Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Valentines Day Extravaganza!

Ok, ignore the title, it's not really that exciting. I don't usually make cards most years but the website I trade on had a Valentines swap so I decided it would be fun to do.

If you are from that site and don't want to see the card you might recieve, don't keep reading! :)

Let's also follow this up with the fact that I am not really a paper artist for the most part. I don't have a die-cut machine or many art punches. That means that everything I have created for these cards has been drawn and cut by hand, especially the hearts. All those hearts were cut by hand.

I found inspiration for several of these cards from hunting around Pinterest. Some of the cards might be familiar if you cruise craft sites. A few came from my crazy head. On several of them I tried new techniques. Well, techniques that were new to me. 

Away we go!

 This card was made by gluing tissue paper onto the card and then paint was dry brushed over to create the background. Used a die-cut heart which I then drew white lace on and filled part of the lace with silver ink.

 Much like the last card, a piece of tissue was glued onto a card and dry brushed with paints. Created a background by using silver ink and a stamp I carved. Then I then painted a heart with acrylic and gold ink.

One of the only hole punches I have is hearts. I punched out tons of them from leftover edges of paper and a tiny piece of tin foil. Then I glued them over hand drawn x's and o's.

 This card is actually shaped like a mason jar. I colored the "jar"with colored pencils and silver ink. Then I attached hearts. 

 Used a small piece of watercolor paper and cut it to look like an envelope as well as painting a few shadows on. I then took a bunch of hand cut hearts and glued them on.

 This is one of the cards I made by "embroidering" paper. It's actually pretty easy, draw your design, use a needle to punch holes throughout the design and then use a back-stitch to embroider your image in whatever colors you choose.

 Same idea as the card above!

 This is tough to see, but the background is watercolor paint loosely splashed on followed by splotches of silver ink. Then a die cut heart painted with white and silver ink to create lace around the border.

 This is probably my favorite- It is 5 watercolor hearts painted in pink and purple with a wet-on-wet technique. Then I punched two holes in each heart and attached them with brads so they can spin. The ribbon holds the hearts and can be used to hang them when extended like a banner.
 This is the hearts open. You can't see the ribbons well, but they are tied on the far right and left holes.

 A cut heart I covered in glitter. I then made the banner to go over it. Simple and cute

 I fastened two brads with holes. Then I glued some linen string into the brads and made the hearts look like they were "hanging".

 This looks pretty simple for what I actually did. I swirled several layers of acrylic on the background. Then I made the heart and outlined it in paint and silver ink. I finished with adding tiny hearts all over.

 This I found through a tutorial, but it's incredibly simple. Draw the heart outline and the word in pencil. Use frisket to paint over the word. Paint your watercolor and remove the frisket to reveal the word free of paint.

Watercolored background wash with a woven heart over. I cut two extended "u" shapes in the long part I cut uneven strips totalling about 7 per "u". I then latticed (or wove) the strips and glued together.

Another labor intensive card. I painted the entire background with acrylic. I then made another woven heart and glued it on. I think took white ink and painted the lace around the border.

Possibly the most time consuming of the bunch, a colored pencil background smoothed out and sealed. Painted acrylic clouds and then glued paper hearts over. Ink used for the balloon "strings".

And there are a few more, but I felt like this post was WAY long already. Hope you enjoy! If you have any questions or want any tutorials on any of the pieces, let me know in the comments! :)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

That escalated fast...

It won't be the first time. It also certainly won't be the last, but I have officially over-committed myself. I am almost positive I will finish everything, but there is always that nagging doubt.

Before the end of this month I  need to complete several art commitments. I have completed 18 out of 19 Valentines I need to for a swap. They are all unique, a few are like others but none of them are the same. I still need to make about 5-8 more for family and friends. I have to finish about 10 ATC's by the end of the month. I also agreed to send a few people some "love" in the form of art this month. I am incredibly excited to make so many fun new things and bring happiness to others, but I am slightly concerned. I also need to finish 3 domino books by mid-March at the latest. It doesn't seem like a lot when written out but I am adding up the hours each thing will take me in my head and grimmacing at my choices a little. 

Oh! I forgot I still need to live my life in between all of this. I know that my partner is kind and easy going but I am waiting for the day he decides he is tired of looking at my art supplies everywhere. I figure that I will come home one day and the walls, floors, and cats will be painted with all of the art supplies I have left out. I joke, but I can only imagine what it's like to live with an artist.

I am going to share some of the Valentines cards I have made in my next post. If you don't want to see what I might have made you, don't look too close. I will post the pics far down the page, but I am letting folks know now. Fair warning!