Made with love

Monday, 19 April 2021

 

We are continuing with our Random Act of Cardness challenges at Scrap'n Stamp, and today is day 19, which is me. My challenge word for today is Pencil Crayon. I don't have any of the crayons as of yet, but they work with water and layering can also be done using them. For my card I am using Prismacolor Pencils along with Zest It for blending.


I am working on Stonehenge White paper, which has a bit of tooth and is wonderful to use for colour pencils and I have stamped the image using Memento Ink. As I have a bird and only natural smells can be around her, I use Zest It instead of Gamsol. Here I have put down the colours for the leaves and am on the second colour for the flower. I work in tiny circles with medium pressure, and I don't add the Zest It until I am nearly done adding colours. 


The colours for this card starting with the leaves in order are Chartreuse(989), Light Green(920), Kelly Green(1096), Olive Green(911), and Dark Green(908). For the flowers I used Blush Pink(928), Pink Rose(1018), Rose(929), Magenta(930), and Orange(919). Added to the flower centre is Deco Yellow(1011). I used 2 layers of Crimson Red(925) for the berries.

Once I added all the layers, I began to use the Zest It, and added further layers as needed. I apply this in a circular motion as well until I have a good blending.


I like to have the layers show up a bit. The lighter pinks, the darker pinks and the magenta all blend so nicely. And I love the way the orange has played so nicely.

When I colour I am wearing on my colouring hand a XP Pen Glove. This is so helpful as the natural oils from my hands are not added to the card and the colours are not dragged by my hands either.


When I want to lighten some colours, as I did on my leaves, I will often add white pencil(938) lightly over, then blend with the Zest It. I also use paper stumps for my blending, as this is what I have used for years. There is the option of buying the blending pencils, and also the option of buying one of Tim Holtz Empty Alcohol Ink Blending Pen and fill it with either the Gamsol or in my case the Zest It. But I like to stick to what I know works with the way I colour.

Once all the colouring was done I die cut the piece using the coordinating die that came with it. 

I then cut Neenah card for my card base along with the top panel. To the top panel I taped off an area on the top panel. Using A Colorful Life stencil I added Fired Brick Distress Ink to the top side of the stencil, then applied the Distress Crackle Paste over it, dragging the colour with my palette knife and set it aside to dry. 


Once all was dry, in my original Misti I stamped my sentiment using Wendy Vecchi Make Art ink in Red Geranium. I then did splatters with the gold from my Kuretake set, and added some Midas Touch Gold splatter to the die cut flower. Again, I waited for all to dry. 

I then added foam tape to the back of the panel and affixed it to my card base. I styled and added the flower using foam squares, then applied several Studio Katia Gold gems.

I am happy with the way my card turned out, and I hope you have enjoyed this card as well. I thank you for your visit and your support.

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Sweets

Friday, 16 April 2021

 


This card is playing double duty today. The Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, of which I am a Team member, is one reason for the card, and the other is my friend who needed a baby shower card, but she does not like all that "baby" stuff. lol 

I think this little mouse from Colorado Craft Company is doing a great job of the double duty. She is the cutest little thing, with the biggest of ice cream cones. Right up my alley, I love ice cream. 


The challenge has us visiting a site that is all about Paper Mache. There is much to chose from, but I kept coming back to these bunny pintgrams.


They are really cute and in thinking about these I had one at one point and have not a clue what happened to it. It was a cat. 


To start this card I first did the stencil work for the background. Seeing as this is a double duty card, the heart and flower stencil represents my love for ice cream, and for the baby shower card, it represents the  love for a new baby. 

On the stencil plastic which is facing up, I rubbed on Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide and Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide Ink. Using my palette knife I then added the Opaque Crackle paste bringing the colours with it, then set it aside to dry. Once it was dry I added distress oxide ink splatters using the same colours.


 Using Neenah cardstock I stamped the little mouse and the sentiment using Memento ink in Tuxedo Black. I felt this little mouse was too small for floral paper or even to stamp flowers and I kept thinking about Copic dots. I thought the dots would work to represent the paper mache, so that is what I did. 

To do the colouring I used 12 different Copic colours for the dots, being YG00, G00, RV21, Y38, YG06, Y19, Y15, RV13, V12, RV04, Y02 and, BG32. The ice cream is RV04, RV13, RV21 and the cone is E97, E35 and E43. For the grass I used G07 and YG07.

Once I finished the colouring I die cut the piece using my Penny Black Circle die.


The pastels on the mouse and the fun of the ice cream I think can handle the double duty. The ice cream is yum, and I love it and the coloured little mouse is full of sweetness with it being a happy day for a new baby.

The circle I attached using Nuvo glue for the trim piece, and foam tape for the circle piece. I die cut the love die from pink card and glued on to the circle die at the bottom. To finish I added some yellow splatters using the distress oxide ink in Squeezed Lemonade.

On the inside I used the stencil again with some distress ink in the Kitsch Flamingo, then stamped and die cut a baby onesie from pink cardstock and added a Congratulations sentiment.

Another fun card to make and I loved getting a twofer so I could use this for the inspiration challenge tonight.

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Impression Obsession Team Favourite Hop

Wednesday, 14 April 2021


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Team Favourite Hop. We know you will enjoy this hop with the designers sharing their favourite creations from the April release.


If you arrived here from Jeanne Streiff, you are in the right place. If not, please return to the Impression Obsession Blog to find where you start.

We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession Grab bags, so the more you comment through our Favourites Hop the more chances to win! Comments will be open until Monday, April 19th at midnight CT. All winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 20th on the Impression Obsession Blog.


Now, back to my card for today's hop. This beautiful slimline stamp from the April release is high on my list of favourites. 

I decided I would keep my card clean, but alas it is by no means simple. I have used 31 Copic colours to colour this beauty and enjoyed every minute of it. 


When using Copic Colours I colour on Hammermill 100lb cardstock. My card base is Neenah 120lb card. For this card I also used foam tape to raise the top panel.

I also like to use shading and in this case I moved away from my go to colours and used YG00, a lovely light yellow green shade.


I worked in groups of 3 Copic colours per leaf or flower, except when it came to the Lilies. In the links below the colours of the Lilies start at R43 and end at YR18 which is used in the flower centre. For the leaves I kept to the greens and a few blue greens. The Lupine and Petunia I used the Violets. The berries use the red, and the Lily has a lot of colours, pinks, oranges, browns, yellows. 

Here is a close up of one of the flowers.


Thank you for joining me today. Next up on the hop is Laura Fulcher.

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The Butterfly and The Dragonfly

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

 

The Butterfly, and ...


The Dragonfly.

My card for Watercolour Wednesday at Splitcoaststampers. 

We watch this video for the challenge. As my computer is in another room, I do my best to remember what was in the video! It doesn't always work, so at times you just have to go for it.




For the Butterfly I used Mayan Blue added in a bit of Ultramarine Blue and Jane's Grey. Splattered with the same colours and Perfect Pearls Mixture. Did the inking with a Micron 005 pen.

For the Dragon Fly I used Amazonite Genuine along with some Ultramarine Turquoise and Jane's Grey and added splatters using Rose of Ultramarine, Transparent Pyroll Orange and Quinacridone Pink. I finished with Perfect Pearls Mixture using the Mint.

For both I used Payne's Grey for the body along with the Micron Pen.

Added foam tape to the back of the Arches paper and attached to my card bases to finish.

Thanks for having a look today. Following are Affiliate links for the products I used, at no extra cost to you.

Blooms of Spring

Friday, 9 April 2021


It certainly has been a busy week for me, but it is Friday and that means it is time to upload my card for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. 

I am hosting the challenge and have picked Burnett's Boards for inspiration. I picked this cake which I fell in love with.


I pulled the peach shades and the teal colours along with the addition of the teal/green leaves at the top of the cake to use for my card. 


In my mini Misti I stamped the leaves and flower branches and the hey die using Hammermill cardstock. I cut the geometric circle die from Neenah cardstock.

To colour the leaves I used Copic markers in GBG23, G02 and YG07.  On the flowers I used R32, R22 and R02. Then on the "hey" die I used BG07. On the flower leaves I switched out the order of the colours. 


To pull it together I attached the geometric circle die to my Gina K Design Ocean Mist cardstock using foam squares. I then styled the leaves and flowers with my stylist and either glued them in place or used foam squares to secure them. 

For a little bit of glam I added Nuvo Glitter drops around the card, then attached the coloured sentiment die with Nuvo adhesive.


This was a fun card to make and I especially like the colours. I just wish I had more of the blue showing on the tips of the leaf on the right.

I hope you have enjoyed this card as well, and thank you for visiting.


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Lavender Fields

Tuesday, 6 April 2021


It is time for Watercolour Wednesday over at Splitcoaststampers. I am hosting this challenge, How to Paint Lavender in Watercolour which is an abstract painting. This video, Lavender in Watercolour shows you how.

I found it to be a relaxing time while I painted my scene and one thing is for sure, I love the colours.


For this I used a variety of paints. Some Winsor Newton, Schmincke and Daniel Smith. The background for the top part is done with Daniel Smith Ultramarine Violet and the bottom is done with Schmincke May Green. 

I added some Sap Green and Green Apatite to the bottom along with Winsor Newton Winsor Violet. I added in some Daniel Smith Opera Pink here and there.


I added salt along the top as it was drying, which gave some nice texture to the piece.

I think I should have done larger flower bits, but there will be a next time. It is always easier the second time around.


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Impression Obsession April Release Day 2


Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2021 Release Celebration Day 2!

If you have arrived here from Jeanne Streiff, you are in the right place. If not head on back to the Impression Obsession Blog for the start of the hop.

Each day, (5th and 6th) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog. We will be giving away THREE $25.00 Impression Obsession gift certificates for this event, so the more you comment the more chances to WIN!

All comments for each of the event days will be open until Monday April 12th at midnight CT.


Up first today is one of my favourite stamps from this release, there are so many favourites it is hard to decide. But I do love the composition of these buds wrapped in the surrounding leaves.

I stamped the image and the sentiment using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black, then coloured the flowers using Copics in Yellows and Yellow Greens on Hammermill card. I added shadow around the image using a pale blue Copic, then attached the piece to a bright yellow card base. 

To finish up I added some Nuvo Jewel drops.


Next up is this beautiful Hibiscus flower head, which I also love. I coloured using Copics in the darker reds along with some yellow greens, the fussy cut the flower out. Using the Cute Scalloped die I did some smooshing with distress ink, then attached the flower to the piece. Using a red card base I added white card, then the scalloped piece with flower. I die cut the hugs, coloured one in the reds and doubled them up and attached to the card.

To finish I added a few gumdrops.

I hope you have enjoyed these two cards today. Up next on the hop is Laura Fulcher.

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Abstract Florals

Monday, 5 April 2021


Both of these cards I have made for Scrap'n Stamp for our April Random Act of Cardness day 5, which is "Markers". I am referring to Tombow markers in my case, but any water based marker will do well with this technique. It is an old technique, but I have changed it up a bit to incorporate watercolour.


My thought process for this card was my favourite watercolour look, which is Abstract painting which I have done using a stamp instead of freehand along with Tombow markers.

To start I am using Arches cold press watercolour paper and my Penny Black stamp. First I coloured the stems using a layer of Turquoise, followed by a green. Before stamping I spritzed both the paper and the stamp - water is your friend here. Once stamped holding the card horizontally I spritzed again causing the inks to splatter and run. 


I then dried the piece with my heat tool. Next I coloured the flower, first with Orange, spritzed and stamped, then Yellow, spritzed and stamped, then a dark pink, spritzed and stamped. As previously, I then spritzed the flowers, a little more lightly than I did with the leaves to get a bit of splatter and run going on.

Again I dried the piece, then stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Warm Breeze. 

To finish I splattered with the Turquoise marker mixed with water, a mixture of Gold Perfect Pearls and water and White Gouache. I attached the dry piece to a Coral card using foam tape.

My second card.


I am still keeping the Abstract appearance, but this time I am working on Neenah cardstock along with the Tombow markers. I used the green and turquoise again on the leaves and stems, and red this time for the flowers. 

As I am on cardstock I am using only a little water, however after doing the leaves and stems I spritzed the flower parts of the stamp and stamped with no colour on them. The purpose was to add texture to the card, as my second stamp was with the flowers coloured with the red doing only the one pass in my Misti.


I finished up by spraying the card piece using the gold perfect pearls mixture. Then did splatters using the turquoise marker along with water and the white gouache. 

I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne, added foam tape to the back of the panel and attached to a turquoise card base. 

I had fun adding these little twists to the technique, and as I love abstract art so much, I will be doing this again.

I hope you too have enjoyed these cards today, and thank you for stopping by.

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Impression Obsession April Release Day 1


Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2021 Release Celebration!

If you have arrived here from Jeanne Streiff, you are in the right place. If not head on back to the Impression Obsession Blog for the start of the hop.

Each day, (5th and 6th) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog. We will be giving away THREE $25.00 Impression Obsession gift certificates for this event, so the more you comment the more chances to WIN!

All comments for each of the event days will be open until Monday April 12th at midnight CT.


For my first card I am showing Hydrangea Gift (L20927). Using Hammermill card I stamped with Memento Ink and coloured with Copic markers in light pastel colours. If you look closely you will see additions of pink, hence the pink card base. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops to finish along with the strip with the sentiment.


This is the new slimline Magnolia, which is so beautiful that I had to watercolour using some different colours from my palette. I started out with a no line watercolour using Antique Linen Distress ink to stamp. 

The main colours I used from Daniel Smith Watercolours are Quinacridone Pink and Amazonite Genuine, both such beautiful colours along with Cadmium Yellow in the flower centres. The background is Manganese Blue Hue. On the leaves I have Geolite Ochre, Diopside Genuine and Indian Red, finished with Midas Touch Shimmering Pen. The stems are Burnt Umber and Geolite Ochre.  I then painted over the lines of the stamp using Buff Titanium, but I did not show the lines as I wanted, so over again I went with Geolite Ochre, which showed the detail so nicely.

I went around the edges of the watercolour card using my Gold EK Success Pen then added a layer of the Midas Touch. 

I hope you have enjoyed these cards for today. Check back tomorrow when I share more cards I have done for the April release.

Next up on the hop is Laura Fulcher.

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