Friday, October 19, 2018

Colourific Butterflies

I am up on the Colourific blog today, sharing two cards using the lovely Spread Your Wings and Fly set, along with the Alphabet & Numbers:
 Now, you're going to have to forgive my photography... no matter how I edited my photo, the butterfly came out with a distinct red tone!  It's much more of a wine colour like the photo below.  I coloured the butterflies with Copic markers - so many possibilities and different ways they could be coloured!  I fussy cut around them, and then scored down either side of the body, so that the wings bend upwards.  For both cards, I used my sewing machine to zigzag the black patterned paper onto the base.  The teal circle on the "Fly" card is adhered with pop dots for a little dimension.
 The Alphabets & Numbers set is such a great font!  Really easy to fussy cut/paper piece like I've done here.
I was going to use the sentiments that come with the Spread Your Wings and Fly set on the front of the card... but they were busy enough already, so I mounted them on some teal paper, stamped a few butterflies in black ink, and added them to the inside of the cards.
A lot of butterfly papers are light & pastel-ish, so I love the dark, rich colours of these papers for a change.
You can find all of the Colourific stamps on the website here, or just click on the links above.
Happy stamping!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Ai Watercolour Wooden Door - Fantasy version

This week I am teaching classes at The Crafter's Workshop in Stouffville, and we are using the Art Impressions Watercolour set: Wooden Door (Sku #4702).  The stamp itself has snow on the roof, and a snowy tree that leans up against the door.  Part of the class is to show how you can use your sets for more than what they're intended for - so I've done up samples for other seasons.  When I began to create a spring version, I decided to do more of a fantasy scene - more like the Hobbit Door set, or the newer Fairy Tree.  After stamping and painting the door and some flowers around it, I added a grassy mound overtop, making it look like a Fairy door.  I used the cobblestones from the WC Cobblestone Set (Sku #5018) to add to the quaint theme.
 Here's a closeup of the door:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ai Watercolour Wagon card

I've used the sweet Garden Wagon Mini Set (Sku # 4875) from the Art Impressions Watercolour collection many times, filled with spring flowers, so I wanted to try my hand at doing a fall version.  I did some masking to add the two pumpkins from the WC Harvest Set (Sku # 5059), and added a few wheat strands around it:
I am entering this into the Art Impressions current challenge, which is "Add Embellishments"!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Ai Watercolour Tractors

A few more watercolour samples to share with you today.  I did both a summer & fall version using the WC Harvest Set (Sku #5059) from the Art Impressions Watercolour collection.  For the summer version, I added one of the WC Rustic Cabins Set (Sku #4962) and the trees from WC Tree Set 1 (Sku #5010):
 I drew in the hillside, and painted in a few faint mountains in the background.  For my fall version, I added one of the pumpkins that comes in the tractor set, and created some fall trees using WC Tree Set 1.
Both images are matted on a dusty brown cardstock, and adhered with pop dots.  I am entering my second card into the current Art Impressions challenge, which is "Add Embellishments!"

Friday, October 12, 2018

Seasonal Watercolours

Two more watercolour cards today, using the Art Impressions Watercolour stamp sets: the barn and truck are from WC Truck Mini Set; and the trees are from WC Tree Set 1.  The tree branches in the truck bed are from the WC Branches Set:
 I used my Marvy African Violet marker to draw in the hillside and snow mounds, then painted in the mountains and added a setting sun and some whispy clouds.
 I used my sewing machine to add some zigzag stitching to the background papers, stamped my sentiment and popped up the image with some pop dots.
 For my second card I created a spring version of the truck, making a grassy meadow, and adding  some purple flowers with the tiny flowers from the original Flowers Set.
My upcoming class at The Workshop in Stouffville is showing how to use the same stamps to create scenes for different seasons, so I'm going to take these along as examples.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Watercolour Fawns

I am trying hard to get all of my watercoloured images made up into cards!  This sweet fawn is from WC Mini Critter Set - part of the Art Impressions winter 2018 release.  The first time that I break open a stamp set, I usually like to copy the scene on the packaging, which is pretty much what I've done here.  I also used the tree from WC Tree Set 1, and bits from WC Foliage Set 3 and WC Flower Set 3:
 I did both a rectangular (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") version, and a 5 1/4" square version, and added some simple sentiments:

Happy stamping!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Hydrangea card

I am posting on the Colourific blog today, and I'm sharing a card that started out as a wreath... but ended up being a hydrangea ( ??? ).  Scroll down for the details...
 I started out by stamping multiples of all three sizes of the outlined flower images from A6 Moderne Flowers, and a bunch of the outlined leaves from the A6 Leaves set on a large piece of watercolour paper.  My intention was to paint them all in autumn shades, fussy cut them out, and put them together to make a wreath.  But there was something about seeing 25 or so of the flower images side by side that made me think "hydrangea".  So my plan did a complete about take, I found a blue that I painted them all with, and got busy cutting.
 I gradually watered down the shade of blue that I was using, making some of the blossoms lighter, and lighter still, as I knew I wanted some to be hidden behind that would be darker, or in 'shadow'.  I used a bright yellow mixed with a bit of green to make up my limey/green leaves, varying the colour a bit on each one.  At first glance it looks like an awful lot of cutting!  But once I got going, it probably only took about 45 minutes - easy to do while you watch a little TV.  I added a dot of silvery Perfect Pearls to the center of each flower, and let them dry.
I ran a couple of rows of irregular stitching around my white cardstock piece, and then started building my flower from the bottom up.  I used a bit of adhesive just on the center of each flower back, so that the petals all curve up a little, giving a lovely bit of added dimension shown below:
By far the scariest part of putting this card together was adding those little blue spatters to the background - after all the work of stamping/painting/cutting/assembling, I was panicked that I might drop a big blob of paint onto my work!  So it was definitely a less is more situation, and I stopped after getting just enough spatters to cover it.  I white embossed my sentiment onto black cardstock and adhered it with a few pop dots, and called it a day.  Happy stamping!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

O Canada Birthday card

I am playing along with the Inspired By challenge today... I couldn't resist the inspiration photo, especially when I saw Laurel's card that used the O Canada collection from Photoplay.  I love this paper pack, and haven't used it as much as I'd like.  Since I needed a birthday card for my brother-in-law, this is what I put together:
I of course, loved the buffalo plaid in the photo, along with all the little trees... and went with a moose instead of a bear or a fox.  The moose is from the stamp set that matches the papers, and he's actually holding a Canadian flag, so I put a little "Celebrate" banner to cover the flag, and make it a little more birthday-appropriate.


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