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Grevillea aflame

Thank you for the lovely comments you left on my previous post, also featuring the grevillea stamps. I love hearing from you and was very touched by your sweet words about me and my dad.

I’m sharing cards over on the Darkroom Door blog today. If you haven’t visited there you should; there is a collection of amazing artists who share their creations there. I have a couple of grevillea cards to share with you today. One of them not too realistic in colour but still bright and bold like the real thing. I stamped the grevillea in versamark twice and the foliage twice then embossed in silver embossing powder on hot pressed watercolour paper. I sprinkled brilliant red brusho around the flower heads and prussian blue brusho round the perimeter of the panel, spritzed with water and let the brusho activate before adding any more.  I then played around with adding more water and tilting to make paint move. I also used a brush to pick up wet paint from panel to move it to an empty area then let it dry.

For a background I stamped mesh textures stamp four times on white card base with versamark ink (you could use mesh background stamp if you have it to fill card base) and embossed in silver. I stamped a sentiment from happy birthday sentiment strip in versamark on red cardstock and embossed it with silver powder. To complete the card I matted the grevillea panel with red cardstock and attached it to the card base.

For this more realistic colour scheme I painted a circle in wild honey distress stain on cold pressed watercolour paper and let it dry. Then I painted scattered straw distress stain over whole panel and let that dry. I inked the large grevillea flower in wild honey, ripe persimmon, spiced marmalade and forest moss distress stains, spritzed stamp then stamped on the watercolour panel. I repeated by spritzing the stamp to get a paler impression then followed the same procedure to fill the base of the panel with flowers. I inked the foliage stamp with forest moss distress ink, stamped and restamped for bold and paler images.

To finish I stamped a sentiment from ‘happy birthday’ set in rusty hinge distress ink then trimmed and attached the panel to natural white card base.

Supplies

Stamps: grevilleas, happy birthday, mesh textures (DD)
 
Card 1 Inks: versamark

Card 2 Inks: wild honey, scattered straw, ripe persimmon, spiced marmalade, forest moss distress stains, rusty hinge distress ink
    
Paint: brilliant red, prussian blue brusho

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white cardstock, neenah solar white, red cardstock

Also: stamping platform, silver embossing powder
 

 

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A Grevillea Challenge

My father lives not too far from Darkroom Door in NSW, Australia. When I knew he was coming to visit this summer I asked him to pick up some new stamps and bring them over. Not only did he bring what I’d ordered he also studied the stamps and came up with a challenge for me. I completed the challenge a while ago but the busyness of our summer has meant that I am only now getting this post written. Below you will see my dad’s words then I will wrap up at the end.

The Grevillea is a beautiful Australian Native Plant found across the continent and popular in many home gardens. There are many varieties from low ground hugging varieties to shrubs both small and large, sparse and thick. Their flowers are both small, individual and delicate as well as thickly clustered with the appearance of large flower heads. The bright colour of their flowers covers most of the spectrum, attracting many birds, particularly colourful parrots and lorikeets seeking nectar from their flowers and camouflage protection amongst their leaves and branches They tolerate hot seasons, have low water needs in comparison to many plants and have an extended floral season. They are very popular in home gardens as well as parks and their native bushland settings. The grevillea is frequently portrayed on Australian greeting cards and seems to be popular in all seasons. The beautiful range of colour and form seems to relate to a range of sentiments for both personal and seasonal occasions.

The sentiment stamps from Darkroom Door demonstrate that a message, be it seasonal or personal, happy or sad, celebrating or apologizing, or much more, can be expressed in a great variety of ways.
My suggestion to Heather, or was it a stampers’ challenge, was that, before she cuts either of the new stamps into individual stamps, she design a card using at least two of the grevillea images and at least half the sentiment expressions from one of her new stamps. She has agreed to the suggestion and I am confident she will rise to the challenge. What follows is Heather’s response to her dad and her explanatory notes for you, her fellow stampers.

For this first card I based my colour choices on the grevillea juniperina sulphurea . I used distress inks and markers to ink first the flowers then the tips in scattered straw, wild honey and spiced marmalade. I stamped the main image and, without re-inking, stamped pale images behind. The leaves and stem are stamped in peeled paint, again first and second generation stamping. As stated in the challenge I kept the sentiment stamps together (they still are) and stamped the strip three times across the card base in memento desert sand ink. To finish I splattered some spiced marmalade stain, matted with a mustard cardstock and added some linen twine.

The colour scheme for this second grevillea card is based on the grevillea superb. This time I aimed to keep the tips of the petals yellow while the rest was red. I inked the whole flower in love letter and rhubarb stalk ink to fill the centre of the flowers with colour. Then, to preserve  the tips I wiped ink off the ends of the petals and stamped. To finish the flower I added dandelion ink to the tips of the petals and stamped again. To get background images I spritzed the stamp and got a second generation image behind. For this one the leaves and stems were stamped in memento olive grove ink.

To make one sentiment stand out from the strip I first stamped the whole strip in dandelion ink then placed tape either side of the target words on the panel. I inked again with olive grove ink on the smaller section and stamped over the yellow.

I chose an olive cardstock to frame the panel and finish the card.

I hope you enjoyed my response to my dad’s challenge. If you have kept stamps together for projects rather than separate them I would love to hear about or see your designs. I am also interested to see more colour schemes for the grevilleas. I’ve taken inspiration from a few different grevillea so far and have another couple of approaches to share later in the week!

Supplies

Stamps: grevilleas, happy birthday (DD)

Card 1 Inks: scattered straw, peeled paint, wild honey, spiced marmalade distress inks & markers, desert sand memento ink
      
Card 2 Inks: dandelion, love letter, rhubarb stalk, olive grove memento inks &  markers
    
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white cardstock, green cardstock, mustard cardstock

Also: stamping platform, linen twine


Mesh stencil butterflies

There is plenty of texture on today’s card, more than most of my projects. The pretty shimmer  which is only just apparent in the photos is from Nuvo pure platinum embellishment mousse. I pressed it through the Darkroom Door mesh stencil onto watercolour paper. Once the mousse had dried I added distress stains over the mousse. It soaked into the paper but was easily polished off the mousse.

To create the butterfly panel I stamped with the same colour inks as previously used stains. After stamping the butterflies in one colour I blended with water and added drops of another colour to make them all all two tone. You can also see some dots of blue because I love a little splatter here and there.

I completed the card with a sentiment, some silver cord and co-ordinating blue mats.

Supplies

Stamps: Butterflies, Thank you
 
Stencil: Small stencil mesh (DD)

Inks: spiced marmalade, festive berries, stormy sky distress inks
  
Stains: spiced marmalade, festive berries, stormy sky distress stains

Also: nuvo embellishment mousse, silver cord
 


Popped up grevillea

I have a second grevillea card today featuring another of the flowers from the Darkroom Door ‘grevilleas’ set. (you can see my first one here) There are many different shapes, sizes and colours of grevilleas; this one I coloured to look like the ‘coastal sunset grevillea’. To get my background grevilleas I stamped ‘wet into wet’. I painted water over a piece of cold pressed watercolour paper, inked my stamps with distress stains and stamped onto the wet panel. The ink immediately bled into the surrounding area giving me a loose watery image. I blotted the panel with paper towel to stop the ink from moving too much and to soften the depth of colour. I painted a little blue stain around the edges.

I wanted the foreground images to be sharper so I dried the panel with a heat tool. In order to keep the tips of the grevillea yellow and the rest of the styles red, I stamped first in yellow then in red but I wiped red stain off the ends. I used one of the foliage stamps and inked it with two greens for a more realistic look. I spritzed ever so slightly to make the inks blend a little but not so much as to loose the definition in the detailed stamp.

Once my panel was complete, stamped with one sentiment from the new ‘happy birthday’ strip, I cut across the panel to separate the piece containing the sentiment so I could pop it up on a piece of foam.

Supplies

Stamps: grevilleas, happy birthday (DD)

Inks: mowed lawn, peeled paint, scattered straw, festive berries, tumbled glass distress stains, nocturne versafine clair

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white cardstock

Also: adhesive backed foam

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‘Simply Sarah’ grevillea

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.

Supplies

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


More shimmery leaves

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.

 

Supplies

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


Shimmery leaves

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.

Supplies

Stamps: fine leaves (DD), all occasions (DD)

Ink: versamark

Shimmerz Sprays: Jen B Blue, Eggnoggin’, Walkin’ on a tight Heliotrope
 

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white,  gold shimmer cardstock, blue cardstock

Also: WOW opaque white embossing powder, Ranger gunmetal embossing powder