Polychromos Poinsettia

Hello everyone. Another few cards from playing at the weekend. This time I have been using my Faber-Castell Polychromos. I have never used them before, so again I went searching through the YouTube videos. There are some absolutely amazing creations out there…….and then there are my simple little creations!

I had the idea of colouring a poinsettia flower from watching Yana Smakula recently, and loved how her blue poinsettias turned out. I wanted to try blue, but then turned to other colours, just so I could practice.

The flower stamp if from Which Craft!, bought at their craft show a couple of weeks back. I bought it specifically because it had a lot of open space I could get to colouring, and experimenting.

I stamped the flower several times on black card stock, and embossed with white, copper, and silver. I wanted to see what different they made to the finished project. As you can see, I didn’t just use red. I was playing, and experimenting with blending and shading, so much so that I actually spent a good couple of hours doing these.

I used three colours of the red, yellow, and green, and blended, and layered, and blended again. I’m not sure if it is the right way to do things, but I like how they turned out. I can’t decide which is my favourite, though – what do you think? Which would your favourite be?

(By-the -way – does this hand look creepy or not?)

I shall be entering one of these cards into the following challenges:

The Merry Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Christmas Blog ChallengeChristmas Flowers

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Addicted to Stamps Anything goes with flowers




Graffiti card


Hi there. I’ve been playing again! I was inspired by a graffiti challenge from Inkspirational, as I immediately thought of my Crafters Companion Textures embossing folder ‘Dry Stone Wall’. My first thoughts of graffiti was colour, words, and all painted onto a wall, which is why I went with this folder. I had no idea what to do to colour it, and what card base I wanted to start with, until I saw a Faber Castell show on Hochanda. I have some Gelatos, and – again – have never used them. Now was the perfect time.

I used a piece of Kraft card, and scribbled some Gelatos colour on it. I only have four colours, so I didn’t have many options. I scribbled, then wet the card, scribbled some more, rubbed with my fingers, scribbled some more, blended, even used a water brush at some point – it was very therapeutic…..

Once I was happy with the colour – it probably took about 15 minutes – I then stamped and embossed the letters. I have a stamp set full of capital letters and small letters and punctuation, no idea which company it was from, but I laid the letters out on my new Tim Holtz/Tonic stamping platform. I have only had this for a couple of days, but it came in very handy today when my card was more than 6 inches wide.

Once the letters were stamped and embossed, I then embossed the whole sheet. I find it easier to emboss afterwards, as stamping on an uneven background, even with a stamping tool, can be very awkward.

I tried to age the card by using a blending tool, but that started to rub off the embossed letters. So – I went in the my distress ink pad ‘Frayed Burlap’ and just rubbed the whole pad over the whole piece of card. It obviously caught the raised areas – such a great embossing folder – to add a darker colour.

A layer of black card, then all onto a base Kraft card.

I may have to try the Gelatos on some specific water-colour card for another project, after I have had a look at some YouTube videos, of course.

Challenges I will be entering:

Inkspirational‘Graffiti stamping’

Watercooler Wednesday – ‘masculine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge‘anything goes’

Brown Sugar challenge ‘no image, just a sentiment’

Colour Crazy Craft challenge‘anything goes’