Sunday, September 20, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches #204, The Paper Players Challenge PP263, Zig Clean Markers and Lawn Fawn's "Happy Harvest" Set

What a beautiful day this Sunday is. The sky is so blue and the weather has just a touch of coolness to it. A perfect day to apple pick!! (I caution you-this post is a little heavy on the photos. I apologize but I just had to do it!!)

Chris, Charlotte and I took a drive to Lyman Orchards and picked Macoun apples, which are my favorite. We have numerous orchards in our town but I had heard good things about the shop Lyman has on their property and the rumors were true. We bought some pot pies for dinner tomorrow and some FRESH cider donuts. 

Here are a few photos that Charlotte and I took at the orchards. I took the first and the last, Charlotte took the middle three.

Charlotte is taking a photography class in school and her subject this week was either to photograph a toy or leaves. She is not happy about either assignment but has chosen leaves. However, the leaves have not turned here yet. I suggested this photo because of the red and green against the blue.

Charlotte was trying to get the birds in flight in this photo!!

Here is where her camera broke so she had to borrow mine for the rest of the visit. She has my old DSLR and it really needs to be replaced. She does not like my lens, though!!

So today I am going to show you two cards I created using Lawn Fawn's "Happy Harvest" set.

I received a HUGE order from this week and this stamp/die set was just one of my many purchases. Shhh-do not tell Chris!!

I did something that I have not done before when making a card. I stamped the SAME image on two pieces of card stock and used my Zig Clean Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color them in. However, I did two different techniques using these markers.

For my first card, I am playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches Blog and using Sketch #204. I am kind of obsessed with sketches as of late. I can use my own supplies but the layout often jump starts my creative juices. 

Here is the fun sketch I played with:

I am also entering my card into The Paper Players Clean and Simple Challenge-Create a Fall Scene. I think my card is perfect for this!!

 Here is my card that I created:

For this card, I stamped the the pumpkins and the wagon using a lot of masking. I then colored them in with my Zig Clean Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I have been watching different ways to use the and one way is to color with them like a Copic. This is what I decided to do on this image. 

After coloring, I masked off the stamped images and created a background with distress inks. I then stamped the corn stalks and the sentiment. Next I die cut the stamped scene and adhered it over a card base and a piece of patterned paper.

My last step was to stamp, die cut and adhere some leaves from the same stamp set. 

On my second card, the scene is pretty similar. I did not use the sketch, though, but decided to layer my scene over some patterned paper rectangles.

I did all the same things with the masking and distress ink background BUT I used my Zig Clean Clean Color Real Brush Markers with water. I would color a bit of two colors on whatever I was painting and then blend it together. I think this gives the image a bit more dimension but painting takes longer then coloring!!!

I added a banner rather then stamping the sentiment directly on the scene and added a few more stamped leaves. I am not sure if you can see it or not but I also added some clear Wink of Stella onto the wagon to make it "shiny" like metal. Okay, it really IS NOT shiny like metal but that is what I was going for.

What I learned:
  • I like coloring better then using water with these markers. HOWEVER, I think that I would use them up really fast if I colored in images with them and you cannot refill these.
  • I think using the markers with water gives the image a bit more dimension then blending the colors without water. 
  • It is VERY EASY to reactivate the colors when using water with the distress ink background!!! I did figure this but was not careful and had to "fix" some mistakes with more painting.
Okay-I am at the end!! If you made it to this point, thank you!! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by!!

Have a wonderful night!!


Zig colors I used:
Pumpkins-052, 070
Wagon-020, 022
Wheels and Handle-091, 094
Stems-041, 044


Taunya Butler said...

This is awesomely cute and amazingly done!!! SO very impressed and I loved all of your pictures - thank you for sharing them!! I am such a HUGE fan of yours but I really need to let you know that I won't be around in the bloggy world for the next 10 days - I am taking a much needed break - so except for already written and scheduled Design Team posts I will not be around and that includes commenting!! Please know that it is nothing personal!! But I am excited because when I come back I will be celebrating my 4 year Blogaversary with lots of giveaways all during October!! I did leave some details about that on my blog!! Hope the rest of your September is beautiful and that you keep happy!!! Hugs!!!

Celeste Goff said...

Such a pretty card! I am in love with this new Lawn Fawn stamp set and I love what you did with it!

stampwithamyk said...

How cute is that little wagon?!? I love both of your cards, beautifully stamped and colored. Fantastic! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players, hope to see you again soon!

Susanne Vargas said...

Fabulous pictures (especially love the second one) and very cute cards! Love the pieces of DP peeking out on the last one!

Diane said...

Oh Nora what wonderful pictures and love the bright orange colors and card design.

Hugs Diane

alexandra s.m. said...

Oh how I love your post Nora!!
Great pictures and wonderful takes on the sketch!
Your coloring is fantastic.

Thank You also for your sweet comment and interest in my ATCs
I usually either trade them or just give them to Friends ;)


Happy Dance said...

Two cute fall scene cards, Nora! Love those pumpkins in the wagons, and the ground you've created too. Your coloring is wonderful, and I love the all the fall colors. Your and your daughter's photos are lovely. Great idea to show the leaves against the blue sky. Have a great week. Bev

Amy O said...

I love these cards! And the colors and your coloring are so beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Jen Timko said...

I love apple picking! Such fun! And you card is just perfect for fall. Glad you joined us this week at FMS!

Virginia Lu said...

Gorgeous Fall photos!! Love each one of them. Thanks for sharing, Nora (and Charlotte)! Your cards are awesome and detailed. Sketch challenge often intimidates me...glad to see that you are having fun and ACE them! I do love coloring with water...they are so fun and soothing to play with! I never like coloring much before, but I really do now. Hope you are having a great day!

Kim Heggins said...

Just so beautiful...I love all your fabulous photos and your cards are just as beautiful. Just wanted to let you know your twine is on it's way. sorry for the delay in mailing it out. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

stampwithsandy said...

Oooh I love Lawn Fawn and this card is just adorable! Love the little scene you created, and great job masking and coloring. Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at The Paper Players, Nora!

Stamping Smiles Designs said...

Apple picking? How fun! Your cards are gorgeous! Love the wagons filled with pumpkins and the designs of your cards!

Miriam Prantner said...

Great photos and wonderful fall cards! Love those pumpkins in the wagon!

Deepti said...

Fabulous photography :) I like the pupmkin card, great coloring :)