Monday, January 16, 2017

Winter Birthday

Hi everyone.  Today is the reminder that CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Snowflake, is open for just over a week.   We have some beautiful watercoloured snowflake cards in the gallery.  I hope you'll check them out.  There are also some sample cards from our very talented Design Team and from our special Guest Designer this month, Hannelie (Desert Diva).

Today's card is very delicate colours for the background.  I wet my watercolour paper with lots of water and then floated in two colours of distress inks (Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean) to create a watercolour wash.  Because there was so much water, the colours are very soft.  After it was dry, I splattered with diluted white acrylic paint.  The sentiment is white heat embossed onto a piece of white dotted vellum that mimics the splattered background (a gift from my dear friend Nancy).  I added three die-cut snowflakes to finish.

I hope you'll come play along.  Create a watercoloured snowflake CAS card and join us!  We'd love to see you in the gallery!

I'm heading over for some fun at the Snippets Playground.  Haven't had a chance to play for a while and looking forward to seeing Di, Parsnip and the gang! :)

Stamps:  Frosty Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press); Dotty vellum (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  White acrylic paint, white embossing powder, heat tool, Snowflake die (Lil' Inkers), Small Snowflake dies (Impression Obsession)

CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Snowflake
Snippets Playground - Week

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Marbled Thanks

Today's card is a reminder for the CAS Mix Up January Challenge - Liquid Colours.

I created this marbled background a while ago using shaving cream and re-inkers.  I cut the panel into a 2 1/2" square and then added a die-cut flower stem over top. The stem is die-cut from soft green card stock (similar in colour to the marbled background), and the flowers are punched from a deep turquoise.  Both the stem and flowers have been shaded with ink around the edges, and shaped with a stylus for more dimension.  A simple stamped sentiment finishes the card.

My CAS Mix Up card has Liquid Colours (reinkers used in the marbling technique), Die-cutting, Shaping, and Stamping.

Check out the rest of the cards made by our talented Design Team by clicking HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Sentiment - Where the Heart is (Simon Says)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Reinkers:  Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters (Tim Holtz); Old Olive and Bermuda Bay (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Shaving cream, Lavish Branch (Memory Box), Hydrangea punch (Martha Stewart), stylus and mat for shaping, mini pearls, sponges

CAS Mix Up January Challenge - Liquid Colours

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Card Purse

Hi everyone.  Today I've made something different.  My dear friend Karen (Snippets) made a card totebag about a week ago.

I give several of my (non-cardmaking) friends packages of cards for their birthdays and I think this is such a great way to "wrap" the cards ... presenting them to my friends in this card holder purse.

It's also a great way to use some of my stacks of 12" x 12" patterned papers. :) Win/win.  I hope to make a lot more of these.

Here's a link to the video tutorial that Karen used and shared on her blog ... Chic Handbag for Cards.

I struggled a little with the handles, but think maybe next time I'll soften the card stock with my bone folder before scoring and gluing and hopefully that will give a smoother curve.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Etched Branches

Hi everyone.  Playing again with my alcohol inks and trying to figure out how to make landscapes.  I seem to have very little control with this technique. :)

I did try something new with using some cheap paintbrushes (from the $1 store) to move the ink around a bit before adding more colour on top.  I soaked the brushes in rubbing alcohol afterwards and they came clean, so I'm going use them again with my next AI landscape card.

I finished by stamping some branches over top  And I stamped the sentiment in black and heat embossed in clear so that it was shiny and matched the shininess of the alcohol inks on Yupo.   I would have liked to have used black embossing powder but I couldn't find mine.  :)

The landscape panel was popped up on foam for a bit of dimension.

This is for the CAS Mix Up January Challenge - Liquid Colours.  Such a fun challenge and there's lot of amazing cards in the gallery.  I hope you'll check them out and then come play along.  Just make sure that your colour is liquid form (alcohol inks, sprays, liquid acrylic paints, etc.) before you start.

My CAS Mix Up card has alcohol inks, stamping, and heat embossing.

Thanks for coming by for a visit!

Stamps:  Etched Branches (Penny Black); A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb); Yupo
Ink:  Alcohol inks:  Cranberry, Pool, Lettuce, Pesto (Ranger); Sapphire Blue (Pinata); Black Archival (Ranger); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Clear embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Mix Up January Challenge - Liquid Colours