Out & About with Elizabeth

Note: If you are here visiting the Studio for the DCWV/Design Memory Craft blog hop with Jill, scroll down or click HERE.

...at Penny Black!
All this week the Penny Black designers are sharing their creative inspiration accompanied by "how-to's". 
Today I am featuring my mixed media project.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Out & About With Jill

Note: If you are here visiting the Studio for the DCWV/Design Memory Craft blog hop with Jill, scroll down or click HERE.
I'm out and about again...and today I'm hanging out on the Penny Black blog, participating in their "How-To" series. Yesterday Penny Black hosted a fantastic video blog hop and today I get to play along with a new PB&J Video!

Here's a peek at my projects...
Click HERE to view the video. 

Out and About with Jill: DCWV & Design Memory Craft Blog Hop

Welcome, to the Studio! I'm excited to be participating in a fun blog hop today...needless to say I'm "out and about" hopping, too!
The range of papers by DCWV were textural heaven and a lovely match for my Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft mediums!

I stamped my image (Penny Black 40-276 Botanical Notes) onto the DCWV Adhesive Fabric Paper using a Black Stamper’s Big Brush Pen.  Next I colored in my image using Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.  I added a generous amount of water to blend, allowing some of the color to bleed onto the background areas of the image. 
To intensify the color even more, while the fabric paper was still wet, I mix and matched my mediums and added in some color using Stamper’s Big Brush Pens.  Finally, I removed the adhesive backing sheet and placed the fabric onto a piece of white cardstock, adding in a few wrinkles for extra texture.  I layered this piece onto a piece of paper from the DCWV Corrugate Neutral Stack.  Finally, I layered this onto a piece of white DCWV Woven Paper and a white notecard.
There are some great prizes along this hop, too, my friends! Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and DCWV will be giving away $75 in product at the end of the hop.  To win, follow the list below and leave a comment.  The hop will end at 5PM EST on Friday, March 28th.  The winner will be announced on Monday, March 31st on each of the company’s blogs. For extra entries, follow Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and DCWV on twitter! 

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft http://designmemorycraft.typepad.com/  

Inchie Arts, 8 of 8: Elizabeth

In Jill's project, you saw a fabulous chalkboard technique that can be used with black Art Squares.  Today I have another dramatic effect.     
studio sessions featuring inchie arts
Additional Inchie Arts Inspiration on their BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE

In addition to the wonderful selection of sizes available for Inchie Arts Art Squares, they also come in a wide range of colors:  White, Ivory, Dark Cream, Wheat, Light Gray, Dark Gray and Black. The solid core color is also a fabulous feature if you decide to trim or cut them.  
This black Twinchie Art Square was stamped with a portion of Penny Black's Poppy Pattern in Wedding Dress Memento Luxe ink and then colored with a combination of PITT Pastel Pencils and Prismacolor Pencils.
An easel base was created from white cardstock and a white ATC Art Square which was stamped with Letter Background (Penny Black) in Silvery Shimmer Delicata ink.  This easel configuration allows the piece to be folded flat for mailing and then propped open upon receipt for display.  There is also ample room on the inside to write a note or include a sentiment.

Solid stamp images work well for this technique.  
The white inking makes it quick and easy to 
build up color on the black Art Square.
Background stamps are a great source for images.  Here you can see how the large Poppy Pattern was masked to isolate a single flower.  Surrounding areas of the image were protected with painter's tape before applying the ink.  After inking the stamp, the tape was removed and the image was stamped on the black Art Square.
The black Art Square captures the definition of the white ink fabulously and the surface is compatible with all types of pencil, pastel and chalk mediums.

We loved working with these Art Squares and will definitely keep plenty of them on hand in the Studio. 

[Supplies: Inchie Arts: 2" Twinchie Square - Black, ATC Art Square - White; Faber-Castell: PITT Pastel Pencils; Imagine Crafts/ Tsukineko: Wedding Dress Memento Luxe, Silvery Shimmer Delicata; Penny Black Stamps: Poppy Pattern 40-290, Letter Background 1999L; Prismacolor Pencils; Other: Red Grosgrain Ribbon]

Inchie Arts, 7 of 8: Jill

Did you guess from yesterday's sneak peek that Elizabeth and I are both using BLACK Art Squares this week?
studio sessions featuring inchie arts
Additional Inchie Arts Inspiration on their BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE
I used a black ATC-size Art Square on my card, stamping it with Penny Black 40-309 Truly Great and heat embossing in white.  I then trimmed my Art Square using my scissors and Corner Chomper.  To create the chalkboard effect, I added Memento Luxe Ink onto my Art Square, in the color of Wedding Dress, using my fingertip.
To finish off my card I added Penny Black Creative Dies 51-002 Leaves and stamped the background with Penny Black 40-282 Twirls using Memento Sky Blue Ink.  A touch of May Arts twine and a pearl were wrapped around the top of the Art Square.
I just love how the black Art Square looks like a little mini chalkboard.
Stay tuned for Elizabeth's next Inchie Arts creation...
Don't tell, but I *might* have peeked at her art table and what she's done with the black Art Square will amaze you! 

You're Invited

Hi friends!
You're invited to...

Full reveal coming soon.....very soon :0)

Out & About with Jill and Elizabeth

Hey all!  This week we both took a trip out of the Studio to our other favorite stamping grounds, the Penny Black blog, for a Creative Collaboration between Penny Black and May Arts.
Here's Elizabeth's project...
And here's Jill's project...
And guess what?
We'll be back next week, "inching" along with more posts from the Studio.

Inchie Arts, 6 of 8: Jill

Oh my, I loved Elizabeth's mosaic, didn't you?  
Today I am also using the 1" Inchies to create a mosaic effect on my card.
studio sessions featuring inchie arts
Additional Inchie Arts Inspiration on their BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE
To create my mosaic, I first adhered my Inchies together/touching using removable adhesive so I could color and stamp them as one "piece."  I stamped Penny Black 4384K Promise Me onto the white Inchies using Memento Luxe Inks.  I painted the background around the flowers using Memento Luxe Ink reinkers.  I simply added a little ink from the reinkers onto my acrylic block, added a bit of water, and painted it on to the background.  To give the flowers additional dimension, I added shading using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pens.  I also added a few sketchy lines using a black ball point pen and some splatters of white paint.  My sentiment was die cut from Penny Black Creative Die 51-036 Wishes.  I cut it three times from white cardstock and then adhered all the layers together giving the sentiment the look of a thick embellishment.  I then colored it using Stamper's Big Brush pens.  I adhered my sentiment to Penny Black Creative Die 51-027 Triple Banner.  Finally, I added my Inchies to my card with dimensional adhesive, separating them slightly for a mosaic look.
Thanks for popping by... see you soon with a peek at what's to come next week!

Inchie Arts, 5 of 8: Elizabeth

More fun in the Studio!

studio sessions featuring inchie arts
Additional Inchie Arts Inspiration on their BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE

The smallest of the Art Squares are called "inchies" and measure one inch square.  Besides being oh-so cute, their tiny size allows them to not only be used as miniature art pieces, but also nestled together to create mosaics.
For this tile-esque piece, 9 Inchies were temporarily secured (with no space between them) to a large sticky note to hold them steady as they were worked upon.  To achieve the look of a tile that had been kiln fired, the floral image (Bouquets by Penny Black) was stamped three times during the coloring process.  First in Jet Black StazOn, then in Wedding Dress Memento Luxe and lastly in Onyx Black VersaFine which was heat embossed with clear powder.

In between each of the stampings, color on the image was developed with Faber-Castell's Big Brush Markers and PITT Pastel Pencils.

The Inchie Art Squares were then removed from the sticky note and slightly separated a bit before being matted on white and black cardstocks.

A card base stamped with Penny Black's Twirls in VersaMark Watermark ink and heat embossed in white was then double-wrapped with ribbon to create a textural background for the artwork.  

Be sure to stop by the Studio tomorrow to see how many
"Inchies" Jill uses in her dynamically colorful project.

[Supplies: Inchie Arts: 1" Inchie Squares - White; Faber-Castell: Big Brush Markers, PITT Pastel Pencils; Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Jet Black StazOn, Wedding Dress Memento Luxe, VersaMark Watermark Ink, White Embossing Powder; Penny Black Stamps: Bouquets 30-213, Twirls 40-282]

What do you get...

...when you combine 1" Inchie Art Squares, a mosaic theme, pretty Penny Black floral stamps, and creative time in the Studio?
Join us next week for the full reveal!

Inchie Arts, 4 of 8: Elizabeth

"Inching" by with another Art Square project.
studio sessions featuring inchie arts
Additional Inchie Arts Inspiration on their BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE

One of the five sizes that Art Squares are available
 in are ATC's which measure 2 1/2 x 3 1/2.

They are a great size to use on the front of a 
greeting card or to create stand-alone art such as a 
mini mixed media piece or a magnet.
Once again the sturdiness of these Art Squares was a big advantage.  The firmness allowed many layers to be added to the surface.  

This vision for this piece was all unplanned.  Once pieces of book text were Mod Podged to the front, random swatches of acrylic paint were swooshed across the piece with my fingertip.  A few colorful dots (Pointille by Penny Black) were stamped here and there before swirls from Penny Black's All is Bright were stamped in Jet Black StazOn.  White gesso was then loosely painted in the swirls with a paintbrush.

To finish, an altered paper flower and an antique button were transformed into a glitzy embellishment.  The banner greeting was created from Penny Black's Creative Dies - Tagged and stamped with a sentiment from A Bunch.   

[Supplies: Inchie Arts: ATC Art Square - White; Faber-Castell: Black Big Brush Marker
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Jet Black StazOn, Onyx Black VersaFine; Penny Black Stamps: All Is Bright 30-137, A Bunch 30-174, Pointille 3860J; Penny Black Creative Dies: Tagged 51-007; Prima Flower; Other: Acrylic Paints, Gesso, Glitter, Mod Podge, Book Text, Beads, Antique Button]

Have a colorful day,

Inchie Arts, 3 of 8: Jill

This week in the Studio Elizabeth and I are both using a white ATC-size Art Square.  
studio sessions featuring inchie arts
Additional Inchie Arts Inspiration on their BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE
I went bold and bright with one of my new favorite Penny Black floral stamps, 4379K Poppy Parade.

I began by stamping my image on the Art Square using Ranger Archival Black ink.  I colored it with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.  I also used my Gelatos to add aditional color and water splotches to the background.  Because the matboard Art Square surface is smooth, very similar to hot press watercolor paper, the watercolors really "float" and "dance" beautifully on top of the Art Square surface and the colors remain bold and vibrant.  
To create my background, I painted with Gelatos on watercolor paper.  I then adhered my die cut background, Penny Black 51-029 Interlocking.  The die was cut from white cardstock.  Once it was adhered to the background, I colored on top using Gelatos and blended with my fingertip.  I added an SRM sticker to my Art Square and a touch of ribbon and twine (May Arts) to finish things off.
I'm dying to see what Elizabeth has made with her white ATC-size Art Square... aren't you? :)

Out & About With Jill

I've ventured out of the Studio today, and I must admit, I'm hanging out at one of my other favorite places... the Penny Black blog!
Come join me all this week as I share a new card each day (yes, 5 new cards) as part of a brand new Penny Black feature, "Three Steps to Simple Elegance."  I'm also sharing a photo tutorial each day, too.  Want a peek at the fun I'm having while I'm Out & About?
See you there!
(And see you back here tomorrow with a new Inchie Arts project.)