Saturday, March 25, 2017

Artist Trading Card for swap at Monthly ACT stamp Association

Sew Cute

I cant believe it's nearly the end of month; this year is just flying bye way too fast for me. That means it's time for my stamp group meeting and I have left my ATC to the last minute as usual. 
This month the topic for the ATC swap is texiles so any thing like sewing, ribbons lace dressmaking. etc. I dug out an old MFT stamp set called Sew Niffty and one from Technique Tuesday called Borderline Notions.
First I stamped the dressmakers dummy from MFT sew niffty on a piece of card 4 x 3 ins then two more times, one on PP and the other on scrap paper for a mask. I coloured the card with four new Tim Holtz Oxide distress inks from Ranger.
Placed the mask and stamped the sewing notions from Technique Tuesday till I was happy with it. Cut just the top from PP, glued it down, then made a pleated skirt from a scrap of light purple PP. I wrapped some ribbon around the top and adhered it to the dressmakers dummy. I used copics to give it some shading and added Ranger black enamel to the top neckline to look like pearls.
Stamped the buttons again, coloured them, cut them and attached some with glue and some with mounting tape. Added glossy accents for some shine.
The sentiment was stamped with versamark, added white embossing powder and heat set. then attached with mounting tape.
Cut panel to fit on a 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 ins black card matt and all finished.

Oxide Distress Inks: Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick & Wilted Violet.
Copics: V06,09,Y02,06,38.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Colouring with my Prisma Pencils


Haven't played with my pencils for awhile and as I have been trying to use more of what I have decided to use them on this scene. In hind sight I should have gone with something a little less complicated. I like doing scenes but usually not with prismas and I think I need to get them out more often as they are so different to other mediums. I masked the dancing girl stamp from Stampin' ups  Beautiful You so it looks like she is dancing in the street scene from Mediterranean Moments. The sentiment is from the High Tide set, also by Stampin' up but I masked off part of it and used my Misti to stamp just the parts I wanted. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Playing with New Oxide Distress Ink

The Lighthouse

Have been having a break the last few weeks but had to try out the new oxide distress inks that I received last week. They are fun to use and different to the ordinary distress inks especially on backgrounds. I have quite a collection made so will have to make some more cards. This is my first card using them. It is a ocean scene using the High Tide set from SU.

I stamped the lighthouse twice, one on the card and the other for a mask. Punched a circle for the sun, Masked of the lighthouse, water and sun just played with the inks. When I was happy with the sky I tore some paper and did the coastline though it also looks like low clouds. Removed the water mask stamped the rocks, stamped over them with versamark ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. Leaving the lighthouse mask in place sponged the water and added the waves, birds.and light. The sun looked too white so added some pale yellow ink and all it heeded was a sentiment. I couldn't find one I liked so computer generated one. Love the way it turned out.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Di's Digi Designs Challenge

Happy Birthday

My second post today and thought I would enter this card as well into Di's Digi Design challenge as it does have two dies on it.
I have been playing with watercolouring the last couple of weeks and have never tried to colour a no line image so decided it was about time. I used this daffodil dance stamp from Penny Black and stamped it with Antique Linen. Next I just picked some distress inks, smudged them onto a piece of acetate, sprayed them with clean water and started painting. Used a No. 2 and 6 round brush for most of it and a really fine No. 0 for some highlights. Think I will have to try this again. The square die is by Docraft from their ornate frame nesting die set and the tag is called Maviensis from the Hearts Ease Collection by Couture Creations. Added some bakers twine, happy birthday from Darkroom Doors birthday set and used some PP from Basicgrey's Picadilly 6 x 6 collection.

I normally list my colour choices but cleaned up and forgot to write them down.
I used an old Creative Memories fine tipped blue pen for the faux stitching.

I am going to enter this into Di's Digi designs challenge Dies and/or punches.

Di's Digi Designs Challenge

You Are Very Special

The latest challenge this fortnight on Di's Digi Designs blog is to use die cuts and/or punches and I must say I don't use mine often enough. There was a time where I used them on nearly every card so it was fun to revisit some old favourites. Have used four on my card all from Spellbinders. Two from the curved borders two set, one from the small circle set and matched it with one from their petite scalloped circle set. I cut the curved borders, adhered them to a piece of Picadilly PP from Basic Grey that was then adhered to a blue card base. After colouring my image with copics I cut it out and matted it with the scalloped blue circle. White embossed the sentiment in my misti so I could curve it to match. It is from an old heroarts set called Live and Laugh that I use often.


Rabbit: C0,1,3,N9,R12. Colorless blender 0.
Flowers: Y04,13,17,38.
Leraves: G12,14,28.
Paper and Bow: V01,05,06.
Ground: E40,70.
Background: BG0000.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Less is MoreChallenge #317

Cherish the simple Pleasures

Pulled out an old stamp set from Gina K called Spring has Sprung and picked this cute duck sailing away to colour. We are heading for cooler weather while you are into spring so it seemed the perfect image  to use. I am still having fun with watercolour but used my new Zig clean colour brush markers. They are different to work with but used a hot pressed watercolour paper that is smoother and I seem to be getting the hang of it. I guess it just needs more practise.  The image is cut with a spellbinders circle die and the waves are a stencil from Simon says stamps. I made the sentiment in Photoshop as I wanted it to follow the curve of the waves then hand cut it out in a banner shape.

I am entering it in the challenge below.

AAA Cards Cas Challenge

Have a Fabulous Birthday

I have been messing around with watercolours so this challenge fits right in. The stamp is from Penny black called Divine and was such fun to colour. I heat embossed the image with white embossing powder and then just played with different colours. Used a paint set I bought from my local Hot Dollar store ages ago and though they are not the greatest I had fun. Watercolouring is fun as you do not want it to be perfect and I love the patterns the paint creates. Different every time. The sentiment is from Stampin' ups Thoughtful Banners set. It is great for making up your own sayings as the words are all separate. I white embossed it on black card to give the card some contrast.

I am entering the card into the Cas Game #84 Watercolour challenge.
I am also adding it to Uniko Studio Happy 5th Birthday party Link.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Crazy4Challenges - C4C374


Decided the next card I made I would not use copics so dragged out my watercolours. Found a small  set that I bought at a cheap dollar store that I had never used and gave them a whirl. It was great for backgrounds but not for detailed images but I couldn't waste them so here is the card I made with one of the backgrounds. 
The challenge at crazy for challenges this week is to use your words and this is my take on it. We have had a long hot summer and this backgound sums it up. I stamped the wheat background stamp from Heroarts with versamark on the coloured panel and white heat embossed it. I die cut the word thanks three times from black and white card and layered them up. Cut the thanks out of the panel, adhered the panel to a black card matt and then glued in the thanks, slightly off setting it to give it a shadow.  Added 3 butterflies, used a Martha Stewart, and then adhered it to pale green card base.
I look at the card and it screams, long hot summer.