Wednesday, 16 August 2017

CAS Watercolour Mid Month Reminder for August Salty backgrounds

It's time again for CAS Watercolour mid month reminder to use salt in your watercolour.  One thing I realised about salt backgrounds is that they make awesome Christmas backgrounds when blue or silver water colour is used.  They look really cold and crystally (not a real word but describes it perfectly),
For this card I use blue watercolour on watercolour paper.  I taped the watercolour paper down to prevent it warping and used a large brush to add water to the card then added the colour.  Once I had enough colour one I sprinkled regular table salt over it.  I left it overnight for it to dry completely.  After it dried I scraped off the salt with a plastic card.
I used the Stamplorations Let it snow die cut twice, once in salted watercolour card and once in black foam to pop it up and give a little shadow behind. The Simon Says Stamp Payton ornament die was cut in the salted watercolour card and backed with silver.

Card Recipe
Stamps: None
Paper: 110lb white, 140lb watercolour
Ink: None
Accessories: Watercolour, Stamplorations die, Simon Says Stamp die, Black foam
Techniques: Salted Watercolour

Friday, 11 August 2017

Alcohol inks and blending solution

I've been playing with some Alcohol inks on Yupo by mixing colours and adding blender solution.
I love the bubbly effect I got when I spritzed the Yupo with blender solution, it reminded me of water so I added my jelly fish stamp from Viva Las Vegas.

I'm entering this for the following challenges- CAS Mix up August challenge Alcohol inks, stamping and your choice (mine smooshing), Craft Stampers August Challenge Anything goes, and Viva Las Vegas August Challenge (Inspiration)


Card Recipe
Stamps: Viva Las Vegas
Paper: 110lb white, Navy, Yupo
Ink: Stazon Black
Accessories: Alcohol inks, blender solution, clear gems
Techniques: Alcohol inks on Yupo

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Salted Sky

CAS Watercolour Challenge for this month is Salted background, so much fun to try if you've never done it.  The challenge has a few links for you to follow if you need some instructions but basically you throw salt (any type) one very wet watercolour and wait and see what happens.  The tough part is the waiting because it has to completely dry before you brush/scrape off the salt.

Card Recipe
Stamps: both from Ali Express (so no manufacturer name)
Paper: 140lb Watercolour, Linen White, black
Ink: Ranger Archival Black
Accessories: MISTI
Techniques: Salt and watercolour

Friday, 4 August 2017

Alcohol inks on Yupo

Now I see this on the computer I wish I'd used a less textured card stock.  I used a linen card as the background for the flowers. The texture caused some striations in my solid fairy stamp.  Oh well something to remember next time 😏
My flowers are a Dee's Distinctley die with the heads being cut out of Yupo with alcohol inks, I first cut the whole flowers in watercolour card and watercoloured the stems.  I then cut the flower heads again in the Yupo and attached them to the watercolour paper.  The background, sentiment  and Fairy is stamped in Delicata Gold ink.  The background is from Technique Junkies, the Fairy is from Ali Express, and the sentiment is from Tim Holtz.

I'm entering this for the following challenges
CAS Mix up AI's and Southern Girls flower power.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Fairy from Ali express, background Technique Junkies, sentiment Tim Holtz
Paper: Linen white
Ink: Delicata gold
Accessories: Die (Dee's Distinctively), Yupo, Alcohol Inks
Techniques: Alcohol Inks on Yupo

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Cling Wrap Background with Gesso

One of my favorite techniques is cling wrap background, so simple and so pretty.  Here is a link to a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers by Lydia Fiedler (AKA Understandblue) which shows a few colouring mediums you can use with the cling wrap. It's always good when you don't need to buy anything new to try out a tutorial.
For the cling wrap background I used some Bister powders on coated card stock and then later painted it with a thin wash of gesso.  Gesso is a great product for muting down colours or hiding mistakes and restarting.  I wish I'd taken a photo of the background before I'd added the gesso, oh well next time πŸ˜„
I'm entering this for Designs by Ryn customer challenge, Daydreamers challenge anything goes

Card Recipe
Stamps: Technique Junkies, Design by Ryn
Paper: 110lb white, Coated card, Black
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: Bister, white gel pen, Gesso, cling wrap
Techniques: Cling wrap background

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Shake shake it like a salt shaker

It's time for August's CAS Watercolou challenger, so pull out your salt shakers and join in.
If you have never tried salted water colour this is a must do technique.  Check out the CAS Watercolour blog for links to see how it's done.
For my card I used 3 colours of Distress  Oxide Inks on an acrylic block being careful not to contaminate the ink pad too much.  If you do have a slight contamination of colours you can wipe it off with a clean piece of kitchen roll or baby wipe.   I then spritzed with water and placed on my watercolour paper.  I lifted the block and the watercolour mixed in a puddle of water and ink, so awesome 😏  I sprinkled regular kitchen salt over the paper and you can see where the colours merged I got a great crystal effect from the dried salt,
Course and fine salt give different effects, try both and you will love all the different backgrounds you make.
This background made me think sand and sea so I decided to use my new seahorse from technique junkies and used my zig watercolour pens to colour it in.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Technique Junkies
Paper: 110lb Linnen white, 140lb Water colour
Ink:  Ranger Archival
Accessories: Distress Oxides inks, Salt, zig pens, acrylic block
Techniques: Salt on Watercolour, Acrylic block watercolouring

Friday, 28 July 2017

OMG I can't believe I was a winner at Craft stamper's magazine

Hi everyone, I just found out I was a July's winner at Craft Stampers Magazine's monthly challenge.  I was picked as July's winner with this card.  This is so awesome because-
1- I will be guest designer
2- I will have a 2 page spread in Craft Stampers Magazine How Cool is thatπŸ˜…
I can't help doing a happy dance πŸ˜€

Card Recipe

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Pretty Butterfly die

I'm just posting a card to the CAS Watercolour challenge before it ends on July 24th. There still time for all of you out there to enter if you haven't already done so, and even if you have you can always post another.  If you are looking for inspiration head on over and you will find some amazing cards from the participants and the design team, you won't be disappointed.

Here is my card, it's just waiting for the right sentiment.
The  watercolour background is smooshed Distress Oxide inks on Water colour paper, I then Die cut the butterfly (purchased from Aliexpress) out of 110lb white card stock and navy blue.  I inlaid the navy blue in the white, and love the pop of colour framing the smooshed DOX inks.  The main panel was cut with the  Crazy Double Running Stiched Nested Rectangle die from Stamplorations.  Finally I added some green and blue sequins to match the watercolour panel.
I'm also entering this for Less is more no Stamps, and the Butterfly Challenge #82 matching pairs of which I have two.

Card Recipe
Stamps: None
Paper: 140lb watercolour, 110lb white, Michaels Navy
Accessories: Distress oxide inks, sequins, Butterfly Die Cut from Aliexpress
Techniques: Inlaid Die cut, Smooshed watercolour background

Sunday, 16 July 2017

It's time for July's CAS Watercolour Reminder

I can't believe it's only 2 week to my summer vacation (or at least time off from work)  and also the CAS watercolour mid month reminder.

For this card I created a background using brusho's spritzed with water then scrunched some cling wrap and lay it over then let it dry.  The cling wrap give a great marbled effect where the cling wrap touched the card when it's removed after drying

The butterflies are a die by memory box really allows lots of the colour to come through,

Come join us over at CAS Watercolour with your butterfly cards

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy little stampers sentiment, Ali express small butterfly
Paper: 110lb white, coated card
Ink: distress Oxide, Ranger archival
Accessories: Memory box butterfly die, Brushos's,cling saran wrap
Techniques: cling wrap and brusho's background, Die cut

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Another Crafty Day

This card is from last weekends get together with crafty friends Loll, Susan and Trina (my crafting closet),  We were trying the this technique which uses Gesso and Distress Oxide inks which was introduced to us by Susan from a blog called Country View Crafts. Of course any techniques using DOX is a must try as we all love the effect you get with them.  We miss read the instructions, not surprising because chatting, laughing and crafting make your brain go fuzzy 😏

Susan has a great example on her blog comparing what we did and what we should have done with the technique so I won't go into too much detail.  This is definitely on my to do list on another day the next time following the instructions more carefully.

For my background I used vintage photo, fossilized amber and a little broken china.  I used my craft mat to add some ink of the pad and spritzed with water, I tapped my mixed media card stock on the craft mat to pick up the colour and heat dried between layers.  Once got the depth of colour I then painted some watered down gesso over the DOX inks and dried it with a heat gun.   I used a penny black stamp which I used a direct to stamp technique with the DOX ink pads (picked raspberry and peeled paint) and spitzed with water.  This is nothing like it was supposed to look like but I love, the background looks very vintage and the water caused the DOX inks on the flowers to pool.  I distressed the edges and mounted the card on an A2 background.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Penny Black Effulent, Stampers Anonymous
Paper: 110lb linnen (off white), 140lb Mixed Media
Ink: Distress Oxided ink
Accessories: MISTI, Gesso, Distress Oxide, Distress tool
Techniques: Direct to Stamp, Gesso background

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Crafty get together card

I have this ever growing box of backgrounds and swatches or snippets all ready for future use all which have been created during crafty get together's with crafting friends.  It's so much fun getting together with friends trying out different techniques, you never know what you are going to come away with.

This card is some left over acetate with alcohol inks and tissue paper from a crafting retreat back in May of this year with Loll (Stamping with Loll), Susan (Cardmakers Garret) and Nancy (Scandy Nancy creates).
We smooshed the alcohol inks on the acetate, and when it was dry we glued the tissue paper to the AI side.  The tissue paper gives more texture to the inked surface, such a cool effect.  I die cut the coffee cup using a stamplorations die and mounted it on black card to give it more of a dramatic colour.
I used brown/yellow/blue and gold inks, you can see the slight shimmer of the gold in the image.  It's so hard to capture this in the photo but the colours really cool IRL

I'm entering this into the following challenges:- CAS Mix up, Stamplorations anything goes,


Card Recipe Card 
Stamps:Tim Holtz
Paper: 110lb white, Acetate, tissue paper, Michaels black
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: Alcohol inks, Stamplorations die
Techniques: Alcohol inks on acetate, die cut

Monday, 3 July 2017

Tissue paper play πŸ‘

I was so happy to see CAS Mix up was playing with Tissue Paper for this months challenge, I just couldn't resist pulling out some of my previously played with tissue paper.
A while back I tried geli printing with tissue paper, the prints were in my stash for a few months so it was a great time to pull them out.  I also thought I would play along with the CAS Watercolour challenge and make my tissue paper into a butterfly, Snippets Playground with my snippet of tissue paper
I die cut some white card stock with the tissue paper stuck to it with the solid portion of the Stamplorations Butterfly and then cut the top layer of the butterfly in white, IRL  you can see the gold and blue of the geli print background peaking through.
My background is an old technique revisited, "Block Watercolour Stamping", check out the turtorial Jennifer McGuire posted today.
 One thing I learned put a weight on the block to allow the colour to soak into the watercolour paper.

I love that irregular edge where the colour hasn't soaked into the paper.

Here is my swatch of Geli print, there's lots left for other projects, don't you love that πŸ˜…

Card Recipe
Stamps:Tim Holtz Sentiment
Paper:110lb white, Crafters Companion Watercolour
Ink: Ranger Archival
Accessories: Distress Oxide inks,, Stamplorations butterfly, acrylic block, tissue paper, gelli plate, Stamplorations wonky stitched edge frame
Techniques: Tissue paper, gelli plate print, Block Watercolour print

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Fly away Butterfly

July is butterfly month at CAS Watercolour challenge.  If you have time drop by and check out the challenge there are some amazing cards by the rest of the team.

I used Lolls awesome splat technique after masking the butterfly, then painted he butterflies using  ArtGraf watercolour, it's a graphite based watercolour.  I'm looking forward to trying some gray monochrome images with this product.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Tim Holtz
Paper: 110lb white, black 140lb watercolour
Ink: Ranger Archival black
Accessories: ArtGraf watecolour Graphite, Distress stains, Clear wink of stella, Cutplorations crazy double running stitch.
Techniques: Watercolouring

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

playing with some embossing paste

I have so many backgrounds waiting in the wings to be used, I decided to pull one out to play with, this was a Distress Oxide background I made back in May.  I love the colours so I thought I would play around a little with it.  That's the best thing with all these backgrounds we make, at some time they will come in handy.  I stenciled some white texture paste over the Distress oxides, when you do this the texture paste will pick up up the colour of the inked background, see the paste look quite yellow and not white :)  I love the more subtle look.
I did stamp 2 butterflies but they sort of got lost in the background.   One is in the upper right corner the other is in hiding in the embossing paste.  The Die cut card stock was a gift from my friend Bonnie, thanks Bonnie.

I'm entering this for CAS Mixup (embossing pastes and gels) and Mixed Media Monthly challenge (#32 put a stencil on it), Craft stampers June anything goes challenge


Card Recipe
Stamps: Paper smooches sentiment, butterfly from (Ali express online Chinese supplier)
Paper: 110lb white, 138lb mixed media.
Ink: Distress Oxide, TCW stencil,
Accessories: Die cut Floral stem collage by Poppy stamps,, Viva decor yellow liquid pearl paint, Texture paste.
Techniques: Embossing, die cut