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)

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Beautiful Moments- The Flower Challenge

Morning.
I have to say that I am having a blast playing with the new Distress Oxide inks.  They layer so nicely and I honestly just love to play around and see what I can come up with.

It's also time for another challenge at 


Easy right?
So onto the card I created for the challenge.

Some of you may have seen this technique I came up with called Swipe Your Credit card
That was my starting point for this card.
So I rubbed my Oxide ink pad directly onto my non-stick craft sheet, sprayed with a bit of water and dipped in my credit card edge, then I pulled the ink down my card front.  I started with the yellow first, moved onto the green on the outside edge then the red in the center.
* I use a heavy weight cardstock that I get from a local store.  I find the ink will sit on the surface 
instead of soaking into the paper and is easier to pull over the surface * 

Next, I rubbed the surface with a non-stick pad, stamped the wildflowers with Versamark ink then white heat embossed.  I stamped the sentiment with black Memento and clear heat embossed to help it pop against the colourful bkg.
I randomly stamped the graffiti to add more interest to my background.
To finish off my card, I used the edge of my credit card dipped in white paint to make the little detail lines. I repeated that process with the black ink as well.


Please come and play along with us.
Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.

Also adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
Make My Monday- SUMMER BRIGHTS
Crafty Cardmakers- TIC TAC TOE
(I did summer, stamp, embossing)
A Bit More Time To Craft- ANYTHING GOES
Yes Virginia- SHARE YOUR SUMMER CREATIONS

Supplies
Stamps- Insightful Meadows (Unity); Graffiti (Kaisercraft); sentiment-Blue Bay (Kaisercraft)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Versamark; Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber,
Fired Brick Distress Oxides
Paper- heavy weight cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; credit card; white and clear eb powder; heat tool; non-stick pad; 
white acrylic paint

Monday, 3 July 2017

Thank-You Roses

Morning.
Today I am playing with some lovely stamps from Penny Black, my Zigs and of course some drywall tape.
I really like the whimsical look of these roses from the PB Flower Medley set.  They are very fun to watercolour and there are a few different flower varieties in that set with the same qualities.

So onto my card.
I began by stamping the roses around the edges of my watercolour paper using my Misti and black Memento ink.  I added some colour at the flower centers with my Zigs, then using a wet paintbrush I pulled the color into the flowers.  While that dried, I die cut an oval using a die from Spellbinders and stamped the sentiment from the  Happy Wishes sentiment set onto it.
Keeping with my pink theme, I pulled out some Spun Sugar Distress ink and using some drywall tape, stenciled onto my card front.
I continued the stenciling onto my oval die-cut then pierced the edges for interest.
The last thing I did was add some Nuvo clear drops.


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


Adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
CAS on Friday- FLOWERS
Love to Craft- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Happy Wishes, Flower Medley (PB)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- Canson Watercolour paper 140lb
Accessories and Tools-  MISTI; Zig Realbrush Markers; die- Spellbinders; piercing tool;
 drywall tape; Nuvo clear drops; paintbrush

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Spread Your Wings- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Meet today's card.

Time for another fun Cas Watercolour Challenge.
Got a good one this month, butterfly.

http://caswatercolour.blogspot.com/2017/07/cas-watercolour-july-challenge.html


Summer is upon us and the butterflies are beginning to emerge.
I began making my card by creating the background.  I did that by rubbing Distress inks onto my long acrylic block, sprayed with water and dragged it down the front of my cardstock.  I used heavy white cardstock instead of watercolor paper so the ink will sit just on the surface and not soak in and you will be able to drag the ink.
*The trick is to drag and not press in one place*
I repeated that using a few different shades of blue, leaving some white space showing and then set it aside to dry.
I die-cut the butterfly using the Tim Holtz Detailed Butterfly die onto heavy white cardstock.  
To add more interest to my background, I used a piece of drywall tape and stenciled on some more Distress ink.
I glued the butterfly over the bkg., added the black gems to create the body of the butterfly, then used a fine line black marker to draw in the details .


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.- ANYTHING GOES
CASology- FLY
Scrap and Craft- SUMMERTIME AND BUTTERFLIES
Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Favorite Memories (Technique Tues.)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Stormy Sky, Peacock Feathers; Salty Ocean,
Blueprint Sketch Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; drywall tape; long acrylic block; die- Detailed Butterfly (TH);
black gems, fine line black marker

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Happy Birthday- Repeated Pattern


Playing with inks always makes for a fun time.
I wanted to try and create my own background paper and this is what I came up with.

I began by choosing a flower stamp that I thought would look alright as a repeated pattern.
The stamp I chose is called Happy Harmony from Stampin Up that I have had for years.
This technique is called 'Smack Down' and is really fun to do.
You can see this technique done on this card I made a few wks ago. 

I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock and inked my stamp with Fired Brick Distress ink and stamped.  I stamped again right beside my first impression then again without re-inking, each time the stamped impression getting lighter and looking like you were stamping off.
I repeated that whole process all over my card front changing colours to Carved Pumpkin then Fossilized Amber Distress inks, filling in my card front but leaving some white space showing through.
Next, I ran the piece through my Cuttlebug using the Penny Black Birthday die.
I cut it again 2 more times just using heavy white cardstock and glued all three layers together.  When that was dry, I glued them into the cut away area on my card front to create an embedded sentiment.
The last step was to add some red gems around the die cut to help bring attention to it.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Seize the Birthday- ANYTHING GOES
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
CAS on Sunday- FLOWERS
A Gem of a Challenge- SUMMER COLOURS
Fussy and Fancy- PUNCHES AND DIES


Supplies
Stamp- Happy Harmony (SU)
Inks- Fired Brick, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Cuttlebug; Birthday die (Penny Black); red gems

Happy Canada Day 150


Happy Birthday Canada!! 

To all my fellow Canadians... have a wonderful, safe Canada Day and let's celebrate this great country we live in.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Rose Garden

Hello and Welcome.
Meet today's card inspired by a lovely Victorian Rose Garden I visited on the weekend.
This stamp is actually called Marigolds but they really reminded me of an open rose so I went with that plus I love the open area for watercolouring.

I began by masking the edges of my card front then placing the stamp inside my Misti, inked with Versamark then stamped and white heat embossed onto watercolour paper.  I masked the first flower and repeated that process.
I coloured in just the base of the flowers using my Zigs then using a wet paintbrush, I pulled the colour into the rest of the flower petals.
I stamped the sentiment from Daisy Bucket then sponged in the background using Peeled Paint Distress ink and a sponge applicator.
I think the pink makes for a bright summertime card.


Thanks so very much for all your sweet, kind comments and for the visit.

Adding my card to these challenges:

STAMPlorations- ANYTHING GOES/NEVER ENDING

Make My Monday- SUMMER BRIGHTS
Fashionable Stamping- MAKE IT FEMININE
A Bit More Time to Craft- ANYTHING GOES
My Time to Craft- SUMMERTIME

 
Supplies
Stamps- Marigold (STAMPlorations); Enjoy the Moment 
(Daisy Bucket...no longer in business but you can sometimes find them on Ebay)
Inks- Versamark; Tuxedo Black Memento; Distress (TH)
Paper- Canson Watercolour paper 140lb
Accessories and Tools- MISTI; white eb powder; Zig markers; paintbrush; sponge applicator;
 heat tool; painter's tape

Monday, 26 June 2017

Do a Double Take

Good Morning.
Today, I have the pleasure of hosting and TLC Challenge at Splitcoast.
I am calling my challenge:
Do a Double Take
 The challenge is to use 2 different stencils on top of each other for your card.

I came up with this challenge after playing with my stencils and my Distress Oxides to see how well they would layer over one another.  I was very pleased with the outcome.

So onto my card.
I began by inking the back of the Mini Harlequin Circles stencil using Peeled paint, sprayed with water and pressed onto my paper to create a monoprint.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with monoprinting, it is another way to use your stencils. Ink is applied directly from the pad to the back of the stencil, sprayed with water and applied to paper.

When that was dry, I laid the Mini Circle Grid onto my paper and this time, I stenciled it using an applicator tool as you would with any stencil.  
I stamped some Graffiti down the left side using more of the Broken China then sponged the edges with that colour too to help tie it all together.
I stamped the flourish just off the edge of my card front leaving enough room to stamp the sentiment.
You can easily stamp over the Oxides which is another reason I just love using them.



I hope you get a chance to try this technique out.  It is a great way to get more mileage using your stencils in a different way!
Thanks for the visit...very appreciated.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More- MAKE YOUR MARK
Craft Stamper- ANYTHING STAMPED GOES
Mixed Media World- ANYTHING GOES
Love to Create- ANYTHING CREATIVE/MIXED MEDIA GOES
Simon Says Mon.- STENCIL IT

Supplies
Stamps- Art Soul (Hampton Arts); Flourish (Technique Tues. sorry, discontinued); 
Graffiti (Kaisercraft)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Peeled Paint, Broken China Distress Oxides (TH)
Paper- Heavy weight white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; stencils..Mini Harlequin Circle, Mini Circle Grid (TCW); mister (TH);
sponge applicator (TH)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Music of Life

Good Morning.
Meet today's card that uses my favourite colors and my favourite Distress inks.
I'm was inspired by the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast.

I began by placing my Unity flowers inside my Misti, inked with Faded Jeans Distress ink and stamped.  I repeated that process to give a deep, rich colour then clear heat embossed.  
Next, I inked the flower using London Fog Memento ink and stamped in the background to give a sort of shadow effect.  You can just faintly see them behind the first flower stamping.  I inked over the whole piece using more Distress ink and a blending tool.
I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink then white heat embossed it to make it pop.  Really great saying from Rubbernecker.
Lastly, I randomly stamped the text in the background to help add interest and break up the look of the flowers a bit.  I added some light to the flower heads by coloring in with a white gel pen, splattered with white acrylic paint and white heat embossed the edges.



Well that's it.  Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.


Adding my card to these challenges:
 Addicted to Stamps and More- MAKE YOUR MARK
Daisy Chain- MONOCHROME
 Monochrome Magic- ANYTHING GOES


 Supplies
Stamps- Insightful Meadows (Unity); Sentiment (Rubbernecker); Text Bkg (Hero Arts)
Inks- Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers Distress ink (TH); Versamark
Paper- heavy weight white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; white eb powder; white gel pen (Ranger); heat tool;
 sponge applicator; white acrylic paint; paintbrush

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Dad's Day


Happy Father's Day!
Celebrating with this card for my husband and the fun of trying a new technique.
The technique I used on this masculine card is called 

For this technique, you first lay a stencil over your paper.  They suggest using watercolour paper but I just used a heavy weight cardstock for mine.  Next, spray your paper with water then using a piece of sandpaper, rub the sharpened tip of a watercolour pencil over the sandpaper above the open areas of the stencil.  It will drop shavings from your pencil into the wet paper and leave you with wonderful blend of colour.  I used a stencil that was tiny so not all the open areas got colour on them but when I lifted up my stencil, I noticed there was still a lot of colour left on the top so I gave it a quick spray of water, turned it over and pressed that onto my paper creating a Monoprint with the stencil.
(STENCIL MONOPRINTING is when the stencil is inked, sprayed with water and pressed onto the paper)
Great....2 techniques with one process!!  Gotta love that.

When that was all dry, I stamped the clock face and the sentiment using Memento black and clear heat embossed it.  I added a small black gem to the center of the clock face for interest.
I sponged the edges of my piece with Distress inks to help pull all the colour together.


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

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- EMBOSS

HLS June CAS Challenge- SMOOSHING
(I smooshed my stencil onto my paper)

Open Minded Crafting Fun- JUST ABOUT TIME

Monochrome Magic- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Weathered Clock (Hampton Arts); By the Sea 2 (Gina K)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Prismacolor Pencils
Paper- heavy white cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Mini Tile  Texture (TCW); clear EB powder; black gem; heat tool,
sandpaper, mister (TH)

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Reflections on a Rainy Day

Happy Saturday!
Time to have some fun.

Meet today's card.  
Just playing around with some Distress inks and a great scene stamp.
 Recently, I saw the challenge at Technique Junkies that showed how to do a 'drip' technique on your card.  I really wanted to give it a try using this great stamp from them.  So here's what I did.

I wanted to give the scene a reflective look, like it was a rainy day.
I placed the stamp inside my Misti, inked with Tuxedo black ink and stamped.  Leaving the stamp inside my Misti, I shifted the paper slightly and then inked the stamp with Salty Ocean Distress ink and stamped again.  I shifted the paper one last time and did a final inking with London Fog Memento.  The whole image looked blurred but wait....

At this point, I changed the technique a bit but did keep it a 'drip' technique as I didn't have a dropper on hand and not enough re-inkers to use.
So, I took a very wet paintbrush and dripped water down from the top of my card front.  I pressed Distress ink onto my non-stick craft mat and picked up some ink with my wet paintbrush and touched the water lines to give the appearance of rainfall.  The colour stays right where you have added the water.
I continued that process until I was happy with my colour drips then splattered to add to the rainy effect.
Now here's the final step.....again, get a very wet paintbrush and go over your stamped image to blend out the stamping lines and add to the reflective quality of your stamping.  The blurriness will remain but it will look more artsy and lend to the rainy feel.  Added a few splatters to look like raindrops.



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


Adding my card to these challenges:
 Technique Junkies- DRIP TECHNIQUE 
Craft Stampers Magazine- TAKE A STAMP/ANYTHING GOES 
The Male Room- OFF THE EDGE 
(I dripped off the edge)


Supplies
Stamp- Watercolor NY (Technique Junkies)
Ink- London Fog, Tuxedo Bl Memento; Blueprint Sketch, Shaded Lilac, Peacock Feathers
Stormy Sky Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- MISTI, paintbrush

Friday, 16 June 2017

Wish Big- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hello and welcome to another card for the 

This month our theme is Summer.

This is what I came up with.

I began by stamping this great image from Technique Tuesday onto a heavy white cardstock.
I clear heat embossed it to prevent it from running when I dipped it into the inks.
Next, I pressed some of my blue Distress ink pads directly onto my non-stick craft mat, sprayed with water and dipped my stamped piece into that.  
There was still ink left on my mat, so I used a wet paintbrush to add more colour to the washed bkg.
Next, I die cut the frame and the opening with my Cuttlebug then using my Misti, I stamped the sentiment and the birds onto the frame.  
I cut my stamped piece small enough to fit inside the cut away area and pop dotted it into place.



Please come join the challenge with your summer card.
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted to CAS- CHEERS
Simon Says Wed.- EMBOSS
Addicted to Stamps and More- ANYTHING GOES
City Crafter Challenge- FRAME IT


Supplies
Stamps- Big Wish (TT); By the Sea 2 (Gina K)
Inks- Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Stormy Sky, Peacock Feathers Distress (TH); Memento bl
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- MISTI; In and Out Diagonal Stitched Rect (MFT); clear eb powder;
heat tool; Cuttlebug; non-stick craft mat (TH)

Thursday, 15 June 2017

'Orange' You Glad it's Summer- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.

It's time for another card for 
Our theme this month is Anything Goes.


Here's what I came up with.
I began by die-cutting the Wonky Stitched Frame using a heavy white cardstock.  
Since I wanted this great sentiment to be the focal point, using my Misti, I stamped the saying with Memento black ink then clear heat embossed onto the die-cut panel.  I find the ink really pops if I heat emboss it and there is no chance of me smearing the ink when I add the watercolouring.
Next, I stamped the flowers around the edges using my Misti and I coloured them in with Zigs and a wet paintbrush.  I like to place a bit of colour right at the base of the flower and then use the wet brush to pull the colour into the petals.  
While that dried, I stamped my background using the Arty stamp inked with orange dye ink.
I thought it made an interesting frame for the main panel.


Please come and play along with us.
Thanks so very much for the visit.


Adding my card to these challenges:
 Simon Says- EMBOSS IT
Addicted to Stamps and More- ANYTHING GOES
City Crafter- FRAME IT


Supplies
Stamps- Arty (Kaisercraft); Beautiful Moments (Close to My Heart); Flora Bella #1 (Prima)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Zigs;Carved Pumpkin Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- MISTI; clear embossing powder; Wonky Stitched die (Avery Elle); 
paintbrush; Cuttlebug