Thursday, 16 September 2021

Happy Anniversary


Welcome
I so appreciate you came to see what I have been up to.

I made this card a couple months ago for my husband when we celebrated our 38th Anniversary.  
He loved the simplicity of it and the wood background.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began with a piece of white cardstock and I rubbed different colours of Distress Oxide inks  directly onto the paper, spraying with water and blending as I added more and more colour.
  • When I was happy with the inking, I embossed the inked panel using the Tim Holtz Lumber embossing folder.  This folder is amazing and gives deep woodgrain impressions on your paper.
  • I rubbed some Black Soot DOX ink randomly over the top to highlight the grain of the wood, then set it aside to dry completely.
  • I stamped the heart from Studio G onto a piece of black cardstock with some Versamark ink, then white heat embossed it.
  • Using a red Copic Marker, I coloured in the heart and then added some Nuvo Crystal Glaze over the heart to help make it pop.
  • I glued the woodgrain panel onto a piece of red cardstock, then onto a black card base.

Well that's all for today.
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- LOTS OF LAYERS
Watercooler Wed.- ALL ABOUT OCCASIONS (Anniversary)


Supplies
Stamps- Heart in Circle (Studio G)
Inks- Distress Oxide ( Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Rusty Hinge, Black Soot), Versamark
Paper- Michaels; Accessories and Tools- Lumber EB folder (TH); Nuvo Crystal Glaze; heat tool; 
Lawn Fawn white embossing powder

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Spinner Ink Background Tutorial


Hello and Welcome

I have the pleasure of writing a tutorial for Splitcoast Stampers called
Spinner Ink Background
You may remember the backgrounds I made using the Salad Spinner?
You can see my other cards HERE, HERE and HERE

Here is the link to my Splitcoast Stampers Tutorial:


So here's what I did to create this card.
  • I used my salad spinner to create the background on a piece of Yupo paper using my Alcohol inks. See the tutorial for all the details.
  • I used the Diagonal Stitched Plaid Die to add interest to the inked background.
  • I splattered using my black Posca pen...I like a little bit of black as an accent.  I set that aside to dry.
  • I found a piece of paper I had inked in similar colours in my stash and die cut the sentiment from Simon Says using that.  It is a 2 piece die.  After I cut out the letters, I glued it onto the white outline piece of the die.
  • I glued the inked panel onto a white card base, then foam taped the sentiment over the background.


Thanks a lot for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies
Stamps- none
Inks- Alcohol ink (Ranger)
Paper- white cardstock (Scribes Nook, Waterloo, Ont.); Yupo paper (Amazon)
Accessories and Tools- rubbing alcohol, die- SSS, Salad spinner, 
Spellbinder Platinum die cutting machine, Posca paint pen, 
Diagonal Stitched die (Pinkfresh Studio)

Monday, 13 September 2021

Comfort and Peace

 


Hello and Welcome
Meet today's card.
Another sympathy card made for a friend who has requested to have a few on hand.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began with a piece of white cardstock.  Using some Wilted Violet and some Dusty Concord, I rolled my brayer directly onto the ink pad and rolled the colours onto my white cardstock until I was happy with the coverage.  
  • Using the Simple Mosaic stencil, I added some detail using the same inks mentioned above.  The subtle stenciling adds a lot of interest and depth.
  • Next, I placed the inked panel into my Misti and stamped the thistles and sentiment.
  • I splattered using my black and white Posca pens.
  • I rubbed my Versamark ink pad along the edges of the card front, then white heat embossed, again, just to add more interest.
  • I foam taped it onto a piece of purple cardstock, then onto a white card base.


Here is the stencil I used:


Discount Code for A Colorful Life Designs
(affiliate)

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.


Supplies
Stamps- Nature Flowers (Art Journey); Sympathy Sentiments (Penny Black)
Inks- Distress Oxides; Versafine Clair, Versamark
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Posca paint pens; Misti (My Sweet Petunia); 
Simple Mosaic Stencil (ACLD); Speedball Brayer

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Heartfelt

 


Welcome
Sympathy cards are never easy to make.
That's why I like to keep some on hand and ready to mail out if needed.
Again, this was one done on my Gel Plate using Distress Oxide inks.

I have to share something personal today. Today is tough for me, September 11, 20 years ago. It's the last time I saw my Dad. No, I didn't lose him in the tower collapse but instead, the stress of seeing and watching it on TV and recalling all the memories of being in the 2nd World War stressed him to the point of having a stroke. He died 7 days later. I live in Canada but the loss affected us here too. 
My heart goes out to everyone affected by these terrible events.


So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I started by getting out my Gel Plate, brayer and Distress Oxide inks. (Twisted Citron and  Rustic Wildnerness)  I picked up some grasses while out on a walk too to use on my plate.
  •  I pressed the Twisted Citron ink pad directly onto the plate along the left side, then the Rustic Wilderness along the other side.  Using my brayer, I blended the colours together.
  • I carefully laid on the grasses, then using a piece of white cardstock I rubbed over the plate with a firm hand.  (For those of you with wrist issues, I sometimes use my Speedball Baren to rub over the print.  It is a tool with a handle meant to be used in printmaking.)
  • THIS PART IS IMPORTANT TO GET THE LOOK:  I lifted the paper from the bottom but not all the way off and then removed the grasses leaving the paper still attached at the top.  After all the grass was removed, I laid the paper back down and rubbed with firm pressure, then removed the whole piece from the plate.  
  • I splattered with my black and then white Posca pens and set aside to dry.
  • When dry, I stamped the sentiment then glued it onto a piece of black cardstock, then onto a white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Shopping Our Stash- SUMMER LOVIN
Use Your Stuff- ANYTHING GOES
The Male Room- NATURES BOUNTY


Supplies
Stamp- Sympathy (Stampin Up)
Inks- Distress Oxides, Versafine Clair
Paper- white cardstock (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Gel Arts Plate; Speedball Brayer; Posca pens; grasses from field

Friday, 10 September 2021

So Sorry

 


Hello and Welcome
I hope you aren't tired of seeing my Gel Plate cards.  
I find it so quick and easy to make a background using them so I keep using that tool.
I am stocking up on a few sympathy cards as people are asking for them.  

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began by assembling my tools.  I got out my Gel Plate, brayer and Distress Oxide inks.  (Blueprint Sketch and Rustic Wilderness)
  • I pressed the Blueprint Sketch ink pad directly onto the plate, then did the same with the Rustic Wilderness on the other side leaving some space between them.  
  • Using my brayer, I blended the colours together, then laid some leaves from my garden onto the plate.  I gently pressed the leaves into the ink, making good contact.  Using a tweezers, I carefully lifted the leaves off which removed some of the colour and pressed a piece of white cardstock over the plate to lift my print.  I love the impression the leaves left behind.
  • To add more interest to the background, I stamped a script over the leaves using some of the Rustic Wilderness ink.  
  • I used my finger to rub some white acrylic paint along the edges and then splattered with my white Posca pen.
  • When it was all dry, I stamped the sentiment with some black Versafine Clair ink and clear heat embossed it.
  • I glued the finished panel onto some dark blue cardstock, then onto a white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
The Paper Funday- ANYTHING GOES/ OPTIONAL- AUTUMN/FALL
Alphabet Challenge- "L" LEAVES
The Male Room- NATURE'S BOUNTY



Supplies
Stamps- Scripted Bold Sentiments (Pinkfresh Studio); Script (Penny Black)
Inks- Distress Oxides; Versafine Clair
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Gel Plate; Speedball brayer; clear eb powder; heat tool; 
leaves from garden; white acrylic paint, Posca pen

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Summer Days

 


Hello
Thanks so much for dropping by.
I'm sad to see summer coming to an end, but looking forward to seeing all the colours of Fall.
Today's card is made with a 'roll off' sheet that I did when using my Gel Plate.  
I like to keep extra paper nearby so I can roll the excess ink from my brayer when using my Plate.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • Like I mentioned above, I always keep extra paper nearby so when I am inking up my Gel Plate, I can roll the excess ink from the brayer.  This roll off was made when I used some Cracked Pistachio and some Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide ink on my Gel Plate.
  • To add interest to the background, I added some stamping from a set by Visible Image with the same inks mentioned above.  It just gives a hint of interest.
  • I placed the piece into my Misti and stamped the Queen Anne's lace and then the sentiment with some black Versafine Clair ink.  
  • I splattered with my white Posca pen, then glued it onto a white card base.
  • Finally, I added 3 black gems under the sentiment.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- STAMP IT
Crafting Happiness- ANYTHING GOES

Supplies
Stamp- Flowers (Magenta); Just Be Happy (Visible Image); Dragonfly Reflections (VI)
Inks- Distress Oxide; Verafine Clair
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Gel Plate; Speedball Brayer; white Posca pen; 
Misti (My Sweet Petunia); black gems; 

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Who Needs a Hug?

 


Welcome
Meet today's card.
I like the sunny, warm colour I was able to achieve on my card.
I did that by using Distress Oxide inks on my Gel Plate.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began by getting out my Gel Plate, brayer and Distress Oxide Inks. (Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber)
  • I pressed the Carved Pumpkin DOX ink pad directly onto the plate then pressed the Fossilized Amber along the outside edges.  Using my brayer, I blended the colours together on the plate.
  • Using a stamp from AALL and Create, I stamped onto the plate to remove some of the ink, wiped off the stamp and repeated that process.  It is hard to see but you can faintly see the square stamping in the background. 
  • I splattered the plate with some diluted Carved Pumpkin ink then using a piece of white cardstock, I rubbed it over the plate to lift the print.  It had a nice warm glow.
  • When the print was dry, I rubbed over with an anti-static bag.  
  • I placed the print into my Misti and stamped the hearts, then white heat embossed them.
  • Using my black Posca pen, I coloured in the open areas of the hearts.
  • I splattered with my white Posca pen and set aside to dry.
  • While that dried, I stamped the sentiment in my Misti with some black Versafine ink.
  • I glued the inked panel onto a piece of black cardstock, then onto a white card base.
  • I pop dotted the sentiment over the hearts.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- STAMP IT
Use Your Stuff- ANYTHING GOES
Crafting Happiness- ANYTHING GOES

Supplies
Stamps- Everyday Sentiments (YNS); Hearts Entwined (MFT); Squares (AALL and Create)
Inks- Distress Oxide inks; Versamark; Versafine Clair
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.); black cs
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); white eb powder; Posca pens; foam tape;
Gel Plate; brayer

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Imagine


Good Morning
Meet todays card.
I created it inspired by a 'rainbow' challenge.
I tried to think outside of the box totally for this as I didn't want your traditional kind of rainbow.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I cut a piece of white cardstock to the size I wanted for the front panel.  I placed that onto my Make Art Station and positioned the Watercolor Stripes stencil from A Colorful Life Designs over my panel.  
  • I picked out some Distress Oxide inks that I thought would make good rainbow colours.  (Peacock Feathers, Barn Red, Cracked Pistachio, Carved Pumpkin, Seedless Preserves, Squeezed Lemonade)
  • Using each of the colours mentioned above, I inked up my panel with the stencil going in one directions.  I removed the stencil, flipped it going in the other direction and inked up the panel again going from light to dark.  It made a fun rainbow plaid look.
  • I placed the stenciled piece into my Misti and stamped the sentiment.
  • Next, I took a piece of cardstock and inked it up with some of the same colours diluted with water.
  • I got out this wonderful butterfly die from Tim Holtz called Detailed Butterflies.  It is a 2 step die; one is the back and the other is the cutaway.  I used the solid one and die cut it with some white, then die cut the detailed piece from the watercoloured cardstock.
  • I put some foam tape on the stenciled panel then onto a heavy white card base. I added the butterfly on top of that securing just the body area and leaving the wings to pop up.
 


Here is the stencil I used:

Discount Code for A Colorful Life Designs

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- STAMP IT
Shopping Our Stash- SUMMER LOVIN
Watercolor Wed.- FEMININE


Supplies
Stamp- Imagine (High Hopes)
Inks- Versafine Clair, DOX inks 
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont)
Accessories and Tools- Watercolor Stripes (ACLD); TE Blending Brushes; 
Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Detailed Butterflies die (TH); 
Spellbinder Platinum Die Cutting Machine; Make Art Staytion