Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Spray starch background

One of my favorite techniques is spray starch and saran wrap seen at JoZart web site and without spray starch, by  Lydia (understand Blue) from Split Coast Stampers.  The saran wrap gives such a neat texture to the wet inks.
For this card I used Infusions powdered inks and coated card.  I sprayed the card with spray starch, sprinkled the powdered inks of it.  The starch dissolves some the ink on contact and then spray a little more starch to water it all down.  Place the saran over the surface and scrunch it up to give it some texture.  Leave the saran on for at least 30 minutes, then remove.

To finish the card I used a stamp from Local King rubber stamps and just added a little colour using my zig pens.  For the light from the light house I first used a white Faber Castell Pit artist pen and then used my yellow zig over the top, this allowed the yellow to show through.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Local King
Paper: Black, 110lb white, Coated card
Ink: Ranger Archival
Accessories: Zig Watercolour pens, Infusions powdered inks, Faber Castell Pit artist pen.
Techniques: Saran wrap background

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Watercolour flowers

I wanted to work on my watercolouring so pulled out an Altnew stamp I've had for ages but haven't gotten around to using.  I used Distress Oxide spritzed on my craft sheet for my background  and then stamped the flower images over the splattered background.  I then stamped the flowers on some hot press watercolour paper coloured them with my zigs and fussy cut them out.  I used my embossing tool to go around the edges to give them a little bit of curved edge and making them a little more 3D.
I haven't decided on a sentiment yet, I'll add that later when I know what I want to use it for.


I'm entering this for the CAS Watercolour challenge April Green and Pink and The heart Desires April challenge "Spring"

Card Recipe
Ink: Distress oxide ink
Accessories: Zig watercolours pens
Techniques: Watercolouring, fussy cutting, splattered background

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Acetate and inlaid die

I love cards with acetate behind but I just don't seem to use it that often.  This months CAS mix up challenge seemed to be the perfect reason.

 I pulled out some leftover plastic packaging and trimmed it down 51/2 X 4 1/4, I die cut the heart out of some card stock from my stash of backgrounds waiting to be used.  This one I made a few weeks ago when my crafting buddies and I were working with acrylic paint.  I took some coated card and smooshed up what was left on the craft mat.  You can get some amazing background with what's sitting on your craft mat, don't waste it 😏.  I then die cut the heart out of my card base and inlaid the die cut inside.  The acetate holds every thing in place  For some interest I had the heart spill off the edge of the card and trimmed the excess.

I'm entering this CAS Mix up April Challenge inlaid die.  My choice is acrylic paints.

I hope you like the card and would love to hear your comments.

Card Recipe
Stamps:Paper smooches.
Paper: 110lb white, coated white
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: Die, acetate, gems
Techniques: acrylic ink smooshing Die cut

Monday, 17 April 2017

Tim Holtz crazy dogs

I bought the Tim Holtz Crazy Cats and Dogs a while back in a stamp shop sale and haven't used them very much, so now it's time to pull them out.
I've worked on 3 cards using the adorable little dogs.
Card 1 with an inlaid die.  I used a circle die I purchased on line from a company in China, I die cut the white card and then again die cut some watercolour card stock I had coloured with the new Tim Holtz distress inks.  It took me a while to put all those tiny little circles back in the holes.  I then die cut a stitched tag out of the inlaid die background.  To continue the circle theme I used the Carabelle circle stencil for the background.

I'm entering this for the CAS Mixup April inlaid die challenge (Stamping, stenciling and inlaid die)

Card 2 and 3 Stenciled background
I have also had this film strip background for ages and never gotten around to using it, I was wondering what my dogs would take photos of if they had a camera 🙈
The backgrounds were stenciled using a Stamporations leaf and  Carabelle circle stencils.  I used Ranger distress inks and clarity brushes to blend the colours.

I'm entering this for the following challenges

Card Recipe
Stamps: Tim Hotz Crazy Dogs, Paper smooches sentiment
Paper: 110  lb white, watercolour 110lb cold press, xpress it cardstock
Ink: Ranger archival
Techniques:Tim Holtz crazy dog die, Tag die, alcohol ink markers (Touch pens),Tim Holtz distress oxide ink pads, Tim Holtz distress ink pads, Clarity brushes, leaf stencil from Stamplorations and circle stencil from   Carabelle (Fr), Poppy stamp Cinema film strip die, twine

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Time to work on my Christmas Cards stash

I can't believe it's already the middle of April. Time is just flying by and looking at my stash of Christmas cards I realize I'm way behind,  I find the best way to get my self going is to check out some of the challenges and play along.

This month's CAS Watercolour April Challenge is Green and Pink,.  Pink isn't a traditional Christmas colour but I think it's perfect for this pile of presents.
And STAMPlorations CAS Challenge anything goes with an optional twist of pastel colour

The background is a smooshed and tap distress inks.  Rub some distress inks into your craft pad directly from the pad and spritz with water.  Tap and smoosh your watercolour paper in the puddle of colour and let dry.  The presents are from JOFY, (I just love her Designs) I used distress inks and a zig pen to colour, I then fussy cut around.  When I fussy cut I alway use a black brush tip pen to go around the edge, it's a great way to hide the bad fussy cutting.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Jofy (present) Stampit Austrailia (sentiment and border)
Paper: Cold press watercolour
Ink: Distress inks, Ranger Archival
Techniques: Fussy Cutting, Smooshing