Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Make It Monday #109: Watercolor Stamping Plus Embossing #2

This is officially my favorite technique I've ever tried - I love how the crisp embossing looks over the slightly spread out color. I just need to buy a few more re-inkers as this is the only limiting factor at the moment.
I used PTIs "wreath for all seasons" for the image and the sentiment and Tim Holtz weathered wood and Antique rose for the inks. I initially tried embossing with white powder but decided I wanted the wreath to stand out more. It's still a nice look though.
I couldn't decide if I wanted to stamp the sentiment directly on the card and leave the final card very CAS, but it looked too stark so I then fiddled around with the sentiment banner and I'm not sure that I didn't spoil a lovely, simple card. The dark line separating the 2 elements is a piece of twine dyed with the same antique rose ink.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Make It Monday #109: Watercolor Stamping Plus Embossing

I had such fun playing with this technique.
It took me a few tries to get the water/ink ratio right - the first time I tried it with too much water and it just puddled right onto the stamp and paper with no actual stamped images at all. The second attempt I discarded at first as one area had puddled again but when I embossed the 3rd, perfectly stamped effort I lost all of the lovely blended colors as the embossing hid it all. So I went back to image 2, complete with splodges (technical term obviously) and offset the stamp enough to still be able to see the inks behind the trees.

The inks are all Tim Holtz - Scattered straw, Tattered rose, Dried marigold and Frayed burlap and I used the same combination to make the wash at the bottom. The stamp in from Inkadinkado and I had originally intended to add the new "hello foxy" image in front of the trees but I think they look lovely as a stand alone.
The box around the sentiment is from PTIs postmarks set with the original sentiment masked out. The Happy Birthday is from birthday basics.
And, for those that looked at the photo earlier today and thought, like me, how weird the middle bit looked, I went away and made it again and this time didn't try to "fix" an empty space with a copic marker. I like it much better now.

Monday, March 25, 2013

PTI March 2013 Blog Hop - Sequins #2

So this is the card I should have made but the ideas only started coming together while I worked on the previous one. I'm thinking of it as my "Chanel" card - houndstooth and a simple square quilt effect from the sequins.

I love the pink and turquoise together - the inks are PTI Hibiscus Burst and Tim Holtz broken china.
I used the background basics tin types to get the grid pattern that I then stuck the sequins onto.
The flower pins were a gift from my sister years ago. They're useless as actual pins as the shafts are too wide so they've been gathering dust in my sewing box until I thought of using them here.
My latest PTI order had arrived when I got home from work and I tried to use one of the banners from the new "To you from me" set but it wasn't quite right so I cut it right down to just the horizontal stripes and used these for the flags.
I still don't know how to "finish" a card - it feels like it needs something more to tie it all together but I'm always afraid that I'll add too much and make it messy so this is where I stopped.

PTI March 2013 Blog Hop - sequins

I'm so not a sequins kind of girl. I had to go to Michaels over the weekend to buy a bag to be able to participate in the blog hop and just bought a bag that was on special as I didn't think it likely that I would be using them again any time soon.

However, I do quite like the finished card.
I just bought the houndstooth background stamp on ebay and have used it several times already and I was lucky to find the dotty paper to match both the pink and yellow sequins.
I just love the tag sale #7 die set, especially the way it allows you to combine a variety of patterned papers quite discreetly.
Time allowing I might even get the chance to post a different sequin idea that came to me while I was playing with this one. We'll see.....

PTI products:
Die - Tag sale #7
Stamps - Birthday basics stamp set

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Make It Monday #108: Inked Backgrounds

Well, it's been a few weeks since I had the opportunity to have a play with some papercrafts but I loved the idea of the inked backgrounds so I really wanted to do this one.
I stamped the "birthday" sentiment in the 4 inks I then used to create the background and set them with clear embossing powder.
The kites are from a Lawn Fawn set that I quickly colored with a few different copics - the green has photographed very yellow which is a shame as it looks much more subtle in natural light.

Supplies used:
Inks - PTI ocean tides, aqua mist; Memento Paris Dusk; Tim Holtz Broken China
Stamps - PTI Think Big Favorites #12, Tag-its #10; Lawn Fawn Reach for the sky
Assorted copic markers

Sunday, March 10, 2013

CAS(E) this sketch challenge #18

I needed a birthday card for my niece who's turning 4 and thought I'd use the CAS(E) this sketch challenge as my start point.

She's a pink girl so I knew I wanted a pink matting, but liked the way the striped paper worked for the candles.
I went over the flames with glossy accents to give them a bit of shine and used my new favourite tip (from a Bo Bunny tutorial) of layering the candles onto a smaller piece of chip board to make them stand slightly off the paper. I also edged the candles with a little Hibiscus burst ink to stop the whites from merging into each other. I found 4 an awkward number to place in a design that looks balanced but that's her age so I had to just go with it.

MIM #106 - two-toned stamped flowers

I'll be honest - I don't actually like the style used in the tutorial for this project so tried to find a way of incorporating the idea of using 2 different colored inks while still achieving a more subtle look.
I used Adirondack lights ink in shell pink and Memento lulu lavender to give a more delicate contrast.
I continued the idea of using 2 inks for the flower centers - Memento rich cocoa and PTI harvest gold.
The flowers are from the Simple Sunflowers mini stamp set and die and the sentiment is Fillable frames #4.
I learned 2 things this week that will be nothing new to most people but were new - and really useful - to me.
First, the best way to get the paper out of dies is to use a glue dot on the end of a pencil and second, to make an easy mat for a die cut just draw round the outside of the die and then cut it out. I know they're both really obvious but I'd never thought of either until I saw them used.

Monday, March 4, 2013

MIM #105 - Glitter trim

This project so nearly didn't happen. I watched the video for glitter trim and couldn't think of a single card that I wanted to make with it.
However, over the weekend I was having a very tentative go at VSN on Splitcoast Stampers (great fun and very addictive) and came across a tutorial for "cracked glass" technique and the ideas just cascaded from there.
I cut the picture frame out with the Cricut "Elegent Edges" cartridge and then "glittered" it.
Of course I hadn't got any UTEE and, at 9pm on a Sunday, wasn't going to be able to pop out to get some so I used a very thick layer of glossy accents which promptly made the card warp but I'm working on the premise that it just adds to the aged effect on the picture. The picture frame is 3 layers of card stock so that held the glossy accents in place while it dried.

I was most of the way through the project before I remembered that, being a PTI project, I had to include one of their products so the Feel Better Soon sentiment is from the little labels set and cut out with the die of the same set.
I will also post this in the Birds, Bees and Creepy Crawlies VSN gallery on Splitcoast stampers. There were some really fun projects created so stop by and take a look.

Friday, March 1, 2013

CAS(E) this sketch #17

I've a sick child at home so while he sleeps I had a chance to get an earlier than usual start of the CAS(E) this sketch challenge.

As soon as I saw the sketch I thought of using my PTI Star prints stamp set. I'd hoped to use the square from framed out #1 but it was just too big so having to rethink sent me to the Postmarks set for the stamp image and from there came the rest of the elements.

I'm happier with this card than I have been with any of my previous attempts at a CAS style. And it came together much more quickly which perhaps means it was less forced than the previous efforts.