Sunday 30 August 2020

Time for a Tango!

Hi there everybody.  Another anniversary card today, not many more on my list though now we are getting into September, and I decided to use this new stamp set acquired recently from Art Journey Stamps called, unsurprisingly, Dance, and as the tango is considered to be quite a passionate dance, especially the Argentinian variety, I thought this image would be something just a bit different for an anniversary.

I stamped the image using Versafine Ink in Deep Lagoon and as it is a silhouette and  quite a large stamp I used my Misti so that I could ink it several times.  I noticed that inking it more heavily the bit of script across the bodies of the dancers got filled in rather which is  shame but I did want a good heavy coverage.  I then heat embossed it with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder. 

I then decided to make a heart pattern in the background which I did with a heart stencil made from a piece of acetate using a heart die, and which I have kept and used many times.  I inked blended with Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks using the Cracked Pistachio around the edges.  I did four to form a sort of flower in the background.

I finished with the sentiment stamped and embossed with the Deep Lagoon Ink and then Clear Gloss EP, and I used the Clear Gloss on the clock faces too using the Versamark Pen.

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

I am entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Wednesday - No. 286 All About Occasions.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
613 Avenue Create August 2020 Challenge - Anything Goes (Optional Twist: Washi Tape).
Dutch Card Lovers Challenge - No. 332 Anything Goes.

Sunday 23 August 2020

Brayer Inked Anniversary

Hi everybody.  Another anniverary card made with a slightly different technique.  A came across a lady called Joan at Dear Paperlicious who did a couple of cards with hearts made with a piece of inked card on which she had swiped lots of different colours of ink randomly to fill the piece and then cut the hearts.   At the moment she is have a blog break but you will find these cards on her instagram @dearpaperlicious.   I loved the look and decided to CASE her card but with some changes obviously.

I started with a leftover piece of cream pearlescent card used for the golden wedding card I made recently.  I decided instead of swiping the colours on I would use my brayer inked just at the left hand end to keep the strips of colour regular and quite small.  I used Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and also Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink.  I decided to cut five hearts and then for more interest and texture I dry embossed them using a freebie floral embossing folder from way back, and also cut a white square stitched mat to mount them on to which I inked round the edge with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  I die cut the sentiment and couldn't decide which colour to use of the four already mentioned so added one over the top of the other until I came up with this combination which I thought looked the best, and cut three of the sentiments to mount on top of one another to add more dimension.  I then heat embossed using my WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, and did this a couple of time to build up the shine.

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

I am entering the following challenges:

As You Like It Challenge - Favourite Colour to Pair With Pink and Why (I love purple with pink as they complement one another)
My Time To Craft Challenge - No. 439 Clean and Simple.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 385 Where we use up our snippets of card, paper etc.  (I have used snippets of white card for the hearts, three layer sentiment and the background mat).

Sunday 16 August 2020

Tropical Sunset

Hi there everyone.  This is a card made using a Crafty Individuals stamp called Tropical Sunset which I got fairly recently.  I found a piece in my stash created with Brushos a week or two ago and which I hadn't got around to using, and the colours seemed perfect to use as a background for this image.

I managed to place the image so that the setting sun came within the yellow area, and I stamped it using my Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and cut it out using a Crealies Pierced Rectangle die.  I watercoloured the sun and the area below using Adirondack Sunshine Yellow ink and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and some Broken China Distress Ink for the darker parts of the sea applied using a waterbrush.   I then blended some Stormy Sky over the top portion of sky to darken it a bit and added some more Spiced Marmalade and Sunshine Yellow around the sun using a blending tool, and also inked around the edges to finish.

I backed the piece with another piece of card to raise it up a bit and added it to a 7" x 5" card and added the sentiment using the Nocturne ink and heat embossed it with WOW EmbossingPowder.

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

Note:  Before I go I wonder if anyone has had the same problem I have had with the new Blogger format.  I have done one or two posts successfully, but this one went wrong at the bottom where I put the list of challenges, and for some reason it would not let me single space them.  I tried for ages to fix it and thought I had when I followed a second challenge title on the same line as the last and pushed it forward until it all dropped down on to the next line, and did this each time until I had everything looking like it looks now, but when I checked on preview it was completely all over the place.  I didn't like the look of it double spaced and so I have gone back to the old Blogger.  I would love to know if anyone else has had this problem and if so if you managed to fix it.  

I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up Challenge - August Watercolour Challenge.  (So pleased to be chosen the winner)
CAS On Sunday Challenge - No. 186 Nature.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 16 Tic Tac Toe (Bright, Embossing, Masculine).  
Stamping Sensations Challenge - Make it Masculine.  
Allsorts Challenge - Week 585/6 Summer Fun.
NBUS Challenge - No. 17 First time of use for this CI stamp.
The Artistic Stamper August Challenge - Anything Goes.
The Male Room Challenge - No. 141 Our 7th Birthday. (Congratulations on this milestone!)

Monday 3 August 2020

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Hi everyone.  Some friends of ours have just celebrated their 50th anniversary.  They were supposed to be going on a cruise but sadly it was not to be.  I made this card and decided to use something other than hearts so for a change I used this flower stamp from a set by Chocolate Baroque called Floral Perfumery

I found a piece of cream pearlescent card and stamped this group of flowers three times using Versamark Ink and heat embossed with WOW Gold Metallic Embossing Powder.  I then cut the numbers and a fancy stitched rectangle shape from gold mirri and then the computer generated sentiment cut with a size smaller die to fit on top.  I found a piece of sheer ribbon with a fance gold edge in my box of bits and put a strip of it across the centre of the card before layering it up, and then made a bow from another piece to decorate the side of the sentiment mat.  A quite straightforward card and I think the thing that took the most time was trying to get a good gold colour for the words and choosing a font off the 

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope to see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

The Paper Players - PP502 Wedding/Anniversary.
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Weddings/Anniversaries/Love.