The new Pocket Treasures release from Penny Black features some wonderful new background panels. The music and canvas stamps on this card are two of my favourites. There are several more patterns you can see in tomorrow’s post.
This card is lot busier than my usual creations with none of my usual white space. I stamped the flower panel first on watercolour paper using distress inks. I inked the solid flower stamp from Petal Power and spritzed it with water before stamping to make a very loose blended image. I added some more colour with a waterbrush and continued adding colour with both the solid stamp and the co-ordinating outline stamp until I was happy with the result. I stamped the music over the top. I inked the canvas stamp with distress stain and spritzed it before stamping on the card base and added several large drops of water.
I did a little stamp surgery to create the sentiment. The original stamp from Edge to Edge says “you make my heart smile” but I found that I never used the whole phrase; it was often too big for my designs. So instead of avoiding the stamp I removed the ‘heart’! I also had to change the ‘my’ to ‘me’ which involved cutting off the tail of the ‘y’ and adding a loop with a marker. I don’t often slice up my stamps but I think I might use this one more often now.
Stamps: Petal Power, Edge to Edge, Footnotes, Textures (PB)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko) Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint Distress inks (Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Avon Brilliant White 110lb smooth , Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, black cardstock
After years of avoiding yellow and orange tones in clothes and fabrics I am really enjoying using their bright warmth in stamping these days. I especially like the combination of yellow, orange and navy. I know leaves are rarely navy but orange and navy are opposite on the colour wheel so they create a contrasting stable colour scheme. I chose three colours to participate in this week’s Less is More challenge and the layout is inspired by the CAS(E) this sketch for the week. I just realized I can link up with our current One Layer Simplicity Challenge also to use flowers on a one layer card.
I cut a curved mask to cover the lower two thirds of the card base then chose three stamps from the transparent set Petal Power. I inked the solid petal stamp with mustard seed distress stain and added spiced marmalade along the petal edges. I then inked the co-ordinating outline stamp with just spiced marmalade on the top edge and stamped over the blooms. I stamped a few leaves in chipped sapphire distress stain and added the sentiment in Memento Paris Dusk.
Stamps: Petal Power, Sweet Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Paris Dusk (Tsukineko) Chipped Sapphire, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seeds Distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb smooth
I have a one layer card for you today made using watercolour techniques. I often set out to make one layer cards by starting my stamping on a masked and scored card base. But if something goes wrong I end up cropping out the image and putting it on a second layer. For this card I masked around all the edges of the card front with masking tape. This not only framed my image it also kept the watercolour paper from warping too much when it got wet. The paper does warp but I keep it taped until it dries completely by which time it has flattened out again. I inked the roses with two pinks, spritzed with water and stamped. While the image was still wet I added a little more of the darker pink in a few places and blended the image a little more in a few places. I used the same technique with the green inks on the leaves and stems. I finished with plenty of ink flicking on this one and a sentiment in the darker green ink.
The Penny Black blog will be featuring one layer cards all week so pop over there each day to see what the other designers created. The One Layer Simplicity challenge for April continues for a few more days so there is still time to add a “road trip” themed card. I finally got one made and will have it up as soon as I get it photographed.
Stamps: Petal Power, Friendship Flowers, Special Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Angel Pink, Pear Tart & Memento markers Rose Bud, Bamboo Leaves(Tsukineko)
Paper: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper