Today is a busy day for me………………………………..no really………………don’t laugh…….it really is. First thing this morning I started on the Spring Card Class so that I could get my cards done and posted early. That didn’t happen, but it was okay as I had a virtual crop with some friends starting at one o’clock, so I could finish them now.
At three o’clock I have a Save the Tigers at the Calgary Zoo crop that lasts for 24 hours. There will be an email with a challenge of some sort every hour. That should be interesting, although I am hoping that the 2:00 am challenge is to sleep for at least 5 hours. We will see.
Back to the cards for today. The video was presented by Kristina Werner and the topic was ink smooshing. I was happy to see this because it is a technique that is easy and nearly always looks good when you are done. The two for one theme continues. I usually make smooshing technique card fronts on larger pieces of watercolour paper so that I can cut out the card front from the area that I like best. However, I ended up liking the whole piece and I was able to cut the paper in half like we did in Day 2? and create two card fronts.
I have more card fronts and letters sitting here to make even more cards but these will do for now.
Today’s tutorial was presented by Cathy Zielske. The idea was to make a shaker card with one part of a diecut and use the negative piece on another card.
I started out by watercolouring stripes on a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock. At first glance, I didn’t like it as I thought the blue was too strong for the rest of the stripes, but I decided to treat it like a prototype card and see what happened. In the end, the blue dried back some and I added more colour to the greens and the card was a keeper.
I am not consciously doing it, but I have noticed that I am drawn to sentiments that are about coping in this crazy environment. The sentiment on these cards is from Erin Lee Creative and it just seemed to fit.
Today’s lesson at Online Card Classes was taught by Debby Hughes and was to use a die-cut first as a stencil on a card front and then to use that painted up stencil as part of a second card. I am often surprised to learn that something I thought was going to be easy is not and vice versa. This is one of those times. I pretty much love everything that Debby Hughes does, and I was expecting to make something at least somewhat similar to what she did. It was not to be. My first attempt ended up as the background to the background on the first card. It was a colossal failure, in all honesty.
I changed dies and tried again. My second attempt was better, and I kept telling myself that if I didn’t like it……………it was just because it wasn’t finished yet. You know, that kind of worked, as the finished product looks ok.
Here are the two resulting cards:
When I was in Phoenix, I wanted to do a class where we used the Winter Floral background stamp with the Winter Floral stencil and Winter Foliage die from Simon Says Stamp. This is a holiday stamp but a change of colour scheme is all that is needed to make it work all year round. My dilemma was how to have everyone in the class working at the same time, using the same stamp/die and stencil. In preparation, I made several samples using different techniques to see how I could have everyone doing something different with the same pre-stamped background. That worked out pretty well, but the wheels fell off the world before I got to do the class. I have decided that I would post the different techniques here in today’s post.
- GLITTER PASTE. Stamp background. Apply the Layered Winter Floral Stencils and colour with a sponge dauber or blending brush. Apply iridescent glitter paste to the “petals” stencil and let dry. Add the Thank you sentiment to the matching shadow die. Add a mat in the same colour as the shadow die-cut and apply to a card base. Add some Nuvo drops to the flower centres and berries.
- FLOCKING. Stamp background in black ink. Apply Thermoweb Transfer Gel duo to the petals through the stencil. Remove stencil promptly and let dry. Apply Rina K Flock transfer sheet to the petals when the Duo Gel is dry and transparent. Run the background with the Flock transfer sheet (nice side up) through a laminator or a die cutting machine. Peel up the transfer sheet revealing flocked flowers. Add the Winter florals die cut and the Birthday Wishes sentiment and pop up on the card. Add a black mat and adhere to a card base. Add some white or iridescent pearls. This card is 5.5 X 5.5 inches.
- BLACK/WHITE HEAT EMBOSSING. Stamp background in black Versafine ink. Add clear embossing powder and heat set. Pop up the Winter Floral die-cut, cut out of white cardstock on to the cardfront. Add versamark ink to the sentiment and cover with clear embossing powder and heat set. Add the sentiment greeting to the circular die cut. Add iridescent gems and black Nuvo drops
- Stamp background on watercolour cardstock. Paint the scene using any watercolour media (I used Arteza brush markers). Pop up the Winter Foliage die-cut, cut out of white cardstock on to the card front and add the circular sentiment greeting. Spray the entire card front with Sparkle Shimmer Spritz. Add some white pearls from Studio Katia.
- Stamp background on Bristol Smooth cardstock. Use a dauber or Blending brush through the different layers of stencils. Pop up the Winter Foliage die-cut, cut out of white cardstock on to the card front and add the circular sentiment greeting. Spray the entire card front with Sparkle Shimmer Spritz. Add some pink gems and green sequins
- Stamp background on watercolour paper with Versafine black ink. Cover with clear embossing powder immediately and heat set Using Nuvo Shimmer Powders, sprinkle tiny amounts of the appropriate colours inside the embossed lines. Spray generously with water to get the colour “exploding” and moving. Die cut the Winter Foliage circle from Watercolour cardstock. Add a small amount of Nuvo Shimmer Powder in any colour and spray with water. When dry pop up the diecut and add the sentiment as before. Add sequins that match the Nuvo Shimmer colours on the card front.
- Stamp the background stamp with Versamark ink on black watercolour cardstock (any black cardstock will work too) Cover with silver embossing powder and heat set. Paint the flowers using Altenew Metallic Watercolors. Cut out the sentiment and shadow from black watercolour cardstock. Paint the sentiment in Copper metallic ink. Pop up and apply to the centre of the card. Apply the card front to a 5.5 X 5.5 card base.
So there you are……..seven techniques and none of them looks the least bit Christmasy even though it was intended as a holiday stamp.
Sadly, the Middle Ages have come and gone for me, but I loved this sentiment so much that I just had to make a card with it.
This card is one of few that actually turned out how I imagined it in my head! I usually get distracted (by something shiny, perhaps) before I finish the card that is in my head, and go off in a new direction.
It is made with a sentiment from the August 2019 Hero Arts Monthly Kit and the Paper Layering Dragon from the available add on products.
Hero Arts also has a scroll die in the available add ons, but I had a similar one from Penny Black so I used that.
The dragon is done on watercolour paper with Ken Oliver’s Colorburst. I think it is pretty cute! Take a look:
Today I am posting cards three and four from the Hero Arts March Monthly Kit.
I was reminded of the best crafting advice I ever received, while I was making card four. The late great Christy Riopel once told me, “If you don’t like it, it just isn’t done yet.” I can tell you that card four in its’ original 6 X 6 size was a hot mess…………….. I thought it was just plain “done” and destined for the big round file. Just like Christy predicted though, it just “wasn’t done YET.” When I trimmed it to a narrow panel and added a complementary background, it was a keeper.
Yesterday was the day for the fall crop put on by Scrapshotz online store. It is always fun to meet up with crafters that I haven’t seen for a while.
One of my favourite stamp companies is The Ton, and Scrapshotz has begun to carry their stamps. So today I am posting a card I made with one of many great The Ton stamps. I am not a watercolouring expert by any stretch of the imagination, but as someone pointed out, this large face stamp is a good place to start practicing. I used a rose gold embossing powder to outline the poinsettia which is also from The Ton.
Today I am posting a card I made with the Poppy Stamps die called Urban Skyline. I started by making a night sky background with some Colorburst watercolors, and then decided it might work with the die. I added some lighter color to accent the buildings.
The theme this week at Simon Says Stamp is Spread Your Wings and because the whole time I was making this card, I was saying “Bright lights, big city” in my head, I thought the card fit the theme quite well.
Here is the card:
Supplies: Poppy Stamps Urban Skyline die, Colorburst, Distress Watercolor cardstock, My Favorite Things Homespun Stitched Lines die, Peerless Watercolors, Simon Says Stamp dream die , Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain cardstock, Scotch 3M foam tape and Scor Tape,.
The challenge this week was to use pumpkins in three different ways. This is one of my favourite types of challenges, so I dropped what I was doing (housework………so it was an easy choice) and started to get to fun. I decided not only to use pumpkings in three different ways but to use the very same pumpkin stamp in three very different ways, Additionally, I decided to make the three cards in three different styles with three different techniques. Amazingly, they all came together and I like them all! Oh happy day!
Card #1: Uses Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp set, Recollections gold embossing powder, Inkadinkadoo masking paper, Copic markers, My Favorite Things Blueprints 27 die, Recollections card stock, Simon Says Stamp card base, Elen Hutson 40lb Vellum and Scor Tape.
Card #2 : Uses Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp, Simon Says Stamp Giving Thanks stamp set, Lawn Fawn Sequins, Ranger Sticky Back Canvas, Memory Box Cross Stitched Rectangles die, Zig Real Brush Markersm Reminisce Fall Harvest patterned paper collection, Recollections embossing powder, Lawn Fawn sequins, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape
Card #3 : Uses Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp set, Friendship Jar shaker die, Unknown glitter paper, Color Burst watercolor powders, Judikins Microglaze, Wink of Stella, Lawn Fawn and Craft Medley sequins, Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.
And finally, here they are in one picture.
I thought it might be fun to combine a coffee themed card with the oh so trendy right now flamingos. I have some great new flamingo stamps, but when I got looking at my stash it was this older one from Art Impressions that had the perfect image to go with the Crackerbox Palace sentiment that I wanted to use.
i watercoloured the background and used Copics on the popped up elements. The message is don’t spill your coffee no matter what happens!
Supplies: Art Impressions Flamingo Set stamp set, Crackerbox Palace sentiment stamp, Distress Watercolor paper, Gambnsai Tambi wateercolours, Copic markers, Janes Doodles Coffee Time Set, Wink of Stella glitter pen, Recollections White embossing powder,Recollections cardstock, Pico embellisher, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor Tape