I normally only post one card at a time, but today I’m posting two cards, which will be the last ones I’ll upload to the Online Watercolour for Cardmakers gallery. The first uses one of the background techniques from day one of the course:
The background uses a stencil I cut on my Sizzix Eclips and Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolour paint. The glasses were also cut on the Eclips, and the greeting was stamped in Memento Rhubarb Stalk. Here’s a picture showing the background a little more closely, although you can’t see the sheen of the paint, unfortunately.
The second card also uses the Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent paint, this time on a faux handpainted Hero Arts stamp:
The stems were painted in an olive green colour from my Whispers brush markers set, and I think I’ll make this my final entry into the challenge over at Stamping Sensations, where “Anything Goes”.
The challenge this week
at CAS-ual Fridays is to use 3 colours: aqua, green & orange. Not my usual sort of colour combination but I decided to play along. My camera was playing up so the pictures aren’t too good. However, it’s still possible to see that the butterflies were stamped in teal ink on vellum then coloured with Cosmic Shimmer watercolours in aqua & orange.
The leaves were chalked through an Imagination Crafts mask.
Cardstock: The Range Linen 300gsm
Stamps: Hero Arts, Imagination Crafts
Ink: Memento Teal Zeal
Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour paints
For once, I made a card which turned out just the way I intended. Well, almost! The inspiration for this card came from the front cover of a book I saw whilst browsing round a book shop.
It was created by drawing a dress template on tracing paper & cutting it out to make a mask. I originally intended to stamp through the mask using a background stamp but then hit on the idea of using Little Claire’s Butterfly Tree stamp instead, coloured with Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paints. I need a new paintbrush so the painting doesn’t stand very close scrutiny but luckily I think the overall effect works!
The dark paint looked purple in the pot but by a stroke of luck I had some ribbon which perfectly matched the dark blue it turned out to be. I coloured over the numbers with a Sakura Stardust black pen to add a bit more sparkle & added a butterfly charm to finish.
Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm
Stamp: Little Claire Butterfly Tree, Club Scrap
Colours: Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour Indigo Sky, Marine Aqua
Charm: From stash
I had to have this stamp as soon as I saw it as I love poppies, and this was my first attempt using Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paints. I couldn’t find any suitable matching backing paper and I was, of course, last minute making the card so I improvised and was quite pleased with how it turned out. The card is 15cm x 15 cm and I discovered that, stamped twice, the stamp fitted perfectly as a border. I inked part of the leaves 3 times as the corner decoration on the main image.
Little Claire Poppies stamp, Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paint in Lava Red on Royal & Langnickel essentials watercolour paper, mounted on card from stash, greeting stamp by Elzybells (no longer available).