Miss you

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

I am up on the Scrap'n Stamp blog today with this card which is also part of our continuing 30 day Random Acts of Cardness challenge. Today is day 30, and that means it is time for tone on tone.

My colour is Blue, as you can see. I have several shades of blue on this card.  I used 4 different Oxide inks, used light blue cardstock for my panel piece and the dark blue royal blue card base. Tone on tone in my humble opinion is how you want to make it. I like using different shades of a colour.

I die cut the light blue piece of cardstock using Penny Black's Stitched Stackers. On my Stay-tion, using the magnets I secured my cardstock along with my Picket Fence stencil, and using the Life Changing Brushes I sponged on the inks, starting with the lightest and ending with Chipped Sapphire.

Once I was done with the sponging, keeping the stencil in place I applied a thin layer of Stickles Glitter Gel in Moon Dust, which brings in more shades of blue. I love these stickles. Not only are they very pretty they do not dry up in the container. Bonus I say! I am tired of throwing out glitter gels.

I attached the card panel to my base, then die cut 2 of the "miss you" pieces, glued together, then glued to the card. 

I considered a few sequins, but I felt the card did not need them. I liked the look of it as it is.

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

Love Botanical

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Tuesday means it is time for Watercolour Wednesday! ha, I should say that is what it means for me as the design team uploads their sample cards Tuesday night.

Our challenge this week is Watercolour on Embossed Paper.  I am using Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper for my watercolour panel and a pale peach cardbase and frame along with fun foam.

For my watercolour I am using Daniel Smith colours Lemon Yellow and Transparent Pyrrol Orange along with Anthraquinoid Scarlet. I first did a thin layer of a watered down mix of the Pyrrol Orange, let it dry, then added a layer of the Lemon Yellow at full strength, adding on top a regular wash of the Pyrrol Orange and dropping in Anthraquinoid Scarlet while still wet.

I let the piece dry naturally and found I did not need any more colour. Usually I would do another layer, but all was good. So, I painted the flowers and leaves with Nuvo Midas Touch Shimmering Pen. It is so pretty IRL, so unfortunate that it does not show up in the pictures.

When all was dry I attached fun foam to the back of the embossed panel, then attached the panel to my cardbase. I die cut the frame from the same cardstock as I used for the base and using foam dots attached it to the front of the card. 

To finish up I die cut two pieces of the "love" die and glued them together. I then painted them with a mixture of the Pyrrol Orange and Anthraquinoid Scarlet. 

I enjoyed making this card and am very happy with the result. I hope you enjoyed hearing about the process.

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Changing Colours

Saturday, 26 September 2020


I am playing along with the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today where we were taken to visit Reshot, which is a free image resource. For my inspiration I picked this photo.

It is one of those days when it is almost impossible to capture a good photo. There is a haze in the sky which in turns shows through in my photos. 

Using my original Misti I stamped using Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple and Ripe Persimmon. I stamped off moving my cardstock to another position then spritzing the stamp with water before stamping, which I did not do for the first stamp.

Once I was finished with the stamping I picked the best parts and die cut using my stitched rectangle die. I then die cut another piece of cardstock using my stitched stackers die, and glued the pieces together, the adhered to my card base.

I wanted to step it up a notch so I die cut the leafy branch die and cut off the leaves on one side. I then added Midas Touch Shimmering Pen to the leaf outline. 

I wanted it to be somewhat tucked in behind the leaves, but still easy to read, so I placed the card in my Misti and put the leaf die where it would go before deciding where to stamp my sentiment. I then stamped using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne.

I finished up by adding some Nuvo Drops around the card in mustard, orange and red.

I really like how it turned out and hope you do as well. 

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Be Grateful

Friday, 25 September 2020


This card is not what I had in mind when I started to make it. I started by stamping on cardstock with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink. oops, can't watercolour on cardstock. And using Copics with VersaFine Clair Ink is not a good choice either.  So, I had to be very careful while colouring.

As I wanted to do some sponging around the trees I also stamped the image on copy paper and fussy cut to use for the mask. I picked Distress Oxide Speckled Egg to sponge on for my background colour, which was not the best choice given I was using fall colours. But, to make it work I painted on some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Pen. There is a bit of sparkle but it is not overpowering and lightened the blue

When colouring I was using dots of colour when near the black, and as this is a one layer card I did not saturate with layers of colour, but I did end up using markers that were rich in pigment as follows:

E23, YG06, YG07, YG17, Y08, Y17, Y18, Y38, YR04, R05 and V15.

Once I finished the colouring I placed the card in my mini Misti and stamped the sentiment from Taylored Expressions using VersaFine Clair ink in Tulip Red. It just fit in that space - yay! I then added some Nuvo Drops to finish.

An easy clean and simple card for today. Thank you for visiting and I hope you have enjoyed today's card. 

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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.

Remember when shopping at A Colorful Life Design to use my discount code of Kia10

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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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