Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Embossing folder monoprint

I used some Brushos and Lindys Magicals with an embossing folder to create a monoprint.
I stamped the seahorse and painted it with Lindy's Magicals for some shimmer.

I wish I could get a better picture of the sparkle but you know what it's like.

I'm entering this for the following challenges

Card Recipe
Stamps: SU, Technique Junkies
Paper: Mixed media, 110lb white, Black
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: Lindy's Magicals, Embossing folder
Techniques: Embossing folder monoprint, watercolouring

Monday, 18 June 2018

Dirty Pour

During our retreat last month we had some fun with Dirty pours. While we had the paint out we tried dirty pours on cards stock, canvas paper and art boards.
This was sort of a swipe technique, we put a clean piece of paper on top after pouring and moving the paint around and transfered the paint from one sheet to the other.  It seem to bring more cells to the surface.
This pour is on card stock, so a great way to practice and not waste the art boards.  Also they make amazing backgrounds for cards.
The dirty pour was a mix of blues and greens, the cells gave it an ocean feel so I thought I would use it as the background to my encrusted jewel dolphin.
I used my favorite coral stamp from the Retired Stamping up set (By the tide), and added some white frantage to create the white foamy water.

Here's a close up of the dolphin and the dirty pour background.
I often don't add sentiments until I'm ready to use them.

I'm entering this for the following challenges.

Card Recipe
Stamps: SU -By the tide
Paper: 110lb white, black
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: Acrylic paint, embossing powders, Memory box Dolphin Die
Techniques: Dirty Pour, Encrusted Jewel

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Pennyblack flower

I borrowed a beautiful Penny Black stamp off Susan to colour with markers directly to the stamp.  I first stamped the image using Sahara Sand to give me the outline.  I think Sahara Sand may have been a little dark for the colours I was using but I still like the effect. My one oopsy was the leaf around the bud, one came out a little too dark.  Other than that I really like the end result.  I didn't too too much spritzing with water so the intensity of the colours stayed.

I blended the edges of the image with Distress inks (Old Paper) and over stamped the flower with a visible image stamp Fibonacci I just picked up.

For those among us who are interested in Math. The Fibonacci is a spiral created by drawing circular arcs connecting the opposite corners of a squares in the Fibonacci tiling.

I'm entering this for the following challenges.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Penny Black, Visible image
Paper: Hot press Watercolour, 110lb White, Black
Ink: Distress inks,
Accessories: Tombo watercolour pens, water spritzer, MISTI,
Techniques: Direct to stamp watercolouring

CAS Christmas Mid month reminder

It's time for our CAS Christmas Card challenge mid month reminder.

Our Design Team and Guest Designer Bobby of Bits and Pieces have some gorgeous cards for you're inspiration.

But Don't forget the rules - 
Christmas cards only following the monthly theme
- Cards must be CAS (lots of white space, uncluttered, minimal embellishments)
Link to your entry post, not your entire blog

- Include a link to this challenge in your write-up

New card creations only please
- Enter up to three (3) times

Here is my card, a simple holly die cut on white with a silver background.  The sentiment is stamped with Ranger archival blue and the Holly is a Tim Holtz mixed media alterations die, keeping it CAS with a masculine look.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Rubbernecker sentiment
Paper: 110lb white, glitter paper.
Ink: Ranger Archival.
Accessories:  Tim Holtz mixed media alterations dies.
Techniques: Die cutting

Monday, 11 June 2018

Serendipity farm house

Last month I joined Serendipity blog Design Team as Guest Designer in their blog hop. The great thing about their bi-monthly blog hop is you have the chance to win  $20 worth of free stamps, who wouldn't want to win.

I love this Winter homestead set, it's such a peaceful Christmas scene and really perfect for a CAS Christmas Card.  I don't usually create one layer cards but this stamp really shouted CAS, CAS, CAS.

I use prismacolour pencils to colour the house and barns and then used Nuvo glitter pen and glimmer spray on the whole card.  It's hard to see but the card has a beautiful soft shimmer to it.

I'm entering this for 

Card Recipe
Stamps: Serendipity winter homestead set
Paper: 110lb white
Ink: Ranger archival black
Accessories: MISTI, Prismacolour pencils, Nuvo glitterpen, glimmer spray.
Techniques: Pencil colouring.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Pencils with Gamsol

During our recent crafting retreat Susan (Cardmaker's Garret) walked us through using coloured pencils with Gamsol.  I wanted to see what would happen if I used pencils on coated card, it certainly lightened the colours and made the colour move easily around on the card stock.
I used this cute guy from Katzelkraft, he's looking a little blue today.

I'm entering this for the following challenges

Card Recipe
Stamps: Katzelkraft, Sentiment Tim Holtz
Paper: 110lb white, 110lb Coated card
Ink: Ranger Archival black, Ranger archival blue.
Accessories: Faber Castell pollychrome coloured pencils, gamsol
Techniques: Gamsol pencil colouring