Saturday, December 15, 2018

Enjoy the Magic

 Another whimsical card to share with you today. I am participating in today's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers where we visiting the ShutterStock site for our inspiration. I picked this image as my inspiration, making a few changes.

Despite loving the bokeh look, I did not want that on my card, I wanted more of a whimsical look. I first die cut my watercolour panel and in my Mini Misti I stamped my street light using Ranger Archival inks in Jet Black and Sepia. I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. 
 I watercoloured with both Daniel Smith and Schmincke watercolours, using the colours I have listed below. I did a few layers of wash adding paint to build the colours as I went. I had masked off the area for the candle light to ensure I did not paint in that space.  I let my panel dry naturally, something I usually do as I don't get nearly the warping caused by the heat and I feel the colours remain brighter.
 Once the panel was dry, I painted in the whimsical branches using Burnt Umber and Payne's Gray. I then removed the masking and painted in the candle light. I then put the panel back in my Misti and stamped my sentiment using Ranger Archival in Sepia and proceeded to paint on the dots using acrylic paint. I also painted in the star like dots with white acrylic paint. I attached my panel to fun foam and attached to a Neenah card base. I then went over the entire panel with Distress Micro Glaze, giving it a beautiful shine. 
I had a lot of fun making this card, and will send it out shortly and only hope that it arrives before Christmas. Funny how I get everyone's cards done, but am late on my own.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

All That Sparkles Blog Hop with Scrap'n Stamp

 Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas everyone!

Welcome to the Scrap'n Stamp December Blog Hop, where we are celebrating All That Sparkles, #allthatsparkles 
We hope you will join in the fun and make your card to upload to our Facebook Challenge Page.

We have prizes for those who comment on each of the designers cards in the hop today, consisting of 5 sparkly surprise packages and one $25.00 gift certificate to the Scrap'n Stamp store.

The winners will be announced on Friday, December 21, 2018.
And, in case you didn't know, Scrap'n Stamp is having 12 days of free gifts, so be sure to check it out.
Now that I have taken care of business, it is time to move on to the card I made for today's hop. 

I am using My Favorite Things stamps, dies and stencils for this card. I started by die cutting the wonky rectangle panel, doing one for the front of the card and one for the inside. Using Distress Oxide inks I then blended colours for my background, using Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch. Once I was happy with the blending, I went over the panel with        , buffing it to a satin finish. I then applied the snow flurries with the stencil and glimmer paste, leaving some areas empty. 
 I stamped the stamp images with Memento ink and coloured with Copics. I added Wink of Stella to Santa's beard and the fur trims on his suit, along with white acrylic paint for highlights on the suit and on the reindeer's blankets. The glimmer paste dries relatively quickly, so once it was ready I attached the reindeer, one with glue, and the others with foam squares, using both regular and thin.
 I then moved on to the inside where I did another distress oxide blending panel, only this time I used the fossilized amber on the Ho Ho Ho, and splattered water on the panel to represent the snow.
 I then added Wink of Stella to the Ho Ho Ho letters for some sparkle on the inside, which is hard to see in the photo but it looks great.

I hope you have enjoyed this card. Next up on the hop is Laurie.

If you lose track, following is a list of those participating in today's hop. 

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018


I am over on the My Sweet Petunia blog with this card today. 
I wasn't sure about the design when I started, it came about as I worked on the card. 
I started by using my Original Misti and Creative Corners for this card. I moved the stamps for the first two bells, and moved the paper for the balance.
 I stamped using Versamark Ink and heat embossed using Silver Embossing Powder, then proceeded to watercolour using several different manufacturers today. I started with Daniel Smith Manganese Blue, then Schmincke May Green, Daniel Smith Phthalo Turquoise, Schmincke Cobalt Turquoise, Winsor Newton Permanent Pink and Winsor Newton Violet Dioxazine. I also dragged a few of the watercolours below and around the bells.
 I knew I wanted to use the Believe die, but was not sure on the card stock, so why not cut a few. I also die cut a few snowflakes using white glitter card stock.
 I settled on using the Mirror Sky card stock as a shadow to the silver glitter card stock for my sentiment, and glued them together. But first, I splattered my panel using Kuretake White Gold watercolour and Schmincke Cobalt Turquoise. I then attached my panel to a blue/turquoise card base.
 I attached the Believe sentiment using foam squares that I cut to fit. I like the bit of dimension that it gives to the card. And, so typically me, I just noticed while looking at the card that I failed to dot the "i". Honestly Kia .... it is done now with a crystal gem.
 I do hope you have enjoyed this card today, and would like to thank you for joining me.

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Sparkle Birthday

 I have an easy and fun card to share with you today using a new to me stencil as my focal. 

When I stencil I use my Origianl Misti, and hold everything down with the magnets. I tape the cardstock to the Misti from the underside to ensure the paper does not move.

I started this card by brushing on the ink colours with my Clarity Brushes using the Deep Iris from the Ink Set, covering both the candles and the cake parts of the stencil. Once I was finished with the ink stenciling, I used my Kuretake Zig Gold Pen to colour in the flame of the candles. 
 Once the colour was finished I went over the entire stencil with Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone and set aside to dry. Using the gold glitter cardstock I die cut the "happy" part of the sentiment. For the word "birthday", I used a smaller sentiment from a stamp set and heat embossed with gold embossing powder, trimming the piece to fit under the happy die.
I finished by adding a dark purple matting and attaching to a medium purple card base. I glued on the happy and attached the birthday sentiment with a thin foam square.

Thanks so much for joining me today.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Whimsy for Lydia

 My friend Lydia was hosting the Mix-ability Challenge at Splitcoaststampers on Friday called Put a Bird On It! I said I would play along, however I did not get my card done until this morning, but I did get it done and even added the Inspiration Challenge to my card covering today's challenge. 
 I have done a very whimsical freehand card using watercolours in almost every colour under the sun, just changing the shapes and stems. And for a change, I painted on canvas textured acrylic paper. It is very easy to work on, and gives a totally different look to the project. I thought it perfect for this kind of card.
 My bird is perched on the top of one of the flowers, he's a chubby little one. Once finished with my painting, I splattered with acrylic paint and watercolour paint then attached it to a black card base. 
I hope you have enjoyed this card and wish to thank you for visiting today.

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