Magical Seasons Greetings

Monday, 31 August 2020


It is 21C or 71F and I am making Christmas cards. I can't think of a better time, can you.

Today I am up on the Scrap'n Stamp blog with this card and the technique, which is today's Random Act of Cardness Challenge called Bordered.
You might wonder what that means. I am talking about Bordered Sentiments. The tutorial discusses one way to do these kind of cards, and today I am going to share another way.
I first cut my panel slightly smaller than my card base. I did not want a white border running across my card, so I first sponged on my background colour, which is Distress Oxide ink in Worn Lipstick. I then placed artists tape over the sentiment area on an angle to fit the sentiment I wanted to use. Once the tape was secure I blended on Picked Raspberry and Candied Apple.

I let the panel dry somewhat before adding the stencil over the panel then adding the Glitter gel. I did a fairly thick layer, which I think gives the card a lot of dimension. Considering the amount of gel it really took very little time to dry. 

In my mini Misti I arranged the panel and sentiment, stamping with VersaMark Embossing Ink. I laid paper towel over the trees before adding my embossing powder so as not to get any on the trees. I little got on the lower left tree, but it dusted off.
I was sure to heat up my heat gun well before embossing the powder, so it took no time at all, and I did not get hardly any warping. I fixed that by sticking my panel on my Stay-tion under the magnets for about 15 minutes, warping gone.

To finish up this card I put down some of the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer on my work surface and picked it up with a small paint brush to splatter the top of the card panel. It is really pretty IRL. I then attached the panel to my white card base.

I hope you have enjoyed today's card as much as I enjoyed making it. 

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Because its Pink

Friday, 28 August 2020


I am hosting the Inspiration Challenge today and this is my card for the challenge. 

Being a Canadian I picked a Canadian Pinterest site for the challenge. This shop is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The store is called The Cross Design, as is the Pinterest Site.
For my card I picked this notebook for inspiration.

 I am using Arches 140lb watercolour paper, Neenah Kraft cardstock and fun foam for depth.

As I love bright colours, that is where I went with my colours, which are Daniel Smith watercolours. I also enjoy abstract art very much, so this fits in with my love of playing with watercolour. 
For interest and texture I dropped water on a partially dry piece, and allowed the paints to bleed. This is recommended by Debby Hughes, whom I so admire for her work. 
I allowed the piece to dry naturally as I find it stays flat much better by doing so. Once dry I splatter with Nuvo Shimmering Midas Touch. I die cut the Pinkfresh Studio die using watercolour paper and painted it with the Midas Touch Pen as well.

To finish up I added fun foam to the back and attached to a Neenah kraft cardbase. I then attached the Pearls and added the branch using foam squares cut to fit. 
Whenever I can play with watercolour I have a good time, and this card was a lot of fun to make. I hope you too have enjoyed this.

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Our House

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Hello all. Seems I am back where I started after a year of what I can only term as a Nightmare. All I wanted was bigger pictures, seems there are 100s of constraints to that on a hosted plan and I cannot recommend hosted plans to anyone. 
As I had already posted this card to my blog, and the host suddenly took my blog offline, I left Hostpapa and will continue back where I started. It will probably take me awhile to get my blog back, but so be it.
This card came about from me daydreaming and watching a video that was on Lets Make Art, and it represents our Planet. The earth is where I used a technique, called Dappled Watercolour, which is part of the Watercolour Wednesday challenge at Splitcoaststampers today. I painted my earth with Daniels Smith watercolours and added in Quinacridone Gold and Nuvo Shimmer Pen Midas Touch.
The water represents our Oceans. I used Crayon, which resists the water and paint, making the foam at a beach, and once painted I painted the crayon with white paint.
The Trees represent so many things, but to me they are Mystical both in size and what they represent. To represent the trees I used my Picket Fence stamp and applied my watercolour to the stamp before stamping, doing this several times to achieve good coverage.
I finished off by stamping the sentiment using VersaFine Clair Ink in Green Oasis and attaching it with foam squares.

Thank you for supporting me and my blog. This is it, I am not moving ever again. I have learned a very hard lesson. 

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Floral Bunch

Monday, 24 August 2020

I am back today with this card which I have called Floral Bunch. 

I coloured with Copic Markers, as I feel like I have not used them for awhile. The colours I used are linked below. I did change the way I normally colour when using Copics. Instead of going up and down with each colour, I used the lightest, then added the other colours, then went back over it all with the lightest. The flowers are small and did not need all that colour.

Once I was done with the colouring, using A Colorful Life Design stencil, I made the inner frame using a light Copic marker with brush marks going inward,
I the cut the piece to size, fussy cutting around the red flower. I then splattered the card panel with Nuvo Aqua Flow Pen in Mango Mimosa.

I attached my panel to a yellow matting, then attached to my card base. To finish up I added a few Jewel Drops in a couple of colours.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you have enjoyed this card.

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Abstract Gilding

Saturday, 22 August 2020


I am playing in the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today. where we had a visit to a site called Chairish. 
There was much to inspire, but in the end I picked this piece of abstract art.

I started with a piece of acrylic mixed media paper cut to 5 inches square., then with a smallish paint brush I applied the layers of paint, changing the colours as I went. I used various paints from Vicki Boutin to Dina Wakley. 
Once the paint was dry I began adding the gold flakes by applying glue first to the area I wanted the flakes, allowing it to become tacky, then applying the flakes. I used my Clarity brush that had not been used for anything to dust the flakes off once dry. 
I will give the piece a few days to dry completely, then I will distress it somewhat and bend it, then mount it in a shadow box to display. It is another piece of my Art added to my walls, and that makes me happy. I have already ordered the frame - lol
Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you have enjoyed this piece. 

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Fun Fishes

Friday, 21 August 2020


I am over on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog today detailing this card and the technique I used which is called "Copic Bleed".
If you are wondering what that means, read on and I will explain.

This is done by Copic colouring a page (I used a Colouring Book) with cardstock tucked firmly underneath your colouring piece, so the bleed from the colouring bleeds through to the cardstock, as shown above. I used my Make Art Stay-tion to keep the pieces together using the magnets.

For my colouring I used Copic Sketch Markers in B12, B32, B16 and G14 for the background. For the fish I used Y08, Y38 and YR68; BG11, BG15, BG45 then V12, V15 and V17.

The colouring page is a thinner paper, so I attached mine to a piece of 100lb cardstock. You do not need to have a colouring book to do this technique. You can use your favourite stamp and stamp with Copic friendly ink on paper such as Hammermill Premium copy paper and add the cardstock underneath.

Once I was finished with the colouring I die cut the “wishes” sentiment from a piece of 120lb. white cardstock, then coloured with Glitter Markers in purple.

I attached the piece to my white cardbase, then attached the “wishes” sentiment using Nuvo Adhesive.

For the inside I stamped the sentiment on the piece of “bleed cardstock” using VersaFine Clair Ink in Fantasia.

Returning to the card front I added air bubbles using Nuvo Jewel Drops in Sea Breeze.

I hope you will give this technique a try and that you have enjoyed the process. Following are Affiliate Links for the products that I have used on this card, at no extra cost to you.

Abstract Watercolour

Tuesday, 18 August 2020


The following cards I have done for the Watercolour Wednesday challenge at Splitcoaststampers. The challenge is Abstract P;us Silhouettes.
I cannot begin to tell you how much fun I had doing these cards, ending up with five cards.
All the cards have areas that I taped off to use for sentiments when the painting was done and for all the cards I have used Arches 140lb Cold Press Arches watercolour paper.

The colours I used are all from Daniel Smith, and I have to say I think the card above is my favourite. I used Rose of Ultramarine, Green Gold and Quinacridone Gold. The silhouette stamp is from an Altenew set as is the sentiment. 
The sentiment is stamped using VersaFine Clair ink in Fantasia and the silhouette in VersaFine Clair in Nocturne.
For this card I used Quinacridone Rose, Indian Yellow and the Green Gold again. 
This would be my number two choice, I love the colours.

The silhouette image is from Gina K Designs, and the sentiment is from Pinkfresh Studios. and both are stamped using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne.

Next up is "Colours".
These colours are more bold than the other colours I used. There is some Pyrrol Scarlet, Phthalo Green Blue Shade and Hansa Yellow.

I stamped the sentiment which is from Altenew using VersaFine Ink in Warm Breeze and attached to a matching card base. The little frames with the silhouette inside are from Penny Black, one of which I painted gold, and the silhouette, stamped in VersaFine Clair Nocturne is also from Altenew.

Next up is Moments.
I kind of like this one as well. The colours worked really well I think, done in Quinacridone Rose, Indian Yellow and Phthalo Blue Green Shade. 

The Silhouette is from Gina K Designs and the sentiment is from Pinkfresh Studios with both being stamped in VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne.
And finally:
The card I cut wrong which I did a quick repair by adding glitter cardstock to the sides. I could not adjust the height so it had to be this way .... life happens!

I had a great time doing these cards and I hope if you can you will try this technique out. It is addicting.

Thank you for your visit to my blog, I hope you have enjoyed this post.

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Floral Shadow

Monday, 17 August 2020

I  had a day of playing with watercolours and while doing so I ended up with this card. 
I am using Altenew stamps yet again, love this set. For the background I used Daniel Smith watercolours in Hooker's Green and Hansa Yellow. While the paint was still wet I stamped the background images using Aqua Flow Pens to colour the stamp before stamping. 

Once all was dry I stamped again, and again used the Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens. Then using my palette knife I swiped on some Stickle Glitter Gel in a few areas. Where you see the gold stars there is Stickles.

I added splatters again using the Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens and Nuvo Shimmer Midas Touch. I then added a few Jewel Drops.
My panel is attached to a Gina K Design cardstock card base which I think really pops the panel. 
To finish I cut out two of the "hey" sentiments and coloured them, gluing them together before attaching to my card.

I hope you have enjoyed today's card and wish to thank you for visiting my blog. 

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Autumn Dream

Saturday, 15 August 2020


When it gets terribly hot I begin to think of Autumn, actually I begin to wish it on. Unlike most, I am not one for high temperatures, as it normally brings high humidity. 

So today that is where I went with this card. I am using a new to me stamp set from Picket Fence Studios.
I am using Arches 140lb Cold Press watercolour paper and Daniel Smith Watercolours for this card.

First I did a light blue wash across the watercolour panel. I then positioned the bottom stamp in my Misti and coloured the stamp with my watercolours. The trick here is to use more pigment than water.
I then followed by arranging my tree in my Misti and painting the same way. I used my damp empty aqua brush to do the trunks and branches.
I removed the first tree and added in the second, following the same technique used.
Once all was painted I trimmed the panel to 4 x 5.25, then added a black matting, followed by a yellow card base.
To finish I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Pinecone.

I hope you have enjoyed today's card and wish to thank you for visiting my blog.
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