Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New posting day and of course some links

Good morning everyone, hope you had a great weekend!  Our weather has become very summer like, which is fine with me, especially when it is warm but not too hot : )  Typically we get at least one really hot spell, over a 100 for a few days, but other then that our summers stay in the low to mid 80's most of the time, and the evenings are simply the best, warm and just perfect for late night walks.

Ok, now onto business!  I am changing my posting day to Tuesday because I have also been invited to be a part of Susana's Custom Art and Card Design DT.  The start date was supposed to be at the beginning of June, however with our son in the hospital I have had to postpone the date a bit, but today I will be posting a card over at the "Follow your Heart" blog, here is a close up of the card I created for the blog:

If you want to see the entire card you will need to pop over to the "Follow your Heart" blog : )  The DT team followed a sketch and also was asked to use flower soft on their card....and I may have come up with a new way to incorporate flower soft into a paper project : )  The image is from the new Elisabeth Bell collection, which is a GREAT collection by the way.

A while back I made the following card, brought it to work and sold it within 10 minutes of putting it on my desk:

The card above was actually very easy to make, and I even created the background paper myself by using embossing pens in various colors to make small dots and then sprinkling the ink with some clear glitter embossing powder.  The image is stamped on water color paper (140 pound), stamped with Versa Fine black ink, embossed with clear embossing powder and then painted with distress ink.  I also added some Viva Decor Glitter Liner pen to the center of the flowers.  The image is from Magenta stamps (I absolutely adore Magenta stamps, even if they are a bit expensive).

Here is a close up of the card (you can see the embossing much better in this picture):

Ok, so now onto some links:

Nelli Snellen:  Wow, her punches and other items are amazing!  I especially like these die cuts that are very similar to Nesties, but with a bit more flair.  I am still trying to find a store in the US that sells these die cuts, if you happen to know where to purchase in the US please let me know.

Acid Free Sealing Spray Recipe:  This is a GREAT recipe to keep on hand to seal your art work, especially if you use chalks, mica powder, anything that needs to be sealed.

Little Paper Shop:  Very nice site with a great list of freebies for you to download!  This is a "ning" type website, if you sign up you can create your own page and so on.

Ecraft:  Wow!  I am VERY interested in this new electronic cutting machine, you do not need a sticky pad and you can leave paper in a tray and the cutter will self feed the paper (set the machine and walk away).  Kmart also has this machine, if anyone has purchased please let us know what you think.

Distress Ink Pallet:  LOVE this idea!  This is a great way to create a pallet for your distress ink, and it is inexpensive to boot!

Photovisi:  A really easy way to create fantastic picture collages, I played with this a bit the other day, it was easy to use, and I loved all the various ways you can put your pictures together, best yet?  The service is free!

Ok everyone, that is it for this week.  Thank you all for your support and for stopping by.  I will announce the winner of the blog candy next Tuesday (you have until Saturday to leave a comment here).  Have a great week, and enjoy your 4th of July holiday.


Cherie said...

Jacquie, Love how you added the dots to the card and outlined the petals! Wow Nellie has some really cool punches! I went to Ecraft but couldn't find the cutting machine you mentioned. Did like the recipe! Gonna go check out Photovisi! TFS!

LorraineB said...

Congratulations on becoming part of the DT. Loved the cards and links.

slbt17 said...

love your links - thanks for sharing - I love the Snellen dies too, and did come across a few at Simon Says Stamps - but not the ones I am looking for ... From what I understand the shipping costs makes the price unattractive.
on with the search!

trish said...

hi! I just watched your sharpie marker video (thanks! it was great) Was wondering, do you use a circle motion for all of the coloring in? I just got my big pack of sharpies today-can't wait to do even more!
I posted my pic plus a link to your video on facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/trishnatey
(my results weren't as good as yours, but I need some more colors and more practice!)

Jheffner said...

Hi Trish,

Glad you liked the marker video. Yes, I colored in circles (though it doesn't look like I did) for the entire video.

Just keep practicing, and the paper matters, try using a good marker paper, something that will allow you to blend a bit.

You can use watercolor paper like I did, however I think you will get better results with the marker paper (any paper for magna drawing)

also, take a test strip of paper, lay down your color and practice blending the colors in rectangle...that will help you learn how the pens work and what works best for shading....and remember that the sharpies tend to be darker in color, so go light with the color you want the lightest.

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