Welcome to my blog! I am a stamp addict who has become obsessed with Mixed Media techniques and learning new techniques! I’m trying to learn how to draw and paint using books and social media. I love creating cards and mixed media projects for others and my family. I blog to keep a record of my progress.
Hello my lovely friends and
visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well. I love my new Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps
with my old H2O paints. Now you may need
your sunglasses because I went full on colour!
Here is my card …
A 150mm square card this time - I wanted to go big with the stamps! Will be okay to post too
A final look
Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
I was very lucky
to have a very unexpected and very much appreciated win atPapertake Weekly Challenge. Simon Says Stamps was a sponsored and I
won me a $25.00 SSS voucher and as these were at the very top of my ‘Stamp Wish
List’ they are what I ordered along with a stencil too. Huge thanks to Simon Says Stamps for
sponsoring the challenge, Dawny P and the DT for the awesome Papertake Weekly challenges.
I’m so happy I
was able to purchase these as I know I’ll use them a lot. In fact I have created, erm, several
cards with these and once I find my canvas boards I will use them to create
some lovely stamped and coloured canvases.
Once finished they will go into my box of ‘hand crafted presents’ (and
we’re hoping they will be appreciated).
I plan to use
them a lot on their own and I hope they’ll work with most of my own flower stamps. I’m juggling around in my mind with
the idea of using them to create landscapes too – it’s a case of wait and see what
will work and when I have the time lol!
My H2Os are
approximately ten years old and I purchased my first set after taking part in a
workshop atCreative Expressions. I immediately fell in love with the
vibrant colours and shimmer and I went through a phase of stamping with
permanent ink and colouring with H2Os. I
kept trying to stamp with them but was disappointed with the end result. I must have not heard the instructions
of how to stamp with them at the workshop because I never achieved a crisp
image when stamping, my projects would be soft and sometimes blurry. The result was not as good as I
hoped. I found out recently
that it was user error: I made my paint too wet. Luckily my patience has much improved
and as I love to practice and learn new techniques my stamping with H2Os has improved.
I’m very grateful
to the lovely artists and crafters that share tips and tutorials on
YouTube. I recently found aColour Arté blog andYouTubechanneland that has helped a lot too. I’ve corrected how I ‘ink up’ the stamp with
the paint and now keep the definition from whatever I am stamping. In fact I’ve figured out a way that I
can colour the image and then add definition. My images now have the definition and
aren’t blobs: although I have and probably will still use those blobs as great
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 this week ttfn Karen x
Simon Says Stamps
Shop: Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set
of water; spray bottle of water
Snippet of white
card to stamp and paint; A4 white card to create base; VOS 150mm square paper #
(I’ve not got the cover any more but I think they were K & Co or Basic
watercolour pencils (to better define the stem and leaves)