Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Watering Can and Ornaments

We're at April 17th, the reminder date for the CAS Christmas challenge.  Be sure to head over to see what the Design Team have created to inspire you.

Here's my card, my first ever photographed against one of the beautiful backgrounds given to me by my wonderful friend, Loll Thompson:

It's a new-to-me stamp that I hadn't inked up before now.  It's such a lovely image for me as a gardener as I love the rustic watering can.  I may make a few more using it for my gardening friends.

It's stamped and watercoloured, with metallic silver mixed with some black for the watering can, and metallic gold and copper for the ornaments.  In real life, it's more shimmery than the photo shows.  It's then bordered with gold and placed on a red card base.  Here's a close up:

Here is a detailed close-up to try to show the shimmer:

We'd love to have you join us at CAS Christmas with your clean and simple card featuring ornaments.  You have until April 24th.

Stamps - Power Poppy Simple Joys, Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - hot press watercolour paper, gold shimmer and red cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints

Monday, 16 April 2018

Elegantly Written Bird

Time for a reminder about CAS Watercolour's "Bird" challenge!

I was inspired to make my reminder card by the latest Technique Lover's Challenge at SCS - "Pen Painting" - to use the Elegant Writer pen to watercolour.  More about that after I show you my card:

The Elegant Writer is a calligraphy pen that has a pigment that will separate out with water into tones of grey, teal green, and a pinky mauve.  Lydia (Understand Blue on SCS) did a great video on using it (see it here) and I followed her technique.

I stamped the bird in Distress Vintage Photo on mixed media cs, then added some thin lines with the Elegant Writer here and there around the edges.  With a small brush and water, I pulled the colour out of the Elegant Writer lines and out of the Vintage Photo stamping.  The browns are from the Vintage Photo ink and the greys, greens and mauves are from the Elegant Writer.  When dry, I fussy cut the bird.

I used an embossing folder for my background, trimming it down to leave space on one side for my vertical sentiment and to keep my card CAS.  I topped it with a leafy die cut made from a piece of watercolour paper and brushos.  I glued down the bird's feet, legs, and tummy, and used foam tape to pop up his back and head.

Don't forget to come and join us at CAS Watercolour with your clean and simple cards featuring birds and watercolouring.  You have until April 24th to link up.  There's lots of inspiration over at our reminder post from the Design Team and our Guest Designer, Stef of Perry Papercrafts.

Stamps - SU Best Birds, Technique Junkies sentiment
Ink - Distress Vintage Photo, Memento Cottage Ivy
Paper - white cs, watercolour cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Elegant Writer pen, leafy embossing folder, green Brushos

Thursday, 12 April 2018

A Wreath with Ribbon

Merry Monday wants us to "add a ribbon" this week.

One of the things I love making for my cards are little Christmas wreaths, and ribbon goes well with wreaths so here's my card:

I made the wreath with scraps of various green dps and the Martha Stewart punch, added gold gemstones, mounted it on a red front door and a white wood background.  I used gold ribbon to "hang" the wreath over the door and to add a bow to the top of the wreath.

Another ready to go into my stash!

Paper - white and red cs, scraps of various green dps
Size - A2
Accessories - Memory Box door die, Spellbinders circle dies, Martha Stewart pine branch punch, black gemstone, gold ribbon

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Holly over Alcohol Inks

52 Christmas Card Countdown has a Sketch Challenge right now, not usually a kind of challenge I enjoy, but I saw the sketch and immediately had an idea.

I thought of one of my new-ish dies and decided it would work perfectly with an interesting staggering of the three top panels.

I dropped several different colours of green alcohol inks along with a bit of dark yellow and gold mixative onto Yupo until I had a background I was happy with.  I layered my holly die cut over it and put fun foam on the back.

I stamped the sentiment on an A2 card base and added a strip of gold Starform Outline sticker between it and the panel.  I then looked at it and decided the proportions were all off - I'd set everything too high on the card base and it looked top heavy in a bad way.  So I chopped the bottom off and ended up with a strange-sized card - 4.25" across and 4.6" high.  I like it so much better!  I'll hopefully be able to make an envelope using my envelope punch board (and use it as a card that I'll hand deliver).

Thanks for taking a look!

Stamps - Paper Smooches sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Evergreen, various alcohol inks
Paper - white cs, Yupo
Size - 5.6x4.25"
Accessories - Simon Says Stamp Holly Triptych die, clear embossing powder, gold mixative, gold Starform Outline sticker, fun foam