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!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


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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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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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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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!