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

 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

Proud

 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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Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Wishes

This is Wishes, which I have showing over on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog today. 
I got ahead of myself here, doing the stamping before my background, but that is okay, it still works. 

I wanted to have an interesting background, and at the same time keep it light. On Neenah Solar Crest 110lb. card stock I did light smooshing for the background, being careful not to saturate the colours, and drying between colour additions. I also wanted to keep some white space.
 When the background was dry I splattered some acrylic paint on the piece. I used Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Acrylic paint, however I note that Dina Wakley's Lapis is very similar in colour. Once the panel was dry I attached fun foam to the back using Sookwang (scor-pal/be creative) tape. I then attached the panel to my Bazzill card base in the blue.
 I placed the card in my Misti and stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Ink in Manganese Blue. I then made the frame using Neenah Solar Crest card stock and my Penny Black Antique Frame Die set, gluing it on with Nuvo Adhesive. 

Placing the card back in my Misti I again stamped the sentiment with the Manganese Blue. What luck having it line up the way it did!
While things were drying I made the background for inside my card, using the card stock left over from cutting the frame, and stamping the hello sentiment using Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script Stamp, in the Manganese Blue, which I styled a bit edgy to match the frame.

Following is the video I did for this card.

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Sunday, May 05, 2019

Masculine Thanks

 The Clean and Simple challenge over at Splitcoaststampers today is about Masculine Thank you cards, which had me thinking straight away about this stencil from A Colorful Life Designs called Primitive Fish.

Masculine cards are not exactly my thing, especially a masculine thank you card. But that is why it is called a challenge. I find I really have to yank myself to the masculine side ... and still I fight it. But I do think the men I know would like this card.
 Distress Oxide in Blueprint Sketch is the ink for this card as I think that blue is so great with this stencil, and it also goes along with keeping the card CAS.

I first stencilled the fish on Neenah card stock using my Life Changing Brushes, then removed the stencil and  splattered with water. I then die cut the piece with Penny Black's Elegant Stitching as I liked the swirl in the die which reminds me of a wave.
I first stencilled the fish on Neenah card stock using my Life Changing Brushes, then removed the stencil and  splattered with water. I then die cut the piece with Penny Black's Elegant Stitching as I liked the swirl in the die which reminds me of a wave.

Before attaching my panel to my card base I first ran it though my Gemini with the Penny Black Rows of Stitches die, which reminds me of rope knots. I then attached the panel and finished up by adding a touch of Wink of Stella to the eyes of the fish along with stamping the sentiment using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black.
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Saturday, May 04, 2019

Delights

These are both Technique Junkie's images, the floral is called Contemporary Floral, and the sentiment is called Delight. I love these flowers with their different look.
The inspiration challenge at Splitcoaststampers today have us visit Quora and there was a picture on the site of butterflies that touched me, not so much the butterflies but the colours, which I decided to use.
 In my Misti I stamped the image on Neenah card stock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed using Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder. Surprisingly, the powder also died the card stock a light blue! Oh well, the colour works so I went with it.
I then added shadows to the stems using Copic markers in a blue and lavender and matted the piece with a blue/lavender card stock and attached to my Neenah card base. I stamped the sentiment on the vellum using Emerald ink from Altenew and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. To finish I added a few crystals.
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Friday, May 03, 2019

Floral Frenzy Blog Hop with Scrap'n Stamp

Welcome to this month's Floral Frenzy blog hop hosted by Scrap'n Stamp.
Being May we thought you might enjoy seeing some flowers and the design team is ready to share their creations.

This month we have a prize of a $50.00 gift card to the store, so be sure to leave your comments on the designers cards as you go through the hop. You can find the links below.

I was in the mood for alcohol inks for my cards today. Mostly due to their brilliant colours.
For this card I am using this wonderful image from My Favorite Things called Beautiful Blooms, along with Yupo paper and alcohol inks in Raspberry, Sunset Orange and Sunshine Yellow. I added dots of ink along the edge of a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and ran the edge across my card panel, then added more ink and did it again. I then added drops of the blending solution to the edge of the sponge and touched it to the surface to get this cool design around the card. 
Using the Alcohol Lift-It ink pad I stamped the images to the card front, buffed it to get a good impression, then went over the stamped lines with my Uni-Posca Pen, which gives it this brilliant white finish. 
One that was complete I attached the panel to my card base. I then tore off a strip of vellum and with Versamark ink stamped my sentiment and heat embossed with the bright pink embossing powder, attaching with vellum tape. To finish I added a few drops of Rosewater Nuvo Crystal Drops.
For my second card I again used alcohol inks and the beautiful Peony from Picket Fence Studios. Blue was the colour of choice for this card, using alcohol inks in aqua, sailboat blue, stonewashed and indigo, along with the alcohol ink blending solution. 
I let it dry slightly, then added the deco foil in gold. For the flower in my Misti I stamped the image at least 5 times to get a very good impression on the alcohol ink background.
I then matted the piece with the glitter card stock using the Be Creative Tape to ensure good contact, then attached to my card base. It is a simple card, but I think very pretty. 

Next up is Laurie. A complete list of the hop follows.

Tara
Dawn
Susan
Nancy F
Deborah
Kia
Laurie
Chala
Nancy
Jessica

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