My father is visiting from Australia at present; he has attended all three graduations with us. Before he left home I asked him to pick up some new stamps from Darkroom Door. It’s been pretty busy here but I finally found some time earlier this week to try them out. Grevillea is a plant native to Australia and some other southern hemisphere islands. There is a wide range of grevilleas with different shapes and colours. The new grevillea stamp set includes four different shaped flower heads and a couple of foliage stamps.
I searched for grevillea images on line and chose a couple of different colour schemes including this purple/burgandy one know as ‘Simply Sarah‘. I used both dusty concord and seedless preserves distress stains to ink the stamp, spritzed, then stamped on hot pressed watercolour paper. I spritzed again without reinking, stamped again and repeated a couple of times to get lighter images. I inked one of the foliage stamps with forest moss distress stain and stamped it a few times in and around the flowers. Finally I splattered some dots of scattered straw stain over the panel and added a sentiment from another new DD set, ‘thank you’. All the thank you sentiments are on one long strip so I masked with some post it notes to leave a space for just one sentiment.
When my dad first arrived he took a close look at the stamps he’d brought and came up with a challenge for me, but that will be a post for another day.
Stamps: grevilleas, thank you DDSE002 (DD)
Inks: scattered straw, seedless preserves, dusty concord, forest moss distress stains, monarch versafine clair
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white cardstock
I have a couple more shimmery leafy cards to share today. I created these with leaf stamps from Darkroom Door and Shimmerz spray paints. The panel started out as a square that I intended to turn into a large square card but when it was complete I decided to slice it up!
I began by stamping the two smallest leaf stamps from the Darkroom Door ‘fine leaves’ set in gold ink on hot pressed watercolour paper. I stamped in gold so I could see where I had stamped, versamark makes it tricky to do that. After I had filled three quarters of the panel I embossed with gold powder and started spritzing the panel with heliotrope shimmerz spritz spray. Can I point out right how that heliotrope’s full name is ‘Walking a Tight Heliotrope’ Shimmerz Spritz Spray! I also spritzed with Bamboo Leaf shimmerz spritz spray and let them blend and pretty much flood the panel. I dried it before adding more spray a couple of times then splattered some droplets over the dried panel.
I wanted the leaves to stand out just a tiny bit more so I used a dark blue and an olive green pencil to shade around each leaf so they appear to be lifting slightly off the paper. Once I’d decided to create two cards I matted both panels in gold shimmer cardstock and added embossed sentiments.
The chipped sapphire ink was exactly what I needed for the little sentiment above so I stamped in versamark first then over the top with chipped sapphire which made it possible to emboss in clear powder and get a blue sentiment.
Stamps: fine leaves (DD), all occasions (DD)
Ink: versamark, chipped sapphire, encore gold
Shimmerz Sprays: Walkin’ on a tight Heliotrope, Bamboo Leaf
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white, gold shimmer cardstock
Also: WOW gold metallic rich embossing powder, Faber Castell polychromos pencils
It’s all about experimentation on the blog today. I have some new inky products and some freshly cut stamps. The Foiled Fox team was kind enough to send me some Shimmerz sprays to play with so I teamed them up with the emboss resist techniques and the fine leaves stamps from Darkroom Door.
To make the panel above I embossed the leaves in gunmetal embossing powder; it’s a new one from Ranger which is not as shiny as silver but shinier that just grey. I like it. I sprayed some shimmerz sprays on my craft mat and swiped the embossed panel through it to pick up colour. I dried it then repeated with a couple of different colours which built up some variety and depth around the leaves. I wanted the leaves to be more prominent so I picked up shimmerz blue and yellow with a paint brush and painted inside some of the leaves. The spritzed background was also done with shimmerz, just heliotrope and blue.
I found a scrap of light blue cardstock to mat the panel then added all the layers to a natural white card base.
The sprays are quite strongly pigmented but the colours dry with a softness to them. As I was creating these panels I was wiping excess spray onto a couple of journal pages to build up some background colour. I’m excited to try a few more colours and techniques.
My second panel was completed in a similar way but I added way more shimmerz spray both by swiping off my craft mat and spraying directly on the embossed panel. The leaves and sentiment are embossed with white powder this time.
It’s a shame you can’t see how pretty the shimmer is on the painted panel and also the gold shimmer cardstock I used to mat it. I love the way embossing catches colour in confined spaces making that one central leaf a mix of dark blue, light blue, yellow and green
As you can probably imagine I did more experimenting, so I’ll be back with a few more ideas later in the week.
I have ‘Butterflies – Two Ways’ to serve up to you today. The butterflies in the both cards are from the Darkroom Door set, ‘Butterflies’. As the stamps from Darkroom Door arrive uncut I decided to stamp the whole sheet of butterflies a few times before I cut it into thirteen separate butterflies. I stamped it in versamark then embossed in clear powder on watercolour paper to make this card.
All the colour for this emboss resist design is from my beloved brusho paints. I mixed them in a palette rather than sprinkle and spritz and built up the colour with several layers. Working with prussian blue, yellow, rose red and orange brusho I was able to create some bold contrasts between the primary colours as well as with the white embossing. After completing the painting I dropped some water over the panel, let it sit then dabbed it up with a paper towel. The result is pale odd shaped watermarks. I also splattered some white gesso over the panel to break up the background colour a bit.
To finish the card I popped up a blue banner with a white embossed sentiment from the ‘Thank You’ set.
Then I went all minimal for my second card made once the set was cut into individual stamps. I have seen similar paintings and cards all over pinterest featuring three watercolour butterflies in a vertical arrangement. I decided to use zig clean color real brush pens to create the watercolour effect. The pens are pretty juicy so I had no trouble applying enough colour to blend nicely on the stamps and panel.
I limited my choice to light green, cobalt blue, blue and olive green, however as I write this post and look at the finished card I wonder if I actually used the light green. If I did I think it got overwhelmed by the darker colours. I applied the ink directly to the stamps, spritzed and stamped. That is it. I wanted the blending to occur on the stamp rather than spritzing the watercolour panel after stamping so the butterflies would keep their clean edges. I debated blending inside the butterflies but the white space in the wings looked pretty so I told myself I don’t need to blend everything.
I trimmed the panel so it was ¼” smaller than the card base and once again added an embossed sentiment on a popped up banner.
Which do you prefer, colour & paint everywhere or a simple neat little butterfly trio?
Paint: brusho prussian blue, yellow, rose red, orange (bold card)
Markers: light green, cobalt blue, blue, olive green Kuretake Zig clean color real brush markers (CAS card)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, dark blue cardstock, green cardstock
Also: white ep, dimensional tape, MISTI
Today’s card has been sent to my dad for his birthday but considering the time it takes for mail to get from Canada to Australia these days and my own postal disorder it did not arrive in time. He is currently visiting my brother so this post provides a sneak peak before the real thing arrives in his mail box. Happy Birthday, Dad! I chose this stamp from Darkroom Door for several reasons. When I first visited Darkroom Door in 2016 I enjoyed visiting and talking with the owners Rachel and Stewart. When my dad returned to pick me up he walked in, looked at all the DD stamps displayed and was drawn to two stamps in particular; this was one of them. During the same 2016 trip Dad and I went to the Norah Head lighthouse, featured on this stamp and not too far from my parents’ home. We went for a quick look and discovered there was a guided tour about to start so we joined in. We heard the history of the light and enjoyed the views from several vantage points.
To paint this scene I stamped the scene in distress inks, the top border, sea and light in stormy sky, the land around the light in forest moss and the foreground rocks in black. I then used stains to paint the scene; I’ve listed them below. After painting I used a fine tip micron pen to re-draw the railing and details on the light then wrote a sentiment.
My father has been interested in lighthouses for years and has visited many around the world. I have a connection to one from very early in my life. I was born on King Island in Bass Strait, off the coast of Tasmania and home of the tall Cape Wickham lighthouse. Although I don’t remember the occasion I have a photograph Dad took of me in front of the light.
Stamp: lighthouse (DD)
Inks: stormy sky, forest moss, black soot distress inks & markers
Stains: worn lipstick, mustard seed, salty ocean, forest moss, black soot, stormy sky, vintage photo distress
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper
Tools: stamping platform
Also: micron pen .01
I have used an alcohol ink background to add colour to this tulip card. Deciding on a colour scheme and image for a sympathy card can be difficult but flowers are given and appreciated at times of joy as well as sadness. Out of interest I looked up what meaning if any, has been assigned to yellow tulips. Apparently the meaning has changed over time but yellow tulips now stand for hope and cheerful thoughts.
To create the yellow, orange and green panel I dropped alcohol inks on a craft mat then swiped photo paper through the colours. Sometimes it is necessary to swipe several times or add a bit of rubbing alcohol to get coverage over the whole panel. I inked the Darkroom Door tulip stamp with jet black stazon ink then pressed the photo paper panel down onto the stamp. To finish the card I wrapped some black ribbon around a textured white mat and added a sentiment also in black.
Stamps: tulips, bright blossoms vol 2 (DD)
Ink: alcohol inks by Ranger, jet black stazon
Paper: neenah solar white, photo paper, textured white paper
A few weeks back I created two fairly glamorous cards with this fancy stamp, glamorous because of the platinum and gold embossing I paired with the very detailed stamp. Today’s card is simply stamped in one colour and embellished with another colour creating this classic navy, red and white combo.
I stamped on neenah solar white cardstock in chipped sapphire distress ink; it is a very detailed stamp so using a stamping platform helped me get good coverage.
Quite a versatile stamp I think…