Monday 26 July 2021

Canary Bird Rose

Hi all.  This latest card was made featuring a recently acquired Chocolate Baroque Stamp called Canary Bird Rose over a gelli print background.

I started with the gelli print.  I got the inspiration from Heather Telford who used a piece of corrugated cardboard to make the grid pattern.  I improvised a bit and embossed a series of vertical lines on to a thick piece of card and etched them with a ball tool as deeply as possible.  I used lime green and orange acrylic paint and my brayer to spread them both and pressed the embossed card on to it in both directions, and after lifting it away I thought it was a bit dark so I went over it with a bit more of the lime green which lifted some of the original paint off, and when I pulled the print this is what I ended up with which I love.  I then stamped the flower using Versafine Toffee Ink and I coloured it with my Inktense Pencils using a waterbrush to move the colour around and blend.  I finished by adding the sentiment using Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, and added a bit of Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink blended around the edges and white gel pen on the stamens before adding it to my usual 6" square white card.

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

I am entering the following challenges:

We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge - July - Beautiful Blooms.
Stamping Sensations Challenge - July - For a Lady.
NBUS Challenge - No. 28 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 633/4 Feminine/for a Lady.
Seize the Birthday Challenge - No. 219 Anything Goes/Travel.

Saturday 24 July 2021

CAS Mix Up and Christmas Challenges

Hi everybody,  I'm just in time to get my cards in for the CAS Mix Up Challenge which this time is a mixed media one with the theme of Alcohol Inks on Vellum, and also the CAS Christmas Challenge for which the theme is Poinsettia.  

Here is my card for the mixed media challenge using a Waves Embossing Folder and a stamp with a pair of dolphins which came free with the latest Creative Stamping Magazine. 

I found a piece of thickish vellum and covered with a mixture of green and blue alcohol inks using some blending solution and an air blower which I bought fairly recently and was much easier than blowing through a straw.  I then embossed it using the freebie folder and sanded the surface with some very fine sandpaper to empasise the wave pattern and glued it onto a piece of copy paper before die cutting it with a square stitched die.  I stamped the dolphins onto a piece of white card and coloured them using my Staedtler Watercolour Brush Markers using a grey with a little blue mixed in applying it with a waterbrush, and then fussy cut them out.  When I had added the background and stamped the sentiment, for which I used Versafine Majestic Blue Ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, I adhered them to it using some silicone glue for more dimension.I have to say that the AI's work well on vellum and it is certainly a technique which I will do again.

I am also entering the above card into the folowing challenges:

Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Create Your Own Background.
Stamping Sensations Challenge - July - For a Lady (this has been sent to a female friend and I hope she likes it).
Allsorts Challenge - Week 633/4 Feminine/for a Lady.
NBUS Challenge - Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 27 Use An Embossing Folder.







This is my card for the CAS Christmas Challenge using Crafter's Companion Pretty Poinsettia 3D Embossing Folder which is several years' old and doesn't seem to be readily available now.

I did emboss the whole thing onto some white card but decided to cut away the main group of poinsettias at the bottom righthand side.  This is a tip which I have heard others mention when embossing, which is to lightly spray the card which helps to stretch the fibres and this maximises the depth of the embossing, so I did this and I think that it did make a difference.  I coloured the flowers using a set of Lyra Water Brush Markers using a couple of nice bright reds and a couple of greens, and then coloured the centres with yellow, but decided to heat emboss them by adding some dots of gold gel pen and whilst still wet I added WOW Metallic Brass Embossing Powder and heat set it.  I then cut a stitched square mat and added the bold good sized sentiment from a Creative Stamping Magazine freebie set using Versafine Satin Red Ink and heat embossed it with WOW Clear Gloss EP before adding this to my 6" square white card, and finally added the corner poinsettia piece just inside the edge of the mat. 

I am also entering the above card into the following challenges: 

Merry Little Christmas Challenge - No. 36 July Anything Christmas Goes.
Happy Little Stampers July Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes + Optional: Jingle Bells.
Cardz 4 Galz Challenge - No. 151 Christmas in July.
The Male Room Challenge - No. 152 Christmas in July.





Thank you for your visit and I'll see you again soon.

Tuesday 13 July 2021

Pinky Inky Octopus

Hi everyone.  I made this card for hubby's birthday, which was a couple of days ago, using a new set of stamps I bought called Pinky Inky Octopus from Pink Ink Designs and I hoped he would like it as I think this image is a bit quirky and fun.

I started by cutting the piece of card to fit the image which is big but will just fit on a 7" x 5" card if you cut off the top and bottom-most tentacles - no octopuses were harmed in the making of this  As I didn't have to post it I made the finished card a bit bigger using an 8" square card cut down a little and with obviously quite a bit off the side to make it the right scale.

I used three inks for the background - Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks and Adirondack Sunshine Yellow Ink.  I brayered them on to the card starting with the two blues and then dipped my fingers into some water and made a dotty pattern at the bottom working my fingers up the page to leave little dots of ink, and I then lifted the wet ink with a piece of kitchen towel, and then brayered the yellow over the top taking it to the top again fading out.  I cannot lay claim to this look as I saw Tracey of Lavinia Stamps do this on a video here.  Finally I added a few more splatters using water with a fan brush, a tip I got from watching some videos, and the fan brush distributes it a bit more evenly making it less likely to blob. 

I then stamped the octopus using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and coloured it using the same colours and a waterbrush, with the addition of some Ripe Persimmon.

To finish I added the shoal of fish in a couple of places stamping with the Blueprint Sketch and coloured with a waterbrush and the other blue and yellow, and added the sentiment using the Nocturne ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I decided to blend some more of the inks around the edges of the top half of the card to define them, and  then added it to the card.  I couldn't decide whether to use some Glossy Accents but after some (dithering) thought, I

Hubby really loved the card which was great.

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

I am entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - No. 28 Using our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Happy Little Stampers July Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 409 Any Occasion.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 632 Masculine.

Saturday 10 July 2021

Boho Feathers

Hi all.  I made this card using a set by Woodware Stamps called Boho Feathers, made for Darnell, a lovely blogging friend and who a lot of you know.  Unfortunately I was a bit late sending it and I obviously wanted to make sure she had received it before showing it here.

I used three or four of my alcohol inks on a piece of glossy card, mixed with some rubbing alcohol and moved about with an air blower which I bought recently and it worked quite well...certainly easier than blowing them around with a straw.  I then stamped the feathers on to it using Memento Tuxedo Black and then heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder before fussy cutting them out.

I decided to use my Crealies rectangle dies with dots/pierced to cut a mat for the base card using a piece of white card, and extending  the length to fit this slimline card.  It is quite straightforward you just cut it nearly to the end then place the die back in further down making sure that it lines up well (it is easier if there is a stitched or fancy edge as it sits firmer in the pattern)   Luckily it worked well and you would never know it had been extended.  It takes a little time but saves having to buy lots of different sets of dies.  I found a feather stencil, one from a set which I got at The Range quite a time ago, and masked around the smallest one.  I used Adirondack Stonewashed Ink applied with a brush quite softly and covered the background with it.

Finally I added the feathers to the background and adhered it to the base card and then added the sentiment using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and heat embossed it with the Clear Gloss EP.

Thank you for looking at my blog today and I hope I'll see you again soon. 

I am entering the following challenges:

Cardz for Galz Challenge - No. 150 Get Inky.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 409 Any Occasion.
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - No. 319 All Things Feminine.
Country View Challenges - July 2021 Use A Stencil (or Two).
NBUS Challenge - No. 28 Using our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Stamping Sensations Challenge - July - For a Lady.

Tuesday 6 July 2021

Geometric Heart Anniversary

Hi there everybody.  This is a card I made for my hubby for our recent anniversary..39th actually, gosh!  I used a Chocolate Baroque set of stamps called Geometric Trading Hearts being a bit more masculine I feel.

I decided to get out my gelli plate to make the background using Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord Distress Inks applied with a brayer.  I just rolled bits of each of the inks over the plate and then added the heart pattern you can see using a Leonie Pujol Embossing Folder called Dotty Heart.  I inked up the positive side to get the pattern of little hearts using my brayer and the Dusty Concord Ink.   I then pressed the inked side down on to the gelli plate to transfer the inked design and used a piece of Clarity Stencil card placed over and rubbed over to transfer the background, and I got the result you can see here.  Not all the hearts came out but I liked the more random look.

I then inked the Geometric Heart using the Dusty Concord which looks much darker as I used my stamp positioner and inked it several times to get a good impression, especially as I used the Distress Ink which doesn't cover as well, and the heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I finished by cutting a mat using a coordinating piece of purple card to add to the topper, and also die cut the sentiment and little heart and then added it on to a 7" square white card cut down a little to leave just a half inch border around it.  

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

I am entering the following challenges:

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge - No. 269 Anything Goes.
Everybody Art Challenge - No. 494 Anything Goes.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Crafty Calendar Challenge - July - Anything Goes.