Last week I used a new stamp and new dies from MFT to create some dotted stitched blooms cards. As I had die cut the leaves and flowers from my painted panel without separating the dies I was left with a negative panel. It was quite pretty painted in party dress, bellini and shea butter inks but I decided to use it as a stencil not as a feature. I taped it over a piece of neenah solar white paper and sponged three CP inks through the leaf, flower and dot spaces. I used party dress, bellini and juniper mist inks and overlapped them in places. Unfortunately the stencil moved half way through so I started getting some shadow effects – not a problem – I gave several shapes shadow effects. You can see the depth of colour the Catherine Pooler inks give. I have now watercoloured with them and sponged with them, two techniques you’ll see me apply often. I like the results I am getting so I’ll keep putting them through their paces (and add a few more to my current collection of five).
With such bold colours and shapes in the background I needed to make my sentiment stand out. I cut the word friend from orange cardstock, embossed it in clear and added it to two stacked pink foam die-cuts. I added part of a sentiment below in juniper mist ink. To tie that in I matted the whole panel in dark blue and added it to a white card base.
I have one more card made with the last of my three dotted panels; you’ll see that later in the week. Thanks for dropping by.
Stamps: Anything but basic friendship set (MFT)
Dies: MFT stitched blooms, MFT friend duo
Inks: Catherine Pooler’s bellini, party dress, juniper mist, versamark
Paper: neenah solar white, dark blue
Also: glue, clear embossing powder
I am excited to have new cards to share and a WINNER to announce. I teamed up with the Foiled Fox to host a giveaway just two short weeks ago and I’m very happy to announce that Lagene is the randomly chosen winner of the $25 gift voucher to spend at the delightful Foiled Fox online store.
Congratulations LAGENE, you will be hearing from the Foiled Fox any minute now!
I’m on the Foiled Fox blog today featuring this new funky background stamp, delightful stitched flower dies, sweet letter dies and the oh-so-juicy Catherine Pooler inks. I’ve been planning to make a card layered with floral die-cuts for a while so when the MFT stitched blooms arrived I decided to cut out a whole bunch so I could do some ‘flower arranging’.If you look closely you can see the dots on the flowers and leaves are different sizes, that’s because I used the MFT Radiating halftone background stamp to create some patterned paper. I stamped three panels of hot pressed watercolour paper and embossed with white powder. I then used some Catherine Pooler ink to paint one panel in pink, yellow and orange (inks listed below) and the other two in greens and blue. Once the panels were dry I positioned the whole sheet of dies over the panel without separating any of them. I cut a whole set from both colour schemes then separated the dies so I could cut a few more individual flowers and leaves.
I arranged the pink, yellow and orange flowers with the green and blue leaves on a piece of white paper then, when I was happy with the layout I snapped a pic with my phone so I could recreate it and glue it all down in layers. I used liquid glue for the elements going directly on the white panel and two different thicknesses of dimensional adhesives to raise some of the flowers up higher. To create my little sentiment I adhered some white foam to pink cardstock then cut out the letters using the MFT ‘little lowercase letters’ dies. I used the same pink cardstock to mat the panel and my first flower arranngement was completed.
Because I had cut all the dies out of both colour schemes I had pink and yellow leaves left over along with green flowers. I decided to make a smaller arrangement on a narrow black panel and add a stamped sentiment from the MFT ‘Anything but basic Friendship’ stamp set. I stamped the whole sentiment in black on green cardstock then sliced it up to exclude those little words I didn’t need!
I used a white gel pen and a T-ruler to add dots to my panel. When I had finished these two cards I still had an uncut dotted panel in blue/green tones and the negative sheets I had cut the flowers and leaves from. I’ll share what I did with them later in the week.
Stamps: MFT Radiating halftone background stamp, Anything but basic friendship set (MFT)
Dies: MFT stitched blooms, MFT little lowercase letters
Inks: Catherine Pooler’s bellini, shea butter, party dress, spruce, daydream, versafine clair nocturne
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah black, neenah solar white, pink, green
Also: white embossing powder, mono aqua liquid glue, 3D dots foam dot adhesive, Kool tac clear foam roll, white gel pen, adhesive backed foam, T-ruler
My father is visiting from Australia at present; he has attended all three graduations with us. Before he left home I asked him to pick up some new stamps from Darkroom Door. It’s been pretty busy here but I finally found some time earlier this week to try them out. Grevillea is a plant native to Australia and some other southern hemisphere islands. There is a wide range of grevilleas with different shapes and colours. The new grevillea stamp set includes four different shaped flower heads and a couple of foliage stamps.
I searched for grevillea images on line and chose a couple of different colour schemes including this purple/burgandy one know as ‘Simply Sarah‘. I used both dusty concord and seedless preserves distress stains to ink the stamp, spritzed, then stamped on hot pressed watercolour paper. I spritzed again without reinking, stamped again and repeated a couple of times to get lighter images. I inked one of the foliage stamps with forest moss distress stain and stamped it a few times in and around the flowers. Finally I splattered some dots of scattered straw stain over the panel and added a sentiment from another new DD set, ‘thank you’. All the thank you sentiments are on one long strip so I masked with some post it notes to leave a space for just one sentiment.
When my dad first arrived he took a close look at the stamps he’d brought and came up with a challenge for me, but that will be a post for another day.
Stamps: grevilleas, thank you DDSE002 (DD)
Inks: scattered straw, seedless preserves, dusty concord, forest moss distress stains, monarch versafine clair
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white cardstock
I have a new glass mat on my work table and it’s been fun trying some of my favourite techniques on the glass surface. To create the backgrounds for these two cards I swiped distress oxide inks on the glass, spritzed some water over the ink then swiped hot pressed watercolour paper through it.
For this card the oxide inks were wild honey and lucky clover. I topped the panel with the scrolls half edger die cut and a stacked sentiment. I backed the white cardstock with adhesive sheet first before cutting to make it easier to attach.
The second background was made by swiping watercolour paper through wild honey, lucky clover and abandoned coral oxide inks then splattering some more ink and water over the top.
This one I decorated with the ‘floral half’ die cut edger. Both decorative dies cut all the intricate detail on one side and leave the opposite edge uncut
The cutterpillar glass mat worked beautifully for smooshing ink onto. I managed to spill half a bottle of glue on it while putting these cards together and ended up leaving it to dry for a day or two then peeled it off with ease. I have linked to the glass mat below so you can take a look (in the photo it is shown on top of the Cutterpillar Glow light pad). I really like the size as I can complete inky-painty projects on it but it doesn’t take over my whole work table. I will share more about it as I put it through its paces with other techniques.
You can find me over on the Foiled Fox blog today sharing all the details about this soft summery card. It reminds me of one I made a couple of years ago with an all over poppy pattern. I used distress stains and markers to get a loose watery look then gold embossing powder for the sentiment and some gold splatter. You can read about my process on the Foiled Fox blog.
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Enjoy your summer days!
Stamps: spontaneous joy 40-597, happy wishes 30-419
Paper: cold pressed watercolour, neenah natural white
Inks & Stains: versamark (tsukineko) spun sugar, tattered rose, forest moss distress stains, abandoned coral mini ink pad, black soot distress markers (ranger)
Also: metallic rich gold embossing powder (WOW), stamping platform
Our family is in the midst of a season of graduations as all three of our children are awarded diplomas or degrees. We enjoyed one last week, another yesterday and will attend one more next week. I will share some photos next week after our son graduates from high school. Today’s card is the one I made for my older daughter who has just received her Master of Teaching. As you can imagine I am exceedingly proud of her; I think she is pretty fantastic!
This card is also my only participation so far in Kathy Racoosin’s current 30 day colouring challenge. This month’s festivities have left very little time for colouring. I embossed the flowers from Penny Black’s ‘happy together’ transparent set in silver powder on hot pressed watercolour paper. I used four zig real brush pens for the petals colouring with a deep colour (purple or blue) near the base of the flowers and with a light blue near the tips of the petals. I then blended the two or three colours with a paintbrush and water until I had soft blends covering the flowers. I added a bit of violet to a few flowers for some extra depth and variation. I used light green and light blue for the leaves and sepals. To make the flowers pop a bit more I coloured around all the edges with a grey zig maker, blended it with water and a few dabs of light green. I was inspired by a few of Susie Lessard’s recent cards. (here’s the link to one on IG)
I completed the card with a purple mat and sentiment from the PB ‘perspective’ set also in purple.
Stamps: happy together, perspective
After the interest and kind comments expressed yesterday about the bister & emboss resist combo I thought I’d show you another done with the same ingredients. I embossed the typewriter text stamp on hot pressed watercolour paper and created two different looks with two brands of paint powder. The blue one features blue bister, like yesterday’s card and the tones are muted and earthy. The pink card features Nuvo cherry bomb shimmer powder and the tones are bright and sparkly.
Once again the paint powders created a range of shades and pooled in different places trapped by the embossing. I thought it was particularly clever the way the letters trapped dark colour at times and white space at other times.
I cut the ‘friend’ die cut in blue card and black foam to make a stacked word then added the embossed sentiment strip underneath.
The pink card features the same steps but there is shimmer here and there over the panel. I also added sparkle to the die cut ‘friend’ by embossing the whole word with versamark and clear sparkle powder.
I doubt I will ever tire of playing with paint powders; the results are different every time!