Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Print Making using Die-cuts

Hi everyone.  After seeing this AMAZING card on my friend Bonnie's blog, I had to give this technique a try.  It's from The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge that just started a few days ago.  This is my first time checking out Kathy's amazing videos.  She is AWESOME!  Here's the link to the video used for today's card.

I used Alexandra Renke's cornflower dies.  Coloured them with Distress and SU! markers, making sure to colour on top of my card front so any over colouring would end up on this awesome background.  I also coloured my flowers, wet them and pressed into the card front a couple of times to get more interest.  Once everything was dry, stamped a sentiment in matching green ink, popped up my panel onto my card front and glued (bottom of the stems) and pop dotted (flower heads) dimentionals to give some depth.

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Easy and fun card to make!  Thank you to Kathy for this great technique and to Bonnie for inspiring me to give it a try!

Entering this into The Flower Challenge (second entry) for Challenge #46 - Summer / Winter.

Thoughtful Messages (Simon Says Stamp)

Stamps:  Thoughtful Messages (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Cornflower dies (Alexandra Renke); paint brushes, mister

The Flower Challenge #46 - Summer / Winter

Monday, July 06, 2020

Penny Black - Soulful Silhouettes

Hi everyone.  Back with two more cards using one of the new stamp sets from the Penny Black Refreshing release.  Soulful Silhouettes (30-691) has a beautiful collection of images --- seven in the set.  Today I've used just two ...
I had leftover distress inks on my palette after finishing another project.  I sprayed lots of water and dropped my mixed media paper on top, moving it just slightly.  I ended up with this gorgeous mix of several colours ... soft colours because of the water I added.  I LOVE IT and thought it would pair perfectly with the silhouettes.  I used my one piece of mm paper to create the backgrounds for both cards.  The image and sentiment are heat embossed in white, adding to the softness of the card designs.  The images were cut with a Simple Stackers((51-613) frame die.  The main panel is popped up on the card base.

The designs are the same with smooshed background, white heat embossing, and framing.  Just changed up the main image and sentiment.  The first card has a sentiment from Gratitude (30-105).  I've double embossed both the flower and sentiment so they would stand out more.

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The second card uses a leafy image from the same stamp set and sentiment from Family Sentiments (30-555).
I double embossed the sentiment so it would stand out more.

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Soulful Silhouettes (30-691)
Simple Stackers (51-613)
Gratitude (30-105)
Family Sentiments (30-555)

Stamps:  Soulful Silhouettes, Gratitude, Family Sentiments (all from Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card Stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks - mix of colours; Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Simple Stackers die (Penny Black); White embossing powder, heat tool

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Guest Designer for Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Hi everyone.  I'm so happy to be Guest Designing at Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  Thanks Helen!

I love Penny Black stamps and dies and really have fun playing along with PBSC's monthly challenges.
The challenge is always Anything Goes with an Optional Twist.  This month the Option is Nature.

PB stamps are all about nature, so this was an easy one. :)

I started by stamping the Unforgettable image in Versafine Black onto mixed media paper  I heat set the image with my heat tool and then watercoloured with distress inks.  I fussy-cut the image, just keeping the center part of this flower spray.  A watercoloured background from my stash was just the right colours so I added a white card stock piece on top which has been die-cut with an oval.  Popped up the flowers over top and added a sentiment to finish.

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I hope you'll come join us for this wonderful challenge.  Hope to see you in the gallery.

I've used summer colours for this card, which is the challenge at The Flower Challenge this month (summer / winter).  Adding my card to the gallery ...

Unforgettable (40-734)
Special Sentiments (30-574)

Stamps:  Unforgettable (Penny Black), Special Sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Versafine); Distress Inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Candied Apple (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools: heat tool, paint brushes, Oval Nestabilities die (Spellbinders - retired)

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - July
The Flower Challenge #46 - Summer / Winter

Friday, July 03, 2020

CAS Christmas July Challenge

Hi everyone.  Start of the CAS Christmas challenge for July with Marcia (Marcia's Stampin' Pad) as our host.  Marcia would like to see a Nativity scene card.
This is the only Nativity scene I have and it's a beautiful die gifted to me by a sweet friend.  I believe it's from AliExpress.

I die-cut the scene from black and also a back frame piece, glueing it together with alcohol inked acetate sheet in-between.  I thought it looked too stark with the black against a white card base and none of my coloured card stocks looked right either.  So I die-cut a second one from white and glued it on top of my black image.  You may see a little black poking out, but I'm happier with the white version on top.  Added a few silver stars in the background and a simple sentiment, both of which are stamped in silver.

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We are thrilled to have Jane (PurpleJet Loves Crafts) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see Jane's beautiful Nativity card along with the wonderful cards from our Designers.  Then some join us!

Christmas Sentiments (Penny Black)
Borders & Backgrounds 3 (WPlus9)

Stamps:  Christmas Sentiments (Penny Black); Borders & Backgrounds 3 (WPlus9)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Alcohol inks in green and blue;
Accessories & Tools:acetate sheet, Nativity scene die-cut (AliExpress),

CAS Christmas - Nativity

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

CAS Mix Up July Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the CAS Mix Up challenge for July and it's all about Stenciling!  Nancy (scandinancy creates) is our host and she wants us to do some stencil tracing.  Basically you do your stenciling, and then with the stencil back over the image, outline it using any pen colour you want ... or outline the stenciled design free-hand.
The above card starts with a bright yellow splashed background.  Click HERE to see my video on splash watercolouring.  The stencil image is from Silhouette America and it is cut with my Silhouette Cameo machine using a piece of acetate.  I sponged through the stencil and once dry, went over the stencil again with a coating of matte gel (clear).  It makes the colours more vibrant.  Outlining was a bit of an issue with the gel, so I ended up outlining around the outside of the gel, rather than using the stencil as a guide.  It worked well.  A black sentiment banner with white heat embossing finishes the card.

My card has Splash Watercoloured Background, Stenciling, Sponging, Embossing Gel, Stencil Tracing, and Heat Embossing.  Whew!  That's a lot on a card that is still CAS. :)

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We are so happy to have THREE Guest Designers this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see Greta (GG Creations), Sandie (London Days), and Kia (Kia's Art Bits) wonderful Stencil Tracing cards and the lovely cards from the rest of our Designers.  I know you'll be inspired to give this a try!

Birthday Blowout (sentiment) - Poppy Stamps
Poppy Field cut file - Silhouette America (Donna Downey)

Stamps:  Birthday Blowout (Poppy Stamps)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  More Mustard, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Spring flowers stencil (cut wtih Cameo), acetate, sponges, Clear Matte Gel (Goldens), Black Micropen, White embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Mix Up July Challenge - Stencil Tracing

Monday, June 29, 2020

Penny Black - Illustrious

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing two cards using the Illustrious stamp (40-735).  This is a beautiful bouquet of large leaves and small blooms.  It took me a little while to figure out how I was going to watercolour.
This is an outline stamp.  I started by inking up all the different parts of the image with markers in a variety of colours.  By the time I finished inking the whole image, some parts were dry, but I stamped it onto my mixed media paper anyways.  Then I used a mini mister with water to give a very light, fine mist over top of my stamp.  Mini misters are great for that!  I stamped onto my mixed media paper again.

I then took a wet paint brush and moved some of the colour from the outline to fill in the blooms.  Once finished, the tiny flowers looked like blobs. :)  So I inked up my stamp again, this time one colour at a time and stamped over top to reestablish the outline.  It turned out great.  The only thing that didn't work well was moving colours on the leaves, there just wasn't enough ink from the outline.  So I watercoloured them separately.  Added a happy birthday sentiment (Special Sentiments 30-574), masking off the top line so I just had "happy birthday".

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I'm entering the card above into Seize the Birthday #193 - Watercolouring.

Made a second card using the same beautiful stamp.  This time I stamped the image in black onto white card stock and added a little bit of colour with my zigs.
I wanted a different type of layout, so I cut the image to the size I wanted and then cut the panel into three equal parts to create a triptych.  What a different look with changing up the colours of the image and cutting the image into three.  The sentiment is from a new set called Grown with Love (30-713).

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Thanks for stopping by!

Illustrious (40-735)
Special Sentiments (30-574)
Grown with Love (30-713)

Card #1 - Happy Birthday
Stamps:  Illustrious; Special Sentiments (both from Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Stampin' writers:  Gumball Green, Turquoise, Elegant Eggplant (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories & Tools:  paint brushes, mini mister (Ranger)

Card #2 - Especially for You
Stamps:  Illustrious; Grown with Love - sentiment only (both from Penny Black)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Zigs:  Light Gray, Gray, Geranium Red, Light Violet (Tsukineko)

Seize the Birthday #193 - Watercolouring

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Penny Black New Release - Refreshing

Hi everyone.  So excited to be playing with some of the new release from Penny Black - Refreshing.  I'm starting off with some adorable critter cards.  This set is called Plant Joy (30-708),  These sweet images are definitely joyful!! :)

I did all three cards mostly the same.  They are all stamped in black on mixed media paper and watercoloured with distress inks.  The sentiments are all from one new set called Trust me Builder (30-710).  The only difference between the cards are the backgrounds and placement of the images.

I had a lot of fun making these one layer cards.  :)

The first card has a stenciled background made from sponging over a template I cut from the Leaf Pattern die (51-432), which is from a previous release.  I then stamped my image in black and watercoloured using distress inks.

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For the second card, I started by masking off the outside edges of my card to create a border.
I made a cloud template by cutting a small piece of leftover card stock with a row of "bumps" that are all different sizes.  I used that template to sponge my cloudy sky.  Stamped the image in black and watercoloured with distress inks.  Stamped the sentiment and the used a fine black pen to add a hand-drawn frame before removing the masking tape

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The third card started with a stenciled background using a die-cut of the beautiful Creative Curves die (51-611) for my template.
I sponged in light blue and then stamped my image in black.  Again, watercoloured with distress inks and then stamped my sentiment to finish.

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I'll be sharing more cards from this same stamp set in the next while.  Still three more adorable critters that I haven't used yet.  :)

Penny Black Products
Plant Joy (30-708)
Trust me builder stamps (30-710)
Leaf Pattern die (51-432)
Creative Curves die (51-611)

Stamps:  Plant Joy (Penny Black); Trust Me Builder (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Fabriano 140 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Versafine); Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Tumbled Glass, Brushed Corduroy, Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  sponges, paint brushes, red chalk, white gel pen

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Rustic Christmas

Hi everyone.   Today's card is another technique that I saw on my friend, Colleen's blog - make sure to check our her cards made with this technique!  She played along with Gina K's video - Carved Wood Technique.  I just loved her cards.  So I watched the video -  and gave it a try.

Happy with how this turned out.  I dry embossed my main panel with a snowflake stencil, turned it over and scored lines every 1/2".  I used the underside with the debossed snowflakes for my main panel.  I did direct to paper with two distress ink pads (Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy), dragging the edge of the ink pads in the direction of the "grain".  I love the warm colour of the "wood" panel.  The ink also reveals the debossed snowflakes.  Cut my panel to size, added a torn snow hill, deer (cut from my Silhouette Cameo several years ago, sponged with gathered twigs and antlers with walnut stain inks).  To finish, stamped the sentiment in red before popping up the whole panel on my card front.

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Another fun technique and another Christmas card made. :)

Sending this card over to June's Rudolph Days Challenge, which is Anything Goes - Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by!

Snowflake Stencil (Paper Artsy)

Stamps:  ? (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Antique Linen; Brushed Corduroy; DOX ink:  Candied Apple (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Snowflake Stencil (Paper Artsy), Scoring tool, sponges,  Deer die-cut (Silhouette Cameo)

June Rudolph Days - Anything Goes Christmas

Monday, June 22, 2020

FadeOut Ink

Hi everyone.  Today I experimented with FadeOut Ink.  I was inspired after seeing my friend Trina's card HERE.  I've had my ink pad for several months .. it might even be a year, but have not used it yet.  Today is the day.  Sending this to the NBUS #15 Challenge. ;)
I stamped my flowers and leaves with FadeOut ink and then watercoloured using Distress inks.  When you watercolour over top of the outlines, they show up in a darker version of ink, similar to what happens when you use Archival Gray Shadow ink.  After a few hours, the lines are completely gone.  It's going to take me a while to get used to this ink, but what a great way to do no-line watercolouring.

I splattered the background with a mix of pink and orange inks that I used to colour the flowers.  Then stamped a large sentiment in soft gray ink.  I thought it needed something to make it look more finished, so added the thin oval frame in light gray to match the sentiment.  Popped the panel up on my card base and done!

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I'm sending this over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes (optional spots and/or stripes).  This time I have the spots from my splattering! :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Flower Collection (Penny Black)
Special Sentiments (Penny Black)
FadeOut Ink (Ink on 3) - SSS

Stamps:  Flower Collection (Penny Black); Special Sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Fabriano 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Soft Slate (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  FadeOut Ink (Ink on 3); Distress inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry); Gray Shadow (Archival)
Accessories & Tools:  paint brushes, Oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinder)

NBUS #15 Challenge
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes (optional:Spots and/or Stripes)

Friday, June 19, 2020

Ink Blending with Warm Colours

Hi everyone.  Playing along with Gina K's videos again.  This time it is ink blending in warm colours with silhouettes.  I have done this before, but it's always nice to play along, especially when I get to use my favourite colours (pink and orange!).

I had a die-cut stitched square of white card stock in my stash from an earlier project.  I ink blended Picked Raspberry, Abandoned coral, Mustard seed on a bit of a slant.  I then inlayed the square into my card front and stamped a leafy sprig and sentiment in black.  Easy, peasy card that has a lot of impact from a small square of colour.

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I'm entering the above card into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes with optional Spots and/or Stripes.  As you can see, no option used this time. :)
Here's a second card with ink blending of warm colours --- this time Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade.
Made the second card with a slight difference.  This time I added a Faux Mother-of-Pearl finish to my white card stock before ink blending.  Once I was finish adding ink, I wiped away any excess from the resist of pearl acrylic paint before making my card.  Used this as a background for a large die-cut flower-filled heart.  Popped up the heart for more dimension and also popped up the white heat embossed black sentiment banner.

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Nature's Gift (Penny Black)
Eloquence (Penny Black)
Hey Love (Simon Says Stamp)
Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)

Thanks for stopping by!

Card #1 - Friends for Life
Stamps:  Nature's Gift (Penny Black); Eloquence (Penny Black)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink: Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Mustard Seed (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools: Ink blending tools

Card #2 - Sending Love
Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools: Pearl (Frost White) acrylic paint (Tsukineko); Ink blending tools; Hey Love die (Simon Says Stamp), white embossing powder, heat tool

Penny Black Saturday Challenge June - Anything Goes