Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Project 371: Blended autumnal fox card

I was having a bad day and my guru Claire suggested I make a card that involved blending as she knows I love it.

I saw the sketch at Sketch Saturday and the photo inspiration at Retro Rubber and thought they would work well together:

I used a combination of Distress Inks to get the two colors for the background and blended them to get the depth. I laid down a stencil of a dandelion and spritzed water over it and dabbed over it to get a bleached effect. I then used a rich blue ink to stencil in the little fly away dandelions. It's a bit more blue than I anticipated but I guess the image is pretty blue as well.

The fox is a Unity Co stamp that is from last September, so just over a year old. The greeting came with the stamp set, and I love it, I can't believe it's been lying idle in my collection for so long. I colored it using Distress Inks and an aquabrush. The red paper is a scrap from American Crafts.

It's a bit busy, but I like it, it soothed my bad mood so i could enjoy what was left of the evening.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Project 370: Watercolored anchor card

As I've gotten into using Distress Inks as watercolors with an aquabrush I've realized I need better watercolor paper. I tried a new type today and thought I'd just have a play with some different colors and then construct something to fit afterwards.

I made a sheet of mixed blues from about 5 different Distress Inks and then flicked some of the darkest color as spots across it, plus some plain water bleach spots. I thought it would be perfect with the new set Claire sent me, which I love.  I stamped the sentiment and then used the matching anchor die in grey stock, raising it with tiny foam squares to make it pop a bit more.

It was a fun little experiment, I'm really happy I was able to get a card made from a little art session.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Project 369: Heat embossing x3 birthday cards

The past two weeks have been pretty busy so I haevn't had much time to myself for crafting. This weekend I just wanted to play and make a few specific cards for people and ignore challenges and just play with my stash.

The headline card wasn't exactly what I wanted but I loved the result all the same.I heat embossed a little arrow/chevron stamp in pink, thinking it was a neon powder that would stand out to the black base. It did not. So it looks like black on black. Still, I liked the texture and decided to work with it. I added enamel dots in a lot of colors and some neon stickers that are new from Hema. Even though it wasn't quite what I expected I still like it.

This next one was a silly little one for a friend who likes dinosaurs. The set is by Stampin' Up. I heat embossed two in black on a grey card stock, added a backing paper and topped it with a sentiment in white pigment. Super quick, really masculine.

This one is a new set from Simon Says Stamp and I didn't really like how the embossing came out, it just wasn't very crisp. I threw some watercolored Distress inks over to make it 'arty.' Maybe it works, not sure.

Bit of fun though, I really enjoyed getting back into it all and having a play session.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Project: Leaves and Trees at Moving Along With the Times

This week I'm pleased to host a Trees and Leaves challenge at Moving Along with the Times. It's autumn, my favourite time of year, and I want to see lovely colors and textures that make this time of year so special.

For my card I used Inkadoo Fossil Stamps with a dye ink on a corresponding piece of card and then fussy cut them out (they are simple shapes so that's easy!). I laid them across a kraft card that had been stamped with woodgrain in a brown dye ink. I wanted to incorporate something with a woodgrain pattern as I wasn't showing a full tree.

The hello greeting is a die cut from Claire and I painstakingly covered it in red glitter - I wanted it to pop more, my what a fuss!

I hope you find the theme inspiring, please join in the fun!

Monday, 10 October 2016

Project 368: Tricky heat embossed background stamp

On my playdate with Claire I decided to try a stamp that I won in a challenge ages ago but have been too afraid to use. It's a bit flimsy, not a clear stamp, and so detailed that I wasn't really sure how to use it. Claire told me to get over myself and try it anyway.

I heat embossed it in white and then blended over using a mix of muted greens. I haven't blended in a while and it was good to get the balance of colors right. I layered it over some brown and then used a scrap of yellow for the thanks die.

Once she gave me the confidence it didn't take very long at all!

And now as a freebie: this is an embossed purple cow from a new animal set Claire got. Super weird and random, right?

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Project 367: Repeated sentiment cards

Claire and I got together for a playdate this weekend as she was in town and decided to try a technique she saw on Jennifer McGuire's blog. The idea was to stamp an image, mask it, then repeat a sentiment across/through it.

The card here does this, where I used a lovely little leaf stamp from Creative Stamping magazine earlier this year and used a stamp from Claire. I kept the layout simple and just added the stitched die to a green card blank.

The headline card is a bit different. I rediscovered the beautiful fish stamp from last June's Creative Stamping but I didn't think the shape would work well with masking. So instead I repeated the sentiment everywhere and then added the image as a fussy-cut-out layer raised on foam. The little corner dots are enamel accents though I may regret them...not sure about them now.

Final one doesn't have the same treatment but because of the horizontal stack I decided to include it in this post. The colored strips were cut off from other cards and I thought they worked really well against black stock. The OMG stamp is from the same set as Rad! above.

Really fun to try the new technique with Claire, I was sad we didn't blitz through more but it was the weekend and eating and drinking and chatting needed to be done as well!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Project 366: Mini donut card set

My girlfriend Carrie is coming to visit me next week and I can't wait! Ages ago she commented that she liked this donut stamp set by My Favorite Things and I thought it'd be fun if I had something silly for her when she arrived.

I only made a few of these and here are my favorite two. For all of them I used an aqua brush and distress inks to create a simple background. The donuts are die cut using concentric circle dies and then a smaller ring created in a bright color for icing. I added individual sprinkles in contrasting colors from the set. The sentiment was stamped straight over the background to complete them. Really impactful for such a sweet little set, I hope Carrie likes them!