Today I have a couple more emboss resist projects to remind you we would love to see your projects on the Simply Irresistible Challenge. The Foiled Fox and I have teamed up (as we like to do these days) to issue you with a card challenge. You just need to make a card featuring the emboss resist technique, load it up on your own blog or social media platform then link it on our challenge page.
I embossed the Queen Anne’s Lace stamps on hot pressed watercolour paper for today’s cards then painted over the panels with gansai tambi watercolour paints. As you can see in the close ups, the paint resists the embossing and pools darker in some of the enclosed spaces or against the embossed stems. It is such a cool technique.
I played with two colour schemes, my tried and true blue/pink combo and a deeper blue/green one. The gansai tambi paints can be a bit opaque if not diluted enough so I used sufficient water for them to run over the embossing and resist it, not cover it.
Stamps: happy wishes, flower sparks (PB)
Inks: versamark (Tsukineko)
Paints: gansai tambi (Kuretake)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, white and black cardstock (Neenah) blue and green cardstock
Also: opaque white embossing powder (WOW)
The stamp ‘On the Lake’ is a such a lovely stamp, a whole scene in itself. I featured it with a sunset behind it here keeping the stamped image all black. Once again I stamped in black on today’s card but used a limited blue palette to create a moonlit sky with reflections in the lake.
I began by using the MISTI to stamp the ‘on the lake’ image in versafine black on hot pressed watercolour paper. I used the MISTI so I could restamp a couple of times to make sure the image was solid; watercolour paper has some texture, even the hot pressed, so the first stamped image is not always complete. Once the the ink was dry I positioned a frisket film circle mask on the left hand side and painted the sky, lake and reflections in blue watercolour paint. I kept the colour diluted around the moon and in the lake under the moon.
Another way to use this stamp is by inking sections in different colours. To see this technique check out Jill Foster’s beautiful card and video here.
Stamps: On the lake (PB)
Ink: Versafine onyx black ink (Tsukineko)
Paper: Fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper , Neenah epic black cardstock, solar white cardstock
Also: gansai tambi water colour paint, grafix frisket film, MISTI
Strange indeed to see me enter a challenge, follow a sketch, use a chevron pattern and texture paste! I would not be surprised if you thought someone else had taken over my blog. There are two signs, however that this is my card, those watercoloured poppies might look familiar and the placement of that little sentiment is pretty standard for me also.
How did this happen? Well, I have been meaning to try adding texture to cards for a while so I picked up some molding paste and applied it through a couple of stencils. In this experiment I mixed liquid metal into the paste before spreading it through the ‘Zigs and Zags’ stencil from Penny Black. It didn’t end up with a metallic look but it took on the green of the ‘verdi gris’ liquid metal. It has been a while since I did a challenge other than One Layer Simplicity (new one is up today) so I checked a couple of my favourites and found the sketch on “Case this Sketch“.
The die-cut poppies were sitting on my desk along with some other left over watercolour painted panels. (I will share projects featuring the other panels later this week.) This card really is an exercise in contrasts, the soft blends of the paint against the sharp corners of the zigzag, the pops of red over the stripes of green and the tiny black letters in the midst of a large expanse of white space.
As Joan Bardee would say:
MOOD WHEN DONE: Surprised but satisfied!
Stamps: Snippets (PB)
Dies: Field of Dreams (PB)
Stencil: Zigs & Zags (PB)
Inks: Versafine onyx black (Tsukineko)
Mediums: Molding paste (Golden) Verdi gris liquid metal (Ken Oliver) Watercolour paint (Kuretake Gansai Tambi)
Cardstock: Hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper, Neenah solar white cardstock
Do you recognise these trees? They are part of a larger stamp, ‘Winter Song’ and even though the whole stamp is beautiful I often just want to use that stand of trees on one side. I began by painting a sky over a moon mask using brusho blues. Once it was dry I decided to add these trees and the snow banks. Because the sky was already painted I had to paint the trees in white paint to block out the blue on the trunks. I used the Gansai Tambi white paint and kept it quite thick and opaque. Once I had white trunks to work with I painted some grey shadows on the trunks and added some black spots and twigs with a marker. I used the ‘to the world’ from Holiday Snippets and then hand lettered some joy.
I have lights and greenery around the window now and one ornament on the tree! Little by little…
Stamps: Winter Song, Holiday Snippets (PB)
Paints: Brusho, Gansai Tambi
Inks: Tuxedo Black (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko) Micron fine tip black marker
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Strathmore cold pressed watercolour paper, burgandy cardstock
Today’s card reminds me of photos I have seen taken with a fish eye lense so the world all leans into the photograph. I could have added the colours of northern lights as I sometimes would but I stuck to the more common blues of a night sky. It was a fairly simple card to make. I positioned a circle mask then splattered masking fluid on a piece of watercolour paper, once the masking dried I painted blue gansai tambi paint in circles around the moon to fill the panel. To finish the card I stamped black trees and a sentiment, matted and added the panel to a black card base.
We have had some beautiful sunset skies lately; I haven’t taken many photos but I have tried to imprint them on my mind to recreate with paint and ink at a later time. It is weird to be into December and not have snow or even the need to wear gloves yet. No-one in our house is complaining about the lack of shoveling but my son is wanting to start on the outdoor rink and my husband is keen to ski. What does it look like where you are? White Christmas or green?
Stamps: Prancers, Eloquence (PB)
Inks: Black Soot ink (Ranger) Versafine Onyx Black (ImagineCraft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Neenah Epic Black cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints
I am continuing the journey through imaginative books and stopping in Neverland today. When I was creating cards for the challenge I had to make sure there was a scene or setting from the book I could stamp or paint with some success. In thinking about Peter Pan, a story I enjoyed as a child and read to my children, I remembered this pirate ship stamp and pulled it out for the first time. I also pulled out one of my copies of Peter Pan for inspiration, the one illustrated by the incredibly talented Michael Hague.
To create this scene I painted some masking fluid where the waves would be then embossed the ship in black. I used watercolour paints to paint the sea, sky and cliffs then concentrated on the ship using paints then watercolour pencils for some finer details at the end. The sentiment is stamped on a die cut banner then trimmed and popped up over the panel.
After creating all my ‘story book’ cards I realised the books I chose were all made into movies. Perhaps that is a sign of a good story? I know I loved the books first and sometimes enjoyed the movies later on. It was the whimsical parts of Peter Pan that appealed to me, Wendy sewing on Peter’s shadow, the dog being their Nanna (although I did not get that as a child!?) and a ticking crocodile!
Stamps: Pirates, Sweet Wishes (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black (ImagineCrafts/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Epic Black cardstock
Dies: Triple Banner (PB)
Also: Gansai Tambi paints, masking fluid