Thursday, April 28, 2016

Color Bursts Part 2

Hi everyone.  Today's card is again from the crafty fun I had with some friends a few weeks ago.  This time the background is Color Bursts done with Stencil Monoprint technique.  I placed my butterfly stencil over a piece of watercolour paper, sprinkled the Color Bursts, spritzed with water and then removed the stencil (that print is still in my stash).  But instead of washing off the stencil which was still covered with bursts and water, I flipped it over and pressed it into a second piece of watercolour paper (stencil monoprint).  Love how the colours moved and flowed on the watercolour paper.

Wasn't sure what to do with the background, so decided to try out a new-to-me technique that I saw perfected by my friend Lee-Anne (Creatively LA).   I lined up my butterfly images with my stencil and then used a fine tip black marker to outline them.  This is totally different than my usual style, but I'm happy with how it turned out.  I definitely need some practice using the fine tip marker! :)

Lee-Anne used the same stencil - click HERE to see her card.  You'll notice that she did the positive stencil with the butterflies coloured ... for mine, the background is coloured and the butterflies are left plain. :)  Always learning from Lee-Anne.  She is a constant source of inspiration for me. Thanks Lee-Anne! :)

I needed something fairly dark for the sentiment to stand out, so again with the black banner. :)  It just works.  Everything else seemed to get lost.

Since I used STAMPlorations' stencil and stamp, I'm heading over to join the Never-Ending Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for coming by for a visit! :)

Stamps:  Fond Expressions2 (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. Hot Press)
Ink:  Color Bursts (yellow, orange, red); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Flutterby stencil (ARTplorations / STAMPlorations); water mister, fine point black marker, white embossing powder, heat tool

STAMPlorations - Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fun with Color Bursts

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing another card from my get-together with my crafty friends a couple of weeks ago.

I've been away on vacation for a week, and I'm so happy to be back playing in my studio. :)  I missed it!  Today I made a card using a stencil and Color Bursts that Shirl brought for us to play with.  They are really beautiful and very similar to Brushos.  I did find it easier to get the powders out of the containers with Color Bursts, but other than that, don't see a lot of difference.  I already have several colours of brushos, so for now I will stick with what I already have. :)

I placed my stencil over top of my watercolour paper, sprinkled wih Color Bursts, spritzed with water, then removed the stencil.  Love how the panel above turned out. When I removed the stencil, it had brushos and water on it, so I flipped it over to create a stencil monoprint on a second piece of watercolour paper.  Will make a card with that panel soon to share. :)

I sponged some Vintage Photo distress ink through a mesh stencil for the background, cut down my clock face monoprint to a small panel and stamped the sentiment in Vintage Photo ink as well.  Each layer is popped up on foam to add dimension to the card.

I'm heading over to enter at Addicted to Stamps & More #191 - Anything Goes.

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Also want to share how I store my brushos.  I followed the video instructions from Sandy Allnock for organizing my pots of colour --- definitely worth watching.

Here's a picture of some of my pots of brushos ...

Thanks for stopping by for a visit! :)

Edited to Add:  Just realized that this will fit the Time Out Challenge #55 - Celebrations.  I didn't use the optional twist. :)

Stamps:  Heartfelt (Penny Black)
Paper:  Soft Suede (SU!); Watercolour paper from Shirl (Strathmore)
Ink:  Color Bursts
Accessories & Tools:  Clockwork stencil (Tim Holtz), Textured Mesh stencil (Memory Box), sponges, water mister

ATS&M #191 - Anything Goes
Time Out #55 - Celebrations

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Happy Birthday Nikki!

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing the card I made for my DIL's birthday.  I played with a new-to-me stencil from STAMPlorations. Love these butterflies --- they are so pretty!  I'm heading over to STAMPlorations Anything Goes to join in the fun.

I started with a watercolour sprayed background from my stash.  The stencil was taped over the card and versamark was press on top, and then heat embossed in white.  I sponged more picked raspberry to deepen the colours of the background, then sprayed with a shimmer mist on top.  This is very sparkly in real life, but hard to capture in a photo.  A white embossed sentiment on black finishes the card.

We are away on vacation this week on beautiful Galiano Island.  The weather was sunny and warm at the beginning of the week, but cool these last few days with rain on and off.  Jer and Alex came over to spend the weekend with us.  It's been lots of fun.

Included below is a picture of the four of us out on the deck at our rental house.  We are on a highbank, looking at the Active Pass.  Don't we look happy??!! :)

I'll also include a picture of the delicious breakfast (Chilaquiles) that Alex made for us this morning.  It has a broth (tomato, onion, garlic and cilantro) poured over tortilla chips, with chorizo sausage, feta cheese, avocado ... with a poached egg on top.  Yummy!! :)

Thanks for dropping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Fun Birthday Sentiments (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 400 series); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Watercolour sprays made from concentrate (yellow, orange, magenta) - Dick Blick; ARTplorations Flutterby Stencil (STAMPlorations), white embossing powder (Stampendous), heat tool, Shimmer spray

STAMPlorations Anything Goes

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Stenciling with Gilding Flakes

Hi everyone.  More fun with gilding flakes.  I hope you're not getting sick of my gilding flake cards. :)

Another reminder that there's only a few days left before the  CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Stenciling closes on April 24th at midnight (PDST).  Come join us!

I posted a card a few days ago that has a little bit of stenciling with gilding flakes.  I wasn't sure if it would work, so just did a little.  The card above uses the same stencil, but with lots more stenciling.  LOVE how it turned out.  The flakes I used are called Verdigis and it is mostly gold, with a little bit of green, turquoise and copper. I wanted to pick up on the turquoise on my stenciled background, so die-cut a leaf sprig out of turquoise foil.  This is my favourite leaf die ... I'm sure you've noticed that I use this ALL the time! :)   I then heat embossed a sentiment banner in gold on gray (love how these colours work together, popped it up and tucked the leaf in behind.  :)

Edited to add:  Linda asked me how I added the glue over my stencil.  I use a sponge.  I squirt lots of glue out onto a piece of wax paper, and then pick it up with a sponged and dab over the stencil.  Don't add too thick a coat of glue.  If the glue is thick, you need to wait for it to dry until it is just tacky, not wet.  Then add the gilding flakes.  Make sure to wash the stencil right away after removing it from your card stock. And any excess glue you didn't use can be added back to the bottle. :)  Hope that helps.

My CAS Mix Up card has stamping, stenciling with gilding flakes, die-cut, and heat embossing.

Since I used a snippet for both my turquoise leaf sprig and for my gray sentiment banner, I'm heading over to the Snippets Playground for some fun. :)

Thanks for coming by for a visit!

Stamps:  Fun Birthday Sentiments (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Basic Gray (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Textured Mesh stencil (Memory Box), gilding flake glue, sponge, Verdigris Gilding Flakes (Cosmic Shimmer), Rub-it Scrub-it Pad (Inkssentials), Gold embossing powder, heat tool, Little Leaves die (Sizzix), turquoise metal sheet

CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Stenciling
Snippets Playground - Week 225

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Gilding Flakes and Watercolouring

Hi everyone.  Yesterday I got together with three stamping friends (Susan, Christine and Shirl).  We played with a few different products and techniques.  It was a lot of fun!!  Thanks for coming over girls!! :)

We started with gilding flakes.  We used them three different ways (die-cutting, over stencils, and with stamping).  Then we moved on to playing with our gelli plates, then color bursts, and finally gelatos.  I'll be sharing some cards later this week with what I made.

Today's card uses gilding flake glue sponged onto a NBUS stamp, stamped onto mixed media paper, left to dry for a few minutes until tacky, and then topped with gilding flakes.  I used a scrubby pad to burnish the flakes and remove the excess.

Next I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brushes to watercolour.  The gilding flakes act as a resist so I didn't have to worry about getting ink on them.  I started by adding a layer of bright yellow, then a layer of orange for the large butterflies, pink for the small ones.

For the last layer, I added just a few thin strokes of pink on each section of the large butterflies and used a very fine, damp paint brush to move those into longer and thinner strokes.  I used the same gilding flakes to make my sentiment banner. Happy with how it turned out. :)

Here's a close-up of the shimmer from the gilding flakes ...

I'll be sharing more gilding flake techniques soon, along with some cards made from our crafty experimenting from yesterday.

I'm entering this card into a few challenges ... AAA #62 - Anything Goes, CASology#193 - Pink (there's pink on every butterfly),  and ATS&M #189 - CAS,

Thanks so much for dropping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Fluttering (Memory Box); Where the Heart is - sentiment (Simon Says)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Zigs (Lemon Yellow, Orange, Pink)
Accessories & Tools:  Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes and Gilding Flake Glue (both from Cosmic Shimmer), paint brushes and water

AAA#62 - Anything Goes
CASology#193 - Pink
ATS&M #189 - CAS

Friday, April 15, 2016

Gilded Thanks

Hi everyone.  This is a reminder of the CAS Mix Up April challenge - Stenciling.  I used stamping, stenciling, gilding flakes, heat embossing, and torn edge for today's card. :)

I had fun making this card.  The yellowy background is from my stash.  It's done on mixed media paper, smooshing the watercolour sprays (yellow, orange and pink) and then blotting with a paper towel to get a soft dreamy look.

I experimented with this card.  I used the gilding flake glue through a stencil.  Wasn't sure if it would work, so I just did a small test, adding a bit of gilding flake glue (it's a special glue) over a mesh stencil on the bottom right of my panel, then burnishing with gilding flakes.  Turns out it works really well, with the glue washing easily off the stencil, as long as you wash it right away.  I'll be doing more of this! :)  The large gilding flake butterfly is done using double-sided tape.

Here's a close-up ...

This was made for my dear friend Lee-Anne (Creatively LA) to thank her for being our Featured Designer this month.  Bonnie and I appreciate the time she took to create an amazing card for the launch of our April Challenge on April 1st.  And she created another fabulous card for today's reminder post.  Check it out HERE. Thanks again Lee-Anne.  xx

The challenge is open for another 9 days, so still lots of time to play along.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Lots of Thanks Simon Says)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series)
Ink:  Versamrk
Accessories & Tools:  Watercolour sprays for the background ... mostly likely yellow, orange and pink (made from Liquid Watercolor Concentrate by Dick Blick), Moonlight Butterfly die (Memory Box), Flourish #6 die (Crafty Ann), Textured Mesh stencil (Memory Box), Red Blaze Gilding Flakes (Cosmic Shimmer), Gilding flake glue (Cosmis Shimmer), Be Creative / Sookwang Tape, gold embossing powder heat tool

CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Stenciling

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Gilded Christmas

Hi everyone.  I recently bought several colours of gilding flakes and I'm trying different ways of using them.

For today's card, I stamped with them.  I sponged gilding flake glue onto my holly and berries stamp.  I stamped onto white card stock, then left to dry until tacky (only takes a few minutes).  I keep my gilding flakes in a large plastic container.  I held my card front over top of the open container, placed the flakes on top, and let the excess fall back into the container.  To finish, I burnished the flakes with a scrubby pad over top of a piece of copy paper and then transferred all the leftover bits back into the container. This works for me to keep the flakes under control as much as possible.  They are super light, so they tend to "float". :)  I use a wet silicone pad to wipe any stray flakes off my work table.

I added a strip of 1/2" Be Creative Tape (by Sookwang) along the edge to add even more gilding flakes.  I've used Autumn Leaves Gilding Flakes for both the holly image and the 1/2" strip ... the colours are SO beautiful!

The holly and berries stamp is a gift I received from my good friend, Mary H.  Thanks so much Mary.  Doesn't the image look beautiful with the gilding flakes??!!

I die-cut a small bird from heated copper and popped him up over his holly vine perch.   I used a wafer thin die from Poppy Stamps to cut the copper.  I usually have trouble cutting thick copper with these thin dies, but my good friend Nancy S. sent me a metal cutting plate to use with my Big Shot which makes cutting so much easier.  The metal plate doesn't warp like the acrylic ones, so the dies have even pressure and always cut cleanly.  It really works well, giving me clean cuts even with intricate dies that normally cause me grief with the acrylic cutting plates.  The wonderful thing about the metal plate is I won't have to replace it. :)  Thanks again Nancy!

Edited to add:  Nancy developed this metal plate and had a machinist friend make them up for her.  They are not available in stores.  If you are interested, send me an email (my email form is in the right hand column near the top).  Include your email and I'll pass it along to Nancy.  She can then let you know more details.  Thanks.

Stamps:  Holly and Berries (Penny Black); Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Flake & Glitter Glue (Cosmic Shimmer); Autumn Leaves Gilding Flakes (Cosmic Shimmer), sponge, scrubby pad (Rub-it Scrub-it from Inkssentials), Be Creative 1/2" Tape (Sookwang), copper sheet, butane torch, Nestled Bird die (Poppy Stamps), gold embossing powder, heat tool