Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Catching up #2 Cards ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’m back again today because I wanted to share the cards I posted on my Instagram account and here is the first one …

A 148mm square card
Great to post
All the painted and stamped bits

I entered these Challenges:
Rubber Dance Art Stamps Challenge Colour Challenge of blue, brown and black/grey


I created this card because of the colour challenge at the beginning of the month at Rubber Dance Art stamps and also because of the sketch at AAA Cards. I am going through a ‘Clean and Simple’ stage again. To me the CAS phase seems to happen more often after I’ve been busy creating mixed media projects. I have to admit that I don’t mind my current trend as it is so different and so very refreshing after I have been adding so many layers of paint or ink and lots of details to my mixed media projects. Of course the cost of postage in the UK helps too lol!

It was an easy and quick to create and card too. It took time for the acrylic paint to dry on the snippets of card that I painted with them but once they were dry I adhered them onto the card front following the sketch. I left it for a while before inking up the bubbles/circles with the Versafine ink pad and I stamped over the strips going above and below deliberately. As I’ve said I’m in CAS phase however and very unusually I love how this one turned out lol!

Tools
Stamp &/ Stencil: 
Rubber Dance Art Stamps
Miscellaneous Tools
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card/Craft UK 145mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Versafine IP: black
Pebeo Acrylic paints: deep blue and brown
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue


And here is the second card …

A 148mm square card
Good to post
All the lovely butterflies

I entered these Challenges:
AAA Cards Challenge Inspired by a film: The Flight of the Butterflies
A Blog Named Hero Challenge Animals/Critters


As I have said I’ve been in a CAS kind of mood lol! I’ve also been going through my folder of coloured by me snippets to try and use some of them up, they breed all by themselves you know. This one was a strip of lovely watercolour paper that had been coloured with Distress Oxide re-inkers. I measured the card and then stamped along it using the butterfly stamp and I used a pinkish/purplish embossing powder and it was finished!

Tools
Stamp &/ Stencil:
Hero Arts LL805 Bright Butterflies set of four stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; anti static bag

Supplies
Card/Paper:
300 gsm card/Craft UK 145mm square card
Snippets: watercolour card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide re-inkers: Worn Lipstick; Fossilised Amber
Pink WOW EP
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue


And here is the third one …


An A6 card for a change
It has some depth but is good to post
All the inky and stamped details

I entered these Challenges:
AAA Cards Challenge #101 Inspired by a movie: Dragonfly
A Blog Named Hero Challenge Animals/Critters


The little framed dragonflies are from a box set of Hero Arts wood mounted stamps that I purchased many, many years ago, lol! I’ve always had a bit of a penchant for oriental style cards and that’s why I originally purchased this set. They also came with the dinkiest set of cards and envelopes, and I do mean dinky! I used an old rainbow ink pad with a stencil to create the background on the card. I’ve been playing with my older ink pads to see if they can be used before they dry up completely. Sadly I have been spoilt by the wonderful Distress inks and how they beautifully colour things, the older inks have been eclipsed by the newer ones and I won’t be using them again as I don’t like the look of them. The stencil I used for the background is a recent new Hero Arts acquisition, found by luck on Ebay as I didn’t realise that Hero Arts did stencils. The stamped and heat embossed panels were painted by me with acrylic snippets too, which is another bonus. It’s nice to be using some of my old wood mounted stamps again, especially those that I loved when I purchased them and still love them now.

Tools
Stamp &/ Stencil:
Hero Arts mini Dragonfly wood mounted stamp
Hero Arts stencil pair Confetti set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool and foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card/Craft UK A6 card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pebeo acrylic paints
WOW EP
Old rainbow blue ink pad
Embellishments:
Pin heads
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Double sided tape
Fun foam
Washi tape


And, thankfully, the fourth and final one … 

Back to 148mm square
It has depth but will be good to post
The stamped and embossed panel

I entered these Challenges:
Rubber Dance Art Stamps Challenge Use an animal or critter stamp
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge Triple Embossing/UTEE

The background of my card was stamped with an anchor, a bubble and two different seashell stamps from Rubber Dance Art Stamps using a Distress ink pad. I inked up the stamps on the main panel with Versamark ink pad and I used different colours on the green EP for the fish, white EP for the jelly fishes, brown EP for the turtle, blue and green EP’s for the sea horse and starfish. It’s the first time I’ve used multiple colours of embossing powder and it turned out way better than I dared to hope lol!

I used Brusho Watercolours to colour the various critters and once they were dry the sea was coloured too then I decided to add a little H2O watercolour or Ranger Perfect Pearls was added to give the critters a lovely lustre too. The seahorse stamp was removed from my Misti and put onto an acrylic block so that once I had covered the chipboard domino with UTEE I could stamp into it with the sea horse. I achieved a deep impression and created a lovely and unusual embellishment.


Tools
Stamp &/ Stencil:
Rubber Dance Art Stamps: Retro Beach & Round in Circles
Stampin’ Up: From Land to Sea
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus & Whimsy Stamps Happy Birthday die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray water bottle; stamp block/handle

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 145mm square card
Snippets: Patterned paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Weathered Wood Distress IP
Brusho Watercolour Crystals
Luminarte H2O’s
Ranger Perfect Pearls
Embossing Powders: white; green; brown; blue
Ultra thick embossing powder: blue
Embellishments:
Divine Bakers Twine
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP; Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam


Some of the stamps I used on these cards were really old and it felt good to use them again. The bigger critters on the final card were created with a new set of stamps that I was able to purchase from my lovely friend Helen. I adore how the fishes and the jelly fish have turned out on that one and it is more in my card creating comfort zone. However I also really love the first card because it is CAS but also mixed media too, lol, and the fact that I can create a CAS mixed media card really tickles 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

2 comments:

Craftychris said...

Wow you have been busy! Four absolutely fabulous cards! xxx

Cara said...

Four wonderful and totally individual cards x