This one layer card was inspired by a stunning project by Jennifer Mullens in this month’s Craft Stamper magazine, and although I’ve not managed to achieve the 3D effect that she has I’m still happy with the result. I’m entering this into the Things with Wings
challenge over at Stamping Sensations.
The butterflies (Hero Arts) were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black first, then masked. I then stamped the leaves (Imagination Crafts) and used masking fluid to cover them. I masked off the entire top half of the card then stamped the woodgrain effect (Kaisercraft) in Distress Black Soot, but using the third generation of ink to mute the effect. I then very lightly sponged more Black Soot at the top of the “wood panel”. The greeting (Papertrey Ink) was stamped in Memento.
I had intended to make this card monochrome but the masking fluid had discoloured the card, presumably because it isn’t watercolour card but card by Limetree Crafts intended for alcohol ink markers. So I ended up watercolouring the leaves & butterflies but tried to keep the colours muted, in keeping with the occasion.
It’s a sketch challenge this week over at Less is More and for once I had time to play along. My take on the sketch involves a stamp by Imagination Crafts which is meant for decoupage, but that’s a technique I’m not especially fond of. Instead I stamped it in Hero Arts Unicorn white ink then embossed parts of it from the back. I coloured it, again from the back, with a mix of Promarkers & coloured pencils.
The individual crocus is another stamp in the set, which I stamped in Memento Gray Flannel and then coloured with pencils, fussy cut & popped up on foam pads.
The matching curl stamp was also in the set, and the greeting is from a set I won in a challenge last year which was sponsored by Inspired by Stamping from Australia.
The theme over at Virginia’s View Challenge this month is Stencil so I decided to dig out a stencil which I bought some time ago but hadn’t used yet. It’s called Summer Blossom Border by Imagination Crafts and I sponged Adirondack Eggplant through it for the background.
The focal image is a Hero Arts stamp from the Luscious Bold Flowers set, stamped & embossed in white on kraft cardstock then coloured with Adirondacks, and the greeting is by Imagination Crafts.
The finished card was for an elderly relative whose eyesight is failing so I hoped that the bold patterns would be easier for her to see.
Lately I’ve been making a huge effort to start using what I’ve already got in my stash rather than buying new. So if I spot a craft item I’d like to try, I look for a home made alternative first rather than splashing the cash. Embossing paste seems to be popular at the moment and a quick Google search to try to find out what it was made of led me to an American discussion about “spackle” which turns out to be – Polyfilla! I decided to try using some of the One Strike Filler we had to hand, and which costs about £3 a tub. It’s strange stuff, very light like marshmallows, so I mixed it with a little bit of pearlescent stencil paint to turn it a gorgeous purple colour. I cut an acetate stencil on my Eclips using an SVG file from here then spread the paste over it to make this:
It dried within 30 minutes to a rock hard finish. Now I’ve no idea whether this bears any resemblence to the proper arty stuff but I think it looks pretty darned good!
This last picture doesn’t make it look too good but I’m not sure why – it looked a lot smoother than this would have you believe!
Cardstock: Anna Marie Designs
Imagination Crafts Stencil Paint
Stamps: Imagination Crafts
Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender
My sister-in-law turned 60 the other week. Despite looking 10 years younger than her age, she absolutely hates anybody reminding her how old she is so of course I couldn’t resist putting huge, shiny numbers on the card!
The numbers started out as covered chipboard which I painted with Imagination Crafts Silkies. The colour happened to be a perfect match for the We R Memory Keepers papers I chose.
The brads were another happy accident. I don’t know the make of them but they were also a perfect match.
Cardstock: The Range Linen 300gsm
Papers: We R Memory Keepers Bloom & Grow
Paint: Imagination Crafts Silkies in Tuscan Satin
Ink: Memento Love Letter
Stamp: Woodware FRCL134
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
This time with Inkylicious stamps & sponging with Adirondack inks. The main image is the Inkylicious Allium 2-step stamp inked up with Memento Paris Dust & Adirondack Sailboat Blue, and you’ll see from the picture below that I didn’t manage to stamp it quite perfectly but I decided that I didn’t mind the offset effect & used the image anyway.
The background to the main image was then sponged using Adirondacks Cloudy Blue, Sailboat Blue & Denim. I spent ages trying to decide how to finish the card off until I decided to keep it simple, sponging again straight onto the main card & then partially inking up an Inkylicious small script stamp with a combination of the same inks. The greeting was from Imagination Crafts, stamped in Memento Nautical Blue and I added a trio of square gems to finish.
Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm
Stamps: Inkylicious, Imagination Crafts
Inks: Adirondack Cloudy Blue, Sailboat Blue, Denim
Memento: Paris Dusk, Nautical Blue