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Wednesday, 5 March 2014
A general shot of the untidiness left behind from the last few days cards I posted. This was taken Tuesday evening. So what have we got- centre front, some more mosaic card fronts made from left overs and stuff that didn't come out to well.There is a strong possibility I will over-use this method. A cotton bud- I have no idea- scalpel, ruler, tape runner- love these Stix2 ones- The Penguin Coaster is from Birdland. I do have a bit of a thing for Penguins. A syringe waiting to be filled with glue, above that some stamps, one a magazine freebie, and a couple that I found on the shelves of the Expedit that have dropped off their sheets. The really funky square glass jar full of paper strips is my mosaic grid method. I cut a bunch of thin strips that I use to keep the squares all the same distance apart- in theory. The Glitter cats are back, having a bit more done to them. May work, might not, we shall see. My heat gun hanging from a hook under the desk. Now I remember what the cotton bud was for- I added a violin charm to the front of the purple mosaic with Glossy Accents, and used it to clean up the stuff that squished out. May have used too much. Have a great Wednesday, will catch up later.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Thought I would try and use up some stuff I've had lying around forever with a few cards. Not entirely successful, I must say. I'd started off by stamping some tags using the emboss resist that I've been playing with all week. I forgot to take pictures before I started, so you'll see the tags on the cards.
The quote on the tag is a stamp by Inkylicious, called Live Life. The tag is sponged with DI's in Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade. I overstamped it with some Lavinia Stamps fairies, a group of stars and Running Water, another Designs By Ryn stamp.
All stamped in Spiced Marmalade.
The image is on a piece of card I had started to brayer in yellow, so I stuck on a post-it note mask,and brayered oranges and blues over it. The image is a Stampscapes stamp,Lakeside Cabin,stamped in Staz-on Timber Brown ,the birds from another Inkylicious set,Take Flight, which has a lot of different sized Bird flocks in it. Both image and tag are matted onto dark brown card. I ran a sheet of marbled cardstock through my 'bug in Tim Holtz's Woodgrain folder twice, and added that to the card front for a bit of interest.
The second card uses Inkylicious stamps again, the same quote stamp, and a Birch Trees background. The Birch trees were stamped in Smokey Gray Versafine, and the background had been brayered in red, getting paler towards the bottom. I just brayered over the pale end with Adirondack blues. Both pieces are matted onto dark blue on a black base card. The tag had Raindrops stamped over it, I randomly patted the stamp with Festive Berries and Salty Ocean.
The final card is the one I am least happy with. I though I would try using up some of the ridiculous amount of patterned paper I have. 6x6,8x8,12x12- you name it. At the time I bought them, I loved them. Really. Now-not so much. The tag is fine, its the rest of the card I'm not overly excited about.
The tag has a different quote from Inkylicious on it, called Always Remember. This tag was inked by putting DI's in Spiced Marmalade and Salty Ocean on a craft sheet, misting with water and dipping the tag in, after I'd done the resist stamping. Then I overstamped it with the Birch trees stamp, in Spiced Marmalade again once it was dry.
When I first started card making, I used a lot of patterned/textured papers, and possibly cornered the world market in mulberry paper. Nowadays, since I discovered stamping, its really not my thing anymore. I will have to try inking and overstamping some of them- maybe that will work for me.
Inkylicious stamps, Live Life, Take Flight,Birch trees,Always Remember.
Designs By Ryn, Raindrops and Running water
Stampscapes, Lakeside Cabin, nature Sheet 6
Lavinia Stamps, Small fairies and star cluster
Adirondack inks, Blues pinks, Yellows, Orange
Distress Inks, Oranges, Blues, Reds,Yellows
Staz-on Timber Brown
Smokey Gray Versafine
Brayer (or sponges/brushes)
This is probably my favourite technique for using up scraps and odds and ends- punch or cut into squares and make a mosaic.
This one was made from the strip that some of the embossing rubbed off on.
It fit nicely onto a 5x5 card, as the squares are a little larger.
These ones are on a 4x4 base, and I used a 1" punch for them.
Saturday, 1 March 2014
It doesn't look too bad in this picture, but up close, some of the EP rubbed off with the sponging. I also used Designs by Ryn Raindrops on this one. But I have a plan for it, so all is not wasted.
Papermania Urban Stamps, Dragonflies
Designs by Ryn, Raindrops and Water Droplets
WOW Bright White EP
Clear embossing pad/Versamark pad
DI in Squeezed lemonade, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint,Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn
Adirondack Citrus pad
The embossing pen goes on blue so you can see what you are doing.
Heat embossing them completely did mean I didn't need to mask them for the inking bit. Started off with DI Tumbled Glass.
Then I used the Water Droplets stamp again- I love this stamp, can you tell-in DI Salty Ocean. I also love this colour- so bright and vibrant.
A quick wipe over with kitchen towel removed any stray ink from the Ladybirds.
Now for the un-embossed strip- this meant masking off the Ladybirds.
Again, I stamp one on the top post-it, peel off half a dozen post-its together, then cut out a whole bunch in one go.
Being small images, they pretty much fit entirely on the glue strip.
First inking was Shabby Shutters DI, with a colour duster brush. Followed by Mowed Lawn, and finally Peeled Paint.
Then the Water droplets stamp again, in Mowed Lawn. Love how it works as a tone-on-tone stamp.
The Ladybirds un-masked!
I coloured the Ladybirds this time with Distress Marker Festive Berries.
Mounted, and the greeting stamped in Versafine Majestic Blue.
This one was stamped in Versafine Olympia Green.
Papermania Urban stamp, Ladybirds
Water Droplets stamp, Designs by Ryn
DI in Shabby shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Salty Ocean
Versafine inkpads, Black, Olympia green and Majestic Blue
Black or clear embossing powder
DI Marker, Festive Berries
Embossing pen & Red embossing powder, or Red marker and clear powder
Friday, 28 February 2014
Those of us of a certain age will remember the old 'Taste test' adverts between butters and margarine,so this pic uses that old standard- can you tell which is which?
The colours are slightly different, but only because its impossible to get the same blend on a felt twice!
Both times I used Stream, Cranberry and Terracotta inks.
Wider shot with the respective blenders behind them. I used an old hair dye bottle (heaven knows I get enough of them) to put the Isopropyl in.
I was also interested to see if it would work as a blender with Alcohol based pens- Promarkers, for instance. In short, the answer is no, it doesn't. But I did discover that you can get some interesting effects with it.
You can see where I tried blending two colours together- it removes the ink rather than blends it. So then I tried stamping with it,onto a patch of card coloured with Promarker, and that does work. It removes the colour to give you a ghost like image.
I made a pad from a sheet of kitchen roll,then stamped the butterfly on it and then onto the Promarker coloured bit of card. If you enlarge the picture you will see the result a bit better, I think. By the way, it does smell a bit stronger than Blending Solution, but not much, just in case that is an issue for anyone.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Most of the mess on my desk was tidied up after the weekend, I actually managed to get quite a lot done, all in all. The other cards I made and stuff I bought are in the previous posts.
Here's a better view of the dandelion heads card:
Matted it on to copper, then silver metallic card, although looking at the picture, the copper looks an icky sort of yellow! You can see the sheet of copper card in the picture above, and it looks completely different. Go figure. So, scheduling again, as I will be at work, I will link as always as soon as I get home, before I go to bed. Have a great day all, I'll be visiting later.
Monday, 24 February 2014
First I stamped the Butterflies in white on a strip of scrap white card, and heat embossed with WOW Bright white embossing powder. Two things I discovered here, it was best to stamp one size of butterflies and heat emboss, and that embossing powder has a shelf life. The first one I tried, I used a different white embossing powder that I've had for a very long time, and when I came to heat it, it simply would not melt. The next one I did, it was too difficult not to accidentally smear the powder on previous butterflies. So this one was the third attempt.The inkpad I used for this one was the Studio G inkpad, by the way. After I'd completed the stamping on this, I did the Dragonflies on the second strip, this time using the Hampton Arts pad. Before putting the stamps away, I stamped an image onto post-its, peeled off four post-its and cut them out, for later.
Pink and Purple Distress Inks were sponged onto the Butterflies, and Blue and lighter Purples onto the Dragonflies.Both were then wiped over with some kitchen towel to remove any ink from the images. Both strips of card were a bit longer than my card front, I left them like that till I'd finished, in case there were any bits I wasn't happy with.
Now the post it masks came into use- I wanted to overstamp with a texture stamp. The one I used for this is from a sheet by Aspects of Design, from The Stampman, of mesh, or netting. I used DI Dusty Concord for this bit.
I took two sheets of A4 white card for the card bases, scored and folded.
I'd already decided I wanted to add a little interest by placing a score line down either side of the stamped strip, so I marked on the inside of the card where these two lines should go, and scored on the Hougie board.
By some fluke, where I wanted them lined up exactly with marks on the board! You can see all the post-it masks in the background too, lol.
A stamped greeting, and for the Butterfly one I used Versafine Imperial Purple, and the sentiment comes from a Butterfly Kisses clear stamp set.
I think you may just be able to see the score lines on the Dragonfly one, especially if you enlarge the picture. They don't show up very well in the pictures. I used the same greeting on the Dragonfly card, this time stamped in Versafine Majestic Blue.
You may have noticed that very often I leave my cards without any sentiment on them, I do that so that I have a little leeway with what I can use the card for- Birthday/Retirement/ get well etc. Although this sentiment will cover a multitude of sins, so I may use it more often. The Water Droplets stamp I bought a while ago, and this is the first time I've used it, and I love the effect it gives.
Papermania Urban stamps, Butterflies and Dragonflies
Designs by Ryn, Water Droplets
Aspects of Design, Mesh- sorry I think this is retired
Wow Bright white EP
Distress inks in blues/pinks/purples
White scrap card, approximately 2" wide
2 sheets A4 card, scored and folded.
Scoreboard and stylus
While finding links for the stamps from Papermania, I also discovered they have a group of Ladybirds- so sweet, I had to have them, lol.
Sunday, 23 February 2014
So first off - the stamps, and when I got them out of the packet and turned them over, I realised I'd have been trimming them down regardless.
They are both Papermania Urban stamps, simply called Butterflies and Dragonflies.
Its called Chronology Clocks, by the way.
I liked the border punch, as it has a nice lacy pattern- punches through copy weight paper with ease too.
The packaging said its called Sparkler.
Lastly, the white inkpad. Doesn't stamp a detailed image too badly, and almost has a chalk effect on black card.Definitely not as strong a white as the last two I tested though.
Then I added WOW Bright White EP to one and heat set it. Have to admit, that doesn't look too bad.So not a bad white inkpad- I've got worse- but not the best either. I do think the unembossed one went paler as it dried too.