colorful creations - more cards, copic and a map

I fell off the blogging map last week.  Not sure what happened but my summer finally slowed down, and I decided to soak up the free time and not worry about my blog.  But I am back this week!

To start things off, here are a couple of my recent cards. 

This first card uses my favorite watercolor markers.  I painted a sheet of watercolor paper, blending the colors as I went along with water and then I die-cut the stars, using the negative space for my card.  This is my favorite technique right now. 

This simple card uses the stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink's Bloomer set.  I just love this set of stamps and dies.  So many different ways to use it.  I am not the best stamper in the world, so solid stamps like parts of these flowers scare me a little.  I'm a messy, artist type so perfect things aren't always in my wheelhouse.  Stamping is stretching me a little bit, and it's good.  Of course, now I want to start designing my own stamps again, with coordinating dies this time!  We shall see.  For now I am just creating to create.  

I think I mentioned I am taking a class from online card classes (love these classes) about Copic markers.  Here is my first practice sheet.  I started collecting Copics a couple years ago but never really learned how to use them.  As you can see, I have a ways to go...  But, coloring is so theraputic.  I even bought a new set of colored pencils, to add to my doodle regime.  I haven't tried them yet, so I'll let you know how I like them when I do. 

I'll end today with a sneak peek of a map I painted to go with my sister's wedding invitations.  This is the original, without the text.  The final card is 4 X 4, and I am so happy with it.  I haven't done many wedding invitations, but when I have they've been a little nerve-racking.  Anyway, after I get clearance from her I will share both the invite and the map. 


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