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
 

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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


Bold & Beautiful Butterflies

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?

Supplies

Stamps: Butterflies

Ink: versamark

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


Norah Head lighthouse

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.

Supplies

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