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 my 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

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Turquoise Sky, Robin Redbreast

This week's Merry Monday challenge is "Red and Turquoise":

I chose to use one of my favourite new bird stamps, and set him against a turquoise sky:

I started by stamping the bird.  I put the stamp in my MISTI and inked it up with various browns and reds, going over it several times until happy with the colours. I then stamped with Versarmark and heat embossed the robin to create a resist for my background sponging.

I tore a couple of paper masks for snowbanks, sponged my background and the snow shadow, and then splattered with water and white acrylic paint.

Finished off by adding the sentiment and bordering with red cs.

I made a second version, very similar, but with a die cut sentiment and no border.

I had some tiny die cut letters that spell "merry" left from something else so glued them above the robin and popped the panel up on fun foam.

Thanks for dropping by today!

Stamps - Darkroom Door robin,
Ink - various red and brown Memento Dew Drops for robin; Distress Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, and Faded Jeans; Versamark
Paper - mixed media cs, PTI Vintage Cream cs, red cs
Size - A2
Accessories - clear embossing powder, white acrylic paint, leftover die cut letters, fun foam