Sunday, August 15, 2021

Llovable Llama

Today, I have a fun rainbow embossed llama card inspired by this month's Hero Arts blog Stay Crafty with Hero Rainbow Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for Heat Embossing. My colouring for Kathy Racoosin's Colouring Challenge on this one is with Distress inks.

Supplies: Bristol Smooth (Strathmore), llama die, sentiment & sunglasses from Llama Stamp & Cut set (Hero Arts), Brush Stroke Heart from Brush Stroke Messages stamp set, clear & white fine embossing powder, Assorted Moonshine sequins (Simon Says Stamp), VersaMark ink (Tsukineko), Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet) and Black Soot Archival ink (Rangers), black marker (Sharpie), silver glitter foam (Dollarama)

I started with a piece of Bristol smooth and blended on four distress ink colours (Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet) using a sunrays stencil as a guide being sure to blend the overlapped areas to get the other three colours (orange, green, & indigo) for a full rainbow spectrum. Once coloured, I spritzed and splattered the panel to get a bunch of texture. After the panel fully dried, I swiped it with an antistatic powder pouch and then used VersaMark ink to stamp the brush stroke heart from the Simon Says Stamp Brush Stroke Messages stamp set. I added clear emboss powder and heat set it. Next, I spritzed the panel and wiped of the colour for a muted effect and to accentuate the hearts. While that was drying, I die cut the Llama from glitter foam using the larger llama from the Hero Arts Llama Stamp and Cut set. Then, I stamped the sunglasses in Black Soot ink and the sentiment in VersaMark ink and heat set both with glasses with clear emboss powder and the other in white. 

With all the parts ready, it was time to assemble the card. I glued down the panel to the card base corner. Next, I adhered the glasses to the llama before adhering it to the card. I popped up the sentiment and the added some shadow to the llama with a Stabilo All graphite pencil and water. Then, I glued on some Assorted Moonshine sequins thinking I was done but I decided it needed some more black so I added faux stitching along two edges. There you have it... Llots of Llove with a llovable llama.

You can check out each challenges details over on the Hero Arts blog here, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog here and Kathy's Blog hereI am also entering this one into the SSS Flickr Challenge 182 - Anything Goes. 


Friday, July 30, 2021

Smile Easel Card

Hello Crafty Friends! I am up on the Magenta Blog today with the second watercoloured card made from the Magenta Floral Background stamp panel.  If you missed my first card from this set, you can find it here. This time, I used the 2 3/4" x 5 1/2" remaining panel piece to make a fun and floral "Pick Me Up" easel card.

To recap how I made the panel... I started by stamping with VersaMark ink and clear heat embossing the image on 140 lb cold press watercolour paper. Next, I watercolour painted the panel with Grass Green, Hot Pink, and Turquoise Nuance powders. Once dry, after cutting a 1 1/2" strip from the panel (which is the part that I used on the first card), I used the remaining piece as the top part of the tent based easel card.

The card is 4 x 5 1/2" in size. Once you have the panel that you want to use created, set it aside as you prep the card base. Make a tent card for the size of the front panel that you wish to use. After you have made the first fold of your tent card, fold the top panel in on itself to the centre fold, halfing it or folding it in by one quarter. Then unfold it back to a standard tent card.

For mine, I ventured into my stash and used some items that I haven't in ages. I used a lace pattern border punch on the edge of the top panel and added crochet ribbon and jewels. Next, I added gold foil to the edge of the watercoloured panel piece and adhered it to the remaining 1 1/4" of the folded bottom part of the front of the card base. This leaves the top portion unglued which it allows it to raise up once the easel part is created.

I used a 1/2 double sided tape on the bottom part inside edge and transferred gold foil onto it. Opening up the card, I adhered a thin piece of stitched velvet ribbon and another lace bordered punch piece of watercolour paper painted with the Grass Green Nuance to create the easel part.

Between the gold leaf edge and the scalloped lace boarder, I stamped the sentiment (after doing a little stamp surgery) using a MISTI so as to ensure that the stretched out sentiment was straight. To finish the front, I cut and adhered a small piece of vellum to back the gold glitter wood veneer letters from a dollar store that I used for the smile sentiment. Lastly, I added some Stardust Jelly roll pen for shimmer to the centres of the flowers.

I created a coordinating envelope out of green cardstock and I made it a bit larger to accommodate the size of the veneer letters. 

There you have it, one watercoloured panel, two cards. If you were inspired by either of these cards, be sure to share your creations either with me here or over on my Magenta post or on Instagram.


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Feeling Floral

Hello Crafty Friends! Today, I am up on the Magenta Blog with a simple Nuance watercoloured card made using the Magenta Floral Background stamp.

I started by stamping with VersaMark ink and clear heat embossing the image on 140 lb cold press watercolour paper. Next, I watercolour painted the panel with Grass Green, Hot Pink, and Turquoise Nuance powders. Once dry, I cut 1 1/2" squares out of it and arranged them on the 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" card base. Then, I stamped the Feel Better Soon with Black Soot Archival ink. Lastly, I embellished it with Moonshine sequins.


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Cheery Geometric Birthday Card

Hello All! Today I am sharing a cheery watercoloured rainbow geometric patterned birthday card that is up on the Magenta blog.

(Supplies: Triangles stencil, Find your Happy Place & Happy Birthday Stamps, Hot Pink, Orange, Bright Yellow, Grass Green, Turquoise Nuance powders (Magenta), watercolour panel (Ranger), VersaMark and Black StazOn (Tsukeniko), Black Baker's Twine (The Twinery), clear emboss powder & Assorted Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

I started this one with a panel of Ranger's watercolour paper and applied VersaMark and clear emboss powder through the Triangles stencil before heat setting it. Next, I used a rainbow assortment of Nuance powders (Hot Pink, Orange, Bright Yellow, Grass Green, Turquoise) and applied them with a one inch flat brush. Once the colours were set but not dry, I added corresponding splatter to each colour section. Once it was completely dry, I heat removed the clear emboss powder with a hot iron. This allows you to get a clear image when stamping on top and to heat emboss without fear of the emboss colours mixing and gives a no-line watercolouring look to it. Next, I heat emboss stamped the Happy from Find Your Happy Place and the Birthday from the Happy Birthday stamps. Then, I mounted the panel to a cardstock card base and finished it off by tying on some black baker's twine and added a few sequins.

A pretty simple card that is sure to brighten any birthday recipients day. Hope I have inspired you to give the card or technique a try.


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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Just Breathe - Art Journal Page

Like many, this year is proving to be an ongoing challenge and I am just trying to make it through to the other side of what is to come. I was in need of a crafty fix and happened across Marta Lapkowska's (Maremi SmallArt) live session YouTube video as I was turning on the TV on a late Saturday afternoon. As I continued to watch while making dinner, a journal page idea formed in my head based on the digi files that Marta had created for the class. So after dinner and a walk, I was determined to carve out some crafting time and created this page.

I enlarged the music sheet page when I printed it and did so two times to get the sheet music parts that I wanted to use. Working in my Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Visual journal, I tore and glued them down with matte gel. After they were dry, I brushed on a clear coat of gesso and then paint spatula scraped on a some white gesso. Next, I added Opaque Crackle Paste to three areas with a Martha designed stencil that I love. I fussy cut out the images that I wanted to use while it was drying. For the hydrangea, I enlarged the page for the second printing so that I would have different sizes and I altered the smaller one by cutting out different sections when I was fussy cutting it.

Once the paste had done its crackle thing, I adhered the fussy cut washi sections and then used a Brown Stabilo All pencil and a water brush to shading definition and grudge. Once I was happy with that, I splattered the background with white and black acrylic paint. I adhered the flowers and the butterfly and popped up the Just Breathe with some cereal board. For the flowers, I extended the flower branches with a black fine Sharpie, added some highlights to the flower petals in some sections with a White Gelato, and adhered a bow tied with a piece of hemp string. Lastly, I added shimmery details to the butterfly with a Stardust Gelly Roll pen.

Supplies: 9x12 400 Series Mixed Media Visual Journal (Strathmore), digital pattern papers (Maremis SmallArt), gel medium and opaque crackle paste (Ranger), clear gesso (Liqutex), white gesso (Golden), brown All pencil (Stabilo), Tacky glue (Aleene's), black and white acrylic paint (DecoArt), hemp cord (Darice), Coconut Gelato (Faber-Castell), Black Fine marker (Sharpie), Stardust Gelly Roll pen (Sakura)

I am very pleased with how this worked out. I do so like this colour combo and find it calming which is really not all that surprising as it has been my blog's colours for years. The sentiment title just speaks to me and where I am at right now. Getting creative is so what I needed. It does the soul good.

Thanks to Marta for the inspiration and push to get making. Check out the hashtag #MaremiFreeDigiPapers on IG and/or FB to see what others have come up with.


Saturday, February 27, 2021

Good for the Soul

Hello Crafty Friends! I don't know about you but I could do with a touch of spring right now so I created a spring inspired floral mixed media card which I have up  on the Magenta blog today.

I started with Golden's Qor watercolor Cold Press Ground paste and spread it on a craft mat. Once it had set up a bit, I stamped into it with the Poppies stamp. Once dry, I coloured the flowers with Pink and Golden Yellow Nuance powders, the stems with Grass Green and the background with Turquoise Nuance powder. While that was drying, I heat embossed stamped the Water Your Soul with Love sentiment on vellum and distressed the edges. I cut pieces of patterned paper to cover a  6 1/4 x 4 1/4" card base and distressed them it. To finish it off, i glued all the pieces down.



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Saturday, January 30, 2021

With Love - Magenta

Hello crafty friends! I'm sharing a pair of Valentine slimline cards that are up on the Magenta blog today.

Both cards, started with custom cardstock base, 6" in length and then width was determined by the stencil design, in this case 2 3/4" and 3 1/4". Using some painter's tape to secure the stencil in place, the hearts were inked with different combinations of Distress ink for an Ombre effect. The single column hearts have Spun Sugar Distress ink for top third, Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink for the middle third and then Festive Berries from the bottom, all blended with a small blending brush. On the two heart column card, only the Distress Oxide inks where used and then water splattered and lifted to add a distressed effect. Once the inks were dry, the stencil was placed slightly offset to the left and a glitter pen was used to trace the hearts. On the single column, it was a Stardust Gelly pen and a gold glitter gel pen on the right. Additionally on the double column card, I then hand drew a messy line to give the hearts a doodled look. The With Love sentiment was stamped with Delicata Gold ink on the left and Black Soot Archival ink on the right with both being covered with clear heat emboss powder and heat set. I used a glue stick and gold foil to add a distressed gold border on the right. Both had tiny Moonshine sequins added to finish them off.

Happy creating!



Magenta products used:

15 Hearts Stencil