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You made my day

You absolutely made my day on Monday by sharing what you are thankful for. I was so encouraged reading your comments. I hope you are still counting your blessings because the Foiled Fox and I are continuing our gratitude week and giveaways with a couple more cards today. You can enter on each of the posts this week for more chances to win; just tell us something different that you are thankful for on each day. The Foiled Fox is giving away a $25 gift certificate to three of our readers who leave a comment here on my blog and/or on the Foiled Fox blog telling us something they are grateful for. It does not have to be related to art and craft at all.  You have until the end of Friday, October 5th to add a comment to any of this week’s gratitude posts. We will randomly choose a winner from each gratitude post and announce them on Tuesday, October 9th.

These sweet dragonflies and butterfly are from My Favorite Things; it’s a set called Fluttering Friends. I like the fact that there are more dragonflies than butterflies in this collection; often it is the other way round. For this first card I embossed the dragonflies on vellum in platinum embossing powder then cut them out using the co-ordinating die set. I painted a rough square on hot pressed watercolour paper with Peerless transparent watercolours. I love these watercolours; the colours are vibrant and the blending is beautiful. I then die-cut a square from the panel and from some adhesive backed foam and popped up my square as a platform for the dragonflies. I even remembered my nuvo drops and made some clear droplets beside the dragon flies, then finished the card with a sentiment from the MFT ‘all about you’ set.

I kept my colours similar for the second card but featured painted dragonflies and butterfly instead of a painted background. Once again I used peerless paints, blending oranges, yellows and pinks.

The embossing is all in platinum powder and the sentiment this time is from ‘brushstroke expressions’ popped up over a ‘typewriter text’ background.

I’ll wrap up this post by telling you another thing I am thankful for, and it is something many of you mentioned on Monday, my dear family both near and far. I have a wonderful family, four of them here in Canada and all the rest on the other side of the world in Australia.

Thanks for dropping in today; I hope you are having a delightful day!

Supplies

Stamps: fluttering friends, typewriter text, brushstroke expressions, all about you (MFT)
   
Dies: fluttering friends (MFT)

Inks: versamark, versafine clair tulip red

Paint: Peerless Transparent watercolours

Paper: hot pressed watercolour, light weight vellum, neenah cream

Also: platinum embossing powder, nuvo morning dew drops, white adhesive backed foam
 

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Painting with painted prints

When I was working with the painted prints set a few weeks back I kept experimenting and came up with a process that uses only one of the stamps in each co-ordinated set of 2 or 3 layered stamps. The stamps are designed to work in 2’s or 3’s; you usually stamp the larger stamp first then the smaller ones over the top.

Instead for these cards I worked with the second stamp of each layering combo. I stamped in distress ink and used a brush and water to blend the stamping into a fuller shape. This gave me light and darker shading on each flower. I stamped and restamped the leaves and stems to get dark, medium and light green tones. A little spritz of water over the leaves made the colour bleed into the paper a bit more then I finished it off with some green splatter. The inks used in the card above were worn lipstick, aged mahogany, forest moss and shabby shutters.

This second rose card I completed the same way but didn’t fling quite so much water around. The inks were tea dye for the stamping of the rose (the second layer stamp) and abandoned coral for blending over the top. Once again the leaves and stems were forest moss and shabby shutters. To make it just that little bit fancier I matted with a dark gold cardstock and embossed the sentiment with gold powder.

The technique described here is the one I used for the tulips in the previous post. Layering stamps are very clever but I am happy to also have worked out a loose looking un-layered technique to try with them; you know I like blending everything with water!

Supplies

Stamps: painted prints, fluttering friends (MFT)

Inks: worn lipstick, aged mahogany, shabby shutters, forest moss, mowed lawn, tea dye, abandoned coral, versamark
  
Paper: cold pressed watercolour paper, shimmer antique gold cardstock, pale green cardstock, burgandy cardstock,
 
Also: metallic gold rich embossing powder


Painted tulips

My Favorite Things is having a competition to find some Card Design Superstars so I thought I would throw a card into the ring. This one is created with stamps from the ‘Painted Prints’ stamp set. I have another post coming on Monday which explains my process using the rose stamps from the same set. I pulled this card out of that post so I could enter it in the ‘Clean & Simple’ category of the competition.

I used distress inks for all the flowers, leaves and stems then switched to versafine for the delightful sentiment from the ‘All About You’ set.

Supplies

Stamps: painted prints, all about you (MFT)

Inks: dusty concord, milled lavender, forest moss, mowed lawn, abandoned coral, picked raspberry distress inks, shady lane versafine clair
    
Paper: cold pressed watercolour paper, olive green cardstock


Happy, happy, happy

I posted some cards a couple of weeks back made with stencils from My Favorite Things. Here is another using the geometric stars stencil. I sponged oxide inks through the stencil onto neenah solar white cardstock (colours listed below). For a bit of shimmer I spritzed the panel with my blue pearl-ex mix (made by mixing ‘interference blue’ pearl-ex with water).

I matted with purple cardstock and die-cut 4x h, a, p, p, y using the ‘little lower case letters also from MFT.  I stamped some words from the MFT Yay for you set to complete my enthusiastic sentiment.

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Supplies

Stamps:  Yay for you (MFT)

Stencils: geometric stars, (MFT)

Inks:  dusty concord, peacock feathers, blueprint sketch, faded jeans distress oxides & monarch versafine clair
   
Paper: neenah solar white cardstock, purple cardstock

Also: cutterpillar glow premium, mini ink blending tool, mini ink blending foams, interference blue pearl-ex powder
  


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


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