Sunday, March 24, 2019

June Roses

 The Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers is to do a card using the flower from your birth month. My birthday being in June makes the Rose my birth flower. I dare say I love them, but have never grown them. My brother-in-law used to cultivate them and had the most beautiful roses I have ever seen. I loved going to their place and playing in the Rose garden. This brings back some happy memories, Charlie has since passed, but the memories will never fade.
 At watercolour classes everyone drones when our teacher says we are going to do white flowers, and I am included in that. But I thought that taupe flowers could be fun. I started by die cutting my panel using my Spellbinders Rectangle dies and stamped my image with Ink on 3 no line ink. I used only 2 colours to water colour on this card, being Burnt Umber and Burnt Sienna, water colouring on Fabriano Hot Press 140lb. paper. For the background I used Burnt Sienna. 
 I accidentally flicked on some brown paint, so the decision was made to add acrylic splatters, using Burnt Sienna and Crimson Red I angled the card panel along with a brown wood grain piece of card stock for some interest. To finish, in my MISTI, I stamped my sentiment from Penny Black using Ranger Archival inks in Sepia and Vermillion. 
It feels like forever since I have done some water colour, so I very much enjoyed doing this card and I hope you enjoy it as well.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019


 I was determined that I would join in with more of the CAS challenges hosted by the CAS group who do monthly challenges for Watercolour, Stencils, Mix Up and Christmas. 

This month I have played in the Mix Up challenge, and this card I did for the CAS Stencil challenge.

I started my card with my Neenah card stock die cut panel sponging on Distress Oxide colours in Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral. I used my Picket Fence Life Changing Brushes as I did not want the colours put on heavy for this card, which for me happens when I used the Tim Holtz blending tools.
 I am using another stencil from A Colorful Life called Doodle Wheels for my background, and for the challenge doing the ghosting technique, which is to lay your stencil on top of your coloured panel and spritz with lots of water then remove the stencil very quickly.

I then stamped the Dandelion etc., and the sentiment using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. 
For ease of reference I have added Loll Thompson's video showing the ghosting technique to my Awesome Tutorials page.

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Adding to the CAS Stencil Challenge

Wings & Roots

 One thing I very much look forward to is the colours of spring and some, sure to arrive soon, and of course, butterflies and dragonflies. 
I love this stencil from A Colorful Life called Loopy Flower. I did the stencil mono-print technique with Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade. I used Ranger Distress Watercolour paper, which adds a lot of texture to the stencil design.
 I did load the stencil up with ink before spritzing to be sure it would transfer given the roughness of the paper, and I gave it plenty of time to transfer. Once I lifted the stencil, I filled in a bit with my water colour brush, adding blooms for more interest. 
 Once the panel was dry I die cut it using my Elegant Stitching die from Penny Black, and in my MISTI I stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. I die cut the dragon fly, and laid it on the card. One thing I have learned of late is to look through my camera first if I am not sure of something. My view showed me this could not remain white as I intended, so I coloured the inside wings using my Copic #RV14, leaving the rest in the white.
To finish I added a few crystals.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Poppy Happiness

I had my alcohol inks out to make some backgrounds earlier today, and this is one that I made using Yupo and Alcohol Inks in Lettuce, Citrus, Limeade, Peach Belini and Valencia, used for the inside of the poppies. 
While the background was still damp I added some art deco gold foil which you can see in the picture below. As I did not have the correct colour for matting my piece, I coloured a piece of Neenah card stock with my Copic Marker using YG17 and doing several passes to deepen the colour. I then attached the Yupo piece to the matting and attached both to my card base.

Before I ever start to make my Alcohol Ink backgrounds, I decide on the framing of the piece. It just makes it easier, otherwise I use parchment paper to ensure the ink does not transfer to my die.
I also made a separate piece of Yupo for the flowers using the Valencia ink and die cut, keeping the negative pieces. I die cut the poppies 4 times and glued down the first layer of the poppies, then painted with the glossy glaze, somehow managing to keep it off the rim of the poppies. I then glued on the other 3 pieces of the poppy frames, and 2 layers for the leaf.
You can see the depth of the dies in this picture and the shine from the glaze below.
This was such a fun technique to try and I thank the CAS Mix Up Challenge Group for this, which you can find here.

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Linking to the The CAS Mix Up Challenge.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Life is Beautiful

 I am guest designing for a Colour Challenge Group at Splitcoaststampers this month, and this is my card for Tuesday's challenge, based on Stampin' Up colour. This week the colours are:
I am using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Distress Oxide inks.
The colours I have used are:
The Stampin' Up Lemon Lime has more yellow in it that I thought when I first looked at the colours. But the Twisted Citron still works okay.
I don't have a lot of background collage smaller stamps, but I do have a lot of background 6x6 stamps, so I used those to make my background. I started with a sheet of Neenah card stock, 4.25 x 11 to make a background for the front and inside of card. I then die cut circles in different sizes from photocopy paper, cutting in the centre of a 6x6 sheet, so I would not stamp off on anything that I did not intend, then stamped using the green and pink inks, adding a bit of the blue along the way. 

Once done, I went over the piece with both the worn lipstick and twisted citron distress oxide inks, and die cut with my Penny Black die. I splattered with water, dried and splattered with blue acrylic paint.
I stamped the butterfly on hot press 140lb water colour paper using distress ink in Blueprint sketch and heat embossed with Pearl embossing powder. I then water coloured with the inks, and used my Nuvo Aqua Brush to add some high lights. I styled the butterfly and attached to my card base using Nuvo adhesive, then stamped my sentiment from Altenew's Beautiful Day using Ranger Archival Ink in Manganese Blue.
To finish, I stamped the inside with my sentiment, and added another of the butterflies which I also styled and attached with Nuvo adhesive.
I had fun doing this card, which is not my usual style. It is nice to mix it up from time to time.

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