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  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.