Thursday, 12 September 2019

Under the Sea ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been experimenting with multiple stamps, multiple colours of embossing powder, watercolours and acrylic paints and this is the end result …

A large 20cm square card
Okay for posting
All the stamped details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Arty Diva’s Challenge #4 Anything Goes 
Bleeding Art Challenge August Anything Goes
Craft Stamper Magazine TIMI Anything Goes with a Stamp


I used both gold and silver embossing powder on the main stamped panel. I slowly dabbed the anti static pouch all over the card before I stamped the sea horse and added silver embossing powder then heat set that. Once it had cooled I dabbed all over the card again before stamping the jelly fish and adding gold embossing powder and heat setting. I put the card to one side then stamped the sentiment onto a snippet of card and added gold embossing powder then heat set.

I added a layer of white gesso to the chipboard turtles and the air dry clay mini seahorses and left them to dry. Once dry I coloured the turtles, the mini seahorses and the stamped seahorse using Pebeo Dyna acrylics. I coloured the gelli fish with my Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils with the exception of the perfectly round bubbles down the tendrils of the gelli fishes. I added masking fluid to the round bubbles and then left the fluid and the coloured images to dry. Once the stamped images were dry I coloured the background using my AquaTints and added lots of splashes of gold and silver all over the panel.

Once I was happy with the colouring and embellishments I matted the stamped panels onto blue pearlescent card, then I figured out where I wanted to put everyting in place before finally gluing it all in position once I was happy. This will go into the box of male birthday cards that I am creating for my mum. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp:
Visible Image: Create Your Calm; Dare to Swim stamp sets
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; seahorse silicone mould

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
8” square card blank
White stamping card
Claritystamp Indian Summer 12” x 12” patterned paper
Navy Blue pearl card
Snippets: white stamping card; navy blue pearl card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Avery Elle Silver EP
Cosmic Shimmer Gold Detail EP
Pebeo Dyna Acrylic paint: Iridescent Blue; Iridescent Green
Pebeo Metallic Iridescent Gold acrylic paint
Brown acrylic paint
Essentials & Landscape Spectrum Noir AquaTints
Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils
Embellishments:
Creative Embellishments Chipboard Turtles
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo white gesso
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Foam pads

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Stamp It #3 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been playing with this beautiful set of stamps again, lol, and here is what I created …

An A5 canvas
Lots of lovely depth and texture
All the details
The beautiful stamp
 A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Bleeding Art Challenge August Anything Goes
Mix it Up Challenge MIUCB#29 Anything Goes & 3D Project
Papercraft Challenge Handmade/Stamped Flowers
Stamping Sensations Challenge Anything Goes with Flowers 
We Love to Create Challenge #Anything Goes Mixed Media Creative


I decided to create a stash busting canvas after I noticed how many bits and bobs I have lurking around or underneath my desk that are desperately waiting for me to use them up lol!

I added texture paste to an A5 canvas and left that to dry then coloured it with acrylic paints. Before deciding exactly what I was going to add to the canvas I inked it with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink pad and dried that with my heat tool. I stamped the flowers onto white card and coloured them with my Faber Castell watercolour pencils. I then fussy cut the image and added some of the outlines and shading details back in with a coloured pencil. I inked the edges of the Lemoncraft ephemera with the Brushed Corduroy ink pad, as well as the stamped and fussy cut flowers and the flower embellishments.

I then did the usual working out or the layout before gluing everything in position and as there were several large gaps still on the canvas I adhered other flowers, charms and ribbons. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x











Tools
Stamp &/ Stencil:
Simon Says Stamp SSS101826 Beautiful Flowers stamp set
Crafters Companion Imagination Crafts Weather Wash stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool & foam; heat tool

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
A5 canvas board
Snippets: white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine Toffee IP
Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils
Acrylic paints
Brushed Corduroy Distress IP
Embellishments:
Lemoncraft House of Roses ephemera card set
Prima flowers
WOC Forget Me Not flowers
Key & Padlock charm
Ribbon
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo white gesso
Imagination Crafts Structure Paste
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel


Monday, 9 September 2019

Stamp It #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I decided to practice my no line colouring technique again. However I used too dark an ink to stamp with so it hasn’t worked like I hoped. However, I am happy with my watercolouring of this image so here is my card …

An A6 card
No problem posting this card
All the details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Craft Stamper Magazine TIMI September Anything Goes with a Stamp
Papercraft Challenge Handmade/Stamped Flowers
Stamping Sensations Challenge Anything Goes with Flowers
The Flower Challenge #36 Anything Goes


You will be seeing more flower images soon as I think they are the best stamped image for me to try and improve my no line colouring technique with. Two added bonuses are that I love colouring flowers and I find it really relaxing too. I was really chuffed that I managed to keep this card in the CAS style and didn’t get any splatters of ink or watercolour on the card, for a change lol! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x











Tools
Stamp:
Simon Says Stamp SSS101726 Summer Flowers Cherished stamp set
Tim Holtz wood mounted stamp
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card:
White stamping card
Ink/Paint:
Pear Tart Memento Dew Drop IP
Black Versafine IP
Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTints
Clear Overland Spectrum Noir Sparkle paint
Embellishments:
Sequins
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue


Sunday, 8 September 2019

Stamp It #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been using one of my beautiful Simon Says Stamp stamp sets again and here is the end result …

An A5 card
Good to post
All the details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #240 Pearls &/ Gems
Love to Scrap Challenge LTSCB#125 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Something Clear: the gemstones
The Flower Challenge #36 Anything Goes


I decided to do some no line watercolouring this time and it was so relaxing and such a joy to do lol! I stamped the flower image twice using a very pale Distress ink pad and then gently coloured the image with Spectrum Noir AquaTints. Once it had dried I added more detail back by adding shading and detail. I left it to dry for a few hours before colouring the background.

I die cut a thank you sentiment and added three little pearls and lots of tiny gems to finish. Unusually I am happy with the end result lol! I really must do this type of stamping and colouring more often as it is good for me. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp:
Simon Says Stamp SSS101872 Strangeness stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire Thank you die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
White Linen card
White stamping card
Snippets: polka dot paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Antique Linen Distress ink pad
Perfectly Primary & Beautifully Grunge Spectrum Noir AquaTints
Embellishments:
White pearls
Clear mini gems
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue


Friday, 6 September 2019

Watercolour Christmas #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been die cutting, stamping, stash busting and watercolouring and here is the end result …

An A5 Christmas card
It won't cost extra to post
All the details
The cute pixie
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
ABC Christmas Challenge S for Sparkle & T for Texture
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #453 Anything Christmas Goes
Crimbo Crackers Challenge #192 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #598 Anything Goes
Cute N Crafty Christmas Challenge #17 Anything Christmas/Winter Goes
Merry Little Christmas Challenge MLCCB#14 September Anything Christmas Goes
Penny Black Saturday Challenge Anything Goes &/ Watercolour


I managed to use up a lot of snippets of papers and coloured card along with quite a few old embellishments: yippee!!! It’s a card that I have since given to my mum so that she too can build up a stash of Christmas cards before December, more will be sent to her soon lol!

I can’t believe it’s September already and it’s that fact that has kicked off my Christmas card making. I’m hoping to get a couple made each week so that both mum and I have a nice stash come the end of November. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp:
Penny Black Garland Pixie cling rubber stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sizzix Retro Bauble die
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8 die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
White card for blank
Patterned paper
Snippets: White stamping card; gold card for die cutting; cream card for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine Tuxedo Back ink pad
Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils
Embellishments:
Papermania paper doily
Prima flowers
Pearl rings
Wooden Noel embellishment
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Foam pads
Stickles glitter glue

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Penny Black watercolour florals ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I love Penny Black floral stamps and recently I was able to purchase a few used Penny Black wood mounted stamps in a group I belong to on Facebook. I’ve finally managed to get them off their wooden blocks and now I have some lovely new stamps to play with and this flower is one of them …

A 148mm square card
No issues whatsoever with posting this card!
All the watercolour and stamped details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
 Love to Scrap Challenge LTSCB#125 Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenge Handmade/Stamped Flowers
Penny Black Saturday Challenge Anything Goes &/ Watercolour 


This flower stamp is very pretty and lovely to colour too. I stamped the flower heads using an orange ink pad, then I inked up the stems with a green ink pad and stamped the stems too. Once I had three flower heads stamped I coloured the flowers with AquaTints. I left the flowers to dry overnight because I wanted to make sure they were thoroughly dry before colouring the background the next day. Again I left the background to dry naturally because I wanted the colours to be bold and bright. I then decided to spray the stamped panel with water so that I could distress it a little and I added a few splatters of the AquaTints too. Going through my patterned papers I found that I didn’t have anything that was suitable to use as a mat for the stamped panel so I coloured another piece of card orange with the AquaTints.

I felt that the card was a little too stark so I stamped a large butterfly which I coloured with AquaTints and two tiny silhouette butterflies. I finished by adding a layer of Spectrum Noir Sparkle paint, the Clear Overlay, to the flower heads and the larger butterfly. This was a great way to use up snippets to create a lovely card that I have kept blank so that the person sending it can add a thank you or a get well soon to the inside if that’s how they wish to use it. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools

Stamp:
Penny Black 2656J Auriculas rubber stamp
Paperbabe Pieridae stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
White stamping card; Kraft card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Memento Dew Drop IPs: Pear Tart; Tangelo
Monarch Versafine Clair IP
Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTints
Clear Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle paint
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue