Sunday, January 4, 2015

Gettin' 'Craftsy' with Laura Bassen

Hi there blog friends! On New Year's Eve, I posted a card I created after taking a class with Laura Bassen over at Craftsy, and since then I've been a busy girl! Her class is called Vibrant Stamping: Creative Color Techniques, and let me tell ya, it is truly a great class...go check it out!





In class, Laura talks about the benefits of using the colors of the rainbow in order, so that's what I did with this pattern. The squiggly lined image is from a PTI set called Ombre Builders, and since this is the first time I'm using it, I am going to enter this card in Darnell's NBUS Challenge #3

I have another card I would like to enter into three challenges: Virginia's View for the theme 'Clean Slate' (I chose a one layer card), for a brand new challenge at Happy Little Stampers Blog - CAS! And, the theme for this first challenge is 'Water Coloring' and of course for the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - 'Anything Goes'!  Here is my card:





 For this card, I embossed a square using my stylus tool and stamped the hummingbird in black, then embossed with clear powder. I used my Inktense water color pencils to add color, layering the body with aqua and blue until I got the color I wanted, then coloring the wings with purple. The tiny sprig and sentiment are from Mama Elephant.

So, that's it for me...thanks so much for stopping by,






29 comments:

Joyce said...

Came over to swoon over your rainbow ombre card. Absolutely love it, and it is totally inspired by Laura Bassen--I saw that right away. Love how you added that bit of gold. And, your second card is so stunning. Love that one too. That hummingbird image is so pretty, and I love how you colored it.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Love it Barb! Those vibrant colours and that touch of gold really makes this card pop! Hazel x

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cm said...

Straight to the head of the class, Barb! Your squiggly-lined rainbow card is such a delight, and I agree with Hazel: the peek of gold is a wonderful added touch. Your water-coloured hummingbird is oh-so-pretty! Makes me long for spring, especially since we're at a 'balmy' -40C today. Didn't even poke our noses outside. Andy headed back home, so I'm missing him immensely, but I'm where I need to be: with my mom. I'm practicing using my Chameleon pens...still...
Hugs~c

Katie Ann Brooks said...

loving your hello card and the bird is gorgeous!

Kylie said...

both cards are fantastic, Barb! That hummingbird is so pretty! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

Hannelie said...

So beautiful Barb! Love the rainbow. Just perfect!

sandie said...

Barb I love the rainbow card, caught my eye, mist go check that class out. And I so adore humming bird images, done one myself for HLS, yet to be posted! The colours are stunning

lostinpaper said...

These are both brilliant Barb, love those ombres!

Loll Thompson said...

You've been busy Barb!! Love the rainbow card with the touch of gold ... so pretty! And your CAS hummingbird card is beautiful. Perfect with the embossed frame to set off this gorgeous image. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Happy Little Stampers. xx

Lisa Lara said...

Love that rainbow card Barb. The texture you created with that stamp is brilliant.

Kristie Goulet said...

LOVE your cards, Barb!

KayM said...

Ooooh both of your cards are wonderful Barb! Love the LB one with the super duper rainbow colors and beautiful strip of gold! Just the perfect touch! The hummingbird is so pretty too! Colored so lovely and the embossed square is awesome! Beautiful work my friend!! (hugs)

Anita in France said...

Oh my goodness, Barb, this rainbow card is a complete stunner ... the touch of gold is gorgeous ... LOVE it! The hummingbird's just lovely ... so delicate! Thanks for the tip about the class! Anita :)

Deepti said...

Lovely cards, I like the gold with the rainbow color stamping :) I also love ur second card with that beautifully colored humming birds

Cindy C. said...

The rainbow card is gorgeous Barb!!! I've pinned it!! The hummingbird is really lovely!! Thanks for sharing!

Rosemary said...

the first card is so very cool, barb... love the pop of gold! love the soft coloring on the second one!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Look at you rocking the watercolor again with these two gahorjus cards, Barb!! Two distinctly different and both distinctly fabulous! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #3! And thank you especially for putting me in the same paragraph with the word "Laura!!" Enjoy the day!! Hugs, Darnell

Kara Lynne said...

Both so pretty! I saw your rainbow card over at Darnell's blog and thought, "Laura!" Beautiful stamping, she would be so proud. Your hummingbird is a gorgeous color.

Greta said...

Great cards, Barb! I absolutely love the first one & that stamp set is moving up on my wishlist now!

Deborah Frings said...

Both cards are absolutely fabulous. But it's the rainbow that I just adore!

Carol said...

Love these Barb especially the ombre stamping. I bought that class too and can't wait to try out the techniques taught. Carol x

Cat Craig said...

I am always drawn to dramatic color Barb, so loving your first card. Simply gorgeous. Your bird is lovely as well. Wonderful cards!

Shona Chambers said...

I adore Laura, she is the most incredible stamper and love all of her work. I bet her class is not only helpful but hilarious too!! Love your ombre builder card, its stamped perfectly. And your hummingbird is so pretty, really like the blue's mixed together. Gorgeous!!

Laura B. said...

These are AWESOME, Barb!!!! You know I'm gonna LOVE the rainbow one with the gold strip....perfection!

Chark said...

couldn't love the rainbow card more, Barb! Great work today :)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

That squiggle line card is so interesting. I'm sure I wouldn't have given that stamp another thought, but it is fabulous in rainbow colors.

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Janelle said...

Love the rainbow card. The squiggly lines add just that little bit of extraordinary!