Blue Rain

admin
July 27, 2016

spacer

I like cards that are quick and easy, simple yet effective. I think this card falls into that category. mermaid belief 002

Stamps:  Quite Dandy (flower) 3623K by Penny Black; Sympathy CS924 by Kaisercraft

Inks: Jet Black StazOn & Archival Pads; Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky Distress Stain Sprays

Papers: Watercolour Paper; Blue & Raven Bazzill Cards

Accessories: Frosted Lace Stickles; Water Spritzer

mermaid belief 004

Tools: Tiny Butterfly Punch

  1. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Stain sprays. Don’t be too enthusiastic or you’ll colour the entire card and that is not the effect we’re going for.
  2. When dry, stamp flower image to right-hand side in black Archival pad.
  3. The Sympathy set by Kaisercraft has 4 wording options. Stamp your chosen wording out in black ink onto white card. Matt with black card and adhere to bottom left of card front.
  4. Punch out 3 little butterflies in black card and glue onto card.
  5. Decorate flower heads with Frosted Lace Stickles.

 

Below is a slight variation of same card, just using another wording, dark blue stickles instead of white, and a less absorbent paper resulting in a different blending of the inks in the background. I also drew a white line down the center of the butterflies for their bodies and added antennae to each with a black pen.

blue for you 2

blue for you 3

spacer

One Wedding Dress – Spring Bride

admin
July 20, 2016

spacer

extra brides 012

The following two cards using Stamp-it’s Elegant Bride 3207F were not in last months class. I only designed them after the class had finished upon gaining inspiration from the scrap paper left behind on the desktop. That’s often the case with me. Look at a few ink splotches and see all sorts of things, ha, ha. I hope they provide you with some inspiration too! They are the only cards with multiple stampings of the bride.

 

 

  1. Photocopy dictionary page (with appropriate wording) onto white reflex paper. Stamp bride in black Archival ink into centre, then again randomly around.
  2. Stamp bride again onto scrap of white card in black Archival ink. Cut her out. Colour in her bodice and bouquet with pencil colour of choice. Using a paintbrush, smear Glossy Accents over skirt and sprinkle crystal glitter over whilst wet. I concentrated the glitter more at the top of her skirt, petering out towards the skirt hem. Set aside to dry.  extra brides 016
  3. Stamp flourish (from Stampin’ Up) in black Archival where desired onto dictionary paper. Sponge Distress pads Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Evergreen Bough over paper with a sponging block until roughly covered. (*optional – tear along edge. I did this as I wanted to get rid of words at the bottom which I felt detracted from the ambiance of the card).
  4. Attach dictionary paper onto layer of aqua, then yellow cards and finally onto pink backing card.
  5. Glue now dry bride into place over image on main card. Attach diamantes to centre of flourishes.
  6. Cut out sizzix label shape in white card and stamp Penny Black Wedding Day 2002D wording into centre in black Archival ink. Sponge with complimentary Distress inks. Attach diamantes to decorate and magic mount into place on card.
spacer

One Wedding Dress – Bride Pattern

admin

spacer

The pattern for the perfect wedding day:)extra brides 021

  1. Stamp bride (Elegant Bride 3207F by Stamp-it) in black Archival ink onto ivory card towards right of middle. This will be your main image which you will later mount. Stamp bride again randomly around card.
  2. Stamp bride again onto scrap of ivory card and cut out. Smear Versamark clear pad over skirt area. Using a dry paintbrush, brush Pearl and Bronze Perfect Pearls over skirt to colour. Do the same with her veil, using only Pearl Perfect Pearl to colour. Spritz lightly with water mister to set powders. Decorate bodice with Copper Stickles, then set aside to dry.
  3. Stamp tape measure from Stamp-it’s unmounted set079 in Sepia ink along right edge of ivory card. Ink up “Fashion Statement” 3304E selectively with Sepia ink and stamp at bottom left corner. Without re-inking, stamp it again above itself. Stamp Stamper’s Anonymous Spool G1-1667 in top left corner also in Sepia ink. Sponge around card edges with Sepia ink.
  4. Stamp “Wedding Wishes” 4633D with black Archival pad onto scrap of ivory card. Using a T-grid, line up spool stamp on card with ivory scrap and stamp out. With a scalpel blade, cut curved edge along right of scrap freehand. Sponge around scrap with Sepia ink. Attach to main card flush with left side, lining up spool image. Punch 3 small holes evenly along left edge of wording scrap and push brown brads through. Secure finished card front to rust layer, then onto wheat backing card.
  5. Magic mount now dry bride into place over image on main card. Squeeze gold Liquid Pearls into bouquet area and arrange tiny buttons over while still wet. Tie tiny ribbon and glue over button bouquet.extra brides 022

extra brides 023

spacer

Agapanthus Napkin

admin
June 25, 2016

spacer

napkin 008Using napkins is a quick and easy way to create colourful cards as the artwork is already done for you! I try to pick them up when I see ones that inspire me. Sometimes at the craft shows you can get bags of singles (rather than having to buy them in packs of the same patterns). I especially like the ones which have a more overall pattern that can be used for backgrounds. This particular design stands alone, so really needed nothing much added to it. I lay some texture paste through a stencil to create some dimension in the background and the wording is magic mounted to add another layer to the front, that’s all.

stencil: THS002 Bubble

stamp: Happiness is When 2440C by Stamp-it

instructions:

  1. seperate layers of napkin. you will only use the uppermost patterned one.
  2. smear texture paste through chosen stencil with palette knife onto ivory card. set aside to dry.

napkin 002

3. wet your card with a paintbrush, then spread some Mustard Seed and Seedless Preserves Distress Paint randomly over. the napkin 005napkin is only very thin so the colours will show through. dry with heatgun.

4. tear out desired pattern area of napkin. apply matt glue over card and gently lay napkin over. apply some glue over the top also, pushing any air bubbles out as you go. set aside to dry.

napkin 0065. tear around edges of card. sponge inks around edges and lightly over raised pattern where desired. i have used Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive and Aged Mahogany Distress pads.

6. mount card onto burgundy card layer, then onto bamboo backing card.

7. stamp wording in black ink onto ivory scrap. sponge around in Aged Mahogany. layer onto bamboo card. tear edges and sponge with Crushed Olive ink. magic mount into position on front of card.

napkin 009

spacer

Hello Birdie

admin
May 11, 2016

spacer

My fourth cardbird card 007 from my travel series (but who’s counting?). The piece of white card I stamped the flowers onto had some over spray on it from another project. I thought it added a bit of interebird card 008st, without being overpowering. The flowers “Gossamer” 3865K and wording “Hello” 2631C are by Penny Black. The bird is from Bo Bunny set “Birds of a Feather” #12105440. The flowers have been coloured in with pencils with a blob of “Barn Door” Distress Stickles used to decorate centers. Watercolours were used on the bird, the body cut out, and magic mounted onto card, his legs I drew free-hand.

 

spacer

Cats

admin
September 14, 2015

spacer

moon catbutterfly cat For all you cat lovers out there, a couple of cards using Stamp-it’s “Cats Meow”  2272E stamp.

spacer

Winter Tree

admin
September 8, 2015

spacer

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.

 

 

 

 

spacer

Cherry Tree

admin

spacer

cherry tree

Creating the illusion of depth in your card without adding dimension –

 

Begin with two pieces of white card/paper the same size, one being your good cardstock for your card front, the other being scrap paper. Stamp the cherry tree with Coffee Archival Pad onto both pieces of white in exactly the same position. (Note: take into account how much room you will need for your wording and where you intend to place it. Also think about wether you want a sunrise/sunset added.)

Tear the white scrap paper at the base of the cherry tree to form a stencil of a hill shape. Sponge or brayer through this using your darkest ink. Gradually work into the distance with a second and perhaps third hill, lightening the ink colour as you go.

cherry tree 1    cherry tree 2

To colour the sky, I simply rubbed blue chalk directly across the card, smoothing it with my fingers to finish. You can add a sunrise/sunset if you wish by applying some red and yellow chalk with your fingertip or chalk applicator. Don’t worry if it overlaps onto the hill, as it will look like a refection of the light from the sun. To finish I dabbed tacky glue onto the flower petals and pushed some pink flowersoft into it. Set aside to dry. Wording is optional, depending on how your hills sit, you may not have room.

cherry tree 3

 

 

 

 

Material list: Stamp-it 4261F Cherry Tree, 4796C For You; White Matt Card, Boardwalk Swiss Dot and Blossom Bazzill Cards; Coffee & Sepia Archival Pads, Espresso, Pebble & Lakemist Adirondack Pads; Chalks; Pink Ribbon; Baby Pink Flowersoft; Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Magic Mount and Super Tape

 

Ursula's Deer Another card using this same technique by Ursula. She also used a sponging block rather than a brayer and only one colour ink pad – black.

 

 

spacer

Oak Tree

admin
August 30, 2015

spacer

foliage tree oak tree

Here are 3 cards using the same 2 stamps in virtually the same layouts, just with different colours. In the first 2, I’ve coloured a piece of white matt cardstock with Distress Stains for the backgrounds, in the last one I have stamped onto kraft card and only coloured the leaves. The trees have also been inked with Distress Stains and stamped out. I used chalks directly over the wet ink to colour the tree canopies.

Stamps by Stamp-it Australia: 4457E Tree, siset080 Leaf wording

the leaf tree

 

spacer

Father’s Lighthouse

admin
August 28, 2015

spacer

Father's Lighthouse “A Father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way”. Happy Father’s Day card for my dear old Dad. I actually thought it was this Sunday, so I’m way ahead of the game for a change.

“Father Guides” 3820E by Stamp-it

I wet the watercolour paper, then coloured the bottom half with ink sprays (Dylusion: Dirty Martini & Calypso Teal; Distress: Evergreen Bough), then while still wet, ran the dropper from Distress re-inker bottles Spiced Marmalade & Walnut Stain across middle. Set aside to dry. I stamped the lighthouse onto clear film with black StazOn pad, stamped it again onto scrap of white card, which I coloured in and cut out to lay over image on film. I stamped the waves onto scrap of mulberry paper which I tore along bottom and glued at base of lighthouse. I used glossy accents over the glass top of lighthouse. Then because I had used clear film, but didn’t want to spoil the look with split pins in each corner to attach the layers, I had to cut a frame out and mount over to cover up my 2-sided foam tape. Attached the complete frame then onto teal backing card.

 

20150828_195445

spacer