Watercolor Orchid Card with Eggshell Mosaic Tiles

Hello again, sweet peeps! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I have a card that is one of my favorites to share with you today:

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I love orchids and this terrific stamp by Marcella Hawley at Power Poppy captures the Paphiopedilum orchid (also called the Lady’s Slipper orchid) quite well. I think I like them because they’re so different from the typical orchids you buy in the store. And those cute, dumpy, wide ‘chins’ they have (the lady’s slipper) – I often see the coolest faces in them!

Pareidolia  the human ability to see shapes or make pictures out of randomness.

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This Paphiopedilum orchid is in my Shutterfly photo album of flower pictures that I took last spring. I used it as a model for coloring my card. It was at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden near Charlotte, NC.  Someone asked if those are aphids on his side petals. Nope, they’re part of the petal!

This card was inspired by several challenges going on right now. I chose the green palette to go with Marker Pop’s Challenge #88: Greens. Power Poppy’s Power & Spark Challenge is Switch Up Your Shades, which asked us to use a coloring medium we don’t normally use, and Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday challenge is to Shake It Up, so I decided to see if I could watercolor this using Glimmer Mists… shaking them up and spritzing some onto my craft mat and picking it up with a brush. (I heat embossed the image in clear, first.)

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Look at that incredible glimmery shimmer!

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After it was done, I felt it needed a little more color on some of the clear embossed areas, and some shading, so I added some Copic Markers.

Now for the most interesting part (to me anyway). When I’m perusing the craft blogs, I often bookmark cool projects that I see and want to try some day. This year I have a goal of actually TRYING some of these. So it was that I was browsing my Mixed Media folder of bookmarks and came across Gabrielle Pollacco’s blog post on how to make your own eggshell mosaic.You can find it HERE.) It’s a great way to up-cycle those eggshells after making an omelette and any cereal or cracker boxes, too.

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Gabrielle explains the process in much better detail, but here’s the short version: You can cut 1″ squares of the cereal box and prime them with gesso. Then, after removing the inner membrane, you can cover the squares with glue and press a piece of eggshell down on the square.

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Once dry, you can add color with alcohol inks and while they’re still damp, you can add some Perfect Pearls for shine. For my card, I then cut a square into four using Tim Holtz micro serrated shears by Tonic Studios. They cut just fine with hardly any chipping of the eggshells. I didn’t sand my edges, just trimmed off the extra eggshell with my Tim Holtz shears and then ran a copic marker over them to cover the white edges.

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Materials used:

  • Power Poppy Orchids Rock stamp set
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Crushed Shells, Fairway, Forest Green, Gold, and Mustard Seed
  • Copic Markers: YG61, 63 and 99
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent chalks
  • Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks: Lettuce & Stream
  • Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold
  • Perfect Medium
  • Core’dinations 110# white cardstock
  • Recollections Craft It gold card
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme permanentadhesive
  • Red Heart Stellar Super Bulky yarn – NOVA
  • Misc eggshells & cereal box

I’m playing along in the following challenges in case you’d like to join the fun:

I hope you enjoyed today’s project as much as I did! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

-D.Ann

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Dress Up Inspiration Tag with Color Bursts

Hello again! Thanks for your patience as I struggle to get on an even keel again.

Today’s project was inspired by Papertrey Ink’s Dress Up Inspiration Challenge – To design something based on a piece of clothing from your closet. And by Simon Says Stamp’s Have a Heart Wednesday Challenge

I chose this T-shirt  as my inspiration:

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And made this tag:

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The background is made from a Kleenex tissue colored with Color Bursts. I found a cool tutorial on this technique HERE, and decided to try it. This was my first time trying Color Bursts.

First you sprinkle a bit of the colors you want to use on a craft mat. These are highly pigmented powders, so just a tiny dab will go a long way!

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Then you spritz with water.

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Then take a Kleenex tissue, pull apart and lay on the color, smooshing around until all the color is absorbed and the entire tissue colored to your liking. You may want to add more water as needed. Let dry.

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I then decoupaged part of one sheet to a wooden tag and stamped my images over it once it was dry.

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I love the texture and rich colors it gave the piece! Since my shirt had sequins, I added some pearls and Craftin’ Desert Divas new heart sequins, too.

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Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink stamps:
    • SAF2014 Regency
    • SAF2014 Renaissance
    • Spiral Bouquet
  • Papertrey Ink Die: Swoosh
  • Tsukineko Memento Dye Inks: Elderberry & Sweet Plum
  • Tsukineko VersaMagic Chalk Ink: Spanish Olive
  • Tsukineko Brilliance pigment inks: Pearlescent Crimson, Starlight Silver
  • Ken Oliver Color Bursts: Indigo, Merlot, Yellow Ochre
  • Craftin’ Desert Divas fuchsia heart sequins
  • Queen & Co lavender pearls
  • Plaid Royal Coat decoupage finish clear
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Recollections wood tag
  • Kleenex tissue
  • Misc metallic paper, ribbon and tissue

I’m playing along with the following challenges:

Thanks again for stopping by!

-D.Ann

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Fill Your Heart With What’s Important – Mixed Media Tags

Today I have a pair of tags to share. Jenn Shurkus is celebrating her 10th blogiversary and has invited us to copy the inspiration from one of her projects. I chose one of her beautiful tags from March (you can see it by clicking HERE).

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge this week is Sparkle and Shine, and their Monday Challenge is: i scream for… using the letter i.

So, I put the ideas together and came up with these lovely, sparkly and shiny mixed media tags using some Imagine crafts products, ink and a what’s Important stamp (i words)…

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Thanks so much, Jenn, for the fab idea!

Materials used:

  • Unity Stamp Co.:  January 2015 KOTM: Magic of Beginnings + Take Care of You + Tag – free gift with purchase : )
  • Dreamweaver Large Lace Border Stencil
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Butterflies Tissue Tape
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paints: Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry
  • Ranger Stickles: Fruit Punch, Aqua, Distress Stickles – Dusty Concord, and Ice Stickles – Crystal Ice
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls: Dark Chocolate
  • Imagine Crafts Creative Medium: Metallic Gold
  • Imagine Crafts Goosebumps texture spray
  • Versamark ink
  • Recollections Detail embossing powders: Ebony & Gold
  • Recollections Encrusted Jewel kits: Mica & Teal
  • Memento London Fog dye ink
  • Misc glue, ribbon, feathers

Here are the challenges I’m entering this project in, in case you want to join the fun:

I’m glad you stopped by today!

-D.Ann

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If No Answer, Pull Weeds! Sign & You Mean Something Card

Welcome back! Today’s whim is to show you a sign I made for my very dear friend who loves gardening:

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Although the pearlescent blue and purple paints wash out in the pic, the embossing on the matching card stands out:

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This was my first attempt at stamping with paints and at trying the chalkboard look on a card. I was happy to see my friend seemed pleased with them!

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Since these are all Unity Stamp Company Stamps, this will be entered in the Friends with Flair contest they have. You can join the fun here: http://theunitystampco.blogspot.com/2015/04/fwf-time.html

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Supplies for sign:

Chalkboard sign from Michaels

Unity Stamp Company Insightful Meadow stamp set

Unity Stamp Company KOM 3/14 The Reason Someone Smiles stamp set

Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface PEARL acrylic craft paint Glazing Ball & Eclipse by Plaid Crafts

Color Traditions Premium acrylic paint Cobalt

Hobby Lobby Craft Embellishments dragonfly

E 6000 glue

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Supplies for card:

Unity Stamp Company Insightful Meadow stamp set

Unity Stamp Company KOM 3/14 The Reason Someone Smiles stamp set

Unity Stamp Company Both Mean Something Stamp

Versamark ink

Stampendous! PEARLustre embossing powder

Inkadinkado Linen White embossing powder

Pebbles, Inc. Basic Brights Chalks

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Foam Tape – Black

Black Sharpie Marker

Misc. Cardstock

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Thanks for stopping by!

-D.Ann

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