Tuesday, February 21, 2017

With Love

Hi everyone.  Today I'm back with another "LOVE" card for the CAS Watercolour February challenge.

I'm having a lot of fun with this challenge.  My card today can be used for so many different occasions ... it can be given to my sweetie, my kids, a dear friend, or even sent as a sympathy card.

The background for today is made with leftover ink from THIS CARD.  Mopped up the left over ink with a paper towel, placed the towel over a piece of hot press watercolourpaper, spritzed with water and pressed with my fingers to transfer the ink.  Love it! :)

Simply cut the watercolour piece down to size, framed it with a thin bit of black cardstock in the background, popped it up on the card and added a die-cut flower silhouette.

I hope you'll come join us for this challenge.  There's still a few days left to play along.

I used snippets for everything on this card except the card base, so I'm heading over to play at the Snippets Playground.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Sentiment - Rose Thoughts (Stampendous)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. Hot Press); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Leftover ink from Liquid Watercolour Concentrate in Red and Purple (Dick Blick), paper towel, Flower Frolic die (Penny Black)

CAS Watercolour February Challenge - Love
Snippets Playground - Week 269 & 270

Monday, February 20, 2017

Experimenting again!

Hi everyone.  Sunday I got together with my crafting friends Susan (Cardmaker's Garret) and Christine (It's a Card Day's Night).  We meet up about once a month to play with new products and techniques.  We always have a great time!

Yesterday, we tried out several new techniques and a few new products.  We had some successes and some failures.  Today I'm sharing one of the successes. :)

My dear friend Nancy S. sent me a lovely gift for Christmas that included the beautiful stencil used for today's card.  Not only did she sent me the stencil, but Susan, Christine and I used Nancy's AMAZING TAG as our inspiration.  Thanks Nancy!!

This is definitely a mixed media tag.  Started by adding black gesso to a piece of regular card stock.  Once dry, the stencil was placed over top and crackle paste was added.  Once that was dry, I simply sponged on a few coloured on ink.  Love how it turned out.  Added a die-cut black butterfly to cover up a small mistake where the embossing paste was too thin. :)

Here's a close-up so you can see the crackle embossing paste --- so cool! :)

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Neenah White (110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Black gesso, sponge brush, Swirls & Pearls Stencil by Rebecca Baer (gift from Nancy S.), Crackle paste (Finnabair), palette knife, sponges, Moonlight butterfly die (Memory Box)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Love Always

Hi everyone.  Today is a reminder that there's just over a week left to play in the CAS Watercolour February Challenge - Love.  Create a CAS card that has some sort of watercolouring or watercolour look, and join us.  You can use watercolour paints, distress inks, dye inks, brushos, gelatos, etc.

I recently bought a few dies from a new-to-me company "Gina Marie Designs", including the heart used above.  My sweet friend Marcia has several of their beautiful dies, which she used to send me some die-cuts.  I really like their designs so had to buy some for myself. :)  I found I need to run them through my big shot several times adding paper shims to get a clean cut. It could very well be my Big Shot that is the problem as it's getting really old.  In the end, with a little extra elbow grease, I'm really happy with the designs I bought.

The heart above was die-cut from watercolour paper and smooshed with concentrated liquid watercolours.  I dried the first layer of smooshing and then used a paintbrush to add more of the red and purple watercolours to deepen the colours on the heart.  Once dry, I coated it (twice) with Wink of Stella to give it lots of shine (which doesn't show in the photo).

The card front was die-cut with the same heart and inlayed with the watercoloured heart.  A white heat embossed black banner sentiment was added to finish the card.

I hope you'll check out our reminder post ... lots of inspiration from our talented Design Team and our special Guest Designer Michelle.  Check it out HERE.

I'm also playing along with a few challenges.  Lots of challenges out there with Hearts/Love as the theme. :)

AAA Cards #83 - Shape your Love
CASology #236 - Romance
Inkspirational #128 - Photo Inspiration

Thanks for coming by for a visit!

Stamps:  Fond Expressions 7 (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  ?? die (Gina Marie Designs), Red and Purple Liquid Watercolour Concentrate (Dick Blick), Wink of Stella, White embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Watercolour February Challenge - Love
AAA Cards #83 - Shape your Love
CASology #236 - Romance
Inkspirational #128 - Photo Inspiration

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Copper and Cardboard

A reminder that we are already over half way through the month of February.  The CAS Mix Up February Challenge - Corrugated Cardboard is open for just over a week.  Lots of amazing entries so far.  If you haven't had a chance to play along, come join the fun! :)

My CAS Mix Up card has Corrugated Cardboard, stamping, die-cuts, and heated copper.  I heated a piece of copper sheeting with a butane torch until it changed to different colours.  Then I die-cut the bird and leaves and glued them to a die-cut branch.  Everything was glued to the corrugated card square.  I heat embossed a simple sentiment in copper to finish.

The challenge is open until the 24th.  Come check out the awesome cards made by the rest of our Design Team, and our wonderful Guest Designer, Jules.  Hope to see you in the gallery! :)

Thanks for coming by for a visit!

Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb. card stocl); Early Espresso (SU!)
Ink:  Verssamark
Accessories & Tools:  Corrugated cardboard, Copper sheets, butane torch, Perched Reed Bird die-cut (Memory Box), Grove Branch die-cut (Memory Box), Tender Leaves die-cuts (Memory Box), copper embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Mix Up February Challenge - Corrugated Cardboard