Monday, January 21, 2013

Something New and A Fave

It's me again, with little something I made for the ongoing A Muse Studio Consultants Challenge Blog I'm hosting this week. And here she is:

This card was made using a stamp set I purchased recently called Love is in the Air. It's one of the sets found in the Valentine catalog. I stamped the buildings on watercolour paper, coloured it with my favourite (and first ever owned) Tombow markers in slate, eucalyptus, apricot, and sky, and a water brush. I tried to colour in a lovely wash of sky, but used a little too much eucalyptus and ended up with something much darker than I intended. So, on to Plan B, which was to fussy cut the buildings and add them to a sugar card base with a strip of slate cardstock as the "ground". I then die cut my favourite a|s clouds dies which are (sadly) being retired, and swiped on a little eucalyptus and sky using the markers and waterbrush. The sentiment came from a couple of different sets: No Peeking and Greetings Earthling.

You can check out a few projects from my fellow DT members here.

I hope you'll make time to join us at the challenge blog this week. Remember the challenge is to combine something new with your papercrafting fave. You have until January 26th to link up your projects and be entered to win some Splash! Inks.

Hugs and Kisses.

A Muse Studio Supplies Used:
Stamps: Love is in the Air, Greetings Earthling, No Peeking
Cardstock: Sugar, Slate
Ink: Stazon
Other: Tombow Markers, watercolour paper, a|s cloud duo dies, waterbrush

Monday, January 14, 2013

Celebrate 2013 with Something New

Happy New Year! It's the first challenge of the year over on the A Muse Studio Consultants Challenge Blog and I'm hosting! Of course the challenge had to be: use something new. But then I thought I'd add a little twist, so this week we have combine something new with a papercrafting fave. Here's what I came up with:

I started with my favourite technique - heat embossing, which was done using the Venetian Background stamp on watercolour paper. Since I knew I'd be getting out my new Splash! inks and there was a good chance I'd oversaturate the paper, I thought it best to use some paper that was made to get wet. I was right. I sprayed and dabbed with a paper towel over and over, trying to get a perfect blend of the two colours. Then I proceeded to spray the backside with water, spritzed a little water on the front, and stood the whole thing up in a box overnight to allow the lemon whip to slowly blend into the grapefruit.

When everything was dried the next day, I proceeded to matte the inked paper with some onyx cardstock and mount it on a sugar card base. The sugar was a little too stark, so I went for my go-to colour - kraft - and it was perfect. I used a sentiment from Contemporary Greetings, stamped in Versamark and embossed in onyx, and trimmed it out. The sentiment strip looked a little plain, so I jazzed it up with some onyx baker's twine that I sprayed with both lemon whip and grapefruit Splash!

I hope you'll head over to the challenge blog and play along with our first challenge for 2013. The prize is 2 bottles of that gorgeous Splash! ink. So get your craft on and link a project before 11:59 pm on January 26.

Hugs and Kisses.

A Muse Studio Supplies Used:
stamps: Venetian Background, Contemporary Greetings
cardstock: kraft, onyx
ink: Versamark, lemon whip Splash!, grapefruit Splash!
other: watercolour paper, onyx embossing powder, onyx baker's twine

Monday, January 07, 2013

A Fond Farewell to 2012

Here is the list of items being retired from the A Muse Studio lineup:

Pick up your favourites at 30% off here before they're gone.

Hugs and Kisses...

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