Penny Black seems to come out with at least one pretty new poinsettia stamp every year and this year’s, featured above, is called ‘La Fleur Rouge’. The stamp has three flower heads on it and I have stamped it three times on the panel. You can see from the white speckled effect that I started with masking fluid splattered on my watercolour paper. I stamped with distress stain three times but rather than re-inking the stamp I just spritzed with water between stampings. The result is lighter images the second and third times. I also spritzed the panel to get some of the stain to bleed into the surrounding area and painted pale green between some of the flowers. When all was dry I added some green splatter. To finish the card I matted with red to match the red die cut sentiment. To see how Jill Foster used this stamp check out the PB blog
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Stamps: La Fleur Rouge (PB)
Creative Die: World of Wishes (PB)
Inks: Forest Moss, Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Peeled Paint distress stains/markers(Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, red cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid
I have something new to share today. There has been something of a Midas situation happening in my craft room. I brought home a Heidi Swapp Minc machine last week and warned my family that anything not nailed down was about to be foiled! It turns out their possessions are safe for now as I am currently experimenting with different ways to use the machine to do the type of foiling I want to do. I will share more over the weeks to come but I will say for starters that the Minc does a beautiful job.
As you know I have recently dived into watercolour powders and all the experimentation with them has resulted in a surplus of watercolour panels just sitting around waiting to be made into things. I pulled out one of those abstract panels and foiled a gold lily onto it using the ‘sun fire’ die from Penny Black. I am still learning and making mistakes so I won’t go into the how-to for today’s card but as I nail down the techniques that work for me I will share them here.
Prepare yourself for a little more shimmer and shine around here!
I played around with a poinsettia stamp from last year’s Christmas release to create these cards. My plan was not to create two cards. Well to be honest I didn’t really have a plan; I just taped down a piece of watercolour paper and started stamping. All the stamping was done with distress stains which enabled me to fill in all the petals by either pulling stain from the outline image or adding it where extra was needed. After the poinsettias were painted I drew the centre clusters with a marker as it had been blended over. I treated the panel more as patterned paper than a ‘picture’ by adding some music and snowflakes in blue then painting over them to spread colour into the surrounding area.
Because of my lack of planning the finished panel did not really work as a square or wide rectangle so I sliced it up and was able to make two cards. I had some gold foil cardstock scraps which worked for matting and sentiments but the little square piece needed more than the pop of gold. It is quite hard to see but if you click on the card below you might just make be able to make out the navy die cut poinsettias I arranged behind the patterned panel.
Pink, blue and gold is an unusual colour scheme for Christmas but I think it works. What colours are you reaching for when making this year’s Christmas cards?
Stamps: Sparkler, Footnotes, Hello Winter (PB)
Creative Dies: Good Tidings, Bursts of Red, Exultations(PB)
Inks: Aged Mahogany, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, Black Soot distress stains/markers(Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Patriot blue, Gold foil cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid
On the Penny Black blog for the remainder of August you can see one new product after another as the ‘Especially for You 2015’ release is revealed. This week is all about new dies and there are a whole stack of new word dies featured on the PB blog today. One of the new word dies happens to be ‘A Very Merry’ on my card above. The pine bough is a new stamp too but I can give you details about that another day. There is a giveaway to coincide with the new release too so pop over to the blog.
If you have visited here before you will know my watercoloured cards range from quite neat and controlled to rather free, watery and loose. This is one of those loose ones that almost didn’t make the cut. However there was something about it, just enough definition in a couple of pine needles and cones to keep me from tossing it. It is stamped and painted on watercolour paper splattered with masking fluid. Before I stamped any images I spritzed some water and some spots of distress stain over the panel. I painted some tumbled glass distress stain also to fill in parts of the background. I let it dry a little before inking the pinecone stamp with distress stains and stamping it three times. It was quite wet so I dropped some bister powder into the wet areas to give some extra depth of colour. When it was almost dry I stamped over the initial images to add more definition in a couple of places. To complete the card I attached the panel to a dark brown card base and die cut the sentiment out of the same colour.
Stamps: 40-408 (more details to come)
Creative Die: A Very Merry(PB)
Inks: Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough, Vintage Photo, Tumbled glass, Black soot, Gathered twigs distress stains/markers/inkpads (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper & Brown card
Also: Blue and Green bistre powder, Winsor & Newton masking fluid.
This watercolour powder experiment displays on one card some of the different effects you can get with color burst powders. Depending on how much water you add you can get fine dots of colour or very watery blends of colour. I sprinkled the powder on a piece of watercolour paper and spritzed lightly at one end but more generously at the other. The fine dots must have got hardly any water, the little irregular shapes a bit more water then the purple and blue areas were fairly saturated. All the purples and shades of blue came from only pink and blue powders.
I die cut poppies from the watercoloured panel and some from foam as well then attached them all together with stick it adhesive.
Stamps: Snippets (Penny Black)
Creative dies: Poppy Pair (Penny Black)
Inks: Color burst watercolour powders(Ken Oliver), Salty ocean distress (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano cold pressed watercolour paper
Also: Stick it adhesive sheet (Ken Oliver)
I have added another powdered watercolour paint to my collection so the fun continues. You can see in the card above there are some bright colours alongside the muted earthy gold tone. I picked up four bottles of Color Burst powder from our wonderful local scrapbooking store. I just chose four favourites out of the six available (blue, pink, purple & green). This card is for my younger daughter who is celebrating her 19th birthday today. Her favourite colour is yellow so I needed to include some bister yellow but the rest of the colours are color burst. The powders did play well together so the possibilities are looking endless!
I die cut circles from frisket film and used scissors to cut the little tie end outside the balloon shape. I pressed the large frisket mask (the negative part) down firmly, added a little crescent shape to mask the highlight then sprinkled powder inside the balloon shape. I spritzed pearl-ex spray over the top of the powders. I did move them round a little with a paintbrush just to make sure the whole area was coloured but then I left them alone to work their color magic. When the paint was dry I removed the negative mask and covered the balloon with the positive mask while I added two smaller balloons behind.
The sentiment was die cut from a watercolour scrap and the balloon strings were hand drawn with fine tip sharpies. Yes, you can see sequins on a card of my making, strange though that might seem to you. My girl likes a little sparkle!
Creative Dies: Doodles (PB)
Cardstock: Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Bister powders, Color Burst powders, Grafix frisket film, sequins, homemade shimmer spray made by adding pearlex powder to water.
In the garden today there are several different plants. I won’t even try to label them; I was after the effect of mass flowers in bloom rather than botanical drawings (obviously!) I used the three small silhouette stamps from the transparent Floral & Feathers set and inked them with distress stains. I spritzed the stamped images to let them bleed into the surrounding area. When the flowers were almost dry I turned the panel upside down and painted the sky with blue stain tilting the panel so the colour did not run into the flowers. Here and there I pulled some colour from the flowers into the wet sky.
The pretty die-cut gates bordering the scene are called ‘Gothic Gate’ and when run through the die cut machine they are scored on the sides so they can open if you wish. I trimmed the sides off so I could stick them either side of my scene. This is the final card in my In the Garden mini series; the others are here, here and here.
Stamps: Floral & Feathers, Sprinkles & Smiles (PB)
Creative Dies: Gothic Gate (PB
Inks: Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Bundled Sage, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Ripe Persimmon distress stains (Ranger) Versafine Onyx Black (ImagineCrafts/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Green cardstock, Gold cardstock