Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Challenge yourself with a theme: "From your heart"

If you don't have a stamp with a heart from a certain brand, you have to be clever...LOL
 This is a one-layer card. I used a custom-made stencil to sponge the heart over the heat-embossed alltime-favourite stamp. Then color the flowers inside the heart. Give some touches outside too, to make it a whole.  


 This was my first take on it, but I am not really happy with it. BUT, as I promised myself that I show everything on my blog... here it is... 

I am entering these two cards in the challenge on:
1. Indigoblu challenge - From your heart
2. Simon Says Stamp - use twine or string.
(There's twine on both cards)


Monday, January 27, 2014

YOU always make me SMILE !

Yes.... maybe not always.. LOL
LOVE them anyway!
These are my life's living "treasures", our four by God created kids, they call themselves grown-ups already, the youngest being 17... 
This photo has been taken in the middle of the night, the 3 eldest woke up after all the stumbling-about in our house during the night, and they knew I was in labour when they went to bed. They look a bit sleepy, and are in their pyjama's of course, very proud of their little brother! 
A one-time moment..
I am entering this journal page in the following challenge:
1.  Journal 52 week 3 - "YOU always make me SMILE !"

Pan Pastel and some fun with heat embossing

The finished card / het afgewerkte kaart


A step- by- step
een stap-voor stap
This is what the scrapbookpaper looked like before I started coloring it. 
Zo zag het scrapbookpapier er uit voordat ik het begon te bewerken.

Heat emboss the bold image with clear embossing powder. Add a layer of watered down gesso. 
Heat emboss de afbeelding met versamerk en clear embossing poeder. Verf eroverheen met een waterverdunde laag gesso. 

 Color the background with different colors Pan Pastel. I used a dark color at the bottom of the flowers, to add some shading. I used the following colors: : Panpastel Phthalo Green 620.5 and Panpastel Yellow Ochre 270.5
The colors I used are Panpastel Phthalo Green 620.5 and Panpastel Yellow Ochre 270.5
Kleur de achtergrond met verschillende kleuren Pan Pastel. Ik gebruikte een donkerder kleur voor schaduw aan de onderrand van de bloem. Gebruikte kleuren zijn : Panpastel Phthalo Green 620.5 en Panpastel Yellow Ochre 270.5

 Stamp randomly over the background.
Stempel de script op de achtergrond.

I also added some script with versamark and Panpastel Red Iron Oxide 380.5
Now for the magic to happen:: 
Using a piece of scrap paper, iron the clear embossing off of the scrapbookpaper. Now the original color of the scrapbookpaper gets revealed.
Stempel ook nog de script met versamark en kleur het met Panpastel Red Iron Oxide 380.5. 
Nu komt het tovergedeelte: 
Gebruik een stul afval (printer) papier en strijk de clear embossing er af. Nu komt de originele kleur van het scrapbookpapier weer tevoorschijn. 


A close-up / een close-up: 
Here you can see I added some black and white highlights to make the image pop even more.
Hier kun je zien dat ik ook nog wat accenten heb aangebracht met een zwarte en witte gelpen

Magenta (Ellie Knol designs): click on picture 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Pan Pastel en perkamentpapier, en een collagestempel

Ik wilde eens uitproberen of Pan Pastel ook een mooi effect geeft op perkamentpapier. Nou, dat gaat dus helemaal prima, ik was blij verrast met het resultaat. Ik heb het perkament eerst door de Big shot gehaald met een embossingfolder. Om te voorkomen dat het perkamentpapier scheurt bij het embossen heb ik aan beide zijden printpapier erbij in gedaan. 
Gebruikte kleuren :
Panpastel Chromium Oxide Green 660.5 
 Panpastel Bright Yellow Green 680.5


Bij deze voorbeeld heb ik een grote collagestempel gebruikt. Ik vond het grote voldoening geven, te zien dat je zelfs op zo'n grote vlak, de mooiste kleurnuances krijgt. 
De tekst is gedaan na het fixeren van de Pan Pastel op de collagestempel. 
Gebruikte kleuren :
Panpastel Red Iron Oxide 380.5
Panpastel Bright Yellow Green 680.5, 
Panpastel Bright Yellow Green Tint 680.8
Panpastel Phthalo Green 620.5.
Alle gebruikte stempels zijn van Magenta. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Flying high

All stamps are from KATZELKRAFT.

I am entering this in the following challenge:
1. Simon Says Stamp - anything goes

Friday, January 17, 2014

Art Journey Challenge # 41 - Scraplings

 Here some stamping with beautiful script stamps on a monoprint I've made, yes, on a scrapling. 

I am entering these two scraplings into the challenge on 
1. Art Journey Design team - scraplings
2. Simon Says Stamp - anything goes

Art Journey

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Art Journal page - quiet place..


I am entering this in the challenge on

1. art-journal-journey - silence
2.  Journal 52 week 2 - "Somewhere, a simple place

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Use watercolor pencils and liners to create !

I just LOVE to use the Faber-Castell's Colour Grip watercolor pencils. As you might have seen on my blog, I use them in almost every project. To color an image, or to just give it a hint of color etc. 

The Faber Castell PITT artist pens are also very useful. I don't think there is one project on my whole blog that I haven't used it on. I use the black and brown ones most, but also other colors. They are permanent, so it won't smear when you use water on your project. 

In this tutorial a step-by-step about coloring with the watercolor pencils and adding depth with the liners.

This is the finished card:

Step by step:  
I stamped this image with a solvent ink, to make sure it won’t smear when using water to color it.
I always start coloring with the lighter color (here I used FC542), which is a very light blue.
Blend the color with a waterbrush. 
NOTE: Keep some white in the image, to add interest and depth to the image.
Color with a darker blue now (I used FC566), just touches of it in the shadowy parts of the flower.
Blend the color with a waterbrush. Again, keep some white in the image… 

Now for the darkest blue; repeat the same steps as with the previous colors. You only need to add a little color, mostly on the lines and shadowy parts. 

Do the same with the greens for the leaves. I used FC672 first, which is a beautiful olive green!

Also add a darker green FC634 and yellow green FC047 to the leaves.
Color the centre of the flower with yellow-green (FC047).
DONE with the coloring.

 Use your marker to add some darker lines, mostly the bottom of the image to add depth and shadow.  I also made the stem a little longer.

Stamp the image on a piece of masking paper, cut it out, and put it over the stamped image.

Stamp over this mask, I used a script stamp. 
Doodle with a black liner, and color the outer edge of it (same colors that you’ve used in previous steps).

 That's it, easy isn't it? 

Faber-Castell's Colour Grip watercolor pencils 
(The numbers I mention in the tutorial are the last 3 digits of the longer number) 
Faber Castell PITT artist pens
Script stamp - Paper Artsy 
Flower stamp - Studio Light

Monday, January 13, 2014

Come join in the fun with flowers and hearts...

... which is the new challenge at FSC!

Don't forget, there is a $20 prize for one lucky winner from Flonzcraft, our sponsor for this challenge.

All stamps are from Flonzcraft. 
The heart is not a stamp, I drew it myself. 


I am entering this in the challenge on 
1. The Artistic Stamper - love is in the air. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

week 1 Journal 52

week 1 of the journal ! "Up, up and away"
Make one art journal page a week, 52 weeks long.

week 1 van de journal.. "Up, up and away"