Thursday, February 11, 2016

CAS(E) this Sketch 159

(Please note: This is my second post for today. Scroll down or click here
to see the MFT Color Challenge post. Thank you!)
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Are you ready for a new sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch?
Here's Sketch 159, brought to you by our teammie Michelle.

And here's what I came up with.

I used MFT's Large Grid Stencil and inked several colors of dye inks in
rainbow fashion. After removing the stencil, I spattered some water over
the surface. The panel was cut from Blueprints 24 and adhered to a white
card base. I white embossed the sentiment on a strip of Black Licorice
card stock and adhered it to the panel. The card was finished off with
a few enamel dots.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the design team interpreted
the sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by  
Thursday, February 18th.

 Hope to see you in the gallery!

MFT Color Challenge #39

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for a new Color Challenge at My Favorite Things.
Here's the color palette for Challenge #39.

When I saw that Cement Gray was one of the colors, I immediately thought of elephants,
and there's nothing cuter than Birdie Brown's Adorable Elephants.

I prepared a panel by embossing the Jumbo Dot Cover Up on Smooth White
card stock. Two ellies were stamped with MFT's Steel Grey Hybrid Ink and
colored with Copic markers, then die cut with the matching dies.

I also colored three balloons with Copics and die cut them with the matching dies.
The sentiment was white embossed on a strip of Cement Gray card stock,
and all the pieces were adhered to the panel. The panel was then adhered
to a Smooth White card base.

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Can you see how the Copic colors that I chose for the balloons match the
challenge colors? Want to know a little secret? I referred to a Copic Color Match
Chart found here, in the MFT Printable Resources Color Chart folder.

It shows you Copic colors that match pretty darn close to MFT's ink and
card stock colors so that if you have Copics but not all of the inks or card stock
colors, you can still join the Color Challenges. Pretty neat, huh?

Visit the Card Challenges blog for the details on how you can win
up to a $20 gift voucher to shop in the MFT Store!

Monday, February 8, 2016

MFT February Release Replay

It's February's Release Replay! Time for the My Favorite Things design team
to share some fresh new ideas and inspiration with latest release.

I'm sharing two cards geared towards the more "mature" recipient, using the fun
animals from Farm-tastic. And I created some inky backgrounds using MFT's
brilliant dye inks, with a technique that I'm calling "faux watercoloring".

First, here are the cards.

I know a few spring chickens who I could send this to. (Wink!) The chicken
was loosely colored with Zig markers and die cut with the matching dies.
I perched her on the Farm Fence and adhered them to a "sunrise" inked panel.

Next up is a get well card using Zig markers and loose watercoloring on the horse
and Copics for the apples. This time I adhered the fence, horse, and apples on
a blue and green inked panel that resembles a pasture.

Here's how I created the backgrounds. I ink distressed two or more colors of MFT's dye inks 
with a mini ink blending tool on watercolor card stock.

Vary the amount of pressure when inking, then splash on a liberal amount of water.
Let the drops sit for a few seconds, then press a paper towel over it to pick up the water.
I love how MFT dye inks react to water and the spatters give depth to the background.
Keep a bunch of these panels on hand for quick, last minute cards!

Be sure to visit the MFT blog for more inspiration from the participating
designers. Thanks for stopping by!