Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Three Variations on a Snowy Melody

I have a new die that is perfect for the Addicted to CAS challenge:

I ended up doing three variations with the same die.  My favourite is this one:

I made the background by sprinkling a couple of different blue Brushos on coated cs and spritzing with water.  I die cut the music twice and glued them together for more dimension.  I added a simple "let it snow" since it is a song title so fits the music theme.

I made a New Year's resolution to try and make more than one card when I have a stamp, a die, or a stencil out.  So I die cut some more of the music and made two more cards.

I also made resolutions to use one piece of background or one image out of my UFO box (unfinished objects) each week and to use some of my stash of dp on one card a week.  We'll see how well I do with these resolutions!  But at least I've accomplished all three on this post!

Here's the one using up a piece of background from my new UFO box.  It's a piece from a get together with a friend to try out her gelli plate.

And here's the one using a piece of dp:

It feels good to have three cards ready for my November sale!!

Stamps - Old Island Stamp Co. sentiment (first card), Northwoods sentiment (second and third card)
Ink - StazOn Midnight Blue (first card), Distress Blueprint Sketch (second card), SU Brocade Blue (third card)
Paper - white cs, coated cs, Me & My Big Ideas dp
Size - A2
Accessories - Simon Says Stamp Jingle Snowflakes die, Lil Inkers stitched oval die, blue Brushos, fun foam

Watercoloured Thistles

My goodness, January is flying by!  It's already time to remind you about the current CAS Watercolour challenge.

I was inspired to make this card for a friend who does lovely botanical watercolours and she's particularly fond of thistles.

I put the thistle stamp in my MISTI and used Distress markers to colour it - I did each colour separately, applying the marker directly to the stamp, then spritzing lightly with water (the mini mister is best for this as you don't get too much water) and stamping.  When I was happy with the result, I let it air dry.

My fellow Design Team member, Karen Dunbrook (of the Snippets blog), always inspires me with her use of drywall tape for a stencil - I found a scrap of drywall tape on the ground of a new house being built next door so grabbed it!

In keeping with the watercolour challenge, I smooshed a bit of Distress Chipped Sapphire on my craft mat and spritzed it with water to get it paler and thinner.  I laid the dry wall tape over the thistle, and used a narrow flat paintbrush to go over bits of it - it was easy to see where the thistle was so could avoid stenciling on it.  I really like the result as it has a definite watercolour feel to it - as opposed to sponging over a stencil.

I stamped a small vertical sentiment in Memento Plum Berry, trimmed the panel down, bordered it with navy blue cs, and used a cream card base.

It's great to have a birthday card done for a friend a few months ahead of the birthday!!

Please join us with your watercolour birthday cards - you have until January 24th to link up at CAS Watercolour.

Stamps - Hero Arts Elegant Weeds, Rosie's Roadshow sentiment
Ink - Distress Chipped Sapphire, Memento Plum Berry
Paper - watercolour paper, navy cs, PTI Vintage Cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - various purple and green Distress markers, drywall tape

Monday, 15 January 2018

Cling Wrapped Bird

Time to remind you that you only have until January 24th to link up your card for this month's CAS Mix Up challenge!

For my reminder card, I used Brushos along with cling wrap.

I took a piece of coated cs, sprinkled it with brown and red Brushos, spritzed with water, and then scrunched cling wrap up on top of it.  I left it to dry for a couple of hours.  It came out much paler than I'd intended but there was some nice marbling from the cling wrap.

I cut the bird / snowflake die twice - once from white cs and once from the Brushos piece.  I found a piece of burgundy cs that I liked with the Brushos colours, glued the white bird / snowflake outline to it, and then inlaid the bird's body from the Brushos piece.

The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed, and the panel trimmed and popped up on fun foam for dimension.  I added a gemstone for the bird's eye.

Head over to CAS Mix Up to see the rest of the Design Team's reminder cards, and a fabulous card by our Guest Designer, Christine of It's a Card Day's Night.  Remember to keep your cards clean and simple - they must have some uncluttered, open space (often referred to as "white space" but it can be a colour as is the case in my card!).  And you must include some stamping and a technique that involves cling wrap as well as at least one other technique from our list - I have die cutting with an inlaid die cut, and heat embossing.

Looking forward to seeing more lovely cards!

Stamps - PTI sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Frost White
Paper - white and burgundy cs, coated cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Memory Box Mara Bird die, brown and red Brushos, cling wrap, white embossing powder, gemstone, fun foam

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Purple Birthday

I have a friend who loves purple so when I saw the new Less is More challenge, I decided it was the perfect prompt to get her birthday card made.

Here's my card:

I did a smooshed background with Oxide inks on mixed media cs, then trimmed it down with a stitched rectangle die.

I die cut the flower twice - once out of white cs and once out of purple, and also die cut the sentiment out of the purple.  I glued the white outline flower down and then used just the internal bits from the purple die cut and inlaid them into the white.

It's popped up on a bit of fun foam for dimension.

Because I used water to dilute the Oxide inks for the smooshing, I'm also adding it to CAS Watercolour where this month's theme is birthday.

Ink - Distress Oxide Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans, Seedless Preserves
Paper - white and purple cs, mixed media
Size - A2
Accessories - Memory Box Darling Poppies die, Lil Inkers Stitched rectangle die, Tattered Lace Happy Birthday die, fun foam