Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Gradient Watercoloured Die Cuts

This week, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, make it Monday is featuring watercoloured die cuts from Dawn McVey. Now, if you've visited here lately, you already know how much I struggle with watercolours, but I gave it a shot and made two cards, using my not-so-beloved Zigs. For the first one, I used the method that seems to work the best for me - I scribbled some Zig colour on an acrylic block and then picked it up with a wet, flat paintbrush and coloured away on the die I had cut from watercolour paper. It's a very subtle gradient but I assure you it's there ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow; Canson XL Series watercolour paper. Stamps: PTI Perfect Pairing. Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow. Dies: PTI Cover Plate: Sunflower, Initial Thoughts. Other: Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens; Claudine Hellmuth Studio gesso

I am adding in a (bad) detail photo for my gradient coloured sunflower, against a white background, just to show you how I really did colour it. It softens up completely when adhered to the Smokey Shadow card.

For my second card I used the same Zig colouring method that Dawn did, applying the colour directly to my die cut and then pushing the colour around. My colour certainly never moves as easily as hers did on the video! I ended up with a very rough, uneven look, which kind of worked for me in this instance (P.S. I changed my birdie from Sweet Blush to Pure Poppy) ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Spring Moss; Canson XL series watercolour paper; Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Stamps: PTI Songbirds. Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow, Sweet Blush; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Broken China. Dies: PTI Cover Plate: Winter Woods, Songbirds. Other: Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens

My personal favourite is definitely the sunflower one. I love how graphic and bold it turned out.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Something Blue

Today I'm playing along with the latest Fusion Card Challenge: Something Blue. I couldn't resist 'cause I'm currently in love with navy blue. I ended up doing both the sketch and the photo, but I broke a colour rule along the way :) Does anyone else remember a certain little rhyme about "brown and blue will never do"? It also advised that "blue and green should never be seen, except with something in between". I first heard this when I was about 10 years old and I think it had something to do with fashion. I didn't believe it then, and I still don't!


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Dark Chocolate, Enchanted Evening
Stamps - MFT Fall Florals; PTI Just The Jar: Pint
Inks - Fresh Ink Pool, Blue Sage; Hero Arts Tide Pool; PTI Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening
Dies - MFT Fall Florals; PTI Just The Jar: Pint, Super Swoosh
Other - Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Masked Backgrounds with Laurie

For this week's Make It Monday challenge, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, Laurie Willison is showing us how to create some amazing masked backgrounds, like this one that she made ...

I'm not big on videos, but I actually enjoy watching Laurie work. She seems to be a very decisive person, to the point and has great work habits. Everything is done so neatly and precisely and she always has good tips. Her best one this year, so far, is to go out and buy yourself some Elmer Multi-Purpose Repositionable Spray Adhesive. She recommended this a couple of weeks ago in another MIM tutorial and I obediently went out that day, 40% off coupon in hand, to buy some. I'm a sheep; what can I say. This is some of the best stuff ever. I've long used spray adhesive in cardmaking, the Krylon brand, mainly for glittering things up. But this Elmer stuff is repositionable for a little while, and then dries permanent, giving you plenty of time to fiddle with lining things up, especially those pesky multi-layers of word die cuts. Laurie deserves an award of some kind for spreading high caliber advice like this :)

I digress. I may not enjoy watercolouring, but I love ink blending. Made this week's card in exactly 30 minutes, no complaining involved! Just chose a stamp and die set that I wanted to work with (PTI Still Life: Summer) and then pretty much copied everything Laurie did. Here's my card ...

I used Tim Holtz distress inks for my background (Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral and Dried Marigold). I misted it with water when the inking was finished and added some Abandoned Coral splatters for good measure. I stamped my sentiment in PTI Dark Chocolate and Smokey Shadow inks. I also added some Glossy Accents to the Rainier cherries die cut for some extra sweetness. Love the colour of this card. Thanks PTI for the fun. It's put me in a better mood for the weekend.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

I almost forgot the blog hop!

I've been seriously busy with (very uninteresting) tedious tasks this week and pretty much forgot that the Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop was today. I had nothing and scrambled all afternoon trying to come up with an idea - which is never easy when I'm in panic mode. And it's not as though the inspiration wasn't fabulous ...

In fact, I think this inspiration from Sarah Langtry is just about the bestest/prettiest one ever! But I struggled. I had frosty on my brain and came up with a very lame pastel Christmas card ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White; Stamps/Dies: PTI All Through The House and Tinsel & Tags (Limited Edition Make It Market Kits); Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles; Inks: PTI Sweet Blush, New Leaf, Pure Poppy Vintage Jadeite, Smokey Shadow; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tumbled Glass; Other: Martha Stewart Chunky Glitter; Ruby Slippers Stickles; SSS Falling Snow Stencil; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso  

which I really wasn't happy with. It just didn't do the inspiration justice.

EDITED: Revised this card because I couldn't live with the banner :) I went with something grey, like the inspiration piece, and because Merry Ho Ho Ho reminds me of one of my favourite Harry Connick Jr. Christmas songs, "It must've been 'ol Santa Claus" ...

I made another attempt, and while I am happier with this one, I really wish that I had planned ahead and given it my all :(

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White; Stamps: PTI Beautiful Brushstrokes (Limited Edition Make It Market kit), Big Hugs; SSS Watercolor Flowers; Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Bright Buttercup, Amethyst Allure; Fresh Ink Sugar, Island, Mint, Blue Sage; Dies: PTI Big Hugs; Spellbinders Petite Ovals; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles
And, P.S., of course the lightening is terrible now so I don't even have a decent photo to show. Just move along folks, there's only more whining to be had around here.  Sometimes life is just like that.

EDITED: I case'd myself and made another card exactly like this one, except completely different :) I think it's less blah now, but maybe overdone? Though I do like how my flower arrangement turned out to be heart-shaped, which I didn't do intentionally :)

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Make It With Money

Yup, I made a card with cash on it. Never would have thought of doing this in a million years, but Lexi Daly had plans for us this week over at the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge. She's showing us how to fold our cash into origami shapes and include them on our card fronts! She's also sharing two cute templates for making some wallets on her blog. Here are her projects ...

In Canada we've had plastic money since April 2013 which is pretty impossible to fold, so I went with a little rolling and came up with this birthday card ...

Very simple, didn't even want to add a sequin with that chunky bouquet happening! I think DD would love this for her birthday, especially if it included a fatter roll of 20's!


Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps : PTI Garden Grace, Fresh Floral Wraps
Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow, Stormy Sea, Raspberry Fizz, Amethyst Allure, Ripe Avocado; Fresh Ink Blue Sage
Dies: PTI Fresh Floral Wraps
Other: Karen Foster Scrapper's Floss (!!!!!)

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Happy Everything

I'm here for another Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge. Lizzie Jones is up this week and she's showing us how to get even more versatility out of our dies. She's having us ink blend through die cut masks. Her card is a showpiece ...

and I kind of got stuck on it. All I wanted to make was a heart card! But no, Lizzie had already chosen the best dies so I had to move on :( I tried all kinds of things and ended up with this ...

I used one of the frames in PTI's Fabulous Frames die set, cut a mask for my card front with it and ink blended through it to create a background for my sentiment. Next, I simply dressed my card up a little with some die cuts that I stamped using one of my favourite, older, techniques: plain old stamping. It seems that every challenge nowadays involves watercolouring and all kinds of other things that I'm not good at. Yes, I'm a grumpy old lady. That is all.


Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Sweet Blush
Stamps: PTI Embellished Elegance
Inks: PTI Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Sweet Blush, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss
Dies: PTI Fabulous Frames, Embellished Elegance, Edgers #3

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Watercoloured Card Sets

I'm back for another Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge. It's Melissa hosting this week and she's made up a gorgeous card set using a fun watercolour technique ...

She started off by blending ink onto her images, being careful to colour outside the lines :) She then added water and more colour and finished with all her special Melissa touches. I followed her technique pretty closely and came up with this set ...

The first thing I did was make up a pretty A2 sized stationery box from the download that was included in Betsy Veldman's latest Make It Market Kit: Don't Forget to Write. Unfortunately, it is completely sold out already :( Mine hasn't arrived yet, but I can't wait for it to get here. Anyhoo. In the meantime, I've been making boxes from the download. This pink/cream number influenced the design for my watercoloured card set ...

The only thing I did a bit differently was to add a light random layer of gesso over the painted images. I had first embossed the sentiments onto the card fronts.

P.S. After I took some of these photos, I decided to round the bottom corners on all three cards, in honour of Melissa :) and I actually think they look cuter.


Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White card bases; October Afternoon patterned papers; Canson XL watercolour paper

Stamps: PTI Doodlie-Do, Painted Petals

Ink:  PTI Limeade Ice, Green Parakeet, Hibiscus Burst, Berry Sorbet, Smokey Shadow; Archival Jet Black; VersaMark

Other: Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso; SSS Clear Detail embossing powder; Prima flower