Saturday, April 25, 2015

PTI April blog hop

A very quick card for the April blog hop at Papertrey Ink.
Here is the inspiration photo
Blog hop inspiration
And here's my take on it.

 Super swoosh and Flower favourites went straight into my cart as soon as 10pm rolled around last release night and I'm very glad they did. I'd gone all fancy with a "techniquey" background involving stencils and baby wipes but I decided these lovely flowers needed something a whole lot simpler so I just swiped Enchanted evening ink on a make up sponge across the page a few times and used that instead.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MIM #209

My order from Papertrey Ink's April release arrived yesterday, so this week's Make it Monday was an excuse to play with the Wee Folks Mini kit which I bought on a bit of a whim, it being very different from sets I'd usually go for but I just fell in love with the folk art rabbit.

The multiple rabbit images didn't slot together quite as closely as I'd hoped so I filled the gaps with hearts cut out with the heart cover plate. I edged one of the hearts with a dotted line and added a little ocean tides heart with a bit of glossy accents.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

MIM #208

I've been eying up the new ombre ink pads from Hero Arts, so it was good to have a reminder in this weeks Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink that it's pretty to achieve a similar result just from my existing inks.
I decided to use the new Gingham background stamp, and used Summer Sunrise, Orange zest, Canyon Clay and Terracotta tile inks to create the ombre effect.
I still can't get enough of the "swoosh" stamp and die set - it's just so versatile.

Friday, April 3, 2015

TH 12 Tags - April

Although I usually read the 12 tags of ...posts it is rare that I play along. This month however, as I  bought the flower stamps as soon as I saw them, it seemed like a good challenge to have a go at. However, I made a card rather than a tag and couldn't find a way of working the dyed ribbon into it.
I struggled to hit the sweet spot for soaking the watercolour card - I either got it so wet that the spritzed ink ran straight off or not wet enough. After many tries, this was the best attempt so I went with it.
The flowers are coloured with Aged mahogany and Seedless preserves, and the centres with Ripe persimmon and Rusty hinge.
The friend this card is going to recently gave me her mother-in-law's button tin, which is where the flower button came from. I used pumice stone paint on it and then eggplant alcohol ink to mimic the colours in the flowers.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

FMS #180

This "double partial diecut" technique I used for this card for the Freshly Made sketches challenge is courtesy of Laura Bassen for Papertrey Ink.
  This is the sketch

And this is the card I made
I went back after I'd first posted it and decided those 2 flowers looked a bit lonely so I added a few pink rhinestones to keep them company.

SSS Monday - Pastels

My attempt at a pastel card for the Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp seems to have turned out more bright than pastel, but considering my starting colours it's a lot more muted than you'd expect.
The background is the fabulous new Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock feathers and cracked pistachio blended together and then covered with a couple of coats of picket fence stain.


 I stamped with IO cracked background in Forget-me-not archival ink and went over that with the blossom stencil and more picket fence stain.
The card was really just an excuse to use the new Tim Holtz flowers. I stamped the poppy image on vellum and heat embossed with charcoal grey embossing powder. Then I coloured the blooms with a mixture of Dried marigold, ripe persimmon and Abandoned coral inks on a cotton bud. Finally I fussy cut them.