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

Distressed...


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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Altered Notebook - Answer with Love (Tutorial)


I love having a pretty notebook to write down whatever it is I need to write down. It might be a place to keep card and craft ideas. It might be a place to write grocery lists or keep scores when we play games or it might just be to write some random thoughts each day to capture the joys of life. Whatever it is, why use a plain notebook when with a few simple steps, you can have something that is uniquely yours! And, while you're making one for yourself, make a 2nd one for a friend. :)


Not sure how to start? Here's my process:

1. Pick out your papers and your image. I used some paper from a pack I've had in my stash for a while. I also had a bunch of butterflies and stars that I'd cut on my cameo from the same paper pack that I also had in my stash. The image is Dancing Chick from Pickled Potpourri. Isn't she awesome! I knew she'd be perfect for a project like this. The sentiment is from You've Got Mail, also a Pickled Potpourri Designs digi. It's an awesome reminder which also made it the perfect sentiment to go with the happy image on a super useful journal.


2. Get out the Yes! Glue and a notebook of some sort and go to town. I use a plastic spreader from the paint department to get a nice thin layer of glue across the cover. A little goes a long way with Yes! Glue. It's messy but it's awesome and it cleans up nicely with water. It doesn't wrinkle or warp so it's the best.


3. Get a feel for your lay-out. Lay the image on top. Play with angles and layer pieces. I decided I wanted the cheeriness of butterflies flying all around the happy dancing girl. :)


4. Heat set the image, if you didn't use a laser printer. Color with Copics. I kept it simple - not a lot of blending as this didn't need it.


5. This is how it all turned out. I kept adding butterflies and stars until it had a floaty and fun look and then added some pearl stickers to the butterflies and to the flower on her jeans to finish it off.


6. Final project. I decided to use this for a gift exchange and made a treat bag to go with it - chocolate and a happy notebook. What could be better?!


Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. I sure had fun making this sweet project.

Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Petunia Frame Sympathy Card and Design Team Introduction

Hello! My name is Seleise and I'm pleased to join the Pickled Potpourri Design Team. I'll be popping in each month with a project or two and some tips and tricks too!


So, you may be wondering what I bring to the craft table... I've been papercrafting for at least a dozen years and have been crafting my whole life. I learned how to hand quilt with my mom and grandma when I was a little girl so fabric and old-fashioned pieced quilts will always have a special place in my heart. Another phase of my crafting life involved the glue gun! For a time, anything that could be hot glued together, was hot glued together. It was kind of awesome! And, yes, I still burn myself but can't quite say good-bye to that awesome tool. Cross-stitching, soap-making, candle-making, craft sewing, craft painting (so not good at it at all!), vinyl, jewelry making, clay and finally papercrafting - you name it, I've tried most of it. And, it's all so awesome! Not so good for the budget but hey - it's therapy, right?! And, I've turned it into a business so making my hobby work for me is a good thing.

On the money side, sometimes you "need" something new but the pocketbook is a little light. Digis (digital images) are a great way to stretch the budget as you can get so many different images and make them so many different sizes that it gives you added flexibility for just a few dollars.

I have to admit that when I started paper-crafting, it kind of took over my life. I still do bits of the other but mostly everything involves paper and stamps in one way or another. I demo'd for a couple of papercrafting companies and now am focusing on craft fairs and card sales and playing with the stamps and digi files that I own. That's what makes being a design team member for Pickled Potpourri so great as I've been a customer and now I get to share images that I love working with and share the awesome ways you can use digis!

I'm going to start with a straightforward use. I downloaded the image, inserted the image into Word, adjusted it to the size I wanted and printed it on copic friendly white cardstock. So now to explain more about why I chose this image.


I make a lot of sympathy cards. When I saw the Petunia Frame image, I knew it would be perfect for a sympathy card. The beauty of working with digital is that you can adjust the size of the image to fit your project and can mimic stamping by adding a sentiment from another set to the digital image before you print it on your cardstock. Rose Sentiments had the perfect, simple "with sympathy" that I wanted to share the message but not take away from the beauty of the gorgeous petunia and scrollwork.

I also wanted an image that was copic coloring friendly. Using a laserjet printer, the image is ready to go as soon as it is printed. Using an inkjet printer, you may have to heat-set the image or emboss it to make it copic-friendly.


Petunia Frame was colored with the following copics: R01, R02, R05, YG93, YG95, YG97, W2 and W6. The outline was done in R01. I like to start with the lightest color in each color family and then start adding shadows with the middle shade and fill in the deepest part of the shadow with the darkest shade. I then go back over with the lightest color and blend the shadowing. If I take off too much of the shadows, I go back in and add some depth again. Now, I'm not a trained artist, I've just been practicing. My process is just to color how I like it to look - it's not perfect and it doesn't always follow the rules for which flowers grow in which colors. I figure it's artistic license and face it - it's fun not to be limited.

So, that's my story and I hope if you haven't tried digis, that you now give them a try. And, what better place to start than with the wonderful images on Pickled Potpourri.

Have a wonderfully creative day!
Seleise