Fancy Christmas

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

I am over on the Scrap'n Stamp blog today with this card, which is also for our 30 day Random Act of Cardness Challenges. Today is day 28, which is my challenge for "embossed". 

I used an embossed background and I also heat embossed with gold embossing powder. 

For my background panel I am using Strathmore Bristol Smooth, which handles watercolour very well. I did not want the bulk of Arches watercolour paper, and the Strathmore works perfectly for what I wanted. I did a wash using Sap Green watercolour and set it aside to dry.

Using Arches Cold Press 140lb cold press watercolour paper I stamped the flowers and heat embossed with the gold embossing powder. I really like to use Brutus Monroe's gold embossing powder as it does fine detail beautifully. I also stamped 3 of the leaves and heat embossed with the gold embossing powder. 

To watercolour the flowers I used my Nuvo Aqua Pens in the Red and Pink Lemonade, mixing between the colours to create dark and light. To watercolour my leaves I used the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl Color Set, using the green shade.

Once all was dry I die cut the pieces with the coordinating die sets, then styled all of the pieces to give them dimension.

I then attached the watercolour panel to my Gina K Design Ivory cardbase. I added the flowers using foam squares, doing the same with the leaves. 

I then die cut the Merry Christmas die sentiment from Arches watercolour paper and painted with the sap green watercolour, then die cut the gold sentiment from gold glitter cardstock, gluing the two together. The watercolour paper gives the sentiment a lot of strength. 

To finish my card I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Mist.

I have not done a card this detailed in quite awhile. It is always fun to change it up a bit.

Thank you for joining me today, I appreciate your visit.

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Clouds of Snow

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

It is time for Watercolour Wednesday and this week we are creating clouds. You can find the video for this challenge here.

To start, I am using Arches 140lb. cold press watercolour paper and Daniel Smith Prussian Blue watercolour. I framed the card front by taping off, then applied the wash of Prussian Blue, getting lighter towards the bottom.

I used tissue to do my clouds, waiting about 30 seconds between doing the wash and lifting with the tissue. I then added texture with Bleed Proof watercolour and softened some of the edges. For the tiny clouds I waited until my background was completely dry then took a damp brush and lifted the colour ro create slightly darker tiny clouds.

Once the piece was completely dry in my mini Misti I inked up my stamp with VersaFine Clair Ink in Paradise, doing several passes to get a good impression. The stamp does have a snow line base to it, but I did not want it as it would bring the trees up to high for my clouds.

 As this is a sample for the clouds, I did not stamp a sentiment on the front. I probably will use it for a winter snow day card, so a sentiment in that theme is what I will use.

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you have enjoyed this card, and I hope you will give watercolour a try. It is addicting, trust me.

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Snow Much Fun

Saturday, 24 October 2020


The Inspiration Challenge for today is at a great site called River Bend Home, where there is much to inspire. For some reason however, my mojo has taken a hike. I spent a lot of time looking through the site and was coming up empty. 

I thought it might help if I sat at my desk. There I had a piece of watercolour paper, already cut out, which is the one you see above. I had my Aqua pens to the left of me, and a clean glass of water at the top right side. 

So I picked up a brush and started to lay down colours from the pens, then pick up the colours and started drawing circles. I had not a clue what I was doing, so I just kept painting circles. 

As I was painting I let the colours bleed and when I got to the bottom left side I stopped. I kind of looked at it, and thought it needs something else. I painted the white space left with the yellows, both from the Aqua pen along with Roman Szmal Nickel Azo Yellow, then added snow using my Bleed Proof watercolour. I also splattered using the Red Aqua Flow Pen.

It took me a bit to like it, and now I love it. Go figure! But what to add to it? I remembered this set from Crafters Companion that I just received and thought the snowman skiing would work perfectly.

For the snowman I stamped on Arches Cold Press watercolour paper using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. Then to watercolour the snowman I painted with Kuretake Gansai in Pearl White, adding in hints of  the Pearl Cobalt Blue on the snowman along with the skis. Once dry I went over everything with Nuvo Glitter Gloss. I painted the scarf using the red Aqua Pen and the No Bleed white paint.

To put the card together in my mini Misti I positioned where the snowman would be and stamped my sentiment again using the VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. I then added the panel to a Gina K. Design red cardbase and attached the snowman using foam tape.

Still thinking I need more sparkle, I sprayed the entire piece with my White Perfect Pearls solution that I have mixed with water. I wish you could see it, it is ever so pretty.

When I started I did not have a clue what I wanted to do, but at this point I am happy with where the circles took me. I guess there are times you just have to sit down and pick something up.

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

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Heart Hugs

Tuesday, 20 October 2020


It is that time again for Watercolour Wednesday at Splitcoaststampers. Our challenge this week is to Paint a Heart in Watercolour.

I made my card using Arches 140lb Cold Press watercolour paper in a tent fold.

To do my heart I traced a die heart that I have for both hears. 

I did the watercolour on both of the hearts using Daniel Smith watercolours, working wet on wet and allowing the colours to bleed and run, then set it aside to dry for about an hour.

I then did a second layer of of the colours, again doing wet on wet and again allowing everything to bleed and run, by turning the card and tapping it on my desk. I again set it aside to dry.

When all was dry using a #2 brush I painted around the smaller heart using Daniel Smith Phthalo Blue Green Shade. I then did splatters using the same colour.

Once all was good and dry I erased any pencil lines that I could see. 

In my mini Misti I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair Ink in Paradise. I heat set the sentiment, then applied Nuvo Shimmering Pen in Midas Touch to the small heart along with splatters to the card front.

I quite like how it turned out, and I am impressed with myself that I didn't have to throw any "tries" out. This is a great idea for beginner watercolourists. 

I hope you have enjoyed this card, and wish to thank you for joining me today.

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Hello Friend


This is the co-ordinating stamp that is also included in the set that I used in my last post from Sugar Pea Designs.

Today I opted to use Copic Markers to colour this wreath, where I used only 5 markers. The Eucalyptus leaves are small enough and many which makes for a beautiful full wreath.

I was surprised as I thought it would take awhile to colour, but with the small number of Copic colours it ended up going rather quickly. 

To start, in my mini Misti I arranged the stamp on my Penny Black die cut piece of cardstock and stamped using Make Arts Prickly Pear ink. Starting with the leaves in the background I coloured with Copic colours YG03, then used YG01 to blend. I did two layers on each. 

Moving on to the top row of leaves I started with GB23, to BG18 and ending with BG11, again doing two layers each. 

I then splattered with a lot of Nuvo Midas Touch Shimmering Pen, ever so pretty.

In my mini Misti I stamped the sentiment on the panel using VersaFine Clair ink in Warm Breeze. I then cut a mat of green cardstock slightly smaller than the frame die cut and glued them together, then affixed the pieces to my card base. 

The picture above shows the shimmering splatter.

I really like the way this turned out, and I hope you do as well. 
Thank you for visiting today.

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Fall Eucalyptus

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Playing along with the Inspiration Challenge today at Splitcoaststampers. The site we visited had an array of everything possible for Halloween, and interestingly they have a Canadian site as well.

I am not one for normally doing Halloween cards ... I think it is my age! lol So as I was looking through everything when I saw the following, I decided that was a go.

Giggles, not what you thought I suspect. I wanted to use this new to me stamp set from Sugar Pea Designs, and this was the closest thing I could find to branches/leaves on the site.

First I die cut Arches Cold Press watercolour paper using my stitched rectangle die and placed it in my mini Misti. The stamp set comes with 2 branches and a wreath. For my card today I decided to use the branches. In my mini Misti I arranged the middle stamp and painted it with my watercolour, spritzed and stamped, then pulled some of the watercolour out. 

I masked off the centre branch, then did the same technique with the branches for the left and right sides. Adding pigment to my stamp, spritzing and stamping, then spreading the watercolour. Once all my watercolour was completed I let the piece dry before stamping the sentiment in my mini Misti using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne.

I then painted the branches with Pearlescent Shimmer and splattered with Nuvo Midas Touch Shimmering Pen. 

To finish my card I matted with black cardstock and attached to an Ivory card base. 

It is always hard to capture the shimmer on cards, but I think this last picture shows it best. 

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A World of Octobers

Friday, 16 October 2020

Welcome to A World of Octobers card.

 I have done this for Scrap'n Stamp Canada and day 16 of our 30 day Random Act of Cardness challenges. 

Day 16 is watercolour, and I thought I would share with you an easy way to achieve a watercolour look. For my card I am using Picket Fence A Month of Octobers. 

The easiest way to get a watercolour look is to paint your stamp. In my case I am using Daniel Smith watercolours, but this can be done using Distress Inks as well. What you need to do is use more pigment than water when applying to your stamp. 

When using distress inks, first ink your stamp up well and spritz very lightly from higher up. You don't want the stamp saturated with water.

In both cases once you stamp, dampen your brush and pull the colour where you want it to go. I used a #2 brush to do this. Remember to leave some white space, it acts as reflection and gives the stamp dimension.

I also made a point of doing the three pumpkins differently for added interest.

For my pumpkins from left to right I painted my stamp with transparent pyrrol orange and blended out, then while still damp added in the quinacridone pink. On the second one I used Cascade Green and for the third I used Naples Yellow. For the stems I used Indian Red.

This particular stamp has drawn leaves across the bottom. I did not add them, I instead lengthened each of the pumpkins as I painted and somewhat ignored the bottom as I was adding the grass. 

I have a brush that has hairs in different lengths that I used for my grass using two colours, sap green and green apatite. I then added the sky using Manganese Blue dropping in a bit of the pyrrol orange and the quinacridone pink. 

I then added a few stray leaves using VersaFine Clair inks in glamorous and tulip red. 

I finished by stamping my sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Pinecone. I liked the textures added by using Arches watercolour paper, so I made my card base using it and attached my panel using strong double sided tape. I then finished with splatters of ivory Perfect Pearls.

I really like how this turned out. It is soft in colour and look which I quite like. I hope you do as well.

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Autumn is Calling

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Tuesday's seem to come along very quickly these days! And Tuesday means it is time for me to do my sample for Watercolour Wednesday at Splitcoaststampers, where this week we are continuing with our Autumn theme. The video for this week's challenge can be found here

I do not have the stamp the Debby Hughes used, which is from Colorado Craft. It is beautiful for sure. (I will link to it below) I instead drew some leaves. Yes there was a lot of erasing happening as I drew things out, but my teacher would be proud. I only wish I had made my leaves a little wider.

I used a mix of Daniel Smith and a couple of Roman Szmal watercolours. I first started with a layer of Quinacridone Gold on all of the leaves as Debby did. I tend to always start with a base of yellow when doing leaves and flowers, unless of course I am doing white flowers. 

I did all three of the leaves with the yellow, then worked on one leaf at a time adding colour. I did some wet into wet, and others I let dry before continuing as I did not want any mud. I used the yellow, reds, oranges, sap green, lunar black, sienna's, some browns and titanium white. For the background I used a beautiful colour called duochrome Oceanic.

I did the splatters with and Dr. Ph Martins Bleedproof White along with the Pompeii Red, Terra Pozzuoli, and Hansa Yellow.

Once I finished the watercolour and splatters and when my piece was dry I placed it in my mini Misti and stamped the sentiment in Nocturne. I then trimmed my piece and added it to black matting then attached to a Ivory cardbase.

I am happy with how it turned out except that I would have liked the wider leaves. Next time! I have linked the stamp set used by Debby Hughes below.

Thank you for visiting today.

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