Sunday, 31 March 2019

Happy Mother's Day - Watercoloured Climbing Roses

Happy Mother's Day to all the mums - yes today we celebrate our dear mum's here in the UK.

I won't be seeing mine today unfortunately, but I popped a little (4" x 4") water coloured number in the post to her the other day which she will have by now, so I can share it here.   Watercolouring is not something that I find intuitively easy, but I felt it was something I really wanted to try to mark the occasion. 



I clear heat embossed the beautiful Climbing Rose image on some watercolour paper and used my aqua painters to gradually build up the colour with a selection of re-inkers.

It kind of looks a little rough and ready but I was quite pleased with the finished card.

Hope it's one she will keep.

Thanks for looking.   I haven't been in a position to craft or blog for some while now as I haven't had a work-friendly craft room for some weeks.  However, there is light at the end of my long tunnel now that it has all been painted and my furniture re-configured.   Now I am on the final straight and decluttering, so I hope to be back up to the speed next week.

Have a lovely day everybody - my thoughts are with my mum(s) today and with those of you who are missing yours for whatever reason.

Take care.

Linda xx

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Friday, 15 March 2019

Tropical Chic Eclipse Card - Another Funky Background

Hi everybody.  Yesterday I shared a card with a really cool background which I made using re-inkers and a cheap little make-up sponge.  I gave directions on how I achieved the background.

I promised to share another card I made using the same technique but with different colours, so here it is:-



I used my Tropical Chic stamp set and my Large Letters Framelits Dies to make an eclipse card.  My letters were stacked on thick whisper white card stock and slightly offset to give more definition to the "Hugs" sentiment.

I did some white heat embossing and I think it really pops against the cool funky background.  I added some glitter enamel dots too to add more texture.

I am really pleased with how it turned out.  This has a more stripey appearance than yesterday's more blended background, which is why I suggested playing around with the technique until your achieve a finish that you are happy with.

Hope you like it and Happy Friday everyone !

Linda xx

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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Make-Up Sponge Swipe Technique with Waterbased Ink from Stampin' Up!

I wanted to create something a little different from what I normally make.

I had been inspired by many tutorials using sponges and alcohol based inks and decided to have a go at seeing if I could use the technique successfully with waterbased inks instead.

Now bearing in mind that waterbased inks on card stock do not tend to lend themselves to moving around smoothly to achieve a decent seemless blend, I knew it would probably take me a few "false starts" before I achieved something that I was happy with.

So I grabbed a cheap make-up sponge, an acrylic block and a couple of re-inkers and created the background for this card:-


I put some ink on my acrylic block :-


I picked some up with my sponge:-


Then I swiped steadily from one side of my card stock to the other in one go and was careful to start from off the edge of the card stock.   This gives a better result than starting from directly on the card.



Then I picked up more ink and continued to swipe and found it is best not to be too heavy-handed.  You can go over areas again in order to obtain a nice non-uniform and less stripey look. 

This is what I ended up with.   It is important to know that I did waste card-stock whilst practising this technique, before I felt comfortable with the results I was obtaining.   Some just looked too "stripey".   It really is a case of  "practise makes perfect" or "my idea of perfect".   We all have differing styles and you may prefer definite stripes as opposed to blended.

Anyway - this is what I ended up with (and it is not the piece I used for my card).  I decided to do this mini step by step after I had put the original card together :-


It's fair to say that I got very messy but I thoroughly enjoyed the process.

Tomorrow I will show you a card I made using the same technique but in a different colour combination.

By the way, the stamp sets I used were Pressed Flowers (a Hostess set which can be yours for free with an order of £150 or more (excluding shipping costs)).  The sentiment is from my Floral Frames stamp set.

Hope you like my card and maybe feel inspired to get messy yourselves.  Like I say, prepare for a bit if wastage before you feel you have perfected the technique, or achieved a look that you are happy with.

AS A FOOTNOTE :  I am sure that it would have been much easier on Shimmer Card but I did not have any.

Happy crafting everybody.  See you tomorrow.

Linda xx

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Broadway Bound and Stitched All Around

I haven't really used my Broadway Bound 12 x 12 Specialty Designer Series Papers very much but was really wanting to make some cards with foil elements.   The mixed dotty design in the pack was the perfect background paper for this design.


I love this bold and sassy sentiment from the Stitched All Around stamp set.   It's big and the font is really attractive making it a perfect focal point.   I opted for gold heat embossing on black card stock for a dramatic impact and used my Stitched Shapes and Layering Oval Framelits to make the topper which compliments the DSP really nicely.

It was all relatively quick and very simple but I think the cards look super stylish.

I hope you like them too. 

Thank you for dropping in and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day whatever you are doing.

Happy crafting.

Linda xx

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