Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Summer Boys


A boy and his frog... They love the creepy crawlies and I fall firmly in the camp of "I Don't like Spiders and Snakes..." Remember that song? Feel free to sing along. :)

This month features Summer Boys which is a super cute and fun set for those rowdy boys in your life. Or, for the moms of those boys as they'll appreciate these moments...when their boys are grown...LOL.


This month is all about the image. No bells, no whistles. Just straightforward coloring with prismacolor pencils and a card with no sentiment. Why no sentiment? For maximum flexibility to use for a "hi" or  "how ya' doing?" or "birthday" or whatever to bring a smile to someone's face. After all, what could be better than receiving a snail mail card out of the blue!

Check out this and all of the great digis at Pickled Potpourri Designs.

Featured digi: 
Summer Boys - 4 super cute images for only $1.49! 

Have an awesome day!
Seleise


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Under the Sea - Shadow Box Card


"Under the Sea. Under the sea. Darling, it's better, down where it's wetter...under the sea." That's what I sing every time I think of this digi and now you will too. You're welcome.  :)

Before we jump into the finished card, let's look at the parts in the digi set, Under the Sea, used in this card. Prismacolor pencils were used to bring each digi to life. I've been practicing with my prismacolor blending and here are the pencil combos used.

 Purple fish

 Red-Orange fish

Sand

 Seahorse

Seaweed

Blue fish

Okay, now that we've got the underwater world created, let's move to the card. Have you made a shadow box card? I hadn't and it's so fun! And, way easier than you'd think too. Check it out.


It's an A2 card. This one opens on the horizontal. Take an 8-1/2" X 11" piece of cardstock and cut it in half lengthwise so the two halves are cut 4-1/4" X 11". You will need both pieces. With the first piece, score at 5-1/2" The front is simple because the inside is the focal point of this card. I had printed some extra fish so colored the same as their inside counterparts and layered them over some corrugated cardstock cut to mimic sand.

Let's stop and make the shadow box. Here are a few pictures to hopefully clarify the explanation. Let's go back to the card base that we just scored at 5-1/2". Cut 1/2" off of the back. The front will be 5-1/2" X 4-1/4" and now the back of that card base is 5" X 4-1/4'. Adhere your scene to the inside of the card.


Now, take the 2nd piece and score at 1/2", 5-1/2" and 6". Trim just a sliver off of the 1/2 flap. This will help with assembly. Pick whatever die cut window you want that will best show off your scene and cut the section by the 1/2" flap. I needed a big window for my scene but you could have a small window if you just want to spotlight a small image.


Use a strong double-sided adhesive and place on the half inch flap. (I would normally put two strips of tape but this is just a sample so didn't want to waste.) Lay that inside the card with the flap edge against the center scoreline and close the card. you now have it attached inside. Now that it's attached in the center, you just have to turn over the card and attach the back. Put adhesive on the back of the cardstock base (again, I'd use more adhesive if it weren't a sample) and fold the flap in place. Your shadow box is now complete.


It may seem like a lot of steps but you'll see that it goes together really quickly. It will take you way longer to color your scene. :)

Let's set up the inside by looking at the front again.


And, here's the inside:


Isn't this fun! The card folds flat but you open it up and voila! A shadow box!! And, the best part since it folds flat, it won't cost any more to go through the mail because nothing is popped up inside. The purple fish in the lower left corner is glued to the frame so it gives the illusion of being popped up and the rest is a flat image inside the box. I think getting a shadow box card in the mail would brighten anyone's day so give it a try.

By the way, the scene was created in Microsoft Word. I inserted each digi as a picture file, sized it to how I wanted it and kept adding digis until the scene was complete. No special software needed. All of these images were in one $1.49 digi set, Under the Sea! I didn't even use them all. What a bargain!!! Check out all the great digis at Pickled Potpourri Designs!

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Have an awesome day!
Seleise

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A Bird in the Hand...

It's always good to have a bird on hand, right? Bird images can add so much life to a card. They can be whimsical, cute, subtle, serious, somber, regal and more. With Seasonal Birdies, we're going to focus on cute! There are four images in the set and I picked 2 to represent the spring we've had so far here in Kansas.


As we venture from the cold, blustery days directly into severe weather warnings, we seem to have missed the glorious beautiful Spring days that we normally see in April. Ah well, we had one day so guess we can't get greedy! :) So, the first image shows the wintery bird resplendent in her cute polka dot hat and scarf. She's ready for that final blast when winter just won't quit!


She then loses the hat and scarf and trades it in for an umbrella so she can take on those rainy days when the skies just cut loose. Of course, in Kansas, wind comes right along with that rain so she'd have to be holding tightly to that umbrella so it didn't fly into the next county. :)


To give a bit of that rainy feel on the card, I added a bit of clear glaze to create a puddle at the feet and give the raindrops a bit of texture. Isn't that fun?! I forget to use glaze and you can do so many great things with it. It's great for gluing on embellishments too as it dries clear and is a strong permanent bond.


Here are the birdies together - all ready to brighten someone's day!


Thanks for popping by and hope you'll check out the digital images available at Pickled Potpourri Designs!

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Have a most wonderful day!
Seleise


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Flowers!!


April is upon us and winter has not given up. We've gotten snow both of the first week-ends here in Kansas so I'm really dreaming about nice days and flowers and good times on the deck.

Since there's nothing more cheery than sunflowers, let's bring some happy, sunny thoughts with the Sunflower Mini Gram. How cute is this?!!! It's already set up to be a tri-fold so you print, color and fold. Easy peasy!


Here's the front.


Here's the back.


And, here's how it came together. I often write the colors on the bottom of the page as I go so I can look back and see what colors I used. I just play. I start in color families and then blend in other colors if I think it needs more beige or more blue or whatever. :)



Isn't it fun to see it all come together?!

At the same time that I colored the sunflowers, I also colored these beautiful Oval Frames. I added the Thinking of You sentiment from Elegant Greetings.


With these two, I cut out the ovals and put them on a card base. As you can see, I left just a bit of the white around the edge of the frame and flowers. The same copics were used as with the sunflower card and pink and purple were added too.


Here's the coloring progression.


Again, so fun to see it all come together. I see where I could have improved and think about what other color choices might work as there are so many possibilities.


So, after doing some coloring in copics, I decided to play with some watercolor pencils and a spectrum noir sparkle pen. I was inspired by a youtube video using the spectrum noir sparkle pen to spread and blend water-based markers and thought watercolor pencils would work also and they did! So fun and I will be making more cards with this technique.


Here's how they turned out.





Wouldn't this make a great gift?! Print the four images on one page - color them up, cut them out and you've got beautiful cards.


How about  a set in kraft cardstock?! Stunning! Same technique was used and it worked beautifully.


Here are close-ups.





And, the hardest part is showing the sparkle but here's an attempt.


I hope you've enjoyed seeing copics and watercolor pencils to compare the looks. I thoroughly enjoyed playing with these digis and love the possibilities.

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


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Living for Easter!


Happy March!! We've just turned clocks forward and Spring is just around the corner. Yay! Easter is also coming up quickly and there's no better time to start on your Easter cards than now! And, with digis, you can start as soon as you order and download. No wait time for shipping. So easy and so fun! Check out all the digi goodness at Pickled Potpourri Designs!


Some Bunny - an adorable digi set for the Easter season is featured on this card. Both bunnies come in the one set so I put them together and added the sentiment before printing. These are colored with Copics and are layered on a square card with corner rounded edges. It's a happy little card for the Easter holiday and you could play with a brighter color palette, if you didn't want the pastel look.


So, last month, I showed you this Cross digi on a sympathy card. Here it is as an Easter card. The background, cross and flower are colored with a light dusting of distress oxide inks. The flower, cross outline, leaves and bow details were colored on top of the distress oxide inks with distress markers. A spritz of water created the oxidized background and gave a watercolor feel to the markers and ink layers. I kept the inks light to keep the Easter pastel feel and to keep the cross as the focal point. If you wanted more oxidation, simply add more ink. So fun to play with a different coloring medium.



Another beautiful cross digi caught my eye and I knew that this stained glass image would be mine to use. This digi, Stained Glass Cross, is so beautiful! You could paper piece it to give it a layered stained glass look. You could print it on inkjet shrinky dink paper, color and make little tags for Sunday School classes. You could color it with glitter pens or add glitter accents to give it a sparkly feel. You could do a distress ink background. You could color it in golds and silvers. So many options.

I used copics and stayed in the pastel theme of the post. A bit of light yellow accents the lilies and the bit of grey makes the white cross pop and ties the stained glass window to the cross as well. It's simple and meaningful and would be a lovely card for the Easter holiday.

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