Thursday, March 31, 2022

Penny Black - Loveliness

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing two cards using the new release from Penny Black's Springtime 2022, Loveliness (30-906) stamp set, as well as the Slimline Zig-Zag die (71-533).

The first card (above) uses the largest image from the set, a pretty wreath which I have watercoloured in bright, Spring colours using Zig markers.

I used the sentiment that comes with the set, adding it to my Misti along with the wreath image, stamping them all at once in black ink onto mixed media paper and clear heat embossing before watercolouring.  Because there is a lot of colour, I decided to leave the rest of the card blank, creating a CAS (clean and simple) design that showcases the beautiful flowers.

Close-up ...
I'm sending this over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where they are looking for bright colours.  This definitely fits the challenge. :)
I made a second card using the same stamp set (Loveliness) ...
This time I used partial images from the spray of flowers to include in the windows of the Slimline Zig-Zag die (51-733).  This die has three parts, a full size slimline card front zig-zag die; an embossing zigzag design that fits about 1/4" inside the zig-zag border; and finally, a set of three windows that die-cut as well as emboss more of the zig-zag design around the border of each window.  LOVE the embossed zig-zag design ... makes me smile! :)

I stamped the images in black, heat embossed in clear and then watercoloured using distress inks in my favourite colours (Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, and Mowed Lawn).  To finish I stamped the sentiment (Happy Snippets - 30-358) in black ink.

Close-up ...

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Card #1:
Stamps:  Loveliness (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Zig markers (Violet, Geranium Red, Bright Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Light Green (Kuretake) 
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, watercolour paint brushes (Blick Art Materials)

Card #2:
Stamps:  Loveliness and Happy Snippets (both from Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); Pear Pizzazz card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Slimline Zig-Zag die (Penny Black), clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, watercolour paint brushes (Blick Art Materials)


Challenges:


Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Wishing You Brighter Days



Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card I made for a sweet friend that is not well.  I'm hoping these adorable hippos will make her smile. :)

This stamp set is called Rainy Day Play (Clearly Besotted).  This is the first time using the set, so I'm sending this card over to NBUS (never-before-used-schtuff) Challenge #36.

I stamped the images in black ink and heat embossed in clear before watercolouring with distress inks.  I added some soft stenciling of stripes in the background (to look like it's raining), brushed them with a wet brush to soften and added some lines of white overtop using my Posca pen.  I used the same pen to add polka-dots to the umbrella. :)

Close-up ...

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Stamps:  Rainy Day Play (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:   White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Black Ink (Memento); Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Pumice Stone, Black Soot
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, paint brushes, Stripes stencil (Tim Holtz), sponge, white Posca pen

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Snowman x 2

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing two cards using one stamp set.

I used a new-to-me (NBUS) set from My Favorite Things called Present Time (with matching dies).  Both cards are all done with the same products ... the sky is sponged with Salvaged Patina and Mermaid Lagoon distress ink.  The snowhills are torn with glitter added to the torn edge for some sparkle.  The sweet snowmen and trees are watercoloured using distress re-inkers (candied apple, aged mahogany, twisted citron, mowed lawn) and then splattered with white acrylic paint for the falling snow.  The card above uses a sentiment from the same stamp set.

Sending the above card to NBUS Challenge #36.


The card below uses a sweet sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Merry Messages stamp set.
Sending the second card (above) to the Merry Little Christmas Challenge #42.

... and also sending the second card to Rudolph Day's March Challenge.


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Stamps:  Present Time (My Favorite Things); 
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink: Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Salvaged Patina, Mermaid Lagoon, Gathered Twigs, Spiced Marmalade; Distress Re-inkers:  Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)  
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, paint bushes, sponges, white acrylic paint, Red embossing powder (WOW!), black marker, Ice glitter (SU!), connect glue pen (gift from friend), red chalk

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Penny Black - Sweet Sip

Hi everyone.  Sharing a card using one of the new stamp sets from the Penny Black's Springtime 2022 release.

This adorable stamp is called Sweet Sip (30-905).  The cat peeking out of the tea cup is so darn cute!  And it has an awesome matching sentiment to go with it.

I stamped the image in black ink and clear embossed.  I stamped the image a second time onto a post-it note to create a mask, added the mask over the image on my card front, then added the Honeycomb Stencil (25-012) over top of everything.  Used Shabby Shutters distress ink and a sponging brush to lightly add green ink onto my card front.  Once happy with the colour, removed the stencil and mask; then finished the image by watercolouring with more colours of distress inks, along with a couple of lines from my white Posca pen for highlights.

Close-up ...
I was smiling the whole time I was making this card. :)

Sending this card over to Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes.
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Stamps:  Sweet Sip (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, Sponge brush, paint brushes, white Posca pen

Challenges:
March PBSC - Anything Goes


Sunday, March 20, 2022

Snowdrops

Hi everyone.  I'm sharing a card using an adorable stencil Snowdrops (Dinky), gifted to me by a sweet friend.  LOVE these snowdrops.  

I sponged the stems with bright green ink (mowed lawn).  Pearlescent embossing paste was used for the snowdrop flower heads.  I love the shine from this paste.

Added a simple background of more sponging with green over a small dot stencil (Mini Tiny Circles - The Crafter's Workshop) and popping up the main panel to give it some dimension.   A black sentiment banner (Banner Sentiments - Penny Black) adds some lovely contrast to the design.

Close-up ...

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Stamps:  Banner Sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Mowed Lawn Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories:   Snowdrops Stencil (Dinky); Pearlescent embossing paste, palette knife, Mini Tiny Circles stencil (TCW), White embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool


Thursday, March 17, 2022

Zoom with Crafty Friends - White on Kraft Cards

Hi everyone.  Happy St. Paddy's Day!  You'd think I would be posting a green card, but instead I'm sharing some white on kraft card stock cards that I made as samples for yesterday's Zoom call with my crafting friends. 

Many examples will be Christmas cards ... this combination is perfect for them.  For the card above, I followed an example of how to do white sponging on kraft from a very talented team mate, Linda (Life in the Craft Lane) ... this link is to all her white and kraft cards.  She is a master at creating beautiful white on kraft cards.  Thanks for the inspiration Linda!

This is a combination of sponging with white pigment ink (Hero Arts) using torn copy paper to create masks for snowhills.  I love how this turned out.  The trees (All Things Evergreen - Penny Black) are stamped in Archival Potting Soil ink (permanent) and placed along the way as I moved up the card with my sponging.  The sentiment (Bright and Light - Penny Black) was also stamped in the Potting Soil ink.  I used white acrylic paint to add the snow details on the trees, and diluted more of the white acrylic paint to splatter the card for my falling snow.  It was fun!  I enjoyed using a mini slimline as my base (3 1/4" x 61/4"). 

Close-up ...

Other ways to create white on kraft are super simple.  First up, stamp image in Versamark or White Pigment ink and heat emboss with white.  Easy, peasy ...

For the card below, I stamped the image (Heart Christmas from Penny Black) in versamark and heat embossed in white.  I used a watercolour pencil to colour in the image and lightly went over top with a water brush to smooth out the colour.  The sentiment is from Holly Days (Penny Black).

And last for today ... using Radiant (Penny Black), stamped in Versamark onto vellum, heat embossed in white, fussy-cut and placed over a kraft card base.  Stamped the sentiment (Gratitude - Penny Black) in Versmark and heat embossed in white to match.

Stenciling is another way to create white on kraft.  And you can use a variety of products with the stencil ... white sponging, white heat embossing, white paste, white crackle paste, textured paste, etc.

Also, my friend Bonnie recently made a card using kraft card stock which was dry embossed and then swiped over top with a white stamp pad.  Awesome!

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Card #1:
Stamps:  All Things Evergreen; Bright and Light (both Penny Black)
Paper:   White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Kraft card stock (Carta Bella)
Ink:   White Pigment Ink (Hero Arts); Potting Soil Archival Ink (Ranger)
Accessories:   sponges, torn copy paper for masks, paint brushes, white acrylic paint

Card #2:
Stamps:  Gifted stamp from a friend
Paper:   White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Kraft card stock (Carta Bella)
Ink:   Versamark
Accessories:   White embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, Posca pen

Card #3:
Stamps:  {heart} Christmas and Holly Days (both Penny Black)
Paper:   White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Kraft card stock (Carta Bella)
Ink:   Versamark, White Watercolour Pencil
Accessories:   White embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, water brush

Card #4:
Stamps:  Radiant (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Kraft card stock (Carta Bella); Vellum
Ink:   Versamark
Accessories:   White embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool




Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Somebunny Loves You!

Hi everyone.  I'm happy to say that I finally got a card made that Im happy with. :)

I found an on-line store last week that is located in Vancouver, B.C. ... just a short distance from my house.  I ordered on Wednesday, got confirmation of shipping on Thursday, and my order arrived on Friday.  Gotta love that! :)

I purchased a few of  Colorado Craft Company's line of stamps by Anita Jerem.  I have seen these sweet images around for ages.  Don't know why it took me so long to get some to play with.

This image is called Bunnies & Robin.  It's a great spring image and brought a smile to my face the whole time I was watercolouring. :)  My hope is that it will bring a smile to my sweet friend Dolly as well, as it is now in the mail to her. :)

I started by sponging a light arc of blue ink (Speckled Egg) over the top of the image.  I then watercoloured using distress inks:  Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Candied Apple, and Wilted Violet.

I cut off the bottom a bit short (darn!), so my sentiment actually goes over top of a bit of the image, but I'm still happy with it.  The black sentiment banner is stamped and heat embossed in white, using one of the stamps from the same stamp set.

Close-up ...


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Stamps:  Bunnies & Robin (Colorado Craft Co.)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Distress Inks:   Speckled Egg, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Candied Apple, and Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, sponge, watercolour brushes, White embossing powder (Ranger)

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Resin Art #3

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing my third "learning canvas" for resin pours.  I'm liking each canvas better than the last, so I guess that means I'm improving. :)

I added a layer of black gesso to my canvas before starting.  Once dry, I added some crushed glass on top of the canvas, moving it around until I was happy with the design.  This time I used mirror glass, which are the largest pieces on the canvas.  Next to the clear mirror glass, I added Sapphire Blue mirror glass (medium) and finished with a line of silver crushed glass (fine).  Added more to the top corner to balance.  Poured a layer of resin over top and let it dry for 24 hours.

Liked the way it looked (see below), but decided to play further, adding metallic paints and another layer of resin.  Also added a few fine lines with a metallic silver marker ... definitely need work on that! :)
Before adding dirty pour
I am continuing to learn better ways to do things and getting bolder with my designs.  I still need to work on my Dirty Pour.  I was hoping for more shapes and not just lines.  I think adding the glass first made it harder to manipulate the pour.  I'll try a different order next time.  

Thanks for coming by for a visit.  My card mojo has disappeared and I'm still trying to find it. :)  Hopefully will be back soon with a card.



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Substrate: Canvas (4"x4")
Mediums: Black Gesso, ArtResin (2 part), Metallic Paints:  Deep Blue, Silver, White (Magicfly)
Tools: Silicone mixing cups, silicone spatulas 
Add-ins:  1/4" reflective mirror glass; Medium crushed mirror in Sapphire Blue (Everfree); fine crushed silver glass (Renfio); Metallic Permanent Marker (Sharpie)

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Sending Sunshine

Hi everyone.  I'm sharing a card I made for my sister.  I'm sending her some "sunshine in a card" and hope that it brightens her day.

I made another card with this set here, (Pop Sunflower - Stampendous). I used the same designer paper background ... to me, it's just perfect for this image. :)  Now that I'm linking to the older card, I see that I used very similar colours too.  Oh well. :)  I know that my sister will enjoy the card, especially that little bird. :)

Close-up ...
I used snippets of mixed media paper (always keep any leftovers) to stamp my bird, vase, and sunflowers separately.  And another snippet of patterned paper for the background.  Sending this over to the Snippets Playground Challenge #422.

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Stamps:  Pop Sunflower (Stampendous)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Coffee Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Brushed Corduroy, Mustard Seed, Crackling Campfire, Mowed Lawn, Gathered Twigs, Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   paint brushes, white Posca pen

Challenges: