Monday, 5 December 2016

Down the Chimney

'Up on the housetop,
Click, click, click,
Down through the chimney,
It's old St. Nick!

I love Christmas songs and so many are stuck in my head right now.  
I wanted to use this cute Santa stamp I got last year but never got a chance to use.  

Using my Misti, I stamped Santa from Eureka stamps onto a piece of heavy white cardstock then coloured him using pencil crayons and Gamasol.  The Gamasol helps to blend out the colour of the pencil giving a nice, finished look.
I fussy cut him out and applied some clear Nuvo to his nose to make it shine.
I added some Marvvy Snow maker to his beard, hat and coat and applied heat to make it puff up.  
It gave the areas such great texture and interest.

Using my Misti again, I stamped the newsprint background using a stamp I got years and years ago with no name on it.  
I pop dotted Santa over the text.

Adding my card to these challenges:



Paper Creator- CHRISTMAS

Sweet Stampers- CHRISTMAS

Creative Corner- VINTAGE/RETRO

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Eureka and ??/ pencil crayons/ Gamasol/ Marvvy Snow Pen/ MISTI/ ink- Memento/ pop dots

Sunday, 4 December 2016

The Flower Challenge- Older Stamp, Die or Stencil

Are you ready for another fun challenge? 
Get ready to pull out some older stamps, dies or stencils and create a card.  You know you have lots of older things in your stash that need some love, right?

I decided to use the flowers from an older set by Unity Stamps.  
I placed the stamp inside my MISTI, inked with Peeled Paint Distress ink and stamped onto my paper.  To darken some of the flowers, I re-inked and stamped again while I left others as a single stamping to give a lighter shade of the colour.
Using the Text Stamp from Penny Black, I inked it up with Versamark, stamped and white heat embossed randomly across my card front.  
Next, I watercolored the background using some Mowed Lawn Distress ink that was diluted with water.  I also stenciled a bit with the same ink to add some more interest with the piece of drywall tape that always seems to be sitting on my work space.
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Impression Obsession using black Memento ink.

Adding my card to these challenges:


The Pencil Case- ANYTHING GOES


Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES

So get out some of those older stamps, stencils or dies and come play along with us!

Thanks for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Impression Obsession, Unity, PB/ ink- Versamark, Memento, Distress/ wh Eb powder/ heat tool/ MISTI/ paint brush/ drywall tape

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Festive Berries

Meet today's card.
 Not very traditional but I think still looks Christmasy.

 Playing with my Penny Black stamps today.  
I began by masking off the edges of my card front with Painter's Tape then using my MISTI, I stamped the Berry Merry Christmas image that I coloured using my Memento markers.  I always start by colouring the lightest shade onto my stamp, spray with water, stamp and repeat that process using darker shades of colour. 
I stamped the sentiment from the Christmas Cheer set with Memento black then went back in and watercolored the background using Broken China Distress Stain.
To add more interest, I added a bit of stenciling using drywall tape and splattered with white acrylic paint to give a snowy effect.

 Adding my card to these challenges:


Crafty Creations- CHRISTMAS


City Crafter- GARDEN BLISS

Holly Jolly Christmas- ANYTHING CHRISTMAS

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Have a great weekend.

Supplies:  stamps- PB, The Darkroom Door/ ink- Memento/ Memento markers/ Distress stain/ Painters Tape/ wh acrylic paint/ drywall tape/ paint brush/ MISTI

Friday, 2 December 2016

CAS Watercolour Challenge- Resist

Hello and welcome.
Taking a break from making Christmas cards today.

It's time for another fun challenge at CAS Watercolour Challenge.
This month our challenge is Watercolour Resist.

I began making my card by splattering some masking fluid all over the front of my white cardstock.  That will become the resist technique I will use on my card.
You will need to set it aside to dry as it takes a little while to be ready to use.

When dry, I placed my PB flower called The Unfolding inside my MISTI, coloured with Memento markers, sprayed with water and stamped.  
I always start with the lightest shades first and then add darker shades as I repeat the above easy to do when using the Misti.  I let the piece dry a bit then inked up my stamp with Versamark ink and clear heat embossed the image.  That also helped to work as a resist when I watercoloured the background.  
* Be sure to remove any masking fluid from your stamped image before heat embossing but not from the background.

I watercoloured the background using Distress Stains and water, trying to concentrate more colour around the flower and floating a weaker shade of the colour as I moved away from the image.
You can see how the masking fluid resists the ink and leaves the white spots.
I rubbed off the masking fluid and stamped the sentiment from the PB Sentiment Collection.
I did add a bit of stenciling with drywall tape to finish it all off.

Adding my card to these challenges:


Addicted to Stamps and More- MAKE YOUR MARK

Simply Papercraft- ANYTHING GOES

Please come and play along with us.  We would love to see your wonderful creations...always a thrill for us.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ Masking Fluid/ ink- Memento/ Distress Stain/ paint brush/ drywall tape/ clear eb powder/ MISTI

Snowflake Stencil Resist

Trying out something different today using my favourite snowflake stencil from SSS.
I wanted to use it as a resist so here is what I did.

I began by inking up the back of the stencil with Versamark ink, placed it onto my card front and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  I then sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heat set.
I got out my Brushos, diluted with some water and used that to watercolour in my background.  The areas that were embossed resisted the paint and gave an icy feel to the background.
I splattered the background with white acrylic paint and then white heat embossed the sentiment panel and added it to my card using pop dots.
The black enamel dot was the finishing touch.

 Adding my card to these challenges:



Craft Stamper- SNOW AND ICE

Stamps and Stencils- CHRISTMAS WISHES

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamp- Michaels dollar bin/ ink- Versamark/ Brushos/ heat tool/ clear and wh eb powder/ wh acrylic paint/ pop dots/ Cuttlebug

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Cozy Christmas Wishes

Meet today's card.

I pulled out this Stampendous stamp that I have had for years and thought it was time to make a card using it.  Love the sweet, vintage look it has.

I began by masking off my white cardstock using Painter's tape and stamped the image using black Memento ink.  I colored the girls using Copic markers and sponged on some Distress inks around the images.  To add to the postcard feel, I stamped the Penny Black script faintly in the background.  It really helped to add further interest to the overall design.
 I splattered with white acrylic paint then added some Wink of Stella to their faces which unfortunately doesn't show up in the photo.
Lastly, I mounted the stamped image onto a piece of maroon paper that I had silver embossed on the edges.

 Adding my card to these challenges:


Shopping Our Stash- WARM AND FUZZY


Thanks so much for taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- PB, Stampendous/ ink-Memento, Distress/ silver eb powder/ wh acrylic paint/ Copic markers/ sponge applicator/ Painter's tape/ Wink of Stella

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Snowflake Wishes

Meet today's card.
 I'm trying to make cards that will easily go through the mail without using extra postage.  This card uses die-cuts and embellishments but is still pretty flat.

I began by using a leftover piece of inked paper.  I had inked up another card and there was ink left on my non-stick craft sheet.  Instead of letting it go to waste, I soaked it up with another piece of cardstock and my background was born.
I used a snowflake die from Simon Says and did an embedded die-cut using it.  That kept my card surface flat yet added visual interest with the snowflake.  
I repeat stamped the sentiment from Penny Black giving it a journal feel.
Using a piece of drywall tape, I stenciled using the same Salty Ocean Distress ink then added some Nuvo to add some dew like water drops.  The blue button in the center of the snowflake is flat too but nice and shiny.

Adding my card to these challenges:


Sweet Stampin- GOT THE BLUES

Winter Wonderland- SNOW IS FALLING

Have a great weekend and thanks for coming for a visit.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ ink-Memento, Distress/ Nuvo drops/ drywall tape/ non-stick craft sheet/ Mini Mister/ die-SSS/ MISTI