Friday, November 24, 2017

Last Day for Tags

Hi everyone.  Just a reminder that the link (below) for the Twelve Tags of Christmas closes today at midnight.

It's been a great challenge and I appreciate all that joined me.  So many beautiful and creative tags in the gallery!

I'll leave you with this last tag I made using the tissue paper watercolouring technique.  All done in neutrals, this tag is out of the norm for me. :)  The tissue paper was watercoloured with distress inks (antique linen, brushed corduroy, vintage photo) and then dried.  I scrunched  the tissue and glued it to a piece of card stock, swiped Versamark gently over top, heat embossing the highlights in copper before die-cutting a tag.  A wooden snowflake was pressed into my Versamark pad and heat embossed with copper, as well as the sentiment on the black banner at the bottom of the tag.  The finishing touch was to dye the crinkle ribbon with rusty hinge distress ink.

Please come back on Nov. 30 to find out the Top Tags for the event.  Jeremy "The Judge" is going to have a difficult time picking from all the beauties that have been entered!

Stamps:  Festive Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.);  White tissue paper; Black (SU!)
Ink:  Distress inks:  Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Pinpoint Main Street Tag die (Poppy Stamps), Copper embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, wooden snowflake (AliExpress), crinkle ribbon (Tim Holtz)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tissue Paper Watercolouring Video on SCS

Looking for the Twelve Tags of Christmas event??

Hi everyone.  I'm so excited that my Tissue Paper Watercolouring Video is being added to the video tutorials at Splitcoast Stampers!  It's such an honour!  Thanks so much Dina!

I wanted to make a tissue paper watercolouring card to launch at the same time.  I used one of the tissues left from when I made the video several months ago.  Makes a fast and easy card having a stash on hand. :)

I actually made two cards and they are from the same piece of tissue.  One I paired with white die-cuts, the other with gold.  They look SO different!!

The white diecut flower with frame lets the watercoloured background be the star.  Love this combination of purple, yellow, orange, green, and a bit of gold.  I added a simple gold stamped sentiment banner at the bottom to finish.  If you want to know how I made the watercolour background using tissue paper, please watch the video ... everything is explained.

Here's the second card I made ... using a piece of the same watercoloured background, but this time adding a gold flower and frame.  This pretty Wildflower die is a gift from a dear friend.
I used Delicata Gold reinker to add a bit of gold to the tissue paper, so wanted to match that with the rest of the elements of my card.  A frame was cut from white card stock and swiped with the same gold (using an ink pad this time), as well as stamping the sentiment.

I hope you'll give this fun technique a try.  Makes great backgrounds without having to use watercolour paper.  I have also stenciled over tissue paper backgrounds using two different techniques --- sponging with ink and embossing paste.  Both work great with these backgrounds.

I'm adding both of these cards to The Flower Challenge #14 - CAS.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Happiest Birthday Wish (SU! - retired)
Paper:  White Tissue Paper, White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Oxide Inks:  Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint; Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Floral Stem Collage die (Poppy Stamps), Wildflowers die (AliExpress)

The Flower Challenge #14 - CAS

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Watercolour Christmas for charity

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Hi everyone.  I'm adding a few more cards to the CAS Watercolour November Challenge before it closes in three days.

I've done three smaller cards (square) with no-line watercolour.  I will be donating these cards to charity.

The cards are all done with the same technique, stamping the image in a pale colour and then watercolouring over top with distress inks.  I borrowed a beautiful stamp from my friend Susan, for the first card (above) and it has a little extra with heat embossing over the image in clear, adding a watercolour wash background, and white splattering.

Here's the second card using a Stampin' Up! image that I've had for several years, but this is the first time inking it up. :)  I need a LOT of practice colouring birds! :)  The background is sponged.

Third card is same technique.  I shared a card with this image earlier HERE.  I think I like this one better with the orange berries.  I'm happy with the shading and highlighting. :)

Stamps:  berry merry christmas (card 1); berry kissed (card 3) - both from Penny Black; Beautiful Season (card 2) - Stampin' Up!
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Sahara Sand (SU!); Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, Watercolour pencils (Derwent), white gel pen, white acrylic paint for splattering

CAS Watercolour November Challenge - Holiday

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Christmas Greetings

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Hi everyone.  Thanks to all that have entered The Twelve Tags of Christmas event with Loll & Friends ... it's been AMAZING!!  The linky will remain open until midnight (PST) on Nov. 24th if you want to join in.  Top Tags will be announced on Nov. 30th.

Also wanted to say that I got WAY behind on my visiting my friend's blog during the tag event and I hope to catch up soon with all that everyone has been making over the past couple of weeks.

Today I'm sharing a card for the CAS Watercolour November Challenge.

To make the above card, I placed my stamp in my misti, coloured the leaves using Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker, and stamped onto mixed media paper.  I then used my waterbrush to move colour around.  I repeated these steps with red for the berries and dark brown for the branches.  I then added shading to the leaves and berries using markers with darker shades of the same colours.  Once I finished, I used the narrow end of the Stampin' Write markers to outline the images and add veining to the leaves.  The finishing touches were to splatter diluted green ink over the panel and adding a few highlights to the berries with a white gel pen.

I hope you'll check out the challenge blog and then play along!

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A few weeks back I ran a mini challenge on Splash Watercolouring.
The winner was randomly drawn - #6

Jeannie (Lv2grdn at SCS)
Beautiful card with your Splash Watercolour background Jeannie!  I'll be in touch shortly.

Thanks to all that participated!!

Stamps: berry kissed (Penny Black); festive snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed media main panel (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Stampin' Write Markers:  Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories & Tools:  Misti, water brush, paint brush for splattering, white gel pen

CAS Watercolour November Challenge - Holiday