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.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Hawthorne Berries

This is the card I did from my watercolour class on Wednesday. I love the colours used to paint this card, and thought you might enjoy seeing it as well. 
 The colours were applied in layers, starting with lighter versions of the final colour. The background is done using Raw Sienna and Permanent Rose. The leaves have layers of Sap Green and Cerulean Blue, and the berries were done with Permanent Rose and Quinacridone Pink. My teacher called for Alizarin Crimson, which has a purple undertone, but I was not fond of the look, so I switched it to Quinacridone Pink. The "Quins" pigment is normally pale yellow to orange, but during processing the particles can be manipulated with heat, or have salt added, which produces a bright, and beautiful pink and red hue.  
The branches I did with Burnt Umber, Sepia and a bit of Ultramarine Blue. You don't notice the blue, but it does keep the branches from looking dull. On the top branches I also added some Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof White for the snow, and I also used it to splatter the card. And finally I used Burnt Umber to do more splatters, where I used a smaller brush to get the smaller splatters.  
I hope you have enjoyed this card today, and wish to thank you for joining me. I hope I have inspired you to try a bit of watercolour painting. You don't have to invest in watercolours straight away, the perfect start can be with the Dot Colour Charts offered by Daniel Smith. There are also many line drawings you can search online that can be traced then painted using graphite, so don't be discouraged and give it a go.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Poinsettia Christmas

I am up on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog today with this card, which I did a bit differently this time. Below I detail my process.
 I started by making a mixture of Color Burst in Turquoise in the lid of one of my storage containers which I have lined with saran. This is a small amount of Color Burst and about 3 spritzes of water. I do not want too much water for this process. I stamped first with the Turquoise, then did the same process but changing the Color Burst to Phthalo Green.
 I then stamped my image with Versamark embossing ink and applied the colour with a paint brush. You can see there is a lot of colour that I am applying to the stamp. I apologise it is shaky, I was taking the picture with my phone and only had one hand free!
 This is the stamped image once the stamping with both colours is completed. I then inked up the stamp lightly with Ranger Paradise Teal and Ranger Library Green, added Versamark over it and heat embossed with the clear pearl embossing powder. This gave the flowers back their definition.
I should also mention that I die cut my panel with My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle STAX before I started my panel. 
I then put the panel back in the lid with new saran and added Color Burst in Lemon Yellow only. The bits of turquoise and green come from the previous stamping, and of course the mixture of the colours.
 I prepared my panel by attaching fun foam to the back using Be Creative Tape. I attached the panel and had the other side prepared as well, so I would not have to wait to attach it to my card. I am so impatient! I then splattered acrylic paint in turquoise to the panel using a liner brush. I like the different splatters I get from this brush.
 I wanted yellow centres for my flowers, but I did not have any of the Nuvo Dandelion Yellow Crystal drops, which is now on my wish list, so I used Liquid Pearls in Yellow.
 I added a scattering of sequins, then finished the inside.
Using the Wonky Rectangle die again for my inside panel I stamped the sentiment, that is included in the set using the Ranger Library Green, then added the snowflakes from the set using Ranger Paradise Teal.

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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Merry Little Christmas

 This is my sample card for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, which is to use wood, and I included it by using the wood stump. 
I have coloured with Copic Markers, which I am new to using.   
 The background I did by flicking the marker upward on the bottom panel, and flicking downward on the snowbank. I stamped the snowflakes using Altenew inks in Ocean Waves and the sentiment is stamped with Ranger Archival Ink in Vermilion.
For the birds I used Clearly Besotted Red Robin, which has been discontinued. I have provided the link to the new robin set called Rockin' Robin.
 The birds are stamped using Ranger Sepia. I added white gel pen to the Santa hats and went over it with Clear Wink of Stella. I also went over the eyes and beaks with the Wink of Stella.
Two of the birds are propped up on foam squares, and the centre bird is attached on a thin foam square.
The Copic Colours I used are: YR07 Cadmium Orange, 
E35 Chamois, E37 Sepia, E57 Light Walnut, B00 Frost Blue, 
R14 Light Rouge, R24 Prawn, R29 Lipstck Red
Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you have enjoyed these little ones.
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