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, 23 May 2020

Layered Stencils

I'm very last minute for the CAS Stencil "Layered Stenciling" challenge!

Christine and I did some physically distanced crafting on Wednesday and she helped me with two new techniques - stenciling with a gelli plate and creating a brayered background, both techniques using Fresco Chalk paints - I like them much better than standard acrylic paints.

First up the stenciled one, using the colours from the Color Throwdown Challenge:

I brayered yellow Fresco Chalk paint onto a gelli plate, laid the swirly flower stencil over it, then pressed copy paper over top, picking up the yellow paint.  I then laid a text stencil over it and sponged with grey Distress ink.

I added it to cs using a sheet of double sided tape, then trimmed it, and bordered with a thin grey border.  I added it to white shimmer card base.

I die cut the flower spray die twice from white cs and once from the white shimmer cs I used for the card base.  I glued the three together with the shimmer layer on top.  Then added a sentiment stamped in grey on the white shimmer cs and trimmed.  And for embellishment, two yellow pearl gemstones on the two largest flowers.

Then I used the technique seen in this video for the background piece in this card:
Using a brayer and a few shades of blue Fresco Chalk paint, I rolled (with a flicking random motion) the colours one at a time on mixed media cs.  I then sponged white paint over a snowflake stencil.  Once it was dry, I stencilled the word Peace over it with Distress Black Soot ink.

I trimmed the panel, added a very thin black cs border, and finished off the sentiment by stamping "on earth" from a TH "peace on earth" sentiment onto black cs and heat embossing it in white.

Love these two techniques, especially the second one.  Thank you, Christine, for all the help with the techniques!

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Judith sentiment
Ink - Distress Hickory Smoke
Paper - white copy paper, white and grey cs, white shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - TCW Believe Script and Swirly Garden stencils, PaperArtsy Butter Fresco Chalk paint, Memory Box Honeyblossom Sprig die, yellow pearl gemstones,

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Tim Holtz
Ink - Distress Black Soot, ColorBox Frost White
Paper - mixed media cs, white linen and black cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Red Lead peace stencil, snowflake stencil, white and various blue PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk paints, white embossing powder

Thursday, 21 May 2020

A CAS Masculine Card and a Horse Silhouette

Another Twofer today!  I seem to blog in fits and starts!

For the Paper Players challenge:

I seem to have had a run on masculine cards lately.  Not my favourite to make as I find them difficult.  For this one, I pulled out a globe die.

I created a background for the globe with blue brushos sprinkled and spritzed on coated cs. I die cut the globe out of mixed media cs and smooshed it in various green and brown Oxide inks. I glued it to the blue background and trimmed away the excess blue.

I used a star stencil and embossing paste to create a background panel, added the globe to it, attached it to a linen card base, and finished off with two Tim Holtz rub-ons.

And today's second card is for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown:


I went with a white silhouette:

I used a piece of designer paper for my background as it has perfect dots of snow on it.

I topped it with a die that creates a perfect scene of a silhouette of horse, trees, snowy hill. And added a sentiment.
Wishing you all a safe and healthy day! 

Supplies for card 1:
Ink - various Oxide inks
Paper - mixed media cs, coated cs, linen cs
Size - A2
Accessories - globe die, blue Brushos, embossing paste, star stencil, Tim Holtz rub-ons

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - Memento Danube Blue
Paper - white cs, Kiwi Scrapbook dp
Size - A2
Accessories - Starlitt Studio die, sentiment label die

Sunday, 17 May 2020

A Dog with Bells

The Jingle Belles challenge wants "Bells" on our cards this time.

And The 12 Months of Christmas challenge is "Deck the Paws" - have a dog or a cat as the main focus.

I have a stamp that covers both challenges!

I stamped and heat embossed the dog and sentiment, then masked it and added the stars through a stencil, using silver embossing paste.  I coloured the bells with a silver glitter pen and bordered the panel with silver cs and popped it up on the card base.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope everyone is doing okay.

Stamps - Creative Images
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - white and silver cs
Size - A2
Accessories - clear embossing powder, Memory Box star stencil, silver embossing paste, silver glitter pen, fun foam

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Lavender - Lilac - Purple Inchies

The current Double D challenge is asking for "Lavender - Lilac - Purple".  Isn't that a divine colour combination!

I made two panels with various Magicals by sprinkling the colours on watercolour paper, spritzing with water, and letting dry.

Then I stamped each panel with a different background stamp - one with positive flowers, one with negative flowers - and heat embossed in white.

I took a 1" square die and cut three inchies out of each piece (selecting the flowers I liked best). I spaced them out on white cs, bordered with dark purple, and added a sentiment.

I have a friend who absolutely loves purple so will be sending this to her.

Stamps - Rubbernecker background stamp (positive flowers), unknown background stamp (negative flowers), Savvy Stamps sentiment
Ink - ColorBox white, Memento Grape Jelly
Paper - white and purple cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - white embossing powder, Spellbinders square die, Magicals, SU sentiment label punch