I am happy to be sharing this card over on The Foiled Fox blog today. I used a combination of distress markers to colour the berry branches first then, once they were dry, I clear embossed over the top so they would resist the masking fluid I splattered and the sky I painted next. The process is described in detail over on the Foiled Fox blog so pop over and check it out.
This was definitely a project where a stamp positioner came in handy to do all the colouring first and embossing after.
After creating a pretty blue background through the magic of brusho yesterday, I decided to do the same with green and red for poinsettias. This set of four dies is called ‘layered poinsettia‘ and it was so easy to create pretty red and green flowers with some scattered brusho on watercolour paper. I had three scraps of hot pressed watercolour paper on my craft mat. I sprinkled mostly brilliant red brusho on two with a bit of leaf green either end, then I sprinkled more of the green and less of the red on my third strip. After I had spritzed water over them all I could see where more colour was needed so I sprinkled some more of the first two colours plus some rose red and spritzed again.
I left the scraps to dry then laid three flower dies on the strips and cut our 3×3 of the small, medium and large flowers making sure I got some green on the large and the medium ones. Once they were all cut I lay them back on my craft mat and splattered gold paint from my finetec mica pearl set over all the flowers.
I let them dry and assembled them by dotting glue on the backs. There is a teeny tiny die for the centres (which I have not lost so far!) which were cut from gold foil cardstock to tie in with my gold splatter. To assemble the card I glued the flowers on a strip of white cardstock, attached that to a strip of shimmery red cardstock then mounted it on a white card base. I added the little ‘sending joy’ sentiment from the PB holiday snippets set.
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Neenah solar white cardstock, hot pressed watercolour paper, shimmer red cardstock, gold foil cardstock
I have a frosty little wreath to share today which seems appropriate now it’s all frosty outside. I created my background on hot pressed watercolour paper by sprinkling ultramarine brusho over the paper then spritzing it with my homemade pearl-ex spray. The result is a shimmery pattern of blue, turquoise and purple made with paint powder from just one container.
I applied stick it adhesive to the back of neenah solar white cardstock then die-cut three wreaths using Penny Black’s ‘wreath & bow’ die. I stacked them on top of each other which was surprisingly easy even though they were quite delicate. I use a pair of tweezers to squeeze each section of the die-cuts into alignment with the ones above and below.
I stamped a sentiment from festive snippets on purple cardstock, embossed it in white and attached it overlapping the wreath then matted the painted panel in purple also. To finish it off I attached some silver cord and a little die-cut snowflake on top of the sentiment strip. You can find all the supplies listed below; I am experimenting with the appearance of my supply list; word has it that people like to see the product not just the name. Let me know if the pictures and links are helpful.
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When I posted my first card made with this stamp I mentioned a second I had completed when I knew the image better. In this one I managed to keep the snowy areas white from the beginning rather than dilute them after I realised my mistake! I used fewer inks and left the leaves on right side of the stamp unstamped.
I stamped bird, perch and foliage in antique linen first then went over the perch and leaves as with vintage photo and black soot distress markers. I stamped then blended with water before adding ink to the berries with festive berries and barn door distress markers. To colour the bird I switched over to my watercolour pencils, picking up colour from the lead with a small damp watercolour brush.
I finished off the card with a sentiment stamped in versafine vintage sepia then popped up the panel on craft foam.
Inks: antique linen, vintage photo distress inks (Ranger), versafine vintage sepia (Tsukineko), black micron pen (Pigma)
Markers: vintage photo, black soot, festive berries, barn door distress markers
Paper: 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper (Fabriano)
Pencils: dark carmine, light orange, black & cold greyIV Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils
I taught a class a while ago where we created distress oxide backgrounds similar to this one. I began with a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper, swiped my salty ocean and fossilized amber distress oxide inks across the panel then spritzed it generously while holding the paper upright which enabled the ink to run down towards the bottom of the panel. I held it the opposite way so the lighter colour ran back into the darker. I kept doing this until I had a fully covered, blended background.
It’s hard to see in the photo but I spritzed with pearl-ex spray which created a sparkly sheen over everything. (I create my own pearl-ex spray by adding less than ¼tsp pearl-ex powder to a small spritzer full of water) Once the panel was dry I splattered some more spray over the background and dabbed it off with a paper towel to created the patchy light and dark effect.
I stamped the Queen Anne’s lace stamps from the Penny Black Flower Sparks set in fossilized amber, salty ocean and black soot distress oxide inks. To finish I attached to a white card base and added a white on black embossed sentiment. All the supplies are listed below; some include affiliate links which give me a small commission but add nothing to your costs. Anytime you feel like browsing in The Foiled Fox online store, clicking through from the Foiled Fox promo in my side bar will send some commission my way if you make a purchase. And while we are chatting about the lovely folk at The Foiled Fox I have an inside scoop: they are starting a loyalty program where you will earn ‘foxy dollars’ every time you make a purchase there. Even though it hasn’t officially begun any November purchases will count towards your future foxy dollars!
Stamps:Flower Sparks, Happy Snippets (made by Penny Black)
Inks: fossilized amber, salty ocean, black soot distress oxide inks (Ranger) Versamark (Tsukineko)
Papers: hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah solar white cardstock, Neenah epic black cardstock
Tools: heat tool
Added extras: interference blue pearl-ex powder
So many of the stamps from the ‘Be Merry’ release are suitable for seasons other than winter and occasions other than Christmas. For this card I used the ‘under the trees’ stamp, masked out the little critters, snowflakes and gift and chose a warm colour scheme to make an autumn card. I stamped the ‘under the trees stamp in versafine vintage sepia ink. I cut a little post-it mask to protect the area where the critters and hanging snowflakes were as well as wiping ink off the circles in the sky so they wouldn’t stamp either. I left the stamp in the stamp positioning tool for re-stamping later. I began by paint a pale wash of tumbled glass distress stain over the whole piece of hot pressed watercolour paper keeping the edges darker than the centre. I added some forest moss, crushed olive, mustard seed, spiced marmalade painting around the trees and ground as well as painting some loose background trees into the damp panel.
I dried the panel before painting the wooden fence so the distress stains would not bleed out of the stamped image as in the background area. I used gathered twig and vintage photo distress stains to paint the fence then dried the panel again so I could restamp in the stamp positioner. By the time I had added all the blended colour the original stamped trees and bushes were less prominent so I inked them with a ground espresso marker and re-stamped and then painted over until they stood out once more.
To finish it off I stamped a sentiment from Penny Black’s ‘happy wishes’ set in fossilised amber distress ink then versafine vintage sepia several times over the top.
This little bird and its snowy perch are all part of one stamp. It took me a bit of playing to work out how I wanted to colour the stamped image. I have another card to share where I took a slightly different approach. I started by stamping the whole stamp with antique linen distress ink. Using a pale ink with a detailed stamp helps me see the whole image so I can add colours one by one using a stamp positioning tool. I coloured with both a mix of inks added to the stamp and watercolour pencils added to the stamped image. I inked the branch and twig sections of the stamp with several brown inks (listed below) and blended the stamping with water.
I used a wet paintbrush to pick up colour from watercolour pencils to apply colour to the bird, berries and leaves. By working wet into wet I was able to paint a lighter colour first then add either a darker colour or more of the same colour to darken a shadowed area. You can see I added a lot more water to the leaves on the right hand side so they appeared less prominent and more suitable as a background for the sentiment. Once all the colouring was finished I used a fine tip black pen to make sure the eye stood out. I trimmed the panel then popped it up on craft foam.
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Stamps: snowy perch, sweetest moments
Inks: antique linen, vintage photo distress inks (Ranger), versafine vintage sepia, espresso truffle memento marker (Tsukineko), black micron pen (Pigma)
Paper: 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper (Fabriano)
Pencils: juniper green, sap green, dark carmine, light orange, black & cold greyIV Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils