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.

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Snow forest

Snowy scenes and thank you cards will keep on popping up on the blog. This one made with the PB stamp, ‘snow forest’, was very simple to make. I put the stamp in the stamp positioner then inked part of it in Catherine Poolers ‘icing on the cake’ ink, stamped then randomly inked in ‘over coffee’, stamped and finally the same with ‘eucalyptus’ ink. With the whole image stamped I blended the larger distinct tree trunks with water to get the watercolour effect.

I ended up painting over some areas, not all, with water also which softened the contrasts but still left light and dark areas. I pressed the three inks onto my glass mat so I could pick up ink to paint the snowy forest floor.

To complete the card I matted in dark green cardstock and die cut a banner for the sentiment. I embossed the sentiment with weathered white powder which gives an antique, and I think, snowy effect.

Supplies

Stamps: snow forest, banner sentiments

Dies: a pocketfull

Inks: eucalyptus, icing on the cake, over coffee (Catherine Pooler), versamark

Paper: hot pressed watercolour, green cardstock

Also: MISTI, weathered white embossing powder, glass mat


Tweet wreath

Appropriately my final card for the year is a thank you card. Thank you readers for dropping in here so regularly. Thank you for leaving me encouragement in the comments or by contacting me privately. Thank you to those who used my affiliate links to the Foiled Fox online store. Thank you to those who recommended my blog to a friend.  Thank you to everyone who clicked over to the classes page and signed up for one of my classes in Ottawa or Toronto; creating with you is such a treat. I have made wonderful friends through classes and through this blog.

I will be making thank you card for a few weeks yet. Donations have continued to come in for the Dressember campaign against modern day slavery and my fundraising page stays active until the end of January. I am less than $300 away from my goal!

I used Catherine Pooler inks on the ‘tweet wreath’ from Penny Black. In the stamp positioner I dabbed a green ink on the wreath, spritzed it lightly with water, stamped then dabbed a different green in random places and repeated until the wreath was all green. I dried the watercolour panel and cleaned the stamp before inking the outline leaves and berries with a versamark pen. I stamped again and embossed the versamarked lines with gold embossing powder.

I pressed the CP inks onto my glass mat so I could pick up colour with a paint brush to paint inside the outline leaves and berries. The berries are CP peppermint scrub ink. To finish off the card I added double sided adhesive sheet to the back of some shimmery red cardstock then cut out the PB ‘so many thanks’ die. The large four word die looked too much inside the wreath so I trimmed off the lower half and just used two words. To add some shimmer to the berries I coloured over them with clear wink of stella pen. I matted the panel with the same shimmery red cardstock and, because it needed a little something, I added a gold cord bow.

Happy New Year!

Supplies

Stamps: tweet wreath

Dies:

Inks: eucalyptus, green tea, spruce, peppermint scrub inks (Catherine Pooler), versamarker


Paper: hot pressed watercolour, shimmer red

Also: MISTI, metallic gold rich embossing powder, clear wink of stella pen, glass mat, stick-it adhesive


Beautiful branches

I’m over on the Foiled Fox blog today sharing these lovely stamps and vibrant Catherine Pooler inks. This set is definitely a set for all seasons!

The beautiful branches set from Concord & 9th has been sitting un-inked for months. It really shouldn’t have been; there is so much I can do with it. I decided to start with just two ideas; a fall card and a winter one but there are little flowers in the set so spring would be easy to put together too. The stamp set includes a bare branch then a bunch of different shaped leaves, berries, flowers and sweet sentiments. For both cards I stamped the bare branch in versafine vintage sepia ink which is waterproof. Even though I was planning to blend the leaves with water I didn’t want the branch to blend or bleed at all.

For the leaves I used Catherine Pooler inks, spruce, shea butter and green tea. I inked a roundish leaf with either shea butter and green tea or green tea and shea butter. I inked the whole leaf in the lighter colour first then rolled the edge of the leaf over the darker colour. I spritzed the stamp lightly then stamped over one of the little twig ends on the branch, gradually filling the branch with round leaves. After stamping each leaf I blended it with a paintbrush and water. I also stamped some second generation leaf images and blended them with water to create very pale leaves.

I dried the panel before adding the berries in CP juniper mist ink and blended them with water also. To finish the design I splattered some green tea and juniper mist inks over the panel but then noticed a leaf vein stamp in the set, designed to go with the round leaf. I didn’t want the veins to dominate the design  so I stamped them in green tea and re-stamped without re-inking to get even paler impressions. The last thing I did was add a sentiment from the same set in versafine majestic blue ink.

I decided to use the same technique for my winter branch but didn’t have a red CP ink so I pulled in festive berries distress ink which also blends nicely with water. I chose a longer thinner leaf stamp and inked it with spruce and juniper mist which, when blended made a deep bluey green. Once again I blended with water on the paper after stamping. The darker leaves are all first generation stamping and the others second and third generation. I started, as in the fall card, with a cold pressed watercolour panel splattered with masking fluid. I finished by splattering with juniper mist ink, dried it, then splattered embossing fluid and sprinkled silver powder over the top. My sentiment, from the C&9 Very Merry Sentiments set is stamped in Juniper Mist.

I was so happy with the possibilities of this set and the juicy goodness of the CP inks I almost went on to make the summer and spring cards right away but I do have more pressing projects so I’ll leave that for another day.

Let me know if you’ve found a stamp set that spans the seasons like this one.

Supplies

Stamps: beautiful branches, very merry sentiments (C&9)
 
Inks: Catherine Pooler spruce, shea butter, green tea, juniper mist & Versafine vintage sepia, majestic blue & festive berries distress ink
   
Paper: cold pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white, red cardstock

Also: emboss it dabber, masking fluid, emboss it dabber, silver embossing powder, cutterpillar crop, cutterpillar glass mat


Autumn Sprigs

Our gratitude week continues both here and on the Foiled Fox blog. Next week we will return to our regularly scheduled programming but the gratitude themed posts will stay open for comments until the end of Friday October 5th. The Foiled Fox is giving away a $25 gift certificate to three of our readers who leave a comment here on my blog and/or on the Foiled Fox blog telling us something they are grateful for. It does not have to be related to art and craft at all. We will randomly choose a winner from each gratitude post and announce them on Tuesday, October 9th. Now before I move on to the card details I will add that I am very thankful for the people I have met through art and card making, those of you I know through this blog as well as those I have met in person at classes or crops. It is a great community that I love being involved in.

To create today’s gratitude themed card I used a Penny Black Christmas set. The only part of the set that is particularly Christmassy is the bauble hanging on one of the branches. I left that stamp out and used the other two that feature only leaves and berries. I used autumn tones too, three Catherine Pooler inks: spruce, bellini, shea butter. I started by inking the larger of the two stamps in shea butter ink then dabbed some spruce and bellini here and there on the leaves and berries. I spritzed the stamp with water then stamped on hot pressed watercolour paper. The inks had begun to blend after spritzing; I blended them more on the paper with a paintbrush. While there was still ink on the stamp I spritzed it and stamped again resulting in a paler image. I blended the pale leaves and berries with a brush too. I repeated the process with the large stamp then did the same thing with the small stamp and ended up filling 75% of the panel. You could leave the blending step out, I just like to get the look of painted leaves.

I did a little splatter in both spruce and bellini then moved on to the sentiment. To make sure my die cut sentiment and accent strips matched exactly I swiped the spruce inkpad onto some watercolour paper then let it dry. The CP inks are very juicy and gave great coverage. I added double sided adhesive to the back of the spruce coloured watercolour paper then die cut the word ‘thankful’ twice. The die is ‘thankful heart’ combined but I did a little surgery and removed the heart. I layered the two die cuts then worked out where I would put them on my leaf panel. There was an area where the ink and water had splodged so that was the perfect area to cover up with a sentiment. As I was using some stamped words right up next to the die-cut words I did the stamping first in my positioner so I wouldn’t have to try stamping around die-cuts already stuck down! I wonder how I knew to do that?! The stamped words are half a phrase from the very useful ‘happy snippets’ set.

I cut a very narrow strip of spruce inked paper with my paper trimmer (linked below) and used a dot adhesive to attach two pieces to the top of the panel. I know ribbon or twine might have looked nice but my matchy-matchy heart wanted spruce green so inked paper was the way to go. I trimmed the panel to match the card front exactly, which seems to be my preference currently and now I have another card to send to someone I am thankful for.

 

Supplies

Stamps: Christmas sprig, happy snippets (PB)

Die: thankful heart (PB)

Inks: spruce, shea butter, bellini (Catherine Pooler)


Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper

Also: glass mat, paper trimmer, stamp positioner, double sided adhesive sheets, dot adhesive
  


Rose bowl

I mentioned recently that I’ve been trying the Catherine Pooler inks for some of my favourite techniques. A watercolour method I often use involves stamping an outline stamp in a nice juicy ink such as distress ink or stain then using a damp brush to pull the ink into the outlined areas (often petals or leaves). I stamped the Penny Black rose bowl stamp in CP daydream ink on cold pressed watercolour paper then used a watercolour brush and some water to blend the stamped ink to create shading and shadow.

The CP ink is great for this technique; because it is so juicy, there is plenty to blend. At times I blended ink from the outline into the petal then had to dab away some colour because it was too strong. I used either a paper towel or a thirsty brush to pull colour off.

Not sure why I chose to stamp roses in blue to start off with but there they are. I added a sentiment from a set of tiny sentiments, matted in a matching cardstock and ended up with a simple watercolour design. You’ve probably gathered I’ll be using this technique with CP inks again.

Supplies

Stamps: rose bowl (PB), Just a little greeting (Hot off the Press)
 
Ink: daydream (CP)

Paper: cold pressed watercolour, blue


Popped up blooms

This is the last of my cards made featuring the stitched blooms dies paired with my homemade dotty watercolour panels. I embossed the radiating half tone stamp from MFT on watercolour paper three times then painted over the embossing with Catherine Pooler inks. I used pinks and yellows on one panel then blue and yellow on the others which ended up giving me blue and green variations. You can see the other cards made with the dotty panels here and the card stenciled through a leftover die cut negative here.

To create this card I attached a watercoloured dotty panel to adhesive backed foam and cut as many dots, leaves and flowers as I could. The watercolour paper attached to foam did make a thick panel for the die cutter to manage so a few passes were necessary.  I arranged all my little elements on a white panel along with some letters die cut using the ‘little lowercase letters’ dies from MFT and a sentiment from ‘Yay for you’ stamp set.

I love the dimension of the foam backed elements on this card and the teal/blue colour scheme; it pleases my matchy-matchy heart.

Supplies

Stamps: MFT Radiating halftone background stamp, Anything but basic friendship set (MFT)
 
Dies: MFT stitched blooms, MFT little lowercase letters

Inks:  Catherine Pooler’s  shea butter, spruce, daydream
 
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah solar white, teal
 
Also: white embossing powder, mono aqua liquid glue, 3D dots foam dot adhesive, adhesive backed foam, T-ruler