Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Crackled Sunflower

Hi everyone.  We are already half way through August.  It's time for a reminder card for the CAS Mix Up August Challenge - Stencil Monoprint, being hosted by Nancy (scandinancy creates).



This is my all time favourite stencil that was gifted to me by sweet Bonnie.  I have used it over and over again.  I can always find a new way to use it, or different colours, or design.  LOVE IT!

This card is on the fence about being CAS ... but I have to say that it was a fairly simple design to make.  I'm counting all the white space of the sunflower as my open space. :)

I used three colours of distresss inks (Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Peacock Feathers) and swiped them on the back of my stencil.  I spritzed with water and then turned it over and placed it on top of a piece of watercolour paper.  I blotted with a paper towel to absorb any excess ink.  When finished, it leaves me with the background of the sunflower in the inky colours, and the sunflower plain.  I wanted to make the sunflower stand out more, so once everything was dry (and the stencil was washed off and dried), I placed the stencil back over top, lining up the image.  A layer of crackle paste was spread over the stencil.  I have tried three different crackle pastes, and the one used today is my favourite (Finnabair Crackle Paste).  To finish, the sentiment was heat embossed in white onto coloured card stock.

Here's a close-up ...
If you haven't had time to play along yet, I hope you'll give this a try and join us.  It's lots of fun.

Check out the challenge blog to see the reminder cards from the rest of our Designers, and our wonderful Guest Designer Cathy.

I'm also adding this to the CAS Watercolour Challenge - Sunflower.


And adding to the gallery at Craft Stamper - Take It Make It August Challenge.



Stamps:  Simply Said You (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. hot press); Island Indigo (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Mini Joyful Sunflower stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), water mister, Finnabair Crackle paste, palette knife, white embossing powder, heat tool

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up August Challenge - Stencil Monoprint
CAS Watercolour August Challenge - Sunflower
Craft Stamper Take It Make It August Challenge

29 comments:

  1. Awesome technique with the reverse stenciling and then adding the crackle over the white space Loll - it accents it wonderfully - that IS one beautiful sunflower stencil! Love the white sentiment on the blue panel too! A gorgeous design! Julia xx

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  2. Great texture and beautiful too.
    Faith

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  3. Beautiful - love the touch of blue in the colours of the monoprint and the way it ties in to the sentiment strip! I'd like to compare my crackle paste to your Finnabair next time we get together.

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  4. Wow..so artsy and another beautiful way to use "Our" favorite Sunflower Stencil that Bonnie gifted us:-) TFS your close up. I had not noticed the cool crackle paste. I definitely think your design is CAS with all the white space. Loved your sentiment on the strip of colored CS too. TFS my friend. Hugs...

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  5. I love that amazing sunflower Loll. Looks spectacular with the crackle paste. I love that stuff! I also have glaze and I think you need a magnifying glass to see the tiny cracks (lol) Love the blue on the bottom with the sentiment - blends beautifully with your stenciling.

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  6. Wow, this card is so cool looking Loll! I am definitely love how your sunflower came out! The colors are so beautiful, but the crackle finish is what takes it over the top! Looking pretty CAS to me with all the white on the sunflower. I can see why this stencil is your favorite. I am loving it too! Hugs, Brenda

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  7. wow, Loll, I have to try crackle paste with a mono print. It looks absolutely amazing :)

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  8. Gorgeous sunflower stencil monoprint, Loll! Love the soft and beautiful mixture of colors! And how creative to add crackle paste to the petals! Those crackles add so much interest to the flower in a subtle way. The solid blue sentiment panel anchors the sunflower. The simple and cohesive design with lots of crackled white space – I would definitely call this card CAS! :-) Hideko

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  9. Stunning Loll - this is such a wonderful stencil and you really make it sing - love how you have used it on this wonderful card
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  10. Beautiful card Loll, the stencil is definitely a pretty one...stunning.xx[aussie aNNie blog] ♥ ♥

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  11. What a beautiful card. I can see why this is a favorite. Wow!

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  12. This is FABULOUS Loll and can totally see why it's your favorite stencil! I think it's my favorite now too and just had to have it...it arrived yesterday and I already made a card with it last night! I love how you used the crackle paste with yours and how it really makes those petals stand out from the colorful background of the monoprint, and the colorful sentiment strip just grounds it all! Lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)

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  13. What a fabulous stencil, Loll. Gorgeous card, I love the added texture. xx

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  14. Wonderful stencil and the prettiest of subtle colours from the fun technique. The crackle paste looks textural and unique and makes your sunflower stand out beautifully. CAS and so very pretty x.

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  15. You have certainly found lots of different ways to use this stencil, my friend! I LOVE the variation of colors surrounding the white sunflower and the crackle adds such a wonderful texture!

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  16. Incredible monoprint sunflower. The multi colours are bright and colourful. Love the crackled paste. Such a fab effect. xx

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  17. Gasp! Now, that's what I call a striking card, Loll! I can see why you use this stencil frequently...it's just beautiful, and your color palette is stunning! I see a lot of white space on this card, so I think it's perfectly CAS :)

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  18. I love that stencil too .... it's created a fabulous monoprint. I do like the crackle on the white space too. Thank you for the inspiration xx

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  19. WOW !!! Your card is stunning. I love both colors and cracking paste to create this unique, breathtaking effect. I love this card, it's perfect in every way.
    BożenA xoxo

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  20. Hi Loll .... me again. Just wanted to say thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge ..... xx

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  21. This, for me, is definitely CAS. What an EXQUISITE card. The colourful mono print was perfect for this white crackle paste sunflower. Genius. Love the turquoise strip with the white sentiment. A smart recall. A bright and happy card, just like the flower! xxx

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  22. What a beauty, Loll ... the crackle paste over the top of all that delicious subtle colour is fabulous ... I just want to reach out and touch! Hugs, Anita :)

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  23. It's fascinating to see all the different ways you come up with using this stencil! Love the effect of the crackle paste with the colors in the background!

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  24. This is so beautiful! It has been a long time since I've used crackle paste. Now I want to pull it out and give it a whirl. Thank you.

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  25. I thought I had already commented on this incredible card, Lolly, but it must have been done in an email. I am putting this at the top of my Favorite Cards for 2018 list! I love the coloring, especially the unexpected peacock which is divine! And topping it with a layer of crackle was brilliant! WOW!! Hugs, Dolly

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  26. You had me at crackle, Loll.

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  27. This is fabulous, Loll! I love the light colours from the mono print, and the crackle paste on the petals. Thanks so much for playing along at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It :)

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