Mittens

I have mentioned Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day colouring challenge a few times lately. It is definitely a no stress, no fuss, no obligation challenge which I have participated in before. Kathy, would be the first one to tell you there is no preparation necessary and I agree. However, I am enjoying it more this time around because I did do a little stamping in advance. I sat down at my work table a few days before the challenge began and stamped a bunch of images. I embossed some, stamped some in waterbased dye ink and a few in waterproof black ink. I basically created a little stack of images I could reach for and colour when I had the chance. It has helped me to be more involved this time. Sometimes I work on a panel until it is finished, other times, as in the case of these mittens, I colour it bit by bit or mitt by mitt!

I stamped the red mittens on hot pressed watercolour paper in worn lipstick distress inks and the cord in rusty hinge distress ink. I painted over the stamping with water to blend the pink ink to a smoother colour and to soften the stark white of the stripes. I added shading and little lines on the edges of the mittens and texture to the cord with watercolour pencils.

I decided the red mittens would be hanging against a wall or fence outside so I stamped and cut a mask of the mittens, covered them and stamped the woodgrain stamp from the PB set ‘tall timbers’ first one way then again at right angles in weathered wood and frayed burlap distress inks. As with the mittens I blended over the stamping with water and added extra colour from watercolour pencils especially around one side of the mitts to look like shadow. To finish the panel I stamped some snowflakes on the mitts, a sentiment and also splattered some embossing fluid before embossing it all with white powder.

I followed a similar process with the blue mittens but stamped them initially in three blue distress inks (broken china, salty ocean and chipped sapphire). I blended the stamping with water then, when it was dry, added details with coloured pencils. I wanted them to look knitted so I drew a pattern to look like rib at the cuffs then some lines and shading on the rest of the mitts.

Once again I added a woodgrain background this time by masking the lower portion of the panel before stamping the woodgrain from the PB ‘inspiring’ set then more masking to stamp it horizontally across the card. The sentiments for both cards are from the PB ‘smile all season’ set.

Warm & cosy wishes everyone!

Supplies

Stamps: Christmas mittens, inspiring, tall timbers, smile all season

Paper: hot & cold pressed watercolour paper, neenah cream

Inks: worn lipstick, rusty hinge, broken china, salty ocean, chipped sapphire, frayed burlap, weathered wood, hickory smoke

Also: white embossing powder
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Pencils: Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils, Polychromos pencils (Faber Castell)
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Winter Joy

More poinsettias to share today. These ones are from the Penny Black transparent set ‘winter joy’. I embossed several poinsettias in gold and did some loose colouring with distress inks inside the poinsettias then decided to paint a warm antique linen background with a little red added in.

Distress inks are easy to use as watercolour paints. I just press my ink pads onto my glass mat or an acrylic block then pick up the ink with a paint brush. I can add water to make a paler colour or work with undiluted ink.

You can see in the close up how loose I kept the painting both inside and outside the petals. What you can’t see so well is the pretty shine of the gold embossing and the gold twine. I’d like to try painting a white poinsettia for a change; it is a bit more of a challenge though to work out how to add colour even though I want it to appear white. If I have success I’ll be showing you.

Supplies

Stamps: winter joy, Christmas sentiments

Inks: versamark, forest moss, antique linen, barn door, wild honey, tulip red versafine clair

Paper: hot pressed watercolour, neenah cream

Also: metallic gold rich embossing powder, glass mat, gold cord


Simple and elegant poinsettias

Today’s cards show two different looks from the Penny Black ‘Chrismtas poinsettia’ stamp. The first is simple distress ink colouring popped up on a fun polka dot background and the second is a bit more elegant with bold colouring inside a gold embossed image. I stamped this first poinsettia in festive berries and shabby shutters distress inks on hot pressed watercolour paper then blended the ink with water to fill the petals. If I needed extra ink for shadows and depth I picked it up from my glass mat which acted as a palette.

When I inked the stamp I wiped off the festive berries ink from the centre of the stamp so I could add peeled paint ink with a distress marker. After I had done all the blending I coloured the circles in the centre of the flower with a gold gel pen. My favourite part of the card though is the polka dot paper; it is so pretty. It is just one of a series of papers by Alexandra Renke. The Foiled Fox sent me some Alexandra Renke papers to try out and they are lovely. I will share more of them with you in the coming weeks. The weight is between paper and cardstock so it die cuts well but doesn’t add too much bulk when you layer it.

I cut my poinsettias out with the co-ordinating die but they wouldn’t be too hard to cut by hand, especially if you have fussy cutting skills (which I don’t). I matted the polka dot panel in red and added a sentiment from ‘festive snippets’ in versafine crimson red.

I embossed my second poinsettia in gold powder then coloured with zig clean color real brush markers. As I often do I used two reds and two greens, colouring first with the light marker then adding the darker colour at one end before blending with water to fill the petals.

I applied adhesive to a strip of gold cardstock then trimmed it even narrower to position behind the popped up poinsettia. I embossed a sentiment in the same gold embossing powder used for the flower.

I am continuing to participate in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day colouring challenge. If you want some colouring inspiration pop over to her blog and check out her tutorials and link up. Let me know if you are participating.

Supplies

Stamps: Christmas poinsettia, festive snippets (PB)

Dies: xmas poinsettia cut out (PB)

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, Alexandra Renke pink dots, gold shimmer, red cardstock

Ink: festive berries, shabby shutters distress inks, , versamark, versafine crimson red

Markers: clean color real brush markers, peeled paint distress marker

Also: metallic gold rich embossing powder, glass mat


Holly Garlands

Before I talk about this ‘neat and tidy’ card I want to thank you, my readers, for your responses to my previous post of two wreaths, a neat and a messy one. Most of you preferred the artsy(messy) wreath although there was still some appreciation for the neat one. It was great to read what you thought and why the messy one appealed. Thanks for taking the time to leave me a message.

This neat little panel of holly took quite some time to colour, maybe this is why I don’t often paint inside small detailed images. The holly stamp from the PB set ‘garlands’ is embossed in platinum embossing powder then coloured with three zig clean color real brush pens. I coloured the leaves with the olive and the green pen then blended with water. I use a wine pen to colour the berries and also blended them with water for a bit of shadow. I like the finished panel but won’t be doing this style too often!

I tried to finish the card with a bright red die cut sentiment but it did not get along with the patterned background so I just snuck in a little red stamped sentiment instead. Hope you have a great weekend and I’ll be back next week to show you why ‘stamping is for the birds’!

Supplies

Stamps: garlands, Christmas sentiments

Paper: hot pressed watercolour, neenah cream

Ink: silver encore ink, versafine clair glamorous
Markers: zig clean color real brush markers

Also: WOW platinum embossing powder


A wreath two ways

I have one wreath, ‘winter chirp’ from Penny Black, presented in two ways today. The first is neat and tidy, the other is loose and messy. I started with gold embossing and used similar colour schemes on each one.

They are both painted with peerless watercolour paints, which I love. I stayed inside the lines on the first card and went all loose and freestyle on the second. I almost gave up on the second but as I kept adding colours it did look a little less like a mistake! I almost didn’t post the messy one but in real life it actually looks artsy and fun.

I chose gold cardstock for some stacked die cut sentiments, also from PB, so the sentiment and embossing would co-ordinate. I also matted with gold and green (yes it’s green, not black) cardstock on a cream cardbase.

I hesitate to ask but are you on the neat team or the artsy(messy) team?

Supplies

Stamp: winter chirp (PB)
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Dies: very merry, rejoice (PB)

Ink: versamark

Paint: peerless watercolours

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, gold cardstock, green cardstock

Also: metallic gold rich embossing powder, double sided adhesive sheets


Turnabout leaves again

In creating this card I didn’t quite follow the directions properly for a turnabout stamp. I didn’t attach my piece of watercolour paper to a 6’x6″ square of cardstock but my piece was close to 6″ so it wasn’t a waste of paper. (It is worthwhile to watch one of the Concord & 9th videos explaining how the turnabout stamps work. You know, if all else fails read the instructions, ha!) I also chose not to ink all the leaves on the turnabout stamp so as to feature the line images more than the solid ones. I inked the line images in versamark, stamped, rotated the watercolour panel and repeated. Once I had oriented the panel in all four directions I embossed all the line leaves in gold powder. I also inked some of the small leaves in forest moss distress ink. I used distress inks pressed onto my glass mat as paint to fill in all the embossed leaves.

As I hadn’t stamped all the images on the turnabout stamp I had a bit of space between leaves so I loosely painted antique linen distress stain around the leaves. I stamped one of the sentiments included in the set on a square of hot pressed watercolour paper, painted some antique linen around it and dragged the edges across a rusty hinge distress ink pad to frame the panel.

Rusty hinge is my current fave distress ink colour. I have been through a few favourites which remain in my top ten. Chipped sapphire is a long time favourite; it is deep blue after all. Spiced marmalade changed my mind about orange; I used to pick it last. Stormy sky is such a beautiful grey blue and gets along with all the colours. Forest moss tends to be the colour of all my leaves; I have to remind myself that leaves come in light green and bright green too. Seedless preserves is the prettiest deep pink around, dark or diluted it’s a winner. What are your favourite ink colours? Let me know; I might have to add to my collection.

I’m so thankful you dropped in today; take care.

Supplies

Stamps: thankful leaves turnabout stamps

Inks: forest moss, dried marigold, rusty hinge distress inks, versamark
    
Stain: antique linen distress stain

Paper: hot pressed watercolour, neenah natural white
 
Tools: cutterpillar glass mat, misti stamping positioner
 
Also: gold embossing powder, Ken Oliver gold liquid metal


You made my day

You absolutely made my day on Monday by sharing what you are thankful for. I was so encouraged reading your comments. I hope you are still counting your blessings because the Foiled Fox and I are continuing our gratitude week and giveaways with a couple more cards today. You can enter on each of the posts this week for more chances to win; just tell us something different that you are thankful for on each day. The Foiled Fox is giving away a $25 gift certificate to three of our readers who leave a comment here on my blog and/or on the Foiled Fox blog telling us something they are grateful for. It does not have to be related to art and craft at all.  You have until the end of Friday, October 5th to add a comment to any of this week’s gratitude posts. We will randomly choose a winner from each gratitude post and announce them on Tuesday, October 9th.

These sweet dragonflies and butterfly are from My Favorite Things; it’s a set called Fluttering Friends. I like the fact that there are more dragonflies than butterflies in this collection; often it is the other way round. For this first card I embossed the dragonflies on vellum in platinum embossing powder then cut them out using the co-ordinating die set. I painted a rough square on hot pressed watercolour paper with Peerless transparent watercolours. I love these watercolours; the colours are vibrant and the blending is beautiful. I then die-cut a square from the panel and from some adhesive backed foam and popped up my square as a platform for the dragonflies. I even remembered my nuvo drops and made some clear droplets beside the dragon flies, then finished the card with a sentiment from the MFT ‘all about you’ set.

I kept my colours similar for the second card but featured painted dragonflies and butterfly instead of a painted background. Once again I used peerless paints, blending oranges, yellows and pinks.

The embossing is all in platinum powder and the sentiment this time is from ‘brushstroke expressions’ popped up over a ‘typewriter text’ background.

I’ll wrap up this post by telling you another thing I am thankful for, and it is something many of you mentioned on Monday, my dear family both near and far. I have a wonderful family, four of them here in Canada and all the rest on the other side of the world in Australia.

Thanks for dropping in today; I hope you are having a delightful day!

Supplies

Stamps: fluttering friends, typewriter text, brushstroke expressions, all about you (MFT)
   
Dies: fluttering friends (MFT)

Inks: versamark, versafine clair tulip red

Paint: Peerless Transparent watercolours

Paper: hot pressed watercolour, light weight vellum, neenah cream

Also: platinum embossing powder, nuvo morning dew drops, white adhesive backed foam