Thursday, April 11, 2024

More Cover Die Eclipse

Hi everyone.  I've been away from my computer, which is unusual for me.  Sorry I have missed keeping up with visiting blogs, but we are getting ready to move in the next couple of weeks.  I've been busy packing and sorting everything.  We have been in our current house for almost 29 years, so you can imagine that we have acquired a lot of STUFF! :)  Hope to be back visiting your blogs on a regular basis in a few weeks.

For today, one more card using the Cover Die Eclipse technique at Group of Seven.

Please check out the details for the technique and link to video on the blog ...

For today card, I used a large image (Blooming - Penny Black) which is stamped in black and heat embossed with clear.  I sponged over the background creating an ombre effect with Distress Oxide Inks (Saltwater Taffy, Abandoned Coral, Aged Mahogany).  I used plain water to watercolour the flowers.  The water activates the Distress Oxide inks; then I used my paint brush to remove most of the colour, blotting with a paper towel to make sure it was dry.

I created two panels the same and die-cut one with Laurel Leaves Background Plate (Simon Says Stamp).  I cut two more panels with this cover die from white card stock and then layered all three of the die-cuts together with the stamped / sponged one on top.  I lined up the stacked dies over my second panel and then glue them together.  To finish I added a simple happy birthday (Special Sentiments - Penny Black) sentiment banner.

Close-up ...
As you can see from the close-up ... I wasn't very careful when lining up the stack of leaf die-cuts so you can see a bit of the white peeking out from the stack. :)   

I hope you'll give this technique a try.  If you do, please join us by posting your card with the linky at the bottom of THIS POST.  We'd love to see what you make!

... and sending this to The Flower Challenge #90 - Add Layers.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Blooming (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Obsidian Black ink (Altenew - Pigment ink); Distress Oxide Inks:  Saltwater Taffy, Abandoned Coral, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  Laurel Leaves Background Plate (Simon Says Stamp), sponges, Clear embossing powder (Ranger) 

Monday, April 08, 2024

IDEAS - Dies

Hi everyone.  It's time for the next IDEAS Challenge with Darnell.  This week is "D for Dies / Die Cuts".
I used a new-to-me flower die that was a gift from a friend a LONG time ago.  I'm happy that I have finally had a chance to show it some love.   I created a simple background by smooshing Kitsch Flamingo, Ripe Persimmon, and Mustard Seed Distress Inks.  I dried my panel and then added more sponging of the same colours over top to intensify the colours.  For some reason the pink is lost in the photo.

I used this lovely daisy flowers die and kept the card CAS by using white for the flowers and adding a simple sentiment (Happy Messages - Stampendous) at the bottom in black ink.

A fun and easy card that took me less than 10 minutes to make.  Not very often that happens for me! :)

Not only am I joining Darnell with the IDEAS Challenge this week, but I'm also adding this card to NBUS Challenge #61.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Happy Messages (Stampendous)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Kitsch Flamingo, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories:   water mister, sponges, daisies die-cut (AliExpress)

Saturday, April 06, 2024

Penny Black - Purring

Hi everyone.  I'm having fun playing with the newest release from Penny Black.  Today features the new stamp Purring (31-052).  Adorable stamp set with three cute cats.  I made the cards all the same background of sponged blue sky, and an oval frame from the new die, All-in-One Oval (51-815).  This not only comes with an sweet oval embossed frame, but there is also a card front with embossed and scalloped edge that is ... well, all-in-one. :)  This gives three different ways to use it.  Always great when there's versatility in our art supplies.

I stamped the image twice (once on mixed media paper to watercolour; second on regular card stock to use as my base for my card).  The image on mixed media is heat embossed in clear so it gives it a nice shine and protects the ink from running.  I watercoloured the image using my Zigs and then fussy-cut the image.  For the card stock image, I sponged the background sky with Salvaged Patina distress ink and then adhered the fussy-cut image on top (gluing at the bottom and popping up the cat's heads).  I die-cut three of the oval frames and adhered them over top of the image with more foam to give it dimension.  I stamped the sentiments from the Super Day (31-044 ) set in black, and heat embossed in clear to match the images.  These were so fun to make! :)

Close-up ...

... and the second cat ...

... and the third cat ...
Sending the above card to Simply Clean & Simple April Challenge.


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Stamps:  Purring; Super Day (both Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Fabriano 108 lb.)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Zigs, Salvaged Patina Distress Ink (Tim Holtz
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, All-in-One Oval die (Penny Black), watercolour brushes, sponge brush

Thursday, April 04, 2024

J-O-Y #7

Hi everyone.  I'm back with my seventh card using the Immense JOY die from Penny Black.

Today's card uses the Poinsettia stamp from Holiday Bouquet (Avery Elle - retired).  I love this stamp set and have used it many times in my cards over the years.  I stamped in black ink, clear heat embossed and watercoloured using my Zigs.

I finished the background of the card by die-cutting the JOY die three times from green card stock and layering to create dimension, then pieced the "O" with the watercoloured Poinsettias.  The image is mounted onto a white background which was dry embossed with Scenic Poinsettias (Spellbinders). 

Close-up ...
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Holiday Bouquet (Avery Elle)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Green Gumball card stock (SU!)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Zig markers
Accessories:   JOY die (Penny Black); Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool; watercolour brushes, Scenic Poinsettias embossing folder (Spellbinders)


Monday, April 01, 2024

IDEAS - Inks / Colour Mediums

Hi everyone.  It's Monday and time for IDEAS Challenge.  Today is "I - Inks/Colour Mediums".


I recently bought a Hero Arts Sand Ink Pad.  I thought I would use it for no-line watercolouring as it's a very light brown and would work great for that.  Little did I know that I bought one of their "Core Ink" pads, which is waterproof.  Oops!  So instead of a no-line watercoloured hydrangea, I have a pink hydrangea for you today that is outlined in brown. :)

In the end, I'm happy with how it turned out.  I used Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters, and Peeled Paint distress inks to watercolour.  I knew from the start that I was going to create a CAS design, so it's just the flower and a simple sentiment (WPlus9 - retired), stamped in more of the Sand ink.  To finish, I used my white Posca pen to add white dots to the stamens.

Close-up ...
I'm sending the above card to NBUS Challenge #61.  First time using this ink!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Best Thoughts (SU! - retired); Beautiful Bouquet Dahlia (WPlus 9)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Sand (Hero Arts); Distress Inks:   Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters, and Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Watercolour brushes, White acrylic pen (Posca)