Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Golden Thanks

Hi everyone.  Today's card is another using watercolouring with salt.  I have watercoloured a piece of white tissue paper using watercolour sprays (magenta and orange).  I quickly added some kosher salt on top and let the piece air dry.  The salt reacted with the watercolour, absorbing some of the colour and creating little star bursts.  So pretty!

I glued the tissue to a piece of white card stock and cut two squares.  I splattered the pieces with diluted gold pigment ink (Delicata) and then layered them onto my card front.  A piece of white card stock was coloured with more of the Delicata ink and then cut into the flower branch and placed on top.  A simple thanks stamp finishes the card.

This month's challenge at CAS Watercolour is to use Salt.  I hope you'll check out the reminder post to see more inspiring cards using salt from our Design Team, and talented Guest Designer, Ros.

Also playing along with Just Us Girls this week.  There's lots of shine from the gold splatters, flower sprig and sentiment.

Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); white tissue paper
Ink:  Watercolour Sprays from Concentrate:  Magenta, Orange (Dick Blick); Delicata Gold ink (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  paint brush, water mister, kosher salt, Lavish Branch die (Memory Box)

CAS Watercolour August Challenge - Salt
Just Us Girls #406 - Bring on the Shine

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sending Smiles

Hi everyone.  Today is our mid-month reminder for the CAS Mix Up August Challenge - Alcohol Inks.  This month the challenge is being run by our very talented Design Team Member, Nancy (scandinancy creates).  There's just over a week left to play along ... don't miss it!  Check out the challenge blog to see more sample cards from our Design Team and Guest Designer, Trina!

I love this bright combination of colours.  I coloured a 4 1/2" x 6" piece of Yupo paper with different colours of alcohol inks.  Made this design back in May and used a small portion of it for this card.  Love when I can get two or three cards from one piece of AI paper. :)  I split the panel to give the design a little interest.  Then added a simple black outline flower sprig and stamped the sentiment.

I hope you'll come join us this month.  Alcohol inks are so fun to play with, but messy too. :)  What could be better??!!  Don't have any alcohol inks?  We accept cards coloured with any alcohol markers ... or ... we have a video tutorial on our challenge blog that uses dye inks and rubbing alcohol to make your own.  Come join us!

Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Yupo; Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Alcohol inks (Ranger / Pinata)
Accessories & Tools:  blending solution, Sketch Daisy die (Memory Box)

CAS Mix Up August Challenge - Alcohol Inks

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sweet Baby Boy

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card I made for Baby Jack.  Dear friends of our's have welcomed their first grandchild.  We are so happy for them and for the new mom and dad who will receive the above card. :)

Simple design using a medium circle die for the bib, and a small oval for the neck opening.  I added some light acetate smooshing in the background with pale green and pale blue.  Three small pearls finish the bib.  And a black sentiment banner was white embossed with "sweet" and "boy" with a die-cut "baby" adhered to the center.

Since this card is made with snippets, I'm heading over for some fun at the Playground.

Edited to add:  Thanks to my friend, Jules ... I'm adding this to the Cardz4Guyz Challenge #175 - Tiny Fingers and Tiny Toes.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Happy (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb.); Bashful Blue polka-dot, Black (SU!)
Ink:  Bashful Blue, Pear Pizzazz (SU!); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Circle Nestability & Oval Nestability (Spellbinder), baby die (Simon Says Stamp), acetate, water mister, three pale blue half-pearls, white embossing powder, heat tool

Snippets Playground - Weed 293 and 294
Cardz4Guyz Challenge #175 - Tiny Fingers and Tiny Toes

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Happy Birthday, Christine!

Hi everyone.  Today is my friend Christine's birthday.  We are hoping to get together tomorrow for a crafty play day, but I couldn't wait to let her know that I was thinking of her on her birthday!  Hope you have a wonderful day, Christine!

This is made with alcohol inks.  But, not in the normal way of using them with yupo. I usually put down aluminum foil when smooshing with alcohol inks.  They are messy to deal with and they bleed through other liners like wax paper.  Ask me how I know this. :)

Anyways, I decided to keep the foil with the leftover alcohol inks and used it for my card today.  It's shiny, so  little difficult to photograph.  I did learn another "what not to do" making this card.  I used a 3M adhesive spray to adhere the foil to a piece of card stock.  I stamped on top, but the ink (even though it was Archival ink) did not dry.  So I coated it with black embossing powder and heated.  The spray adhesive didn't appreciate getting hot.  It created a gas bubble between the foil and card backing.  You'll see after it cooled, that I burnished the foil again.  It left creases, which I thought looked good, but next time I will heat emboss before adhering. Lesson learned! :)

I'm sharing this alcohol ink card with the gallery at CAS Mix Up.  So many gorgeous and inspirational cards.  I hope you'll check it out.

Stamps:  Flowers (AliExpress); Thank you (Lil' Inkers
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Alcohol Inks:  Tangerine (Pinata), Wild Plum (Ranger); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Aluminum foil, black embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Mix Up August Challenge - Alcohol Inks