Thursday, June 30, 2022

Monochrome Butterfly Sympathy


I recently watched a video by Natasha Foote on masking and this card is one of the results.

The butterfly stamp I used was from Layers of Color, a now defunct firm but, I still love their beautiful images, of which I have a large selection.

The ink I used throughout is Memento Grape.

I stamped and embossed the first image, masked it then stamped upwards, masking each successive image to create the stack, but not embossing any of the subsequent stamping.  I used the same technique to stamp the bottom part of the stack.

The sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs, now Divinity designs, is another old stamp.
I did not emboss it, but did repeat stamp it to get a deep ink coverage

As I had some smudges on the original panel, I trimmed down one edge following the pattern of the wings.
I adhered that to a pale mauve card base that I had sponged ink around the edges of.  I then placed some lace next to it, and covered the join with the dark purple card strip

The inside was finished with a corner stamped with the butterfly off the edge

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(I used ink)

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Up, Up and Away


A special welcome to Vine Artist of Just Branching Out.  Do pop over and see her beautiful work.

This card started with the background made some years ago, 

- stamping with string around an acrylic block - if I remember rightly, I used paint for the medium to stamp with .

The image is one of my original wooden block stamps - some 20 years old! and it is still available here
I stamped and gold embossed it, cut the oval,  then masked the image before stencilling the clouds, using a homemade stencil to do so. 

The sentiment, equally old and now not available was also gold embossed, and this time cut into an elongated oval .
Both panels were edged with blue ink and mounted on foam dots for dimension.  I coiled some blue plastic string behind the sentiment for added interest

The image was stamped once again on the inside of the card in London Fog ink

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Princess Faith.


Internet issues resolved with a new 'box' and I am back.

This card was made for a young girl who loves pink and purple and princesses...

The image was stamped in Memento London Fog, and coloured with Polychromo pencils, unfortunately the colour has not picked up well on the camera.

I used Wink of Stella on her white blouse, but could not pick up the sparkle.
I also cut out a simple crown and added to her head, and layered the image panel over an offset 
 gold panel.

The sentiment, an\ old S/B die, was cut in purple sparkle paper, and layered up on white card.
I also framed the whole card with a gold doodled edge over the purple base.

Some sparkly washi tape finished the inside. 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

A Sparkly Farewell


Just at the moment we are having major internet problems ,and are having to hotspot to our phones for data, so I will not be around blogland until the problem is fixed - this is compounded by the fact that the family and I are in isolation thanks to Covid!!

This is my final post as a DT member for Word Art Wednesday, as I have decided to stand down.
It has been a privilege to work with Karen and the team for the past five years. 

The new Word Art Wednesday challenge starts today, and our sponsor is Altenew, who are giving a generous gift of a $15 voucher to their store.

This was started with a piece of offcut paper that I stencilled in purple, and further trimmed into various shapes to make the background

The wonderful scripture verse, which is available free on the Word Art Wednesday blog, was die cut and had colour brushed on the edges before removing the die.

The flower was stamped three times and trimmed into the various layers, and the same colour painted onto the petals , then it was covered in Wink of Stella. The layers had foam tape between them, and a heart shaped brad formed the centre.

The stencil was a NBUS one I bought at a craft show years ago... again I wiped the edges of the pieces along the inkpad to 'frame' them

The final two pieces were attached to the inside of the card to finish it.

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Monday, June 20, 2022

A Dragon a-flying


I have a (tween) grandson who loves dragons. He had a birthday coming up, and I was saying to a friend that I had no dragon stamps, and she brought out this image and allowed me to stamp it off!

I was a bit intimidated in the colouring, but settled down for an afternoon's painting with mica paints.

They gave a fabulous sheen to it, and I was pleased with the result.

The extra 'wing' stamp I painted to match and popped it up on some foam dots

The sentiment was white embossed on a snippet of purple card, and layered over a snippet of green

My friend also gave me some of these wonderful deep blue sparkles that I added

I finished the inside with the same colours of card that I used on the sentiment.

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This was made for a tween grandson

Friday, June 17, 2022

A Purple Swap...


This is a card I made for a local swap group - following this  tutorial from Natasha Foote.

I know my partner for this round loves purple so that set my colour theme.

It took me four 'sessions' to finally get this done, but I quite enjoyed it - apart from when the gelatos did not do what I expected - I must play with them more!!
First session - I embossed the card and used gelatos to loosely colour the card, activated with water and then left it  to dry and 'booked' it overnight to flatten. 

Second session,  I ran the card through the embossing folder again, then glued on the die cuts and left to dry. Unfortunately, being wet and then dried, it lost some of the dimension.

Third session I added water to purple Brushos powder, and painted the background and dried it again.\
By this time my heat gun was getting a good work out!

 Fourth and final session, I sprinkled over the same Brushos and activated, mopping extra off the flowers. Then when it was dry, I rubbed some Inka Gold gold paste over the flowers and some of the background with my finger. 

Happy with the panel I mounted it on mirror card and then a red base. Die cut the greeting from the mirror card and layered it on two other white layers of card before adhering it to the panel. 
I then tried to photograph it, avoiding the glare from the gold.... not the easiest card to make, but I was pleased with the outcome :)

My swap partner also liked it.

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Purple is the favourite colour of the recipient of this card

Thursday, June 16, 2022

A Little Knitting...


Over the past few years... yes, years, I have been gradually using up oddments of wool in my stash to make a blanket, and I also bought a few new balls of wool along the way, 
This is the finished article!!

The small centre blocks were all knitted together as I went, and the first layer of stripes were also knitted onto that block - and then RSI and cubital tunnel struck, so it came to a grinding halt.

You can see here that some thinner wools were knitted together, and that sometimes I used only small sections of one colour, just using up the 'bits'

I was given some variegated acrylic yarn, and  crocheted the edges to give a colourful finish and a firm edge.

I also made up a handful of crocheted circles to tie it all together, and added them to the centre panel to brighten it up a wee bit, and to, in one instance, hide an 'oops'.

So that was my wee bit of knitting.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Coffee and Flowers


I'm not sure how the time rushed by quite so quickly - I was going to post again before this but...

This is a card I made recently, using a Catherine Pooler background stamp.  It was embossed with white ep, and then painted with mica paints.

This gives some idea of the sheen they gave

The sentiment is an old S/B die, that I cut in gold card, and stacked over two layers of white, but it still got lost on the card face, so I then added a slightly offset layer of black

I recently purchased these gorgeous blue gems, and when I realised the matched the flowers so beautifully, I added them to the three blue flowers and a couple of others for added bling

I kept the inside simple with some geometric pink Washi tape

and because the recipient loves her coffee - I made this tag, using STAMPlorations dies and stamp - Stamped using Espresso ink - some twine finished it.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Black and White Only


There is a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday starting today, and our  wonderful sponsors are 
Stix2 Anything  with a package of their products - and I can say their product is wonderful, having once won a package!!

I wanted to teach this technique (taught by Natasha Foote) at my class yesterday, so decided I would use it for this card for demonstration purposes as well, as I was running a bit late in the making of it, so it was a two for one effort.

With the scripture having a masculine edge to it, I chose this stencil with the gears on, which turned out to be rather spectacular done in black on white

I have found when I did this one other time, to stop the stencilled pieces from getting lost on the background, I wiped the edges across the black ink pad - I also did that to the edge of the card base as well.  I have tried to show this in the photo below.  
I mounted the panel using clear foam tape from Stix2 Anything, and the dimension shows in this photo also.

I did finish the inside with some finely printed black and white washi tape, but the camera would not focus on it and all the images were blurred.

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