Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Smooshed Acrylics with a Prim Poppy

Here's a card made with another one of my background pieces I made at Loll's the other day when we smooshed up all the leftover acrylic paint.

I made it for the SCS Color Challenge (Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi).  I don't have SU colours but got something very close with the blue, green, and yellow acrylic paints, spritzed with water and smooshed onto coated cs.

I added a die cut flower (cut twice and stuck together for more dimension) and a blue, a green, and a yellow sequin. It's popped up on fun foam. The sentiment is stamped with a Kaleidacolor ink pad.

Since it's smooshed, has some stamping, and one other thing of my choice (the poppy die cut), I'm linking it up at CAS Mix Up's smooshing challenge.

You have just two more days to enter - it closes on March 24th.

Stamps - Peddler's Pack sentiment
Ink - Kaleidacolor Caribbean Sea
Paper - white and coated cs
Size - A2
Accessories - blue, green, and yellow acrylic paints; Memory Box Prim Poppy die; blue, green, and yellow sequins; fun foam

Monday, 20 March 2017

Smooshed Sea

Christine Alexander (It's a Card Day's Night) and I spent yesterday at Loll Thompson's house playing with acrylic paints, small canvases, various techniques.  One of the techniques left a ton of paint on the craft table.  So we took various types of paper (watercolour, Bristol, cardstock, Yupo, etc.) and smooshed them in the leftover paint.  Here's a card made using one of my pieces:

I used a piece of Yupo to mop up a mixture of blue acrylic paint that had been spritzed with water.  I got a lovely background that seemed much like the sea.  So when I saw that the new Addicted to CAS challenge is "seaside", it seemed the perfect piece to incorporate into a seaside-themed card.

I stamped a very old PSX sentiment on it, trimmed it down, and added it to a white card base.  I had a leftover piece of sprayed cs (sprayed very appropriately with the Mr. Huey's spray called "Shell").  I cut the base of the shells out of the lighter spray area, and then the top outlines of the shells out of the more solid-coloured areas.  Glued them together and then attached to the card, and it was done.

I'm linking it up to Addicted to CAS:

and to CAS Mix-Up:

For CAS Mix Up, I have stamping, smooshing, and, for my choice, die cuts.

I hope you like it. 

Stamps - PSX
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paper - white cs, Yupo
Size - A2
Accessories - blue acrylic paints, Elizabeth Craft Designs seashell dies, Mr. Huey's "Shell" spray

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Spring Crocuses

It's time for a reminder card for CAS Watercolour.  March's challenge is "Spring".

And what more appropriate image for spring than crocuses?  They are starting to bloom in my garden, and like in my stamped image, they often poke their way through the leftover dead leaves from autumn.

There are so many different ways to watercolour.  I decided to use my Tombow markers, a mister, and paintbrush with water for this card.

I put my stamp in the MISTI and went over the crocus leaves only with a green marker, then spritzed with water, and stamped onto hot press w/c paper.  Before it could dry, I took a paint brush and a bit more water and moved the colour around, filling in inside the image outline.

I then repeated the process with two shades of purple markers for the flowers.  I realized I should have let the leaves dry first as some of the purple bled into them.  By the time I repeated the process a third time with two shades of brown markers for the leaves on the ground, the crocus leaves were dry so I didn't have any bleeding.

I inked up the spring stamp with one of the brown markers, and also scribbled a bit of that marker on my craft mat, watered it down, and did some light splattering with it.

I got it all assembled with the image die cut, popped up on fun foam, etc. and then looked at it and realized that I totally forgot about the orange stamens crocuses have, but too late now!!  I also thought I should have stamped "spring" in the upper left corner instead as it looked unbalanced and too crowded where I put it.  So I balanced it a bit with two light brown adhesive pearls.  We're our own worst critics, aren't we!?

You have until March 24th to link up your spring watercolour card here.  Please be sure to keep your card CAS (clean and simple) and follow the theme.

Stamps - Serendipity crocuses, Rosie's Roadshow sentiment
Ink - markers only
Paper - hot press watercolour paper, cream cs
Size - 4.5" square
Accessories -Tombow markers, Lil Inkers stitched square, light brown adhesive pearls, fun foam

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Smooshing under Snowflakes

Can you believe that it's already mid-March!!?  So time for a reminder to join in with the CAS Mix Up "Smooshing" challenge.

I did some Inka Gold smooshing for my reminder card:

I used silver and a couple of shades of blue Inka Gold on watercolour paper.  For the technique, see Loll Thompson's video here.

With shimmery off-white cs, I die cut an overlay panel.  To give it more dimension, I cut it again with scrap cs and glued the two together.  Then glued it to the Inka Gold panel.  I popped the piece up on fun foam and added a heat-embossed sentiment.  The heat embossing and the die cutting are the "my choice" elements to qualify for CAS Mix Up.

There is lots of other wonderful inspiration from the Design Team and our Guest Designer, Marcia Hill.  Head on over to CAS Mix Up to see it all.  And don't forget, this is the one year birthday of CAS Mix Up.

In honour of the birthday there are prizes this month:

$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for Challenge Winner
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)
Speaking of the rules, please don't forget that your card must be CAS (Clean and Simple) and must include stamping, smooshing, and at least one other choice from the list on the right hand side of the CAS Mix Up blog.

Stamps - Penny Black sentiment
Ink - ColorBox True Blue
Paper - watercolour paper, shimmery off-white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Simon Says Stamp Snowflake Block die, Inka Gold, clear embossing powder, fun foam