A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Blue Monochrome

Today's card is my reminder to you to join us at CAS Watercolour!

My card for the original challenge post was in red, so thought for this one, I'd go to my favourite colour, blue.

I took a stencil and used a few shades of mini Distress inks on the stencil, spritzed with water, and created a stencil monoprint.  Love the blend of the shades of blue!

I did a sentiment strip in a matching blue on vellum and attached it under a pierced frame die cut (cut twice and stacked for dimension).  I added a few blue sequins for a bit of bling, still in the monochromatic colour scheme.

In real life, the sentiment shows up more but somehow it doesn't in my photo.  Here's a close-up to show it better and to also show the lovely blend of blues:

You have until November 24th to link up over at CAS Watercolour.  There's lovely inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and this month's fabulous Guest Designer, Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord).  

Please note that there will not be a CAS Watercolour challenge in December as the Design Team is taking a break over the holidays.  We'll be back January 3rd with the first of next year's challenges.

I'm also linking the card up with our sister challenge, CAS Stencil as they are asking for a stencil monoprint.



Stamps - The Artful Stamper sentiment
Ink - mini Distress inks (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Broken China), Memento Bahama Blue
Paper - white and mixed media cs, vellum
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Memory Box Texture Flourish stencil, blue sequins, MFT pierced square frame dies, fun foam

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

A Red and Green Card, and a Shimmer Card

The 12 Months of Christmas challenge wants red and green this month.

I stamped the inchies and punched them out. They are popped up on fun foam, as is the background dp.  

I'm also entering it at the Pixie's Snippets Playground as I used a scrap of dp and some scraps of ivory cs for the inchies.

Next up is the AAA Cards CAS challenge "One Image and Shimmer".

I stamped the stars in copper pigment ink and, with a Versamarker, drew a bar for them to hang from, then heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Taupe embossing powder to get a bit of an uneven rustic look.  Then sprinkled a bit of the same embossing powder around the image and heat embossed it from underneath, and painted the insides of the stars with gold watercolour paint.   I popped it up on fun foam and added a heat embossed sentiment.  The card base is gold shimmer cardstock.

Here's hoping everyone is getting their Christmas cards done in plenty of time!!

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Darkroom Door Christmas Inchies
Ink - Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Paper - Gina K Pure Ivory cs, Graphic 45 dp
Size - A2
Accessories - 1" square punch, fun foam

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Anita's stars, unknown sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Copper
Paper - white cs, gold shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Stampendous Aged Taupe embossing powder (stars), Ranger Pirate Gold embossing powder (sentiment),  Spellbinders label die, fun foam

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Purple and White

I'm honoured today to be the Guest Designer over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown after winning their white, blue, and brown colour challenge with this card!  The challenge is:

And it was a challenge for me as I'm not used to using purple on a Christmas card!  Here's what I made:

For the background, I sprinkled purple Magicals onto mixed media cs and spritzed with water.  They spread beautifully into slightly sparkly shades of purple.  I let it dry naturally rather than heat drying so that the heat gun didn't blow the colours and make them pool.

I die cut the snowflake and glued over the purple panel (after first trimming it down).  Popped it up on fun foam on a white background piece on which I'd stamped my purple sentiment, and then popped that piece up on fun foam on the card base.

Since purple on Christmas cards is such a challenge for me, I'm looking forward to seeing what cards are entered over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown!

Stamps - Hero Arts sentiment
Ink - Memento Grape Jelly
Paper - white and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Spellbinders Snowflake Snippets die, purple Magicals, fun foam

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Wild Horse and Snowy Woods

I'm on a horse theme these days.  Here's another:

I splattered a piece of watercolour paper with Liquid Frisket to create snowflakes drifting down in the sky.

I stamped and heat embossed the horse, then took some brown watercolour paint and filled in the open areas of its body.

I created a mask for the snowy hill and stamped and heat embossed the trees so that they were not in the foreground. Leaving the mask in place, I sponged the sky.

I removed the liquid frisket, added a sentiment, and put white glitter on some of the tree branches, the upper line of the snow and behind each hoof as if the horse was kicking up snow as he galloped.

It's being linked up with the following challenges:

The Paper Players "Into the Woods" - I like to think the horse is galloping into the woods to shelter from the snow.

Christmas Kickstart "Snow"

Krafty Chicks Challenge "Winter"


Stamps - Local King Rubber Stamp mustang, Tim Holtz trees, Penny Black sentiment
Ink - Versafine Vintage Sepia and Olympic Green, Distress Stormy Sky
Paper - white cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - liquid frisket, clear embossing powder, white glitter, brown watercolour paint