Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Watercolor creams with sequin waste

I love sequin waste.  It comes in a Mylar roll in various “sequin” sizes.  The holes are from where the sequins are punched.  They make amazing stencils and are great for backgrounds.

For this fast and easy background I layer a piece of sequin waste on my cardstock.  You can hold in place or tape down with washi tape to avoid any shifting.  I used a red watercolor cream, from Brea Reese and rubbed over the sequin waste, using it as a stencil.  I took a baby wipe and rubbed out some areas.  I repositioned the “stencil” and rubbed over the holes to leave some of the circular patterns showing.

The monochromatic background is just enough tp layer your card elements.  The little whimsical girl is from the Vera Lane Studio set “Give me some sugar”   Keeping this card in the red tones makes for a visually pleasing composition with very little effort!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Simple tag with stencil embellishment

I’m using three Art-C products in this fast and easy pair of tags.    I began with three tags from the Tea-stained tags collection.  Both sides of the tags are decorated.  The backs have a nice tea-stain treatment which is a great surface within itself.   I used one of the image stencils from the Art-C adhesive stencil/arrow/feather  to decorate the tag. The stencils had just the right amount of stickiness to adhere to the tag without tearing the paper — the adhesive allows the stencil to make a nice clean print.  I dabbed the stencil with acrylic paint and a paint dabbler from Brea Reese.    I dotted the dried image with a Paint Writer in chalk white  .  I love these little tubes — they deliver just the right consistency of smooth paint for linear lines or dots.  The tag is ready to add your images, washi tape or collage bits.  I think the neutral background is just perfect to pop your hand-colored images!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Tag concertina

This tiny tag concertina is a fast little make that can be tucked in an envelope along with a greeting for that extra surprise and smile.    
To create:
1. Wet watercolor paper with a brush or spritz with water. 
2.  Brush on Brea-Reese glitter ink. The micro glitter sparkles leaves a nice shimmer (which is hard to detect in the photographs). 
3. Experiment with wet on wet, dripping more ink on wet areas.  
4. Add highlights by dipping  a clean brush and plain water.  The plain water will “erase” or lighten the color.
5. Allow drying time. Use a die cut or a tag punch to make tags.  Position your punch to capture the most interesting part of your painting.   
6.  Add your stamped or digistamp images and some text.  Attach the tags with strips of washi tape or scrapbook paper strips with a glue stick. 

Create a stack of tags for later use.  Can also be cute as gift tags, hang tags on wine bottles or attached to a cellophane bag of goodies.  

Friday, April 19, 2019

Who doesn’t love a llama?

Today’s CAS (clean and simple) card features our llama from the whimsical Llama and Giraffe set.  The background and misty mauve paper matting is from one of my very favorite paper pads from ART-C.  The 6 x 6 card stock pad is called “office” with a wonderful assortment of vintage looking office like papers. The neutral tones and subtle textures work well when featuring a hand colored digi stamp.  

The llamas are colored with Copic markers ands mounted on the card with raised glue dots.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Alcohol Inks from Brea Reese

This square card was a total experiment with the Brea Reese Alcohol inks.  These super intense affordable inks are a fun medium for interesting backgrounds for your cardmaking.  I did not have any waterproof paper on hand so I took a gamble and used photo paper.  I was thrilled to see the colors mix and create this glaze-like layered effect.

My little chicks are from Vera Lane Studio’s Farm Animal set 2 .  The chicks are colored in COPIC markers and mounted on foam squares.  The stamp sticker is from K& Company.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Welcome Guest Designer for February; Bonnie Irvine

We are excited that Bonnie is joining us as guest designer for Vera Lane Studio.  Bonnie has been a fan favorite and frequent poster.  Her passion for Vera Lane images really shows in her brilliant and cheerful creations and excellent workmanship.  We hope you will follow Bonnie's weekly postings along with the rest of our stellar team.  
My name is Bonnie Irvine and I live in a tiny rural town in western Ontario, Canada. I have been a craft fanatic since I was a little girl. It's always been my go-to free time activity. I love creating with paper, paint, inks, and especially digital stamps since they give me the flexibility I need for the various sizes and substrates I work on. Mixed media and art journaling are a particular favourite and I love the way Vera Lane Studio images spark my creativity and suit my colourful quirky style. I am delighted to guest design with this talented team this month.

Please enjoy this video clip of some of Bonnie's amazing cards using Vera Lane Studio images. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Welcome November Guest Designer Debra Davison

Meet our November Guest Designer Debra Davison.  Debra says she loves Vera Lane Studio images !! "They aren’t like all of the other stamps you see every day.  They are quirky and unique and I love designing with them. The Vera Lane community is supportive and gets me out of my comfort zone !! The images challenge me to create unique cards . I’m excited to bring my style to the VLS images and create something new each week !!"

Debra will bring her eclectic style strengths to the team this month -- from traditional to odd, she loves the quirky and play with diverse patterns to the clean simplicity of a CAS design. Her TUESDAY posts will be fun to watch out for! Debra would like you to know a little bit about herself:

 I am 60 years young and have been a paper-crafter for as long as I can remember. As a  teenager, I made my own stationary with paper and stickers. Pretty simple but a lifelong love of paper was born !! I have been rubber-stamping for over 30 years and love the new world of digis !! My day job is as an RN  with 30 years of ICU experience. Presently I work in an area called eHospital, based out of the Telemetry Department. My guy and I have been together for 17 years and we have a cute and crazy cat named Pixie. I have one grown son, Carter.   Paper-crafting is my BLISS, I especially love making and sending cards !! Lately I have been obsessed with ATCoins - they are SO much fun !! I am in several Snail Mail / Postcard Swap groups and love creating postcards to send to friends all over the world !! Look for Debra's creations every Tuesday in November.