Thursday, August 14, 2014

berry variegated...

Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)


Yeah… and those new Phillis Harris stamps? *SQUEEL!* I keep seeing her post her work on FB, and I secretly think… "I sure HOPE that one becomes a stamp too!" LOL!


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One of my favorite things to do during the summer is pick berries. They grow like weeds around here… ok, so the wild berries ARE weeds around here!  But the funny thing about weeds, is they are only really weeds if you don't want them. I happen to LOVE the wild blackberries!  I pick them by the bucketful and take them to my mom's house where they are turned into jams, syrups, and leathers. YUM!

The berries on this card are from Botanical Bliss, and the sentiment is from Single Flower Miracle. I stamped the strawberries in Antique Linen Distress ink, then used Distress Markers and a water pen to color it. The light Linen Distress ink blends in and almost disappears when water and other colors are added.. this gives the impression that I am a TON more artistic than I really am… HA!  To help ad some definition back in, I used the fine tip of the Distress Markers to trace back in some detail after it had dried. 

This week I had to get a baby card done for my step-cousin (who is due ANY DAY!).  I decided to use the brand new CHALLENGE as a jumping off point. One thing I love about the Unity challenges, is that besides using Unity stamps, there really isn't much restriction to worry about… So I modified the card sketch to fit what I wanted. And it works.  

I used Hello Little One for the sentiment, and this month's KOM Summer Collapsed into Fall for the butterfly. The strips of paper are gelli prints. (I'm kinda, really loving my new 5x7 gelli plate!)

Please join us with our challenge! It's tons of fun, with a GREAT prize, and, we LOVE seeing the work you share with us! Get all the details HERE.

And, of course, I have a little tutorial for you… just cuz you are AWESOME!

Like I said, I LOVE my gelli plate, so I thought I would share a fun way to use it with your stamps...
(If you don't know what a gelli plate is, check it out HERE.)

I like to call this  Variegated Stamping because you get random splotches of different colors, and no two impressions are the same. Super fun and random.

Step 1: Dot on a couple (or so) coordinating colors of acrylic paint onto your gelli plate. Keep in mind that the colors WILL mix… some colors mix beautifully, some make a muddy mess. 

Step 2: Brayer the paint around to cover the plate… don't try to over mix the colors. Let them make their own patterns instead of one smooth color.

Step 3: Press a stamp onto the gelli plate. No need to tap it multiple times like you do an ink pad, just press it onto the  paint, and lift.

Step 4: Stamp onto your paper. You will see the variegated colors randomly across your image.

Step 4 modified: For my project, I wanted a little something special for the butterfly… so I stamped it onto acetate.  Acrylic paint works great on acetate!


Make sure to wash your stamp of well before the paint dries for happy stamps!


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Enjoy!



32 comments:

2suns said...

Thanks for the tutorial. The strawberry card is my favorite. It reminds me of going to berry patches in NC and picking strawberries with my grandmother.

Karen (karey2005) said...

Very pretty! Love the soft colors on your cards.....and the tutorial!

Brandy Bowers said...

Little tutorial was great and cards are just amazing.

Michele I said...

thanks for sharing on how you made the butterfly, the colors are so great

Terri Burson said...

I always enjoy your tutorials Kassi. You make EVERYTHING look so easy! Beautiful gelli plating on that butterfly.....wowza.

Gaylynn said...

Very pretty and creative butterflies, Kassi. :)

Rachel said...

great way to stamp that butterfly! so pretty!
-Rachel
rwkrafts.com

Lucinde said...

The butterfly is beautiful!

Ruby said...

I love your tutorials. Your cards are beautiful. I can't wait to experiment with my Gelli plate. Thanks for all the inspiration.

ionabunny said...

Love how you used the butterfly for the baby card. Must try acrylic on acetate. Thanks for the tip

Amanda said...

I love your cards and the tutorial! The baby card is my favorite! I just became a new follower.

Ruby N said...

these are amazing. thanks for the tutorial!!! will have to try that :)

Linda said...

wow neat butterfly.... very pretty.

Julie Odil said...

Your blog is always a pleasure! Great work!

Angela said...

I love the variety in your cards! Thank you for the tutorial on the butterfly card as well. I have never seen that technique before!

Berina RGA said...

beautiful cards.. love the stamping technique... very nice..
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Rebecca Wong said...

Thanks for the tutorial, it's awesome..btw, I love your cards too...

Miwa said...

Gorgeous creations! Thanks for the tutorial!

Kris B said...

Beautiful cards! I love the water coloring look of the strawberries! I think I will give that technique a try this weekend! Thanks for the tutorial! I think I need a gelli plate!

Sandy Leigh said...

Gorgeous work. -- Sandy Leigh Johnson

Sheryl said...

Gorgeous soft cards. Thanks for the tutorial!

Crystal said...

You always have the best tutorials and techniques!!! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration, I love both of these cards! A gelli plate is on my wish list and after seeing this it's moving up to the top!

Cynthia said...

Lovely projects, Kassi!

sue k said...

Beautiful strawberry card and the mixing paint colors technique is very creative with a beautiful end result. Thank you for the tutorial.

Sue
http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

Riette said...

I am loving the art work of the berries. I am itching to try watercolor techniques but am weary of my 'skill' and time oh time where did you go? :D
xxx
Riette

Colleen O said...

Thanks for a close up on your butterfly and gelli plate

Nancy Carroll said...

Awesome work, LOVE the butterfly and the tutorial!!! thanks for the inspiration.

D- said...

Thanks for sharing your WONDERFUL cards and great tutorial.
Crafty hugs,
D~
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Mellisa Hogue said...

Butterfly on the acetate is beautiful! Love the effect!

WhoMom said...

Wow! Love the tutorial for the butterfly, it's wonderful.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Great technique. TFS

Sue D said...

Very pretty cards--I like to pick blackberries too.