Finally got a few cards done! Now off to play with my next new favorite thing - wood! My LSS just got a new vendor that provides wood for mixed media and fun home decor. I'm working on some Easter eggs decor pieces now.
I watched and sorted through a ton of you tube videos to learn to properly color with my distress inks. I still do not have it perfected but i learned a ton of things. Many videos i watched several times till i had it right. Just keep watching and trying. You will get there. I found it easiest to look up videos using the exact brand i was using. I dont know what kind of pencils you are using. there are so many and they tend to work differently.
Maybe I just don't know what I'm doing but I can't color with regular colored pencils. It always looks...streaky, I guess is the best I can describe it. I don't worry if my shading is in the right places or anything like that. I just try to keep it consistent and maybe nobody will notice too much.
I dont color with regular color pencils either. I know there are nubs and solutions for blending them. I prefer water color pencils and the distress ink water coloring. Just using the water is much easier. I am still working on what colors blend best together and placing the right shadows.
Menards has some great deals on a cricut expression and a cricut explorer ... I looked them both up on you tube and I know I don't want the cricut explorer because it requires us to be online at all times when using it but what I want to know is if the expression is a great tool to invest in. I don't have internet connection at all times so I don't want to have to rely on computer to be able to use my cricut if I do decide to get one.
Andrea, I got my MISTI!! Love it!! Very easy to use. I think the thing I like most is that if I stamp too light I can ink it up and stamp it darker and it gives such a nice crisp image. I think it's worth it.
Kayla, I have the original Cricut along with about 15 cartridges. I've had it for many years and I think it's a great tool to have for scrapbooking. I use my Cuttlebug more for cards but still use my Cricut for other projects and scrapbooking. I mostly use mine for the fonts and titles for my pages. I love that you get a nice selection of sizes to cut. The cutting blade seems to last a long time before needing to be replaced but the mats lose their stickiness a little faster. Check google out, there's some tutorials on how to wash the mats and add your own glue to be able to reuse them. I've always done that and it works well and saves a lot of $$.
Lisa thats what i was so excited about. I also watched a you tube tutorial on how to use your stamps in a circle. I cant wait to get one.
Has any one ever used the simon says stamps ink pads? I have been considering buying some.
Kayla i answered your question in your other thread. I have a cricut explore and an imagine. the imagine was a huge flop. My explore still works great. I rarely ever use it though. I prefer my manual die cutter. I can use it with no power or internet. I can emboss and cut. Yes i dont have as many image choices but honestly i dont use half of what is on my cartridges. I am also not a fan of provo crafts customer service or business practices. They have released many machines and then just stopped supporting them to move to their next idea. I would really do as much research as you can before deciding. Cricut is really starting to move to all online content. So you will be able to buy older cartridges but may not be able to get new releases.
Andrea the MISTI is also great for the large background stamps. I found a tutorial that shows how to convert the rubber mounted stamps to cling but it looks a little time consuming. Will try that when I get the chance.
I must be feeling a little cabin fever these days with this aweful cold weather. I've been making a lot of bright scenery cards lately. Come on spring!!
I wish I had some more wood stamps. I did another stamp and color it. I think it turn out good just have to put it on a card. I wish there was place where you can trade your old stamp and get another stamp.
So I went and checked out the Misti on-line.
I went to TAP Plastic and spent $12 and made my own Magi (maybe a goofy idea). There are no graphs and I have to tape down my work, but it works pretty good. I will still check out the Misti when it becomes available at a show or store near by.
Maybe you could make one out of a hardback book. Cut out some middle pages and glue the front pages together.
Maybe I should just go take a nap.
Aaah! You're all getting new products to use!!! And I have to sit here and drool!! LOL ... Hope you enjoy them as much as I would. I am thinking about buying some acrylic blocks because I have a couple acrylic stamps that I never use because I don't have the block!
What do you prefer, wooden stamps or the acrylic stamps?
You know, I think I'm just going to have to throw in the towel accept that coloring is not my thing. I've been practicing again tonight. I've tried colored pencils, markers, inks, paints, everything. I've watched so many tutorials and tried to learn the techniques but I just can't get it to look right.
Lisa, I love your cards and wish that I could make dies look so cute. I keep thinking that I need/want to do more things other than cutesy but I guess it's just what I like to do most....soooo....
I went to the scrap expo thing today and bought a bunch of stamps. Of course I got a bunch more Art Impressions, then some Heartfelt Creations, and Stamps of Life. There really wasn't much else there that I was interested in. Then I came home and did a large online order. I might not eat for a few weeks but I'll have stamps
Lisa your cards are amazing. coloring is not for everyone. I think you really have to enjoy the process. If your not into it, it just is not going to work. Like amy said i wish i was better at design and using dies like you do.
Amy glad you found some stamps at the expo. Lol for placing a huge online order. I am impatiently waiting for my order to ship.
Kayla i like acrylic and rubber cling too. I only have a handful of wooden stamps. I avoid buying them. I prefer my sentiment stamps to be acrylics so i can see the placement better.
Danielle my first few coloring attempts did not look great. It took awhile to really get what worked for me and made coloring fun.
I have the weekend off and hope to play with my misti today and make a few cards.
I love it. I have not done a whole lot but what i have is awesome. I love that i can stamp around a circle. I have wanted to be able to do that for years. getting my stamps lined up and being able to stamp perfectly beside other images is amazing. I can see a whole lot more stamping in my future. I also love that i can restamp something if the ink is not right . I have messed up so many projects trying to do that.
Now i want a bunch more ink colors. I think this misti is just going to make me spend more money lol
I am thinking about buying the whole set of sss ink pads for my b day. I really want more color variety. I have all the th inks but they are not my favorite for stamping.
The designer and inventor of Misti has a fb page. she is working on getting a distributor. I know she is shipping faster now that she has a company putting them together. She used to just get all the pieces and then put them together herself. I had mine in a week.
I made a card with my misti yesterday. I love that thing more and more each time i use it. I did not take a picture of my card. I had to get it in the mail.
My niece and I write to each other and I had not written in quite awhile. She got a fortune cookie that said she would get a wonderful greeting from afar. Her mom texted me because my niece said that meant she was going to get a letter from me. So of course i had to get it in gear. I could not let her down.