Monday, 23 April 2018

Red, Green, and White

For The Color Throwdown Challenge, the colours are:

Of course, I went with a Christmas card:

For the background for my sketch tree dies, I smooshed with three different oxide inks.

The tree and word dies are cut twice in a slightly darker green to give contrast from the background, and glued together for more dimension. Red gemstones are added for the red part of the challenge.

To bring in the white, I added a thin border of white to give the green panel more contrast against the red card base. The green panel is popped up on fun foam.

Ink - Distress Oxide Peeled Paint and Twisted Citron
Paper - mixed media cs, white linen cs, red shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Simon Says Stamp Sketch Trees dies, red gem stones, Tattered Lace Merry die, fun foam

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Christmas Sentiment with Reindeer

I have always loved the sentiment stamps by Kay Foley.  I have lots of them, including several Christmas ones, so when I saw the Merry Monday challenge to use our favourite Christmas verse, I had to go with a Kay Foley one - but it was hard to choose which one.

When I finally settled on which Kay Foley sentiment to use, I made this card:

I let the sentiment be the star of the card.  All I added to it was a stamped and die cut reindeer positioned above the sentiment as if he is the reindeer making the sound of hooves as mentioned in the sentiment.

Stamps - Penny Black Leaping Deer, Kay Foley sentiment
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa and Potters Clay
Paper - PTI cream, Bazzill rusty red
Size - A2
Accessories - Penny Black reindeer die, dimensional tape, brown gemstone

Friday, 20 April 2018

Inspired Row of Flowers

I love the row of flowers in the inspiration photo for the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge:

It made me think of a stamp I have but rarely use so pulled it out to create this card:

I used markers to ink up the stamp while it was in my MISTI so that I could do sections at a time and also go over bits that didn't come out. I misted lightly before stamping. I scribbled a bit of the red marker on my craft mat and went back in with a paintbrush to fill in the poppies.

The sentiment is stamped in grey and the image is bordered in a similar shade of grey. It's popped up on fun foam.

I love blue cornflowers growing amongst red poppies so this card makes my heart happy!

Stamps - IndigoBlu wildflowers, Inkadinkado sentiment
Ink - Archival Watering Can
Paper - watercolour paper, PTI Vintage Cream cs, grey cs
Size - 6.5x4.25"
Accessories - Tombow and Distress markers, fun foam

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