Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Waxing eloquent!

Just time to share a Less is More card for this week's challenge: watercolour.  




Materials used: 
Iris stamp from Stampin'Up! Love and Sympathy set
Best wishes stamp
Water-soluble wax crayons
water spritzer spray
Adirondack Archival Jet Black ink pad
watercolour card


I made an A6 card blank from the watercolour card. Using the wax crayons I coloured directly onto the stamp, spritzed it lightly with water and stamped it onto the card front. Using the black ink I then stamped the greeting onto the card as well.

The wax crayons make it easier to use a direct to stamp method and produce an effective water colour effect. Also these cards are really quick to make, great if you are in a hurry or need to make a lot for 'Thank you' cards or notelets.


I ended up making three, the two red ones are first and second impressions.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

And the penguins rioted!

Last week I 'blogged' my entry for the 'Less is More' challenge and mentioned the black and white theme of the bedroom complete with black and white cat on the bed and penguins in the corner.  Well somehow the penguins found out that while I had put in a picture of the cat, they did not appear and a riot ensued.  So I promised them that I would show a picture this week, even though it has nothing to do with the rest of the post!


Right, that sorted back to the job at hand. This week the challenge over at 'Less is More' is a one layer card - off the page.

Materials used:
Stamps - Hero Arts Traditional Roses, Inkylicious Handwritten Script and Happy Birthday
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Inks - Vintage, Tea Dye and Old Paper
Spectrum Noir pencils
Grey Spectrum Noir pen

I had in mind a card with a page of a book coming in from the side and a rose stamped on top, the problem was how to create it so that it was one layer. Eventually I hit upon the idea of masking off the base of the card leaving an aperture where I wanted the book page to be. I use the script sta20140617183250_SAM_0298mp to create the page and inked through the aperture with the distress inks to give a vintage feel to the page. Having removed the mask I then went around the edge with a fine line pen.

I stamped the rose on top of the script and coloured it in with the pencils. The script and the rose are both coming in from off the page. I then stamped the birthday greeting on to the card. I still was not happy that I had the dimension I wanted, which would have been there with a two layer card, so I gave the script a shadow down the side and underneath by running the grey pen along the edges. At that point I decided to leave it before it went pear shaped!




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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Horses running free

The challenge over at Less is More this week is The colours in your bedroom!  The problem is my bedroom is black and white, even the cat on the bed is black and white as are the collection of penguins on the storage chest in the corner.


OK , I admit I did think of cheating and adding in another colour from the en suite but my conscience would not let me even though nobody would ever know!  So I stuck with the black and white and used an older wooden mounted stamp of running horses.

Materials Used:
Inkadinkado Horses stamp
Greeting stamp
Black Soot Distress Ink
watercolour paper
A5 white card blank
Black Spectrum Noir pen

I repeat stamped the horses with black soot onto the watercolour card and cut into a panel to fit the front of the card blank. 20140611160222_SAM_0277Using a damp paint brush I spread the black ink over three of the horses. I edged the top and bottom edges of the panel with the black pen before attaching it to the card front with 3d foam pads. Finally I stamped the greeting at the bottom of the card. A really quick and easy card to do.


It was just as well that this was a quick card as it is getting busy round here at the moment!

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014


The Less is More challenge this week is to use more than one stamp.  I think this card fits the bill, using four stamps.

Materials used:
Gorguss girl with border and frame stamps
Memento Tuxedo Black and Rose Bud ink pads
Spectrum Noir pens
Neenah card
Centura Pearl card
Papermania orange spotty paper
Pale green card
A5 white card blank
Pink heart shaped gem
Peel off greeting

I stamped the girl onto the Neenah card and coloured her with the pens then cut her out. Using the Rose Bud ink I stamped the frame onto Centura Pearl card and the ribbon onto paper. I cut the stamped frame to form the base for the topper, put a slit in each side of the frame at about the half way mark and threaded through a strip of the stamped paper. This was then matted onto the orange paper and the green card before sticking to the card blank. I stuck the girl onto the front using Pinflair gel glue. Finally I made a paper bow out of another strip of stamped paper, added the gem and the peel off greeting and sticking at the bottom of the card.


I cannot get the colours on the photo right, I think it is the glare from the Centura Pearl card that is  effecting it.

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