Saturday, 17 March 2018

Cup of Christmas Cheer

Squeaking in at the last minute for Merry Monday's Inspiration Challenge:

I have a great new stamp that seemed perfect for the challenge.

I stamped and watercoloured, trimmed the panel, and popped it up on some Christmas sentiment dp.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - Stamplorations
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, linen cs, unknown dp
Size - A2
Accessories - Gansai Tambi paints, fun foam

Holly Two Ways

March is flying by and there is only one more week to enter a card in this month's (the inaugural) challenge of Loll's and Bonnie's new CAS Christmas Card Challenge.

I created a card with two types of holly - an old favourite stamp and a stencil.

I heat embossed the stamp in platinum and watercoloured it with Twinkling H2Os.  I then fussy cut it.

It looked too plain on its own so I created a simple background with a stencil and Dreamweaver's lovely Pearlescent embossing paste - it goes well with the platinum embossing powder.  I popped the stamped holly piece up on foam tape.

I decided to play around with the stamp and heat emboss one in black and one in white, and then use exactly the same colours of Twinkling H2Os to see how they compare with the one heat embossed in platinum.

I used a different stencil on this one, with a spray rather than an embossing paste.

And this one just uses some red cs to bag it.

My favourite is the first one with the image embossed with platinum embossing powder.  How about you?

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Friday, 16 March 2018

A Lush Garden

I'm back with a reminder card for CAS Watercolour's March challenge:

It seemed the perfect opportunity to use a stamp I bought a few years ago.  So good to get it inked up!

The sentiment is part of the stamp - it says "May aging be forgotten when life's memories are remembered."  So I will probably use it as a birthday card.

It's stamped and watercoloured with my favourite watercolours - my Gansai Tambi set.  I die cut it with a stitched square die and was going to just pop it up on fun foam on the card base but it looked too plain, so I added a dry embossed background for texture and interest.

You have until March 24th to enter a card at CAS Watercolour.  It needs to be clean and simple, and follow the theme of "Garden" - not just a single flower but something that represents a garden more than that.

Stamps - Art Impressions Memories Window
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, PTI Vintage Cream
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Lil Inker stitched square die, Sizzix Floral embossing folder

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Glittered Poppies on Acetate

It's mid-month so time to remind you to have some fun with incorporating acetate into your clean and simple mixed media card for the CAS Mix Up challenge!

And because it's our second birthday, we are celebrating and there are prizes to be won this month!

I chose to use glitter with my acetate this time:

I used the technique in this video for adding the glitter to the acetate.  But I gave my card more dimension by popping up the panel with the acetate on fun foam.

I stamped and heat embossed the poppies on the front of the acetate.  Then working from the back, I used a clear-drying glue and glitter to colour the poppies.  I used red glitter on two of the larger poppies and burgundy glitter on the third large poppy.  Then I mixed red and gold glitter for the smaller ones, and for the two bottom ones, I used the leftover bits of all the colours.

When you first turn it over, it just looks like white blobs of glue from the front - it needs a few hours for the glue to completely dry and turn clear, and then you can see your lovely colours of glitter.

I die cut a rectangular window in my top layer of cs, taped the acetate panel (heat embossed side up, glitter to the back) behind it, and added a die cut frame.  Then I backed this panel with foam tape so that the poppies appear to be floating above the card base.  You can sort of see that here (and also can see the glitter colours better):

I'll be back in a couple of days with another card using this technique but layered over a smooshed background.

You have until March 24th to join us at CAS Mix Up with a clean and simple card featuring stamping, acetate, and at least one other element - I have heat embossing, colouring with glitter, and die cutting.

This is my last post as a Design Team member for CAS Mix Up!  I'm honoured to be the hostess for this month - going out in high style!  I'd like to thank Loll and Bonnie for all their help - it's been quite a learning curve for me and they've been very patient!!  And now off to my new Design Team at their CAS Christmas Card Challenge!

I'm also adding the card to a couple of other challenges:

Where it's ANYTHING GOES as long as there's stamping on it, and my poppies are stamped.
 Create anything that sparkles and all those glittered poppies definitely sparkle!

Stamps - Penny Black
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - acetate, clear embossing powder, glitter, clear-drying glue, MFT pierced rectangle frame die, foam tape