Thursday, April 10, 2014

A cardstock Gamsol Magic Comparison

Okay here are the results of my completely non scientific study.  I stamped every image with memento. And attempted to color every image the "same". By same I mean the amount of pressure put on the pencil/cardstock to lay down color. This is an important distinction as I found the Georgia Pacific didn't accept color as easily as the others. I didn't color correct or lighten the photo.

I also wanted to use a variety of colors to see if they reacted differently in similar circumstances. I used Prismacolor pencils.

I blended the same color with the same blending medium on all cardstock consecutively.  So I started with yellow and did all the yellows with Baby Oil and so on.

Top left - Georgia Pacific
Top right - Recollections 65lbs
Bottom left - Neenah Classic Crest
Bottom right - Recollections 110lbs

On each card:
Left - Gamsol (low odor artist thinners)
Right - Baby Oil

I completely expected to say all the cardstock pretty much acted the same. Well it didn't.  And I am definitely not a cardstock snob. If it is cost effective and works, use it.

I would be okay with using any of my cardstock for this technique. I did find that if I wanted more intense color that I would want to use Neenah or Recollections 110lbs.  Overall I preferred the Recollections 110lbs to work with. The color went on smoothly and easily and blended how I wanted. I was surprised there seemed to be a difference between it and the Recollections 65lbs. 

Choice and reason
1st choice - Recollections 110lbs.  I bought this strictly as a card base, so I was surprised at how well it worked and very cost effective especially with a coupon.

2nd choice - Recollections 65lbs.  This was a close call with Neenah. The Recollections 65lbs was smooth and easy enough to color. It blended particular well with the Gamsol. Fantastic for the price.

3rd choice - Neenah. Oh Neenah, Neenah, Neenah... you were my 2nd choice until the red bled into the green with Gamsol.  Now there are a few user errors on these but this was not one of them. Not worth the risk for the cost of the cardstock for me.

4th choice - Georgia Pacific. 1st if this is what you can afford it isn't awful, it just isn't my first choice (now). From the start it just didn't want to accept pencil color evenly. Then it seemed to pull with the blending solutions I didn't quite make it pill but I could have. It is usable but it could lead to a lot of frustration when experimenting with this technique. 

My advice, if you have the cardstock already experiment. If you have to purchase for this the Recollections line is a solid investment especially with a sale or coupon. Hope you found this helpful.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sympathy - the card I never wanted to make

Sympathy cards are hard at the best of times. This wasn't one of them. I took inspiration from Lindsay's Frugalcrafter tutorial on painting bamboo. 

This was for the family of one of our dearest friends who was also a black belt at our karate dojo. I hope it helps his family know how much he was loved by his friends. 

Card size - 8.5in x 5.5in
Cardstock - watercolor paper; Recollections- black and 110lb white for base.
Stamps - Gina K Designs: Assorted Greetings
Ink - Gina K Color Companions: black onyx
Color - Derwent Inktense

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Box Car(d) Penguin Birthday

A cross between Up! and Madagascar with a cupcake would probably be the best way to describe this card!

I decided I wanted to make one of these box cards that I had seen on SCS and that it would be penguin and birthday themed... well the penguin theme probably came first to be honest. So I looked at my cute as a button penguin by Gina K and thought wouldn't he be cute holding a birthday cake of some kind... I wanted to keep this all Gina K but didn't have the right sized cupcake in my Gina K stamps so I went with the Technique Tuesday ones. Instead of paper piecing I cut inserts to slip the cupcake behind his flippers and then backed the stamped image with another fussy cut penguin, which also helped with stability when I adhered him to the card.

The balloons are an old QuicKutz die and loads of cheerful colored cardstock. Some were scraps.

Card size - 8.5 in. x 5.5 in. folded flat;
Cardstock - The Paper Studio: black, white, striped;
Stamps - Gina K Designs: Melt my Heart, Sweet Tweets; Technique Tuesday: Icing on the Cake;
Ink - Gina K Designs Color Companions: black onyx, white; Versamark;
Color - Copics; Sakura metallic silver;
Accessories - gel-a-tins scented embossing powder chocolate bliss

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Brrrrrother... Happy Birrrrrrthday!

This card was created for my eldest who is away at university.  His university colors are brown and orange and he loves penguins. The 2 penquins represent him and his little brother.  I knitted them hats in those colors for Christmas.  I love it when there is no plan but it comes together anyway!

The Stampendous set comes with a stencil so I used  that and sponged my Gina K Color Companion white ink on the blue cardstock and stamped and colored over that. 

Card size - 8.5 in x 5.5 in
Cardstock - Recollections 110 lbs white, 65 lb light blue & blue, Monsters and Robots
Stamps - Stampendous Jumbo Penquins;  Gina K Designs Lots of Letters;
Ink - Gina K Designs white, black onyx;
Color - Copics
Accessories - Stickles, Paint pen white

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Prismacolor Pencils Peony Party*

*well birthday really, but that didn't roll off the tongue as easily.

Anyway, I made this card for my mother-in-law for her birthday next week.  I took another lesson from Lindsay the Frugalcrafter and just kept working my pencils rather than relying on any solvent based blender (like this video). I LOVE how it all turned out. Now if I had been clever I would have told you how this was all planned out. Honestly I was playing with my Prismacolors after not getting the results I wanted with my normal watercolor pencils. It wasn't necessarily bad just not what I wanted. 

Also what I didn't want was my flower floating in the middle of the page or to die cut or fussy cut it so I cut a mask and stamped around it. It was definitely out of my comfort zone but I think it works. 

Full disclosure! Here's the watercolor attempt! I think I like more water than cardstock will allow so watercolor paper from now on. Also I was trying to do the whole invisible stamping thing...need to get working on that some more.

Card size - 8.5 in x 5.5 in
Cardstock - Recollections white 65lb & 110lb for base, blue;
Stamps - Stampendous - Jumbo Peony; Cornish Heritage Farms - grid paper; Kitchen Sink Stamps - Whole Family;
Ink - Gina K Designs - black onyx; Memento - pear tart, bamboo leaves, bahama blue, danube blue, rose bud;
Color - Prismacolor pencils

Friday, February 7, 2014

Crafting with Lindsay the Frugalcrafter - Daffodils watercolor

Yet another great video tutorial from Lindsay! And I'm doing these in no particular order. Just as a tutorial or technique peaks my imagination. Here is a link to Lindsay's tutorial.

Anyway here is my 1st attempt at these daffodils.

I learnt how to draw a daffodil.  WooHoo!  Also that I wanted to clean up my drawn lines more before applying watercolor pencil. Also that it takes deft skill to make that background look effortless. Still I'm happy with my first attempt and I think I might try again with my inktense.


Size - 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Cardstock - Canson watercolor paper 100lb
Color - Derwent watercolor pencils

So it is later and I tried it with the Inktense and cleaning up my sketch... getting there.  Night time lighting not helping.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sew it's your birthday!

This is part of trying to use what I have and so I made this for my cousin who has started sewing in the last year when her grandmother gave her a sewing box and some material.   Now I don't know about you, but when I think Tim Holtz I don't think bright, white, and cheery. Don't get me wrong. I love all the vintage, bygone era, distressed look of Tim Holtz and his fans. It just wasn't going to work for a sassy preteen with a love of zebra print and purple. So on went my thinking cap and this is what I created with what I had.

I cut 1/2 inch strips of paper and adhered them to thin cardstock, making certain to tape in the middle to keep from gumming up my sewing machine. I did this for a large 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 sheet of cardstock which I cut into two panels and then sewed the panels. I did both in case I had an issue with one.

I stamped the "happy birthday" sentiment on cardstock and hoped to machine stitch it as well. Haha! That was a hot mess... so I pierced the sentiment and hand stitched it. 

The dressform was stamped with Versamark and embossed with a metallic purple embossing powder.  As for the envelope I made it to match but the paper cracked so I used other stamps in the set and made faux washi tape for the edges of the envelope and a tab to hold the flap down with some printer paper.

Card size - 8.5 in x 5.5 in
Cardstock - The Paper Studio: classic collection, cardstock; Recollections 65lb and 110lb;
Stamps - Tim Holtz- Seamless Experience; Stampendous - Happy Messages;
Ink - Versamark; GKD Color Companion - white;
Accessories - Zing! Purple metallic embossing powder; Sewing Machine; Thread and needle; Dimensional tape; WRMK envelope punch board.

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