Friday, 20 April 2018

Blue skies

It's Friday so it must be Daring Cardmakers day - Nat is setting our challenge this week and she'd like to see us being inspired by the colour blue. We finally seem to have some blue skies so perhaps those will inspire!

This is not the card I set out to make - that one ended up in the circular file in the craft room. This clean and simple affair makes use of a scrap of background from another project and an elegant silhouette of spring blossom.

The background piece is just reinkers dribbled onto wet watercolour paper with a bit of white acrylic paint sponged through circles once dry for a sort of bokeh effect.

Stamps:
Spring Bird by Bloom Art Stamps
Say It All by Hero Arts (retired)

Paper:
Bristol board
Watercolour

Ink:
Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black)
Various Distress reinkers

Other:
White acrylic paint
Corner Chomper

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Friday, 6 April 2018

April elements

It's the first Friday of another new month and Kathy is setting our "elemental" challenge over at Daring Cardmakers - just choose at least three elements from the inspiration picture to kickstart your project.

I chose the colours, an embossed white feather, overlapping rectangles of different sizes, gold accents (some metal dots, some doodled gel pen) and a white script style sentiment.

The smaller rectangles are made with an acrylic block tapped onto a blue ink pad and spritzed with water before pressing it onto the card base.

Stamps:
My Island (mine is the original Waltzingmouse Stamps set, the same is now available from Gina K)
Happy Stamp & Cut by Hero Arts (die cut sentiment as well)

Paper:
Bristol board

Ink:
Shadow Ink by Hero Arts (Mint Julep)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Chipped Sapphire)

Other:
Tom Holtz/Sizzix Feather duo die/folder
Circles punched from tomato paste tube metal
Gold gel pen
Pinflair glue gel
Corner Chomper

Here's the inspiration picture - we'd love to have you play along!



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Friday, 23 March 2018

Back to basics

It’s my turn to set the challenge at Daring Cardmakers and I’d like to see cards that go “back to basics” - choose one geometric shape and one primary colour as the focus of your design. You can add other shapes and colours as accents, just use those two basics as the main features.

I choose the circle as my shape and red as my colour. I die cut and punched various sizes of circle from red card and sponged a bit of darker red ink on one side of each then arranged them over a simple stamped background strip. A sprinkle of glittery silver stars and a sentiment finish off a card for one of those pesky “in between” boys (not quite a teenager but no longer a little boy). He's a fan of Man Utd so the colour choice was made for me!

Stamps:
Numbers border by Kaisercraft
Essential Messages by Hero Arts

Paper:
Bristol board
Red
Silver glitter paper (10 sheets in a pack in my local £1 shop and perfect for punches!)

Ink:
Shadow ink by Hero Arts (Soft Granite)
Brilliance by Tsukinko (Graphite Black)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Fired Brick)

Other:
Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinder
Small circle punch
Star squeeze punches by Fiskars
Corner Chomper

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Watch the birdie

Shabneez has set the challenge for us today over at Daring Cardmakers - she'd like to see some birds on our projects. It could be the focal point or an embellishment, a stamp or a die cut, anything birdie goes!


I love the woodcut style of this stamped image. I did have plans to use some of the other elements from the set (flowers and foliage) but in the end he just refused to share the limelight and insisted on flying solo!

I dripped inks in colours I hoped would evoke spring and stamped the bird once the ink was dry. I really wanted the etched lines of the image to show well (the intensity of the inks obscured them a bit) but I didn't fancy cutting out his legs! My usual solution is to stamp again on matching paper, cut out the main part of the image and stick over the top of the original stamping.

After adding some dots with a pearl pen I decided I'd like the ones on the blue ink to blend in a bit so once they’d hardened I painted over with Precious Metal paint. I’ve had my little pot of the stuff at least eight years and it’s probably a good six of those since it was last open but it’s still totally usable - hooray!

Stamps:
Spring Bird by Bloom Art Stamps
Sentiment from an old Hot Off The Press set

Paper:
Watercolour

Ink:
Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black)
Time Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean reinkers)

Other:
Misti (invaluable for a solid image on textured paper!)
Pearl pen by Viva Decor (Ice White)
Precious Metal paint by Viva Decor (Blue Azure)
Fineline marker

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