Shadow layering

Hello again. I haven;t been able to sit to craft for the past few days, but have been able to take some time today. I have been trying a new technique from the Altenew Academy and One Layer Wonders. I have learnt so much just from the first lesson, and thought I’d give it a go……(there are ooopsy photos here too)….

This is the end result:

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I like how the shadowing comes across this one layer piece of card, giving dimension, and I used the colours from the current Color Throwdown Challenge to ‘flicky’ colour it in. I think I’ll be practicing the shadowing more in the future.

Now for the ooopsies…..

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This first attempt I was using little post-it tabs, and drew the dark grey line when they were still in place, and even used the other greys to colour and shadow with them still in place. So – note to self – remove the post-it notes before doing more colouring, ‘cos it smudges and runs!

Here is where I tried to correct it:

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I removed the post-it tabs, drew a thicker grey line, and shaded outwards again……I think this will have a separate sentiment banner across the middle to cover it up!

Now – I have some proper masking tape, as used by Kelly Latevola in the lesson – if I used it correctly – then it worked!! Who knew????

I shall – obviously – be entering the completed project into the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpurple, green, yellow, red

Watercooler Challengesanything goes

Addicted to Stamps and Moremake your mark

Crafty Sentiments Designsanything goes

 

 

Wish you the most beautiful day

Hello again. I have a couple of cards to share today after going through another lesson at the Altenew Academy, and trying a different technique:

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This first card is using the colours from Try Stampin On Tuesday – yellow, turquoise, and purple. The second card just because I couldn’t stop myself….. :

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As per the lesson, I took one of the layering stamps from Altenew Beautiful Day – the second more solid layer, applied water-colour to it, added a little spritz, and stamped down onto water-colour card.

I went back in with a water-colour brush to swish the colour around a little – but not much. The I did the same with the second layer of the leaves and a yellow water-colour, covered the flower – with my hand – and splattered the Catherine Pooler Aquatini around, before letting it dry and stamping the sentiment. Talk about blue splattered hand! Also – if it’s water-colour – why doesn’t it come off the hand easily? Who knew!

The second card – I just couldn’t stop with the little flowers. Too many, I know, but there we go….I still think it makes a cute little card. I don’t know what happened with the yellow leaves, probably because I had some colour left on my brush, or the Aquatini wasn’t dry, but I think the merged colour adds some dimension. I also didn’t stamp enough leaves, but I was took much into stamping the little Aquatini flowers to leave space!

I’m now going back a few months and going through the One Layer Wonder course…..I’ll be practicing that too, I am sure.

I shall also be entering the first card into the current Altenew Challenge.

Fall leaves and a teapot

Hello there. I have a few cards to share, so I won’t go into too much detail with each. It’s very wet and cool here at the moment, and though  we certainly need some rain, I also have my Aga turned off – problems with Aga and engineer coming to fix it!!!!! It does mean I can craft a little more than usual.

This first card is using the Concord and 9th ‘Thankful Leaves Turnabout Stamp‘ and matching die set:

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This stamp set is simply gorgeous, and so forgiving for a turnabout stamp. I stamped it on several different pieces, using different colours, but this one is using the colours for the current Color Throwdown Challenge. Don’t these colours work well together? I used Stampin Up ‘eggplant’ and ‘lemon lime twist‘, Catherine Pooler ‘Aquatini‘ and ‘grass skirt‘. Definitely going to do more of this…..

I will be entering the following challenges with this card:

Color Throwdownlime green, green, eggplant, aqua

Addicted to Stamps and Moreanything goes 

QKR Stampedeanything goes 

This second card:

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is using the colours from CAS Colours and Sketches and stamps from a previous Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval collection. I didn’t have the specific Stampin Up colours, but substituted Catherine Pooler inks, which I think match quite nicely. Lining these stamps up for the different layers and colours was challenging, I must say…………

I shall be entering the following challenges with this card:

Pinspirationalphoto inspiration

CAS Colours and SketchesMango Melody, Merry Merlot, Poppy Parade 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengefood and/or drink 

and this third card:

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is what I put together after watching the Altenew ‘Watercolour Basics and Beyond – lesson 2′.

Using the Altenew Water-colour pan set, putting colour onto wet water-colour card, spritzing, then laying down a stencil – weighting it down with acrylic blocks – letting it dry – hey presto.

I shall be entering the current challenge at AAA Cardsuse a stencil.

I then added a layered die-cut sentiment as you see.

I did do another piece but I’m not sure what to do with this one – maybe use to die cut something, as I don’t really like it as it is:

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Now on to lesson three of this course………… 🙂

 

 

 

Kitschy Kitchen

Hello again. I have a bright card for you today:

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The theme for this card was inspired by the current challenge at Daring Cardmakers – theme of cooking or kitchen; the colours were inspired by Hand Stamped Sentiments, with the dominance of the yellow for Time Out Challenges and their theme of Bright.

I took the MFT Kitschy Kitchen stamp set and created my own background. I don’t have the colours listed by the colour challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments, but I used Catherine Pooler inks which I hope are a good enough representation. I even used the smaller dotty stamp from a Catherine Pooler set to fill in some of the spaces.

You can see they all inked very well, and I didn’t even use my Misti for this as the images needed to be randomly placed.

I then hunted around for a suitable sentiment, and put one together from a previous Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval, die-cutting it with the MFT stitched rectangles.

As it is the Bank Holiday weekend coming up for us in the UK – I am sure I will be doping some more crafting. I have even bought some alcohol inks, which are very difficult to get hold of here, and some ceramic tiles as well as Yupo paper……watch this space!!

 

 

Floral Frame

Hi there. I have been stamping and die-cutting AND colouring for this card:

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Here is a close-up of the way I coloured the flowers and leaves:

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Not solid colouring, just flicked from the bottom of the petal, then flicked from the top and left some white in the middle to try to create some dimension. I thought I;d give it a go, and I must say I like this technique. I am a novice when it comes to colouring and blending, but I am certainly enjoying my journey.

This card has been created for the current Just Us Girls Challenge – to use light green, aqua, and pale yellow.

I knew I wanted to use this new stamp set – Seven Hills Crafts yet again! – and set to it! It is the Neat and Tangled ‘Floral Frames‘ and I bought the matching die-set too – much as I usually do! I am not a fussy-cutter-outer kinda person!

I stamped many of the flowers and leaves, and even several of the main frame – just in case! I made sure the Versafine black onyx was well and truly dry before I went anywhere near it with the alcohol markers. I used one of the blues which I felt more closely represented aqua.

Once die-cut, I arranged as you see – tucking the additional flowers and leaves under – and even on top of – the main frame. The postage shaped background is a Catherine Pooler die I have used before, ink splattered with the same three colours, and then layered onto another piece of white card, then layered again onto a card base.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and die cut from an MDT Die-namics ‘Trad Tags Stax‘ which is the first time I’ve used them. I didn’t want a huge sentiment, and I didn’t want a die-cut sentiment, so a small tag tucked into the centre seemed right to me.

See you again soon…….. 🙂

 

Water-colour sunflower

Hi there. I have a card to share with you using a clean and simple design and layout, and also using my Altenew water-colours.

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I stamped and heat embossed the flower outline, then took yellow first and sketchy water-coloured the petals, then added a darker yellow once dry, another orange, then the lighter yellow again.

I am exploring all different techniques with water-colouring, and find I like this flicking and sketchy look when doing flowers. I even like this look when using the Altenew Artist Markers too. I coloured the centre is a couple of the brown/dark grey colours, and added the black artist marker dots after it was all dry.

I did think about fussy-cutting the flower out, but instead went for the MFT wonky squares

The sentiment is from a stamp set from paper Artsy.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicksanything goes with option of sunflower

CAS Watercolourwater-colour and sunflower

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challengeanything goes with optional flowers

 

 

Get Well Soon

Hello everyone. I have been crafting some cards as an escape from doing my mum’s Ebay stuff.

I was inspired by the current challenge at Twofer Card Challenge, and also using the sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges for one of the cards:

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The ‘feel better soon’ card is another one layer card, with no smudges again – maybe I’m getting the hang of it? We shall see………

I took the Altenew ‘Get Well Soon’ stamp set and stamped the main image onto a card base. I then stamped again onto a post-it note and masked it off, stamping the honeycomb images over and around it, lining up the hexagons  as it was several different hexagon shaped stamps I used.

The main image I coloured with Altenew Artist Markers.:

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I have no idea what is supposed to be in the bottle behind the mug and honey, but I just coloured it a matching colour…..maybe maple syrup…..who knows!

The second floral card is using the same honeycomb stamp, but this time I stamped and heat embossed it in a random pattern, and used my Distress Oxides over the top for an emboss-resist. It’s quite dull here in the UK at the moment, but the honeycomb is white and shiny:

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I used Altenew inks to stamp the main flower and the leaves, but coloured the two little sprigs of flowers with the Altenew Artist Markers, then using the matching dies to cut them all out.

The die cut frame is from Sue Wilson – Noble dies – for the main background, die-cutting the middle and inserting the ink-resist panel into it. I knew the flowers and leaves would adding dimension, so I stuck this flat to the base card.

I arranged as you see for another vibrant card – but a totally different feel.

The sentiment is a cobbling together of three stamps from Concord and 9th ‘Wonderful Floral‘ stamp set – lined up using my Misti corner set…………..invaluable when there are different stamps you want lined up to ink and stamp together.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Twofer Card Challenge geometric (honeycomb stamps)

Crazy 4 Challengessketch

QKR Stampede anything goes

Aud Sentiments Challengeanything goes with a sentiment

Have a good day, and I’ll hopefully see you next time. 🙂