a•muse|studio Pretty Peonies 2 in black

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I’m working on some Project Life swap cards and the theme is spray — aka Splash! which is what A Muse Studio carries.  This base was a practice piece that I just couldn’t let go to waste.  I used a Tim Holtz harlequin stencil and sprayed my piece with Papaya, Orange and Cherry Splash.  My piece was at the bottom edge so a whole piece was left without spray.  So I removed the stencil and gave it a good spritz (spraying towards the back of the box with the cardstock piece laying flat) with Papaya.  I inked up my new Pretty Peonies 2 from A Muse Studio with Versafine Onyx black (not your normal poppy color, eh?!) and stamped it a few times – inking each time.  I finished the panel off with a sentiment from Say it With Style, another A Muse Studio stamp.

I wasn’t sure which color to mat it with and finally decided on a thin Onyx border and a layer of the new A Muse Studio color called Marigold.  Love, love, love this color!  The little strip of Cherry was from my scrap pile…all cardstock is from A Muse Studio.

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I’m just including this photo to make you drool … it’s all the colors of Splash that A Muse Studio now carries!

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Peerless Watercolor “palatte”

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I love watercolors and have many mediums already on hand…but when A Muse Studio introduced Peerless Watercolor Sheets in their new catalog, it was something I just had to try!  There are several YouTube videos out there and I have not yet tried to watercolor with them…I first wanted to make this little traveling “palette” of watercolors first.

The watercolor swatches are mineral inks in dry form on 2 x 2 1/2 pieces.  The idea is to dip your wet brush on to the paper to grab some color.  The “active” side looks nothing like what the real color turns out to be so this palatte makes it easy to show the true colors plus, I like to think I can make my watercolors last a bit longer this way.

After some research, this is how I made my Peerless palatte:

1.  I cut some Bristol watercolor cardstock (from A Muse Studio) down to 8 1/2 x 11 and scored it down the center.

2.  I cut small pieces of carpet tape (about 1/2″ – 3/4″) and laid out the pieces 8 across and down 5.  You can find printouts online if you want a graph on your paper to have it line up perfectly but I just eyeballed it.  see below – you can click to enlarge

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3.  Next I went through and cut all of my sheets into 1/2 and then in half again so I am left with 4 pieces… I use one now and that leaves me with 3 “replacements” as the color gets used up.  below:  The left side is the watercolor and on the right is the back side of the piece which shows it’s actual color.  I tested it with my waterbrush on some watercolor paper to show how close the two are.

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4.  Next shown are all my watercolor swatches laid out – for the most part, I left them in order as they came in the package.  I tend to stress out over which shade should go first or the order of shades so I just decided to leave it as is.  You could do a swatch test (like above) to get the exact color order you want.  I did take my waterbrush and make a sample of each color below the watercolor swatch so I will know what the true colors are.  Click to enlarge.

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5.  The last step was recommended at one of the sites I checked out.  You can lay a piece of Clear Cardstock (A Muse Studio carries this) in the center – this protects the watercolors from rubbing off on each other and makes a sort of palette if you want to blend colors as well.  I decided to cut a piece of Clear Cardstock into half, giving me two panels each measuring:  5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  I attached these clear strips at the top with Washi tape and so they can lift up and lay flat – or close and lay flat.  See below.

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I’m now ready to start painting and this easy enough to back for my to take on vacation!

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Amusing Challenge winners!

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There is a new promotion coming 1 August that makes everyone “feel” like a winner with these incredible savings!  You can click on the image to get more details and start your planning.

In the meantime, I’d like to congratulate the winners from last week’s Amusing Challenge.  I love watercoloring and was blown away by all of the wonderful entries.  It’s never easy to pick the winners, but I found it even more difficult this week.

5.  Tickell

7. Alica

8.  Diane H

9. Karen P

and a special shout-out to:

Victoria Lavender – I love your hand drawn stars which you embossed before watercoloring and,

Indy – I am particular to mason jars and loved the simplicity of your card.

Winners please feel free to grab your blog badges and I hope everyone will be back for this week’s “fun in the sun” Amusing Challenge!

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Amusing Challenge – Fun in the Sun

Wow, July is flying by!  Welcome to our third Amusing Challenge this month.  The theme is “fun in the sun”. Throughout the month I’ll have different sorts of challenges…”use it”, themes, sketch, etc.   I will have a Weekly Winner and at the end of the month, those 4-5 winners will go into a prize drawing for one lucky Grand Prize winner.  July’s prize will be 5 sheets of Bristol watercolor paper (smooth, 100 lb weight) from A Muse Studio.

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Cyndi enjoyed the watercolor challenge so much from last week, that she used them again this week (and, I can’t blame her!).  The images all come from the A Muse Studio stamp set,  Life’s a Breeze.  Cyndi also used white embossing powder on the sign/sentiment and Lemon Whip glitter on her die cut sun.  Cyndi hand doodled her seagulls and used Bermuda and Kraft cardstock from A Muse Studio.  This Nestabilities Label 8 die is also available through A Muse Studio (I have a lot of hostesses get these as their free item when they host a party).

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This is a card that slowly evolved as I made it.  Does that every happen to you?  You have a rough idea – in this case, I knew I wanted to use Grunged Sunrays from A Muse Studio and I thought the variation of the Apricot and Orange inks would be a nice start.  But once I stamped it, I wasn’t sure what should go in the forefront.  I envisioned maybe a field of die cut flowers and this cute hedgehog from the A Muse Studio set, Friends Fur-ever.  I colored this little gal with Copic markers and hand cut her out – that’s when it hit me – she should be standing in a field of grass.  A Muse Studio now carries some wonderful Lime colored Crepe Paper and they also have a grass die so I was able to cut several layers of grass in just one cut.  Perfect!  Once I stamped my sentiment from the A Muse Studio set, Wish You Were Here, I found I still had a little space for some of those flowers I had orginally planned on using.  The orange and payaya cardstock are from A Muse Studio as is the Flowers die set (it made it’s first appearance in the Spring Catalog).  This card measures 4 1/4 x 4 1/4.

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PS. I hope you will still enter the current Amusing Challenge.  Our challenge is watercolors, so please join us before Sunday, midnight!

It’s super easy to play along with Amusing Challenges, and just as a reminder: 2 entry limit and no digis please!

■Link your creation to your paper crafts blog, gallery (SCS or Flickr) before midnight of the following Sunday.

■Use any product but please follow the challenge criteria.

■Double your chances to win by using A Muse Studio products (just leave me a reminder in the comments please)

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