Thursday, September 25, 2014

making magic...

Hello my wonderful friends!

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

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So, ya wanna know what I've been doing the past few days?

(KOM subscription freebe, 25 Days of Christmas)

This, my friends, is 60 Christmas cards! Yes, you read that right! Funny story about it… I went to a Scout fundraiser to help decorate. I stayed for it because my ride was helping with the auction. I took the cards to work on watercoloring them… might as well be productive while waiting, right? A friend of mine saw me and asked about them… The next day, he saw me again and asked if they were done yet… UMMM I've got SIXTY to hand color…nope, I'm not done yet! Ha! 

It actually did go fairly fast. I started them Saturday, and finished gluing them together Tuesday night…. Yup, I'm pretty proud of that! Now on to the 60 gifts to go with them.. then the birthday cards and gifts for next year… Sigh… I hope the kids like them!



I love background stamps… and the Chicken Wire Background is one of my most used Unity backgrounds! I love how subtle yet effective it is with the tone on tone stamping!  The sentiment is a fun one from the new Thanks & Giving kit (released today!!!). I love how it can be used as either an element or focal point in a card. Yay for awesomely designed stamps! And that flower from this month's KOM… yeah, be still my heart, LOVE. (actually, there are several heart-stealers in that kit!)

When I was making this card, I decided to pull out my Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Magicals. (these are a HIGHLY pigmented powders with a built in binder, so you just need to add water or other wet medium… So much fun to work with!)

There are TONS of ways to use the Magicals powders, but here is one that I ADORE because it is super simple yet the end result looks complex, and is distinctively unique each time…

Step 1: Ink up your stamp with a clear embossing ink and stamp onto your paper. Different papers will give you different results… I like to use a mixed media or watercolor paper because I like the play it gives the water…

Step 2: Use a DRY paint brush to dust Magical colors over your image. You have all the control you want… brush colors on randomly, or carefully apply to specific areas.. your choice. They will be dull and blasé right now, but don't worry. 
(yeah, so my stamped image didn't come out completely clear… that's what I get for not cleaning my stamps real well… it still works, and ended up showing up better for the picts. LOL!)

Step 3: Here is where the "magic" part of Magicals takes place… once you are done painting on the powder, dust off the excess, then lightly mist with water… the colors will POP.. so will all the stray specs of powder that you didn't even know were still on the paper. 

One of the fun things about Magicals is how they are made… each color is NOT made up of an individual pigment… instead, it is the combination of multiple pigment particles. They blend wonderfully when stirred into water or other medium, but when you just spritz lightly with water, you get speckles of differential colors.. SO FUN! 

Be careful not to over spray.. if it gets too wet, the colors will all just run and bleed… great for backgrounds, not so great for a stamped image. 

And, as a bonus tip… if you are looking for a fun way to add just a touch of dimension and texture, try Ranger's Enamel Accents… it comes in Black and White…it's like Glossy Accents but opaque. Supper fun. If you make dots with it, the peak will sink into it, leaving you with a beautiful dome. Yup, pretty awesome!

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Enjoy!


41 comments:

Miwa said...

Wow, you work fast! Those Christmas cards are gorgeous! Thank you so much for the heads up on the Magicals powder - love the effect! I think I need to go buy some now!

Beth F. said...

Your cards are gorgeous! 60 Christmas cards...you are one brave lady :)
Beth
Beth's Beauties

Ina Good said...

I love the stamp and how you used the magicals to color with very pretty

Ruby said...

WOW You have been busy. Look what you have done. Beautiful cards.

Doreen said...

Gorgeous cards,thanks for the step by step.xxx

Cindy Roman-Daversa said...

I just pulled my jaw up off of the floor..Magicals?! Yes, you are! Ab Fab!

McStamper said...

Great cards.

Kim Rippere said...

60! I think you might have inspired me to start. :)

Berina RGA said...

60 cards!! wow!! that is awesome!! love the other card as well!! very nice..
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Michelle N. said...

Wow-that's a lot of cards! Beautiful work on all of them, and thanks for the tip on the Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals-I want to try them!

Lisa Rodriguez said...

wow your ahead of the game with completing all those Christmas cards! Congrats!

sharon g said...

The owls are just adorable. I love how you colored them, too. I've never noticed that stamp before. Too cute.

Kris B said...

Wow! 60 Christmas cards! That is amazing and they are adorable! Thanks for another great tutorial! My DH won't thank you since I now have more items to add to my wish list!

Iris said...

So cute - love the embossing.
isoscia at aol dot com

2suns said...

Your Christmas cards are awesome

Madeline Rains said...

Just beautiful. thanks for the tips about Lindy's magical flat and about the Ranger enamel!

ionabunny said...

60 very cute xmas cards. What fun products you play with. Love the enamel accents Hugz

Dawn LL said...

So many spectacular tips and techniques on your post...thank you so much for sharing with all of us. I am excited to try some of your project ideas. Wonderful projects to share.

Rebecca Wong said...

Thanks for sharing the tutorial, and I pretty sure the kids will like all your beautiful cards.

cinmfoster said...

What a beautiful card. Thanks for the tutorial.
Cindy F

Susan said...

Love your Christmas cards! Thanks for showing how you did the floral card! I'm going to have to check out the Flat Magicals!

Robin B. said...

Wow, this card is stunning! I love the chicken wire background and the gorgeous flower. Thanks for sharing.

Sonia said...

Thanks for sharing this technique with us- great results!

Scrapper Myra said...

Wow. Those are a lot of cards. And so cute.

Linda said...

your cards are so pretty!

Lagene said...

I'm impressed by your 60 Christmas cards! And the Magical flower card is awesome!

Gaylynn said...

Wow, 60 cards and then some. Lovely work again today Kassi.

heidiscoll said...

Great job on 60 cards!! Holy cow! Awesome cards! And thanks for the bonus tip! I will be using it! :)

Karen (karey2005) said...

60 cards! That's awesome! And they are super cute!

cal8007 said...

Thanks for the tutorial on the magicals!! Here's another thing to add to my stash. Three days to make 60 cards? Do you ever eat? LOL

Rosemag said...

60 cards, wow!!! You are great!

jules said...

ADORABLE CHRISTMAS CARDS!

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

Gorgeous card and wow to 60 cards!!!!

Mandi said...

Lovely cards Kassi :)

loulou said...

Wow, I can't believe you coloured all those cards - did you get any sleep. Great card love those magicals.

Tasha Freeman said...

Lovely card! Hmmm...Magicals...must try :)

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

WOW!!! Now that is a stack of cards. You have been very busy. I'm sure the kids will love them,

Katie S. said...

Wow, you're a better person than I! What great Christmas cards! Thanks for introducing me to magicals!!

Immi said...

Very cool. I was not familiar with this product.

mlady012 said...

Wow! I haven't even thought of Christmas yet! Great cards!

Ruby N said...

wow that's a lot of cards!!! such a trooper! they're adorable!