Blue Sky at Night

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December 18, 2016

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stamps: Winter Trees SKU 3×505521 by Deep Red; Joy Trio 3063B by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Midnight & London Blue Dylusions Sprays; Silver Alcohol Ink

papers: Watercolour Paper; Mediterranean & Teal Bazzill Cards

accessories: Silver Cord

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Notched Corner Punch; Water Spritzer; Clear Film stencil frame; Scalpel;(clean) pizza box; Heatgun; Acrylic block

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut a rectangular hole in piece of clear film to fit over watercolour paper. This is to provide a stencil for when you spray the inks onto the watercolour paper, so that the colour stays within that rough area and don’t cover the whole paper. I wanted the edges to remain white.
  2. Spraying inks can be a bit messy, so I use an old pizza box (clean of course). Line with newspaper to soak up the excess ink (change the paper regularly). Then I put some white paper over newspaper in case the ink from the newspaper should transfer onto my work.
  3. Lay watercolour paper in box, cover with clear stencil, making sure it is lined up so there is equal amount of border coverage on all sides. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then blue inks. I didn’t want the ink edges to be straight, but try to ensure the inks don’t bleed under the frame too much. (Have a wet paint brush and some paper towel on hand to mop up and dilute stains if this happens). When happy with coverage – dry with heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.
  4. Stamp trees onto card with black ink.
  5. Squirt some Silver Alcohol ink onto acrylic block and pick up with old toothbrush. Hold over card and run your thumb along toothbrush bristles to create splatter effect across card. Hopefully this will resemble stars in the night sky:)
  6. Stamp peace wording only (from trio of options) onto scrap of card in black ink. Cut to desired size and edge with black ink. Magic Mount onto card.
  7. Using Punch, cut notches out of the corners of the card. Secure a piece of silver cord to the back of card and wind the cord through and around each notch to form frame.
  8. Using two-sided tape, adhere card front to teal matting, then darker blue folded card.
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Darkest Night

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July 31, 2016

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One of my favourite sayings is that “Tomorrow is another day”. No matter what mistakes you made, what sorrows you suffered, after a good cry and a few hours sleep, I TRY to put yesterday behind me and face the new day with hope in my heart and a smile on my face. “Each day is a new beginning”.

stamps: Autumn Tree 4618E by Stamp-it, Birds 23.049B? by Magenta, Celestial Border 126G by All Night Media

inks: Clear Pigment Pad; Jet Black & Watering Can Archival Pads; Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Barn Door, Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain & Black Soot Distress Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Brown & Moss Bazzill Cards

accessories: Silver Embossing Powder; Perfect Pearl & Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Powders

tools: Sponging block, Paintbrush; Heatgun

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp wording in clear pigment pad and emboss in silver at left side of white card. Stamp tree in black Archival ink at right side of card.
  2. Tear scrap paper to form a valley shape. Lay this paper down over your card, covering most of it. Make sure you can see the tree roots beneath though, as it’s important that they are rooted into the ground, not floating in the sky. With a sponging block, sponge light brown ink over torn scrap onto your card to shade your hills in.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             colours of grief 012
  3. Put some red ink on your finger and dab at base of valley. Do the same with orange ink, smudging over the red ancolours of grief 013d radiating outward slightly. Now do the same with the yellow ink, creating a haze around your sun. (You can use a sponging utensil if you don’t like getting your fingers dirty). Sponge Tumbled Glass Distress ink outwards from sun, covering top right of card.
  4. Sponge Walnut Distress pad at bottom left of card and Black Soot at top left of card together, blending into the lighter colours on the right of card. (*optional: use the edge of your Walnut pad directly onto card to create hill-like pattern).
  5. Stamp birds in grey ink flying acolours of grief 015way from tree
  6. Dip your fingers into Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutter Distress pads and use to colour foliage of tree.colours of grief 017
  7. Heat set inks with heatgun. Stamp celestial border in clear pigment ink above wording and colour with Perfect Pearl and Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls applied with dry paintbrush.colours of grief 019
  8. Attach strip of dark brown card (of same length as original white card) to top and bottom edges of finished card front. I deliberately left the sides without the brown frame, to give the illusion that the scene continues off to either side of that shown.
  9. Fix layers onto folded grey backing card. colours of grief 021
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Autumn’s Unveiling

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June 21, 2016

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Soon they are without – their naked beauty bared for all to see…

Stamps: Fern Leaves 2467D, Multi-circles Birthday 3599D & Leaf Pattern 4660E all by Stamp-It

Dies: Fillipa Corner 99146 by Memory Box

Inks: Sap Green, Viridian, Sepia & Jet Black Archival pads; Broken China, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive & Tumbled Glass Distress pads

Papers:  white Watercolour paper (6x8cm), white matt card (8.3×10.5cm), blue 8.6x11cm), aqua backing card (13.5x20cm), scraps of white matt & dark green cards

Ink up a small acrylic block (5x6cm) with the Broken China & Peeled Paint Distress pads. Spritz the block with water, turn it ink side down and press it into centre of watercolour paper. Dry with heatgun. Stamp Fern Leaves over in black Archival ink. Sponge edges with Sepia ink.

Tear across bottom of white matt card. Sponge with Tumbled Glass Distress ink until completely covered. Add touches of Crushed Olive ink. Stamp background leaf pattern all over, also in Tumbled Glass ink. Sponge edges with Sepia ink. Tear across bottom of blue card and attach to back of patterned card. Attach both to aqua backing card.

Attach coloured watercolour paper to front of leaf card. Cut out Fillipa corner in dark green card. Arrange sprigs across corner of card front. Ink up circular birthday stamp with Viridian & Sap Green pads. Stamp out on scrap of white matt card. Cut out with  1 ½ inch circle punch. Sponge around edges with Sepia ink and Magic Mount to corner of card front.

 

 

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Leaves of Red & Gold

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June 20, 2016

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The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold

Sscrunched leaf 002tamps: ” Old Letter” CG197 by Hero Arts

Dies: Sizzix Tattered Leaves 656927

Inks:  Plum, Sepia & Coffee Archival pads; Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge & Crushed Olive Distress pads; Crushed Olive & Tarnished Bronze Distress Stain Sprays; Ink Refresher; Zig Black Pen

Papers: Ivory matt card (10.1×9.6cm), burgundy (10.6×10.1cm), rust (10.8×11.5cm), green backing card (13x26cm), scrap of ivory card

Start with plain ivory card and sponge it with Antique Linen and Rusty Hinge Distress inks using a sponging block.  Stamp “Old Letter” in Plum ink. Spritz lightly with Crushed Olive & Bronze Distress Spays. Dry with heatgun.  Sponge around edges with Sepia ink.

Cut out leaf from Tattered Leaves die in ivory scrap. Sponge Distress inks over to colour. Dry with heatgun. Spritz with Ink Refresher. Scrunch up while wet, then shape and dry with heatgun. You want the leaf to be textured looking and curvy, but still flat enough to easily attach to your card. Freehand, draw border around edge of leaf with Black Zig Pen. Spritz leaf lightly with Bronze Distress Spray. Attach leaf to card front.

Layer finished card front onto burgundy matting. Attach width of rust card behind at left and fix to green backing card.

 

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Blue & Brown Leaf

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June 19, 2016

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falling leaves 2 007Stamps: Conversation Dots LL927 by Hero Arts

Dies: Sizzix Layered Leaf 660039 (this contains cutting die & matching embossing folder)

Inks: Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky & Frayed Burlap Distress pads; Coffee & Sepia Archival pads; Copper Perfect Pearl Mists

Papers: ivory matt card scraps, white matt card (11x14cm), dark brown backing card (22.6x15cm), cardboard

Tear along bottom edge of white matt card. Sponge with Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky & Frayed Burlap Distress inks. (*Optional:  Ink some  corrugated card with Walnut Stains Distress Stain, flip over, ink side down, onto your card and press down. This acts like a stamp and will create dark brown lines of ink across your card).  Attach finished piece to dark brown backing card.Reg leaves 006

Cut a piece of cardboard from old box to desired size. Tear along bottom edge. Sponge edges with Sepia ink. Attach to card.

Cut out leaf from ivory scrap. Emboss leaf using folder.  Sponge raised areas of leaf with Weathered Wood Distress ink. Sponge around edges with Sepia ink. Magic Mount onto card. Spritz lightly with Copper Perfect Pearl. Sponge length of string with brown ink. Tie bow and glue to apex of leaf stem.

Stamp wording circle of choice from set in Coffee ink. Punch out circle. Sponge with Weathered Wood & Sepia inks. Magic Mount onto card.

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The *optional background card and some different effects achieved by inking up corrugated card and using it like you would a large background stamp.

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Falling Leaves

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falling leaves 2 009As Summer turns her back, Autumn’s breathe blows gently over the land, sighing seductively round each tree, undressing them slowly of their finery…

Stamps:  “Curled Leaf” F-3100, “Falling Leaves” G-3229, “Crackle” G-3196 all by PSX

Die:  Sizzix Decorative Frames set 657094

Inks: Potting Soil & Sepia Archival pads; Scattered Straw Distress pad

Papers: ivory matt card (7.5×12.2cm), rust (8.4x13cm), green backing card (14.2x20cm), scraps of ivory and dark brown card.

Stamp “Curled Leaf” in dark brown ink onto scrap of ivory card and colour in with pencils. Cover with Distress Crackle Paint. Set aside to dry. When dry, cut leaf out.

Stamp “Falling Leaves” onto bottom half of ivory card in dark brown ink. Colour in with pencils. Sponge around ivory card with Scattered Straw ink. Stamp “Crackle” image around perimeter of rust card in dark brown ink, then layer beneath ivory card. Reg leaves 002

Cut out square frame from sizzix set in dark brown card. Turn over and apply narrow tape to back of smallest one.  Secure ribbon to outer edges of both short sides of frame. Magic mount leaf and place stem through frame. Turn leaf and frame right way up and (keeping them together) position at top of card. Wrap ribbon lengths around to outer edge of card and secure with tape at back.

Magic Mount completed card front (ivory & rust layer) onto green folded backing card. Sponge around edge with Sepia ink. With a paintbrush, apply thin layer of Distress Crackle paint to falling leaves. Set aside to dry.

 

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Leave Out?

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June 15, 2016

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To Leave out or to leave in, that is the question…

Here are a few cards that didn’t make it into my recent “Falling Leaves” class

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“The Leaf” 4809F by Stamp-it

die: “Lovely Leaf” 12839177 by Bo Bunny

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Reg leaves 015“Falling Leaves” 12105154 by Bo Bunny;  “Wording Background” 2183F by Stamp-it

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Fern Leaves” 2467D by Stamp-it; “Thinking…”3424D by Penny Black

dies: “Tattered Leaves” siz656927; Mini Labels” siz657214

embossing folder: “Endless” C0723294 by Couture Creations

 

 

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Green leaf was created by attaching frosted to clear film, colouring with alcohol inks, stamping words over, spritzing with Brushed Pewter Distress stain spray and heating with heatgun to set inks and curl leaf into desired shape.

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Pinned Leaf

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April 7, 2016

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With my craft room being in chaos for the last month, my creativity has been at a low ebb. I trolled the web (as you do), seeking inspiration. Saw this quirky idea of pinning a leaf to the branch by means of a safety pin on this Polish site www.cynkowepoletko.blogspot.com. I couldn’t help myself – had to have a play. Using different stamps and colour schemes, here is my version. Quite happy with it and can feel the creative juices flowing once again. Thanks Cynka (her original far right).

Stamps I used: The Leaf 4809F, Bare Branch 4806E, Single Leaf 2468C by Stamp-It Australia; Thinking of You by Stampin’ Up; even more pinned leaves 001Always 1970C by Penny Black

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Outback Boabs

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November 2, 2015

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boab tree close-upboab tree sparkle 4Outback road trip – camping out bush and looking up at the sky at night, the stars twinkling through the branches of the trees above,  the colours of the day drenched into your mind’s eye – the blue skies, red dust, green scrubby bushes. Your best friend by your side and the open road a’ calling. What new adventures await?

STAMPS: 958G Boab Trees, 3305E Australian Land, siset047  INKS: Dylusion Sprays- Lemon Zest, Dirty Martini, Squeezed Orange, London Blue; Jet Black, Cobalt & Coffee Archival Pads  ACCESSORIES: Copper & Rainbow stripes Fab Foils, Hot Glue Pen; Antique Linen & Vintage Photo Distress Stickles; Black Twine, Texture Paste  PAPER: White matt Card, Raven & Buttercup Bazzill Cards

METHOD: Colour your white card with Dylusion inks, by first spritzing with water, then ink sprays, till the card is completely covered. Dry. Stamp Boab Trees with black archival ink onto coloured card, and again onto scrap of white card. Cut out tree trunks only from scrap paper and colour with inks with aid of waterbrush. Put a smear of texture paste onto trunks of trees on main card and lay cut out trunks over paste. Mold into shape. You may need a little glue around edges of cut trunks to help them stick down. Set aside to dry.

Using Hot Foil Pen and rainbow Fab Foil sheet, dot stars randomly through tree branches (I used yellow, green & blue stripes for stars). Apply a little copper Fab Foil to trunks of trees to highlight texture of bark. With the aid of a T-grid, stamp wording around left-hand side of card. I used cobalt blue ink towards sky and coffee brown ink towards the ground level. Stamp “No road” wording onto a scrap of white card in black Archival ink and colour to match background. Sponge edges with black also.

Mount almost finished card onto black card. Wrap black twine twice around right-hand side of card and secure at back. Magic mount to buttercup backing card. Magic mount “No road” wording and position over twine. Lastly, apply some Distress stickles to base of trees.

 

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Winter Tree

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September 8, 2015

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winter tree

One of my favourite techniques at the moment – simple but effective. Apply multiple ink colours to a small acrylic block directly from your ink pads. I have used Spiced Marmalade, Stormy Sky and Walnut Stain Distress Pads. Some people spritz their block with water at this stage, but I prefer to spritz my watercolour paper with water instead. Flip your block colour side down onto wet paper, hold, then lift off. The inks will start spreading out. The results will always be slightly different each time you do this technique, depending on how much ink and water you add. I quite like the drippy effect it creates sometimes as it can look like the roots of the trees going down into the ground. You can manipulate the effect slightly with a waterbrush if you feel the need. When you are happy with the way it looks, dry with a heatgun. Stamp your tree with black Archival pad and add wording of choice.

Stamps used from Stamp-it Australia – 4618E Autumn Tree, siset032 Solitude

 

Conifer ChristmasOne of the new stamp designs from Stamp-it’s “Oh Deer” Christmas catalogue just released – 4988E Conifer large, siset088 Merry Christmas. I used Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Pads for this one.

 

 

 

 

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