Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Off the Edge - Group of Seven

Hi everyone.  This month is a little different at Group of Seven Cardmaker's blog.  Instead of a technique, we are highlighting a design element - Off the Edge.

Please check out the wonderful cards made by the Group of Seven featuring this design element.

I stamped the above beautiful image Kind Soul (WPlus 9), off the edge in black ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  Then watercoloured the flowers and leaves using distress inks (Shabby Shutters, Saltwater Taffy, Abandoned Coral, Wilted Violets).  I'm really happy with this colour combination.  These colours are complementary ... opposites on the colour wheel and so there is a wonderful contrast between the purple and orange.

Close-up ...
Edited to add:  I just saw a challenge that's fairly new via my friend Marcia's blog, Triple B (Birds, Butterflies, & Blooms).  I'm sending the above card to play along this month.  Another fabulous challenge from Darlene & Diane! :)  Thank you ladies!

Inspiration Mood Board

... and ...

The card above uses the Hollyhocks stamp (Unity), embossed in white onto hot press watercolour paper.  I sponged on Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, and Abandoned coral along the side and the took a large brush, wetting the inks and moving them around until I was happy with the background.  The sentiment, Thoughtful Messages (Simon Says Stamp), is white heat embossed.  I splattered diluted white acrylic paint to finish the card.

This is my first time using this large stamp, so I'm sending this card to NBUS Challenge #51 (my third and final entry this month). :)  Thanks Dolly!

... and one more ... 

The last card uses a die-cut as the "Off the Edge" design element.  I created a galaxy sky using Gansai Tambi watercolours on watercolour paper and then added my die-cut winter scene.

Sending the above card to Rudolph Days June Challenge.

I hope you'll join us by making a card with an "Off the Edge" design.  There's a link party on the Group of Seven Cardmaker's blog if you'd like to share your creations.

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Card #1:
Stamps:  Kind Soul (WPlus 9)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Black Obsidian (Altenew); Distress Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Saltwater Taffy, Abandoned Coral, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, watercolour brushes

Card #2:
Stamps:  Hollyhocks (Unity Stamp Company); Thoughtful Messages (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Hot Press Watercolour paper (Arches 140. lb.)
Ink:   Versamark; Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  White embossing powder, heat tool, sponges, large paintbrush, white acrylic paint, splatter brush

Card #3:
Stamps:  Snowglobe Sayings - retired (MFT)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Cold Press Watercolour Paper (Arches 140 lb.)
Ink:   Gansai Tambi Watercolours:  Bright red mixed with white, Black, Royal blue, Light blue (Kuretake); Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Large watercolour brush, splatter brush, diluted white acrylic paint, Deer and Trees die (AliExpress)


nancy littrell said...

Three Off the Edge beauties, my friend:-) I love your complimentary colors on your 1st card, your heat embossed white images with your sponged background on your 2nd card and your 3rd off the edge die cut Christmas card:-) Such a fun easy design element. I really want to make an Off the Edge Christmas card that I can add to the Linky:-)
Love and Hugs...Nancy P.S. Thank you for the warm welcome too:-)

Brenda said...

Wow, all of these cards are gorgeous Loll! The off the edge flowers are so summery and cheerful. The embossed white flower card just makes me feel the summer heat! Love those colors together! I love the sky you got with your watercolors on the Christmas card, I feel the cold with this one. LOL I never thought about "off the edge" with a die, I am really love that! Hugs, Brenda

HilaryJane said...

I am loving the off the edge look and so many fine examples of the style. I couldn't possibly choose a favourite xx

Julia Aston said...

Three lovely and different Off the Edge designs Loll - what a beautiful stem of blooms on the first, such wonderful soft coloring on them! The white embossed hollyhocks are so pretty surrounded by the orange yellow sponging and the off the edge die cuts in white look so wintery against the dark blue snowfilled sky! xx

Pat said...

Three beautiful cards Loll and with some gorgeous watercolouring on all three. I love the first with that fabulous bunch of flowers, and then the hollyhock stems look great against that pink, yellow and orange background, and last some great contrast with the striking night sky background and the white die cut scene with the deer family and trees. x

Liz said...

Three fabulous cards, Loll. Thanks for all the inspiration for using this technique. xx

Bobby said...

They are all so different, Loll, and equally lovely.

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful cascade of flowers off the edge, Lolly! And the white holly hocks with the beautiful inking are so sweet! Love the forest scene and your night sky! You've been busy, my sweet friend!

My Paper Epiphany said...

3 wonderful designs! Beautiful colouring in your first card!

Lisa Elton said...

You were on a roll! These are all so very special, Loll and pretty too!

Trina P. said...

What a treat you have given us with this post. All beautiful card samples / ideas. That galaxy background for your Christmas card is stellar (pun intended 😉)!
Love off-the-edge designs and use it often… like I did today for my MB DT card. 😊

kiwimeskreations said...

Loll these are absolutely gorgeous - a wonderful technique, and you have used it so beautifully on this trio, especially the card with the die cuts.

Brenda in IN said...

Gorgeous cards, Loll. I love this idea and your bright cards are wonderful. I love hollyhocks and this cheerful background shows them off so well. I also love that galaxy sky and beautiful scene. The watercolor bouquet is so happy.

Nstiz said...

WOW! That first card just glows with your expert coloring. And love the blending on the second card too. Your night sky is amazing on the third card too. How ambitious you have been! Fabulous cards!

Christine Alexander said...

awesome cards Loll, the one that really caught my eye was the Christmas one ♥

Robyn Oliver said...

As always Loll, your cards are a delight; those off the page are an inspiration - this is a great technique to use in many different ways. A lovely Christmas card too... have a wonderful day, Robyn

Linda said...

I do love an off the edge design and these are all beautiful. Your coloured flowers look so pretty, I love the inky blended background for your white embossed hollyhocks and the Christmas design is so cute. Wonderful collection of cards xx

Viv said...

Gorgeous cards Lolly. xxx

Diane said...

ALL three cards are beautifully created, absolutely love the beautiful colors on the first one, it fits our challenge at Double D too! You are very creative!!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Beautiful Blossoms!
Diane BB DT
{Nellies Nest}
{Beautiful Blossoms}

Diane said...

Whoops, meant to say Thank you for joining our challenge at Triple B!
Diane TB Co-Owner
{Nellies Nest}
{Triple B}
{Simply Clean & Simple} Coming July 7th
But you should enter at beautiful Blossoms too!!

Cat Craig said...

Love this technique and these are beautiful samples.

Leslie Miller said...

Oooh, a triple treat! Rich colors on the first, beautiful blending on the second, and a precious snowy Christmas scene on the third. They're all wonderful, Loll!

Marcia Hill said...

All 3 of these cards are absolutely BEAUTIFUL Loll!! The WPlus9 spray of flowers in so pretty off the edge and the colors are wonderful! Your 2nd card is just as lovely with the colors all blended together and the white flowers POPPING off the edge...LOVE it!! And your Winter scene with the GORGEOUS night sky and white die cut trees and deer is simply wonderful too! Lovely, lovely cards my friend!! Hugs. :0)

Darnell said...

Your three designs featuring off-the-edge are all so pretty, Lolly! I love how different they are and how colorful! Thanks for all your entries at NBUS this month and thank you for your lovely email. 💕Love, Dolly

TK said...

Off the edge cards are so fun (I'll be posting one soon) and these two are definitely great cards

Papercraft Boutique said...

It's wonderful that each of these off-the-edge cards have a different design and feelings, Loll! The cascade of flowers are so beautiful coming from the top left corner. The contrasting colors are beautiful!
The white heat-embossed hollyhocks are so pretty and they pop beautifully against the gorgeous sunset-like background!
The dark blue night sky looks amazing and perfect for the white wintry die-cut scene!
Hideko xx

scrappymo! said...

Love the look of this "die cut off the edge" style card. Stunning as always!

Thanks for taking part in the Rudolph Days Challenge.