ICAD Days 60 & 61

The journey has ended and I have enjoyed every minute!  It has been a great learning experience which I plan to continue to do every so often as well as participate in for years to come!  

  Day 60 ICAD

  Day 61 ICAD 

Thank you all for joining me on this Index-Card-A-Day Journey!  Until next time,

Happy Crafting! 😀

Nati J. 

P.S. If you liked seeing these ICADs please let me know. Next up my August Planner Planning! ☺️

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ICAD #60: Mixed Media Process

Hello everyone!  Today, I wanted to share my process in creating my Index Card A Day Card #60 out of 61!  Yes, the 61 Day challenge will end tomorrow.  So let’s begin: First, I gathered some paper which I cut down to the size of an Index Card (3×5), some decoupage glue and some left over ends from a spiral bound drawing pad. 

  
After applying gesso to my card and letting that dry, I applied the decoupage glue and my spiral bound ends to the index card. Here, I used the decoupage glue generously. 

  
Next, I cut the excess spiral bound ends off and decided I would use the neon green paint as my base paint. 

  
After using the neon green paint, I used my Tim Holtz stencil with the pink acrylic paint. I wanted the print to stand out, so I used the Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarellle Watercolor Pencil in Black to outline the print. While deciding what to do next, I inked the edges of the card with my Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen Big Brush in Black. 

  
Next, I thought it would be fun to add a little paint spackle with the Dylusions Ink Spray. 

  To be honest, when I got to this point, I felt like the card could possibly stand on its own…..so I used my distress ink by Tim Holtz to ink my edges more and also to to ink the top portion of the card. 

  But then, this happened…I just couldn’t help myself. I saw this white butterfly (from Michael’s $1.50 spot) sitting on the top of my stash and I just had to add it. I also thought this dandelion stamp would go well with it. 

  Here is a close up of the butterfly and the stamp. 

  

 Lastly, I was able to finish this quote off with the perfect quote for this second to last ICAD.  I was very happy with the outcome. 

I hope you all were able to be inspired by this tutorial. Please feel feel to leave a comment below and follow me on my Instagram. 😊

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

ICAD Progress

Hello everyone!  

I know it’s been a while since I posted my progress on the Index-Card-A-Day 61 Day Challenge. So I just wanted to share my progress. So far, with this being my first year participating, it has been great. I feel like I have been able to let go of some of my fears and insecurities when it comes to art…and that in itself is something for me to celebrate!  I felt that on the days I fell behind, it was easy for me to catch up and get into the “zone” of my craft. This challenge has opened up my ability to be open and not scared to try out new things. With mixed media, I feel as though I’m ready to truly explore and pick a style that is all my own.   

Below you will find my ICADs from June 24-July 24. 

Days 24-30  

Days 31-37

  Days 38-44

   Days 45-49

  Days 50-54

I hope you all enjoyed my ICADs and are inspired to give this challenge a try. And if you did participate, please add your link to the comments section so I can check out your work be inspired as well.  To find out more about Index Card A Day, click here

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

 
   

ICAD Day 23: Play & Have Fun

Hello, hello, hello!
I hope everyone is doing week today.  Today I’m sharing my ICAD that I completed this morning.  I’m so sorry,  about half way through, I realized that I hadn’t taken any photos…. so this is not a tutorial post as originally planned.  Hopefully for tomorrow’s card, I won’t forget to take some pictures along the way.  So here we go.

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Here is a more up close view, you can somewhat see the layers in this ICAD.

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Above is an up close quote of the quote.

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And here is the completed index card.  I hope you enjoyed seeing today’s ICAD.

Happy Crafting!
Nati J.

ICADs Days 16-22

Today, I’m sharing my ICADs from Days 16-today. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them!  ☺

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Day 16:  I decided to do a little stamping and stenciling.  I used a Heidi Swapp Spray Stencil with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and outlined the stenciled pattern with a Pilot Pen. Next using Jet Black Archival Ink, I used a Dylusions Stamp to create the female outline and then I colored that in with Tim Holtz Distress Ink that I added water to.  Lastly, I inked my edges with my Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen Big Brush (Black).

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Day 17: This card was all about using one color and adding a piece of mail to it. So I paired up this piece of Victoria Secret mailer from back in February with a black acrylic paint in the background.

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Day 18: I was short on time, so I went through my magazine cutouts and found this beautiful mountain view, found a fitting magazine saying, inked my edges and I was done.  I love this one.  I think this one might end up in my planner.  The mountain view from the lake just looks so peaceful!

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Day 19: This one was so fun to make, plus it just makes me laugh!  First I used a Tim Holtz Stencil with Distress Ink and then began looking through my magazine cutouts and found this chick.  Once I saw her, I grabbed another Tim Holtz stencil, put that on my background, glued my girl down and added the quote from a Dylusions Stamp Set.  Inked my edges added some color to the quote and that’s all she wrote!  🙂

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Day 20: Isn’t she stunning?!?  This quote was sitting on my fest waiting to be used!  First I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink mixed with water for my background, glued this beauty down, added my quote, added a little more pink to her lips, cheeks and eyelids…but she was missing something, so lucky I quickly found the perfect necklace that I cut down to size to look like a headpiece.  Now she looks like a Brave, Beautiful Princess.

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Day 21: It’s all about the circles!  I wanted to make circles so I did! It doesn’t really show up here, but I love how vibrant this card is in person. 

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Day 22: And lastly, the butterfly!  I painted my background using acrylic paint, added some Tim Holtz tissue wrap, painted the butterfly, added some dots to her and some Wink of Stella Glitter, for some added sparkle and finished up the card with a quote from a Dylusions Stamp Set.

Thank you so much for sticking me through this long post.  Until tomorrow, take care.

Happy Crafting!
Nati J.

ICAD – Day 14: Merry-go-round

This has to be by far the most challenging card I’ve done! It is a card that through the process I literally hated it even more because what I had invisioned turned into an epic fail on paper.  But please stick with me through this process, it’ll be worth it in the end. 

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As pictured here, I first gathered all my supplies….a wooden stamp, spray waterbottle, some Gelatos and watercolor paper which I cut down to a standard index card size (3×5).

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First, I rubbed all the Gelatos onto the stamp.

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Here, you can somewhat see the different colors.

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Next, I spritzed the stamp quite a few times.

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Then I stamped the image onto the watercolor paper (I use Canson Watercolor Paper)

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And yes, after several attemps, this is what I got. I just couldn’t get the image to appear!  At this point, I was a little frustrated…so I tried to think of a way to save this card….

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So I decided to use Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Fine Art Watercolor…..

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I simply just used the dripper and let the watercolor run down the card.

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At this point, I still wasn’t sure about this index card,  but I thought it might have some potential…. so I continued to work on it….

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I added some circles….again using Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors….but I still felt a little blah about it…..

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Then I saw her in my stash of magazine cut outs and thought, “she’s perfect!” So use her I did! I thought her face liked like someone who was “over it,” whatever “it” might be.  So I came up with this quote, based on past conversations with friends and thought it was fitting.
So, in the end I’m actually happy with the way this ICAD came out. It took a little work, some trial and error. But I like it.  As I go through this journey of trying out new things I realize that I am learning a lot along the way.  Art doesn’t have to be perfect, there is freedom in just letting go and letting your fingers do the work.  Art is definitely something that you feel… it’s about bringing a vision to life and sharing that vision with the world. 

I know this was a long post, thank you for sticking with me.  What are you all currently working on?  I’d love to hear… and see. 

Happy Crafting!
Nati J.

ICAD Days 9-12

Hello Everyone! 
I hope that the summer break is treating you all well so far.  As for me, I just dropped my little beauties off with the grandparents for the next month.  So what does that mean…..a lot of deep cleaning over the next week, followed with a lot of rest and relaxation with the hubby the last 3 weeks….plus some craft time too of course!  🙂 
But enough of that, let’s get to these ICADs! These are the ICADs I made over June 9th – June 12th, while having a little fun with my watercolors.  So here we go. 

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Day 9: No matter how hard, there is always “Freedom in letting go.”  Freedom of letting go of certain relationships and/or certain habits. Just let it go. 

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Day 10: A little watercolor, mixed with some stamping and a fitting quote by Former President, Franklin D. Roosevelt. “A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.  Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving strength to our people.”

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Day 11:  I really had fun with this card.  I love my Blessed Beyond Measure stamp and was happy to be able to use it in this capacity.  It was also my FIRST time drawing with watercolors….so I think with that being said, I think my heart came out pretty good! 

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Day 12:  I had so much fun making this card.  I love the colors so much.  I didn’t feel the need to add a quote on this one,  because the girls that are stamped on the bottom just add to the whole look and feel of the card.   Happy~Love~Fun~Joy!

I hope you all enjoyed these ICADs. I will be posting yesterday’s as well as today’s,  tomorrow, so stop back by and check those out.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!  🙂  Until then, 

Happy Crafting,
Nati J.