Hey everyone! I am so excited that Christine asked me to Guest Design for her over on Create a Smile. Create a Smile is a new company based in Germany. I am really proud of Christine for taking the leap and following her dreams and I love supporting that!
A few weekends ago I attended a crop- my first ever where I wasn’t teaching or helping organize the event. It was awesome! I LOVE teaching- I think you all know that but it was also nice to just emerge myself in my projects and have uninterrupted creative time! I was able to work on some Project Life layouts which I will be sharing here soon. When I came home and I shared the layouts with Chris he made the comment on how Mister Harley mad an appearance on every layout. Ha! What can I say he’s wicked handsome AND an important part of my life. That comment inspired me to create my own pocket scrapbooking cards to use along with the mister h photos I know I will be using.
Before we get started I wanted to remind you what Mister Harley looks like 😉 He’s a tuxedo kitty with more white then black. Super pink ears and nose- unless he is snoozing then those turn a light pink. I tend when I color him to add more black though since it helps the image stand out more.
So I wanted to make a set of pocket scrapbooking cards to have on hand to add to layouts when I have a story to tell about mister harley. I decided to have some of them be on white cardstock and some on kraft.
I started by stamping the kitty in versafine smokey gray on Distress watercolor paper. I then smeared some of my distress inks ( black soot and tattered rose) on an acrylic block. This is now my paint palette where I watercolored the kitty to look like Mister Harley. Confession: I do add a bit more black, since he is so white because I think it helps the image stand out better! Once I colored a few of these I fussy cut them out and then used them as embellishments on the pocket scrapbooking cards!
Tips & Tricks:
Be sure to use a permanent ink when watercoloring. My favorite is Versafine.
If your image gets too wet, zap it with your heat tool so your colors won’t feather and bleed. I did this before coloring his ears and nose pink.
You can omit part of a stamp by just inking what you want as I did with the speech bubble- adding in “Hello” instead.
I will be back next Wednesday with some more to share with you from Create a Smile! Thank you for visiting!