Hey Foxie

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Hello all. I hope this finds you well.

I have been busy getting my blog finished, so have not been doing a lot of card making. Alas today is when the design team post their cards for tomorrow's Watercolour Wednesday challenge at Splitcoaststampers. 

This week the challenge is Watercolour Imprints. This technique has a couple of ways it can be done, I am using the stencil technique.

I am also using some new to me watercolours. They are also relatively new to the market being introduced a few years back. I saw them while visiting my most favourite place in the world, Jackson's Art in the UK. I buy almost all my watercolour there, as well as my brushes. 

I was intrigued when I read about these full pan watercolours and when I saw the colours I became more intrigued. They are handmade watercolours with 140 colours of which 117 are single pigment. Yes, I bought a few and plan to add to them as I am most impressed. This is what I have so far.

I admit, I have a thing for watercolours.

Back to my card. For this I used Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Maroon, Transparent Turquoise  and Terra Pozzupli. Yes, the Terra Pozzupli is the rust colour on the fox where I also added some of the Transparent Turquoise. My reasoning was the fox was walking the forest floor and it dyed his fur. 😊

As I mentioned I did the stencil technique for the background, using Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper along with the above watercolours. I sprayed the front with clean water and started to add the colours, and as the piece started to curl I sprayed the back so it would flatten out. Once all the colour was added I placed the stencil on top and as it was not curling I left it to dry. 

Once dry I attached the piece to a Gina K Design Cherry Red card base then added some splatter with some red watercolour.

In the meantime in my mini Misti I stamped the fox using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne and as I mentioned above, I water coloured with the Terra Pozzupli and Transparent Turquoise. I painted a scrap piece of watercolour paper using the Quinacridone Gold and die cut two of the hey die from it and glued them together, then glued on the card.

I styled the fox a bit and propped him on the card using foam squares, then added a few gems to finish.

Another fun card for today. I hope you enjoy it as well and thank you for visiting.

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Falling Leaves

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Fall is fast approaching for those of us living in Ontario Canada. It is by far my favourite time of year as I love the cooler temperatures and I adore the colours.

Today's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers took us to a site called Soft Surroundings, where I saw these dresses that I would love to have, but I will settle to use them for my inspiration.

It is the orange, which is actually in both and the teal that I love, and I love them together.

My card is Arches 140lb Cold Press watercolour paper and my stencil is from A Colorful Life Design and called Skeleton Leaf. To start I sprayed the back of my stencil using the Pixie Spray, as I would be watercolouring. This secures the stencil to the watercolour paper to ensure I get a good print with no bleed. I also used my Stay-tion to secure the stencil not on the card so it could not pull up from the paper.

Using my #8 brush I started adding the colours, starting with the lightest and moving to the darker, being the Amazonite Genuine. Once finished I removed the stencil then went back and added more colour to the areas and blended out.

As most of you know I wait for my watercolour to dry naturally, which I did here. Once dry I sprayed the card front with a mixture of Gold Perfect Pearls and water, and allowed that to dry. I then added splatters using my # 2 brush along with Carmine and Permanent Orange watercolour.

Again, once all was dry I place the card in my Misti and stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Pinecone. I did not want the harshness of the black ink which is why I decided on the brown.

To finish I added a scattering of sequins.

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Friday, 18 September 2020


Hello to all. I am over on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog today with this card, which I have done as part of  the Random Acts of Cardness Challenges, and wish to share it with you too. 

Today, being day 18 of the challenges is "foil", which is a technique called Brush Stroke Foiling.

I have a video to share with you showing this technique which you can find here

I did not use any of the machines mentioned in the video, I used Mono Glue and my fingers to do the burnishing.  

But let me start at the beginning. I am using Arches 140lb Cold Press Watercolour Paper as my card base, along with Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens to watercolour. 

I started by colouring my stamp with the colours I wanted to use, which are Fresh Green and Azure Blue. Using my Misti I coloured each leaf with both of the colours, changing out the colour placement as I moved along and spritzed lightly before stamping.

While waiting for it to dry I did splatters using Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl watercolours in blue, green and gold.

I did not leave the stamp on the paper for long as I wanted the textures to come through. On a separate piece of Arches watercolour paper I stamped the leaf again, and generously spritzed with water, this time leaving the stamp on the paper which gives a more solid appearance. 

I then die cut the leaf using the coordinating die. 

Along with die cutting the leaf I also die cut two of the "wishes" dies from the Arches paper, and painted one using the Fresh Green pen.

Once everything was dry, using an old paint brush to get the brush lines, I painted on the glue, applying not quite half way up the leaf and allowed it to get tacky. I added the foil, gold facing up, to cover the die and rubbed the areas with the glue using my forefinger to burnish the foil.

I used the same process on the sentiment, except I applied the glue sparingly, not just at the bottom of the die. 

To finish my card I attached the leaf die and wishes die using foam squares which I cut to fit. I then added a splattering of gems and some Midas Touch to the top of the Wishes die sentiment.

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you have enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed making it.
Of note, Raya does not have the coordinating stamp in stock. You can use the die to get the same results, by painting the die with the colours, and gluing them where you would like them. Or, contact Raya at Scrap'n Stamp and ask her to order it for you. 

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Hiding Bird

Tuesday, 15 September 2020


Our Watercolour Challenge this week at Splitcoaststampers is Negative Painting. Everything was going along great until I got to the left side, where I added in Opera Pink. On my test run for my design I added Opera Pink coming from the top. and thought I would use it on this card as well. But it looked awful, so I painted over it with the Ultramarine Blue which I had used on the rest of the background. I am on the fence with the look, but it is better than the pink.

I thought the pink looked okay below the branch, it was above where it did not. I am not sure about the darkness of the blue, but it is what it is and this is very time consuming, so it had to stay.

To do this card I am using Concord & 9th Song Bird stamps, another fave of mine.  The leaves are also part of this set.

To watercolour I used mostly Transparent colours. As I mentioned the background is Ultramarine Blue. I used my watercolours to paint the stamps with the colours I was going to use for each. i.e. as I wanted the branch very light I stamped using Burnt Sienna and water coloured using Buff Titanium, pulling in the Burnt Sienna as I went along. For the bird I painted the outline using the Ultramarine Blue, so it would show up when I painted with the Prussian Blue.

The greens are Sap Green, Green Gold, Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) and Green Gold. The Green Blue shade is Amazonite Genuine. 

I have some Burnt Sienna with Quinacridone Gold and Rose of Ultramarine. There is also Goethite with Lemon Yellow and a couple leaves done in varying shades of Transparent Pyrrol Orange. 

On the Branch I used Burnt Sienna and Buff Titanium.

Negative watercolour is hard to explain other than to say it is layers of different shades of watercolour. Many do beautiful dark to light, which consists of several layers. I did not feel there was really enough room on my card for all the layers so I kept it in the three layer area, getting darker on the leaves as I moved down. 

With more practice I would get better at this technique, it is making the time for practice.

Thank you for dropping by today. If I get some time to make another Negative watercolour card I will post it for you to see.

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Autumn Leaf For You

Monday, 14 September 2020

When I went to my desk earlier today I had every intention of making a floral card. But it is cool outside, which I love, so I instead opted to do a leaf. This is one of my favourite leaves from Concord and 9th, so I picked this out for today.

I am using Arches 140lb Cold Press watercolour paper and Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens to watercolour.

To start my card in my MISTI I arranged my stamp to afir my watercolour paper. Using Fresh Green I coloured the stamp on one side, then added Mango Mimosa on the other side, along with Tomato Juice. Using my watercolour brush I blended the colours and brought the colours out from the leaf. To get stronger colour I added more pigment from the pens.

Once I was happy I let it dry naturally. I have said this before I am sure, but I find that my heat gun affects the intensity of the colours, which is why I let things dry naturally. It takes more time, yes, but my colours stay more vibrant.

I then proceed to heat emboss the leaf using gold embossing powder, now showing all the detail from the stamp. The gold looks so pretty over the colours. 

There is a coordinating stamp that is included with this set which as the dots seen on my card. I inked up those areas using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne and stamped around the leaf. I then stamped the sentiment using the same ink.

To finish up I matted the piece with using a piece of Olive cardstock, then attached the piece to my Neenah Solar White card base.

I am very happy with the outcome, and I hope you like it as well. This stamp is such fun to use at this time of year.

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Its A Jungle Out There

Saturday, 12 September 2020


When I got up this morning, with coffee in hand I sat down to look at the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. When I saw the site for today, called Stuffed Safari I decided I would use this new Hero Arts stamp that I received earlier this week. Sorry to all the pets on that site, but I was in the mood for colouring and leaves.

It would be nice to watercolour this stamp, but I decided to use Copics for this card. I picked colours of fall as we are heading into the best season in my humble opinion. Greens, yellows, oranges, reds and blues along with some light teals. 

I am not at all happy with my sentiment, and will probably end up applying another layer on top of the two that are there, and colour using the greens. That I think will stand out from the card.

I started with the greens, using YG06, YG07 and G14. As I usually do, I started with the YG06 up to the G14, then come back down using YG07 and ending with YG06. I have used this method on all of the flowers and leaves, but not the background. 

I moved on to the Yellows, using Y13, Y15, Y18.  Oranges are Y38, YR04, YR09. Reds R02, R05 and R17. Violets are RV10, RV63 and RV66. Teals BG11, BG23, BG34 and finally the blues, being B12, B21 and B24.

That is a lot of colouring, and I find that I end up with a sore neck from leaning forward when I colour with Copics. So a coffee break, then I moved to the background.

I tried a few colours first, mostly darker blues, but I did not like them. I tried grey colours, not! I ended up picking a very dark colour R59.

I quite like the darkness of the R59 shade, which is called Cardinal. It is very rich, and it shows on the card that it is rich. Unfortunately not so much in the pictures except a bit in the third picture.

Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed today's card. I sure did enjoy the colouring.

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Autumn is Calling

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

It is that time again, to prepare my post for this week's Watercolour Wednesday Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. This week the challenge is Watercolour Die Cuts.

I am using one of my favourite dies from Pinkfresh Studios. I have used it before as an outline die, i.e. taking the leaves out. But today, it is all about the colour of our Fall leaves. 

I am working on Arches 140lb Cold Press watercolour paper and using Daniel Smith watercolours. 

To do the background I first taped off the border using artist tape. Using Cascade Green which has that lovely blue in it, along with Jadeite Genuine and Serpentine I did this Wet on Wet wash, then set it aside to dry.

I die cut two sets of the leaves from my watercolour paper. On the first I used wet on dry with Quinacridone Gold. It is beautiful, as you can see with it peeking out from under the top leaves.

 For the top leaves I used Jadite Genuine, Hansa Yellow, Quinacridone Rose, Rose of Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, Pyrrol Scarlet, and Transparent Pyrrol Orange, Wet on Dry that turned into Wet on Wet, as I kept adding colour to get good saturation. 

Using a pale blue cardbase I attached the watercolour background to the cardbase. I then glued on the bottom Gold leaf set and Nuvo Adhesive to 4 spots on the Gold leaf, giving it a couple of minutes to start setting up. I then set the top leaf set on the glue and let it sit until all was dry. 

This holds the leaf off the bottom set a bit, but enough that adds to the dimension of the card. When I look at the card from the side you can see the difference in the heights. 

To finish up I stamped the sentiment, which is actually half of the true sentiment. I actually had surgery on my stamp, cutting it in half so I could use the sentiment as I wanted, or part on the front and the rest inside. For this card I used the bottom part stamping with VersaFine Clair ink in Paradise.

And to finish up I added Crystal Drops in several colours. 

I really like how this turned out, which is how I imagined it. Love it when that happens!

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My Kind of Beautiful

Sunday, 6 September 2020


It has been a lazy Sunday for me. I have been hunting down sheets, yes bed sheets and I dare say the prices of them has nearly knocked me off my feet! So, that took most of my morning so I did not get to my card until this afternoon. 

This is a Paint A Flower from Altenew that was asking for attention. I decided I would paint using my Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens for a change. I do love these pens, they make this kind of card easy to do. 

To start I am using Fabriano Hot Press for a change. I had this piece sitting on my desk already cut and with the raw edge, which I thought would suit this stamp perfectly. 

If the stamp had less detail I would have used Cold Press paper for some texture, but this stamp has loads of texture in the details.

I first started with the leaves giving all of them a base of Lemon Yellow. I then went in and did the flowers, using Flamingo Pink for the flower on the left. I made two puddles, one with a fair amount of water added and one with no water added and painted using these. 

Moving on to the Yellow flower I started with a base layer of the Lemon Yellow full strength, then added in Mango Mimosa watered down. 

I added Mango Mimosa to the flower centres of both flowers.

Moving on to the bulbs I used Pink Lemonade, starting with a light layer and building to the darker colour. It is this colour that I then added to the leaves in some areas, blending with Lemon Yellow.

The balance of the leaves were done with Fresh Green. adding a bit of the Lemon Yellow in some areas as I went along. 

Once I was finished with the flowers and leaves I moved on to my background wash. For this I used Aqua Splash watered down, going around the card with the watercolour. I wanted for it to completely dry, then added Lemon Yellow around the image itself, which brightens up everything and casts a glow around it all, which you can see close up in the picture below.

I finished up by stamping my sentiment using VersaFine Clair Ink and adding a scattering of sequins around the card.

I hope you have enjoyed this card today, and wish to thank you for stopping by.

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