Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Watercolor Sympathy

I come to you this month with a CAS card. Peerless watercolors, a corner rounder and a few jewel stickers were used to create this card. A bit of very light distress ink was smudged around the cross to add a bit of shading. 

As I've mentioned before, there is always a need for Sympathy cards and when I saw this gorgeous Cross digi in the Easter section on Pickled Potpourri Designs, I knew that it would also make beautiful sympathy cards and notecards. Isn't it stunning in its simplicity?! I find it comforting and the beauty lies in the meaning of the cross so I wanted to keep the design simple.

The watercolors flow across the cross and add beautiful shading and dimension. The flower too has more levels of color with watercolors. The challenge was keeping the watercolor contained on the stem but it worked pretty well with the fine tip of the water brush. I dip my water brush into a cup of water rather than squeezing water out. It works better for me for controlling the amount of water used. A paper towel is kept nearby to soak up any excess water. Watercolors make me feel like an artist in a different way from Copics. Both are great but watercolors are definitely faster for when you don't have a ton of time to color.

The sentiment is from Rose Sentiments. The personality of the script font softens the straight lines of the cross and ties in well with the flower. The merging of the two digis makes for a wonderful and simple sympathy message.

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Thank you for popping by the Pickled Potpourri blog and look forward to seeing you next month! 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tiptoe Through the Tulips...

It's been cold, cold, cold here in Kansas and I'm dreaming of Spring so I decided to bring Spring alive in this month's post. Tulips are the perfect Spring flower (along with iris!). They're cheery and easy and vibrant and they just make me happy!

 Milk Can Flowers Digital Stamp Set from Pickled Potpourri Designs

I simply adore the Milk Can Flowers digi set. I have a hard time lining up two part rubber stamp sets, even with the stamp platforms. With digis, I can line them up and fuss with them until I have it just right and then print. It's so easy and so fun!

The image is colored with copics and popped up on an embossed background. This makes a perfect note card, get well card, birthday card or sympathy card. By having a focal image and no sentiment, the possibilities are endless.

 Tulip Digital Stamp from Pickled Potpourri Designs

And, here's another tulip card featuring the Tulip digi. It's also colored in copics and is layered on a splashed background stitched cardstock layer and then on a polka dot background. It's another card design without a sentiment so the image can pop.

I normally outline an image in light blueish green to make it pop a little. This one I experimented with a light lavender around the flower and a light green around the leaves. The fun of coloring is that there are always options.

I encourage you to visit Pickled PotPourri Designs to find these and many other lovely digital stamps to use in your own crafty endeavors.

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Have a wonderfully creative day!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! I love the Christmas season. I love the songs, the anticipation, the decking of the halls and the baking. Most of all, I love the family time. There's food, games and the normal dysfunction that any family has, big or small. Regardless of any drama, we try to find time to be together and that's a good thing.

So, to celebrate this magical time, I have two different digi sets to share with you this month. The first is Simple Poinsettia. It is a gorgeous flower that comes in a variety of colors. My favorites are pink and red so decided to play with the beautiful digi in those two colors.

First up is pink. The pink poinsettia is colored with copics and popped up on a scored background. I love how it pops against the distressed edges of the blue white-core cardstock.

Here is the same Simple Poinsettia in red. It shines in a simple focal point on the bottom right side of the card. Some dribbles of gold shimmer paint and gold ribbon highlight the floral element. It's a fun way to dress up a card.

In addition to the floral goodness of the poinsettia, I adore snowmen! I have paintings and figurines up all year long. I couldn't make a Christmas post without using Heart Sings which is one of my all-time favorite images. It combines music and snowmen - my favorite things!

The beauty of digi images is that you can print them whatever size you want. The first is printed to fill the front of the card and the 2nd is printed with the sentiment to be a focal image on the card. It's awesome to have that flexibility. You could print the first of a size to fill a frame and make a print to hang in your living room. You could also shrink it down and make a tag for a backpack or gift. So fun!

I used copics to color up the images and had fun choosing the colors of the scarves and books. Aren't they fun?! The image makes me smile.

I encourage you to visit Pickled PotPourri Designs to find these and many other lovely digital stamps to use in your own crafty endeavors.

Featured Images: Simple Poinsettia & Heart Sings

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

You've Got Mail!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Family gatherings, wonderful concerts, fun decorations, yummy treats and all those fabulous cards with pictures and bits of news from the year. I just love it!

You've Got Mail was the perfect set from Pickled Potpourri Designs to capture the fun of the holiday card ritual. I printed it to fill the full card front, as a great benefit of digis is printing them at the size of your choosing. It's colored with copics and the flowers are in the red/green traditional colors for the holiday season. A mat of red makes the image pop and a 1/2" corner rounder adds some additional visual interest to the card.


And, the inside is simple and sweet with the same red mat which helps the sentiment pop. The rounded corners look awesome on the inside as well. Who wouldn't love getting a note in the mail like this!

I know it's easy with Facebook and e-cards to bypass the traditional mailed cards but there's nothing like getting a card in the mail. It's simply the best!  And, hand-made cards are even better!! 

Hope you add You've Got Mail to your collection. It looks great in spring colors and as you have seen here, dressed up for the holidays. 

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Boo to You!

Halloween has a special place in my heart. My favorite costume was wearing a long dress and a plastic little bo peep face. We didn't have fancy costumes back in the day but I thought it was the coolest thing ever to have that mask that stayed on my head with a little elastic string. So awesome! :)

The other special memories deal with my home town. I'm from a really small town so we knew exactly what we would get at each house. One lady always made the best pink popcorn balls. One gentleman always gave full-sized candy bars. The custodian would hide out at the school and would always manage to scare us before we could scare him and then would give us fresh popped popcorn. So many great memories!

And, with that in mind, I wanted to share this card. I kept the coloring a bit rustic to give it a whimsical look for a fun card that invokes all those great memories of trick or treating back in the day. Make one yourself and send it to your favorite pal from your childhood to remind them of all the fun you had walking to neighbors houses to get all kinds of great treats.

Trick or Treaters  and More Trick or Treaters are two fantastic digi sets from Pickled Potpourri Designs that you need in your collection! These adorable Halloween images are great for cards and treat pockets and tags on candy bags and more. I decided to make a card and layer in the different images.

Here's the inside. Plenty of room to write your note. :)

Witchie Witchie is a sweet little witch that's another super cute image from the Halloween collection of images that you need to treat yourself with this month!

And, she's got an adorable matching kitty for the stuffed kitty that she carries around so I thought they all needed matching hats. This just makes me smile and hope it does you too!

Happy Halloween!