Vintage collage

Vintage collage

Once again I hesitate to try and describe the process involved in creating this card because it is a combination of experiments and errors!

I started with a large piece of watercolour paper on which I was stamping all the flowers from the Delicate Florals set and experimenting with ways to colour them. The tulips above were stamped with Memento Angel Pink and Bamboo leaves. I then did the colouring with gelatos. I made a little watercolour paint by colouring with the gelato on a plastic sheet then blending in some water. I also picked up colour directly from the gelato with an aqua painter as well as applying gelato onto the tulip then blending. At this point I had a circle made from two tulips and no plan in place. I cut it into a square, masked the tulip flowers and added the letter background. I think it was about this point that I tipped over the bamboo leaves ink pad onto the panel creating some of those random lines you see on the right hand side. (It was also around then that I knocked tomorrow’s OLW card over onto an inked stamp and ruined it but that’s another story.)

So after dragging the edge of the ink pad over the panel a few times to add more vintagy effects I decided to add a little corner of Divine Pattern and a whole lot of pink sponging. Almost happy by this time I settled on one more element: one corner of the frame stamp. The panel was a square but I decided not to make a square card; instead I sliced it up and laid it out on a 5½” x 4¼” cardbase. Even after spacing it out there was still empty space which didn’t look quite right so I created the oval tab, slipped it under the last panel and decided to make a smaller card with the tab sticking out.

Thanks for dropping by; I will be back tomorrow with hopefully my fourth and final attempt at this week’s One Layer Wednesday challenge card.


Stamps: Delicate Florals,  Letter Background,  Divine Pattern, With Florish, Eloquence (PB)
Inks: Memento Bamboo leaves, Angel Pink, Love letter
Cardstock: Fabriano 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,
Also: Faber Castell gelatos

Analogous collage

Analogous collage

I have another collage card today, this one with a colour scheme more common in my work but probably not as striking as the previous contrasting scheme. An analogous colour scheme is one made up of colours side by side on the colour wheel. An analogous colour scheme works well for a sympathy or get well card because it is more soothing and harmonious than a contrasting one.

To create this card I positioned a mask across the lower third of the card and stamped the branch around the edges, lifting the mask once so a twig could fall below the line. I stamped a couple of times without re-inking to get that misty background look. I partially inked the music background in grey and stamped to the right of the panel then added the blue and green sponging with a little grey on the right.

My older daughter and I were discussing the sentiment; she felt that it always seems a little odd to send a card saying “get well soon” or “feel better soon” as it sounds like a command! As if someone wouldn’t feel better if they could. I guess it is probably short for “I hope you feel better soon”. That is the meaning behind this card made for my son’s writing class teacher who has fractured her wrist.


Stamps: Berry Branch, Music Background, Feel Better (Penny Black)
Inks: Memento London Fog, Summer Sky, Olive Grove (Tsukineko)

Complementary collage

Complementary collage

Most, if not all of the collages I have done previously have been analagous colour schemes. This one is a complementary colour scheme meaning that it uses colours opposite each other on the colour wheel. Complementary colours create more contrast and each colour promotes the other. In creating this card with red and green together you can see that my natural tendency for muted and harmonious tones influenced which red and green I chose to put together.

I started by stamping a very light impression of lace background in red where the image was darker at the bottom and hardly visible at the top. I then sponged the red from the bottom right hand corner to around the middle and the green from the opposite corner down. I stamped the flower in the same red but with some brown added on the stem. Finally I added the letter background in red to tie the whole panel together. I sliced the panel and matted it before adding the ribbon.

Tomorrow I have a collage in an analogous colour scheme, more of what you are used to from me. Thanks for dropping in. I am glad when I have inspired you to try something new and love reading your kind comments.

You probably realize this, but on the right side of my blog I have a little drop down menu that allows you to search my archives by single stamp, set, technique, tutorials, manufacturer, etc. I have just added a “collage” category and there is already a stamped landscape category. Just thought I’d mention it as it might be helpful if you are looking for something specific.


Stamps: Letter Background, Floral ThreadGratitudeBliss (PB)
Inks: Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Rich Cocoa and New Sprout, (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Mix & Match Coral Reef

Lemon and Lace

 Lemon and Lace

This is an unusual colour scheme for me but a  happy one. Because the flower is made of lace I think it works well in white. I began the design on a rectangular piece of Penny Black Mix & Match Summer Sun cardstock by stamping the diamond design background stamp around the edge of the panel and the letter background in the middle. I then stamped the lace flower several times on in versamark ink and embossed in white embossing powder. To highlight the edges and the flowers I sponged some memento dandelion ink around the edges of the panel then sliced it into four pieces. I had a scrap left over so I punched a tag out and tied it on with embroidery floss. The four panels are popped up for a little added dimension.

I hope your day is happy and  sunny.


Stamps: Letter Background ,  Diamond Pattern Lace Flower, (PB)
Ink: Memento  Dandelion, Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Summer Sun
Also: embroidery thread

Masking Fluid Christmas Collage 2

Masking fluid Christmas collage

Here ends a week of Christmas cards made using masking fluid to create falling snow. I really enjoy this technique and I hope you will too when you get a chance to try it out.  I would love to see what you create as I’m sure others would too so I have created a link up below where you can share your creations. It will be open for two weeks.

To create this one I stamped music background and winter scroll first, before I placed any masks. Then I positioned the first hill mask and sponged the blue and grey sky and added some background trees. I then repositioned the mask to create a snowbank, added a tree, removed the mask, stamped a foreground tree.and added a bit more sponging. I did add a bit of black on the foreground tree for extra definition but I don’t really like it so I wouldn’t bother next time. If that description is a bit rushed check out my tutorial where I go into way more detail.

I hope to post my last few Christmas cards in the next two days and some gingerbread creations too.


Stamps:  Letter Background,  Winter ScrollSilent Night, Before the Snow (PB)
Inks: Memento Pistachio,London Fog, Paris Dusk (Tsukineko)
Also: Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid

Masking Fluid & Christmas Baubles

masking fluid & baubles

Look no trees in this card!

I used  the same technique as I used for the Snow Storm Collage card over a base of flicked masking fluid. Several readers have looked for masking fluid with varied success. The one I am using is Winsor & Newton masking fluid for watercolour painting.

Edited to add: Several readers have shared that the masking fluid is available at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Dick Blick, Jerry’s Artorama, I have bought it at both Michaels and Wallacks art supply. One thing to look for when you buy is that it is for watercolour painting, another is that it is not permanent. I prefer to have a little colour in it so I can see where it is, so I would not go for the colourless one. Mine ends up looking a creamy colour but I have used one that is bright orange also.

That’s all for today; thank you for visiting and thank you for all the encouragement, I love reading your comments.


Stamps:  Letter Background , Hanging Treasures,Winter Scroll  (Penny Black)
Inks:  Sweet plum, Paris Dusk (Tsukineko)
Also: Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid

Snowstorm collage

Snowstorm collage

After making a small panel collage the other day I picked up another card base which I had covered in flecks of masking fluid and made a snowstorm collage. Other than the addition of masking fluid I used the same technique described in my collage tutorial: two background stamps and a feature image (often I use a small additional image as well, but for this one I used the tree multiple times)

I created the collage in the following order over the masking fluid:

  1. stamp part of letter background in Paris Dusk ink after stamping it on scrap paper first
  2. stamp part of music background in Elderberry ink
  3. position hill mask  and stamp “Before the Snow” trees in blue and elderberry ink
  4. sponge sky in blues and elderberry
  5. remove mask, sponge the snow around the bottom of card and stamp foreground tree in blue.
  6. remove masking fluid


Stamps:  Letter BackgroundMusic BackgroundBefore the Snow (PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Elderberry, Paris Dusk (Tsukineko)
Also: Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid

Snowflake collage

OLW snowflakes

Cheryl is hosting the One Layer Wednesday challenge this week and her theme is Snowflakes. A nice thick layer of snow would be welcome here because we have a treacherous layer of ice that needs to be covered up.

I realized yesterday that I hadn’t created any Christmas cards using my collage technique so I played around and made a few. I had a few card bases with masking fluid already flicked onto them so when I decided to make a collage Christmas card I picked up one of the bases complete with ready made snow. The post-it masks were place before I flicked masking fluid on and then remained there while I created the collage. The order for the collage was:

  1. stamp letter background in teal zeal
  2. stamp snowflakes in versamark and emboss in clear powder
  3. sponge in blues and pink
  4. stamp extra snowflakes in blue and pink
  5. remove masks and masking fluid

Have a great day, keep warm and stamp some snowflakes if you get the chance.


Stamps:  All is BrightNoel, Hello Winter Letter Background(PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Teal Zeal, Angel Pink, Versamark(Tsukineko)
Also: Clear e.p., Masking Fluid

Monochrome collage

A few weeks back our talented OLW host Ardyth challenged us to create a card inspired by a song. That was weeks ago, I know but this is the card I made for the challenge. The sad thing is I only realised as I was attaching the tiny tags that I had created a three layer card for a one layer challenge!  Needless to say I did not participate in the challenge but saved the card to share another day.

I used my tried and true method to create the collage: a couple of background stamps, an image and a sentiment all stamped with different shades of brown. I inked only part of the two background stamps so they would blend together. I sponged first with the lightest brown, Memento Desert Sand, then added some Potter’s Clay and finally some Rich Cocoa on the edges of the panel.

I turned a “Happy Birthday” stamp into my song sentiment “Oh Happy day” by inking only a portion of the stamp with markers and handwriting the “Oh”. I have had “Oh Happy Day” on my brain for several weeks, ever since it sprang into my mind prompting me to look it up on youtube. The first version that comes up is from Sister Act 2 and is an entertaining rendition.


Stamps: Letter BackgroundDiamond PatternAspireHappy Birthday(PB)
Inks: Memento Potter’s Clay, Rich Cocoa & Desert Sand (Tsukineko)
Also: tag punch and cotton twine

Collage Card Tutorial

I have put together a tutorial describing the way I made my recent collage cards. I am sure there are many successful methods but this is the way I did it.

The tutorial describes how I made a monochromatic collage; my blue collage and the brown collage are in this post. Once again I relied on my son’s and my husband’s expertise to complete the video tutorial but I think I am getting quicker over all!


Stamps: Letter Background, FlamboyantGratitudeLace Delight (PB)
Inks: Memento New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves (Tsukineko)