Saturday, 22 July 2017

Flower Collage

Happy Saturday and time to play.
Meet today's card.  Just a fun combination of stencilling and stamping.

I like the look of a nice crisp, white border so I began by masking off my card front with painter's tape.  I laid down the lattice mini stencil and using some Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink, I covered my card front.  I removed that stencil then laid down the flower mini stencil from the same set over that and using some Broken China Distress Oxide ink, I stencilled again.  
(I did a TLC Challenge a few weeks ago over at Splitcoast stampers about stencilling over a stencil.
You can check out my other card here.)
Next, I inked up the Clover Silhouette inside my Misti with black ink then clear heat embossed it to help make it pop.  I did the same thing with the sentiment.
To help further define my card front, I stamped some mixed media element on the edges and inked around the edges with Distress ink.
I removed the painter's tape and mounted my piece onto a blue cardstock front.


Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look!


Adding my card to these challenges:

STAMPlorations- ANYTHING GOES

Addicted to Stamps and More- ANYTHING GOES 

Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES

Mod Squad- LAYERED FLORALS

International Art and Soul- ELEMENTS OF NATURE


Supplies
Stamps- Clover Silhouette (Magenta); Enjoy the Moment (Daisy Bucket); 
Mixed Media Elements (STAMPlorations)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Oxides (TH)
Paper- heavy white cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- MISTI; painter's tape; applicator tool (TH); 
Tim Holtz Mini Stencils Set 4; clear eb powder; heat tool

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Warmest Wishes

Morning.
Meet today's card.
A pretty simple card made using Tombow markers and a lovely flower.

So here's what I did.
I began by placing the flower stamp inside my Misti, coloured directly onto my stamp with Tombow markers then gave it just 2 sprays of water to help blend the colours and pressed onto my paper.   If you add too much water,  you lose the details of your stamped image.
I stamped the flower in the bottom left hand corner first, then repeated that process stamping the other flowers on either side of the first one.  
Next, using some diluted Distress ink and a paintbrush, I edged the flowers in blue.
I stamped the sentiment from the same flower set, then pierced a border around the whole thing for interest.  I think the piercing is a subtle way to help add interest and pulls the whole design together.




Thanks again for all you sweet comments and for coming by and taking a look...so appreciated!

Adding my card to these challenges:

Daisy Chain- FLORAL


Supplies
Stamps- Blooming With Kindness (Stampin Up)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Salty Ocean Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- MISTI; Tombow markers; piercing tool (TH); paintbrush

Monday, 17 July 2017

Acrylic Block Watercolouring


Good Morning.
Playing with inks and paper again.
One of my favourite techniques is the Acrylic Block Watercoloring.  It is so fun and super easy too!

So here's what I did.
I pressed different colours of Distress inks directly onto my acrylic block, sprayed with water and then pressed onto my heavy weight cardstock.  When I lifted the block there was some puddling so I just soaked up the excess with a paper towel...my background was born.
When the piece was dry, I placed it inside my Misti, then inked the flowers with black and stamped them onto my card front. To add further interest to the bkg. I used the Mixed Media Elements and stamped along the edges to help balance the card out. Stamped the sentiment then mounted the whole piece onto my embossed card front.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Shopping Our Stash- CAS FOR SIMPLICITY DAY
STAMPlorations- STAMPS AND WARM COLOURS
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING GOES STAMPING
Dare2B Artzy- BRIGHT COLOURS


Supplies
Stamps- Wildflowers Umbells (Magenta); Fond Expressions 2 (STAMPlorations);
Mixed Media Elements (STAMPlorations)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Fired Brick, Squeezed Lemonade,
Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans)
Paper- heavy white cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- MISTI; die-Inside Out diagonal (MFT); Cuttlebug; acrylic block; mister (TH)

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Painted Butterfly- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Meet my painted butterfly.
It's time for another card for the
CAS Watercolour Challenge.


Such a good theme for summer so come play along with us.
So onto my card.

It's been quite awhile since I had a chance to play with my Brushos, so I decided to pull them out and use them on my card.  For those of you that are unfamiliar with Brushos, they are a concentrated paint pigment that is activated when water is added.
(I did a tutorial about Painting Your Stamps last year if you want to check it out!)

So, I placed the Soft Wings butterfly from Penny Black into my Misti then painted on some Brushos I diluted with water using a paintbrush.  I find the trick is not to add too much water or you will end up with a muddy mess.  I started with the green on the bottom first, then cleaned my brush thoroughly and went on to paint the top with the blue.  I love the handpainted look the brushos gave to the butterfly.
To bring attention to the butterfly, I pierced a border around it.  This is a great way to add interest to an otherwise clean and simple card with adding embellishments.
I stamped the birthday sentiment using the PB Friendship set then drew in a black line using a fine tip blackliner marker.  I found that helped to ground the sentiment so it didn't look like it was floating.


Thanks again so very much for coming by and taking a look!


Adding my card to these challenges:

Addicted to CAS- SUMMER
CAS on Sunday- PRIMARY COLORS
Penny Black and More- FOR THE BOYS
Alphabet Challenge- 'I" FOR INSECT
Watercooler Wed.- ALL ABOUT BIRTHDAYS

Supplies
Stamps- Soft Wings Butterfly (PB); Friendship (PB)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Brushos- Turquoise, Emerald Green
Paper- heavy white cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- MISTI; piercing tool; paintbrush; fineline black marker

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Good Friends- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.
Time for another card for 

I decided to use heat embossing on my card.

I am having a blast playing with my Distress Oxide inks.  
I did a tutorial you can check out called

Basically, you dip an old credit card into Distress Oxide ink that has been sprayed with water and drag it down your card front.  The Oxides layer so uniquely and I just love that you get a different look every time.

So onto my card.
I began with a piece of heavy weight cardstock.  I get mine from a local store and tend not to buy it online as the shipping is so expensive to Canada.
Using the above technique, I pulled the Oxide inks over my card front, layering the colours as I went along.  I rubbed my card front with an anti-static pad then I stamped the flowers from Magenta using my Misti with Versamark ink then white heat embossed them.  The white embossing just helped the flowers pop against that colourful bkg.
I stamped the Hero Arts sentiment, then using the edge of my credit card, I added the black lines using ink from my Memento ink pad.  Using some drywall tape, I added extra interest by stenciling a bit in the background.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Hope you will come and play along with us.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Wed.- PLAID
Addicted to Stamps and More- PHOTO INSPIRATION
Pause, Dream, Enjoy- EMBOSSED WET or DRY
Crafting With An Attitude- ANYTHING GOES
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Wildflowers-Umbells (Magenta); Good Friend Message (Hero Arts)
Inks- Tuxedo black Memento; Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio and 
Iced Spruce Distress Oxide inks (TH), Versamark
Paper- heavy weight cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- MISTI; credit card, white eb powder; heat tool, anti-static pad, drywall tape

Friday, 7 July 2017

Words to Live By


Happy Friday!
Meet today's card.
 Playing around with some new-to-me stamps from STAMPlorations and Distress Oxide inks.

 I went sort of mixed media with my card today.  I began by lightly painting the Mini Circles stamp with white acrylic paint, pressed onto my heavy weight cardstock and let dry.  
(Be sure to wash your stamp right after so the paint doesn't get all stuck to your stamp)
When that was dry, I inked over the whole piece with Broken China Distress Oxide ink.
Next, I lightly sanded over the circles to help reveal them a bit better then stamped in the background using Faded Jeans Distress Oxides.  Love how the Oxides layer and leave a chalky appearance.
I stamped the sentiment which I have had for years, then added the single die-cut flower.


Have a great weekend and thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES 
STAMPlorations- NEVER ENDING 
4 Crafty Chicks- STAMPING, NO DIGIS
Moving Along with the Times- ENGAGEMENT, WEDDING
 (I made this card for friends of mine that just got engaged)
Crafty Girls- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Live Well (Inkadinkadoo); Mini Circles (Kaisercraft); 
Mixed Media Elements (STAMPlorations)
Inks- Faded Jeans, Broken China Distress Oxides (TH); Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- white acrylic paint; die- TH; sandpaper; Cuttlebug

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Simple Sympathy

Hello and Welcome!
Today, I am restocking my stash of sympathy cards.
I like to have them on hand so I can sent them out as soon as possible if needed.
I like a simple, clean design for this kind of a card.

Very simple card but can be a bit messy...truth be told, I don't mind getting a bit messy!
The technique I used on my card is called

So, I sprayed some inexpensive shaving cream into a shallow dish and dropped on some Distress re-inkers over the top.  I pulled the colour into the shaving cream with the wooden end of a paintbrush, then picked up the shaving cream with a credit card and spread it over the top of my stencil. I lifted the stencil carefully, then removed the excess shaving cream with the clean edge of the credit card to reveal a lovely bkg.
When it was all dry, I stamped the sentiment and then splattered with some watered down ink.


Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.


Adding my card to these challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More- CAS
Mixed Media World- ANYTHING GOES
Love to Create- MIXED MEDIA
Brown Sugar- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps-Deepest Sympathy (MFT)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers; 
Salty Ocean Distress re-inkers (TH)
Paper- heavy white cardstock (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; shaving cream; credit card; black gems; stencil- frond (Stencil Girl)