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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #1

Welcome to the start of the Twofer Challenge. The goal is to make two different cards with two different designs for two different occasions with the same stamps and/or dies.  This fun challenge is aimed at stretching our stamps and dies by using them in different ways, and at the same time building our stash of cards.  Come join us!!

As you can see by the badge above, the challenge is open for two weeks.  This gives you lots of time to come up with your designs, make your cards and then photograph (one photo showing both cards) and enter the challenge via the linky provided on the challenge blog.

There's lots of samples by the Design Team to show you what the challenge is all about.

Here's my cards using the Feather prompt with Penny Black stamp "the sweetest song".

I had a lot of fun designing these two cards using the bird (feathers) image.  For my first card, I masked a second Penny Black stamp (bells & berries), leaving just the one branch of leaves and berries (no bell).  I stamped in Sahara Sand ink (very light) and then watercoloured over top of the image with distress inks and a water brush (no line watercolouring).

I used distress markers to add some finishing details to the leaves and berries.  I then masked "the sweetest sound" stamp, leaving just one bird, inked with Pumice stone distress ink, and stamped the bird over top of the branch, in the middle.  I used more pumice stone ink to add a darker head and wing (very subtle).  I used more of the same ink to watercolour around my finished image.  I then splattered with diluted white ink.  The image was framed and a sentiment was stamped in the corner.

Here's a close-up ...

For the second card, I sponged distress oxide inks (fossilzed amber, spiced marmalade, abandoned coral) to create a sunset background.  I stamped "the sweetest sound" image over top with versamark and heat embossed in black.  I cut the panel down and added the "sending love" sentiment in black.

Here's a close-up ...

As I mentioned above, the challenge runs for two weeks.  Come check out the amazing cards by the Design Team and then join us!

Card 1:
Stamps:  the sweetest sound, bells & berries, season's gifts (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb); White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Early Espresso (SU!); Distress Inks:  Walnut, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Candy Apple, Fired Brick, Pumice Stone (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, white acrylic paint, Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Card 2:
Stamps:  the sweetest sound (Penny Black); Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Oxides:  Fossilzed Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools: sponges, black embossing powder, heat tool

Twofer Challenge #1 - Feathers

Monday, January 08, 2018

Masculine Birthday x 2

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing two masculine cards that are made with the same colour medium.  I used Brushos ... but only one colour - Olive.  It's my new favourite!!  I love the different colour pigments in the powders.

I'm adding my two cards from today to the CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Birthday.

I find that if I use a stencil, Brushos colours pool more and I get a lot of saturated colours.  I used a die tree image to cut a stencil from acetate.  I placed the stencil over a piece of hot press w/c paper, sprinkled with olive Brushos, spritzed with lots of water and quickly removed the stencil.  It's the same technique from THIS VIDEO.  The only difference is that I didn't use a paper towel to blot the excess colour.  I let it air dry and ended up with these very deep colours.  LOVE it! :)  I cut the same image from white card stock and glued it over top, lining up the image.  I trimmed the panel and added a stamped sentiment at the bottom.

Here's a close-up.
Of course, I had lots of left over ink on my stencil, so I turned it over and pressed it onto another piece of hot press w/c ( stencil monoprint).  I'll use that for another day.

I mopped up all the excess ink with a paper towel.  I decided to use that paper towel right away to create a fun and easy background and that's how my second card was started.

I find this technique works best with Brushos on watercolour paper.  I placed the inky paper towel over another piece of Hot Press w/c paper, sprayed with water, and pressed with my fingers.  Picked up the towel, moved it around ... more sprayed water and pressing down with my fingers.  I ended up with this great background that shows the quilted design of the paper towel ... it looks textured!  Simply added a stamped silhouette tree and sentiment, framing the image panel in black and popping it up on top of my card front.

I was so happy with this card that I gave it to my oldest son for his birthday. :)

Stamps:  Thank You (Lil' Inkers); Bare Tree (Darkroom Door)
Paper:  Hot Press Watercolour Paper (Arches 140 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Brushos - Olive; Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Tree die (AliExpress), acetate, Big Shot, water mister, paper towel

CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Birthday

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Faux Mother-of-Pearl

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing two cards made from one panel with faux mother-of-pearl technique.  I have a video on this fun and easy technique --- click HERE to watch it on YouTube.

I haven't used this technique for a while, but since CAS Mix Up January Challenge is Cling Wrap, I just had to make some as cling wrap is used to add the glossy resist part of the technique.

Basically I poured a couple drops of frost acrylic paint on my craft mat and then picked up the paint with a scrunched up piece of cling wrap.  I pounced the wrap onto my mat to make sure the paint was distributed and I wouldn't end up with globs of paint in my background.  Then I randomly, and lightly pounced my card panel, just leaving a little bit of the gloss, but with still lots of white space.  Once dry, I sponged over top with distress inks, then took a dry paper towel to remove any ink that was sitting on top of the frost paint.

For the first card (above), I heat embossed Altenew peony and leaf images in white and then watercoloured with the same distress inks used for my background.  I layered the ink several times to create depth of colour, then fussy-cut.  I cut out the middle of my panel to create a frame, stamped a sentiment inside the frame with Delicata silver ink, and then popped up the frame, adding a peony and leaf sprig on top.

Here's a close-up.  You can see the shimmer from the bits of frost paint.
I'm adding the card above to the Just Us Girls Challenge #422 - Anything Goes and also at Altenew's January Inspiration Challenge.

For my second card, I used the cut-out from the center of the card above, added a simple white die-cut which has the leaves shaped with a stylus and mat, and stamped the sentiment in Delicata silver.  The faux mother-of-pearl panel is popped up for added dimension.

Here's a close-up.
I'm adding this second card to the current Time Out Challenge #100 - We challenge you to be ... Thankful!  Congrats to the Design Team at Time Out for hitting this wonderful milestone!!

This card will be heading to a stamping friend.  I am so thankful for all the wonderful crafters I have met since starting my blog ... and thankful to call many of them my friend!

Stamps:  Peony Scrolls (Altenew); eloquence (Penny Black); Thank you sentiment - A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz); Delicata silver (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  Frost White paint (Tsukineko), cling wrap, sponges, Stitched rectangle die (Lil' Inkers), Lavish Branch die (Memory Box), white embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Mix Up January Challenge - Cling Wrap
Just Us Girls #422 - Anything Goes
Altenew's January 2018 Inspiration Challenge
Time Out #100 Challenge - Thankful

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Holly for Merry Monday

Hi everyone.  Today I'm playing along with the first challenge of the year at Merry Monday (#271 - Embossing).  The challenge is being run by my dear friend Linda.

Dry embossing is something that I rarely use.  Not sure why ... I just completely forget about this wonderful technique that adds so much texture and dimension to cards.  I'm using some gifted dry embossed backgrounds that I've had for AGES!!  Thanks to my sweet friends Susan and Bonnie for providing the perfect backdrops for my watercoloured holly. :)

This holly is die-cut from hot press watercolour paper and watercoloured with distress inks.  A few details have been added with distress markers (veins in the leaves, outlining the berries).  I tried to leave a white spot on each berry, but somehow I managed to watercolour completely over top of a couple, so used a white gel pen to add the spots of white afterwards.  Happy with how it turned out.  I also diluted white acrylic paint to splatter over top to create the look of snow.  For the final touch, I stamped my black sentiment banner with white pigment ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

For the second card, it is mostly the same except I switched out the dry embossed background for falling snow, and used watercolour pencils to add details to my holly and berries.  The watercolour pencils give a subtle look and blend better than the distress markers.  Learned something new, which is always good.

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Just a quick reminder about the
Starts on Jan. 10th!
See you there!

Stamps:  Christmas Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb. hot press); Black
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Walnut Stain, Candy Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz); Derwent watercolour pencils
Accessories & Tools:  holly & berry branch die (Penny Black), water brush, white gel pen, white acrylic paint, paint brush for splattering, white embossing powder, heat tool, dry embossed background gifted from friends

Merry Monday #271 - Embossing

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

CAS Watercolour January Challenge

Hi everyone.  Happy New Year!  Today is the start of the CAS Watercolour January challenge ...

This is my first card using Gansai Tambi watercolors. :)  My friend Trina has them, and last time she was over for a crafting day, she left them for me to play with.  Thanks Trina!

They are totally different than working with inks, distress inks, or zigs.  It will take me a while to figure them out totally, but I'm happy with the card above.

I stamped the image (Penny Black) in Versamark on Hot Press watercolour paper, and heat embossed in gold.  I then mixed orange and pink watercolours to create a coral tone for my flowers.  I finished by heat embossing the sentiment in gold and adding splatters of coral to the background.

Here's a close-up.
We are thrilled to have Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see Birgit's watercolour birthday card, and the amazing cards from the design team.  I hope you'll join us!

Stamps:  Full of Glee (Penny Black), Birthday Sentiment (Cosmos - Technique Tuesday)
Paper:  Hot Press Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb.)
Ink:  Gansai Tambi Watercolour Paints; Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Gold embossing powder, heat tool, paintbrushes

CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Birthday