Sunday, April 23, 2017

In the Studio with Susan and Christine

Hi everyone.  Had a really fun day in the studio today.  Susan and Christine came over and we played with all sorts of things.  The card above was some experimenting with Distress Oxides.  This is my first try with sponging them ... they are so creamy and blend beautifully.  This is a combination of only two colours (Broken China and Cracked Pistachio) on mixed media card stock.

Once I finished sponging, I spritzed my leaf background stencil with water and then pressed the wet side into the sponged card.  I blotted quickly with a piece of paper towel, removed the stencil and blotted again.  I got this beautiful ghosted image of the stems and leaves.  I added a die-cut white frame and white flower sprig.  The sentiment is stamped with the Broken China DOX (Distress Oxides) ink.

I had to try it another way.  So I sponged the same two colours onto a second piece of mixed media paper.  This time I laid the stencil on top of my sponged card, spritzed with lots of water, blotted with paper towel, removed the stencil and blotted again.  I got a softer version of the one above.  This time the background of the stems and leaves are ghosted.  Love the subtle colours.

Have lots more panels from today with different products.  Will be sharing soon once I make them into cards.

I'm entering the above card at AAA Cards where they are looking for Stenciling.



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Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media (watercoloured panels); White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress Oxides:  Broken China, Cracked Pistachio (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Mini Climbing Vine stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), Flower Frolic die (Penny Black), Lorelai Outline Leaf die (Poppy Stamps), Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Challenges:
AAA Cards #88 - Stencil

35 comments:

Aileen Ryan said...

These are absolutely beautiful Loll, I love the colours you have used and so simple yet eye catching. Cant wait for these to come back into stock here so I can get some.

Christine Alexander said...

the both look awesome Loll, it's funny but now the 2nd one is mounted it's my fav. I just love the soft colours of the background after the water pulled the colour. 2 gorgeous cards :)

Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous!!

HJ said...

Tenia has it right...they are gorgeous!! Love your sponging.

nancy littrell said...

Aahhh...both your cards are Gorgeous Loll. I LOVE your DOX ink sponged backgrounds, ghosting with your stencil and die cuts. So Beautiful. I am getting so excited to get my DOX's when we have our retreat...counting the days :-) Big Hugs...

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Yep, Loll, these DI are on my list, noting colours too as like both these together and won't be able to get too many. Hope they're going to be at craft show in June, going to ask few firms to see if they're going.
Love both ghosting techniques they look fab.
I reckon you could clear emboss greetings too?.. which I also really truly love...
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Susan said...

Loll, both panels made wonderful cards. I still have a slight preference for the first one. Those two colours look so fresh and spring-like with the simple white die cuts!

Craft-E-Place said...

Fabulous! I've just bought a couple of these inks so thanks for explaining how you achieved this stunning effect.
Elaine

Linda said...

These are gorgeous Loll ......I love the soft colours and the ghosting xx

Julie B said...

Looks like you had a fab crafty time yesterday. So lucky to have crafty friends close by.
Love the soft backgrounds you've made here. :)

Valerie Nolan said...

Gorgeous cards Loll, great techniques and I must get some more colours to try them out!
Val x

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

These are so beautiful Loll! LOVE those soft colours! I have been avoiding those DO inks, because, I know, in the end, I will want them ALL! You are making me weaken!! I must re-visit those techniques and give them another try (my past attempts wasn't very successful) and give it another go sometime! Have a wonderful week! Luv & Hugs. Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous! I adore the colors and the subtle background. Your cards always make me smile and I thank you for sharing all your experiments!

Bonnie said...

Looks like you had a great time, Loll! I love the ghosting both ways!

Marcia HIll said...

These are both SO pretty Loll! I love the color combination and the ghosting technique you used...so soft and delicate looking! I've had my DOX inks for over two weeks now and have not opened them yet...I think I've been totally inspired now after seeing your GORGEOUS cards! Thank you my friend!! :0)

swldebbie said...

So glad I decided to pop in to your blog this morning - just beautiful. Those colors are so pretty and I love both versions.

ÅsaJ said...

Loll, this card is GORGEOUS!!!! Hugs Åsa

Jane said...

So beautiful! love the colours and the softly stencilled background, perfect way to showcase that delicate die cut. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

Bobby said...

These are wonderful, Loll. I need to take some time to try techniques.

Mac Mable said...

Oh Loll I would have had to try it the two different ways too x Great colours and so effective...love them both, so different and unique in their own ways. I am still holding out for the oxides...but getting closer by the minute! Thank you Loll for the wonderful inspiration x

Nonni said...

Loving the soft colors of these!

shirley-bee said...

Love the results of your playtime with Oxides, Loll! I've got mine, but haven't really started playing with them yet.

Gramma Sarah said...

Beautiful Loll. I've been thinking of getting some...we'll see.

Linda said...

So pretty Loll. I'm anxious to get my Distress Oxides especially after seeing your beauties. They should be coming this week.

Nancy Stislow said...

WOW! What a cool way to get a beautiful, subtle background suitable for anything! LOVE this and thanks for the idea of yet another way to use Oxide inks. I'll have a whole week to play with them now.

Susanne Vargas said...

Yay, ghosting with Oxide inks! Love the soft look! Gorgeous cards! Can't wait to see what else you created with your friends!

Daffodil Cards said...

So Beautiful
Faith
x

Happy Dance said...

These are really gorgeous cards, Loll. The look that these inks create, combined with your talent, are stunning. LOVE the colors and the die cut sprig on each. Truly amazing. LOVE these. Have a great week. Bev

Lisa Lara said...

Genius technique Loll. I fell in love with the Oxides after one use and bought them all.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

A gorgeous card Loll, so many wonderful techniques to create a super dreamy, elegant and classy CAS card. Perfect use of stencils and thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards this week.

SARN said...

Simply gorgeous cards Loll. You're so creative. X

Barb Ghig said...

Your cards are really beautiful, Loll! I'm intrigued, and definitely going to try both techniques! Thanks for taking the plunge and sharing your fabulous results with us!

Anita in France said...

Wow, these are both so gorgeous, Loll ... the ghosting technique on the backgrounds adds such a soft, dreamy look to the crisp die cuts ... delicious! Hugs, Anita :)

Julia Aston said...

How lovely both stencil techniques came out! Julia xx

Daria C. said...

Love these! TFS.