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Birthday prints

I’ve been playing around with the layering stamps from MFT ‘painted prints’ again. I had a bit of an idea in my head when I started but I changed it a couple of times along the way. It’s on hot pressed watercolour paper because at first I intended to add water. I began by stamping the roses in worn lipstick and added the second layer with stamped off aged mahogany.

Next I did the leaves in shabby shutters with second layer in forest moss. I did the little yellow flowers with wild honey; some are dark some a light because I stamped them twice each time I inked, a first and a second generation print. I gave them little stems and with shabby shutters and forest moss.

I filled it in with tiny dusty concord flowers stamped twice just slightly offset to get two-toned flowers in all the gaps. To make the half hidden sentiment I stamped with versamark and embossed twice with WOW clear ultra high powder. To make the clear embossed sentiment show up I sponged antique linen ink over it; that was a bit too subtle so I switched to wild honey. Still too subtle I grabbed the wild honey marker and drew some shadows around two edges of each letter.

‘Cos I was feeling fancy I made a matching envelope and stamped a great big ‘Happy Birthday to you’ inside the card. I discovered something cool to do with these stamps while I was making this card so there will be more to share another day. Thanks for dropping by.

Supplies

Stamps: paint prints, happy birthday to you

Inks: worn lipstick, aged mahogany, wild honey, scattered straw, dusty concord, shabby shutters, forest moss, antique linen distress inks, versamark

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper

Also: WOW clear ultra high embossing powder

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Stencils & Oxides

I have new MFT stencils and oxide inks in the house, a good combination for sure as the oxide inks blend so very nicely. The stencils are the focus on today’s cards but I’m sure I’ll have them providing subtle backgrounds on cards in the future. I’m over on the Foiled Fox blog today talking about these cards and my choices for each one. The first card features MFT  ‘geometric stars’ stencil. The next two cards are made with the MFT ‘Moroccan mosaic’ stencil.

I used mini ink blending tools and Neenah solar white cardstock to create all the cards.

I have some of the new oxide colours so I was keen to try them out. Above are all new stormy sky, spun sugar and dusty concord. (Ahh stormy sky, you are so perfect)

I paired the new crushed olive with the older forest moss. (There is also some antique linen in the middle there but it’s covered up by the HAPPY!) I had fun mixing and matching with some MFT sentiment sets to create all my messages and I love the way the stencilling underneath affects the stamping over the top.

For my final card it was again new oxides, tumbled glass and crushed olive. If you have never blended with oxide inks, you probably should; it’s very satisfying.

I was happy with these colour combos; I’d love to hear which oxides you like to put together.

Supplies

Stamps: Happy Birthday to you, Yay for you (MFT)

Stencils: geometric stars, Moroccan mosaic (MFT

Inks: spun sugar, stormy sky, dusty concord, crushed olive, forest moss, antique linen, tumbled glass oxide inks
     
Paper: neenah solar white cardstock

Also: cutterpillar glow premium, mini ink blending tool, mini ink blending foams
  


Painted Prints

To create this card I worked with a bold red, orange and purple palette on rough watercolour paper with distress ink pads, a little different to the blues, pinks and hot pressed choices I often make. The stamps are from the Painted Prints layering set from My Favorite Things. I started by stamping the roses in scattered straw with the second layer in spiced marmalade. After stamping I blended with a wet paint brush. Next I popped in the purple flowers stamping off with dusty concord for the first layer then using the same ink at full strength for the second layer. The red flowers I used only the second layer stamp with festive berries ink.

The stems or leaves are either forest moss or frayed burlap, stamped then blended with some water. I used a tiny stamp, which I think is for sepals or maybe flower centres, to stamp little flowers in stormy sky ink. I also splattered a little frayed burlap ink over the panel; you know I like a little splatter here and there.

The floral panel is popped up on a piece of orange adhesive backed foam and attached to a cream base. To finish off the card I embossed a sentiment from Anything but basic Friendship set on a strip of purple cardstock in opaque white powder.

Supplies

Stamps: painted prints,

Inks: scattered straw, spiced marmalade, dusty concord, festive berries, frayed burlap, forest moss, stormy sky distress inks, versamark
   
Cardstock: rough watercolour paper, neenah natural white, purple

Also: opaque white embossing powder, orange fun foam


Summer in the city

You might not have guessed I would go for this set but I have had so much fun playing with all the possibilities. I am sharing this card and my process over on the Foiled Fox blog today so pop on over there to read about how I made it.

The set is called ‘city stacks’ and there is a matching set of dies to cut out the row of houses, the hill of trees, the collection of skyscrapers and the bank of clouds. This card is definitely a stack of layers, five to be exact including the card base, but I have made a some one and two layer cards with this set also.

 

When I saw all the fun that could be had with this set I decided to design a class around it so you can check that out on my upcoming classes page. To see what Laurel Beard dreamed up with this set check out her card on the Foiled Fox blog last week. Now tell me, even if this isn’t your style, can you see why I love this set so much?

Supplies

Stamps: City Stacks (Concord & 9th)

Dies: City Stacks die set (Concord & 9th)

Paper: Canson XL cold pressed watercolour paper, Neenah natural white

Ink

Pencils

Adhesive


Rose bowl

I mentioned recently that I’ve been trying the Catherine Pooler inks for some of my favourite techniques. A watercolour method I often use involves stamping an outline stamp in a nice juicy ink such as distress ink or stain then using a damp brush to pull the ink into the outlined areas (often petals or leaves). I stamped the Penny Black rose bowl stamp in CP daydream ink on cold pressed watercolour paper then used a watercolour brush and some water to blend the stamped ink to create shading and shadow.

The CP ink is great for this technique; because it is so juicy, there is plenty to blend. At times I blended ink from the outline into the petal then had to dab away some colour because it was too strong. I used either a paper towel or a thirsty brush to pull colour off.

Not sure why I chose to stamp roses in blue to start off with but there they are. I added a sentiment from a set of tiny sentiments, matted in a matching cardstock and ended up with a simple watercolour design. You’ve probably gathered I’ll be using this technique with CP inks again.

Supplies

Stamps: rose bowl (PB), Just a little greeting (Hot off the Press)
 
Ink: daydream (CP)

Paper: cold pressed watercolour, blue


Popped up grevillea

I have a second grevillea card today featuring another of the flowers from the Darkroom Door ‘grevilleas’ set. (you can see my first one here) There are many different shapes, sizes and colours of grevilleas; this one I coloured to look like the ‘coastal sunset grevillea’. To get my background grevilleas I stamped ‘wet into wet’. I painted water over a piece of cold pressed watercolour paper, inked my stamps with distress stains and stamped onto the wet panel. The ink immediately bled into the surrounding area giving me a loose watery image. I blotted the panel with paper towel to stop the ink from moving too much and to soften the depth of colour. I painted a little blue stain around the edges.

I wanted the foreground images to be sharper so I dried the panel with a heat tool. In order to keep the tips of the grevillea yellow and the rest of the styles red, I stamped first in yellow then in red but I wiped red stain off the ends. I used one of the foliage stamps and inked it with two greens for a more realistic look. I spritzed ever so slightly to make the inks blend a little but not so much as to loose the definition in the detailed stamp.

Once my panel was complete, stamped with one sentiment from the new ‘happy birthday’ strip, I cut across the panel to separate the piece containing the sentiment so I could pop it up on a piece of foam.

Supplies

Stamps: grevilleas, happy birthday (DD)

Inks: mowed lawn, peeled paint, scattered straw, festive berries, tumbled glass distress stains, nocturne versafine clair

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white cardstock

Also: adhesive backed foam

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Popped up blooms

This is the last of my cards made featuring the stitched blooms dies paired with my homemade dotty watercolour panels. I embossed the radiating half tone stamp from MFT on watercolour paper three times then painted over the embossing with Catherine Pooler inks. I used pinks and yellows on one panel then blue and yellow on the others which ended up giving me blue and green variations. You can see the other cards made with the dotty panels here and the card stenciled through a leftover die cut negative here.

To create this card I attached a watercoloured dotty panel to adhesive backed foam and cut as many dots, leaves and flowers as I could. The watercolour paper attached to foam did make a thick panel for the die cutter to manage so a few passes were necessary.  I arranged all my little elements on a white panel along with some letters die cut using the ‘little lowercase letters’ dies from MFT and a sentiment from ‘Yay for you’ stamp set.

I love the dimension of the foam backed elements on this card and the teal/blue colour scheme; it pleases my matchy-matchy heart.

Supplies

Stamps: MFT Radiating halftone background stamp, Anything but basic friendship set (MFT)
 
Dies: MFT stitched blooms, MFT little lowercase letters

Inks:  Catherine Pooler’s  shea butter, spruce, daydream
 
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah solar white, teal
 
Also: white embossing powder, mono aqua liquid glue, 3D dots foam dot adhesive, adhesive backed foam, T-ruler