Wednesday, 30 May 2018

 Do you love ink? I admit I have an ongoing love affair with ink. Yes, I love Distress Ink, and 💕 Distress Oxide inks. And, as most of you who follow my blog will know, I am smitten with Wendy Vecchi inks by Ranger. As I suffer from Full Set Syndrome, I have and use all of her mini Archival Ink Kits.  I also always use the Archival Jet Black ink for my water colour cards and have never had an issue with any bleed. So when I heard that she was coming out with a new line of inks called "Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART Blendable Dye Inks" I had another "must have full set syndrome" moment. And here they are.
I did my card using the Fern Green, Sunflower and Poppy and I can honestly say they are a dream to work with. They blend beautifully and the pads feel like they are satin as you glide the blending tool across them. What I mean by that is some pads grab at your blending tool, these do not do that. And the colours are to die for, in my humble opinion. 
They are an easy fit for my hands, with lids that fit snugly. And the inks pads are raised, a must for many techniques. 
They stamp nice clean images, as you can see below. The sentiment on the left I stamped with too much pressure, yet there was only slight bleed. The sentiment on the right I did quickly, without giving it much thought and it stamped perfectly. The flower I did by bringing the pad in from the sides, and it still made a good impression.
The inks dry almost instantly ... by the time I took the pieces out of my Misti they were dry. And below is a panel doing some pouncing using water and the inks in the Sunflower, Prickly Pear and Garden Patina. I am loving the look. 
I am loving this panel!

I am not doing this for any company, nor was I asked to do this review, I did this for my own purposes and thought I would share with you all. I can honestly say I highly recommend these inks, both for their blending properties as well as the beautiful colour palette. I have no doubt these will become part of my daily go to inks.
Isn't that Poppy gorgeous ... it time for me to go and play again!
Thank you for visiting my blog today. If you have any questions about these inks you can contact me via the "Contact Me" form on my home page.

You are Sweet

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

This is for you, my fellow crafty friends.
It has been some time since I have made a shaker card, and when I pulled out this Love Birds stamp set I thought it would be perfect for such a card. 
To do the shaker I die cut two pieces of fun foam along with a piece of cardstock using my deckled circle die. The fun foam allows for the cavity to hold the sequins, and it does not have sticky sides for the sequins to get stuck. When you run fun foam through your die cut machine, it flattens somewhat, which is why I use two pieces and glue them together using Tombow glue. 
For my card I first did the background using Hero Arts Sunburst Bold Prints background stamp and distress oxide inks in Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint and Peacock Feathers. I inked up the stamp using these colours and stamped on Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, then with my paintbrush added water and did a wash across the panel. This moved the colours into the "white" space, creating a colourful background. I then painted the birds using distress inks in Scattered Straw, Wild Honey and Carved Pumpkin, and used my Zig brush in #95 Dark Gray for the beaks and claws. For the tree branch I used Gathered Twigs and Twisted Citron. Once all the painting was done I die cut the pieces out. 
 I put the shaker together, adding a fair amount of sequins to the cavity, and used acetate for the window. I styled the birds before attaching with foam squares, and stamped the sentiment using the monarch orange ink and coloured in the little heart with my distress marker in Dried Marigold. I then added a dab of Wink of Stella to the eyes and the heart of the sentiment. 
Such a fun card to make for a bit of change. I hope you all enjoy it and thank you for visiting. 

Stencil Thoughts

Sunday, 27 May 2018

This is my sample card for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today whereby we asked for remembrance or sympathy cards due to this being Memorial Day in the USA.
I made this card yesterday when I was playing with stencil backgrounds and watercolour. I think this Large Flower Stencil from Hero Arts can be used in so many ways, making this a great stencil to have in your collection. 
I use my Original Misti when I stencil. I find the bar magnets hold everything in place without the need of tape, which I readily admit drives me a bit crazy. I placed my stencil in my Misti using Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour paper, which I love for this type of technique. I sponged on the Blueprint Sketch, fading the ink towards the edges.With the stencil still in place and using my Escoda #6 paint brush I applied water to the sponged area, moving the ink, and in some cases applying more ink as I went. Once I was happy with the look, I painted the centre of the flower with my Zig Brush in Yellow. I did not apply any water to this area as the Zigs are already wet and I did not want to soften the yellow colour. The Blueprint Sketch has some wonderful undertones of colour, and I decided to pick up on the purple. I die cut my panel with my stitched rectangle die, and stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Ink in Majestic Violet. I then added foam tape to the back and attached to a deep purple card base. As this is a CAS card and a Thinking of You which could be sympathy, I kept it very clean, and by that I mean I did not add sequins 😉.
 I hope you enjoy this card and wish to thank you for visiting my blog.

You're my kind of Wonderful

Saturday, 26 May 2018

 This is "You're my kind of Wonderful", my card to share with you today. 
I first did my background panel on distress watercolour paper using my Nesting Hexagon stencil and Distress Oxide ink in Worn Lipstick, sponging on the colour, then with my paint brush and water I went over the lines of ink to giving the appearance of a watercoloured piece, then once dry I die cut the panel. 
For my flower I went for a bit of a change with the blue/green leaves, but first in my Mini Misti I stamped the flower using Ranger Archival Ink in Cobalt Blue, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder, before painting using Zig brushes in Turquoise Green and Carmine Red in several layers. Once I finished the watercolour, I added Wink of Stella to parts of the leaves and flowers. 
I placed my background panel back in my Misti and stamped my sentiment using the Cobalt Blue ink. I then attached my background panel on fun foam, then attached it to my card base. I styled the flower which I also attached using foam squares. 
And, yes ... I finished up with a few sequins. 
I hope you have enjoyed today's card and thank you for visiting my blog.

A Tweet Hello

Friday, 25 May 2018

 Being a bird lover and having a Cockatiel, I love anything birds, so when I saw this stamp set called A Tweet Hello from My Favorite Things, it was a must have. 
I decided I wanted to do a whimsical type of card, mostly because I was going to draw my branch, and as my drawing is not top notch, it was best to make it whimsical. It all went relatively well until the bottom right branch ... but it is what it is.😉 
I started with the top birds, stamping, heat embossing with clear embossing powder and painting with Zig brushes, then set them aside to do my panel.
I first drew my branch with pencil, then did a light was using Daniel Smith Manganese Blue for my background. Once that was dry I painted my branch with a mixture of Daniel Smith Venetian Red and Burnt Umber from Winsor Newton. I then arranged the birds where I would like them, and stamped another set of the birds, also giving them a quick go over with colour. I stamped in the leaves using Tim Holtz Twisted Citron at the top, and painted with the Citron and also added in Zig Light Green for some depth. I then stamped the flowers and painted with Zig brushes, and added a mid brown to the branch giving it more depth as well. 
I added the matting to my panel and attached to my card base. I then styled and attached the birds on foam dots, then added Wink of Stella to the flowers along with the breasts of the birds. And to finish, I added Nuvo Jewel Drops in green for the flower centres, and pink drops in among the leaves.
I have made a video showing this process, and in the video I have a small offer to those who watch the video and comment here.
I hope you enjoy this whimsical card today.

Peony Just for you

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

A morning spent with water colours and Altenew flowers is always a good day. I used the colours from the colour challenge at SCS today, or I should say, colours as close as I had.
I had the flower already cut out, so I thought I would paint it up before I lost it. I used Zig brushes to paint the flower in Light Carmine and Red Carmine, and Light Green for the stem and leaves of the little flower. For the leaf I stamped using Altenew inks in Olive and Moss from the Tropical Forest Mini Cube Set. For my panel I painted the thick lines using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke, then added the White Gold from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry set, then die cut with the stitched STAX die. I attached the panel to fun foam, then attached to my card base. I styled the flowers and arranged them on the panel then glued on. To finish my card I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ivory Seashell.
Thank you for visiting today ...

Smile Big

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Smile Big is the sample I made for today's CAS challenge at Splitcoaststampers, which was "Citrus". These colours, being Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber remind me of some of our citrus fruits. Also, the squeezed lemonade has a green tone to it, which is perfect for the challenge
as well. 
I first stencilled my Neenah card base using the fossilized amber, and an old Memory Box Stencil called Rings and Bubbles. You can never go wrong with investing in stencils, as even when you cannot buy them anymore, they can still be used in so many ways. 
On another piece of Neenah cardstock, I stamped the circle stamp and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I then sponged on some of the amber, and cleaned the circle with water to brighten up the embossing, then die cut it with the coordinating circle die. While die cutting, I also did the panel along with a couple of butterflies. On the rectangle panel I sponged on the lemonade and spiced marmalade, attaching the panel to my card base using fun foam. I considered a few sequins, but I wanted to keep the panel clean, so I resisted the temptation to add anything further. 
Thanks so much for visiting today ... I will see you next time.

My Sweet Petunia and Technique Tuesday Hop

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Welcome to today's hop between My Sweet Petunia and Technique Tuesday. I had a bunch of fun making my cards to share with you all, but first I need to take care of some business. 
And, that is to let you all know there are prizes to be had. We will choose two lucky commenters from this hop to win one of two prizes:
a $50.00 shopping spree at My Sweet Petunia, and
a $50.00 shopping spree at Technique Tuesday.
You must leave your comments no later than Monday, May 28th, at 11:59 PM Central time, and the winners will be announced on Tuesday May 29th, on the Technique Tuesday and My Sweet Petunia blogs.
So be sure to comment for your chance to win!

Now, back to the cards I made for today.
I was having so much fun, I got a bit carried away making cards. This was my first one, a birthday card for a young one. 
 I started by sponging on distress oxide inks in some of my favourite colours, then flicked on a  bit of water. I die cut the Numbers die using Neenah cardstock in white. 
 In my mini Misti, on a piece of Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper I stamped the bird and painted using the distress ink colours I used for the background, adding in a bit of green in the spectacles and tumbled glass around the eyes. I then fussy cut the bird. 
 I die cut the label and stamped the sentiment, then put the front of the card together by attaching the numbers using foam dots. I glued on the label, then styled and attached the bird on foam dots, competing with a few dew drops, along with white gel pen to the wings of the bird, and some Wink of Stella to the spectacles. 
 For the inside I die cut a panel, taping off and sponged an area matching the front of the card. I cut another label and in my mini Misti stamped the birthday sentiment.
A close up view of the bird.
I did the 2nd and 3rd cards at the same time, doing another distress oxide background, this time using Shaded Lilac, Faded Jeans and Broken China. On the 2nd card in my mini Misti I stamped the Lucky Owl image, then painted using distress inks matching the ones I used for the background, adding in the Wilted Violet. I cut the background panel, and in my mini Misti stamped the Smile sentiment, then attached the panel to a lilac card base using fun foam. I styled and added the Owl to the panel using foam dots, then added a few gum drops to finish my card. 
For the 3rd card I used the same distress oxide colours, but in a different order, along with one of Technique Tuesday's Digital Stand Alone Cut Files and my ScanNCut to make an easy card. I got inky fingers by squeezing out some of the juice from my glitter marker to add to the hello die. I attached the hello using cut foam squares. I show the bristle brush in the collage which I use to add ink to my panels.
These are my completed cards.
And, finally, my fourth card.
This time I used Distress Oxide's in Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet. To blend the inks nicely I spritzed the panel with water and heat dried. It softens the blending, which I wanted for this card. I then used my lattice stencil, spritzing with water and using a paper towel to soak up the extra water. Again, as with the blending, I wanted the lattice to be subtle. In my mini Misti I stamped using the Dandelion Stamp with jet black ink, then stamped again with Versamark and heat embossed with Nuvo Crystal Embossing Powder. I then stamped the sentiment and die cut the panel. 
I did the same technique for the inside, but added another layer of matting. The card base is a deep purple. 
This is a close-up showing the bits of white in the embossing, which sparkle. Below is a video showing this card being made. Thanks for watching.

I do hope you have enjoyed these cards as much as I have enjoyed making them. I have included links below to the items I used in these projects.

Now, on to the rest of the hop. You should have arrived here from Daniela's blog, and next up is Kymona. I have included the list in case you get lost.

Hugs and Happy Thoughts

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

 This is Hugs and Happy Thoughts. I am using a new to me stamp set, which I just love as it offers endless possibilities. 
To start, I first did my background so it would be dry when it came time to put my card together. Using oxide inks and Ranger Distress water colour paper I used Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade, and did some smacking, for lack of a better description. I laid down the amber ink first, spritzing with water and smacked my Ranger Distress watercolour piece on to the ink, holding for a bit until it picked up some ink. I did this several times with the amber, dried with my heat gun and did it again with the marmalade, until I was happy with the look. I dried the piece, then flicked on some acrylic paints in orange and black. I made the orange, mixing red and yellow acrylics, then left it to dry.
For the flowers, on Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper I stamped using jet black ink and used Altenew inks in oranges from the Warm and Cozy Mini cube set and greens from the Tropical Forest Mini cube set, to watercolour my flowers and leaves. So I can see the colours, I lay the colour down on my acrylic block that is set on top of a piece of white paper, and pick up with my watercolour brushes. I continued to add colour, again until I was happy with the outcome, then fussy cut the pieces out. A little tip when fussy cutting from watercolour paper ~ spritz the back of the paper just once, it will make the paper easier to handle and cut.
To put it all together, I attached the background piece to my card base. I die cut the arch piece from Neenah cardstock, added foam tape and attached. I then styled my flowers, arranging them in place and glued down, some with glue, others with foam dots. I then stamped the sentiment on the reverse side of Ranger Distress watercolour paper using jet black ink and sponged on the amber and marmalade lightly, then die cut with the label die, and finished with a few sequins. 
Thanks so much for joining me today ... I will see you next time.


Monday, 14 May 2018

You know what they say, an apple a day ... !

This is the sample card I made for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today.
I die cut the apple using Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper and painted using Daniel Smith watercolours. I did several layers, starting with a yellow base and working in to the red, and could have added more, but I was running out of daylight and needed to get a picture before that happened. 
I then die cut the panel using Penny Black's Antique Frame and Ranger Distressed watercolour paper for texture. I went around the edges of the die with a glitter marker in yellow, and painted the shadow using Quinacridone Gold. I then die cut the sentiment, also using watercolour paper and painted it and the leaf in Sap Green. For the stem I used a bit of Burnt Umber. 
I styled my apple and leaf, before gluing the leaf on and attached the apple to the panel using foam dots. I added fun foam to the back of the panel before attaching to my card base, and finished with a few sequins. 
If you are new to watercolour and would like to try the Daniel Smith colours I would highly recommend the dot cards, which allow you to experience the fun of watercolour without a huge investment.
Thanks for visiting today ... see you next time.