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Just Us Girls Challenge #524 - Photo Week - Guest Designer and Essentials by Ellen Subbing In and Porthole Shadow Box Card

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Just Us Girls Challenge #523 - Color Week - Black, Gold, Cream - Guest Designer

Thank you Just Us Girls Challenge for having me back as guest designer this week.  The theme "Black, Gold, and Cream" brought so many ideas to my mind, but I have been playing with alcohol inks again recently and had never tried this color combination and wanted to try it.  I hope you like how it turned out and that it inspires you to try something new.
My tips for this week are short: 1. To avoid the ink from sticking to your dies or die cutting machine magnet or plates add a layer of wax paper before you die cut. The metallic inks seemed to be dry, but I don't know what would have happened if I would have waited longer.  I am not much for waiting.  You can ask my husband:) So after about 15 minutes I did my die cutting. Here is a photo of how I learned what I learned.  (And since then I learned I could remove all this with isopropyl alcohol...Yay!!!)
2. I found that the metallic alcohol inks work best when you lay down a lot of 91% isopropyl alcohol and then add your meta…

Watercolor Altenew Golden Garden

I could not resist making another card with the extra images I had stamped and embossed for my last card, from the Altenew Golden Garden stamp set! And for inspiration in design for today's card I used the February 2020 Altenew Inspiration Challenge and the Flower Challenge #41 "Add Leaves".
I am joining these challenges with today's card.
If you would like more on how I watercolor or arrange my florals, my last post was made with the same stamp set and the same general method.  I include a video on my watercoloring in my recent post. I used different colors and arranged the florals in a different pattern. You can find it here: Watercoloring Altenew's Golden Garden Stamp Set Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day! Betty If you enjoyed your visit please click on the "Follow by email" button on the right side of this post and follow me on my journey.

Just Us Girls Challenge #522 - Trend Week - Stripes - Guest Designer and Watercolor Altenew Golden Garden Stamp Set

I am super happy to be back again to be a guest designer at the Just Us Girls Challenge where the Trend Week theme is "stripes". I thought it was a good time to do a little watercoloring with some florals from Altenew's Golden Garden stamp set to add to my stripes. Oh wait, any time is a good time to watercolor florals!  I used Crafter's Companion Torn Panel background die for my stripes.

Tips on how I achieved this look in watercoloring: 1. My basic method usually is that I work in two layers. In the first layer I add color with some depth. In the second layer I add more color and depth, and texture. 2. Use the right amount of water in your little "well" made with the embossing. Make sure it is lightly pigmented.  Then you add darker pigment into the light. You know you are at least close to the right amount if, when you add the darker pigment it spreads fairly slowly and doesn't take over the whole area.  If the pigment doesn't move you do not have…

Just Us Girls Challenge #521 - Word Week - Bow - Guest Designer

I am super thrilled to be a guest designer at  the Just Us Girls Challenge #521 where the word week theme is "bow".  To avoid having to tie a bow I had to pull out an old Whipper Snapper Designs stamp called Birthday Angel to find a bow (or 2). In saying that I may be telling me age, lol, given how old that stamp is.
Please make sure to check out all the wonderful cards the JUGS team made: Carol,Sue, Angie,Vickie,Ina,Bobby,Nancy,Lisa,Maria, and C├ęcile. And please drop by the Just Us Girls Challenge #521 and enter your "bow" card! I look forward to being back at JUGS again next week!  As a teaser, my card will include watercoloring and an Altenew stamp set.  Thank you for stopping by! Betty If you enjoyed your visit please click on the "Follow by email" button on the right side of this post and follow me on my journey. 

Alcohol Ink Background with Altenew, Honey Bee Stamps, and Essentials by Ellen

Alcohol inks are addicting! I had so much fun with friends this past weekend, crafting and laughing! They wanted to try alcohol inks with no arguments from me.  I did a "twofer" out of the background and I can not choose a favorite.

1. I use my Copic marker refills and 91% Isopropyl alcohol.  Choose 3 or 4 colors that are similar color, with some being lighter, others darker.  I chose 3 cooler reds, RV02, R89 and RV99, and 1 warmer red, R46.  If you follow me you know I like to mix warm (bluer tone) colors and cool (yellower tone) colors.
2. Drop 3 or 4 drops of each color on Yupo paper cut to 5 by 8 inches (half of a sheet). I put the darker colors more toward the center and the lighter colors on the edges. I put is down in a gentle "S" shaped pattern at a diagonal.
3.  Blow it around with a straw or air compressor to spread the ink.  I have tried both and find I get similar results, but find the air compressor is easier because I don't have to blow.  But t…

Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival 2020 Sleigh Ride

The magic began even before we reached the ice sculptures at the 2020 Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival.  As we walked down the snow covered path beside Lake Louise two horse drawn sleighs passed us, each pulled by two black, beautiful horses.  The snow was gently falling (I did not photoshop the snow into the photos.).  It was truly magical!

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