Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Poinsettia and Mesh

Time for a reminder to join in with the CAS Christmas challenge with a card featuring poinsettias.


Our sister challenge CAS Mix Up recently had a "layered embossing" challenge so I got several pieces made when making something for it, including the poinsettia on this card:


The poinsettia was made using the Encrusted Jewel Technique.  On a warm grill topped with a piece of non-stick craft mat and a piece of parchment paper, I placed a die cut poinsettia (cut out of thick cs).  I sprinkled with red and garnet embossing powders, letting them melt.  I added glitter all over it and gold microbeads to the centre.  Then melted clear UTEE on top to hold everything in place.


When crafting with friends, I'd randomly brushed some gold grounds that one of them had on a piece of cs to see what it was like, so trimmed that down for a background.  Added a heat embossed sentiment and a piece of red and gold mesh, and popped the panel up on fun foam.

Here's a close-up of the poinsettia and mesh:



I'm also adding it to the July CAS Mix Up challenge - Colour your Die Cuts - as I coloured my die cut with embossing powder.  My mixed media are die cutting, embossing powder, mesh, glitter, and microbeads.


Please come and join us at CAS Christmas.  You have until July 24th to link up a CAS card featuring poinsettias.  There's lots of inspiration from the Design Team and July Guest Designer, Marina (My Perfect Life).




Supplies:
Stamps - Old Island Stamp Co. sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Chianti
Paper - white cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - TH Tattered Poinsettia die, Stampendous Ruby Red and Pearl Claret embossing powders, UTEE, glitter, gold microbeads, red and gold mesh, Daniel Smith Gold Grounds, clear embossing powder, fun foam



Monday, 16 July 2018

Splashed Wildflowers


Mid-month already so I'm here with a reminder card for CAS Watercolour.


I took a piece of mixed media cs and used Loll Thompson's splash watercolouring technique (see her video).  I started with Distress Oxide Peeled Paint and splashed it on the lower half of the cs.  Then I used a bunch of other colours, one at a time, drying after each, to colour the upper half of the cs.

I die cut the three wildflowers out of my piece, getting the stems at the bottom and the flowers at the top.  Then die cut them again out of scrap cs and layered them for more substance.

I glued a stitched frame to the card base, stamped a sentiment, tied the bunch of wildflowers with a piece of twine, and then glued them down.

Here's a close-up:


The splash technique is so much fun - just be sure to dry between layers so that you get the nice splashed colour effect.  You have until July 24th to link up your card.  Head on over to CAS Watercolour to see what the rest of the Design Team and our Guest Designer (Marcia of Marcia K Designs) created.

I'm also adding it to the July CAS Mix Up challenge - Colour your Die Cuts - as I coloured my die cut with splashed ink.  I have stamping, die cutting, oxide ink splashing, and twine.


Thanks for stopping by today!





Supplies:
Stamps - Technique Tuesday sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black, Distress Oxide - Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Broken China, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, and Worn Lipstick
Paper - mixed media and white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Tim Holtz wildflower dies, twine, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die



Monday, 9 July 2018

Congratulations, Paper Players!

The Paper Players are celebrating their 400th challenge!  And they are asking for a card that celebrates something such as a birthday, anniversary, etc.


I need a few birthday cards over the summer, and I felt like doing something a bit less CAS, so came up with this:


I found a very pale background in my background box that was probably a mopping-up of leftover ink from some mauve and blue smooshing.  I stamped some text, plant sprig, butterflies, and sentiment on it.  Added a thin navy border and mounted it on a coloured card base (I've been trying to use up some coloured cs so my last three cards have all had coloured card bases!). 

It felt like I was on a roll with a kind of collage design so I decided to go all out and added some sticky Design Adhesives that have been sitting in a drawer for years, one with a dark blue glitter sprinkled on it and the other with mauve glitter.  It needed a bit of dimension so I punched out three little butterflies out of vellum and added them, each with a gemstone!

It's heading off to a friend who loves blues and purples and also glitter!





Supplies:
Stamps - Inkadinkado text stamp, SU sentiment, Stampendous Silhouette Sprig, unknown butterfly trio
Ink - Memento Paris Dusk, Cottage Ivy, and Grape Jelly
Paper - mixed media, navy, and blue cs, scrap of vellum
Size - A2
Accessories - ClearSnap Design Adhesives, butterfly punch, mauve and purple glitter, gemstones



Sunday, 8 July 2018

Monochrome


I haven't posted much lately as I've had my sister visiting from Toronto.  We had a lovely time and I was sad to see her go home.  I made today's card to send to her.  It says "Just to say" on the front and inside it says "I'm glad we're sisters".

This month's Flower Challenge inspired me.


I went with blues of course since they are my favourite colour (and my sister loves blue too).

My background used a technique inspired by this post by Magouille.  She also includes a video.  In a nutshell, here's what you do: 

Create an alcohol ink background on Yupo and let dry.  Place stencil over top and using a small sponge dauber, dip into blending solution.  Blot off excess blending solution and then pounce dauber over stencil to remove colour.  Make sure all areas are done before removing stencil.  You can dry off the stencil and move to another location and repeat.

I then stamped "Just to say" in blue Staz-On on the bottom corner that hadn't been completely covered by the alcohol inks, mounted it on a very narrow white border and then on fun foam, used a blue card base, and topped off with a white die cut.

Here's a close-up:


I love this technique and also the way the Tim Holtz wildflower stencil and dies go together so well.






Supplies:
Stamps - Chocolate Baroque sentiment
Ink - StazOn Midnight Blue
Paper - blue and white cs, Yupo
Size - A2
Accessories - various blue alcohol inks, alcohol ink blending solution, Tim Holtz Wildflower stencil and die, fun foam