Saturday, 25 April 2015

Messy Style :D

I started these cards with the background technique of brayering paint… I used a few different colours of Artiste acrylic paints to build up the bulk of the background… and then added drips and splotches of ink sprays (a watered down version of dylusions) to fill in more of the background colour. The cards are A6 in size and I used the largest of the Simon Says Stamp stitched circle dies to create the aperture… the messy outside was created by flicking some different coloured inks in a diagonal across the front of the card, and then to add some more interest I used some ‘sequin’ stamps from a Heidi Swapp stamp set with distress inks, I think this just balanced the design… Two of the focal images are stamped with black soot distress ink, and the third was stamped and embossed in black, just to make it stand out a bit… Finally to finish them off I added a sentiment using (a very ancient) dymo labeller with 6mm wide tape, on a few of them I had originally used a 9mm tape, but I thought that it was too wide for the card…. Because this was kind of a messy card, I also added in a white insert just to hide where I’d stuck the panel behind the aperture. Once I’d finished these cards I really thought that the style reminded me of the title sequence for the BBC version on The Musketeers :D

To see the process behind these cards, please check out my Youtube video:

Again my sister wanted to try filming and editing some more live action of me making cards, however it’s taken me this long to get round to uploading it :D 

 I am entering these cards into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog Challenge 'Anything Goes' :D

I also used a bit of punchanella on some of the backgrounds, which can be seen in this card :D 

Friday, 24 April 2015

Simply Floral Watercolour Take 2 :D

I made a pink version of a card very similar to this, and I just had to have a go at a yellow version :D I used the rose stamp from the Docrafts Simply Floral stamp set, I embossed it in white onto some watercolour paper, and I used distress stains to watercolour it. Broken China for the background, Peeled Paint and Pine Needles for the leaves and Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade for the roses. I used a stitched square die four times to create the panels (I also have the negative space which I made into another shaker card). I painted an extra rose for the focal point. The hearts are double embossed with white embossing powder so they match the white of the line art. The sentiment is stamped and embossed in white and then coloured in with a mix of Peeled Paint and Pine Needles distress stains to match the leaves :D I really enjoyed making this card, I love the bright colours!! and I made it as a treat to myself for just handing in my dissertation, and its a thank you for my mum becuase she proof read it for me, which must have been hard when she didn't understand a single word, I think only a chemsitry student would know anything about Supercapacitors lol :D

This is the shaker card I made with the neagtive space too, I used the other half of the CD pocket I used in the pink version.... I can't decide which one is my favourite though :D :D

Monday, 20 April 2015

Simply Floral Watercolour :D

I recently got a Docrafts Simply Floral stamp set, and as soon as I saw the rose image on the set, this idea came to mind... the original idea was for the card on the left, however, I think I prefer the one on the right (the shaker card).... I started off with a piece of watercolour paper, I then used white Artiste pigment ink to stamp the roses randomly across the watercolour paper, and then I used Cosmic Shimmer True White detail embossing powder over the top. For the watercolouring, I used Distress Stains by putting some out on my glass cutting mat and then applying it with a paint brush. The background was a mix of Broken Chine and a tiny bit of Weathered Wood, the leaves were Peeled Paint and Forest Moss and the roses were a mix of Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry.... When it was finihsed I used a fine paint brush dipped in water and flicked it over the surface to get tiny water droplets which picked up the colour and added a little texture.... I cut the watercoloured piece down to 5" x 5" and then I used the My Favourite Things stitched square stax dies, I picked one and then lined it up four separate times to get the windows or pannels depending on which card.... I made one simple card just using the pannels and then adding a sentiment... then with the window pannel, I decided to make it into a shaker card using an embossing folder in the background to add a bit of texture to the large windows.... I used a few crystal seed beads and the sequins were from a nail art set I got in Poundland :D oh and instead of using acetate, I used half of a plastic CD wallet, I wanted it to give a softer feel, but as I used a white background it's not very noticable....

I am entering these cards into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog challenge 'Make your own Background' :D

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Watercolour Stag :D

I've wanted to try this idea for ages... I printed an image of a stags head, then I traced it onto some acetate with a sharpie, I then cut it out and used a temporary spray adhesive on the back. I placed this in the centre of a piece of watercolour card cut out using a stitched rectangle die. I then used my dylusions ink sprays (but with a paint brush) and randomly added colour over the mask to the backgound... I used calypso teal, fresh lime and polished jade. Once dried I removed the mask and added a little stenciling using a small circles stencil and some broken china distress ink on some cut and dry foam. For finishing touches, I also added a few spots of crystal stickles and some white dots, then stamped the greeting, its from the lawn fawn year two stamp set with the little tortoise in :D

I'm entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog challenge 'Happy Birthday'