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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tutorial Tuesdays: Art Journal Page by Bonnie

Howzit Stamping Friends!
YAY, it's Tuesday, time to share our 3rd LeighSBDesigner tutorial with you all😀

LeighSBDesigner Bonnie has a fabulous Art Journal Page for you today!

Hi everyone.  It's Bonnie here today to share with you my process for this art journal page featuring the gorgeous Sunshine in Her Hair image by LeighSBDesigns. I absolutely adore this image.  I love colouring faces and hair and I also am smitten with anything celestial so this image checked all of my wish list boxes.
Sunshine in Her Hair is on FLASH SALE today only so dash on over and add her to your collections😉

I began by colouring the image with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. When hair is wavy and a little complicated, I colour a section at a time using 4 - 5 different colours and progressing from lightest to darkest.  I coloured the sun design before finishing the bottom of her hair so that I wouldn't get confused between hair and rays...that really made it easier.  Once the image was coloured, I fussy cut her leaving a narrow white margin around the image.  This strengthens the skinny pieces so they don't tear off when handling and gluing.  She was then matted with black cardstock and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border.  I like how this frames her and helps her contrast with the background.

To create the art journal background, I began with a 6 x 8 inch piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  Ranger Texture Paste was scraped through Tim Holtz Rays Layering Stencil and allowed to dry thoroughly. Once dry,  the page was spritzed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Yellow Rose of Texas, Marigold yellow Orange, and California Poppy Gold Starburst Sprays. The card was tipped in several directions before laying it flat to dry so you can see pooling of more intense colour around the edges and next to the rays.

To help create more shadows and emphasize the dimension of the rays, Sienna Gold Inktense pencil was added below each one and then activated with a water brush. A lighter version of the same step was added above each ray as well.  White Sharpie Water Based Paint pen was added to the top of each raised ray and softened slightly with my finger.  This took a few coats, drying in between each, to get the intensity I wanted.
Once the Inktense pencil was dry (I didn't want to wreck my pen), black pen was used to outline the bottom edge of each ray to really help them pop and to emphasize the cragginess of the stenciling.  To add some sparkle, because this is the sun we're talking about here, Icicle Stickles were added to each ray, spreading it with my finger.  A simple doodled border was added to the outside edges to frame the page.  Dried Marigold Distress Ink was used to intensify the colour around the outside edges of the background.
The image was adhered in place with foam tape to add dimension and create natural shadow around her.
The sentiment was printed onto white cardstock and cut into individual words.  These were each matted with black cardstock and popped up on foam tape before being added above the image.
Finally, to complete the page and frame it, a black cardstock mat cut 1/4 inch bigger on all sides was added to the back of it.  I love the contrast this brings and also how it helps keep the eye on the page itself.
Thanks for stopping by today for our weekly inspirational post and tutorial. We would love to see what you create with this or any of Leigh's wonderful images from her Etsy Boutique. You are very welcome to share your art on the LeighSBDesigns Facebook group. It's a great place to hang out!

 Bonnie used the following supplies which you can find at Joggles and Blick Art Materials using my affiliate links below!
Thank you so much for your support😉 


Prismacolor, Polychromos and Sienna Gold Inktense pencils
Strathmore Mixed Media paper
 Tim Holtz Rays Layering Stencil
Lindy's Stamp Gang Yellow Rose of Texas, Marigold yellow Orange, and California Poppy Gold Starburst Sprays

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

LeighSBDesigns New Release: 2 Wonderland Grunge Collages, Grunge Card Suits set and FREEBIE BUNDLE plus SPONSOR Coupon Code!

Howzit Stamping Friends, today is a fabulous day😃
I've got 3 wonderful new digi releases for you plus a special FREEBIE BUNDLE promotion as well as a SPONSOR COUPON CODE for members of the Markers! Papers! Digis! Facebook group for 30% off my entire Etsy Boutque🎉

I'm excited to announce that LeighSBDesigns is now an official sponsor over in the Markers! Papers! Digis! Facebook group run by the lovely Betty Roberts of Simply B Stamps!
This means we'll be participating in lots of fun future events and celebrations over in the MPD group as well as having the opportunity to be featured in the group all weekend long like now so dash on over, join the fun and enjoy a special Markers! Papers! Digis! Facebook Group member coupon...you must be a group member to get the coupon so join NOW🎉
Coupon is good until midnight PDT on Monday 8/14!

Are you ready to go Grunge in Wonderland?
Today's release is an Alice Grunge Collage, Queen of Hearts Grunge Collage and a Grunge Card Suits set!

Pick up BOTH collages and receive the Grunge Card Suits set FREE!
PLUS don't forget that the members of the Markers! Papers! Digis! Facebook group are enjoying a coupon code of 30% off my entire Etsy Boutique so grab the coupon and save even more!

The three new images are available individually and there's a separate listing for the FREEBIE BUNDLE so make sure you click on the right one to get the freebie!

click to get the Alice Grunge Collage
Click to get the Queen of Hearts Grunge Collage
Click to get the Grunge Card Suits set
Click to get the FREEBIE BUNDLE SET of both Collages and Card Suits!

Before you dash off have a look at the wonderful inspiration projects below featuring these new beauties!

I made these 2 cards!

LeighSBDesigner Val made these 2 fabulous projects using all 3 releases!

LeighSBDesigner Nan made a magnificent mixed media book also using all 3 releases!

Have a great weekend and see you over at Markers! Papers! Digis!🎉

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

LeighSBDesigns Facebook Group ATC Swap #1 Entries and FLASH SALE!

Howzit Stamping Friends!
I hosted our first ATC Swap over at LeighSBDesigns Facebook Fan Group near the end of July and as I write this post these fabulous little treasures are winging their way to the players😊 

With it being our first swap I gave my members a fun and easy theme, Anything Goes!
I'm now taking this opportunity to share photos of the amazing entries by my wonderful group members😊

All of the digi art stamps featured are now on FLASH SALE for today ONLY!  Dash on over and add them to your collections!  Sale ends at midnight PDT!

Created by Milo
featuring Cleo the Egyptian Cat 

Created by LeighSBDesigner Val 
featuring Boston Terrier-in-a-Box

Created by Ike
featuring Tangled Vampire Cat

Created by Laine
featuring lil Miss Oddleigh Flower

Of course I played too and made this one featuring Cleo the Egyptian Cat and the background is a portion of her companion, Horus the Egyptian Cat

What gorgeous ATCs!
Why don't you come and join us and play in future swaps, the more the merrier😀
click to join!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tutorial Tuesdays: Mystical Sunshine card by LeighSBDesigner Val!

Howzit Stamping Friends!
YAY, it's Tuesday, time to share our 2nd LeighSBDesigner tutorial with you all😀
Did you miss my debut tutorial last week?  
Click HERE to see how to create fussy cut multi-layered 3D art!  
LeighSBDesigner Val is here today to tell you how she created her magical card titled 
"Mystical Sunshine".
Hi Everyone, this is Val and I'm excited to share my first tutorial here at LeighSBDesigns featuring our wonderful new release, Sunshine In Her Hair🌞  This gorgeous digi stamp is now on FLASH SALE until Thursday so dash on over and add her to your collections😉
I began by printing out the digi image onto white Neenah cardstock and coloured her with Prismacolour Pencils.  I coloured the Sun first using shades of yellow and orange.
 Then I coloured her hair in shades of yellow, orange and brown.  I used light brown for shading around her face, green for her eyes and a lovely red for her lips.  I finished off my colouring by adding dot highlights to her hair and the Sun with a white gel pen.  
 To give the Sun a variation in look and texture I coated it with a layer of embossing ink using a Versamark pen or you can use a Perfect Medium pen.   
Tip:  Alternatively, you can also paint on embossing ink with a brush using Tim's clear Distress embossing re-inker if you don't have an embossing pen.  
I then applied clear embossing powder and heat set to give it a lovely glossy effect.
I then applied Broken China Distress Oxide to the background surrounding her face and hair with a foam blending tool.  I then cut around the image leaving just enough of the blue to give her a wonderful magical aura, I love the effect! 
For the background of the card I embossed white cardstock with a swirly pattern embossing folder and applied Squeezed Lemonade, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Distress Inks to colour and enhance the embossed design.  I then completed my card by mounting the digi panel onto the embossed card then finally onto a folded card blank I made from black cardstock.

Val used the following supplies which you can find at Joggles and Blick Art Materials via my affiliate links!
Thank you so much for your support😉 

Neenah white cardstock
Black Cardstock
Clear Embossing Powder
Crafts Too A2 Embossing Folder - Petals
Scotch Quick Dry adhesive


Thanks for joining us today for Tutorial Tuesdays, I hope you've been inspired by Val's project!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tutorial Tuesdays: Sunshine in Her Hair 3D paper art by Leigh!

Howzit Stamping Friends!
I'm excited to launch our new weekly segment today called Tutorial Tuesdays! 
Join my LeighSBDesigners and I every Tuesday and be inspired by our fun projects packed with tips and tricks.

I'm kicking off today with my Sunshine in Her Hair 3D paper art🌞
This project consists of multiple fussy cut elements that are manipulated and layered to create a 3 dimensional art piece perfect for framing.  I love creating 3D paper art, it's a great way to take your paper art to a whole new level!

You saw my coloured version of Sunshine in Her Hair when I released the digi art stamp last week and now I'm going to show what I created with her.....let's start at the beginning.

I printed Sunshine in Her Hair onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and coloured her up with Copic Sketch markers.

I started out by colouring her hair in shades of yellow.  I always lay down my lightest colour first and decide at this point if I'll be leaving any areas white for extra highlights.  I decided to only have a few white areas and laid in Y11 using the feathering technique.  I worked on sections of the hair in stages to determine which areas will be the lightest and which would be the darkest.  Continuing with the feathering technique I built up the colours going from light to dark, Y11 to Y38.  Once I was happy with all the highlights and shadow areas I feathered and blended more by going back over everything again but this time working from dark to light.

Next I worked on her skin and facial features.  I wanted her face to be very fresh and bright and left quite a bit of white.  I started out by feathering in the lightest colour, E000, and built up the shading and contouring of her face with E00 and E01 and a splash of Y13 beneath her nose and along the bridge of her nose on the left side of her face (her right side) where the shadows are darkest.  Next I blushed her cheeks and added eyeshadow with E02.  I then applied R20 and R32 to her eyelids and lips.  I worked back and forth from light to dark and dark to light until I was happy with the blending and shading of everything.

I kept the colours of her eyes very light because she's radiating sunlight so I chose YG00 and YG03 for her irises and used B00 to tint the whites of her eyes.  I then added hightlights to her eyes, lips, nose and hair with a white Dylusions paint pen. 

Now for the next stage of my project!  Many of you might find this next step a bit too scary to do to the actual coloured image after working so hard on it so here's a tip, you don't need to worry!  Before going any further scan your coloured image and print it out twice and keep your original coloured image intact.  At this point you can decide if you'd prefer to go a bit bigger because there's going to be some fiddly fussy cutting involved so print out to the size you're comfortable with.

Or, tip #2, just simply print out another copy of the digi at the same size and colour it up.  The two don't have to be identical but you can use your first version as a guide and then you've got the chance to alter anything you may not have been 100% happy with.  

Or, tip #3, colour the two images simultaneously.  Doing both together can make the process go a bit faster and you can alter things from image to image as you're colouring and decide when you're finished which of the two you prefer to use as your top layer.

Ok, back to why this next step is about to get a bit scary!  I created a speckled coloured background by sprinkling Nuance Powders directly onto the entire image!  The effect is serendipitous and oh so much fun!

Simply sprinkle the yellows, oranges and red onto the cardstock.  You can either be completely random or put a bit of thought into the colour placement which I did by concentrating the darker orange and red on the lower right side.  The Nuance Powders are a vibrant water-based pigment powder and the tiniest sprinkle packs a powerful punch. 

you could stop at this point if you wanted to...this is a fun art piece just as it is!
Activate the powder by spritzing with water.  The amount of water you add will determine how much the powder moves around and blends with neighbouring colours.  Add lots of water for lots of blending action or lightly to achieve the more speckled effect.

I gave mine two spritz of water and ended with a light spritz of pearl Smooch Spritz to add lots of magical shimmer which you can see in these photos.

Dry the cardstock by zapping it with a heat tool. 
I bet you've noticed that there's some extra colours in there that I did not use!  Yep, a bit of blue and green creeped in.  That's just something that can randomly happen with the Nuance Powders, a speck of another colour can creep in to a bottle during the manufacturing process.  It makes creating with them rather exciting and luckily the blue/green picked up on her eye colour.

You'll notice that some of the lines blurred from getting wet and that's perfectly okay.  You can leave as is or you can draw some of the lines back in again with a black fineliner.

Next apply Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink directly to the edges of the cardstock by dragging the ink pad along the edges.

Now for the fussy cutting fun!  I enjoy creating 3D art with feminine imagery with lots of hair that can be cut out and layered to create dimensional cascading curls.  I cut up two coloured images to get the sections shown in the photo below. 

Manipulate the fussy cut pieces by curving and curling them over the handle of a paint brush.

Add magical shimmer to her eye shadow, lips and the hair sections with clear Wink of Stella.

For extra sparkle I applied a yellow tinted glitter glue to the sun.

Once everything is dry apply clear double sided sticky foam to the fussy cut sections and start building up the layers by adhering each piece to the base image.  I like to use a combination of thin squares with the thicker strips to achieve a variation in the level of each layer.

I completed my design by fussy cutting up two more suns and adhering them to all four corners.

Complete the art piece by adhering the panel to 3 mats cut from black and dark yellow cardstocks.  It's now ready to frame in a shallow shadowbox type frame.

Here's a look at the finished piece from various angles.

I'm very pleased with how it turned out and my kitty enjoyed checking it out too😀

Thanks for stopping by to see my project today, I hope I've inspired you to try your hand at creating some 3D paper art😀

Sunshine in Her Hair is on flash sale today over at my Esty Boutique!

You can get the supplies I used via my affiliate links with Joggles and Blick Art Materials,
thank you so much for your support!

Happy Stamping!
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