Friday, 10 July 2020

Feeling Festive


Welcome
Meet today's card.  
Just having some fun with my Distress Oxide inks and a few tools.

I've been watching many of Eileen Godwin's FB videos during this lockdown.  She does workshops all the time in the UK and her creative style is one of clean and simple.
Some of the cards she has posted show a simple technique using her Stencil Pal as her flat edge to create lines, creating a grid like effect on her cards.  I thought I would give it a go. It is so simple and needs no special tools.  

So onto my card details.
I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock.  Using my Stencil Pal, (a stencil Pal is a plastic tool that you use when applying pastes over a stencil and has a flat edge on one side) I randomly used it to create lines on my card panel by pulling ink with an inking tool away from the straight edge.  You could use a ruler, piece of heavy card or anything that has a flat edge.  I made sure the lines crisscrossed each other using different colours.  
When I was happy with the grid design, I stenciled in some areas to add interest.
I dried the inks using my heat tool to be sure the inks were dry before the next step.
I rubbed over the panel with an anti-static pad, stamped the image, then clear heat embossed it to help make it pop.
I die-cut a frame using a Stitched die from Memory Box to add, then I pop dotted the panel over a heavy white card base.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Have a great weekend.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Little Red Wagon- EMBOSSING
Southern Girls- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamp- Dream On (Prima)
Inks- Distress Oxide (Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Dusty Concord, Cracked Pistachio)
Verafine Clair
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Stencil Pat; Dotty Stencil (AAll and Create); Stitched Rectangle die
(Memory Box); sponge applicator; Cuttlebug; clear embossing powder

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Lotus Flowers


Good Morning
Meet today's card.
Trying another fun and easy technique to add colour to the Altenew Lotus set I just picked up.

So, yesterday at Splitcoast Stampers, we were challenge to try out the Baby Wipe Technique.  Basically, you make your own stamp pad using a baby wipe and some re-inkers.  You can swipe it directly onto your card front, use it as a stamp pad or as I did, go in a different direction. 

So here's what I did to create my card.
I began with a piece of mixed media cardstock.  Using a baby wipe, I dropped some Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and some Faded Jeans Distress re-inkers onto it, spreading the colours out so they didn't turn to mud.  I positioned the Lotus flower stamp with the solid back of the stamp facing up, onto my acrylic block. (the Lotus flower is a clear outline stamp)  Using the baby wipe as a stamp pad, I inked up the back of the stamp and pressed it onto my panel.  I turned the card around and repeated that process again.
I dried the wet ink using my heat tool, then placed the inked panel into my Misti to stamp the flower (in the right position this time) over the inked area.  
My flowers had a very loose, watercoloured look to them and it was super simple.
I used a bit of leftover Cracked Pistachio ink to watercolour in the background using a wet paintbrush.
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the same set and distressed the edges using some more of the Pistachio, then pop dotted it over the panel.  


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Use Your Stuff- FREE WEEK
Simon Says Wed.- BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL


Supplies
Stamps- Lotus Flower (Altenew)
Inks- Versafine Clair; Distress Re-inkers
Paper- mixed media (Michaels)
Accessories and Tools- acrylic block; Misti (My Sweet Petunia); baby wipe; pop dots

Monday, 6 July 2020

Rainbow of Colour


Hello and Welcome
Meet today's card.
I really like the look it has with a rainbow of many colours.  

Here's what I did to create my card.
I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock.  I added small dots of Acrylic paint all over the panel, randomly as you can see below:




Next, using a small piece of cardboard, I pulled each dot of paint downwards just a bit.  I continued doing that until all the dots were blended together as you can see below:

You can use whatever you have on hand to drag the paint, I just used a piece of cardboard so I had less clean up. 

I set the piece aside to dry completely which took a bit of time.
I added the die cut sentiment and the square gems when the paint was totally dry.
I mounted it onto a piece of matching blue cardstock, then onto a heavy white card base.




Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL
The Male Room- DIE CUTS
Southern Girls- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps- none
Inks- none
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Celebrate die (MFT); Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paint; square gems; 
piece of cardboard

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Summer Roses- The Flower Challenge





Welcome
A new month means a new theme at
The Flower Challenge

This month our theme is:



Our Guest Designer this month is Mac Mable from thesweetestofpeas. Do check out her blog if you have a minute as she makes such fabulous cards.


I chose Summer for the theme of my card so here is what I did to create my card.
I began by making the background using my Gel Plate.  I wanted a white border on my card so I positioned my Rectangle Acrylic Mask onto my heavy white cardstock first, then I brayered some Salty Ocean DOX ink onto the plate, splattered with some diluted Blueprint Sketch DOX ink and pulled my print.
Leaving the mask in place, I stamped the roses along the top then coloured them using my Zig Waterbrush markers.  I dried that and then stamped the sentiment and clear heat embossed it.
I mounted the panel onto a pale mauve piece of cardstock, then onto a heavy white card base.



Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you will come and play along with us.

Discount Code for A Colorful Life Designs

Supplies
Stamps- Flowers Are the Music (Rubbernecker); Bouquet Large (AALL and Create)
Inks- Versafine Clair; Distress Oxides; Zig markers
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Rectangle Acrylic Mask (A Colorful Life Designs); paintbrush;
pearl dots; clear eb powder; heat tool

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Dusting of Snow


Hello and Welcome
Meet today's card.
I know.....a Christmas card in the middle of a heat wave!!
I am trying so hard to get ahead of the game before I have to go back to work.  I have been so inspired by the videos that Vicki Boutin has posted and so I have been making backgrounds ready to be turned into some cards.

So here's what I did to create my card.
I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock and spread Gesso over the panel as if I was buttering my toast.  Pretty thin layers and I left some white areas as well.
Next, using an applicator brush, I applied some Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks onto my panel and dried it.  I did some ink lifting with the Meshing Around Stencil from Visible Image with a baby wipe.  I also splashed water to add to the interest and to do more lifting of the colour.  When I was happy with the results, I dried it using my heat tool.
Next, I placed the piece into my Misti and stamped the snowflakes and added a clear gem to the centers.  I splattered the whole panel with white paint using my Posca pen then pop dotted the sentiment over the snowflakes.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I so do appreciate all your kindness.

A Bit More Time to Craft- ANYTHING GOES
The Sisterhood of Crafters- STENCIL
Crafty Cardmakers- CREATE YOUR OWN BKG

Supplies
Stamps- Weathered Winter (TH); All is Calm (PB)
Inks- Distress Oxide; Faded Jeans Archival
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook); navy cardstock (Michaels)
Accessories and Tools- Gesso, palette knife, Posca Pen, Misti (My Sweet Petunia);
Meshing Around Stencil (Visible Image); clear gems, pop dots; inking tool; baby wipe

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Let's Celebrate- Stamping with Rubber Bands



Hello and Welcome
I have the pleasure of hosting the TLC (Technique Lover Challenge) over at Splitcoast Stampers today.  
I wanted to present a challenge I haven't done in years that would use something accessible to everyone.  So that's what my challenge is.....

It's easy and fun to create simple backgrounds using them.
  I used a rainbow of colours that reminded me of streamers in a parade.  I thought it was perfect as Canada Day and the Fourth of July are right around the corner.

So here is how I created my card.
I began by wrapping 2 rubber bands around my acrylic stamping block, spreading them out and overlapping them.  My block was small so that's why I only used 2 bands.  For larger blocks, you could add more.  
*For an even different look, try wrapping your brayer in bands*
Next, I used my Distress inks and pressed them directly onto the bands, inking them up.
I began with some Mustard Seed, then went on to use some Ripe Persimmon, Candied Apple, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn and finally Chipped Sapphire.
I wiped the bands off between each stamping so the colours would stay crisp and not get muddy.
When I was happy with the stamping, I used some of the same inks diluted with a bit of water and splattered some over the stamping.
I die- cut the frame using a stitched rectangle die and pop dotted it over the background.
I die-cut the sentiment 3 times and glued it together for stability and glued that over the framed area.
I added 3 small red pearl dots to finish it off.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.-ANYTHING GOES
The Male Room- DIE CUT
Dragonfly Dreams - MAKE IT MASCULINE
Stamping Sensation- MAKE IT COLORFUL


Supplies
Stamps- none
Inks- Distress (TH) colours listed above
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- rubber bands; acrylic block; Stitched Rectangle die (Memory Box);
pop dots; red pearl dots; paintbrush; Celebrate die (MFT)

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Peace and Joy


Welcome
Meet today's card.
Since I am still not working yet, I've been trying to be productive in my extra time.  I thought it was a good time to start working on a few holiday cards when I heard the guy on the radio said it was 6 months until Christmas.  lol
On another note, I have been watching the Facebook Lives by Vicki Boutin.  I love her fun attitude about creating and 'making magic happen'.  The other night she challenged us to create a background with some blending and watermarking and that is how my background was created. 
If you are interested in seeing any of her 'lives' she posts them all on her FB artist page and also on YouTube.

Here is what the piece looked like:



So onto my card details.
I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock.  I loosely covered it with some Gesso using a palette knife.  Not all the areas are covered, I applied it like I was buttering my toast.  I set that aside and let the whole thing dry.  It dried quickly as the layer of Gesso was pretty thin.  
(you can tell if it's dry when it doesn't feel cool to the touch)
Next, using a piece of acetate, I rubbed some of Vicki's Art Crayons directly onto the acetate, diluted it with water and pressed it onto my panel which you can see on the left hand side.  On the right hand side, I rubbed some VB crayons in blues onto my acetate and without diluting it, I picked up the colour using a stencil brush and rubbed it along the side and up into the green, blending the colours together.
Since the crayons are water soluble, I was able to remove some of the ink with a baby wipe and add some watermarking to the piece using the Messy Dots stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.
I used the Hemstitch die to cut the inner frame then stamped the sentiment from PTI and clear embossed it.
Using a scrap of inky paper, I die-cut the evergreen boughs and glued them at the top.
I finished it off by splattering using my white Posca pen and added the bow at the top of the bough.




Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
Creative Artiste Mixed Media- ANYTHING GOES
Fab 'n' Funky- CHRISTMAS

Discount Code for A Colorful Life Designs


Supplies
Stamps- Tis the Season (PTI)
Inks- VB Art Crayons; Versafine Clair
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Hemstitch die (Spellbinders); Everygreen dies (TH)
Messy Dots stencil (A Colorful Life Designs); sheet of acetate; Mister (TH)