Friday, 21 January 2022

Finding Nature


Hello and Welcome
Meet today's card.
I was inspired to use this Reflective Blue Heron stamp from Magenta after seeing some wonderful cards done by my friend Christine Alexander.  You can see them here.
Christine used Alcohol inks on her Gel Plate, but I am going to use some Distress Oxides on mine.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I got out my Gel plate and rubbed on some Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers  and a bit of Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink right in the middle of the plate. (I added the ink on the top and bottom like a mirror image)
  • I used my brayer to blend the colours, keeping them separate on each side.
  • Now as a disclaimer, this is not my original idea but I watched Lydia Fiedler do this on one of her lives...are you ready for it?  I carefully folded my Gel Plate in half, being sure that the center areas touched each other.  Crazy right!
  • I laid the plate flat and then rubbed my white cardstock over it to take the print.
  • Next, I placed the inked piece into my Misti and stamped the Heron with some Versafine Clair ink.
  • I glued the panel onto a piece of blue cardstock, then onto a white card base.
  • I debated about whether or not to add a sentiment but decided to leave it as is.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
As You Like It- FAV COLOURING MEDIUM
(My fav is my Distress Oxide inks.  I can use them on my Gel Plate, watercolour
with them..so many ways to use them)


Supplies
Stamp- Reflective Blue Heron (Magenta)
Inks- Distress Oxides; Versafine Clair
Paper- white (Scribes Nook, Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Gel Plate, Brayer, Misti (My Sweet Petunia)

Monday, 17 January 2022

Sending Some Happy


Good Morning
Hope you had a good weekend.  I appreciated having some time to create.
I pulled out this great stencil from ACLD called Pine Tree Right.  There are a series of tree stencils similar to this one and all create such great backgrounds.  They especially work well for creating slimline cards.
My card today is a Mini Slimline...a bit smaller then the regular size.  
A standard Slimline card is size is 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 whereas a Mini Slimline is 6" x 3".
To see how I made another mini slimline and an envelope to fit it, see this card:

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I placed a piece of white cardstock onto my Waffle Flower Stencil Mat and positioned the Pine Trees stencil over that.  I began to ink it up with some Lucky Clover Distress Oxide inks just along the right side of the stencil and towards the middle.
  • Next, I filled in the rest of the areas with some Rustic Wilderness DOX ink.  
  • To add more interest and shading to the trees, I rubbed on some Broken China DOX ink just along the left hand sides of the trees.
  • Leaving the stencil in place, I stamped over it with the Friends background script stamp to add interest.  
  • I splattered the whole panel with my white Posca pen.
  • While that dried, I stamped the sentiment from the Hexagon Crafty Hugs set with some Versafine Clair ink and then stamped the circle from an Avery Elle set with more of the Rustic Wilderness ink around the sentiment.
  • I die cut it with a circle and glued it onto a piece of blue/green cardstock to match the background.
  • I glued the stenciled trees onto a white slimline base (6" x 3") and pop dotted the sentiment at the bottom.


Here is the stencil I used:


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Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- FUN WITH STENCILS
Stamping Sensations- ANYTHING GOES WITH OPTION OF A DIE
Alphabet Challenge- 'U' IS FOR UNEQUAL (BIG AND SMALL)


Supplies
Stamps- Crafty Hugs (SSS); Merry Circle Tags (Avery Elle); Friends Bkg (HA)
Inks- Distress Oxides (mentioned above); Versafine Clair
Paper- Scribes Nook; Waterloo, Ont.
Accessories and Tools- Stencil Mat (Waffle Flower); TE Blending Brushes; 
Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Posca pen; Infinity Circle Dies (HA)

Sunday, 16 January 2022

Winter Hugs


Welcome
Meet today's card.
I combined 2 new stencils from A Colorful Life Designs with this sweet mitten die one of my boys gave me for Christmas.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I cut a piece of heavy white cardstock and placed it onto my Stencil Mat (I have mentioned this new to me product in previous posts and I am really love it.)
  • I placed the All Over Hearts stencil onto my cardstock and rubbed on some Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink.  
  • I removed that stencil and positioned the Delicate Scroll Stencil over the panel and inked with some Blueprint Sketch DOX ink.  I think it gave a look of blowing snow.
  • I splattered with my white Posca pen and set aside to dry.
  • While that dried, I die cut the mittens from some white cardstock.  My son bought them on Amazon so I unfortunately don't know who makes them.
  • I stamped the sentiment with some more Blueprint Sketch ink and clear heat embossed it. I glued that onto a matching cardstock scrap of paper.
  • I glued the stenciled panel onto a piece of light blue cardstock, then onto a white card base.
  • I added foam tape to the back of the mittens and also to the sentiment.

Here are the stencils I used:
All Over Hearts


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Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies
Stamps- Everyday Sentiments (YNS)
Inks- Distress Oxides (mentioned above)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook; Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- stencils (ACLD); mitten die (Amazon); TE Blending Brushes;
Stencil Mat (Waffle Flower); white Posca pen; foam tape; eb powder; heat tool

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Lots of Love


Good Morning
Today I am playing with a new stencil from ACLD called All Over Hearts.  
A really fun stencil to create a simple card.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I pulled out my Waffle Flower Stencil Mat and then cut 2 piece of cardstock; one for the card front panel and one to fussy cut the hearts from.
  • I positioned the stencil over my paper and starting at the left hand side, I blended on some Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink.  
  • I continued to ink up my panel next with some Wilted Violet, then Peacock Feathers and finally some Cracked Pistachio on the far right.  I love those colours together.
  • When I was happy with the inking, I moved that panel aside and inked up another one the same way.
  • I place panel #1 into my Misti and stamped the sentiment with some black ink, then clear heat embossed it.  
  • I splattered the whole thing using my white Posca pen.
  • I glued it onto a white card base, then I took panel #2 and fussy cut out the hearts.  I pop dotted them down the panel beside the sentiment.



Here is the stencil I used:

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Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- FUN WITH STENCILS
Shopping Our Stash- STARTS WITH 'S' (stencil)
Allsorts- ADD A HEART


Supplies
Stamps- Love in Your Heart (Rubbernecker)
Inks- Distress Oxides; Versafine Clair
Paper- Scribes Nook (Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Stencil Mat (Waffle Mat); Stencil (ACLD); TE Blending Brushes; 
Lawn Fawn clear eb powder; heat tool; Posca pen

Monday, 10 January 2022

Comfort and Peace


Hello and Welcome
I am on a quest to replenish my stash of sympathy cards.  
I made some for a friend and now I need some for my personal use.  It is difficult to make them at the last minute I find.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began with a piece of white cardstock.  I got out my Gel Plate and pressed some Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide ink on one side and some Crackling Campfire on the other side.
  • Using my brayer, I blended the colours together.
  • I had some grasses I picked up on a walk (before the snow came) and I laid them onto the plate, then rubbed my white cardstock over the plate to lift the print.
  • The ink dries super fast so I was able to place the panel into my Misti and stamped the sentiment from Penny Black using some Versafine Clair ink.
  • I splattered with my white Posca pen and added 3 little black gems.
  • I glued the panel onto a piece of red cardstock, then onto a white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies
Stamps- Sympathy Sentiments (PB)
Inks- Distress Oxides; Versafine Clair
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook, Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); black gems; grasses found outside; 
Gel Plate; Speedball brayer; white Posca pen

Sunday, 9 January 2022

Simple Watercolouring

 


Hello
Hope you are all doing well.
Meet today's card.  I was in the mood to do some watercolouring; something I haven't done for quite awhile.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I cut a piece of heavy white cardstock 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".  I took a piece of acetate, rubbed some Spun Sugar Distress ink onto the acetate and sprayed with water.  I bent the acetate and 'kissed' it to my cardstock, then dried the ink.  That gave me a bit of a colour base to start stamping my flowers onto.
  • I positioned the Lotus stamp into the corner of my cardstock, inked with some black Versafine Clair ink and stamped.  I clear embossed it as I knew I wanted to use lots of water and colour and I didn't want it to bleed.
  • I stamped the lotus again onto some sticky paper and fussy cut it out to create a mask.
  • I masked the flower and stamped another one beside and then above it.  I embossed them as well with some clear embossing powder.
  • I rubbed some Abandoned Coral onto my non-stick craft sheet and using a wet paintbrush, diluted it.  I added some clear water to the flowers with my paintbrush, then added some of the colour into the flower petals. 
  • I still had some ink left on my mat, so I splattered it over the flowers to add interest.
  • I dried the flowers before watercolouring in the flower heads with some Squeezed Lemon Distress ink using the same technique I mentioned above, then the stems with some Peeled Paint.
  • After I dried the flowers, I diluted some Tumbled Glass DI ink and painted in the background, adding more ink close to the flowers and blending it out.
  • To add even more interest to the background, I used the Chain Weavers stencil from ACLD and gently went over the blue area that I had watercoloured using more of the Tumbled Glass ink.
  • When dry, I placed the panel into my Misti and stamped the sentiment from the Lotus set.
  • I glued it onto a piece of pale pink cardstock, then onto a 5" x 5" white card base.


Here is the stencil I used on the background.

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Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look

Adding my card to these challenges:
Just Us Girls- INKED OR SPRAYED BKGD
CASology- RENEW 
(After making so many Christmas cards, I am renewing my love of florals for Spring)
613 Avenue Create- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Inked Lotus (Altenew)
Inks- Distress Inks (all mentioned above); Versafine Clair
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Stencil (ACLD); Lawn Fawn clear eb powder; sponge daubers;
paintbrush; acetate sheet

Thursday, 6 January 2022

Feeling Blue


Welcome
I am trying to replenish my sympathy cards...always good to have a few on hand.
This one was a very simple design, made on my Gel Plate using Distress Oxide inks and a stamp.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began with a piece of white cardstock, my Gel Plate, brayer and 2 Distress Oxide inks....Blueprint sketch and Salvaged Patina.
  • I pressed the Blueprint Sketch ink pad directly onto my Gel plate on the left and the Salvaged Patina on the right.  Using my brayer, I blended the colours together. 
  • I stamped the Tall Wheat directly onto my Gel Plate to remove some of the ink and then rubbed my piece of cardstock over the plate to lift the print. I got a cool looking shadow effect from stamping onto the plate.
  • When the print was dry, I inked up the  stamp again with some black Versafine Clair ink and stamped over the ink lifted area of my print.
  • I splattered with my black and white Posca pen and set aside to dry.
  • I stamped the sentiment from PTI onto a piece of scrap white cardstock in my Misti.
  • I glued the printed panel onto a heavy white card base, then pop dot mounted the sentiment along the bottom.


Thanks a lot for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Shopping Our Stash- STARTS WITH 'S' (sympathy)
Krafty Chicks- STAMP ACT


Supplies
Stamps- Tall Wheat (Hero Arts); Sentiments (PTI)
Inks- Versafine Clair; Distress Oxides
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Gel Plate; Speedball brayer; Posca pens; foam tape; Misti