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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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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Cards for June TV Shows

Hi everyone.  Here are some cards I made for last month's Chocolate Baroque TV shows.  The first one was made using the Rose and Thistle set of stamps.  I used the fan shaped flower head stamp and decided to make a wreath shape with it.  I divided a 7" square piece of card into four marking with a pencil and then began by stamping the image top and bottom across the centre line, and then added in one image either side making sure they stopped at the centre line.  I then turned the card and did the same bottom left and right, and stamped using Versafine Majestic Blue ink and rubbed out the pencil lines.  I then used spritzed Oxide inks in Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey applied using a piece of acrylic sheet.  I wanted to keep the centre light and using the acrylic helps to direct the ink where you want it.  I did this several times until I was happy with the look. 


I then coloured the flowers using the same three inks, blending the blue and yellow to make light green and used the yellow and orange on the flowers.  I finished by adding a sentiment from the Rose Stem Script set to the centre of the wreath using the Salty Ocean ink, and after matting onto a piece of dark blue, added this to a slightly larger square white card.  This obviously makes a very large card, but you could make the wreath shape smaller by using less of the fan shapes or by infilling with one of the smaller stamps.

I am entering this card into the following challenge:

Stamping Sensations July Challenge - The Earth Laughs in Flowers.




My second card again features the Rose and Thistle set of stamps and I used the multi rose image and stamped it using Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed using the WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then coloured the roses using Candied Apple Distress Ink for the flowers and Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint Distress Inks for the leaves with just a little added Candied Apple and trimmed round the edges.  I continued by stamping the little rosebud image on to another piece of white card using the same black ink and blended some of the Twisted Citron over it, and I mounted the topper on to a piece of craft foam to give it dimension before adding it to the card over the rosebud background.

I am entering this card into the following challenge:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 356 where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.  (two white snippets which had been laying on my desk left over from another card)




This again uses the Rose and Thistle set but this time the floral heart stamp and the fan shaped flowers in the background.  I stamped the heart on to a piece of white card using Versafine Smokey Gray ink and then coloured using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide, and Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.  I then fussy cut it out.  For the background I die cut a rectangle using a Crealies Pierced edge die and blended the Worn Lipstick and Broken China on to it with a little Hickory Smoke too.  I stamped the fan shaped spray of flowers on to it around the edges using the same colours to give a tone on tone effect and I adhered the heart to it using Pinflair Glue Gel to give it dimension.  I then added a die cut white mat using the same Crealies Pierced Dies and added this to a white base card.

Thanks for joining me here today and I'll see you soon.







Thursday, 11 July 2019

A lot of Birds!

Hi there.  As the title suggests these are both bird inspired cards, and both made for my Hubby whose birthday it is today.  We have just come back from a week's holiday in North Wales and the day we left was our anniversary, so I decided to show both cards here at once.  The birthday card was made with another of the freebie stamps from the Craft Stamper magazine set which has featured on a couple of cards recently.  I must admit to being in a bit of a rush as we were going away and had naturally been busy with that and the cards needed to be fairly straight forward.


The background was made with a couple of blue Distress inks, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch.  I used an old plastic card, both the edge and flat to swipe the watery ink across the card in a fairly random fashion and is a very quick way of getting a background, and the inks blended together nicely.  I then stamped the images using Versafine Smokey Gray ink, first the wooden pier then the seagull on the top, and coloured with more Distress Inks using a waterbrush, including Brushed Corduroy on the wood and some Peeled Paint into the water for shadows, and Hickory Smoke on the seagull's wings.  I added some white gel pen to the face and breast feathers and then painted in a horizon line and the distant hills for background interest using the same colours.  I finished by adding the sentiment using Versafine Majestic Blue ink and die cut with a stitched square die from The Works and backed with some dark blue card before adding it to a 6" square white base card.


The anniversary card was made using a set of Flamingos by Sheena Douglass using the foliage and the sentiment too.


 I stamped the main image and foliage using Hickory Smoke DI and then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  I coloured using Distress Inks Brushed Corduroy, Fossilised Amber, Peeled Paint, Mermaid Lagoon, Stormy Sky, Picked Raspberry and Adirondack Pink Sherbet.  I then die cut it using a Crealies set of Pierced Rectangles and added the foliage at the top and agained coloured with DI's.  I decided to add the sky with the heart shape behind the birds obviously keeping the inside of the heart white, and finished by adding a sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.   I did add a bit of Black Micron Pen around some parts of the image as the Hickory Smoke looked a bit too pale and some of the lines were not very distinct.

I was happy with the seagull seascape, but wasn't too sure about the flamingos which didn't work quite as well as I hoped, and Hubby did like them both, but when pressed he did say the seascape was his favourite which I suspected would be the case.

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









Friday, 5 July 2019

Oh I Do Like to be Beside The Seaside

Hi everyone.  This is my second card made from the lovely seaside themed freebie stamps which came with Craft Stamper Magazine and this time I have used several colours of Adirondack Ink to watercolour with using a waterbrush.  They are Stonewashed, Butterscotch, Sunshine Yellow, Cranberry and Bottle Green.  I did mix the green with a little of the yellow to brighten it up a bit and I stamped the scene and sentiment using Versafine Smokey Gray Ink.


I finished by adding some White Posca Pen to the sea to give the impression of waves, and I added three little birds in the sky using a very fine Black Micron Pen.

I made this card for the lovely Darnell and wanted to post it on Tuesday which was her birthday but as I did send it a little late I wanted to be sure she had received it before I showed it on here.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.






Tuesday, 25 June 2019

More Autumn Themed Cards

Hi everyone.  Here are the last of the cards I made for last month's Chocolate Baroque TV shows.  This first card was made using the Chinese Lantern type flower from the Autumn Poppy set of stamps, using the different leaves in the background.


I started by stamping the flower stem using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and coloured using Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint Distress Inks applied with a waterbrush.  I then fussy cut it out.

I decided I would have an aperture on the background filled with an alcohol inked background and used a mixture of Pool, Watermelon and Clover and some blending solution.  When the colours mixed obviously there is red and blue and the resulting purple, but I'm not sure what happened to the Clover, but it is in there somewhere..lol.  I then colour blended the background aperture layer using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and stamped the four different sets of leaves over the top.  You may see some very faint lines in the background because I did think I would make a watermark effect using the leaves but when I blended the colour over the top they didn't show up enough so I then stamped again with the blue ink which I thought looked much better but still soft enough to stay in the background.  Luckily I did use a stamp positioner leaving the stamps in place until I was sure all was OK.

I finished by adhering the alcohol ink piece to the back of the aperture and then added this to the white base card.  I then added the flowers over the top and to one side and stamped one of the sentiments from the Fungi and Flowers Collage set on to a die cut stitched oval tag, again using the Onyx Black Ink, and added a little blue ink around the edges before fixing it to the card covering the base of the flower stem.

I am entering this card into the following challenge:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 355 where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.  (I used up snippets of white card, and the Yupo was a small leftover piece too).




My second card features one of the new stamp sets called Toadstool Garden.  I stamped it using Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then coloured just the fungi and flowers using two red Distress Inks - Candied Apple and Fired Brick, applied with a waterbrush and when dry I added some Wink of Stella over the top.  I then added a sentiment from the set and layered on to red and black card before adding it to the white base card.





My last card was made with the Autumn Poppy set using the three different fungi images.   I used Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks laid down on my glass mat and spritzed before laying the card into it to pick the ink up, and I did this several times to build up the colour, drying in between.  I then stamped the fungi using Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink and I masked the tall slim group and stamped again.  I bleached out the colour using my waterbrush, and then coloured them using more of the Fossilized Amber and added Candied Apple, Brushed Corduroy, Ground Espresso and Abandoned Coral in varying degrees.  I finished by cutting the piece down a bit and then added a sentiment from the Fungi and Flowers Collage again using the Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink, and then added it to the white base card.

I am entering this card into the following challenge:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Thank you for dropping by today and I'll see you again soon.








Wednesday, 19 June 2019

CAS Watercolour June Challenge

Hi everybody.  I am back with a card for the CAS Watercolour Card Challenge run by lovely Loll and Bonnie, and the theme this time is Something Blue.  I have been seeing some really lovely cards made using a freebie stamp set from the latest Creative Stamping Magazine and saw it whilst in the supermarket and just couldn't resist with its seaside themed stamps and also some images of sea birds too, three stamp sets in all!


I stamped this lovely lady sunning herself on the beach using Versafine Majestic Blue ink and then heat embossed using Papermania Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  This is a brand I haven't used before but needed a new pot in a hurry and bought it in a local craft shop, but am happy enough with it so far.

I then coloured the image using three shades of blue Distress Inks, i.e. Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire, all applied with a waterbrush.

I finished by stamping a sentiment from the same set using the Majestic Blue ink and again heat embossed with the Clear EP.

Before I go I have to introduce a new follower called Val, who I'm sure lots of you will know, but if you don't I'm sure she would love you to go and visit her here.  All the CAS Challenges run by Loll and Bonnie are open for a few more days so still time to get an entry in.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.  






I am also entering the following challenges:

CAS On Friday - No. 160 People.  (Really pleased to be chosen for the Top 3)
Stamping Sensations June Challenge  - Show Your True Colours (I just adore blue tones).
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Travel/Vacation.
The Artistic Stamper June Challenge  - By the Seaside.
AAA Birthday Card Challenge - No. 2 Use Water Colours.



Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Chilling Out

Hi all.  Here is another masculine card as I needed a card for a cousin's husband and so I decided to use this Sheena Douglass stamp called Just Chilling which I have used only once before.  Last time I did it just as a silhouette, but this time I decided to use my Misti stamp positioner and ink up the stamp in different colours to make the scene. although I did do the sea and sky with a waterbrush.   Here is the last occasion I used it, for hubby's birthday actually nearly two years ago, and dreadful that I haven't used it since...shame on me!


I stamped the boat, the ripples in the water and the distant horizon with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to start with by adding the ink to the stamp where I wanted it and then spritzed with a little water before stamping.  I then added a little Candied Apple DI to the bottom of the boat, and Lucky Clover and Pine Needles DI's to the greenery on the left, all spritzed with a little water before stamping.  I then added the birds using Versafine Vintage Sepia and then coloured the water using Adirondack Stonewashed and Blueprint Sketch DI.  For the sky I again used some Stonewashed but added some bits of Mermaid Lagoon but sparingly as it is quite bright.  I applied the inks using a waterbrush.

I then layered it on to some blue card and stamped the sentiment again using the Vintage Sepia ink and then added it to a 7" x 5" white base card.

This technique is a bit fiddly and if the ink strays where you don't want it I wipe it away using some kitchen towel.  I think to firm up the outlines of the boat I did stamp again using the Brushed Corduroy but this time without spritzing.   I think the jury's out as to whether this looks better than the last time, and one of the birds got smudged a bit, but I had spent quite a lot of time on it and needed to get the card posted so I decided it looked good enough to send, and just hope he likes it.

Thank you for visiting today and I'll see you again soon.






I am entering the following challenge:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Masculine.
Crafty Calendar Challenge - June - Masculine.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 2 Use Water Colours.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Music Speaks Again

Hi everyone.  I made this card for our son for his birthday and decided to use the same stamp set from Visible Image that I used last year but in a totally different way.  If you would like to take a look at last years it is here.  Anyway here is this year's creation.


I cut a piece of white card just a bit smaller than 6" x 6" and stamped the first guitar using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed it using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, and masked it before stamping the second using Versafine Smokey Gray, again heat embossing it,  and then moved the mask to this second guitar before stamping the third using second generation Smokey Gray Ink and then heat embossed this last one too.

I used Brilliant Red, Scarlet Red and Purple Brushos in the background, covering the words on the guitars over and being very careful where I sprinkled the Brushos, then spritzed and used a waterbrush to move the inks around the guitars.  I then repeat stamped the distressed music in Dusty Concord, and the sound waves in Candied Apple Distress Ink.

I finished by highlighting the words using a White Posca Pen and added the sentiment using Versamark and WOW Opaque Bright White EP on to a strip of black card which I cut into a fishtail banner shape.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope to see you again soon. 






I am entering the following challenges:

AAA Birthday Card Challenge - No. 1 Anything Birthday Goes.
Uniko Challenge - No. 53 Anything Goes (Optional Twist Masculine).



Monday, 27 May 2019

With Autumn in Mind

Hi there.  Here are some cards I made for Chocolate Baroque shows on Hochanda.


This first one features the new Mushroom House which is so cute and great to colour, and I also used one of the Autumn Edges stamps.  I stamped both images using Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink and heat embossed them using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I used Distress Inks with a waterbrush to colour in Fired Brick, Brushed Corduroy, Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive and Mermaid Lagoon, and also Adirondack Ink in Sunshine Yellow.  I used the same colours on the border with the addition of Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

I layered the border on to the top layer and added one of the sentiments from the Mushroom House set stamped using the Vintage Sepia Ink and heat embossed with the Clear Gloss EP, and then layered it on to a piece of dark green card, and then added it to a white base card.




The second card uses the trees from the Autumn Edges set stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink and then heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then made a background scene with a mask put in place before using Brusho Powders in Ultramarine, Turquoise, Emerald and Leaf Green placing some of the powder on my glass mat and adding water before applying them with a brush.  I removed the mask and coloured the sun with Yellow and Orange Brushos.  I wanted a slightly misty look so wet the background above the horizon and took the hard edge off the sun and softened the sky too.   I then die cut with a Crealies Pierced Rectangle and then cut a white layer using one of the dies a size larger to layer together.

I then cut a larger rectangle to fit an 8" x 6" white card added on the leaf borders, a silhouette type stamp, and stamped on all four edges of the background using Pine Needles Distress Ink and spritzing with a little water before stamping which gives a slight softer and lighter finish.  When dry I blended some Twisted Citron Distress Ink over the edges to colour the edges before adding the topper.

I am entering this card into the following challenge:
 
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 353 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.




For this third card I used the Mellow Fruitfulness  set of stamps and stamped using my stamp positioner and several shades of Distress Inks added to the stamp, then spritzed with just a little water before stamping, and then used a waterbrush to move the colours about and a little extra added ink to finish each of the different images.  Spritzing with water gives a softer and more blended look to the fruits especially.  For the apples I used Peeled Paint and Fired Brick on the fruits and in addition Twisted Citron on the leaves.  I finished by reinking the stamp totally with Peeled Paint and stamped again.  For the oranges I used Carved Pumpkin and Abandoned Coral as well as the same green tones, and this time when I stamped for the second time to firm up the outlines I used the orange tones on the fruits and then the Peeled Paint again on the leaves.  Lastly for the cherries I used Candied Apple and Abandoned Coral and again the same green tones for the leaves and restamped with just the Candied Apple and the Peeled Paint.  I then stamped the bunch of leaves as a fill in using the foliage from the apple, but this time I just stamped with the Peeled Paint and again spritzed, then filled in the colours with the waterbrush adding the Twisted Citron and a little Carved Pumpkin, no second inking for these images though.

I finished with one of the sentiments stamped with the Peeled Paint and then heat embossed with WOW Glear Gloss Embossing Powder, and then blended around the edges of the mat with Adirondack Sunshine Yellow Ink which is a nice sunny colour.

This was a little fiddly and not a technique to do all the time because adding the different colour inks to parts of the stamp does take time, but I think the finish to the fruits especially gives them a realistic finish which a lot of the time I strive for but of course don't always achieve.  Thank you for visiting my blog today and I'll be back soon.








Friday, 24 May 2019

Twofer and CAS Stencil Challenges

Hi there.  Firstly I would just like to apologise to those people who I have not visited in a while as hubby and I had a trip to Holland and Belgium, specifically Amsterdam and Bruges, both places I have not been to before, and we had a great time.  We did also go to see all the windmills, nineteen of them I think, at Kinderdijk, and we aso went to Delft and Gouda, and the first weekend was spent in Rotterdam as hubby's choir were singing with a Dutch choir there.  The bicycle image is from Crafty Individuals which I have had for a while and haven't got around to using, and it reminded me of all the bikes you see in Holland, especially in Amsterdam outside the central station.  There were what seemed like thousands of them, and I thought that on returning in the evening actually finding your own bike amongst so many would be quite difficult.  Here's a photo my hubby took of them and I think you will see what I mean.  There were two more rows over to the left too which aren't visible in the photo.



Well, now on to my cards today.  It is a while since I've managed to join in the fun over at the Twofer Challenge run by lovely Darnell, and was determined that this month I would definitely get an entry in.  The theme this time is Things With Wheels, and the idea is to use the same stamp, die or stencil on both cards but making two different designs for two different occasions.  One of mine is a birthday card and the other I think would be good for someone about to go travelling or facing some sort of personal challenge in their lives, anyway here are the two cards:


The first card also utilises the waste from a Sue Wilson Orange Blossom leaves die which had been lying around waiting for the opportunity to be used and this was it.  I stamped the bike using Peeled Paint Distress Ink using my Misti so that I could do several layers of ink to make sure I had a good strong image, and then added some Adirondack Sunshine yellow all over making it darker towards the centre.  I then began stencilling the leaves all around the edges using more Distress Inks and applying them using a blending tool, colours including Peeled Paint and Broken China and finished by watercolouring the flowers using Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Broken China added with a waterbrush.  I darkened the edges at the bottom by adding more layers of leaves using the Peeled Paint, and then decided to use the stencil to lift some colour so you can probably see their are some light ones too.  I added the topper to a piece of dark green card before adhering it to the white base card which started out as 7" x 5" but when I added the topper I cut it down a bit to better frame the image.  I am also entering this card in the CAS Stencil Challenge run by our friends Loll and Bonnie where the cue this time is Stencilling over a Coloured Background.


I am also entering this card into the Simon Says Monday Challenge - Use Stencils.


The second card was much quicker.  I  stamped a bike in each of the corners using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and then heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then added some Candied Apple Distress Ink around the edges and added the sentiment in the middle with the same red ink and then again heat embossed with the Clear Gloss EP.  To finish I added this to a 7" x 5" white card.


Both challenges are open for another day so have just made it in time.  Thank you for visiting today and I'll see you again soon.

                                                    

 


     

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Funky Fish and Sea World

Hi there everyone.  I am back with my third Guest Design spot over at the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog and I decided on a sea theme this time using the Steampunk Funky Fish and Steampunk Sea World sets of stamps, and there are some delightfully fun images on these two sets.  I did also use the bubbles from the Floral Heart set.


I started with the background using my Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio, laid on to a piece of acrylic, spritzed and then applied to some white card.  I repeated the process several times until I was happy with the coverage.  I stamped the seaweed and cogs and the two images to the left which remind me of jellyfish using Peeled Paint Distress Ink, and I managed to join up the seabed using the side of a pokey tool coated in the ink and dragged across to form the little hilly areas. I then stamped the large and small nautiluses and the two small seahorses using Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink.  I then coloured the images with orange, blue, yellow and brown shades of DI's including Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Lucky Clover, Peeled Paint, Candied Apple, Brushed Corduroy, Carved Pumpkin and Abandoned Coral, and to brighten the yellows a bit I also used Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, and these all applied with a waterbrush.  I know that strictly speaking you should seal the DI's with Clear Embossing Powder to stop bleeding of the ink when using water, but I didn't want a hard outline and mainly it worked OK, and where the lines disappeared too much I used a little coloured pencil to fill them in.

To finish I used the bubbles from the Floral Hearts set stamped with the Blueprint Sketch and then over the top of some of them I used a White Posca Pen, which I also used on some of the eyes.  I then blended some more Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch around the edges before adding it to the white base card.

Thank you for looking at my blog today and I'll see you again soon, and I am looking forward to doing another Guest Design spot over at Chocolate Baroque later in the year.






I am entering the following challenge:

Addicted to Stamps and More - No 342 Make Your Mark.



Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Floral Harmony

Hi there everybody.  This is my second Guest Design Post over at Chocolate Design Team Blog, and after the more masculine make last week I decided to do something with flowers and chose this Floral Harmony stamp.


I started by stamping these pretty flowers on to a piece of white card using Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and then heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then coloured them with my Distress Inks and a waterbrush using Mermaid Lagoon, Dusty Concord, Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Lucky Clover, Crushed Olive and Brushed Corduroy.  I then fussy cut it out, but for those who don't enjoy all that cutting you could just cut around the image leaving some white around the edges and it would still look fine.

I then decided that I would add a strip of alcohol inked Yupo along the bottom of the 7" x 5" card and I cut a strip roughly 2" wide and using Pool, Indigo and Clover together with some Blending Solution, and used a brush to spread them to cover the piece.  I then placed some clingfilm over the top slightly scrunched up and pressed on to the inked surface which when dry left some interesting marks. 

Instead of adding the flowers flat on to the card I cut a white layer to cover the front but leaving most of the alcohol inked border showing.  I then stamped the sentiment which comes from the Paisley Elephant set on to the bottom of this piece of card using Versafine Ink, and heat embossed it using WOW Metallic Gold Super Fine Embossing Powder.  I then attached a piece of foam to the back and added it to the card, and finished by adding the flowers using some Pinflair Glue Gel to give further dimension.

Thank you for stopping to take a look today and I'll be back next week with my third and final Guest Design Post for now, but I will be returning with more later in the year.  






I am entering the following challenges:

The Flower Challenge - No. 32 Embossing (Heat/Dry)
Penny Black and More Challenge - All Things Feminine/Anything Goes.
Craft Stamper Magazine: Take It Make It Challenge - Anything Goes.
Uniko Challenge - No. 53 Anything Goes/Masculine.
Stamping Sensations - In an English Country Garden.

 

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Take Flight

Hi everybody.  I have just started my second year working on the Chocolate Baroque Guest Design Team and this is the first of three posts I will be doing this month.  If you are anything like me I often find it difficult to choose a theme for and make masculine cards, so I decided that this is what my first card would feature so I used the Steampunkery set of stamps.


I started with the background using three shades of blue Distress Inks - Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers and Stormy Sky.  I used a piece of acrylic to lay the colours down onto and then spritzed and pressed the acrylic on to my piece of white card, doing it several times until I was happy with the look, drying the layers in between. Doing it this way helps to get the ink more where you want it and I wanted more ink in the centre leaving the edges mainly white. 

I then stamped the image using Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and I heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I coloured it with my waterbrush using Blueprint Sketch, Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks, and then used a little Silver Mica Powder mixed with water for the propeller shaft, well I think that's what it's called..lol.  It is difficult to see but it is quite shiny.

I decided to add one of the sentiments 'take flight' randomly over the background using second generation stamping with Chipped Sapphire, and then I added the small key parachute stamp as well using the same ink and coloured with Peacock feathers and Dusty Concord.  I then added a 'Happy Birthday' on to the airship itself again using Chipped Sapphire.  I then mounted it on to a piece of blue card and adhered it to a 6" square white card.

I'll be back next week with my second GD post, but for now thank you for your visit and I hope you will come back again soon.