I finally got my act together enough to enter a challenge and not even in the last few minutes it was open! I just hosted a challenge with the Foiled Fox and we will be announcing winners in the next few days. I enjoyed visiting all the entries and was inspired by each card. Today’s card was inspired by the ‘Ombre’ challenge at CAS Mix Up and I will be entering it in the ‘Calm’ challenge at Casology as well.
Before I talk about this calm and clean and simple and ombre card I just want to thank those who joined the conversation on Monday about ‘bunchies’. I posted a photo on Monday of myself, aged 6, with my hair in ‘bunchies’ and asked what others called the two ponytail style. I was surprised to read they were known as ‘dog ears’ and ‘dust mops’ as well as the more common ‘pigtails’. One reader called them ‘bunches’ which is practically the same as me so I was not alone with that tag.
Back to the feather, I used the solid feather stamp from the C&9 Feathered set and Catherine Pooler inks to create the watercolour ombre look. The coverage and blending is just what I was after. Like some dye inks the colours continue to soak in and smooth out after stamping with the CP inks which is exactly what I needed for this look. I inked the whole stamp in ‘shea butter’ ink, stamped then inked two thirds in ‘bellini’ ink, spritzed and stamped, then finished by inking the tip in ‘rockin red’ ink, spritzed and stamped. The little spritz over the ink spread the ink on the stamp so there were no hard lines where one ink stopped or started.
I dry embossed the whole panel with the snowfall/speckles texture fade folder for a bit more visual interest and popped up the sentiment from the same stamp set. Did you know embossing folders are enjoying a rise in popularity these days? I don’t know if that is true or not, I just know they are around here! The CAS mix up challenge required ombre + stamping + my choice (embossing), so all boxes checked! There are a few metallic ombre looks featured on the challenge blog; I’ve never thought of metallic ombre but it is pretty fancy so I might have to give it a try.
My second card is not entering any challenges; it was made because I love pairing sectioned stamps with sprinkled brusho. I embossed the sectioned feather from the same C&9 set in gold three times on hot pressed watercolour paper, sprinkled sandstone and terracotta brusho powder over the top then spritzed water gently to activate the brusho. I added more brusho and spritzing several times and then moved some paint around with a paintbrush, not much just a few places so there would be a few more solid sections. I die cut the feathers then popped them up on a different dry embossed background, ‘weathered’ by Taylored Expressions. The sentiment is from the Altenew set, ‘leaf canopy’.
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Emboss resist with brusho makes me happy for several reasons. You never know quite what you will get but it is almost always pretty and sometimes amazing. I recently used the technique in a class I taught and realised I hadn’t used it on the blog for a while. There are several ways to do emboss resist panels with brusho and I have two methods for you today. You can watch another technique I’ve done in a video for that you can find here.
A single brusho colour (same with colorburst, bister and nuvo shimmer) is usually made up of a mix of pigment crystals which combine to give you one colour when activated with water. If you don’t mix the powder and water thoroughly you can see all the different pigments that make up the colour. I often sprinkle brusho on a panel, spritz it and wait to see where different colours appear. Lime green is made up of a mix of yellow and blue, more yellow than most other greens. When I sprinkle it on a panel there will be plenty of yellow powder that will activate when I add water. When I spritz the water over the powder and don’t move the paint around it will dry in different coloured patches especially on an embossed panel because the embossing traps the powder and water.
On this first panel I did what I have just described, I let the powders ‘fall where they may’ and did minimal blending with my paintbrush. I used only lime green brusho and sprinkled mainly where the embossing was then used the paintbrush a little to make sure paint filled every nook and cranny and to blend diluted colour to the right of the tree. The stamp is PB trees in bud embossed in clear powder on hot pressed watercolour paper. The stamp below is ‘a floral twist’ also from Penny Black.
On this second panel I started by using the same technique as above but did not get as much colour variation or ‘trapped colour’ so I blended my first colour ‘sandstone’ with a paintbrush, dried the panel with a paper towel then sprinkled ‘terracotta’ brusho over the embossed area, spritzed with water and did some more blending with the paintbrush before adding just a little burnt sienna brusho. The overall effect is smoother blends but still some spots of different colours here and there.
The technique I show in the video is even more controlled where I sprinkle different colours of brusho in specific parts of an embossed image.
I wanted the white frame effect on today’s panels so I taped them down firmly with frog tape before doing any painting. A little colour leaked under the corners on the second panel but that didnt worry me. I attached the panels to cream card bases and stamped the same image on cream envelopes. I decided not to add sentiments on the front this time; I can always add one inside.
I am partying with Penny today along with a bunch of Penny’s friends. Yes, Penny Black has a blog hop showcasing the recent ‘Timeless’ release. All the new products are available in the Penny Black online store.
You should have arrived here from Marion Vagg’s blog . If you want to start the hop from the beginning, you can go to the Penny Black blog for a complete list of all of the blog hop participants.
I chose the pretty ‘Harmony‘ stamp for my card and stamped it twice on hot pressed watercolour paper in versamark ink. I embossed in platinum powder and even remembered to do the sentiment from the new ‘sentiments‘ set at the same time! I painted all the flowers with brusho watercolour paint powders, violet, ost blue and emerald green.
And it wouldn’t be a party without a giveaway; right?
Penny Black is giving away a $50 shopping spree at the Penny Black online store to FIVE lucky winners. To enter, leave a comment on any blog hop post (this one included). The giveaway closes on Sunday, March 10 at 11:59 PM PST and winners will be announced on the Penny Black blog on March 18.
And now… keep hopping! Your next visit is Judy Jung’s blog .
I have a few more simple Christmassy cards to share; these ones are kind of the opposite to the ones in the previous post. I had a large watercolour galaxy panel with white splatter (aka ‘stars’) all over it. I die cut three branches from the panel to pop up on three white card bases.
I realise now it would have been a good idea to take a photo of the panel before I cut it up. It was a panel I painted with brusho a while ago, a mix of blues and pinks, light in the centre and dark around the edges with white paint splattered over the whole thing. The holly is a PB die called ‘holly flourish’, the mistletoe is ‘berry flourish’.
After I had die cut all three branches I chose a shape die a little smaller than each of the branches so some foliage would hang over the edge. I die cut a shape from neenah solar white cardstock and from coloured adhesive backed foam. The foam pieces that pop up the white panels are either burgandy or navy to co-ordinate with the paint colours.
To assemble the cards I first glued the die cut to the white cardstock shape then snipped off and saved any bits hanging over the edge. Next I adhered the white panel to the foam and then all to the white card base. Once the popped up panel was in place I stuck the snipped off bits directly onto the card base lining them up with the rest of the die-cut.
I made all these cards into thank yous. I’m hoping to need many as I am once again participating in Dressember, and will be sending hand made cards to all who donate to the campaign. If you are new to my blog you might not know that I have twice before taken on the challenge of wearing a dress every day in December as part of a worldwide campaign to raise funds for and awareness about the fight to end modern day slavery. If you are interested in donating I have set up a CAMPAIGN PAGE and I am posting photos on pinterest and instagram just so you can check up on me to make sure I’m wearing a dress each day! I have written a little more about Dressember on my other (sadly neglected) blog, Sentient.
This last branch die is called ‘winter berry branch’ also from Penny Black. The sentiment is from the ‘banner sentiments’ set and is stamped in chianti versafine clair ink.
And now a bonus card made with my last watercolour sky piece. I matted it on two sides with burgandy cardstock then cut a snow bank and the ‘deer in tree’ die from neenah solar white cardstock. It is a pretty die but would the deer be standing in a tree? I think not!
Stamps: banner sentiments (PB)
Dies: holly flourish, berry flourish, winter berry branch, deer in tree (PB)
Ink: chianti versafine clair ink
Cardstock: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah solar white, burgandy cardstock
Paint: brusho, white gesso
Also: on point gule
I have three simple cards to show you today, simple that is if you have some watercolour backgrounds sitting around as I often do. Even if you don’t it would not take too long to create a large multicoloured panel with brusho, distress stains or some other watercolour medium then when its dry splatter white paint over it to look like stars or snow.
I trimmed my background panels then added a hand cut snow bank to the card above plus the deer from the Penny Black ‘holiday hello’ set. I know it is very minimal but I rather like the way the deer could be looking up into the vast sky.
On the second card all I added to the star filled sky was the PB ‘neighborhood border’ die. All the die cuts are neenah solar white cardstock. For some I used liquid glue, others I attached using stick it adhesive.
I added the shooting star when I created the watercolour sky with the same white paint.
The background sky for this final card is the last scrap of a large panel I painted very randomly with turquoise and blue brusho. I tore a strip of white cardstock to create the snow bank, die cut a tree to tuck behind it and a sleigh to sit on top. The tree is the smaller one from the PB set, ‘winter trees’ and the sleigh is also from Penny Black.
I’m going to leave these without sentiments for now; they might be handy to use as thank you cards after Christmas.
This little scene was very straightforward to complete. I’ll probably do a few more in slightly different colour schemes. I stamped the Penny Black ‘nativity’ stamp in versafine clair nocturne ink then embossed it in clear powder on hot pressed watercolour paper.
I had leftover brusho paint mixed and in a palette sitting on my table so I used the blue and the purple to paint the scene. I blended from the centre out, blue then purple and did some diluting in the centre with a thirsty brush to keep it pale blue.
Once the panel was dry I coloured in the stars with a silver gel pen and dotted extra stars in the sky with the same pen. I framed the panel in shimmer silver cardstock to finish it off.
Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating this week.
My final ‘stamping is for the birds’ card is made with the Concord & 9th ‘songbird’ stamp set. I stamped on cold pressed watercolour paper in nocturne versafine clair ink then embossed in clear powder.
I’ve been colouring with my peerless watercolours quite a bit lately so I turned to my other love, ‘brusho’ and worked with a limited palette of leaf green, cobalt blue, yellow and brilliant red. Later in my process I added some black to my palette to save me from mixing all my other colours until I had a black.
I used leaf green to paint the leaves then added some cobalt blue to get a darker green for shadow and variation. I mixed red with green to make a brown for the branch, then painted the berries red with some touches of cobalt blue. I wanted the bird to be brown and grey but ended up with purple and grey which is possibly prettier but less realistic. I created the grey by mixing purple with green from the palette I was using. I mixed some black for the tail feathers and painted the beak and feet yellow.
Because the image is embossed it was not too hard to paint the sky around the image. I started by painting water around the edges of the embossing and then dropped in blue paint which I spread out and diluted with more water. Even after the sky was painted the panel seemed a little empty so I add pine branches to the lower left and right edges to frame the scene then embossed a sentiment from the C&9 ‘very merry sentiments’ set.
I am participating as often as possible in Kathy Raccoosin’s ‘ 30 Day Colouring Challenge this month and enjoying the colouring of others as well. Let me know if you are participating.
Stamps: songbird, very merry sentiments (Concord & 9th)
Inks: versafine clair nocturne, versafine crimson red
Paper: cold pressed watercolour, neenah natural white, red cardstock
Also: clear embossing powder, clear wink of stella