Monday, 22 January 2018

We Three Stars

The current Jingle Belles challenge is "We Three Kings" - nothing to do with the Three Kings but rather a card with three of one element.  I chose stars.

I sprayed a piece of black cs with a couple of different gold sprays - one that came out in a mist and one that made bigger blobs.

I die cut three stitched stars out of gold shimmer cs.  Then I stamped the vertical sentiment in Delicata Golden Glitz.  I am really pleased with how all the golds match so well.

Thanks, Jingle Belles, for a fun challenge!

Stamps - Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - Delicata Golden Glitz
Paper - black and white cs, gold shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - different gold sprays, Ali Express stitched star dies

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Wildflower on Pale Colours

The CAS Colours and Sketches challenge is some lovely pale colours:

I had a piece of paper towel that I'd used to mop up various blue, mauve, and plum brushos and decided I could use it for this colour challenge.

I learned the technique from Loll Thompson.  You save your paper towel after mopping up ink or paint like Brushos, dry it out, then lay it over watercolour or mixed media paper, spray with water, and press down with your fingers.  You end up with a great background that shows the  design of the paper towel - it looks textured as if you'd used a stencil.

I added a bit of text stamping and a sentiment in Memento Sweet Plum, then trimmed the panel down.

I die cut the TH Wildflower die twice, glued it together for more dimension and layered it on top.

Since it's a birthday card and it uses a watercolour technique, I'm linking it up at CAS Watercolour as well where the January theme is "Birthday".

Stamps - Rosie's Roadshow sentiment, Happy Little Stampers text stamp
Ink - Memento Sweet Plum
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - paper towel, Brushos, TH wildflower die, fun foam

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Twofer Birds with a Nest

The wonderful Darnell of djkardkreations has started a new challenge blog called "Twofer".  The idea is to make two cards using the same stamp or die for two different occasions or celebrations.  The first prompt is:

I have no feather stamps or dies but I do have lots of birds.  So here's my Twofer:

I used a new die of a branch, nest, and birds.

First up I made a birthday card for a friend who is an avid bird watcher.

I've always been full of admiration for people who can colour die cuts that have no lines or definition on them.  But I gave it a try.  My results did not make me that happy, but thanks to advice from a few stamping friends, I went back over it and added more shading and definition and am now happier, though I'm going to practice with some less complex dies!

My colouring was done with Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, but then I went back in with Inktense pencils to deepen up the birds, add a bit of shading on the large branch, and some twiggy texture to the nest.

The background was done by sprinkling some blue Brushos on coated cs and spritzed with water.  When dry, I stamped the sentiment with StazOn and trimmed the panel with a stitched rectangle die.

My second card uses the same die to create a pale silhouette against blossom to use as a card to celebrate spring:

The die is cut from a piece of cs I'd sprayed with a slightly shimmery grey spray - it was sitting in my UFO box.

For the background, I sponged various pink and green Distress inks through a stencil, added a sentiment in green ink, and used a co-ordinating pink card base.

It's certainly far easier and quicker to use a die cut as a silhouette than to paint it!!

Looking forward to Darnell's next Twofer challenge - it's fun to come up with two ways of using the same stamp or die.

Stamps - unknown birthday sentiment, Stampendous spring sentiment
Ink - StazOn black (first card); Distress Peeled Paint, Tattered Rose, and Picked Raspberry (second card)
Paper - white and coated cs, watercolour paper (first card); white and pink cs (second cs)
Size - A2
Accessories - Ali Express die (both cards); blue Brushos, Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Inktense watercolour pencils, Li'l Inker stitched rectangle die, fun foam (first card);  Tim Holtz blossom stencil, shimmery grey/silver spray

Thursday, 18 January 2018


A while back I made a card using the Emboss Resist technique and accidentally used clear embossing powder when I'd intended to use white.  I'd always intended to redo the same image and technique but use the white embossing powder for a comparison.  Finally a year later here it is, spurred on by today's SCS Ways to Use It challenge "Let's Resist"

First a reminder of the original one (for details and supplies for it, see this post here):

and now the version with white embossing powder:

I stamped both the holly image and the small random dots in white, and embossed with white embossing powder. I like the more distinct image I got this time.

I flooded the whole panel with water and dropped a pale blue over the background, then went in with some mid-blue. I then took a fine pointed paintbrush and added a blue-green to all the holly leaves and red to the berries.

I mounted it on fun foam, framed with a pierced frame die, and a small sentiment.  I left the Stickles off the berries on this one as I liked the way the red paint came out.

What do you think?  Is an Emboss Resist better with clear or with white embossing powder?

Stamps - Great Impressions holly, Penny Black sentiment, SU Itty Bitty Background dots
Ink - ColorBox Frost White, StazOn Forest Green
Paper - white cs, Crafter's Companion watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - white embossing powder, Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, MFT pierced frame die, fun foam