Tuesday 30 January 2018

Split coast Stampers Challenges

It's been a while since I played along with the some of the challenges at Splitcoast Stampers but this week both Friday's Mix-Ability "Torn" and Try a New Technique (acetate inking) both caught my eye.

Here are my cards for the challenges.

The first is Mix-Ablility "Torn"
I stamped this pretty bird from Rubbernecker using tea dye distress ink then  watercoloured the image and re-stamped using a slightly darker distress ink.  The background was stenciled using drywall tape and clarity brushes after masking the image.  I tore the edge of the watercolour paper on 3 sides and then used Tea Dye and a blending foam on the edge.
The sentiment is from Carabelle and the "Fig" stamp is from Stampers Annonymous.

The second is Acetate inking, Karen Dunbrook of Snippets blog put together a great tutorial at Split Coast Stampers to show us how to lay down colour for backgrounds using acetate.
For this card I used Distress oxides and heat dried between each layer.  The stamps are from Carabelle.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Carabelle Sentiment card 1, rubbernecker bird,, Carabelle origami bird and butterfly and flowers.
Paper: Watercolour 140lb, Black, 110lb off white.
Ink: Ranger Distress Oxide, Ranger archival black and gray.
Accessories: Misti, Watercolours
Techniques: Acetate smooshing, Watercolouring

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Snowy nights

My goal this year is to join in with at least one Christmas Card challenge a week. So this week I am back at Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge and The Merry Christmas Card Challenge with the card below.

The black cards stock is one of my previously made cling wrap backgrounds.  I used a Simon Says Stamp falling snow stencil and texture paste to crate the snowy scene.  the polar bears have been stamped die cut and coloured with watercolours.  The snow bank was cut with a lawn fawn hills die cut, sponged with distress inks and glitter texture paste added for snow.

I used my embossing tip to shape the edge of the mama and baby polar bears and popped them up on some foam dots.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Recolections.
Paper:, Watercolour, 110lb white, 110lb black, silver glitter
Ink: Ranger black archival
Accessories: Lindy's Stamp Gang magicals, watercolours, texture paste, glitter paste
Techniques: embossing paste, watercolouring, cling wrap.

Tuesday 23 January 2018

sweet little bird die cut

I'm just squeezing in a the last moment for Darnell and friends Twofer challenge , CAS Mix up and CAS Watercolour.

The two cards have the same sweet birdie die cuts, one has been watercoloured, the other is a cling wrap background.

I used one of my cling wrap background and die cut the image.  I used some Lindy's stamp gang powders which had some really pretty earthy tones in greens browns and blues which seem to fit with the birds.  the background silhouette stamp makes it look a little busy, oh well next time 😊

the second die cut I watercoloured with Daniel Smith dot sheet Watercolours.  I haven't done much die cut watercolouring and was encourage by my friends Loll and Susan who have both been playing with die cuts.  I still need some work on my technique but defintly want to play more.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Tim Holtz sentiment, Carabelle background, Aliexpress silhouette stamp
Paper: 110lb white, black, watercolour, coated card
Ink: Ranger archival black
Accessories: Aliexpress die, embossing paste, Lindys Stamp gang mica powders.
Techniques: watercolouring,  cling wrap background, embossing.

Saturday 20 January 2018

Christmas challenges

I couldn't resist the Merry Monday challenge with those wonderful colours turquoise blue and red.
I used a recollection poinsettia with it's layering die and clearly besotted sentiment.  I also played along with the Merry Christmas Challenge.

I stamped the poinsettia twice and coloured both with zigs watercolours.  I die cut cut the outer petals and the centre allowing me to layer them.  If you want more of a 3d look use an embossing tool and go around the edges, this gives shape to the image.  I stenciled the background using a strip of drywall tape clarity burshes and distress inks. I also used a little glue to add the sequins.  The clearly besotted sentiment was stamped in SU real red ink and the berries were covered in Viva Decor clear pearl pen.

I hope you play along and enjoy my post 😅

Card Recipe
Stamps: Recollections, Clearly besotte
Paper: Watercolour, 110lb white card stock
Ink: Ranger archival black, Real Red SU
Accessories: Dry wall tape, Zigs water colour, sequins
Techniques: Watercolouring, stenciling

Tuesday 16 January 2018

CAS Watercolour mid month reminder Happy Birthday

CAS Watercolour challenge for this month is Birthday, so come on over and see the amazing work and from the Design Team and our Guest Designer for this month Birgit of Rapport fran ett Skrivbord.  Your entries are always such incredible eye candy and inspiration, so please keep them coming 😊

My card,  if you saw yesterdays post for my CAS Mix up Guest Designer entry, you will recognise this is another section of the same black card stock.  
I randomly stamped the moons around the shells, I cut it down into 4 different cards.  So awesome to get 4 cards our of one background.  This card has a more of a masculine feel to it.
I spritzed the card stock with water mixed with perfect pearls and then sprinkled some Lindy's Stamp Gang powders over the water.  I smooshed the cling wrap over the powders to move them around. The perfect pearls and Lindy's powders give it such a sparkly background and such a pop on the black card stock

Here are the cards I made with the one sheet, if you look carefully you can see how the shell fits together.

Don't forget to come on over to both CAS Watercolour and CAS Mix up and and join in the fun.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Impression Obsession, Unity (sentiment)
Paper: 120lb Black, 110lb white
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Detail White embossing powder, Lindy's, stamp gang powders, cling wrap, perfect pearls in water.
Techniques: Cling wrap,heat embossing

Monday 15 January 2018

Cling Wrap background using Black card stock

Hi all, I'm back for the mid month reminder as Guest Designer for CAS Mix up's January Challenge Cling Wrap stamping and your choice.

This time I used a black card stock with some Lindy's Stampgang sprays and some perfect pearls mixed with water.  It's hard to see but the background really shimmer.

You can see from the close up the watercolour really gives and interesting background, in real life it's quite sparkly.  Don't forget to use other colours of card stock when you try the cling wrap background.
Also don't forget to head over to the design teams blogs to check out all the amazing examples.

I actually created a large sheet for my background the rest of the cards will appear over the next few weeks.  I randomly stamped 2 different Impression Obsession stamps Lunar Landing a Seth Apter stamp and Nautilus over the card stock after I created the cling wrap background and then heat embossed in white.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Impression Obsession Lunar Landing
Paper: 110lb white, 110lb black
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Memory Box die, Lindy Stamp gang powders, perfect pearl spray, white detail embossing powder.
Techniques: Cling wrap die cut, heat embossing

Friday 12 January 2018

Darnell's Twofer Challenge

I couldn't resist playing along with a new challege from Darnell and the team it's the  Twofer challenge which begins this month.

The challenge is to create two different cards for two different occasions based on feathers, here are my cards one for birthday and one thinking of you card.  I opted to use die cuts

Here's the first card, the background is distressed oxide smooshed on mixed media paper.  I die cut  the feather, stamped the background using a Carabelle stamp and attached the background to navy card stock.  The die cut feather was embossed using Versamark and clear embossing powder then mounted on a die cut black foam.  I off set the die cut to see the blue behind.

my second card is a mixed media card, the edge is embossed in gold embossing powder, glass beads have been smeared over the stamped image and the feather is embossed in aged green Frantage embossing powder.  the Frantage has green, copper and clear embossing powder in it.  The clear causes the other colours to float around. 
For both cards I decided to turn both focal images and keep the sentiments straight

I'd love to hear your thoughts on my cards and don't forget to drop by Darnell's challenge and check out all the amazing inspiration from the Design team and other entries 😊

Card Recipe
Stamps: Carabelle stamp background, Tim Holtz Sentiment (Thinking of you), Unity Sentiment (Birthday)
Paper: Watercolour, Mixed media, Navy blue, 110lb White, 110lb Linen offWwhite
Ink: Ranger Archival Black, Versamark.
Accessories: Gold embossing powder, Simon Says Stamp feather die cut, Black fun foam, Clear embossing powder, Gold embossing powder, Frantage aged green Golden Glass beads, Distress Oxide inks
Techniques: Heat embossing, smooshing, die cutting.

Friday 5 January 2018

Sea shells and shimmer

I recently pulled out some Lindy's Stamp Gang magical powders which have been sitting in my powdered inks box for some time.  The Magical sets comprise of 5 colours in 1/4 oz jars which can be mixed with water to make sprays or paints.

I wanted to continue the CAS Mix up theme and try them out with cling wrap.  I stamped the Impression Obsession shells using versamark on mixed media paper and heat embossed them with white detail embossing powder. I then spritzed with water with water before sprinkling a few colours of the magicals over it.  The first layer of water allows the powders to dissolve slightly and then spritz again to move them around. I took a piece of cling wrap larger than the mixed media paper and smooshed the colours around encouraging the cling wrap to crinkle on the paper.

The shimmer is so pretty as you can see from the close up.

I am entering this for 

Card Recipe
Stamps: Impression obsession, Unity (sentiment)
Paper: 110lb cream, mixed media, black
Ink: Versamark, Ranger Archival
Accessories: Lindy's stamp gang magicals (Rusty Lantern Lime, Red Hot Poker, Time Travel Teal), White detail embossing powder.
Techniques: cling wrap, heat embossing, watercolouring

Thursday 4 January 2018

Christmas continues

 This is a card for Merry Monday's Challenge #271 Embossing and Pixies Snippets Playground week 313 and 314 these are definitely snippets and CAS Mix up (Cling wrap, stamping and my choice- die cut and embossing)
 I embossed a layer of Velum with the falling snow embossing folder and used glue dots to attach it to the card base.  I then used used a snippet of black and a snippet of a cling wrap background.
My snippets of the background are getting pretty small but I just can't throw them out, they're just way to pretty.
I sprinkled some white Frantage on the background and heat embossed from behind, and then heat embossed the sentiment on black using detail embossing powder.  The die cut village and trees are from Memory Box leaving a very small border of white.


Thanks for dropping by, I'd love to hear from you.

Card Recipe
Stamps: JOFY Sentiment
Paper: coated card, 110lb off white, black, velum
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: White detail embossing powder, SU embossing folder Memory Box die cut, Bister, cling wrap, Spray Starch
Techniques: Embossing (heat and dry), Cling wrap background

Craft Stamper magazine Design Team project tutorial

Hi everyone I have some exciting news to share. Back in August I was asked by Trish Latimer of Craft Stamper Magazine if would like to join their magazine Design Team and write a project tutorial.  My project will appear in February's magazine which comes out this Friday.

Here's a little snippet of my project, I definitely moved out of my comfort zone with this. I created an art board and an altered box, it was so much fun.

February's magazine has a whopping 56 exclusive Makes to try, you can get the magazine from Craftstampers.com with world wide delivery. There's also a digital versions available from Pocketmags.com.

Card Recipe