UmbrellasPosted: May 27, 2016 Filed under: April Showers | Tags: Penny Black stamps, Ranger Distress stains 10 Comments
I love pretty umbrellas and umbrella motifs in general so when I created this card I wanted to give them all bright colours. I did some masking to get all my umbrellas in amongst each other then watercoloured each one a different colour. I painted the sky first wet into wet then splattered some blue stain over it when it was almost dry but not quite. The umbrella scene is framed in white from the initial taping with masking tape then matted in black and attached to a natural card base.
At present I only have a black umbrella but there are such lovely coloured ones as well as the cute ones with paintings and the like on them; I think it is time for a new one. Ideally I’d choose a red raincoat(with polka-dot lining), red boots and a red and white polka-dot umbrella. In actual fact I don’t have any of those things!
Stamps: April Showers, Sprinkles and Smiles ( PB)
Inks: Mowed Lawn, Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, Seedless preserves, Spiced marmalade distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth, Neenah Epic Black
UmbrellasPosted: April 27, 2014 Filed under: April Showers, Watercolour | Tags: Penny Black stamps, Ranger Distress stains 24 Comments
The snow is practically gone here and the rain has come. The latest challenge at The Card Concept is to use an umbrella. I dreamed up a little idea last week but it has taken me until today to get it finished, only just in time to enter it in the challenge. The inspiration from the design team is incredibly varied and creative; definitely go and visit if you haven’t already. I decided to make a water colour sky with the distress stains and pearl-ex spray I have been playing around with lately. I flicked a little masking fluid over the panel before adding any colour then, when it was dry, swiped three blue distress stains back and forth across the piece of watercolour paper. To blend the blue distress inks I generously spritzed water with pearl-ex in it over the whole panel. It had plenty of time to dryas I took days to get back to it. I embossed four little umbrellas in black and added the sentiment in black before popping the panel up on dimensional tape. Because my background was
swiped painted I am also linking to the City Crafter Paint it challenge.
I tried taking photos at several different angles to capture the shimmer of the pearl-ex but it wasn’t easy. The best example I have is the close up below. It really does have a pretty shimmer when it catches the light.
Stamps: April Showers, Summer Fun (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko) Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Brilliant White 110lb smooth , Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: black detail embossing powder, Pearl Ex, Masking fluid
You’ve Been SpottedPosted: May 21, 2013 Filed under: April Showers, CAS, Penny Black 11 Comments
This week Penny Black and the design team members are taking some time to honour some stampers who make Penny Black stamps shine.
There is a wealth of creativity shared on the Penny Circle Flickr gallery and this lovely butterfly card from Helentheheffalump really caught my eye.
Helen has a Flickr gallery and a blog featuring many Penny Black stamps on beautiful cards. This card appealed to me for several reasons. The blue and black work really well with Kraft cardstock (I am always impressed by pretty Kraft cards because I have never had much success with Kraft). I also like this CAS layout especially with a little texture and twine thrown in.
With the inspiration of Helen’s butterfly in front of me I decided to give Kraft cardstock a go…
Stamps: April Showers (PB)
Inks: Versamark Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Some Kraft I found in the drawer
Also: white embossing powder, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, yellow and white embroidery thread
Spring BlessingsPosted: March 27, 2013 Filed under: April Showers, CAS, Watercolour 19 Comments
I have made several attempts at stamping these sweet umbrella stamps but this is the first one to be successfully turned into a card. I propped up my watercolour panel slightly to encourage the ink and water to roll down the paper then wet the whole panel and stamped the blue inkpad directly on the top of the paper. The ink spread immediately, heading down as I intended, to look like rain. I stamped the red and yellow inks on an acrylic block then picked some up with a brush and applied it to the wet watercolour paper. When the blended ink was dry I stamped the umbrellas in red and black and added colour to them with water colour pencils blended with water. I cropped on all sides before matting it with white then popping it up on a white card base.
The Penny Black blog is full of clean and simple inspiration this week, check it out if you haven’t already.
This week’s One Layer Wednesday Challenge can be found over on Susan’s blog.
Stamps: April Showers (PB)
Inks: Memento Danube Blue, Love letter, Dandelion ink pads & Tuxedo Black Marker(Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, blue gingham ribbon