Stitched and dotted blooms

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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.

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 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
  


Speaking my Language

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!

Supplies

Stamps: Anything but basic friendship, typewriter text (MFT)

Dies: friend duo

Inks: versamark, versafine clair charming pink

Paints: blue bister, cherry bomb nuvo shimmer powder

Papers: hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah solar white, Neenah natural, Neenah black, pink, blue

Also: clear sparkle embossing powder, white embossing powder (WOW), black foam


Amazing Friend

If you have played with alcohol inks you will know it’s hard to stop once you get started. When I was trying out my new heavyweight yupo from the Foiled Fox I decided to experiment with another colour combo packaged by Ranger. This panel features the three inks from the Miner’s Lantern set, stonewash, rust and pitch black. What I loved about these colours as I started experimenting was the variety of tones and shades I was able to get as the colours mixed.

To create the patterns I dropped the colours randomly on the yupo then blew air on the drops with a straw. You can use a can of compressed air or an air brushing tool also. If you blow on the inks when they are still wet they spread into flower shapes and create pale transparent patterns. I used some drops of rubbing alcohol also which dilutes and mixes the inks.

When the panel was dry I trimmed it to fit on a black card base and added a die cut sentiment and an embossed sentiment both from My Favorite Things. The word die (from the ‘friend duo’ set) I cut from black foam and black cardstock. Before I attached them to the panel I embossed the black cardstock word in clear powder to give it a shiny surface. I glued the foam down first, then the embossed cardstock ‘friend’ on top. I embossed a phrase from the MFT ‘Anything but basic Friendship’ set in gun metal embossing powder – a new colour from Ranger.

My favourite part of the panel is this top left corner with all the blues!

Supplies

Stamps: Anything but Basic Friendship (MFT)

Die: Friend Duo (MFT)

Ink: Miner’s Lantern Alcohol ink (Ranger), Versamark (Tsukineko)

Paper: Heavy weight yupo, Neenah black cardstock

Also: black foam, clear embossing powder, gun metal embossing powder (Ranger)


Yay for Yupo

 

I’m sharing some sweet patterned cards over on the Foiled Fox blog today. Pop over there to see how I made these alcohol ink and foil cards.

I used heavy weight yupo paper which was great to work with and I love the shine of foiling over alcohol ink!

I ran my alcohol ink panel through my Minc on the zero heat setting but you don’t have to have a minc; you could use your die cutting machine to apply pressure or just burnish with your fingers to get the foil to stick to the alcohol ink.

The ‘Yay for you’ set from My Favorite Things gave me all sorts of options for sentiments; I settled on a baby card and an achievement/congratulations card. You can read my step by step instructions over at the Foiled Fox.

Supplies

Stamps: Yay for you (MFT)

Paper: heavy weight yupo, neenah natural white, pink, olive green

Inks:  shell pink, willow, cloudy blue alcohol inks (Ranger), delicata golden glitz ink

Also: WOW gold embossing powder, gold foil, minc


Roses in bloom

The first card I made using this lovely rose stamp from My Favorite Things featured bister powder; this one was done with a couple of brusho colours. I used the same technique for both and have been asked several times about the amount of powder and the amount of water. I hope to do a video soon showing my method with paint powders.

I used two colours on this panel, a red and a yellow. You can see there are some specs of blue also, I think they were on the surrounding scrap paper and just transferred to my panel. I embossed the roses all over stamp with clear powder on hot pressed watercolour paper then sprinkled red brusho in the centre and yellow brusho on the edge of the panel. I spritzed with water then tilted the panel to activate the powder. Where there was too much water or colour I used either a paper towel or a ‘thirsty brush’ to sop it up. (A thirsty brush is a paintbrush dipped in water then squeezed or dabbed dry so that it can absorb water or paint from the painting.)

I cut three layers of the rusty red cardstock with the ‘bloom magical’ die and stacked them. The sentiment from the PB ‘friendship flowers’ set works perfectly with the die so I stamped in black and slipped it under the stacked die cut.

Have a wonderful day.

Supplies

Stamps: roses all over (MFT) friendship flowers 30-223 (PB)

Dies: bloom magical 51-420(PB)

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white, red cardstock

Ink: versamark, versafine onyx black

Paint: brusho


How clever is black brusho?

I am sharing this card over on The Foiled Fox blog today. It’s a simple one but I think, a clever one. And by clever I’m not talking about my artistic skills; I’m talking about the wonder of black brusho. If you have some brusho paint and you’ve been avoiding the black container then you are missing out! You can see in the close up below black is made up of a bunch of different colours and this cheesecloth stamp from My Favorite Things keeps those colours divided like tiles.

You can find my step by step process on The Foiled Fox blog and my supply list below. Thanks for dropping by; now go and play with your black brusho!

Edited to add: sadly this stamp is no longer available but you can find an equally fabulous mesh stamp here.

Supplies

Stamp: Cheese cloth background (MFT)

Die: Birthday (PB)

Ink: versamark

Paint: black brusho

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, navy cardstock, orange cardstock

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Roses all over

I pulled out my bister powders the other day; they were kind of pushed to the back of the watercolour shelf. They turned out to be a perfect match for this ‘roses all over’ stamp from My Favorite Things. Bister (and brusho and colorburst) does wonderful things when sprinkled over embossing because the powder gets trapped inside the ‘walls’ of embossing and keeps colours and shades separate. If you are not familiar with bister, you can read about it here. The colours are earthier than brusho and colorburst which is nice for a change.

Believe it or not this panel is painted with just red bister; all that lovely variety is from one colour. I embossed the watercolour panel with platinum embossing powder then sprinkled the red bister over it and spritzed with water. I watched to see if sections were filling with colour before spritzing or sprinkling a second time. Once there was enough powder I used a paint brush in  just a few places to blend or spread the colour. I did not have to do much with the brush because MAGIC.

I found a cardstock that co-ordinated to mat the panel and create a banner for the sentiment. The banner die is from the PB ‘shades’ set and the sentiment embossed in platinum is from the PB ‘banner sentiments’ set.

Thanks for dropping by.

Supplies

Stamps: roses all over (MFT), banner sentiments(PB)

Die: shades (PB)

Ink: versamark

Paint: bister powder red
Cardstock: hot pressed watercolour, neenah natural white, red cardstock

Also: platinum embossing powder