More silhouettes

bird silhouettes

The challenge at CASology this week is Silhouette and I have managed to just squeak in with a card. Edited to add: I ¬†finished this post only to find that I didn’t squeak in; the collection just closed ūüė¶ Oh well, here are the details anyway!

My original concept for this card changed several times but that is a story you have heard more than once from me. I started by making three watercoloured small square backgrounds using Memento inks and a square acrylic block. I pressed the acrylic block onto the ink pads to pick up ink then added a drop or two of water to blend the inks. I then stamped the acrylic block onto water colour paper and let it dry before adding the silhouette stamps in black. As a background to the three scenes I masked and sponged in paler tones and added a large silhouette stamp in green and the sideways sentiment in black.

I have used a vertical three square layout many times before but it is only recently that I have been choosing to place all the elements on the right rather than the left hand side. (I was inspired by this lovely card)

Here are a few using the left hand side layout: holly cards, ferns

A couple using the right hand side layout: i love  you, green grasses

Do you have a preference? When I searched my blog for examples I found that a horizontal landscape oriented card with three tiles in the lower half of the panel is also a very common choice for me.  eg. fern fronds


Stamps:¬†Tweet Tweet, Season’s Wishes,¬†Winter Sky, Edge to edge¬†(PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout, Danube Blue, Summer Sky & Versafine Onyx Black(Tsukineko)

Bird at sunrise

Bird at sunrise

When I saw this week’s sketch from CAS(E) this sketch I knew it was perfect for a little scene. I created it using three stamps from one set,¬†¬†Tweet Tweet. It just so happens that the current Casual Fridays challenge is to create a birthday card so I’ll enter there too.

I positioned post-it notes to mask around a rectangle and punched a little circle mask for the sun. I then cut a wavy mask and positioned it to create the horizon, sponged yellow first, positioned the circle mask and sponged more yellow then orange. Next I lowered the horizon mask and sponged in green, moving the mask twice to create three hills. Before removing the perimeter masks I stamped the little berry branch  stamp first in orange then slightly offset in black. Finally I removed all the masks and added the bird stamp and the sentiment.

Around here our grass is beginning to look green and there are even some flowers appearing but we did have snow and ice pellets yesterday!


Stamps: Tweet Tweet (PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Tangelo, New Sprout, Pear Tart & Versafine Onyx Black(Tsukineko)

Watercolour Dandelions

Watercolour dandelions

I am having a great time playing with watercolour and Penny Black’s flower and nature stamps. I definitely experience some frustration along the way but I feel like I am making progress all the same. At times I have gone too far in my watercolouring and the colours end up muddy but happily I also find sometimes I have not continued long enough and the addition of one more colour or a bit more colour intensity is all I need to complete my project. It is important to remember that watercolour paint(or pencils) always dry paler so if it already looks pale to you when it’s wet it is only going to get paler!

To create the row of dandelions I embossed four in a row with clear powder. I coloured the centres of the dandelions with dark grey pencils(all the pencils I used were watercolour), then around and below the dandelions with light green. I found the green needed to be much stronger so created a little green ‚Äúpaint‚ÄĚ by mixing water and the lead of the green pencil. I painted this on blending with water as I went. I sponged the sky and dropped water onto it to create a cloudy effect. To make the dandelions pop a little more I coloured over them with orange and yellow pencils blending with water. At this point I noticed that the centres of the dandelions didn’t stand out enough so used a black marker to darken them. Last of all I added the music background but I am not sure that it was needed??

Both my recent watercolour cards have had no sentiment; there is a space for one on this card so I might add one when I decide who will receive it.

Speaking of sentiments there is a new One Layer Wednesday Challenge over on Susan’s blog.


Stamps: Tweet Tweet,  Music Background (Penny Black)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky ink & black marker, Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Mix & Match cardstock
Also: Fabercastell watercolour pencils

Dandelion wishes


I have another card using stamps from the new transparent set, “Tweet Tweet”. Yesterday’s card featured the Queen Anne’s Lace and Happy Birthday Sentiment, today’s the Dandelion stamp and Wish sentiment from the same set. The set also has a lovely branch of leaves and some sweet birds.

Once again I used the emboss resist technique. I stamped the dandelion twice on a scrap taking care not to ink the fly away seeds. I then embossed, sponged and punched the images to pop up beside a third image featuring the whole stamp. The blue sponging is all Memento Summer Sky.


Stamps: Tweet, Tweet PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky  (Tsukineko)

Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne's lace

I was very happy to receive this ¬†stamp from the new catalog as I love the delicate appearance of Queen Anne’s Lace. I revisited a favourite technique when trying the stamp for the first time.

I stamped and embossed the image in clear powder then added sponging, deciding as I sponged where the light would be coming from. I used three green inks to sponge and stamped the floral stamp with the same three greens. You will be seeing more of this stamp for sure and the other delicate, pretty images in the transparent set too.

The introductions continue on the Penny Black blog today with transparent sets featured and give-aways offered (including the stamp above).


Stamps: Tweet, Tweet PB)
Inks: Memento Pistachio, Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove (Tsukineko)