Happy First Birthday Picket Fence Studios!
Picket Fence Studios is celebrating their first birthday with a whole month of special activities and giveaways, and I am thrilled to be invited to help them celebrate in this month-long celebration!
And even though it's Picket Fence Studios' Birthday, they have special gifts for YOU! There's special discount coupon for you at the bottom of this post, as well a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Picket Fence Studios!
I was first introduced to Picket Fence Studios through Lydia Fiedler and Iliana Myska, who absolutely raved about their Life Changing Blending Brushes. I resisted buying them for awhile. I'll admit. But once I did buy them, I realized just how life-changing they truly were. I have not touched a foam blending pad since! They are just that lovely! They are so simple and easy to use and clean, and they apply ink to paper with such soft and smooth blends, that I couldn't believe I had resisted buying them. They are always within reach on my desk now!
I could never get blending like this with a foam blender pad or sponge dauber! I always seemed to end up with a big ink-y blotch, no matter how careful or light-handed I tried to be.
How easy is that to create some super-simple, single-layer notecards?!? That took less than 3 minutes to heat emboss the sentiment from Simply Wonderful onto a white cardbase and blend color to the bottom of the cardbase. (Use a dry micro-fiber towel to remove any excess ink from your embossing.)
Today I am also using these Life Changing Blending Brushes with one of their stencils, the Sunburst Stencil, to create a sunrise background.
I prepped my stencil by lightly spraying the temporary adhesive to the back of my stencil. I let it dry for about 45 seconds, then adhered it to my card panel. The adhesive ensures that the stencil will not move, yet removes easily without ripping or peeling my cardstock or leaving any residue behind. I added a very pale lemon yellow ink to my panel first, then added a brighter sunshine-y yellow to the sun, blending outward slightly. (I'm going to layer a horizon on top of this panel, so I only inked the top two thirds of my panel.)
I then removed the stencil, and added a bit more lemon yellow over the whole panel, deepening the color of the sun rays, as well as creating a faint yellow tone over the white areas.
I then replaced the stencil, turning it slightly, centering the stencil openings over the darker inked sun rays. I then added a thin coating of Glitter Gel. The gel picks up a bit of the ink, and takes on a really pretty pale yellow sparkle. I tried to be very careful not to get the Glitter Gel onto the actual sun. Once applied smoothly, I carefully removed the stencil. I set my panel off to the side to dry (for about 35 minutes) and went and washed the excess glitter and temporary adhesive off of my stencil and tools.
While my glittered panel was drying, I used my MISTI to stamp the Ava Girl with black archival ink onto a piece of Hammermill Digital Color Cover paper. I used Copic Markers to add color, and a white gel pen to add highlights. I wanted a dark burgundy sweater, so I used R43, R59 and R89 to color her sweater, and even added W06 and W08 to further tone down the pinkness of the R markers. I then used the matching Ava die to cut out my colored image.
My inked and glittered panel is now dry, so it's time to create my horizon, trim my panels and assemble a card!
I chose to create a dark city scene with black cardstock. I simply used scissors to cut random square and rectangle pieces away, creating a city skyline that my glittery sun can be rising over.
I used my MISTI to stamp my greeting from Simply Wonderful with embossing ink, then I heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I could trim my pieces to fit an A2 top-folding cardbase and assemble with liquid adhesive.
My second card uses the beautiful peacock tail image from the Let's Shake Our Tail Feathers set.
I'm stamping on vellum with embossing ink; and will heat emboss with black powder.
Just look at all that crisp detail from this stamp; even when heat embossed!!
I hand-trimmed out the image with detail scissors, and have flipped it over; and now am adding color to the back side with Copic markers.
I used very dark-colored markers so the colors would show through on the front embossed side.
I assembled my card using vellum adhesive tape runner to add my vellum image to a deep purple cardbase. I added a narrow black-matted strip of lighter purple cardstock that I had stamped and gold embossed the stacked birthday greeting from Forever and Ever. Once assembled, I used a small silicone-tipped stylus to add tiny dots of gold acrylic paint to the peacock tail.
As part of this Birthday celebration, Picket Fence Studios has generously offered a $100 gift certificate for one lucky visitor to my blog today! To be entered to win, please leave a comment on this post. Comments must be entered before 11:59pm Central Time, Sunday May 5th. The lucky gift certificate winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 7th, on this blog.
Picket Fence Studios also has an exclusive 20% off discount shopping code for my blog readers too! Use the code: PFS20 to save 20% on your entire Picket Fence Studios order! This code is only good for three days, so make sure you place your order prior to 11:59pm on April 2nd.
Thanks for stopping in today to celebrate Picket Fence Studios' First Birthday!
Have a fantastic day!