Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Create A One Layer Watercolored Card Without Masking

Hello! Charlotte here from The Joyful Soul Creates. Today I have an exciting tutorial to share with you showing how I created a cute one layer Halloween card without any masking.

I used the adorable Spell Time Monkey digi stamp from the September release as the focus of my card. I started by printing it out onto some watercolor paper.  I used the highest quality print setting for this to get maximum ink because I wanted to heat emboss the lines, and using more ink helps it to stay wet longer to hold the embossing powder. As soon as the image was printed I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and heat set it.

I started the coloring of the image by creating my background. First I used a wet paintbrush to dampen the area all around the image. I just used clear water and made sure to get the paper wet all around each of the image elements, but leaving the image itself dry.

Once I was happy with the area I started sprinkling on Brusho powder. The Brusho reacts when hitting the water, causing the color to spread. I was able to tap of any powder from the dry areas so that the color did not develop in the areas I didn’t want it. I started with Sea Green Brusho, and then added some Grey and Black to deepen the color and create the galaxy look I was after.

At first I had only wet the paper in the area directly around the image, but after applying my initial color I decided to extend the background to cover the entire front of the card. I did this by just adding more water to allow the color to move further. I kept adding more Brusho powder until I was happy with the depth of the color. I then used my heat gun to speed up the drying time.

I added water splatter over my image and allowed it to sit for a little while before picking up with a paper towel to create some lighter areas as if they were distant stars. I then used some white gold paint to add more splatters as more stars.

Having my background complete, and making sure to tap any loose powder off of the card, I started to paint my image. I used Gansai Tambi watercolor paints for this. I started by painting the moon and ghost with the same white gold I had used for my splattered stars. I then used yellow gold for the stars.

As the image I used is a Halloween type image I went with purple for the outfit to continue the Halloween theme. I used a bright green for the contrasting band of the hat. The broom handle, brush of the broom and monkey herself are all brown, but I chose to use some different shades of brown to help differentiate between them.

There were some areas that the background color had got onto the image. I was able to pick some of it up prior to painting by wetting it and picking it up with a paper towel. Most of the rest was covered with the paint when I colored the image. The moon and ghost however were not coming up as white as I would have liked, so I went over them with a white gel pen to brighten them up.

Having completed my painting, all that was left to do was adding my sentiment. I realized I didn’t have a Halloween sentiment set, so instead I used the “Just Because” sentiment from Say It Big and heat embossed that in white to the lower right of my card.

One layer cards are so much fun to make, and using a technique that can avoid masking can really speed things up. Whilst pigment powders like Brusho work perfectly for this you could also do it with regular watercolor paints by doing the same technique of wetting only the background to start with, and carefully dropping the paint into the wet areas. I hope you’ll give this technique a try, and that you’ll share your makes with us!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

One Layer Wonders | Designer Creative Challenge

Jan from handcrafthobby here with you today.  I'm so happy to be back on the Craftin Desert Divas blog sharing with you how I created multiple one layer cards using masking with masking paper and stencils.
I used the Holiday Fairies stamp as the main image for all cards. I used both the Magic Castle and Hill Scene 2 stencils to create a background, hills, and puffy clouds. As for the frame, I love to use Torn Paper dies for decorative edges. To make each card look a bit different, I used various ink colors, as well as different sentiments from Snow Day and Santa's Helpers stamp sets.

One layer cards can be very complex and require multiple maskings to layer objects on top of each other. Or it can be easy and achievable for mass production. I'm sharing with you a short video tutorial of how I created these one layer cards.

Here are some screenshots of the processing while I created them:

I positioned both the Magic Castle stencil and Hill Scene 2 stencil onto the desired area. Secure the card panel to the surface as well as the stencils on top of the card tock to make sure the stencils will not shift when inking.

Flip the stencil for multiple uses as positive and negative areas.

When changing the ink color, always clean the stencil with damp cloth or wet wipe so the previous ink will not be transferred to your next project.

Here are all the finished 5 cards. They're the same design but different looks.  

And here is an overview with the Distress Oxide inks and Copic markers that I used on each card.

Skin: E11/50/93
Hair : E40/42/44
Wings: BG10/11/13
Sky: Distress Oxide - broken china
Hill: Distress Oxide - ice spruce

Top left - Distress Oxide: worn lipstick, Copic:  B95/97/99
Top right - Distress Oxide: carved pumpkin, Copic: BG11/45/49
Center - Distress Oxide: wilted violet, Copic: YG 21/23/17
Bottom left - Distress Oxide: cracked pistachio, Copic: RV52/23/25
Bottom right - Distress Oxide: squeezed lemonade, Copic: R24/37/59

One layer cards are my favorite type of card to create. I love fussy cutting paper and masking. I hope you enjoy the video and give it a try. Who knows... you might love it too!


Thursday, October 11, 2018

What Are SVGs & How To Cut Them

Hiya Divas! Mercedes here on the Craftin Desert Divas Blog to talk a little about how to cut SVGs.

But first... What are SVGs? SVGs or Scalable Vector Graphics are an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics with support for interactivity. When it comes to crafting, this interactivity means it is turned into a cut file for use with machines like the Cricut Explore, which is what I own. My understanding is that SVGs can be used with other machines such as the Silhouette. For today’s post, I will focus on cutting with the Cricut.

Now onto the project. I am going to use Tis The Season SVG Treat Bag Add Ons. While these files were meant as an add on to the Treat Bag Dies, it doesn't mean you can't use them for other purposes. I’ve gotten to play with both the Birthday Critters SVGs and Hippity Hoppity SVGs and can say without a doubt that they also work well for cards and tags!

Once you’ve downloaded and unzipped your file you will want to open Cricut Design Space. I started a new projected and clicked on the upload icon to the left of my canvas.

This will take you to the next screen where you can upload your image or file.

And this takes you to yet another page where you can browse your computer or tablet for the file you will be uploading.

The SVGs from Craftin Desert Divas all come in one easy to upload file. So all of the Tis The Season characters are in one file which is uploaded to your device. I opted to only cut out the Reindeer.

Once I had the SVG in place on the computer screen, I added some Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper onto my Cricut mat. I chose watercolor paper, because my plan was to use Distress Oxide Inks to color the pieces. This saved me from having to load several different colors of cardstock on to my mat. Once I was set to go, I got busy cutting.

Once my images were cut I pulled out my Distress Oxide Inks and got to coloring my paper.

I chose Ripe Persimmon and Candied Apple for my reindeer’s nose. I used Vintage Photo for the reindeer’s body, Ground Espresso for his antlers, and Black Soot for his eyes and mouth.  

I glued my images together with Ranger Matte Multi Medium. I accented the reindeer with a white gel pen. I made a 4" side folding note card and added some patterned paper before adding the reindeer with some 3M foam tape.

Now it's your turn, go forth and make some adorable creations with SVGs. Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, keep on crafting!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Island Inspired Card Tutorial

Hello everyone,  Joy's here. I'm so glad to be back on Craftin Desert Divas' blog today sharing my card for our weekly Designer Creative Challenge Theme: Floral and Fairytales.  I love the Moana movie and was reminded of the characters upon seeing these digital stamps. Continue reading to see how the card came together. 

First, I cut a piece of watercolor cardstock using the largest die from the Torn Paper Dies. Next, I used the Beach Scene Stencil and colored the bark of the coconut tree using Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Inks. For the leaves and the island, I used Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide Inks.

After that, I masked the top part of the card and the island. The sea was created by adding Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Inks to the unmasked section.

Then I used the Hill Scene 2 Stencil along with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink to create the clouds. This is such a versatile stencil!

I printed the Island Hero, Ocean Adventure Boat and Chicken Pal Digital Stamps on a watercolor cardstock. Then I fussy cut and colored them using my Zig Markers.

Next, I added details to the tree using gel pens. I cut a second outer frame from dark cardstock using the largest die from the Torn Paper Dies. Then I stuck it on an A2 top folding card base, followed by the background panel. The colored digi images were the finishing touches added to the card.

Working with digital stamps can be fun! I hope you'll print a few on your favorite watercolor paper soon and give it a try. 


Monday, October 8, 2018

Winner - National Coffee Day Blog Hop

I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to hop along on the National Day Coffee Hop. You all left so many amazing comments.

I'm here to announce the one winner of the $25 CDD shop credit. The winner is 

Congrats Cindy Holmes!! Please send me an email craftindesertdivas@gmail.com subject line: Hop Winner.
You have one week to claim your prize. 

Make it a great week!!


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Just For You Card Coloring & Process Video

Hi Divas! Mari here with a quick process video. In the video, I share how I colored the Just For You Tulips digital stamp, along with a quick assembly of the finished card. I hope you're inspired to use more digital stamps in your projects. Find all the digis Craftin Desert Divas has to offer by clicking here.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Dry & Heat Embossing Techniques With Stencils

Hello everyone! Jan from Handcraft Hobby with you today.  I have some fun dry and heat embossing techniques to share with you using stencils.

Here is a a great way to use stencils you have and create a soft and textured background.  In this card, I used both dry and heat embossing techniques with the Heart Galore stencil.

First I cut my panel with Inside Scalloped Rectangle dies.  Using the inner frame, I positioned and secured my card base to the stencil with some washi tape. Attach the washi tape behind the card stock so that the front panel will be fully embossed.

Here is my sandwich for the Big Shot machine: Multipurpose platform on TAB 1 + 1 clear cutting plate + my stencil with card stock + tan embossing mat + 1 clear cutting plate. Depending on your cutting machine, you may need to put extra cardstock in the sandwich for more pressure.  Follow your machine's manufacturer instructions for the proper process.

Here's what mine looked like after running it through the machine. Notice the stencil created an embossed design on the paper.

I wanted to highlight some of the hearts on my panel with heat embossing. To do this I put back the stencil in the same position and masked the surrounding area with post-it tape.  I then applied VersaMark ink onto the open area. When doing this, don't twist the ink pad. Just press it firmly up and down. When twisting the ink pad, the stencil may move, and the impression will not be the same position as the dry embossed area.

I removed the stencil carefully and poured gold embossing powder over the inked area. Always use an anti-static powder tool before inking. Use a paint brush to remove unwanted powder. If there is an extra small area, use the Pick Me Up tool to remove it.  Preheat your heat gun to minimize uneven cardstock from the heat.

I attached the panel back to its frame and began coloring this cute fairy from the Holiday Fairies set with Copic markers, as well as heat embossed the sentiment from Sending Sentiment stamp set.

Here is a close up once completed. I also sprinkled some sequins here and there for a finishing touch.  I do hope you like it and give these techniques a try.


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