Sunday, July 14, 2024

All is Calm

 I am on a roll making some Christmas in July cards!  I don't usually do a lot in that regard, but if the opportunity presents itself to get a few Christmas cards made ahead of time - I take it.

This is the All is Calm Betterpress plate from Spellbinders - I bought it a few months ago, as it debuted last fall - and I didn't want it to disappear out of the stores... so I'd tucked it away in my craft room waiting for the chance to use it.  I had a couple of these pale pink poinsettias left over after making cards with Spellbinders Poinsettia Spray die set, along with the glittery gold cardstock arch - and realized that this press plate would just fit inside the smaller sized arch.

I've used Pinkfresh Studio's Stargazer ink on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock, which doesn't give the lovely embossed feeling that the Betterpress cotton card panels do... but the image stamps quite well.  I added on the poinsettias with glittery centers, and that was it!

You can find all things Betterpress & Spellbinders at the Papercrafter's Workshop!

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Craft-A-Flower: Rose

I've had this beautiful Craft-A-Flower: Rose die for a while now, and this is only the second time I've used it!  

I wanted to try doing all the layers in different shades using my Gansai Tambei Watercolour set.  The rose and leaves were all cut out of Canson XL Watercolour Paper, and after they dried, I spattered them with both the dark green and white (for the leaves), and the rose tone on the flower.
I ink blended Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink onto a piece of pale yellow cardstock, concentrating the ink in the lower left corner, and fading it outwards.  Then I used the Dotted Tile cover die to give it the background design.  *All the dies are from Altenew.
I added a Betterpress sentiment and a few Pinkfresh jewels to finish it off.

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Ai Fairies!


Hello Ai Watercolour fans!

I have two cards today, both featuring the recently released 5915 - Woodland Fairies Set.

I really love this sweet little sitting fairy, so I stamped her onto my Bristol Smooth Cardstock using Tombow #N57, then covered her with a mask and stamped the stump from 4871 - WC Rustic Container Set in #979/565, to have her perched upon it.  I added several of the rocks from 5055 - WC Sitting Places Set on either side of the stump, again using #N57, and added one of the squirrels from 5599 - Mini Mice & Squirrel Set in front of them.  Using my stamp positioner, I added the berries from 5795 - Berries Set in #603/565/177 tucked on either side, as well as the poppies and leaves from 5824 - Poppy Set in #743/177/126.  I touched them with a damp brush, and painted in the corresponding colours to darken them up.  The squirrel was painted with a mix of #947/969 and shaded with #565.  To add depth to the rocks, I added shaded areas using #N57/565/969.  The grass was hand drawn in, and the two shades of green were used as a wash to suggest a grassy floor.  

For the fairy, her skin tone is #850, her hair is shades of #993/969, and her dress is done with layers of #743.  #493 was painted into her wings, and as the sky.  On the tree stump are layers of #969/947/992, keeping the darkest areas in the crevices, and the lighter areas are where the sun would hit.  As a final touch - look closely, and you'll see that I painted some sparkles around her using the Bleed-proof white paint to suggest a little magic!  I die cut the image with 5065 - Oval Double Stitched Dies, and mounted it onto some dotted paper from 5873 - Mini Birthday PP.  The sentiment is from the Woodland Fairies Set.

My second card is featuring two sleepy fairies!  

I began by stamping the sitting fairy onto my Bristol Smooth Cardstock using #N57, and then stamped her on scrap paper which I cut out to create a mask.  With the mask in place, I used my stamp positioner to add the chair from 5360 - WC Rocking Chair Set in #N57, then added the fairy on the floor beside it.  I wanted to add a little extra colour to my scene, so stamped a pot from 4869 - WC Small Container Set using #N57, and painted it in with tones of #947.  Using the tall flowers and circle flowers from 4868 - WC Flower Set 2, I added them to the pot in #743/603/565/177 and the small green was done with #126.

The fairies' skin tones were painted with #850, hair is #879 and #993/947.  Their outfits are #743/603/565.  A pale shade of #493 was added to their wings, and a darker shade was used to paint in the chair.  #565 was added to the chair to create all the shadowy areas, and as the background.  A wash of #N57 was sporadically painted on the floor around and under the images.  The image was cut out using 5061 - Square Double Stitched Dies, and mounted on some dotted paper from 5873 - Mini Birthday PP.  I added a few irridescent blue gems for some sparkle.
Happy painting everyone!

Friday, July 5, 2024

Popsicle Cards

 Just something quick & fun tonight.  I wanted to do something summery - so pulled out some older product that I've had for ages.  This is the lovely Goldenrod paper by One Canoe Two, along with the Cool Treats stamp set from Stampin' Up.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Happy Pride Month!

I like to get at least one card made to celebrate Pride Month, and almost always a rainbow design!  Happy Pride everyone :-)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Daisy Exclusive

This is a retired set that Art Impressions did as an exclusive with several years ago.  This is SUCH a pretty image, and I loved colouring it up in a very quiet colour combination.  I pulled out the 5835 - Mini PP and added a few enamel dots - I love how calm this card feels!

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Final Oopsie Daisy

Here is the project that I showed a test run for a few days ago...  I have a nephew getting married soon, and he and his new wife are very supportive of my cardmaking hobby - so I've made them a set of 10 thank you cards, just because.

I worked the kinks out with my practise card, making sure that the layout worked, and then I adjusted my colour combo.  I used about 10 different Distress Oxide inks, on all my different pieces, and did the flower centers with Copic markers.

Stamp sets are all from The Greetery: Oopsie Daisy, Petite Eucalyptus and Seed Catalogue Background.  The Fit to be Tied die is from them also.  The sentiment is an old CTMH set.

I distressed the edges of the card front so that they're a little curled and frayed, which I thought suited the look.  I debated on adding a little blind, but didn't end up going there.


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