Monstera Leaf

Tuesday, 30 June 2020


It is time for Watercolour Wednesday at Splitcoaststampers, and I am hosting this week's challenge, which is called "The Art of Blending".

Blending is an important part of watercolouring and knowing how to blend out and blend colours will make a big difference with your watercolouring.

I have included a video where she is painting a Monstera Leaf showing blending, which you can find here.


For my leaf, on Arches Cold Press watercolour paper and using graphite, I traced the leaf that I used when I made this card. I like having the stem as part of my design, some however would prefer not to have the stem. I have leaves that can be downloaded over on the Splitcoaststampers Watercolour Wednesday Challenge located here.


To watercolour I used Daniel Smith colours, starting with a layer of Cadmium Yellow Light, then adding the green colours as I went along in my painting, blending with the different shades.

Once the piece was dry I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne. I then did some splattering with the green paints and once dry attached the piece to Gina K Design cardstock in Pine Green.


As always, I enjoyed my time with this leaf. I hope you will give it a try.

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Whisper

Monday, 29 June 2020


Today I am over on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog showing this card.

I cannot take credit for the idea as it came from a card that I saw made by Jennifer McGuire. Jennifer used different products than I am using today, which is what makes card design so fun.

First though, I want to tell you about the Hammermill cardstock that I used to make my card front. It is 100lb. cardstock, with 100 brightness, and it is so beautifully smooth. I read that it is wonderful with Copic markers, and I thought well, that means it takes colour well. So I tried it with my distress oxide, and it went on and blended like a dream. So check it out the next time you are looking for cardstock.


When I am sponging on colour I wear my glove so I can touch the inked spots and not worry about the oils on my hands damaging what I have done. When sponging I wear it on my left hand over my thumb and forefinger, as those are the two fingers I use to hold the card. I wear it as shown when I am colouring something on a sponged background, it protects my hand from hitting the paper.

First, using Gina K. Design Masking Magic I die cut the flower in my Gemini Jr. I then removed the backing, and carefully placed the tape in position, then with another piece of cardstock on top I ran over the entire piece with my bone folder to ensure the masking paper was on properly.

To add colour I first sponged on the Spun Sugar, then flipped the card and sponged on the Mahogany. I then added the Abandoned Coral in the centre, blending out the meeting of colours with the previous colour. i.e. the Spun Sugar is blended over the Abandoned Coral, and the Abandoned Coral is blended out over the Mahogany.

Moving on to the stencil work I laid down some of the pigment white ink on my work sheet so as to not contaminate my ink pad. I then picked up the colour from the mat to add to the stencil around the card. It adds a nice bit of texture, and as it is going to someone special, the hearts are a nice touch.

I then removed the masking tape, and there was the beautiful white outline of the flower, which looks like a Peony to me. Ah yes, I could have simply die cut the flower and glue it down to the card over the sponging but somehow this seems different and I like it.


I finished off by adding drops of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Rosewater around the card.

I hope you enjoy this card today, and thank you for visiting my blog.

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Blue Flower

Saturday, 27 June 2020

I did not have a lot of time today, but as it is Saturday I wanted to participate in the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. There are always such great places they find for those joining in.

I picked a beautiful flower that looks like velvet on black here. It is quite dark, but I kept mine on the lighter side.


I cut a piece of Gina K. Design Black Onyx cardstock to 4 x 5.25 inches, then stuck it to my stay-tion with rolled up tape. I then placed the stencil over the cardstock and taped it down. I don't usually use tape when using my stay-tion but this is a delicate stencil, so it was a good idea.

Using several colours of distress oxide inks and my Life Changing Brushes I proceeded to apply the inks. First I did a base layer with Tumbled Glass, then added the other colours as I went.


Once the stencilling was done I dried the inks before adding Glitter Glass to the flower part in the bottom left of the card. I did it with wisps so to not have any clumps of shine.

I attached the stencilled piece to a black cardbase.


On a piece of the black cardstock I applied ink to paper VersaMark Embossing Ink, big enough that I would be able to die cut the hello die out. I then heat embossed and die cut, along with 2 other black die cuts and glued them together using Nuvo Adhesive with the embossed piece on the top, then glued to my card. I did not like some of the tiny round silver pieces in the sentiment so I picked them out, leaving pieces of black showing.

I enjoyed making this card, and it did not take long being as I was pressed for time. Love it when a card goes according to plan.

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Perfectly Yellow

Tuesday, 23 June 2020


It is time for Watercolour Wednesday and this is the card I did for the challenge, which is no-line watercolouring.

It is not something I do a lot of and the main reason is if I am going to take the time for no line, I would rather do a painting than a card. That is my preference and I am sure there are many who love doing no line watercolouring.


The colours I used are Lemon Zest from the Summer Holiday Set, Mango Mimosa from the Surprise Party Set and Fresh Green from the Spring Meadow Set.

For my card today card I used an Altenew Stamp called Perfectly Perfect, hence the name of my card. To start in my mini Misti I coloured the stamp outline with my yellow pen to get the outline, then blended out the colour, adding more colour if needed as I went.


When finished with watercolouring I added back in some of the details using my aqua pen. I then added the leaves, again painting the stamp with the aqua flow pen and stamping in place. I finished by stamping the sentiment in my Misti using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. The sentiment stamp is from a Penny Black stamp called Dear Friend.


I matted the panel with Gina K Design Onyx cardstock before attaching to my white card base. I really like the clean look of this card.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you have enjoyed this card. Following are Affiliate Links for the products that I have used for this card, at no extra cost to you.






A Little Birdie

Monday, 22 June 2020


I could not resist playing with this set again, these birds are just too cute.

This little fellow needed something a tad different, so watercolour in an abstract design is one of my favourite things to do, especially on cute images. And, yes, it is easy.


In my mini Misti I stamped the image on Arches Cold Press 140lb watercolour paper, as the texture from the paper will add to the look.

I used my watercolour palette, picking colours that were a bit different, which I thought would look good with this kind of image. I have 3 colours on the bird itself, then 5 colours in the surround.


I used Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green, Transparent Orange, Orange/Red Shade, Lemon Yellow. On the bird I used Cadmium Yellow, Orange/Red Shade and Lemon Yellow. For the splatters I used Cobalt Turquoise and Orange/Red Shade.

The Lemon Yellow was also used to paint over all the previous watercolouring to brighten the colours.


Again using my mini Misti I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair Ink in Glamorous to add another bright colour to the mix.
To finish I added Midas Touch Aqua Shimmer to the painted areas around the bird, which adds a nice sparkle to the card as I decided against any sequins or gems.


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Tweet Chirp

Saturday, 20 June 2020


This little birdie makes me smile big! I received the set from a friend for my birthday this past week, which is Little Birdies by Dina Wakley for Ranger. There are several birds in the set, and already I have two favourites, this being one.


The inspiration challenge at Splitcoaststampers today has taken us to Children's Illustrated Pinterest page, where there are the drawings from the artists for the books. They are so whimsical and sweet.

I picked this illustration for my inspiration. Using my mini Misti I started by stamping on Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. I then watercoloured my bird using the same colours, being Daniel Smith Cadmium Yellow and Schmincke May Green. For the beak I added in Winsor Newton Orange Red Shade.


Once the bird was dry I fussy cut her out, and used my Fiskars blade to do between the legs and set her aside.

Included in the set is a coordinating stencil of leaves, which is what I am using for my background.

For the background, using Arches Cold Press Watercolour paper I placed the stencil over the paper and added water with a damp sponge being sure to not add a lot of water as I did not want it running under the stencil. You can tell by the feel of the sponge that it is not loaded.


In my palette dish I prepared the colours, using the same colours again, and with the sponge picked up the colours applying to the stencil as I went, not covering the whole area. I then added the yellow to opposite corners, using a lot of pigment.

Once finished I added green and orange splatters with my #4 paint brush, let that dry then in my mini Misti I stamped the bird and sentiment using the VersaFine Clair Ink.


I cut the matting paper and attached it to my Ivory card base on an angle. I then attached the bird panel and styled the bird and attached to the card using foam squares, then finished off with some pretty gems.

This was certainly a fun card to make today, and I hope you have enjoyed it. I thank you for visiting my blog.

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Strawberry Hello

Friday, 19 June 2020


It is a beautiful day in my neck of the woods, and I hope it is in yours too.

Today I am posting my card that I have done for the Scrap'n Stamp blog, using a new to me stamp from Picket Fence Studios called Ponchatoula Strawberries.


First in my original Misti I stamped the image using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne.

To watercolour I used my Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens dispensing the liquid into my palette dish and picking up with my watercolour brush. To tone down the colour I would dilute the colour with water. I also mixed the colours to get the look I wanted. For my card I used the Yellow, Mango, Dark Pink and Light Pink, Greens and of course, Red.


The leaves were done first, with a layer of light yellow, then the fresh green. I then did the strawberries, with a layer of the light yellow, some with a layer of the mango, then the pink and finally the red, adjusting with the water as I went.


On the flowers I used the light pink along with the mango in the flower centre. Once all was finished I water coloured the outside area with the mango, adjusting the depth of colour with water.

I attached the watercolour panel to a black card base, and added a few yellow gems. I then die cut the hellow shadow from white vellum, and the hello die was cut twice from the black cardstock and glued together.


I have a few other ideas for this stamp set, which I will bring you in the next few weeks. For now I hope you have enjoyed this card today.

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A Hand

Tuesday, 16 June 2020


I have wanted this stamp set for ages, but it was always sold out. I finally managed to get it recently and it is as cute as I knew it would be.

And it is time for Watercolour Wednesday at Splitcoaststampers, with the challenge being to add an unexpected colour to your image. You can find the video detailing this technique here.


To start, in my mini Misti I stamped the image on Arches Cold Press watercolour paper using VersaFine Clair Ink in Pinecone. It is beautiful ink to use for watercolour.

For both of the bunnies I painted a base layer using Raw Sienna and let dry. Normally if I was doing just one image I would drop in my next colour while still wet, but with their being two smaller images, one was sure to dry before finishing the other, hence letting them both dry.


Then on the smaller bunny I dampened the bunny and added in Burnt Sienna and also added in the Cobalt Turquoise as well as a bit of Opera Pink in the ear and on the cheek, being sure to blend out evenly.

For the bigger bunny I added Burnt Umber along with a bit of the Cobalt Turquoise which I also blended out. I think they look really cute with the addition of the turquoise something I will do again.


To finish off my card I took a medium circle die and taped it down to my card front, then dampened the circle with my paint brush and dropped in and smoothed out the Opera Pink watercolour, grounding the image lightly.

In my mini Misti I then stamped the sentiment using the VersaFine Clair Ink in the Pinecone again. I then attached the piece to fun foam using Scor-pal tape and attached it to my pink card base.


I kept the card Clean and Simple as I did not want anything to detract from the bunnies.

Many thanks for joining me today. I hope you have enjoyed this card and that you will try this technique out yourself. Following are Affiliate Links for the products used for this card, at no extra cost to you.


Laughter

Monday, 15 June 2020


Well, what can I say? This card came about from a technique that my friend Karen Dunbrook shared at Splitcoaststampers called Scrape Painting. Clearly Karen has more success with this technique than I.


I am using Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paints in Juicy Pear, Cotton Candy and Blue Hawaiian, all of which are fun colours.

First you add dots of paint over the card front until you have 9 to 12 spots of colour. I think I had 12 dots of colour.


When doing my card I used a plastic scraper which I have listed below to make it easier. But anything that allows you to do the circle in one swoop would work.

My problem came into play when my pet bird CC decided she liked the colours and wanted to join in on the fun. Hmm ... she messed up my circle. Alas, I still like it.


Once all the paint was dry in my mini Misti I stamped the sentiment, which is from Impression Obsession, using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne. Love that ink.

To finish up I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in the blue, yellow and green to the card.

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Louder than words

Saturday, 13 June 2020


I was checking our the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers earlier today and when I saw these leaves I was reminded of a line drawing I had.


I am not sure where I got the drawing from, but I liked the leaf. I had a reference photo with a similar leaf attached to the line drawing, which I probably printed off when I got the line drawing. The coloured leaf I have has a lot of orange and reds, but I wanted something that I could use now, so I kept to blues, greens, turquoise, a bit of orange and purple. Yes, the two later are used a lot in the fall, but that is okay.

I traced my leaf lightly to Arches 140lb cold press watercolour paper using Graphite paper. Using my watercolour palette I picked out my colours.


I kept the watercolouring lose, and tried to get some blooms happening. Funny, when I don't want them, they appear, when I do, they won't appear.


I worked dry to went for the leaf and kept in mind with some of the colours to not let them get too close as they would turn to mud. I leave a space between the colours and with a damp brush I paint in between, which allows the colours to creep quietly together, not meet up with a loud bang.


When I was finished with the watercolour I matted the piece with blue cardstock, and attached that to my white card base.

To finish in my mini Misti I stamped the sentiment which is from Altenew using VersaFine Clair Ink in Warm Breeze.

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