Thursday, 28 July 2016

Crazy for Hydrangeas

I simply love hydrangeas.  My garden is full of them, but unfortunately, we had a very mild winter last year with an extensive thaw in January.  Hydrangeas don't take kindly to being warmed up and chilled again, so I don't have many blooms this year.  When I first saw this Mondo Hydrangea stamp, which was designed by Julie Ebersole for Essentials by Ellen over at Ellen Hutson, I just had to have it!  Although I bought it quite awhile ago, I'm just getting around to using it now.

I used my Misti to double stamp the beautiful bloom and leaf with Versamark, (I inked and stamped twice in the same spot to get a well defined lines.) and then embossed it with white Tsukineko embossing powder on 100 lb. Bristol paper.  This gave it nice bold white lines, perfect for watercolouring.  Although Bristol paper doesn't handle water as well as actual watercolour paper, it is nice and smooth and therefore takes stamping very well.  It does allow colour to move the way that watercolour paper does, so as long as you avoid "scrubbing" at the surface with your brush, it works well for the technique I wanted to use for this project.



I used a combination of Distress markers and Distress inks applied to an acrylic block and picked up with my brush to watercolour the petals and leaf.  I wanted to achieve a sort of "pink to blue" transition over the flower head, so this worked well.  I used Shaded Lilac and Picked Raspberry to colour the petals in varying degrees of intensity and mixing to get the look I wanted.  I used Fossilized Amber for the centres of the blooms and Peeled Paint for the stems and leaf.  When I finished painting the flower, I used a very watery wash of Faded Jeans to fill the background.  When the paper was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment in Jet Black Archival Ink.  I mounted the finished watercolour piece on a card base of Stampin' Up Pear Pizazz.  I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out and I think I could use this particular card for a number of different occasions by simply choosing an appropriate sentiment for the inside greeting, or by writing in something personal to suit the event.

Until next time,
Carol

Friday, 17 June 2016

Baby Congrats

It is always a joy to congratulate friends and relatives who have had a new baby join their family.  It is also so much fun to create a card to celebrate the occasion.  Here is a card that I made recently:


I used a stamp from the Simon Says Stamp "Congratulations" stamp set that was a part of the May 2015 card kit to stamp and emboss the greeting in silver.  The adorable animal images are from the Stampin' Up "Zoo Babies" stamp set.  I just love these critters!  Fun to stamp, fussy cut and layer.  Hope you like the result.

Until next time,


Friday, 1 January 2016

Christmas Cards 2015

As a new year has just begun, I am starting 2016 with the best of intentions to post on my blog more frequently.  Today, I've decided to post a few of my favourite Christmas cards that I sent out this year.  Hope you like them.

   
This card was stamped and embossed with black embossing powder, then
coloured with Inktense and Watercolour Pencils and a waterbrush.  I added
a few metallic details using US Artquest Mica Metallic Watercolor Paint.


This card took quite a few steps to achieve the effect I was hoping to
accomplish. I first stamped the bird and branches with Jet Black Archival Ink.
Then I stamped, cut out and applied masks over the images.  Next I
spattered the paper with liquid frisket.  Once it had dried, I applied
Distress Inks using a mini blending tool.  When I was happy with the
colour, I removed the frisket and the masks.  I coloured the bird and
the branches with Copic markers and added a shadow under the bird. 
Final touches included a Metallic Starform "Merry Christmas" greeting
and some Ranger Glossy Accents on the bird's eye and on the berries.



I had to show the inside of this lever card.  It provided quite an unexpected
surprise when anyone opened it!  I love the fact that this has very little bulk
for an interactive card.  The little winter scene was stamped with Onyx
Black Versafine ink on pale blue cardstock and coloured with Prismacolor
Premier Pencil Crayons.  I love this stamp set by Stampin' Up.
It has so many fun elements that can be used to create a scene.
The tiny cardinals, the car and the Christmas tree were fussy cut and
popped up with dimensional tape.  I added a final touch by coating
all of the car windows with Glossy Accents.


Last, but not least, are a couple of detailed cards constructed from a variety
of die cuts and punched paper pieces.  The tree base, candy canes, gifts,
and gingerbread men were cut using Impression Obsession's Bare
Christmas Tree set.  I made a tree skirt from a small piece of red felt and
tied tiny bows for the parcels from string. The foliage for the tree was
cut using a Martha Stewart punch and layered to create a full tree.
  The cat was also cut using an I.O. die and the window was cut using
the Memory Box Small Madison Window die.  I added a winter scene
to be seen through the acetate window, which I printed on my printer. 
The tiny mouse was freehand fussy cut.  I added a tiny silver tail using thread.


This final card was constructed from the Impression Obsession Fireplace
set.  I added a brick background to the interior of the fireplace
using patterned paper.  The cats were cut from the I.O. Cat set and
coloured with Copic markers.  The ovals for the picture over the
mantelpiece were cut using a Nellie Snellen set of dies.  The
greeting was stamped and embossed with Ranger Regular Gold
embossing powder.  I added some Diamond Stickles to the fire to
make it sparkle and some Stardust Stickles to the foliage on the garland. 
Although it is difficult to see from the picture, this card has many
dimensional details and really was quite spectacular in person.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a few on my 2015 Christmas cards.  I made about 40 cards this year, with very few duplicate designs.  I thoroughly love making Christmas cards and hated to put away my Christmas collection of stamps and dies.  I'm sure I'll have lots of new ideas by the time Christmas 2016 rolls around.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!



Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Background Check: Day 1

I'm busy taking part in yet another wonderful Online Card Class.  The latest series of classes is called, "Background Check" and as you may have guessed, it is all about creating wonderful backgrounds for your cards.  One of the techniques that was addressed today was colour blending.  Here is my creation:


Obviously, I have already started making my 2015 Christmas cards.  This card was created by colour blending with Ranger Distress Inks and round Tim Holtz blending tools.  Before adding colour, I heat embossed the Merry Christmas greeting using Tsukineko White embossing powder on Strathmore Bristol paper and added a punched 1 1/4" circle mask of a Post-it note to create a moon.  I chose to use "tumbled glass" for the lightest colour at the bottom of the card, then "salty ocean" for the mid-section and finally "faded jeans" at the top.  I love the ombre effect this combination created.  I get such a kick out of removing a mask to reveal the resulting effect.  I cut a black silhouette of Santa and his reindeer team using an Impression Obsession die, and mounted it with some dimensional tape.  My finishing touches included a scattering of gold metallic stars and some white dots to mimic tiny stars.

Until then .. .


Sunday, 24 May 2015

Recent Cards From the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre

As you may know, I teach card making classes at the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre every Wednesday afternoon.  I thought I would show you a couple of the cards that we have made recently.

These are the cards that we made last week:






The first card features the "Love is Kindness" stamp from Stampin' Up, and is coloured with Copic markers.  The background was stamped with the Hero Arts Clings "Friend" definition.  The card base is made from Stampin' Up Strawberry Slush.

The second card was created using the super cute Lawn Fawn stamp set, "My Cup of Tea".  The teapot and cup were stamped with Memento Luxe pigment inks in Morocco and Pear Tart respectively.  Both images were fussy cut and mounted with dimensional tape onto the background after stamping the steam marks, spoon, and sentiment on 110 pound Neenah Solar White cardstock.  The teabag string was slipped through a tiny slit cut with a craft knife under the lid.  A small piece of dimensional tape was mounted under the teabag to lift it off of the pot.  The shadows of the teapot and cup were added with Copic C0 and as a final touch of detail, a generous dollop of Clear Rock Candy Stickles was added to the spoon to look like sugar.  The card base was made with Stampin' Up Early Espresso.  The patterned paper is cut from the retired BasicGrey Indian Summer collection.

I'll show several of the other cards we have made recently at the GBCSC in my next blog post.  Hope you like them.