Thursday, October 31, 2013

Masking Technique with DT Member Brenda

Today we have Design Team Member Brenda sharing with us how to create a masked panel that is colored with Pan Pastels!  Enjoy!

1) Mask a piece of 10.5 x 14.5 watercolour cardstock to create a panel – I have highlighted the placement of the masking take in pink to make it clearer to see.

2) Stamp your chosen image with archival ink into the masked aperture.
3) Next place masks over the stamped images – I usually cut several at a time from post it notes which you can do by stamping the image onto your top sheet and cutting three or four together.
4) Using your chosen background colour of Pan Pastels and Sofft sponges, sponge the un-masked areas building up more colour at the edges. I find using a paler shade first and then adding a darker shade of the same colour gives more depth.

5) Now remove the masks and colour the images using small ended Sofft sponge sticks, again using a paler and darker shade of the same colour. A little contrast can also be added to the centres of flowers for definition.

Notes on using Pan Pastels:

• If you make a mistake or add more colour than intended it can be simply erased with a standard soft rubber.

• Many believe Pan Pastels are the same as chalk but nothing could be further from the truth. They are a highly pigmented, very soft and blend seamlessly.

• Many who struggle shading with distress inks or creating backgrounds with a brayer find Pan Pastels a perfect alternative.

• There are mixed views on setting Pan Pastels, but if the piece of artwork is going to be handled a lot then a quick spray of cheap hair spray will set it fast.

• The investment of the specialist Pan Pastel Sofft sponges invaluable.

• Cardstock is important and I find the best results come with watercolour cardstock, my make of choice is Fabriano but any watercolours card offers the ideal slightly rough surface to grab the Pans.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

....October is Waning!

We have a few more fall cards to share with you this week....and then we're gonna start sprinkling some winter into the mix!  Believe it or not, the design team is gearing up for spring behind the the seasons do fly by!!

Designer Jenn Borjeson using GG0173 Hope Your Halloween, FF0162 Charlie the Zombie
I love Jenn's fussy cutting and the traditional Halloween color scheme, it makes for a happy Halloween card!

Designer Jenn Borjeson using GG0173 Hope Your Halloween, FF0163 Daisy the Zombie
Check out the glittery accents to the web die cut, and a fall color scheme takes this card to a whole different place!  The sentiment is a great example of using your sentiments in an out-of-the-box way, you can make them say whole new things!
Designer Jenn Borjeson using EE0168 Brewing Up A Batch 1, KK0039 Scary Tree
Paper piecing gives the tree a whole bunch of eyes!  Check out how she lined up the eyes into the eyes of the image!  Just great!
Designer: Tracie Clary using EE0160 Beware and Take Care, D039 Spiderweb Gate, CC0059 Dancing Kitty.  The moon is a perfect place to add a whole bunch of dancing kitties!  Check out the bats flying in the sky, they are from the top of our Spiderweb Gate Die! Thinking out-of-the-box gave her a new card embellishment!

Designer: Jessica Pascarella using EE0165 Wishing You A Spooktacular, KK0013 Hazel.  Love that the only color on this card is the moon, it really makes Hazel stand out!  Clean and simply spooktacular!

Designer: Jessica Pascarella using EE0160 Beware and Take Care, EE0066 Ghost.  Here is another clean and simple wonder..just love the pop of the sweet little white ghost!

Stamping images in white ink makes for a quick and easy card or tag you can tuck into some treats!

Designer: Kina Nunziante using BB0064 Retread, CC0058 Stretch, GG0171 Midnight Choir, GG0173 Hope Your Halloween.  Bless Kina's little fussy-cutting heart...she used our mini stamps as an embellishment on her card!

Designer: Kina Nunziante using EE0165 Wishing You A Spooktacular, FF0164 Homer the Raven
Here sweet little Homer is fussy-cut and the focal point of this fun card!

Thanks ladies for another day of fabulous inspiration!

Monday, October 28, 2013

October is Waxing...

Welcome To Prickley Pear Design Team Monday!    The frost is creeping in to all corners here in Wisconsin...we have a few more fall samples to share with you!  Grab a cup of warm cider and enjoy!
First order of business...we have a new design team member joining us today!  We would like to introduce to you Angela Bode!

Hi!  I am Angie, and for the past 23 years, my husband and I have called Georgia our home.    We live on 3 acres of land and enjoy the change of seasons we see displayed on our little bit of land!  We have two teens, a boy and a girl that keep us hopping from activity to activity! Two felines walked out of the woods over the past 6 years and adopted us so if I am not crafting I am probably cuddling a bit of furry wildness!   I have been happily addicted to paper crafting since May of 2011.  I love playing with die cuts, inks, sprays, paints and stamps!   I am so excited to be guest designer with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  I have had so much fun working with the delicate lines of the images.  The beautiful artistry in the designs of Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps make it a breeze to create a beautiful project!  You can see what I have been creating here: I Would Rather Be Stamping  .

Angela's first card features GG0171 Midnight Choir.  Love that the color scheme is simple, it really makes the washi tape and image pop!

Designer Jenn Borjeson using HH0142 Zombie Xing.
The presentation of this card is perfection from the chain link die to the papers and embellishments!

Designer: Tracie Clary using Witch on Pumpkin.  Love the die in black which adds a spiderweb effect!  Great embellishments to house a perfectly colored image!

Designer: Heidi Erickson using EE0168 Brewing a Batch 1, KK0039 Scary Tree.  Love the subtle coloring and shading of the image...and the white gel pen accents!

Designer: Jessica Pascarella using GG0173 Hope Your Halloween.  This is clean and simple simplicity, putting the focus on the sentiment and the only other embellishment a big harvest moon!

Designer: Kina Nunziante using EE0170 Nutty sm, CLR008 Pumpkin Patch, D008 Pumpkin Die.  Love little Nutty all fussy cut on this card with the twine behind to add dimension.

Designer: Michelle Pearson using GG0031 Black Eye Susans, CLR023 Mini Butterflies 2 Clear Set,  D023 Mini Butterfly Die.  I'm bucking the system here....these must be the last flowers of the season..but I am sneaking it in before the snow falls!  I fussy cut them all...just because I'm kinda nuts!  The saying I think has been retired, but you could use it for birthdays or thinking of you cards any time.

Designer:  Brenda Weatherill using HH0140 Spiderweb ATC, FF0164 Homer the Raven.  Love the way the ATC card has the oval cut out and then the hat and the wing are dimensional!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Miriam Napier - Guest Designer Week 4

It's week # 4 for Miriam Napier as our Guest Designer. 
I instantly fell in love with this lady from the 50's decorating her tree!  Her clothes are perfect for paper piecing.

 Stamping her on patterned paper adds some pizazz!   I colored her skin with Copics and added some tiny pearls for a necklace.  The top layer is popped with foam tape.

Inside the card I stamped and matted the lovely sentiment.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Guest Designer Miriam Napier WEEK 3!

It's week #3 for Miriam Napier as our Guest Designer! 
It's week #3 for me as the Prickley Pear Guest Designer!  I know it's a little early for Christmas cards but many of us card makers start early!  Plus, I have some really cute Christmas images from Prickley Pear.  This "Holiday Birds" image is so cute but needed lots of matting to make it big enough for a card.

The bluish layer is glitter paper and really gives the card a holiday feel.  I put a little glitter glue on some of the lights for sparkle.  Finished size is 3 5/8 x 5 1/4.
Check out the Prickley Pear Blog for lots of fun card ideas!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Another Super Cute Card from a New Found Friend - Angela Bode

Hi All, Happy Wednesday! Hope you are all having a great week. We have a special treat for you today. Angela Bode (who will be featured as a guest designer for us in the upcoming months) was kind enough to share a card that she posted onto Splitcoast Stampers. I love the layout, colors and simplicity of this card. Nice work Angie!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sketch Challenge Winner

Thanks to all for playing along - the cards made were beautiful and inspiring.

This was the first of many challenges we have in store, so let all of your friends and stamping buddies know that we are now having monthly sketch challenges. One lucky winner will win a PPRS prize package valued at over $30.00!

This months winner is Linda Hasz! Her blog is BRAND NEW, and her work is beautiful! Please stop by her blog and give her a shout out for the lovely inspiration. Here is the lovely card she made. 

Thanks to all again for playing along. Linda please email me here with your address. And label the subject line Oct Sketch Challenge Winner and I will mail out your stamps!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Columbus Day Inspiration!

In the United States it's Columbus Day...and in Canada Thanksgiving at Prickley Pear, it's Design Team Monday!  Hope you can take a quick minute and check out what the team has been up to this week!

Designer:  Brenda Weatherill using CLR037 Fall Leaves, D037 Leaf Set Die, D040 Pine Branch Die.
She cleverly framed a computer generated verse with the leaf set!

Designer Jenn Borjeson using AA0059 Arched Cat.

Designer Jenn Borjeson D039Spiderweb Gate, KKI0038 Witch on Pumpkin.  Love the gates in front of the super adorable Halloween image!

Designer: Mary Puskar using HH0139 Conducting The Orchestra

Designer: Tracie Clary using EE0160 Beware and Take Care, GG0174 Ghastly Ghosts.

Designer: Heidi Erickson using CLR037 Fall Leaves, D037 Leaf Set Die.  Fun touch of Washi Tape to embellish this card!


Designer: Michelle Pearson using GG0170 Owl and the Pussycat, D039 Spiderweb Gate DieB0052 Henry!    I cut apart the Spiderweb Gate die and created a bat and also a spiderweb for the top corners of my card!  The image is stamped on acetate and the back is glittered...and then layered over a painted background.