Sunday, July 29, 2018

Stencilled Background Watercolour Card

Hello friends! Like everyone, I like to get more out of my crafting supplies, and today's Magenta card does just that as the textured background was created using a stencil.

Supplies: flower stamp, sentiment stamp & diamond stencil, Purple, Grass green & Jade Nuance powders (Magenta), Smooth Solar White 80lb cardstock (Neenah), Canson XL watercolour paper (Canson), Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger), Versa Mark (Tsukineko), fine white emboss powder (Simon Says Stamp), black cardstock (Bazzill)

I started this card by running the Diamond stencil with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock through my die cutting machine with an embossing pad to create a dry embossed textured background. I splattered it with Grass Green Nuance mixed with watercolour. Once dry, I trimmed off a 1/4" from the side and the top so that it would fit onto a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" cardbase. I added dimension by adhering it with adhesive foam to the base.

Next, I stamped the Azalea multiple times using Archival ink on to Canson XL 140 lb cold press watercolour paper. After watercolouring the flowers with Purple Nuance and the leaves with a mix Grass Green and Jade Nuance, I let them dry. Once dry, I fussy cut the flowers out seperate from the leaves being careful not to cut up the leaves. Next, I cut out the leaves. Then, I arranged some of each into a pleasing cluster and glued them such that they still had dimensional layers. I added some black glitter glue on to all the stamin centres. While that has drying, I white heat embossed the Thank You part of the sentiment stamp onto a thin strip of black cardstock and snipped it to form banner ends. Lastly, I added that with foam tape to pop it up. 

I hope you enjoyed today's card and that you give stencil dry embossing a try.



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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Quick Cards

Hello Crafty Peeps! Sometimes all you need is a beautifully designed stencil, a stamp and some inks to make quick simple yet effective cards. I am sharing two Magenta cards made with a similar design on two different size card bases.

Both cards were made with precut and scored bases that can be found at a craft store. The first one is on 4 x 5 1/2" folded card base that I had aligned the Laces stencil in the centre before securing both with some tape (painter's tape or washi works best). Next, I started at the top and the bottom, using Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron Distress inks and a blending tool, to gently and gradually add colour; first with the blue and then green. I was light of hand and built the colour intensity up at the ends and faded to nothing in the the middle where I would stamp my sentiment. On this card, I used the smaller Thank You sentiment as it was proportional to the card size.

Supplies: Laces Stencil and Sentiment stamp (Magenta), Reflections cardbase (Michaels), Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron Distress inks, Black Soot Archival Ink (Ranger)

On the second card, I wanted to show you how you can use the stencil size as is using a 5 X 6 1/2" cardbase and a simple placement design that works for it. I first secured the cardbase at the top and bottom to my craft mat with tape. Then, I aligned the Laces stencil with the centre of the card and secured it on the right and left sides as that is where they are larger than the base. I followed the same inking process as I outlined above however this time I used the same colours but in their Distress Oxide forms. I left a larger fade out to white in the centre to accommodate the larger Thanks sentiment. To finish this card off, I added some bling with some larger clear jewels in the centres of the each repeated design area.

Supplies: Laces Stencil and Sentiment stamp (Magenta), Reflections cardbase (Michaels), Tim Holtz  Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide inks, Black Soot Archival Ink (Ranger), jewels (Flourish with a Bling)

I just have to say that I am really loving the Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron colour combo on these. Unfortunately the photos really do not capture the vivid nature of them in real life.


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