Monday, 24 October 2016

Autumn Berries

I've done one more watercolour card for the new CAS Watercolour challenge and am squeaking in before the deadline tonight.

I love the way leaves turn colour and, on some plants, berries appear in the place of flowers in the autumn.  Here's my card:

It's a very traditional way to use watercolour - simply painting the image with watercolour pan paints!  As much as I love playing with all the new watercolour mediums (like Brushos and Bister) and all the new techniques, I do still love just colouring my image with paints.

Enjoy the last of autumn!

Stamps - Magenta leaves and berries, unknown sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - watercolour paper, PTI Vintage Cream
Size - A2
Accessories - Sizzix die, twine, foam tape, watercolour paints

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Christmas with a Bit of Orange

The October challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round is "use a little or a lot of orange on your Holiday project".

Here's my entry:

I dropped bits of red, orange, yellow, and green alcohol inks onto Yupo paper, and then added a bit of silver mixative.

I die cut "merry" out of silver cs and twice more out of scrap cs, gluing them together to give dimension, then added a matching border, and stamped and heat embossed "Christmas" underneath.

It was hard to photograph - there is actually a bit more silver in the background than it seems as some of it photographed as if it were just grey.

Stamps - SU Christmas
Ink - ColorBox silver, various alcohol inks
Paper - white and silver cs, Yupo
Size - A2
Accessories - silver mixative, silver embossing powder, PTI "merry" die

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Christmas Dogs

I love Christmas card challenges as they help me get my cards done on time.  The current challenge at 52 Christmas Card Countdown is:

Here's the card I did for it:

It's a very simple card - stamped and watercolour, with a bit of Flower Soft on the brim and pompom of the hat.  It's for a friend who has a miniature schnauzer.

Here's another I did recently for SCS but never blogged:

Stamped and watercoloured image, with glitter on the snowflake dots and snow lines, and then some snowflakes punched out of glitter cs for extra interest. I added Flower Soft to his hat as well, and bordered it in red to match the hat.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - Stampendous Santa Pup and Rubber Soul sentiment (card 1);   Crafters Companion "Barkley" (card 2)
Ink -  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - dark green, white and red cs, watercolour paper, aqua glitter cs
Accessories - various small snowflake punches, Nesties label dies, Quickie glue pen and glitter, white Flower Soft, watercolour paints

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Ghosted Mistletoe

Just a reminder that the CAS Mix Up "Ghosting" challenge is going on until October 24th!

One of the easiest ways to do ghosting on a card is to use Distress inks, an image, and water.

I created a green background with two shades of green Distress inks.  I made sure it was thoroughly dry before stamping and heat embossing my mistletoe with Versamark and white embossing powder.  I stamped the sentiment with black Archival ink.

I then took a fine paintbrush and some water and lifted the green from the insides of all the mistletoe leaves and stems.

For added interest, I sprinkled Frantage chunky white embossing enamel over the panel and heat set it from underneath the cardstock.

I mounted it on fun foam for some dimension and added a white pearl pen to the mistletoe berries.

The CAS Mix Up challenge requires stamping, ghosting, and at least one other technique or element - my others are heat embossing (on the image and the sprinkled Frantage) and liquid pearls (the pearl pen).  Be sure to keep your card clean and simple!

Stamps - Penny Black mistletoe, Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - Distress Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn, Versamark, Archival black
Paper - white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - white embossing powder, white Pearl pen, Frantage chunky white embossing enamel, fun foam