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Dusk reflections

dusk reflections

As I have said before, you can never have too many tree stamps!  The African trees set from Darkroom Door not only has four lovely tree stamps but also five animals and a flock of birds. It’s a beautiful set that I am really enjoying trying with different colours and mediums. This time I wanted the feeling of dusk around the waterhole. I almost added an African deer to this scene but I had achieved the look I was after and didn’t want to risk spoiling it at the last minute (as I did with a new card yesterday. grrr)

The scattering of stars was created with by splattering masking fluid on hot pressed watercolour paper before I started painting. Once it was dry I painted the sky and water in chipped sapphire, broken china and tumbled glass distress stains. I kept the panel wet so I could blend from colour to colour but dabbed up excess liquid at the sides. While the panel was still damp I painted two areas of grass with forest moss distress stain. I let the panel dry a bit more but not too much before stamping the reflections of both trees. To achieve the mirror stamped image I stamped it on a piece of acetate then pressed it onto the damp panel. When I was happy with all my soft edge images I dried the panel completely before adding the trees and grass that I wanted sharp. I used a stamp positioner to stamp the trees several times in forest moss distress ink then painted grass with a fine tipped brush.

Lastly I removed the masking fluid to reveal the little stars then mounted my panel on a piece of natural coloured cardstock.

Supplies:

Stamps:   African Trees (Darkroom Door)
Inks:  Distress tumbled glass, broken china, forest moss stains and inks (Ranger)
Cardstock:  hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Pebeo masking fluid

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Ferns

Here ends a week without internet at home! I think some internet free time is definitely a good thing but I’d rather it be planned than thrust upon me.  One happy outcome is the stack of edited photos I have ready to slot into blog posts.

This one is an alcohol ink on yupo panel. The abstract panel has been sitting in my ‘pile of possibility’ for some time so I don’t remember which colours of ink I used. Just guessing though, I would say pool and juniper but I might be wrong about juniper. There’s a blue and a green for sure, possibly two blues. I used opaque yupo paper but it is still worthwhile to back it with white cardstock to keep the colours bright so I did that before matting it with teal.

I stamped the fern from Darkroom Door’s Wilderness Vol 2 set. It is a lovely delicate image. I used stazon ink on the yupo and it spread ever so slightly but as you can see not enough to lose the fine detail of the stamp. At first I didn’t have a sentiment but the white space below the panel did look a bit empty so I added a simple thank you. Stamps and inks are linked below.

Supplies:

Stamps: wilderness vol 2, thank you (Darkroom Door)
Inks: pool & juniper alcohol inks (Ranger) blue Hawaii stazon, deep lagoon versafine (Tsukineko)
Papers: opaque yupo, neenah solar white cardstock, teal cardstock

 


The pickle people

I have a fun one for you today. I did this little panel way, way back when I first started playing with alcohol inks. I dropped ink on yupo paper then blew it with  compressed air to create some random shapes. Only later did I see I had created pickle people.

You’re welcome.


Butterfly Trio

After waiting patiently through a longer than usual spring, summer finally seems to have arrived in Ottawa. The sunny days are punctuated with frequent rain but at least it is shorts and sandals weather! The background for today’s butterfly card seems pretty summery to me.

I used alcohol inks on yupo paper to create the background then attached the yupo to white cardstock before die-cutting the butterfly trio from the panel. I also die cut the butterflies from  white fun foam so I could pop the trio up out of the background. I did not replace the little die cut shapes in the wings but matted the whole panel in teal instead to create a frame that matched the wings and the sentiment.

I hope the sun is shining where you are.

Supplies

Dies: butterfly trio, doodles (PB)
Inks: sunshine yellow, stream, pesto alcohol inks (Ranger)
Cardstock: yupo, solar white (Neenah), teal cardstock


Daisy thank you

Daisy Thank you Heather Telford

I have summer flowers to share again today. The autumn card I posted yesterday won’t be needed for months. I want way more summer before I see autumn leaves! I used distress stains not markers for today’s card so the images are looser and less defined.

I still worked with a stamp positioner so I could add a colour at a time. I began by inking the petals in scattered straw distress stain, stamped then inked more of the petals in spiced marmalade, spritzed the stamp and finally while the petals were still damp in places I added ground espresso for the flower centres. I inked and stamped the stems and leaves in mowed lawn distress stain. When the daisies were dry I stamped some extra grasses with the ‘feathery’ stamp in forest moss and mowed lawn distress stain.

I was undecided about adding ribbon or a sentiment until I remembered this clever little die that cuts the negative space around the word ‘Thank you’ but does not separate it from the panel. It just added the interest I needed while showing more of the orange card stock I matted the panel with.

Supplies

Stamp: dancing daisies,Feathery (PB)
Die: Thank you squares (PB)
Inks: scattered straw, spiced marmalade, ground espresso, mowed lawn, forest moss distress stains
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, orange cardstock


Simply Irresistible Winners

 

The Simply Irresistible Challenge I co-hosted with The Foiled Fox wrapped up on Friday but then Canada Day and Independence Day happened so today is the day to announce some winners. I have featured our three winners below but make sure you check out the announcement on The Foiled Fox blog for more details.

Thank you to everyone who participated. The best part of any challenge, I think, is the inspiration that comes from all the entries. There were cards with embossing covering just about the whole layout and others where embossing added a subtle and effective background or highlight. There was silver, gold, black, white and clear embossing and a range of mediums applied to ‘resist’ it.  I know it is a common thing to combine challenges and many of our participants did; that just makes you extra clever in my opinion.

It was a difficult task to choose three winners but we narrowed it down by looking for original ideas, technical skills and eye catching details. In no particular order the winners of $50 gift certificates from The Foiled Fox are:

Rosali, whose geometric quilt style card was the perfect choice for the emboss resist technique. I love the way the colour is trapped in sections and draws the eye toward the sentiment.

Congratulations, Bonnie, your card is so beautifully balanced and coordinated, with a small perfectly placed embossed panel to frame your white flower.

Pam, your bold black, white and green colour scheme caught my eye immediately and your smooth blended background is a gorgeous example of the emboss resist technique.

Below is a winner’s badge to display on your blog.

 

Even though we hadn’t planned it, we really wanted to highlight one more card, so please check out Hilary’s lovely emboss resist creations here. Both The Foiled Fox and I felt they were worthy of an honorable mention.

Thank you again for participating, we had fun and might just do this again one day!


Poetic

I think brusho paints are the perfect medium for autumn leaves. The variation in colour from even one little tub of brusho reminds me of the beautiful variation in autumn leaves. Brusho can be blended for smooth transitions from light to dark or left unblended which ends up looking like the blemishes found on many leaves. When deciding how to paint the new leaf stamp, Poetic, I knew brusho would help me achieve the look I wanted.

I started by stamping the leaf three times on hot pressed watercolour paper in Morocco memento ink. I overlapped the leaves but without re-inking the stamp so I ended up with one dark leaf (foreground) and two paler leaves as my guides for painting. I painted the leaves from left to right adding one colour of brusho to one leaf at a time. I sprinkled dark brown on the first leaf and used a waterbrush to blend it out to the edges of the leaf keeping some areas variegated. I dried the leaf completely before starting on the second one with terracotta brusho and following the same process. Again I dried the panel completely before doing the final leaf in sandstone.

After I had painted all the leaves I sprinkled a little of each colour of brusho over the corresponding leaf and spritzed with water from above. The result was some extra texture on the leaves and some colourful splatter over the edges. To add realism I used a fine brush to paint some veins on the leaves. Finally I created a stacked die cut of the word Grateful and matted in dark brown and the same rust as for the die cut.

Supplies

Stamp: Poetic (PB)
Die: words of gratitude (PB)
Cardstock: hot pressed watercolour paper, natural white cardstock (Neenah) dark brown and rust cardstock
Ink: Morocco memento ink (Tsukineko)
Paint: dark brown, terracotta, sandstone brusho (Colourcraft)