Thursday, October 30, 2014

More Faux Watercolouring.

Greetings Happy Stampers!
If you saw my last post you will know I had a couple of Faux Watercolour pieces to play with.
In case you missed it you can check it out here.
These are the two pieces I had to work with.

And now what did I make?

 This card was made with Calypso Coral Card base. Whisper White Matt.
I ran a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock through the Woodgrain Embossing Folder which I had inked with Calypso Coral Ink.
I cut this embossed piece into three pieces and mounted it on a piece of Black card stock.

I cut the watercolour background out with the circle framelits and mounted it on to a black piece of card.
The Stamp is from the Wetlands Stamp set. Flowers are from Petite Flowers which are decorated with Candy Dots.
The greeting is also from Wetlands Stamp Set.
I also added dazzling diamonds to the picture.
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This is the second card I made.

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Melon Mambo base card. Retired SU dsp.
The greeting was stamped directly (and discreetly) onto the picture, as I wanted the focus to be entirely on the scene I had created.

 I have used the Deco Labels Framelit in black card stock and some Melon Mambo Candy dots to help frame my picture.

A little butterfly in the bottom part of the circle to finish it off.

Maybe you could try some Faux Watercolour backgrounds for yourself?
Have fun! and I will be back next week with some Christmas cards for you. Until then. Vx

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Faux watercolour

One of the challenges I did earlier this year was to make a card with the faux watercolour technique.
This is where you colour a Clean Acrylic Block with Stampin Write Markers. Spritz the block with water and then stamp it onto Watercolour Paper or Whisper White.

I thought it would be fun to try a rainbow type effect.
Here are two cards one using Watercolour Paper and one using Whisper White.
You can see how the water soaked in to the Watercolour Paper much more creating an entirely different look.

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For this first card I used Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set from the main catalogue.
I had some fun with gold sequins too.

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Here are a few photos to show you how I did it. Markers, clean block (any size) and spritzer.
 Colour in block. Remember that the colours will be softer and watered down so you can use quite strong colours.
 Spritz block. You can also spritz your paper lightly as well for a different look.

 Turn block over and stamp.

I didn't spritz the watercolour paper and this is how it stamped.

So I just spritzed after to get my watercolour look. 

This is how it came out on whisper white card stock. The colours are stronger and the definition is more pronounced.

Now what will I make with this lot???? Hmmmm...
Pop back again later in the week to see what I make. Thanks for stopping by. Vx

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

hohoho Up a Gum Tree.

If you saw my last post you will know that I made some really cute little punch art Koalas. The idea for them originally came from a fellow demonstrator Pat Carr. 
I fell in the love with them so much I just had to bring them into a Christmas Card.

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 So what did I use this time?
Real Red Cardstock base. All is Calm designer Specialty Paper. 
Wild Wasabi Cardstock cut with On Film Framelit.

Santa Hat is triangle and scalloped edge glimmer card is from Petite Pennants Builder Punch in real red card stock with silver glimmer card  and little pom pom on top from the Itty Bitty Shapes retired punch (you could easily replace this with a small circle shape).

Pisatchio Pudding Cardstock for leaves sponged with Wild Wasabi ink. Leaves cut from retired SU Secret Garden Framelit and Bird Builder Punch.
Little red Glimmer card flowers punched with retired SU Itty Bitty Shapes Punch.

The words are from Endless Wishes Stamp set from the Holiday Mini. Stamped in Memento Black Ink on Whisper White and edged with Real Red Cardstock.

For the information on how to make the Koalas please refer to my previous blog post here.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these cute little guys again, as much as I enjoyed making them.
Thanks for stopping by. Vx

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Give me a home among the Gum Trees.

A sheep or two and a kangaroo...

G'day Mate! yes I am waving the Aussie Flag today. Why? Because I have made a cute Koala Card that I just can't wait to show you!

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I found the cute idea for the punch art koalas on Pinterest. It was from a clever Stampin Up Demonstrator Pat Carr.
Unfortunately I don't think Pat has a blog so I can't link to her.

Let me de-construct the card for you.
The base card in Brown Sugar with the Hardwood Background Stamp in Early Expresso ink.
I used the On Film Framelits for the frame in Early Expresso Cardstock.
The designer paper in the middle is from All Abloom. (isn't it just perfect!)

The word "hey there" is from Just Sayin Stamp Set and I used the Word Bubble Framelits to cut it out.
I used Smoky Slate for the Koalas and inked the edges with Basic Grey. I also added some Dazzling Diamonds to the white parts of the Koala ears.

I used a one inch circle punch for the head of the baby koala. Boho Blossom Punch for its ears. The white circles are from the Owl Builder Punch.
The nose is the word window punch cut down and I drew the facial features with a Stampin Write Marker.
The paws are from the Owl Builder Punch and the claws are two little black hearts from the Owl Builder Punch as well.

For the large Koala I used the 1 3/4" circle punch on the head with the 7/8 scallop punch for the ears. 1/2 inch circle for the white part of the ears.
Word Window punch cut down for the nose.
The paws are the smallest circle in the Circle Framelits Set.
Black claws are from the Boho Blossom Punch.

The leaves are made use the retired Secret Garden Framelit in Pistachio Pudding and sponged with Wild Wasabi. 
Smaller leaves are in Wild Wasabi card stock from the Bird Builder Punch and flowers are from the retired Itty Bitty Punch Set in Daffodil Delight.

They really turned out so well and I hope the recipient likes them too.
This card is off to America and I think Americans like Koalas (or that is what I am hoping!)
So I hope this brings a smile to her face, it certainly does for me.
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Have a great day. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to pop back soon. I am thinking "koalas with a Santa hat!!"Vx

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fast Card in the Box.

OK so I know you are groaning now. Not another Card in the Box?! But really, I was time poor and had to come up with something "special" fast, so I turned to the trusty Card in the Box.

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So how did I make a fast version of this card? I already had some small flowers and a butterfly stamped in Blushing Bride lying on my table so I picked colours to compliment them.
 Strawberry Slush, Blushing Bride and Gold.
The box was made in Strawberry Slush Cardstock.
I used Designer paper from the All Abloom Paper Stack and Gold Soiree Designer Paper to decorate.

 I stamped lots of flowers (5) from Flowershop Stamp set in Strawberry Slush and punched them out.
Then I used my retired Secret Garden framelit for the Mossy Meadow leaves (5) and Pistachio Pudding Bird Builder Punch leaves (3).

The "50" was made using a non-SU product with gold glimmer card stock and framed with Gold Foil punched with the Scallop Circle Punch.
I also punched out a couple of small Stars in gold glimmer card.

 I used the Make a Wish from Perfect Pennants that I have used in every box lately as it didn't require any thinking out. LOL. Diamantes on the flower centres and I was done in record time!

 And I was ready for my friend's Birthday Masquerade Party.

So I absolutely promise there will be NO Card in the Box Card next time!! Actually I have a really cute card sitting on my table right now that I can't wait to show you. I will just give you one hint shall I.....

Now I have your curiosity up... please be sure to pop back next week and have a look. Thanks for stopping by. Vx

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Another Card in the Box!

Yes sirree! I am having a Card in the Box Extravaganza at the moment! Actually we have had a super busy few weeks with lots of special events and birthdays to keep me occupied.
Yet another special birthday event. Yet another Card in the Box Opportunity I say. haha.

Unfortunately I had to take these photos at night and I never get as good a photo without natural daylight. But you can still get the idea of how it looked.
I used the Crisp Cantaloupe with the Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Paper for the box.
Flowers are using the Pansy Punch and Flowershop Stamps.
Colours: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana.
Leaves are from retired Secret Garden Framelits in Pistachio Pudding and Butterflies in Calypso Coral.
Make a Wish from Perfect Pennants Stamp Set and Happy Birthday from Itty Bitty Banners.
The number 40 is non SU.
Just a couple more photos for you.

Have a great week and I will catch up with you in a few days time with another birthday card.

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