Friday, March 16, 2018

Rose Garden

Hi everyone.  We are already more than half way through the month of March, which means it's time for a reminder post for the CAS Watercolour March Challenge - Garden.

I used a stamp that I have had for AGES.  Might be from my first year of stamping.  It's made by Ditto and I don't even know if they are still in business.  I love the fun, whimsical style of this stamp, so thought I would throw caution to the wind and just "slosh" (a la shirley-bee) on some watercolour. :)  This fun card only took me about 10 minutes to make.  :)  That's gotta be a record for me.  And I love how this sweet garden turned out. :)

I stamped the image in archival ink twice, sloshed on some diluted Disress Inks (Candied Apple for the flowers, Twisted Citron for the leaves).  The I took a fine brush and added some blades of grass at the bottom in both Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn.  Stamped the sentiment to match the flowers and popped my card front on the base.  Easy, peasy and fun.

Here's a close-up ...

While I was at it ... made a second card using orange for the flower and a darker green for the leaves.  This time I only stamped the image once, so it's narrower.

Check out the reminder post on CAS Watercolour to see the more inspiring Garden Watercoloured cards from our Designers and wonderful Guest Designer Nonni.  Then come play along!

Stamps:  Flowers (Ditto); Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Archival Black (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  paint brush

CAS Watercolour March Challenge - Garden

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Acetate and Embossing Paste

Hi everyone.  We are already over half way through the month, so this is a reminder of the CAS Mix Up March Challenge - Acetate, hosted by my talented friend Susan (Cardmaker's Garret).

And it's also our 2nd birthday.  Come celebrate with us.  Prizes for Winner and one random draw of all eligible entries.

I'm having fun with this challenge.  Today's card uses acetate as a "window" for my card.  I have used a wildflower stencil and white embossing paste over top of the clear acetate, and then sprinkled with iridescent glitter embossing powder.  Once the paste was dry, I set the glitter embossing powder with my heat tool.

I've attached the window to the inside of my card front and popped it up over a watercolour tissue paper background.  This background was made by watercolouring tissue paper (see my video tutorial HERE) using Inka Gold.  I've used slate blue and gold.  It's pretty and shimmery.  I stamped the sentiment (NBUS stamp set that I just bought) using a matching yellow gold ink.

We are thrilled to have Cathy (Cathy's Card Spot) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see Cathy's reminder acetate card, along with the reminder cards from the rest of our Designers.  Then come play along!

I'm also heading over to the CAS Watercolour gallery with this card as the challenge this month is Garden.  I love my garden of beautiful wildflowers with my watercoloured background. :)

Stamps:  Watch Bloom (Memory Box)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); white tissue paper
Ink:  Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Inka Gold in slate blue and gold, acetate sheet, Wildflower stencil (Tim Holtz), White embossing paste (Dreamweaver), Iridescent embossing powder (SU!), heat tool, Rectangle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

CAS Mix Up March Challenge - Acetate
CAS Watercolour March Challenge - Garden

Monday, March 12, 2018

Colouring with Zigs

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing two cards that are watercoloured using zigs.  Each card is the same stamp images ... both are heat embossed.  The one above is heat embossed in gold.  It's actually the second one I made, but these are my favourite colours so HAD to post it first. :)

I added a layer of orange watercolour and then a layer of pink on top to create lots of variations in the colours.  I only used one colour of green for the stems and leaves.  To finish, I tore a piece of vellum and heat embossed "hello" in gold to match.

Here's a close-up ...
The first card I watercoloured is below.  I heat embossed the images in lime green.  I LOVE how it turned out.  I used dark teal to watercolour the flowers and green for the leaves.  When I started this card, I wanted to cut out a shape and pop it up on a white background.  I had seen a lot of heart cards done in February that were filled with flowers and wanted to try that, but didn't want to use a heart.  Instead I used one of the Label dies from Spellbinders.  Once I had it cut out, I didn't like it on the white background, so popped it up over the background with the rest of the images.  Just a little different design for the card.

I'm entering Card #1 at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Girl Power.  I love the feminine images and colours with pink.  And entering at Time Out Challenges #104 - Bold.

I'm entering Card #2 at The Flower Challenge #18 - Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Persian Motifs (Altenew); hello sentiment - The Big, the bold, the happy (Winnie & Walter); Happy Birthday sentiment - Happiest Birthday Wishes (SU!)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); vellum; black (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark; Zigs
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, Labels 2 shape die (Spellbinders), gold embossing powder (hero arts); lime green embossing powder (Ranger), white embossing powder, heat tool

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Girl Power
Time Out Challenge #104 - Bold
The Flower Challenge #18 - Anything Goes


Hi everyone.  Sharing another card made with Acetate.  This time I poured my Alcohol Inks on top and then tilted the panel so they ran.  I like the look of texture that was created.  I then stamped wildflowers on top, heat embossing them in liquid platinum.  The acetate sheets I use do take the heat gun, but I don't leave it too long or it will start to melt and curl.

I added a simple white frame around my image panel and heat embossed Smile at the bottom.  Fun, easy card.

Here's a close-up ...

I'm heading over to add this to the CAS Mix Up March Challenge - Acetate, that is being hosted by my friend Susan.  Acetate is a great product that you can do so much with!

Come join us!

Stamps:  Insightful Meadows (Unity Stamp); Smile (AliExpress)
Paper:  White card stock card base and frame (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Alcohol Inks:  Mermaid Lagoon, Botantical (Ranger)
Accessories & Tools:  Acetate sheet (Grafix .007 thickenss), Liquid platinum embossing powder (Ranger); Rectangle nestabilities (Spellbinders)

CAS Mix Up March Challenge - Acetate