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Sunday, 10 June 2018

International Art and Soul Challenge 35

The challenge for this fortnight is to make something which has a sentiment as its main focus. Obviously a card will work for this, but anything else is welcome to enter providing it's all about the words!

I'm gradually adding to my stash of Christmas cards for this year, and decided to something a little different (for me).

 I cut a circular aperture in the card blank and backing paper (Dovecraft), then cut a wreath and accompanying bow. The circles are Spellbinders, but I'm not sure whose wreath it is! I then added some Cheery Lynn flowers to which I added a seed bead as a centre. At this point, I wished I'd added a second layer of wreath before the flowers as it looked a little bare, so I cut a second wreath and cut leaves from it which I added.

The sentiment was stamped inside using a stamp from Pretty Quick using Versafine ink.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 213

When I went to Ally Pally in April, one of the stalls had lots of very reduced stamps, including some from Studio Light - which isn't a brand I was previously familiar with. I bought several, and thought this one would be perfect in a birthday card for my son.

The image background and background papers were made by 'smooshing' Distress Ink in various shades of blue with water. For the background, I then added some texture using a variety of stamps, including ones from Inkylicous, Crafty Individuals, and Creative Stamping magazine.  I added some very soft blue repeats of the owl itself, but they're hard to pick out in the photo. Finally, I added a sentiment in Versafine ink.

The image was also stamped in Versafine, and I added some pencil in a goldy shade to warm up the paler ares of the bird, and some grey to the branch.

I do like that stamp. It's a lovely image, and there's so much detail on it, it needs very little to bring it to life.

I used Kraft card for matting. The colour was perfect for this, although I've got to say, it's not my favourite card. I can't help trying to hide the imperfections inherent on this type of card!

Sunday, 27 May 2018

International Art and Soul Challenge 34

Our challenge this time is No Squares or Oblongs. So, we want to see circles and ovals - or anything else that isn't full of right angles!

I went for something quite simple this time.

I started by making a card blank using a Tonic die. Its a rather jagged circle, but it's definitely not square. Then, I created a couple of backgrounds using Distress Ink, water and some Sheena's Stamping card. I used my two favourite colours here - Peacock Feathers and Ripe Persimmon. There's also some Squeezed Lemonade but it doesn't seem to have made much impact on the final result. I cut a large circle from the lighter of the two backgrounds, and stamped it with some stamps from a new set I bought recently from Printable Heaven. It seems that they now sell physical crafting bits as well as downloadable images. I then stamped an arrangement of larger dandelions and cut it into a slightly smaller circle, intending to use that as the focal point of the card, but when I tried it, it just didn't work at all. So, I stamped just one dandelion head on an off-cut and cut a much smaller circle. Both circles were edged with Distress Ink. To complete the card, I stamped a sentiment in Versafine ink to ensure a good, solid black. Now I've just got to decide what to do with the larger arrangement. I really liked it; it just didn't work for this project.

I hope you can join us this time.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 212

Our theme for this fortnight is Things with Wings.

I decided to make a retirement card for my sister.

The image is from a Animal Spirit stamp called Hummingbird. I coloured the image with watercolour pencils before cutting it out. The background paper is from Dovecraft, and I've added a couple of die cuts from Spellbinders.

I used a scan of the coloured bird image to create an insert in Photoshop Elements.

I reversed the main image and added it, and a sentiment. Then I shrank the image and made a border top and bottom as you see. I added some yellow to match the bird's beak, and that's it.

I hope you can join us this time - I'm looking forward to seeing your Things with Wings!

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