Thursday, April 23, 2015

Gina K Tutorial: Watercoloring with Spectrum Aquas

Hey There Peeps!  I know it's been awhile since I've posted a tutorial, but being gone for Spring Break is making the month of April a bit crazy!  But I'm back today with a new tutorial for Gina K Designs and Spectrum Noir using the new Spectrum Aqua Markers ~ which by the way, are now available at Gina K Designs!

This lovely butterfly image is from the Dogwood & Butterfly set by artist Theresa Momber and the sentiment is from the Elegant Florals 2 set.


After I selected my image, I picked my Spectrum Aqua colors ~ Charcoal, Bud Green, Kingfisher and Marine (colors are shown below).  



 I put the butterfly on an acrylic block and then started coloring with the brush tip directly on the rubber stamp.  I started with Charcoal in the center for the butterfly's body and antenna.  Next, I added the Bud Green & worked from the center outward. 



For the next color, I added Kingfisher and slightly overlapped the green and blue.  Then finally, I added the darker Marine blue along the outside edges of both wings.


Once the color was applied, I used a squirt bottle and sprayed a very light mist of water on the stamp.

Once the ink was moistened up with the spritz of water, I immediately stamped it on watercolor paper.   Look how beautifully the colors show up on the image below...


Although this butterfly looks very pretty as it is, I really wanted to fill in the color.  So I used a used a watercolor brush to blend the colors.  I blended each color one at a time so they wouldn't look muddy.  Below, I started with the Bud Green.

The waterbrush I use is from Tim Holtz and has the water built in the barrel; however, there are many other brands available.  You can easily use a regular brush and a small cup of water.  TIP: I usually keep a paper towel close by so I can dab off water or extra color before I move on to the next color.


Next I spread the lighter blue next to the green and then I blended the darker blue on the edges.  Don't saturate the image or you will lose some of the detail.   If you find that the colors are too washed out, scribble some color from the marker on your acrylic stamping block and then dip your watercolor brush in it and apply to your image to darken the area (I had to do that with the Kingfisher blue).

Here is the butterfly with one wing done and one not yet finished...


For the butterfly body, I added just a bit of Charcoal color with my watercolor brush.

Here are the 48 colors that are available for the Spectrum Aqua Markers.  They are sold in 12 packs ~ Nature, Primary, Essentials, and Floral.  I love them all!  They are super easy to use & are very forgiving if you make a mistake ~ just add more color and blend again.   They are dual tipped water based markers.



And here they are all lined up in the pretty storage trays!




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TE Die Focus: Watercolored Silhouette Stems

Hello Friends!  Today I'm back with a watercolor beauty using this fabulous die from Taylored Expressions called Silhouette Stems 1.  These pretty poppies were just begging to be watercolored so I trimmed the die with watercolor paper and then pulled out watercolor markers to add the pretty colors and blended the watercolors with a watercolor brush.


For the background, I embossed the Floral Lattice Cutting Plate and then added a sentiment using the Many Mini Occasions and Designer Mini Tags.




Supplies from Taylored Expressions:


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

All Dressed Up...

Hi Peeps!  Today I thought I would share some of my favorite photos that we had taken while on the Adventures of the Seas.  I love buying the photo package so I don't have to pick and choose which photos I want & then when I get home, I just load the digital photos right on my computer ~ easy peasy!















and a bit of fun...



Thanks for peeking in... have a great day!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mini Gift Cards

Happy Monday!  I'm ready for a fresh new {very productive} week!!!  Over the weekend I worked on some little 3x3 gift cards that my aunt asked me to make.  She wanted some specific designs ~ one for a quilter, one with a penguin and one with a ladybug... that's the nice thing about custom cards!

For my first card, I used the Scallop Notecard die from Taylored Expressions.  The finished size is 3"x 3".  Then I lined up the Chevron Border trimmed from several pieces of pattern paper. I finished it off with a flower die and a Best Wishes sentiment from the Many Minis - Occasions set.



For my second card, I found a Penguin stamp at Hobby Lobby and then added some fun Taylored Expressions dies to make the scene.  I used the Rolling Clouds Dies for the waves and the Little Bits Fishing Pole was the perfect touch.  I didn't have this sentiment, so I typed it on the computer and printed it out, then trimmed it with the Mini Tags set.


For my third card, I once again used the Scallop Notecard die from Taylored Expressions.  The ladybug is a stamp I found at Hobby Lobby and then I added the Grass Border and a Best Wishes tag from the Designer Mini Tags die set.


Hope you have a great Monday!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Break 2015 ~ Southern Caribbean

Last week our family shared a wonderful Spring Break vacation.  We spent a few days in San Juan and then from there we left on a 7-day Caribbean Cruise on the RCCL ship Adventure of the Seas.  Here are a few fun photos from our trip....

San Juan










 Matt couldn't wait to fly a kite at the fort








Sea Day on the Ship



Matt leaning how to paddle board in Barbados


and now sailing on Antigua






St. Lucia






St. Maarten





and our favorite... St. Croix




 ready for our ATV tour... 




We had a blast!!  
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