I think this is the first time this gorgeous stamp has appeared on my blog. I inked it up ages ago and had the simple dark brown image sitting around waiting for further inspiration. Because I inked the stamp with distress stain the ink pooled in some areas of the stamp more than others. I really like the effect of darker and lighter tones along with thicker and thinner lines so initially I didn’t want to add colour to the image. I eventually decided to colour a few flowers, cut them out and pop them up. I have said before I am not a fussy cutter, these three relatively simple blooms were enough for me. As if the fussy cutting wasn’t enough of a surprise I also decided to add half pearls which I coloured to match with an alcohol marker!
Stamps: Jubilant, Every Happiness (PB)
Inks: Memento Espresso Truffle Marker (Tsukineko) Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord Distress Stains (Ranger) Brown Marker TN8 (Spectrum Noir)
Cardstock: Fabriano 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Sticks & Stones Mix & Match Paper
Also: Keepsakes Memories half pearls
I’ve been having fun playing with background techniques lately. This one was done on wet watercolour paper with distress stains. After taping the panel down to a craft mat I wet the whole panel then painted three colours of distress stain across it in horizontal stripes. Next I spritzed some water and tilted it to let the colours and water blend. (Related tangent: When I first bought distress stains I was a little annoyed that the sponge applicator didn’t come off to allow me to access the stain. I tried to force it but I could just see myself ending up with stain all over my project, desk and clothing so I gave up. Yesterday I learned that you can in fact take the sponge applicator off without disastrous consequences. See video here.) I removed the sponge applicator from the Broken China stain and not only flicked some stain on the panel with a paintbrush, but also used the applicator which was covered in ink to stamp some circles. To finish I sprinkled salt on the panel and let it dry.
When it was dry I brushed the salt off to reveal the speckled effect and positioned the Verdant stencil for sponging with Radiant Neon Electric Blue and Memento Luxe Pear Tart. After I had sponged I stamped the co-ordinating stamp “Delightful” in Encore Gold ink and added some gold wink of stella dots and highlights also. Photos don’t always pick up the sparkle so trust me it does have some. Deciding how to mat it was tricky but I pulled out some wide organza ribbon which was originally around a bunch of flowers and cut some to fit the card base. I was getting ready to photograph the card when I remembered that you can do the ‘ink flicky thing’ with wink of stella pens…
Stamps: Delightful, Sweet Wishes (PB)
Stencils: Verdant (PB)
Inks: Memento Luxe Pear Tart, Radiant Neon Electric Blue & Encore Gold (Tsukineko)
Stains: Broken China, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint
Paper: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Organza ribbon, Gold Wink of Stella pen
I have poppies for you again today, in pink. The only poppies in my garden are orange; they are quite cheery and bright but the lady down the road has dusty pink poppies which appeal more to me. I cut out the poppies with the Field of Dreams die then coloured them with distress stains. I added some watercolour pencil as they were drying and finished them by stamping parts of the co-ordinating stamp from Blooming Garden to add a little shape and shading. Before sticking them on the card front I ran a rich cocoa marker around all the edges. The left hand border is from the Lace Edgings set and is stamped in a mix of memento rich cocoa and vintage photo distress stain.
Thank you for all your lovely comments about my simple watercolour card. I enjoyed reading them all and was interested in the suggestions for making subtle additions. It was a simple card to make and I did the watercolouring while watching tv so I might remake it and try a little embellishing just for the fun of it.
Stamps: Blooming Garden, Truly Great, Lace Edgings (PB)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils Vandyke Brown 176, Medium Flesh 131 (Faber-Castell)
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko) Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint & Victorian Velvet distress stains (Ranger)
Creative Dies: Field of Dreams (PB)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
After a week of lovely features on the Penny Black blog I decided to continue playing around with the new large scale stamps. I created a panel with the Softly stamp on watercolour paper without a definite plan of how to use it. Once it was complete I turned it this way and that and used scraps of blank card to frame it so I could decide where to crop it to fit on a 4.25″x 5.5″ cardbase. It was at this point that I chose to have the image in landscape orientation rather than portrait. I like the flowers hanging down.
My watercolouring process began by inking the stamp with Memento Angel Pink and New Sprout markers. These colours are quite pale and when stamped made perfect outlines for me fill with colour. I used two pink watercolour pencils and two green, colouring first then blending with a waterbrush. I masked the leaves in the top left hand corner and stamped a couple more flowers.
I was tempted to add a pale watery border but I resisted. I was even more tempted to flick some pink and green droplets over the panel as that is currently my favourite thing to do . I was tempted to add a pretty organza ribbon but my inner Susan Raihala said, “Leave well alone.” She might have suggested bling, which of course she would have pulled off perfectly, but the bling-thing doesn’t come as naturally to me as it does to her so I just stopped. I didn’t want to risk spoiling what I had done.
Would you have added a little something more?
Stamps: Softly, Special Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Markers Angel Pink, New Sprout & Memento Luxe Pear Tart(Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Apple Green 170, Moss Green 168, Middle Purple Pink 125, Pink Madder Lake 129 (Faber-Castell)
Paper: Fabriano 100% & 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Playing along with CAS(E) this sketch is getting to be a habit but I am not just playing along this week; I am privileged to be the guest designer for sketch #70
Seems like this sketch was made just for me. You won’t have to look far through my blog before you spy one or two layouts along the same lines. I pulled out an old favourite from my stamp collection and paired it with my new favourite technique, flicking watercolour paint! I stamped the Queen Anne’s Lace first in a mix of Memento Cottage Ivy ink and Peeled Paint Distress stain. Next I positioned post-it notes as masks to create the central square and flicked colour from three different watercolour pencils with a water brush. Finally I removed the masks and added the sentiment.
Make sure you visit the CAS(E) this sketch challenge blog to see all the wonderful creations from the design team.
Stamps: Queen Anne’s Lace, Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Cottage Ivy (Tsukineko) & Peeled Paint Distress Stain (Ranger)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils (Faber-Castell)
Cardstock: Fabriano Hot pressed 25%cotton watercolour paper
All through this week Penny Black is showcasing their new large scale stamps and co-ordinating stencils.The week kicked off with an inspiring video blog hop featuring seven guest designers and their impressive array of projects. During the rest of the week the PB design team are sharing their projects all with a “how-to” tutorial.
My project is a pictured above and the process is outlined in a photo tutorial on the PB blog . It is unusual to see a kraft card from me but I have to say it makes the perfect background for the new Memento Luxe ink and the Radiant Neon inks.
Stamps: Delightful, Special Wishes (PB)
Stencils: Verdant (PB)
Inks: Memento Luxe Wedding Dress, Radiant Neon Electric Pink, Electric Green & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Paper: Kraft, Black, White
Also: Gingham ribbon
The background was the starting point for this card. I squeezed three colours of distress stain directly onto an acrylic block then pressed the block onto watercolour paper creating a pink, blue and green abstract background. Next I chose the stamp from Delicate Florals and stamped it in a couple of stages. First I inked only the blooms with Victorian Velvet distress stain and stamped them a couple of times. When the paper was dry I inked the whole stamp with versafine onyx black and stamped over the pink blooms. I inked in black again but selectively to stamp parts of a second spray of flowers on the left.
On the card base I stamped the same image a few more times in VersamagicWheat chalk ink.
Drop in on the Penny Black blog this week to enjoy the “How-to Hop” featuring the new large scale stamps and co-ordinating stencils. I will be sharing a card and tutorial mid-week.
Thanks for dropping by.
Stamps: Delicate Florals, Special Wishes (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black & Versamagic Wheat (Tsukineko) Victorian Velvet, Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper