Oh happy day!!! No really, it is a happy day! Release day for Picket Fence Studios starts now. I’m going to share two stamp sets and a new die in today’s post but the design team will be working together to show you the whole release so make sure to visit each one of them.
I’m starting with a new large flower image called Botan Peony. Oh my. When I say wow, I’m not kidding. This is not a small image (my card is 5.5″ square) but it is detailed and seriously gorgeous. I stamped the image in black in multiple times using my Misti onto Fabriano watercolor paper. Then I heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder. I like the extra dimension you get with the embossing and it is nice when watercoloring too. I got to work with watercoloring using Daniel Smith watercolor paints. They are amazing! If you are not sure about them, you can get dot sheets with actual samples of the colors to try (I linked it below). Once you do, you’ll be hooked. I combined pink, coral, gold and a little green and blue in a loose style. No real plan, nothing formal, but it is such fun to do on these big petals! Once done, I fussy cut the flower.
For the background, I used the Random Dots Stencil as an embossing folder to add a subtle texture. I then used this great sentiment from the new Hello, Beautiful stamp set. Again I stamped in black and heat embossed in clear.
Next up, I jumped on the alcohol ink bandwagon and used a background I created with the new Leaves Negative Die. I used just one color of Ranger Alcohol Ink (Stream) and the Gold Mixative on Yupo paper. I kept playing with the one colors and the gold and now have a few varied backgrounds that I’m sure you’ll see soon.
I took the panel and cut it with the Leaves and decided that I’d use gold glimmer paper in the negative space to play off the gold in the ink. Again I used the sentiment from Hello, Beautiful except heat embossed in gold.
I hope you like these two looks at the new release. Everything is available in the Picket Fence Studios store now! Thanks for stopping in to visit. See you again soon.
Happy Friday!! A quick share today of my card I created for the Picket Fence Studios blog today. I tried something a bit new for me and did a whole big image using no line watercolor. I find it intimidating but thought this gorgeous image was worth the risk.
I stamped in an ink specially made for no line coloring called Fadeout Ink by Ink on 3. It is super cool to use for this! And then I just kept layering on color until I was happy. It isn’t perfect. I’d totally change things. But I’m happy over all and so glad I tried it. And I’ll keep on trying to perfect the technique over time.
I have a few more details over there and I hope you’ll visit the company blog for lots of inspiration! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!
My mind was spinning with ideas but I settle on flowers (because, well, spring) and what better flowers than the Mondo Hydrangea from Ellen Hutson? I really love all the Mondo flowers but this one seems to be a set I come back to over and over. I stamped one of the single flowers over and over (giving a couple of extras) and then broke out the watercolors. I just played with some purple and green shading to see what would happen. Loved it, went with it!
I created a panel with a light green watercolor wash that would go with my Jelly Bean Green base (Gina K Designs). Then I added this awesome sentiment from the Lovely stamp set (Ellen Hutson). This one seems tailor made for the flowers in the sketch.
I hope your week is going well. I’ll be back on Friday with a share from my Picket Fence Studios blog post. See you soon!
Happy middle of the week to you! Here with the latest sketch by Freshly Made Sketches where the wonderful Amy is our sketch hostess. This little trio sketch is sure to get you looking through your stamps for fun.
I had lots of ideas but finally settled on these trees from the City Stacks Stamp set by Concord and 9th. It is probably a stretch for the sketch but sometimes that is how it rolls. Besides, I wanted to play with my Daniel Smith watercolors. I just got a whole new split that has lots of greens and they called out to be used. This was a quick watercolor after stamping in the Picket Fence Studios Hybrid Black ink. I decided the background was a little too plain and added a wash of some yellows behind. Hopefully this is what Virginia will start looking like soon. Sunny with pretty green things!!
Ok, off to visit a friend today (and discuss an upcoming collaboration!!). Until Friday, have a great day!
FINALLY! I can share some of the new sets for the Picket Fence Studios January release! This release is timed to coordinate with the reveal of the same products at Creativation and I’m so excited to show you some of the products. In order to keep this post in check, today I’m mostly just going to show you three projects. Then I’ll come back over the next few days to give you more of the details on each. Let me know what you think of that method or if you’d rather just see one long post. I’m curious what works better for you. With that, let’s get to the cards!
The first of the day used a new set called Wild Heart, Gypsy Soul. It has a boho style that is unique and really beautiful. I chose watercolor as my medium and went with a loose style of coloring. The sentiment is from another new set called Exhale Worry. It needs to be on your must-have list!
Next up is a card using Today Is All About You. It is so cute and the little selfie (or in my case, it seems like FaceTime) llama is hilarious. I colored her using Copic Markers and used the coordinating die to cut her out.
Finally is a seriously spectacular image. It is called Aeonium African Succulent. It is a large image and it is unbelievable!! I have a funny story about my color choices that I’ll share tomorrow so make sure you come back for more info. I colored this using Copic Markers and then cut it out by hand. It is on a base of Fog Gray card stock.
Now make sure you hop around and see what the team has created. Between us all, we are showing the whole release. And I hope you’ll come back for all the details on this cards starting tomorrow. Until then, have a great weekend!
I thoughts I’d share a sweet little Monday card with you. I created this just for fun using the new Rustic Floral set from Picket Fence Studios. I love this darling little image and the sentiments in the set are perfect for note cards for many occasions. I stamped this in the new Black Hybrid Ink from Picket Fence and wow! Hybrid it is! I tested it with Copics and this was my watercolor test. PERFECT! I love a one stop black ink! It doesn’t budge or smear with either. Not sure how that is possible but some things just don’t require an explanation. I’ll accept that it is crafting magic!
I love it so much that I’m going to gift it and the Crafty Friends stamp set to one lucky person. I’m going to make this an Instagram drawing so hop over and follow me there and enter for your chance to win. You can find the details HERE.
After coloring the image and the background of this with Daniel Smith watercolors (just some quick and easy coloring) I cut it out using the Wonky Circle Dies by Gina Marie Designs. The stitched background is made with the same set…it cuts the stitches separately from the circle cutting die. So clever!
That’s it for today. I hope you hop over and find me on Instagram to enter. Back on Wednesday with an awesome announcement from Freshly Made Sketches! You will not want to miss it! Until then, have a happy start to your week.
Back today with a card I created for the Picket Fence Studios blog. I am super excited about how this turned out and I hope you will like it too. I even create a video for it…wow, it has been a while since I have done that.
I saw a similar technique done by the amazing Kelly Latevola and had it in my “to try” list for quite a while. This lovely Ruffled Peony Bouquet set seemed like the perfect one to use with it so I got to experimenting. In my video, I talk a bit about The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I cannot recommend joining in enough. Even if you don’t share it all, a little coloring every day (or every day that you can) for a month can make a big difference in your attitude and your creativity. I think it allows me to try more things, risk “failing” and it is good for the soul.
I’d love to know what you think about this technique. I will confess that as I created it, I kept thinking how my my mom would have loved this. But maybe that is why coloring is so good. You can remember and smile and heal a bit. I’m linking all the colors for the markers below in my product list along with some of the other products. If you have any questions, please let me know. And if you will be out and about during your holiday traveling in the US next week, keep your eyes open….I’ll be out there! Hopefully I will see you! Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon.
Happy Wednesday!! Today is Freshly Made Sketches day and I’m happy to share a classic sketch with you for the week. This one by Narelle is simply a go-to winner! LOVE it!
In a surprise move, I actually opted not to use flowers for the circle elements. That is usually where my brain goes but given that fall seems to be wanting to finally show up, I decided leaves were decidedly more appropriate. And what better leaves to use that the Concord and 9th Layering Leaves Dies?! They are gorgeous and perfect! I cut the leaves from watercolor paper first. Then, using Daniel Smith watercolors, I painted them with fall colors. If you have never used these high quality paints, I linked a palette of these watercolors below. This is a perfect way to try them (and fall in love with them!) with virtually no commitment. I love the sentiment from the coordinating Give Thanks stamp set because, well, it is true. At least when it actually acts like fall. Which has been not at all this year. I thought the Wonky Stitched Dies were a nice look with the style of the leaves and I used it on Gray Granite cardstock (SU).
You are going to be in awe when you take a look at all the design team created! I think they just knocked it out of the park this week. There are so many ways to interpret this sketch and I’m certain the gallery will be full of inspiration too. I hope you will join us and share your creation. We love seeing what you make!
I’ll be back tomorrow with another card using October release products from Picket Fence Studios. So glad you stopped in today. See you soon!
And I’m back for my regular Wednesday post! Thanks for your patience as I caught up to life a bit. I started with creating a swatch paper for some new watercolors that I got for my birthday (THANKS MOM!!). The paints are from Daniel Smith and my friend Lydia puts together splits to share the cost and allow people to have more colors. Here is my first split….aren’t they pretty?!!
Swatching out the colors was a good way to get back in the groove a bit. And did I mention they are so pretty!!! Notice that the palette has room for another split….hmmm….. So after putting these paints down on paper, I decided to get real and actually color an image. I had ordered this Mondo Holly the second I saw it and thought it would be pretty for today’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Cécile created this one and I love all the options for it. I thought this would go another way (with a spotlight vibe) but it didn’t work out quite like I had in my head. I stamped the holly onto watercolor paper using Gina K’s Amalgam ink. This is a new ink to me and I just had to give it a go. It stamped well onto the watercolor paper (always a challenge, don’t you think?). I did overstamp a few times with my Misti but the result was clear and crisp. It dried quickly and I was able to get right to watercoloring. I used colors from my split above (with the addition of one brown from a DS Dot Palette I have from Simon Says Stamp). I need to work on the shading of the leaves more but I love these colors! I added a sentiment from the same set and some black to make the image pop. Finally some sequins in a pretty Rose Gold.I hope you have fun with this sketch and will join in with us. The inspiration is always amazing from our design team and in the gallery too! Thanks for stopping in today. I’ll be back on Friday with a card featuring a new product and a new to me technique. Until then, have a wonderful week!
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