Tuesday, 20 February 2018

A-Colouring I Will Go

Jingle Belles have a great challenge "A-Coloring We Will Go".  I'm watching lots of the Winter Olympics and, during the sports I'm not that interested in, I work on cards, do my email, fold laundry, etc.  So colouring an image fits right in with all that!


I stamped the image, and then coloured it with Copic markers.  I went over the moon with Wink of Stella (but it doesn't show up in the photo) and over the stars with a Stardust gel pen (they do look sort of sparkly in the photo).

I trimmed it, matted it with rainbow glitter cs, and popped it up with fun foam on a white cardbase.

I'm also posting it on SCS Christmas Card Challenge where the suggested theme for February is Santa and his reindeer.

A few more days of the Olympics to go so I'm planning to colour some more images!





Supplies:
Stamps - Crafty Individuals
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - white cs, rainbow glitter cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Copic markers, Wink of Stella, Stardust gel pen, fun foam



Monday, 19 February 2018

Leftovers with Reindeer

The latest Merry Christmas Challenge has an optional theme of reindeer.  I decided that was a perfect way to use up some pieces I made after making the gelli print background for my previous post.  Here it is so that you can see the first print:


The print comes out really nice and sharp the first time.  But there is still lots of paint on the gelli plate so I like to make a couple more backgrounds to use up that paint.  Here's the card I made with the second print:


Because you have to spritz again with water between each print, it gets less crisp and sharp each time.

Here's the card using the third print:


But they are still nice backgrounds.  For both of these cards, I used the same reindeer die, one out of silver glitter cs and one just out of white cs.

I love getting extra backgrounds made when I've got all the supplies out!




Supplies:
Paper - mixed media cs, white cs, silver glitter cs
Size - 5" square, A2
Accessories - Rebecca Baer snow flurries stencil, Ali Express reindeer and tree die, fun foam, various blue acrylic paints



Saturday, 17 February 2018

Stenciled Sky

Back to Christmas cards today, this time for Merry Monday where they are asking for a stencil on a Christmas card:


I recently bought some beautiful stencils from Rebecca Baer so used one of them on this card:


I made the background using a gelli plate, various blue acrylic inks, and my new stencil. 

I die cut the tree line, rubbed it with Versamark, then heat embossed with Frantage chunky green embossing powder.

I contemplated adding a sentiment but didn't want to cover up any of the beautiful sky so stamped one on the inside instead.





Supplies:
Ink - Versamark
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Tim Holtz tree line die, Stampendous Frantage Chunky Green embossing powder, Rebecca Baer snow flurries stencil, various blue acrylic paints



Friday, 16 February 2018

Straight from the Heart Friend

Time to remind you that you only have until February 24th to link up your CAS Watercolour cards.


Even though it's February, the theme "heart" need not refer to Valentine's Day.  For my reminder card, I made a friendship card for my best friend:


She truly is a wonderful friend who's seen me through my best and worst times, even to the point of taking time off work and flying 3,000 mil es with me when my mother passed away two years ago so that I wouldn't be on my own.  So this Kay Foley sentiment stamp is perfect for a card for her.  I sent it to her for Valentine's Day, with a Happy Valentine's Day sentiment stamped inside it - I firmly believe we should celebrate more than just our spouses or partners on Valentine's Day.

Blue is my friend's favourite colour (one of the many things we have in common) so I did a blue background by sprinkling blue Brushos on Yupo and spritzing with water.  I got some nice puddling, and then sprinkled a bit more to get some grains of Brusho that didn't dissolve.  I then let it air dry.

I stamped a wonderful Kay Foley friendship sentiment that has the word "heart" in it, using black Staz-on as I wasn't sure if it would smudge on the Yupo.  I trimmed it down with a stitched rectangle.

I used a cream shimmer cs for the card base and also to die cut a few tiny hearts and a fleur de lis border.  It's fancier (or maybe just more feminine) than most of the cards I make these days but I think that suits a Valentine.

We'd love to see your heart-themed watercolour cards but please be sure to keep them clean and simple!

Exciting News!!!
Starting March 3rd, 2018
 
 
Loll and Bonnie who run the CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour challenges are starting a new challenge - CAS Christmas!  Be sure to check back on March 3rd for the first challenge and participate to get those Christmas cards made throughout the year!





Supplies:
Stamps - Kay Foley
Ink - StazOn Jet Black
Paper - Yupo, cream shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - blue brushos, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die, Spellbinders Fleur de Lis rectangle die, little hearts out of another die cut