Friday, March 10, 2017

Leafy Birthday

Hi everyone.  Sharing another make from a crafting day with my friends, Susan and Christine.  I recently received Clarity Brushes from a dear friend and the three of us took them for a test drive.  All three of us agree that they are fun to use with stencils.

I made this large background brushing green and blue inks over a leaf stencil.  I then splattered with water, let it sit for a few minutes and then blotted with a paper towel.  I like the subtle water spots in the background (ghost splats).   Speaking of ghosting, I'm excited today that my Ghosting video is the subject of the Mix-Ability (#215) challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Thanks to MariLyn for choosing my video for inspiration. :)

To finish my card above, I added a vellum banner sentiment so as not to cover any of the pretty background. And I used my glossy accents to add some "rain drops".

Thanks for visiting!






Stamps:  Sweet Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  Neenah White (110 lb); Vellum
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon (Tim Holtz); Archival Black (Ranger)
Accessories & Tools:  Leaf stencil (Carabelle Studio), Clarity brushes, water mister, Happy die (Simon Says Stamp), glossy accents

Challenges:
SCS Mix-Ability215 - Ghosting


44 comments:

Marianne said...

Love these colours together, Loll. Thanks also for reminding me that I should be posting more of my cards at SCS. I tend to forget I created an account there (cretancrafter). Will have to check out this challenge.
Marianne x

Mrs A. said...

This is gorgeous and makes me think of a rain forest. Hugs Mrs A.

Betty Keefe said...

so beautiful - wonderful stencil - love the colors you used - and I think Clarity brushes are really great to use!

Preeti D. (aka Preety) said...

Gorgeous card. Totally love the colors

Chriss Blagrave said...

Such a beauty! Love your Colour choices and that stencil is gorgeous!

Heather said...

This is so fresh and pretty, it looks like it could still have water droplets on it.

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous Clarity Brushed stencil leafy background Loll. Love your colors, water drops and dew drops. Reminds me of spring. Love how you used vellum for your sentiment too. You have me inspired to try my new Clarity brushes. Hugs...

Nancy Stislow said...

Loll that stencil is so perfect for this! Love the effect of the blended color! The added rain drops are the perfect final touch! This is so beautiful!

Liz said...

Stunning card, Loll! I love the colours and the added 'raindrops'. xx

Linda Kilsdonk said...

This card is truly gorgeous! And I love the water droplets on the leaves. Beautiful work! Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

Christine Alexander said...

Loll, the stenciling looks awesome, love the little ghosting drops.

MaryH said...

Great work with the super brushes. I love your ghosting- it looks like water droplets pearled on the gorgeous leaves. I like this stencil & the vellum is lovely over the background, allowing the colors to show through the vellum. Congrats for your ghosting video being the subject of a Mix-ability challenge. (No surprise though, your videos are concise, you keep the project in view, and speak clearly & to the point, without extraneous verbage. ) TFS & have a super wkend.

Susan said...

Love seeing one of your pieces from our craft day turned into this beautiful card! The vellum is perfect for the sentiment, and the idea of glossy accents for raindrops is brilliant!

Maxine D said...

What an eye catching and beautiful card Loll - love the 'raindrops'
Blessings
Maxine

aussie aNNie said...

Loll thanks for you lovely comment on my card. I am now following you as I feel I would gain more inspiration from your creativity ....thanks. I am loving this and I have also used glossy accents on my raindrops but this looks effective.xx ♥[aNNie]

Stamps and Paper said...

Another stunning card Loll gorgeous background colours and love the rain drops....

Anne

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Beautiful colors, my favorite, blue-green, love, love, love !! I also love the effect of water droplets on the water paints, subtle signs that leave are not to be repeated, are always unique and unrepeatable. Thank you for your video tutorial.
Huge hugs,
BozenA

JosieD said...

Stunning card -- artsy and dramatic. I love it! Plus blue and green together is such a good look ... and my favorite colors.

Jeanne said...

So pretty, Loll. I really like the colors you chose (you have such a great eye for color) and the stencil design. It has some lovely lines in it. Your blends of the colors look amazing. Happy sigh. So happy you didn't hide any of that beautiful background! :)

Happy Dance said...

This is so pretty, Loll! That leaf pattern stencil is amazing, and the colors you've used are just gorgeous. What a happy card! It's perfect to celebrate a birthday. The subtle ghost splats look so cool, and I love the raindrops you've created with GA! Wonderful card! Love it. Bev

Daffodil Cards said...

FABULOUS, loving the green and white and vellum.
Faith
x

Linda said...

Love this, the colours are gorgeous and the raindrops really add to the design xx

Brenda in IN said...

Wow! I feel warmth coming from this lovely card. The colors blended so well and the raindrops gave texture. Maybe I do need Clarity Brushes!

the bean said...

Thank you for your awesome video on ghosting technique - can't wait to try this ! I need to get a few stencils to try this out ! Love your Happy Birthday card above !

Bonnie said...

You've gotten such rich and smooth coloring with those brushes, Loll! Love these shades of blue and green and that fun stencil!

Viv's Visuals said...

Beautiful shades on this piece Loll. Love it.

Mac Mable said...


Congratulations on your Ghosting video being the subject of the Mix-Ability challenge at Splitcoaststampers. Your card today is glorious...fabulous ink blending with gorgeous colours. Loving the subtle water splats and then the glossy accents x

Darnell said...

Eep! Lolly, I love this! That stencil is a cool one and lends itself beautifully to the wonderful brush blending you did! Of, the vellum sediment is perfect and the ghost splats and rain drops are just the right touch to finish it off!! Hope you are feeling well, my friend! Hugs, Dolly

Barb said...

First Loll Huge Congratulations on having your video chosen as the inspiration for split stampers. I think your card is absolutely beautiful. The colours are stunning. Barbxx

Marcia HIll said...

WOW...I am in love with that leaf stencil and your card is absolutely GORGEOUS! Great idea to use vellum for the sentiment too so you didn't cover up all that beautiful blue and green leaf-y-ness!! Lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)

Aileen Ryan said...

Beautiful card loll and Im just about to go craft and use the same stencil. Love your colour combo and those glossy accents drops.

Sheila H said...

This is quite striking. The colors are beautiful. I love the vellum and the ghosting.

Nonni said...

Fantastic stenciling! This looks like summer, those water drops look really realistic... Love it!

Susanne Vargas said...

Stunning background! Looking at it makes me yearn for the everything to turn green again, instead it looks like another snow storm is heading our way... Love that stencil!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Oooh, I can't believe I missed this beauty Loll! Fabulous, just fabulous! Have a wonderful day my friend! Luv n’ Hugs. Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Jo Manna said...

Truly tropical colours for that stencil. Those rain drops are brilliant and the perfect finishing touch.
Again another gorgeous card Loll xx

Pat said...

This bright and beautiful brushed background looks fantastic using the pretty leafy stencil Loll and the glossy accents look like dew drops. A fantastic card. x

Mau xx said...

Hi Loll, trying to call around some bloggy friends after my long absence.
You remain a great favourite! and no wonder when I see your lovely creations. I love this one and the Vellum band works perfectly.
See you soon xxx

Becca Cruger said...

So dreamy! This is a vibrant work of art and has Springtime written all over it!

Petra Swart said...

Love the blue and green you used for your fabulous leavy bg, Loll!!!! The subtle water drops are so soft and looks wonderful!!!!! The sentiment in black on the vellum is just perfect!!!! A beautiful card!!!
Hugz

Anita in France said...

Gosh, this is beautiful, Loll ... gorgeous colours and such a fantastic stencil ... the sense of movement in those swirly leaves is brilliant! Hugs, Anita :)

Barb Ghig said...

Another really beautiful work of art, Loll! The ghosting on this stencil is so crisp and clean, and I love the colors that you chose for this card...such a lovely effect! Thanks for inspiring me with another fabulous technique!

scrappymo! said...

Oh my! This is a stunning card.

Diane said...

Really pretty colors Loll, love the water drops and leaf pattern.

Hugs Diane