Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Vintage Elegance


Yes, another post ... I am out babysitting and have some extra time! 
I made this card for a young woman in her late teens some months ago.

The image I used is one from (the now defunct) Kiwi Stamping, that I must have had for at least a decade, possibly longer - it was time it saw ink again.

I stamped it in black ink, and then paper pieced the frock and hat, and added shadows with coloured pencils.  The skin tones, hair parasol, and shoes are all Prismacolor pencil coloured

The necklace and beads have had dimension and shine added with Cottage Ivy Piccolo

The sentiment was embossed with Platinum E.P, directly on the card base, beside the lace that I tucked under the edge of both panels, and some champagne coloured rhinestones were added too.  
The background panel was one that I had discarded much earlier, and I cannot recall which mica medium I used, possibly some Semco paints....

I repeated the image on the inside left of the liner in London Fog ink.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Posy Basket

And a very warm welcome to my latest follower Carla Cremonesi

This card was made very quickly, using odds and ends on my desk

I started with the watercolour background, another Brusho's piece I think, and a basket sticker I had found a few days before when fossicking around on my messy desk!.

I gold embossed the sentiment, an old Hero Arts one, and die cut it before sponging the edges with (Memento Ladybug) red ink, and popping it behind the curve of the handle of the basket

The green ribbons were added, and the clear rhinestones over them again for a touch of bling

The edges of the inner panel were sponged with the red ink, and then a piece of striped washi was added across the bottom

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Ric Rac and Bees


It's hard to believe we are just on half way through the year - I'm not quite certain how that happened!
For this fortnight's Word Art Wednesday Challenge we have as our sponsors Lawn Fawn, who are providing a generous $25 voucher for the winner. 

The paper and the stamps I have used on this card came as magazine freebies - I only have Christmas images by Lawn Fawn. 

I layered the scripture panel onto the paper, and then added the ric rac to two sides to frame it.

I stamped the bee from the set, cut him with the matching die, coloured him with Prismacolor pencils, then after adhering him to the  card, added clear Kindy Glitz and Glossy Accents.

I stamped the flowers in London Fog ink, and then coloured in the 'no line' technique, and popped it up on foam squares for some dimension. 

On the inside I added a strip of the paper to the left of the liner, and stamped this corner in the same grey ink. 
Unfortunately the shiny reflection on the paper threw the camera focus off - or maybe it was operator error??? 

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Retiform Pooh Bear

And a very warm welcome to Ana of Anuska Landia - do pop over and see her wonderful work - there are some amazing projects, including some wonderful 3-D work!

This card was made for the small New Zealand swap I participate in - the challenge this month was to use the retiform technique. 

Started with the image of Pooh Bear - one of my original stamps, and stamped him, and the sentiment, in Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink.

I masked the image with a post it note cut on an angle, and that gave me the base for my sponging for the background technique, using Sweet Plum ink.  I think I may have got a bit carried away :).
The images in the background were from a magazine freebie and an unmarked set of stamps from my stash.... note to self, be more organised and name sets that escape their original packaging!

Pooh Bear was coloured using Prismacolor pencils, and the greeting was covered with glossy accents.
The dragonfly bodies and some of the flower centres were touched with some Kindy Glitz, and a few dots of clear Kindy Glitz were placed on some of the intersections in the background. 

Pooh bear was stamped using the Sweet Plum ink, on the liner on the left of the inside, 
and grounded on some glittery Washi tape. 

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Caffinated Birthday


It has been way longer than I intended between posts - something called life has got in the way!

The background is one I made for the class - this time using water based markers, then brushing over them with a wet brush to blend the colours.  When that was dry I sprayed it with water, left it for a few seconds and blotted off the re-activated ink. 

I was going to use the panel with the green/blue at the base, but there was a very 'busy' blotted area that reminded me of steam, so I turned the panel up the other way.  A great, very technical, way to design! 

The cup and hearts die (unidentified) has been begging to be used, so it had it's day, finally.

I cut it from the same cream coloured card as the base of the card, and the parts placed back in after colouring - the hearts also got a layer  of iridescent medium.

The sentiment was stamped using a magazine freebie, and hand cut into a banner. 

The two rows of pearls and the two layers of ribbon finished the outside of the  card

On the inside I glued a trimming from the main panel.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Silhouetted Sunflower


Thank you Margaret for speaking up - her blog is a commentary on life in New Zealand, should you be interested .

This card was one I used to teach a couple of techniques on earlier this month - we were still 'social distancing', but it was our first time together in three months, and we really enjoyed ourselves - I was surprised we got anything finished as we laughed so much!

One of the techniques I taught was to  create backgrounds with water colour techniques - for this one I used Lyra water colour crayons.

This image, a magazine freebie, was an outline stamp, which was totally coloured with a black marker. It was an old one and I only just completed the colouring.
I learnt this technique on Ishani's blog here, where she shows how to stretch our stamps!

When I went to make the card up, I wanted a bit more 'life' in the background, so I masked the image with the stamp, and sprayed the background with a Lindy's mica spray.

I embossed the sentiment in platinum ep, then mounted the panel on black to give a small border before layering it onto the gold/yellow base. 
The finishing touches were black pearls on the flower and pot, and clear drops (Glossy Accents) around the sentiment

The inside was decorated with a trimming from the background panel.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Bejeweled Butterflies

And a special welcome to Margaret who has started to follow me.
Margaret, if you have a blog, please let me know as I would love to be able to follow you back.

I made this card for a young woman, starting with the vibrant yellow piece of card, which was from another card I received years ago, and I always thought I could re-use the panel!

I selected the red card as the base, and decided to add some dimensional butterflies to the printed layer, so cut three butterflies from the same red card, and three from vellum

The three red rhinestones finished them nicely

The sentiment was white embossed on another snippet of the red, which was then cut into a fishtail banner shape. (The sentiment stamp was a magazine freebie)

As the front panel was fairly heavy, I lined the inside with some light cardstock already stamped off the edge with a butterfly stamp in yellow ink.

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