Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Simple Watercoloured Trees

 Good morning, I'm up over at Uniko today with a little bit of artsy Christmas card BA inspiration using Christmas Pop Trio stencil and Christmas Pop stamp set.

I've used the simple outline from the stencil to draw the triangle with a soft pencil and some freehand drawn pots to create these little water coloured trees.

Here's a close up of them all, and a link to the Uniko site for all the details on how I made them.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Color Hues #53

Afternoon folks. Halfway through November already and Christmas is about to sneak up on us but before that we have a brand new colour combo from Color Hues. This time it was my choice and I went with a very festive colour theme. Here's my card using my two colours!

The other week, I had a video pop up in my You Tube feed that inadvertently sent me down a rabbit hole of water coloured goodness. Following a link on my side bar took me to a video about painting berries and foliage for a Christmas card and nothing says scarlet and green more than that! 
The video by Wendy Powell Jones, showed you how to create a cluster of berries and foliage in a loose style, then turn them into cards. So I thought as it was bucketing down with rain last Sunday and feeling the after effects of my flu booster, I would have a play. I did 3 sprays and the one here was the brightest and fit best with the scarlet and green theme.

I drew some small circles freehand to represent my berries on some MM paper and masked them with masking fluid, along with a few splodges to create some open space amongst the foliage. When dry, I got the w/c paints out and mixed up 3 shades of green using Cadmium Yellow and Prussian Blue, a dark, a mid and pale one. I then roughly washed in some foliage shaped areas using a wet in wet technique and left to dry. 

Carefully removing the masking fluid, I added some Cadmium Red to the circles, then some shadow using a hint of Paynes Grey added to my red, careful to leave a spot of paper showing as a hi light. More Paynes Grey was used for the berry stalks and twigs. To add some festive snow, I used some Stampendous chunky white EP scattered over the image and heated from below.
The finished panel was trimmed down and an MFT die cut frame added on foam tape. The sentiment is from a Uniko set, Festive Sentiments. The whole was then glued to a 5 x 5 off white card.

So where will my colours take you? We'd love to see, of course you don't necessarily need to go down the festive route. Why not check out the rest of the DT and our GD for more scarlet and green loveliness?

Tuesday, 15 November 2022

Waste Not Want Not!

Good morning, time for a new challenge at Cardz4Guyz. This time our theme is 


Here's my take.

For this quick card, I used a leftover panel from an earlier project from my stash, hence the title of the page! My leaf panel uses the embossed resist technique, you can find out the details of the technique here.
I started by taking a piece of A6 dark cream card and stamping a selection of solid leaf stamps and embossing with clear EP, then inking the panel with Scattered Straw DI and when dry added further clear embossed leaves. Next I inked the panel with Spiced Marmalade DI and repeated the embossing. Finally I added some leaves with Memento Morocco ink. It was then time to iron off the embossing to leave the finished panel. The rusty red looks a bit more subdued in the finished panel except around the edges of the orange embossed leaves, not sure why.
The original panel was cut with an MFT stitched rectangle, this left over was glued flat on a cream base card. Thank You was then stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.

So where will go with this new theme, we'd love to see your takes in the gallery, just don't forget to keep it masculine! Should you need more inspiration there's plenty over on the Cardz4Guyz blog.

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Monday, 14 November 2022

Brusho and White Embossed Snowflakes

Good evening folks.
Time for a new challenge over at Perfectly CAS. Here's my take on this month's theme.

I started by making my inky resist panel using an old STAMPlorations snowflake background stamp and stamping several times in Versamark along a strip of white card before embossing with white EP.
I then sprinkled some Prussian Blue Brusho and spritzed with some pearlized water to get the twinkly, mottled effect. It doesn't show very much in the photo but IRL it does! I trimmed it down and added it to an A6 white base card, then stamped my HLS sentiment in blue to match. A die cut snowflake from the stash was added, after I'd added some sparkly, silver EP to the center. Simples.

For more CAS inspired makes, please check out the rest of the DT and then join us in the gallery!

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Thursday, 3 November 2022

Uniko's Stencil Release Day & GIVEAWAY!

Good morning it's release day over at Uniko. 
Here a few more ideas using the November release stencils.

First off the block is the MOD background Builders.
For this example I've used some more purchases from Ruthin, some WOW foil and WOW Bonding powder.

Don't you just love the sheen, well until you try to take a pic that is, then it's an absolute nightmare!!

The bonding powder is so easy to use, inking through the main part of the stencil with Versamark on black, the bonding powder is added and heated, as with EP, before adding the foil and running through any old laminator. I did try to make a pattern with a mix of rose and plain gold foil, cutting small pieces of the rose gold and then overlaying a larger piece of gold, then running it through a laminator in a piece of A4 copy paper folded as a carrier. You can see where one of the small pieces shifted 'twixt desk and laminator but it still looks so pretty!! The sentiment was done the same except it was first stamped with Versamark. I only bought a couple of colours of foil so may have to hunt out a few more, it is addictive.

My second card uses the Flower Power stencil, concentrating this time on just the leaf elements

After masking off the solid leaves a random selection of leaves were inked with a light covering of Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries and Vintage Photo DI before inking again with the detail leaf stencil and the same colours. Gaps were filled with dots from the large detail leaf stencil. Another of my Doodle Flower sentiments complete.

My next card uses Large Snowflake #1 and the Large Snowflake die.

Using the Large Snowflake #1 stencil over navy card, I spread white embossing paste and left to dry. I found this silver die cut snowflake in the stash and thought it a great way to amp up the design. I simply added it over the embossed snowflake, followed by a sentiment from Christmas Sentiments on matching navy card.
Finally here's a card using the other Large Snowflake stencil #2.

Simply inked in Altenew's Aqualicious ink over pale turquoise card, then again slightly off with Unicorn pigment ink to create the shadow. A few sequins from the stash and a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks Christmas complete

That's all from me but the rest of the team have come up with some fantastic ways to use these fab new stencils, so why not check them out on their own blogs.
Be sure to leave a comment on all our blogs or social media post as Bev will be randomly selecting one lucky winner to receive all of the stencils being released today. You have until Midnight Wednesday 9th November to leave comments and I will announce the winner Thursday 10th November 2022. 

Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Autumn Birthday Wishes

Good evening. The clocks here have gone back so it's a little darker at tea time and finally the trees are colouring up, those that are still on the branches that is!
We start a new month at HLS Birthday with a brand new challenge, as usual it's-


well so long as it's birthday themed!! Here's my card for your inspiration.

I was inspired by a video on Copic colouring by Marker Geek Elaine, one of the Stamping Bella ladies. I didn't have the stamp she used but I had this one of Uptown Quinn and her Boots. The image was stamped and the background drawn freehand around her. All the colouring was done using Copics, not something I'd done before so I stuck pretty close to the video where I could without copying it. Not to blow my own trumpet but I was fair chuffed with the end result!
The coloured panel was trimmed down and added to a 5 x7 white base card that I had added some brown card strips and some NitWits DP, a Uniko sentiment completes.

We'd love to see your birthday cards in our November gallery, just follow the link. While you're there check out the rest of the team!

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