adding images.
After allowing everything to dry, I trimmed the edges with a gold paint pen.
After the trim dried, I glued the magnets on dominoes and the recipe tile to the paper clip holder. TIPS: to make sure I glue the correct side of magnet to the domino, I put the magnet up (i.e. on the refrigerator) and mark the side that SHOULD NOT BE GLUED. Otherwise I'll have a magnet that will not stick work. :o) I have a couple of those. Also, while you are letting the glue dry on your dominoes, make sure you space them out. Otherwise, the magnets will draw close to each other making them off center. I have a couple of those too...ok, more than a couple :o)
For adding the ribbon, I laid the tiles, painted side down, on my large cutting board that has measurement markings. BE SURE THAT YOUR TILES ARE IN RIGHT DIRECTION. I use the markings to space out the tiles.
I added a line of glue to the center of the tiles. These tiles have little squares so I could easily find the center. If your tiles are flat on the back, use a ruler to find the center. Tie the bow separately and glued on.
Stamps:Dee Gruenig's Watercolor Fruit Paint :FolkArtEnamel: fresh foliage, grass green, engine red, school bus yellow, sunflower, burnt umber Accessories: Ceramic Tiles (4) 3.75" and (1) 2" square, domino pieces, sponges, Sakura Metallic Gold pen, Krylon Gold leafing pen, round magnets, paper clip older (I picked mine up at Target, you can also find them a office supply stores), ribbon (from my scrap ribbon drawer)
I am just beside myself with excitement!! My friend Marge (the one that got me hooked on stampin') and I have our ATC cards and pictures in the Spring 2009 issue of the RubberStampMadness magazine!! I knew we would be mentioned as part of the Dee Gruenig Alaskan cruise adventure, but I did not know there would be big pictures of our cards and of us. There is a nice article in the magazine about the cruise that happened in September 2008, as well as lots of interesting articles, pictures, and crafting techniques. On this blog, I have several post entries highlighting all the fun we had. To see them, click on Travel in the Categories section on the right side of this blog. The magazine also highlighted my blog! I'm just bubblin'!!
I received two copies of the magazine and I will be sharing one with one of you. Please leave a comment on this post by Midnight on Thursday, January 22nd and I'll pick a winner at random to receive a copy. I'm sure people will be busy over the next few days with Dr. King Day and the Inauguration on Tuesday, so I'm giving lots of time. :o)
Here is a way to create beautiful water colored flowers - Use Dee's watercolor (WC) stamps. :o)
Colored directly onto flower stamp with Marvy markers. Misted stamp with water and stamped on WC paper. Cut out the flower and stem.
Stamped flower boarder with Blending Blox orange. I turned the ink pad 180 degrees each time I stamped as I moved down the boarder - that way you get light to light and dark to dark ink for a smooth blended look. Misted each time and stamped on WC paper.
Cute out the border.
Colored frame with marker. Stamped frame on WC paper. Sponged Blending Blox Caribbean for the center background and cut out.
I Used pop dot behind
flower and cut a little hole in bottom of frame for stem to poke through.
I'm moving on from chocolate :o)....I was inspired to pull out my watercolor (WC) mediums by a post from Ellen Hutson's CLASSroom. In her tutorial, she encourages crafters to use multiple mediums. I am also a fan of this practice! I like all the mediums she used and used many of them to create this card.
Stamped the flower, steam, and leaf images with black ink onto WC paper. As Ellen pointed
out in her post, I let it dry. I didn't quite get the steam all the way to the flower so I used a permanent pen to expand and broaden the top of the steam. I liked the look of the leaves not quite touching so I left them alone.
Before I stared coloring, I painted the images clear water - this allows your paint to flow smoothly. I started with the WC crayons - coloring the leaves and steam green and the flower pedals yellow. I touch the tip of the WC brush to the crayons to pick up color.
Next, I used the little pots of shimmer paint to add more color to the images.
In order to get darker shading, I used a Marvy Marker. I added a bit of color, then spread it with the water brush.
Next I added the sentiment, and oh' no! I rocked my stamp causing an extra black mark - a le boo boo. Well after all that coloring, I was going to use this card. I looked at all the stamps in the set and found the cutest tiny lady bug for the cover up.
I included a picture below to show how I glued the Dew Drops on. There are many methods that people use. I find this works best for me. I squeeze a few drops onto scrap paper and apply with a toothpick. I like to use tweezers with the Dew Drops cause my fingers are too fat to hold them and place them where I want. :o)
I stamped my ladybug image and let it dry. Dabbed her with a red marker and spread it with the water brush -- ever so carefully. While I had the Crystal Lacquer out, I gave my little lady bug
some dimension. To fix my other le boo boo - I had smudged a corner with my
orange fingers - I got out my stipple brush and blending blox and
covered that up! Another successful cover up!
Now, I'm hooked on chocolate ice cream! Does that ever happen to you?! You create something and then you're hooked on that theme, until the next hook comes along? For me, this seems to happen a lot with food. :o) I have this need to use the theme in various colors. I stuck to chocolate for the ice cream though.
I had decided before I began that I was going to do a mass production, so I stamped several ice cream cones on white card stock (CS) with black ink and several tee shirts on various color CS with black ink. Later I decided to add the word chocolate and wanted to do it in brown, so I re-stamped all the tee shirts in brown. I'll just save those other tee shirts for another day. I wanted a black tee shirt, so I stamped that one in white ink. I stamped the ice cream directly onto the white tee shirt.
I then stamped "chocolate" on all the tee shirts - in brown. :o)
I colored the ice cream cones with Copic markers
Cut everything out and ran the ice cream cones through a sticker machine, For little bitty things to glue, I like to use a small sticker machine. In addition to paper, it works for
elements no thicker than a nickle. It really comes in handy. I picked mine up at Michael's with a hand dandy coupon.
Chocolate is my favorite flavor! When I was a little girl, I would not eat any other flavor ice cream. I have expanded my taste buds as I've gotten older. :o)
I colored with markers directly onto the candy stamp image and stamped onto white card stock (CS). I trimmed the CS after I stamped - that way I could easily center the image. I used a glitter pen to give the highlights a little bling.
I placed the CS onto another piece of wider white CS and drew a light pencil line on each side of the thinner CS. I then stamped the pink ribbon image on each side - lining it up on the pencil line.
A le boo boo became the brown trim. I had too much room between the two ribbon images, so I trimmed the candy CS a little bit more and placed a piece brown CS under it to create a trim. :o)
I used the VersaMark ink to stamp subtle (so subtle you can not see it in the picture) candy images on the brown base card; then added the glitter paper and image layers, and used Crystal Lacquer to glue Dew Drops on. The last thing I did was stamp an extra image of the kiss shaped candy and popped it up.
The crafting circuit is kinda like the clothing circuit... we move from one season to the next. :o) Christmas is over so it's time for hearts, flowers, and candy -- and the look of warmer weather.
I created this bright, cheery card using Dee's favorite technique of coloring directly on the stamps with water based markers. I stamped the leaves and branches onto the card and used sticker paper for the bird and flowers.
My exciting news is that I will be working with 7 beautiful craters on the new Sunday International Design Team!! I'm so excited! I have been a customer of Sunday International for the last few years and a fan of Dee Gruenig for the last several years and now I get to work with both - as well as seven talented stampers! I'll be sharing more information and cards/projects over the next few weeks (as soon as I get my camera - I'm closer!!). Please visit again soon.
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