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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bellarific Friday Sketch Challenge

Hello Crafters! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week. It's been a bit overcast and rainy here in Florida so I decided for this week's Bellarific Friday challenge I'd bring in some sunshine with a bright yellow palette. This week's challenge was the fantastic MojoBella sketch below and I decided to play with the adorable Tiny Townie Garden Girls Daffodil. She's so sassy and fun! 



I started this card by stamping my image in Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink onto a piece of X-Press It Blending Card. This is my go to combo for coloring with Copic Markers. This was a simple image to color and it used a limit number of Copics. To make it pop a bit more, I pulled out a couple Spica glitter pens and used the dot technique to add shimmer and texture to the shadow areas. It actually looks like her dress could be covered in sequins in real life. The camera just can't pick that detail up. Here's a look at the colors I used. 


After completing the image, I used a stitched rectangle die to cut it down to size. I next focused on the card panel. I grabbed a piece of bright yellow cardstock that I had in my stash and cut it to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 which is the exact size of an A2 card. I then used a double stitched circle die positioned on the corner of the yellow cardstock. I ran this through my Big Shot and because it was a double stitched die, it left the stitching detail on the negative piece which is what I was using. I then decided on a patterned piece of cardstock, cut and adhered it my card base. I applied foam tape to the back of my yellow piece and adhered it to the card base. Now I had a fun peek-a-boo window and some neat dimension to my card.

I next adhered my image piece to the card base matching the sketch in the challenge. I had to use both foam tape and tape runner since a portion of the image is over the window area. For the sentiment, I wanted something that was vertical so I chose to go with a simple "THX" using a few die cut letters. I cut them out on a scrap piece of X-Press It blending card and grabbed the same green Copics I used in the image to color an ombre on each letter. I like creating my own colored cardstock like this when I need something to match perfectly to an image. It's quick and easy. I adhered those into place, again using a mix of foam tape and tape runner. For the final touches, I covered each letter in Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen and glued on a few little yellow sequins.

Here's a close up view of the card and you can almost see the sparkle those Spica pens add to her dress!


Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog and see the rest of the Design Team created using this sketch as inspiration.  If you would like to participate in Bellarific Fridays for a chance to be entered into a monthly drawing to win some Bella Bucks click on the link below for more details. Next week's Bellarific Friday challenge is to make a THANK YOU or THINKING OF YOU card! Be sure to use any CURRENT Stamping Bella stamp. Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon!


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Monday, August 7, 2017

August Stamp of the Month for Bellarific Friday

Hello Crafty Friends! I can not believe it's August! Where on earth is this year going? A new month brings a new Stamp of the Month over at Stamping Bella and this month it's the absolutely precious BEDELIA the BUNNY. All month long you can pick her up for 20% off. How could you say no to that sweet little face? 





I chose watercolor as my color medium this week. I started by stamping the image onto Strathmore watercolor paper in versamark clear ink and then heat setting it with gold embossing powder. I then decided to pull out my dusty Distress markers. They use to be my go to for watercolor several years ago and it was nice to use them again. They are super easy to use and very cost effective. 

My palette is a laminated piece of white cardstock. I use to use an acrylic block but it could be hard to see the colors clearly. With the laminated cardstock you can clearly see what colors you are using plus it's a breeze to clean and so easy to take with you for on the go crafting. I scribbled the colors I wanted, applied a tiny squirt of water from my Distress sprayer to wet it, then applied the color with my favorite brush the Silver Black Velvet size 2. 


After the image was complete, I used a rectangle die to cut the piece down to size. Next I focused on my card base. I selected a beautiful piece of floral patterned paper for the background. I then pulled out some gold foil cardstock so that I could die cut a stitched frame and a mat for the image. I knew I wanted to use the thanks die but was having a hard time with placement. I just happen to lay it across the image and realized that the little bunny could hold it. I pulled out my exacto knife and sliced around her paws. I then slid the thanks die underneath and secured it into place. I adhered this to the gold mat and thought it could use one more layer so I added a piece of dark purple cardstock. All of these layers along with the gold frame were adhered to my standard A2 size card base. 

Next it was time for embellishing! I pulled out some gold sequins in various sizes and adhered them around the scene. I applied clear Wink of Stella to the thanks word die and also to the purple flowers on her head. You have to have a light hand when doing this because the Distress markers will reactive with the Wink of Stella. A dab will do you! Here's a closer look at some of the sparkle and shine:


The set comes with a great sentiment that I definitely wanted to incorporate so I decided to showcase it on the inside of the card. I stamped the sentiment in black and then stamped the image in a coordinating purple ink. And that finished my card!


Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog and see the rest of the Bellas created using Bedelia!  If you would like to participate in Bellarific Fridays for a chance to be entered into a monthly drawing to win some Bella Bucks click on the link below for more details. 



Next week's Bellarific Friday challenge is the fantastic Mojo Bella sketch below. Hope you join along and create something with us! Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon!