lördag 22 april 2017

Embrace your inner kitten

Over at Inky Paws challenge, the assignment this time is to "use a doily". I'm not really a doily-kind of person but I still wanted to play so....

I pulled out the closest thing to a doily that I have in my stash with turned out to be a stencil ("Lace") from Tim Holtz. I masked off a piece of Canson XL water color paper and ink blended Cracked pistachio and Mermaid lagoon on to it. Then I placed the stencil over and went back in with the same colors for a bit of a more interesting background.

 I then chose to play with the cute stamp set Newton Unwinds. Here Newton has tangled himself up in balls of yarn. It's so cute. I had also just got some Bristol Smooth cardstock to test so I stamped on that and then colored with my Zig clean color real brush markers. Boy did they go on smooth. One has to use a bit of a different technique compared to the other water color papers I tried. Need to play more *smile*.

This is then the finished piece with the sentiment heat embossed in white on a black strip of card. 
Newton tangled up in yarn



Newton tangled up in yarn


Challenges
Inky Paws challenge #45 - use a doily

Sending you sparkles, rainbow ponies

I saw the challenge on Cupcake Inspirations and had to play along. The theme for this one was "Mystical" and this was the inspiration image:


So, I pulled out my stamp set from the Greeting farm and colored some ponies with my Zig clean color real brush markers. I then fuzzy cut them out and painted around them with a black pen to hide the somewhat imperfect cut *smile*

I then also got to play with my new stencil from Tim Holtz and made a "rainbow" sunset with Distress inks and an ink blending tool. I added some clouds using Lawn Fawn's puffy cloud border. The sentiment is heat embossed with gold embossing powder. As a last finishing touch, I also added some sequins.
Greeting Farm ponies



Greeting Farm ponies


Challenges
CIC403--The Greeting Farm

onsdag 12 april 2017

Circling rocket and flame with galaxy background

Another card with my new stamp set "Out of this world" from Lawn Fawn. I started by creating a couple of galaxy backgrounds with distress inks and also white Distress paint. I then stamped and colored the images with Zig clean color real brush markers.

I created the interactive element by die cutting 2 circles with my circle dies. I taped two dies together and die cut it at the same time. The frame cirle is then glued to the card base, the rest is popped up with foam tape. The rocket and flame is mounted on a coin with foam tape and placed in the gap. The flame is attached with a piece of acetate *smile*. I have used the EK Success powder tool quite heavily so that everything would glide friction free.

Interactive card with rocket and galaxy background
The sentiment is heat embossed in white.

Interactive card with rocket and galaxy background, rocket other side
Rocket on the other side. That trailing flame looks really cool in photos because you can't really see the acetate.

Inside of the card
This is the inside of the card.

(A complete side note: I bought the co-ordinating dies for this stamp set. It really comes in handy with all these planet images. However, I'm wondering why they didn't include a die for the flame? I have other stamp sets where they have included the smallest dies such as bowties for critters etc... Just wondering... *smile* )

Challenges
Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 2 – Interactive Cards!

Interactive card with galaxy background

I just had to get the new stamp set "Out of this world" from Lawn Fawn. I now finally had some time to play with it and thought I would join the Lawn Fawnatics challenge and make an interactive card.


I started by creating a couple of galaxy backgrounds with distress inks and also white Distress paint. I then stamped and colored the images with Zig clean color real brush markers.

I created the interactive element by die cutting 2 circles with my circle dies. I taped two dies together and die cut it at the same time. The frame cirle is then glued to the card base, the rest is popped up with foam tape. The "earth" is mounted on a coin with foam tape and placed in the gap. I have used the EK Success powder tool quite heavily so that everything would glide friction free. (Note to self, the next time I try this out, the foam on the coin needs to be a bit smaller so it can swirl more easily in the circle shape!!)
Lawn Fawn out of this world stamp set
So this is my card with the earth revolving around the little space guy or girl.


Lawn Fawn out of this world stamp set
I have some more backgrounds and more colored images to test this with as well.


Lawn Fawn out of this world stamp set
Close up.


Lawn Fawn out of this world stamp set
And this is the inside of the card stamped with blue and grey ink.

Challenges
Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 2 – Interactive Cards!
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Happy birthday

Yellow, pink and purple with Newton

In this weeks challenge with Newton's Nook, you should use the colors; yellow, pink, purple and white.

I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest and then made my own version of it.

For both cards, I colored the background with the help of an embossing folder with kitty paws. The top card is done by spraying the watercolor paper with water first, swiping ink directly in the embossing folder, placing the paper in the folder and running it through the Big shot. The second card is almost done the same, except, here the paper was dry and I instead sprayed the ink with water. Fairly similar results. The wet paper gives a bit more intense and even color.
Card with stamp from Newton's Nook
Here Newton's colored like a siamese cat with Zig clean color real brush markers. I have mounted Newton and the sentiment with foam tape, the rest is mounted flush to the different layers.


Card with stamp from Newton's Nook
Another try to color Newton as a siamese cat. Turned out a bit too dark but ah well =). Here everything is mounted flush to the different layers. The thread behind is actually white sewing thread.

Hope you like them.

Challenges
Inky Paws Challenge #44 Color challenge
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Happy birthday

söndag 9 april 2017

Happy purrthday with rainbow balloons

There are some new stamp sets out with hot air balloons and critters riding them. Newton's Nook has one, MFT has one. They are sooo cute. I don't have any of them so I thought I would make a version of it with what I have.

I dove into my Newton collection and found Newton sitting in a box and paired that with Lawn Fawn's Party balloon dies to make a birthday card.I also used a Darice embossing folder for the cloud background and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's latest cat release "Meow you doin".
Newton riding with rainbow balloons


Challenges
Simon says stamp Monday challenge - Make a rainbow
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - Happy birthday

fredag 7 april 2017

Practising Altenew tulips

When I saw this stamp set from Altenew, I new I had to have it. I LOVE tulips! They always bring feelings of spring which is much appreciated up here in the cold north =).

I stamped them on Canson XL watercolor paper with Versamark ink and then heat embossed them in white. I used the Misty to stamp to get a perfect impression but also to help me line up the different leaves and flowers. I stamped them in several rounds, heating them in between so I could overlap some of the leaves.
Altenew tulips stamp set with watercolor

I used a lot of water on the background and then used Broken china distress ink to dab in the color and let the water transport it on it's own. Fun technique. I used Mustard seed and Squeezed lemonade for the yellow flowers and Mowed lawn for the leaves.

However, need to add a second layer since I didn't get paint all the way up to the white line of the stems and leaves and vice versa. More practise, more practise!