Monday, August 21, 2017

Going on a Bear Hunt - Amira's Bear Family Scenery Cards with Color Burst & Distress Oxide

Hello Crafty Friends and Happy Monday!

Let's start the week with some super fun bear craft as Amira uses Ken Oliver Color Burst plus Distress Oxides to create fun forest backgrounds for her bear family cards.....

Dear Crafters,
Today I am using both the Jolee's Boutique Sticker pack and the Ken Oliver Burst to create scenery cards.

Card 1: Climb more trees

For my first card, I sponged on Distress Oxide (Peeled Paint) to the bottom half of my card.

I then added the color burst to the top section of the card and applied faded jeans distress oxide over it to fill in the empty white areas.

Next came the placement of the bears.

For extra dimensional grass, I used this die cut from the Bear Die in the Kit (watch this blog for my next post) and applied Nuvo Crystal Drops to give the grass a glossy dimensional feel.

For the sentiment,  I used a cut apart strip from the Weekend Adventures 12 x 12 Paper Collection.
This sentiment was SO APT for my scene.

I also found this appropriate embellishment that finished my sentiment perfectly.
It is a parenting philosophy I live by " Climb more trees, you'll more mountains " *TRUE THAT*

And here is my finished card.

The thick wire edged ribbon worked well in the 2 areas where I applied it.
Under the "mountain" for layering and above the tree to fill in the empty space.

Card 2- Life with you is always a picnic

I started this card by applying Distress Oxide to my Ken Oliver Mat, spraying with water to activate then smooching the lower half only to achieve a "grassy" look.

Next, I used a scrap piece of paper, drew undulating mountains and then cut them out with my scissors.

I flipped this over and used it as a guide to add a mountain range in the distance.
I used ground espresso Distress Ink and applied it with a sponge dauber.

I then masked off the "mountains" with washi tape and applied color bursts to make my sky.
This time, I decided to fill in the whites with my paint brush to make a more cohesive sky.

For trees, I used this Impression Obsession Birch Tree die (from my stash) and cut out some trees with white card stock. I then lightly tapped them with Distress Ink to give them more of a woody look.
To the trees, I added some puffy leaf stickers.

Apply bear stickers...

For the sentiment, I found a strip once again that describes how I feel about my little "bear child" at home. I never know what exciting thing he is into next and it will always make my heart glad.
This time, I did distress and ink the edges on the sentiment.

For the bottom of the card, I used my Fiskars grass punch and layered up 2 different colors of green card stock to create a lovely base for the card.

And here is the finished look:

Card #3- Stop and smell the roses.

I once again created the same green grass, mountain and sky scenes as the previous card.
I also added the same birch trees.

This is my bear sticker this time.

The Mama bear looks like she is taking time to ground herself in her day so I felt that this sentiment was perfect!

I feel like this Mama bear. She needs to stop and smell the roses. Desperately.

I added the wire edges ribbon at the top ace again to fill in the empty space

And here is my card :)

Here is a one more look at all the cards together.

Thank you for tuning in :)
You can watch my process Video here

Hope you get a chance to make some forest scenery cards.
They are so much fun.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Color Burst Play - Amira's Easy & Quick Backgrounds for Easy & Quick Cards

Hello Crafty Friends!

Our Monthly Kits are so much fun, but the best thing about them is that you can buy the components separately, just in case you don't need the whole kit (said no-one EVER! lol).
Our August Kit includes a bottle of super fun Ken Oliver Color Burst and today Amira shows us some different techniques for creating Color Burst backgrounds........

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I am playing with Ken Oliver's Color Bursts.
You will need good quality water color paper to get some good results.

Since color bursts activate with water, you will also need a spray bottle.

I did a little experiment with a regular water bottle application VS a fine mist application.

Fine Mist Bottle Results

Large water drops from the regular spray bottle

There is no right or wrong- it's simply the look you prefer for the results you want to achieve.

I played with a few items from my craft stash and I wanted to share with you 6 techniques that produce good results with Color Bursts.

Technique 1- Dry then wet

In this technique, I added the Color Bursts (CB from now on) to dry water color paper.
I then misted with water.

Here is what it looks like after one pump from the mister.

After 2 pumps.

After 3 pumps.

I like it like this.

Technique 2- Wet then dry.

In this second technique, I sprayed the paper so that the entire surface was wet and started to apply the CB.

First tap of powder.

Second tap of powder.

 Third tap pf powder.


Here is another I made next to it.

This is what they look like when they dry

Remember, that water color always dries lighter than you expect.

Technique 3- Watercolor Resist Pen

I grabbed my Prima Resist Pen and wrote a custom message on water color paper.

I waited for it to dry then once again, applied CB and water.

After drying, I rubbed away the resist "goo" to reveal a pattern in the background.

I made a few of these card fronts and here is how i finished it off and turned it into a card.

Technique 4- Heat Emboss with VersaMark.
I wanted to take this step a little further and decided to ink the background with clear Versamark. I then stamped this background script stamp and heat embossed it.

Once again, I added CB and water and the results are WONDERFUL!

Here is the final product. 
You will recognise the Prima Stamp from the previous month's kit.
They fit perfectly on card fronts :)

Here is another card made using Versamark and the embossing resist technique.
It really is very simple yet effective.

Technique 5- Stencil Play
In this experiment, I taped the stencil to the water color paper, lightly misted and then applied the CB.
I gently lifted the stencil and heat dried the paper.
Looks good although you can see where the color seeped under the stencil.

They make quick and easy backgrounds so you can make a quick and easy card.

Technique 6- Embossing folder play

For this technique, I embossed a piece of water color paper with an embossing folder and then once again wet the paper and applied the CB and then allowed it to dry. I also tried this in reverse- CB first and then embossed. The results are identical.

I went one extra step by buffing the embossed surface with a distress tool to further show the design of the embossing folder in the background.

A further step was to ink the white areas with Distress Ink Vintage Photo and then buff the raised embossed design. I love how this background turned out.

Here is the card mounted on a kraft card base.

And another....

And another...

Instead of using distress ink, I tried adding Inka Gold.

With a sponge I applied it gently to the raised areas.

I adore how this turned out :)

Here is another card made with a different embossing folder design.

 You will find that you will have MANY backgrounds because it is such a soothing and interesting product to play with and no 2 backgrounds that you make will EVER be the same.

Grab your embellishment bucket and sit down and make quick and easy cards for the next time you need to send someone a birthday card or just a hello :)

You can find my Process Video HERE.

Thank you for joining me today.
Happy crafting.
:) Amira

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