Memory Box’s Cottage In The Woods, 2 Ways

 

One of my crafting challenges I’ve set forth for myself is to aim for clean and simple. For some reason, it is really hard for me to do this style, probably because I am still a newbie and still working on my editing eye and knowing when to just stop. And not add yet that one more thing and going too far. I had a hard time holding myself back, but I think I did OK with the self-restraint. Trying to get used to the more minimalist look.

So here’s my attempt, both times, with a single die:

 

First Card:

Cottage In the Woods, in black & white

 

A close-up:

Cottage In the Woods, in black & white

 

Second Card:

Cottage In the Woods, in color

 

A close-up:

Cottage In the Woods, in color

 

I am really liking the black and white one, somehow the minimalist look makes me a tad uncomfortable, but I’m forcing myself to go with it and it is growing on me. I like the color one too, and I thought perhaps I could add a bling or two but then held myself back and made myself stop. ¬†Thoughts?

 

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Penny Black’s The Manger

Trying to get back into the swing of things. I had a lot of plans for a Christmas card series again this year, and was poised to get started this past September, but a few life events happened and I lost my mojo. I’m trying to get my mojo back.

So here’s a fairly straight forward card. I needed something to watercolor, to relax me. =)

 

Penny Black's The Manger Card

 

A close-up:

The manger - close-up

 

 

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Floral Bouquet Card (Inktense Watercolor)

 

This card is relatively simple and straight forward, nothing too complicated. I love Inktense pencils, and the vibrancy of their colors once they are in contact with water. And it doesn’t take a lot of water either, which is why I used only regular cardstock and not watercolor paper.

 

Floral Bouquet Card

 

A close-up of the bouquet:

bouquet close-up

 

A close-up of the porcupine (isn’t he cute??):

porcupine close-up

 

In the video, you’ll see how I use these pencils. I color the images enough to get the pigment in the right places, but it doesn’t have to be perfect, since it will be blended with water anyways. I do shaded areas with darker colors. And when I add water, I make sure to make the brush tip damp but not *too* wet, since you don’t need a lot of water at all. I dab my brush tip on a baby wipe/paper towel quite a bit to take out the excess water, for better control of the color movement. And I always start with the lighter color FIRST, and then slowly work my way into the darker color (not the other way around). If you do the reverse, the colors will run together and it will be all just one color (the darker color).

For those who have been following my card posts/videos, you can tell that I am partial to the watercolor/imperfect look, which adds to it’s overall charm (in my personal opinion). =)

 

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Gelatos Ombre Background

 

This is a cat sympathy card. I’ve never made one before, and all the ones out there seemed cheesy or over the top. I wanted to capture a quiet but beautiful and reflective somberness, and this is what I came up with.

 

Gelatos Ombre Card

 

And I ended up writing the sentiment by hand, inside the card:

card interior - handwritten sentiment

 

I ended up pretty happy with the result. (And of course, who doesn’t like playing around with gelatos, right?)

 

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Flat Stanley/Simon Card

My 3 year old recently participated in a Flat Simon exchange (originally Flat Stanley, but this particular one was renamed). =) He had loads of fun taking him to places, and it gave us the opportunity to talk about where we live and where we are on a map. Here are a few places we took him to, based on where we (and our extended family) live.

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My son was sad to give up Flat Simon, so I told him we could make a special card/holder for Flat Simon to travel in, as he goes to his next destination. And then we would make our own “Flat Simon” to keep, but make him Asian looking, just like my son, so he could have his own flat version of himself. He was ecstatic at that idea. So that’s what we’re supposed to do tomorrow. =)

 

Here’s the card we made:

Flat Stanley/Simon Card

 

The little holder on the inside Рholds Flat Simon and a little note for the next recipients:

inside pocket

inside pocket contents

(Sidenote: I’m not loving the smeared heart – looks a bit morbid. But my son really wanted it that way. Oh well…)

 

 

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