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

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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’