Sunday, 18 April 2021

Floral Wonder - Watercolour Brush Markers

 


I've watched a fair few videos demonstrating brush markers/pens whilst being MIA this past year, so I thought I would give them a try.  I did, and failed epically.  I ended up buying three different sets of markers over the past couple of years and eventually decided they were not for me, Copics are my happy place.  

Then I watched more videos, the ones that address the paper and eureka, success at last!  Now I just need to find a way to use up all the watercolour pads I bought and failed on, I don't do things by half, that's for sure,

I stamped the Floral Wonder by Woodware on to Strathmore Bristol Smooth card with Lawn Fawn Jellyfish ink and used Zigs to colour the image.

069 Blush, 230 Pale Rose, 044 Deep Green, 043 Olive Green and 098 Pale Dawn Grey for shading/shadows.

I used a sentiment from the MFT Bitty Birthday stamp set and sequins from Little Things from Lucy - Beauty 



I've made other cards with Arteza brush markers and also watercolours that I will share in the coming days.  I'm rather enjoying having some me time with paintbrushes and markers.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Slimline Pandas


Two cards in one week, the break must have done me good!  I've used the other new Slimline Embossing Folder for my card, this one is Slimline Embossing Folder Thatched

As with the previous card, I inked up a panel of cardstock with Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce, Rustic Wilderness and Pine Needles before running it through the die cutting machine with the embossing folder.  I then took a fine sanding block and lightly sanded off the thatched pattern to help it pop off the page.

I die cut three layers of cardstock with the Slimline Waves Die, adhered them together and then adhered to the embossed panel.  This was fixed to a slimline card blank.

I coloured the cheeky pandas from the Panda Butt Clear Stamp Set with copic markers using C9, 7, 5 and C0,00 plus a touch of R30 for the cheeks then cut them out and popped them on the card front with some foam tape.  I also stamped and cut out one of the bamboo images for the panda to climb on.

I finished off the card with a sentiment stamped and heat embossed - I used the Butterflies Clear Stamp Set, the font is just perfect.  I'm trying to make more generic cards, I'm drowning in birthday cards I've made so many!

Back soon with a first attempt with Zig markers.

Products from

Slimline Embossing Folder Thatched
Slimline Waves Die
Panda Butt Clear Stamp Set
Butterflies Clear Stamp Set





Saturday, 10 April 2021

Slimline Embossing Folders and making my way back to crafting

 


Hellooooo!  So, I'm back ..... more on the sorry saga of my life towards the end of this post for those that wanted to know where I've been.


Whimsy Stamps have a new release today, with a totally new product line ... Slimline Embossing Folders! I have used the Wavelengths Embossing Folder for this card, along with the Butterflies Clear Stamp Set, and the Slimline Birthday Scallops Die for the frame.  I also made a matching envelope.



I started off by inking up a panel of Strathmore Mixed Media card (which was the wrong one to use because it was way too thick for the folder, but I was not going to reink the panel again so persevered).  I used Distress Oxides in Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar and Antique Linen.  I LOVE this colour combination.  I trimmed off a piece to use for the butterflies then ran the panel and embossing folder through the Spellbinders Platinum.  This is the time I'm so glad I bought the full sized version as I could emboss in one pass.

I die cut the frame three times and adhered them together for stability then assembled the card.  I stamped and heat embossed the butterflies, just reversing the ombre colours when adhering to the card so they would stand out better.  I finished off with a heat embossed sentiment also from the Butterflies Stamp Set and some sparkly crystals.




I truly hope those of you that have stuck with my missing in action stunt are keeping well and safe.  Last year was the worst year of my life, I came really close to losing my hubby and he spent a great portion of last year in and out of hospital.  Add to that I've been cloistered in my home office working from home since last March and I wasn't in a very good place.  But, things are on the up now and I've actually been motivated to make a few cards.  I'd forgotten how to colour, and even had to relearn Photoshop!  This old brain needs to be used else the cobwebs set in!

Thank you for sticking with me ❤️️


Products from Whimsy Stamps 

Wavelengths Embossing Folder
Butterflies Clear Stamp Set
Slimline Birthday Scallops Die

Sunday, 20 December 2020

Gnome for the holidays

 


I've not had much time to spend in my craft room, lots of changes in my life has got me running from pillar to post.  I did manage to squeeze in some time to put this card together using this sweet gnome from the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set.   Whimsy Stamps have released some matching Outline Dies for this stamp set along with other matching sets as well, though I fussy cut this image out as when I coloured this image the dies hadn't yet been released 

I started off the card by inking a panel of white card with pumice stone distress oxide ink, then spattering with water and white paint.  Once dry I layered up some snow banks along with one of the trees from the Tree Assortment Die Set  

The colouring was kept simple with only red and grey used along with a touch of E's for the nose.

Reds: R37, R36, R24, R32
Grey: W3, 1, 0, 00
Skin: E11, 00

I have a few more Christmas cards to post that I made months ago and never got around to actually blogging them.  Should get those done this week.



Thursday, 3 December 2020

Smiles across the miles


Whimsy Stamps has this gorgeous Snowy River red rubber stamp as part of the latest release.  It's a large stamp so is perfect for production line cards as all it needs after stamping is a sentiment and, if you can't help yourself like I can't, a bit of bling.

I stamped the image on to a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock with navy ink, allowed it to dry then lightly inked around the edges of the panel with Stormy Sky Distress Ink.  I die cut the panel with the largest die from the  Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies and mounted it on to a white card.

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the new Simple Sentiment Strips stamp set and added touches of Stickles along with the sequins for a boost of bling (which is not showing up in the photos, typical!)