Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Red and Turquoise for Merry Monday

Hi everyone.  Today I'm playing along with Merry Monday #273 - Red and Turquoise.  The challenge this week is hosted by my sweet friend Marcia (Marcia's Stampin' Pad).

I have another snowman card for you.  I didn't have any snowman stamps until just before Christmas, then I bought three!. :)  I love this little happy guy ... brings a smile to my face! :)

I stamped the snowman on mixed media paper in Black ink and heat embossed in clear (actually made two of these - one to donate).  I fussy-cut before watercolouring.  Used distress inks to give him a little colour ... pale blue for shadows, red (candy red, aged mahogany) for his hat, and scarf, and just a pale bit of candy apple for his nose and cheeks.

The background is regular white card stock, sponged with Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon near the top only, and then again with Peacock Feathers, making sure to leave the bottom free of colour as my "snow hill".  Once dry, I splattered with diluted white acrylic paint.

To finish, I stamped the sentiment in pigment white ink and heat embossed in white.  I've started using my pigment white ink more often now.  Not sure why I haven't been doing this all along.  Makes a nice base for the white heat embossing on top.  Popped the snowman up in the bottom corner and the card was finished.

Here's a close-up.
I hope you'll check out the challenge to see the fantastic cards by the Design Team, and then come and play.  The challenge at Merry Monday is open until Sunday noon (PST).

Since I've used something new to me, I'm sharing this card at AAA Challenge #106 - Quote ...

Stamps:  Snowy (Penny Black); Big Scripty Greetings Holiday (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Candy Apple, Aged Mahogany, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon (Tim Holtz); White Pigment Ink (Hero Arts)
Accessories & Tools:  Clear embossing powder, heat tool, paint brush, sponges, white acrylic paint, paint brush for splattering, white embossing powder

Merry Monday #273 - Red and Turquoise
AAA Challenge #106 - Quote

Colourful Birthday Flowers

Hi everyone.  A reminder that we are already half way through the CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Birthday.  There's still just over a week left to play before it closes.

I decided to try one of my favourite flower stamps, watercolouring in different colours.  The image is from Stampendous and these are actually Cosmos.  I doctored the stamp by cutting off a label that was near the top that said "cosmos".  I like the image much better with just the flowers and leaves. :)

I used distress inks to watercolour all four of the cards I'm sharing with you today. Wink of Stella was added to the center of the flowers for a little sparkle, but doesn't show in photos.

Here's close-ups of all four ... the first (same as above) is my favourite colour combination (abandoned coral topped with barn door).

Then I wanted to try purples (dusty concord topped with wilted violet).
Next up is the flowers in pinks (festive berries topped with picked raspberry).
And last, but not least, yellow and orange (squeezed lemonade, abandoned coral).

Please check out the challenge reminder post HERE to see more inspiration from our wonderful Design Team and Guest Designer, Birgit.

Stamps:  Cosmos (Stampendous); Happiest Birthday Wishes (SU! - retired)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Archival Black (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet, Festive Berries, Squeezed Lemonade (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, clear Wink of Stella

CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Birthday

Monday, January 15, 2018

More Faux Mother-of-Pearl

Hi everyone.  Just a reminder that we are already have way through January.  That means there's just over a week to play along with our CAS Mix Up January Challenge - Cling Wrap, being hosted by our talented Design Team member, Nancy Littrell.

I used the Faux Mother-of-Pearl technique again today.  Check out my video tutorial HERE.

This time I used it with a stencil.  Taped my stencil over my regular card stock, added the frost paint with a piece of scrunched cling wrap and then let it dry.  I washed off my stencil and once everything was dry, I placed it back over top and sponged on distress inks.  Starting off with the lightest colour on the outside of the flower I used Spiced Marmalade, overlapping slightly with Abandoned Coral as I moved towards the center.  I carried the Coral to the very center because I used Picked Raspberry over top and I didn't want the center to be completely pink ... I wanted a bit of orange tone as well.

Heated embossed a black sentiment banner with white and attached it to the bottom of my panel.

Here's a close-up of the card and close-up of the faux mother-of-pearl effect ...

I made a second card with the same technique.  This time making a small green faux mother-of-pearl panel for the background and watercolouring a rose (NBUS stamp), which is fussy cut and popped on top.  The Faux Mother-of-Pearl finish doesn't show on the full size card photo, so I have included a close-up as well.

The flower spray is heat embossed in silver and then watercoloured with distress inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, and Abandoned Coral.

You can see the shimmer from the frost paint in the photo below.
The front of the card above says "dear friend" and inside it says "Happiest of Birthdays to You".  So since it's a birthday card and has watercolouring with the flowers and leaves, I'm also adding this to CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Birthday.

I hope you'll come play along with us at CAS Mix Up.  Check out the challenge blog to see the reminder cards from our wonderful Guest Designer Christine, and the rest of the Design Team.

There's a few techniques that you can use with cling wrap that are so fun.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Card 1:
Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Large Flower stencil (Hero Arts), white frost acrylic paint (Tsukineko), cling wrap, sponges, white embossing powder, heat tool

Card 2:
Stamps: Birthday Blooms (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Abandoned Coral, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  white frost acrylic paint (Tsukineko), cling wrap, sponge, silver embossing embossing powder, heat tool, paint brush

CAS Mix Up January Challenge - Cling Wrap
CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Birthday

Friday, January 12, 2018

Cold and Frosty Colours

I made two cards today ... they are both the same with the exception of the colours.  I'm entering them into Stamping Sensations Challenge.  My very talented friend Viv is on the design team and this is the first time for me to play along!  Make sure to check out the challenge.  Amazing cards by the Design Team that are sure to inspire you!

The challenge this month is ...

********Cold and Frosty Colours********

I just got this stamp from Penny Black, even though it's been around for quite a while.  This snow family is so adorable.  I stamped the image in black and clear heat embossed.  Then I watercoloured with distress inks and fussy-cut.  For the card above, I combined Peacock Feathers and Pine Needles to create a deep teal colour for the hats and scarves --- LOVE IT!  I added some shading with soft gray zigs.  The background is embossing paste through a falling snow stencil.  I left the bottom inch or so without any embossing paste so I had a place to stamp my sentiment.  I sprinkled with iridescent embossing powder while the embossing paste was still wet.  Once dry, I heat set.  Unfortunately, you can't see the sparkle ... but it's really pretty in real life. :)

I also added several details to the snow family.  The hats and scarves are Winked with Stella for a bit of shimmer, and glossy accents are on the noses.  I also added subtle cheeks with pale lavender ink.

To finish, I popped the snow family on top of the embossing paste background and stamped the sentiment with Delicata silver ink ... this is fast becoming my go-to ink for Christmas cards. :)

Here's the second card.  Everything is the same except for the colours used for watercolouring hats, scarves, and shading (Wilted Violet, Tumbled Glass distress inks).

I'm also adding this card to two other challenges:  Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes, and Penny Black & More Challenge - Something New.  My snowy family stamp is new.

Stamps:  snowy family (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Peacock Feathers, Pine Needles, Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet, Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz); Zig (soft gray); Delicata Silver (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, clear embossing powder, heat tool, glossy accents, Clear Wink of Stella, White embossing paste (Dreamweaver), palette knife, iridescent embossing powder (SU!)

Stamping Sensations Challenge - Cold & Frosty Colours
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes
Penny Black & More Challenge - Something New