Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Glisten & Sparkle ...
Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well, please accept my apologies for not being around much, there is moaning beneath the challenges I want to enter these two into so you may want to skip that lol! Anyways when I saw the challenge over at Indigo Blu this month I knew exactly what I wanted to create, unusually, and creating that card spurred me on to creating another one and here is the first one …
Not a Christmas card and okay to post
I adore the stamps that let me create a scene like this!
Just some twine an old coin embellishment!
A final look at this one, placing it flat I captured the shimmering sun
Here is the second one ...
And a second not a Christmas card!
All the yummy details on a cold winter evening
I love watercolouring a scene and adding stamps to finish - it just calls to me!
A final look at this
A final look at both
I want to enter the An Early Winters Evening into these Challenges
Pixie’s Snippets Playground Challenge #258 the sentiment & Kraft matt were snippets
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Ice Inspiration
I want to enter both of them into these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #392 Clean and Simple: I may have to remove this as there seems to be a difference of opinion of what clean and simple is
IndigoBlu Challenge Glisten & Sparkle
Spectrum Noir December Facebook Challenge Anything Goes Bonus Clean
Both of these were created with Spectrum Aqua pens and Spectrum Noir AquaTints. For the Farewell to Autumn card I created an orange sunset by adding clean water into the inside of one of my dies (placed on the card) before adding the yellow, orange and red, I heat set the sun before painting the sky and the land. I finished this just before bed so I left the whole thing to dry overnight before moving onto the next step. I used my gold, orange and red Sakura sparkle pens to add shimmer to the sun and I used a damp paintbrush to blend the colours and quickly dried that before the next step. I used my Spectrum Aqua pens to ink up the cow parsley, the grasses and the tree branches. I added a little sparkle to the centre cow parsley because I wanted to try and make it look like it was glistening in the sunset. Once dry I distressed the edges of the panel before adding some twine and a metal embellishment.
For the second card I wanted to create the look of a cold early winters evening, so the sky wouldn’t be one tone of black/dark blue. I added a layer of clean water across the skyline and then used AquaTints to colour which I dried before colouring the land. Once dry I used Spectrum Aqua pens to ink up the stamps before stamping them in position. I dried them with my heat tool and then added Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste because I wanted to create the look of a cold frosty night. I wrapped it with twine before matting onto Kraft and adding to a card blank. I kept both of these cards CAS style because I wanted the scenes to be the stars and I think I managed that lol!
I am trying to get my brothers wedding invites created as well as our Christmas cards and I’m panicking because they still haven’t made the final decision about the text and that needs finalising. It’s three weeks until Christmas. We’re going to my brothers in two and a half weeks. I have broken my large bottom back tooth which has got to come out on Friday afternoon. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that it won’t break into many pieces as that happened with the last one, it broke into many pieces whilst the dentist was taking it out and that is so not pleasant in any way! I have an inkling I’ll have to take some tools and the materials for the invites with us as I’ll be frantically creating them all the way up to Christmas eve. I don’t have time to visit anyone’s blog and be inspired that isn’t helping either. I have lovely new stamps and stash ready and waiting to be played with but I don’t have time. All of this is making me really grumpy!
Thank goodness for online shopping, this year we have purchased every present online as well as some new clothes too. That has been a real life saver and something we’ll do from here on in. If you read all of that and are still here – huge big thanks to you, I just need to calm down and get on with it once I’ve posted these beauties lol! I love my Indigo Blu stamps and it was nice to take a little time out to play with them, I shouldn’t have but I needed me time so there 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
Indigo Blu stamp set: Nature I
Die Cutting Machine & Die/s:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Butterfly Lullaby: Happy Birthday die
MISTI; Spellbinder Classic Circles large die used to make the sun round; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette
Crafters Companion Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Snippets Crafters Companion Kraft card
Snippets white card coloured with Pebeo Dyna Iridescent paint
Craftwork Cards patterned paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Bright & Beautiful; Primary
Spectrum Aqua pen sets: Essentials; Nature; Primary
Sakura Sparkle pens: gold; green; orange
Metal coin from my stash
Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste; Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam