Sunday, 31 July 2016

Quick and Easy Christmas Tags

Hello everyone, there is a bumper post over on the Design Team blog today, sharing some fabulous makes from the Design Team girls. We are showing more of our fifteen minute makes, sharing lots of our tips and tricks for quick and easy cards, and hoping to provide lots of inspiration for the beginner stampers out there, or those of you who are looking for a card that does not take all day to produce!

I have made some simple Christmas gift tags for today's post. I am hoping to get a few of these made before Christmas, as I think that they will come in handy.  I chose a selection of Christmas trees and snowflakes, and stamped and embossed them on my tags, using Versamark and white Wow embossing powder. I then masked the bottom section of each tag, using masking tissue.

I sprinkled some Brushos over each tag, choosing Lime Green, Turquoise and Violet for the Tree Tags, and Violet, Turquoise and Cobalt Blue for the snowflake tags. I then spritzed the tags with water, and pressed a piece of card against to tag, to mop up the excess water. The spare card will come in handy for another project some time.

I stamped a sentiment from The Gift of Christmas rubber stamp set onto each tag, using Manganese Blue Archival Ink, and added some Twine through the top.

Do check out the blog post over on the Design Team blog, and leave a comment for the rest of the girls if you can spare the time.

Thanks for stopping by, xx

Monday, 25 July 2016

Winter Dawn on a Summer's Day

Hello everyone, I have a project to share today using another of this month's individual lady stamps, Winter Dawn.

It seems strange to be creating such a Wintery card when the weather is so hot, but that is the nature of card making! I chose a palette of blue, lilac and a hint of icy green to create the background for my card.

I stamped the image onto smooth watercolour card, and masked it before colouring the background using the acrylic block technique. (I also used a bit of masking fluid on the little dots, to keep them covered while I was colouring the background.) I used a large glass mat, which enabled me to cover the background all in one go, rather than having to repeat the process for different parts of the background. I then stamped over the top of the background with Distress Inks, using a stamp from the Abstract Fragment stamp set. I added some partial stamping using a stamp from the Decorative Edges stamp set by stamping with Versamark and Wow white embossing powder.

I removed the mask and masking fluid, and coloured the image using Polychromos pencils. I edged the background with Distress Ink to add a bit of shading. I added some flat-backed gems and some ribbon, before attaching the background to a white card blank.

Thanks for stopping by, xx

Monday, 11 July 2016

Autumn's Smile

Hello everyone, I have three  projects to share with you today, using the current stamps of the month from Chocolate Baroque. Along with the rest of the Design team, I have been enjoying working with these stunning stamps from Sue Page, there are four beautiful women, one for each season of the year, and a gorgeous tangled tree, perfect for any time of the year, depending on how you choose to use the stamp. As Autumn is my favourite time of the year, I have created three cards celebrating that particular season, using the rich colours that can be seen before the Winter pulls in.

My first card uses the Autumn Medley rubber stamp to create an Autumnal card. I stamped the image using Versafine Onyx Black ink, and masked it before creating a leafy background, using leaves from my garden and Fossilized Amber and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.  I coloured the image with Distress Markers, and added extra detail with watercolour pencils afterwards. I added one of my all time favourite sentiments, taken from the Nature's Peace stamp set. I matted the background onto green card, before adding it to a black card blank.

For my second card, I have created a wrinkle free Distress background, using Wild Honey and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. I stamped the Tangled Birch individual stamp and added stamps from the Patchwork Landscape stamp set, before masking the tree and adding a stamp from the Seasonal Fragments stamp set to the tree, to create a scene. I coloured the images with Derwent Inktense and Faber Castell Aquarelle pencils.

My last card uses the lovely Autum Medley stamp once again, and I have created a border around the image, using stamps from the Autumn Poppy stamp set. I stamped the foliage using various colours of Archival Ink, and then coloured everything with Polychromos pencils. I decoupaged some of the leaves on the main image for added interest. I love the rich colours of Autumn, and have tried to reflect the changing leaf colours in this final sample.
Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

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