Thursday, 4 October 2018

Monochromatic Colour Scheme

This is a project I created for a friend.  It will hopefully be inspirational to the recipient who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.  I was going for a soft, restful monochromatic effect.  The background was watercoloured on a sheet of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  Before applying the watercolour to the paper, I spattered it with Pebeo masking fluid. Once the watercolour was completely dry, I removed the masking fluid dots and then stenciled the tree ring image with an Altenew stencil and a sponge dauber.  I used Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Ink to ink the stenciled image.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment using a stamp from Woodware Craft Collection Clear Magic entitled "Always Remember" with SU copper embossing powder.  I decided that I wanted to add some ink spatters, so I covered the writing with a simple paper mask.  I used Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink and US Art Quest MicaColor copper paint to add the spattering.  The skeleton leaves were stamped with Versamark and embossed with stamps from the Stampin' Up "Rooted in Nature" using SU copper embossing powder on Neenah Desert Storm 100 lb. paper.  After fussy cutting the leaves, I created some dimension by manipulating the paper with my fingers.  The leaves were adhered to the background using liquid glue and dimensional tape.  I added a May Arts Jute Twine bow as a finishing touch.  I trimmed the finished piece to fit in a 5" x 7" frame.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

30 Day Colouring Challenge

For anyone who loves to colour, you really should check out Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge at her blog, The Daily Marker.  You can join in and post pictures of whatever project you are busy colouring, but you can also get all kinds of inspiration by checking out what other people are doing.  I'm showing a card I made using the Lawn Fawn "Sprinkled with Joy" stamp and die sets.  I actually cased a card made by Nichol Spohr using the same sets.  You can check out her card and video here.  I stamped the components with My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid ink and coloured them with Copic markers.  This was such a fun card to make. 

Probably the most endearing feature of the card is that the little oven door opens to reveal the cookie sheet holding tiny cookie images.  I used a piece of acetate to form the window of the oven door and a strip of silver foil cardstock to make the handle.  I just love the die that cuts the tiny dish towel with its little cross-stitch detail.  Here's a closer look:

I also used stamps from the set to create the greeting inside the card:

 Lots of fun!  Hope you like it too!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Crazy for Hydrangeas

I simply love hydrangeas.  My garden is full of them, but unfortunately, we had a very mild winter last year with an extensive thaw in January.  Hydrangeas don't take kindly to being warmed up and chilled again, so I don't have many blooms this year.  When I first saw this Mondo Hydrangea stamp, which was designed by Julie Ebersole for Essentials by Ellen over at Ellen Hutson, I just had to have it!  Although I bought it quite awhile ago, I'm just getting around to using it now.

I used my Misti to double stamp the beautiful bloom and leaf with Versamark, (I inked and stamped twice in the same spot to get a well defined lines.) and then embossed it with white Tsukineko embossing powder on 100 lb. Bristol paper.  This gave it nice bold white lines, perfect for watercolouring.  Although Bristol paper doesn't handle water as well as actual watercolour paper, it is nice and smooth and therefore takes stamping very well.  It does allow colour to move the way that watercolour paper does, so as long as you avoid "scrubbing" at the surface with your brush, it works well for the technique I wanted to use for this project.

I used a combination of Distress markers and Distress inks applied to an acrylic block and picked up with my brush to watercolour the petals and leaf.  I wanted to achieve a sort of "pink to blue" transition over the flower head, so this worked well.  I used Shaded Lilac and Picked Raspberry to colour the petals in varying degrees of intensity and mixing to get the look I wanted.  I used Fossilized Amber for the centres of the blooms and Peeled Paint for the stems and leaf.  When I finished painting the flower, I used a very watery wash of Faded Jeans to fill the background.  When the paper was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment in Jet Black Archival Ink.  I mounted the finished watercolour piece on a card base of Stampin' Up Pear Pizazz.  I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out and I think I could use this particular card for a number of different occasions by simply choosing an appropriate sentiment for the inside greeting, or by writing in something personal to suit the event.

Until next time,

Friday, 17 June 2016

Baby Congrats

It is always a joy to congratulate friends and relatives who have had a new baby join their family.  It is also so much fun to create a card to celebrate the occasion.  Here is a card that I made recently:

I used a stamp from the Simon Says Stamp "Congratulations" stamp set that was a part of the May 2015 card kit to stamp and emboss the greeting in silver.  The adorable animal images are from the Stampin' Up "Zoo Babies" stamp set.  I just love these critters!  Fun to stamp, fussy cut and layer.  Hope you like the result.

Until next time,

Friday, 1 January 2016

Christmas Cards 2015

As a new year has just begun, I am starting 2016 with the best of intentions to post on my blog more frequently.  Today, I've decided to post a few of my favourite Christmas cards that I sent out this year.  Hope you like them.

This card was stamped and embossed with black embossing powder, then
coloured with Inktense and Watercolour Pencils and a waterbrush.  I added
a few metallic details using US Artquest Mica Metallic Watercolor Paint.

This card took quite a few steps to achieve the effect I was hoping to
accomplish. I first stamped the bird and branches with Jet Black Archival Ink.
Then I stamped, cut out and applied masks over the images.  Next I
spattered the paper with liquid frisket.  Once it had dried, I applied
Distress Inks using a mini blending tool.  When I was happy with the
colour, I removed the frisket and the masks.  I coloured the bird and
the branches with Copic markers and added a shadow under the bird. 
Final touches included a Metallic Starform "Merry Christmas" greeting
and some Ranger Glossy Accents on the bird's eye and on the berries.

I had to show the inside of this lever card.  It provided quite an unexpected
surprise when anyone opened it!  I love the fact that this has very little bulk
for an interactive card.  The little winter scene was stamped with Onyx
Black Versafine ink on pale blue cardstock and coloured with Prismacolor
Premier Pencil Crayons.  I love this stamp set by Stampin' Up.
It has so many fun elements that can be used to create a scene.
The tiny cardinals, the car and the Christmas tree were fussy cut and
popped up with dimensional tape.  I added a final touch by coating
all of the car windows with Glossy Accents.

Last, but not least, are a couple of detailed cards constructed from a variety
of die cuts and punched paper pieces.  The tree base, candy canes, gifts,
and gingerbread men were cut using Impression Obsession's Bare
Christmas Tree set.  I made a tree skirt from a small piece of red felt and
tied tiny bows for the parcels from string. The foliage for the tree was
cut using a Martha Stewart punch and layered to create a full tree.
  The cat was also cut using an I.O. die and the window was cut using
the Memory Box Small Madison Window die.  I added a winter scene
to be seen through the acetate window, which I printed on my printer. 
The tiny mouse was freehand fussy cut.  I added a tiny silver tail using thread.

This final card was constructed from the Impression Obsession Fireplace
set.  I added a brick background to the interior of the fireplace
using patterned paper.  The cats were cut from the I.O. Cat set and
coloured with Copic markers.  The ovals for the picture over the
mantelpiece were cut using a Nellie Snellen set of dies.  The
greeting was stamped and embossed with Ranger Regular Gold
embossing powder.  I added some Diamond Stickles to the fire to
make it sparkle and some Stardust Stickles to the foliage on the garland. 
Although it is difficult to see from the picture, this card has many
dimensional details and really was quite spectacular in person.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a few on my 2015 Christmas cards.  I made about 40 cards this year, with very few duplicate designs.  I thoroughly love making Christmas cards and hated to put away my Christmas collection of stamps and dies.  I'm sure I'll have lots of new ideas by the time Christmas 2016 rolls around.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!