Archive | July 2015

Stamping with Promarkers – Take 2!

Photo of card

This photo was inspired by the sketch over at Inspired by Stamping. I stamped the Clearly Besotted flowers in Versafine Onyx Black ink, then watercoloured them with Inktense pencils, using my Wink of Stella pen instead of a normal paintbrush so they’d be sparkly rather than plain. You can see this a little better in the photo below, although I found it really hard to photograph as it was a very dull day here!

Close up of flowersAfter several failed attempts at making a background, I finally settled on one created with Inktense pencils, colouring through an Imagination Crafts stencil in the Violet pencil then filling in the gaps in a green colour. The greeting was a combination of a diecut word (again, Clearly Besotted) cut from plain white card, coloured with Violet Promarker then given a touch of Wink of Stella again, and the word “With” (by Elzybells) stamped in Violet Promarker. See my previous post for the warning about stamping with Promarkers! I’m also entering this into the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp where the theme is “Sparkle and Shine”.

Close up of greeting.

Stamping with Promarkers!

Yes, you did read that correctly. I will say right from the outset that this really isn’t recommended as it can stain your stamps – you have been warned! But if you ever find yourself in a situation (as I did) where you have no inks of the right colour to match your project, stamping with Promarkers does work.  I used it for the greeting on this card:

Photo of card

Stamping with Promarkers wasn’t the only thing which took me out of my comfort zone with this card; SO many patterned papers on one card – really not my style! But they’re all from the same set (“Here is Happy” by My Mind’s Eye) so at least I knew they were colour-coordinated. The card design is based on the latest challenge over at Your Next Stamp, and I thought I’d met both the colour & sketch challenges until I realised that the grey had appeared as taupe on my tablet!

The image stamp was a freebie from Craft Stamper Magazine; although I had taupe ink which matched perfectly, try as I might I couldn’t get a cleanly-stamped image so I gave up & embossed it using Wow! Platinum embossing powder. The background cardstock is by Bazzill, the greeting stamp (with the afore-mentioned Promarker stamping) is from a long-retired set by Elzybells, and I finished it off with Doodlebug Sprinkles.

Filled with Flowers

Flower card

This card evolved over the space of a few days, and I didn’t really know where it would end up until I saw this week’s sketch over at CASe This Sketch.


The stamps are from the two-step Martha Stewart Flower Glossary set, and I started off by stamping them in Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves and Spiced Marmalade. I fussy cut them & added some Wink of Stella but then I didn’t know what to do with them!

Then came the sketch: for the background I masked & stamped a few more flowers but this time watercoloured them. I stamped the greeting & added a few sequins to finish it off.

Close up of flowers

Bon Voyage

Orang utan cardCrafting has had to take a back seat just lately – a new role at work involving more hours has seen to that. But a friend’s daughter is off to Borneo for a month at the end of the week so I rustled up a quick card to wish her “bon voyage”. She loves Borneo’s orang utans and this card turned out pretty much exactly as I’d envisaged. I combined two free digital images into one; the orang utan started out hanging from a tree but a little bit of photo editing made it – I hope – seem as though he was waving from behind the suitcases.

I coloured both images with Promarkers, adding a little bit of shading with some cheap W H Smith colouring pencils. The greeting was a standard one in Craft Artist Professional.

I’m entering this into the challenge over at Stamping Sensations, where the theme is “Feature a Creature”.

Pearl Wishes

My brother & his wife celebrate their pearl (30th) wedding anniversary in a few days and this card is from my mum to them. I liked the sketch over at Retro Sketches so it’s based on that. I’m also entering this over at Creatalicious Challenges, where the theme is Ribbons & Pearls – plenty of the latter here!

Pearl anniversary card

The embossing folder is Tied Together by Creative Expressions, and the pearls are also CE. The numbers are a Robert Addams die and I’ve “blinged” them up a bit with some Wink of Stella which of course is really difficult to photograph but I’ve tried to capture it here:

Close up of numbers