Janette Kausen

Creative Bliss

Janette Kausen

Creative Bliss

Generic Sentiments

by | Apr 7, 2018 | Blog, Copic Markers, Happy Thoughts, Heat Embossing, Hero Arts

When I wait to craft cards until I need them I often come up against a creative block. I like to flip through my stamps and use whatever inspires me (which is often way too much!). Problem with that sometimes is the sentiment. I want to be able to use the cards eventually. I would like them to be useful and practical. So, generic sentiments is key. I like to use sentiments on the front of the card that can work for several scenarios and then personalize the interior of a card when I go to use it. “Love Always,” like I’ve used today, will work for birthdays, Mother’s Day, sympathy, or just because.

I began with an A2 (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) panel of 110# Neenah Solar White paper. I masked across the long length of paper to create an image boundary and protect the bottom section of the card. Next, I stamped the Hero Arts woodblock Nasturtium image in the middle placing it just a 1/2″ or so below the top in Copic friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink.  I used the same top portion of the Nasturtium image for the flowers to the left, only tilted a smidge. The leafy portion to the right is the stamp flipped, bottoms up!

I got pretty clean lines with each freehanded stamp, but if going for broke worries you, a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig or a few Misti Creative Corners stacked up works pretty well too. Don’t be afraid of woodblock stamps! They really do provide the best stamped images.

We’ve got two choices when it comes to coloring this image with Copics…. we can leave the masking paper in place and use caution, or remove it and attempt to keep a straight-ish line. I removed it because I was afraid I would get marker on the masking and it would soak through.

Today, I colored dark to light (sorta). That isn’t always the case, but that’s what I was feelin’ at the moment. I used R37 at the outer edge and the center of each petal with a flicking motion. Then R24 followed by RV13, blending each shade a little closer to the highlight.  The white highlight on each petal aims for that area to look as if it is closest to us. I added a touch of a darker shade of red, R56, to the deepest portions of the petal to push them away. I used the same technique for the leaves, omitting the 4th darkest shade, in G99, YG95 and YG13.

Hero Arts Tribal Stripes Bold Prints, a sentiment from the Support, Prayers, Love stamp set and a few sequins finish off the card.

Thank you for spending a few minutes with me today. I hope you have an enjoyable weekend. I’ll be sewing up some clothes on a new serger and coverstitch machine! Happy crafting to us all!

xo, Janette

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Flowering Nasturtium
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Flowering Nasturtium Frame Cuts
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Support, Prayers, Love
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CG712 Tribal Stripes Bold Prints |...
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Judikins Eclipse Art Masking Tape...
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Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight,...
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Midnight Mixed Layering Papers (12)
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Intense Black Hybrid Ink
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Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
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Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
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White Embossing Powder
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Ombré Blush Sequins
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Copic Sketch Markers - Carpe Diem...
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COPIC Sketch Marker R37, Carmine
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COPIC Sketch Marker R24, Prawn
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COPIC Sketch Marker RV13, Tender Pink
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COPIC Sketch Marker R56, Currant
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COPIC Sketch Marker G99, Olive
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COPIC Sketch Marker YG95, Pale Olive
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COPIC Sketch Marker YG13, Chartreuse
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Inkadinkado Stamp-A-Ma-Jig Stamp...
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Original Misti
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MISTI Creative Corner
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