Block water colour stamping and more…

I have the cards above for one challenge, and a card further below for the Color Throwdown challenge this week, but I am blaming ‘Just Us Girls Challenge’ for all the cards above. It is totally their fault. I am not to blame! I mean – setting a challenge like this. Really! I just couldn’t stop myself once I had started……I just kept going and going and going. If you haven’t tried this technique yet – go for it.

The challenge was to make a card using block water colour stamping – you probably guessed – and a link to Jennifer McGuire for hints and tips. I was immediately hooked, and gathered my inks, and my water-colour card, my blocks, and my spritzer, and off I went. My only limitation when I started yesterday was space to dry them, and how many heavy objects I had around to stand on them for 5 minutes!

I used distress inks, distress oxides, Altenew inks………all worked very well with this technique. Loved playing.

You can also see I used a larger rectangular block, a small round scalloped block, and three smaller blocks. One or two of them I let stand, and one or two I hit once or twice so the ink sprayed out the sides…….Jennifer has lots of hints on the video……

Then I had to decide what stamps to emboss onto the respective pieces…..

The two smaller butterflies with the sentiment in them is from Finnabair ‘Dream on’, and the rest are from  Visible Image. I decided to emboss most of them in black, but tried a white embossing for one flower, and quite liked it. Black is still my favourite as I like bold sentiments and images which stand out.

Whilst I was waiting for some of the pieces to dry, I also managed to make a card for Color throwdown this week:

Their challenge this week was to use red, white, and black. I thought of Christmas, and used my Catherine Pooler background stripe stamp, with her ‘Rockin’ Red’ ink, die cut Leonie Pujol ‘Entwined Christmas Tree Baubles’ (supposed to be entwined with the Christmas tree but I liked the look of it alone), in black glitter card from Stampin Up, added the die cut word ‘joy’ from Catherine Pooler, some black sparkly thingies in the corners, and there we have it.

Phew, need a coffee and feet up now. All that crating has fair worn me out…….

Guest Designer Colours (V2)

 

 

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Hi everyone. This is my third card as guest designer for CAS Colors and Sketches, and the second colour themed card. The challenge is to make a card using the colours Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, and Calypso Coral. As you know, I am currently away in Quebec City visiting my sister, and I don’t have the exact colours to hand.

After a little look through her crafting goodies, I found some Distress Oxides which seem to run a good match. I used Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, and Cracked Pistachio. I haven’t tried the distress oxides before, but I am loving them. So good at blending, so good at using as a water colour – will definitely invest when I get back to UK.

I started this card using  a stamp from Penny Black – ‘Flower Cascade’. A gorgeous stamp which I stamped in Versafine Black Onyx, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then coloured using the Distress Oxides.

To use them as a water colouring effect, I smudged each colour onto an acrylic block, then used a water brush to colour in the yellow flower, and the Cracked Pistachio. I didn’t want too much colour on the card, trying to keep it clean and simple, so I decided not colour any more than the main flower and some of the leaves.

I used the Worn Lipstick pad and ran it around the edge of a white base card – fabulous coverage again – then attached the stamped part flat.

The sentiment stamp reflected I am currently completely out of my comfort zone in Quebec – a please and thank you are basically the limits of my foreign language attempts – and stamped ‘Merci’ in Worn Lipstick, a small stamp from Lawn Fawn.

I hope you like my take on the colour scheme, with an addition of some muted colours, and look forward to seeing what you create to play along.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdownanything goes

Try it on Tuesdayin my garden

Through the Craft Room Dooranything goes

 

 

 

Travelling and challenge entry

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Hello everyone. Have you noticed I have been a little quiet this week? Well – I am currently in Quebec City visiting my sister! I know, trans-atlantic travelling. I love this city, and have been here several times before.

I arrived from London on Friday evening – after 2 hour delay from Heathrow – flew into Montreal, then flew up to Quebec. Not so bad, actually, as Air Canada transfers all your luggage for internal flights anyway.

Yesterday was spent doing a little food shopping, a little craft shopping – I know, first day! – and chilling. Then – raided her craft stash.

We both make cards, our styles are quite different, but she has LOADS of stuff I can play with.

This card is using the Altenew ‘Doodle Blooms’ stamp set, then colouring in Cracked Pistachio Distress oxide, then die cut with matching dies.

The embossing folder is from Spellbinders ‘Garden Delight`M-Bossability, and I used the curved die from Simon Says Stamp `Stitched Slopes and Hills’. The sentiment from a Stampin Up set ‘Les deux font la paire’ – thought I`d stay with the French language seeing as how I am in Quebec.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Fusion Challengesketch

Crafting with Dragonfliesembossing wet or dry