Monday, 6 April 2020

Butterfly Wishes Wash


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Butterfly Wishes, a simple heat embossing technique and the Parisian Flourish embossing folder 
Sadly, my memory being what it is, I can't remember the name of this technique!  Perhaps someone will remind me.

For the butterfly strip, I sponged a piece of Whisper White cardstock with Gorgeous Grape ink.  Then I gave it a good going over with my Embossing Buddy before clear heat embossing the butterflies.

Then I spritzed with water and used some paper towel to lift off some of the ink, leaving the butterflies darker.

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'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Friday, 3 April 2020

Country Road Whisky - A masculine card

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A masculine card using the Country Road stamp set to produce a masculine whisky-themed card
This is a birthday card for a young man who is "twenty something". Another special request from my son!   He's a whisky club friend who is very fond of Ardbeg whiskies.  I printed the image of the bottle onto Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out.  It's adhered with mini Dimensionals.

I thought the Country Road stamp looks like the barley that is grown for whisky (I stamped several times to get some depth - like a field of barley) and the font in the sentiment from the Painted Glass stamp set seems to go well with the Ardbeg font.

I "extended" both of the label die cuts to make room for the bottle.

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'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Monday, 30 March 2020

Timeless Tropical Hawaiian card

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Hawaiian themed card?
So the harsh truth is that I don't always love every element in a bundle.  In this particular case, I love the flower, I don't mind the palm trees but I REALLY don't like the pineapple.  But, that hibiscus was enough for me!

However, I thought I'd give that pineapple the benefit of the doubt and have a go at using it.  Hmmm.  I've tried to disguise it, but I'm still not excited.

Anyway, here's my attempt to befriend the pineapple!

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'Til next time! (and not a pineapple in sight!)
Stephanie

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Friday, 27 March 2020

Very Versailles Thank You

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Very Versailles with Painted Poppies "splodges"!
I love the images in the Very Versailles stamp set - so I can't really understand why it's one of the most under-utilised sets in my collection.  Time to correct that!

I stamped the frame image with Terracotta Tile ink and covered it with a mask before stamping the script image in the same ink but stamped off once (tap the stamp into the ink, stamp onto a scrap piece of paper and then stamp onto the project). 

I then stamped the foliage and lace with Shaded Spruce ink.  Using one of the "splodge" stamps from the Painted Poppies stamp set, I tapped into Shaded Spruce ink, stamped off once (see above) and then randomly stamped around the edges of the project until I ran out of ink.  I repeated this process until I was satisfied with the balance.
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A few self-adhesive sequins finish the Very Versailles card
Having removed the mask, I stamped the greeting with Shaded Spruce ink.

The base card is Shaded Spruce and there's a layer of Terracotta Tile.  

The final touch was to add some Adhesive Backed Sequins in the luminescent pale green shade.

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Stephanie

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Monday, 23 March 2020

Painted Poppies Reincarnated

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After a bit of cosmetic surgery, I ended up prefering the messed up test piece to the original card!
So this is what happened to my test piece from Friday's card!  You know I hate to waste anything!

Having finished painting the poppies, I trimmed around the bottom of them (see below for a photo of the test piece).

I then turned it upside down and painted the area under the poppies with Petal Pink ink, adding shadows with Gray Granite ink.

Then I adhered this to a piece of Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper before adding it to my Gorgeous Grape base card.

The sentiment, from the So Sentiments stamp set, is stamped with Gorgeous Grape ink.

As a finishing touch, I pressed Perennial Essence Floral Centres into a Blackberry Bliss ink pad before adhering the to the centre of the poppies.
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Adding shadow under the flowers really provides "dimension" and  makes them pop
Keep scrolling down beyond the supply list if you'd like more information on how I watercoloured the flowers - I used the same process for both today's and Friday's cards.

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Stephanie

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This was how my card started out - a mistake, then a test piece!
This ended up as a test piece because I didn't like my composition so I decided to use it to practice colouring the poppies and to test some background colours and effects.
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Step one - Stamping the centre with Blackberry Bliss ink
Step 1: I used a light ink to stamp the Painted Poppies image.  I happen to have some Purple Posy ink but I think Highland Heather would work fine, especially if stamped off first before stamping onto the watercolour paper.

Step 2: I used an image in the Floral Essence stamp set and Blackberry Bliss ink to stamp over the flower centres.

Step 3:  I "painted" one petal with water.

Step 4:  I took the excess moisture from my brush, dipped it into Gorgeous Grape ink and then applied it to the wet petal near the flower centre.  TIP: I prefer to use ink from reinkers but if you don't have the reinkers, simply stamp the ink pad down onto a clean water-resistant surface (such as an acrylic block or some acetate).  But if you need to add more ink - wipe the surface dry first.
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In this photo I have painted the petal with water then added some Gorgeous Grape ink.
On the left side of the petal I have started drawing out the ink towards the edges of the petal.
Step 5: Having wiped my brush on a wet wipe (a tissue will do), I started to use the brush to "pull" the ink towards the edges of the petal.  TIP:  Don't be afraid to leave some white

Step 6: Repeat steps 3 to 5 with a different petal.  TIP:  choose a non-adjacent petal so that the two petals do not "bleed" into each other.  OR ensure the first petal is dry before proceeding to an adjacent petal.
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In this photo I have painted the adjacent petal (to the right) with water
TIP:  If you leave just a faint touch of colour in your brush when you paint with the water, it may help you see the areas you have covered.
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In this photo I have added the ink to the wet petal in the areas that I want to be darkest

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Here I have used my brush to pull ink towards the edges of the petal, finishing the second petal.
Step 7:  Allow the flower to dry thoroughly and then decide if there are small areas you wish to further define or deepen the tone.  You'll need to use a much dryer brush for this