Wednesday 27 February 2019

Blue and Silver Snowflake

A quick card with blended inks a splash of water and some heat embossing.

Here is a close up of this wonderful snowflake by Visible image.

I'm entering this at Scrappymo's Rudolf days challenge, (don't forget this month is a short month), the Holly and the Ivy anything goes .

Card Recipe
Stamps: Visible image
Paper: Mixed Media, Black, 110lb white
Ink: distress inks, Versamark embossing ink
Accessories: silver embossing powder
Techniques: ink blending, embossing

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Heat Laminated Foil.

I finally broke down and bought a laminator to try out some foiling, I opted to go really cheap and small so picked up one from Amazon. OMG so much fun seeing those sparkly stamped images emerge.
I used some Decofoil transfer gel sponged onto my stamp, stamped the image and let it dry a little. I then run the foil and the stamped card through the laminator sandwiched between a sheet of printer paper. I found that was the best way to stop anything getting stuck between the rollers.

The first card is the stamp and foil, the foils is pretty blue colour but really hard to capture on camera.

The second card is the foil image after the stamp, it seemed a pity to waste such a pretty negative image. I stuck the foil to a piece of card.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Deep Red, Stampers Annomous sentiment
Paper: 110lb White, Navy
Ink: Ranger Archival
Accessories: Heat Laminator, Foil,
Techniques: Foiling

Monday 18 February 2019

Treats on Tuesday for Magenta

Hi everyone I'm over at Magenta with a fun acrylic paint technique for you.  Here are two cards with the same stamps. Head over and check out how you get these vibrant colours on the birds and how to watercolour over acrylic paint.

Here's a close up of the background and the vibrant colours below.

This card the bird was painted with watercolours.

I used the following stamps and stencil

Wren on a branch

 (18.090.L) Galaxy Cluster 

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Magenta
Paper: 110lb white, Black, Mixed Media
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: Acrylic Paint, Gesso, Daniel Smith Watercolour Grounds
Techniques: Acrylic Paints. Watercolour

Sunday 17 February 2019

CAS Christmas Card Mid Month Reminder

Hi everyone, how are your Christmas cards coming along? Well if you need a little inspiration come and join us at CAS Christmas card challenge.
Colleen, the Design team and our Guest Designer Linda of ScrapinBari have been busy creating some wonderful cards for you to enjoy and hopefully encourage to play along.
A few weeks back I made a cloudy sky as Guest Designer at CASOLOGY and had a little of the sky left. here's my CASOLOGY card.
I used a stamp from Old Island Stamp Co and used a white gell pen to take away a little of the blue wash on the roof.

I hope you like my card and also play along with us.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Old Island, SU retired stentiment
Paper: 110lb white, Mixed Media, Black
Ink: Ranger Archival
Accessories: MISTI, Watercolour, Signo White gel pen.
Techniques: Water colouring

Monday 11 February 2019

Treats on Tuesday at Magenta

Hi everyone I'm over at Magenta with a fun technique using Distress stains.  You can see the how it's done in a video Loll from Stamping with Loll did a little while ago on splattering techniques. 
You prime the sponge on a distress stain and smack it down on the card. This gives these wonderful ink splatters for my card I used pewter and persimmon.

The pewter is a metallic stain so to add colour to the flowers I used alcohol inks. I stamped the image in memento black in my MISTI coloured the image and then stamped again in Black Versafine Clair and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
No sentiment yet, I'm waiting for just the right occasion.

Flower Filled Heart (08.077.N)

I'm entering this for the Rainbow card challenge Orange opulence.

The flower Challenge -A new stamp

Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta
Paper: 110lb White, Black, Mixed Media
Ink: Versafine Clair Black, Memento black
Accessories: Clear Embossing powder, Distress stains, Alcohol pens
Techniques: Stain splattering, Alcohol pens, Heat Embossing

Monday 4 February 2019

Treats on Tuesday for Magenta

I'm over at Magenta today with an Alcohol Ink on Yupo background.
Have you ever looked at one of your background and thought Nah! Well this one started out that way. I had meant to have played around with it but it never made it out of the UFO box to get some TLC. I decided to use a background stamp to bring the colours together and to tone them down a little.

I used my MISTI to stamp the image using Versafine Clair ink and clear embossing powder.
Of note I used heavy weight Yupo which withstands heat embossing a little better than the light weight. Remember to  keep moving the heat gun or the Yupo will warp as it's plastic.

Stamp used
Large Floral Background

Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta
Paper: 110lb white, Yupo
Ink: Versafine Clair
Accessories: Spellbinders Butterfly Die, Alcohol Inks, Clear Embossing powder.
Techniques:  Alcohol Inks, Die cutting.

Playing with Acrylic Paints

I have lots of containers of Acrylic paints sitting in the cupboard so I thought I would pull some out to create an abstract background. I dropped a little paint and grabbed an old Pet Smart loyalty card and started spreading the paint around. Don't worry the dogs will still get their treats, I'm not sure why they give us cards they have our email and phone number, perhaps it's so we all have paint spreaders 😏.

I used blues, taupe and brown for the base colours, so once the acrylic paint dried I blended some Tea Dye distress ink over the white areas. I then tore the lower edge and blended the torn edge and re-attached the tear to give some interest.
I stamped the image using Versafine Clair and embossed with clear embossing powder.

I used the following stamps from Magenta
 Click to enlarge

Distressed Background Text


I'm entering this for the following challenges-


Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta
Paper: 110lb white, Mixed Media
Ink: Versafine Clair, Ranger Archival, Distress ink
Accessories: Acrylic Paint, MISTI, Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat tool
Techniques: Acrylic Paint, Heat Embossing, Foam blender

Sunday 3 February 2019

CAS Chritmas Card Challenge February is Peace Month

Hi Everyone, it's time for CAS Christmas Card Challenge and Collen our host has chosen Peace is your inspiration word. Guest Designer is this month is Linda of Scrappin, Stampin and Singin

For my card I used the small world die from Sizzix and the Peace On Earth die from Stamplorations all framed with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched rectangle. I die cut two pieces of card from my stash, one with a green base and the other with a blue background.

This is a close up of the die cut world and sentiment. The sentiment has been cut from 3 layers of white card and glued together to pop it up a little.

Card Recipe
Stamps: None
Paper: Mixed media, 110lb White
Ink: Distress oxide and powdered inks
Accessories:  Sizzix Small Globe Die, Stamplorations Sentiment Die, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.
Techniques: Die Cutting.