Saturday, May 28, 2016

Peony Thank You

I have another card for Altenew's May inspiration challenge - 'From Places Abroad - Australia', you can check out the details here. For my first card, which you can see here, I basically went with the colours, for this card I tried to get the feel of the mosaic from the inspiration photo as well.

I stamped one of the leaf images from Peony Bouquet with Versamark on watercolour paper and heat embossed with clear EP. I then coloured in the leaves and background with my Peerless watercolours. The shine from the embossing does give it a somewhat mosaic look, although I wasn't able to get a good photo showing that.

I am also entering this card into Simon Says Wednesday challenge - which is anything goes this week.

Stamps - Peony Bouquet (Altenew)
Dies - Branching Out, Thankyou (PTI), Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI), lt. green, dark blue cs - scrap box
Ink - Versamark, Clear EP, Peerless Watercolours
Other - raindrops

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop - Layered Text Over Images

Good morning, it's time for this month's blog hop at Papertrey Ink. Nichole has provided us with another great inspiration, this month from the artwork of Sarah Langtry.

I made a couple of cards for this challenge, the one below being my favourite. I don't have a lot of large sentiment stamps that go well together for this challenge, so I went with a smaller sentiment for this card.

I created a mask from acetate and stamped the feathers with a combination of stamping off, rock and roll and spritzing the stamps with water before stamping to get a watercolour look. Some of the inky water slipped under the mask in a few spots so I die cut the round frame to cover up. After stamping the sentiment I didn't like the space I had left between the two words so added the grey rhinestones.

The card below is actually the first card I made. Even though I like it, it didn't have the feel I was looking for.

Stamps - Card 1 - What the Doodle - Feather, Thank You Kindly, Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
               Card 2 - The Sweet Life, Birthday Cheer, Filled With Joy, Botanical Silhouettes,
                             Background Basics - Super Stripes (PTI)
Dies - Std. Circles (Spellbinders)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS, Lemon Tart CS
Ink - Various (CTMH)
Other - Rhinestones

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pretty Peony Blooms

Last week I received my very first Altenew stamp set, Peony Bouquet in the mail - how many ways can I say the word 'love'? This is a fabulous multi-layer set and foresee adding more gorgeous Altenew stamps to my collection.

 I decided to play along with Altenew's monthly inspiration challenge for the month of May - Places Abroad - Australia and also with CAS(E) this Sketch! #173.


For this card I was inspired mainly by the colours in the inspiration photo and of course by the great sketch above. I echoed the circles in the photo by using a home made impression plate on the right panel. I fussy cut two of the three blooms and touched them with some Wink of Stella.

I am hoping to have a second card completed for this challenge later this week.

Stamps - Peony Bouquet (Altenew)
Dies - Wet Paint (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS (PTI), yellow and blue CS from my scrap bin
Inks - various (CTMH), Wink of Stella
Other - raindrops

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Welcome Baby - Masks and Shading

The challenge at Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday this week is to ink blend through die cut masks. Lizzie has a great video that you can watch here. I created this baby card using a mask that I made with a circle die and acetate.

I blended the ink one circle at a time, moving my mask and taping it down each time. I then laid the mask over each inked circle and stamped my polka dot stamp with white pigment ink.

Stamps - Polka Dot Basics, Keep It Simple - Baby (PTI)
Dies - Std. Circles Lg, A2 Matting Basics A & B (Spellbinders), Double Ended Banners (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI), Lagoon DP & Vellum (CTMH)
Ink - White Pigment Ink, Gypsy, Lagoon, Pear, Sky & Moonstruck (CTMH), Versamark, silver EP
Other - Fun foam, acetate, Metal flower & brad

Monday, May 9, 2016

Birthday Balloons - Watercolour and Stencil

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day. Today I am playing along with the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamps, which is to use stencils.

I used my new Peerless Watercolours to create the background and using the Bubble stencil from Tim Holtz I added some modeling paste over top. Some of the watercolour had not completely dried so the paste soaked up some of the green colour, I do like how that turned out. The background colours are actually much more vibrant in person. I added a silver foil balloon die cut, embossed the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black and clear EP and added a few silver sequins.

Stamps - Ombre Sentiments (PTI)
Dies - Best Birthday (PTI)
Stencil - Bubble (Tim Holtz)
Paper - Watercolour (Strathmore), Silver Foil CS (DCWV), Stampers Select White (PTI)
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Peerless WC, modeling paste
Other - Sequins

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Watercolour Peony Card Set

The Make It Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink this week is to create a watercolour set of cards. Melissa has a great video tutorial that you can see here illustrating how she created her pretty set. I love the look that Melissa created using a sponging and ink technique to create a watercolour look, but since I just received my Peerless Watercolours last week I had to use them. I am also posting these cards to Simon Says 'Work it Wednesday' for the month of May. Here is the set I created:

I first stamped my images with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto cold pressed watercolour paper. Then using a wet brush I added my Peerless colours to each image. As I am new to this it took a little bit of experimenting. I first started with a wet on wet technique and ended up with a royal mess with far too much bleeding of colours into each other. I think the wet on wet works best if you heat emboss your image. I then spattered some watercolor paint onto each and then water droplets. As you can see I don't have a lot of bleeding of colours, but I rather like it that way as it satisfies my need for precision and colouring 'inside' the lines - I am working on this.

I die cut my watercolour panel using a new die that I just received in the mail as part of a blog hop prize from Simon Says - a great big thank to them!

Stamps - Peonies on Parade, Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Dies - Big Word Pop Die (Memory Box)
Paper - Watercolour paper (Strathmore), Stampers Select White CS (PTI), Black DP (CTMH)
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Peerless Watercolours
Other - Raindrops (PTI)