Friday, October 22, 2021

Another Botanical Print

Hi everyone.  Quick post today to share another botantical print from a few years back.  I love the beautiful shape of the leaf with all it's petals.  It's the lightest of the double print I took.

I simply cut the print to size, adding a strip of Kraft card stock at the top, along with white embossed sentiment (Word Salad - Paper Smooches - retired) and some white faux stitching.

If you haven't had time to play along yet, I hope you'll give this fun technique a try.  The CAS Mix Up challenge is still open for another few days.

Hosted by Bonnie

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Stamps:  Word Salad (Paper Smooches - retired)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. Hot Press), Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools: White embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, White Posca pen

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up October Challenge - Botanical Prints


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Penny Black - Festive Fragrance

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card using another stamp from the new Penny Black release, Making Spirits bright.  The stamp is called Festive Fragrance (40-791).

I stamped the image in Sahara Sand ink (SU!) very lightly and then no line watercoloured the Christmas greenery in shades of green, red, and brown for the vases and grounding.  The sentiment (Holly Days 30-869) is the final touch.  I had a few smudges of brown ink in my background so just added a few more to give it a vintage look. :)

Close-up ...

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We celebrated our Thanksgiving on Saturday, Oct. 9th with a lovely Turkey dinner.  While it was cooking, I mentioned that I would like to ink up this image and my son, Jeremy asked if we could watercolour together.  He has a degree in Visual Arts and is an Art Teacher at a High School in Richmond.  Below are the two images, photos taken by Jeremy and edited with a few filters.  I'm sure you can tell that the one on the right is Jeremy's version. :)  It was fun to work together and I did learn lots from him as well.     
                                       Loll                                                                               Jeremy
  
I went back and added a horizon line to my card and darkened up the vases and shadows.  What a difference, as you can see from the card at the top of this post.  

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Jessie enjoyed her turkey dinner too! :)
Sleeping it off in front of the fire ...
Photo by Alejandro Garcia


Penny Black Product Links
Holly Days (30-869)


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Stamps:  Festive Fragrance; Holly Days (both Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Sahara Sand (SU!); Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Paint brushes, Basic Gray marker (SU!), White Posca pen


Monday, October 18, 2021

STAMPlorations October Stencil Challenge

I have been wanting to find time to play along with this fun challenge for ages.  Today is the day! :)  My dear friend, Nancy is on the team.

The monthly challenge is always Anything Stenciling Goes.
 
I used stencil layering for this card.

I started by placing the ARTploration Christmas Reindeer stencil over my card front.  I taped it down and then lightly sponged with Brushed Corduroy distress ink, adding more colour around the edges.  I placed a second stencil overtop (Festive - Tim Holtz) and angled it until I liked what was showing over the reindeer.  I used small pieces of tape to mask areas and sponged the different elements using distress inks.  I added a little gold on top of the pine cones and the reindeer's antlers.  

To finish, I stamped the sentiment in Candied Apple and Fired Brick distress inks to get the right shade of red.

Close-up ...
I had a lot of fun trying this technique and will definitely use it again!


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Stamps:  Merriest (Avery Elle - retired)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Brushed Corduroy, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs, Fired Brick (Tim Holtz); Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories:   ARTplorations Christmas Reindeer stencil, Tim Holtz Festive stencil, sponges, tape for masking, white Posca pen, Fine tip black marker (Sharpie)

Challenges:
STAMPlorations October Stencil Challenge

Friday, October 15, 2021

CAS Challenges October Reminder


Hi everyone.  Time for the reminder cards for the October CAS Challenges.  First up, CAS Mix Up, hosted this month by Bonnie.

Bonnie is our host.

I went out and picked up a few maple leaves from my yard.  The card above uses a small leaf that I coated with Gold Liquid Watercolour Concentrate and then pressed it through my Gemini Jr. with mixed media paper.  I love how the gold paint shows all the veins.  It's very subtle, but still very pretty.  I added a soft suede card stock base, along with a gold splattered backing to my main panel.

Close-up ...

I did a second print using a large maple leaf.  Using Hot Press watercolour paper and my Gemini Jr., I got two prints, this is the side with all the wonderful autumn colours (see photo below of leaf), which translated to pale green, yellow and purple when pressed.


Maple Leaf
I created a frame from seedless preserves by sponging around the outside edge of a piece of Hot Press watercolour paper and then sponging with gold watercolour.  I splattered more gold watercolour over my botanical panel as well.  The panel was cut to size and placed at the top right corner so the frame is only showing on the two sides.  The sentiment (AliExpress) is stamped in more Seedless Preserves distress ink, but I had to stamp several times to get a clean image which means that it's darker than I wanted.  The colours of the print are subtle, but so pretty and even better in real life.

This is not a CAS design but wanted to share with you.

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Marcia is our host.

Started with a basic gray card stock base (SU!).  Used the Christmas Wreaths stencil (STAMPlorations), off the page, sponging with the leaves with blending brushes in basic gray ink.  The berries were sponged in white pigment ink first, left to dry, then sponged again in Fired Brick distress ink.  Used a metallic silver pen to outline the leaves and berries.  Finished with a silver embossed sentiment (Art Deco Celebrate Christmas - Poppy Stamps - retired) and a few dots of white paint.

Close-up ... shows the silver outlining of the stenciled leaves and berries

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CAS Mix Up Reminder - Botanical Leaf (1)
Stamps:  For You (Cavallini & Co)
Paper: Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Soft Suede card stock (SU! - retired)
Ink:  Gold Watercolour Concentrate (Blick Art Materials)
Accessories & Tools: sponges, splatter brush

CAS Mix Up Reminder - Botanical Leaf (2)
Stamps:  Beautiful (AliExpress)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. Hot Press), Neenah white 110 lb. card stock
Ink:  Seedless Preserves Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Gold Watercolour Concentrate (Blick Art Materials)
Accessories & Tools: sponges, splatter brush

CAS Christmas Reminder - Christmas Wreath
Stamps:  Art Deco Celebrate Christmas (Poppy Stamps - retired)
Paper:  Gray card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Basic Gray dye ink (SU!); Unicorn (white) Pigment Ink (Hero Arts); Fired Brick distress ink (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Christmas Wreath stencil (STAMPlorations), blending brushes, Silver metallic pen (Pilot), Silver embossing powder, heat tool, White Posca pen


Challenges:
CAS Mix Up October Challenge - Botanical Prints
CAS Christmas October Challenge - Gray and Red