CASE Study Anniversary Blog Hop

It's always a treat to be...
...playing along with CASE Study and this month it is extra special as it is CASE Study's 4th Anniversary!  CASE Study is celebrating their 4th year of existence with a month of inspirational Blog Hops featuring past Muses and former & current Design Team members.
The theme is inspiration.  The inspiration I've chosen is none other than my talented friend, and Studio pARTner, Elizabeth Allan.  I just love the layout of this card of hers:
Details available HERE.
Here is my take:
To create my card, I started with the center panel by stamping Penny Black 30-230 Sunny Hello in Spiced Chai StazOn ink.  I then painted the panel with watercolors--using a variety of mediums including Memento ink pads, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, and Distress Markers.  Once dry, I stamped the background with Penny Black 1369L Postcard and 30-238 Footnotes using Memento Toffee Crunch Ink.  The larger yellow background was inked with a combination of Memento inks (Morocco, Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch, Espresso Truffle) and Ranger Archival ink (Saffron).  Finally, I added the polka dots using a Penny Black stencil, 25-007 Dotlets, pressing myToffee Crunch Memento Luxe ink pad over the stencil.  I also added a touch of gesso to the sides of this panel, swiping it on with my fingertip.  (Sentiment, "enjoy," by Penny Black, Creative Die 51-038 Hooray.)

Now if you are looking for lots more fun, prizes, and inspiration, be sure to keep hopping.  Leave a comment on each hop along the way for a chance to win. And there is also a challenge, just CASE a card you've spotted in this blog hop.  (Giveaway and challenge close Tuesday, 9/2, at 11:59 PM.)
Jill Foster <--- You are here.

And if you've found your way to the STUDIO for the first time today , I want to extend to you a BIG welcome!!  While here, feel free to poke around... you'll find more stamped art from myself and my STUDIO partner, Elizabeth Allan.   You can read more about our blogging approach HERE.  I hope you'll find our creative zone to be an inspirational and fun place to be! 

Out & About with Jill

I'm trying something new while I'm...
...on the Penny Black blog.
Click HERE to view the PB&J video.
And special thanks to fellow Penny Black designer, Heather Telford, for inspiring me to try something new-- it was fun!

Out & About with Jill

I've been out & about getting inky...
Click HERE to visit the Penny Black blog for the VIDEO!

Dr. Ph. Martin's, 8 of 8: Jill

The watercolor trend has found it's way into the Studio!  Join us over the next four weeks as we ink up our paintbrushes (and fingers!) with Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors. 
Additional Dr. Ph. Martin's Inspiration on their FACEBOOK PAGE

We sure hope you've enjoyed this month's projects featuring bold watercolor techniques AND also the fun we've had combining them with Inchie Arts Art Squares.  
(Additional Inchie Arts information available on their BLOG and FACEBOOK page.)
I just had to get out those 4" White Art Squares again today...


To create both of these cards, I used my Creative Dies (Penny Black 51-002 Leaves and 51-030 Field of Dreams) as stencils, applying the watercolors through the stencils and onto the Art Squares.  Once the main images were dry, I also painted the backgrounds.  Then once that was dry, I added subtle stamping to the background using Penny Black 30-238 Footnotes T for Transparent set.  I stamped using Rose Madder Ranger Archival Ink and Danube Blue Memento Ink, removing some ink from the stamp with a baby wipe before stamping.  Simple sentiments were added using Penny Black's Creative Dies, 51-025 Love Expressions.  

Thanks again for joining us in the STUDIO for all of our watercolor fun these past four weeks!  

Dr. Ph. Martin's, 7 of 8: Elizabeth

The watercolor trend has found it's way into the Studio!  Join us over the next four weeks as we ink up our paintbrushes (and fingers!) with Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors. 
Additional Dr. Ph. Martin's Inspiration on their FACEBOOK PAGE

Using one of my favorite combinations again:  Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors and Inchie Arts Art Squares.
Did you know that a 3" Art Square has miniatures hidden inside?  This particular square was divided into canvases measuring 2 x 3 and 1 x 3.  Just think how cute three 1 x 3 canvases would be too!

Penny Black's "Noble" was stamped on the 3" Art Square in Desert Sand Memento ink.  This gave the image subtle definition for me to add my own inspirational interpretation with the Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors.

After finishing the watercoloring, I let the Art Square dry completely before trimming it into two sections and adding a sentiment.

The pieces were mounted with dimensional foam tape to card bases created from heavyweight watercolor paper.

 (Additional Inchie Arts information available 
on their BLOG and FACEBOOK page.)

[Supplies: Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors, Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White; Inchie Arts 3" Art Square; Penny Black: Noble 4377K; Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Desert Sand Memento; Liquitex White Gesso and Medium Gel Mat; Canson Watercolor Paper, 3M Scotch Dimensional Foam Tape]


Dr. Ph. Martin's, 6 of 8: Elizabeth

The watercolor trend has found it's way into the Studio!  Join us over the next four weeks as we ink up our paintbrushes (and fingers!) with Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors. 
Additional Dr. Ph. Martin's Inspiration on their FACEBOOK PAGE

Picking up my drawing pencils and paint brushes to see what might be hidden in this Inchie Arts ATC Art Square.
She had so many beautiful thoughts that her hair blossomed into flowers.
Two ATC Inchie Art Squares were used for this tiny painting.  The first was used as a base for the sketch and the watercolors.  The second was trimmed to create a frame.



I love working with Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors as many levels of color intensity can be achieved.  As you can see, everything is possible from brilliant flowers to soft skin tones.

As you probably guessed from reading my previous posts and hearing about my affection for Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White, I did use it for the "starry" speckles.

The solid core of the Inchie Art Squares gives hand-cut frames a beautiful dimensional edge. They also provided a superb base on to which I could apply many layers of watercolors, clear gesso and medium gel mat without having to worry about the square warping or pilling.

(Additional Inchie Arts information available on their BLOG and FACEBOOK page.)

I'm excited, thrilled and honored that there will be a special announcement posted on the Inchie Arts Blog later this morning!


Dr. Ph. Martin's, 5 of 8: Jill

The watercolor trend has found it's way into the Studio!  Join us over the next four weeks as we ink up our paintbrushes (and fingers!) with Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors. 
Additional Dr. Ph. Martin's Inspiration on their FACEBOOK PAGE

I told you I thought I'd be having more watercolor fun with my Inchie Arts Art Squares; didn't I? :)  Today I'm working on a new 4" White Art Square.  Oh, how I love this size!
(Additional Inchie Arts information available on their BLOG and FACEBOOK page.)
To create this card, I used Penny Black's Creative Die 51-008 Bashful, but instead of using the actual die cut on the card, I used the negative piece left over as a stencil.  Holding the "stencil" over my Art Square, I added my water and paints.  Once dry, I also painted the background.  To this Art Square I also added additional distressing once the paints were dry. I used Memento inks in the colors of Peanut Brittle and Northern Pine.  The polka dot background was stamped using Penny Black 30-238 Footnotes using Peanut Brittle ink.  Because of the 4" size of the Art Square, not much else was needed to finish off this card.  I added a stamped sentiment (Penny Black), May Arts twine, a few pearls, and mounted it to a white notecard.

Dr. Ph. Martin's, 4 of 8: Jill

The watercolor trend has found it's way into the Studio!  Join us over the next four weeks as we ink up our paintbrushes (and fingers!) with Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors. 
Additional Dr. Ph. Martin's Inspiration on their FACEBOOK PAGE

Today I have a cute little ATC to share with you...
Because of the "juicy-ness" of the Dr. PH Martin's Hydrus Watercolors, I decided to use them with my Inchie Arts Art Squares as the quality surface allows one to add lots of water and layers without pilling or warping.

(Additional Inchie Arts information available on their BLOG and FACEBOOK page.)
I began by stamping my image (Penny Black 40-293 Tulips for You) using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a white ATC Art Square.  Because I wanted to have more control over the color and blending, when painting the image I added the paints from my palette directly to the Art Square without adding any additional water.  
But for a looser look for the sky, I first painted clean water around the image, and then added the paint and allowed the water to do the blending.
To finish off this ATC, I wrapped it with May Arts twine and called it a day.  I expect I will add this to a card in the near future. I also expect more Art Square and watercolor fun will be in my near future, too. ;)

Out & About with Jill

I'm......again!  
And I'm super excited to bring you a new PB&J video featuring Penny Black and Dr. PH Martin's Hydrus Watercolors.
Click HERE to see these stamping and watercoloring techniques in action. 
That's not all!
I'm honored to be guesting at Darlene's blog and have another card and VIDEO for you there.  Here's a peek...
Click HERE for the full reveal.

Dr. Ph. Martin's, 3 of 4: Elizabeth

The watercolor trend has found it's way into the Studio!  Join us over the next four weeks as we ink up our paintbrushes (and fingers!) with Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors. 
Additional Dr. Ph. Martin's Inspiration on their FACEBOOK PAGE

Splashing my watercolors on a mini notebook.


Here's a peek inside where a small notepad is attached for those spur-of-the moment notes and ideas.

The notepad is attached with Tombow's Fastener Tabs.  No need to worry about running out of paper!  The back panel can easily have more sheets attached to create a refill.  Tip/Hint:  Mod Podge is fabulous for sealing the top edge of a tiny stack of note paper to create a custom pad.
  
The front cover consists of three layers of Penny Black's die cut "By the Numbers".  The top layer was cut from watercolor paper.  Layers of Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus watercolors and Medium Gel Mat were applied to the surface.  After the desired color intensity was achieved, random areas were scuffed with emerald metallic rub-ons and smudged with Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White.  The finished piece was staggered on a black die cut then a white die cut.  Tip/Hint: Offset layering is a great way to add depth as well as a shadow effect to an element.

The main base of the notebook was created from a piece of heavy cardstock covered in painter's tape.  Tim Holtz's printed tissue paper was applied with Medium Gel Mat before the watercolors were splashed on.  I grabbed my Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White again and used a paintbrush to "flick" speckles across the surface.

To seal all the paints and colorful goodness, the finished project was sprayed with Krylon's UV Resistant Clear (Matte) Acrylic Coating.

[Supplies: Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors; Penny Black: Creative Die - By the Numbers 51-054; Craf-T Products Metallic Rub-Ons; Krylon UV Resistant Clear (Matte) Acrylic Coating; Liquitex Medium Gel Mat, Tim Holtz Tissue Paper; Tombow Fastener Tabs; Painter's Tape; Black Velcro] 


Out & About with Jill

Hi, my friends! I'm just popping in amidst all of our watercolor fun to let you know that I'm...
...joining in on the Pocket Treasures party on the Penny Black blog this week.
Here's a peek at my cards:

You'll find the full reveal and all of the details HERE.