Get Your Happy On

Thursday, 30 July 2020


On Arches Cold Press 140lb watercolour paper I sectioned off the area for painting with tape, running both horizontal and vertically. I have been having a sweet on with my Daniel Smith Green palette colours, so of course I would use the greens. The first is Jadeite Genuine, then Cascade Green (my new fave) and lastly Serpentine Genuine.


Instead of showing the colours light to dark I decided to show off the granulation in the colours. It is so interesting, and I know both Peter and Sylvia will take note of this as they are both very keen on the Arts.


Hence there is a reasoning behind my choice. Once the piece was dry in my mini Misti I stamped the stem branch using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne. I then stamped the sentiment using the same ink.

And to finish, I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Woodland Green.

I really do love these colours and love the way this turned out, so I thank Debby for the inspiration.


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Glowing Snowflake

Wednesday, 29 July 2020


Today I am over on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog with this card as part of our Random Act of Cardness 31 days of Challenges. Today is day 29, which is my challenge and I have used a technique called Joseph's Coat.

I remember this technique from years ago, which used glossy paper. But people don't always have glossy paper on hand. So I went looking and found this version of Joseph's Coat, which is what I used for my card.


I started with Hammermill 100lb cardstock in white. I then blended on the following Distress Inks, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Broken China and Festive Berries.

Before doing the next step it is important to be sure the background is dry. I added embossing powder to the background, then stamped using Colorado Stamp Company Winter Wishes Snowflake and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I blew off some of the excess, but also let some stay on as it creates a cool look.


Once the embossing was done I let it cool, then applied Distress Oxide ink in Black Soot. I did not have it in just Distress Ink, but that is okay. I then took a dry baby wipe and buffed the card where the stamp was and also buffed a few of the other areas around the card, just until the colour below started to peek through.

I then heat the piece again to thoroughly dry the ink, then attached the piece to a pink card base.


I then stamped the sentiment on cardstock using VersaFine Clair ink in Glamorous, matted with black cardstock and attached using foam squares.

To finish up I added a few Nuvo Dew Drops.


I had a lot of fun making this card and I dare say I like this technique better than the one using glossy cardstock. I had all the products I needed, and for the other I would have had to buy more ink!

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Flying to you

Tuesday, 28 July 2020


Hello! It is that time again to post my card for our Watercolour Wednesday Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.com .

This week we have a special guest who is hosting our challenge, being my friend Lydia Fiedler, who does wonderful watercolouring and is a Daniel Smith Watercolour enthusiast. Lydia blogs at Understand Blue.


Lydia decided on doing the Cling Wrap Technique for our challenge today. This has to be one of my favourite techniques. It is easy and you never get the same background twice. I hope you will give it a try if you have not done so already.


For my Cling Wrap I used Daniel Smith Watercolours and Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour paper. I layed out a piece of cling wrap (also known as Saran Wrap), and added my colours, being Hansa Yellow Medium, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade) and Phthalo Green (Blue Shade), and set it aside to dry.

Using Arches Cold Press 140lb Watercolour paper in my mini Misti I stamped my sweet Penny Black image using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. To watercolour I used some of the same colours that I used for the background.


For the flower I used Hansa Yellow Medium, along with Phthalo Green (Blue Shade) for the stem and leaves. For the bunny I used Jane's Grey and in honour of Lydia, dropped in some Phthalo Green (Blue Shade). It is hard to see, but on the nose there is Phthalo Blue (Green Shade).

The background I die cut using Spellbinders Hemstitch Die. To put it all together I attached blue cardstock to the back of my cling wrap piece, then attached to a yellow card base. I styled the image and attached using foam squares, then stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair Ink in Paradise.


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






Pouf


It wasn't until I took the pictures of this card that I thought, this reminds me of a circus. How fitting then to name it "Pouf". And, the name of the stencil is Poufy Flowers, so there you have it.

I started out by sponging on Squeezed Lemonade to both the Sunray and Poufy Flower Stencils. I like putting yellow down as a first layer, especially in watercolour, as I find it keeps the colours fresh and is always a good base when you want to blend.


For this card I am using Distress Oxide Inks for their blending capability. My base card is done with the Squeezed Lemonade and Peacock Feathers. The Poufy Flower is done with Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and finally Candied Apple, and the leaves are done with Mowed Lawn or Peacock Feathers.

For my blending on the flowers I used a few different blending options. First to apply the Squeezed Lemonade for both applications I used the Tim Holtz mini ink blending tools and foams. For the Peacock Feather on the Sunray, I again used the Tim Holtz mini ink set.


I then added the Spiced Marmalade and the Ripe Persimmon using the small narrow Life Changing Brushes. I also used the small narrow brush for the leaves in the Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers.

For the Candied Apple I wanted a little more control, so I used my Simply Simmons Synthetic Angled 1/4 inch paint brush. This brush is more stuff than the Life Changing Brushes, which was better for getting the outline of the Candied Apple on the flowers.


I finished up by adding Green Glitter Gel Pen to the centre of the flowers.

I matted the flower piece using Gina K Design cardstock in Coral Reef, then affixed to my card base using fun foam. To complete I stamped with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne the fun scripted Smile sentiment.


Another card that I had fun making. Love those kind of days. I hope you enjoy "Pouf" as well.


Roses

Sunday, 26 July 2020


Good Afternoon! I have had another one of those lazy days with watercolour. I finished some things I was working on yesterday, then I painted this card to include in the Splitcoaststampers challenge for Featured Stamper.


I don't often join in this challenge, but today was an exception. The Featured Stamper is Debby Hughes, and I have followed Debby for years. Her watercolouring is Brilliant, and if you want joy in your life for just a moment, please visit her blog. I have always said, I want to paint like her when I grow up!


I picked this card of Debby's to case. I am using the only Rose stamp that I happen to have, which is surprising to me. I went looking at Rose stamps and didn't see anything that I liked, hmmm ... are Rose stamps out of style?

In any event, in my mini Misti I stamped this using VersaMark Embossing Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.


Then it was time to paint. I did the Roses first, using only two colours of watercolour, being Hansa Yellow and Pyrrol Scarlet.

Then came the leaves, and I had a lot of fun doing these leaves, I must admit. I have four different colours of green layered on the leaves. The base colour was Serpentine Genuine, then Green Apatite Genuine followed by Hookers Green and finally Jadeite Genuine.


The end results of the watercolour I was happy about. But, as Debby did for her card, I added Prismacolor Premiere Pencils and Gamsol to the Roses and leaves. I used PC923 Scarlett Lake for the Roses and PC906 Dark Green for the leaves.

To do my blending I used a product called Pencil Blend that I get in the UK. I will link to it below. It has no smell at all, unlike the other products I have tried. When you have a bird you have to be very aware of things like this as they can harm a bird.


To finish up my card I added fun foam to the back of my watercolour piece using Scor-pal tape to attach. I then wrapped some twine around the card and affixed to a dark green card base.

Several iridescent sequins and the hugs die done with Jadite Genuine watercolour finished my card.

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Beautiful You

Saturday, 25 July 2020


It has been one of those mornings. Everything I was doing was taking a lot of time, so I didn't get over the Splitcoaststampers until just before noon to have a peak at the Inspiration Challenge today.

We had a visit to Hygge and West where I found this Nursery with such pretty colours.


Today felt like a day for some Ken Oliver Color Burst powders. It seems a long time since I have used them. I picked Chartreuse and Fuchsia to use along with Fabriano Hot Press 140lb. watercolour paper.

First I spritzed the paper before shaking out some colour. It helps it to not fly around when you do this, and I can also see if I am going to need more powders.


For today's card I did not want a saturation of colour, just a light look is what I was going for. Needless to say the turquoise was a surprise as it is is stronger than it would normally appear, but its all good. When finished I set it aside to dry naturally.


I then die cut the pieces from Neenah cardstock using Pink Fresh Studio dies called Botanical Circle Dies. These are unusual, which is why I liked them. They offer several different ways to use them, like the die I used for yesterday's card.

Once my watercolour background was dry I attached it to my Neenah cardbase. I then glued on the die cut Botanical pieces using Nuvo Adhesive.


In my mini Misti I arranged the placement of the stamps and stamped using VersaFine Clair Ink in Glamorous. I then removed the "beautiful" word and stamped using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne.

To finish up I added drops by Nuvo in different colours. An easy quick card is done for the challenge.

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I Miss You

Friday, 24 July 2020


This is a new to me die by Pink Fresh Studios. When I saw it I knew I needed to get it. There are so many different ways to use this die, but for my first card I used it the obvious way to me.

I die cut a piece of cardstock to use as my guide, along with a piece from Neenah cardstock to use on the finished card. My base is Arches Cold Press watercolour paper.


Using the guide I die cut, I painted , saturating the colour. I wanted the colours to be strong.

The yellows and pinks I very much like, especially the lighter pink which is Opera Pink. The purple I am not fussed about, but there is a next time.

Once I was done with the painting I let the piece dry, and in the meantime I die cut the sentiment 3 times, once in the Tonic Sugar Crystal cardstock and the other two times using Neenah cardstock. I then glued them together with the Glitter cardstock on the top.


In my mini Misti I stamped the smaller sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Fantasia and added a tiny butterfly to the sentiment strip.

With the piece being dry I then went over the flowers and leaves using my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen, adding that beautiful gold glitter. It doesn't show up well in the pictures but it is really pretty IRL.


I attached the frame using Nuvo Adhesive, going around the edges along and the positive pieces to secure. I then glued in place the "hello" die, cutting off some from the front of the die so it would fit where I planned for it to be. I then added the sentiment strip, again using Nuvo Adhesive.

I really enjoyed making this card and have other card ideas in mind so I will be using it again soon. I hope you too have enjoyed this post.

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Merry and Bright

Thursday, 23 July 2020


Welcome to my bright Christmas greetings. I am very much in to using non-traditional colours for this Christmas. It has been such a bizarre year, Christmas is calling out to be recognized.

Making this card was a process that took some time, and patience.


I first stamped the snowflake using Ink on 3 Fadeout Ink, then added Daniel Smith Masking Fluid to some of the areas, as I wanted the watercolour paper to show in parts.

Using Arches Cold Press 140lb watercolour paper I started by stamping the snowflake using embossing ink, then applying embossing powder. But before heating I disturbed the embossing powder.


The reasoning is to have the snowflake take on some of the colours that I was doing for the background. I used a small stiff bristle brush to do my "disturbing".

I then heat the embossing powder and moved on to add the colours. I had the piece taped, using tape that only attaches itself to the card and not my work surface. I wanted to be able to move the piece around as I worked.


I wet the background then started dropping in the colours, as I smoothed some of the edges. For some texture I added Saran Wrap and set the piece aside to dry.

Once the first layer of colour was dry I again wet the paper and added more colour, then did a second Saran Wrap and again set it aside to dry, this time letting it sit overnight.


I did add a bit of tradition with the sentiment. I die cut two of the sentiments from watercolour paper, which is thick, so only two were needed. I then painted them with my Nuvo Aqua Flow Pen in Azure Blue, gluing them together with Nuvo Adhesive, then gluing to my card.

I hope you have enjoyed this card. Now that I know what I am doing, I will make another using different colours and share with you at a later date.

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Summer Days

Tuesday, 21 July 2020


It is that time again for Watercolour Wednesday over at Splitcoaststampers. Our challenge this week is to use salt.

This is my 3rd attack at using salt. We have never got along together, salt and me, and today's attempts were utter failures for the most part. I was losing my patience somewhat by the time push came to shove and I have to get moving and photograph. So, even though it was still slightly wet, off the salt came.


I did manage to get the rings, and actually I am happy I did not get the white that sheds from the salt, I was left with the turquoise colour instead. I will remember to get rid of it before it is dry should I ever do this technique in the future.

My background is a wash on Arches Cold Press 140lb. cold press paper, using Schmincke Watercolours in May Green and Cobalt Turquoise.


The background of the butterfly under the stamped layer is done using Daniel Smith Manganese Blue and the salt. This is the one I got white rings on, so I used it to stamp the polka dot background using the turquoise paint. It took on more of the blue underneath, a cool look I think.

I stamped the centre of the butterfly using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocture, then positioned the butterfly wings in place and stamped the centre again. I also stamped the two bitty butterflies and the sentiment.


To put it all together I matted my watercolour piece with a turquoise cardstock, then attached it to a Neenah cardbase, and finished off with a few Nuvo Crystal Drops.

I do like how it turned out, even though it took me awhile to get here.

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