Sunday, 9 May 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 108

 The challenge for this fortnight was set by my team mate Hazel, and she wants to see our take on a nursery rhyme.

I was just a bit stumped at first, then I thought of a text stamp I bought recently, and from there, I jumped to 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star'

I started by masking off an area for the sky, and I dotted around it with a Versamark pen. I embossed the area using a holographic clear powder. Then, I started to apply ink. First, Distress ink in a range of blues, and then some black to darken the whole thing down. Next, I did the same with the ground, using a green, and again, darkening with black. After that, I stamped the sentiment, embossing with white, and then the trees, embossed with black. Finally, I added the rabbit, who I like to think is wondering about the stars he can see. Stamps are all Lavinia except the rabbit which comes from Card-io.

I do hope you can join us this time.

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Paper Embroidery Cards

 I love some of the designs available on Stitching Cards, and have spent some time lately on a variety of their designs.

Two geometric patterns and a floral vine. The vine pattern is available free to try out if you're interested. 

And, I got started on my Christmas cards!

For most, I used Sulky varigated thread, but others, including first, the snowflakes and the grey on the robins, use some machine embroidery thread.

Sunday, 25 April 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 107

 The challenge this fortnight was chosen and is being hosted by my team mate Jennie, and it's a card or gift for a man.

I recently donated some cards to a local hospital for patients and families to use, and it occurred to me that there were very few male-themed cards (if any). I do make cards for men - I've got a husband, two sons, my daughter's partner, two brothers-in-law, but I don't tend to make male cards 'just because'. Because, of course, those 'just because' cards are done because I want to make something pretty! Anyway, during the post Christmas sales, I obtained a couple of topper decks from Hunkydory, and one of them, with all vintage style transport images, was intended to give me some inspiration.

I started by creating an A4 background using Distress Oxide inks and smooshing them on to stamping paper.

I added some stamping on top - mainly to give some texture, and used it to cover both the display and base sections of an easel card. The image is simply matted, and I used a die (from Joanna Sheen, I think) to create the stopper. Nothing too complicated, but I think it works.

Also in the Hunkydory sale, I got some stamps, and decided to play with one.

I did like the idea of these stamps - circular landscape type silhouettes, with corners to match, and while I think the card is usable, I'm a little disappointed without really knowing why. Again the background uses distress oxide ink, smooshed on to stamping card, with the images stamped in Versafine Clair ink.

I do hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 11 April 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 106

 The challenge for this fortnight is Winged Creatures chose and hosted by my team mate Christine. I normally immediately go for butterflies for this sort of challenge, but not this time. Two cards, and not a butterfly in sight!

I have been inspired recently by some Lavinia Stamps videos, and this has resulted in both the cards in this post. This first one, started with a second gelli plate impression with distress oxide ink and a stencil. (The first impression will be used elsewhere!) The result was very understated, but I liked it, and added some more detail. First, I used a circular mask and Victorian Velvet distress ink. Then I added the foliage and added the raven using stamps from Lavinia stamps. I coloured the blossoms with pencil. I wanted a bit more texture in the background, so I used a couple of stamps from Creative Stamping magazine - some text and another small one with a 'cracked' appearance. And that, apart from some silver mirror card to matt, is that.

The second card used very similar techniques:

This card used similar techniques, although the gelli print was first generation, and a lot bolder as a result. I added some trees, and the fairy on a toadstool image. The fairy was from my first ever set of Lavinia stamps - I think they were a subscription gift for a magazine some years ago. The toadstool isn't opaque - so I added some colour using coloured pencils. And again, some mirror card to finish, and a fairly simple card.

I do hope you can join us this time.


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