This card just says ‘cottage life’ to me especially as the few hummingbirds I have seen were at friends’ cottages. I inked the stamp with memento markers, spritzed, stamped then blended with water before another spritz to spread the colour further. To create a border I ran a watercolour pencil inside the masking tape which was holding the panel down then softened the pencil line with a paintbrush. In a surprising departure from my usual habits I sponged the card base through a stencil around the edges as well as adding a little text.
I hope you are enjoying some late summer like I am.
Stamps: Sweet visit, Heartfelt, Footnotes (PB)
Inks: Nautical Blue, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Paris Dusk, Olive Grove, Bamboo Leaves, Desert Sand, Rose Bud, Tangelo, Potter’s Clay Memento markers (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano hot press watercolour, Neenah natural White, Teal
Also: Zigs & zags stencil (PB), Gold and blue machine embroidery thread
When I set out to create this card I knew I had stamped a similar layout with this stamp before but it wasn’t until the card was completed and I looked at the earlier card that I realised just how how similar! This one has a wee bit more going on and was painted with distress stains not watercolour pencils. I began by stamping the large ‘Softly’ stamp a couple of times. Each time I inked it I wiped off some of the antique linen ink so the two imprints would not interfere with each other too much. The antique linen ink is pale so I was able to paint inside the lines and have them disappear into the darker oranges and greens.
I had to repeat my mantra (walk away, just walk away) periodically through the making of this card because I was trying to follow the steps shown on this photo tutorial. I painted all the petals with a diluted wash of ‘dried marigold’ distress stain first. After it dried I added another layer keeping the colour undiluted. Once that dried I painted some darker areas with ‘spiced marmalade’, let it dry then finally added some ‘rusty hinge’. ( I have just discovered what a warm brown rusty hinge is; it works well with orange tones). After waiting once again for it to dry I added some details with the spiced marmalade and rusty hinge markers. I stuck with just ‘forest moss’ stain for the leaves but began by diluting for the first wash then increasing the intensity as I added shading.
When all the painting was finished I used the co-ordinating stencil ‘Promenade’ to sponge some background flowers before adding a sentiment and a green mat. This card is a little bigger than A2 (6.25″x4.75″) so I will need to hunt through my envelope supply to find a match.
Thank you so much for dropping by and for your kind comments. I have been interested to read about your opinions and experiences with the different watercolour powders I have been featuring.
Stamps: Softly, Sprinkles & Smiles (PB)
Stencils: Promenade (PB)
Inks: Spanish Moss Versafine (Tsukineko) Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Forest Moss, Rusty Hinge, Antique Linen distress products (Ranger)
Paper: Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Green textured cardstock
I’ve been wanting to create something with the large ‘Hypnotic’ circle stencil ever since it arrived but there were flowers to stamp first! Inspired by the pretty colour schemes of Karen Dunbrook I pulled out all my blue and green toned distress inks the other day and sponged over and around this pretty stencil. There was already masking fluid splatter over the Neenah Solar White panel to create some extra texture. I chose a spot close to the centre of the circle pattern to be the lightest area then worked out from there making the outer edges of the stencil the darkest areas. When I was happy with the sponging I splattered some blue and green ink over the panel and dropped some water also. To create the watermark on the right I painted water onto the stencil then pressed it onto the sponging. Once all was dry I removed the masking fluid and added a sentiment, the circular ‘Hidden Hearts’ die cut and a strip of matching cardstock along the base of the panel.
It is almost time for a new One Layer Simplicity challenge but before that appears on April 1st, pop on over and see the details the design team highlighted from all the creative March entries. I tried to create a ‘words only one layer card’ for the challenge this month but my attempts went from bad to worse ending with card which was comical it was so wrong. Sorry, but you’ll never see that one. I am going to try again in April with a fresh new challenge.
Stencil: Hypnotic (PB)
Creative Dies: Hidden Hearts, Stylish Gratitude (PB)
Inks: peacock feather, salty ocean, pine needles, chipped sapphire distress inks (Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Solar white cardstock, turquoise cardstock,
In creating today’s card I used a co-ordinating stamp and stencil from Penny Black. By applying ink to the Flower Dance stencil and pressing it onto my watercolour paper I was able to create background pattern and colour all around the flower image I later stamped and watercoloured. I have a video tutorial showing how I did it below.
This is the kind of technique that will never produce the same results twice. I’ve tried it already using another stencil with quite different results which I will share once I’ve completed the card.
Stamps: Charming, Friendship, Letter Background (PB)
Stencil: Flower Dance (PB)
Inks: Tumbled Glass, Milled Lavender, Evergreen Bough distress stains and Peacock Feather, Dusty Concord distress inks (Ranger)
Markers: Wink of Stella Gold pen
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Avon Brilliant White 110lb smooth , Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Penny Black Mix & Match Blue Lagoon paper
Also: Teal grosgrain ribbon, gold cord
Today is our older daughter’s birthday; she has left her teens behind. For ten months we had three teens in the house. For her card I decided to try something I have been thinking about for a while. For a change I used cold pressed watercolour paper; it has more texture than the hot pressed. I taped it to a cutting mat and then swiped distress stains across it. I spritzed with water and my pearl-ex spray (pearl-ex interference gold mixed with water) to blend the colours, then let it dry.The blended stains dried with the ‘S’ shaped watermark so I lined up the edge of the petals on the stencil with the watermark to make the most of the ‘sunburst’ look. Really does look like a ‘sun catcher’. I taped down the stencil and dabbed at the poppy image with a baby wipe. It took a while to dilute the colour but it worked and it paid not to rub the paper as that causes pilling. The stems were trickier; you can see they look a little rough.
I stamped the sentiment in gold first but it was a little pale so I stamped over the top with sepia and the effect is a muted gold edge to the text.
Stamps: Flourish Birthday (PB)
Stencils: Suncatcher (PB)
Inks: Versafine Vintage Sepia & Encore Gold (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Stains: Barn Door, Bundled Sage, Mustard Seed Distress Stains (Ranger)
Paper: Cold pressed watercolour paper Neenah Natural White 110lb
Also: Pearl Ex spray Interference Gold
I have been experimenting with my stencils trying different techniques and one thing I wanted to do was stamp a pattern through the stencil onto the card underneath. I ended up using some modeling paste first to give me a slightly raised image. I taped the stencil to some watercolour paper first then spread modelling paste over it with a palette knife. I removed the stencil to let the paste dry thoroughly then replaced it before stamping. I used the text stamp from “Footnotes” and did not stick it to an acrylic block first, instead I kept it flexible and pressed it onto each leaf and flower space in the stencil. As I had stamped it with Versafine Majestic Blue I lightly sponged the same ink over the stencil to captures the stems and define the design a little more. The panel was taped to my work surface so I used the edge of the tape as a border adding blue with a watercolour pencil and blending the colour into the panel. I finished it off with just a few little splatters and a small sentiment. The panel is popped up over a grosgrain ribbon.
You can’t see the modeling paste in my photo but the effect on the card is a subtle raised image. I have more experimenting with stencils to share in the days to come. Thanks for dropping by.
Stamps: Footnotes, Treemendous (PB)
Stencil: Verdant (PB)
Inks: Versafine Majestic Blue (Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Indianthrene Watercolour pencil 247 (Faber Castell)
Paper: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth
Texture: Modelling paste
The new One Layer Simplicity Challenge is to make a card with flowers on it. There is already a gorgeous array of floral inspiration on the blog and you have until May 24th to add yours. The current Mod Squad challenge is to make a one-layer card so my poppy card meets the criteria there also.
To create this watery poppy I positioned the ‘Sun Catcher Stencil’ then painted the flower head in water. While it was very wet I added both Mustard Seed and Victorian Velvet Distress stains to the water and blended them with a paintbrush. I used the co-ordinating ‘Poppy Time’ stamp to stamp the stems, bud and seed head then used a paintbrush to immediately fill them with distress stains. By this stage the poppy head had dried a bit so I inked some of the stamp with ink to add a few veins to define the petals. I added the verses from 1 Corinthians in a mix of Memento ink and distress stain allowing some to blur and some to bleed. The piece of watercolour paper already had two ink drops on it so I carefully added a few more rather than going overboard with the flicking technique I have been using lately.
Thanks for dropping by. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Edited to add: If you are interested in an “Introduction to Stamping” class there are a few spaces left in the class I am teaching at “Crop-A-While” in Orleans on Thursday May 8th. Please click on the store link for more details and contact the store to register.
Stamps: Poppy Time, Love Chapter (PB)
Stencil: Sun Catcher
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko) Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint Distress Stains & Wild Honey, Peeled Paint Distress inks (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
This little scene was built in layers, some of which you will need to take my word for as they are no longer obvious. I taped the watercolour panel down with painters tape to begin and you can see that I kept a very narrow border around the picture panel when I cropped it later.
The first step was sponging memento new sprout ink through the promenade stencil ( you can just see it ). Next I wet the whole panel and stamped the verdant wood mounted stamp in memento olive grove several times. The ink bled and faded. At this point I had to decide on a feature image; I picked the little wheel barrow of flowers from the new Friendship Flowers transparent set. I inked only the wheel barrow in memento London fog, spritzed it and stamped on the panel. I then used watercolour pencils to add colour and shading to the barrow. I inked up the rest of the stamp (flowers) in memento rhubarb stalk and love letter, spritzed it and stamped onto the panel. I used red and green watercolour pencils to fill in the flowers, stems and leaves. I framed the scene using the flourish stamp from the Twirls set stamped in London Fog and coloured with the same red and green pencils. I drew a border around the edge with the green pencil and blended from the edge inwards with water. Finally I added the sentiment and matted the picture on green stamped with the Twirls flourish stamp.
Stamps: Verdant, Friendship Flowers, Twirls (PB)
Inks: Memento London Fog, New Sprout, Olive Grove, Rhubarb Stalk, Love Letter (Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils Pale Geranium Lake 121, Light Grey 195, Medium Grey 197, Black 199, Pine Green 267 (Faber Castell)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb smooth, PB Mix & Match Spring Meadow Paper
I’ve been having fun playing with background techniques lately. This one was done on wet watercolour paper with distress stains. After taping the panel down to a craft mat I wet the whole panel then painted three colours of distress stain across it in horizontal stripes. Next I spritzed some water and tilted it to let the colours and water blend. (Related tangent: When I first bought distress stains I was a little annoyed that the sponge applicator didn’t come off to allow me to access the stain. I tried to force it but I could just see myself ending up with stain all over my project, desk and clothing so I gave up. Yesterday I learned that you can in fact take the sponge applicator off without disastrous consequences. See video here.) I removed the sponge applicator from the Broken China stain and not only flicked some stain on the panel with a paintbrush, but also used the applicator which was covered in ink to stamp some circles. To finish I sprinkled salt on the panel and let it dry.
When it was dry I brushed the salt off to reveal the speckled effect and positioned the Verdant stencil for sponging with Radiant Neon Electric Blue and Memento Luxe Pear Tart. After I had sponged I stamped the co-ordinating stamp “Delightful” in Encore Gold ink and added some gold wink of stella dots and highlights also. Photos don’t always pick up the sparkle so trust me it does have some. Deciding how to mat it was tricky but I pulled out some wide organza ribbon which was originally around a bunch of flowers and cut some to fit the card base. I was getting ready to photograph the card when I remembered that you can do the ‘ink flicky thing’ with wink of stella pens…
Stamps: Delightful, Sweet Wishes (PB)
Stencils: Verdant (PB)
Inks: Memento Luxe Pear Tart, Radiant Neon Electric Blue & Encore Gold (Tsukineko)
Stains: Broken China, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint
Paper: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Organza ribbon, Gold Wink of Stella pen
All through this week Penny Black is showcasing their new large scale stamps and co-ordinating stencils.The week kicked off with an inspiring video blog hop featuring seven guest designers and their impressive array of projects. During the rest of the week the PB design team are sharing their projects all with a “how-to” tutorial.
My project is a pictured above and the process is outlined in a photo tutorial on the PB blog . It is unusual to see a kraft card from me but I have to say it makes the perfect background for the new Memento Luxe ink and the Radiant Neon inks.
Stamps: Delightful, Special Wishes (PB)
Stencils: Verdant (PB)
Inks: Memento Luxe Wedding Dress, Radiant Neon Electric Pink, Electric Green & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Paper: Kraft, Black, White
Also: Gingham ribbon