Monday, 18 September 2017

Full colour but one layer ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was a good one and your week has started well. Today’s card is another experiment with lots of layers of colour but keeping it one layer and here it is …

A6 card, nice and flat
My mum takes my one layer cards because she doesn't have to pay for extra postage when using them lol!
The stamp, H2O and EP details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
A Blog Named Hero Challenge One Layer
Addicted-to-Stamps-Challenge #153 Stamp a Background



Mod Squad Challenge The Heat is On 
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Shimmer & Shine 
I wish I could capture the beautiful shimmer of the Twinkling H2O’s


I have to admit that I’m a lot happier with this one layer card and it’s all because of that lovely rich pigment. The bottom half looks like fluorescent yellow on my photographs but it is lime green IRL. I’m still out of my comfort zone with these one layers but I’ve learnt that I like pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

I have a tip for you next. A couple of weeks ago I was reading a blog post, the name of the blog and blogger escapes me at the moment but if I do find it I will update this post with their details. Anyways this lovely crafter shared that she can end up with fingerprints of ink and paint where she doesn’t want so she’s learnt to apply Post It Notes to the back of her one layer cards. That protects the backs from ink or paint and I think it’s a genius tip! I’m trying to remember to do that and I thought if it’s useful for me it may be useful for others too.

I’m working on using several of my Twinkling H2O watercolour paints because I had more pinks, purples and reds and that was double the amount of blue and green H2O watercolour paints that I own. I have, sadly, managed to decimate my supplies of blue, gold, green, orange and yellow H2O’s becauseI’ve used those colours more often in the past. So I’m trying not to use those colours whilst using the pinks, purples and reds. I wish I could still purchase the H2O watercolours easilly but they are difficult to purchase in the UK and too expensive to purchase from the US. I have tried the Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paints but they’re disappointing. Maybe they’ll come back in fashion one day 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:
Hero Arts K5585 Starbursts
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray bottle filled with water

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Luminarte H2O watercolour paints
White embossing powder
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Snippets and Layers of Acrylic Paint ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve dipped into my multiple bags of snippets to create this card. I’ve also heavily experimented on the galaxy background but using mainly acrylic paints this time and here it is

Another A5 galaxy card 
It's not too deep because I will post this one
All the details
Layers of ink, Pebeo Iridescent and Luminarte H2O's
Little snippets perfect for die cutting and stamping
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Creates and Makes Challenge #14 Anything Goes

Creative Artiste Challenge #30 Mixed Media Anything Goes

Scrapy Land Challenge #73 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion dies
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge It’s Written in the Stars


I’ve been trying to capture the right colours and look of a galaxy background for quite a while. It’s something I have been talking about and discussing with my hubby lol! Both of us love to see the photographs from NASA and I have many favourite galaxy photographs on a Pinterest board to inspire me. Up until recently I have never been happy with the end result and part of that has been adding too much black paint. I’ve created a couple of lovely backgrounds with white card and watercolours that I have had to add some black to make them look right and I finally got it nailed this past week. Hubby recommended that I try starting out with black card. I don’t really like black card. It is why I don’t often do black and white projects because I’m a bright colour creator and lover. 

I’ve been meaning to try my Doxides on black card though and this seemed to be the perfect opportunity. So I added Doxides to black card and I hated it. To my eye there was too much black and not enough colour. I was left with the choice of throwing away the black card or using my Dyna interference paints to see if I could create a galaxy. Luckily for me it worked.

However I and hubby now prefer the galaxy backgrounds created with Brusho Watercolour Crystals and Twinkling Luminarte H2O’s and Ranger Perfect Pearls and black ink and white watercolour paper, talk about being contrary lol! I know that I need to experiment more with my Doxides on black card but at the moment I prefer them on white and Kraft card. If anyone would like to know how I created the above background please let me know. You may have to wait a little while though as I cannot seem to kick the virus I’ve had for a while now and once again I apologise for my lack of visits right now. 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 SSS101640 Seeing Stars stamp set
Stencil:
Creative Embellishments Galaxy Stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Inspiration magazine issue 10 spring dies
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; Papermania patterned papers; glitter card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pebeo Iridescent Acrylic paints: Blue Black; Blue Green; Green Yellow; Orange Yellow; Violet Blue
Luminarte H2O watercolours: gold; pink; purple; red
White embossing powder
WOW EP: green; orange; pink; purple
Versafine IP: black
Embellishments:
Brads from my old stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Washi tape
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Saturday, 16 September 2017

September Mixed Media Tag #2 ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve played with dies, Distress inks, Pebeo Dyna Iridescent paints, stamps and watercolours and here is the end result …

  
A lovely chubby tag again lol!
All the yummy details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Butterfly Challenge #85 Silhouette &/ Indigo
Creatalicious Challenge #123 Anything Goes optional leaves
Today I chose Summer


Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #56 Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #73 Anything Goes
I used Couture Creations dies





I used a mixture of supplies and tools to create this tag and I know I have shared these techniques with you before so there are no step by steps today: hurrah! A quick and easy post for me and you for a change lol! I do love using Distress ink pads with and it’s been a while that I have used them and not the Oxides. If you use Distress inks, Pebeo Dyna paints and watercolours along with my dies, stamps and stencil it’s a fun recipe lol!

If you ever have any questions please feel free to ask. Apologies for my lack of visits right now it’s due to me trying to kick a virus which isn’t letting go! It doesn’t realise I have other projects that I need to create and finish, grr! 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:
Paperbabe Pieridae Stamps
Viva Decor 08 Flowers and Music 29cm square stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Couture Creations
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool & foam; Craftwork Cards tag template

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Snippets: Sheena stamping card for the stamped butterflies & black card for the die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pads: Blue China; Peacock Feathers; Picked Raspberry; Worn Lipstick
Pebeo Dyna Iridescent Acrylic paints:
Adhesives/Mediums:
Washi tape
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Snippets and layers of Watercolour Paint ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. On today’s card I decided to use up a snippet of watercolour paper and to experiment by adding layer upon layer of watercolour paint and here is the end result …

I created an A5 card for a change
I used one of my chipboard winnings a planets which 
I coloured with Finnabair metallic paints
The galaxy
Here's the planet close up: I'm in love with the metallic paints!
More snippets!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges 
Creates and Makes Challenge #14 Anything Goes

#30 Mixed Media Anything Goes

I was inspired by the multiple layers of paint and colours and I’m trying to make sure my projects have those layers and not layers of mud which is a problem I’ve had in the past

Die-Cut-Diva’s Challenge September Masculine



MMW#29 Anything Goes

Scrapy Land Challenge #73 Anything Goes
I used Tutti Designs die & a Fiskars punch
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge It’s Written in the Stars


I had so much fun creating this card. I’m planning to create a tutorial so that I can refer to it as can anyone else who might be interested. I used white EP after stamping the dot and dash stars. Then I started to add the layers of watercolour paint, drying completely between the layers so that I could achieve a richly coloured background/galaxy. It takes multiple layers of watercolour paints to achieve the perfect galaxy background and as I was experimenting with my Brusho Watercolour Crystals which have the added bonus of being cheap, well they are cheap watercolour paints but the amount of colour you get from these powders is amazing. Once I achieved the depth of colour I was after I used various colours of WOW EP to stamp and emboss the silhouette stars.

I tried adding more star details using my stencil and Luminarte H2O watercolours. That did not work well however you can see some of that detail IRL. I added more colour to the dot stars using Luminarte H2O watercolours and I added a lot of heavy splattering to give depth and the look of stars deeper in. I left that to dry whilst I transformed an ugly background. Thank goodness for acrylics! The last few steps was to add black acrylic interference to the galaxy scene and to the background. More snippets were used to die cut and matt and I was finished!  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 SSS101640 Seeing Stars stamp set
Stencil:
Creative Embellishments Galaxy Stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tutti Designs stitched banner
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Snippets: watercolour card; textured paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Brusho Watercolour Crystals: blue; leaf green rose red
Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint: Metallique Emerald Green
Luminarte H2O watercolours: gold; pink; purple; red
Pebeo Iridescent Acrylic paints: Blue Black
Pebeo Acrylic paint: dark green
White embossing powder
WOW EP: pink; purple

Versafine IP: black
Embellishments:
Creative Embellishments: Moon chipboard set
Brads from my old stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Washi tape
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Farewell to Summer #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Today I have the second part of my comparison with acrylic paints card to share with you. Luckily we always need male birthday cards so although I’ve used red which looks pink and peach I think I can get away with sending this birthday card to one of the male relatives and here it is …

  
Another male birthday card: yay!
The acrylic paint and inked details
I opened my bag of Tim Holt ideology!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


As I said yesterday I wanted to play with my acrylic paints and compare the two different looks to see which I preferred and I am so glad I did or else I would have carried on painting like I had before. Once I stamped the boys I coloured around them with heavily watered down acrylic paint and left to dry. Once it was dry I coloured the boys with acrylic paints and this time I didn’t dilute them so much and consequently they grab your eye. I used Luminarte H2O water colours to coloured the watercolour card.

I’m hoping that having worked this one out that I will feel more and more confident with acrylics from here on out. When I spoke to hubby about this he wasn’t surprised that I admitted I was still trying to get it right. He told me that I don’t give up when learning and it’s one of those things he admires about me because I don’t give up and that is what makes me me lol! At least he was nice about it and didn’t call me stubborn which I know I am because I refuse to backdown when I want to learn and improve. 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:
Rubber Dance Art Stamps Retro Beach set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Winnie & Walter happy die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Watercolour card (the background)
Craft UK 145mm square card blank
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Ranger Sepia Archival IP
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: Primary Cyan; Titan Buff; Primary Magenta; Primary Yellow
Embellishments:
Tim Holtz idea-ology: Thrift Shop set
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam