He is risen

 

He is risen indeed. Jesus came to earth; he gave his life and he rose from the dead. It was because of his great love for us.

Although much snow has disappeared this week there are not many signs of life in my garden, definitely no tulips yet. I will look forward to the real ones while I create gardens with the stamped ones! Here in Ottawa we enjoy the Tulip Festival each May and in Canberra where I lived for many years, Floriade is held each September. Both festivals feature massed flowers some in blocks of colour, others mixed like confetti. It was the blocks of coloured tulips that inspired this card. I’ve added a photo from each festival below.

I began by taping hot pressed watercolour paper to my glass mat and spritzing water over the whole panel. First I stamped the yellow tulips from MFT’s ‘painted prints’ set in Catherine Pooler’s shea butter ink. Because the paper was wet the ink bled into the surrounding area but still hinted at tulips shapes especially when I stamped the second layer of the tulip in the same colour. I chose a different tulip and stamped a row in CP bellini ink underneath and finally CP ‘rockin robin’ ink for the foreground row. The paper was slowly drying as I did this so the foreground tulips, stems and leaves were more distinct than the background (first) ones.

I die cut my words from the painted panel and popped them up on three layers of die-cut white cardstock letters. I put stick-it adhesive on the back of the cardstock before I cut all my little letters but forgot to put it on the back of the painted panel so I used a Lawn Fawn glue pen. The marvy jewel picker also came in handy as did some teeny tweezers; fiddly jobs like small stacked die cut letters tend to take me a while but I am finding it easier using tools rather than fumbling with my fingers. Jennifer McGuire did a fabulous video with stacked letters a couple of weeks ago and referred to this technique as the ‘eclipse’ technique. I think that sounds rather classy and clever so I will now use that terminology too.

Here is the real thing, above in Canberra, below in Ottawa.

Hope you have a blessed Easter.

Supplies


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


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


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