Friday, May 07, 2021

Penny Black - Delight

Hi Everyone.  I have another card to share that uses one of the new release cling stamps from Penny Black.  This image is called Delight (40-775) ... and it really is! :)

I started by creating a washed background.  I used the easiest way for me, sponging three layers of colours across the card front (green, mustard seed, broken china).  I kept the colours very light so that it wouldn't interfer with my watercolouring of the flowers.  After sponging, I spritzed with a little water and used a large paint brush, stroking from side to side.  Once the dry, I stamped the image with Archival Shadow Grey ink.

I watercoloured the flowers with distress inks and then added some brightness with zig brush markers.  To finish, I stamped a sentiment from Gratitude (30-105) in black ink so it would show up overtop of the flowers and sky.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Penny Black Product Links
Delight (40-775)
Gratitude (30-105)

Stamps:  Delight; Gratitude (both Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Shadow Grey Ink (Archival); Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Broken China, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet; Zigs; Black Ink (Memento) 
Accessories:   Paint Brushes:  1", #4 and #2 round

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

The Flower Challenge #56

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of The Flower Challenge #56.  The challenge is to use your 
favourite flower.  That can be a tough one.  I love lots of flowers, but my most favourite is the Stargazer Lily.  The image above is a Tiger Lily (Penny Black), but I watercoloured it in the Stargazer colours.  I love the shades of bright pink and the fragrance is amazing. 

I stamped the lily in black ink, clear heat embossed and watercoloured with distress inks and zig markers.  I then fussy-cut.  

I used a embossing folder stamping background from my stash.  This was done with a woodgrain embossing folder (Sizzix - retired) and Distress Inks Picked Raspberry and Gathered Twigs.  I die-cut a square aperture (My Favorite Things - retired) on the card front and secured my lily with the bottom stem inside the aperture, with the rest of the flower outside.  A simple sentiment (Trust Me Builder - Penny Bloom) was stamped in black to finish the card.

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We are excited to have BozenA (ArtCardBox) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see the beautiful flower cards from our Designers, and wonderful Guest Designer BozenA.

Our challenge is open until April 25th.  Come play along!

Stamps:  Tiger Lily, Trust Me Builder (both from Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Gathered Twigs, Kitsch Flamingo, Candied Apple (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories:   Woodgrain embossing folder (Sizzix - retired), water mister, clear embossing powder, heat tool, waterbrush, Stitched Square die (MFT - retired)


Monday, May 03, 2021

CAS Christmas May Challenge

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the start of May's CAS Christmas challenge.  This month is hosted by our amazingly talented Christine (It's Been a Card Day's Night).

Today's card is done with the no-line watercolouring.  I first stamped my image (All the Trimmings - Penny Black) onto mixed media paper using Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I repeated the stamping until the image was clear but not dark.  I then used paint brushes to watercolour the image using a variety of Distress Inks.  To finish, I stamped the sentiment (Merry Up! - Penny Black) with Rustic Wildness ink.

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We are thrilled to have Robyn (WaterLily Cards by Robyn) as our Guest Designer this month. Welcome Robyn!

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Sharing a couple of Spring photos of Jessie.
These were taken a few days ago when the sun was shining.
Looks like Gord needs to get the grass cut and the dandelions pulled! :)
These wonderful photos were taken by Alex.  
You might notice that Jessie was felt very special having a flower in her "hair"! :)

Stamps:  All the Trimmings (Penny Black);  Merry Up! (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Antique Linen, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: paint brushes

CAS Christmas May Challenge - Foliage & Berry

Saturday, May 01, 2021

CAS Mix Up May Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's the start of a new challenge at CAS Mix Up.  Our talented DT Susan is hosting this month's challenge, and she wants to see rainbows.  This is a STENCIL challenge so please make sure to use a stencil!

Stencil Challenge

I followed the video tutorial by Eileen Godwin that's included in the CAS Mix Up May Challenge post.  First, a 1" mask was added on all four sides of the card front (regular card stock).  I created my own mask/stencil by cutting a piece of acetate.  Then I randomly sponged using blending brushes, along the curves with colours of the rainbow (or overlapping colours that add to the rainbow colours) - Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Salty Ocean, Dusty Concord.

Once I was happy with the design, I removed the masked border and stamped my dragonfly image (Origami Dragonfly - Carabelle Studio) in black ink and clear heat embossed.  I did the same for my sentiment (Essential Sentiments - Maker's Movement).  To finish, I added two coats of Clear Wink of Stella to the whole dragonfly image to add some shimmer.

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It wasn't until I see these pictures posted that I realize the yellow is so much stronger than the other colours.  Next time I'll be a little lighter with yellow ink. :)

We are thrilled to have Michele (I Card Everyone) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see the beautiful, stenciled rainbow cards from our DT and Guest Designer, Michele!

See you in the gallery!

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Stamps:  Origami Dragonfly (Carabelle Studio); Essential Sentiments (Maker's Movement)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Salty Ocean, Dusty Concord (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Masking tape, acetate sheet, blending brushes, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Clear Wink of Stella