Friday, August 28, 2020

Zooming with Friends

Hi everyone.  A couple of weeks ago, a group of us got together on Zoom to have a crafting session.  We followed Kathy Racoosin's video Print Making with Die-cuts.

The group of us are all posting our cards today.  Would love for you to check out the links to the other's blogs and leave them a comment as well.

I believe you get the best results from this technique using watercolour paper (Cold or Hot Press).  I used Arches 140 lb. Cold Press for both cards

For the card above I used a Penny Black die-cut, along with watercolouring with distress inks (rather than markers like Kathy used in her video).  Added a frame and stamped sentiment to match the colour of the leaves.  Happy how it turned out.

Second card ...
This time I used a fern die from AliExpress.  I found when using die-cuts with lots of openings, it's best to just add the prints from the die-cuts.  If I watercoloured the fern on top of my main panel, because of all the openings, I would end up with blobs of colour that distract from the design.  Ask me how I know this. :)  I cut my panel down and added the black sentiment border.  I'm really happy how this turned out as well.

I hope you'll give this technique a try.  It's fun and easy to do.  With it being more free flowing it always turns out to be a beautiful and arsty card.

* AliExpress links are temporary

Card #1 - Have a Wonderful Day
Stamps:  Gratitude (Penny Black)
Paper:  Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Flower Flourish die (Penny Black); paint brushes, water mister, Rectangle die - retired (Spellbinders), white acrylic paint pen (Posca)

Card #2 - You're the Best
Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Crushed Olive, Forest Moss (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Fern die (AliExpress); paint brushes, water mister, white embossing powder, heat tool


Julie B said...

Two very pretty cards Loll, not used that technique before.
What a great idea to do a Zoom craft get together, would never have thought to do something like that. It would be a great idea for a get together across the miles, certainly saves on air fares and travelling time!! :)

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Great job with the printmaking coloring technique, Loll - just love both your prints!! The cards you made look amazing too!!

Darnell said...

I love the distinct faded background images you achieved with your dies, Lolly! Your flower looks 3D with the placement of your design so the background petals look like they are a part of the flower and I really love the depth you got with the fern. It's almost like a double stamp off. This technique is so much fun and it makes me want to go through all my dies and turn them into stamps!!

Thank you for your message. It's been a rough couple of weeks. Today it's hotter and a bit smoky again, but it was a lovely two days while it lasted. The important thing is they are slowly making progress every day. I hope you're keeping well! Love, Dolly

Cathy said...

2 gorgeous cards Loll, the technique worked so well on your cards, looks like a fun one, Cathy x

Jan said...

Hi Loll,
I have tried this and find I have too much color when trying to color my die cut on top of another piece of watercolor paper. HOWEVER, it works well for me to just color my die cut and lightly spritz it and use that as a stamp for the lighter background, using the actual colored die cut as my pop up. Only way I could make it work and believe me I tried numerous times to get the original way to work - LOL!
Anyway, thanks for the encouragement and samples!!!!
Paper Hugs,

Christine Alexander said...

Loll, I can't decide which I like best. After lots of scrolling back and forth I think my favourite is the ferns even though the flowers are so pretty :) awesome effect with the prints :)

Anita in France said...

Soft, delicate and so pretty, Loll ... a gorgeous duo! Hugs, Anita :)

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh what beautiful card Loll - and what great fun you must have had zooming and playing, sorry crafting, together
Stay safe

Ros Crawford said...

They both turned out beautifully and that fern looks terrific!! I love those colours Loll. Have a fun weekend!

Bonnie said...

It was so much fun crafting together, Loll! Your flower with the print background is so pretty! I love the white highlights of the flowers and the great prints in the background! Your fern is awesome! What wonderful depth of color on the die cut and nice sharp prints in the background! Can't wait to get together again!

Marcia Hill said...

They both turned out beautifully Loll and I'm encouraged to try again after seeing all of the groups efforts! I will definitely try using the water color cardstock and distress inks rather than markers this time around too...thanks for the helpful tips!! Lovely, lovely cards my friend!! Hugs. :0)

Brenda in IN said...

It was wonderful to share our time with zoom and great to see everyone again. I love the popped up flowers and you got great results with the prints. But, Loll, than fern. Oh my it is stunning. Thanks for sharing the tip about open stamps by learning the hard way! It was well worth it to try again.

Pat said...

I love the look of this technique and definitely one to try Loll, and your flowers and fern both look so pretty with the prints from then in the background and the finishing with the rectangular aperture on the first, and then the raised up mat edged with the white on black sentiment which really stands out, on the second. Great for you all to get together for a Zoom crafting session. x

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous cards, Loll! I love the effects of print making on the flowers and leaves, and your fern is amazing! The tips in lighter green are so striking and your background is perfect! I can't wait to see Kathy's video so that I can try out this technique...Thanks so much for sharing it with us ~ Barb xx

Brenda said...

How fun that you guys all got together to have a Zoom crafting session! I love that video of Kathy's, but have yet to try it. Your cards are stunning Loll! I love the flower one, turned out amazing and so beautiful. I really love the fern one though, it is so natural looking, like you just picked that fern leaf! Beautiful! Hugs, Brenda

Leslie Miller said...

Be still my heart! Both your cards are just so darn pretty and I'm inspired once again to try this technique... if I ever remember. My mouth is hanging open. Gorgeous, Loll!

Linda said...

What a fab way to have a crafty get together. Love your cards, the flowers look so pretty with the delicate background and the fern is just stunning.
I've just watched the video .... thanks for the link. What a great technique I'll definitely be giving that a go!

Mac Mable said...

What fun it must have been to craft virtually with friends x. What a fantastic technique and it has produced two amazing unique and fabulous cards x.
Such a beautiful first card with the prettiest of colours and loving the green stamped sentiment too x.
Love the fern and how you watercoloured it and what a striking card x. Thank you fro the tip x.

BożenA said...

This card is so happy, Loll. I love vibrant colors. Adding a reflection of the flowers in the background makes them look like a natural part of the bouquet, and the beautiful sentiment wonderfully completes the card. In the second tab, I love how you added depth to this leaf with color gradation. Thanks for your valuable advice, Loll. WOW!

HilaryJane said...

I love those backgrounds. I am going to have to give that technique a go. Lovely colours and gorgeous cards as usual xx

Sandy said...

Hey Loll! I told you that I am always watching!!! Although both of your cards are beautifully made, I love the first one the best!! It really is gorgeous!!
Sandy xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

How fun to have a zoom crafting session and have a mini blog-hop, Loll!
Both cards are so pretty! I love the soft prints in the background as much as the colored die-cuts. Last time I tried, I used SU markers. I'll try this technique with Distress Ink next time. It looks like transfer of colors is better with DI. Thank you for your tips!
Hideko xx

TK said...

Beautiful! So glad you were kind enough to share your wisdom with us too, Loll

Bobby said...

I've been dying to try this technique. I hope I have the right stamps with me do do it. Both of yours are wonderful, Loll.

Ina G said...

Love your takes on that unusual technique and what a great result you achieved. Really love the first one - such gorgeous colours. The colours of your leaf card has great contrast.