Wednesday, 21 August 2019

CAS Butterflies

Hi everyone.  I have a card today which I made to enter two of the CAS Challenges run by Loll and Bonnie.  I would love to have made separate cards to enter one in each but I know that inevitably I will run out of time so I hope they will forgive me for making just the one card.  CAS Mix Up asks us to use our inky paper towel on, or to transfer the ink to the card, and it is the latter technique I have used here.  CAS Watercolour wants us to add colourful butterflies.  I was hoping to include CAS Stencil and the prompt was to use sprays and I had a go at making my own using Brushos.  I couldn't seem to get enough colour into the spray although the water looked very dark, and my spray was very uneven so the coverage was not the best.  I will keep working on it but I will probably not have the time to do it now I'm afraid, so at the moment no entry for that one.

I began by stencilling the background white card using one of a set of stencils I got at The Range some time ago.  I then heat embossed using WOW White Pearl Embossing Powder.  I then die cut two stitched circles and on the top one I transferred the ink from a paper towel which I had used to mop up some Brushos.  I laid it over the circle and spritzed pressing it down to transfer the ink on to the white card.  I thought I would continue the butterflies which were underneath the topper up and on to both of the circles, which I did and again heat embossed with the White Pearl EP.  I also outlined the butterflies on the top stitched layer using a white gel pen.

Lastly I stamped the two layers of the butterfly on to white card and cut them both out.  The stamp is from a set of flowers and butterflies from JustRite, the back layer is a silhouette shape and then their is a pattern to put over the top, and obviously it can be stamped as just one layer but I decided to give it dimension by stamping each as a separate layer.  I stamped the bottom layer with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and then used my water brush to blend and give a more watercolour effect, and then watercoloured the top layer again using Peacock Feathers and Ripe Persimmon, and then mixed the Peacock Feathers with Scattered Straw DI to make a green.  I added some Wink Of Stella Pen to both layers before gluing them together.  I think this is the first time I have used this stamp set, naughty me, and I have had it for quite a while so don't think it is readily available over here now.  Anyway another NBUS item

I finished the card by adding a sentiment using Versafine Deep Lagoon Ink.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.  The CAS Challenges are open until the 24th so still a little time to get your entries in.

I am entering this into:

CAS Mix Up August Card Challenge - Paper Towel + Stamping + Your Choice.  (I have done some heat embossing and die cutting as well as the required techniques)
CAS Watercolour August Card Challenge  - Colourful Butterflies.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Swirly Hearts

Hi there.  A busy anniversary month so here is another CAS card.  I don't find CAS cards that easy as I always want to add more but I am resisting the  I used the current sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch but unfortunately missed the deadline..aaagh, and I used a pretty flower background stamp from Chocolate Baroque Floral Heart set and a larger swirly patterned heart from Punky Hearts and using two colours of Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry and Shaded Lilac.

I decided to stick with my usual square card and in line with the sketch place the hearts over the floral banner.  I stamped the little flowers all over a strip of card using Picked Raspberry and then blending the same ink all over adding some Shaded Lilac to darken the edges.   I then stamped the two hearts on to a piece of white card using the same pink and then blended the lilac over the top and cut them out, and just to frame I cut a stitched square from more white card and added it to the base white card.

To finish I cut the strip into a banner shape and added the sentiment using Versafine Imperial Purple ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and layered it on to the stitched square.

Thank you for your visit today and I hope to see you again soon.

I am entering this at:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No.358 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.  (I used snippets for the stitched square, and both the hearts and sentiment banner)
Happy Little Stampers CAS August Challenge - Only One Third.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

August Twofer Challenge

Hi everyone.  Well, it's time again for the Twofer Card Challenge run by our friend Darnell, and the theme this month is a 'Nautical' one.  For both cards you have to use the same stamp, die or stencil but making two different cards for two different occasions, and I have chosen to use a steampunk sailing ship from a Chocolate Baroque set called Steampunk Sea World.  Here are the two cards:

The first card was made using Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers on to a piece of white glossy card.  I laid the inks down on my glass mat and spritzed before dragging the glossy card through them.  I did this several times drying in between until I was happy with the look.  I then stamped the image and the sentiment over the top of the background using Versafine Imperial Purple ink and I coloured using more of the Blueprint Sketch ink with a waterbrush to colour the ship.  I also used a white Posca Gel Pen on the sails to make them whiter.  I did use a baby wipe rubbed over the top which I think does brighten the colours a bit, but the result is more dramatic if you use Oxide inks as it takes off the chalky finish which obviously isn't there using ordinary Distress Inks.  I wanted  it to have the look of the sea, at least in colour, and I only have very few Oxide inks hence the reason I used DI's.   

I finished by die cutting the topper using one of my Crealies Pierced dies and then added a white mat using a slightly bigger pierced die and mounted it on to a white 7 x 5 card.

I am also entering this card in:

The Male Room Challenge - No. 117 6th Birthday.  (Congratulations to them on their six years of challenges)
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Midsummer Blues.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 4 For The Boys.

For the second card I have used a Sweet Dixie stencil called Splash and two colours of Brushos - Turquoise and Emerald Green.  I used some Removable Tape dotted on the back of the stencil and stuck it down on to a piece of white card 6" square.  I then I sprinkled the two different Brusho powders over it and spritzed with water and mopped up the excess water using a piece of kitchen towel.  I did this several time to buildi up the colour.  Mopping up the excess liquid seems to have in the main stopped it from leaking under the stencil too much, and when dry I used some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink over the whole piece applying it with a blending tool and then darkened the edges a little with Chipped Sapphire.  I then cut the finished piece down very slightly and stuck it to a 6" square white base card. 

I am also entering this card in:

Penny Black and More August Challenge - For Boys and Men.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add A Die Cut.

I then die cut a circle from more white card and stamped the steampunk sailing ship on to it using Versafine Deep Lagoon ink which I then heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then found a Dutch Doobadoo stencil with some small dots and thin stripes and blended the Mermaid Lagoon very lightly to the background around the ship using and also added some around the edges.  I finished by stamping the sentiment again using the Deep Lagoon and Clear Gloss EP and blended more of the ink to the edges before attaching it to the topper.

Thank you for visiting today and I'll see you again soon.  The Twofer Challenge is open until the 24th so lots of time left to get an entry in.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Bubble Hearts Anniversary

Hi everyone.  I have another anniversary card to share with you today which has Tangerine, Aqua and White which is the theme for the  Less is More Challenge and Bubbles which is the theme over at Addicted to CAS Challenge - No. 165.

I started with the background using Broken China and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks.  I laid a bit of each colour down on my glass mat, added some water and picked up each of the colours in turn on an old plastic card using just the edge to drag some in both directions in the centre of the piece of white card.  When I was happy I used a bubble heart stamp from Chocolate Baroque stamp set Floral Heart and applied it in both colours over the top.

I then stamped another of the bubble hearts from the same set on to a piece of white card with Versafine Habanero on one, and Deep Lagoon on the other, and heat embossed over the top with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then fussy cut them both out and added a piece of craft foam to the back of each.  I finished with some Clear Wink of Stella over the top to add some shimmer.

I finished by die cutting it using a square stitched die from The Works and added another layer of white card behind.  I added the sentiment using the Versafine Deep Lagoon, again heat embossing with the Clear Gloss EP.  I then added this to a 6" square white card.



I am also entering:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a Die Cut.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Punky Hearts Anniversary

Hi all.  I have an anniversary card today and  a slightly different style to my usual I think.  I decided to try a background technique which involves using a credit card edge to pull the ink across the card.  I used a Chocolate Baroque set called Punky Hearts and Distress Inks in Broken China, Ripe Persimmon and Mowed Lawn, and highlighted the edges with Adirondack Pink Sherbet Ink.

I added the chequered hearts using the Ripe Persimmon together with the same swirly hearts as used for the two hearts on the top but just stamped in Broken China.  I stamped two more of the swirly hearts stamped with the Ripe Persimmon and heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and I coloured with the Broken China before backing them with a piece of white card cut just a little bit bigger to give them a nice white edge and I used my Wink of Stella Pen to sparkle them up.  I then cut a piece of light green vellum and stamped the sentiment using Versafine Majestic Blue Ink and again heat embossed with the Clear Gloss EP before wrapping this around the background and glued it to the white base card.  I finished by attaching the hearts over the piece of vellum.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

More Cards for June TV Shows

Hi there everyone.  Here are some more cards I made for last month's Chocolate Baroque Hochanda shows.  This was made with the Rose Set using the large stemmed rose and then one of the smaller Mackintosh inspired images on the background.

I decided to do a multi colour stamping technique using my Misti stamp positioner and using Distress Inks in Carved Pumpkin and Abandoned Coral on the flowers and Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber on the leaves and stems.  I added one colour at a time starting with the lightest colour on the flowers, spritzed and then stamped and did this several times, then added the darker colour and spritzed and stamped, drying in between to build up the colour.  I then filled in any bits that hadn't caught the colour enough using my waterbrush.  This gives more of a washy random look which I think suits this stamp.  I die cut this with a stitched square die from The Works and matted it on to dark green card.

I then stamped the background using the Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  I worked out roughly how many times I could stamp the circular image along the edge of the square piece of card and stamped each corner before filling in the two images in between on each side.  It doesn't work exactly by eye but you just have to go for it and trust that the finished result will look OK, and luckily it  I then blended some of the same ink around the edges using a blending tool and added it to the white base card.

My second card again features the large rose stamped using Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink.  I inked the stamp and lightly spritzed it before stamping it on to a piece of white card again to give a waterlook to it.  I then die cut using my Crealies Pierced die, and then layered this on to a piece of cobalt blue card, again die cut with the Crealies die, and then on to a piece of silver mirri card.  I added this to the white base card and added a sentiment embossed with WOW Silver Metallic Embossing Powder.

For my last card I used the square rose tile from the same Rose set and I decided to make a tile design.  I stamped eight tiles using Versafine Onyx Black ink and coloured the rose design with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink blended on to each of the tiles before double embossing with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then cut each of them out and mounted them on to a piece of white card.  I then cut a piece of white card a little larger and coloured round the edges with the same blue ink and adhered the tile layer to it.  I finished by adding a sentiment into the centre space which I left for that purpose again using the Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with the Clear Embossing Powder.  I then added this to the square white base card.

I am entering the following challenge with this card:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 357 Where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.

Thanks for looking at my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

July Twofer Card Challenge

Hi there everyone.  This month's Twofer Challenge run by Darnell has the theme 'Garden' and I decided to use this Penny Black stamp called Summer Dream which I bought recently, so here are my two cards.

Using my Misti and Bristol Smooth Watercolour Card I stamped using various shades of Distress Inks I gradually built up the colour spritzing slightly each time before stamping then added extra ink with my waterbrush.  I used Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold, Picked Raspberry, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy, Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain.

I finished with a sentiment stamped using Versafine Olympia Green Ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

I am entering this card into:

Stamping Sensations July Challenge - The Earth Laughs in Flowers.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 3 For The Girls.
Penny Black and More July Challenge - Summer Colours.

The second card was made with alcohol inks in Stream, Indigo, Stonewashed, Flamingo, Watermelon and Terracotta, and using the same Summer Dream stamp and my Misti I applied stamp cleaner to the stamp itself to lift the alcohol ink away leaving that ghost print.  I don't have the proper TH ink lifting pad but the stamp cleaner has a sponge on the top of the bottle and I applied a good even coat to the stamp and it worked fairly well.  I repeated this several times .  I then backed this piece with some blue card and added the Wild Rose Studio Rose Bunch die cut in white which stands out well over the AI background. 

I then added a sentiment using Versafine Deep Lagoon ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

I am also entering this card into the

CAS Mix Up Challenge where the theme is Alcohol Lift Ink + Stamping + Your Choice, and my additional technique is die cutting.

I am also adding another card into this post which is for the CAS Stencil Challenge as time is running short and all of the challenges close on the 24th I thought I would post this one here too.  The theme for this one is Alcohol Ink/Alcohol Lift and I opted to use alcohol inks through a stencil.

The stencil is a new one bought recently called Floral Waves from Dutch Doobadoo and using Flamingo, Watermelon and Clover alcohol inks and some Yupo paper I applied them using a piece of blending foam.  I then added some glue to the centre petals of the flower shapes and added some gold gilding flakes to add a little bit of sparkle which really doesn't show up in the photo.  I then mounted this on to a piece of green card cut using one of my Crealies Pierced Rectangle dies.  I then die cut a set of leaves which I got from The Works some time ago and which I have also used for the first time and which I triple embossed with WOW Metallic Brass Embossing Powder.  I mounted this on to my white base card and finished with a sentiment also heat embossed with the Brass EP.

Thank you for joining me here on my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.

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