Friday, 9 October 2015

World Card Day: Watercolour Autumn Shaker

Okay this is by far my favourite cards I've done, possibly that I've ever done.
I have a great love for autumn & I feel like this card 100% sums up autumn for me, I adore them.

The first thing I did was stamp, colour & fussy cut the two hedghogs, the trees & all of those sodding leaves (they are awful to fussy cut!).

After that I watercoloured two little tree scenes using distress inks, the hero arts colour layering trees & the most amazing new watercolour brushes I've bought, the ones Sandy Allnock loves...they are actually worth the hype, they are amazing!

Once I'd done that I used one of the Simon Says Stamp dies that have stitching on both sides to cut windows in this cream card that came in my Simon Says Stamp October Card kit. I then added some clear plastic over the window, then I stuck the birch trees just behind the plastic, some foam behind that & then I lined the watercolour up so it stuck to the card back in exactly the right place & then I added a LOT of sequins in the middle.....possibly too many sequins but I was having a lot of fun & there were some super pretty ones :)

After I stuck it together I stamped Autumn Greetings using the Dark Brown Lawn Fawn ink, added on some leaves & the cute little hedgehogs & that was everything done.

World Card Day: Background Building

Second card of the day is this monochrome Christmas card. I stamped a huge background covered all over with these Simon Says Stamp snowflakes heat embossed using Ranger Liquid Platinum.

After that it was a really easy card, I cut it down to the size I wanted it, I ripped some vellum to be the right size to go behind it, I mounted it on a foam panel & then I stuck it down onto a card of the same Neenah Solar White card I used for the stamped background.

Then I heat embossed some card with the liquid platinum & die cut joy, stuck it to the strip of card I used for sentiment & then I heat embossed the rest of the sentiment.

Done & done.

World Card Day: Gold/Metalic

Hey everyone :)
I've been a little awol lately, although I've been spending nearly all my tine crafting foster brother has been making Christmas cards for everyone on his course (he thinks about 60!) & he is insisting on making everyone's exhausting but fun seeing the way his mind works, the card he made today is a mix of Lawn Fawn's 'Joy to the World' set & the Wplus9 'Party Animal' set ^^

Anyway, last Sunday was world card day so Winnie & Walter did an amazing card competition with 7 (I know 7 that's crazy!) different challenges. I was so exicted to take part I made quite a lot of cards so you guys have 4 new cards you can see & 3 new posts to read. I am going to regret trying this before the day is done lol :)

Anyway this card is for the Gold/Metallic challenge using the Stamptember Winnie & Walter stamp set, heat embossed using ranger princess gold, watercoloured using Heidi Swapp colour shine in Gold Lame & Blush and a couple of the Tim Holtz Distress sprays, I think I used Victorian Velvet but I can't remember what I used on the leaves....I know I used more of the gold lame but I think I used my peerless watercolours rather than the distress colours.

After the watercolour dried I fussy cut the elements except for the centre which I die cut. I then used a crap piece of card cut out with stitched edges as the base, stuck the flower to it & heat embossed the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings, added a mix of Simon Says Stamp & Pretty Pink Posh Sequins & that was everything.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

A new day

Hey all. I have been wanting to use this stamp set for so long, life just always seemed to get in the way :(

I am a big fan of English birds, I actually have a tattoo of a house sparrow very similar to the one in the first card on my forearm & it means a lot to me, my garden (tiny as it is) is always full of house sparrows & they are like a part of the family, we would seriously struggle to move because we would worry so much about who would feed the birds :)

Anyway, I finally made the push to use this stamp when I started doing the Online Card Class Exploring Watercolour Mediums class, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to play with this stamp & my watercolours & see what the differences were....

I actually ended up doing about 90% of the colouring using the Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers + some water, those pens are just so darn handy, getting the colour exactly where I wanted it & a concentration I expected no the uncontrollable concentration I get when I work with more traditional watercolours (although the peerless watercolours aren't very traditional). I still love working with those for backgrounds & stuff but for stuff like this I think the marker pens are going to win out every time. I did like using the distress markers for creating sky, I found that the zig markers can sometimes split a little when you add a lot of water & do un predictable things where as the distress markers have very even coverage even with a lot of water. It's really cool what you learn when you are taking time to learn your mediums.

So anyway, this card.... It's really hard to explain cause each one was different but anyway the basic
premise is I stamped these birds on to some Canson Moulin du Roy hot press cardstock using Versamark ink & then heat embossed it using Wow Super Fine Pale Gold Embossing Powder. Then I painted the birds using the Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens/the peerless watercolours using reference images I found on pinterest :)

I coloured the branch that way too, it was so much easier to do with the pens than it was with the watercolours, the detail is so small that it is awkward to do with real brushes :) Anyway, after that I did the sky, added a sentiment (either from the set or from the Hero Arts colour layering trees) & then trimmed them down to the right size.

I heat embossed a background stamp onto Neenah Dessert Storm cardstock with Wow clear embossing powder, added the watercoloured panel, some gold lawn fawn twine & some sequins/wood veneer elements.

P.S. I entered this card into the simon says stamp wednesday challenge

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Joy to the World

Hey everyone. I guess this is my first ever Christmas card, it totally feels like a landmark, I've degenerated so quickly this year there as a point when I didn't know if I'd still be able to make cards in the lead up to Christmas. I'm so happy I can ^^

Anyway, this card was made for the pretty pink posh guest designer search & it's a little bit more complicated than some of my recent cards, I even sat at my desk to make it (a pretty big deal for me, I mostly craft on the sofa these days as it's more low impact for me).

The task was to make a card inspired by the one of the 4 cards they had up as examples, mine was inspired by the tag shaker card they had as an option & I had totally planned this as a shaker card but the window is so small that it would have been overwhelmed but any sequins I had put in.....I just realised that I could have done it was a fuse pocket shaker without the frame but I totally didn't think of that at the time, & I don't think it would have looked as awesome anyway (I'm very proud of this card).

The tag first. The penguin is from the Avery Elle More Stories stamp set, stamped on Neenah Solar White with Memento Black ink & coloured in with a mix of copics & spectrum noir alcohol markers then fussy cut very carefully :)
The tag is one of the Simon Says stamp large tag dies, with one of the Lawn Fawn rectangle dies cutting out the middle on the glitter layer (which is DCWV glitter paper). The back tag was watercoloured using my peerless watercolours & when that was dried I heat embossed a few snowflakes from the Avery Elle More Stories Stamp Set, the 'Joy' from the Wplus9 wreath stamp set & the 'to the world' from the new Hero Arts Joy Stamp & Cut set.

Once they were stuck together I started layering the card up. I had originally planned to use the new bokeh paper from Lawn Fawn as the layer behind the tag but the colours were all wrong so I used the Simon Says Stamp white pigment ink to stamp snowflakes from the Simon Says Stamp lots of snowflakes & the stars from the Hero Arts Merry Stamp & Cut set onto navy cardstock from Simon Says Stamp.

I then die cut it using a lawn fawn die & die cut a border out of glitter paper & tore the edges of velum so it was an in between size.

Finally I layered it all up & added a few sequins....oh & I added some silver Lawn Fawn twine.

Supplies list to be added...

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Simon Says Stamp Stamptember Card Kit

Hi everyone. Anyone else find that the summer holidays make crafting impossible? Actually that's not true, I do a lot of crafting in the summer holidays but it's more the crayons, pva glue & poster paint type crafting I have to do with my foster brother not the sophisticated card kind of crafting :)

Making this card was the first chance I've had in a month to do any real crafting & honestly things were a bit of a mess. To start with I wanted to do the technique where gesso resists watercolour a tiny bit but I put it through the stencil making it too high & meaning that the watercolour went around it instead of over it (which is a form of resist I guess) & then I didn't clean the balloon stamp off enough meaning that the colour got muddied on the pink balloon (which gave a colour I actually liked better but it still made me feel stupid) & then I forgot that my coloured card is all American sized but my watercolour card is all cut to UK size so the card sat differently on the base than I had expected....

Weirdly though this 'comedy of errors' actually made a card I liked a lot more than the idea I had originally had in my head...kind of typical really :)

So the card was made really simply, I 'smooshed' some of the gesso that came in the kit through the stencil that came in the kit on some hot press watercolour paper. After that dried I went over it with a few layers of a teal colour from my peerless watercolours. Then I stamped three balloons (from the stamp set that came in the kit), one in Simon Says Stamp Mint Candy, Simon Says Stamp Twirling Tutu & Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass. I then went over the pink one with the triangle stamp & some Simon Says Stamp white pigment ink & then stamped the balloon outlines intentionally off centre with some Versafine ink in Black. I marked up where I was planning to stick them & drew the 'strings' in with my Copic Multi liner in 0.3, stuck them on with layers of foam tape & finally finished it up with the lets celebrate sentiment (from the stamp set that came with the kit) embossed in Ranger liquid platinum.

Oh the base is the medium Simon Says Stamp grey card, I can't remember the name. It's the one up from Fog.

Supplies list to follow

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Altenew Hennah Elements

I finally caved & bought the Copic Airbrush System.... Even I thought it was a silly thing to buy but it was one of those things that I have seen too many times, always used in amazing ways & there I was one day with money & it sitting there in my Amazon basket..... So I got it :)
This was one of the first cards I made & I have a feeling I'm super hooked....

This card was a very easy one, I die cut the elements out of a piece of masking paper in a pattern & then airbrushed over it using some BV11.

Then I stamped over the airbrushing with some Versamark & embossed over it in Ranger Liquid Platinum with a few of the detail stamps.

Then on a second piece of Neenah solar white I stamped a few of the flowers from the set in Memento Black ink, then I flipped the stamps over & stamped the images in either Simon Says Stamp Rosie Cheeks or Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Dusty Blue.

After that I die cut them & added some shading in blue & peach copics, stuck them to the card with foam tape & added a banner of velum with the Hello sentiment from the Altenew Hennah set embossed in Ranger liquid platinum.