Express Yourself for Less Is More and Just Us Girls
21 January 2019
Happy Monday from a very cold Minnesota. It was -7 here this morning. Brrrrr :-).
I did manage to get into my craft room and make a couple of cards yesterday. I went looking for some inspiration and found two challenges - this amazing sketch across at Less Is More and the theme of Pastels at Just Us Girls.
Now... the sketch really did make me stretch my creative muscles. I had absolutely no idea what to do with it. I just knew that I wanted to do SOMETHING with it :-). And you know that Pastels stretch me at the best of times :-). So, what have you heard me so a trillion times (almost!). that's why I do challenges... to challenge myself :-)
I took out my new stamp catalog sheets and thumbed through them. Et voila! I came across the Fun Stamper's Journey Express Yourself set and knew exactly what I was going to do.
I normally share the closeup with you first - but I really need to show you the card, otherwise nothing will really make sense! I used 4 stamps from the set on the card. I used two paint brushes at the bottom, a paint tube at the top - and one of the sentiments. I colored them with new goodies. More about that later!
Here's my card:
I hope you can see the sketch in the arrangement of the stamps!
I added some gel pen to the brushes and the tube, to give a wet/metallic feel. Here's a closeup:
Of course, I had to decorate the inside. I used another one of the stamps and colored that and then added "blobs" of blue and pink paint to match the outside brushes/tube:
Of course, the envelope had to get a little something :-)
I had such fun with the sketch. So much so, that I made a totally different card using the same sketch. I'll share that later in the week.
About those new goodies..... oh.... I am in LOVE. I love coloring with pencil. Love it. My favorite pencils are Prismacolors. However, they drive me MAD. They are always breaking. They never stay sharp and I can't get a really good sharp point. When I sharpen them the lead falls out on so many of them. Grrrr. I do love them still, but the quality really gets to me - especially with the price. I like the Polychromos... but I don't seem to get the same results. It's obviously something with the way that I color. then... I heard about Caran D'Ache Luminance. I decided to treat myself to a late Christmas present and got to test drive them yesterday. They are expensive... but I totally love them. I used them on two cards that you will see this week. This is the first. I really love the way they go onto the paper and how they blend. I also love how I could layer the color even though the paper I was coloring on had "no-tooth". So, I can see more pencil coloring in my future :-)
I'll be back tomorrow with another card. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Card stock: Neenah Solar White 110#
- Stamps: Fun Stamper's Journey - Express Yourself
- Ink: Gina K Amalgam Black
- Pencils: Caran D'Ache Luminance
I think Lacri Fine Art is where I first heard about the Luminance. Her work is amazing. Excited to see your cards with the new pencils. Stay warm, next week is going to be a tough one with high temps in the negative numbers! Brrrrr!
Posted by: Joan | 25 January 2019 at 07:34 AM
Very clever use of the sketch. You obviously have a good imagination! I would never have thought of that! xx
Posted by: Karen Murray | 24 January 2019 at 02:03 PM
I love your interpretation of the sketch, Jaydee. I love my PolyChromos but they do take some getting used to in the layering/blending process. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Just Us Girls.
Posted by: Bobby | 24 January 2019 at 09:26 AM
Posted by: jaydee | 23 January 2019 at 10:00 AM
Thanks, Joanne. It really was a challenging sketch! I need to visit and see if you did something with it :-) I'm hoping to do more coloring this week and will provide an update.
Posted by: jaydee | 23 January 2019 at 10:00 AM
Thanks, Evelyn. If you are interested in the Luminance - check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3_6kAQx6K4 I found it immensely helpful
Posted by: jaydee | 23 January 2019 at 09:59 AM
Joan... it's great to see some sunshine in Mn today :-) and hey.. the temps are in the teens! :-)
I don't have any of the old Prismas, but everyone I've heard talk about them says exactly what you said... they used to be soooo good. I watched a review of the Luminance on the lacri fine art youtube channel and that's what sold me. I'm so glad I did try them. I'm hoping to do some more coloring this week.
Posted by: jaydee | 23 January 2019 at 09:57 AM
Thanks, Kylie. It really is a cool sketch!
Posted by: jaydee | 23 January 2019 at 09:55 AM
Thanks, Colleen. Yeah... I only ever use a manual sharpener. I know multiple people recommend them, but I guess I just remember the early office days and those pencil sharpeners that were lethal! :-)
Posted by: jaydee | 23 January 2019 at 09:54 AM
Thanks, Kathy! I appreciate it :-)
Posted by: jaydee | 23 January 2019 at 09:53 AM
Fabulous CAS card and great take on the sketch. Thanks for sharing at JUGS this week.
Posted by: Ina | 22 January 2019 at 11:54 PM
Love this card Jaydee! I have been fascinated by this sketch too and mulling it over for a few days as I feel like I need to work out what to do with it! What a great interpretation.Love the sentiment on the inside too - I would like to frame that for my office wall! I too am interested to hear about your pencil experiences and will be following your progress with interest.
Posted by: Joanne James | 22 January 2019 at 11:56 AM
What a great solution to the sketch!! So interesting to read of your comments on the colored pencils. I am considering purchasing the Caran D' Ache and you are the second person who says they are wonderful. Thanks for your comments. Love the card.
Posted by: Evelyn B | 22 January 2019 at 07:13 AM
Fantastic card, clever use of the sketch. I always forgot you're also from the frozen North! Stay warm from a fellow Minnesotan.
Please keep us updated on how you like the Caran D'Ache Luminance as you use them more often. I used to love my Prismacolors and all my old, ancient ones (20-30 years old and yes, I had really stocked up on them) are still easy to use and never break. Once they changed the manufacturing location and process about 20 years ago, breakage and consistent results became an ongoing problem. Read some great reviews about the Luminance several years ago. My budget doesn't allow for new purchases but would really like to hear more about them as you play with them.
Posted by: Joan | 22 January 2019 at 02:34 AM
Jaydee, I LOVE your take on the sketch. I love how 'loose' it is and you have used brilliant images and sentiment. Thanks so much for playing along at Less Is More xx
Posted by: Kylie | 21 January 2019 at 07:45 PM