Altenew August Challenge

Hi everyone. My sister have been playing at making cards together for a change! We decided to pick a challenge, and both have a go at it, and we chose the Altenew August Challenge posted by Erum Tasneem.

For this card, I stamped and embossed the background in clear embossing powder using the Hero Arts ‘Woodgrain Bold Print’. I chose clear embossing on the white card, as I wanted the background to be quite muted, and not be too busy for the flower images. Brown Brusho was used to colour the background and when the base card was still wet, I added some of the same powder directly to it, leaving the multi-coloured background you can see – and of course the embossing resisted the ink.

The flowers and leaves are from Altenew ‘Hennah Elements’, stamped and embossed in Ranger ‘Princess Gold’ embossing powder, then die cut with the matching dies. Four of the bigger leaves were coloured with Brusho ‘Emerald Green’, the flowers and the rest of the leaves and flourishes left un-coloured. I did toy with the idea of colouring the flowers, but decided to leave them plain white, as I think it makes them stand out more.

The flowers were stuck down with Pinflair 3D glue gel, so I could have a little height to put the leaves and flourishes underneath, and also a little ‘wriggle’ room for placement. The leaves and flourishes were stuck flat with Cosmic Shimmer glue.

A brown background card, a sentiment from the same stamp set, again embossed with the Princess Gold embossing powder, and the card was completed.

Here is the post from my sister: Blue Butterfly Cards

 

 

 

 

Water colour and salt

 

Hello everyone. I tried a different technique for this card. The challenge is from CAS Water-colour Card challenge, with the challenge being to use salt with your water-colour. I’ve never tried this before, so I thought I would give it a go.

I used a stamp from Hero Arts ‘wildflower garden’ and stamped this image on water colour paper in Versamark, heat embossing with white embossing powder.  I then spritzed the paper quite liberally and added my Brusho colour ‘purple’. I think I also added a little red, but not quite sure. When I am crafting I do tend to forget what I have used sometimes – so in the zone!

Whilst still wet, I added some rock salt (my sister’s cupboard!) and let the whole thing dry. I didn’t do any moving around of the colours – just let it lie there drying.

Once dry, I scraped off the salt and was left with this piece of card. I love the way the salt has concentrated and repelled the colour at the same time, and the colour also being resisted by the embossing of the flower image.

I then took an A4 piece of white card, folded in half, and die cut a rectangular opening the size I wanted to catch all of the flower and colours in it, and then embossed another rectangular die around that. I used Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles, as they are slightly different sizes, and give a border/frame effect when worked together.

I then stuck the water-colour paper behind it, and covered the back of it to make it neater.

The sentiment is from an Altenew stamp set, and die cut and embossed using the same technique of using a die cut, added to the image with some foam.

Now, my sister and I had a ‘discussion’ about the size of the card. She wanted me to cut the length down more as she felt it was too big, whereas I left it the A4 size completely, to give more open and white space…………Perhaps I could have some opinions as to what you might think? (As long as you agree with me!!!!)

Anyway, I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

CAS Watercolour Card Challengeuse salt

Guest Designer – three colours

Hi everyone. I have been invited to guest design for CAS Colours and Sketches for four challenges during August, and here is the first card I have made for the first colour challenge. The challenge was to create a card using the Stampin Up colours Blushing Bride, Cajun Craze, and Tempting Turquoise. My first thought ran to a flower card, but wondered which flowers I could use artistic license on for the three colours mentioned above.

I looked through me collection of stamps, and came across the set from Altenew ‘Under the Cherry Blossom Tree’. I couldn’t find any images of blue cherry blossoms – so did it anyway! I think I am getting more like that when I craft. It doesn’t matter if it imitates nature or not, if it looks good – do it anyway!

I didn’t have the ink pads for the three colours, but I did have my markers. This made stamping a little more challenging, as I had to cover the stamp carefully using the marker at an angle to ensure it was covered, but as the stamps are quite small anyway, it came together nicely.

I stamped the outline of the branch and flowers twice using Cajun Craze, then used Tempting Turquoise for the flowers. One stamped directly onto the layer added to the card base, and one I die-cut using the matching dies. This one I stuck down hanging off the top of the card, and cut down.

The first bird layer was stamped using Blushing Bird, and the second layer with Cajun Craze. When I stamped him, I set him too high, so had to go in and add a branch for him to sit on with my marker….

The sentiment is from the same set stamped in Cajun Craze, with another smaller detail stamped randomly around with Blushing Bride. So I then thought – why are the petals around the sentiment a different colour to the petals on the branches? Well – because they are! Maybe another tree is alongside this one with Blushing Bride petals………..

I hope you play along with us using these colours, and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone creates. 🙂

06/08/17 – Here is a close-up of the little birdie as requested by a lady who commented:

close up

Red flowers

Happy Sunday everyone. Craft day again – well, hubby is golfing, so I am playing too.

This card was composed from the background called ‘Squared Off Cover Panel’ from Reverse Confetti. This is a new buy from Seven Hills Crafts – ordered one day, and delivered the next. Always fabulous service.

Anyway, I knew I wanted to use this cover panel, and cut it twice – once in white, and once in a browny/goldy card from Creative Expressions. I then placed a piece of double sided sticky sheet on the back of the white panel, and placed the browny squares back into the white die cut. I stuck this down onto a plain white card base.

Now to the flowers – back to my old favourite from Altenew, the ‘Adore You’ stamp and die set. Love ’em, love ’em! I took some Crafters Companion satin red and satin green card, stamped using my Ranger Perfect Medium, and embossed with detail bright gold embossing powder. Now, you have to be quick with this embossing, as I have found the coating on this particular card isn’t exactly heat proof! (Trust me, I found out the hard way) So, I heat embossed from the back of the card……wish I’d thought of that first!

Anyhoo, I then cut out the flowers and leaves, and arranged them around the cover plate, took a photo so I could place them back again, and glued down with Pinflair glue gel. This gel gives some time to move things around a little, and you can then even stick the leaves underneath.

The sentiment is from that same stamp set.

I shall be entering this into the following challenges:

Altenew July 2017 inspirationphoto inspiration (colours and flowers)

Time Out ChallengesInspirational words

Just Us Girlssomething old +/- something new

Allsorts Challengephoto inspiration (colours and flowers)

 

Happy Birthday

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Hi everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I have been spending some time crafting today. Why is that the more clean and simple a card turns out to be, then it’s usually the longest time I take to make? Does anyone else find that? The more you put on a card, the easier I find it. Is it about the placement of the details? Is it the colours that will be used – let me have your thoughts on it.

The cue card from CASology is ‘Balloon’. Does that mean a single balloon? Can you add more? Well, I did think of a speech balloon, but couldn’t find anything in my stash I could use, and I didn’t want to free-hand too much, so I kept looking for ideas.

I found my Altenew ‘Hug Me’ stamp set, and used the smallest image, stamped in Versafine black onyx – not sure if I was going to be colouring him – stamped the sentiment, then went looking for a balloon…..

This one is from Craftwork cards, a small stamp set I have never used ‘Celebrations’, so grabbed and stamped the balloon with Catherine Pooler ‘Flirty Fuchsia’. I drew in the balloon line with a black gel pen – very brave of me on a nearly finished card – and decided not to colour the little guy. Left him plain.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Double D challenges – black and white with pop of colour

CASology – balloon

Tuesday Throwdown challenges – black and white and one other colour

 

 

July Sketch and colours

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Good morning, afternoon, or evening. I seem to be continuing my fixation with Altenew. There always seems to be a stamp set appropriate for any of the challenges I use for inspiration.

This card and design was inspired by the challenge from CASology – Diamond being the theme word, and CAS Colours and Sketches, with a colour theme this time – Night of Navy, Powder Pink, and Soft Sky. These are Stampin Up colours, and even though I don’t have the Soft Sky – I used my Lawn Fawn ‘Mermaid’ – I like the way they look together. I sense a play with these colours on perhaps a floral layout…….

The large stamp set is Altenew ‘Pattern Play – Hexagon’, which I stamped using my Tim Holtz stamping platform. It is a BIG stamp. And even though I knew I only wanted a portion of the stamped image – cut down using my Cutterpillar – (blinking marvellous machine) – I stamped the whole stamp for using the remainder on another card.

I stamped the main image in ‘Powder Pink’, the diamond inserts with ‘Mermaid’, and the sentiment from the same stamp set in ‘Night of Navy’. Not one smudge – so proud of myself. I seem to smudge even when using a stamping platform, maybe I am now doing it right!

You can see from my posts that I am trying different positions and different lighting for photographing. This one is a rusty bird bath on a large stone waterfall feature. I know it looks dirty, but I do think it brings out the crispness of the card and the colours – do you agree?

Pencil colouring

 

Hi everyone. I’ve tried another technique with this card. As hubby says – ‘you’re always trying new techniques‘……as if that’s a bad thing! I like to challenge myself, and sometimes it turns out alright.

The reason there are three different photos, is because I couldn’t decide which one I liked best. The outside one I thought was a bit stark, the smaller inside photo a bit dark, and the third one…….maybe ok!

I was inspired by several challenges, including Simply Less is More and AAA Cards, who have a joint challenge running for two weeks. Yes – I am almost out of time, hence this later post.

The challenge is for one layer, using a coloured card base, and clean and simple. Right. Who knew that would be so difficult to plan? Do you emboss, colour, water-colour, stamp……..the possibilities are actually endless, but knuckling down and doing it? That was my challenge for the past two weeks.

I used a Kraft card base, and stamped the outline flower from Altenew ‘Build a Flower Magnolia’ with my Ranger Perfect Medium, then set to colouring it in. I didn’t emboss the outline, I just used the guide from stamping it. I have never used the Crafters Companion pencils before. This set is not for water-colouring, but they are supposed to be good for blending. Perhaps better with a white card base, but I really like how this turned out.

It isn’t professionally perfect, but I like the effect, and may well try this out with a white card base, too. I followed the shading for the flower on the back of the stamp pack and ‘went for it’.

I used three pinks, three greens, three browns, and added an extra purple (ish) colour to get a darker impression at the base of some of the leaves.

The sentiment is also from that same stamp set, and I am liking mixing fonts when stamping, and used Versafine black onyx for this – clean and crisp.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Less is Moreone layer, coloured card base, CAS

AAA Cardsone layer, coloured card base, CAS

City Crafter Challengeuse Kraft

Crafty SentimentsCAS or fussy and fancy – (CAS)

Addicted to Stampsanything goes