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.
3 lovely examples Pat and hard to pick a fave really. Think the last one just shades it for me - I like the selection of colours you've used to give the fruits the definition and depth very much. Happy Bank Holiday Monday.
I've not been around for awhile either so I'm playing catch up. How lovely you got to go to the Netherlands... And what a gorgeous array of cards. I love the colouring especially on the fruit (you clever lady). Have a wonderful week... Typical bank holiday weather here!
Three gorgeous cards, Pat. I love them all, but my favourite is the second one, the tranquil scene you've created is beautiful. xx
I love all three cards, but if I had to choose my favourite is the apple card. They look good enough to eat.
WOW! Three amazing cards Pat. Your watercolouring skills masterful. xx
Beautiful work, Pat! Love your colouring!! The fruitcard is really amazing!!
Beautiful card, PAt. Oh my goodness...you design cards for a Show! I am so impressed with you.
Each and every one is so worthy of being highlighted there.
Three fabulous cards Pat - I love the serenity of your snippets entry. And the colouring (especially those apples) - wow!).
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