Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Prismacolor Pencils and Kraft Cardstock

Happy September! This year is flying by! I recently planted iris bulbs as a friend generously gave me some beautiful iris to add to my garden. I can't wait to see what they all look like this spring. In honor of the fall planting season, I have a wonderful iris card to share with you. 

This is the beautiful Iris Fantasy image. It's colored up with prismacolor pencils on kraft cardstock. Yep. I felt the need to continue the kraft cardstock theme from last month. I just love how the iris pops on the kraft, don't you? And, I wanted the iris to be the star so kept the design clean and simple (CAS) so the iris would shine.

What do you think? Would you have added some texture to the background? I debated running a layer through an embossing folder. Maybe next time. This would make a beautiful notecard set as you could color the iris in a variety of colors. It's a gorgeous image!

Fall also makes me think towards the holidays. This wonderful little snowman from the Snowman Tent Card set makes me smile! And, look how awesome white prismacolor pencil looks on kraft cardstock!! I decided to cut the tent card apart and make an A1 sized card using both elements.

Isn't the inside cute with the sweater and mittens?!! Same color scheme as the card front to tie everything together. Wouldn't this be great to add to a cocoa gift package!

Pop by Pickled Potpourri Designs to pick up these fabulous images along with many, many more!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hello Friend!

Skunks, flowers, and a dragonfly.  This one digital stamp has it all! I found this super cute stamp set in the Pickled Potpourri Online Store, along with a wonderful sentiment, found in another great set.

The digital stamp set is Shy Skunks, colored with Copic markers. 

Here's the image, when I got it colored:

I used some metallic gel pens on the dragonfly and decided not to color the skunk.  I though she was perfect just the way she was!

Here's the Shy Skunks made into a card, with the addition of one of the sentiments from the Forever Friends digital stamp set...

Pickled Potpourri Products used on this card:

 Shy Skunks Digital Stamp

 Forever Friends Digital Stamps

I hope you check this blog often for great inspiration from the Pickled Potpourri design team!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Deep breath

Do you have a friend who is struggling with a traumatic life event or kids activities wearing her out or just daily life keeping her down? If so, this card is for you. I think we all have times when the stresses are just too much and we just need to take a deep breath and let things go. And, sometimes we need a reminder to breathe. That's what drew me to this awesome digi on Pickled Potpourri Designs, Deep Breath.

I printed the images on kraft cardstock (don't limit yourself to just cream or white to print your digis!) and used prismacolor pencils to color - no gamsol blending - just good old fashioned color pencil coloring.

Here she is all dolled up in a lavendar dress with some clear shimmer drops on the image and more heavily on her crown.

Here's the aqua look with silver shimmer drops and some little tiny starfetti as well. The background is just distress oxide ink over a stencil. Love it!

This image would also be wonderful for a mixed media canvas or framed piece. Don't you agree?

Definitely consider adding, Deep Breath, to your digi collection. You'll be glad you did!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sunflower Mini Gram!

Hello, everyone!  I hope you are finding time to enjoy the summer. We've had a cool, rainy summer, but the flowers are beautiful!  Just like the flowers on this Sunflower Mini Gram.

I printed the Sunflower Mini Gram on yellow paper, then used color pencils to color the designs on it. 

Here, I'm just getting started:

I love sunflowers, so this was very fun for me to color up!

All I need to do is write message on the other side, fold it in 3rds, seal the Sunflower Mini Gram, and it's done!

Pickled Potpourri has so many fun designs in their store, at very reasonable prices.  Please check it out for yourself!  Do you prefer rubber stamps?  Check out Red Rubber Designs instead. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Florals - Perfect for Any Occasion

Happy July all! Seleise here. I'm still on a distress ink kick and guess what? I've added distress oxides to my extensive ink collection. I know... addict. LOL! But hey - they're awesome! And, they work fabulously with digital images to make fantastic projects. Are you ready?

First up - the fabulous Dahlia. As you'll remember, I used them last month with the regular distress inks. The image was a bit bigger and was perfect for a card front. This one is smaller and perfect for a tag or something smaller. So, how is this possible? One of the best things about digis is that you can size them to whichever size best works for the project you're going to make. I sized these down a bit and they were perfect for a tag.

The second project uses Grand Botanical colored with chameleon colored pencils over a distress oxide background on watercolor paper. Doesn't that make a lovely sympathy card? I made this flower a bit smaller as I wanted it to be a corner focal point. The flexibility of digis just can't be beat!

Hope you're inspired to give digis a try and hope you'll mix them with all types of different inks, coloring mediums, papers and more. The possibilities are endless! 

Today's featured digis are: 

See you in August! 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Watercolor Grand Botanical

I seem to be reaching for different watercolor mediums these days. This is Julie with you today, and I have a short tutorial to share, using watercolor pencils and a fairly dry paintbrush. 

I have two cards, both featuring the Grand Botanicals digi stamp

Here's a sneak peek, then the tutorial.


Here's how a did this:

Step one.  I started with the lightest color

then, I added a second, similar shade

last, the third color, which I blended slightly with a damp paintbrush

I made the leaves with 3 shades of green and some purple for contrast.

then, I did the same thing again, using shades of violet on the flower.  I fussy cut both flowers and all the leaves.  Then, I started creating cards.

Here's the first one, using the Grand Botanical digi stamp, Rose Sentiments and free Robyn digital papers.

Another card, using the same Grand Botanical digital stamp, Rose Sentiments, and free Robyn digital papers

Two cards, same products, but the look very different.  I love how that happens!  I hope you enjoyed your visit to the blog today and will come back often!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Okay - Confession time. I have just jumped onto the distress ink bandwagon. Is it too late to join the party? Hope not as a craft addict needs many toys. lol. They're perfect for bringing images to life with or without extra coloring.

With the following digi images from Pickled Potpourri Designs, the option to highlight these super images in a totally different way was so fun! You'll find three different types of cards below with this style to show the versatility of the digis with supplies you most likely already have in your stash.

My very first attempt to add color without coloring was with this super cute bear from Birthday Bear! I used Photoshop to put the balloon, bear and sentiment into one image. I love stamping but there are times that a digi is so much easier as you can place the balloon exactly where you want it in the bear's paw. That's always a challenge for me for one reason or another with traditional ink and stamps, even with positioners and stamp presses so this option is super fabulous for me! Love how the inks highlight the image and bring it all to life.

Here is the Dahlia all distressed and pretty. Love this pretty flower as it works so well for so many things from sympathy to birthday to journal covers and more.

And, while in the mode, Southern Window just begged to be part of the fun. Make up 4 or 6 of these, tie them together with a pretty ribbon and you'd have a lovely set of notecards for a hostess gift.

Each of the images has some shimmer on them as well but it's hard to get that to show up in the photo. It's another way to highlight and add some visual interest.

It's been a pleasure to get all distressed with you today. Looking forward to seeing you next month!

Featured Pickled Potpourri Images:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Botanical Thank You

It's Julie with you again today, and I've been working on thank you cards and using watercolor mediums.  I have a card to share with you today using the fabulous Pickled Potpourri Botanical Minis and artist crayons.  I also used some digital papers from the Pickled Potpourri shop for the designer papers in the background.  

Here's a close up of the image.  This is one of 4 that comes in the Botanical Minis digital set. The sentiment is one of many beautiful ones in the Rose Sentiment Digital Set.

The papers I used were Pickled Potpourri Distressed Black & White.

 Botanical Minis Digital Stamps

 Distressed Black and White Digital Papers
 Rose Sentiments Digital Stamps

I hope this card inspires you to try the fantastic digis  and papers at Pickled Potpourris Designs.  There is truly something for everyone in the store.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Thank You Watercolor Card and Design Team Intro

Hello, fellow crafters.  I'm Julie Odil, and I'm happy to be a part of the Pickled Potpourri design team!  I love the variety of digital stamps and papers found in the Pickled Potpourri store, and the prices can't be beat!

I've been playing with watercolors lately.  I have some new watercolor crayons that I broke out for today's card.  I have a short tutorial on how I used them.

First, a view of the finished card:

I used Pickled Potpourri's Dahlia digital stamp for this card.  The 'thank you' sentiment is part of the Rose Sentiments set.

Here's how I colored the Dahlia digital stamp:

I started by adding the colors I wanted to use on a palette.  These are the colors I used on the flower petals.  I used a fairly dry brush. I tend to dip my brush, then pinch it with my fingers before using it.

Here's those 3 colors blended on one flower...

all three flowers completed:

I worked on shading each of them a bit differently.

Last, I needed to finish the stems and leaves.  I used the same technique:

Here's one more view of the finished card:

There you have it!  This Dahlia digital stamp was perfect to practice my watercoloring technique with.  It's pretty no fail, and very fun!  Check it out for yourself!

I hope you visit this blog often to see what other great projects you'll find here. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Flying Free

While working on cards for this month's post, I started with the idea of making cards for Mother's Day and Father's Day. After they were completed, the possibilities of using them for other events and holidays came to mind.

A butterfly strikes me as being full of possibilities.

First, I challenged myself to use digi papers. I've never ordered digi papers before. They've always seemed fantastic but did I really want to print paper? The answer now is yes! You can print off as many pieces of "paper" or "printed cardstock" as you need for a project. If you need 2 sheets, you can print two sheets. Easy peasy. For these cards, I printed on glossy paper and wowza - it's so pretty and shiny. Perfect for some fun projects. There are other times I'd definitely want a matte finish but for these I wanted a sheen.

This is Robyn. Isn't it pretty!! So happy to have this at my fingertips. And, you can have it too because it's FREE!!! Seriously - how awesome is that!!

So, back to the cards. I started with the Butterflies are Free digi from Pickled Potpourri Designs. This is a great collage image and looks awesome in watercolor, sponged for a sepia type look and also colored with copic markers as pictured below.

This is a great mother's day card because it's full of flowers and beautiful butterflies and gorgeous papers. It's an opportunity to thank Mom for being there for your support and giving you the tools to manage life so you can fly free and explore on your own. That's what triggered the thought that flying free is what happens at graduation as well. Whether you're flying on to further educational opportunities or to a career, what a great card to send someone on their way. It could also be part of a great notecard set. Definitely a versatile image. Did you notice the light pink sponging on the edges of the image - great way to soften the look. And, the card is edged too. A pretty and easy detail.

Did you notice the Robyn paper? Isn't it pretty behind the butterflies?

Speaking of the butterflies, here's a close-up of the big butterfly. I used three pinks and one salmon-y orange to color and shade. Fun stuff.

So, looking at the papers, I thought it might be fun to make a masculine card that plays with pink, lime and grey and uses some of the same copic colors as the butterfly card as well as the same green patterned paper from Robyn.

A bit of fun coloring accentuates those super fun ties for a fun Father's Day card. The ties are layered on the green paper and then on a strip of embossed cardstock. The circles are remnants from another project. I had die-cut a bunch of circles with the dies nested one inside another. It made great rings and it was great to have these extras on hand to work into this project. Two colors of twine and a little edging with green ink finished off the look.

Again, this is a masculine card that you could use for many occasions including graduation and birthday. Love the versatility of these images! The digi is named Father's Day and each of these ties are separate images so you can use them as a single, double or a triple as shown here. Fun stuff! I purposely didn't line them up or make them the same size as I wanted the whimsical feel of the images to carry through.

Here's a close-up so you can see how the rings are layered and how the two twines look up close. It's a great way to add some pizzazz without a ton of work.

That's all I've got. Looking forward to catching up with you again next month!

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Seleise, Design Team Member for Pickled Potpourri Designs