Poinsettia thank you

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

It feels like it has been a long time since I posted here on my blog, but I have been very busy doing things I cannot post yet. But, this card I can post, my sample card for Watercolour Wednesday Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.

Being that this is week 5, we have a guest hostess for the challenge and she has picked Watercolour Mottling for her challenge. You can find the video here.

I decided to do my background using this technique using Daniel Smith watercolours in Quinacridone Rose and Hansa Yellow. Using Arches cold press watercolour paper I first painted my card using the Hansa Yellow and did the mottling with the Quin Rose. 

I then die cut the Poinsettia flowers from watercolour paper. I made a puddle of the Quinacridone Rose and added a fair amount of water, then dragged my flowers through the paint. I then added more colour to the flowers keeping the look messy. 

I stopped to look at my background and oops, dribbled some paint right on the card in a couple of places. Dang it all! Well, work with it, as Lydia says in her video, so I welcomed the dots and added some more. 

I then added watered down Serpentine Genuine to the leaves and let dry. Once the leaves and flowers were dry I styled both. 

To put the card together, I attached my panel to my Gina K Design Ivory card base using foam tape. I then did a placement for the flowers and leaves, and in my mini Misti I stamped the thank you, first using VersaFine Clair ink in Glamorous, then stamping over that with the Nocturne. You can see the Glamorous under the black in real life. I then permanently attached the flowers and leaves using Nuvo Adhesive. 

I painted the yellow flower centres with Nuvo Midas Touch to add some sparkle. I did consider adding some gems/sequins but decided against it as it would detract from the mottling.

At first I was not sure if I liked the card or not, but it has grown on me.

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When It Snows

Friday, 25 December 2020


It is time for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. I love this challenge and if you have not checked it out I would highly recommend it. Today could not be a better day to start.

We are visiting a Pinterest site that is all about Doors. I picked this pin for inspiration. Although I do not have the same amount of snow, I do have snow falling lightly, and bits of snow that has gathered on leaves and pieces of the tree barks using Bleed Proof White paint.

To add the initial colour, in my original Misti I painted the stamp with my watercolours. I do this by first applying a layer of VersaMark embossing ink. This ensure the watercolour adheres to the rubber stamp and spreads as painted, instead of bubbling up in one place. I then spritz the stamp before pressing it on to the watercolour paper. I hold it for a bit, as this is Arches 140ln watercolour card which has a texture to it. 

Once I had most of my watercolour down I finished the water colouring, adding more paint as required. I added in some highlights in the blue and pink along with the extra touches of Sap Green.

Using the Bleed Proof white watercolour I added the snow with my paint brush to the wood pieces and some of the leaves, then did small splatters of the white representing a light snowfall.

To finish up I trimmed the card so I would have a tiny piece of the card base showing and attached using foam tape. 

As it turns out I have had this stamp for quite awhile and never got around to painting it. I have a few of those which I am slowly going through to make sure they see some love.

I hope you have enjoyed today's card and I wish to thank you for your visit.

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The Christmas Wait

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Seems someone cannot wait for Christmas. 

I did this card a few days back but have waited to post it as I had to give it to someone first, being they see my posts, and yes, she is a dog owner.

And, she also loves green, hence all the green on this card with the hints of blue, which she also likes. I coloured the image using Copic markers.

My cardstock of choice when using Copic markers is Hammermill Premium card which is 100 lb. and blends like a dream, and what I used here.

She has black dogs which are hard to do I find, hence my dog is gray using Copic N02 and N04. I used the yellow and green Copics on the packages with some shading done on the top package. I used G14 and YG01 for the shading.

To shade around the image I used BG11 along with B0. B0 is the colorless blender and I went around the sides and top of the BG11 to blend the colours so there would not be any sudden stops of colour.

On the dark green package I used my Zig pen in Silver on the stars, which in real life gives some sparkle.

In my mini Misti I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Paradise. I then attached my piece to a blue mirror card base.

I very much enjoyed my time colouring this adorable image, which I hope you enjoy. 
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Christmas Thanks

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Today's card is my sample for Watercolour Wednesday at Splitcoaststampers. The cards for today are very easy to make, which is perfect for this time of year. You can find the video here.

I am finished my Christmas cards but I do need some thank you cards, which is what I decided to paint. Easy, a vase with gold trim, cut twigs stuck in the vase with some berries. 

And the case is sitting on a table with a cloth, also used to write the sentiment.

The Arches watercolour card is 3 x 4.5 inches. I have attached it to a Gina K Design card base and I used a gold gelli roll pen to go around the watercolour card.

For my watercolour I used Daniel Smith paints in Jadeite Genuine, Burnt Umber, Pyrrol Scarlet, and Cascade Green. I used a gold Sakura Metallic gel roll pen on the top of the vase. The Cascade Green has that beautiful blue/green appearance.

I probably made the twigs a tad small, but that's okay. It still makes for a pretty picture.

I attached my Arches card to a Gina K Design card base, then drew around the edge using a ruler to keep my gold Sakura metallic pen away from the watercolour card.

Then using my Micron fine tip marker I printed the Thank you on either side of the vase. 

I think it is a great idea for an easy card and will make a few more to send out. 

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Its Winter

Sunday, 20 December 2020


It is always fun to sit at my desk and stare out the window, as I always find inspiration that way. When I was making this card it was snowing and I mean snowing! We ended up the next morning with a lot of the beautiful white sparkly fluffy stuff. 

And that is how this card came about, made for Day 20 of the Scrap'n Stamp Random Act of Cardness challenges, which is "SNOW", duly marked on my reminder below.

This card started with a piece of Tonic watercolour card, Distress Oxide ink in Speckled Egg and some water. I put down some ink on my work surface and spritzed with water, then pounced the card in the ink, drying between each go. I did this several times, to build the layers, then on the final addition I spritzed with a mixture of Perfect Pearls and water instead, to add shimmer to the card and dried the piece. 

Once completely dry, with my finger I rubbed on the Stickles Glitter Gel. I find it easier with my finger as the stars stick to the palette knife and end up all in the same place, whereas with my fingers I can move the stars around. I then set the piece aside to dry.

From another piece of the Tonic card, I die cut a bunch of the snowflakes. But first, using my Lawn Fawn stencil I added stencilled snowflakes with white texture paste randomly around the card. Then using the negative left from the die cutting, and using as a stencil, I added more texture paste with my finger so as to not damage the delicate pieces of the snowflakes.

The texture paste dried very quickly, which is great. As I would be adding gems etc. I then attached the piece to my card base of gold mirror card using foam tape.

I then began to glue in the die cut snowflakes. For the larger and last two snowflakes I added them using foam squares, then painted them with a good layer of Nuvo Shimmering Pen in Midas Touch. I squeezed out some of the shimmer to my work surface and with a paint brush I splattered the card a lot with the mixture. In real life it is so pretty.

To finish up I added gems to a few of the snowflakes as well as around the card, which added more shimmer. I think it has made a beautiful winter card to send to a friend, don't you?

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Happy Winter

Friday, 18 December 2020

It has been a long time since I have used this stamp but as it happened it is perfect for today's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, visiting Studio Knit for our inspiration, where I picked this shawl.

I decided against the pink and the peach and instead used a taupe colour as the colours would be lost on the images I decided to use.

Using my original Misti I arranged the stamps in order of stamping, the face first, then the scarf and hat, if using, on each image using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black which makes friends with Copic markers and Hammermill card stock which is wonderful with Copic markers.
First I did the hair on each using YR24, E37 and E23 on the left hair, and E23, E49 with E57 on the right hair. For both of the faces I used E00, E11 and E51 for shading along with R12 on the cheeks.

For the scarves and the hat I used E35, BG23 and R59. I then stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink on vellum paper and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Once I was done with the colouring I fussy cut both of the pieces out and styled them using my stylus. I also cut out the sentiment.

Using another piece of Neenah cardstock I stamped the Penny Black stamp and heat embossed using WOW embossing powder in Mint Macaroon, then sponged on Distress Oxide ink in Peacock Feathers for a emboss resist look.

I then attached the stamped pieces using foam squares, along with the sentiment, again using foam squares.

To finish up I added a scattering of crystals.

I enjoyed using this set again. I am sending out some winter cards to those I did not send Christmas cards to, just to change it up a bit and this is perfect for that. The other part of this sentiment wishes for a Happy New Year which I will put on the inside.

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Poinsettia Christmas

Tuesday, 15 December 2020


Time for our watercolour challenge at Splitcoaststampers. On a lighter note today we are doing Watercolour Powder Resist. The video for this technique you can find here.

I am using Nuvo Shimmer Powder. Despite all the colours seen in the Christmas card I made above, I used only one powder, called Catherine Wheel. 

Starting from the beginning I first cut a piece of the Bristol paper to 6x6 and placed it in my original Misti. I prepped the paper with my embossing tool and added VersaMark embossing ink to the stamp, making sure to cover the area and stamped.

I added the Brutus Monroe gold embossing powder to the card, again being sure to cover all before removing the excess, then using my heat gun heat embossed the panel.

To add the powder I first wet the piece liberally, then sprinkled with the powder, tapping on the bottom of the bottle. This gives more control over the amount of powder released. I then added even more water spreading the powder as I sprayed.

Using my water brush I picked up the colours, adding it to places I felt needed additional colour.

I then set the piece aside to dry thoroughly. Once it was dry I dusted the card with a glitter cloth to pick up any excess powder. Trust me, I have learned the hard way to make sure I have all that powder removed before cutting my piece. 

I cut the piece to 4 x 5.25, then added foam tape to the back and attached to my card base. Again, the ink even though dry, will mark your surface, so be sure to use the cloth and use a paper towel on your work surface when you flip it over.

I then die cut the frame from the Tonic cardstock and attached it to my card panel using Nuvo Adhesive.

For the sentiment I cut the Merry Christmas from red glitter card. I then cut 2 pieces from Neenah 110lb card and coloured them with a red Copic marker and glued all of them together and attached with Nuvo Adhesive.

I hope you have enjoyed today's card as much as I enjoyed making it. Following are Affiliate links for the products that I have used, at no extra cost to you.

Stars are Shining

Friday, 11 December 2020

This card took on a life all its own, but in the end I do like it.

This is my sample card for the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers. This week I am hosting and I have picked Bath House Soapery & Caldarium for our Inspiration Site. My inspiration came from this soap called bossbabe.

I think I would like this soap for real just because I find it very pretty.

Using Neenah cardstock I dry embossed my card piece using an old Sizzix Embossing folder of Snowflakes. I embossed using my Gemini Jr. along with my magnetic shim, which gives my old embossing folder some life close to 3D. 

I then applied a heavy layer of Barn Door Distress Ink to the piece. Using my palette I added a thin layer of Stickles Glitter Gel in Moon Dust. then quickly sprinkled on the WOW Midas Touch Embossing Glitter and set aside to dry.

I then moved on to the large Snowflake die from Penny Black. I die cut one from Arches 140lb cold press watercolour paper and one from Neenah 110lb cardstock. 

On the watercolour piece there are layers of watercolours, including Silver along with another Iridescent Ruby watercolour and Pyrrol Scarlet watercolour. While still set I sprinkled the snowflake with WOW White Twinkle Embossing Glitter.

In the picture above you can see the impression from the embossing folder, especially on the right side of the piece. It is more noticeable in real life.

Initially I wanted to use my Merry Christmas die from Penny Black, but it would cover my Snowflake and all the work I did on it, so I opted for a smaller die which is from a set by Paper Rose. I die cut the Joy in white glitter cardstock and 2 of the words in Neenah cardstock, then glued them together using Nuvo Adhesive.

To finish up the card I attached the red panel to my Neenah card base using foam tape. With Nuvo adhesive I glued the watercolour Snowflake offset to the white Snowflake , then using a large foam square attached the Snowflake to the card front. Lastly I attached the Joy sentiment, again using the Nuvo adhesive.

This photo shows the embossing on the red panel. I need to get a new one as I think it would be even more pronounced with a 3D folder.

I hope you have enjoyed my card today, and thank you for visiting my blog.

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