Monday, June 27, 2016

MIM #254

Something new (to me anyway) at this week's Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey ink. Ashley showed us how to water colour directly onto texture paste, with the stencil still in place, and the result was really pretty.
I used the Tim Holtz Blossom stencil, and then added simply chartreuse, lovely lady and hibiscus burst inks pretty randomly (although I did make sure to get all the stems green). The result reminds me of sweet peas.
I didn't actually want to add a sentiment as I thought the flowers looked so pretty, so I kept it very open. I cut the biggest circle from Limitless layers die set and then cut the solid circle out of the middle giving me a very light frame which I sponged with the 2 pink inks. The "wishes" strip is being used to hold the whole sentiment bit to the card front with foam tape, while the Birthday (from Swoosh die set) is attached to the frame with a couple of dots of glue.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

PTI June Blog Hop

Nichole has picked a really lovely inspiration picture for this months blog hop at Papertrey Ink.

June blog hop
All those lovely shapes and colours gave so many different ways to go.
I started off several different times,  trying to find a way of creating layers while still keeping to a single layer card and eventually opted to use emboss resist.
I used so many different stamp sets for this card  - my desk was chaos by the time I'd finished. I used images from Doodlie doo, Out on a limb and Embroidered blooms with clear embossing; sponged mint julep, aqua mist, hibiscus burst, autumn rose and scarlet jewel around the images and then ironed off the embossing powder.
Then I stamped a few more images over the top, using tropical teal and scarlet jewel, gave the whole card a few squirts of Mr. Huey's in opaque white to add some speckles and clouds and finally used the distress marker spritzer and a dark brown pen.
The sentiment in the split is from the Life set, and the die cut life is Wet paint II

Monday, June 20, 2016

MIM #253

Not one, but 2 cards for this weeks Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink.
The technique is very simple, and very effective.
My new woodblock stencils are due later this week, but in the meantime I used Hero Arts Rain dance stencil instead for both these cards.
I made this one first, using a combination of green parakeet, Hibiscus burst and Berry sorbet inks. I tried to use Lovely lady, but it had completely dried out - already! Not sure if this is a fluke or an issue with this colour. I'd love to know if anyone else has the same problem. Anyway, once I'd put this together, I decided the sentiment didn't pop quite how I wanted it to, so I had another go.
This time I covered the whole stencil with Green parakeet, then went back and dabbed some off with a paper towel in a few spots and then sponged pure poppy over the top (yes really, pure poppy - because I didn't remove all the green it turned the red this rusty colour). I used the same sponge to edge a mat to get the same colour.
The sentiment is a die cut from the super swoosh set, together with part of a sentiment from Mini blooms. I added a few blobs of Ranger's enamel just because I moved it this morning when I was looking for something else and couldn't remember the last time I'd used it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

PTI Create along - June

So many great things happening at Papertrey Ink this release, and a chance to play along with my favourite challenge again - Create along with us
I stole from this card by Kay Miller

This is so lovely - the woodblock prints set is the one I'm most excited about, so I rummaged through my stamps to see if I had anything that could get close to this effect.

I used a selection of distress inks and the Happy die from PTI tipped tops. The stamp I used isn't nearly so pretty and lacks the detail - just shows I really need this new set!