Saturday, 16 December 2017

Watercoloured Branches and Pine Cone

Christmas is coming faster and faster and I still need Christmas cards so my reminder card for December's CAS Watercolour challenge is yet another one!  This month it is "Anything Goes" as long as it is clean and simple, and includes watercolouring.

I recently bought this Penny Black stamp and love the way it lends itself to the techniques I learned from Jill Foster (see this video for the way she lays down colour on the stamp using small ink pads or markers and then adds details by watercolouring, and this one where she colours the stamp while in the MISTI, then going over it with Versamark and clear embossing powder so that it is really easy to do either a watercolour wash or sponged background).

With the stamp in the MISTI, I coloured it with Memento Dewdrops, stamping and repeating till I had the basic image on my mixed media paper.  I then put some ink from Distress inks onto my palette and, using water and a paint brush, I filled in the details and added shading.

When all was dry, I restamped with Versamark and clear embossed.  I could then add the icy blue wash around it to ground the image (without worrying about the brown or red running into it).

I added some glitter to the snowy bits of the branches and the pinecone.

As well as making it easier to add a background wash, I really like the way the heat embossing makes the image have more definition.  I did another version without the heat embossing to show the difference.

I used a very neutral coloured wash and kept it away from the image as best as I could.  I added some sequins as well as the same bits of glitter to this one.

I'd be really interested in knowing which one you like best!

Be sure to check out the other mid-month inspiration from the Design Team at CAS Watercolour, including Guest Designer, Hideko, and link up your card by December 24th!

Stamps - Penny Black, Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - various Memento Dew Drops and Distress inks, Versamark (on first card only), sentiment on first card - Versafine Crimson Red, sentiment on second card - SU Real Red
Paper - mixed media cs, red and white cs
Size - 6.75x4.75"
Accessories -  glitter, clear embossing powder (on first card only), sequins (on second card only)

Friday, 15 December 2017

Peace on Earth

I know everyone is really busy getting ready for Christmas, Hanukkah, etc., but it's time for a bit more inspiration from the CAS Mix Up Design Team.  You have until December 24 to get a card made for our challenge.

I went with a stamped sentiment, brushos, and die cuts for my card:

The background was made using various blue brushos and spray starch.  I sprayed the starch on mixed media cs, sprinkled the brushos over it, and then placed cling wrap on top and scrunched it up.  When dry, I had this beautiful background.

I trimmed the piece down, and added a die cut dove and branch to it, and a simple stamped sentiment beneath it.

This might well be my favourite of all the Christmas cards I've made this year!

Head over to CAS Mix Up for more inspiration and ideas of what the Design Team and Guest Designer, Ina (of Little Bits of Craft) chose for their stamping and optional items combinations.

Stamps - A Muse sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Cobalt
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Impression Obsession dove die, various blue Brushos, spray starch, cling wrap, Spellbinders rectangle die

Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Paper Players Colour Challenge

I'm taking a one day break from posting Christmas cards in order to post something for The Paper Players' colour challenge:

I needed a card to send a dear elderly family friend who has to move into a retirement residence.

The flowers are heat embossed in white and watercoloured. The background panel was masked, coloured with the same paints, using the green where I wanted the sentiment, then stamped with the sentiment, and die cut with a stitched rectangle.

It's popped up on fun foam and the flowers are partly taped flat and partly popped up with foam tape.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for some mid-month Christmas inspiration for CAS Mix Up!

Stamps - SU Fabulous Florets, Chocolate Baroque sentiment
Ink - Memento Bamboo Leaves, ColorBox Frost White
Paper - watercolour paper, rustic green cs
Size - A2
Accessories - white embossing powder, Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die, foam tape, fun foam

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Sparkling Ornaments

Addicted to CAS is challenging us to use "sparkle" this week.  And so is AAA Cards!

And what better to sparkle than glitter on a Christmas card:

I used a brass stencil with two colours of glitter.  See this video for the technique.

Here's a close-up photo so you can see how sparkly it is:

It's finished off with a simple vertical sentiment, stamped and heat embossed.

I'm adding it to CAS Mix Up's "Stamping plus 2 Items of Your Choice" (mine are stenciling, heat embossing, and glitter).

Stamps - Northwoods sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Gold
Paper - white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Dreamweaver ornament stencil, gold and clear glitter, sookwang tape, gold embossing powder

Monday, 11 December 2017

An Old Cardinal Two Ways

Merry Monday has a colour challenge this week:

I chose the red, the darker green, and the light blue.  I used one of my first Christmas stamps from many years ago.  I'm looking at my stamps critically in an attempt to weed some out, especially the older ones.  But this one I still love!

It's stamped and watercoloured with a pierced frame (cut twice for more dimension) over it, and the panel popped up on fun foam. I added Glossy Accents to the berries, though it doesn't show in the photo.

I'm also going to add it to CAS Watercolour where December's challenge is "Anything Goes" and CAS Mix Up for "Stamping and 2 Items of Your Choice" (mine are watercolouring and die cutting).

While I had the stamp out, I decided to make a second one:

Same stamping and watercolouring, but die cut with a stitched circle and mounted on fun foam on a green cardbase.

Which layout do you prefer?

Stamps - SU Cardinal Christmas, Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper;  linen cs for the first;  green Bazzill cs for the second
Size - A2 (first one), 4.75" square (second one)
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, fun foam, Glossy Accents;  first card - MFT Pierced Rectangle Frame;  second card - Lil Inkers stitched circle die

Friday, 8 December 2017

Gingerbread House

For the Paper Players challenge:

I only ever made one gingerbread house in my life but I remember it being a lot of fun - I was about 12 years old.  So here's my card in memory of that:

Stamped, coloured with pencil crayons, a bit of glitter added, and then I distressed the edges and sponged.  The twine goes with the rustic feel of the kraft panel and the distressed / sponged edges.

Because of the distressing, I'm also adding it SCS Ways to Use It "Distress It" challenge.

Stamps - Tim Holtz gingerbread house, SU sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black, Distress Tea Dye and Antique Linen
Paper - white and kraft cs
Size - A2
Accessories - coloured pencils, glitter, Tim Holtz edge distresser, green twine

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

A Dog in a Santa Hat

The new Merry Monday Christmas Card challenge is "Santa Hat".

I went with a dog with a Santa hat just like the cute pup in their image.

The dog and the Santa hat are stamped and coloured with coloured pencils and Gamsol for blending. They were then fussy cut.

I stamped the sentiment on the lower part of a panel of white cs and dry embossed just the upper part. Then wrapped the ribbon around it.

The dog's paws are taped directly to the ribbon but his body and hat are popped up with foam tape.

I added Flower Soft to the hat brim and pom-pom.

Stamps - Tim Holtz dog and hat, Stampabilities sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - white and red cs
Size - A2
Accessories - plaid ribbon, Sizzix embossing folder, coloured pencils, Gamsol, white Flower Soft, foam tape

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Perched Bird

The December challenge at Penny Black is Winter or Christmas.  It inspired me to use a stamp I haven't yet inked up:

Using my MISTI, I started by adding colour with my Memento dew drop ink pads to different parts of the image, stamping and repeating as necessary.  Once I had a foundation of colour, I used Distress inks on my palette with water and a paint brush to fill in with more colour.

Once dry, I restamped with Versamark and heat embossed.  This gave the outlines of the image a bit more definition.  I added a bit of a wash around the edges.

I stamped my sentiment on a little tag and attached it with baker's twine, then popped the panel up on fun foam.

I added Aleene's Glitter Snow Paste to the bits of snow on the log and leaves, and Glossy Accents to the berries.

This was my first time using this stamp and I love it - will have to make a couple more cards with it.

I'm also taking it over to Christmas Cards All Year Round's "Anything Goes" challenge and the Christmas Card Throwdown "Pick a Challenge from 2012 or 2013" challenge (I picked Theme Challenge #3 - Christmas Animals or Birds).

Stamps - Penny Black Snowy Perch, Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - various Memento Dew Drops, various Distress inks, SU Real Red
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - SU tag, baker's twine, Aleene's Glitter Snow Paste, Glossy Accents, fun foam

Monday, 4 December 2017

Red and Green

This week's Less is More Challenge is:

I made this card:

I stamped the image, then coloured with Copics, not bothering to blend the green branches as I wanted them to look rustic like the image.  I added a bit of shading to ground the tree, trimmed the panel and bordered on one side only with thin strips of red and green cs to emphasis the challenge criteria.

While I had the stamp out, I made two more versions of the same tree:

This one is stamped on watercoloured paper and painted with metallic watercolours, bordered in black, and on a dark gold card base to match the gold of the stars.

I stamped it on watercolour paper and used my Zig markers to colour everything except the stars which I coloured with a glitter gel pen. I did a bit of pale brown colouring under it to ground it and splattered a bit of the same brown and also some gold watercolour paint. I used a warm gold cardbase that matches the gold in the stars.

I used my new Jofy stamp set - not my usual style of Christmas tree but it's kind of fun, isn't it?

Stamps - Jofy tree and sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black for the Copics one, Ranger Archival Jet Black for the other two
Paper - white, red, and green cs for the first card;  watercolour paper, black cs, and dark gold shimmer cs for the second card;  watercolour paper and bright gold shimmer cs for the third card
Size - A2
Accessories - Copics for the first card;  metallic watercolours for the second;  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolour markers, Atyou Spica gold glitter pen, and gold paint for the third

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Blue and Green Christmas

Merry Monday has a fun Christmas card challenge this week:

I used the green and blue, with a white card and a bit of silver:

The image is coloured with coloured pencils, blended with Gamsol and blending stumps, with some Wink of Stella on the ribbon and the silver tags.  It's bordered with a thin bit of silver shimmer paper and then green cs, and the sentiment is stamped in silver.

Stamps - Jofy gifts, Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Delicata Silvery Shimmer
Paper - white and green cs, silver shimmer paper
Size - A2
Accessories - coloured pencils, Gamsol, Wink of Stella, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Framed Birds

Time for December's CAS Watercolour challenge!

Less than a month until Christmas and I need more Christmas cards so have gone with a Christmas card.

My birds are stamped and watercoloured with my Gansai Tambi paints.  I used the tip of a fine pointed paintbrush to add the dots to represent snowflakes. 

For the frame, I took a piece of watercolour paper and used the splash technique with Distress inks to add colour to it, and then used two sizes of rectangle dies to cut it into a frame.  I trimmed the panel with the birds to fit behind it, stuck the frame onto it, and popped it up with fun foam.

For a final touch, I added glue and fun flock to the hats' brims and pom poms.

Head over to CAS Watercolour to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team and our great Guest Designer, Hideko, of Papercraft Boutique.  You have until December 24th to enter any kind of watercolour card as long as it's clean and simple, including open space.  We'd love to have you join us!

Stamps - Penny Black birds, Make an Impression sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Tuxedo Black, Distress Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, and Tumbled Glass
Paper - white cs, watercolour paper
Size - 7.25x5"
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, fun flock, Spellbinders rectangle dies, fun foam

Friday, 1 December 2017

Glass Bead Holly

The last month of CAS Mix Up for 2017!  Where has the year gone?  The challenge for December is wide open:

I'm still in Christmas card mode so made this:

The challenge says "2 items of your choice" (as well as stamping) - it has to be at least two - and can be more.  I have watercolour splash, stenciling, glass bead gel, glitter, heat embossing, and die cutting.

Using Distress Antique Linen and Shabby Shutters, I created a splash watercolour background.  Then I laid the Holly Bough stencil over the background and sponged over the stencil with Distress Evergreen Bough ink, cleaned off the stencil, put it back and went over it with glass bead gel.  When it was dry, I added glue and red glitter to the berries.

I found a small sentiment stamp that would fit amongst the holly and heat embossed it.

I trimmed the panel down to fit behind the die cut pierced frame (die cut twice and glued together for more dimension).

Please head over to CAS Mix Up and check out the cards by the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer, Ina (of Little Bits of Craft).  You have until December 24th to link up your card.  Have fun choosing at least two options from the list on the right hand side of the CAS Mix Up blog and combine them with stamping on your clean and simple card!

Stamps - Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Distress Evergreen Bough, Antique Linen, and Shabby Shutters
Paper - white and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Tim Holtz Holly Bough stencil, glass bead gel, MFT Pierced Rectangle frame, red glitter, clear embossing powder

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Gold and Shining

For two challenges - Jingle Belles "Baby it's Gold (or Silver or Copper) Outside" and Less is More "Let It Shine".

I went with lots of shiny gold.

A very quick CAS card!  The dove is die cut in the same gold as the card base, and the sentiment is stamped in gold. The white panel is die cut with a stitched rectangle and popped up on fun foam.

I'm happy to do some simple designs to rebuild my stash after my very successful fundraiser last weekend cleaned me out!

Stamps - SU sentiment
Ink - Delicata Golden Glitz
Paper - gold shimmer and white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Penny Black dove die, Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die, fun foam

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Ultimate Christmas Candy

I made a card for a couple of current challenges.

For Addicted to CAS:

and for Christmas Cards All Year Round - Candies, Cookies, or Gingerbread.

For me, the ultimate Christmas candy or sweet thing is the candy cane.  So I made this card:

It's a pretty basic card - stamped and coloured with coloured pencils, then Glossy Accents on the Ornaments and Wink of Stella on the ribbon.  Then trimmed down with a stitched rectangle die and popped up on fun foam on a red card base.

Lots more Christmas cards to come in the next few weeks!

Stamps - Stampendous
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - white and red cs
Size - A2
Accessories - coloured pencils, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die, fun foam

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Merry Santa

Merry Monday is calling for cards with Santa Claus on them this week.

I made this card:

I stamped it in brown ink, coloured it with coloured pencils (with very sharp points to get into all the tiny details!), and added a vertical sentiment.

I layered it on a piece of dp - yay, I used up a tiny piece of my very neglected stash of dp!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - SU Father Christmas, Rosie's Roadshow sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Potting Soil
Paper - PTI Vintage Cream cs, Paper Pizazz dp
Size - A2
Accessories - coloured pencils, fun foam