November 16, 2012
Here’s another layout for the MDS 30 Days of Christmas Class being taught this month by Heather Summers and Martha Inchley. This page is for Saturday Sketch Take 2, and it also fits the MDS challenge for this week to use October 2012 downloads.
Here is the supply list for the card:
- Background: Christmas Cheer – pattern 4 at 30% opacity
- Candy Cane Lane – pattern 1
- Rounded Corner Punch, filled with Whisper White, with a Not Quite Navy Mat
October 1, 2012
While I love my Winter Photo Booth swaps, I realized that people might want a simpler option. For my second swap for the Chattanooga Regional, I decided to create an MDS card that was easy to make and that could easily be made as a non-digital card. I CASEd this design from Julie Leblanc of Kewlstamps. I used the Coloring Tool in MDS2 to make each letter in the sentiment a different color.
To make the card a hybrid, I printed out the Whisper White layer only, rounded the corners with a Circle Punch, and then mounted the layer on either Gumball Green (as shown), Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, or Primrose Petals. I also accented the images with Dazzling Details to add a bit of shine.
Here is the supply list for the card:
- Cardstock Back: Gumball Green (as shown), Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, or Primrose Petals
- Background: Whisper White, with rounded corners
- Scallop Square Punch (included in the original MDS install)
- Postage Stamp Punch
- Square Punch (included in the original MDS install)
December 1, 2011
The first card (click on the image to see a larger version) in my 25 Holiday Cards Challenge pulls together techniques that I’ve learned in the last month or so. I incorporated both the homemade glitter paper that I made and I used the watercolor technique to fill in the tree.
Here are the details:
- Background: Homemade white glitter paper
- Main image background: Curly Label Punch in Baja Breeze, with a drop shadow centered at 0,0.
- Trees: Row of Trees from the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Brush Set, in Basic Black
- Middle Tree: Watercolor technique with the Splatter from the Extreme Elements Stamp Brush Set, in Handsome Hunter, with opacity adjusted in a few stamps to create the look of depth.
- Decorations: Circle Punches, resized, in various shades. Star from A Holly, Jolly Christmas Stamp Brush Set in Whisper White
- Gift: Gift from Jolly Bingo Bits in Whisper White with Brilliant Blue Square and Circle Punches behind.
- Sentiment: Typed in the Lucida Calligraphy font.
November 10, 2011
I was intrigued by the Watercolor card posted by Julie Ann Davidse on the My Digital Studio (MDS) site. She credited the technique to Patty Bennett’s watercolor card, also on the MDS site. I had to figure out that technique!
I ultimately found the instructions on Cindy Schuster’s Watercoloring Technique video and her MDS Watercolor Technique Tutorial blog post. I’m not 100% sure who came up with the instructions originally, but those are the examples and sites that inspired my Thanksgiving Watercolor Card:
I wanted to try something other than flowers, and a splashy fall tree seemed like a perfect option. As the saying goes around here, you can tell Fall is proof that God’s a Hokie.
It looks a bit more like an impressionist’s painting to me because of the colors are deep. I used the same basic technique that was described in the tutorials:
- I changed the background to Very Vanilla.
- I stamped the Dutch Elm from the Lovely as a Tree set in Early Espresso and resized it to fit the card.
- I stamped the Splatter from the Extreme Elements set in Cherry Cobbler and in Pumpkin Pie.
- I rotated and resized the Splatter stamps, and I changed the layering until I had the leaves covered and a color arrangement I liked.
- I adjusted the opacity on some of the Splatter stamps, rather randomly, to add some lighter colors and give the image some depth.
- I stamped the Splatter from the Extreme Elements set in Soft Suede and Early Espresso, resized to a much smaller size, to fill in the trunk of the tree.
- I restamped and resized the Dutch Elm from the Lovely as a Tree set in Early Espresso, and aligned the images (I found this easier than moving the images up and down to get what I wanted).
- I stamped the sentiment Gratitude Transforms from the Bright Blessings set in Cherry Cobbler, resized it to fit the width, and added the drop shadow.
So happy to learn this technique. I’m now reconsidering my Wish List to see is there are other stamps that would be great for watercoloring. Thanks to Julie, Patty, and Cindy for posting their examples and explanations.