Monday, May 21, 2018

Revisiting an old technique

Hi everyone.  I'm currently at a craft retreat with five wonderful stamping friends.  We are having a week together getting inky and having lots of laughs. :)  Today's card is just one of the many techniques we are playing with this week.

This technique that has been around for a long time, but believe this is the first time for me to give it a try.

Several years ago I bought this flower embossing folder from Stampin' Up! and honestly didn't use it very much.  It has sat waiting for me and when I was researching embossing folder techniques (which is one of the set of techniques I am leading at the craft retreat), I found this idea and decided to play a bit.  I'm happy with the results and am now looking a my embossing folders in a new way, and wanting to buy more. :)

First, I embossed a piece of watercolour paper with my flower folder.  Then using a brayer (or you could use a flat sponge, but it is a little more difficult), inked up the brayer with versamark and lightly ran it over the embossed image, catching the high spots of the design.  Sprinkled clear embossing powder and heat set.  This ensures I have a crisp outline of my image.

I then watercoloured with distress inks.  This time I only used Abandoned Coral, adding two layers of ink to create shaded areas.  Stamped the sentiment several times with the same colour ink to get a good impression.

Here's a close-up ...
I hope you'll give this technique a try.

Stamps:   Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Watercolour Paper (Arches 140 lb. Hot Press)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Ink:  Abandoned Coral
Accessories & Tools:  Manhattan Flower embossing folder? (SU!), clear embossing powder, heat tool, waterbrush

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Smiley Snowman

Hi everyone.  Today is the reminder post for the CAS Christmas May Challenge - Snowman, hosted by Susan.

I just love this smiling snowman from Penny Black.  You can't help but smile looking at him! :)  I pulled a background out of my stash that hadn't worked out.  I had heat embossed a snowflake background stamp with iridescent glitter embossing powder.  Then added a light wash of gray.  Awful! :)  Turns out I used regular card stock, so had to be careful not to add too much water.  I sprayed with blue and purple watercolour sprays a couple of times to get lots of depth of colour.  They go quite dull on regular card stock, so then sprayed with a shimmer mist.  Still not happy. :)  Brushed on a coat of Heavy Gloss Gel.   Now I was happy.  Cut the background in half and made two cards exactly the same; one for my stash and one to donate.  Snowman was heat embossed in silver, fussy-cut and watercolour with the same sprays used for the background.  I used a metallic silver pen to add stripes to his hat and scarf.

Here's the close-up ...

I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the reminder cards from our wonderful Guest Designer Barb and the CAS Christmas Designers.  Come join us!!

Stamps:  Snowy (Penny Black); Snowflake Background (Hero Arts); Say It's Christmas (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper for Snowman (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Blue and Purple Watercolour Sprays made from Concentrate (Dick Blick); Light Pink Zig
Accessories & Tools:  Iridescent embossing powder (SU!), Shimmer Spray (Imagine), Silver embossing powder, heat tool, paint brush, silver metallic pen

CAS Christmas May Challenge - Snowman

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Rainbow Dreams

Hi everyone.  We're already more than half way through May, so it's time for the reminder for the CAS Watercolour challenge.

I used embossed resist for my card above.  I used a large background stamp, heat embossed in white.  Then I sponged colours of the rainbow over top in stripes using Distress inks.  I spritzed with water so the colours blended to give a watercolour look.  Pretty simple to do and I love the bright, fun colours.  I added a simple white die-cut dragonfly to finish (gift from a dear friend).

Here's a close-up...
I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the reminder cards from our wonderful Guest Designer Hannelie, and our talented Designers.  Check out the entries in the gallery as well ... so many gorgeous cards and one of the prettiest galleries with all the colours!  Then come play along.

Stamps:  Dream (Unity)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  White Pigment (Hero Arts); Distress Inks:  Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  White embossing powder, heat tool, sponges, water mister, ? die (Elizabeth Craft Designs)

CAS Watercolour May Challenge - Rainbow

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Birthday Bubbles

Hi everyone.  Today is the reminder that we are over half way through CAS Mix Up May Challenge - Gelatos and Crayons. 

This was my first time using Gelatos.  I'm having fun with rainbows this month with the CAS Watercolour challenge, so decided to carry that theme to my CAS Mix Up reminder card. :)

I placed a circle stencil over my mixed media card panel and lightly scribbled over top with four colours of gelatos.  Scribbling the colour on lightly was key for me as I found when I used a lot of pigment, it got caught on the edges of the circles around the stencil and I wanted a softer look.  I picked up the colour with my finger and blended a bit, then used a small sponged dauber that was spritzed with just a little water to finish the blending.

I stamped the scripty font in black and added a black frame to tie it all together.  I love the font on this sentiment.  It's from a set of sentiment stamps I bought from AliExpress.

Very simple CAS card using gelatos, stencil, sponging and stamping.

The Designers and Guest Designer, Jenny have made some beautiful cards to inspire.  Come check them out at the challenge blog and play along.

Stamps:  Sentiments (AliExpress)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Gelatoes - Watermelon, Margarita, Snow Cone, Raspberry (Faber-Castell), Circle Stencil (Kaisercraft), sponge daubers

CAS Mix Up May Challenge - Gelatos and Crayons