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Online Card Classes - Simply Watercolor

Diy, Watercolor, Hand Lettering, DrawingGabriela Sims1 Comment

Hi everyone! I signed up for Kristina Werner’s Simply Watercolor Class and it is fantastic! I will share my cards here, but not all of the steps since this is a class that is being sold. The price point is really good, the class is $20 and there are around 20 cards that you can make! 

A labor of love! 

A labor of love! 

I had so much fun making this card using nothing but pencil and watercolor. It really inspired me to try more cards like this in the future. I even did some hand lettering at the bottom! Now I just have to find someone to send this to. Until next time, happy crafting!

Gaby

Gab about Etsy

Drawing, Shop UpdatesGabriela SimsComment

Hi there! So sorry I have been away, I was super bogged down with regular, but things have slowed down now and I have decided to reopen my Etsy shop. I think there is such a huge benefit to starting there because you have a built in audience; people who come there are already looking for handmade things. I have been updating items over there pretty regularly and will be getting back to blogging as well, starting with a post about the Tim Holtz Glass Media May which should be arriving at my house tomorrow! 

Be safe in these crafting streets! 

Happy crafting! 

-Gaby

Preparing for a Craft Show

Crafts, Diy, Gab with Gaby Stamps, Hand Lettering, Craft ShowsGabriela SimsComment

Hi everyone! So I finally did it...I booked a craft show.  I have never done one before, but I have visited many, so I at least sort of know what I'm getting into.  I have been reading articles and it's amazing how many little things I overlooked when I was thinking of what I would need to bring. Like change, a receipt book, and bags for customers! Now I am aware of those things and I have started building my booth/display and I'm sure I will learn a lot more in that process.  I will be documenting the process in posts here and I have put up the info here. I will be updating that page as I do more shows/events. I decided to go with grids for my items because it would allow everything to be displayed.

Cards on display!    

Cards on display! 

 

I also made some blankets for this show, so I tested out hanging those as well. 

 

I'll probably need to get some new hangers, haha. 

I'll probably need to get some new hangers, haha. 

Of course I'll be selling Gab with Gaby stamps too and a certain pin. 

 

Had to zoom in here! 

Had to zoom in here! 

I am still working on a small card display for boxed sets of cards, but I think I have a solution, I'll post that once I check it out. In the meantime, I am organizing and recording inventory to make sure that I have enough stock, but not too much! I am creating3 prints for this show based on my hand lettering/drawing and I have to work out that display too. 

Design number one. 

Design number one. 

I also need to make signs and decorations, so it looks like I still have a ton of work to do! I cannot wait until this show, I feel like I will learn a lot and have a lot of fun. Until next time, happy crafting!

Hand Lettering is Amazing.

Drawing, Paper crafting, Graphic design, The Gab with Gaby Shop, Diy, Die Cutting, iPad Pro, Crafts, Shop Updates, Hand LetteringGabriela SimsComment

Hi there everyone.  I have been working hard on my hand lettering and was able to make a piece of framed wall art that says "But first, Coffee!".  I did this lettering on my iPad and then made a cut file that I sent to my Cricut as a "Print & Cut" file.  Once it was cut out, I added some stamped images and adhered the letters and put everything in a jazzy frame.

I will be making more of these and posting them in the shop; once I figure out how to upload cut files, I will have some free downloads for you too! That's all for today, but you can always check me out on IG by clicking on that slideshow on the right, happy crafting!

-Gaby

iPad Pro is Everything and I've Been Missing Out

Reviews, Graphic, Drawing, iPad Pro, Lettering, How to, Hand Lettering, Graphic design, Diy, ToolsGabriela SimsComment

Maaaaannnn, where do I begin!? I finally sat down to use an iPad Pro to try handlettering because I keep seeing everyone using ProCreate, so I wanted to try it. When I tell you that I literally improved my lettering in minutes, I am not exaggerating. I even rewatched a time lapse video of my first attempt and you could see the progress after 35 minutes! That's a really neat feature by the way; you can export a video of your art work. I am just starting out, so I am super excited about practicing and learning more. Before I was using my Wacom pad and Adobe Illustrator; I won't get rid of that, but I can tell an immediate difference in ease of use and results.

Some lyrics from "This Town" 

Some lyrics from "This Town" 

Below you can watch the video of me starting to use the software and finally getting the lettering right. 

 

I cannot stress enough how excited I am! I even did another picture for the #DNDchallenge.  You can get the full list of prompts over on www.bydawnnicole.com along with some other cool tips and techniques about hand lettering! Yesterday's prompt was "Hot Pink" and I may have gotten carried away.

So easy to do backgrounds!  

So easy to do backgrounds!  

I will be using this more than my Wacom I think, any letterers out there care to chime in? Leave a comment about what method you prefer; is it iPad, Wacom, or paper? Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.

-Gaby