There are three new dies in the new Sunshine and Smiles. release all set in rectangular frames, which makes them a nice choice for the inlaid die technique. I used the Butterflies die to create the card above. Below is a photo tutorial with instructions below each photo describing my process.
Spritz or paint water onto a piece of cold pressed watercolour paper then add watercolour paint ( I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi on Fabriano cold pressed) in three or four colours. Let it blend, tilt the paper, move it around with a paintbrush if it is not going where you want it to. Let it dry.
Add more paint to deepen the colours which will have dried paler than when you painted them. Add some metallic gold paint and some splatters. Let panel dry, then trim to desired size.
With the ‘Butterflies’ die cut a panel from your watercoloured piece and from a piece of metallic gold cardstock. Press both panels onto some ‘Cling film-Press & Seal’ to keep all the pieces together. I know it looks like I already lost some pieces but don’t worry they were there somewhere!
Attach a piece of double sided adhesive sheet (I used ‘stick it’) to a piece of cardstock larger than your die-cut panel.
Remove the liner paper from the adhesive and press the gold ‘frame’ part of the butterflies die onto the adhesive covered cardstock.
Transfer the ‘inside’ pieces from the die-cut watercoloured panel into the gold frame pressing each one firmly onto the adhesive backing.
Attach the remaining border piece of watercoloured cardstock around the inlaid die-cut panel. Trim excess cardstock from the completed inlaid die cut panel. Mat with gold card then attach to co-ordinating card base.
Creative Dies: Butterflies (PB)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Pink and gold cardstock
Also: Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Stick it adhesive sheet
The new Penny Black release, Sunshine and Smiles, is now available. Jill Foster has been sharing beautiful projects on the PB blog all week. My card today features the new stamp, Gentle Breeze. I inked the stamp with distress stains and markers, spritzed it with pearl-ex spray then stamped on watercolour paper. I did this a couple of times on a large panel and added some splatter here and there with a paint brush. When the panel was finished I couldn’t decide on the orientation or whether to add a sentiment, a die-cut or a mat; I tried several things without satisfaction. Finally I tried a curved edge cut which ended up looking no good at all but left me with a strange shaped panel from which I managed to cut two tags. I added a little texture stamping, a sentiment and ended up with a CAS card. Speaking of CAS cards make sure you check out Penny Black’s second blog, Simplicity at its best; there is all kinds of cleverness shared over there. And, before I end off, don’t forget there is the ‘Blossom’ challenge in progress at One Layer Simplicity.
Stamps: Gentle Breeze, Textures, Heartfelt (PB)
Creative Dies: Tagged (PB)
Inks: Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss distress stains (Ranger) Northern Pine memento ink (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock
Also: Twill tape
Today’s card is the one which produced the pretty coloured baby wipe that made the previous card possible. The watery rose panel above was initially much larger and there were red roses down below the orange ones. I used the wipe which ended up covered with orange, pink and green stain to clean off the rose stamp after each impression. I can’t really give you a play-by-play for this panel because I just kept on stamping, spritzing, painting and blotting until I ended up what you see above. There is a fine line between a soft blurred floral design and and a mess of washed out colour which some of you might think I have definitely stepped over (hehe) but I like the way the roses bleed into the background and the leaves bleed into the roses.
I cropped the red roses out because they were not so pretty then added a shaped border cut with one of the ‘stitched edge’ dies. I put ‘stick it’ adhesive on the back of the green cardstock before I cut the ‘best wishes’ sentiment which makes it very easy to attach to the card base.
Stamps: Efflorescence (PB)
Creative Dies: Stitched Edges, Wishes (PB)
Inks: Ripe Persimmon, Worn Lipstick, Forest Moss, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Green paper, Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb cardstock
I am the guest muse on Sovushka Slavia blog today. Sovushka Slavia blog is dedicated to CAS cardmaking and Project Life. It has 1325 followers in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, United States, Germany, Kazakhstan and other countries. The challenge is to CASE my card below from a few years ago.
I didn’t set out to CASE it quite so closely but I ended up keeping the colour scheme, the motif and the layout, I just the changed the technique. I created the watercolour panel first but letting distress stains blend on wet watercolour paper. I added some salt and let it dry. I die-cut two dragonflies then trimmed the panel so that one dragonfly would reach over the border. I stacked several layers below each dragonfly to pop them up above the panel.
I hope you check out the Sovushka Slavia blog, the design team’s cards and maybe add a CASE of your own to the link up.
Stamps: Snippets (PB)
Creative Dies: Flutters (PB)
Inks: Iced Spruce, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Aged Mahogany Distress Stains (Ranger) Versamark, Versafine smokey grey (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Canson cold pressed watercolour paper
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid, salt
This week on the Penny Black blog the design team are sharing projects which display the versatility of the latest PB release, Time to Celebrate. Over the past few weeks we have shared Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduation cards but the stamps and dies can be used for so much more. I picked out the pretty flower stamp, Centerpiece to create a wedding card.
I stamped the floral part of the stamp twice, leaving the vase out altogether. I embossed the design in silver pearl powder which has a subtle sheen to it then watercoloured with festive berries distress stain on the petals and aged mahogany distress stain on the flower centers. The tiny leaves I coloured with a memento new sprout marker. Around the edge of the embossed flowers I painted tumbled glass distress stain, feathering it out to nothing with extra water. I chose to pick up the same blue in the card base and sentiment panel by using PB Clear Skies mix and match paper. It is not obvious in the photo but I coloured over all the flowers with a clear wink of stella marker which gave them all a soft sparkly shimmer. The delicate silver mat is actually fabric interfacing from France. A fellow card making friend brought it back and it was the perfect addition for a little silver accent on the wedding card.
I have just returned from a great weekend teaching at Bizzy B Stamp & Scrap in Toronto and will share some photos from the classes soon.
Stamps: Centerpiece, You and Me (PB)
Creative Dies: Frames (PB)
Inks: Versafine, Memento New Sprout marker (Tsukineko) Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany, Tumbled Glass distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Clear skies mix & match paper(PB)
Also: Silver & Silver pearl embossing powder
Last week I posted a card featuring negative painted leaves and mentioned a second card made at the same time. Both cards were inspired by gum leaves. This is the card I created using a negative mask cut from frisket film with the ‘happy news’ die. When I cut the bird and branch image out of the frisket film I used a piece that would cover most of my watercolour panel. I obviously didn’t think too much about where I was positioning it because I ended up with the bird balancing oddly on the diagonal branch. I think it would have been more natural if the branch was closer to horizontal but it still seems to work.
The frisket film works well masking watercolour paint but some does seep underneath. Fortunately on this panel the only seepage was around the leaves not the bird. I painted a layer at a time and let the colour dry in between to avoid getting the panel too wet. The paint is gansai tambi watercolour with some details done in watercolour pencils. I completed most of the painting before removing the mask. With the mask off I painted some extra leaves then worked with the green and blue seepage around the leaves to create the impression of more foliage in the background. Once the leaves were totally dry I scratched a spine into each leaf with a sharp knife.
At this point I wanted to create some contrast to make the bird pop a little more but I didn’t want to paint a fiddly background around all the edges. Instead I cut another ‘happy news’ mask from masking paper and positioned it directly over the painted bird (which was totally dry) I then sponged the golden colour using memento peanut brittle ink. Once I had good coverage I pressed a damp paper towel into the sponging to give it more of a watercoloured texture.
This is a technique I will play around with more because I have many dies and they make great outlines for watercolouring. Getting a negative and positive mask from each die cut means double the possibilities.
My dad celebrated his 80th birthday this week and hopefully this card has arrived in Australia and been opened by now. He and my mother check out the cards on my blog regularly and my dad drops hints from time to time that he would like to see some Australian scenes. I definitely had eucalyptus leaves in mind when I painted this scene but I can’t say that the bird resembles any particular Australian bird. (If the card hasn’t arrived yet Dad, you’re getting a sneak peak!)
Creative Dies: Happy News (PB)
Inks: Memento Peanut Brittle ink (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock, teal cardstock
Also: Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, grafix extra tack frisket film, Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils
Penny Black is playing along with the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge today and the inspiration picture is a big bright bouquet of flowers.
I chose to highlight one of the flowers, a dahlia I think, and repeated it three times across my panel. I inked the flower from the transparent set ‘Efflorescence’ in barn door and ripe persimmon distress stain, spritzed it so the stains would blend then stamped it once on the panel. I did one at a time so I could do all the painting for each one while the stain was still wet. I used a waterbrush to pull colour from the outline in to fill the petals. If the stain dried before I could pull colour in I squeezed some out of the bottle and picked it up with the brush. After letting the first flower dry I did another and then a third. When all three were dry I added a fine splatter of barn door stain.
The background is coloured with Faber Castell polychromos pencils in two blues, I also added some extra definition here and there on the petals with red and orange pencils. The bottom edge of the panel, as well as the red, the blue mat and the card base, is die-cut by one of the stitched edges dies. For the sentiment I stamped only part of a stamp from the Sprinke & Smiles set so I could finish the phrase with words die cut in the same red as the mat.
Stamps: Efflorescence, Sprinkles and Smiles (PB)
Creative Dies: Stitched Edges, Splendid Wishes (PB)
Inks: Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door distress stains (Ranger), Versafine Onyx Black (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Red and Blue cardstock, Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb cardstock