Saturday, May 18, 2019

CC's house

 My favourite challenge to participate in is the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. Saturday never seems complete unless I make a card for this challenge.

Today we had a visit to Country Living, where inspiration abounds. When I saw these birdhouses I was in. For our watercolour class this week we are doing this in a large painting. I decided I would do it in a card too. 

I am using Arches 140lb cold press watercolour paper for my card, cutting it to 6.5 x 5.0" (10").  I started with the background, went on to the birdhouse, then the tree branches. 

 I used a mix of paints today, a bit of Schmincke, DaVinci, Daniel Smith and Winsor and Newton Professional.
The side and shadows of the birdhouse are done using Cobalt Blue Deep. For the roof and platform I used Quinacridone Coral. The trees are done first in Raw Sienna, then using Burnt Umber + Burnt Sienna, then Sepia. The leaves and negative leaves are done with a mix of Leaf Green + Hookers Green. The black is made by mixing together Payne's Gray + Alizarin Crimson + Sepia.
I certainly enjoyed painting this card this morning. I hope you enjoy it as well, and I thank you for visiting my blog. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Sweet Friend

 This is Sweet Friend, a Gina K. Designs stamp image that I have actually had since last summer and have not used until today.

It would have been much easier to watercolour, but I wanted to challenge myself and use my Copics. The colours come from Splitcoaststampers Colour Challenge today, to use Yellow, Pink and Blue. The blue requested is the colour I used for shading.
 Rather than stamping with a harsh colour, I painted the image with my Zig Clean Color pens using Pink, Dark Green, Light Green in the flower centres, and a bit of yellow. I then proceeded to colour with Copics using Y00, Y13, YG03, YG17, YG23, R20, RV13 and B00 to shadow. Once I finished the colouring I die cut the piece with my Wonky rectangle die.
 I wanted to do a bit of stencilling, so I die cut another background with the Wonky rectangle and stencilled using my Leaf Lattice from A Colorful Life using a Wendy Vecchi ink called Sunflower, which is a nice green/yellow. I then stamped the sentiment using Ranger Manganese Blue.
To pull it all together I used a light pink card base, attaching the stencil panel, then attaching the floral panel using fun foam, then added a few drops of Nuvo Jewel in Limoncello. I finished by adding Wink of Stella to the flower centres.

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 Haaayyyy all! 

I am sharing with you the card I did for Technique Junkies today, using this super cute image Hay Girl.

For a clean crisp image I stamped on Neenah card stock using Versafine Clair Ink in Nocturne. For some texture I stamped again on Ranger Distress Watercolour paper using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black and fussy cut just the body and ears out and styled. 
 I like how the texture changes the colour of the cow a bit. I also added colour to the nose and ears, along with the grouping of greenery using Copic Markers. I styled the cow and attached it to my card base using foam squares.
To finish up I added a few gumdrops in black.

I had great fun making this card and hope you have enjoyed it as well. 
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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Life is Beautiful

I have named this Life is Beautiful not only because I had the sentiment, but I love the colours, which I think make for a great look. 

I used my Nuvo Aqua Flow brushes for the first time, and I have had them a few months! I had this vision that this is what they would look like, so I am so pleased they work as I had hoped, especially given I just ordered more colours.

 The image is from Technique Junkies and is called City Watercolors. I am hosting the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, which is called "Think Clusters", and I was thinking of this image when I named the challenge.
In my Misti I stamped the image using Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black. I then proceeded to water colour using the three (3) colours in this particular set. In some areas I used the brush direct to paper and brought the colour out, and in other areas I layed the colour down and picked it up, changing the intensity of the colour with water, i.e. the black is watered down a lot.

Once I finished the image, I matted it with a deep purple and attached that to my card base. I added the vellum strip with my sentiment stamped in the Manganese Blue, along with a few crystals.
I am very happy with the way it turned out, and I hope you have enjoyed it as well. I have done a video on my process, which follows along with affiliate links to the products used, for both USA, then Canadian (when available), at no extra cost to you. I appreciate your support.

Saturday, May 11, 2019


 To change it up a bit I used acrylic paints along with a distress paint for this card today, and used a new to me stencil from A Colorful Life Designs. 

I am also participating in the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, visiting a company called Great Big Canvas. I found this canvas for my inspiration. 
 To start my stencil panel I first applied gesso to the Winsor Newton Galeria Acrylic paper and let dry. I then applied a layer of Ranger Texture Paste and while still damp I added the acrylic paints in Ultramarine Blue and a Light Blue, then removed the stencil.
 Once the piece was dry I added the distress paint in Frayed Burlap along with splatters in the burlap and white acrylic. I matted the piece with a royal blue card stock and attached to my Neenah card base. 
 In my Mini Misti I stamped the sentiment on the acrylic paper using Ranger Archival in Manganese Blue, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I went around some of the edges with the burlap paint as well and attached it to the card using foam squares. 
I enjoyed making this card, and I hope you have enjoyed the process as well. 

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